William Prime - WILL7


William Prime - WILL7


Seaman, colored, resident of Shelter Island.


Jackie Dinan



Location or Address

Southold, Shelter Island, and Sag Harbor.


Original Southold parish register accessed at Ancestry.com under the collection entitled, U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701–1970>New York>Southold>First Presbyterian Church>Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths>1749-1832>image 127/340 (marriage).

Affidavit of free status given at Philadelphia (1831); available at Ancestry.com.

Five children are named in the 1850 federal census at Southampton; Marcy (21), William (18), Rachel (17), James (15), and Charles (6). The eldest son, Henry (born 1825) is unsourced at this time.

Newsclipping from Sag-Harbor Express, January 19, 1860, page 2 (incomplete).

Birth Date

circa 1808 (birth year calculated from reported age in 1850 federal census).

Marriage Date

June 15, 1828 at Southold First Presbyterian Church.

Death Date

(1865, unsourced)

Biographical Notes

He married Terrisa Ward (#1531) of Shelter Island. He stood 5'3" tall with black eyes and a burn scar on his right leg below the knee. A seaman by trade. He and Terrisa/Teresa raised six children six children in Sag Harbor, where he was an active member of the Zion AME Church. He died in 1865 (unsourced).


1828.MAR.Terrisa Ward and Wm Prime_Shelter Is.JPG
1860.Jan 19 p2.SagHExp.Wm Prime_AME Church.JPG
1831.Affidavit by Wm Prime.jpg



“William Prime - WILL7,” Plain Sight Project, accessed April 15, 2024, https://plainsightproject.org/items/show/1530.