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John Prentiss of Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY


John Prentiss of Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2004 and Revised 2 Jun 2008

Update of 2 Jun 2008: . John Prentiss is the son of Solomon Prentiss and Lucy White who are #57.1(iv) in our Henry Prentiss eBook. That eBook now replaces this article.

1. John Prentiss was b. 1 Aug 1828, Oneida Co., NY, and d. WI. He appears as a Merchant in the 1860 census in Brooklyn Ward 10, Dist.3, Kings Co., NY with his wife and children. 1870 census in Westfield, Union Co., NJ.

He m. Vashti E. Campbell. She was b. c. 1830, NY, and d. before 1870, NY. Children per 1860 census and Ancestry.com: Frost Family Tree .

  1. Jane E. Prentiss, b. c. 1854, NY. At home in Westfield, NJ, in the 1870 census.
  2. John C. Prentiss, b. c. 1856, NY. At home in Westfield, NJ, in the 1870 census.
  3. William B. Prentiss, b. c. 1858, NY. At home in Westfield, NJ, in the 1870 census.

Also living with the family in 1860 was John's mother, Lucy W., b. c. 1793, MA.

John m. 2nd. Elizabeth. She was b. c. 1831, NY, and appears with John and her family in the 1870 census in Westfield, Union Co., NJ.

Who are John Prentiss' Parents?

In checking the 1850 census, we found only a single John Prentiss who may, or may not, be the same person. He was b. c. 1830 in NY. In 1850 he was then living in Troy Ward 7, Rensselaer Co., NY. He was a Teacher, living in the home of George Sims.

We also note that the IGI shows that a John Prentice (note different surname spelling) who was b. 1803 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, m. Sarah Nichols Davis c. 1830 in Brooklyn. Given that marriage location, they might be John's parents. Their son, John Prentice, appears to be a different person.

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