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Isaac Prentice of Canada and Montpelier, VT

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Isaac Prentice of Canada and Montpelier, Washington Co., VT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2010 and Revised 23 Jul 2015

Update of 1 Sep 2016: Samuel Prentiss is #150 in our Thomas Prentice eBook. That now replaces this article.



With the help of Larry Prentice, Ancestry.com and Vermont Births , together with Deb Arvidson's email of 3 Dec 2010, we have been tracing George Albert Prentice's roots. Here is what we have so far:

A . Samuel Prentiss, England is shown on the death record of his son, Isaac, at Ancestry.com, and Julie Seals' page at Ancestry.com.

He m. Sarah. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Isaac C. Prentiss, b. 2 Sep 1831, Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1]

1. Isaac C. Prentiss, b. 2 Sep 1831, Canada, and d. 11 Oct 1919 of Arteriosclerosis in Worcester, Washington Co., VT, per Isaac C. Prentiss Death Certificate .By 1862, when his daughter, Sarah, was born, Isaac was living in Worcester, VT, again according to George's marriage record.

Isaac m. 1st. Martha A. Blaisdell on 17 Feb 1865, Calais, Washington Co., VT. She was b. 2 Sep 1839, Fairfax, VT, and d. 11 Oct 1919. She was the dau. of John Blaisdell and Mary Kelp. She had a prior marriage to Lucius A. Ainsworth and had 2 children, Lucius and Alson. Not in 1880 census. Children of Isaac and Martha:

  1. Sarah J. Prentiss, b. 23 Jul 1862, Worcester, VT, and d. 19 Apr 1926, Montpelier, Washington Co., VT. 1870 census in Worcester, Washington Co., VT. Not in 1880 census. One of the nicknames for "Sarah" is "Sadie." With that understanding, Sarah is likely the "Sadie M. Prentis" shown in Vermont Death Records as the dau. of Isaac Prentiss and Martha Blaisdell, b. 23 Jul 1865 in Elmore, VT,a resident of Montpelier, Washington Co., VT, who d. at the age of 60 on 19 Apr 1926. She had m. 1st Fred Myron Corliss in 1883 but was divorced at the time of her 1926 death. He was b. 7 Feb 1859, Duxbury, Washington Co., VT, and d. 30 Dec 1946, lais, Washington Co., VT. Children of Sarah and Fred:
    1. Luna Belle Corliss 1884 – 1931
    2. Louis Earl Corliss 1886 – 1957
    3. Arthur Roy Corliss 1890 – 1963
    4. Bertha A Corliss 1894 –
    5. Berton E Corliss 1894 – 1972

    Sarah m. 2nd Francis E. Carpenter on 10 Feb 1920. He was b. c. 1879, ME.

  2. Florence Edna Prentiss, b. 4 Jan 1867, Worcester, Washington Co., VT. She might have d. young as the next daughter has the same middle name, "Edna."

  3. Martha Edna Prentiss, b. 8 May 1868, Worcester, Washington Co., VT, and d. there 19 Feb 1952. She m. 1s Alden Eugene Farnsworth on 3 may 1885, Marshfield, Washington Co., VT. Children:
    1. Eugene Alden Farnsworth 1886 – 1964
    2. Luena (Ena maude) Farnsworth Damon 1890 – 1979
    3. Eva Rosmond Farnsworth 1892 – 1974
    4. Goldie Clare Farnsworth 1898 – 1935

Isaac m. 2nd Emily Proctor who was b. in Plattsburgh, NY(?), according to their marriage record. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. George Albert Prentice, b. c. 10 Sep 1880, Montpelier, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . .[2]

2. George Albert Prentice. We find conflicting information about his place of birth:

  • One source says George was b. c. 1882 in Montpelier, VT, according to the birth record of his son, George, who was b. 1915. His marriage record also says he was b. in Montpelier, VT.
  • The death record of his daughter, Evelina/Evelyn, says he was b. in St. Albans, VT.
  • George's WW I registrtion card, dated 1918, says his birth date is 10 Sep 1880. He had brown eyes, black hair, and under possible reasons for disqualification it appears to say "one eye". For occupation he was "teaming" at Plant and Griffith in Bolton, VT. A google search brought up the Bolton Town plan which has a historical reference to the "Plant and Griffith Lumber Company in Jonesville". He lists his nearest relative as Henry Bush (father in law) in Bolton.
  • However, the 1920 census says George was b. c. 1881 in NY.

