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Emma Prentice of New York City

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Emma Prentice of New York City, NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2002 and Revised 19 Jan 2013

Is her husband a son of Frederick Prentice and Emma Westervelt?

1. Emma L. Prentice, b. Jun 1853 in NY. Not in 1880 census. Perhaps a widow, she appears in the 1900 New York City, Kings Co., NY census. She also appears in the 1910 and 1920 Brooklyn census living with her daughter, Addie, and son, Charles. Children:

  1. Addie E. Prentice, b. Apr 1873, NY. Living at home in 1910 and 1920 census. Not home in 1930 census.
  2. Chester F. Prentice, b. Apr 1875, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  3. Westervelt Prentice, b. Apr 1882, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  4. Charles F. Prentice, b. Oct 1885, NY. Living at home in 1910 and 1920 census. Not in 1930 census. He does not appear in the SSDI.
  5. Russel Prentice, b. Dec 1888, NY. At home in 1900 and 1910 census. He does not appear in the SSDI. It is unclear whether he is the Russell L. Prentice, CPL, Company C, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, entered service from New York and died September 27, 1918. Ref: Tablets of the Missing at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France; WW I Tree Memorial on Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY. Russell L. Prentice is also listed elsewhere as a casualty from Brooklyn, NY.

2. Chester F. Prentice, b. Apr 1873, NY appears in the 1920 New York City census with his wife and son. 1930 census in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY.

He m. Hanna M., b. c. 1877, NY. They had a son:

  1. Elliott C. Prentice, b. c. 1903, NY. Living at home in Brooklyn, NY, in the 1930 census. He does not appear in the SSDI.

3. Westervelt Prentice, b. Apr 1882, NY. John Casall's email of 27 Jul 2010 relates that in 1912 Westervelt was a Progressive Candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives in the 3rd District, but apparently was defeated. In 1914 he was a member of the Kings County Progressive Committe in supportof Col. Roosevelt for Governor of NY on 24 Apr 1914 per an article in the Charlotte, NC, Observer. He appears in the 1920 Brooklyn census with his wife and family.

He m. Alice L., b. c. 1883, NJ. In the 1940 census, Alice is living with her son, John.Children:

  1. John W. Prentice, b. c. 1908, NY. 1940 census in Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY, with his wife, Laura M., b. c. 1908, NY, and daughter:
    1. Patricia Prentice, b. c. 1933, NY. 1940 at home in Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY.
    Living with John and his family in 1940 was his mother, Alice.
  2. Lincoln Berkeley Prentice, b. 11 Sep 1914 and d. 27 Feb 1985 in Riverside, CA. (per census, SSDI and California Death Index). He served as an S2 in the US Navy in WW II. Bur. at Sec. 20A, Site 2333, Riverside Natl. Cem., Riverside, CA. He m. Madeline L., b. 18 Feb 1915 and d. 3 Apr 1999. She is bur. with her husband. They appear in the 1940 census in Hempstead, Nassaau Co., NY, with their daughter:
    1. Arlene Prentice, b. c. 1935, NY. 1940 at home.

Who are Emma's Parents and Husband?

The 1900 and census says that Emma's parents were both born in NY and that the father of the children was also b. in NY.

Given the unusual name of Emma's son, Westervelt, it may be that Emma's maiden surname was Westervelt. If she was b. in 1853. it is unlikely that she was married by 1870 when she would have been only 17. It also seems likely that she would have been in NYC since that is where she lived in 1900.

With those circumstances, we checked the 1870 census and found an Emma Westervelt who was then living in New York Ward 15, Dist. 1 (2nd Enum.), New York Co., NY. The census index says she was b. c. 1852, but the microfilm copy of the original shows the age as changed by an overwrighting so as to make it difficult to determine her age; it could be read as "16" so as to giver her a birth year of 1853-54. She was then living alone.

With the foregoing information, we then checked the 1860 census. Emma Westervelt is shown in the 1860 census as age 5, b. c. 1854-55 and then living in New York Ward 9, Dist. 3, New York Co., NY, dau. of Jack Westervelt, a Mariner, and his wife, Rachel Westervelt.

We also checked the 1970 census to see what Prentices might be living in New York Co., NY. We found a Charles Prentice (the same name as one of Emma's sons) who was age 16, b. c. 1853-54, and then living in New York Ward 20, Dist. 15 (2nd Enum.), New York Co., NY. He was the son of Frederick Prentice (b. c. 1825, OH) and his wife, Jane (b. c. 1830, OH). So far we have not identified Frederick's parents.

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