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Edwin A. Prentice of NY, NE and NM

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Edwin Prentice of NY, NE and NM
By Linus Joseph Dewald, Editor
Summer 2001 and Revised 11 Dec 2010

Update of 24 Aug 2002: Edwin A. Prentice is the son of Parley Alanson Prentice and a descendant of Thomas Prentice, The Trooper, whose roots we have traced back additional generations.

This article consolides and replaces the earlier article found in:

We are helping Royal Prentice, Jennifer Prentice and Nancy Lanni in tracing their roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. Edwin A. Prentice was b. c. 1831 or 1838 in NY and d. 1899. He was a butcher by trade.

Edwin apparently was married sometime between 1855 and 1867 to Ellen Hooker. Edwin and Ellen had 2 or more children, including:

  1. Mary Prentice. Married and lived in Otego or Oneonta, Otsego Co., NY (per William Prentice, email, 7 May 2001).
  2. William Floyd Prentice, b. c. 1868, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Edwin m., 2nd, Florence Louisa Bowe on 29 Mar 1876 in Milford, Otsego Co., NY. Flora was the dau. of Seneca William Bowe and his 2nd wife, Euretta Yager and was b. 11 Jul 1859 in NY and d. 1923. She was the granddaughter of Edward Bowe IV (b. 18 Jan 1781 in Thetford, Orange County, VT and d. 26 Apr 1859 in Hartwick, Otsego County, NY) and Peninah Baker (per Royal Prentice's email of 14 Nov 2000 and Dave Bowe's email of 21 Aug 2002. (See Fn. 4).They had a son:

  1. Royal A. Prentice, b. Jul 1877 in NY and d. 1958 in NM. . . . . [3]

Sometime between 1878 and 1880, Edwin, Flora, William and Royal moved from NY to Lancaster County, NE where they appear in the 1880 Lancaster County, NE census. About 1887, Edwin and his family decided to move to California, but, passing through New Mexico, they were so impressed with the beauty and bounty of NM that they stayed. Edwin homesteaded but soon went broke and he took up butchering again. The family moved to Las Vegas, San Miguel Co., NM where Flora and Royal, but not William, appear in the 1900 NM census. After Edwin d. in 1899, his wife, Florence Louise Bowe, m. 2nd V. A. Raymond.

2. William Floyd Prentice, b. c. 1868, NY (per 1880 Lancaster Co., NE census). (Fn. 1).   The exact date and place is unclear:

  • It might have been 2 Nov 1866,
  • or perhaps 1867, perhaps in Maryland Twp., Otsego County, NY,
  • or perhaps Aug 1869 at Fly Creek, Otsego County, NY (per the 1900 census). Fly Creek lies quite near Cooperstown.

According to Nancy Lanni's email of 23 Apr 2001, quoting Charles "Bud" Prentice, William Prentice went to "Texas" in his youth for a time, then had returned to Otsego Co., NY about 1886 (See also Fn. 3). William Michael Prentice, a grandson (below) says that in his later years, William lived with the grandson's family during the winter, then return to his own house for the summer. However, in January 1959, he returned to his own house early and perished on 9 Jan 1959 at the age of 92 in a house fire caused by wood from a woodstove at Frankfort, Herkimer, NY where he had lived alone for many years.

Additional information about William and his in-laws can be found at a website by Dan Touse for (DTouse@catskill.net) William Prentice

William married, as her 2nd husband, Eda Mary Bliss , right, b. 6 Dec 1868 in Otego, Otsego, NY and d. 3 Dec 1946 in Ilion, Herkimer, NY. She was the daughter of William D. Bliss and Celestia Ann Chase. Eda appears in the 1920 Herkimer Co., NY census as "Edith." Eda has 3 children by that prior marriage: William Pierce (Nancy Lanni's grandfather), Bessie Pierce and Ben Pierce (See also Fn. 2). Children of William and Eda:

