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Oscar W. Prentice of Vermont and Connecticut

Oscar William Prentice of Vermont and Connecticut
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2008 and revised 28 Aug 2011

1. Oscar William Prentice is called Oscar Prentice (b. 29 Jun 1845, VT) in the 1860 Williston. Chittenden Co., VT, census, and called Oscar W. Prentice, b. Jan 1844, VT in the 1880 and 1900 Manchester, Haretford Co., CT census. He d. 1939.

In the 1860 Williston census he is a 14 year old farm laborer, 1 of 5 laborers, on the farm of C. W. and Martha Brownell.

He m. Mary Eliza Lee. She was b. 28 Jul 1850, VT, and d. 1929, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. He is also probably the same person as the Oscar Prentiss who appears in the 1920 Hartford census, although his birth place is shown as CT and he apparetly then had a 2nd wife, Frances, b.c. 1842, CT. Children per census records:

  1. Bertram Orrin Prentice, b. 6 Jul 1866, VT, and d. 1939, Jay, NY. He appears in the 1900 and 1920 Hartford, Hartford Co., CT census with his wife and children. He m. Helen Patterson. She was b. 17 Apr 1868 (or 1869) in CT, and d. 1949, Jay, NY. Children
    1. Hazel F. Prentice, b. Jun 1889, CT.
    2. Zoe G. Prentice, b. Jun 1899, CT. At home in 1920 census.
    3. Bertram O. Prentice Jr., 1 Jun 1904, CT and d. May 1985 in Au Sable Forks, Clinton Co., NY (per SSDI).
    4. Donald P. Prentice, b. c. 1910, CT. Not in SSDI.
    5. Ethel M. Prentice, b. c. 1910, CT.
    6. Carl Edward Prentice, b. 22 Dec 1912, Ansonia, CT, and d. 20 Mar 1996, Saranac Lake, Essex Co. NY. He m. Miss Billings.
  2. George M. Prentice, b. c. 1870, VT.
  3. (dau.) Prentice, b. c. 1879, CT.

Living with William/Oscar's family in the 1880 census was Thomas J. Lee and his family. Thomas was called a brother in law.

Who are Oscar W. Prentice's Parents?

It is unclear whether he is the same person as William O. Prentice. #3 in our Fall 1998 article about Clark Prentiss of Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT . For now, we have tentatively assumed he is not, but that is subject to change if new evidence appears.

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

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