The Dumas & Morris Family Repository


The Dumas & Morris Family Repository


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      Sex: M


Parents
         Father: Willis Heber PRATHER 1
         Mother: Eva L. FAWCETT

Spouses and Children
1. Living
       Children:
                1. Living
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Wayne Ellsworth PRATHER

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 12 Mar 1900 4 5
    Christening: 
          Death: 29 Oct 1918 6
         Burial: 

Events

Notes
He had a residence on 21 Jun 1900 in Anderson Township, Mendocino, California, USA. 7


Parents
         Father: Maurice R PRATHER 7 8
         Mother: Ella CLOW 8 9 10 11


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William PRATHER

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 17 Feb 1832 - Vernon, Jennings Co., IN 8 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
    Christening: 
          Death: 17 Jun 1908 - Boonville, Mendocino, California, USA 15 21
         Burial: in Evergreen Cemetery, Boonville, Mendocino, California, USA 22

Events
He had a residence on 4 Jun 1880 in Anderson Township, Mendocino, California, USA. 14 23
He had a residence on 8 Oct 1887 in Boonville, Mendocino, California, USA. 20
He had a residence on 21 Jun 1900 in Anderson Township, Mendocino, California, USA. 7
He had a residence in 1902 in Philo, Mendocino, California, USA. 24


Parents
         Father: John Lloyd PRATHER 17
         Mother: Mary JOHNSON 25

Spouses and Children
1. *Diana Elizabeth INGRAM 13 26 
       Marriage: 5 Aug 1860 - Anderson Valley, Mendocino Co., CA 8 13 27 28 29
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Hattie Ellen PRATHER 8 30 31 32
                2. John Thomas PRATHER 8
                3. May PRATHER 8
                4. Earl PRATHER 8 33
                5. Millie PRATHER 8 34
                6. Maurice R PRATHER 7 8
                7. Carl Sumner PRATHER 7 8 35 36
                8. Lily Maud PRATHER 8
                9. Eva Inola PRATHER 8 37

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General:
Burgess-Prather Story

William Prather (Feb. 16, 1832 - June 17, 1908) Diana Elizabeth (Ingram) Prather (Feb. 16, 1836 - July 11, 1906)

