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Mary M. Prentiss, Chenango Co., NY

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Mary M. Prentiss, Chenango Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Esq., Newsletter Editor
Winter 2017 and Revised 3 Nov 2017

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1. Unknown Prentiss, perhaps b. c. 1785-1795 at an unknown location.

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

  1. Mary M. Prentiss, b. c. 1815, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. Mary M. Prentiss, b, c, 1815, NY, and d. 8 Sep 1874, Addison, Steuben Co., NY. 1850 Addison. 1870 at home in Erwin, Steuben Co., NY.

    According to John Smith Lyon's biography in a history of Steuben Co., New York, published in 1891, Mary was "of Chenango county," but the 1865 New York state census says that she was born in Delaware Co., New York. She had her husband lived in Addison and Erwin Twp. in Steuben Co, New York.

She m. John Smith Lyon, b. c. 1807 and d. ????. Son of William Lyon (b. 15 Feb 1769, North Castle, Westchester Co. NY, and d. c. 1858) and Styntje Van Der Merkt. per Jennifer W. Hanson, email, 29 Oct 2017. Sons:

  1. Prentice George Lyon, b. 7 Jan 1831, Addison, Steuben Co., NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. Daniel T. Lyon, b. c. 1835, NY. 1950 at home in Addison, Steuben Co., NY. He might be the Daniel Lyon, b. c. 1837, who m. Emaline C. (b. c. 1843, PA) and in 1860 lived in Rathbone, Steuben Co., NY.
  3. Augustus W. Lyon, b. c. 1837, NY, and d. 1898. Bur. Addison Rural Cem., Addison, Steuben Co., NY. He m. Gertrude, . c. 1846, NY. 1950, 1860 at home in Addison, Steuben Co., NY. Children:
    1. Jessie May Lyon, dau., b. c. 1866, NY. She m. Joseph Watson on 10 Jun 1886, York, Ontario, Canada. He was b. c. 1850, York, Ontario, Canada, son of John and Margaret Watson. Children:
      1. Arleigh Jean Watson, dau., b. c. 1887, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She m. Herbert Stanley Corbett on 30 Dec 1916, York, Ontario, Canada. He was b. c. 1881, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, son of Robert Astley Corbett and Susan Rutledge Corbett. 1891 at home in Toronto.
      2. McClelland Barry Watson, b. 22 Jan 1889, York, Ontario, Canada, and d. 1973, age 84. Pilot in Great Britain with photo in Ancestry.com. He m. Edith Lilian Urquhart on 4 Sep 1918, York, Ontario, Canada. age 84. 1870 at home in Addison, Steuben Co., NY. Children:
        1. Cameron Barry Watson, b. 1919, York, Ontario, Canada, and d. there on 30 Mar 1931, age 12. Bur. Toronto, Ontario.
        2. Dau. Watson.
  4. James A. Lyon, b. c. 1849 and d. c. 1888. 1950, 1860 at home in Addison, Steuben Co., NY. 1870 at home in Erwin, Steuben Co., NY.

3. Prentice George Lyon, b. 7 Jan 1831, Addison, Steuben Co., NY, and d. 4 Apr 1901, Tioga Co., PA. Bur. in West Branch Cem., Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA.

He m. 1st Mary Brown on 15 Mar 1855 in Amboy Twp., Lee, Co., IL. She d. 1966, Addison, Steuben Co., NY. He then to Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA, in 1868. 1870, in Delmar, Tioga Co., PA as a widower with his son, Frank, but his daughter, Dela, does not appear, and this is before Prentice George’s marriage to Henrietta Bartle so there is no spouse in the household. Per Jennifer Hanson, citing a history of Tioga Co., Pennsylvania, published in 1883: “ Children of Prentice and Mary:

  1. Frank Elwood Lyon, b. 5 Sep 1860, Polo, Ogle Co., IL.
  2. Dela M. Lyon, b. c. 1864.

Prentice m. 2nd Henrietta Bantle, May, 1870. She was b. May 1848, Melman, PA.. 1892 in Elmira City, Chemung Co., NY. Harriet 1920 in Los Angeles, CA, a widow, living with Wilbur M. Lyon and Fannie Lyon, probably a grandson and wife. Children per Find A Grave:

