Hi Beverly, Thanks for all the great information. If you look on my posting just after this one, you'll see the census of 1860 and 1870 of Linn County that I received. I have Susan (Susanna) being born in 1837/38 being born in IL.
I have also found in the Mormon research web site a:
birth: abt. 1834...KY
wife: Susan Finley
birth: abt. 1837....IL
1.- James Prather (my Great Grandfather)
birth: 1861 MO...(Jan. 11, 1861)
2.- George T. Prather
birth: abt. 1863 MO
3.- Elva May Prather
birth: abt. 1872 MO
On my James death certificate, my grandmother had wrote down that Susan's birth place as Linneus, MO. I thought at one time she had written down Linnens, but loking at it now, that's a "u' not a "n". Her handwriting wasn't the prettiest. Ha!!
Questions? I saw that you said that James and family were forced off there land in Jackson County by General Order #11. What was that about? Also, I was looking up the Linn County Militia, thinking that Marshall fought with this group, and it said of this group of militiamen fighting the Battle of Laclede. Do you have any more information of this group of soldiers and the battle?
I was told by a Gary Benton Prather, that Marshall and Susan were married in the Kansas Territory on the 25th day in 1857 by a Irvin Ogan and he said that the census of 1857 had James in Lecopton Township, Douglas County, Kansas at this time. Marshall was a carpenter by trade and Lecompton was being built at this time of history. Marshall's older brother, William Washington "Enos" Prather, was also here
in Lecompton. He married a Martha Ann Shirley. The Shirleys were one of the founders of Lecompton. Also, I have corresponded with a Chet Ogan. He's a great nephew of Irvin Ogan and said he was a justice of the peace and people used to travel back and forth across the Mississippi all the time. Maybe this is part of the explanation why they got married in the Kansas Territory?
So far I have Marshall and Susan in Linn County up to the year 1872 with the birth of Elva May. From that point, who knows? Marshall's parents, John and Zillah (Howell) Prather, are buried in the Parsons Creek Cemetery in Linn County. Thanks again, Beverly. Dale
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