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Here are a few research notes for John Prather
Prince George's Land Records 1726-1730 - Liber M, Page 407
Enrolled at request of George Buchanan 25 Apr 1729:
Indenture, 3 Apr 1729; Between John Prather, carpenter, and George Buchanan, merchant; for £40; a parcel called Hoap's Addition; bounded by Addington Manor and The Hoppyard; containing 154 acres; /s/ John Prather; wit. Jere. Belt, Edw. Sprigg; ack. by John Prather and his wife Catherine
Thomas Lucas is the Uncle to Thomas Scott
Thomas Lucas Jr owned a tract called Grange in Prince George Co. withJohn Prather and his wife Catherine Prather and on 23 June 1725 thesethree applied in the Courts to have this land re-surveyed to establish the correct boundary lines. This tract of Grange was a grant given to Col. Henry Jowles; it lies on the north side of the Eastern Branch of the Pontomac River near the tracts of Hopeeyard and Hopes Addition all three orriginally in Charles Co later part of PrinceGeorge Co. after 1686.
John Prather of Prince George’s County, who died intestate prior to 7January 1718 when the inventory of his estate was taken. Katherine Prather, widow and administratrix, filed the inventory on 3 June 1719(Prerog. Inventories 2:136). The administration account of his estate, filed on 12 November 1720 by Katherine Prather, widow, listed as legal representatives [heirs] the widow and six unnamed children,two sons and four daughters (Prerog. Accounts 3:157). John Prather was the son of Jonathan Prather, Sr., and his wife Jane _____, who married as her second husband John Smith of Prince George’s County.The will of Jane Smith, widow of John Smith, dated 27 July 1710,proved 7 December 1713, includes bequests to her sons William, Thomasand John Prather, to “ye eldest daughter of Jno. Prather (called ElizhPrather)” and to “my son Jno. Prathers eldest daughter Mary” (Prerog.Wills
John Prather 2.136 PG £149.6.6 Jan 7 1718 Jun 3 1719
Servants mentioned: Jacob Fann,
Appraisers: Samuell Duall, Charles Walker.
Creditors: Joseph Belt.
Next of kin: William Prather (brother).
Administratrix: Katherine Prather (widow).
Step father to John Prather;
Smith, John (planter), Mattapany Landing, Prince
George's County, 3rd Sept., 1707; 23rd Sept., 1707.
To Rev. Nathaniel Taylor and to Mary, dau. of James Mullikin., personalty.
To Ellen Mullikin, dau. of same, part of 110 A., "Thropland," bought of Capt. James Keech; she dying without issue, to pass to Mary afsd. and hrs.
To eld. and young. daus. of Richard Chaffy, personalty.
To John, son of Jonathan Prather, and his hrs., 1/2 of 500 A., "Hope Yard," and 154 A., "Hope's Addition," both tracts on eastern branch Potomac R.
To nephew John Bowie, land bought of Robert Brooke, part of "Brooke Wood," house and lot at Nottingham Town on Patuxent R. and personalty, including Scotch boy Robert Maconaugh.
To wife Jane, dwelling plantation, 350 A., part of Brookfield," during life, land to pass to sd. nephew John
Bowie and hrs, at her decease. He dying without issue., to pass to brother Thomas Prather,
To wife and nephew afsd., joint exs., and their hrs., residue of personalty, including Betty Gard, Jane Gallary., Thomas Daniell and George Dunbarr. No bequest to sd. John Bowie to be sold without consent of Robert Bradly or James Stoddard.
Test: Robt. Bradley,, Wm. Conly, Geo, Dunbar. 12, 150.
Jane mother to John Prather; married John Smith after Jonathan Prather died in 1680.
Smith, Jane, widow of Jno. Smith, Prince George's County, 27th July, 1710; 7th Dec., 1713.
To sons William, Thos, and Jno. Prather, and to sons of Jonathan Prather, viz., Jonathan and Thomas, all household goods,
To Eliza:, eld. dau. of Jno. afsd., Priscilla, eld. dau. of Wm. afsd., Mary, eld. dau. of son Jno.* , and to Jane, dau. of James Mulliken, personalty.
To son William, a servant, Geo. Dunbar. grandchild., Ann, Martha, Jane, Susannah, child. of son Jonathan; to Thomas, Jno., Philip, Eleanor and Rachell, child. of son Thos.; to Wm, Priscilla and Margrett, child. of William, and to Jno. and the young. next to John, child. of son John, personalty.
In event of death of any of child. afsd. before 17 yrs. of age, or of marriage of granddaus., the portion of such an one to pass to that branch of the family to which he or she belonged.
Exs.: Sons Wm., Thos. and Jno. afsd.
Test: George Dunbar, Jno. Bryan, Philip Lee. 13. 623
On 30 June 1737 John Prather, Jr., took out an administration bond as administrator of the estate of Catherine Prather, with Thomas Scott and Edward Prather as his securities (Maryland Prerogative CourtTestamentary Proceedings 30:301).
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