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Mary Ellen Prentice of Alabama and Texas

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Mary Ellen Prentice of AL and TX
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2002 and Revised 17 Jan 2004

We are helping Shirley Shewmake Manning in tracing her husband's Prentice family tree. Here is what we have so far:

1. Mary Ellen Prentice. Shirley Manning indicated that Mary Ellen was b. Jan 1855 in Alabama (but see discussion, below under "Who are Mary Ellen Prentice's Parents"). Mary Ellen d. c. 1893 in New Salem, Texas.

She m. William Marion Sanders c. 1875 as his 2nd wife. William was b. 12 Oct 1841 in Murfreesboro, Pike County, Arkansas. He died 8 Feb 1937 in the Alf Community, Montgomery County, Arkansas. William was the son of John T. Sanders and Celia Orrick (dau. of William Orrick Jr. and Celia Strickland). Children (per Shirley Manning, email, 27 Jul 2002):

  1. Janie Sanders, b. 11 Mar 1875 in TX. . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Minnie Sanders, b. Jan 1881.
  3. Tom "T.J." Sanders, b. Jun 1883.
  4. Walter M. Sanders, b. Mar 1885. Buried in Hillside Cemetery, Henderson Co, TX.
  5. Sabrina A. "Binnie" Sanders, b. Feb 1887.
  6. George Washington Sanders, b. 28 Jul 1889 in Farmersville. . . . . . . [3]
  7. Cora Belle Sanders, b. 1891. . . . . . . . . [4]
  8. Albert Sanders, b. 2 Mar 1893 in Chalk Mountain, Erath Co, TX, d. 1 Mar 1931 in Alf, Montgomery Co, AR, and is bur. in Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Montgomery Co, AR.

William Sanders also had a son by a prior marriage to an unidentified woman:

  1. James Franklin Sanders, b. 16 Dec 1867 in Denton, Denton Co. Texas. He d. 24 Sep 1942 Big Fork, Polk County, Arkansas. James was bur. 25 Sep 1942 in Sulphur Springs Cemetary, Montgomery Co, AR. He is believed to have married, but the name of his wife is not known.

2. Janie Sanders, b. 11 Mar 1875 in TX and d. 24 May 1950 in Hico, LA at the age of 75. She m. 1st George Hiram Manning on 4 Jul 1900. He was the son of Jessie Bryan Manning (b. 22 Nov 1847 and d. 1906) and Eliza Ann Jane Collins (Jul 1852 and d. 9 Sep 1927) and was b. May 1881 in Athens, Henderson Co, TX. George d. 12 Oct 1906 in New Salem, Rusk Co., TX at the age of only 25. Children:

  1. Henry Arthur Manning (1901-1973). . . . . . . . [5]
  2. Bulah M. Manning (1904-)
  3. Effie Manning(1906-)
Janie second married T.J. Bell. Daughter:
  1. Otha Bell.

3. George Washington Sanders, b. 28 Jul 1889 in Farmersville, Collin County, TX, d. 24 Feb 1971 at the age of 81 and is bur. in Pinecrest Cemetery, Polk Co., AR. He m. 1st Lulee Shults in Hatfield, Polk Co, AR. She was b. 21 Feb 1901, d. 29 Dec 1919 at the young age of only 18, and is bur. in Six Mile Cemetery, Polk County, AR. George m. 2nd Artie Putman. She was b. 12 Aug 1900, d. 2 Aug 1982 at the age of 81, and is bur. in Pinecrest Cemetery, Polk Co., AR.

4. Cora Belle Sanders, b. Aug 1891 in Iredell, Bosque Co, TX. She m. 1st Mr. Pillars. She m. 2nd Mr. Farley. She m. 3rd Mr. Dixon.

5. Henry Arthur Manning, b. 27 Sep 1901 in Athens, Rusk Co, TX and d. 15 Feb 1973 at the age of 71 in Ruston, LA. He m. Jessie Irene Hughes, dau. of Joe Silas HUGHES (14 Oct 1882-25 Jun 1965) & Eliza Eveline Edwards (28 Aug 1889-20 Dec 1985), in Sulphur Springs, Montgomery Co, AR. Jessie was b. 27 Jan 1906 in Sulphur Springs, Montgomery Co, AR, d. 9 Dec 1988 in Ruston, LA at the age of 82, and is bur. in Harmony Chapel Cemetery, Hico, LA. Children:

  1. Hazel Irene Manning (1924-2000)
  2. Newt Calvin Manning (1926-)
  3. Dollie Manning (1928-)
  4. Doris Mildred Manning (1929-)
  5. Joe Henry Manning (1931-)
  6. Franklin D. Manning (1933-)
  7. Marion William "Bill" Manning (1935-)
  8. Margie Manning (1937-)
  9. Rosa Lee Manning

Sources provided by Shirley Manning for her information are:

1. "1910 Census Rusk Co, Texas," Rusk Co., Texas Precinct #6   
	HH 132 Family 132, 1910, Paper, Joe Manning Files.
2. "1880 Census," Iredell, Bosque County, Texas, 1880.
3. Mena Weekly Star, (Polk Co., Arkansas) 2/18/1937 page 3, col. 6
4. Funeral Record.
5. Confederate Pension Record
6. "Albert Sanders Death Cert.," 3/1/1931, Little Rock, 
	Pulaski Co., Arkansas, 996 (0094281), Bureau of Vital 
	Stats., Certfied Cert. Paper, Joe Manning¹s files.
7. "William M. Sanders,"  Interview Roberta Manning.
8. "1910 Census Rusk Co, Texas," Rusk Co., Texas Precinct #6   
	HH 110 Family 110, 1910, Paper, Joe Manning Files.
9. Sabinnia Ann Sanders Dixon SS #466-24-9498 on file with 
	son, Richard Dixon
10. Social Security application, 10/17/1952
11. Kennedy & Daniel, Polk Co.(Arkansas) Cemetery Book, 
	same as above, 290.
12. "Polk Co. Marriages 1916," 1916, Polk County Courthouse, 
	Mena, AR, Bk L Pg 192,
13. Obit from Mena Star (Polk Co., Arkansas) 3/5/1931 pg 6 col 6

Who are Mary Ellen Prentice's Parents?

Although Shirley Manning's information is that Mary Ellen was b. Jan 1855 in Alabama, there seems to be a good chance that Mary Ellen may be the Mary E. Prentice, b. c. 1853 in TN, daughter of John and Rachel Prentice, and shown in the 1860 Denton Co., TX census.

William was living in Denton County in 1867 when his son, James, was born (above) and that is probably where William m. Mary Ellen Prentice. A copy of Mary Ellen's marriage record would probably cofirm the identify of her parents.

Interestingly, Mary E. Prentice had a sister named Sabrina, and Mary Ellen gave that same, rather unusual, name of Sabrina, to one of her daughters.

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