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Re: Jeremiah Prather
Posted by: Bruce Braddock (ID *****0863) Date: August 20, 2006 at 07:08:54
In Reply to: Re: Jeremiah Prather by Kirk H. Castleman of 1828

Kirk I too am your cousin like Paschel White My mother is Sylvia White, Lavon (Aunt Bonns) sister.

Jeremiah David Prather was born Sept 14, 1803, to Jonathan and probably Mary Elizabeth Tharp. He was born in Bourbon Co., Kentucky, in the southeastern part where we find a Jonathan on the tax records and also in the 1810 census. Jeremiah first married Belinda Henry. daughter of George Henry, Jul., 16, 1824, as we find in the document signed by Jonathan Prather, father, and attest by Hezekiah Burris, his brother-in-law. Jeremiah and Belinda had four children. William A. Prataher (Sarah Ann Cortney) was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., 1826, Andrew J Prather (Matilda Lewis) was born in Bourbon Co., Ky, 1829. and Sara Jane Prather (Thomas J. Wood) was born in Vermilion Co., Ill., in 1833. this puts Jeremiah and Belinda in Illinois before 1833 and this is where Belinda dies and is probably buried.

We next see Jeremiah in Morgan Co., Ill. We have documents of his marriage to Sarah Ann Murphy in Jan. 19, 1837. Sarah Ann was the daughter of Thomas and Betsy/Esizabeth Scott Murphy from Kirksville, Missouri. Jeremiah, who is probably preaching by this time, moves to Kirksville, Adair Co., Mo., about 1838. We find in history of Adair County the following: The Christian Church of Kirksville was organized during the winter of 1845-46 by E. H. Lossen and Jeremiah Prather (a settler of Illinois Bend in 1840), with William Ivie, John Galyen, Nelson Grogan, Bartlett Asher, Arthusa Bonham, George and John Rico and wives, William Linder and wife, Mrs. Sloan, Sr., Mrs. Stacy Grogan, Mrs. Mary Sloan. For the twelve secceeding years the society worshipped in the old courthouse in common with other religious bodies, increasing its mmembership in that time to seventy-one persons. In 1858 Elder Hrvey Lossen became pastor. After a number of years and children being born in Mo., Jermiah and Sarah Ann moved to tarrant Co., Texas, about the year 1857, where Jeremiah preached and farmed. They owned land north of Birdville, and Hiway 820 divides the land today and is the original land of Thomas Akers.

The children of Jeremiah and Sarah Ann Murphy Prather are as follows:

George Thomas Prather was born in Ill., 1838, and married Elvira_____. George went off to the army and never returned. There were no children by this marriage.

Mary Elizabeth Prather was born in Adair Co., Mo., in 1839, and married W.T. Jones in tarrant c., Texas Lewis and Annie were born to this family and lived in this area for many years. Annie lived to be over 90 years old and was very instrumental in a greaat deal of family history being passed down through the years. Annie married Tom White and their two sons owned considerable land around Keller for many years. Their names were Ray and Hugh white. Tom, Annie, Ray, and Hugh are buried in the Bourland Cem., Keller, Tex. with markers. Mary Elizabeth and W.T. Jones are buried in the Birdville Cem. next to Jeremiah and Sara Jane Prather with marked gravestites.

John David Prather was born in Adair Co., Mo., 1841, and died in Tarrant Co., Texas at the young age of 30, in the year of 1871, and is believed to be burried (according to Annie) in Birdville Cem. nest to his firt wife. Sarah Jane Bennett Akers Prather. John David married Sarah Jane in 1859 at the age of 17. She was the daughter of Hamilton and Mary Frances Lucas Bennett. She first married Thomas Akers, son of George Akers, who gave land for the town of Birdville. Sarah Jane and thomas Akers had three children, Frances (Fannie) Akers who married Bales A Bates. Columbus (Lum) Akers, and Izora Akers, who died shortly after Sarah Jane, who died in 19867. The two children of John David and Sarah Jane were John Hamilton Prather (Frances Ellen Baker) and Mary Ellen Prather who...

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recieve our reward with him in a better happier world, is my prayer. May the Lord bless you in you efforts to do good. As ever, A.M. Dean, Gospel Advocate, VI (March 1860), p. 96

Sarah Ann Praather lived several more years and is found in census records with her son. She died in 1870 and is buried next to Jermiah in the Birdville Cementery, Birdville, Texas, with marked gravesites.

