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William Prentiss of Canada and Monitor, MI

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William Prentiss of Canada and Monitor, Bay Co., MI
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2001 and Revised 24 Jan 2009

Update of 24 Jan 2009: This article has now been replaced by our Summer 2004 article entitled William Prentiss of Scotland & Bay City, MI .
Introduction: In reviewing the 1860 and 1870 Bay Co., MI, census we find what seems to be two different wives and children for 2 men, both named William Prentiss. However, the reality may be that there is only 1 man of that name with a single family shown with inconsistent census information. The reason for thinking there is only the 1 family is that:
  • Both men spell their name "Prentiss," a spelling less common than "Prentice."
  • Both men have wives named "Mary."
  • Both have children b. before 1860 with the same, or similar, names: Alexander, William and Jane/Jennie.
  • Those children were born in the same sequence in both families.
  • Both lived in Bay Co., MI.
  • The 1860 family is not shown at all in the 1870 census in MI or elsewhere.

However, by the 1880 Bay City census, the seeming differences have largely disappeared and the 1870 children are shown under the William Prentiss and his wife, Mary, who are again shown as b. in Scotland.

In the later 1880, William is shown as b. c. 1822, Scotland, and his wife, Mary, as b. c. 1832, Scotland

Accordingly, and in the absence of information to the contrary, we will treat them as a single family with William and his wife as born in Scotland.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1860 census. . . . . . . . . . . . 1870 census
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bay City, Bay Co., MI. . . . Monitor, Bay Co., MI

William Prentiss. . . . . . . . . . . . .b. c. 1826, Scotland. . . . . . . b. c. 1828, Canada.
Mary, wife. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b. c. 1830, Scotland. . . . . . . b. c. 1833, Canada
Alexander, son . . . . . . . . . . . . . b. c. 1848, Scotland. . . . . . .b. c. 1851, Canada. Not in 1880, 1900 or 1910 census.
William, son. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b. c. 1855, PA. . . . . . . . . . . .b. c. 1856, MI. At home in 1880. Not in 1920 census.
Jane/Jennie, dau . . . . . . . . . . . b. c. 1858, MI. . . . . . . . . . . . b. c. 1860, MI. At home in 1880 and called "Jennettl"
John , son. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b. c. 1862, MI. At home in 1880
Mary, dau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b. c. 1864, MI
James. son. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b. c. 1867, MI. At home in 1880.

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