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Parmelia Prentice of Bethlehem, Litchfield, CT


Parmelia Prentice of Bethlehem, Litchfield, CT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2003 and Revised 25 Feb 2011

We are helping Sandra Van Zandt in tracing the Prentice roots of her distant great-grandmother. Here is what we have so far:

1. Parmelia Prentice, or some spelling variation of her first and last names, was born in Bethlehem, Litchfield Co. CT in 1795 and d. 26 Jan 1856 in Granger, Allegany Co., NY according to information which appears in a hand written record contained in her GGG Grandfather's Bible and Ancestry.com .

Parmelia m. Isaac A Hunt on 10 Apr 1814 at Woodbury, CT (per History of Ancient Woodbury, cited in Sandra's email of 16 Feb 2003). He was b. 3 Dec 1786, Woodbury , Litchfield Co., CT, and d. 6 Dec 1872, Plymouth, Litchfield Co., CT. Isaac's date and place of birth and death are also recorded in the Bible. Children of Parmelia and Isaac:

  1. (infant) Hunt, b. c. 1817 and d. 12 Jun 1817.
  2. Rollin Bennett Hunt, b. 24 Aug 1820, Woodbury. . . . . . . . [2]
  3. Laura B. Hunt, b. 1821.
  4. Sara B. Hunt, b. Abt. 1823.
  5. Veranus P. Hunt, b. 1827. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. Rollin Bennett Hunt, b. 24 Aug 1820, Woodbury, Litchfield Co., CT and d. 16 Feb 1886. He m. 1st Sarah J. Demmick on 10 May 1843. She was b. 15 Mar 1820 and d. 15 Mar 1847 (per Ancestry.com website). Daughter:

  1. Lucy Ann Hunt, b. 16 Aug 1843 and d. 1859.

Rollin m. 2nd Mary Melinda Gill on 23 Dec 1849. She was b. 9 Oct 1830 and d. 4 Jan 1920. Rollin was a Physician and may have lived in NY at the date of Parmelia's death in 1856. Children:

  1. Nancy Permelia Hunt b. 1 Jan 1851 d. 1 Jan 1946. She m. Mathew Steele. He was b. 17 Jun 1842 d. 25 Jun 1920. Children:
    1. William Mathew Steele b. 8 Jun 1868
    2. George Milton Steele b. 4 Oct 1870 d. 1946
    3. Jennie Lauretta Steele b. 22 Aug 1878 d. ABT 1971
    4. Burton Leroy Steele b. 25 Apr 1884 d. Jul 1964
    5. Arthur Clyde Steele b. 8 Jul 1886 d. 7 Jul 1971
  2. Lamanthy Hunt, b. 25 Mar 1853
  3. Francis Folliett Huntm b. 16 Feb 1854 and d. 10 Feb 1941. Shge m. Charles A. Beaver. He was b. 11 Aug 1836 and d. 25 May 1920. Children:
    1. Robert Lee Beaver b. 15 Jul 1878 d. 3 Feb 1956
    2. Maybelle C. Beaver b. 1880
    3. Gertrude Beaver
  4. Jane Hunt, b. 22 Feb 1854
  5. Charles Alpha Hunt, b. 18 Apr 1860 and d. 9 Jan 1933. He m. Marie Antoinett Olavison. She was b. 16 Dec 1864 and d. 20 Mar 1903. Children:
    1. Charles Bennett Leroy Hunt b. 5 Sep 1885 d. 1934. He m. Jessie Grannis. 3 children:
    2. Delno Rolland Lester Sr. Hunt b. 31 Jan 1891 d. 25 Nov 1980. He m. Ada Margery Weger b. 25 Aug 1899 d. 2 Jul 1985. 5 children and several grandchildren.
    3. Lyndon Alfred Douglas Hunt b. 5 Sep 1898 d. Oct 1986. He m. Laura Johnson. She was b. 1909 and d. Oct 1986
    4. Glenville Lionall Rodney Hunt b. 31 Aug 1900. He m. Ora Kurtz. 4 children:
    5. Herald Hartland Hunt b. 26 Jun 1905 d. 26 Jan 1981. He m. Eloise Cleopha Le Doux. She d.1951. 5 children.
    6. Marjorie Ione Hunt b. 13 Sep 1907
    7. Wallace C. Hunt b. 29 Aug 1909
  6. Wilbur A. Hunt b. 3 Mar 1866 d. 2 Oct 1939
  7. Elizabeth (Libby) Hunt b. 10 May 1875
  8. Mary Melinda Hunt

