The History of Vermilion County, copy in my file: The Prathers were initially
German immigrants to Pennsylvania, later his family moved to Virginia. "In
pioneer times his family moved to Kentucky when Jonathan was young and they
were early settlers in Bath County. He was one of nine brothers and three
sisters in Kentucky but he moved to Vermilion County, Illinois during the
Black Hawk War in 1832, living near Danville and later across the state line
and had a farm and worked as a cabinet maker in Vermillion County, Indiana.
This information was furnished by George Prather, the mother of my great
grandmother, Sarah Prather Ross, while he was still alive. It states his
father, Uriah, was reared to manhood in Vermilion County, Illinois.
We have the family traced to James Prather who was born in Maryland and
migrated to Harrison County, Virginia (now Randolph County, West Virginia)
and in 1790 moved to Bourbon County Kentuckey. His farm was located at the
point of juncture of Bath, Nicholas and Bourbon Counties and he could walk
out his door into any of the counties.