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John Valentine Prentice, I

Also Known As: "Prentis", "John Prentis"
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Chelmsford, Essex, England
Death: Died in New London, New London County, Connecticut
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 John Prentice of New London; Jonathan Prenties; Esther Gallup; Peter Prentice; Stephen Prentis and 4 others
Brother of Jonas Prentice; Jeremiah Prentice and Josias Prentice
Half brother of John Watson; Joshua Watson; Dorcas Adams; Mary Stedman 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 Capt. John Valentine Prentice

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.

Capt. John Valentine Prentice aka Prentice, Prentiss Born May 6, 1628 in Chelmsford, Essex, England Son of Valentine Prentice II and Alice (Bredda) Watson Brother of Henry Prentice, Josias Prentice and Jeremiah Prentice Husband of Hester (Nichols) Prentice — married about 1651 in Connecticut Husband of Esther (Nichols) Prentice — married about 1680 in Connecticut Husband of Rebecca Parker — married 1685 [location unknown] Father of John Prentice, Joseph Prentice (1), Jonathan Prentice, Esther (Prentice) Gallup, Peter Prentice, Stephen Prentice, Mercy (Prentiss) Prentice, Hannah (Prentice) Frink, Elizabeth (Prentice) Comstock, Thomas Prentice, Valentine Prentice, Valentine Prentice and Valentine Prentis Died 1691 in New London, New London, Connecticut Profile managers: A Fabry [send private message], Rick Parrott [send private message], Lamar Ross [send private message], Maureen Foss [send private message], and Daniel Jacobsen [send private message] Last profile change on 26 September 2014 10:50: Anne B edited the Biography for John Prentice. [Thank Anne for this] This page has been accessed 563 times.

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[hide] 1 Biography 1.1 Baptism 1.2 Marriage 1.3 Death 1.4 Burial 1.5 Notes 1.6 Notes 2 Sources 2.1 Footnotes Biography

John Valentine Prentice was born 6 May 1628 at Chelmsford, Essex, England and died 1691 at New London, New London Co., CT. “John Prentice, son of Valentine & Alice (_______) Prentice, born in England, came from Roxbury, Mass., to New London, Conn. He married first, about 1651, Hester[Esther] Nichols, born about 1635, died at New London, 6 Jan. 1679/80, daughter of John Nichols of Fairfield, Conn., by his unknown first wife; she was mother of his first eight children. He married second, probably by 1683, Esther Nichols, born at Stratford, Conn., 18 Feb. 1652/3, daughter of Caleb and Anne (Ward) Nichols of Stratford and Woodbury, Conn., and his first wife’s first cousin although much younger; she was mother of his ninth child, Valentine, and presumably died at his birth or shortly after. He married third, by contract dated 12 June 1685 [New London Deeds, 4:51], Rebecca Parker, the jointure referring to any children he may have by her. John Prentice apparently died late in 1691. Rebecca was mother of his tenth child, Ralph.”[1]

"John Prentice, New London's blacksmith, who turned ship captain, became a consummate sailor capable of journeying to Europe and outsailing pirates. He owned the largest boat built in New London during the seventeenth century, but died fairly young at the age of sixty-three in 1691. He had eleven children with his first wife Hester Nichols, and one more child with his second wife Esther Nichols. Three of his sons continued the maritime activities he initiated and his eldest son, John, was also Commander of Fort New London for many years." [2]


Baptism: Date: 6 MAY 1628 Alternate Death Place from merge: Mystic, New London, Connecticut


Husband: John Prentice Wife: Hester Nichols Marriage: Place: of, Eng Death

Note: blacksmith [death date from probate records] Date: 1691 Place: New London, New London, Connecticut Burial

Burial: Date: 1691 Place: New London, New London, Connecticut Findagrave record shows him buried at: White Hall Graveyard Mystic New London County Connecticut, USA

Notes ID: I228 Name: John PRENTICE Birth: 6 May 1628 in ,Chelmsford,Essex,England Burial: 1691 ,New London,CT

Note: RESIDENCE: Boston 1631, Roxbury 1632, New London 1652

OCCUPATION: Blacksmith, seaman

CHILDREN: Sons Jonathan and Thomas also sea captains.

IMMIGRATION: age 3 with parents to Boston aboard the Lyon

REF-RELIGION: History of New London Co. p160 Remained member of Roxbury church, took his ch. there to be baptized.

