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occupant of Shawmut, now Boston. About
1740 they removed to Newcastle, where they
reared their children: I. Ichabod. settled at
Casco. 2. Elisha, settled in Jefferson. 3.
James ; see forward. 4. John, settled in Noble-
boro. 5. William, settled in Jefferson. 6.
Stephen, settled in Franklin. 7. Benjamin,
settled in Franklin. 8. Ebenezer, settled in
Newcastle. 9. Abigail, married Captain Jo-
seph Jones, an officer in the revolutionary
war : settled in Jefferson. 10. Lydia, married
Nathaniel Rollins, and settled in Newcastle.

(III) James, third son and child of Josiah
Clarke, settled in Newcastle. He married
Hannah Young. Children: i. James Jr.;
served nine months in the Continental army,
being stationed at West Point. 2. Joseph. 3.
George; see forward. _|. IMajor Charles, born
1787, died 1845; .jvas an officer in the war of
1812. Also daughters; Patience, Susie, Bet-
sey, Mary and Lydia.

(IV) George, third son of James Clarke,
w-as born in 1767. and died in 1854. He set-
led in Washington, Knox county, Maine. He
was a man of great natural ability, and pos-
sessed a broad and philosophical mind. He
married Jane Ames, born 1788, died 1884, a
granddaughter of Jonathan .Ames, the first
permanent settler in the town of JefTerson
(1752). She was a very remarkable woman.
She was one of twelve children, and herself
became mother of nine — five sons and four
daughters. She lived to the very unusual age
of ninety-six years, maintaining until her death
a remarkable grasp of important historical cir-
cumstances and events. Children of George
and Jane (Amos) Clarke: i. Warren, born
August 17, 1807, died 1832, unmarried. 2.
Elmira, born May i, 1809, died 1898; married
Worcester Farrer, of Washington, Maine, and
has numerous descendants. 3. James, born
February 11, 1811; see forward. 4. Hannah,
born October 7. 1813, died 1900; married Pat-
rick Tukey, of Damariscotta. 5. Ephraim,
born September 12, 1815, died 1845; married
Eliza Cunningham. 6. George Jr., born Sep-
tember 25, 1817, died 1904; married .Sarah
Overlock, and lived in Washington, Maine ;
children : Elmira, Jane. Eunice, George W.,
John, Maria A., James D., Cora E., Charles
D., Nora, all of whom had large families. 7.
Mary, born 1819, died 1863; married Gardner
L'pham, and after his death married Samuel
D. Erskine, of Jefferson. 8. Sophronia. born
February 28, 1820, died 1887; married Charles
Irish. 9. Captain Franklin, born December
4, 1828; married Sarah E. McDowell. Cap-



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tain Clarke has reared a large family, and is
one of the leading and most highly respected
citizens of Damariscotta, where, as ship car-
penter, builder and owner, he has led an ac-
tive and useful life.

(\') James (2), third child and second son
of George and Jane (Ames) Clarke, was born
February 11, i8ii, and died in 1853. He was
a ship builder, and resided at Damariscotta
Mills. He married Maria Louisa Jones, born
1815, died 1880, of Newcastle, daughter of
Samuel and Xancy (Dinsmore) Jones. Her
grandfather. John Jones, born 1740, died 1822,
was a son of Cornelius Jones, who settled in
Newcastle about 1732, and whose wife, Abi-
gail ( Hawkes ) Jones, to whom he was mar-
ried April 22. 1729, at Lynn, Massachusetts,
was a granddaughter of Captain John Floyd,
the celebrated Indian fightep-of Chelsea. Abi-
gail Hawkes's father, John Hawkes, who mar-
ried Abigail Floyd, was a grandson of Mary
Allerton, a "Mayflower" passenger, as were
also her father and mother, Isaac Allerton and
wife. Children of James and Maria Louisa
Clarke :

I. Captain Samuel Warren, born in New-
castle, Maine, April 19, 1837. He was edu-
cated at Lincoln Academy ; Colby College,
1858-60; L'nion College, 1860-62. He made a
most creditable military record in the civil
war. He was captain of Company H, Twenty-
• first Maine \'olunteers, 1862-63, anfl '" the
latter year commanded a volunteer storming
party at Port Hudson, Mississippi ; was cap-
tain of Company E, Second Maine Cavalry,
December. 1863-65. -He was in the lumber
business in Florida, 1866-69; '" insurance
business. Boston, 1869-71 ; teaching in Boston
and vicinity, 1871-90; special representative
of American Book Company, 1890-97. He
was a man of great learning, speaking several
languages with much fluency. He was a
member of the Masonic fraternity, and the
Grand Army of the Republic. He died, un-
married, at Newcastle, September 11, 1904, of
Bright's disease and hemorrhage.

