SEARGENT S. PRENTISS’S first job in the vicinity of Natchez was on the plantation of Mrs. William Bayard Shield’s along Fairchild’s Creek in Jefferson County, Miss. The plantation home – Rokeby – was located near the Adams County line not far from Church Hill (shown at right center of map). (CreditPanorama of the Mississippi Valley: and Its fortifications, by F.W. Boell. 

With five dollars to his name, 19-year-old Seargent S. Prentiss arrived in Natchez on Friday, November 2, 1827. 

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