Augustus Prentice

Augustus PrenticeAugustus Prentice was born on September 30th, 1826, in New London County, Connecticut. Before Augustus' birth, his father, Asa Prentice, had family who emigrated from Essex County, England in the year 1631. After that, they had settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

In the 1700s’, one branch of the Prentice family had settled in the town of North Stonington, Connecticut. Asa prentice was born in New London County, Connecticut, on February 13th, 1792. His ancestors on his mother's side were also among settlers of New England. On the great grandfather's side of the family, was a wholesale merchant and an extensive real estate agent during the Revolutionary War. During the war, several houses were destroyed by English cannon balls.

When Augustus was ten years old, his father had engaged in the dry goods business. His business was located in Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as Montpelier, Vermont. Augustus attended public school in these two areas.

His father then retired from the mercantile business and purchased a large farm in Tolland County, Connecticut.  Since Augustus was seventeen years old, he attended Wilbraham academy, located in Wilbraham Massachusetts.

After all the traveling, he had settled to live in Florida temporally, then moved back in his hometown, New England. After moving back to Florida the following winter, he moved to and settled a home in New York City.

He got married to Catherine A., the daughter of William Browning Esq. After they got married, they moved to Staten Island, which they did in the springtime of 1858.  Augustus had built a house on Tompkins Avenue in the village of New Brighton.

Augustus noticed in the year 1865, he held a meeting at St. Mark's Hotel and proposed a charter, which was approved. One of the committees was appointed to go to Albany. The village government was organized for the first time in 1866.

Augustus and his wife had their first child on January 30th, 1866, naming him Augustus Browning Prentice.

For many years, Prentice focused on legal business and had large financial businesses in New York City. He had financial success, including with various corporations, such as the Artisan's Bank, and the St. Louis, St. Joseph, and Denver City Railroad Companies. He had formed this by consolidating several smaller companies.

After all this success, he had made good investments, which he had confined largely to real estate in New York City and Staten Island. He was asked to become a director in different corporations, in which he had turned down. In his later life, he found great success from Real Estate.

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