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Aug 17

52 Ancestors, Week #30: Dr. Abel Prescott of Concord, Massachusetts

Dr. Abel Prescott was one of my fifth great grandfathers. The family resided in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and greatly affected by the American Revolutionary War. At least two of Abel Prescott’s sons were directly involved in military actives of the Revolutionary War—Abel Prescott and Dr. Samuel Prescott.

At least two of Abel’s sons followed in his footsteps and became physicians—Dr. Samuel Prescott, and Dr. Benjamin Prescott.

Abel Prescott. Born 7 April 1718, son of Dr. Jonathan Prescott and Rebecca Bulkley; married, first, Abigail Brigham; married, second Mrs. Mary Beaton on 12 June 1775; and died 22 October 1805 of mortification of the foot.[1]

Abel Prescott and Abigail Brigham had eight known children.[2]

i.      John Prescott. See 52 Ancestors, Week #29, John Prescott

ii.      Benjamin (Dr.) Prescott. Born 4 April 1745;married Dorothy Wheeler in November 1768; [3] and died of paralysis 23 August 1830.[4] Wife, Dorothy who died 1 November 1829, preceded Dr. Prescott in death.[5] The couple had two known children: Benjamin and William.[6] He was a surgeon in Concord.

iii.      Abigail Prescott. Born 12 June 1747; married 25 September 1764, Ephraim Minot;[7] and died from lung fever, 27 February 1825.[8] The Minot’s had five known children: Abel, Abigail, George, Mary, and Laura.[9]

iv.      Abel Prescott. Born 12 April 1749; and died of dysentery, 3 September 1775. [10] Abel was wounded in the side by British fire on 19 April 1775. [11]

v.      Samuel (Dr.) Prescott. Born 19 August 1751. [12]

William Prescott relates the following story:[13]

“On his return from Lexington, in the night previous to the 19th of April, 1775, where he had spent the evening in paying his addresses to the daughter of a Mr. Mulliken, he soon overtook Paul Revere and Wm. Dawes on their way to Concord to alarm the people and apprise them of the intended expedition of the British soldiers upon Concord. When the three had arrived near Hartwell’s tavern in the lower bounds of Lincoln, they were attacked by four British officers of a scouting party sent out the preceding evening. Revere and Dawes were taken prisoners, Prescott was also attacked and had the reins of his horse’s bridle cut, but he succeeded in making his escape by jumping his horse over the wall; and, taking a circuitous route through Lincoln, he pushed on with the utmost speed to Concord, and gave the alarm of the approach of the British. He was subsequently taken prisoner on board of a privateer, and carried into Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he died in prison.”

     vi.      Dorothy Prescott. Born 27 July 1753;[14] and died 28 March 1754.[15]

vii.      Jonathan Prescott. Born 11 June 1755 and died, unmarried, 22 August 1810.[16]

viii.      Lucy Prescott. Born 24 April 1757;[17] married Jonathan Fay 6 December 1776; and died 10 October 1792 at the age of 34.[18] The Fays settled in Concord where they raised six children: Samuel, Lucy, Joanna, Sophia, Maria, and Abigail.[19]

Federal Census Records

The family of Dr. Abel Prescott was enumerated in Concord in 1790 with one male of sixteen years and upwards, one female, and one slave.[20]

In 1800, Abel was enumerated in Concord with a household of five—one male age ten through fifteen one male age sixteen through twenty-five; one male over forty-five [Abel]; one female age sixteen through twenty-five, and one female over forty-five [Abigail].[21]

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Notes

[1] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 16351850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 327 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths); and Alfred Sereno Hudson, The History of Concord, Massachusetts, Volume I: Colonial Concord (Concord, Massachusetts: The Erudite Press, 1904), 179.

[2] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 66–67 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[3] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[4] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 346.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 66; and Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 346.

[6] The Prescott Memorial, 88.

[7] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 215.

[8] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 342; and The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[9] The Prescott Memorial:, 88.

[10] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[11] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[12] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[13] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[14]  Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, xx; and The Prescott Memorial, 66

[15] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 436.

[16] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[17] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[18] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 421.

