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George Prentice of Newfane, Niagara, NY

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George Prentice of Newfane, Niagara, NY
Is he the one in Charlton, NY? Amsterdam, NY? Noble Co., IN?
Summer 1999 and Revised: 8 Jul 2009

Four of us (Al Good, Cheri Salz, Kathryn Ojerio and Joe Dewald) have been working to resolve the identities of the one or more men named George Prentice who appears in 4 different places at different points in time:
  • The 1820 census in Charlton, Saratoga, NY.
  • The 1830 census in Amsterdam, Montgomery, NY
  • The land records of Noble County, Indiana in the 1840s.
  • The 1850 census of Newfane, Niagara, NY.

1820 Census: Charlton, Saratoga, NY:

The earliest George Prentice we have is the George Prentice shown in the 1820 Charlton, Saratoga Co., NY census. It seems highly that he, together with the Charles Prentice also shown in the 1820 Charlton census, is the George Prentice, b. c. 1793, and son of Nathaniel Prentice and Lucy Campbell. We do not have a copy of that census record and presently do not know whether he is shown as married or having children.

1830 Census: Amsterdam, Montgomery, NY:

The next George Prentice name we have (who may or may not be the same person) is the George Prentice who appears in the 1830 Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY census. Both he and the adult female shown (probably his wife) were born between 1790 and 1800. They are shown with 4 living childen:

  • A son, age 10 to 15 (born 1815-1820). If this 1830 Amsterdam family is that of George of Newfane (below), then the son would be Marcus, son of George Prentice and his first wife, Mary Huntley, who was born 24 Dec 1820.

  • A son, age 10 to 15 (born 1815-1820). If this 1830 Amsterdam family is that of George of Newfane (below), then he may be Albert Emery, son of Goerge's second wife, Cynthia Smead, by her prior husband, Joel Emery.

  • A daughter, age 5 to 10 (born 1820-1825). If this 1830 Amsterdam family is that of George of Newfane (below), then she would be Almira Prentice, daughter of George Prentice and his first wife, Mary Huntley who was born 4 Oct 1823.

  • Another daughter, age 5-10 (born between 1820-1825). If this 1830 Amsterdam family is that of George of Newfane (below), then she may be Charlotte Emery, daugher of Goerge's second wife, Cynthia Smead, by her prior husband, Joal Emery.

In addition, because no son is shown in the age range if 5-10 years (born 1820-1825), we can tentatively conclude that the 1830 Amsterdam George is not the father of Abraham C. Prentice who was was born 6 Dec 1821.

1850 Census: Newfane, Niagara, NY:

The next George Prentice we have is the George Prentice who appears in the 1850 Newfane, Niagara Co., NY census. Here is what we think we know about him so far:

He married, 1st, Mary/Polly Huntley in 1817 in Bethany, Genesse, NY. She was b. in Dec. 1796. Children:

  1. Marcus Prentice, b. 24 Dec 1820, NY, and d. 19 Oct 1888, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. He m. Mary Russell on 31 Dec 1844, LaSalle Co., IL. She was b. Jan 1829, and d. aft. 1910. Living with her son, John, in the 1910 Utica census. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children per Ancestry.com:

    1. John W. Prentice, b. Apr 1850, IL. At home in Utica in 1860, 1870 and 1880. Living alone, single, in Utica in the 1900 census. farmer, living next door to his mother, Mary. Living with his mother, Mary, in the 1910 Utica census. Living alone as a widower in the 1920 Utica census, apparently having m. a wife after 1910 and who d. before 1920. Living alone in the 1930 census and called single.

    2. Arthur R. Prentice, b. Jul 1853, LaSalle Co., IL, and d. 7 Oct 1916, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. He m. Elizabeth Helman on 10 Sep 1879, LaSalle Co., IL. (The 1880 census calls his wife "Sibble" and b. c. 1858, IL). She d. 18 Mar 1952, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. Shown as the head of the family in the 1920 Utica census. Children per Ancestry.com :
      1. Edward Helman Prentice, b. 21 Jun 1880, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. At home in 1900. Not home in 1910. He m. Mrs. Zetta Whitfield. He may be the Edward Prentice shown in the 1910 Utica census as b. c. 1881, IL, with his wife, Minnie, b. c. 1882, IL, and children:
        1. Arnold Prentice, b. c. 1905, IL. At home in 1910.
        2. Walter Prentice, b.c. 1906, IL. At home in 1910.

      2. Bertha Louise Prentice, b. 25 Jan 1882, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. At home in 1900. Not home in 1910. She m. Rawlin Amasa Kinzer. He was b. 22 Nov 1878, Utica,LaSalle Co., IL, and d. 30 Sep 1956, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND.

