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Frank H. R. Prentiss of NH and Plymouth, MA

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Frank H. R. Prentiss of NH and Plymouth, MA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2004 and Revised 6 Jun 2014

Update of 27 Dec 2013: Frank H. R. Prentiss, #1 below, is #178(ii) in the Henry Prentice eBook which supercedes and replaces all of the material in this article.

A. (Unknown) Prentiss may have been b. c. 1825-1830 in MA per obit of his son, Frank.

He m. Lucy A., b. c. 1830, MA, as were her parents. She was living with her son, Frank, at age 80 in the 1910 census in Boston, MA. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Frank H. R. Prentiss was b. 6 Aug 1858 in NH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1]

1. Frank H. R. Prentiss was b. 6 Aug 1858 in NH and d. 15 Jun 1924. Not in 1860, 1870 or 1880 census. Not in 2009 IGI. He appears in the 1900 and 1910 Boston, Suffolk Co., MA census at age 32 as a "Com Traveler" with his wife and family. His occupation as a Commercial Traveler perhaps explains why he was not shown in earlier census records.

He m. in 1884, as her 2nd husband Carrie (Bates) Goodwin, b. 12 May 1856-7, MA, and d. 12 Oct 1914. She had a prior marriage in 1878 to Harvey Bartlett per Google Books . Both bur. either Oak Grove or Vine Hills Cemetaries, Plymouth, MA. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Charles Goodwin Prentiss, b. 10 Dec 1886, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Pearl D. Prentiss, b. Apr 1888, MA.
  3. Leslie H. Prentiss, b. c. 1891, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. Charles Goodwin Prentiss, b. 10 Dec 1886, MA. Although there is a different birth date, but because his father was b. in NH and his mother in MA, he is probably the same person as the Charles G. Prentiss shown in the 1910 and 1920 Medford, Midddlesex Co., MA census as b. c. 1888, MA with his wife and family. 1930 census in Somerville, Middlesex Co., MA.

He m. Natalie Ryder, b. 25 Feb 1889, MA, and d. 3 Jan 1970, Somerville, Middlesex Co., MA. Natalie and her husband were living with her parents in the 1910 census in Medford. Children, per 1920 and 1930 census and Ancestry.com :

  1. Goodwin Ryder Prentiss, b. 3 Jan 1910, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Natalie Virginia Prentiss, b. c. 1912, MA, and d. before 2007. At home in 1930 in Somerville, MA. 1940 census at home in Somervlle, MA, with her husband, Thomas Clinton, b. c. 1910, MA and children:
    1. Joan Clinton, b. c. 1938, MA. 1940 at home in Somerville, MA.
    2. Carol Clinton, b. c. 1939, MA. 1940 at home in Somerville, MA.
  3. Earl H. Prentiss, b. c. 1915, MA. At home in 1930, 1940 in Somerville, MA. Living in Bedford, MA, in 2007.
  4. Charles E. Prentiss, b. c. 1917, MA. 1940 not home. Not in SSDI
  5. Richard Malcolm Prentiss, b. 13 Mar 1922, MA, and d. 26 May 2007. At home in 1930, 1940 in Somerville, MA. Not in SSDI. His obituary reads as follows:

      Richard Malcolm Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Daily Gazette, The (Schenectady, NY) - Thursday, May 31, 2007

      Richard Malcolm Prentiss (Dick) passed from this worldly life on May 26, 2007, surrounded by his loving family. He was 85 years old.

      Dick was born in Somerville, MA to Natalie and Charles Prentiss on March 13, 1922. He attended Tufts University in Boston. He was a veteran and proud to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS Pacid Medical Ship as a Pharmacist Mate Third Class. He is honored on war memorials in Charlton, NY and Somerville, MA.

      Dick started his career in 1945 at Bushway Ice Cream Co. in Somerville, MA and moved to Schenectady to work at the Sealtest Plant in 1951. He worked at many different and varied jobs and rose to the position of Chemical and Facilities Engineer before retiring after 27 years of service. Soon thereafter, Dick began another career with General Electric Knolls Atomic Power Lab in 1973 as an Atmospheric Environmental Engineer, and he retired for the second time after 13 years of service. He remained interested in his specialty field and continued to advise and consult for the Mohawk Leather Works in Gloversville.

