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John Prentis, Commander, New London, CT


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John Prentis, Commander, New London, CT, Born 1698
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 1997 and Revised 4 Mar 2004

Update: Commander John Prentis is John Prentis, son of Jonathan Prentis and Elizabeth Latimer, and is #4 on pg. 344 of our new PRENTICE book.


In our Summer '97 Issue we discussed John Prentis. John Prentis appears in our 1997 PRENTICE book at pg. 344 as #4.

From records described in the National Genealogical Soc. Quarterly, Vital Records from the National Intelligencer, v. 65, #3, Sept. 1977, Court of Canterbury, 1741-1750, he appeared to be the same person as that described in the following entry:

    "Prentis, John of New London, Conn., late of St. Martins in the Fields, Middlesex, Commander of H.M.S. Defence, died leaving property in Great Britain and the Netherlands. By his Will he appointed William Bowdoin of Boston, New England, his executor. Probate now granted to said Bowdoin." (Aug. 1746)
We now have important new information. On 6 Nov 1997 we located a copy of an entry in the Principal Probate Registry in London reading as follows:

    "In the Principal Probate Registry, London.
    P.C;C. 244 Edmunds.
    1746, July 24.

    Prentis, John, of New London, Connecticut, New Enbgland, mariner, 'at present residing in St. Martins in the Fields, Middlesex,' in his will names 'my estate in this kingdom and in the United Netherlands.' Bowdoin, Mr. William, of Boston, in New England, merchant, 'but now residing in St. Martin's aforesaid,' executor for my wife and children.
    Ryan, Margaret
    Hopkins, Wm, and
    Bolleme, W., are witnesses.
    Proved at London 5 Aug 1746, by William Bowdoin."

The IGI shows St. Martins in the Fields as lying within Westminster, now included within London.

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