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Moses Prentice of KY and WV

Moses Prentice of KY and WV
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 1999 and Revised 18 Sep 2008

By E-mail of 30 Sep 1999, Cecil Prentice Jr. provides information from a book entitled "History of Monroe County, West Virginia" by Oren F. Morton, 1980, pg. 393.

1. Moses Prentice was likely b. c. 1775-1783. He arrived in Union, which lies on the Virginia-West Virginia border, from Kentucky at some date before 1803. He apparently was single, but we do not know if he was accompanied by his parents.

He married Elizabeth Lynch on 12 Dec 1803, in Monroe County. That 1803 marriage date would suggest Moses' birth date was 1780, give or take 2-3 years.

She was b. c. 1779 in Greenbrier Co., VA, and was the dau. of George Lynch (1748-1821) and Margaret Petty McCorkle (1750-1823).

The 1810 census shows Moses with a young son and 3 young daughters; all would have been under 7 years of age with an 1803 marriage. The book identifies the following children, not necessarily in chronological order, who were likely born between 1805 and 1825:

  1. Ann Prentice who m. James Leach. They do not appear in the 1860 Monroe Co. census.

  2. James Prentice who m. Rhoda. They do not appear in the 1860 Monroe Co., census nor do they appear anywhere in the 1860 VA census..

  3. John Prentice who died young.

  4. Jane Prentice, b. c. 1810 (per 1850 Monroe Co. Census), who m. Mr. McCorkle.

  5. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1812 (per 1850 Monroe Co. Census). who m. Mr. Handley.

  6. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1816 (per 1850 Monroe Co. Census).

  7. Andrew Prentice, b. c. 1818 (per 1850 Monroe Co. Census). He appears in the 1860 Union, Monroe Co., WV, census living with his sisters, Jane, Elizabeth and Margaret.

  8. The book also seems to identify another son, James L. Prentice, but the format is confusing.

The book also appears to identify children of "James" as: Ellen, Elizabeth and Laura. It is unclear which "James" is being referred to.

Moses may have been deceased as he is not shown in the 1850 census with the rest of his family. His wife, Elizabeth, is living with her children, the ones named in the census apparently as yet unmarried.

As a matter of general interest, there is a "Prentice Springs" in Monroe County, quite likely named after Moses' family. It appears in an 1846 Will of a neighbor.

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