Jeremiah's family owes much to these pioneers of Kentucky and pioneers of the restoration movement of Kentucky in the early 1880's for our religious beliefs thrugh the coming years. I think with Peter Hon living so close to many of the Prathers and proof that he married so many of their relatives, and the fact that one of the Jeremiah's sisters. Anna, married Hezekiah Blount, of German Baptist descent, whose family came from Pennsylviania with the Hahns and built a church at East Union, is very strong evidence that Heremiah was greatly influenced by the Dunkard Baptist. By 1820 the Heresy Committee of the Dunkard Paptist had disciplined Peter Hon. By this time East Union and its members with Petrer Hon had made the change and in 1821 Peter Hon organized the congregatioon on the waters of Stepstone Creek in Montgomery County, which if not immediately, very soon began to be designated as a Church of Christ. There is evidence that Peter Hon was influenced by Barton W. Stone, and is the logical assumption that he established this congregation at Stepstone Creek similar to those of the Stone persuaasion. Mary Ell's story says that Jonathan Prather's family (Jeremiah's father), were staunch Baptists, and as hurt when the three boys should turn from the Baptist faith to the Christian Church, but would not try to rule them in their religion. All he asked was that they not backslide. Jeremiah was on of the three boys. Andrew was another on of the three boys. We know Jeremiah and Andrew were preachers. We also know Jeremiah's brother-in-law, James R. Ross, was a preacher. Maybe this is the three boys mentioned in Mary Ella's story. Two sisters also made the change to the Christian connection from the New-lights ( a Barton W. Stone term). Barton W. Stone lived only a few miles west of the Prathers and the Can Ridge Church a few miles west of him. John Smith, the frontiersman and reformer preacher, lived only a short distanced south-southeast of the Prathers, around Mt. Sterling, in Montgomery Co., Ky. The Middleton Church was only a few miles to the south west. The older children of Jonathan (one being Jeremiah), made the change before leaving Kentucky between 1829 and 1832. We do not kknow the source of Jermiah's influence, perhaps all of the above, but for sure Jermiah was right in the middle of the restoration movement in Kentucky. I feel Jeremiah's family, living in Bourbon Co., Ky., from 1797 until early 1830s, is greatly responsible for the religion of many of the descendants of Jeremiah Prather's family.

Note of interest;
Early History of Bourbon County and Paris by Laura M. Lilleston

Bourbon in an early day drew a large population from Pennsylvania driven from there by the "Whisky Rebellion". Distilleries for the manufacture of whisky were built throughout this section, and distilling became one of the great industries. At first the pioneers built a small log distillery with a small capacity, that he might find a market for his extra grain. But the Business grew, and for many years Burbon distlllers put on brands of whiskey that found a market in all parts of the world. In Pennsylvania the whiskey distilled was called for the county "Monongaela" whiskey, so there Pennsylvanians, who were the first to make whiskey here called it "Bourbon" whiskey after this county. The best brands were shipped everywhere, and known as "Bourbon" whiskey. Today there is not a distillery in the county.

"News of the Churches."
Russellville, Putman county, Indiana, January 28, 1840. Letter from John M. Harris mentions that in the counties of Montgomery, Hendrix and Putman there are eight evangelist. Included in the list is: Andrew Prather.

MILLENNIAL HARBINGER, 4th ser., VI (November 1856), p 659
Bro. B.F. Hall, of Victoria, August 11th, writes as follows; A camp meeting of seven days has just concluded in Goliad county, with four-eight additions to the good cause. The meeting was distinguished throuhgout by qhite harmony and good order. Never have I witnessed better behavior on the part of an audience. Many were in attendance from adjoining counties. Much good, it is believed, behond the numbers gained, was done. The speakers were brothern Jordon, PRATHER, Steward, Lovelady and the writer.

CROSS TIMBERS TEXAS, Nov. 17th, 1859
Bro. Lipscomb--It is a painful duty devolving on me to inform you and the readers of you excellent Advocate, of the death of our much beloved brother, Eld. Jeremiah Prather, who departed this life at his residence in this county, in the full conficence of a blessed imortality, on the 23rd of October, 1859.

Bro. Prather was born in Kentucky on the 14th of September, 1803,--been a member of the Christian church for 30 years, and a zealous proclaimer of the ancient order of things for near twenty-two years. He has resided in Texas only two years during which time he has secured the confidence and friendship of all that were capable of appreciationg a truly good man. He leaves a widow and several children, and numerous friends to mourn thier loss. May we be faithful to the end, and recieve our reward with him in a better and happier world, is my prayer. May the Lord bless you in your efforts to do good.

As ever
A.M Dean

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