  1. Floyd Prentice, b. 11 Sep 1905. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Glenn Royal "Robert" Prentice, b. 28 Dec 1907. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  3. Raymond Harold Prentice, b. 13 Feb 1911. He m. Louise Henderson/Henrikson in Nov 1934. Sons:
    1. Raymond Prentice, b. 1 May 1935 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.1]

    2. Charles Richard Prentice, b. 9 Oct 1937. He m. Judy. Children (per Kirsten Prentice, email, 14 Aug 2007)
      1. Thomas Prentice.
      2. Charles Prentice. He m. Laurel.
      3. Kimberly Prentice. She m. Mr. Rotoli.

2.1 Raymond H. Prentice Jr., b. 1 May 1935 in Endicott, NY, and d. 22 Jun 2011, Herkimer, NY.. By email of 7 and 14 Aug 2007. Funeral Service: Monday, June 27, 2011 11:30 AM Frankfort United Methodist Church, Frankfort, NY. His obituary reads as follows:

Raymond H. Prentice Jr. 76 of 506 McKennen Road Herkimer passed away Wednesday June 22, 2011 at St Elizabeth Medical Center Utica.

He was born May 1, 1935 in Endicott, NY the son of the late Raymond and Louise Henrickson Prentice. He was educated in Richfield Springs schools, and was a graduate of Morrisville College. On May 20, 1957 Ray entered the military serving in the US Army until May 19, 1959.

Raymond was first married to Barbara Mc Hugh, she passed away in 1993. On March 31, 2001 he married 2nd the former Phyllis Goodman.

Ray was employed as a metallurgist with Chicago Pneumatic for 26 years retiring in 1957. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, a volunteer at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion, Meals on Wheels, and served on the Oak View Cemetery Board, he also was very interested in the old time tractors.

Ray is survived by his wife Phyllis two sons and a daughters in law Bill and Luella Prentice of Frankfort, and Richard and Jennifer Prentice of Herkimer, a brother and sister in law Charles and Judy Prentice of Albion, a special step daughter Ellen Hoage of Ilion; three step sons Howard and his wife Kathy Moss of Ilion, John and his wife Tersra Moss of Cassville and Art and his wife Mai-Uyen Moss od Clovis CA and a special grandson JuJu, also several other grand and great grand children.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services for Ray on Monday June 27, 2011 at the Frankfort United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating, interment will follow in the Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Friends may call on Sunday June 26, 2011 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion.

The family would like to thank the staff of the 4th floor Special Care Unit at St Elizabeth Medical Center and the staff at Mohawk Valley Health Care Ilion, especially the 2nd floor for all the kindness and compassion shown Ray during his illness.

Raymond m. 1st Barbara McHugh per Kirsten (Hill) Prentice. They had 2 sons:

  1. William Prentice, b. 2 May 1960. He m. Kirsten Hill. They have a son:
    1. Michael Prentice, b. 20 Mar 1994.
  2. Richard Prentice (adopted). He m. Kristi. They have a son:
    1. Richard Raymond Prentice.
    Richard also m., Rayanne Juteau and had:
    1. Mathew Prentice
    2. Justin Prentice
    Richard also m. Jessica and had a child, name not presently known.

Raymond m. 2nd Phyllis Goodman.

3. Royal A. Prentice, b. Jul 1877 in NY and d. 1958 in NM. He m. Louisa A. Behrens, b. 1882, MO and d. 1907 (Per Dave Bowe) and appears in the 1920 Tecumcari, Quay Co., NM census. Royal attended in NM, became a court reporter and joined the Otero Guard which was a militia formed by the territorial Governor, Otero, to help bring law and order to the area.

In 1898, Royal joined the Rough Riders with Theodore Roosevelt and served in Cuba and the Phillipines. He returned to NM but had to return to southern latitudes to cope with a fever he picked up in Cuba. He later worked in Mexico as a mechanical engineer for a railroad. He was critically burned when an engine exploded and returned to the US.