      3. Elsie May Prentice, b. Sep 1883, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. At home in 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930..

      4. Grace Evelyn Prentice, b. 15 Feb 1887, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL, and d. Sep 1972, Manitowoc Co., WI. At home in 1900 and 1910. She m. Raymond S. Hallett.

      5. Russell Prescott Prentice, b. 28 May 1891, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL, and d. there 12 Jan 1972. At home in 1900 and 1910. He m. Marjorie H/E Hutchinson. She was b. c. 1900, ME, with her father b. in English Canada and mother in ME. Children of Russell and Marjorie:
        1. Beverly M. Pentice, b. c. 1927, IL, and at home in N. Utica in 1930.
        2. Claud (Claudia?) E.Prentice. dau., b. c. 1930, IL, and at home in N. Utica in 1930.

      6. Marcus Frederick "Fred" Prentice, b. 12 Nov 1894, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL, and d. 11 Oct 1984, Ottawa, LaSalle Co., IL. At home in 1900, 1910 and 1920. He m. Helen V. Donovan. She was b. c. 1905, IL, as where her parents. They appear in the 1930 North Utica census. Daughter:
        1. Jean Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1929, IL. At home in North Utica in the 1930 census.

    3. Edna S/L Prentice, b. Jun 1871, LaSalle Co., IL. At home in Utica in 1880. She m. Frank E. Dimmick.

  2. Almira Prentice, b. 4 Oct 1823.

  3. (maybe a 3rd child based on Cheri Salz' email of 19 May 1999 which says that George's second wife, Cynthia, "had 3 step children.)

George m. 2nd Cynthia Smead in 1828 in Bethany, Genesse, NY. She was born 1797 in NH, and was living with the family of her son, Chauncey, in the 1900 census in Utica, LaSalle Co., IL, at the age of 103 years. Cynthia and George had 3 children:

  1. Preston Smead Prentice, b. 6 Sep 1832, NY and d. 1 Jan 1914, Utica, La Salle, IL. Bur. Oak Hill Cem., Utica (per IGI). The 1880 census has his occupation as a Carpenter. Called "Prescott" in the 1910 Utica census and living with his son, Horace. He m. Catherine Hadley on 24 Dec 1864, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. She was b. c. 1848 in LaSalle Co., IL. Children (per Ancestry.com):
    1. Mary Louisa "Mollie" Prentice, b. 7 Mar 1868, Utica, IL and d. 2 Sep 1953, LaSalle Co., IL. She m. Gustave Garms on 12 Apr 1904, Utica. He was b. Dec. 1876, IL and d. 29 Dec 1948, Utica, IL. Children:
      1. Howard Lynn Garms, b. 10 Nov 1904 in Lasalle Co., IL and d. May 1972, Utica. He m. Ruth Beetz who was b. 1911.

      Mary Louisa m. 2nd John McGee on 21 Nov 1888, LaSalle Co., IL. He was b. 3 Mar 1866, OH. Children:

      1. Henry Prentice McGee, b. 1 Sep 1889, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL, and d. Nov 1963, Yardley, Bucks Co., PA. He m. Mabel and had:
        1. Bernice McGee.
        2. Elmer McGee, b. 12 Oct 1914 and d. 26 Mar 1997, Colfax, Grant Co., LA.
        3. Dolores McGee, b. 1 Jul 1916 and d. 26 Dec 1991, Ardmore, Delaward Co., PA.
      2. Florence McGee, b. 11 Nov 1891, Utica, IL, and d. Mar 1972, AZ. Bur. Forest Lawn, CA. She m. 1st Marshall Johnston and had:
        1. Marshall Johnston

        Florence m. 2nd Cecil Alexander Gastineau, b. 6 Oct 1892, and had:

        1. Lois Gastineau.
        2. Esther Gastineau.
        3. Lois Gastineau.
        4. Esther Gastineau.
      3. Ida McGee, b. 20 Dec 1893, Utica, Lasalle Co., IL and d. Apr 1973, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. She m. Sylvester Bauchle and had:
        1. Doris Bauchle, b. IL.
        2. Charlotte Ethel Bauchle, b. 25 Jan 1914, Ottawa, LaSalle Co., IL and d. 30 Dec 1993, Rockford, IL.
      4. Clarence McGee, b. 04 Oct 1897 in Utica, Lasalle Co., Illinois and d. May 1979, Peru, LaSalle Co., IL
      5. Edna McGee, b. c. 1902 in Utica, Lasalle Co., Illinois
      6. Bruce/Brucie McGee, infant.
      7. Adelaide McGee, Infant.

