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Hiram Prather[1,2]

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Birth  13 Oct 1809  Clark County, Indiana  [3,4
Sex  Male 
Died  27 Mar 1874  North Vernon, Indiana  [5,6
Person ID  I2241  Default Tree 
Last Modified  23 Mar 2006 
Father  William "Skipjack" Prather, b. 15 Aug 1766, Rockville, Maryland 
Mother  Lettice McKibben McCarroll, b. 18 Sep 1777, Fincastle, Botetourt Co., Virginia 
Group Sheet  F0796  Default Tree 
Family 1  Mary Ann Huckleberry, b. Abt 1816 
Married  24 Apr 1834  Jennings County, Indiana 
 1. Eliza Jane Prather, b. BET 1830 AND 1858
 2. William Brown Prather, Sgt., b. Abt 1842
 3. Silas Prather, b. 19 Feb 1835
 4. Allen Wiley Prather, Col., b. 19 Feb 1837, Indiana
 5. Uriah Clark Prather, Capt., b. Abt 1839
 6. Alonzo Smith Prather, Lt., b. 25 Jun 1840
 7. Leander Hamilton Prather, Lt., b. Abt 1843
 8. Ary (Ara) Ellen Prather, b. Abt 1845
 9. Walter Scott Prather, b. 9 Jan 1847
 10. John Quincy Prather, b. 21 Jul 1848
 11. Andrew Hamilton Prather, b. Mar 1850
 12. Mary Alice Prather, b. 22 Jun 1852
 13. Theodore A. Prather, b. Abt 1856
 14. Susan C. "Tooda" Prather, b. Abt 1859
 15. McKee Dunn Prather, b. 9 Jul 1860
Group Sheet  F0884  Default Tree 
  • From "Thomas Prather, 1604-1666, Descendants and Allied Kin":

    "Served in Civil War. Burial in Jennings Co., Indiana (Hill Crest Family Cemetary, south of North Vernon.)

    "Circa 1815, Hiram Prather moved with his father, Judge William Prather and family to Jennings Co., Indiana. [Judge William was the notorious Skipjack Prather]

    "In 1838, Hiram was treasurer for Jennings County. In 1847-1848, 1849-1850, 1865 and 1867 he represented Jennings County in the State Legislature and was a member of the Constitutional Convention. [Ref: A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Vol. I, 1816-1899, p. 318.]

    "Hiram Prather was a farmer, a Whig (later a Republican) and a Methodist. Church meetings were held at the Hiram Prather residence until the summer of 1854.

    "Hiram fought in the Mexican War. He and seven of his sons served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Serving with Hiram Prather were: Allen, Uriah, Alonzo, William, Leander, Walter and John Quincy Prather. [Ref: Letter from Major E. S. Adams, Adjutant Generals Ofice, Washington, D.C. to George R. Hill, dated April 23, 1940, gives each son's military record. Sarah Rector has a copy. Also, Hiram Prather's military record, National Archives, Washington, D.C.]

    "Hiram was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh."

    "In later years, Col. Hiram Prather and family resided in North Vernon, Indiana. He built one of the first houses in that place."

    "The Indiana Adj. General's Report states Lt. Col. Hiram Prather, residence North Vernon, Indiana, was commissioned April 26, 1861 and mustered in September 20, 1961 (or April 26, 1861; differing reports). He resigned May 19, 1862. He re-entered service as Lt. Col., serving 3 years in the 6th Reg. of Indiana Volunteers."

    Hiram Prather is the one listed as the enumerator of the 1860 census in his area of Indiana (name in upper corner of each page).

    Hiram Prather Obituary:

    The Vernon Banner, April 1874:


    On Friday, March 27th, 1874, at 9 1/2 o'clock, P. M., at his late residence in North Vernon, Ind., of pneumonia, after an illness of ten days, COL HIRAM PRATHER, in the 65th year of age. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, North Vernon, on Sunday, March 29th, at 10:30 A. M., and the remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends.

    The Vernon Banner, April 8, 1874:


    Pursuant to previous notice a large number of our citizens met at the Reading Room, to pay their last respects to the memory of their lamented friend and fellow citizen, Col. Hiram Prather.

    On motion Rev. Mark Robinson was called to the chair, and Alex. Shephard appointed Secretary.

    On motion Col. Andrews, Col. Tripp and Rev. J. M. McRee, were appointed a committee to draft resolutions of respect for the deceased.

    After a short deliberation said committee returned the following , which were unanimously adopted, after some appropriate and telling remarks by Col. Andrews, Tripp and others, upon the character
    and public services of Col. Prather:

    WHEREAS.-In the inserntable providence of God, our esteemed friend and fellow citizen, Col. H. Prather, has been suddenly called from our midst by the hand of death, therefore:

    Resolved. That we deeply regret our loss, and sympathise in the affections of his family.

    Resolved. That as a pioneer of our county, intimately acquainted with its history and identified with its affairs, his memory has been told in the one, and his usefulness impressed upon the other.

    Resolved. That in the large place he has filled in business relations; in civil, military and political; in social, moral and religious circles, he will long be remembered and greatly missed.

    Resolved. That he was a devoted and untiring worker for the best interests of our town and county, and our faithful representative in the halls of legislature.

    Resolved. That when the shock of war fell upon Sumpter, he rellied with the first volunteers, at the call of his country, and battled with undaunted bravery for the union, for liberty, for your land, its altars and its fires.

    Resolved. That we owe this tribute of respect to his memory-that these resolutions be published in the several papers of the county, and that copies be furnished the afflicted family.
Sources  1. [S02246]   World Family Tree Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Brøderbund Software, Inc., (Release date: August 22, 1996), Tree #3385
"Date of Import: 29 Jan 2002"
2. [S02151]   Prather.FTW
"Date of Import: 16 Mar 2002"
3. [S02246]   World Family Tree Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Brøderbund Software, Inc., (Release date: August 22, 1996), Tree #3385
"Date of Import: 29 Jan 2002"
4. [S02151]   Prather.FTW
"Date of Import: 16 Mar 2002"
5. [S02246]   World Family Tree Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Brøderbund Software, Inc., (Release date: August 22, 1996), Tree #3385
"Date of Import: 29 Jan 2002"
6. [S02151]   Prather.FTW
"Date of Import: 16 Mar 2002"
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