At some point, Theodore Roosevelt appointed him to the land office in Tucumcari where he worked for a good while. Later he became an attorney, married, and raised a family of three in Tucumcari. He was a writer of travel articles for Trailer Travel magazine. A photographer, his photographs include the Cuban campaign. In his later years, he put together a manuscript with original photos about the Rough Riders in Cuba. Many of his photos are in the NM state archives. At some point, he was employed by C. B. Eddy, who was from Milford, or thereabouts, while the latter was involved with constructing the railroad from El Paso to Tucumcari & North.

Children of Royal and Louisa:

  1. Louise Florence Prentice,b. 29 Nov 1909 inTucumcari, Quay Co., NM. obtained her SS# in NM, and d. Jan 1996 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo, NM (per SSDI). She m. Frank J. Tschohl in 1933. He was b. 6 Aug 1908, obtained his SS# in NM, and d. Oct 1986 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM (per SSDI). Children:
    1. Antoinette Elizabeth Tschohl, b. 1940
    2. Lester Tschohl, b. 1945.
  2. Sylvester A. Prentice,b. c. 1916, NM. He is Royal Prentice's father. He m. and had 12 children. Not in SSDI as of 2006.
  3. Lawrence Howard Prentice, b. 18 Sep 1924. Living in Albuquerque, NY in 2001. He relates that he and his father made a trip to NY in his youth to visit a Prentice relative (who may have been a publisher of some sort) in Fly Creek. He m. and had 2 children.

4. Floyd Prentice, b. 11 Sep 1905. He m. Gladys Ostrander. He has not had contact with his siblings and their descendants since about 1950. Not in the SSDI with that birth date. Children:

  1. Floyd Robert "Bob" Prentice, b. 20 Mar 1928. He m. Mary and has children. In 2001 he lives Savannah, Georgia. (per William Prentice, email, 7 May 2001)
  2. Raymond Donald Prentice, b. 14 Jun 1929. His death date is unclear; one correspondent indicates that Raymond d. in 2000 but Charlie (Bud) Prentice's email of 26 Jun 2003 says that Raymond d. in Apr 2003. According to the death record of his sister, Carol, in 1983 he lived at 1830 2nd St., Bakersfield, CA. (per William Prentice, email, 7 May 2001)
  3. William George Prentice, 22 Feb 1932 or 1933. He grew up in foster homes and orphanges. He married Florence Visga in OH and they lived in St. Clair, Michigan until his death on 7 Feb 1998. Children per Kathy Sue Prentice-Dorland, email, 11 Dec 2010:
    1. Karen Marie Prentice, b. 8 Dec 1954. Daughter:
      1. Christina Marie Baker-Kathy Sue Prentice, b. 3 Jul 1956. No children.
    2. William George Prentice Jr, b, 24 Nov 1957. Children:
      1. Jennifer Lynn Prentice
      2. William Crles Richard Dennis Prentice, b. 8 Sep 1960. No chidren.
      3. Robert Donald Prentice, b. 2 Jan 1962. Son:
        1. Michael Todd Prentice, died at birth.
      4. Penny Louise Prentice, b. 15 Dec 1966 and d. 24 Jul 1966 when hit by car.
  4. Carol Mae Prentice, b. 14 April 1940 and d. 18 Feb 1983. She did not marry. Buried Malhalla Memorial Park, 10621 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA.

