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Clarissa Prentice of Franklin, New London, CT

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Clarissa Prentice of Franklin, New London, CT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2003 and Revised 8 Nov 2009

1. Clarissa Prentice, was b. 1776, Franklin, CT, and d. 22 Dec 1838, Franklin, New London Co., CT, having lived her entire 62 years in Franklin, CT (per IGI).

She m. Erastus Tracy on 29 Nov 1793. He was b. 11 Feb 1771 in Norwich, New London Co., CT, and d. 4 Mar 1832 in Franklin, New London Co., CT. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . Their known children (per IGI):

  1. Charles Huntington Tracy, b. 4 Oct 1801, Franklin, CT
  2. Clarissa Huntington Tracy, b. 16 Aug 1799, Franklin, CT
  3. Harley Hie Tracy, b. 2 Sep 1796, Franklin, CT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. Bethiah Johnson Tracy, b. 3 Nov 1803, Franklin, CT.

2. Harley Hie Tracy, b. 2 Sep 1796, Franklin, CT, and d. after1841, the birth of his last known child, Elijah.

He m. Mary Abel Bill on 12 Jan 1823. She d. in Bozrah, CT, and was the dau. of Philip Bill and Hannah Abel. An Ancestor Chart for Mary can be found at Ancestry.com .

Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Mary Louisa Tracy, b. 26 Jan 1824 in Franklin, New London Co., CT.
  2. Alice Abel Tracy, b. 29 Mar 1827 in Franklin, New London Co., CT, and d. c. 1858, CA. She m. John A. Maples on 16 Oct 1849. He was b. 7 Mar 1826, Bozrah, CT.
  3. Erastus Philip Tracy, b. 5 Mar 1829 in Franklin, New London Co., CT. He is likely the E. P. Tracy who appears in the 1860 census in Bear River, Sutter Co., CA, as single and b. c. 1829, CT.
  4. John Tracy, b. 8 May 1831 in Franklin, New London Co., CT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  5. Benjamin Franklin Tracy, b. 6 May 1834 in Franklin, New London Co., CT. . . . . . . . [4]
  6. Hezekiah Abel Tracy, b. 28 Nov 1836 in Franklin, New London Co., CT, and d. 13 Feb 1851, age 14 years.
  7. Elijah Abel Tracy, b. 28 Sep 1841 in Franklin, New London Co., CT. . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

3. John Tracy, b. 8 May 1831 in Franklin, New London Co., CT. He is likely the John H. Tracy who appears in the 1870 census in Bozrah, New London Co. CT, as b. c. 1831, CT, with his wife and family. Not in 1880 and 1900 census.

He m. Amelia A., b. c. 1832, CT. Children:

  1. Frank A Tracy, b. c. 1854, CT.
  2. Amy M Tracy, b. c. 1858, CT.
  3. John C Tracy, b. c. 1868, CT.

4. Benjamin Franklin Tracy, b. 6 May 1834 in Franklin, New London Co., CT. He appears in the 1870 census in Montville, New London Co., CT, with his wife and family. 1880 and 1900 census in Stonington, New London Co., CT.

He m. Lucy A., b. c. 1837, CT. Children:

  1. Louisa M Tracy, b. c. 1859, CT. At home in 1870 and 1880.
  2. Frank M Tracy, b. c. 1862, CT. At home in 1870 and 1880.
  3. Martha Luella Tracy, b. c. 1865, CT. At home in 1870 and 1880.

5. Elijah Abel Tracy, b. 28 Sep 1841 in Franklin, New London Co., CT. 1860 census in the home of Samuel and Harriet Allen in Montville, New London Co., CT. 1870 census unmarried in Bozrah, New London Co., CT. He appears in the 1880 census in Bozrah, indexed as Elijah H. Tracy, a painter, with his wife and family.

He m. Julia, b. c. 1852, CT. Children:

  1. Jennie Tracy, b. c. 1870, CT. At home in Bozrah in 1880.
  2. Alace Tracy, b. c. 1877, CT. At home in Bozrah in 1880.

Who are Clarissa Prentice's Parents?

The only Clarissa Prentice shown in our database born in the appropriate time frame is Clarissa Prentice, b. c. 1771, daughter of Daniel Prentice and Mary Billings of Stonington, CT. We have no further information about her.

Another Franklin family of that period was that of Stephen Prentice and Wealthy Ladd. Stephen's age is such that he could be a brother of Clarissa, but Stephen is not known to have had a sister named Clarissa.

Finally, one of our correspondents, Mrs. Virginia Vater, relates that she has located a church record from Franklin, CT on the death of a Mrs. Orange Prentis on 17 May 1820 at the age of 87. She would have been born c. 1733 and probably married c. 1750-60, but the locations of her birth and marriage are not yet known. It is interesting that Clarissa Prentice was b. 1776, Franklin, CT, and d. 22 Dec 1838, Franklin, New London Co., CT, having lived her entire 62 years in Franklin, CT (per IGI).

We have no further information about Orange Prentis and his wife, but their ages are such that they might be the parents of Clarissa Prentice. Although possible, it seems somewhat unlikely that there was more than Orange Prentis' family in Franklin in that period

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