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George L. Prentice of Burlington, Otsego Co., NY


George L. Prentice of Burlington, Otsego Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2003 and Revised 30 Jan 2009

Update of 30 Jan 2009: George L. Prentiss is George Loren Prentice who is #3.1 in our Summer 2007 article entitled Nathan and Henry Prentice of CT and Burlington, NY . That article now replaces this article.

1. George L. Prentiss was b. c. 1820-21, NY.

He m. Abigal/Abigail, b. c. 1822-23, NY. They appear in the 1850 Burlington, Otsego Co., NY census with their son, Truman Prentice, b. c. 1848-49, NY.

They later appear in the 1860 Burlington census (where he is called George S. Prentiss) with the son, Truman. He later appear in the 1870 census as George L. Prentice. In 1880 census in Butternuts, Otsego Co., NY. Children (per 1850, 1860 and 1880 census).

  1. Truman C. Prentiss, b. c. 1848, NY. At home in 1860 census. An unmarried farm laborer in the 1870 census in Butternuts, Otsego Co., NY. Not in 1880 census.
  2. John R. Prentiss, b. Oct 1850, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  3. Charles M. Prentiss, b. c. 1852, NY. At home in 1870. . . . . . . . [3]
  4. Mary A. Prentiss, b. c. 1853, NY. At home in 1870.
  5. Frank Prentiss, b. c. 1854, NY. At home in 1880.
  6. Don/Donald Prentiss, b. c. 1858, NY. At home in 1880. He may be the Don Prentice, b. c. 1858, NY who appears in the 1910 census in Norwich, Chenango Co., NO. He may also be the Don Pentice, b. c. 1858, who appars in the 1930 census in Earlville, madison Co., NY with his wife, Cora, b. c. 1863. No children shown, but they might have left home by then. However, no other Prentices appear in Madison Co., NY in the 1930 census.

2. John R. Prentiss was b. Oct 1850 in NY. Although additional investigation is needed to confirm that he is the same person, he is probably the John R. Prentice who appears in the 1860, 1880 and 1900 Otsego County, NY census with his wife, Ella A., b. Oct 1852 in NY. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Nellie M. Prentice, b. c. 1879, NY. She appears living at home in the 1900 Otsego Co. census with her husband, Walter A. Nearing, b. c. Nov 1877, NY and her daughter:
    1. Beatrice Nearing, b. May 1899, NY.

3. Charles M. Prentiss, b. c. 1852, NY. At home, unmarried, in 1870. He appears in the 1880 and 1910 census in Unadilla, Otsego Co., NY, as a farmer, with his wife, Cora K.(?), b. c. 1858, NY, and son:

  1. George R. Prentice, b. c. 1878, NY. He appears in the 1930 Unadilla census with his wife, Bessie, b. c. 1890, and children:
    1. Loren B. Prentice (son), b. c. 1913, NY.
    2. Lois W. Prentice, b. c. 1914, NY.
    3. Charles F. Prentice, b. c. 1917, NY.
    4. Richard H. Prentice, b. c. 1922, NY.
    5. Caroline Prentice, b.c . 1920, NY.
    6. Emma E. Prentice, b. c. 1926, N.

Who are George L. Prentice's Parents?

So far we have no clues. We have checked the IGI, Ancestry.com, and our own Prentice database with negative results. A check of the 1840 Burlington census showed only Nathan Prentiss (b. c. 1800-1810) and Watson Prentiss (b. c. 1810-20) as heads of households; neither household showed a son b. in the 15-20 years range to cover George's 1822-23 birth. A check of the 1840 Otsego countywide census showed 4 Prentices, but none have a son in the 15-20 year range.

The foregoing would indicate the probability that George was b. at some location other than Otsego County and that he moved to Burlington between 1840 and 1850. That would be not at all surprising since families were quite mobile in that period.

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