Thomas Prater 1
- Born: 6 Feb 1578, Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, England
- Marriage (1): Margaret Quintyne on 4 Jun 1599 in Clyffe Pypard Parish, Sheford Magna, Wiltshire, England
- Died: 1628, Eaton Water House, Wiltshire, England at age 50
From: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3143362&id=I631844418 :
Thomas Prater was the sixth born in his family. He was named after his first born brother who died young. Thomas was raised at Eaton Water and Stanton St. Bernard in Wiltshire, England. We find him living as an adult at Eaton Water House, Eaton Water, on the Cricklade, Wiltshire, England.
Thomas must have gained his position by the grace of other family members and his wifes dowery. He was not a wealthy person, but owned his own land at Eaton Water. His business was the woolen trade, farming, and ferrier (Eaton Water was located on the banks of the Thames River where he owned a ferry). Eaton Water was also a place that people who used the river to transport their goods to the ports of London could stop and feed their livestock and find food and lodging for themselves.
Eaton Water was a part of the old family estates that also consisted of Latton Manor and Inglesham Manor, all of which sat along the banks of the Thames River in Northern Wiltshire on what is called the Cricklade.
Stanton St. Bernard Manor is located in South central Wiltshire about 50 miles South of Eaton Water Manor. This manor was owned by Thomas' father Anthony Prater. Anthony Prater, who was excommunicated, lost almost all of his property by the time of his death in the late 1500's. His son Thomas, being the youngest son, had little or no inheritance.
Thomas' mother died at his birth and little is known about his childhood, but we do know that he was taken as a new born child to relatives in the North Wiltshire estates to be suckeled and cared for. He may have been raised by these relatives until his father remarried or he may have stayed with these relatives until his adulthood. Thomas lived at Eaton Water House when his son Thomas Prather (Prater) was born in 1604 [this Thomas came to America in 1622].
Thomas married Margaret Quintyne on 4 Jun 1599 in Clyffe Pypard Parish, Sheford Magna, Wiltshire, England. (Margaret Quintyne was born in 1578 in Bushton Manor, Wiltshire, England and died in 1628 in Wiltshire, England.)