George d. c. 1953. In 1909 George was a laborer living in Colcester, Chittenden Co., VT. 1930 George and his family were living in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. 1940 census in Leicester, Addison Co., VT, as a widower living with the family of his son, Robert.

    Note: The original birth record for his son spelled the surname as "Prentes", but there was inserted a printed correction spelling the surname as "Prentiss."

He married Gertrude "Girtie" C. Bush on 18 Aug 1907 in Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT per his marriage record. She was b. 27 Sep 1889, Malone, Clinton Co., NY, or Ellenburgh, NY, with both parents b. in NY. She was the dau. of Henry Bush of Bolton. The 1910 census gives his age as 39 instead of 29 which throws off the assumed birth date. They are in Colchester at the poor farm where he was a laborer. It's not clear if they are at the poor farm because he was helping run it, or if they were living there out of necessity.

George and Gertrude were living in Richmond, Chittenden Co., VT in 1920. Children:

  1. Evelina M. Prentice (aka Evelyn M. Prentice), b. 34 Mar 1908, Highgate, Franklin Co., VT, and d. 23 Dec 1932 of Typhoid Fever, age 24, a resident of Waterbury, VT. 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. She m. John Minogue.
  2. Robert George Prentice, b. 16 Dec 1909, Winooski, Chittenden Co. VT. He d. c. 1995-6, TN. 1930 census at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. 1940 in Leicester, Addison Co., VT. He m. Cora Jesse Martell on 19 Mar 1946, Hillsboro. She was b. 14 Sep 1913, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT, and d. c. 1971 in NH. They had 4 or more children (2 of whom deceased before 1937), including:
    1. Stanley Earl Prentiss, twin, b. 13 Jul 1937, 6.5 mos. premature,.Duxbury, Washington Co., VT, and d. that same day.
    2. Winfield Frederick Prentiss, twin, b. 13 Jul 1937, North Duxbury, Washington Co., VT, and, b. prematurity 6.5 months, d. that same day, 13 Jul 1937 in Duxbury.
    3. Henry Charles Prentiss, b. 17 Dec 1939, Leicester, Addison Co., VT. (His mother is shown as Cora Martin, b. c. 1913, Lincoln , VT.) 1940 at home in Leicester. 2008 in Franklin, NH.
    4. Robert Harold Martell Prentiss, b. 22 Sep 1932, Waterbury, Washington Co., VT, and d. c. 1995, NH. (His mother is shown as Cora J. Martell, b. c. 1913, Lincoln, VT.) 1940 at home in Leicester, VT.
    5. Albert George Martell Prentiss, b. 27 Aug 1934, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT. (His mother is shown as Cora Martell, b. c. 1914, Lincoln, VT.) 1940 at home in Leicester, VT. 2008 in Franklin, NH.
    6. William Prentice per obit. of his brother, John, below. 2008 in Franklin, NH.
    7. Harold Prentice per obit. of his brother, John, below. 2008 in Franklin, NH.
    8. Janice Prentice. She m. Mr. Sweeny per obit of her brother, John, below. 2008 in Franklin, NH.
    9. Ted Prentice per obit. of his brother, John, below. 2008 of Williamstown, VT.
    10. Alberta Prentice, per obit of her brother, John, Below. She m. Mr. Gauthier, 2008 in Roxbury, VT.
    11. John Allen Prentice, b. 14 Dec 1947. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Harold Henry Prentice, b. 27 Dec 1912, Richmond, Chittenden Co., VT per Vermont Birth Records . 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. He is the Harold Henry Prentice who is the subject of an article in our Winter 2000 Prentice Newsletter
  4. Winfield Prentice, b. c. 1914, Jonesville, VT. On 31 Jul 1935, a Laborer and resident of Starksboro, VT, he m. Lillian Smith per Vermont Marriage Records . She was b. c. 1919, Richmond, VT,and m. at age 16 with the consent of her mother. She was the dau. of Clayton Smith (b. Hinesburg, VT) and Edith Fleming (b. Hinesburg, VT).
  5. George Prentice, b. 15 Apr 1915, Richmond, Chittenden Co., VT, per Vermont Birth Records . He is not in the SSDI.
  6. Clayton Prentice, b. c. 1915, VT. He is not shown at home in the 1930 census and might be the same person as Winfield A. Prentice. below. Clayton is living in 2000 but does not recall the name of George's father.
  7. Winfield Albert Prentice, b. c. 1916, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  8. Alice B. Prentice, b. 22 Jun 1916, Colchester, Chittenden Co., VT, and d. 30 Jan 2000 in Randolph, Orange Co., VT. She was then living in East. Granville, VT. (Her marriage and death records say she was b. in Winooski, VT) per Vermont Birth Records (however, her mother is identified as Georgiana Bush, b. c. 1889, NY). 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. She m. Francis E. Hurlburt in Waterbury, VT, on 19 Jul 1932. He was a Laborer, b. c. 1902, Ellenburg, NY, son of Charles Hurlburt (b. Chataugay Lakes,NY) and Edith L. Robinson (b. Ellenburg, NY). Alice d. 30 Jan 2000 in Roxbury, Addison Co., VT, per SSDI
  9. Gladys M. Prentice, b. c. 1919, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  10. Lawrence Theodore Prentice, b. 18 Apr 1922, Bellows Falls, VT. 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. He died in WW II about 1945. Lawrence is Larry Prentice's grandfather. 1940 census living with the family of his sister, Alice, in Duxbury, Washington Co., VT.

