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Lucretia Rudolph Garfield

A Prentice in the White House.
Spring 2003 and Revised 17 Jan 2003
By Bill Williams

Did you know that among the Presidential families living in the White House there was a Prentice?

It's true. While still a young teacher at Hiram College, future President James A. Garfield married a former classmade, Lucretia Rudolph, on 11 Nov 1858. Born 19 Apr 1832, in Hiram, Portage Co., OH, Lucretia was the daughter Zebulon Rudolph and Arabella Mason.

Arabella Mason, born 18 Apr 1810, was the daughter of Lucretia Green and Elijah Mason, son of Peleg Sanford Mason and Mary Stanton of Lebanon, New London Co., CT, who was the daughter of Joseph Stanton and Hester Gallup of Westerly, Washington Co., RI.

Hester Gallup, born c. 1685, was the Daughter of Benadam Gallup and Hester Prentice, daughter of Hester Nichols and John Prentice, son of our emigrant ancestor, Valentine Prentice and his wife, Alice Bredda.

Valentine Prentice born in 1599 in Essex County, England, a cobbler by trade, emigrated to America in 1631. Little did he know that, from such modest origins, one of has descendants would one day be the wife of a President of the United States of America, live in the White House and share an important part of American history.

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