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Ann Eliza Wilber Printiss The LAST living "Daughter of the American Revolution" Ann Eliza Wilber Printiss, died 1907 and is buried in the Pittsfield Mass cemetery. Her father was 82 years old when she was born. He had served under General Washington. Her husband was Horace Printiss who was the son of Erastus Printiss of Pittsfield. The last Town Clerk of that City was Frederick H Printiss who for 56 years title searcher and maker of abstracts at the Berkshire County Courthouse and one of the most picturesque characters in the city, died after 75 years. He lost one arm and one leg in a railroad accident when he was a boy. Had a massive library of more than 7000 volumes and searched titles all over Massachusetts.
[Contributed by Fred Printiss 6 Feb 2007.]

Archibald Prentice (Nov 1792 - 24 December 1857), journalist, son of Archibald Prentice of Covington Mains in the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire, Scotland, and Helen, daughter of John Stoddart of The Bank, a farm in the parish of Carnwarth. He was descended from an old Covenanting family. He married on 3 June 1819, Jane, daughter of James Thomson of Catridge near Linlithgow. Both were buried at Rusholme Cemetery, Manchester, England.
He became editor of The Manchester Gazette in 1824 and then The Manchester Times in 1828. He campaigned for Parliamentary reform and was one of the founders of the Anti-Corn Law League in 1838. The Times was sold in 1847 and he retired. After a visit to the U.S. in 1848, he published Tour of the United States.
Archibald Prentice wrote the standard work on A History of the Anti-Corn Law League (1853) and edited The Life of Alexander Reid, A Scottish Covenanter (1822). He also wrote Historical Sketches and Personal Recollections of Manchester (1851).
[Contributed by Malcolm Prentis 4 Nov 1997.]

Dave Prentis (born 1950, Leeds) is the current General Secretary of UNISON, the United Kingdom's second largest trade union. He has had the following public appointments: Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)[1] and also Catalyst, two centre-left research bodies; Adviser to the Warwick Institute of Governance and Public Management; Visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford; Member of various joint working parties with the government and the CBI; President of Unity Trust Bank; and since, 1 June 2012, non-executive director of the Bank of England.

Dean Sutherland Prentice, NHL - b. October 5, 1932 Schumacher, Ontario.

Edward Prentis (1797- December 1854), painter, married with 11 children. Prominent member of the Society of British Artists. Painted scenes of domestic life with humour and sentimentality.
[Contributed by Malcolm Prentis 4 Nov 1997.]

Ezra Parmalee Prentice (1797 - 1876) [Sartell, Nathaniel, Solomon, Solomon, Solomon, Henry] a wealthy and important upstate New York business man. He almost met President Zachary Taylor, see this wonderful article at the Albany Archives!

Ezra Parmalee Prentice (1863 - 1955) [Sartell, Ezra Parmalee, Sartell, Nathaniel, Solomon, Solomon, Solomon, Henry] in 1901 married Alta Rockefeller, dau. of John D. Rockefeller.

Frank Winnold Prentice (Encyclopedia Titanica) (1890-1982) [ancestry unknown], survivor of the Titanic. Born in Norfolk, England, on 12 February 1890. When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 71 Denzil Avenue, (Southampton). After jumping into the water, he found Lifeboat 4, the crew and women in the boat pulled him in. Shortly before his death on 19 May 1982 at the age of 92 Frank Prentice told his story in a British documentary Titanic: A Question of Murder.
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Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss (1819-1901) One of the most distinguished citizens of Missouri as well as of the nation. General Prentiss was a soldier of two wars, rose to the rank of major-general U.S. Volunteers during the Civil War and was the hero of the great battle of Shiloh.

George Dennison Prentice (1802-1870) was the editor of the Louisville Journal, which he built into a major newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky. He attracted readers by satire as well as exaggerated reporting and support of the Know-Nothing Party in the 1850s. His writing was said to contribute to rabid anti-Catholic and anti-foreigner sentiment, and a riot in 1855. During the Civil War, he created and wrote about a fictional guerrilla "Sue Mundy", whose activities he used to taunt the Union military commander of the state.

Henry Prentice (1703 - 1788), pedlar and potato merchant. His main claim to fame was that he introduced the field cultivation of potatoes to Scotland. He was successful enough to be able to lodge 140 Pounds with the managers of the Canongate Poorhouse in Edinburgh in 1784 to pay for his burial. He also had a coffin built and his headstone engraved, "Ask not how I lived, but rather how you should die."
[Contributed by Malcolm Prentis 4 Nov 1997.]

Capt. Henry Prentiss was a Revolutionary War soldier, was one of the Tea Party, and lived at one point, in the Hallowell estate. He was a distinguished merchant and ship-owner.
[Found in: Old Landmarks and Historic Personages of Boston, by Samuel Adams Drake, 1906; page 148. Also see p.53 of Binney '83.]

James Goldie Prentice Served in WWII as a Sergeant Major in the Gordon Highlanders, and fired the last shot of the war!

Joan Prentis( d. 1589), accused witch, Chelmsford, Essex, 1589.
[Contributed by Malcolm Prentis 4 Nov 1997.]

Levi Wells Prentice (1851-1935), American still life and landscape painter. Prentice was associated with the Hudson River School, a group of artists known throughout art circles. According to the book Nature Staged by Barbara L. Jones, Prentice followed a self-prescribed educational path, begun by the Hudson River School and reinforced by John Ruskin's (1819-1900) truth-to-nature principles laid out in his book Modern Painters. Although he can be allied to both schools of thought, Prentice can not be considered a member of either. This book has a photo of the artist in his early Brooklyn studio surrounded by his paintings and a complete essay on his life and work.

Mary Prentice (1644- ), dau. of Henry Prentice the planter, married Nathaniel Hancock. Their great-grandson was John Hancock, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Mary Prentice (1829- ) [Dr. Henry, Rev. Dr. Thomas, Rev. Joshua, Dea. Henry, Solomon, Henry] was the wife of Henry Wells, of Wells Fargo Bank.

Narcissa Prentiss (1808-1847) [Stephen, Stephen, Stephen, Solomon, Solomon, Henry] was an early pioneer of the Oregon Territory and the first (of two) white woman to cross the rockies.

The Prentis Brothers (grad. 1903, 1906, 1918) Henning Webb Prentis, Jr., Morton Macnutt Prentis, and Joseph Elliott Prentis from the University of Missouri.

Sir John Prentice, Laird of Thorn, Lanarkshire, Scotland, fought with Sir William Lockhart in the 1650s.
[Contributed by Malcolm Prentis 4 Nov 1997.]

Stephen Prentis (1801- 12 June 1862), poet, educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1824 and MA in 1830. Lived in France for many years and published 20 volumes of verse.
[Contributed by Malcolm Prentis 4 Nov 1997.]

William Henry Prentice ( -1797) [Rev. Nathaniel, Henry] built the first canal in the U.S. The canal went around Pawtucket Falls to Dracut into the Concord River.

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