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Jackson Prentice of Tennessee

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Jackson Prentice of Tennessee
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 1997 and Revised 5 Jul 2008

Update of 5 Jul 2008: This article has now been replaced by our Spring 2003 article about Robert Prentice of Virginia dn Dekalb Co., TN .

We are helping Earline Sloan in her efforts to identify the parents and ancestry of her ancestor, Jackson Prentice. Here is what we have so far:

1. Jackson Prentice was born c. 1820 (per 1850 census) and was living in DeKalb Co., TN with his wife and family.

He m. Rachel Kelley, at the time of the 1840 census.

Living next door to them was Robert Prentice, age 53, and born about 1777. It seems reasonable to think that Robert may be Jackson's father.In the earlier 1830 Smith Co., TN census, Jackson was not listed because he was then a minor. However, listed there in the 1830 census in Warren Co., TN, was a Robert Prentice whose age matched the above Robert Prentice. The 1830 Smith Co. census also listed two men, both named William Prentis, ages 20-30, one with a wife older than he.

There were no Williams listed in the 1840 DeKalb Co. census.

The 1840 census also identified a Nicholas Parsley who lived nearby and was married to Margaret Prentice, identified as a daughter of the above Robert.

According to information provided by Barbara Stephenson, the 1850 census in South Division, Smith Co., TN shows Jackson Prentice as age 30 (born c. 1820), his wife, Rachel, born c. 1823, TN, and his children:

  1. William, born c. 1839, TN. Not in 1860 or 1870 census.
  2. Jane, born c. 1844, TN. Not in 1860 or 1870 census.
  3. Nicholas, born c. 1846, TN. Not in 1860 or 1870 census.
  4. Caroline, born c. 1849, TN. Not in 1860 or 1870 census.

Interestingly, under "Remarks" for Jackson was the word, "Idiotic." At that time and place it might have referred to mental deficiency, or it might have referred to a physical condition such as cerebral palsy, but not insanity as the form did distinguish between "insane" and "idiotic."

The 1850 census also identified an Isaac Prentice, b. 1826 and identified elsewhere as a brother of Jackson, with his wife, Sarah, and two children: John and Robert, the latter b. 1831 in TN.

For other Tennessee Prentices, see Tennessee Prentices.

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