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Historical occurrences of the name
The Prentice family emerged as noteable Englishmen in Essex where they were seated as Lords of the manor and estates recoded from 1327 in Colchester, Essex. By this time they had also branched North into Scotland and were recorded in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Of note was Henry Prentice of Edinburgh who introduced the potato into Scotland.
Later during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries England was devestated by religious and political conflict between religious sects and between Parliamentary and Royalist forces that created an unstable society. Many families were banished by the prevailing powers for dissention and others chose to leave the turmoil behind.
In Ireland, Protestant settlers and soldier's in Cromwell's army were granted lands which had been confiscated from the native Catholic owners.
Upheavel at home forced some families to risk the dangerous journey to the New World in order to build a new future for themselves. Members of the Prentice family were among the settlers who boarded ships bound for Canada, the United States, Australia and other colonies held by the British crown
Settlers bearing the surname Prentice included Valentine Prentice who settled in Virginia in 1654, John Prentiss who settled in New York in 1823 and both John and Thomas Prentice who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808.