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Ransom Prentiss of Canandaigua, NY

Ransom Prentiss of Canandaigua, NY

By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1997 and Revised 9 Oct 2008

Update of 0 Oct 2008: See now our Winter 2008 article entitled Ransom Prentice of Canandaigua Co., NY . That article now replaces this article.

Sandra Canterbury is seeking to identify her Prentiss roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. Ransom Prentiss was b. c. 1775 and d. 18 Oct 1846 at the age of 71. He is buried in the Remington Cemetery in Canandaigua County. Ransom first appears in the 1810 Canandaigua census. Ransom had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Zachariah Ransom Prentiss was b. Dec 1815, perhaps near Canandaigua Twp., Ontario Co., NY.

The 1850 census shows Betsey Prentiss, age 75, living in Canandaigua. With about the same birth date as Ransom. She might be Ransom's widow, or she might be a sister or sister-in-law.

Who are Ransom Prentiss' Parents?

Ransom Prentiss might be a son of Samuel Prentice Sr. of Cooperstown. The towns of Geneva and Shortsville, about 5-10 miles from Canandaigua, have connections with Samuel; Samuel's son married at Shortsville and that son's daughter, Elizabeth, died at Geneva.

There is also a chance Ransom is related in some manner to Zachariah Prentice (Binney96, pg. 418, #5v) and/or Christopher Prentice of Penfield (Binney96, pg. 453).

Yet another possibility is that he is a son of Ozias Prentis (Binney96, pg. 419, #9); Ozias G. Prentice, likely his son, named a son Ransom L. Prentice which might have been after an older brother.

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