One of our earlier pioneers was William Prather, born on a farm near "old" Vernon in Jennings county, Indiana. His father, John Lloyd Prather, had been born on the same farm in 1801. William's mother, Mary (Johnson) Prather, died when he was very small, leaving five children. Of these, Cornelius, the eldest, and William, the youngest, were both to become early settlers in Anderson Valley. The father remarried, and the new wife, Mary (Lane) Prather, proved a much loved stepmother to the children. Giving up the farm, John Lloyd took his family to Scott County, Indiana for a time, then in 1845 they moved to Iowa. This was the fall before Iowa became a state. Here at Keokuk they lived for two years, then moved to Libertyville in Jefferson County. There were more children by the stepmother. When William was about fifteen, he was "bound out" to a neighbor to learn the shoemaking trade. He was to serve for five years, according to the papers of indenture. But sitting at a cobbler's bench all day, to a boy accustomed to the freedom of a farm was too much. When only a short time remained for the fulfilling of the contract, he heard that a caravan bound for California was forming in the community. When it set out one morning, nineteen-year-old William was with it, riding a good horse and driving cattle for the leader of the party. This was early spring of 1852. After an arduous journey of six months, the caravan reached Sutter's Fort on the 20th of September, 1852. Grandfather Prather spent only two weeks trying the mines, and "decided that that life was not for him!" (My mother's quote.) The slow trip down the Sacramento Valley came next, ending in Solano County. He worked on ranches near Benicia and Vacaville for two years, learning blacksmithing and working with metals to make farming tools. But Grandpa Prather wanted land. Learning that the Mexican Land Grants of that area were in litigation in our courts, he decided to go farther north. Reports of a valley that was not included in land grants had reached him. On the west, the "Grant Del Norte" or Garcia Grant extended from the mouth of the Gualala River to the Mal Paso, and inland to the top of the range dividing Anderson Valley and the coast. On the northeast, the Yokayo (Ukiah) Grant which was only about eighteen miles long and one mile wide, did not include the range of hills between Ukiah and our valley. This left what became Anderson Valley free from grants. My mother wrote that her father, William, started north "in a vehicle resembling a buckboard" and that a man came with him whose name she could not remember. This was in 1854. Driving through the level land was easy and they reached the site of the present Cloverdale where a "trading post" had just been established. A mile or so north of this, they came to the big hill. Today Highway 128 zigzags smoothly to the top, but the Indian trail started to the right across the gulch. I am sure of this because of the following incident. About 1906, my mother and I were returning from Cloverdale with Grandfather Prather driving. At the base of the hill at the present "Alder Glenn Springs" sign, he pointed across the gulch and said, "There's where we came in." There the ascent was low and gradual, leading to the open ground on the top of the range of hills. We have no facts of the rest of his trip but he probably kept on high ground most of the time and, like the Beeson-Anderson boys before him, had his first view of our valley from "burger Rock" on the Floyd Johnson Ranch. About five miles down the valley, they saw a cabin to their left, on the bank of what is now Anderson Creek. Here they found Mr. Amos Burgess, who had arrived in 1853 from Virginia. He was raising stock and farming, and needed help in developing the place. Mr. Burgess and William became partners on the ranch. Here we lose track of the man who came with him into the Valley. The partnership worked well. After about five years, Mr. Burgess wrote to his sister, Nancy (Burgess) Ingram and her husband, Daniel Holder Ingram in Iowa, urging them to come to California and here. This was before the Homestead Act of 1862 and "squatters' rights" were still legal. In 1859 the Ingram family arrived and settled on land joining the Burgess place. Their home is now the property of Marion Prather, grandson of William Prather and also great grandson of the Ingrams. In 1860 on Dec. 8th, William Prather married Diana Elizabeth Ingram. At that time, William and Amos Burgess sold their place to a man named Hawkins. The young couple lived with the Ingrams for a short time, and "Uncle Burgess," as my mother called him, built a log cabin in the foothills southwest of Boonville. In the spring of 1861, Grandfather Prather bought back from Hawkins the original place on the bank of Anderson Creek. Mr. Hawkins went to live on what is now the Fitch Ranch. Grandfather added acreage to the place by squatters' rights and by purchase. Here, on July 11, 1861, my mother, Hattie Ellen Prather was born, the eldest of nine children, eight of whom grew to adulthood. The home became too small for the family. Grandfather chose a spot above the road on higher ground dug a well and built a house. On the southwest corner, he planted a cypress tree for shade. They moved to the new home about 1874. We lived about a half-mile north of this Prather home from 1890 to 1901, so I well remember the place. The cypress tree by then was huge and we children played in its branches. My older sister, Madge, climbed too high, fell out and broke her arm. The home became a typical pioneer farm. The fields below the road luxuriant with wild oats at first, produced hay and grains. Two orchards and a small vineyard flourished. In a stream below the road, a dam was built, providing irrigation for the upper part of one field. Here Grandfather grew the best of vegetables, berries and melons. The lower part of the stream was wooded, and provided a perfect camp spot in the summer for any of the family. A spring gushed out of the bank just above. Here always hung a dipper made from a gourd. The large end of the gourd had been hollowed to make the cup part; the long part became the handle. After drying in the sun, it was a unique drinking cup. There was another up at the house by thew ell for the Indians who always stopped on their trips from Ukiah or Hopland to the coast. We children were always excited as their parade came up the walk. The men came first, carrying nothing. The small ones came next, smiling shyly at us, followed by the squaws; their backs loaded with bundles. After quenching their thirst, the men sat down along the porch edge to rest, while the squaws went up to the chicken yard where a huge oak tree stood. They shook the branches or hit them with a long stick and the acorns came rattling down. These were piled on old pieces of cloth, the corners of which were knotted together for easy carrying. In a short time, Grandfather appeared from the garden below with a heavy looking grain sack over his shoulder. He stepped onto the porch, put down his load and out rolled big watermelons. How their stoic faces changed. With broad smiles they began cracking the melons on the edge of the porch and devouring them. Appreciation was expressed very simply, as one of the men volunteered, "Good, Bill." Grandfather's attitude, like that of our other pioneers was understanding and friendly, and because of this, we had no Indian trouble. Grandfather built a hay barn and a stable below the road. In my memory (the nineties), there was always a row of horses at the long manger, carted for by my uncles. Earl and Johnny became ranchers and stock raisers, Johnny after his marriage living on the Ukiah road on what was then the Elledge ranch. Carl and Maurice were "teamsters" at that time. Hauling tanbark out of the valley around the turn of the century meant maneuvering six horses, bells jingling, around the narrow dangerous turns. Riding today to Ukiah over Highway 253, two of three of these long abandoned bits of road can still be seen. In bringing the heavily loaded wagon around a high point, the lead horse seemed to be stepping over the edge. Small wonder that the Ukiah road was then in "Boontling" jargon named "The Poor Way." Grandfather made use of skills he had learned earlier. Aunt Eva (Prather) Ornbaun told me that one-day he said he was going to see if he could still make a pair of shoes. This he did, producing quite a creditable pair, "made from scratch." He built a shop below the road where horses were shod and metal work done. Most of the family on leaving home were given a handcrafted fireplace set, complete with andirons, shovel, poker and tongs. He built the first bathroom I ever saw just off the kitchen. No plumbing, of course, and water had to be heated in two large black, cast iron pots and carried the few feet to the tub. This tub he made from wooden boards, and lined it with tin. These sheets of tin were salvaged from empty five-gallon cans of coal oil used in lamps. Mother remembered the day when her father returned from his semi-annual trip to Petaluma for supplies, bringing their fist lamp. He filled it with oil outside, but little Grandmother wouldn't let him bring it into the house - "It would explode!" All stood gingerly on the steps until he had it lighted and proved its safety." In this home, William and Diana Prather spent the rest of their lives. Of their children, Hattie, Earl, Millie, Maurice and Carl continued to live in the Valley. Johnnie and Maud, after their marriages were residents of Ukiah, and Eva of Ornbaun Valley and later of Greenwood (Elk). In 1900, a reunion was held at the old home. We have a picture of the family at that time showing three generations. Diana passed away July 11, 1906 and William on June 17, 1908. They are buried in Con Creek Cemetery near Boonville.