[19] The Prescott Memorial, 66, and 88–89.

[20] 1790 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 158; National Archives microfilm M637, reel 4; viewed on Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005. This record is in rough alphabetical order according to the surname of the head of house, and should be considered a derivative record and not an original.

[21] 1800 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 1283 [stamped #4]; National Archives M32, reel 17; viewed at Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005.

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Aug 17

52 Ancestors, Week #29: John Prescott of Concord, Massachusetts.

John Prescott was one of my fourth great grandfathers. He was of age to have served in the Revolutionary War with his brothers, Samuel and Abel. However, there were several John Prescotts that were involved during that conflict and more work needs to be done to sort them into their respective Prescott families.

John Prescott. Born on 23 Apr 1743; married Grace Potter, 22 January 1765, in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts;[1] died in Concord, 12 March 1821;[2] and was buried in South Burying Place, Concord.

Grace Potter, daughter of Samuel Potter and Elizabeth [–?–], was born, 10 August 1746 in Concord; and she died in Concord, 10 March 1827.[3]

John Prescott and Grace Potter had six known children all of whom were born in Concord, Massachusetts.[4]

i.      Jonathan Prescott. Born, 4 April 1767;[5] married Rebecca Meriam, 13 August 1789, in Concord; died on 13 April 1800; and was buried in South Burying Place in Concord.

ii.      Samuel Potter Prescott. Born, 19 March 1769.[6] – see blog 52 Ancestors, Week #28

iii.      John Prescott. Born, 27 September 1770;[7] and died from a small pox inoculation, October 1792.[8]

iv.      Abigail Prescott. Born, 30 September 1771.[9]

v.      Abel Prescott. Born, 23 February 1773;[10] married Mary Perry, in Westford, Middlesex County, 7 August 1796;[11] and died in Concord, 19 December 1821.

vi.      Grace Prescott. Born, 24 Jul 1774.[12]

Federal Census Records

The family of John Prescott was enumerated in Concord in 1790 with four males of sixteen years and upwards (his eldest son, Jonathan was married and residing away from his father’s home), and three females.[13]

In 1800, the John and his wife were residing in Concord with one female between the ages of twenty-six and forty-four.[14]

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Notes

[1] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 221 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths).

[2] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 339.

[3] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 344.

[4] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 88.

[5] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[6] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[7] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[8] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 421.

[9] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[10] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[11] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 386.

[12] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[13] 1790 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 158; National Archives microfilm M637, reel 4; viewed on Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005. This record is in rough alphabetical order according to the surname of the head of house, and should be considered a derivative record and not an original.

[14] 1800 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 1281 [stamped #8]; National Archives M32, reel 17; viewed at Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005.

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Aug 17

52 Ancestors, Week #28: Samuel Potter Prescott

Samuel Potter Prescott was one of my third great grandfathers and I know little about his life style. He would have been a young boy when shots were fired in Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Samuel’s uncle and perhaps namesake, Dr. Samuel Prescott rode with Paul Revere and William Dawes on their way to Concord to warn the colonists that the British were coming.

Samuel Potter Prescott. Born 19 March 1769, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of John Prescott and Grace Potter;[1] married Elizabeth Brown, 7 June 1798;[2]  died in Concord, on 2 September 1820;[3] buried in Concord at the South Burying Ground.[4]

Elizabeth was born in Concord, 28 February 1779, daughter of Lieutenant Samuel and Elizabeth (Brown) Brown;[5] died on 6 April 1863 in Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire;[6] and was buried there in Central Cemetery.[7]

Following Samuel’s death Elizabeth married, second, Asa Raymond. She married, third, Rev. David Goddard on 30 June 1846 in New Ipswich.[8] Rev. Goddard died 4 July 1854.[9]

They had the following seven children, all born in Concord:[10]

i.      Nathan Prescott. Born on 29 November 1798;[11] and married, 15 February 1825, Catherine Kendall.

