Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Nathan Prather

Male 1742 - Bef 1814  (< 72 years)


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  • Name Nathan Prather 
    Birth 1742  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death Bef 16 Feb 1814  Laurens County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I61806  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2024 

    Father William Prather,   b. 8 Mar 1700, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 20 Sep 1780, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Martha Prather,   b. Abt 1707, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1780, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage Between 1722 and 1724  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne 'Nancy' Wilcoxon,   b. 1753, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1801, Laurens County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 49 years) 
    Marriage Bef 1780  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F13836  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2024 

  • Notes 
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      Prince George's County, St. John's and Prince George Parishes Maryland State Census 1776
      Nathan Prather, 34:4
      Ann Prather, 33: 8: 6: 1
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      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber TT; 1813-1817; Keddie; folio 64 {between Feb 1813 and Apr 1814 records}

      NATHAN PRATHER
      "being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding ..."
      Bequeaths to:
      1. John Prather --son
      -to have all that part of the testator's plantation lying to the south or the lower side of a line drawn from a stone fixed at then end of40 perches on the 7th line of the tract called "Hogharbour" to a stone planted on a hill --except for a piece or parcel of meadow land now enclosed called "---'s Meadow" with a right of way thereto
      -to have 1 large dining table
      2. Walter Prather --son
      -to have all the remainder of the testator's dwelling plantation to be divided by a line drawn from the stone at the end of 40 perches of the 7TH line of the tract of land called "Hogsharbour" to the stone planted on Prospect Hill with all the improvements including the dwelling house wherein the testator now lives and the meadow land now enclosed called "Case's Meadow" and to have the right of way through the tract or parcel ofland called "Angle" lying on the Eastern Branch being now all in wood
      -to have 1 dining table and the testator's wearing apparel
      -named executor of the will
      3. Ann Wilcoxen Swales --granddaughter
      -to have Negro girl "Darke"
      4. Mary Wilcoxen -granddaughter
      -to have Negro girl "Mahala"
      5. Nathan Prather --grandson (son of John Prather)
      -to have 1 Negro girl "Peg"
      6. Verlinda Wilcoxen --daughter
      -to have 1/2 of the testator's Negroes
      -to have 1 large looking glass
      -remainder of the testator's stock, plantation utensils and household furniture
      7. Ann Yates Wilcoxen
      Nathan Prather Swales --grandson
      Robert Golsbury Swales --grandson
      -to have the other Yz of the testator's Negroes to be divided among them
      and testator's granddaughter Ann Wilcoxen Swales
      8. Ruth Prather --daughter
      -remainder of the plantation utensils, stock, and household furniture to be among testator's children, John, Walter, Verlinda, Ann, and Ruth after
      Thomas Wilcoxen's share ofthe crop now on the ground is deducted for
      his services for the year.
      Witnesses: Henry Culver
      Joseph J. Jones
      Richard C. Jones
      Then came: Joseph Jones and Richard Jones
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
      ===
      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber T No. #1; 1778-1783
      Folio 129 WILLIAM PRATHER Page 12/22/1779 09/20/1780
      "being of a sound and disposing mind and memory ..."
      Bequeaths to:
      1. Wife
      -to have during her widowhood all of testator's personal estate along w/ the land whereon testator now dwells to cont. 150 acre called "Hogharbour"
      -to have Negroes: "Tobe" "Nell" "Pegg" "Hannah"
      2. Nathan Prather --son
      -after widow's decease to have equal 1/2 of the above land with the whole to be laid off agreeable to a division formerly made by Archibald and Ninian Edmondston
      -to have Negro "Tobe"
      -to have one third part of the remainder of the personal estate after widow's decease -to have Negro boy "Ben"
      3. Zephaniah Prather --son
      -to have Negro "Sall" after widow's decease and after testator's decease to have Negroes "Moses" and "Sam"
      -to have one third part of the remainder of the personal estate after widow's decease -to have the other 1/2 of the plantation whereon testator now lives
      -to have the land left to Joseph after his decease
      -named executor along w/ testator's son Nathan
      4. Samuel Prather --son
      -to have the sum of 5 shillings and no more of the estate
      5. James Prather --son
      -to have 83 acres of land being part of a tract called "Hogharbour" agreeable to the division line established by Archibald and Ninian Edmondston
      -after widow's decease to have Negro "Nell" "Pegg" and also Negroes "Bob" and "Nick" and "Hannah" after testator's decease
      -to have one third part of the remainder of the personal estate
      6. Joseph Prather --son
      -to have the plantation whereon he now lives for his natural life cont. 100 acres and being part of a tract of land called "Hogharbour" as per the division line established by Archibald and Ninian Edmondston
      7. Heir of son Benjamin Prather
      -to have Negro man "Harry"
      8. Archibald Edmondson --grandson
      -to have Negro boy "Jim"
      -to have feather bed and fun, I sorrel gelding branded W and also to have 2 heifers 3 years old and all the stock on testator's plantation in his proper mark
      9. Richard Prather --grandson
      -to have Negro child "Nick"
      Witnesses: William Hall, James Edmondston, James Lockland
      Then came: William Hall and James Edmondston
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
      ===
      1780-1784 Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records Liber FF 1 [Abstract by Mike Marshall]; Page 61. At the request of Nathan Prather the following Deed of Gift was recorded September 4, 1780
      Martha Prather widow of William Prather in consideration of the natural affection which I bear to my youngest son Nathan Prather and also in consideration of 50 pounds current money of Maryland have given and granted by these presents to him all the whole the 3rd part of the personal estate of my deceased husband which as his widow I am by law entitled to to dispose of. In testimony whereof I have hereunto put my hand and affixed my seal this September 4, 1780, Martha Prather in the presence of Joshua Beall, Josias Beall of Benjamin and acknowledged before James Beck
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      1780-1784 Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records Liber FF 1 [Abstract by Mike Marshall]; Page 359. At the request of Benjamin Prather the following Deed was enrolled October 3, 1783
      Indenture made May 24, 1783; James Prather in consideration of 50 pounds sterling paid by Benjamin Prather has sold a tract called "Bacon Hill" containing 104 acres and being part of "Prather's Folly Enlarged" and part of "Hog Harbour" and bounded by the corner stake of Nathan Prather, deeded land and that divides James Prather and Zephaniah Prather's land willed by William Prather their father. Signed James Prather in the presence of and acknowledged before Christopher Lowndes, Abraham Boyd and at the same time Mrs. Ann Prather wife to James Prather relinquished her right of dower

