WILLIAM WELSH PRATHER

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Husband: William Welsh Prather
Birthdate: 4 June 1798
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 22 May 1884
Place of death: St. Marks, Meriwether Co., GA
Father: Joseph Jeremiah Prather
Mother: Elizabeth Welsh

Marriage date: 1821 date not recorded on license
Marriage place: Lincoln Co., GA

Wife: Sidney Norman Glaze
Birthdate: 1 Jan 1804
Birthplace: Lincoln Co., GA
Death date: 15 May 1876
Place of death: St. Marks, Meriwether Co., GA
Father: David Glaze
Mother: Susannah Norman
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CHILDREN
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Child No. 1: Joseph Prather
Sex: M
Birthdate: 1822
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: aft. 1863
Place of death: Chambers Co., AL?
Marriage date: 31 Oct 1842
Marriage place: Lincoln Co., GA
Spouse's name: Elizabeth Ann Glaze

Child No. 2: Louisa Prather
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1824
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 1880-1900
Place of death: DeKalb Co., GA
Marriage date: 10 Apr 1856
Marriage place: Coweta Co., GA
Spouse's name: John Bolling Johns

Child No. 3: Harriett Prather
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1825
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: aft 7 Jan 1895
Place of death: Meriwether Co., GA
Marriage date: 7 Mar 1852
Marriage place: Meriwether Co., GA
Spouse's name: Joshua Brook

Child No. 4: Julia Ann Prather
Sex: F
Birthdate: 22 Sept 1826
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 27 Jan 1908
Place of death: Polk Co., GA
Marriage date: 7 Dec 1843
Marriage place: Wilkes Co., GA
Spouse's name: William Howard Burdette

Child No. 5: David Glaze Prather
Sex: M
Birthdate: 1827
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date:
Place of death:
Marriage date: 9 Jan 1848
Marriage place: Talbot & Harris Co., GA
Spouse's name: Mary T. Bedell

Child No. 6: William Henry Prather
Sex: m
Birthdate: 1 Feb 1830
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 13 Oct 1886
Place of death: Hogansville, Troup Co., GA
Marriage date: 1 Apr 1852
Marriage place: Meriwether Co., GA
Spouse's name: Sarah Ann Woodruff

Child No. 7: Richard Prather
Sex: M
Birthdate: 15 Oct 1833
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 18 Aug 1897
Place of death: St. Marks, Meriwether Co., GA
Marriage date:
Marriage place:
Spouse's name:

Child No. 8: Jabez M. Prather
Sex: M
Birthdate: 1835
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: aft. sept 1864
Place of death:
Marriage date: 20 Apr 1858
Marriage place: Meriwether Co., GA
Spouse's name: Julia F. Parham

Child No. 9: Susan E. Prather
Sex: F
Birthdate: 14 May 1837
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 19 June 1929
Place of death: Yell Co., AR
Marriage date: 20 Nov 1856
Marriage place: DeKalb Co., GA
Spouse's name: Green W. Woodson

Child No. 10: Nancy Prather
Sex: F
Birthdate: Dec 1837
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 1910-1920
Place of death: Meriwether Co., GA
Marriage date: 1860
Marriage place: Wilkes Co., GA
Spouse's name: John Wyche Jackson

Child No. 11: Delia Prather
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1840
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: Mar 1850
Place of death: Wilkes Co., GA
Marriage date:
Marriage place:
Spouse's name:

Child No. 12: Thomas Glaze Prather
Sex: M
Birthdate: 1842
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date:
Place of death:
Marriage date:
Marriage place:
Spouse's name:

Child No. 13: Mary Ann Prather
Sex: F
Birthdate: Nov 1844
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 1935
Place of death: Dade Co., FL
Marriage date:
Marriage place:
Spouse's name:

Child No. 14: Tabitha Jane Prather
Sex: F
Birthdate: 16 Jul 1847
Birthplace: Wilkes Co., GA
Death date: 10 Nov 1895
Place of death: St. Marks, Meriwether Co., GA
Marriage date:
Marriage place:
Spouse's name:
 

