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Joseph Prentice of Adams, MA and Stamford, VT

Joseph Prentice of Adams, MA and Stamford, Bennington Co., VT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2002 and Revised 1 Mar 2009

Update of 1 Mar 2009: Joseph Prentice is the son of Jonathan Prentice and is #84.1 in our John-3 eBook. That eBook now replaces this article.
Note: This article replaces the following earlier articles:
1. The earlier Fall 1998 article about Joseph Prentice of Adams, MA and Stamford, VT
2. The earlier Summer 1999 article about Joseph Prentice of Adams, Berkshire, MA

1. Joseph Prentice, b. c. 1816-7, Worthington, Hampshire Co., MA, a farmer. Joseph appears in the 1850 Adams, Berkshire Co., MA census and the 1880 Stamford, Bennington Co., VT census.

He m. Elvira G. Ayers, b. c. 1817-8 in MA. Joseph and Elvira were married c. 1 May 1841 in Windsor, Berkshire Co., MA. Elvira may have died by 1880 as she does not appear with the family in the 1880 census.

The following material appears at A Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vrmont, 1903, pp. 430-431 :

    "Mr. [Joseph] PRENTICE was born in Worthington [Hampshire County], Massachusetts, where he learned the trade of scythe maker, which he followed in connection with farming in the towns of Worthington, Cummington [both in Hampshire County, Massachusetts], and North Adams [Berkshire County, Massachusetts], living in Massachusetts until shortly before his decease 20 January 1884 at Stamford [Bennington County], Vermont, at the age of sixty-eight years.

    "Of the union of Joseph PRENTICE and Elvira J. AYERS, of Cumminton [Hampshire County, Massachusetts], four children were born, of whom three survive:

    1. Joseph Monroe PRENTICE, of North Adams [Berkshire County], Massachusetts;
    2. Sarah Sebia, wife of Charles N. BROWN, of Stamford [Bennington County], Vermont; and
    3. Jennie M., wife of Dr. [Levi H.] NICHOLS.
    4. Emma C. Prentice, [the deceased child, d. 22 August 1847.

    Mrs. PRENTICE [Elvira J.] died in 1874, aged fifty-six years. She and her husband were devoted and consistent members of the First Congregational church.

    Jonathan PRENTICE, father of Joseph PRENTICE, rendered valuable service in connection with militia organization in preparing for the War of the Revolution. Mrs. Dr. NICHOLS [Jennie M. (PRENTICE) NICHOLS] is a member of the Baptist church, and has served as president of the Ladies' Aid Society.

Children of Joseph and Elvira per the above article and the 1850 and 1880 census:

  1. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1844, MA. At home in 1850 census in Adams, Berkshire Co., MA. May have died young as she is not mentioned in the above article.
  2. Joseph Monroe Prentice, b. c. 1849, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  3. Sarah Sebia Prentice. She m. Charles N. Brown of Stamford, Bennington Co., VT.
  4. Jennie M. Prentice.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  5. Jennie M. Prentice. She m. Dr. Levi H. Nichols.
  6. Emma C. Prentice, [the deceased child}, d. 22 August 1847.

2. Joseph Monroe Prentice, b. Oct 1848, MA. He appears in the 1900 North Adams, Berkshire Co., MA census with his wife and family.

He m. Harriet M., b. Sep 1845, MA. Children, per 1880 and 1900 census:

  1. Walter W. Prentice, b. c. 1871-2, MA
  2. Robert W. Prentice, b. Oct 1876, NY.
  3. Elvia (Elvira?) Prentice, b. c. 1878-9, VT
  4. Ella W. Prentice, b. Jul 1881, VT.

3. Jennie M. Prentice.

She m. Dr. Levi H. Nichols.

Who are Joseph Prentice's Parents?

Joseph, b. 1816-7, may be a descendant of Joseph Prentice and Abigail Leonard by one of their following sons who appear on pg. 278 of our PRENTICE book:

  1. Joseph Prentice, 278/58 in our book, b. c. 1763, died in Huntington, Hampshire, MA, and who was said by Binney to have had 2 sons and 4 daughters whose names we have not yet determined. He is 278/58 in our PRENTICE BOOK.

  2. William Prentice, 278/61 in our book. He was b. 20 Mar 1780, Worthington, Hampshire,MA. He m. Theda Williams.

  3. Phineas Prentice, 278/60 in our book. He was b. c. 1768 in Worthington, Hampshire, MA and m. Fannie Collins on 20 May 1794 in Middlefield, Hampshire, MA. Phineas is especially interesting because his last known son, Morgan Lewis Prentice, was baptised in 1813 in Windsor, Berkshire Co., MA where Joseph married Elvira in 1841.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please contact us at the Prentice Newsletter .

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