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Samuel Prentice of Millville, MA

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Samuel Prentice of Millville, MA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2017 and Revised 22 Dec 2016

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This material is taken from Pg. 463 in C. J. F. Binney's 1883 Prentice Book and was initially placed in our folder entitled "No Immigrant Ancestors."

1. Samuel Prentice was b. c. 1765-71. He may have been b. in Mendon, MA, per Ancestry.com . Mendon, MA, lies about 30-35 miles NE of Rehoboth, MA.

Samuel went from Rehoboth or vicinity to Millville (Blackstone), MA (which lies about 30 miles NNW of Rehoboth) and was a mason by trade. He bought a farm in Millville which he improved until his death. He may be the Samuel Prentice, b. 08 Nov 1767 and a descendant of Robert Prentice of Roxbury, MA (see Prentice book, 234/9v(3). Since that Samuel's brother married Keziah Southwick, that Samuel is likely this Samuel Prentice of Millville, MA.

Samuel married Mirriam Southwick on 14 Sep 1790, Mendon, Worcester Co., MA. She was b. 1772, Mendon, MA, and d. in SC, the dau. of Joseph Southwick and Hannah Hunt. Ancestor charts for her can be found at Ancestry.com.

    Note: In a footnote on page 342 in Binney's 1883 edition, he reports the following: Census return, 13 Feb 1846, Blackstone, MA. Samuel Prentice, at the bottom of the last page, may be a descendant of:

    1. Robert Prentice of Roxbury through Lt. James Prentice, #18, pg. 239, above (pg. 260 of the 1883 edition). James m. widow Sarah (Draper) Whiting, 24 Dec 1770 and James’ first known son, Calvin, was b. 17 Jan 1772

    2. Calvin Prentice, #24, pg. 244, a son of Lt. James Prentice, above. However that cannot be since Calvin was born 17 Jan 1772 and is almost the same age as Samuel.

    3. William Prentice, b. c. 1730, and Trial Darling, #13a on pg. 236 Cont., and Mirriam. Unless there is a prior unknown marriage, William’s first known child was born in 1785, long after Samuel would have been born..

Children of Samuel and Mirriam:

  1. George Prentice, b. 19 Jan 1791. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[5]
  2. Hannah Prentice, b. 14 Feb 1794. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [10]
  3. Abigail/Nabby Prentice, b. 1796. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [15]
  4. Samuel Prentice, b. 6 Nov 1798. Sea-faring man and m. a lady from New York. Died before 1883.
  5. Willard Prentice, b. 9 Aug 1801. Followed the sea; shipped from Boston to the West Indies. Never heard from again.
  6. Olive Prentice (per Ancestry.com).
  7. Joseph S. Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [20]
  8. Perley or Perley N. Prentice, b. 1812. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [25]
  9. Pamela Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [30]
  10. William Prentice. Married and no children.

5. George Prentice, b. 19 Jan 1791; d. 12 Feb 1868, age 77. Mason.

He m. Fanny Mowry of Mendon, MA on 25 Aug 1816 and resided on the old homestead, and at his father’s death he purchased the remainder. She was b. 26 Nov 1793, MA. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Mowry Prentice, b. 26 Nov 1817, Mendon, Worcester, MA; went to that part of Douglas, later E. Douglas, MA in 1842. He m. Laura Knapp 25 Jan 1844. Agriculturist. He appears in the 1880 Douglas, Worcester, MA census wth his wife and daughter:
    1. Augusta B. Prentice, b. c. 1847, MA. At home in 1880.
    2. (maybe) Frank E. Prentice, b. c. 1849, MA. He appears in the 1880 Auburn, Worcester Co., MA census with his wife, Mary G., b. c. 1855, PA, and daughter:
      1. Helena L. Prentice, b. c. 1879, MA.
  2. Moses Prentice, b. 23 Jan 1820; d. 21 Oct 1822.

10. Hannah Prentice, b. 14 Feb 1794.

She m. Mr. Chesley and went to Uxbridge, MA. Had a son

  1. Joseph Chesley who m. Lizzie Patt; lived at Millville as station agent on the NY and New England RR for several years before his death. Children:
    1. Carrie Patt
    2. May Patt.

15. Abigail/Nabby Prentice, b. 1796.

She m. Ezekiel Sheldon. They do not appear in the I880 census and no children are shown in the 2003 IGI. However, the following children are shown in Ancestry.com :

  1. Hiram Sheldon
  2. Ezekiel Sheldon
  3. Loell Sheldon
  4. Tyra Sheldon

20. Joseph S. Prentice was a mason;

He m. Sally Hull and moved from Millville, MA to Wickford, RI. Joseph Prentice was a mason;Binney's 1883 edition said they had several children, names not known. They are quite likely the Joseph S. Prentice (b. c. 1811, MA), Mason, and Sarah S. who appear in the 1850 and 1860 North Kingston, Washington, RI. Joseph does not appear in the 1860 census and may then be deceased. Children:

