Ref. Bourbon Co., Ky. Circuit Court Suits #708 May, 1823 & Suit #496.
"To the Honorable Judge of the Bourbon Circuit Court in Chancery sitting,sheweth unto your honor, your orator Joseph Prather. That sometime since, his father, James Prather, departed this life intestate, leaving your orator,
Jeremiah Prather, Jonathan, John, Bazil, Henry, Isaac, James, Mary Ann,Catharine and Nancy Prather, his children & heirs-at-law, and Eleanor his widow, all of whom, except your orator, are prayed to be defendants of this bill. He would further show that his father at the time of his death was possessed of a tract of land in Bourbon County, containing about 240 acres,which descends equally to his children aforesaid & that no division thereof has ever been made, Forasmuch as your orator, at common law & properly
receivable in equity, he prays that the defendants may answer the allegation of this bill upon their corporal oaths as fully as if the same was here again repeated by interrogatory & that your honor will decree that a division of said land be made amongst the children of said James Prather, deceased, & that dower be assigned said widow & grant such other further relief as to equity
In 1806 James Prather bought a parcel of land on Hinkston Creek in Bourbon Co. from Philemon Thomas, who lived in Mason Co., Ky.
James Prather was born in Maryland and moved his family to Harrison Co., Va.
(which is now Randolph Co., W.VA.) and later to the area that is the corner of
Bourbon, Bath and Nicholas Counties, KY. (Census Records)