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Solomon Prentice of Ontario and Michigan

Solomon Prentice of Ontario, Canada and Oakland Co., Michigan
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr. Editor
Winter 2000 and Revised 27 Jun 2007

1. Unknown Prentice, perhaps b. c. 1820-1835.

He m. Hariet/Harriet Buck (b. c. 1837, Canada with her parents b. in NY) and d. 5 Mar 1921, South Lyon. She appears in the 1880 Lyon, Oakland Co., MI census with her son, Solomon. Unknown and Harriet had 1 or more children, including:

    Solomon Prentice, b. c. 1856, Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

"Harriet Buck", identified as Solomon's mother in the 1880 census, above, is identified as Harriet Upthegrove in Solomon's Death Certificate in the possession of Mary Henderson (per her email, 28 Jun 2008). The surname, Buck, was acquired by Harriet Upthegrove when she m. 2nd William Buck on 30 Mar 1870. He was b. c. 1810, Greenfield, NY, and was a farmer. Harriet m. 3rd James Fenner who was b. c. 1832, England, farmer, and d. 5 Nov 1886, Lyon at age 54,

2. Solomon Prentice, b. c. 1856-1858, Canada, appears in the 1870 census in the home of Edmund and Mary Brach in Brighton Livingston Co., MI, as a single farm laborer. He later appears as b, c. 1858 in Canada, age 22, in the 1880 Lyon, Oakland Co., MI census in the home of his mother, Hariet/Harriet Buck (b. c. 1837, Canada with her parents b. in NY) and d. 5 Mar 1921, South Lyon. Solomon later appears in the 1910 and 1920 Oakland Co., MI census with his wife and family.

    Note: The 1852 census in Etobicoke Twp., York Co., Canada West (Ontario), says Harriet was b. c. 1837, Canada with her father b. in the United States and her mother in Canada.

Solomon m. Cora V., b. c. 1861, MI.

We found the following information on the internet about the death place of Solomon and Cora:

    File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
    Jesse Winters jessejwinters@aol.com May 6, 2007, 8:14 pm
    Cemetery:           South Lyon Cemetery
    Name:               Solomon & Cora V. Prentice
    Date Of Photograph: May 5, 2007
    Photo can be seen at:
    Image file size: 89.8 Kb
    Solomon Prentice, 1856 - 1922
    Cora V. Prentice, 1860 - 1937
    File at: http://files.usgwarchives.org/mi/oakland/photos/tombstones/southlyon/prentice12493ph.txt
    This file has been created by a form at http://www.poppet.org/mifiles/
    File size: 0.9 Kb

Children of Solomon and Cora:

  1. Verna/Vurnia Prentice, b. c. 1879, MI. In the census she is identified as the granddaughter of Harriet Buck. Harriet Buck may be the same person as Harriet Fenner, shown in the 1910 and 1920 census in Solomon's household and called Solomon's mother.

    In 1897 Verna was living in S. Lyons, MI when she m. Reuben H. Brock on 29 Sep 1897 at Windsor, Ontario. He was a farmer, b. c. 1870 at in MI and living Millford, MI, son of William Brock and Elizaeth Holmes. Wedding witnesses were Norman H. Russell of "Mhow Cent. India" & J.A. Mustard of Harwich.

  2. Nellie A. Prentice, b. c. 1886, MI. She m. Mr. Homes, but was living at home, without her husband, in the 1910 Oakland Co., MI census. Also with her was her daughter:
    • Blanch V. Homes, b. c. 1906, MI.

  3. Lula Prentice, b. c. 1894, MI.

  4. Lawrence Ray Prentice, b. c. 1906, MI. He was living at home in the 1920 census. Not in 1930 census.

Who are Solomon Prentice's Parents?

The 1880 census shows both of Solomon's parents b. in Canada.

By internet posting of 3 Dec 2003, Mary Henderson provides the following information:

    I'm searching for info on James and Delilah Upthegrove, who are buried in the Pine Ridge/Humber Summit cemetery in Woodbridge, Ontario.

    Does anyone by chance live near this cemetery, that would be able to take a look at their headstones, please? A RAOGK volunteer looked at the microfilm for this cemetery, but didn't find James and Delilah, even though they really are buried here. They did find their son, Lafayette, though. So maybe the microfilm is misindexed or something. I'd really like to get birth and death dates for James and Delilah Upthegrove from the headstones, if possible.

    James and Delilah Upthegrove were probably born in the early 1800s. I think I know of two children -
    (1) Lafayette Upthegrove, b. about 1829, d. June, 12, 1852, and (2) Harriet Upthegrove, b. about 1834 d. in Oakland Co., Michigan on March 5, 1921.

    Harriet married Solomon Prentice and had one son, Solomon, Jr., b. Sept. 10, 1856 in Canada. By 1870, Harriet and Solomon were in Michigan, and Harriet had remarried - don't know if Solomon Sr. died, or they were divorced.

The 1852 census in Etobicoke Twp., York Co., Canada West (Ontario), contains the following information:

    Line Name 		Occupation 	Place of Birth 	Religion 	Age 	Sex	Born C. 
    36 Upthegrove, James  Labourer  	United States  Church of England 50  	M	1802
    37 Upthegrove, Delilah   		Canada 	Church of England   	45 	M	1807
    38 Upthegrove, Layfayette Labourer 	Canada 	Church of England  	22 	M	1830
    39 Upthegrove, Jacob Labourer 		Canada	Church of England   	16 	M	1836
    40 Upthegrove, John James Labourer 	Canada 	Church of England   	15 	M	1837
    43 Upthegrove, Sarah   			Canada 	Church of England   	10 	F	1842 
    41 Upthegrove, William   		Canada 	Church of England   	6 	M	1846 

Based on census information, we can be reasonably sure that Solomon's mother was indeed named Harriet. Verna's use of the surnames, Buck and Fenner, suggests that Solomon's father may have been deceased, or divorced, by 1880 and that his mother had remarried and again been widowed.

By email of 26 Jun 2008, Mary Henderson adds:

    I don't know who Solomon Sr.s parents are. Harriet's parents, according to my info, are James Upthegrove b. NJ and Delilah Wiant b. KY. I show Delilah' parents as being James Wiant and Rachel b. abt 1780 d. 9-10-1853. Harriet had a brother, Lafayette Upthegrove.

Solomon Prentice may, or may not, be related to John Prentice of Pontiac, Oakland Co., MI who also appears in the 1880 Pontiac, Oakland Co., MI census and who was then age 31, b. c. 1849 in Scotland.

We note a posting in Ancestry.com showing a Solomon Prentice, b. c. 1856, Canada, son of Solomon George Prentice (b. c. 1834, Ontario, Canada) and Catherine Cumming (b. c. 1836, Ontario, Canada). He is a descendant of Oliver Prentice and Lydia DeLong. It is presently unclear whether it is the same Solomon Prentice with a different 1st or 2nd wife.

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