Biography of Jonathan R. Prentice
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Prentice, Jonathan R., was born in Hancock, New Hampshire, in 1795, and came to Steuben county in 1823 with his father, Henry Prentice, and bought land in the town of Jasper. They returned to New Hampshire, and the following spring he, with his brother, William, returned on foot. They cleared ten acres of land and sowed wheat. They owned together 160 acres, but Mr. Prentice sold his interest and moved on to another section in the valley, where he spent the balance of his life. He was one of the organizers of the township, and was for a number of years the supervisor. He was one of the founders of the First Presbyterian church of the town, and was clerk of the school district for a great many years. He reared a family of three children: Henry C., who went to Kansas, where he died in 1887, at the age of fifty eight; Mrs. George D. Woodward, of Greenwood, N. Y., and William R. The latter was educated at Alfred University and remained on the farm until twenty one. He was three years in the army as a member of the 161st Regt. N. Y. Vols., enlisting as a private and rising to first lieutenant, and then captain of Co. H. After the war closed he was engaged in mercantile business for eight years, then took up teaching, first at Alfred, and then three years as principal of a grammar school at Elmira, N. Y. In 1887 he was engaged to fill the position of superintendent of schools and principal of the academy of Hornellsville, which position he has since occupied.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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