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Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of Charles PRATHER

         Charles PRATHER was born in Jefferson County, West Virginia, December 4, 1839 and moved to Berkeley County April 25, 1865. He was the son of James and Ada (Philipia) Prather, both of whom died in West Virginia prior to 1884. Charles Prather was a soldier in the Civil war, serving in the Confederate army under Colonel Massie, 12th Virginia Cavalry, Company D, Captain Carney. He was in the Bull Run battle, battle at Richmond and a number of others and was wounded while on picket duty at Brandy Station June 9, 1863. He spent 9 months in prison at Point Lookout, was paroled, then exchanged and went back to service until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged.

         On December 18, 1866, in Berkeley County, Charles Prather married Joan Custer, daughter of Peter and Matilda (Lewis) Custer, residents of that county. Joan Custer was born there in 1847. The children of that marriage were Melvin Prather, January 6, 1868-?; Charles L. Prather, October 3, 1869-?; Edward Prather, July 11, 1871-?; Joe A. Prather, March 23, 1872-?; Walter Prather, March 13, 1874-?; Lillie M. Prather, March 20, 1878-June 21, 1878; Julian M. Prather, January 6, 1880-?; and Matie Prather, June 29, 1882-?.

         Charles Prather was a farmer at Darkesville, Arden district, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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