James died 2 yrs before MO started keeping death records. Parents names are listed on the death cert.
Missouri Marriages, 1851-1900 about Virginia F. Dyson Name: Cyrus J. Prather Spouse: Virginia F. Dyson Marriage Date: 6 Mar 1887 County: Maries State: MO
1880 - Name: Virginia F. Dyson Age: 11 Birth Year: abt 1869 Birthplace: Missouri Home in 1880: Jefferson, Maries, Missouri Race: White Gender: Female Relation to Head of House: Daughter Marital Status: Single Father's Name: Manless Dyson Father's Birthplace: Missouri Mother's name: Adaline Dyson Mother's Birthplace: Missouri Occupation: At Home
Manless Dyson 41, MO - mail carrier Adaline Dyson 35, MO Virginia F. Dyson 11, MO Thomas F. Dyson 9, MO William E. Dyson 8, MO John W. Dyson 6, MO Lulu M. Dyson 4, MO Charles A. Dyson 1, MO
FYI - in 1900 James claimed his father was born in Scotland.
there are NO "Prater" families listed on any census record who had a male member born in Scotland.
The 1st Prather family shows up on the 1910 census.
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