Jonathon Prather was born in Virginia around 1630, but sometime before 1680 he moved to Maryland. He and four other men and two woman, (one believed to be Lyle Jane McKay sister of Robert McKay , one of the other men) were transported by water from Virginia up Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River in a small vessel owned by young George Reed of Calvert County, MD. Jonathon married Jane and they settled in Swan Creek (which was part of Calvert County at the time but later became part of either Prince George’s County or St Mary’s County).
Jonathan married Jane McKay and they built their home,Prather Hall Plantation on their land (the location of Prather Hall was just 10 miles south of Washington DC. They later sold the plantation, and there are no records of what land they owned after that as Jonathon died (sometime before 1680) w/o leaving a will.
After Jonathon’s death Jane remarried. She married a very wealthy planter by the name of John Smith, who willed a plantation named “Orphan’s Gift”, in St Mary’s County to her children.
Lyle Jane McKay Prather Smith died in 1713, she left a will leaving lands she owned in England to her 14 grandchildren.
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