CIVIC: Deputy to General Assembly, Connecticut - 1668

REF: TAG #134 Apr 1958 vol 34 #2 pp 81-89

REF: Colonial Dames: John Valentine Prentice MA, CT LO

NOTE: A prosperous man, owning shipping and cultiv. ld

Father: Valentine PRENTICE b: Feb 1598/99 in ,Felsted,Essex,England c: 25 Feb 1598/99 in ,Felsted,Essex,England Mother: Alice BREDDA b: Abt 1600

Marriage 1 Hester NICHOLS b: Abt 1635 in Fairfield,Fairfield,CT Married: Bef 1652 in New London,New London,CT 4 Children

John PRENTICE b: 6 Aug 1652 in Roxbury,Suffolk,MA c: 19 Apr 1668 in Roxbury,Suffolk,MA Joseph PRENTICE b: 2 Apr 1655 in New London,New London,CT c: 19 Apr 1668 in Roxbury,Suffolk,MA Jonathan PRENTICE b: 15 Jul 1657 in New London,New London,CT c: 19 Apr 1668 in Roxbury,Suffolk,MA Hester PRENTICE b: 20 Jul 1660 in New London,New London,CT c: 19 Apr 1668 in Roxbury,Suffolk,MA Peter PRENTICE b: 31 Jul 1663 in New London,New London,CT c: 19 Apr 1668 in Roxbury,Suffolk,MA Stephen PRENTICE b: 26 Dec 1666 in New London,New London,CT c: 19 Apr 1668 in Roxbury,Suffolk,MA Mercy PRENTICE b: Dec 1668 in New London,New London,CT Hannah PRENTICE b: Jun 1672 in New London,New London,CT Thomas PRENTICE b: 6 Nov 1675 in New London,New London,CT Elizabeth PRENTICE b: 6 Nov 1675 in New London,New London,CT Marriage 2 Esther NICHOLS b: 18 Feb 1652/53 in Stratford,Fairfield,CT Married: Abt 1683 4 Children

Valentine PRENTICE b: Abt 1683 in Woodbury,Litchfield,CT Marriage 3 Rebecca PARKER b: Abt 1660 in New London,New London,CT Married: 12 Jun 1685 4 Children

Ralph PRENTICE b: 1686 in New London,New London,CT Notes

Birth: 6 May 1628 Chelmsford, Essex, England

Immigration 1631 2 Nov Age: 3 with parents Massachusetts Colony, MA

Residence: 1631, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Age: 3

Arrival 1631, Roxbury, Massachusetts Age: 3

Residence 1632, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Age: 4 He retained his membership in the Roxbury church and baptized his children there.

Marriage to Hester Nichols 1651 abt Age: 23

Residence 1652, New London, New London, Connecticut Age: 24

Occupation 1678 Age: 50 Massachusetts Blacksmith and Seaman, partnered with John & Joseph Coit in some of their ships. In 1678 with son Jonathon, commanded the John & Hester, largest ship of that time, in the West India trade.

Marriage to Esther Nichols 1680, New London County, Connecticut Age: 52

Marriage to Rebecca Parker 1685, New London County, Connecticut Age: 57

Death 1691 1 Jan, Mystic, New London, Connecticut Age: 62

Find A Grave Memorial# 38754941 Burial Mystic, New London County, Connecticut[3]


Source: Title: PrenticeNet website Author: L J Dewald Publication: Page: Descendants of Valentine Prentice Source: Title: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, 2 vols Author: Donald Lines Jacobus, editor Publication: New Haven, CT: The Tuttle, Moorhouse & Taylor Company, 1930-32. Note: online at Page: p 436. Source: Title: The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 Author: Robert Charles Anderson Publication: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston MA, 1995 Date: Mar 2002 Page: Valentine Prentice Source S-1450862356 Title: Public Member Trees Repository: #R-19 Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members. Source: S43 Title: GEDCOM File : ~AT188.ged Source: S45 Title: GEDCOM File : ~AT18C.ged The History and Genealogy of the Prentice, Or Prentiss Family, in New England, Etc., from 1631 to 1883 (Google eBook) Charles James Fox Binney, pages 271-272 Repository R-19 Name: Address: Footnotes

↑ Jacobus, Donald Lines. “John Prentice of New London, Conn. and His Two Nichols Wives.” The American Genealogist. Vol. 34 (1958) p 81. ↑ Radune, Richard A. 2005. Pequot Plantation: the story of an early colonial settlement. Branford, Conn: Research in Time Publications. Pp. 276-279: . ↑ Entered by A Fabry. Click the Changes tab for the details of contributions.

Purchase property located on "Robinhood Bay", now Jordan Cove, presumably near New London. Was a seafaring man, as well as his sons. 1652

Was married 3 times, but Hester Nichols Prentice was his first wife.

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Capt. John Valentine Prentice's Timeline

May 6, 1628
Chelmsford, Essex, England
August 6, 1652
Age 24
New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
July 15, 1657
Age 29
July 20, 1660
Age 32
New London, CT
Age 34
December 26, 1666
Age 38
New London, New London County, Connecticut Colony
November 6, 1675
Age 47
New London,New London,Connecticut,USA
Age 46