Robert Prentice

Male Abt 1600 - 1665  (~ 65 years)

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  • Name Robert Prentice 
    Born Abt 1600 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 1664/1665 
    • Robert Prentice of Roxbury, MA. Binney says that Robert was born in 1635 and relates that the old parish register of Nazing, England has this entry: Elizabeth Prentice, dau. of Robert Prentice, and Elizabeth his wife, was baptized April 20, 1635." Possibly this may be the Robert who came to Roxbury and perhaps his wife, Elizabeth or that child may have died in England the year he came to America. Comment: Either the date is an error, or James and Thomas, born c. 1629 and c. 1632 cannot be his children nor could he have given a subscription towards a free school in 1645 (see below). It is more likely Robert was born 1600-1610. Comment: Apart from Binney's speculation, nowhere in Binney's 1883 book does he say Robert was ever married or had any specifically identified wife or children. Binney also speculates that Robert was probably a relative of Valentine Prentice of Roxbury who immigrated with Eliot of Nazing in 1631 and probably also a relative of Capt. Thomas Prentice of Newton who administered on Robert's estate and perhaps a relative of the planter, Henry Prentice of Cambridge, MA.
      Comment: Binney's conjecture that he is a relative of Valentine Prentice appears based solely on their both living in Roxbury, the name, Robert, appearing in a Nazing register, and Eliot also living in Roxbury. As indicated above, his likely birth date of 1600-1610 makes him of Valentine's generation, and recent research shows he is not a brother of Valentine. Binney's statement about his relationship to Thomas is based on a statement by James Savage that Robert's inventory was presented for probate by his brother, Thomas Prentice of Newton, MA. Binney offers no evidence to support his conjecture that Robert is a relative of Henry. In 1645, Aug. 31, Robert Prentice gave a year's subscription towards a free school in Roxbury, MA according to Ellis' History of Roxbury, MA. Sept 20, 1658, Sergeant John Ruggles' inventory, Roxbury, credits Robert Prentice for work, and William Peacock's inventory of 22 Jan 1660 mentions him (see NEHGR, v. x, pg. 267). On 25 Oct 1664, Robert Prentiss and others signed the Roxbury petition to the General Court about the infringement of their patent. On 7 Feb 1665, Thomas Prentice, of Newton, presented Robert Prentice's inventory to Probate Court, in which on Probate Court records, Boston, is mentioned a house and two acres of land,
    Person ID I16036  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew Burdett Ancestry
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2013 

    Family Grace,   b. Abt 1607,   d. 9 Oct 1692  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    +1. Thomas Prentice,   b. Abt 1632,   d. 11 Dec 1724  (Age ~ 92 years)
    Family ID F10489  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart