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Emerson Prentiss of Palermo, Oswego Co., New York

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Emerson Prentiss of Palermo, Oswego Co., New York
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2010 and Revised 3 Sep 2010

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1. Emerson Prentice is shown as the head of the household in the 1840 census in Palermo, Oswego Co., NY. There are 2 men in the household:

  • one b. 1790-1800 and
  • one b. 1810-1820.

We cannot tell which one is Emerson Prentiss, but logic would suggest that the older one is the head of the household and named Emerson Prentiss. The younger man is probably his son, but not necessarily also named Emerson Prentiss. Places of birth do not appear in the 1840 census.

The 1840 census also shows a female, b. 1810-1820. She is likely the wife of the younger man since the census also shows 2 sons under 5 years of age.

Emerson Prentiss does not appear in the 1850 and later census records, nor does he appear in Ancestry.com and LDS records. Nor did he appear in a Google search.

Who are Emerson Prentiss' Parents?

Since we have not located any birth record for Emerson Prentiss, but since "Emerson" is such an unusual first name, it occurred to us that it might be his mother's surname. During that time period, it was not unusual to give a son, for his first name, his mother's surname.

At Ancestry.com we found a Thomas Prentice, b. 1743, who m. Mary Emmerson on 13 Oct 1763 in Cheddington, England. She was b. 14 May 1733 in Cheddington. No children are shown. Although quite speculative at this point, it might be that they had a son named Emerson Prentice who later emigrated to Amerca and who appeared in the 1840 NY census.

Investigation is continuing.

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