    2. Horace William Greeley Prentice, b. 20 Oct 1871, IL, and d. May 1955, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL \ He m. Estella Larette on 11 Oct 1900, LaSalle Co., IL. She was b. c. 1879 in IL, as were her parents. 1910 and 1920 census in Utica. Children:
      1. Harold Parkman Prentice, b. 7 Mar 1905 in Utica, La Salle, IL, and d. 4 Oct 1984, LaSalle Co., IL. At home in 1910 and 1920. He m. Elizabeth Helen Bernard on 10 May 1924, LaSalle Co., IL. She was born 10 May 1924, LaSalle Co., IL. Children:
        1. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Mr. Lock and had 2 children.
        2. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Mr. Salz and had 6 children.
        3. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Mr. Zubowski and had 5 children.
        4. (son) Prentice, he m. Miss Kidd and had:
          1. (son) Prentice. He m. 3 times. Children, if any, unknown.
          2. (son) Prentice.
          3. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Mr. Einhorn and had 3 children.
          4. (son) Prentice.
      2. Hubert Joseph Prentice, b. 17 Mar 1910 in Utica, La Salle, IL. May have d. in infancy.
      3. Hubert Greeley Prentice, b. c. 1911 in Utica, La Salle, IL, and d. 5 Jan 1985, Valley Com. Hosp., Spring Valley, IL. At home in 1920 and 1930.
      4. Ruth Bernice Prentice, b. 5 Feb 1915 in Utica, La Salle, IL At home in 1920 and 1930.

  2. Chauncey Prentice, b. 10 Oct 1835, Betheny, Genesse, NY and d. 23 Oct 1918, Oak Hill, Utica, IL. He m. Sarah Ann Marvin on 23 Dec 1867, LaSalle, IL. She was b. c. 1849, PA, with her father b. in NY and mother in PA. In the 1880, 1900 and 1910 census they lived in Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. Sarah was a widow living with the family of her dau. Cynthia, in the 1920 census. Children:

    1. George Columbus Prentice, b. Nov 1869, IL and d. 1941. Bur in Oak Hill Cemetery, Utica, LaSalle Co., IL. He m. Francis "Fanny" R. Nichols. She was b. Nov 1871, IL. Fannie appears in the 1910 Utica census without her husband, but is called "married." George appears in the 1910 Utica census living separately. 1920 census Fannie is called "divorced" and is living with the family of her dau., Stella. Fannie appears in the 1930 North Utica census living with her brother, August Nichols, b. c. 1862, IL. George appears in the 1930 North Utica census living alone. Children (per Ancestry.com ):
      1. Stella Mae Prentice, b. 10 Feb 1888 in Utica, LaSalle Co., IL and d. 20 Jul 1974 in Mendota, IL. She m. Robert Forbes in 1909 in LaSalle Co., IL. He was b. 5 May 1888 in Scotland and d. before 1920 as Stella appears in the 1920 Utica census as a widow. Children:
        1. Arthur Frances Forbes, b. 26 Mar 1910 in Ottawa, IL, and d. Jan 1988, Peru, LaSalle Co., IL. At home in Utica in 1920. He m. 1st Miriam Amelia Clark. Children per Ancestry.com :
          1. Robert Henry Forbes.
          2. Ruth Ann Forbes.
          3. William Arthur Forbes.
          4. Elda Louise Forbes.
          Arthur m. 2nd Sophia Iwanicki who d. 1986.
        2. George Marvin Forbes,b. 21 May 1914, Utica, IL, and d. 20 Sep 1985, Fairhope, AL. At home in Utica in 1920. He m. Mary Childers, b. 24 Jun 1914, Utica, IL, and d. Sep 1990, AL. Children: Ancestry.com :
          1. Guitianna Forbes.
          2. Marvin Forbes.
          3. Betty Lou Forbes.
      2. Genevieve Inez Prentice, b. 13 Feb 1894 in IL. Living with her mother, Fannie, in the 1910 Utica census.

    2. Nellie M. Prentice, b. c. 1873, IL and d. 4 Apr 1963. At home 1900. She m. Henry Mitchell in 1922.

    3. Fredrick/Frederick Prentice,b. c. 1876, IL and d. 1884 and bur. in Oak Hill Cem., Utica, IL.

    4. Louisina/Cynthia Lucina Prentice, b. 13 Sep 1877, Ashley, IL and d. 15 Jun 1964 in Ottawa, IL. At home in 1900 census. She later m. George Emerson Dimmick on 21 Jun 1900, LaSalle Co., IL. He was b. 2 Jul 1876, Deer Park Twp., LaSalle Co., IL, and d. 12 May 1921, Utica,IL. Living with Cynthia and George Dimmick's family in 1920 was his mother, Rosa Dimmick, b. c. 1860, CT as where her parents. Children:
      1. Buryl Dimmick, son, b. c. 1902, IL. At home in Utica in 1920.
      2. Rose Ann Dimmick, b. c. 1905 and d. 1994. At home in Utica in 1920.
      3. Lucinda Dimmick, b. c. 1904. At home in Utica in 1920. She m. Glyn Sargent.