3. John Allen Prentice, b. 14 Dec 1947, MA, obtained h is SS# in NH, and d. 2 Aug 2008 in VT, probably Berlin, Washington Co., VT (per SSDI) which lies perhaps 5 miles SSW of Montpelier, VT.His obituary reads as follows:

    Times Argus, The (Montpelier-Barre, VT) - Monday, August 4, 2008 .

    BERLIN - John A. Prentice, Sr., 60, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, in Northfield. He was born in Winchendon, Mass., on Dec. 14, 1947, the son of Robert & Cora Jessie (Martell) Prentice. He attended school in Franklin, New Hampshire.

    He married Barbara Sinnett in New Jersey on Oct. 30, 1970.

    Mr. Prentice was a veteran, having serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked in New Jersey for 15 years doing road construction and the past 15 years for Vermont Castings in Randolph. He enjoyed driving dirt track and dragster racecars, crabbing, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

    Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Berlin; three children, Tina Bailey of West Virginia, John A. Prentice, Jr., of Northfield, David W. Prentice of Berlin; seven siblings, Albert, William, Henry, and Harold Prentice and Janice Sweeney, all of Franklin, N.H., Ted Prentice of Williamstown and Alberta Gauthier of Roxbury; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

    His brother, Robert and sister, Gladys Jean, died previously.

    Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home, 35 Slate Avenue in Northfield. A private burial with full military honors accorded will take place in Vermont Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Randolph at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in his memory to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Berlin, VT 05641.

He m. Barbara Ann Sinnett. She was b. 10 Sep 1951 in Camden, NJ, and d. 19 Jul 2009, Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, VT. She was the dau. of David William Sinnett and Helen J. Koehler., Her obituary of 21 Jul 2009 in the Times Argus reads as follows:

    Barbara A. Prentice

    BERLIN - Barbara Ann Prentice, 57, of Partridge Lane died Sunday July 19, 2009, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. She was born on Sept. 10, 1951, in Camden, N.J., the daughter of David William and Helen J. (Koehler) Sinnett. She received her early education in New Jersey and while growing up there enjoyed clamming and crabbing and the New Jersey shore. She also enjoyed card games and her computer. Mrs. Prentice was the receptionist at the Vermonter Motel in Berlin and also made her home there.

    She married John A. Prentice, Sr. on Oct. 30, 1970, in Rancocas, N.J. He died in Aug., 2008.

    Surviving are her mother of New Gretna, N.J., a daughter, Tina Bailey, of Daniels, W.Va, a son, John A. Prentice, Jr and his longtime companion, Nikki Moorby of Northfield, another son, David W. Prentice of Barre; four sisters, Bonnie Cipriani, Lake Worth, Fla., Deborah Bowker, Delran, N.J., Dawn Van Brunt, Manteo, N.C. and Donna McGourley, New Gretna, N.J.; two brothers, David Sinnett, Riverside, N.J. and William Sinnett, Columbia, S.C.

