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Amasa Prentice, Middletown, CT

Amasa Prentice of Middletown, Middlesex, CT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1999 and Revised 1 Mar 2014

Update of 15 Jun 2001:   For additional descendants with surnames other than Prentice, see Suzanne Cornwell's letter of 4 May 2001.

1. Amasa Prentice was b. c. 1805, MA. He appears in the 1850, 1860 and 1880 CT census. In 1850 Amasa lived in Meridan, New Haven, CT and in 1860 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT. He and his wife later appear in the 1870 Ameria, Dutchess Co., NY census.

He m. Maria, b. c. 1819 in CT. Children:

  1. Edwin S. Prentice, b. c. 1838, CT. Not in 1860 or 1880 census. However he might be the Edwin Prentice who appears in the 1870 census as an Engine Builder in Bordentown, Burlington Co., NJ as b. c. 1838, CT, with his wife, Delilah, b. c. 1846, NJ, and children:
    1. Ella Prentice, b. c 1866, NJ. Not in 1880 census.
    2. Lillie Prentice, b. c. 1869, NJ. Not in 1880 census.

  2. Greenleaf A. Prentice, b. c. 1841, CT, and d. 1908, age 67 years. He m. Emma L. Cone c. 1867. She was b. May 1846, CT, and d. 1920,age 74 years. They appear in the 1880 Meridan, New Haven, CT census. 1900 in Meridan, CT. Bur. East Cem., Meriden. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:
    1. Camilla Prentice, b. May 1868, CT, and d. 1924. She m. Oliver C. Remington in 1889. He was b. Jun 1869 in CT. Daughter:
      1. Myra A. Remington, b. 10 Jun 1901, Meridan, and d. there 6 May 1989. She m. George T. Mack and had 2 sons and 4 daughters, including:
        1. Evelyn W. Mack, b. c. 1917, CT.
        2. Dorothy H. Mack b. c. 1919, CT.
        3. George L. Mack, b. c. 1922, CT.
        4. Shirley A. Mack, b. c. 1925, CT.
        5. Arline M. Mack, b. c. 1926, CT.
        6. James R. Mack, b. c. 1928, CT.
    2. Jessie Prentice, b. Dec 1874, CT, and d. 1923. She m. Charles R. Tyler. He was b. c. 1871 in CT d. 15 Jul 1952, Meriden. They hd 4 daughters, information about whom can be found at Ancestry.com .

  3. Wesley Prentice, b. c. 1840, CT. He is living with his parents in the 1870 Ameria, Dutchess Co., NY census. In the 1880 census he is a Clerk boarding in the New York City home of Fred and Marie Popphusen.

  4. Ellen E. Prentice, b. c. 1852, CT. She is living with her parents in the 1870 Ameria, Dutchess Co., NY census.

A review of the 1860 CT census also show two other men who might be Amasa Prentice's sons:

  • Charles W. Prentice, b. c. 1836, like Amasa, was living in Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT. He was a Saw Maker, and his place of birth might have been CT, but that is not clear. The 1860 and 1880 census identifies his wife as Mary, b. c. 1836, NY. In the 1900 census they were living in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. Sons:
    • Edwin G. Prentice, b.c. 1859, CT. Not in 1880 census.
    • Wallace L. Prentice, b. c. 1861, CT. Not in 1880 census.
    • Charles W. Prentice Jr., b. c. 1877, CT. He is shown in the 1920 New Haven, New Haven Co., CT census with his wife, Margaret, b. c. 1877, CT.

  • Scott Prentice, b. c. 1837 in CT, who was living in Meridan, New Haven Co., CT. His occupation is listed as "Sewing Machine." The 1860 census shows him as unmarried. Not in 1880 census.

Who are Amasa Prentice's Parents?

Because the name, Amasa, is so unusual, he may be the son of Amasa Prentice who is #238/16iii in our PRENTICE book. However, from a statistical point of view, in that general time frame only about 1 in 5 sons had the same first name as their fathers. (Fn. 1)

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