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Lewis M. Prentice of Scotland and Cattaraugus Co., NY

Lewis M. Prentice of Scotland and Cattaraugus Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised:22 Apr 2004

1. Lewis M. Prentice was b. 7 Nov 1841 in NY. His father was b. in Scotland See Footnote 1 and his mother was b. in VT (per 1910 census; however, the 1880 census, if the same person, says she was b. in "Nov" (Nova Scotia?).

He may be the Lewis Prentice shown in the 1880 census in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY where he is called a "Prisoner" in the Monroe County Penitentary and his marital status is called "married."

He later appears in the 1910 census in Franklinville, Cattaraugus Co., NY as a boarder, single, and as a General Practice Doctor (apparently a Veteranian, see below).

We know little about him, other than what appears in an article which was published in Cattaraugus Co., NY. The article reads as follows:

    "Tuesday noon June 3, 1919, some of the Fitch school children started for the Ischua Creek to swim. On approaching the stream near the Fitch bridge a buggy was seen protruding from a deep water hole made by the recent floods. They at once made an investigation and discovered that a horse was hitched to the buggy and at only a few feet distant lay the lifeless body of Dr. L. M. Prentice.

    It was evident that "Doc", as he was familiarly known, had driven into the creek to water his horse or perhaps to wash the buggy, which had always been possible until the late floods washed a deep hole into which the horse, buggy and its occupant fatally plunged.

    Coroner C. L. Randall was immediately notified and the body was taken to the VanNess undertaking parlors where a short service was held this morning, Rev. W. Norman Liddy officiating, with burial in Mount Prospect.

    Nothing is known of his early life or relatives and only by a tattoo on his arm are we able to state the date of his birth, Nov. 7, 1841. For about twenty years he had been a resident of this vicinity and had practiced veterinary."

Who are Lewis M. Prentice's Parents?

We know from the 1910 census record that his father was b. in Scotland and his mother in Vermont. The first census record after Lewis' birth in 1841 would be the 1850 census. However, a review of our extracts from the 1850 NY census does not disclose any male Prentice who was born in Scotland and of an appropriate age to be Lewis' father. He was either missed in the 1850 NY census, or had moved to another state by 1850, perhaps Michigan, were some Prentices b. in Scotland could be found.

However, if we have correctly identified Lewis as being in the Monroe County Pen. in 1880, we might hypothesize that that his parents were also in Monroe County in 1880. We did find an Alexander Prentice there, b. c. 1815 in Scotland. However, his wife, Christine, is shown as b. c. 1820, Scotland.

Footnote 1: The census image of the 1910 record apparently showing the Scotland birth of Lewis' father appears to the left. The word immediately preceeding the word "Scotch" is unclear as to meaning. It might be "Scot" with an imperfectly formed "S" (compare it with the "S" in the adjoining word) but that appears a bit redundant.

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