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George Prentiss of Bennington, VT

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George Prentice of Bennington, VT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 1998 and Revised 14 Apr 2010

Update of 14 Apr 2010: George B. Prentiss is #97.1 in our John3 Prentice eBook. That eBook now replaces this article.

A. George B. Prentiss, b. c. 1820, VT (the 1870 census says b. c. 1823, VT, while the 1900 census says b. c. 1830, VT). He appears in the 1860, 1870 and 1900 census in Bennington, Bennington Co., VT census with his wife and family.

He m. Ann, b. c. 1827, Ireland. They had 2 or more children, including:

  1. George Prentiss was b. May 1855 in VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1]
  2. Robert Prentiss was b. c. 1857, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

1. George Prentiss was b. May 1855 in VT. He appears The 1880 and 1900 Bennington, Bennington Co., VT census with his wife and family. 1910 census in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA. 1920 census in Jamaica, Windham Co., VT. 1930 census in Rowe, Franklin Co., MA.

He m. Charlotte H. Brown, b. Sep 1860 in Perce, VT. Children:

  1. Rachel Charlotte Prentiss, b. 29 Apr 1879 in VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. Carrie Prentiss, b. Jul 1882, VT. At home in 1900. At home in Pittsfield, MA, in 1910 census. She may be the Carrie L. Patter shown in the 1920 census in West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, as b. c. 1884, VT, with her husband, Alton E. Patter, b. c. 1882, DE. Living with them is her sister, Lula. Carrie and Alton (shown as b. in Hawaii) later appear in the 1930 census in Rowe, Franklin Co., MA, without children.
  3. Myron Eugene Prentiss, b. Jun 1891, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  4. Lula Maria Prentiss, b. Feb 1895, West Dover, VT. At home in 1900. At home in Pittsfield, MA, in 1910 census. She appears in the 1920 census in West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, living with her sister, Carrie. She m. Ralph Walter Thompson on 29 Apr 1921 in Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT per Vermont Marriage Records . Not in 1930 census.
  5. Charlotte Prentiss, b. May 1897, VT. At home in 1900. At home in Pittsfield, MA, in 1910 census. Not in 1920 census.

The 1920 Windham Co., VT census shows only George, Charlotte and Myron in the household.

2. Robert Prentiss, b. c. 1857, VT. At home in 1860 and 1870 census. He may be the Robert Prentice who appears in the 1880 and 1900 census in Bennington, Bennington Co., VT, as b. c. 1858, VT. Not in 1910 census.

He m. Mary, b. c. 1851, VT. Mary apparently died prior to 1900 as she does not appear in the 1900 census of the family. Children:

  1. William Prentice, b. 1879, VT, and age 9 mos. at the time of the 1880 census. Not in 1900 or 1910 census.
  2. Robert Prentice, b. Jun 1881, VT. At home in Bennington in the 1900 census. Not in 1910 census.
  3. Annie Prentice, b. Jan 1884, VT. At home in Bennington in the 1900 census. Not in 1910 census.

3. Rachel Charlotte Prentiss, b. 29 Apr 1879 in VT, and d. 29 Mar 1923, Bennington, Bennington Co., VT. At home in 1880. She appears in the 1900 Bennington census living with her parents.

It is unclear whether Rachel was married at the time of the 1900 census. The surname "Drear" next to her name and her marital status is marked married, but her husband is not shown in the household. Not in the 1910 census.

However, her Vermont Death Record identifies her as "Rachel Charlotte Pierce" and Housewife Additionally, the 1920 census in Bennington Bennington Co., VT, shows her as Rachel Pierce, wife of L. J. Pierce, b. c. 1877, VT; no children shown. He is almost certainly the Llewellyn J. Pierce who appears in the 1930 census in Bennington, Bennington Co., VT, as a widower, b, c. 1875, VT.

4. Myron Eugene Prentiss, b. Jun 1891, VT. At home in Pittsfield, MA, in 1910 census.

He m. Sarah May Winchell on 29 Jun 1916 in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA. The marriage record said that Myron was from Bennington, VT. (Ref: Debbie in her posting at Ancestry.com). Sarah was the dau. of John J. Winchell, a brother to her great-grandfather, Henry Franklin Winchell.

Myron appears in his parents' household in the 1920 census at the age of 28 with no wife present, and perhaps deceased.

Myron later appears in the 1930 census in Dalton,Berkshire Co., MA, with his 2nd wife, Sadie M., b. c. 1894; no children shown.

Who are George Prentiss' Parents?

The 1900 census in Bennington, Bennington Co., VT, says that both parents of George (who was b. 1820, VT) were b. in England. Since George was b. c. 1820 in VT, that suggests that his parents were b. in England c. 1780-1800.

It is speculation at this point whether they accompanied George to VT, and whether they may have entered VT from Canada.

Investigation is continuing.

If you can help us identify any of the folks mentioned above, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com


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