Thaddeus Prentice, Jr

Thaddeus Prentice, Jr

Jewett City, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 12 Jun 1868 (aged 45)
Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Burial Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section 2, Lot 59 (492 SQ. FT.)
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CIVIL WAR VETERAN--Enlisted October 16, 1864 in Shawnee Mission, Kansas as a Private in Company M of the Third Regiment of the Kansas State Militia during the Civil War. Thaddeus Prentice was mustered out of service on October 27, 1864. (See Howland Quarterly attached to this gravesite at Find A Grave.)
Died:--June 12, 1868, at two A.M., Thaddeus Prentice, aged 45 years, 2 months, and 26 days. Born in Jewett City, Connecticut, March 17th, 1823.
Death of Thaddeus Prentice.
We have seldom been called on to announce a death with so much sorrow as that of Thaddeus Prentice, Esq., of this city, which took place at his late residence yesterday (Friday) morning at about two o'clock.

Mr. Prentice was one of the earliest settlers of Kansas, having immigrated to this county early in March, 1856. He was an active participant in the early political struggles of Kansas, and endeared himself to the Free State settlers by his firmness in the cause of what his heart taught him to be the true interest of our growing commonwealth. He was a man of wonderful energy and activity--a true friend, and a noble and generous man. There was no bigotry or selfishness about him. Firm in his own convictions, he was true to what he believed to be just, without intolerance or personal enmity. Mingling much with the early setttlers in the struggles incident to the settlement of all new countries, and strikingly peculiar to Kansas, no man sought the good offices of Thaddeus Prentice without securing his sympathies and friendship.

We have known the deceased intimately and well, and we feel that we have lost a friend and a neighbor whose place cannot be filled, and who will long be remembered by our citizens, and especially by the early settlers of this county.

Mr. Prentice leaves a family consisting of a wife and five children--three sons and two daughters--who have the warmest sympathy of our people in this great affliction. His disease was a bronchial affection, terminating in disease of the lungs, with which he has lingered for several months.

The funeral will take place at the Baptist Church, in this city, at half-past ten o'clock tomorrow (Sunday) from whence the remains will be removed to Oak Hill Cemetery.
Early Lawrence, Kansas Businessman. Thaddeus Prentice had the office of county coroner from January, 1864 to January, 1866. The Family arrived in Lawrence before the Quantrill Raid. The Prentice home was not destroyed by Quantrill because the wife of Thaddeus Prentice, who was a schoolteacher, knew Quantrill when he taught school.
Thaddeus Prentice's Father: Thaddeus Prentice, blacksmith, m. 1817, Almira Gordon and d. 14 Feb 1855, Willimantic, CT. He joined the Baptist Church when 30. Thaddeus Prentice, Sr was the son of William Prentice 1730-1807 and Trial Darling.

Children of Thaddeus & Almira Gordon:
George Prentice, m. Hannah Hawkins, and had Sarah, George W., & Daniel.
James Prentice, b. 1821, d. in infancy.
James Reed Prentice, m. Mary Sawyer & was merchant in Troy, NY.
Thaddeus Prentice Jr., b. 17 Mar 1823 & d. 12 Jun 1868.
Almira Prentice, b. 1825, m Israel C. Peck of Unionville, Ct.
Phoebe Prentice, m. Peer Clark and had one child.
Julia B. Prentice, d. in infancy.
William H. Prentice m. Rebecca Haite. Merchant in Troy, NY.
Julia Prentice, d. in infancy.
Ann Prentice
Additional Information: Thaddeus Prentice Jr., son of Thaddeus Prentice of Sutton, MA and Almira; m. Anna Louisa Ayer of Buffalo, NY. He was a civil officer for some years. Moved to Lawrence, KS in Mar 1856 and was one of the first settlers in KS. He took an active part in the early political struggles there, and endeared himself to the free-state settlers by his firmness in the true interests of the growing Commonwealth; was a civil officer most of his life, and in KS was city marshal of Lawrence, sheriff of Douglas County, and held other positions until his death on 12 Jun 1868 of bronchial affection and disease of the lungs. Children:
Charles Thaddeus Kosiosko Prentice.
James Kirkland Prentice.
Addie L. Prentice.
Celia A. C. Prentice.
William H. Prentice.

Section 2, Lot 59 (492 SQ. FT.)
Interment Date 06/12/1868

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Gravesite Details Thaddeus Prentice was a distant cousin of Governor John Hancock.
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