2. Leander, born January 31, 1842, died
June 26, 1907. He married Sarah Emily Per-
kins, April II. 1863. Children: i. Samuel
Warren, born December 4, 1864, married,
1886, Angeletta Dunbar, have one child, Ella
Angeletta, born 1888, married Edward Well-
ington. 1908; ii. Theodore Leander, born May
6, i86g; married, December 24, 1889, Jessie
Erskine ; children : (a) Zoa Emily, born Oc-
tober 26, 1890, student at Bates College; (b)
Katherine ]\Iay. born October 22, 1892; (c)



Theodore Leander Jr., born December 11,
190 — ; (d) Dorothy, born December 4. 1906;
(e) Patience Blackstone, born November 11,
1907.

3. Captain Theodore, born in Newcastle,
May 31, 1843. He was educated at Lincoln
Academy, and attended Colby College. 1862-
63. Like his elder brother, he served honor -
ably in the civil- war — as quartermaster-ser-
geant. Company E, Second Maine Cavalry ;
commissioned second lieutenant. Fourth U. S.
Colored Cavalry ,and promoted to first lieu-
tenant and captain in same. He was a teacher,
1866-67. He fl'ed in Newcastle, December,
1868.

4. James ; see forward.

Four daughters of James and Maria Louisa
(Jones) Clarke died at an early age: Aman-
da (18^4-49); Adelaide (1835-52); Charlotte
(1845-48): Eunice (1845-48)'

{V]) Hon. James Wilson Clarke, youngest
son of James and Maria Louisa (Jones)
Clarke, was born in Nobleboro, Lincoln coun-
ty, Maine, May 18, 1848. He was educated
at Lincoln Academy, and Bowdoin College,
1868-70. He was master of grammar schools
in Milton. Massachusetts, 1870-77. He re-
turned to Maine in 1879; was selectman and
superintendent of schools at various times. In
1S88 he was representative in the Maine state
legislature, and state senator. 1881-82.

He married, in 1871, Laura E. Oliver, born
March 13, 1856. daughter of James T. and
Catherine Bornheimer Oliver, of Nobleboro.
Her father, born October 28, 1827, was son
of Samuel and Hannah Oliver, and grandson
of Jonathan Oliver, one of the first settlers of
the town of Nobleboro. and a soldier in the
revolution. Catherine (born 1829. died April
5, 1907), wife of James T. Oliver, was a
great-granddaughter of Godfrey Bornheimer,
an officer in the revolutionary, French and
Indian wars, who married, in 1750, Catherine
Elizabeth Ludwig. daughter of Joseph and
Catherine Kline, of Dietz. Germany. Children
of Hon. Tames Wilson and Laura (Oliver)
Clarke :

1. Adelaide B., born April 21, 1873; grad-
uate of Lincoln Academy, class of 1892; mar-
ried, 1897, H. I. Creamer; resides in West
Somerville. Massachusetts.

2. Dr. Frank Wilson, born April 3, 1874;
educated in public schools, and Lincoln Acad-
emy, graduating in 1893; graduated from
Bowdoin Medical School. 1905; had several
years' hospital experience : is a practicing
physician at Bristol ; married, 1899, Mattie V.



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Kay, of Waverly, IMassachusetts ; children : i.
Eleanor Laura, born June 5, 1901 ; ii. Kath-
arine Louise, August 12, 1904.

3. Hon. Walter Bradley; see forward.

4. Albert Warren, born November 25, 1877;
graduated from Lincoln Academy i8g6, and
from Bowdoin College, with degree of A. B.,
1900; prominent at college in musical, social
and athletic circles; played on the Varsity
baseball and football teams four years, and
was captain of football team in 1899. He
was instructor two years in a military academy
in Ohio, and for two years at Polytechnic In-
stitute of New York ; since then has been in
real estate business in Brooklyn, New York,
and at present with firm of John R. Corbin &
Co., of that city.

