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Norman Prentiss of NH and Troy, New York


Norman B. Prentiss of NH and Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2008 and Revised 1 Jul 2008

1. Norman B. Prentiss was b. c. 1807, New Hampshire, Shoemaker. He does not appear as a head of a household in the 1830 census in NH or NY, suggesting he was:

  1. a single person living in NH or NY in a place other than his parent's home, or
  2. living at home, perhaps in NH, or perhaps in NY if his parents had by then moved to NY.

Norman appears in the 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 census (spelled Prentiss) in Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., NY with his wife and family.

He m. Mary, b. c. 1810, NY. Children per census records:

  1. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1835, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1838, NY. At home in Clifton Park in the 1850 and 1860 census. Note that her age matches the daughter shown in the 1840 census

He may be a brother to E. Prentice who appears on the same 1840 census page (pg. 100).

Norman Prentiss does not appear in the 1830 NY census index, suggesting he may still be living at home since only heads of households were shown, or may have been born in VT, CT or MA.

The History of Clifton Park, NY shows Norman as a Justice of the Peace in 1853 and 1863.

2. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1835, NY. At home in Clifton Park in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census. Note that his age matches the son shown in the 1840 census. In the 1860 census household of Norman and Mary is Almira Prentice, probably Charles' wife, b. c. 1838, NY, and children, probably theirs:

  1. Franklin Prentiss, b. c. 1858, NY. At home in Clifton Park in 1860. Not in 1870 or 1880 census.
  2. Salome Prentiss, b. c. 1859, NY. At home in Clifton Park in 1860. Not in 1870 census.

Who are the Parents of Norman B. Prentiss?

The only clue we have so far is in the 1880 census which says that Norman's father was b. in MA and mother in NY.

If his parents were still in NH in 1810 after Norman's birth c. 1807, he might be a son of one of following 7 families shown in the 1810 NH census:

  1. James Prentice, Langdon, Cheshire, NH
  2. John Prentice, Langdon, Cheshire, NH
  3. Nath Prentice, Springfield, Cheshire, NH
  4. Stephen Prentice, Walpole, Cheshire, NH
  5. Henry Prentice, Hancock, Hillsborough, NH
  6. Daniel Prentice, Mason, Hillsborough, NH
  7. Josiah Prentice, Northwood, Rockingham, NH

If you have any information which can help us identify any of the folks mentioned above, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com..


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