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John Prentice, I

Also Known As: "Prentis"
Birthplace: Chelmsford, Essex, England
Death: Died in New London,New London,Connecticut,USA
Place of Burial: Ancient Burial Grounds, New London, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Valentine Prentice, Jr. and Alice Prentice (Bredda)
Husband of Esther Prentice; Esther Prentice (Nichols), SECOND Wife of John Prentice and Rebecca Prentice
Father of Jonathan Prenties; Esther Gallup (Prentice); Stephen Prentice; Thomas Prentice; Peter Prentice and 4 others
Brother of Josias Prentice; Jonas Prentice; Geremiah Prentice and Jeremiah (Geremiah) Prentice (Prentys)
Half brother of John Watson; Dorcas Adams; Mary Stedman; Joshua Watson and Caleb Watson

Occupation: Blacksmith in New London, later after purchasing property located on "Robinhood Bay", now Jordan Cove.a seafaring man as well as his sons. 1652
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About John Prentice, I

Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 601

  • married (1) Esther/Hester Nichols in 1652 in New London, CT and she died January 1679/80; (2) her cousin Esther Nichols, daughter of Caleb after 1680; (3) Rebecca Parker, daughter of Ralph, married June 19 1685 New London, CT.

Born May 6, 1628, England and died Jan. 1, 1691 in Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, USA.

Born in Chelmsford, Essex, England to Valentine Prentice and his wife Alice B_____. John arrived at the age of three in Massachusetts aboard the Lyon with his parents November 2, 1631.

His occupations were recorded as being both a blacksmith and seaman. He lived in Boston in 1631; Roxbury in 1632; and New London in 1652. He retained his membership in the Roxbury church and baptized his children there.

He married first Hester Nichols, who was the daughter of John Nichols and his wife Grace. He married second Esther Nichols, daughter of Caleb Nichols and his wife Anne Ward. Hester and Esther were first cousins. (John and Caleb were brothers.) His third wife was Rebecca Parker, with whom he had no issue.

He married Hester Nichols about 1651 and they had issue:

  1. John P. Prentice who married Sarah Jones
  2. Joseph Prentice
  3. Jonathan Prentties, who married Elizabeth
  4. Esther Prentice, who married Benadam Gallup
  5. Peter Prentice
  6. Stephen Prentice
  7. Mercy Prentice
  8. Hannah Prentice
  9. Thomas Prentice, twin
  10. Elizabeth Prentice, twin

He married Esther Nichols 1680 in Connecticut and they had issue:

  1. Valentine Prentice (note; she died shortly after his birth)

He married Rebecca Parker 1685, there was no issue from this marriage. (Note: I have found no record for a Ralph Prentice, who some believe was a son of his third marriage. Rebecca was 57 years old when she married John.)



John Prentice was raised by his step-father, John Watson.

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John Prentice, I's Timeline

May 6, 1628
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Age 22
New London, CT
August 6, 1652
Age 24
New London, Connecticut
Age 28
July 20, 1660
Age 32
New London, CT
Age 34
December 26, 1666
Age 38
New London, New London County, CT, USA
November 6, 1675
Age 47
New London,New London,Connecticut,USA
Age 46
June 1, 1680
Age 52
New London, New London, CT