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 Henry Hudson Prentice

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Henry Hudson Prentice

  • Birth 28 Aug 1819 Goshen, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 7 Jun 1903 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 60214848



Henry H Prentice Dies in Cambridge at the age of 83---was in Salisbury Prison Pens.

Henry Hudson Prentice, one of the oldest printers in this vicinity, and probably the oldest Civil War veteran in the state, died at his home, 16 Church Street, Cambridge, after an illness of two months duration. Death was due to paralysis of the stomach.

Mr. Prentice was a native of Goshen, Ct, where he was born Aug 28 1819. He was the son of Rev Charles T and Lucreda (Clarinda)(Parmalee) Prentice. He served his apprenticeship in the printing trade in Hartford coming to Cambridge in 1849. He entered the employ of Allen & Farmer, printers in Boston. Before the war he was also employed at the Riverside Press, under the late Henry O. Houghton.

In 1862 he went to the front in the 41st Mass Infantry, which, in 1863 became the 3rd Mass Cavalry. He served until the close of the war. He was taken prisoner at Cedar Creek Oct 19, 1864 and was incarcerated for eight or nine months in the prison pens in Salisbury (NC).

After he returned to cambridge he went to work for Welch & Bigelow, printers, and when the firm became know as University Press, he continued in their employ, retiring about 15 years ago.

He was a member of the Charles Beck (Grand Army)Post 56 and the 3d Mass Cavalry Association. He was formerly a member of the typographical union and was an attendant of Shepard Memorial Church.

His wife died in 1861 and Mr Prentice never married again. For many years he made his home on Baldwin St. but in the later years lived with his daughter, Mrs Ella Archambeau on Church St. Besides Mrs Archambeau, he leaves five children, Charles T Prentice of Akron, OH, Mrs Lizzie Smith of Allston, Henry WH Prentice, a motorman employed by the Boston Elevated, Edwin H. Prentice of Allston and Theodore P Prentice, known to Harvard students as "Billy the Postman".

The last named is also a veteran of the war and a member of the same Grand Army Post that his father belonged to for many years.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 3 pm at 16 Church and the service will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Alexander McKenzie. Burial will be in Cambridge Cemetery.
The history of the Third Mass Cavalry by the Rev James K Ewer, pub 1903, shows Henry Prentiss, of F Company, 43yo, enlisted August 4th 1862, was a POW and discharged June 13, 1865 in Readville, Ma.

Married France D King 25 May 1844





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  • Added: 17 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60214848
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Hudson Prentice (28 Aug 1819–7 Jun 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60214848, citing Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Bill Paschal (contributor 46510303) .