Hi Emil, Here is information regarding pension files... Repositories for Confederate pension records:http://www.archives.gov/research/military/civil-war/civil-war-genealogy-resources/confederate/pension.htmlhttp://www.archives.gov/research/military/civil-war/civil-war-genealogy-resources/confederate/pension.html I searched for the Prathers in the 1850 census - and could not locate them. I tried various spellings, etc. Hopefully someone else will have better luck. Also, you might find the answers re. his family in his pension file. Regards, K.