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Isaac Prentiss of Worcester, Washington Co., VT

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Isaac Prentiss of Worcester, Washington Co., VT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 1998 and Updated: 19 Apr 2010

Update of 19 Apr 2010: This article has now been replaced by our Summer 2010 article entitled Samuel Prentiss of England and Canada ,

The 1900 Worcester, Washington Co., VT census identifies the following family, and the IGI indicates they had the following children:

1. Isaac C. Prentiss was b. Sep 1831, Canada per Ancestry.com: Martin Genealogy

He m. Martha A. Blaisdell on 17 Feb 1865, Calais, Washington Co., VT. She was b. 2 Sep 1839, Fairfax, VT, and d. 11 Oct 1919 per Ancestry.com: Martin Genealogy . She was the dau of Blaisdell and Mary Kelp.

Children of Isaac and Martha:

  1. Sarah J. Prentiss, b. 23 Jul 1865, Worcester, Washington, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Florence Edna Prentiss, b. 4 Jan 1867, Worcester, Washington, VT. Not home in 1870 census.
  3. Martha E. Prentiss, b. 8 May 1868, Worcester, Washington, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

Isaac may be deceased by 1920 since he does not appear with Martha in the 1920 Washington Co. census.

The census record also identifies the birth place of Isaac's father as "Canada," and that of his mother as "England." We do not know his father's birth date, but it was likely before 1805.

2. Sarah J. Prentiss, b. 23 Jul 1865, Worcester, Washington, VT.

Called Sadie Prentiss, she m. Frederick M. Corliss in Elmore, Lamoille Co. VT, and later divorced. He was b. 7 Feb 1859 in Fayston, Washington Co., VT, son of Benjamin Emerson Corliss and Luanna Marble. Ancestor Charts for him can be found at Ancestry.com . They appear in the 1870 census in Duxbury, Washington Co., VT and in the 1920 census in Calais, Washington Co., VT where he is a farmer. Children (with additional descendants to be found at Ancestry.com ):

  1. Luna Belle Corliss, b. 9 Nov 1884 in VT. She m. Arthur Chase and had 1 or more children.
  2. Louis Earl Corliss, b. Feb 1886 in VT and d. 6 Aug 1957. In 1910 and 1920 he lived at Middlesex, Washington Co., VT. He m. 1st Kate E White. She was b. 15 Feb 1887, VT.
    1. (son) Corliss
    Louis m. 2nd Lottie Holbert Jones,
  3. Arthur Roy Corliss, b. 5 Aug 1890 and d. 20 Jul 1963. Bur. Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, Washington Co., VT. He was a farmer and in 1930 lived in Duxbury, Washington Co., VT. He m. Grace Lane on 24 Jun 1914 in Worcester, Washington Co., VT. She was b. 14 Oct 1893.
    1. (son) Corliss
  4. Burton Elmer Corliss, b. 1 Feb 1894, and d. May 1972. Dairy worker. Lived in Barre, VT. He m. Esther J. Lane on 25 Jan 1916. She was b. 15 Sep 1894, VT. Children:
         2 Living son Corliss
          + Living Miss Landry
            3 Living son Corliss.  He m. Miss Vigneault
                4 Living Corliss
                4 Living Corliss
                4 Living Corliss
                4 Living Corliss
          + Living Shonio
            3 Living Miss Shonio.  She m. Mr. Chace
                4 Living Chace
                4 Living Chace
                4 Living Chace
          + Living Mr. Vaughn
            3 Living Vaughn
            3 Living Vaughn
            3 Living Vaughn
        2 Living Corliss.  He m. Miss Swift
            3 Living Miss Corliss.  She m. Mr. McGinnis
                4 Living McGinnis
          + Living Mr. McPhee
            3 Living Mr. Corliss.  He m. Miss ??
                4 Living Corliss
                4 Living Corliss
                4 Living Corliss
            3 Living Corliss.  Married.
            3 Living Corliss.  Married Mr/Miss Miro
        2 Living son Corliss.  He m. Miss Davis
            3 Living Corliss
            3 Living Corliss
            3 Living Corliss
            3 Living Corliss
        2 Living son Corliss.  He m. Miss Vigneault
            3 Living Corliss
            3 Living Corliss
            3 Living Corliss
            3 Living Corliss

2 (cont.) Sarah's husband, Frederick M. Corliss, then married, as his 2nd wife, Belle H. on 16 May 1917. She was b. c. 1875 in VT.

