Willoughby Prescott

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Willoughby Prescott see FAMILY TREE  
Born: 05/Mar/1742 Concord, Middlesex Co., MA    
Married: 11/Oct/1770  Holden, Worcester Co., MA

 

   
Died: 15/Apr/1808 Concord, Middlesex Co., MA

 

   
Buried: South Burying Place, Concord, Middlesex, MA  
 Inscription:
IN Memory of
MR. WILLOUGHBY
PRESCOTT
who died
April 15, 1808
Ęt. 65.

From http://www.findagrave.com
 

FATHER

John Prescott

MOTHER

Anne Lynde

WIFE

Elizabeth Heywood

 

CHILDREN

1. Elizabeth Prescott b. 11/Aug/1771

2. Rebecca Prescott b. 13/Aug/1772

3. Lynde Prescott b. 13/Mar/1774

4. John Lynde Prescott b. 07/Mar/1775

5. Willoughby Prescott b. 07/Jun/1777

6. Anne Prescott b. 03/Jul/1779  d. 11/Jan/1820

7. Mary Prescott b. 08/Feb/1781

8. Abel Heywood Prescott b. 27/Sep/1782

9. Hespibah Jones Prescott b. 20/Sep/1784

10. Sally Prescott b. 06/Aug/1786

11. Samuel Prescott b. 1788

Willoughby Prescott was 34 in 1776 living in Concord, MA. The townspeople were making preparations for defense against the British. From an account of the provincial stores sent to Colonel Barrett of Concord there is a listing of where these provisions were stored. "There were received from Mr. David Cheever of Charlestown, one of the committee of supplies, 20 loads of stores, containing about 20,000 pounds of musket-balls and cartridges, etc. - These were stored at Captain Elnathan Jones's, Joshua Bond's, Willoughby Prescott's, Jonas Heywood's, Colonel Barrett's, and the town-house."
From Shattuck, Lemuel "A History of the town of Concord" 1835. pg 97

Willoughby Prescott died intestate.  His estate was probated and his son Abel Prescott named administrator.  Jonas Lee, Nathan Wood and Samuel Jones inventoried the estate valued at $2986 with debts of $1018.  Children that are named in various parts of the probate file are John Lynde Prescott, Willoughby Prescott, Abel Prescott and Mary Prescott.  There is also a mention of a Nancy Prescott.  Samuel Prescott and most of his sisters were not named at all.  The only evidence we have that Samuel Prescott is a son of Willoughby Prescott is the Prescott Memorial by William Prescott published in 1870.   Samuel's daughter, Lucy Richards Prescott Moore, was 50 years old in 1870 and it is assumed that she was source of the information in the Prescott Memorial.

 However, both the obituary and death certificate for Lucy Richards Prescott Moore state that Samuel was born in England.  Samuel's marriage announcement says he is from Montreal.  This flies in the face of Willoughby Prescott being shown as living in Concord, MA in both the 1790 census and the 1800 census.