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Catherine Prentice of Norwich, CT

Catherine Prentice of Norwich, New London, CT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2001 and Revised 19 Sep 2004

We are helping Sr. Betty Rogers in tracing the ancestry of her Lucy A. Prentice. Here is what we have so far:

1. Catherine Prentice was b. c. 1795, CT and appears in the 1850 Norwich, New London, CT census without her husband, but with the following children, none of whom are shown in the IGI. She later appears in the 1880 Norwich census living with her daughter, Frances:

  1. Amy Prentice, b. c. 1814, CT, age 36.
  2. Frances Prentice, b. c. 1820, CT, age 30. She m. Alfred Palmer and both appear in the 1880 Norwich census. No children shown.
  3. Eunice Prentice, b. c. 1828, CT, age 22.
  4. Lucy Prentice, b. c. 1830, CT, age 20. . . . . . . . [2]
  5. Leonard Prentice, b. c. 1832, CT, age 18. . . . . . . . [3]

One would suppose there were additional children born in the years 1815-19 and 1821-27 who were deceased or who had probably married and left home by 1850.

2. Lucy Prentice, b. c. 1830, CT is probably, but not yet proved, the ancestor of Betty Rogers. According to Betty Rogers, Lucy was b. in North Stonington, CT (per Norwich wedding record) and, if so, probably means she is a descendant of the immigrant, Thomas Prentice, The Trooper, whose descendants are the only known Prentices born in Stonington and North Stonington.

Lucy married, at Norwich, CT in 1854, George H. Webb, formerly of Canada (per marriage record). They apparently moved to Canada before 1859, as they had a son born that year in Canada. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Francis M. Webb, b. 1859, Canada.was born in Canada that year.

3. Leonard Prentice, b. c. 1832, CT. He is likely the Leonard Prentice, shown on pg. 472, who is called "of Greenville (Norwich)" and who m. Mary Esther Hyde on 8 Feb 1855. No further information is given about either of them. Ancestor Charts for Mary Esther Hyde can be found at Ancestry.com .

The LDS Pedigree Resource File references Leonard's marriage to Mary and gives her ancestry but not Leonards' ancestry. That information was submitted by Robert D. Pero, 1602 E. Beech Yakima, WA 98901. We could not find an email address for him, but his phone number is given as 509-453-0057.

Who is Catherine Prentice's Husband?

Working on the hypothesis that Catherine lived in Norwich, CT in 1840, that her husband was then alive, and that he and his family appeared in the 1840 Norwich census, we checked the 1840 Norwich census to see if there were any families who had the correct family profile. We found 2 families:

  1. John Prentice, b. c. 1800-1810
    1. 2 sons, one age 5-10 and b. c. 1830-35. The son, age 5-10, He was a match for Leonard who was b. c. 1832.
    2. 2 daughters, ages 5-10 and b. c. 1830-35. One of the two could match Lucy, b. c. 1830. The other might be deceased or married by 1850.
    3. 1 daughter, age 10-15 and b. c. 1825-30. This could be Eunice, b. c. 1828.
    4. 2 daughters, ages 20-30 and b. c. 1810-20. These could match Amy (b. 1814) and Frances (b. 1820).

  2. George Prentice, b. c. 1790-1800. The profiles of this family do not match well and probably is not Catherine's family.
    1. 1 son, age 5-10 and b. c. 1830-35. He would match Leonard.
    2. 3 daughters, ages 0-5 and b. c. 1835-40. None match the known daughters of Catherine.
    3. 2 daughters, ages 10-15 and b. 1825-30. They could match Eunice (b. 1828) and Lucy (b. 1830).

For now, it looks like John Prentice, #1 above, is not a likely husband of Catherine Prentice. His birth, 1800-1810, makes him 5 or more years younger than Catherine who was b. c. 1795. And, he is seems much too young to be the father of Amy who the 1850 census indicated was b. c. 1814.

George Prentice, #2 above, might be a match for Catherine, except that her daughters Amy (b. c. 1814) and Frances (b. c. 1820) do not appear in his home in 1840 although they are in Catherine's home in 1850. A possible answer might be that they were married or living elsewhere by 1840 but returned home by 1850.

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