- Basil William Prather was born on February 01, 1742 in
Frederick County, Maryland, the son of Aaron Allen Prather and
Mary Jane (last name unknown).
- He married Chlorinda Robertson in 1765 in Frederick
County, Maryland. In 1778, Basil and Chlorinda Prather moved from
Frederick, Maryland to Iredell County North Carolina. The Prathers
settled on a farm near Harmony North Carolina along Little Dutchman’s
- Basil Prather co-founded Mount Bethel Methodist Church near
Harmony. Prather sold one acre of land to the church for five
shillings. Initially known as Prather’s Meeting House, the
church was renamed Mount Bethel in the 1830s.
- While in Iredell County, Basil joined
the North Carolina Militia. In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, he
accompanied that militia to Camden South Carolina where he fought, and
was wounded in, the Battle of Camden.
- In 1800, Basil and Chlorinda moved
from Harmony, North Carolina to Clark County Indiana.
- In 1784, General George Rogers Clark laid out the town of
Clarksville, Indiana then in the Northwest Territory. General
Clark conquered the Northwest Territory in 1779. In 1781,
the General Assembly of Virginia granted 150 thousand acres of land to
General Clark and his men in the area north of the Falls of the Ohio
River in Indiana. This grant was referred to as “Clark’s Grant”.
Among Clark’s men were James Robertson and Henry Prather, both of whom
were given land for their services.
- In 1789, land was deeded to Basil
Prather and in 1804 to John Bottorff, Jeremiah Jacobs and John Swan.
These men and their families established the Methodist Church in
Indiana. In 1801 the original Methodist church was broken into several
neighborhood churches. The New Chapel Church was formed in the
Jacobs-Prather neighborhood. New Chapel is the oldest continuous
congregation in Indiana.
- Basil and Chlorinda had sixteen children:
- 2) Nancy Prather, b. 1765;
- 3) William B. "Skipjack" Prather, b. August 15, 1766;
- 4) Walter Prather, b. February 02, 1768;
- 5) Thomas Prather, b. July 23, 1769;
- 6) Basil Robertson Prather, b. June 27, 1771;
- 7) Catherine Prather, b 1772; 8) Aaron Prather, b. 1773;
- 9) John Asa Prather, b. 1776;
- 10) Samuel Prather, b. 1780;
- 11) Rebecca Prather, b. 1784;
- 12) Rachel Prather, b. October 27, 1786;
- 13) Sihon Simon Prather, b. November 09, 1790;
- 14) Chlorinda Prather, b. 1794;
- 15) Susannah Prather, b. 1798;
- 16) Asa Prather, b. about 1800.