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Rebecca Kiffer Prather
Rebecca Kiffer, the daughter of Frederick and Eliza Ann Knisley Kiffer. This photo was taken in 1872, probably for her wedding.
Rebecca was born 26 Mar 1852, and died 11 Aug 1938 in Le Boeuf township, Erie County. On 15 May 1872, she married Henry Durand "Sandy" Prather, a native of Forest County. They moved to Le Boeuf township, where they raised six children:
Deforest Delbert "Bert" Prather (1873-1964), married in 1902 to Emmarett King (1879-1954), daughter of David and Alice King. No children. Buried in Mill Village cemetery.
John Earl Prather (1874-1959), married in 1903 to Nina Stevenson (1886-1956). They moved to Struthers, Ohio. Two children.
Cressie Almira Prather (1876-1959), married first to Ira Dwayne Larkins, second to Joseph Burton Henry, and third to Oel M. King. Three children. She is buried in Mill Village cemetery.
Henry Eugene "Gene" Prather (1878-1956), married in 1900 to Jessie Shreve (1882-1934), daughter of Joseph and Mary Abigail (Sabin) Shreve. One son. Buried in Evergreen cemetery, Union City.
Wales Ashton Prather (1883-1980), married in 1911 to Ethel Harriet Auer (1891-1981), daughter of Gustave and DeEtta Auer. Six children. Buried in Evergreen cemetery, Union City.
Essie Leota Prather (1888-1914), married in 1906 to Emmett Louis Powers (abt 1888-1918), son of Marsh Powers of Massachusetts. Three children. Buried in Evergreen cemetery, Union City. Because they both died young, the children were raised by relatives.
Rebecca and Sandy lived on a farm next to a creek. Every spring the creek would overflow, and they would use a canoe to get from the house to the barn.
They made up a rhyme to remember the children's names:
Bert, John, and Cressie,
Gene, Wales, and Essie.
Submitted by Linda Rogers Dill, great great granddaughter