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Prathers are everywhere!

MKMallett (View posts)
Posted: 1 Jan 2000 8:32AM GMT
Edited: 7 Jul 2001 4:55PM GMT
My late father, Manley Mallett, wrote and co-wrote some family histories about Prathers. As he found, Prathers were among the earliest European settlers in Maryland. They fanned out and, apparently, many were slave-owners. I am officially white, but, most Prathers I meet in the Wash., DC, area are African American. Might I suggest that any genealogical discussion about Prathers might need to specify the race of the line being investigated??? That might focus on the lines the being investigated???

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PRETTYLUV166 (View posts)
Posted: 7 Aug 2008 7:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
HELLO MY NAME IS LINDA R (PRATHER) DYSON. MY FATHER NAME IS GEORGE WILLIAM PRATHER. HE PASSED AWAY IN DEC OF 1992 IN ROCKFORD ILL I FOR GOT THE NAME OF THE COUNTY. BUT MY MOTHERS NAME IS THELMA (ROGERS) PRATHER. I LIVE IN PADUCAH,KY. THERE ARE 9 CHILDREN BORN FROM THERE MARRIAGE ON DEATH MY SISTER RACHEL MAY PRATHER DIED IN 1967.THERE ARE46 GRAND KIDS,GREAT GREAT GRAND33,GREAT GREAT GRAND KIDS 8. BUT NOT ALL IN PADUCAH BUT MOST SOME IN TENN, SOME IN WISCONSIN, MI. AND WE ARE BLACK PEOPLE AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR ALL PRATHERS BLACK AND WHITE. KEEP IN TOUCH

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PRETTYLUV166 (View posts)
Posted: 7 Aug 2008 7:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
MY FATHERS FATHER WAS WHITE MAN FROM TENN I THINK IT WAS TOLD TO ME THAT THERE IS A PLANTATION SOME WHERE AROUND SALMA TENN OF PRATHERS ONE OF THE OLDER MEN NAMED R.G.PRATHER. MY DADDY'S MOTHERS NAME WAS RACHEL MATHIS ITHINK THEY WHERE LIVING DOWN AROUND RIBLEY,TENN IN THAT AREA. I WOULD LOVE FOR SOMEONE TO LOO BACK IN TIME AND FIND OUT WHERE MY ANCESTERS ARE WHITE AND BLACK AND YES WE ARE EVERY WHERE.

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MKMallett (View posts)
Posted: 8 Aug 2008 11:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
My mother's Prathers were in the Toledo, OH, and nearby Michigan areas from the late 1800s through recent times. My mother's father, George L. Prather, abandoned his wife and 7 children around 1910, leaving the family in economic chaos (no welfare in those days!) and most of the children in an orphanage. No one seems to know what happened to George L. Prather. He was, however, a direct descendant of the Prathers who intermarried with the Claggetts--early European settlers on Maryland.

As I wrote previously, my Prathers were white, but there are lots of African Americans around Washington, DC, who seem to have acquired the surname by descending from Prather-Claggett slaves.

Are there any Prather y-chromosome tests out there? If there are, families, such as yours, with white Prather grandfathers might be able to trace back their white ancestors. Good luck!

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GLPratherStamey (View posts)
Posted: 1 Oct 2008 12:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
How very interesting! I am also a Prather, with family roots from KS & MO. What I would like to know is what nationality is the Prather name?? My father was G. Stanley Prather. His father was George L(ewis) Prather! I know my father had French, Penn. Dutch, Scotch & Irish blood, but have no clue where the Prather name hails from. My grandfather, George L Prather, died in 1959. His father's name, I believe, was Milard Prather. My mother was Comanche and German. I have the Native bloodlines, and the dark coloring, but my hair is curly. Many people have asked me where I got the curly hair. This may be the answer! ;) Also, since a lot of the slaves interbred with the Natives, it could also be from my mother's side!

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MKMallett (View posts)
Posted: 1 Oct 2008 11:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
I sure wish your George L. Prather was MY George L. Prather, but there was a lot of time between the two men's lives.

There are some Prather websites out there explaining the origins of the name. The original folks with the surname were from England. They came as indentured servants to the wealthy English Claggetts who were early settlers of Maryland. The Prathers intermarried with the Claggetts and were well-off plantation owners. There were some Prather slave owners, which could be expected with their plantation-owner past. Lots of freed slaves acquired the Prather name, either through the custom of taking the owner's name, or through actual blood lines. My Prathers looked really, really white in the photos I have of them.

I recently discovered that my favorite Zydeco singer, Queen Ida, was really named Ida Prather Cox. So cool! She is/was one of the noteworthy Prathers from a mixed racial backgrounds, I am guessing.

Names are the same,but...

GLPratherStamey (View posts)
Posted: 2 Oct 2008 1:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
How very ironic! Along with the G.L.Prather thing, we also had an Ida in our family! Ida Belle. Thank-you for the background on the Prather name. I'm not aware of having any English bloodlines!

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sheroldprather (View posts)
Posted: 30 May 2010 3:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
ida belle was my aunt. she was from augusta georgia.

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cutter337 (View posts)
Posted: 2 Jul 2010 3:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: prather
My paternal Grandmother was Lillian Prather
Her parents were Rufus Reeves Prather (1884-1954) and Ida Johnson (Prather) (1889 - 1924). All from Augusta, GA.

Your Ida Belle is probably different due to the date but there may be a connection somewhere.

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Daniseprather (View posts)
Posted: 6 Sep 2011 4:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
yes the prathers are also in nyc ny and we are african american and i have traced ou family to the south i can assure you my anceseters were slaves of an english prathers who settled from england to virginia in th 1700s
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