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Jan 30 1877
Jan 5 1912
Headstone: Samuel Prater

Samuel Prater
My Maternal Great Grand Uncle
Brashears Cemetery, Brashears, Madison, Arkansas

Samuel Prater was a Deputy Sheriff of Madison County who died of knife wounds inflicted by Charley Van Brunt & his step-brother Tom Motley. I’m not sure what sparked the confrontation but it occurred in Combs, Madison, Arkansas. Samuel died two weeks after the altercation; Van Brunt and Motley were sentenced to prison terms for manslaughter.

“Rogers Democrat Sept 12 1912 “VanBrunt and Motley convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to years in the pen.”

Samuel was survived by his wife: Maude STOWE Prater, one son: Ray, and three daughters: Mary, Mabel and Bertha.

Headstone: Sam Prater

Samuel Prater
Brashears Cemetery, Brashears, Madison, Arkansas