      ===
      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      PGLR HH:468

      At the request of Zephaniah Prather the following
      Deposition was Recorded the 26th day of Septemr 1785
      Prince Georges County the 30th August 1785. The
      Deposition of Josias Beall aged thirty Years or
      thereabouts being first sworn on the Holy Evangils
      of Almighty God tuching his knowledge in a
      matter of Controversy now subsisting between
      Zephaniah and Nathan Prather Deposeth &
      sayeth that he was called on by Nathan Prather
      by line as he was told by Mr. Edmonston that he
      wanted to see him this deponant and requested
      that he would call at Mr. Becks & come
      with him that he & Mr. Beck went to Mr.
      Prathers after siting a while Nathan Prather
      brought a Deed out & told Mr. Beck & this
      Deponant he wanted that Deed Executed upon
      which Mr Beck took the Deed & pen & Ink
      & went to Mrs. Martha Prather, and asked her
      if she knew what she was going to do which
      he repeated twice or three times, Mrs. Ann
      Prather the wife of Nathan stept up behind
      her & said Mr. Beck she is very deaf you must
      Hallow Lowde upon which old Mrs. Prather
      endeavored to say something but what this
      Deponant could not tell Nathan Prathers wife
      told them that she said Yes. Mr. Beck then
      put the pen in her hand & told her to make
      her mark and put her hand to the Paper
      on which She made to or three marks and
      Seemed as if She would not have Stoped if Mr.
      Beck had not stoped her & told her She had made
      Enough Beck then took the Deed from her and he this
      Deponant Witnessed it Mr. Beck then delivered the
      Deed to Nathan Prather~ After siting a while he
      Nathan brought the Deed to Mr. Beck to examine
      his mother again..Mr. Beck then asked her if
      She knew what She had been doing, which he
      repeated twice or thrice She seemed then to make
      some sort of an Answer, but what this Deponant
      could not understand~ Mr. Beck said to her
      You give up all your right & title to your Son
      Nathan Prather, to which She seemed to reply
      Aie Aie or something to that purpose, Mr. Beck
      then delivered the Deed to Mr. Prather, That
      on his way home, this deponant reflecting on what
      had passed, begin to think they had been doing
      what they ought not and further Sayeth not
      This deponant being asked by Zephaniah Prather
      whether he did not hear Nathan Prather desire
      the matter to be kept secret~ Answers that as
      they were coming away Nathan Prather at the
      door desired that it might be Keept a secret for
      that there would be a Hubbab made about it~
      Being further asked by Zephaniah Prather whether
      he was at Nathan Prathers after Executing that
      Deed, Answers that he was at Joseph Prathers
      and was told that Nathan Prather had sent for
      him, that his Mother wanted to see him this
      Deponant that he went to Nathan Prathers and Asked
      old Mrs. Prather several Questions concerning the
      Deed who made him no Answer at all till he
      hallow'd very Low'd when she Hummed out
      Something like Aie~ Being further asked
      by Zephaniah Prather whether he thought Mrs
      Prather was capable of executing such
      business~ Answered that he did not think She
      was ~ Being asked by Nathan Prather
      whether his mother did not ask him, whether
      he had not heard that her sons were going
      to prove her out of her Senses Answers tht he
      did not hear old Mrs Prather say any such thing
      but that he heard Nathans wife mention some
      such Words~~~~
      Josias Beall
      Taken this 31st day of August
      1785 before Josa Beall

