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Polly Prentice and Nathan Newell Phinney


Polly Prentice and Nathan Newell Phinney
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2011 and Revised 7 Oct 2011

We are helping Lynne Howell in attempting to identify the parents of Polly Prentice. If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please send your information to us at the Prentice Newsletter. Be sure to give the full title and date of this article in the Subject line of the email.

1. Polly Prentice may have been b. c. 1810-1817. Her place of birth is not yet known; it might be NY or it might be PA. Polly d. 25 Mar 1838. perhaps in Tonawanda, Bradford Co., PA, where her husband m. his 2nd wife in 1838 after Polly's death.

Nathan Newell Phinney on 15 Dec 1832. He was b. 23 Aug 1810, VT, and d. 9 Jun 1861 in Lee, Berkshire Co., MA. Nathan was the son of Apollus Finney and Phebe Buck.

    Note: Lynne Howell's email of 6 Oct 2011 expresses doubt as to where Nathan died. She writee: "...personally, I do not now adhere to the story that Nathan died in Lee, Berkshire Co., MA. There was another Nathan Finney living in MA at the time, and I believe this date applies to him. To me, it would make more sense that he died in WI. Melinda and the youngest sons are enumerated in the 1870 census in Rock Co., WI, under the surname "Furney." Melinda and Hyland appear in the 1880 Census for Granville Twp., Bradford Co., PA."

    Polly and Nathan had 1 or more children, including:

    1. Abigail Finney, b. 12 Jan 1835, perhaps Granville Twp., Bradford Co., PA. She m. Melvin T. Hoopkins, son of Benjamin Hopkins and Charity Leigh in Rock Co., WI in the 1850s.

    After Polly's death, Nathan m. 2nd Melinda Emily Ballard on 5 Nov 1838, Tonawanda, Bradford Co., NY. She was b. 7 Feb 1818, CT, and d. 3 Nov 1908, Center, Beaver Co., PA. Bur. in Granville Centre Cem., Granville. She was the dau. of Nathan Ballard (b. 1790) and Martha White (b. 1795). Nathan and Melinda lived in Granville Twp. and are enumerated there in the 1850 Federal Census for Granville Twp., Bradford Co., PA, along with their children Alfred, Allen, Anson Alvin and Olive. Herrick and Hyland were born before the family migrated to Rock Co., WI, where they are enumerated in the 1860 Census (except for Alfred who remained in PA).Children:

    1. Alfred D Finney 1839 – 1908. He lived for a time in MN. Died at a veteran's home in Erie Co., PA, and is bur. in the nearby veteran's cemetery.
    2. Allen McKean Phinney 1840 – 1917 . After discharge from the Army, he returned to Bradford Co., PA. Bur. in East Canton Cem., Canto Twp., Bradford Co., PA.
    3. Alvin T Finney 1843 – 1862 . Died while in service and bur, in KS
    4. Anson C Finney 1845 – 1866. Died shortly after the Civil War. Bur. place not known.
    5. Olive Annett Finney 1848 – 1910. She lived for a time in WI, WY and CO before returning east to Elmira, NY. Bur in Granville Centre Cem. Granville, Bradford Co., PA.
    6. Apolis Herrick Finney 1852 – 1928 Bur. in Sauk Co., WI, with his wife and her family.
    7. Hyland L Finney 1858 – 1898. 1880 census in Granville Twp., Bradford Co., PA.

    If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please send your information to us at the Prentice Newsletter. Be sure to give the full title and date of this article in the Subject line of the email.

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