Fayette County’s Raven Run Nature Sanctuary and A Genealogy Discovery!

Revolutionary Soldier, Baruch Prather, 1st Sergeant and Patriot of Maryland, October 20, 1742 – December 2, 1810. Placed by Transylvania Chapter DAR.

Yesterday was beautiful in Kentucky – so we decided to make the most of it!  After a quick lunch at DQ – Dairy Queen – Julian’s favorite place for fries – we headed for the 734 acre Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.  It is a terrific hiking place – Ritchey and Linton have been there several times.  But recent information that came to light makes it much more interesting than just a place for a good hike!

Prather Cemetery

Baruch William Prather, a Sergeant in the Maryland Militia during the Revolutionary War, once owned this property.  He and his wife, Sarah Higgins, married in Frederick County, Maryland, November 16, 1775.  About 25 years later they moved to Fayette County, Kentucky, purchasing 166 acres of Henry Bell’s 3,000 acre military warrant, in 1804 – which is now part of Raven Run!  The family homestead is still standing – you can tell it has been lived in not too long ago due to the electric line running to it and the storm door on front!  It must have been well built.

At the back of the house is the family cemetery, surrounded by a low rock wall.  Many stones are still standing, but many are difficult to impossible to read.  According to Find A Grave there are 36 people buried in this cemetery.  Baruch Prather’s stone has a military marker installed on it by the DAR, and an additional, readable stone, at the back.  Sarah’s stone is beside Baruch’s, and is still readable.

Baruch Prather, 1 Sergeant, Maryland Militia, Revolutionary War, 1742-1810.

Baruch Prather was born at Orphans Gift, October 20, 1742, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the son of Aaron Allen Prather, Sr., and Mary Jane Cousin.  He died on his plantation near Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, on December 2, 1810, and was buried in the cemetery at the back of his house.

Sarah Prather, consort of Baruch Prather, who died January 10, 1844, aged 83 years.

Sarah Jane Higgins, the daughter of James William Higgins and Luraner Becraft, was born in Frederick County, Maryland, August 29, 1761, and died January 20, 1844, on the Prather farm in Fayette County, Kentucky.

Another view of the cemetery.

Baruch and Sarah had at least nine children:  Thomas W., Deborah Oliver, Martha Sprigg, Ann Nancy, Mary, Rebecca, Benjamin Higgins, Walter D., and Luraner.

Ritchey and Julian beside their great-grandfather’s grave.

But the most important discovery is that this is Ritchey’s fifth great-grandfather!  And Julian’s seventh great-grandfather!  They are now eligible to become members of the Sons of the American Revolution!  I was so excited to get a photo of the two of them with Baruch Prather’s gravestone.  This is part of Ritchey’s Jolly line – that we would never have discovered without his DNA test.

Julian, of course, didn’t really take it all in – he was much more interested in running, birds and butterflies, the trees and grass and the tall house – not walking in the footsteps of his ancestors.  But one day he will realize the importance of this day and be glad we came!

5 thoughts on “Fayette County’s Raven Run Nature Sanctuary and A Genealogy Discovery!”

  1. My mother’s sister, Fay Watts, of Perryville, KY married Rupert Harmon whose family lived in Boyle County nearPerryville. He had a brother named Prather Harmon and I just wondered if this Harmon Family could be descended from the Baruch Prather family. My aunt Fay and uncle Rupert moved to Tallulah LA in the 1920-1930 period with some other members of the James Thomas and Gillie Huff Watts family. Marilyn

  2. Thanks for sharing! I found your blog by a google search, as I was trying to find photos of the home place of what is now Raven Run. We’re cousins! My line is: Baruch & Sarah, Benjamin Higgins Prather, Randolph Jackson Prather, Pleasant Samuel Prather, Roy Prather, Ruby (Prather) Wainscott, Kenneth Ray Wainscott, me. We’re in Owen County, Ky and will have to visit Raven Run very soon! I’m really excited about having found this standing home and cemetary, as so many are lost to us. Baruch also makes my 3rd, and best recorded, ancestor to qualify me for DAR!

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