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Jane (Prather) Mulliken (1662 - bef. 1710)

Jane Mulliken formerly Prather aka Prater, Praytor
Born in Prather Hall, Calvert, Province of Marylandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1680 in Prince George's County, Marylandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before before age 48 in Prince George's, Province of Marylandmap
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Prather Hall was originally located in Calvert co., MD (later PGCO).



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Jane (Prather) Mulliken has Scottish Ancestors.

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).[1]

Jane P. Prather (b. 1662) married James Gunnell Mullikin, Jr. (b. 1662) in 1680, in Calvert Co., Maryland.[2] They had the following 9 children:[3]

1. James Mullikin b: 1681 in Prince George County, Maryland
2. Thomas Mullikin b. 1682 in PG Co., Maryland
3. John Mullikin b: 1683 in MD - died before 1694
4. Mary Mullikin b: 1685 in Prince George County, Maryland
5. Jane Mullikin b: 1693 in Prince George's County, Maryland
6. William Mullikin b: 1698 in Prince George County, Maryland
7. Eleanor "Ellen" Mullikin - b. ca. 1689 and died as an infant
8. John (2nd of name) Mullikin b. 29 March 1706 in PG County MD
9. Eleanor (2nd of name) Mullikin b. ca. 1707 in PG County MD

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".[4]

Jane Prather Mullikin lived with her family on "The Level" plantation until her death before July 1710.[5] 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.


  1. See: - "Jane P. Prater {I97}".
  2. - "James Mullikin {I1167}" This site says she was born 1664 and married 1685 but the accepted birth dates of 2 oldest sons indicate a marriage in 1680, making a 1662 birthdate plausible.
  3. - "Baker, Beeman, Boyer... Tree" includes lengthy citations from 17-18th Century documents. See also:
  4. The Bowie & Their Kindred, book, pub 1899, pg. 22, cited on
  5. Jane's mother's Will (= "Jane Smith" at her death) was written on July 27, 1710 and names Jane Mullikin's daughter Mary instead of Jane as a beneficiary. This meant that Mary's mother was already deceased. Some researchers had used the "Will proven" date of Dec. 7, 1713, instead of the earlier July 1710 date. See:


  • WikiTree profile Prather-2 was created through the import of mcdougle 2010-06-30.ged on 01 July 2010 by David McDougal.
  • WikiTree profile Prather-2 was researched and this biography written by Chet Snow, a descendant of Jonathan I & Lyle Jane Prater, on Feb. 9, 2015. Please consult the "Changes" pages for changes made to this profile and add or correct data if you have reliable Sources.

Relationship to Jim Bowie of the Alamo

Jane P Prater

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:

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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DNA confirmation between downs-977 & yates-4563

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I changed the parental relationships to "confident" because the necessary DNA source citation statements with the DNA test matching details are missing.

I strongly recommend using the DNA Confirmation Citation Maker app, for creating and/or validating DNA source citations.

John Kingman, a Coordinator with the DNA Project.

posted by John Kingman
Please change the “Confirmed with DNA” relationship with parents to “Confident”. downs-977 & yates-4563 are 15th cousins twice removed. WikiTree requires “Confirmed with DNA” back that many generations to use a triangulated group (at least 3 distant cousins) all matching each other on an autosomal segment of at least 7 cM.

Thank you and sincerely,

posted by Peter Roberts
Prather-387 and Prather-2 appear to represent the same person because: Mary Jane's father was born after she was.
posted by Sue (Howard) Ison
Prather-2 and Prather-790 appear to represent the same person because: Looks like the two profiles are the same.

Thank you. Kenneth

posted by Kenneth Shelton
Mullikin-74 and Prather-2 appear to represent the same person because: Jane(Mullikin)was born in 1664 and died 1713 as in Prather-2 The Mullikin-74 lists her as born 1693. However, Jonathan, her father died 1680, that is 13 years before she was born. Other than birth dates, this is a match.

Thank you, Kenneth

posted by Kenneth Shelton

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