5. Glenn Royal "Robert" Prentice b: December 28, 1907 and d. 6 Jul 1984. He m., 1st, Genevieve Marie Schaefer. She was b. 2 Feb 1911 and d. Apr 2002 (per Katie Prentice, email, 24 Mar 2006). Children:

  1. Glenn William Prentice b: 29 May 1935. . . . . . . . ..[5.1]
  2. Patricia Prentice, b: November 22, 1940. . . . . . . . . [6]
  3. Mary Lou Prentice, b. 31 Jan 1942. . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  4. James Robert Prentice, b: July 17, 1945. . . . . . . . . .[8]
  5. William Michael Prentice, b: 29 May 1953. . . . . . . .[9}

5.1 Glenn William Prentice, b. 29 May 1935 and d. 1 Sep 1998.

Glen married, first, Joanne Kone. Children

  1. Denise Prentice, b: April 4, 1956. She m. Dale Williams. Children:
    1. Kim Williams, b. 4 Aug 1975
    2. Jason Williams, b. July 16, 1978
    3. James Williams, b. July 16, 1978
  2. Donna Prentice, b: 5 Sep 1958

Glenn married, second, Arlene "Kitty" Fox (per Katie Prentice, email, 24 Mar 2006). Children:

  1. Katie Prentice, b. 28 Mar 1961. She m. Mr. Zanett. In 2006 Katie live in Utica, NY. Daughter:
    1. Tara Lyn Zanett, b. 24 Jan 1983 (per Katie Prentice, email, 24 Mar 2006).
  2. Marci Prentice, b. 27 Jul 1962. She m. Charles Schultz. Daughters:
    1. Carly Joy Schultz, b. 13 Feb 1986.
    2. Hayley Schultz,b. 9 Apr 1990.
Glenn married, third, Dorothy Maine on 14 Nov 1966. Childen:

  1. Ann Prentice, b, 6 Jan 1969. She m. Terry Wagner.
  2. Glenn William Prentice Jr., b. March 10, 1972, NY and d. 2 Jul 2000 at the age of 28 in an auto accident. He m. Angela Kobler. Son:
    1. Glenn William Prentice III, b. c. 1992-1999.
    2. Ashton Michael Prentice, b. 9 Feb 2001.

6. Patricia Prentice, b: November 22, 1940. She m. Peter Angelo Gentile. Children:

  1. Peter Anthony Gentile, b. 5 Aug 1959.
  2. Paul Gentile, b. 27 Dec 1960.
  3. Patti Ann Gentile, b. 9 Jan 1962.
  4. Paulette AngelaGentile, b. 11 Oct 1964.
  5. Phillip Gentile, b. 21 Jun 1966.

7. Mary Lou Prentice, b. 31 Jan 1942. She m. Denes Zsedely. Children:

  1. Tammy Zsedely. She m. Michael Keys. Childen:
    1. Shelby Keys
    2. Jeremy Keys
    3. Gregory Keys.

  2. Robert Zsedely. He m. Laurie Pencola. Children:
    1. Austin Zsedely.
    2. Nicholas Zsedely.

8. James Robert Prentice, b. 17 Jul 1945. He m. Hilda Barnaby. Children:

  1. Kim Prentice, b: July 21, 1968
  2. Tina Prentice, b: March 8, 1971

9. William Michael Prentice, b: 29 May 1953.

William m. Margaret Curcio who was b. 16 Apr 1953 and d. 19 Apr 1984. Son of William and Margaret:

  1. Matthew Prentice, b. 18 Apr 1980. Daughter:
    1. Hannah Michele Prentice, b. 21 Jul 1999 per Matthew Prentice, email, 8 May 2012
William m., 2nd, Pamela Lynne Kirk, b. 14 Apr 1956. Daughter:

  1. Alison Leyton Prentice, b. 8 Apr 1988.

If you can provide us with more information about any of the folks mentioned above, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com


Fn. 1:   We have no clear documentation that William Floyd Prentice is Edwin's son, but there is a very strong set of circumstantial evidence which supports that conclusion:

  1. Edwin had a son, William F. Prentice, who was b. c. 1868 in NY. He was living with Edwin's family in the 1880 NE census, but does not appear with the family in a later census.

  2. William Prentice went to "West Texas" in his youth for a time, then returned to Otsego Co., NY where he later lived and married. That is consistent with Edwin's son, William, not appearing with his family, or alone, in the later NM census.