Documentation:Licensed to preach 1836-1841, ordained 1842
Wm W. Prather VS John Burdett
Georgia Wilkes County, ordinaries office Recorded in Book FFF folios 377 & 378 this 14th Dec. 1820

John Dyson CCO
State of Georgia
This indenture made this seventeenth day of December in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and nineteen between William W. Prather of the
County of Wilkes and state aforesaid of the one parte and John Burdett of the state and county aforesaid of the other parte, witnesseth that the said William W.
Prather for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars to him in hand paid by the said John Burdett the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained and sold and by these presants do grant bargain sell and confirm unto the said John Burdett his heirs and assigns all that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the state and county aforesaid on the waters of Uptons Creek containing forty two acres more or less being part of a tract of land originally granted to John Tillery by grant bearing the date the fifth day of December one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight adjoining lands of the said John Burdett and R. Booker and John Mullikin.  Beginning at the Spanish pike corner on the bank of the creek running E 10 chain 70 links to a pine stump then N 20 E 35 chain and 50 links to a pine corner thence N 70, W 13 chain 50 links to a Hickers Corner. Thence by and with the creek to the beginning together with all and singular the premises with the appertaining thereof to have and to hold the aforesaid tract of land and premises aforesaid and every parte thereof unto the said John Burdett his heirs and assigns and the said William W. Prather his heirs and assigns the aforesaid tract of land and premises will warrent and forever defend against him the said William W. Prather his heirs and assigns and against every other person or persons whatsoever unto the said John Burdett his heirs and assigns in in witness whereof the said William W. Prather have hereunto set his hand and seal the day and date at first above written.
Signed sealed and acknowledged   William W. Prather
In presants of:
W. Booker
Wyche Jackson
Jon W. Cooper CCO

1830 Wilkes Co., GA Census 173rd dist. 9 Nov.
p 310  William Prather
2m <5      David & William H.
1m 5-10   Joseph
1m 30-40 William
2f <5         Julia & Harriett
1f 5-10     Louisa
1f 20-30   Sidney

Goshen Baptist Church minutes, Lincoln Co., GA 1836 August 20th.

Bro. Wm. Prather acted as moderator in
absence of Bro. Mathews. James C. Groce, Thos. G.
Glaze and Wm. W. Stokes appointed delegates to next
Georgia Association to be held at Beards Meeting
House in Greene County. Alternates were Tom H.
Norman and Meredith Wright and Bro. T. Simmons to
prepare letter to association. Thos. Simmons, Clk.
Goshen Baptist church, Lincoln Co. GA
Saturday, Decr. 15th, 1838. Bro. Stokes, moderator.
Bro. Prather received as messenger from Rehoboth.
Sept. 18th, 1841. Corresponding messengers received:
Rehoboth Bros. Jackson and Prather
Lincolnton Bro. Moncrief, without letter.
No new members.


1840 Wilkes Co., GA Census 175th dist.
p 263  William W Pratter
1m <5         Jabez
1m 5-10      Richard
2m 10-15    William H & David
1m 40-50    William
2f <5            Nancy & Delia
1f 5-10        Susan
1f 10-15      Harriett
2f 15-20      Louisa & Julia
1f 30-40      Sidney

1850 Wilkes Co., GA census community 94
520, #576 Prather, Wm W.  57 Baptist clergyman, $800 real est., GA
Sidney  47
Louisa 25
Harriett 22
Susan 16
Nancy 12
Mary      6
Jane      4
David 23       (David should be gone since he married 1847, & William
should be here age 20)
Jabez   15
Richard 17   farmer
Thomas 8     in school
this might be William with age slightly off