    5. Jessie Viola Prentice, b. 3 Jul 1881 and d. Oct 1969. At home in 1900 in Utica. She m. James E. Wilson.

    6. Frank Marvin Prentice, b. 21 Aug 1884 and d. 7 Mar 1962. At home in 1900 in Utica. Living with the family of his sister, Cynthia, in the 1920 Utica census. He m. Mrs. Pearl Luff.

  3. Louisa Sophia Prentice, b. 1838. She m. George Thomas and had (per Ancestry.com):
    1. Burt V. Thomas, b. Aug 1862, NY, and d. 1943. Bur. Lynhaven Cem., Lyndonville, Orleans Co., NY. He m. Ellen E. Greenman on 3 Oct 1893.. Children:
      1. Martha L. Thomas, b. Feb 1895, NY and d. 31 Mar 1988.
      2. Zaida G. Thomas, b. Oct 1898, NY, and d. 22 Oct 1966. Bur Lynhaven Cem.
      3. Joseph G. Thomas, b. c. 1903, NY.
    2. Birdie Thomas.

As indicated in he discussion of the 1830 Armsterdam, Montgomery, NY census, the information about 1850 Newfane Geoge is consistent with him being the same person shown in that 1830 Amsterdam census.

1840s in Noble County, IN:

Finally, we have George Prentice of Noble Co., IN. We know he was b. c. 1793 and is the son of Nathaniel Prentice and Lucy Campbell. A History of Noble County, IN says George's brother, Nathaniel, moved to Noble Counth in 1837 "with his brothers." We also know George's name appears on land Deeds dated in 1844 and 1849. We also know that plat maps show George owning land adjacent to his brother, Nathaniel. George does not appear in the 1850 Noble County census, nor do we know what happened to him after 1849.

By email of 21 May 1999, Albert E. Good reports that the 1890 census shows Abraham's father as born in MA and his mother in VT.

The information is not inconsistent with known facts about the family of Nathaniel Prentice and Lucy Campbell.

Nathaniel and Lucy were married in 1788 in CT and their first child, Charles, was born in 1790 in CT. We know George was born c. 1793, but we don't know where. Lucy then died at an unknown date and unknown place. The next record we have is George's second marriage in 1800 in NY. It is possible that George and Lucy were living in MA in 1793 since a number of families are known to have moved from CT to MA and then later to NY. And, interestingly, George had a first cousin (a son of George's Uncle, Joseph Prentice) who lived in Worthington, MA in the 1790s.

The information about George's father's MA birth would apparently be inconsistent with Noble County George being the same person as Newfane George. It would also be inconsistent with Noble County George being Amsterdam George, but only if Amsterdam George and Newfane George are the same person.

Summary:  It seems clear enought that Abraham C. Prentice is probably the son of George Prentice of Noble County, IN. There is some uncertainty about Abraham's birth date; his Death Certificate says he was born 6 Sep 1822 but another unidentified source says 6 Dec 1821. We do not know where Abraham was between his birth and his 1850 census appearance in Noble Co., IN.

If Cynthia Smead did have a 3rd stepchild, as indicated in Cheri's email, his Abraham's 1821 or 1822 birth would fit nicely betwen that of Marcus in 1820 and Almira in 1823, but only if Abraham's father was not born in MA.

For Noble County George to be Newfane George, he would have had to move from IN to NY between 1849 and 1850. It is certainly possible, but somewhat unlikely since folks from Indiana tended to move west rather than north. Additionally, working against the possibility of them being the same person is the apparent NY birth of Newfane George and MA birth of Noble County George.

Further, based on new information from Cheri Salz, there is a possibility that "Charlton George," "Noble George" and "Newfane George" are all the same person.

In our PRENTICE book, we have shown the contents of the Pension Application of Nathaniel Prentice, #271/33. Cheri Salz now has information that Rose Dimmick, a great-granddaughter of Cynthia Smead, wife of "Newfane George," submitted that same information in support of her application to the DAR, identifying Nathaniel as the father of Newfane George.

However, we do not yet have the actual DAR Application, so we cannot identify the factual basis, if any, upon which she asserts that Newfane George is Nathaniel's son. Being three generations removed from George, she obviously has no personal knowledge of the relationships. More investigation is needed.

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