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Newsletter 97.1.2

Do you have the new PRENTICE eBook?
Articles in this Fall '97 Issue: . .Jackson T. Prentice . .Huldah (Stallion) Prentice . .Stanton Prentice . .Perez Prentice . .Christoper Prentice . .Joel Prentice . .Robert Prentice of Winchester, NH . .Samuel Prentice of Millville, MA . .Oliver Prentice


Oliver Prentice of Pittstown, Rennselaer Co., NY
Fall 1997 and Revised 10 Feb 2000

Oliver Prentice was born about 1773. He married Lydia Delong about 1794. CarolAnne Chepurny indicates that Oliver, his wife Lydia, and children, Dorothea and Jacob, may have been living in the Jacob Delong household in the 1800 Pittstown, Rennselaer Co., NY census. Although individuals were not listed by name in 1800, there were two extra adults and two children.

Also, they were all in Jacob Delong's household in Toronto a year later. In 1813, Oliver was charged by the Canadian government with high treason, so he and his family moved to Ohio. In 1815 the census identified him as a farmer living in Painesville, Geauga, OH.

Oliver does not appear in the Ohio 1820 Census index. Shortly after 1821 they returned to Canada.

The identify of Oliver's parents has not been resolved. One possibility is that he may be a son of Ephraim Prentice, #29 on pg. 269 of our 1997 PRENTICE book, who lived in nearby Grafton, Rennselaer Co., NY.

Another possibility is that he is a grandson of Oliver Prentice, #5vii on pg. 168 of our book. That Oliver had a son, Oliver, born 1746, who moved to Nova Scotia and, he, in turn, had a son named Oliver who was born about 1776-7. Nothing is presently known about this latter Oliver.

Update of 10 Feb 2000: An email from John Ripley reports two Deeds signed by an Oliver Prentice:

  • An 1806 Deed from Oliver Prentice to George Boyle for land in Horton Mountain.
  • An 1811 Deed from Oliver Prentice relating to land in Horton.
Oliver's father died in 1804, so any Deed bearing the name of Oliver Prentice is most likely that of his son, Oliver. However, it is unlikely that his son Oliver would be conveying land in Nova Scotia if he were the Oliver Prentice who married Lydia Long and was living in Pittstown, NY in 1800 and in and Toronto in 1801.

True, there could have been a 3rd, unrelated Oliver Prentice in Nova Scotia who signed the deeds, or the Deed could have been signed before 1800 and recorded in those later years, but both scenarios seem unlikely.

If you have information which will help us identify the parents of Oliver Prentice and the other folks discussed in this article, please contact this newsletter at dewald@prenticenet.com.


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