1850 Wilkes Co., GA Census 94th dist.113.
Geo W Florence 37, farmer, b. GA
Mary A 32
William Prather, 22, farmer, b. GA

Wm W. Prather              Feb. 1856

State of Georgia, Meriwether County:  This indenture made this     day of
February in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & fifty-six
between John S. Blalock, Sheriff of the County aforesaid of the one part
& William W. Prather of the same place of the other part witnesseth that
whereas Robert B. Dark the former sheriff of said County did lately seize
a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the county
of aforesaid known & distinguished in lot number two hundred & twenty-
four in the eleventh District of originally Troup now Meriwether County
containing two hundred two & one half as the property of William H.
Burdett by virtue of a suit of fieri facras rescind from the Superior
court if said County in favor of Andrew Park against said William H.
Burdett & after publicly advertised said tract of land agreebly to law
did put up & inssuse the same to public outcry on the first Tuesday in
February inst. at the door of the court house at Greenville in said
County of Meriwether within the legal hours of sale under said tract of
land was knocked off to said William W. Prather at & for the sum of seven
hundred fifty dollars he being the highest and last bidder.  Now for & in
consideration of the said sum of seven hundred & fifty dollars in hand
paid to him John S. Blalock the present sheriff by him said William W.
Prather at & before the sealing & delivery of these presents the right
which is hereby acknowledged the said present Sheriff John S. Blalock
hath bargained, granted & sold by these presents doth grant, bargain &
selll unto him the said William W. Prather his heirs executors &
administrators & assigns all the rights, title & interest of said William
H. Burdett in said tract of land of which said William H. Burdett was
seized & possessed in & to the same with all the rights, remainders, &
appurtenance there with belonging or in any way appertaining to his &
their own proper use benefit & behalf forever in fee simple.
In witness whereof the said John S. Blalock, sheriff as  aforesaid hath
hereinto set his hand & affixed his seal this day & year above written
signed sealed & delivered in presence of:
L. M. Adams                                         Jn S. Blalock,
sheriff
Wm H. Adams, clk SC
Recorded March 31st 1856
deed record K, Meriwether Co., GA p616.
Andrew Park undersign                             Transfer from
Wm H. Burditt &                                        Meriwether
Superior Court
Wm W. Prather &
Thos. S. Murphy endorser
It appearing to this court that William W. Prather and the defendants in
the above stated case has been compelled to pay off the sum and it
further appearing that said William W. Prather is only security in said
case having no beneficient interest in consideration of said debt.  it is
therefore hereby ordered that said William W. Prather be authorized to
control & manage said Fi Fa against said William H. Burdett for the
purpose of renumerating himself in & for the amount of principal interest
& cost paid by said Prather in said Fi Fa.
Adams & Knight
Plaintiffs attys
Superior Court Minutes bk 1852-1857, p 478
Meriwether Co., GA
August, 1856
from A Historical Account of Meriwether County 1827-1974, compiled by
Regina P. Pinkston, Gresham Printing Co., Greenville, GA, p 305-6.
"Of exceptional importance in the life of the St. Marks community is the
Union Baptist Church, one of the oldest religious bodies in Meriwether
Co.  On Oct. 4, 1844 seven men met to organize the church. . .
Rev. Wm Prather gave several acres of land - sufficient for a church
building and  a cemetery. The first meeting house was replaced in 1906 by
a larger frame building.  The frame church was destroyed by fire may 6,
1956, and with it the church records.
from Historical Facts and Assimilated Records Union Baptist Church St.
Mark's Community, Hogansville, GA
p 16
13 Jan 1855
Appointed a committee Joshua Brook, I. Smith & Wm W. Prather to give some
attention to the "collored" people & keep order among & about the church
and Spring for one year with the privilege of selecting others to help.
"Whereas the church of Hephzibah Troup County desolved some few years
back and deposited her book of record with this church and whereas the
old church house and the land that it stood on is of no benefit as it is
situated, resolved by this church that a com. of three be appointed to
visit that neighborhood and ascertain the true condition of said house
and land and report to our next conference. Brethren Wm W. Prather, Iriah
Smith and Wm W. Truitt make that com."
22 Nov 1856 In regard to the old "Hephsiba" Church & land in Troup
County, after explanation the church received so much of the minutes of
last conference as relates to the house & land. Granted letter of
dismission to Bro. Iriah Smith, Sister Martha F. Smith, also Sister Sara
Reid. Bro. Wm W. Prather requested letters of dismission for himself,
wife & 2 daughters Susan & Nancy. Request deferred.

