Benjamin F. Prentiss


CAPT. BENJAMIN F. PRENTISS, a highly respected citizen of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in Milton, Northumberland county, Penn., August 31, 1835. He was the son of Banjamin F> and Mary (Hunter) Prentiss, the former of whom was born in the state of New York and the latter of whom was born in county Derry, Ireland. His parents were married in 1834. His father was killed by being thrown from a wagon in 1859. His mother died April 1, 1886. The subject was chiefly reared in his native state. In the latter part of 1854 he removed to Akron, Ohio. In April, 1856, he came to Steubenville. September 5, 1861, he entered the Union army as a private in Company G, Second Ohio volunteer infantry. October 7, 1861, he was promoted to the rank of captain, and he commanded Company H, First Ohio volunteer infantry until May 7, 1863, when he resigned and returned home. He commanded his company at Shiloh and Stone River, besides many other smaller engagements. After returning from the war Capt. Prentiss took a very active and courageous part in the pursuit of John Morgan and as commander of a squad composed of nineteen young men he had a lively engagement with a band of raiders near Wintersville, jefferson county. June 23, 1863, he was married in Steubenville to Margaret J. King, daughter of Matthew and Jane (Sands) King, both of whom were natives of Ireland. Her father was born in county Donegal. They came to America single, and were married in Steubenville, Ohio, where Mrs. Prentiss was born April 27, 1839. Since their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Prentiss have resided at different times in Benwood, W. Ca.; Wheeling, W. Va.; Bellville, Ill.; Clifton, W. Va., and Steubenville, Ohio. Mr. Prentiss learned the trade of a nailer in his youth, and he has followed it in one capacity or another nearly all the time ever since. He had charge of the Benwood Iron Works, of Benwood, W. Va., about three years and he was general manager of the Bellville Nail company, of Bellville, Ill., about four years. Upon the formation of the Co-operative Nail company, of Steubenville, Ohio, in 1885, Mr. Prentiss was made its president, and he held that position throughout its entire existence. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Prentiss has resulted in the birth of five children, as follows: Mary K., Franklin R., Jennie B., George D. and Matthew W., of whom the last two are deceased. Mary is a teacher in the Steubenville city schools; Franklin is a nailer by trade, and Jennie is now pursuing the study of medicine, being a student in a Cleveland medical college. Capt. Prentiss is a Mason and a member of the G. A. R. In politics he is a republican. He has served as a member of the school board in both Benwood, W. Va., and Steubenville, Ohio. He is one of Steubenville's best citizens, and he and wife are very highly respected. He is at present president of the First Ohio Volunteer Infantry associations.

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