(Grass Roots of Anderson Valley, by Blanch Brown, First edition January 1981, page 15-22.) 25
Marriage Notes (Diana Elizabeth Ingram)
by Edwin Brayton, Justice of the Peace

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Parents
         Father: Hale Carl PRATHER 1
         Mother: Caroline Susanna BECKLEY

Spouses and Children
1. *Helen Ruth WILSON
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       Children:
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Willis Heber PRATHER

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 23 Mar 1895 - ,, California, USA 38 39 40
    Christening: 
          Death: 6 Jun 1943 - , San Francisco, California, USA 38 39
         Burial: 

Events

Notes
He had a residence on 11 Jun 1900 in Ukiah, Mendocino, California, USA. 1


Parents
         Father: John Thomas PRATHER 8
         Mother: Kate BROWN 8

Spouses and Children
1. *Eva L. FAWCETT
       Marriage: 11 Jan 1919 41
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Living
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Zella B. PRATHER

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 28 Oct 1904 - ,, California, USA 43 44
    Christening: 
          Death: 22 Dec 1988 - , Mendocino, California, USA 43
         Burial: 

Events
She had a residence in Apr 1930 in Anderson Township, Mendocino, California, USA. 45


Parents
         Father: Maurice R PRATHER 7 8
         Mother: Ella CLOW 8 9 10 11

Spouses and Children
1. *Sidney W. CROSS 6 46 47 
       Marriage: Abt 1925 48
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Living


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August PRATT

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 1849 - , Vermont, USA 50
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Events
He had a residence on 19 Sep 1850 in Warren, Washington Co., VT. 51


Parents
         Father: Hiram J. Or Homer PRATT 52 53
         Mother: Elmira Partridge RIFORD 54


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Elizabeth PRATT

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 
    Christening: 
          Death: 
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Spouses and Children
1. *Isaac SHELDON III 55 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Sarah SHELDON 55


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Sources


1 1900 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?SEC=California&IN=011474&PN=148a&CD=923).