  1. Edward H. Prentice, b. c. 1842, NY. Edward is not shown living at home in the 1860 census. Not in 1880 census.
  2. George LeRoy Prentice, b. c. 1843-4, NY and d. 1930. Bur in Elm Grove Cem., North Kingstown, Washington Co., RI. The 1860 census shows him to be a Jeweler and living at home. Not in 1880 census. He m. Ellen. Children:
    1. George LeRoy. Prentice Jr., b.21 Sep 1882, Wickford, RI, and d. 1958. Bur. Elm Grove Cem., North Kingstown, Washington Co., RI. He m. Harriet Estelle, b. 1884 and d. 1933. Bur. Elm Grove Cem. with his parents. 1930 in Attleboro, Bristol Co, MA. Children:
      1. George Edward Prentice, b. c. 1909, RI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [22]
      2. Mary Viola Prenticee, b. c. 1911 and d. c. 2000, North Kingstown, RI. Bur. Elm Grove Cemetery. Not home in 1930, 1940. She m. John Kingsley Holland, b. c. 1908 and d. 1982. Bur Elm Grove Cem. North Kingstown, RI. 1986 in Wakefield, RI.
  3. Joseph Prentice, b. c. 1850, RI. Joseph is not shown living at home in the 1860 census. Not in 1880 census.
  4. Sarah F. Prentice, b. c. 1851, RI and living at home in 1860.
  5. Mary A. Prentice, b. c. 1853, RI and living at home in 1860.

22. George Edward Prentice, b. c. 1909, RI, and d. 15-19 Jan 1986, South Kingstown, RI. His obituary reads as follows:

    Providence Journal (RI) - Monday, January 20, 1986.

    George Edward "Hap" Prentice, 77, of 13 Hazard St., an electrician foreman in the electrical department at the University of Rhode Island for 35 years before retiring, died yesterday at South County Hospital. He was the husband of Hope I. (Rose) Prentice.

    Born in North Kingstown, a son of the late George L. and Harriet E. (Jacques) Prentice, he lived in South Kingstown most of his life.

    Mr. Prentice was a member of Hope Lodge 25, F & AM, Wakefield, and was its secretary from 1973 until his death. He was a member of the Unity Royal Arch Chapter 12, the Masonic Secretaries Guild of Rhode Island, the Pettaquamsutt Historical Society, the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, the National Grange, P of H, Narragansett Grange 1, Washington County Pomona Grange 2, the Rhode Island Retirees Chapter, Council 94, A.F.S.C.M.E., the AARP, and was a charter member of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Foundation.

    Besides his wife he leaves a sister, M. Viola Holland of Wakefield.

    A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Elm Grove Cemetery, North Kingstown. publication logo

He m. Hope I. Rose. No children mentioned in his obituary.

25. Perley or Perley N. Prentice, b. 1812, SC, a mason; d. 13 Feb 1846 in Blackstone, MA?

He m. Emily Blue She was b. and d. in SC. and had two children:

  1. Georgiana Prentice, b. 14 Apr 1841; m. Willis Jefferson of Douglas. Children:
    1. Perley H. Jefferson, b. 31 Mar 1863.
    2. Emily M. Jefferson, b. 5 Sep 1866; d. 1874.
    3. Samuel L. Jefferson, b. 11 Jun 1870
    4. Carrie M. Jefferson, b. 24 Apr 1873.
    5. Henry Jefferson, b. 1 Jan 1877.
  2. Samuel Prentice, m. Hattie Brown. Children:
    1. Nellie Prentice.
    2. Henry Prentice.
  3. Nancy Prentice, b. 14 Apr 1841, SC, and d. there. She m. Thomas Jefferson. He was b. c. 1832, Mayesville, SC, and 1938, age 106. Children:
    1. Elsy Jefferson
    2. Beauregard Jefferson
    3. Patsy Jefferson
    4. Alonzo Jefferson
    5. Mary Jefferson
    6. Henry Jefferson
    7. Henry Jefferson Senior
    8. Betsy Jefferson

30. Pamela Prentice

She m. Amasa Bowen. Had son:

  1. Lewis Bowen.

Although the matter is unclear, they might be Pamelia Prentice shown in the Ancestral File as b. c. 1811, Thompson, Windham, CT and who m. Amasa Bowen on 18 Jun 1832 in Thompson, Windham, CT. That Amasa Bowen was b. 15 Apr 1811 in Thompson and d. there on 15 Apr 1850. He was the son of Millard and Lydia Bowen. Further investigation is needed.

Who are the parents of Samuel Prentice of Millville, MA?

As indicated in #1 above, Samuel Prentice was b. c. 1765-71. He went from Rehoboth or vicinity to Millville (Blackstone), MA, and purchased a farm in Millville which he improved until his death. He may be the Samuel Prentice, b. 08 Nov 1767 and a descendant of Robert Prentice of Roxbury, MA (see Prentice book, 234/9v(3). Since that Samuel's brother married Keziah Southwick and this Samuel married Mirriam Southwick

Investigation is continuing.

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