Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Rachel Prather

Female 1786 - 1860  (74 years)


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  • Name Rachel Prather 
    Born 1786  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1860  Greenup County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I044780  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 

    Father Benjamin Prather,   b. Bef 1762, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1834, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 72 years) 
    Mother Rachel Walker,   b. Bef 1766, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 15 Jan 1782  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F24511  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Nicholls,   b. 1786, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1838, Greenup County, Kentucky - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 25 Jul 1806  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F24510  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Contributed by Sandra Sanders

      GREENUP COUNTY, KENTUCKY WILL BOOK 3, page 325
      WILL OF JOHN NICHOLS
      Copied by Edythe Nichols

      I, John Nichols of Greenup County, State of Kentucky, desiring to make known the disposition which I desire to be made of my estate in the event of my death do now make, declare and publish this my last will and testament.

      1. I desire all my interest in the estate of my late brother, A. H. G. Nichols, deceased, and all my interest in the estate of my father, deceased, to my wife, Rachel, during her natural life subject however to the payment of all my debts and of the sum of $100 to my daughter Rachel and that the extent of the devise may be fully understood I do declare that the intest hereby devised in all that I may be entitled to, whether in land, money or negroes in the estate of said A. W. G. Nichols, deceased, and all that I may be entitled to in the estate of my late father either at this.time or at the death of my Mother and whether in land, money or negroes. I further declare that my wife is only to have the use of the property devised to her during her life and after her death I devise the whole thereof except aforesaid legacy of $100 to my daughter Amy Ann* Weeks during her life and upon the death my said daughter Amy Ann I do hereby devise all given her during her life to her children and their heirs forever.

      Item. It is my further will that after the devise to my daughter Amy Ann takes place effect in possession she shall have the right to control the property so devised to her during the continuance of said devise to wit during her life without being disturbed in that control to her husband.

      Item. I direct the aforesaid legacy of $100 to be paid in 12 months after my death and in testimony of what I have here done I have subscribed my hand and set my seal this 30th day of January, 1838.

      Wit: W. R. Beatty

      6.M.C. Belford Turner Crump
      s/ John Nichols

      I William Corum, Clerk of County Court of Greenup County, State of Kentucky, do certify that at a County Court held for Greenup County at the court house in Greenupsburg on Monday the 4th day of June, 1838, this last will and testament of John Nichols, deceased, was produced in open court and proven to be the last will and testament of the said John Nichols agreeable to the law by the oath of Wm. R. Beatty and Turner Crump, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, whereupon the said will together with this certificate has been duly admitted to' court in my office.

      Attest:
      Corum, Clerk
      Daughter’s name was Arian (Amy Ann). I have her picture. She married Cornelius Weeks in 1827. John apparently left nothing to his other children

      WILL BOOK 1835-1842, Page 210 John Nichols, Inventory

      A true and just inventory and appraisement of all the personal estate of JOHN NICHOLS, deceased, which was produced to us by James E. Nichols, his administrator.

      One Bed appraised to be worth $8.00

      I do certify that the foregoing Inventory contain all the personal estate
      of John Nichols, deceased, which hath come to my hand's January 21st,
      1839. s/ J. E. Nichols

      We do certify that the foregoing appraisement was truly and justly made of the personal property of John Nichols, Deceased, which 'was
      produced to us by his administrator to the best of our judgment all
      of which we respectfully report to the Greenup County Court, given
      under our hands this 21st day of January 1839.

      S/ Jesse Davidson

      s/ Henry Puthaf & Henry Hardwick Attest: B Burns
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      Contributed by Sandra Sanders

      Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Prather
      In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Prather of Prince George's County in the State of Maryland. being in good Health of body and of sound and disposing memory and understanding. aware of the certainty of death. and that the period of its approach is hidden from our eyes, desirous of setting all my worldly affairs and preparing for the awful transition from time to Eternity when it shall please our Heavenly father to summon me hence do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following. that is to say
      First and Principally I resign my soul to my all gracious creator who fashioned it with an humble reliance on his mercy. and forgiveness of all my sins and transgressions through the mercy and atonement of Our Blessed Redeemer and I commit my Body to the earth to be suitable interred under the direction and at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and appointed Provided that there shall be no Funeral Preached over my remains. And It is my desire that neither of my Daughters nor any of my relations shall not wear mourning as is customary on such occasions - and after my Funeral Expenses and my Just debts are paid I devise and bequeath as follows
      I give and bequeath to my grand son Benjamin Belt Nichols (son of John and Rachel Nichols) all my Plantation whereon I now live being a part of two tracts of land called Gog harbour and Prather folly. which has been Resurveyed and Called Mount Prospect Except one half Acre of Land which I reserve as a family Burying Ground at the back of the Orchard North of my Dwelling house where the Burying ground now is. Also a small tract of Land lying on the Piney branch bottom on the western side of the branch called Brothers Delight, in fee simple
      Item. I give and Bequeath to Kitty Waring (wife of Edward G Waring) One Hundred Dollars
      Item. I give and Bequeath to Elenor Baden (wife of Clement Baden) One Hundred and fifty Dollars.
      Item. I give and Bequeath to Caroline Waring (daughter of James Waring deceased) Fifty dollars
      Item I give and bequeath to Dr. James Waring (son of Edward G Waring) One Hundred Dollars and my map of the United States.
      Item. I give and Bequeath to Richard B Walker my large Bible. Item I give and Bequeath to Richard M Waring my watch
      Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Rachel Nichols my half dozen Silver Table spoons
      item I give and Bequeath to my daughter Eliza Nichols one dozen Silver Tea Spoons
      Item my Will and desire is that all my Negroes. viz Bob. Bachus. Joe. Bill Dorsey Henson, Sarah. Ann. John. Martha and Rachel, shall be sold for the Highest Prices that can be obtained for them under the following Provisions, that is, none of the aforesaid Negroes shall be sold to any Person Residing out of Prince George's County without their own Consent and in all cases they shall have the Privilege of Choosing their own masters (to be sold to all the rest and residue of my estate will to be sold to the best Advantage, and the proceeds of such sale as well as the proceeds of the sale of the Negroes to be equally divided between my two Daughters Rachel and Eliza share and share alike And it is my will John Nichols Husband of my daughter Rachel and Nicholas Nichols Husband of my Daughter Eliza Shall nor have any authority or Control over any part of my Estate hereby given and bequeathed to their wives (my said daughters Rachel and Eliza) but my said daughters may themselves receive of and from my Executor hereinafter named their respective shares and receipt in their own names which shall be as good and sufficient discharge to my Executor as if theyhad been at the time of so doing afeme sole
      And lastly I do hereby Constitute and appoint Richard M Waring Executor of this my last Will and Testament Revoking and annulling all former Wills heretofore by me made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament
      Witness my hand and seal this twenty first day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand and eight Hundred and Thirtyfour
      Benj Prather (seal)
      Signed, Sealed, Published, and declared. by Benjamin Prather the above named Testator. as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the undersigned who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each Other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
      Joseph I Jones
      Samuel Phillips
      Overton C. Phillips

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