William Prater

about 1872–
Magoffin, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William

When William Prater was born about 1872, in Magoffin, Kentucky, United States, his father, Riley Prater, was 35 and his mother, Lucretia Shepherd, was 35. He married Jennie Jane Miller on 20 January 1894, in Magoffin, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Precinct 6 Trace Fork, Magoffin, Kentucky, United States in 1880.

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William Prater
Jennie Jane Miller
Marriage: 20 January 1894
Oscar Miller

Spouse and Children

20 January 1894
Magoffin, Kentucky, United States


    Oscar Miller


Parents and Siblings

    Riley Prater





    Sarah Sally Prater



    Mary Ann Prater


    James Prater


    John Calvin Prater


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World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 0

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1892 · The Radio is invented

Age 20

Kentucky native Nathan Stubblefield invented the radio in 1892
1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 31

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name for a reeve, the chief magistrate or bailiff of a district, from Latin praetor.2 Dutch: occupational name for a warden of meadows or a gamekeeper, from Middle Dutch prater, preter (Latin pratarius, a derivative of pratum ‘meadow’).3 Dutch and North German: nickname for an excessively talkative person, from Middle Low German praten ‘to talk or prattle’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Prater in household of Riley Prater, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Prater, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William Prator, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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