3. Veranus P. Hunt, b. 1827, NY, and d. 13 Jun 1876 in Iowa City, Wright Co., IA..

He m. Huldah Bennett. She was b. 1828-29 in NY. Children:

  1. Charles S. Hunt, b. 19 Mar 1846, Angelica, Allegany Co., NY,0 and d. 2 Nov 1923, De Kalb, De Kalb Co., IL. He m. Alice A Mussey. Children:
    1. William Perry Hunt, b. 22 Jan 1882 and d. Feb 1945
    2. Carrie May Hunt, b. 21 May 1884 and d. 26 Apr 1963. She m. John Raymond Gardner. He was b. 2 Apr 1879 and d. 10 May 1958. 4 children and several grandchildren.

  2. Isaac A. Hunt b. 11 Jun 1848, Granger, Allegany Co., NY, and d. 23 May 1908 in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. He m. 1st Mary Minerva Flint. She was b. 25 May 1851 d. 11 Sep 1880 Children:
    1. Gertrude Elmina Hunt b. 8 Feb 1869 d. 10 Apr 1924. She m. Joseph Valentine Borah; b. 3 Jan 1869.
    2. Cora Estelle Hunt b. 29 Jun 1870 and d. 1 Feb 1907, Sge n, George William Borah.
    3. Polly Eugenia Hunt, b. 2 Aug 1872 and d. 25 Apr 1886
    4. Ella H. Hunt, b. 18 Jan 1875 and d. 24 May 1930. She m. Fred Benjamin Smith. He was b. 3 Sep 1866. They had 9 children, including:
      1. Bernice Smith. She m. Otto Nelson. They had 1 or more children, including:
        1. Carol Ella Nelson. She is the grandmother of Nate Julson.

    5. Elsie May Hunt, b. 13 Jan 1877 and d. 1 Apr 1886
    6. Mary Hunt, b. 11 Sep 1880 and d. 11 Sep 1882

    Isaac m. 2nd Alice J. Coleman. She was b. 3 Oct 1857 and d. 29 Dec 1920.

  3. Addison Barum Hunt b. 18 Aug 1852, Granger, Allegany Co., NY, and d. 25 Apr 1921, Alden, Hardin Co., IA. He . Mary M. Warden. She was b. 9 Aug 1857 and d. 27 Nov 1916. Chiildren:
    1. Joseph W. Hunt, b. 31 May 1878 and d. 13 Apr 1886.
    2. Edna Hunt, b. 1883 and d. 1886.
    3. Charles Edgar Hunt b. May 1883 d. 1945. Had dau., Margaret Hunt.
    4. Edward C. Hunt, b. 1884.
    5. Alvin Ray Hunt b. 23 Jul 1889 d. 27 Apr 1955. He m. Clara Rose Hoelscher. She was b. 26 Nov 1888 and d. 4 Dec 1953. Children:
      1. Beatrice Hunt b. 8 Aug 1913. She m. Kermit Charles Bahr; b. 9 Jun 1909 & d. 3 Jun 1984. They had 3 children and several grandchildren.
    6. George B Hunt, b. Jun 1895 and d. 1930. He m. Lillian and had a son., Geo. Jr.

