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Descendants of --- de Presbyter (Prester/de Praers).


Generation No. 13


13. ANTHONY THOMAS PRATER13 (GENTLEMAN) (GEORGE PRATER12 (ESQUIRE), JOHN PRATER11, WILLIAM PRATER (ESQUIRE) (DE10 PRAERS?), --- PRATER (DE PREERS /9 PRAERS), --- PRATER (DE8 PREERS/PRAERS), --- PRATER (DE7 PRAERS?), --- PRATER (DE6, --- PRATER (PRETOR) (DE5, ROBERTUS PRETOR (PRATER) (DE4, WILLIAMUS PRETOR (PRATER/DE3 PRAERS), GUILLIUMUS (WILLIAMUS) JOHONNIE2 PRATER, --- DE PRESBYTER (PRESTER/DE1 PRAERS).) was born 1545 in near Latton, Wiltshire Co., England, and died August 21, 1593 in Stanton St. Bernard (his manor estate). He married (1) JUDITH IVYE (IVRY) Bet. 1571 - 1572 in Kingston West, Wiltshire, England, daughter of THOMAS (ESQUIRE) and ELIZABETH MALLETT. She was born 1550 in Probably West Kingston, Wiltshire, England, and died February 06, 1578. He married (2) ELIZABETH (WINTER) IVYE November 10, 1585 in Dyrham St. Peter Parish, Glos. Co., England., daughter of GEORGE WINTER and UNKNOWN. She died in Probably Wiltshire, England.

Notes for A
NTHONY THOMAS PRATER (GENTLEMAN):
Anthony was the 2nd born son in his family. His father was very wealthy, thus his inheritance was substantial, but it was the custom in those times to give most of the inheritance, titles , etc. to the lst born son. He inherited Stanton St.Bernard Manor which is located in south central Wiltshire. (near the famous Stone Henge)

His older brother Richard was the heir to most of their fathers property and titles. Richard lived at Nunney Castle located at Nunney, Somerset. Richards holdings were vast, consisting of several manors (villiages with all the businessess in the villiage), 40 farms with the surfs (slaves) that lived on them and 30 farms without surfs, 4000 acres of meadow land and approx. 300 acres of timber. Richard held the title of "Esquire" and,"Lord of Nunney". Anthony was named in Richards Will as "Trustee" of the estates when Richard died in 1580. Anthony was trustee for 6 years until Richards son (George) became of age. (Nunney was aquired from "Lord St.John" - Sir William Paulet).

Anthony had much trouble with the family and was taken to court many times. The Earl of Bolingbroke which Anthony "held" under wrote in the court record that "Anthony Prater, a troublesome man". Anthony's business dealings were often in dispute.

Anthony's wife Judith (Ivye) Prater died when her seventh son was born. Anthony placed a stone carving in the wall of West Kingston Church above her tomb. This stone carving shows Anthony, his Coat-of-Arms with simbols of his wifes family Coat-of-Arms and the carving of his children and a eulogy to his children and all people who were to read this stone carving.

OH MI DEAR CHILDREN MARKE WHAT I SAYE,
YOUR MOTHERS BONES TRULI ARE WRAPT HERE IN CLAY
HER SOULE NO DOUPTE, TO HEAVEN IS GONE THITHER
WHER WE MOST JOYFULLY SHALL MEET ALLTOGETHER
THE LORD BE YOUR GUIDE, THE LORD BE YOUR STRENGTH
AND GIVE YOU HIS SPECIAL GRACE TO DIE IN HIM AT LENGTH
YOU GENTELL READERS REMEMBER YOUR END
BE TRUE UNTO SUCH WHOM FAITHFULL YOU FIND
LET THIS BE EXAMPLE AND TELL HIT ABROAD
HOW FAITHFULLI THIS WOMAN DIED IN THE LORD

Judiths tomb is in the floor of the Ivye chapel with the above carving in the wall just above her tomb. The following inscription was placed in the stone which covers her tomb. It was written by Anthony as was the above inscription. The following inscription can no long be seen because a wooden floor has been placed in the church so that it could be properly heated, but the above carving can still be seen.

REST IN THE LORD MOST LOVING WIFE,
THY DAIES ARE SPENT AND GONNE,
THY HUSBAND'S RACE AND END OF LIFE
SHALL BE, GOD KNOWETH HOW SOON.
THOUGH DEATH HATH DOON THE WORST HE CAN
TO PART US TWAYN A SPACE,
YET TIME WILL COME TO MEET AGAIN
IN HEAVEN THAT JOYFULL PLACE.
WITH BITTER TEARES THY HUSBAND SPAKE
THESE WORDS UPON THY TOOMBE,
HIS HAND DID WRITE, THES VERS DID MAKE,
TO SHOW IN TIME TO CUM
HOW FAITHFULL THOU HAS BEEN TO ME,
AND HADDEST SIX CHILDREN DEAR,
WITHIN SIX YEARE A MARVELL TO SEE
ALL BORNE ONE TIME OF YEARE;
THE SEAVENTH ALSO IN LIKE MANNER,
IF DEATH HAD NOT THEM LETT,
BORNE HAD BEEN AS THE OTHER WEAR,
AT MIDSUMMER TIME DIRECT.
ALAS HOW SHOULD IT CHANCE SO BAD
TO LITTLE BABES SO YOUNG,
TO TELL IN TIME WHAT LOSSE THEY HAD
BI NATURE WHENCE THEY SPROUNG
BUT GOD IS HE WHO GIVITH LIFE,
AND HE THAT TAKES AWAY,
LET US THEREFORE AVOYD ALL STRIFE
AND GEVE OURSELVES TO PRAY.
THY CHILDREN'S NAMES IF MEN WOULD KNOW,
WHICH GOD HATH GEVEN TO THEE,
BEHOLD ARE WRITTEN HERE BELOW
IN ORDER AS THEY BEE.