      Dick proudly served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Scotia where he was a member for 57 years. He was a very special man of many talents and enjoyed numerous hobbies with his family including hunting, fishing, scuba diving, camping, water skiing, photography, model railroading, and most of all playing his beloved music and piano, and building and flying (and crashing) model airplanes. He enjoyed surprises and on their 60th wedding anniversary Dick planned, without Helen's knowledge, a special ceremony renewing their wedding vows. During a two year hiatus, Dick realized his life's dream and built his own home on Crooked St. in Charlton with the help of his family.

      Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Goodwin; sister, Natalie Virginia (Jon); daughter, Helen Ann Coon; and his cherished wife, Helen, who passed on March 29, 2003.

      He is survived by his brother, Earle of Bedford MA; sons, Edward and wife, Shirley of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Richard and wife, Baerbel of LaPlata, MD; daughter, Roberta and husband, Patsy Sarrutto of Charlton, Barbara and husband, Greg Tiedemann of Des Moines, IA. He is further survived by seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as well as many nieces and nephews. Additionally, he is survived by Carmella Sarrutto, his thoughtful, dedicated and dear friend; and his extended church family and friends.

      This very special man will be missed dearly by many. God be with him. A service in remembrance to Dick Prentiss will be held Sunday, June 3, at 12 noon at First Baptist Church, 132 Mohawk Avenue in Scotia with the Rev. Jay Richmond officiating. Committal services will be held Friday, June 1, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road in Schuylerville. Family and friends are invited to meet at the Information Center at the entrance to the cemetery at 12:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the church or to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308. Online condolences may be sent to www.glenvillefuneral home.com.

    He m. Helen who d. 29 Mar 2003. Children:

    1. Helen Ann Prentiss. She m. Mr. Coon. Died before 2007;
    2. Edward Prentiss and wife, Shirley of Fort Walton Beach, FL,
    3. Richard Prentiss and wife, Baerbel of LaPlata, MD;
    4. Roberta Prentiss and husband,
    5. Patsy Prentiss. She m. Mr. Sarrutto and in 2007 lived in Charlton,
    6. Barbara Prentiss and husband, Greg Tiedemann of Des Moines,

3. Leslie Howard Prentiss, b. 15 Mar 1890, MA, and d. 27 May 1957. Bur. Evergreen Cem., Tucson, Pima Co., AZ. He appears in the 1930 Tucson, Pima Co., AZ census with his wife and family.

He m. Elsie, b. c. 1892, TN, and children:

  1. Elsie F. Prentiss, b. 1922, AZ. She m. Mr. Jenson. Living in 1995 in Los Altos, CA, and d. before 2004.
  2. Leslie Howard Prentiss Jr., b. 3 Jun 1923, Pima Co., AZ and d. 20 May 1995, Tucson, Pima Co., AZ (per SSDI). He was a teacher and principal in Tucson. His obituary reads as follows:

      Arizona Daily Star, The (Tucson, AZ) - May 23, 1995

      Deceased Name: Leslie H. Prentiss Jr. dies; was teacher, principal here. Leslie Howard Prentiss Jr. used the 1962 World Series to teach math. A sixth-grade school teacher at Jefferson Park Elementary School, Prentiss sat his students in front of a television and had them calculate batting, earned run and slugging averages of famous baseball players. Prentiss, known for such unorthodox teaching methods, died Saturday after a bout with cancer. He was 71.

      Born in Tucson June 3, 1923, Prentiss launched his teaching career in the early 1950s at Wrightstown Elementary School - which was then a three-room school house.

      Prentiss went on to teach at several local schools and eventually became principal of Mary Lynn Elementary School - now known as Lynn-Urquides Elementary School. He remained there for 14years until his retirement in 1983. The educator received numerous awards for donating 250 pints of blood beginning in 1947 to the Southern Arizona Regional Blood Program center, 222 S. Cherry Ave.

