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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893, p244.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
C. A. PRATER, an attorney of Edinburgh, and President of the Citizens' State Bank, is a native of Illinois. He was born in Fayette County, January 21, 1851, and is a son of Elisha and Nancy (Watkins) Prater. His father was born in Tennessee in 1815, and was of Irish descent. In his native State he was reared upon a farm, and in 1840 emigrated to Fayette County, Ill., where he met and married Miss Watkins, her family having there located in a very early day. In 1861, Mr. and Mrs. Prater came to Christian County, where the father died in 1887, at the age of seventy-two years. His widow is still living in Edinburgh.

 They were the parents of nine children, five sons and four daughters, two of whom died in infancy. Louisa J. is now the wife of A. McCarty, of Edinburgh; J. A. is living in Taylorville; C.A. is the next younger; Sarah J. is the wife of Henry Jenkins, of Centralia, Ill.; and Mary C. is the wife of W. W. Love, of Edinburgh.

Our subject is the fifth in order of birth. When a lad of ten summers he came with his parents to Christian County. He began his education in the district schools of Fayette County, and completed it in this county. Upon the home farm he was reared to manhood, and to his father gave the benefit of his services until twenty-four years of age, when he began teaching in the district schools, which profession he followed for a period of seven years. During that time he began studying law, and pursued his researches in that direction with a law firm in Springfield. After thorough preparation he was admitted to the Bar, in January, 1882, and at once entered upon the practice of his chosen profession. Locating in Edinburgh, he has here since made his home and has been numbered among its leading attorneys.

In 1877, Mr. Prater was united in marriage with Miss Martha J. Finley, a native of Christian County, Ill. Their union has been blessed with one son, Lyman, who is still with his parents. In his political views, Mr. Prater is a Democrat, has served as Justice of the Peace and has held other local offices. In his social relations he is connected with Edinburgh Lodge No. 631, I. 0. O. F., of Edinburgh, and is a member of the Christian Church. He possesses skill and ability as a lawyer and has secured a large number of clients. The liberal patronage which he receives is well merited, for he takes rank among the prominent leading practitioners of. the community. He is also President of the Citizens' State Bank, and is recognized as an enterprising, progressive and public-spirited citizen of Edinburgh.


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