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William Prentiss of Pompey, Onondaga Co., New York

William Prentiss of Pompey, Onondaga Co., New York
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2008 and Revised 5 Apr 2008

1. William Prentiss appears in the 1810 census in Pompey, Onondaga Co., NY as age 26-45 and born sometime between 1765 and 1784. From the indicated age of his wife (b. before 1765) and children, his birth year was likely between 1765-1767.

A short history of the town of Pompey can be found at Wikipedia.org:


    Pompey was within the land of the Iroquois and later part of the former Central New York Military Tract, used to compensate soldier of the American Revolution. The town was first settled by outsiders around 1789.

    The Town of Pompey was formed in 1789, but not completely organized until 1794, when Onondaga County was established. The original town was divided and sub-divided into many other towns in the region, including all of the Towns of Fabius (1798), Tully, Preble, and Scott (the latter two now in Cortland County), along with parts of the Towns of Spafford, Otisco (1806), LaFayette (1825), Onondaga (1794), Truxton and Cuyler (The latter two now in Cortland County).

    The Village of Pompey developed about 10.5 miles south of the main east-west Native American trail, which became the Genesee Road (1794) and then the Seneca Turnpike (1800), running through Cazenovia, Manlius and Onondaga Hollow (south of Syracuse). The segment of modern US 20, connecting Cazenovia and Skaneateles by way of Pompey and LaFayette, was not built until 1934.

The name of William's wife is not yet known, but the 1810 census undicates her age was 45 and older, probably indicating she was b. c. 1760-1765. Children shown in the 1810 census:

  1. (dau.) Prentiss, b. c. 1794-1800.
  2. (son) Prentiss, b. c. 1800-1810.
  3. (son) Prentiss, b. c. 1800-1810.
  4. (dau.) Prentiss, b. c. 1800-1810.
  5. (dau.) Prentiss, b. c. 1800-1810.

Curiously, no William Prentice, Prentis or Prentiss appears anywhere in the 1820 census in NY although a Soloman Prentice does appear in the 1820 census in Marcellus, Onondaga Co., NY.

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