1860 Oak Ridge post office Meriwether Co., GA 6 July
p68 #485  W W Prather, 62, farming, $4000 real est. owned, $8000 personal
prop., GA
Sidney N.        56
Richard           26
Nancy              22
Mary                16
Jane                14

1870 Meriwether Co.,  11dist. Hogansville, 20 June
p 53, #391, #395, Prater, William 72, farmer, $3000, $300, GA male
eligible to vote
Sarah   65
Richard 35 farm hand                              ditto
Mary 29       asst. in kh
Jane 21       asst in kh
Henry 16     asst in kh
can't read, can't write
Could this Henry be the not "bright minded" child of William Henry &
Sarah Prather's mentioned in her pension?

1880 Meriwether Co., GA 11th dist, 809. 18 June
p 47 #101 Prather, Wm W.      82   widowed    farming  GA/MD/MD
Richard    43                         farm work  GA/GA/GA
Mary          25
Jane         23
Jackson, Nancy     35   widowed   keeping house
Mary        18 granddaughter


The Christian Index, p 15, column 1, issue June 26, 1884

Prather-Elder W. W. Prather departed this life at his residence, in
Meriwether County, after a few days illness from general debility.  Bro.
Prather was born in Wilkes County, Ga., on the 4th day of June, 1798, and
embraced the doctrine of the new birth, 1823, and joined Rehoboth Baptist
Church in Wilkes County.  His church soon discovered that he had a gift
of expounding the Word of eternal truth, and he was encouraged to go
forward in the glorious work of publishing peace and good will on earth
to men.  In 1842 the church invited Revs. W. Jackson, J. Q. West and E.
Callaway as a presbytery to ordain Bro. Prather to the gospel ministry,
and the armor put on was never taken off until the Master called him home
to receive the reward of his labors.  He was always found, like a true
soldier, at his post contending earnestly for "the faith once delivered
to the saints." He was a good pastor, a noble companion, kind father,
useful neighbor, a faithful servant of Christ, and now leaves every
interest he was connected with to hear "well done, thou good and faithful
servant; thy work is done" as none other could do it.  He only sleeps to
rest from his labors, and his redeemed spirit is resting in Paradise
waiting for mortal to put on immortality.  He departed this life of the
22nd of May 1884. The good Lord blessed him to live to be near 86 years
old and to see all his children grown, and we trust, Christians.  He lost
his affectionate companion, sister Sidney N. Prather, on the 15th of May,
1876, who was truly a mother in Israel and a help-mate to him in the
gospel, bearing the burdens of life with Christian fortitude and
patience, casting a ray of encouragement around all that she administered
unto.  They leave behind them eleven children to mourn their loss, with a
large number of grandchildren and friends who feel that none can take
their places.  Both of them were members of Union church, Meriwether
County.
Now, with a heart full of condolence for the bereaved family, we would
say, do not mourn as those who have no hope; for you shall all meet again
to part no more.  How encouraging are the words, "Blessed are the dead
that die in the Lord, for they shall cease from their labors, and their
work do follow them." May the gospel armor that he has worn for forty-two
years, fall on some of his family.  With these words of encouragement for
the children, we bid an affectionate farewell to our brother and sister,
hoping to meet them again.      R.H.J.

The Meriwether Vindicator:
PRATHER, Rev. W. W., died during the week prior to last
Friday's paper (date not stated); he was nearly eighty-six
yers old and had been a Baptist minister for over 50 years,
moving to Meriwether from Wilkes county more than 30 years
ago; Vol. 12, No. 25, June 6, 1884. In a Memorial appearing
in this issue, it is noted that Rev. Prather was born in
Wilkes county, June 4th 1793 and joined Rehoboth Baptist
Church in that county in 1823; he was ordained to the Gospel
Ministry in the year 1842, the presbytery composed of Rev's.
W. Jackson, J. Q. West and E. Callaway; he died on the 22nd
day of May, 1884 and was at the time a member of Union
church; Vol. 12, No. 36. August 22, 1884.

PRATHER, Mrs, wife of the well known Baptist minister Rev. W. W. Prather
of the eleventh district died last Monday evening; she was about sixty
years of age; Vol. 4, No. 22, May 19, 1876, page 3
The Meriwether County Vindicator
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