Catherine, daughter of Asa Kendall, was born in April 1801.

ii.      Lucy Brown Prescott. Born on 31 March 1801;[12]  married Joseph C. Green, 14 March 1820; died in Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine, 29 September 1877; and was buried in North Turner Cemetery.[13]

Mr. Green was born 28 February 1799, and died 9 January 1844 in Turner, Maine.

iii.      Sophronia Prescott. Born on 11 December 1802; [14] married, 13 April 1826, Hermon Brown; died in Boxborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 21 April 1894;[15] and was buried in Central Cemetery in New Ipswich.[16]  Hermon and Sophronia had nine children.

For additional information on Hermon Brown please see 52 Ancestors, week 10 at http://www.musingsbylinda.com/MyFamily/?p=690).

iv.      Almira Prescott. Born on 26 September 1805;[17] married, 3 June 1830, Stephen Farrer.12 Steven was born 24 May 1802.13

v.      Elizabeth Prescott. Born on 15 January 1808;[18] and married, 5 May 1831  Edmund Brown.

Edmund, son of Josiah Brown & Milicent Wright,[19]  was born 18 July 1805 in Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont and died in Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont, on 11 October 1866.[20]

vi.      Sarah Prescott. Born on 25 February 1810; [21] married, 13 March 1834, Abner Marion; [22]   and died 18 July 1863.

Abner was born on 18 December 1809 and died 2 January 1858.[23]

vii.      Humphrey Prescott. Born on 26 February 1814;[24] married, first, Martha Marion, daughter of John Cutler Marion on 29 November 1838;[25] died in 10 August 1892, in Carlisle, Middlesex County, Massachusetts;[26] and was buried in the Green Cemetery in Carlisle.[27]

Martha died on 11 Jul 1849.[28] In 1850 Humphrey married, second, Mary Taylor, daughter of Abel and Sarrah Taylor.[29]

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Notes

[1] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 244 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths.) He is called Potter Prescott in the birth register; and William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 88 (hereinafter cited as Prescott, The Prescott Memorial).

[2] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 362; The Prescott Memorial, 88.

[3] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 338; and The Prescott Memorial, 88.

[4] Tombstone of Mr. Samuel P. Prescott, South Burial Ground, Concord, Massachusetts, viewed August 1979 by Linda Lorusso (now Linda Geiger).

[5] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 247.

[6] Potter, Charles Edward, editor, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Mass. and Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation, Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1887, 64 (hereinafter cited as Potter, Some Old Families of Concord); and New Ipswich Cemetery Records, page 109; Family History Center microfilm # 0015568 item 4.

[7] New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire, Cemetery Inscriptions, Ipswich, New Hampshire, Family History Library microfilm 15,568, item 4, 109.

[8] “New Ipswich, New Hampshire, Vital Records,” New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, n.p.: Typescript, n.d., Family History Library microfilm 0,015,568, 94.

[9] New Ipswich Cemetery Records, page 109; Family History Center microfilm # 0015568 item 4.

[10] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 120. Hereinafter cited as Prescott, The Prescott Memorial.

[11] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 271.

[12] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 275.

[13] Memorial for Lucy Brown Prescott Green, created by “slambowes” 23 June 2013, FindAGrave.com, viewed 14 July 2014.

[14] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 277.

[15] Certificate of Death of Sophronia Brown, # 93766, filed 31 December 1894, Boxborough, Massachusetts.

[16] Tombstone of Hermon Brown and his wife Sophronia, viewed at Central Cemetery in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, August 1979 by Linda Lorusso (now Linda Geiger).

[17] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 281.

[18] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 284.

[19] Charles Henry Chandler, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735-1914 with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 271. Hereinafter cited as Chandler, History of New Ipswich.

[20] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[21] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 286.

[22] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[23] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[24] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 290.

[25] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[26] Massachusetts Vital Records 1841–1910, Volume 428:171; viewed on AmericanAncestor.org, July 14, 2014; and The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[27] Tombstone of Humphrey Prescott as created by Crystal, 7 October 2012, FindAGrave.com, viewed July 14, 2014.

[28] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[29] Massachusetts Vital Records 1841–1910, Volume 46: 46; viewed on AmericanAncestor.org, July 14, 2014; and The Prescott Memorial, 120.

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