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Lewis B. Prentiss of Cuyahoga Co., OH

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Lewis B. Prentiss of Cuyahoga Co., OH
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2002 and Revised 9 Apr 2002

Update of 9 Apr 2002: An email from Robert Basil Prentiss of St. Cloud, MN identifies Lewis B. Prentiss as the son of John (Hogg) Prentiss.


Original Article:   We are helping Tom Porter in tracing a Prentiss family tree. Here is what we have so far:

1. Lewis B. Prentiss was probably b. c. 1820-24 and d. 24 Apr 1881. He m. Maria Amanda Reed on 26 Jul 1843 in Cuyahoga Co., OH and probably Cleveland where his son, Charles, was b. c. 1845-6. If 1881 is the correct date of death, then Lewis was probably divorced by 1867, the year that his 18-year-old son Charles Filmore Prentiss moaved from Ohio to southern Minnesota, because Charles brought his mother with him. Charles' mother was known to all of the family as "Grandma Allen," which would indicate Marie may have remarried and been widowed, or again divorced (per Robert Basil Prentice, email, 10 Apr 2002). Lewis and Amanda had 2 or more children, including:

  1. Harriet E. Prentiss, b. 31 Oct 1844, OH. . . . . [2]
  2. Charles Filmore Prentiss was b. Jul 1849, OH. . . . . . . [3]

2, Harriet E. Prentiss, b. 31 Oct 1844 in Ohio, and probably Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH where her brother Charles was born. Harriet d. 19 Jul 1883, 4 days after giving birth to her daughter, Maud Eleanor, and at the age of only 38. She m. 1st Herman Chase on 10 Dec 1862 and probably in Dane Co., WI. He was b. 4 Apr 1829 and d. 16 Feb 1865 at the age of 35. They had one child:

  1. Harvey Chase, b. 1863.

Harriet m. 2nd on 20 Mar 1869, at the age of 24, James Harvey Berkins, son of George Berkins. James was b. in 1846 in WI and d. 22 May 1904 in Olmsted Co. MN at the age of 58. Children:

  1. Jennie Mabel Berkins (1879-1967). . . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Sarah A. "Sadie"Sadie" Berkins (1869-1934). . . . . . . . . [5]
  3. Oscar Berkins(1872-1913). . . . . . . . [6]
  4. Charles E. Berkins (1876-1880). . . . . . . . [7]
  5. Maud Elanor/Eleanor Berkins, b. 15 Jul 1883 and d. 1903) . . . . . . [8]

3. Charles Filmore Prentiss was b. Jul 1849 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH and d. 24 Oct 1922 in Rochester, MN at the "State Hospital" where he had been a patient for 5 days. After death, his body wassent to Douglas, MN which is about 10 miles NW of Rochester and appaently the place where he lived before entering the hospital. His occupation was that of a farmer.

Charles m. Margaret Ann Peck., b. 2 Oct 1852 in Plymouth, WI and d. 1 Jul 1938 in Mantorville, MN where she had lived for the past 24 years. Mantorville is about 16 miles WNW of Rochester. She was the daughter of James G. Peck, born in NY, and Mary Luke, born in OH. They are shown in the 1880, 1900 and 1920 Olmstead Co., MN census. Children:

  1. Wesley W. Prentiss, b. Sep 1871, MN. Wesley appears in the 1900 Zambrota, Goodhue Co., MN census and in the 1920 Hastings, Dakota Co., MN census with his wife, Eva, b. Jun 1876, WI. Not in SSDI. Children:
    • Cecil Prentiss, b. Jun 1897, MN. Not in SSDI.
    • Clare Prentiss, b. c. 1903, MN.
    • Winnifred Prentiss, b. c. 1908, MN.
    • Victor Prentiss, b. c. 1910, MN. He is likely the Victor Prentiss who the SSDI indicates was b. 21 Apr 1909 and d. Jul 1976 in Hudson, St. Croix, WI.
    • Vivian Prentiss, b. c. 1912, MN.
    • Bethel Prentiss, b. c. 1913, MN.