  4. John P. Hunt, b. Jan 1854 and d. in infancy.

  5. John L. Hunt, b. 18 Feb 1855, NY, Granger, Allegany Co., NY, and d. 24 Feb 1882, Alden, Hardin Co., IA. age 28 years. He m. Alice J. Coleman. She was b. 3 Oct 1857 and d. 29 Dec 1920. Children:
    1. George Bennett Hunt, b. 6 Mar 1877 and d. 11 Apr 1903
    2. Delbert Hunt, b. 31 May 1878 and d. 13 Apr 1886
    3. Fred John Hunt, b. 18 Jul 1881 and d. 19 Mar 1919 He m. Bernice Elenor Lawton. She was b. b. 14 Aug 1881 and d. 28 Oct 1967. 5 children and several grandchildren.

  6. Irena Christine Hunt, b. c. 1856, NY, and d. c. 1857.

  7. Irene Sarah Hunt, b. Apr 1857, NY, and d. 28 Dec 1929, Fall OR. She m. Frank Mott. He was b. Apr 11852, NY, and d. 17 Jan 1923, Fall City, Polk Co, OR. Children:
    1. Mabel Rose Mott 1876 –
    2. Edith Ester M ott 1878 –
    3. Hulda Kittie Rhoades Mott 1880 – 1963
    4. Kittie H Mott 1880 –
    5. Robert Franklin Mott 1884 –
    6. Guy Dickinson Mott 1894 –
    7. Florence Irene Mott 1896 – 1984
    8. Mary Fay Mott 1898 –
    9. Ruby Mae Mott 1902 –

  8. Julia Ruth Hunt, b. 1 Apr 1860 , Angelica, Allegany Co., NY, and d. 31 Oct 1953, Willow Creek, Gallatin Co., MT..

  9. Mary Jane Hunt, b. 1864 and d. 8 Jan (Jun) 1881.

Who are Parmelia's Parents?

Sandra has suggested that Parmelia might be a granddaughter of Christopher Prentis, b. 13 Apr 1726, Woodbridge, Litchfield Co., and whose family has a connection with Bethlehem. We show 12 children for Christopher, but none born after 1771. Christopher did have sons whose daughter Permelia might, or might not, be:

  1. Amaziah Prentis. He m. Betsey Root c. 1780 and had at least 6 children; the last shown was b. 1790. That corresponds with the 1800 census which shows no children born between 1790 and 1800. We can, therefore, exclude him as a possibility.

  2. John Prentis. He had 11 childrenI have is a listing of 11 children for John and Martha which appears in C. J. F. Binney's 1883 PRENTICE book which was taken from an old Bible record owned by John's granddaughter, Eliza, which she sent to Binney.

    Eliza's old Bible record listing 11 children would seem to be a comprehensive and reliable listing of their children. John and Martha were having children every 2 years aa regular as clockwork (Aug 1786, Aug 1788, Dec 1790, Mar 1793, Apr 1795, Mar 1797, etc.). There is no child named Parmelia, or any spelling variation thereof, nor is there any time gap into which Parmelia would easily fit.

    They did have a daughter, Lucy Prentice, b. 20 Apr 1795, but she married C. B. Munson and d. 17 Feb 1874 in Delhi, NY. That was some 18 years after Parmelia's 1856 death.

    I have to conclude, from Eliza's Bible records, that Parmelia is not a daughter of John and Martha. However, I'm willing to consider hard evidence to the contrary.

  3. Josiah Prentis m. Bathsheba Flandee and their first known child was b. 1797. However, we do not have a marriage date for Josiah, so their might have been 1 or more children born earlier. However, by 1800 he was living in Red Hook, Dutchess Co., NY, so it seems unlikely that Parmelia, if his daughter, would have married in 1814 in Woodbury, CT

  4. Sherman Prentis. He m. Susan Richards. They had 10 children born both before and after 1795, but none named Permelia.

  5. Zachariah Prentis, b. 1757. He apparently reached adulthood, but we have no information whether he married, had a family, or when he died.

  6. Gideon Prentis, b. 1767. Like Zachariah, he apparently reached adulthood, but we have no information whether he married, had a family, or when he died. We do know, however, that at one point he apparently lived in Whitesboro, Oneida Co., NY.

So, it may very well be that Permelia is a granddaughter of Christopher, but further investigation is needed to determine her father's identity; whether it could be Zachariah or Gideon.

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