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George B. Prentiss of Bennington, VT

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George Bliss Prentiss of Bennington, VT
Fall 1998 and Revised 28 Apr 2003

In a related article about Asher Prentiss, we identified him as born c. 1797 in Uxbridge, MA and the son of Asher Prentiss and Sarah Marsh. After her husband died, Sarah moved to Bennington.

The 1850 Bennington, Bennington Co., VT census identifies Asher as a carpenter and his wife as Abigail, b. c. 1801. No children are listed, but Asher was then 53 it is possible he may have had children who had moved elsewhere.

Also appearing in the 1850 and 1860 Bennington census is George B. Prentiss, clerk, age 26, b. c. 1824. He is probably the same person identified in the IGI as George Bliss Prentice, son of George Prentice (1800-1895) and Althea (1799-1854). George's age and proximity to Asher and his mother suggests that the 1800 George may be a brother of Asher.

That raises an interesting possibility. The only other PRENTICES mentioned at Bennington County are those of JAMES PRENTICE and his children, descendants of NATHANIEL, son of JOSEPH of Preston.

We know that JAMES had three other brothers for whom no death record is found at Preston. Likewise, no marriage record has been found, nor has there been found a birth record of any of their children. Those brothers are:

  • 1. Simeon Prentice, born 1751 at Preston. We know he lived in the area of Bennington-Shaftsbury-Sunderland.

  • 2. Ephraim Prentice, born 1752 at Preston. Shaftsbury Deeds show his name. Since our book was published in 1993, we have identified an Ephraim who appeared in the 1820 Rensselaer Co., NY census and his son, also named Ephraim, who appeared there in the 1830 census.

  • 3. Ebenezer Prentice, born 1767 at Preston. Nothing further is known about him.

    Since experience tells us that families living in close proximity to each other are often kin, there is a reasonable chance that either GEORGE PRENTICE or ASHER PRENTISS of Bennington are descendants of Joseph and Hannah (Chesebrough) Prentice of Preston, CT.

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

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