Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Prathers in:
 • New Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery
 • Watson
 • Clark County
 • Indiana
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Basil William Prather
Birth: Oct. 20, 1742
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Death: Oct. 7, 1822
Clark County
Indiana, USA

Biography researched and written by Evelyn Park Blalock. Please do not publish elsewhere without providing full and proper credit. Thank you.

Basil Prather was born to Aaron Allen Prather and wife Jane (a cousin) on 20 October 1742, in Prince George's County, Maryland. Paternal grandparents are documented as Thomas McKay Prather and Martha Sprigg. Maternal grandparents are believed to be Jonathan Prather and Elizabeth Biggers.

Basil grew up in a large family, with a twin named Baruch, and ten other siblings. Earlier church records for this family are found in All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Land records indicate that the family moved to Frederick County, Maryland, by 1761, and later to Montgomery County, Maryland. A cemetery that holds many of Basil's family members in unmarked or unidentified graves is located on the property of the Prather homestead in Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland. It is probable that his parents are buried there.

About 1765, Basil married Clorenda Robertson, and together they had fourteen children. The family relocated to Pennsylvania sometime prior to the Revolutionary War, as Basil appears on the war rolls serving as a Captain and Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Continental Troops.

In 1781, Basil received a land grant in Jefferson County, Kentucky, apparently contemplating a move near his twin brother Baruch, who received a grant in Bourbon County and later settled near Lexington. However, it is unclear whether Basil and his family actually relocated to Kentucky. (Documentation regarding the location of Basil during this period would be appreciated.) In 1790, the family is found on records residing in Iredell, North Carolina. By 1810, they moved a final time, to Clark County, Indiana.
Family links: 
  Clorenda Robertson Prather (1748 - 1812)*
  William Ira Prather (1766 - 1858)*
  Walter Prather (1768 - 1841)*
  Thomas Prather (1769 - 1854)*
  Basil Robertson Prather (1771 - 1823)*
  Catherine Prather Smith (1772 - 1844)*
  Clorenda Prather Barnaby (1778 - ____)*
  Lloyd Benton Prather (1782 - 1867)*
  Sihon Simon Prather (1791 - 1844)*
*Calculated relationship
New Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery
Clark County
Indiana, USA
Plot: First Addition, Lot 20, next to Clorenda
Maintained by: EveyBl
Originally Created by: T W Zimmerman
Record added: Jun 01, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8858521
Basil William Prather
Added by: EveyBl
Basil William Prather
Added by: Mike & Linn
Basil William Prather
Added by: EveyBl
There are 5 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- margie honey
 Added: Apr. 22, 2015

- Lynne Uhl
 Added: Mar. 30, 2015
For my 6th great grandfather
- Jayne Merriman Yount
 Added: Mar. 13, 2015
There are 18 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
This page is sponsored by: EveyBl

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service