  2. Silvia E. Prentiss, b. c. 1876-7 in MN and in 1880 Olmsted Co., MN census. She m. Mr. LeBarron.

  3. Lewis Gilson Prentiss, b. Dec 1880, MN. . . . . . . . . [9]

4. Jennie Mabel Berkins, b. 28 May 1879 in Dexter, Mower Co. MN. Jennie Mabel died in Rochester, Minnesota on 21 Mar 1967 at the age of 87 and is bur. in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

On 26 Oct 1897 when Jennie Mabel was 18, she m. 1st Ernest Gilbert Porter, son of Thomas Nut Porter and Marion "Mate" Dudley, in Chatfield, MN. He was b. 23 Nov 1877 in Marion, MN. Ernest d. in Marion, MN on 7 Sep 1909; he was 31. They had the following children:

  1. Hazel Porter (1898-1969)
  2. Adrien N. Porter (1903-1978)

On 26 Nov 1912, when Jennie was 33, she m. 2nd John Logan Willis. He died on 17 Jun 1963 in Rochester MN.

5. Sarah A "Sadie" Berkins was b. 18 Nov 1869 and d. 31 May 1934 at the age of 64. She m. Mr. Willsey. Daughter:

  1. Hazel Willsey.

6. Oscar Berkins, b. 3 Dec 1872 and d. 30 Oct 1913 at the age of 40.

7. Charles E. Berkins, b. 28 Sep 1876 and d. 26 Nov 1880 at the age of 4.

8. Maud Elanor/Eleanor Berkins, b. 19 Jun 1883 and d. 15 Jul 1903 at the age of 20. After her mother died shortly after her birth, Maud Eleanor was raised by her uncle, Charles Filmore Prentice, #3, above. Eleanor was a pretty, but frail child, who suffered from a congenital heart defect, and sadly, she died of heart failure when she was only 20 years of age.

9. Lewis Gilson Prentiss, b. Dec 1880, MN and d. 1962. Not in SSDI. Lewis appears in the 1920 Dodge Co., MN census with his wife, Pearl Belle Hunn, b. 1884, MN and d. 1961. She was the dau. of William and Fanny Harris Hunn. Lewis farmed in Dodge County, worked as a stockman, ran a tavern, and was the constable of Mantorville, Minnesota for a number of years. Lewis and pearl eventually divorced. Children (per Robert Basil Prentice, email, 10 Apr 2002):

  1. Vera M. Prentiss, b. 4 Sep 1906. . . . . . . . . [10]
  2. Tressie (not Teresa) Prentiss, b. 1909, MN.
  3. Basil Lloyd Prentiss, b. 1913, MN. The SSDI shows he d. Mar 1981 in Wanamingo, Goodhue Co., MN. He m. Doris Walker, b. 1914 and d. 1975. Children:
    1. Robert Basil Prentiss. He lives in St. Cloud, MN.
    2. Janelle Prentiss.
  4. Marion "Beatrice" Prentiss, b. 1904. Deceased by 2002.
  5. Lola Prentiss, b. 1920. Living in 2002.

10. Vera M. Prentiss, b. 4 Sep 1906, Dodge Co., MN and d. 8 Feb 1983 in Oronoco, MN. She m. Edwin H. Brown, b. 3 Jul 1907 in Mantorville Twp., Dodge Co., MN and d. 30 May 1993 in Oronoco, MN. Children (per Jerry Zimmerman, email, 16 Oct 2002):

  1. Kenneth Charles Brown. In 2002 living in Rochester, Olmsted Co., MN. He m. Joan Gertrude Grabko.
  2. Doris Lucille Brown. Living in 2002. She m. Ronald Lee Brandly. In 2002 living in Rochester, Olmstead Co., MN.
  3. Phyllis Irene Brown. Living in 2002. Living in Rochester, MN. She m. George C. Kramer. In 2002 living in Colman, SD.
  4. (baby boy) Brown, b. 27 Feb 1941 in Rochester, MN and died the next day.
  5. Nancy Kay Brown. In 2002 living in Rochester, MN. She m. Donald William Nigon who in 2002 lived in Wabasha, MN.

Robert Basil Prentiss advises that "all of these folks except Sylvia Prentiss (LeBarron) were buried in the Douglas cemetery, a few miles north of Rochester, Minnesota."

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please contact us at the Prentice Newsletter.


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