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Eben Prentiss, Detroit, MI


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Eben Prentiss and John Prentiss, Detroit, MI

Eben (Ebenezer?) Prentiss appears in the 1850 and 1860 Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan census. He was born c. 1796 in CT. No wife is shown, so she may have been deceased. Children:

  • Rebecca Prentiss, b. c. 1833, CT
  • John F. Prentiss, b. c. 1832 or 1835, CT
  • George H. Prentiss, b. c. 1835-36, MI
  • Brown(?) T. Prentiss, b. c. 1838-39, MI

Also living with the family is John Prentiss, age 49, b. c. 1801, CT. He is likely a brother of Eben.

Update of 24 May 1999: Additional research suggests that perhaps he is a descendant of Ebenezer Prentice who is 170/7iii in our PRENTICE book and who is the son of Samuel Prentice and Abigail Billings of Stonington, CT.

Binney, and the Barbour Index, show that Ebenezer was born 5 Oct 1731 in Stonington. He is likely the Ebenezer Prentice of Stonington shown by the Barbour Index as marrying Lucy Crary of Preston on 22 Apr 1762. He may also be the Ebenezer Prentis shown by the Barbour Index as marrying, perhaps as his second wife, Elisabeth Shapley on 6 Jul 1783 in New London, CT.

The Barbour Index further shows Ebenezer and Elisabeth as having a son, Ebenezer Prentis, b. 29 Jan 1788, New London. They also had another son, John Prentis, b. c. 1790.

Although the birth dates are off, "Ebenezer" was an unusual name and, combinined with a CT birth, there seems a reasonable likelihood that the 1788 Ebenezer is the same person as the one found in Detroit, Wayne, MI, particularly since Ebenezer has a brother, John, living with his family.

If you have any information which can help us identify any of the folks mentioned above, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com..


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