      *****
      PGLR HH:471

      At the request of Zephaniah Prather the following
      Deposition was Recorded the 10th day of April 1787~
      State of Maryland Prince Geos Cty Sst~~ The
      Deposition of Thomas Mullikin aged fifty three
      Years or thereabouts~ Being first on the Holy
      Evangils Tuching his knowledge concerning
      Notice given by Zephaniah Prather Plaintiff
      to Nathan Prather Defendant~ Deposeth &
      Saith that he was present at the time the Plantill
      gave the Defendt Notice, and that he
      was likewise present at the time of taking
      the Depositions which was more than Twenty
      days Notice, That the Defendant was present
      at the time of taking the Depositon, And that
      Josias Beall was likewise present and gave his
      Deposition at the same time and further sayeth
      not~~~~ Thomas his mark Mullikin
      The 6th of April 1787~ Personally appeared before me
      the Subscriber one of the Justices for said County
      & made Oath to the Truth of the contents of the
      above Deposition ~~ Sworn before Josa Beall
      ===
      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      PGLR JRM 1, fol 269

      At the request of Zephaniah Prather the following Deposition was recorded Septem 4th 1792 Prince Georges County 31st August 1785 The Deposition of William Hall aged Seventy years or Thereabouts being first Sworn on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God tuching his Knowledge in a matter of Controversy now Subsisting between Zephaniah and Nathan Prathers deposeth and saith that he was well Acquainted with Mrs. Martha Prather and her family for thirty odd year and for the greater part of that time she appeared to be a senceable discreet woman till in about a year & a half or near two years before the death of her Husband she seemed to give up every thing belonging to the Business of the House as Mistress and seemed destitute of her Sences reason or understanding and so continued till the last time he saw her and farther Sayeth not being asked by Zephaniah Prather whether he heard any advantage was Intended to be maid by any of the family Answers that on the day Mr Prather was buryd and the Will was read Mrs Ann Prather wife of Nathan Complained much of her Husbands part and said the deceased William Prather had not left him equal and said if we can get his Mothers thirds we shall do well enough or pretty well or words To that purpose This deponent then told her her Mother in law had no thirds Mrs Prather the wife of Nathan said She had aright to her thirds this deponent answered yes if she was in her right sences but as it was she had none he then turned and walked from her and she said I hope you wont become our enemy being further asked by Zephaniah Prather whether he had ever Cautioned any of the Children against Attempting to get their Mothers thirds Answers that the day after William Prather was buried he was riding to Marlbro with James and Zephaniah Prather he told them to be war of Covetousness for it Appeared to him this Deponent that there was a design among some of them to take and advantage of their Mothers incapacity which might be very easily obtained but if they or either of them attempted such a thing he this deponent would be awitness against them Being further asked by Zephaniah Prather what answer he and his Brother James made to him Answered that they both declared that they had no such intention being asked by Nathan Prather whether he had never heard his Mother say that if her Husband Slighted any of her Children in his will if she was the longest liver and it lay in her power she would make them satisfaction Answers that about five or six years before the Death of William Prather when he was delivering him of will to keep which he had then Executed Mrs Prather his wife asked her Husband if he had remembered Sam meaning as this deponant imagines their Son Sam to which the old Man replied pough to which his wife replied if ever she had it in her power she would give him something but said nothing about any other of their Children
      William Hall

      Taken this 31st day of Aug 1785 before Josa Beall

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