  1. Ralph Augustus Lyon, b. 30 Nov 1871, Addison, Steuben Co., NY, and d. 10 Aug 1933, Delmar, Tioga Co., PA, age 61. He m. Mary Estella McConnell, b. 13 Nov 1878, Charleston, PA and d. c. 1949.
  2. Clara Eunice Lyon, b. 2 Jul 1873, Wellsboro,Tioga Co., PA, and d. 7 Aug 1930, Tioga Co., PA. Bur. West Branch Cem., Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA. She m. Noyes L. Lawton. Children per Find A Grave:
    1. Perley W Lawton (1894 - 1985)*
    2. Russell Prentis Lawton (1895 - 1952)*
    3. Francis N Lawton (1902 - 1984)*
    4. Clara L. Lawton, She m. William Luddington. Daughter:
      1. Clarissa M. Luddington.
  3. Orra Eli Lyon, b. 9 Jun 1877, Brookfield, Tioga Co., PA, and d. 18 Aug 1963, Tioga Co., PA. (1877 - 1963). Bur. West Branch Cem., Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA. He m. Abigail Knowlton. Children:
    1. Clara Belle Lyon
    2. Mary Estelle Lyon
  4. Mabel Edith Lyon (1879 - 1955). She m. Orra Almer Townsend., b. 13 May 1873, Lawrenceville, Tioga Co., PA, and d. 26 Mar 1956, Tioga Co., PA. Bur West Branch Cem., Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA. Son of Charles Henry Townsend and Mary Elizabeth Cruttenden. 1900 in Delmar, Tioga Co., PA. Children:
    1. Grace Elizabeth Townsend. She m. Mr. Cruttenden
    2. Gladys Estella Townsend. She m. Mr. Bliss
    3. Charles Henry Townsend
    4. Erfred Townsend
    5. George Henry Townsend
    6. Mildred Marguerite Townsend. She m. Mr. Webster
    7. Vera Townsend
    8. Catherine Edith Townsend. She m. Mr. Brown

Who are the parents of Mary M. Smith?

For now, we will assume that Mary M. Prentiss was "of Chenango Co., NY," and let's tentatively assume that she lived at home when she married about 1830.

The information that she was b. c. 1815 and the oldest son, Prentice George Lyon, was b. c. 1831. needs a of caution about an 1815 birth since she would have been only about 15 when she married and when her son may have been conceived for an 1831 birth.

In any event, we checked the 1830 Chenango Co., NY census.

The only Prentiss shown in that 1830 census was O. G. Prentiss of Smithville, Chenango Co., NY, who was between 40 and 49 years old. He is doubtless the same person as Ozias G. Prentice shown in the 1820 Oxford, Chenango Co., NY, census. "Find A Grave" shows Ozias G. Prentice d. 2 Jan 1853 in Chenango Co., NY.

The 1820 census shows only a single daughter and she was born before 1820 and was under 10 in 1820, The 1830 census shows a daughter 15-19 and born between 1811 and 1815. However, our own database shows Ozias had a daughter, Esther, b. 1812 who was under 10 [8] in 1820 and 15-19 [18] in 1830. so Ozias G. Prentiss does not seem to have a daughter named Mary.

We note, however, that the 1820 census spells Ozias' surname as "Prentice" while the 1830 census spells it as "Prentiss." Spelling changes were not uncommon in those early years. So, if we look to see how many spellings of "Prentice" we have in 1830, we find the following:

  1. Joel Prentice in our #93 in our John3 eBookJoel Prentice is of particular interest:
    1. Mary's first child, Prentice George Lyon, was b. 7 Jan 1831, Addison, Steuben Co., NY. Mary later died in 1874 in Addison, Steuben Co., NY.
    2. Joel Prentice, in our #93 in our John3 eBook, was in the 1810 census in Oxford, Chenango Co., NY. He had a daughter b. c. 1812, likely in Oxford, Chenango Co., NY. In 1820 both were in Oxford Chenango Co., NY. In 1830 both were in Addison, Steuben Co., NY, as was Mary and her son. An 1812 birth would be more reasonable than an 1815 birth for Mary.
    3. Joel had a son, name not yet known, who was born c. 1817. He also appears in the 1820 census in Addison, Steuben Co., NY.

      By email of 31 Oct 2017, Jenniver Hanson notes that on 1820 film strip page 239 there appears a "David Lion." He was John Smith Lyon's uncle. John Smith Lyon was a blacksmith, as was this David Lyon/Lion. It seems possible that John Smith learned his trade from his uncle David. The fact that these Lyon and Prentice families are appear so close together is a good reason to start exploring any relation further.

  2. Joseph Prentice of Plymouth, Chenango Co., NY has 3 daughters 15-19 in 1830. He is #22 in our Stephen3 Prentice eBook. We do not show a daughter named Mary.
  3. David Prentice of Sherburne, Chenango Co., NY has 1 daughter 15-19 in 1830.
  4. E. B. Prentice of Oxford, Chenange Co., NY, has 1 daughter 10-14 in 1830.
  5. Walker Prentice. Born, 14 Dec 1784, in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT. Resided, circa 1800, in S. Plymouth?, Chenango, NY. He may be the "Col. Walker Prentiss" identified as an earlier settler of So. Plymouth, Chenango Co., NY who built the first mill. I have no information about any marriage or children.
  6. Elijah B. Prentice appears in Oxford, Chenango Co., NY with an indicated birth year of 1790-1800. I have no information about any marriage or daughters.

We have not solved any problems, just have raised possibilities.

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