5. Mary Louise, born September 27, 1880;
graduated from Lincoln Academy 1898, and
from Emerson College 1908 ; resides at 106
Park street, Portland.

6. James Arthur, born at Damariscotta
Mills, Maine, September 25, 1881 ; graduated
from Lincoln Academy 1899, ^nd from Bow-
doin College with degree of A. B., 1905;
member of college glee club, and prominent
all-round athlete, being captain of baseball
team in 1905. He was agent for the New
York Life Insurance Company, 1905-06, and
solicitor for Eastern Advertising Company,
1907-08. He married, August, 1908, Clarissa
M., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S.
Laughlin, of Portland. Residence, 135
\"aughan street. Portland.

7. Joseph L., born at Damariscotta Mills,
September 15. 1883; w-as educated in public
schools, Lincoln Academy, and Gray's Busi-
ness College ; is at present studying law, and
resides at 106 Park street, Portland.

8. Harriet Marion, born September 25,
1886; educated in public schools and Lincoln
Academy ; is a student of music ; resides at
106 Park street, Portland.

9. Willis Earle, born December 3, 1887;
educated in public schools,, Lincoln Academy,
and Portland high school ; is a student at
Tuft's Medical College.

10. Harold Emerson, born May 7, 1890; at-
tended public schools, Lincoln Academy, and
is now completing a preparatory course for
Bowdoin College at Portland high school.

(VII) Hon." Walter Bradley" Clarke, third
child and second son of Hon. James Wilson
and Laura E. (Oliver) Clarke, was born in
Nobleboro, j\Iaine, April 4, 1876. He gradu-
ated from Lincoln Academy in 1895, and from
Bowdoin College, with the degree of A. B.,
in 1899. He studied for his profession at



Harvard Law School, from which he received
the degree of LL. B. in 1903. He was a re-
markable all-round athlete at college, plaving
fullback on the football team, and acting as
captain in 1898; also on Varsity Nine and
track team, and was state champion in pole
vault, and college strong man. He was also
prominent in musical and social circles. He
was manager of the Eastern Maine Agency,
New York Life Insurance Company, 1899-
1900, with office at Bangor. He was admitted
to the Maine bar in 1903. and to the United
States District Court in 1905. He began the
active practice of law at Portland, in 1903,
and is a member of the law firm of Clarke &
Gardner, general practitioners, with offices at
120 Exchange street, Portland. Mr. Clarke
has been exceptionally prominent and success-
ful politically, and is one of the younger Re-
publican leaders in the state. He was as-
sistant secretary of the Maine Senate, 1899-
1903; a member of the House of Representa-
tives, 1903-05; Executive Councillor, Third
District, 1905-07; State Senator, 1907-09. He
is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
Knights' of Pythias, Order of Elks, the Zeta
Psi college fraternity, the Lincoln Club, Mun-
joy Club, Portland Yacht Club, and Portland
Power Boat Association. His recreations are
music and general athletics. His residence is
at 106 Park street, Portland.

The Clarke family home was originally at
Damariscotta Mills. About a year ago Mrs.
Clarke moved to Portland, and the family is
now permanently located at 106 Park street,
in that citv.



(For preceding generations see Henry Rust I.)

(Ill) Nathaniel (2), son of Na-
RL'ST thaniel (i) Rust, was born at Ips-
wich, Massachusetts, March 16,
1667, and died at Chebacco (Essex), Septem-
ber 9, 171 1. At the age of seventeen he mar-
ried, February 22. 1684, Joanna Kinsman,
born April 25, 1665, died at Essex, January
28, 1733, daughter of Quartermaster Robert
and Alary (Boreman) Kinsman. He was a
soldier in the expedition to Canada in 1690.
He taught the first free schools in Ipswich
and Essex. His widow kept a tavern at Ips-
wich. Children, born at Ipswich and Essex:
I. Nathaniel, born about 1685, married Miri-
am Andrews. 2. Henry, 1686. married Ann
Waldron. 3. Robert, 1688, married Rachel
Ingalls. 4. Joanna, 1690, married Jeremiah
Thompson. 5. Moses, 1692. 6. Margaret,
1694, married George Stimpson. 7. Joseph,
]\Iarch 22, 1696, mentioned below. 8. Benja-



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min, May 4, 1698. 9. Dorothy, July 14, 1700,
married Jeremiah Foster. 10. Mary, 1702,
married Moses Foster. 11. Peletiah, married
Rebecca Gough.

