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Russell Prentice of Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY

Russell Prentice of Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2009 and Revised 18 Sep 2011

1. Russell Prentice was probably b. c. 1780-1786 (his wife was b. in 1786) in NY (per 1880 census record of his son William). An IGI entry says he was b. c. 1783 and is "of Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY". The 1880 census says his father was b. in NY and mother in CT. Russell Prentice and his wife appear in the 1830 census in Johnstown, Fulton Co. NY where he is indexed as "Paull Prenton." No other persons are shown in the household.

He is one of the rootless Prentices identified in Binney's 1883 Edition. We do not know much about Russell' activities. From "Spicers Autobiography" we learn that as early as 1814, Johnstown belonged to a regular Circuit of the New York Conference and was composed of territory lying between the Mohawk and Sacandaga rivers, embracing some fourteen towns.

The newspaper, "Montgomery Monitor" was established by Roberts and Andrews in 1808 but soon passed into the hands of Russell Prentice who owned it until 1824 when he sold it to Duncan and Daniel McDonald.

In 1827, Johnstown formed a part of "Montgomery Circuit" which had for its preachers, John D. Moriarty, J. W. Denison, and John Alley. In 1828 Bro. Mariarty was stationed at Johnstown and the following year, with Merritt Bates, Junior Preacher, was appointed to the "Johnstown Circuit." On the 31st day of August of this year (1829), the present organization of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Johnstown was effected. A meeting was held in the Court House for the election of Trustees, and Nicholas Garlock, and Russell Prentice were chosen to preside, and Rev. Merritt Bates as Secretary. On July 13th of that same year, Russell Prentice became a member of the Sunday School Society.

Russell Prentice m. Sarah Pratt on 19 Dec 1819 and Russell was called "of Johnstown, NY. Sarah was the b. 23 Feb 1786, Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT, and d. 20 Apr 1849. She was the daughter of Seth and Margaret Pratt. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com .

Russell and Sarah had two known children:

  1. William Russell Prentice, b. 7 Dec 1820, perhaps Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY. . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Harriet N. Prentice, b. 14 Aug 1822, Johnstown, Fulton, NY (per IGI).

2. William Russell Prentice, b. 7 Dec 1820, perhaps Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY.

He m. Mary Campbell on 5 Mar 1845. She was b. c. 1824, NY, with both parents b. in NY. They might be the Russell and Mary Prentice shown in the 1860, 1870 (Ret. News Dealer) and 1880 (News Dealer) census in Albany, Albany Co., NY. Children (per IGI):

  1. Harriet M. Prentice, b. 28 Nov 1844, perhaps Johnstown. Not home in 1860 or 1870.
  2. Mary Campbell Prentice, b. 10 Mar 1848, perhaps Johnstown. At home in Albany in 1860 and 1870. Not home in 1880.
  3. Isabelle Eliza Prentice, b. 7 Dec 1850, perhaps Johnstown. Not homein 1860 or 1870.

Who are Russell Prentice's Parents?

We know who this Russel Prentice is not:

  1. He is not the Russell Stanley Prentice in Binney96, pg. 44, #46iii; both Russells appear in separate entries in the 1830 Johnstown, Montgomery Co., census. In addition, Russell is still in Johnstown in the 1840 census, but Russell Stanley Prentice appears in the Salisbury, Herkimer Co., census.

  2. We also know he is not the Russell Prentis who appears in Binney96, pg. 378, #24vii; that Russell would have been only 12 in 1819 and too young to have married in 1819.

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