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John Prentis of Scotland & KY

John Prentis of Scotland, KY and IN
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 1999 and Revised 20 Apr 2006

Update of 20 Apr 2006: This material now appears in our Summer 2006 Prentice Newsletter article entitled Prentices of Halton, Buckingham, England .
Original Article:

1. John Prentice was likely b. c. 1785-1800 in Scotland.

He m. Maria Harrison Paterson (per "The Ancestory of Benjamin Harrison"). "Ancestry" says they moved to Kentucky, and later to Spancer Co., IN. Both died of cholera in 1849 and so, unfortunately they do not appear in the 1850 IN census. Their children and descendants are named as follows:

  1. John Peterson Prentis, b. 1823, Scotland, and d. 1888. He m. Margaret M. Morton 19 Oct 1847, Perry Co., IN. Although not indicated in the published genealogy, the 1850 Troy, Perry, IN census shows John was born in Scotland and his wife, Margaret, was also born in Scotland about 1826. Children:

    1. James Peterson Prentis, b. c. 1848, Scotland. He appears in the 1850 Troy, Perry, IN census. Not in 1860 or 1870 census.
    2. Margaret Hamlen Prentis, b. c. 1852, KY. In 1870 census in Wolf Island, Hickman Co., KY. She m. George Stephens. Not in 1880 census.
    3. George Peterson Prentis, b. c. 1854, KY. In 1870 census in Wolf Island, Hickman Co., KY. Not in 1880 census. He m. Isabella Paine. Not in 1900 census.
    4. Luther Morton Prentis, b. c. 1860, KY. In 1870 census in Wolf Island, Hickman Co., KY. Not in 1880 or 1900 census.
    5. Maria Louisa Prentis. She married Davis Lincoln Conner and lived in Evansville, IN. He was killed in Union army in 1863. Children:
      1. Martin Harrison Conner who m. Martha V. Gregory. Children:
        • James Harrison Conner.
        • William Gregory Conner.
    6. William A. Prentis who m. Mary Alice McGuinney. Children:
      1. Clarence Orville Prentis
      2. Maria Olive Prentis
      3. Arch'd Harrison Prentis
      4. Robt. Peterson Prentis
      5. Wm. Clyde Prentis
      6. Hazel Rosena) Prentis
    7. Thomas Augustine Prentis, d. unmmarried, drowned in 1851,
    8. Lucy Harrison Prentis, b. probably in KY. She m., 1st, Edwin M. Fenn. Childen:
      • Edwin Peterson Fennwho m. Louisa Little.
      • Samuel Prentis Fenn who m. Sallie Rogers.
      She m., 2nd, Hardin P. Wood. Children:
      • Mazella Harrison Wood
      • Ida Belle Wood
    9. Emily Rosena Prentis, d. 1876, m., 1st, Caswell Watts. Children:
      • Elijah S. Watts who m. Nannie R. Beatty.
      She m., 2nd, Robert Porter. Children:
      • Chas. Porter who m. Laura Arnold.
      • Anna L. Porter who m. William Jones.
      • Sallie Porter.
      • Maria B. Porter who m. Wm. Hargist.
      • Ella Rosena Porter.

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