(IV) Joseph, son of Nathaniel (2) Rust,
was born March 22, 1696, at Chebacco, and
died there February 3, 1734. He was an inn-
keeper. His will was dated January 10, 1734-
35, and proved March 4 following. He mar-
ried, January 16, 1723-24, Rachel Choate, born
November 18, 1703, daughter of Governor
Thomas and Mary (Carin) Choate. His wid-
ow married, March, 1736-37, Isaac Martin,
and sJie died March 15. 1785. Children, born
at Chebacco (Essex) or Ipswich: i. Rachel,
married Rev. Theophilus Pickering. 2. Sarah,
born, 1724, married Benjamin Marshall. 3.
Lucy, June 14. 1725, died unmarried. 4. Jo-
seph, October 14, 1726, mentioned below. 5.
Lucy, January 18, 1728, married Jeremiah An-
drews. 6. Mary, November 15, 1729, married
Jonathan Burnham. 7. Francis, May 23,
1 73 1, married Sarah Giddings. 8. Robert,
about 1733. married, October 21, 1762, Me-
hitable Fish.

(V) Captain Joseph (2), son of Joseph
(i) Rust, was born at Ipswich, October 14,
1726, died September lo, 1771. He married,
March 9, 1748-49. Mrs. Marv Eveleth, and
she married again November 26, 1772, Rev.
Paul Park, of Preston, Connecticut. Captain
Rust's will is dated July 15. 1771, and was
proved September 23, 1771. He bequeathed
to sons Francis and James, Jonathan. John,
Parker. He owned land in Damariscotta,
Maine, a pew in the old meeting house, half
a pew in the new one. He mentions three
negro slaves, Scipio, Flora and Rose. Chil-
dren, born at Ipswich: i. Joseph, born 1749,
mentioned below. 2. Francis, born December

28, 1752, married thrice. 3. ]\lary, born at
Essex, December, 1753 ; married Jonathan
Cogswell, who was soldier in the revolution.
4. James, born 1756, taken pri.soner by Brit-
ish while in the service in revolution. 5.
Henry, born about 1759, died intestate. 6.
Jonathan, born December 21, 1761, married
Mary Flint. 7. David, baptized September

29, 1765. 8. John, baptized November 8,
1766. 9. Parker, born 1768, married Eliza-
beth Cogswell.

(VI) Captain Joseph (3), son of Captain
Joseph (2) Rust, was born in Ipswich in 1749.
Fie settled at Boothbay. Maine, and died at
Wiscasset, Maine, October 24, 1844. He was
a soldier in the revolution, a private in Cap-
tain Benjamin Plummer's company, in 1776,
defending the seacoast at St. George's. He



was also a sea captain for many years and
sailed to the West Indies, January 23, 1768.
He married Mary Reed. Children: i. John,
born 1768, married Sarah Ulmcr. 2. Joseph,
married Jane Weeks. 3. Mary, married Ab-

ner Plummer. 4. Sarah, married

Wiley; second Stetson. 5. Sally,

married first — Wright; (second) Cap-
tain Decker. 6. James, lost at sea. 7.
Martha, married October 6, 181 1, William
Maxwell. 8. William, mentioned below.

(\^II) Hon. William, son of Captain Jo-
seph (3) Rust, was born at Boothbay, Maine,
June 4, 1796, died at Belfast, October 28,
1869. He was a prominent lawyer. He
served in the war of 1812; was county com-
missioner of \\'aldo county ; sheriff four years
of the same county; alderman in 1853-54 of
the city of Belfast. He married, first, Abbie
Hall : second. Nancy Cunnin^rham. who died
April 30, 1833; third, September. 1833, Mary
Worcester Farrar, born INIarch 23. 1804.
Children: i. Katherine, married Samuel Jen-
kins (not given in genealogy — record from
family). 2. William Maxwell, born Decem-
ber 14, 1818. married Martha J. Weeks. 3.
Martha R., born March 10, 1821. married
William Johnson. 4. Joseph, born December
19, 1S22, married Zipporah Patrick. 5. John
D., born March 10, 1825. married Amelia
Rust and Sarah M. Loring. 8. Mary E.,
(Betsey?), born September 10, 1827, married
Captain Weston Reed. 7. Albert S., born
March 6, 1829, married Wealthy B. McClure.
8. Annie (named Nancy Annie), born April
27. 1833. married Samuel S. Johnson, Jones
county, Iowa. 9. James Alonzo, born April
23. 1834. married Laura Abbie Waymouth.
10. Jane M., born December 25, 1835. mar-
ried Captain Alonzo Shute. 11. Oscar, born
October 9. 1837, shipwrecked and lost. 12.
Augusta, born August 8, 1839, married,
^larch 6, 1872, John G. Graham. 13. Emma
I., born March 26, 1850, married Silas D.
Brown.