    [Surviving also are] six grandchildren, Franklin (Jay) Hall, Brittany Hall and Felecia Hall, all of W.Va., Ethan Prentice-Moorby and Kayden Prentice, both of Northfield, Cadence Prentice of Cabot, many nieces and nephews, numerous friends and her special friends, Candace and Randy Stewart of Berlin.

    A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, July 22, at 10 a.m. in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center. Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield assisted with the arrangements.

Children of John and Barbara per her obituary:

  1. Tina Prentice. She m. Mr. Bailey. In 2009 they lived in Daniels, WV.
  2. John Allen Prentice, Jr., b. 11 Jul 1978, NJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  3. David William Prentice, b. 5 May 1983 in NJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]

4. Winfield Albert Prentice, b. c. 1916, Jonesville, VT. 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. His occupation in 1935 at the birth of his daughter, Dorothy, was "Wood chopper lumber woods," and in 1941, "Lumbering."

He m. Lillian Mable Smith on 31 Jul 1935 in Starksboro, Addison Co., VT. He was then a resident of Starksboro, VT She was b. 10 May 1920, Richmond or Starksboro, VT, and d. 13 Mar 1970, NH.. Children:

  1. Dorothy Mae Prentice, b. 2 Dec 1935. She was the oldest child.
  2. Winfield Albert Prentice Jr., b. 2 Jun 1938, Salisbury, Addison Co., VT.
  3. Larry Jay Prentice, b. 28 Feb 1940, Starksboro, Addison Co., VT.
  4. Helen Edith Prentice, b. 24 Oct 1941. Addison, Addison Co., VT.
  5. Edward Lawrence Prentice, b. 14 Apr 1944, Starksboro, Addison Co., VT.
  6. Roger Fay Prentice, b. 23 Jul 1945, Brattleboro, Windham Co,, VT.

5. Gladys M. Prentice, b. 18 Nov 1918, Winooski, VT, and d. 10 Dec 1971 in Keene, Cheshire Co., NH. 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT.

She m. Henry Ernest Fleming on 25 Jan 1934, Starksboro, Addison Co., VT. He was b. 12 Jan 1914, Hinesburg, VT, son of Arthur J. Fleming and Bertha Harris. An Ancestor Chart and children for Henry can be found at Ancestry.com .

  1. (son) Fleming.
  2. (dau.) Fleming.
  3. Henry Ernest Fleming, b. 29 Apr 1934, Lincoln, VT, and d. 27 Oct 1982, Attleboro, MA.

6. John Allen Prentice, Jr., b. 11 Jul 1978, NJ. In 2009 he lived in Northfield, Washington Co., VT per Vermont Birth Records .

He m. Nichole "Nikki"Lee Moorby who was b. 11 Jul 1978, Moorby, VT.

  1. Ethen John Prentice (aka Prentice-Moorby), b, 20 Jun 2005 Berlin, Washington Co., VT, Central Vermond Medical Center.
  2. Kayden Arthur Allen Prentice, b. 23 Sep 2008 in Berlin, Washington Co., VT, Central Vermont Medical Center.

7. David William Prenticem v, 5 May 1983, NJ. In 2009 he lived in Barre, Washington Co., VT. In 2005 he is living at 134 High St., Apt. 1, Hardwick, Washington Co., VT, with his wife and family per Ancestry.com .

He m. Kirsten Elizabeth Hammood who was b. 2 Apr 1982 in Germany. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Cadence Leone Prentice, b. 23 Feb 2005 in Central Vermont Hospital, Berlin, Washington Co., VT.

Who are Samuel Prentice and his Parents?

We found a listing of Prentices (including alternate spellings of the surname) in the 1852 Census covering Quebec (called Canada East) and Ontario (called Canada West) at Automated Genealogy [external website] .

The census planned for 1851 was not carried out until 1852, so it is variously referred to as the 1851 Census and the 1852 Census. For background information please see the Library and Archives Canada Census of 1851 site. The 1851 Census of New Brunswick Index is also available. It is important to note that many parts of the 1851/1852 Census were lost or destroyed and are therefore missing from the indices.

Unfortunately, the 1852 census does not contain either a Samuel or Isaac Prentice/Prentiss in the right age group.

Investigation is continuing.

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