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Richard Cox Prather
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1818
Fulton County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 1904
Fulton County
Kentucky, USA

The Hickman Courier newspaper, Hickman, Fulton County, KY
5 February 1904; Page 4, Column 1


Richard C. Prather, who died at his home near Jordan, KY, Wednesday, January 27, was, perhaps, the most conspicuous figure in Fulton County's history.

Born in Jefferson County, near Louisville, on Christmas Day, 1818, he moved to this section in 1842 and settled on a portion of what is now known as the Prather military land grant. This grant which comprised several thousands of acres, was made to deceased's grandfather, Col. Basil Prather, by the Continental Congress as a partial reward for services rendered in the Continental army during the war of the revolution. And it was there that he lived and died.

Throughout his entire life Richard Prather had the esteem and respect of all who knew him. He was a scholar, a gentleman of the old chivalric southern school, a constant reader, a deep thinker, a man of strong convictions and noted as having the courage to sustain them, a democrat always, and who was exceedingly fond of home and fireside companionship.

He was married October 27, 1840, to Miss Martha Givens in Trimble County, Kentucky, who was his faithful companion and help meet up till twelve years ago, when she passed into the great beyond. To this union were born seven sons, three of whom are still living.

His first appearance in public life was in 1848, when he became sheriff of Fulton County, serving in that capacity until 1854. Later he was a United States deputy marshal, and most ably did he acquit himself of the onerous duties of that office.

He cast his first vote in 1840 for Martin Van Buren, and against William Henry Harrison, for president. He was several times elected as a delegate to state democratic conventions, and was always a commanding and prominent personage therein. He took an active part during the yellow fever epidemic in 1878 - during which he lost three grown sons, two of whom were physicians, and the other a lawyer, and Mayor of Hickman at the time - and gave freely of his time and wealth to lessen the sufferings of the afflicted.

Previous to the war he was cashier, and later President, of the Southern Bank of Kentucky, located at Hickman, which trust he held until the outbreak of hostilities, when the bank, through the vicissitudes and uncertainty of a military government, closed its doors.

In his death Fulton County has lost a citizen than whom there were none more prominent nor more respected, and did she have more such examples of honesty, integrity, intelligence and courage, she could easily and rightfully lay claim to being the foremost county in the state.

May his soul rest in peace.

The Hickman Courier newspaper, Hickman, Fulton County, KY
5 February 1904; Page 4, Column 2

Local And Personal (column)

Mrs. C. P. Shumate, of Newbern, was in the city last week to attend the funeral of her grandfather, Mr. R. C. Prather.
Note: Mrs. Clay Porter Shumate was Pauline Prather, the daughter of George Basil Prather and Mary "Mollie" Overton. She and Shumate divorced, her second husband was Clarence Mines Reynolds.


The Hickman Courier
January 29 1904

Mr. R.C. Prather Dead

Mr.R.C. Prather, an old and highly respected citizen of Fulton county, and who was known by nearly every one, died on his farm, 8 miles from Hickman, Wednesday, January 27. Mr. Prather has been failing in his health for probably six months, was confined to his room for about two months, and within the past week took a sudden change for the worse, and the sad end came Wednesday evening about 4:10 o'clock, his bedside surrounded by his sister, children and grandchildren. Deceased was 85 years old and had been a citizen of Fulton County for more than 60 years. He leaves 3 sons, a sister, brother, and a number of grand children and great grand children to mourn his loss.

The services were conducted at the City Cemetery, Thursday evening at 2 o'lock, by Eld J.H. Rhoulac. We extend sympathy to the bereaved.

Family links: 
  Thomas R. Prather (1795 - 1843)
  Elizabeth Cox Prather (1794 - 1864)
  Martha Jane Givens Prather (1819 - 1891)
  George Basil Prather (____ - 1878)*
  John William Prather (1849 - 1917)*
  Richard Cox Prather (1852 - 1878)*
  Hugh Logan Prather (1854 - 1878)*
  Richard Cox Prather (1818 - 1904)
  George Meriwether Prather (1820 - 1911)*
  William Lindsay Prather (1827 - 1898)*
  Nancy Jane Prather Cocke (1829 - 1854)*
*Calculated relationship
Hickman City Cemetery
Fulton County
Kentucky, USA
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Richard Cox Prather
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