(VIII) Katherine, daughter of Hon. Will-
iam Rust, married Samuel Jenkins, son of
Jeremiah and Martha (Littlcfield ) Jenkins, of
North Berwick and Corinth, Maine. Children
of Jeremiah and Martha Jenkins : William,
Jotham, Samuel, Harriet and Lydia Jenkins.
The Jenkins familv settled first in Kittery. then
in Berwick. Children of Samuel and Kath-
erine (Rust) Jenkins: IMartha Jane, married
PeacalHs Mandcrville Clark (see Clark);
Sarah .\.. Susan, Abigail, Harriet, Francena.
Evelyn, William Hand and Samuel Wesley
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This is an old English name,
PRENTISS and has a variety of spelling,

such as Prentiz, Prentys,
Prentise, and the name in America is be-
lieved to have been originally spelled Prentice.
Some branches spell it Prentiss, and some
Prentis. Captain Thomas Prentice, of New-
ton, Massachusetts, wrote "tice," as did Hen-
ry the Planter, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Many of the younger American branches have
changed the name from "tis" to "tiss" or
"tice," or vice versa. The first of the name
found recorded in America is Valentine Pren-
tice, who came over from Nazig, Essex coun-
ty, England, with the "Apostle Eliot," in 163 1,
with his wife Alice, and son, John Prentice,
and settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts. It is
supposed that \'alentine of Roxbury, Robert
of Roxbury, Henry of Cambridge and New-
ton were in some way connected.

(I) Henry Prentice, "planter," of Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts, was there before 1640,
and was probably born in England. He was a
member of the First Church of Cambridge,
formed in 1636, whose members were taken
and registered November, 1658, by Rev. Jon-
athan Mitchell of that church. He owned
lands in Sudbury, Massachusetts, as one of the
original proprietors in the second and third di-
visions of land there, in 1650. He was a free-
man in Cambridge, May 22, 1653. He died
according to the Cambridge town records,
June 9, 1654. "Inventory of the estate of
Henrv Prentice, Sen., of Cambridge. 1663."
Prized by Gilbert, his mark. Crack hone, and
Gregory Stone October 16, 1663. His widow,
Joan, and John Gibson "her now husband,"
administrators. The court ordered distribu-
tion to the widow, twenty pounds, the re-
mainder to the children, except to oldest son,
double. In 1648 he and wife deeded these
lands in Sudbury to John Goodnow. His first
wife was Elizabeth, who died May 13, 1653.

He married (second) Joan — , and their

children were : Mary, Solomon, Abiah, Sam-
uel, Sarah and Henry. They were all bap-
tized in the First church at Cambridge.

(II) Solomon, eldest son of Henry and
Joan Prentice, was born September 23, 1646,
in Cambridge, and died July 24, 1719, at the
same place. His first wife was Elizabeth,
probably, who died in 1678. He married (sec-
ond) Hepzibah Dunn, or Dunton, who died
January 15, 1741, aged eighty-nine. "She had
according to her gravestone in Cambridge one
hundred and forty descendants, seventy-two
being then alive." They were members of the
Cambridge church. He left a large estate, of



real five hundred and fifty-one pounds, total
nine hundred and nine pounds, sixteen shill-
ings and two pence. Widow Hepzibah, and
son Solomon, executors, August 20, 1719, in-
ventory appraised August 13, 1719, by John
Dixon, Samuel Kidder and Benjamin God-
dard. "His son, Henry, to have the East half
of the house* his father lived and died in."
Their children were : Solomon, Thomas,
Mary, Stephen, Elizabeth and Nathaniel
(twins) (Nathaniel died young), Nathaniel,
Henry and Samuel.