THOMAS, WILLIAM, ELIZABETH, FERNDINANDO, GEORGE, THOMAS

About these verses, in the Limb, thus: Here lieth Judeth Prator, the wife of Anthony Prater, Gentilman, daughter unto Thomas Ivie, Esqr., Who died the sixth day of February, Anno Domini 1578.

Anthony remarried and had at least one other child -- George Prater. Anthony married, 2nd Elizabeth (Winter) Ivye, the widow of his wifes brother, Ferndinando Ivye.

Stanton St.Bernard Manor is located about 20 miles due south of Swindon, Wiltshire, England and about 5 miles west of the famous Stonehenge.

Anthony's tomb is in the floor of the church at his manor of Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire. His wife, Judith Ivie, rests in her tomb which is located in the Floor of Ivye chapel in the church of West Kingston, Wiltshire. West Kingston, Wiltshire was one of the manors "held" by Anthony Prater's Great Grandparents, Sir Anthony Kingston.

Anthony Prater received the manor of "Hook" from his younger brother Nicholis, who he claimed to be a lunatic. He kept and cared for his brother for many years and claimed ownership of "Hook" as his compensation. When Anthony's wife died, Nicholis was sent to live with their sister in London. Shortly after he brought claim against Anthony claiming "he had regained his former health". But the court found in Anthonys favor and Anthony retained the manor of "Hook". Shortly after the court found in Anthonys favor, Nicholis and "others" went to Anthony's manor and stole 18 prize cows.

Nothing more is recorded as to the outcome of this act.

It is recorded that Anthony was later "Excommunicated" from the Catholic Church for his "extorsionate practices". He died without reconciliation.

In order for him to have a burial place in the church, Anthony must have taken the Kings religion, thus by joining the Church of England he was able to secure his burial place in the church at Stanton St. Bernard.

Spelling variation of his name found in the records: Pretor, Preter, Prater, Prator, Pratero, Praytor.

Research by Gary Benton Prater

Notes for J
UDITH IVYE (IVRY):
Anthony had a stone carving placed in the wall above Judith's tomb. This stone has a carving of Anthony and his coat-of-arms with symbols of his wifes families coat-of-arms. It shows her father being Thomas Anthony Ivye, and descendancy from Delamare, and Judith as being the 4th born child. West Kingston was the Manor of Anthony's grandparents, his grandmother was Elene (Kingston) Prater. Anthony also had a poem carved in the cap stone on his wifes tomb exclaiming his love, and other carvings of his children.


More About J
UDITH IVYE (IVRY):
Burried: Abt. 1578, In West Kingston Church, Ivye Chancel

Notes for E
LIZABETH (WINTER) IVYE:
Elizabeth Winter was the daughter of George Winter of Burham,Glous., England and widow of Ferdinando Ivye (Ivrye) the brother of Anthony Praters first wife Judith Ivye (Ivrye). Thus, Anthony married the widow of his brother-in-law.

The father of Judith Ivye was Thomas Anthony Ivye of West Kingston, Wilts. his wife was a Delamere (the keeper of the Kings Forest in Wiltshire). Thomas Ivye (Ivrye) was the son of Richard Ivye of Sodbury,Gloucester and Isabell Canning. Thomas Ivye was also married to Elizabeth Mallet, who descended from Sir William Mallet. Thomas Ivye had a brother, George Ivye who was the heir of West Kingston and Knighted by King James I as Sir George Ivie of West Kingston. This Ivye (Ivie/Ivrye) family was descended from Sir Rodger DI Ivry, a very powerful Lord in Wales and England in earlier England.
     
Children of A
NTHONY (GENTLEMAN) and JUDITH (IVRY) are:
14. i.   THOMAS PRATER14 (GENTLEMAN), b. 1577, Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, England; d. 1628, Eatonwater, Wiltshire Co. England.
  ii.   THOMAS PRATER, b. Bet. 1570 - 1573, Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, England; d. Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, England.
  iii.   ELIZABETH PRATER, b. Abt. 1575, Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, England.
  iv.   WILLIAM PRATER, b. Abt. 1574, Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire Co., England; d. 1605, Wanborough Parish, Wiltshire Co., England.
  v.   FERDINANDO PRATER, b. Abt. 1576, Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, England; d. living 27 Sep. 1592.
  vi.   GEORGE PRATER, b. Abt. 1577, Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, England; d. Abt. 1578.
     
Child of ANTHONY (GENTLEMAN) and ELIZABETH IVYE is:
  vii.   GEORGE14 PRATER, b. Abt. 1589, Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, England.



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