      After serving in the Navy during World War II, he returned to Tucson and enrolled at the University of Arizona. He graduated in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in education and later earned a master's in education.

      Prentiss is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter, Martha Brean; a son, Leslie Prentiss III; sisters, Elsie F. Jensen of Los Altos, Calif., Theresa Felgar and Virginia F. Grzybowski; a brother, Charles B. Prentiss of Phoenix; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

      Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Private burial will follow. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Tucson Chapter, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson 85712.

    Leslie Howard Prentiss Jr. m. Helen, living in 1995. Children per his obituary above:

    1. Martha Prentiss. She m. Mr. Brean.
    2. Leslie Prentiss III.

  3. Elizabeth Carrie Prentiss, b. 26 Feb 1925, Pima Co., AZ. She m. Mr. Anderson and d. before 2004.
  4. Therese Prentiss, b. c. 1929, AZ. She m. Mr. Felger. Living in 2004. . . . . . . . . . .[5]
  5. Charles Breckenridge Prentiss, b. 21 Sep 1930, Tucson, Pima Co., AZ. . . . . . . . [6]
  6. Virginia Frederica Prentiss, b. 22 Jun 1933, Pima Co., AZ. She m. Mr. Grzybowski. Living in 2004

4. Goodwin Ryder Prentiss, b. 3 Jan 1910 Medford, Middlesex Co., MA, and d. 9 Apr 1986, Wilmington, Middlesex Co., MA, per SSDI and Ancestry.com .

He m. Ernestine McLean per obit of his son, Earle. They had or 3 or more children, including:

  1. Earle L. Prentiss, b. c. 1938, MA, and d 2 Jan 2008. No children are mentioned in his obituary of 4 Jan 2008 in the Somerville Journal reads as follows:

      Earle L. Prentiss, Systems manager
      Thu Jan 03, 2008, 03:31 PM EST

      Somerville -Earle Lawrence Prentiss died Jan. 2, 2008, after a brief illness. He was 70.

      Mr. Prentiss was born in Boston and raised in Somerville, son of the late Goodwin R. and Ernestine (McLean) Prentiss. He graduated from Somerville High School with the Class of 1955 and attended Harvard University. He was currently employed as a systems manager for Data Distributors Inc.

  2. Goodwin Ryder Prentiss Jr.,
  3. Paul Prentiss, b. c. 1939, Somerville, Middlesex Co., MA. 1940 at home in Somerville.

5. Therese Prentiss, b. 12 Jul 1928, Tucason, ASc. 1929, AZ, and d. 13 Mar 2010. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Felgar, Theresa Cambensy

    Theresa (Cambensy) Felgar "We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another." -Luciano de Crescenzo. Theresa (Cambensy) Felgar, 81, of Tucson, passed away on Saturday, March 13, 2010 surrounded by her family and dear friends. She was born to the late Leslie and Elsie Prentiss, July 12, 1928, in Tucson, AZ and was one of the descendants of the Mayflower.

    Theresa (Sug) was a graduate of Tucson High School. She married the late George Cambensy in 1948 (1985) and later married Robert Felgar in 1991 (2004).

    Theresa devoted her life to her family and friends and was cherished for her unwavering spirit of unconditional love. Theresa was an active member of Grace St. Paul Church, the Red Hat Society and EX POW's of Southern Arizona. Retired from TUSD, she was also an Epsilon Sigma Alpha sister, lifetime Girl Scout, and Pixie Troop Founder. She was passionate about children and music and as a young woman, had a gift for singing, she was honored by an invitation to travel with the USO.

    Theresa is survived by four children, (1)George Cambensy (Yolanda), (2)Dorothy Cook (Brian) and (3)Todd Cambensy (Lisa) of Tucson and (4) Margie Mathews (David) of Reno, NV.

    She also is survived by her sister, Virginia Grzybowski (Ed) of Tucson; grandchildren, Derek Baird (Catrina), Yvonne Gundlack (Jeremy) Jessica Martinez (Carlos), Jacqueline Cambensy, Cameron Mathews, Cody Cambensy, Kristin Andrews and great-grandchildren, Athena, Carlos, Jayden, Dessa, Kayley, Maddox, Kaydence, Zachary, Isabel and Evan.

