Jane Prather was the oldest child of Jonathan Prater and his wife, Lyle Jane MacKay, who married in Maryland on September 12, 1660. As Maryland records are missing for this period, we must rely on secondary sources for dates at this time. Most genealogies state that she was born between 1662-1664 at "Prather Hall," in what was then Calvert County, now Prince George's County, just 10 miles south of the US Capitol near Ft. Washington, MD.
All Prather dates in this period are unproven due to the loss of most primary sources. John and Gary Prather, family genealogists, researched this family for 20+ years both in England and MD/VA. They aver that Jonathan Prather (I) married Lyle-Jane MacKay on September 12, 1660, in Maryland, after being transported there from Virginia in October 1658. He may have had an earlier wife who died before September 1660 as his 1658 transportation allowance was 100 acres, normally reserved for a married man... Also two of his alleged daughters: Mary Jane and Elizabeth have birth years of 1658 and 1660. It is doubtful either reached maturity as Jonathan later named two other daughters Jane P. (b. 1662) and Elizabeth (b. 1680).
James Mullikin, Jr. (or II), was from Scottish landed gentry, the Lairds of Blackmyre. His father or grandfather emigrated from Scotland to America earlier in the 17th Century (perhaps via Ulster, Ireland). James Jr. was born in Maryland. His and Jane's plantation in Prince George's county was called "The Level".
Jane Prather Mullikin lived with her family on "The Level" plantation until her death before July 1710. Jane's husband James Mullikin, Jr., died in May 1718 and that date is often incorrectly cited as Jane's death. His Will was proven on May 22, 1718.
Gary Prather, citing Robert Gardine, mentions her.
Jane had a daughter, Mary Mullican [sic=Mullikin], who married John Bowie.
Listed in 'Maryland and Virginia Colonial Families':
John Bowie was the nephew and heir of John Smith of Scotland & Maryland, the latter of whom had married Jane, widow of Jonathan Prather. She was the grand-mother of Mary Mullican / Mullikin. Amount disbursements paid from the Estate of John Smith, dec'd., Nov. 3, 1709, was the following: Paid to John Bowie, a legacy to Mary Mullikin, who has become his wife. 50 pounds sterling. (Inventories and Accounts, Liber 30, f. 235, Hall of Records; cited on: http://www.prathergenealogy.com/GED4WEBN/n_4.htm).
John and Mary (Mullican/Mullikin) Bowie are asserted to have been the grt. grt. grand-parents of the famous 'Jim Bowie', of the Alamo. (Bowie op. cit., p. 639). Reference: 2.002.02. Jane Prather was born in 1664 at Calvert, Maryland, Md. She married James Mullikin Jr., son of James Mullikin and Mary Darnell, circa 1680 at Calvert (now Prince George's), County Md. Jane P. Prater / Prather had passed away by July 1710. Mary Mullikin was born ca. 1685.
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