3. Martha E. Prentiss, b. 8 May 1868, Worcester, Washington, VT. She married Alden E. Farnsworth on 3 May 1885 at Marshfield, VT. He was born 1859 at Woodbury. The "Farnsworth Memorial" genealogy lists the following children, surnamed Farnsworth, which are tentatively thought to be the children of Martha and Alden:

  1. Andrew Farnsworth, b. 20 Jan 1788 at Sterling, MA; d. 8 Apr 1872 at Peterboro, NH. He m. (1) 13 Feb 1817 Lucy Start, b. 1797; d. 1 Jan 1826 at Bakersfield, VT, dau. of Moses and Peggy Start and (2) Maria Start, sister to Lucy, b. 13 Feb 1801; d. 30 Jan 1865. *
  2. Prentice Farnsworth, b. May 1790 at Bakersfield, VT; d. there 4 Mar 1846. He m. 18 Jan 1818 at Bakersfield, Elizabeth "Betsey" Start, b. 1799; d. 25 Jul 1846 at Bakersfield, dau. John and Jane (Emery) Start of Jaffrey, NH.
  3. Nancy Farnsworth; m. Mr. Barnes.
  4. Catharine Farnsworth, possible b. 10 Feb 1798; m. 3 Apr 1821 at Bakersfield, Edward Rice, b. ca. 10 Aug 1796; d. 17 Jan 1874 at Bakersfield, son of Cheney and Deborah (Converse) Rice.
  5. Isaac Freeman Farnsworth, b. 22 May 18 00; d. 8 Oct 1868. He m. 20 Feb 1825 at Bakersfield, Asenath Corse, b. 19 May 1806 at Enosburgh, VT; d. 6 Nov 1868, dau. Azriah and Asenath (Denio) Corse.
  6. Israel Willard Farnsworth, b. 31 Mar 1802; m. Abigail Rawson, b. 23 May 180

Lenwood Prentice is trying to identify the parents and ancestry of Isaac Prentice who was said to be born 30 Jan 1803 somewhere in Vermont. He married Mary (or Maria) Martin about 1830. She was born in 1812 in Vermont. Children of Isaac and Mary:

  • Chester Prentice, b. 1832, Canada.
  • Mary Prentice, b. 1835 in Vermont.
  • Fletcher Prentice, b. 1837 in Michigan.
  • Maria J. Prentice, b. 1840 in Ohio.
  • Alvira Prentice, b. 1843 in Ohio.
  • Wesley Prentice, b. 1845 in Ohio.
  • Harriet Prentice, b. 21 Apr 1847 in Ceder Springs, Kent, Michigan.
  • Marvin Obadiah Prentice, b. 1850 in Michigan.

Who are Isaac Prentice's Parents?

The 1900 census shows that Isaac was b. Sep 1831, Canada, that his father was b. in NH (perhaps 1795-1810), and his mother in VT.

Investigation is continuing.

As noted, the 1803 ISAAC apparently was living in Canada in 1832 when his son, CHESTER, was born. This ISAAC was born in 1831. Since we have only an approximate marriage date of about 1830 for the 1803 ISAAC, unless we are certain the 1803 ISAAC was born in VT and we have identified all his sons, there is a reasonable possibility that the 1831 ISAAC might be a son since parents often name a son after the father. That also suggests the possibility the 1803 Isaac was born in Canada rather than Vermont.

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