Biography of William Prather
Anderson Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





William Prather, Son of John L. and Mary Johnson Prather, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, February 16, 1832. When he was ten years of age, his parents moved to Scott county, Indiana, from there to Iowa, the fall before Iowa was a State, where he resided till the spring of 1852. He then came to California, crossing the plains, and after a tedious journey of six months, he, on the 20th day of September, arrived in Sacramento City. For two weeks he engaged in prospecting, and then went to Solano county and worked at farming till 1855. In November of that year he came to Anderson valley, which was then part of Sonoma county, where he has since continuously resided. He now owns five hundred and thirty acres of land, upon which he is engaged in farming and sheep raising. Married Miss Diana E. Ingram, August 5, 1860, a native of Pike county, Ohio, born February 16, 1836. By this union, they have the following children: Hattie E., born July 11, 1861; John T., born December 17, 1863; Earl, born March 27, 1868; Millie, born March 27, 1870; Maurice, born July 23, 1873; Carl, born November 10, 1875; Maud, born February 3, 1877; and Eva I., born November 25, 1879.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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