  3. By email of 2 May 2001, Royal A. Prentice II relates that one of Royal Prentice's children, Lawrence Howard Prentice, b. 18 Sep 1924, is still living in Albuquerque, and he just mentioned a few days ago that he and his father made a trip to NY in his youth to visit a Prentice relative (who may have been a publisher of some sort) in Fly Creek.

  4. Fly Creek, where William lived, lies only about 10 or 11 miles north of Milford where Edwin married Flora Bowe.

  5. Both Williams have the same middle initial, "F"; William Floyd Prentice lived in Fly Creek and William F. Prentice appears as Edwin's son in the 1880 NE census.

  6. Both Williams were born in NY at about the same time.

  7. Another bit of circumstantial evidence, mentioned by Nancy Lanni in her email of 22 Apr 2001, tending to corroborate William as Edwin's son is that one of William's sons was Glenn Royal Prentice while Edwin had a son named Royal A. Prentice "Royal" was an unusual name and would indicate that William may have named one of his sons after an uncle.

Fn. 2:   Eda's first marriage was to John William Pierce on 19 Oct 1890 at Burlington, Otsego, NY. He was the son of Alfred Kinne Pierce and Catherine Bianca Herdman. Eda and John's family homestead was on Fitch Hill in Fly Creek. Fly Creek, the village, is essentially at the bottom of Fitch Hill. A few miles from that is Toddsville where Eda's brothers, William and Wilburn lived and where their family may still be living. A few miles from Fly Creek in a different direction is Hartwick, where the Bliss family homestead was located.

William Pierce, Eda's first husband, was working at Remington Rand in Ilion before his death and ran the first molding machine for Remington Rand which made typewriters and office machines and was owned and operated by Jimmy Rand.

Eda's boarding house was never at Fitch Hill. It is unclear whether there was an actual boarding house or whether William Prentice was merely boarding with Eda to help support her little family after her husband's death. It is also unclear whether he was boarding with her in Ilion while she was married or later at East Frankfort.

We found an interesting and amusing recollection by Charles Prentice which was forwarded to us by Nancy Lanni's email of 8 May 2001. It reads, in part, as follows: "...the only thing I remember about Otego [NY] is that when I was a kid we always went on Memorial Day and decorated all the family graves. After we did Fly Creek we always ended up in Otego visiting some people who seemed like they were two or three hundred years old. I don't have a clue what their relationship was to Grandpa but I do remember they were someone's aunts and uncles. They weren't necessarily named Prentice or Pierce although they might have been, I just don't know."

Fn. 3: Charlie Prentice's email of 12 May 2001 relates that Charlie's father told Charlie that William Floyd Prentice returned from Texas in the year they were starting to build the First Methodist Church in Ilion NY. A History of Ilion, on their web page, says the church was started in 1886. That would make William about 18 or 19 when he returned from Texas.

Fn. 4: The email of David Bowe MD of 21 Aug 2002 provides the following information about Florence Louise Bowe's roots and kin:

    1   Edward Bowe IV  b: January 18, 1781 in Thetford, Orange County, 
Vermont     d: April 26, 1859 in Hartwick, Otsego County, New York      
.       +Peninah Baker  b: August 01, 1784 in Massachusetts m: February 17, 
1805    d: February 09, 1863 in Mount Vision, Laurens, Otsego County, New 
York    Father: William Baker   
.   2   Russel Bowe b: August 04, 1806      d: April 04, 1808       
.   2   Perrin Bowe b: May 15, 1808     d: March 27, 1809       
.   2   Daniel Bowe b: March 25, 1810 in New York               
.....       +Mary Ann Breece    b: Abt. 1807 in New York    m: February 13, 
1833 in Laurens, Otsego County, New York            Mother: Molly Bissell
.....   3   Henry Bowe  b: 1835 in New York             
.........       +Hannah b: 1837 in Virginia             
.   2   Silpha/Zilpha Bowe  b: August 25, 1812      d: April 29, 1848       
.....       +Lorenzo Lane       m: February 23, 1832 in Hartwick, Otsego 
County, New York            
.   2   Seneca William Bowe b: October 21, 1814     d: June 12, 1885 in 
Milford, Otsego County, New York        
.....       +Eunice Greene  b: 1818 m: January 06, 1840 d: 1848     
.....   3   Egbert Bowe b: 1841     d: 1841     
.....   3   Edwin/Edward Alexander Bowe b: Abt. 1842        d: 1920 in 
Batavia, New York       
.........       +Margaret E.    b: Abt. 1840        d: May 25, 1924 in 
Stafford, New York      
.....   3   Mary P. Bowe    b: 1843             
.....   3   Millard Fillmore Bowe   b: 1845             
.....   3   Francis Merell Bowe b: 1848             
.       *2nd Wife of Seneca William Bowe:                   
.....       +Euretta Yager  b: June 08, 1828 in Oneonta, Otsego County, New 
York    m: August 27, 1852  d: June 13, 1891 in Milford, Otsego County, New 
York    Father: Michael Yager   Mother: Maria Chapman
.....   3   Florence Louise Bowe    b: July 11, 1857        d: 1923     
.........       +Edwin A. Prentice  b: 1838 m: March 29, 1876   d: 1899     
.....       *2nd Husband of Florence Louise Bowe:                   
.........       +V. A. Raymond      m: Aft. 1899            
.....   3   Alice Mertella Bowe b: January 13, 1860             
.....   3   Bertha Inez Bowe    b: February 20, 1862 in New York        d: 
December 09, 1955 in Hartwick, Otsego County, New York      
.........       +Niles Barnard Eggleston    b: March 15, 1839 in
Middlefield, 
Otsego County, New York m: January 20, 1889 in Albany, New York d: September
02, 1909 in Milford, Otsego County, New York    Father: James Eggleston III 
Mother: Julia Ann Barnard
.....       *2nd Husband of Bertha Inez Bowe:                   
.........       +David L. Sayre b: 1854 in New York m: Aft. 1909        
Father: George Washington Sayre Mother: Eliza Barnard
.....   3   Minerva "Minnie" Euretta Bowe   b: May 26, 1865 in Milford, 
Otsego County, New York     d: May 19, 1952     
.........       +Andrew Spencer, Jr.    b: December 10, 1863 in Milford, 
Otsego County, New York m: December 24, 1884 in Milford, Otsego County, New 
York    d: February 28, 1924 in North Hampton, Nassau County, New York      
.....   3   Nellie Cady Bowe    b: July 20, 1867                
.........       +Frank H. Pearce        m: November 11, 1885            
.   2   Saloma Bowe b: June 12, 1816                
.....       +Benjamin Reynolds                  
.....   3   Edward V. Reynolds  b: 1849 in New York             
.   2   Eunice Bowe b: 1818             
.....       +GREENE                 
.   2   Leroy Edward Bowe   b: July 25, 1819 in Hartwick, Otsego County, New
York        d: 1901 in Otego, Otsego County, New York       
.....       +Caroline F. Eddy   b: 1821 in Milford, Otsego County, New York 
m: September 01, 1847 in Milford, Otsego County, New York   d: 1894 in
Otego, 
Otsego County, New York Father: Asa Eddy    Mother: Miss Sweet
.....   3   Adalaide "Addie" Bowe   b: 1849 in Middlefield, Otsego County, 
New York        d: 1931 in Otego, Otsego County, New York       
.........       +Charles Stilson    b: 1845     d: 1927 in Otego, Otsego 
County, New York        
.   2   Samantha P. Bowe    b: May 17, 1828     d: February 14, 1895 in ? 
South Hartwick, Otsego County, New York     
.....       +Garret P. Putnam       m: November 29, 1853 in Hartwick, Otsego
County, New York            
.....   3   William Putnam  b: 1854             

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