2 1900 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?SEC=California&IN=011205&PN=5a&CD=923), Listed as Mervyn E. Prather.

3 History of Mendocino County, California (Alley, Bowen & Co., San Francisco, Cal.), Gives name as Wayne Ellsworth Prather.

4 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA), p 27, born 12 March 1900.

5 1900 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?SEC=California&IN=011205&PN=5a&CD=923), Age 3/10 born Mar 1900 in California.

6 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA), p 27.

7 1900 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?SEC=California&IN=011205&PN=5a&CD=923).

8 History of Mendocino County, California (Alley, Bowen & Co., San Francisco, Cal.), Pages 703-705.

9 1900 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?SEC=California&IN=011205&PN=5a&CD=923), Ellen Prather.

10 1930 U. S. Census (Location: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6224&iid=CAT626_177-0686), Ella Hogan.

11 Rootsweb, California Death Records (URL: http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi), Ella Hogan.

12 Indenture Book 31, Page 344 (Location: Napa County Recorder, Napa, CA), William Prather.

13 Alva Cass Ingram, History of the Ingram Family (self published).

14 Phil Carnahan, 1880 Mendocino County Great Register (URL: http://www.pacificsites.com/~pcarna/), 72 Prather, William, 47, Indiana, Boonville.

15 Mendocino County Death Index Books 3,4 & 5 1907 to 1917 (URL: http://www.pacificsites.com/~pcarna/), Prather, William 02/17/1832 06/17/1908 3/107 Boonville.

16 Source, Age 28.

17 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA), p. 15.

18 1880 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.ancestry.com/search/io/browse.asp?c=5&state=California&county=Mendocino&township=Anderson&ed=66&roll=T9_68&STAbrv=CA&startimg=633&endimg=665&rp=638&hash=499481829&width=2624&height=3430&levels=5&colorspace=Grayscale), Age 48 born Indiana.

19 1900 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?SEC=California&IN=011205&PN=5a&CD=923), Age 68 born Feb 1832 in Indiana.

20 Great Register of Voters: California 1890 (Heritage Quest
Edition: Copyright 2002 ProQuest), Prather, William, age 55, born Indiana, res. Boonville, Mendocino Co., CA, reg. date 8 Oct 1887, page 44.

21 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA), p 22.

22 Phil Carnahan, Mendocino County Cemetery Index (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mendocem/cemetery/ceml.txt), Prather, William, Evergreen Cem., Boonville.

23 1880 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.ancestry.com/search/io/browse.asp?c=5&state=California&county=Mendocino&township=Anderson&ed=66&roll=T9_68&STAbrv=CA&startimg=633&endimg=665&rp=638&hash=499481829&width=2624&height=3430&levels=5&colorspace=Grayscale).

24 Phil Carnahan, 1902 Mendocino County Great Register (URL: http://www.pacificsites.com/~pcarna/), 94 Prather, William, Anderson, 70, Philo.

25 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA).

26 Indenture Book 31, Page 344 (Location: Napa County Recorder, Napa, CA), Dianna E. Prather.

27 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA), p 18, says they were married 8 Dec 1860.

28 Mendocino County Early Marriage Index 1859 to 1893 (Location: http://www.pacificsites.com/~pcarna/), Prather, William Ingram, D.E. 08/05/1860 1/8.

29 Source, At the house of W. Prather in Anderson Valley.

30 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA), p. 18.

31 Submitter: Abstracted by Ronna Dumas 16 November 2001, Death certificate for Madge B. Henley 3400 03250 (File Num: 73109256
Location: Sacramento County Clerk-Recorder, Sacramento, CA), Mother Hattie Prather born in CA.

