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Daniel Prentice of Washington, Ripley, IN

Daniel Prentice of Washington, Ripley Co., Indiana
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 1999 and Revised 21 Dec 2008

1. Daniel Prentice was b. c. 1792. We have conflicting information about his place of birth:

  • The 1850 Washington, Ripley Co., IN census says he was b. in MA with no parents identified.
  • A posting at Ancestry.com says he was b. 11 Oct 1790 in CT, son of Elisha Prentice Jr. and Deborah Weeden, a descendant of Valentine Prentice.

Daniel appears in the 1830 census in Mill Creek, Hamilton Co., OH, as b. c. 1780-1790, but places of birth were not shown in the 1830 and 1840 census.. He appears in the 1850 census for Washington, Ripley Co., Indiana (indexed as Daniel Prentier) with his 2nd wife, Katherine. The 1850 census gives his occupation as that of a farmer.

He m. 1st Unknown. She appears in the 1830 census as b. c. 1780-1790. Children are shown in Ancestry.com as follows:

  1. Daniel E. Prentice. b. c. 1828 in OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. (son) Prentice, b. c. 1815-1820 per 1830 census.
  3. (son) Prentice, b. c. 1815-1820 per 1830 census.
  4. Sarah Prentice, b. 1832, Mill Creek, Hamilton Co., OH. She does not appear in the 1850 census.

He m. 2nd, and as her 2nd husband, Katherine/Catherine Dowers on 17 Oct 1849 in Ripley Co., IN. She had a prior marriage to Bartlet Powell. Catherine was, b. 29 Sep 1800, PA, and d. 17 Oct 1849. She was the dau of Conrad Dowers and Mary Shields. Mary is living with them in the 1850 census. An Ancestor chart for Catherine can be found at Ancestry.com .

2. Daniel E. Prentice, b. c. 1828 in OH and d. c. 1857 in Johnson Twp., Versailles, Ripley Co., IN. He appears in the 1850 census in Brown, Ripley Co., IN with his wife. The census calls him a tailer. If he is a son of the 1792 Daniel, then he would have to be a son of an earlier wife since the older Daniel did not marry Katherine Dowers until 1849.

He m. Sarah L. Skeen who he m. 30 May 1850 in Ripley Co., IN. Sarah was b. 7 Jul 1831 in Ripley Co., IN.Indiana. The children of Daniel and Sarah are (per 1860 census):

  1. James S.(?) Prentice, b. May 1851, IN. He appears in the 1900 Ripley Co., IN (but not 1920 or 1930) census with his wife, Lizzie, b. Oct. 1875, IN and son:
    1. Philip/Phillip Prentice, b. Aug 1897, IN. He may be the Philip C. Prentice who appears in the 1930 census in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN with his wife, Opel M., and family. He does not appear in the SSDI. Children:
      1. Phyllis J. Prentice, b. c. 1925.
      2. James L. Prentice, b. c. 1928. Not in the 2008 SSDI.

  2. William C. Prentice, b. May 1853, Brown Twp., Ripley Co., IN. He appears in the 1880 and 1900 Versailles, Ripley, IN census with his wife, Laura, b. Apr 1861, IN and family. Not in 1910 or 1920 census. Children:
    1. Ada/Oda J. Prentice, b. c. 1879, IN.
    2. James Prentice, b. Oct 1878, IN. He was living at home in 1900. Not in 1930 census.
    Also living in William's home in 1880 was his mother, Sarah.

  3. Lenora Prentice, b. c. 1855, Brown Twp., Ripley Co., IN. Not in 1870 census.

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