John William Prather

8 February 1870–25 November 1953 (Age 83)
Saline, Illinois, United States

The Life of John William

When John William Prather was born on 8 February 1870, in Saline, Illinois, United States, his father, William Garrett Prather, was 37 and his mother, Mary Melissa Clark, was 23. He married Minerva Elizabeth Fletcher on 28 January 1891, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Somerset, Saline, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Mountain Township, Saline, Illinois, United States for about 40 years. He died on 25 November 1953, at the age of 83, and was buried in Saline, Illinois, United States.

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John William Prather
Minerva Elizabeth Fletcher
Marriage: 28 January 1891
Carrie May Prather
Grace Prather
Lushel Prather
Blueford Prather
Pearl Prather
Virgil A. Prather
Redith Gladys Prather
Cecil Prather
Lillie Prather

Spouse and Children

28 January 1891
Illinois, United States


    Carrie May Prather


    Grace Prather



    Blueford Prather


    Pearl Prather


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    William Garrett Prather


    Mary Melissa Clark




World Events (8)


Age 1

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

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 Chicago Canal

Age 22

The Chicago River Canal was built as a sewage treatment scheme to help the city's drinking water not to get contaminated. While the Canal was being constructed the Chicago River's flow was reversed so it could be treated before draining back out into Lake Michigan.

Name Meaning

German:1. variant of Brather ( see Brader 2). 2. variant of Prater . 3. habitational name from Prath, Rhineland (near St. Goarshausen).

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

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Sources (3)

  • John W Prather, "United States Census, 1930"
  • J W Prather, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John W Prather, "United States Census, 1920"

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