32 1920 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.ancestry.com/search/io/browse.asp?c=3&state=California&county=Mendocino&township=Anderson&ed=107&roll=T625_121&STAbrv=CA&startimg=3&endimg=24&rp=21&hash=1400249043&width=2317&height=1733&levels=5&colorspace=Grayscale), Hattie Brown.

33 1910 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?IN=026126&PN=13&SEC=California&CD=950), Earl Prather.

34 1910 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?IN=026136&PN=18&SEC=California&CD=950), Millie Brown.

35 Mendocino County Early Marriage Index 1859 to 1893 (Location: http://www.pacificsites.com/~pcarna/), McGimsey, Maud M. Prather, Carl S. 1900 9/120 Cty Record.

36 Births, Deaths, and Marriages of California's Mendocino Coast (Heritage Books Archives & Mendocino Coast Genealogy Society
Volume: Vol 1 - 4
Edition: First edition), C. S. Prather married Maud McGimsey at Boonville, January 14, 1900. January 31, 1900 edition.

37 1920 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.ancestry.com/search/io/browse.asp?c=3&state=California&county=Mendocino&township=Anderson&ed=107&roll=T625_121&STAbrv=CA&startimg=3&endimg=24&rp=24&hash=1740771357&width=2321&height=1733&levels=5&colorspace=Grayscale), Eva I. Ornbaun.

38 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA), p 25.

39 Rootsweb, California Death Records (URL: http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi), PRATHER WILLIS H 03/23/1895 BROWN PRATHER M CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO(38) 06/06/1943 556-09-9862 48 yrs.

40 1900 U. S. Census (Location: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?SEC=California&IN=011474&PN=148a&CD=923), Age 5 born Mar 1895 in California.

41 Blanche Brown, Grass Roots of Anderson Valley (1981 AVA Printing Shop, Boonville, CA), p 26.

42 1930 U. S. Census (Location: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6224&iid=CAT626_177-0686), Zella B. Cross.

43 Rootsweb, California Death Records (URL: http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi), CROSS ZELLA B 10/28/1904 CLOW PRATHER F CALIFORNIA MENDOCINO 12/22/1988 561-40-7027 84 yrs.

44 1930 U. S. Census (Location: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6224&iid=CAT626_177-0686), Age 30 born California.

45 1930 U. S. Census (Location: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6224&iid=CAT626_177-0686).

46 1930 U. S. Census (Location: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6224&iid=CAT626_177-0686), Sidney W. Cross.

47 Rootsweb, California Death Records (URL: http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi), CROSS SIDNEY W 06/17/1899 GILBERT CROSS M MICHIGAN SAN FRANCISCO(38) 09/30/1948 49 yrs.

48 1930 U. S. Census (Location: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6224&iid=CAT626_177-0686), Sidney was 30 and Zella was 25 at the time of marriage.

49 1850 U. S. Census (Location: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/showimage.cgi?yr=1850&st=VT&rl=0928&pg=0016a), August Pratt.

50 1850 U. S. Census (Location: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/showimage.cgi?yr=1850&st=VT&rl=0928&pg=0016a), Age 1 born Vermont.

51 1850 U. S. Census (Location: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/showimage.cgi?yr=1850&st=VT&rl=0928&pg=0016a).

52 Judy Kendall, Riford (Location: Original in possession of Ronna Dumas), Hiram J. Pratt.

53 1850 U. S. Census (Location: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/showimage.cgi?yr=1850&st=VT&rl=0928&pg=0016a), Homer Pratt.

54 1850 U. S. Census (Location: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/showimage.cgi?yr=1850&st=VT&rl=0928&pg=0016a), Almira Pratt.

55 Genealogy.com, Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Vol. III, The New England Ancestry of H.R.H. The Princess of Wales, Page 650 (URL: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_load.cgi?img=/ifa/data/179/images/Genealogies-20of-20Connecticut-20Families-2C-20Vol-2E-20III/The-20New-20England-20Ancestry-20of-20H-2ER-2EH-2E-20The-20Princess-20of-20Wales/00/25/002544.650.gif).


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