    In Lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the American Lung Association of Gods Child Project, Bismarck, ND. A Visitation will be held at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Funeral will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace St. Paul Church. She will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery. One of Theresa's last requests was that there be a jumping castle for the children at her funeral saying, "If I have ears in heaven, all I want to hear is laughter."

She m. 1st. George Cambensy Children:

  1. George Cambensy (Yolanda), Tucson, AZ.
  2. Dorothy Cook (Brian), Tucson, AZ.
  3. Todd Cambensy (Lisa), Tucson, AZ.
  4. Margie Mathews (David) of Reno, NV.

She m. 2nd Robert Felgar. Living in 2004

6. Charles Breckenridge Prentiss, b. 21 Sep 1930, Tucson, Pima Co., AZ, and d. 7 Jan 2004, Maricopa Co., AZ. His Obituary was published in the Arizona Republic on 9 Jan 2004.

He m. Barbara Porter It reads as follows:

    Charles Breckenridge (Chuck) Prentiss

    Charles (Chuck) Breckenridge Prentiss passed away January - 7th, 2004. A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Chuck leaves behind Barbara Porter Prentiss, his wife of 48 years, two children, Susan and David and four grandchildren, Sebastian and Maja Kleihs and Rhiannon and Sinead Prentiss. He is also survived by two sisters, Theresa Felgar and Virginia Grzybowski. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Elsie Prentiss and siblings Leslie Prentiss, Elsie Jensen and Elizabeth Anderson.

    Chuck was born in Tucson on September 21st 1930. He grew up in Tucson and is a graduate of Tucson High and after serving in the Army during the Korean War received his Masters in Education from the University of Arizona in 1964. He was a Professor of Business Administration at Phoenix College from 1965 until his retirement in 2003. Both professionally and personally Chuck's life was very much about giving to others. As a teacher of young people and as a husband, father, grandfather and friend, Chuck's most evident trait was his willingness to put aside personal interests in order to come to the aid of others. Through the years Chuck took great interest in hobbies such as reading, traveling and gardening. An avid gardener, Chuck leaves as a legacy beautiful landscapes that he created both in Phoenix and at his son's homes in the Midwest. He will be missed dearly by the many people he touched in this world.

    A celebration of life will be held in Chuck's honor on Saturday January 10th, 4:00-7:00pm at 1414 W. Royal Palm Road, Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Charles Prentiss's name to: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ, 85008.

Children of Charles and Barbara Prentiss:

  1. Susan Prentiss. She may be the wife of Mr. Kleihs with children:
    1. Sebastian Kleihs.
    2. Maja Kleihs.
  2. David Prentiss. He is probably the father of:
    1. Rhiannon Prentiss.
    2. Sinead Prentiss.

Who are Frank H. R. Prentiss' Parents?

The only clues we have so far are is in the 1910 census which shows that his deceased father was born in MA and that, living with Frank and his family, was his mother, Lucy A. Prentiss, age 80 and b. c. 1830, MA, as were both of her parents.

We checked the 1860 through 1900 census, as well as Ancestry.com families, for a wife named Lucy A. Prentiss, but with negative results.

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James Pelham
2013-06-02 07:24:32
Who are Frank H. R. Prentiss' Parents from above ? - Answer Frank's parents were Charles Henry Eugene Prentiss (1819-1876)and Lucy Ann Mushaway (1825-1912). Lucy's obituary can be found here http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=c4g-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=SVoMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4036%2C804183 Frank married Carrie Goodwin Bates (1855-1914) in 1884 in Plymouth, Ma. Carrie's parents were Hira Bates and Emily F. Goodwin. Carrie and Frank's children were Leslie H., b. 1890, Charles G. born 1885 and Pearl Daphne born in 1888. All born in Boston. Pearl married James Leo Pelham. Their children were Viola and Ernest W. Viola married Leslie Young - no children. Ernest married Mary Burke, they had 5 children.
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