ANCESTORS OF THE NEW ORLEANS BRANCH
Samuel Prentice Sr.
Next in our ancestry was Samuel Prentice Sr. (1680 -
Apr. 24, 1728), third child of Thomas Jr. and Sarah. He was born in Newton,
Mass. and moved in 1709 to Stonington, Conn. where he had a large tract of
land probably given to him by his grandfather Thomas Sr. before 1700. He
became the ancestor of the Stonington branch of the family, from which we
in New Orleans are descended.
The only thing known about Samuel and Esther is
that they had ten children, one of whom became a Congregational minister.
(Most of the Prentices in our branch of the family up until this century
were members of Congregational, Presbyterian, and other Protestant churches.
Only after they came to New Orleans did any of them join the Catholic
Esther Hammond's Family Tree
Despite the lack of information about Esther, her
family has been traced back farther than any other branch of our ancestry
known so far.
Many of the Prentices in the northeastern United
States, as well as those of us in New Orleans, come from the Stonington
branch of the family that began with Samuel Prentice Sr. and Esther Hammond.
Esther's father was Nathaniel Hammond, a farmer in Newton, Mass. who was
baptized March 12, 1643. His wife was Mary _____. Nothing is known about
Her father's father was Thomas Hammond, born 1587 in England and baptized
there June 9 of that year. On Nov. 12, 1623 he married Elizabeth _____,
about whom nothing is known. He came across the Atlantic to Hingham, Mass.
in 1636 and was made a freeman March 9, 1637. He died Sept. 3, 1685 in
In about 1650 this same Thomas Hammond bought
a large farm near Cambridge in partnership with one Vincent Druce. Druce
later became a soldier in Captain Prenticeís troop. He was grievously wounded
in a battle in 1675 (probably during the Narragansett campaign of King
Philipís War), and would have died were it not for his rescue by Capt.
Prentice. Two years later, Capt. Prentice witnessed Druceís will at his
death. Thus, Thomas Hammond's son Nathaniel was well acquainted with the
Prentice family because of his fatherís partnership with Druce. When Capt.
Prenticeís grandson Samuel asked Nathaniel for permission to marry his
daughter Esther, he was probably pleased that she was marrying into a good
Esther's father's father's father was Thomas Hammond of Lavenham, Suffolk
County, England. On May 14, 1573 he married Rose Tripp, from the same town.
They were probably born around 1550. This makes them our earliest ancestors
known so far.