(Ill) Deacon Henry, sixth son of Solomon
and Hepzibah (Dunn or Dunton) Prentice,
was born in 1693, in Cambridge, and died in
Holliston, Massachusetts, October 18, 1778.
He was a brickmaker. In the settlement of
his father's estate he was allowed for four and
one half years' services sixty pounds "in the
new house." His share in his father's lands
was ninety-two pounds, at "Westfield Gate."
He was deacon at Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Apple-
ton's Presbyterian church in Cambridge from
November 24, 1741, to July 14, 1774, when he
resigned. He was a tall and very grave look-
ing man and on the Sabbath occupied the
"deacons seat." directly in front of the min-
ister. In cold weather, when he took oS his
hat in church, he put on a green tasselled cap,
as the top of his head was bald. He owned
the Fresh Pond property in Cambridge, after-
wards bought by his grandsons, Henry and
Appleton Prentice, noted Boston merchants.
His house where he lived still remains, about
forty rods from the Washington Elm. next to
the parsonage of the new Shepard church. In
1877 the house was said to be two hundred
years old and in good state of preservation,
being built of oak, the walls filled in with
brick, the beams showing half-way through
the ceilings of the rooms. He removed from
Cambridge in 1775, when our troops occupied
the city, and died at the house of his son, the
Rev. Joshua Prentice, in Holliston. In his
will, dated January 20, 1776, proved January
5, 1779, after making bequests to all his
children he adds "but as I am bound
for various sums of money for my de-
ceased son (Caleb), if my estate has to pay
them they are to be deducted from the legacies
to his children. Son Joshua, executor, if he is
alive, if not then his son Henry. After debts
are paid, son Joshua and his heirs to have all
the rest, real and personal." He married
(first) Elizabeth, daughter of William Rand,
of ]Milk Row, Charlestown, Massachusetts,
and she died March 13, 1748, aged fifty-two.
He married (second) Elizabeth Hayley, of



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Boston, who died April 7, 1775, aged seventy-
eight years. His children, all by first wife,
were : Joshua, Xathaniel, Caleb, Elizabeth,
Thomas (died young), Hepzibah, Thomas,
Xathan and Sarah.

(lY) Caleb, third son of Deacon Henry and
Elizabeth (Rand) Prentice, was .born Febru-
ary 21. 1 72 1, baptized F"ebruary 25, same year,
and died November 19, 1772. He was first of
this line to adopt the present form of the
name. He resided in Cambridge, and owned
land in Harvard Square, as per his deed of
1752, to the town of Cambridge, "ten perches
of land, on which to build a court house.
Southerly and Southeast on the highway and
on every part on my own land." The deed
and plan are on registry deeds. East Cam-
bridge records. Drake's "Historic Fields and
Mansions of Middlesex" says this court house
stood about where the present Lyceum build-
ing does, and was moved to the rear of that
building and yet remains as a work shop.
His will was dated January 14, 1770, and the
inventory of his estate amounted to one thou-
sand five hundred and forty-one pounds, four-
teen shillings and eight pence, including "shoe-
makers shop."' and "potash works." He mar-
ried (first) September 17, 1744, Lydia, daugh-
ter of Deacon Samuel Whittemore, of Cam-
bridge, and (second) December 20, 1768,
Widow Rebecca Rockwell, of Milk Row, Som-
erville, Massachusetts, whose maiden name
was Kent, and she survived him nearly thirty-
five years. His children, all by first wife,
were: Caleb (died young), Caleb, Elizabeth,
Samuel (died young), Samuel, William,
Henry (died young), Lydia and Henry.

(V) Rev. Caleb (2), second son of Caleb
(i) and Lydia (Whittemore) Prentiss, was
born November 14, 1746, baptized November
16. in Cambridge, and died in Reading (now
Wakefield), February 7, 1803. He graduated
from Harvard College in 1765. After gradu-
ating he was several years librarian of the
college library. He was ordained October 25,
176c). pastor of the First Church, in Reading,
and remained there until his death from con-
sumption, and was buried in the burying-
ground adjoining the meeting house. The fol-
lowing inscription is on the tombstone erected
by the parish : "Sacred to the mcmorv of
Rev. Caleb Prentiss, late pastor of the First
Church in this town, who passed into the
world of Spirits February 7, 1803, in the 34th
year of his ministry, and the fifty-seventh year
of his age." Faith, piety and benevolence,
with a kindred assemblage of christian graces
and moral virtues, adorned his public and pri-



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