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Isaac Prentice of Vermont

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Isaac Prentice of Vermont
Spring 1998 and Revised 30 Jul 2003

Update of 13 Jul 2003: This article has now been replaced with our later Fall 2003 article about Isaac Prentice of Sheffield, Berkshire Co., MA .

Original Article: Lenwood Prentice and Janet Nation are trying to identify the parents and ancestry of Isaac Prentice. Here is what we have so far:

1. Isaac Prentice was was born 30 Jan 1803 somewhere in Vermont and both of his parents were born in MA (per 1880 Solon, Kent Co., MI census). The identity of his parents has not yet been determined. Fn. 1 . He was a farmer. MA

Isaac married Mary/Maria) Martin about 1830 in Canada. She was born in 1812 in Canada, as were both of her parents (per 1880 census). Children of Isaac and Mary:

  1. Chester Prentice, b. 1832, Canada. He does not appear in the 1880 US or 1881 Canadian census.
  2. Mary Prentice, b. 1835 in Vermont.
  3. Fletcher Prentice, b. 1837 in Michigan. For descendants, see our Spring 2001 article on Ralph Prentice of Liberty, MO.
  4. Maria J. Prentice, b. 1840 in Ohio.
  5. Alvira Prentice, b. 1843 in Ohio (or maybe MI: see Update, below).
  6. Wesley Prentice, b. 1845 in Ohio. . . . . . . [2]
  7. Harriet Prentice, b. 21 Apr 1847 in Ceder Springs, Kent, Michigan.
  8. Marvin Obadiah Prentice, b. 1850 in Michigan. . . . . . . . [3]
  9. Amanda Prentice, b. c. 1858. She m. John Darland. He was b. c. 1851, Canada, as were both his parents (per 1880 census). Children:
    1. Willett Prentice, b. c. 1875, MI

2. Wesley Prentice, b. 1845 in Ohio. He m. Catherine, b. c. 1849. Children (per 1880 Montcalm Co., MI census):

  1. Eva Prentice, b. c. 1868, MI.
  2. Charles Prentice, b. Oct 1868, MI. He m. Mattie, b. Jul 1867, MI and appears in the 1900 Charlesvoix Co., MI census.
  3. Ernest Prentice, b. c. 1873, MI.
  4. Claude Prentice, b. c. 1871, MI. Appears, unmarried, in 1900 census in Zeeland, Ottawa, MI.
  5. Guy Prentice, b. c. 1876, MI. He is probably the Guy G. Prentice shown in the 1910 Chicago, Cook, IL census who is shown as b. c. 1880, MI with his wife, Ruth, b. c. 1886 in MI.

3. Marvin Obadiah Prentice, b. 1850 in Michigan. He m. Sophia, b. c. 1855, NY. Children (per 1880 Montcalm Co., MI census):

  1. Nora Prentice, b. c. 1873, MI.
  2. Frank Prentice, b. c. 1874, MI.
  3. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1876, MI. Living at home in the 1910 Antrim Co., MI census.
He appears, from the 1900 Leelanan Co., MI census and the 1910 and 1920 Antrim Co., MI census, to have married, 2nd, Margaret/Maggie, b. Nov 1861, Canada, and had another daughter:
  1. Lila/Lilah B. Prentice, b. Dec 1889, MI. The 1920 Antrim Co. census shows she m. Mr. Park, buthe is not present in the home. Also in the household are Clinton, b. c. 1915, and Nendol(?), both called grandsons of Marvin.

The 1850 Vermont census has an ISAAC PRENTICE, farmer, b. c. 1833 in the State of New York, and living in Milton, Chittenden Co., VT. He did not appear in the 1880 census, either missed or perhaps living in another State. It is unclear if he is a son of the 1803 ISAAC who was apparently living in Michigan in 1850, presumably with all his family.

The 1900 VT census has an ISAAC PRENTICE, b. Sep 1831 in Canada and living in Worcester, Washington Co., VT. His father was also born in Canada and his mother in England. The 1803 ISAAC apparently was living in Canada in 1832 when his son, CHESTER, was born. This ISAAC was born in 1831.

There is a reasonable possibility that the 1831 ISAAC might be a son of the 1803 Isaac since parents often name a son after the father.

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

Fn. 1.: In an email of 18 Dec 2001 to Albert E. Good and others, we mentioned a 14 Jun 2001 email which suggested that Abraham C. Prentice may have been the son of George Prentice by an unknown wife, and that George was the son of Nathaniel Prentice and Lucy Campbell.

Another possibility also occurs to us. In our Spring 1998 issue, we have an article about Isaac Prentice at http://www.prenticenet.com/news/97.3/isaac_prentice_vt.htm. Isaac was b. 1803, but his birth place is not clear; he may have been born in VT or Canada, and a his youngest son, Chester. was born in Canada.

It occurs to us that Isaac just might be a brother to George C. Prentice, b. 1793, whose son, Abraham, was born at Grand Isle, VT which lies close to the Canadian boarder. George's father, Nathaniel, married, as his 2nd wife, Margaret Hedden on 9 Aug 1800. Their first known child was Lucy, conceived c. Jun 1883 and b. Feb 1884.

There is a gap of almost 3 years between Nathaniel's 2 Aug 1800 marriage and Lucy's June 1803 conception. That would be a sufficient time to insert Isaac's c. May 1802 conception and his Jan 1803 birth. It's only a theory, but it gives us another basis upon which to research Isaac's family roots.

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