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Samuel Prentiss of Baltimore, MD

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Samuel Prentiss of Baltimore Co., MD
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2004 and Revised 12 Dec 2014

1. Samuel Prentiss b. c. 1816, MD, and his wife, Susan, b. c. 1825, MD, appear in the 1870 Baltimore, MD census where he is shown as a "Sea Captain." He does not appear in the 1830, 1840 or 1850 census. Children shown:

  1. Samuel Prentiss, b. c. 1853. . . . . . . [2]
  2. Harry Prentiss, b. c. 1858. Not in 1880 census and may be then deceased.
  3. Charles Prentiss, b. c. 1860. . . . . . . . [3]
  4. Anna Prentiss, b. c. 1865.

2. Samuel Prentiss was b. c. 1853 in MD and probably died before the 1900 MD census. He appears in the 1880 Baltimore, MD census with his wife, Emma, b. Feb 1861 in PA, and 2 children. The 1900 Baltimore census also shows Emma and her children. Children shown in both census records:

  1. Charles G, Prentiss, b. May 1878, MD. Not in 1920 or 1930 census.
  2. Susan Emma Prentiss, b. Oct 1879, MD.
  3. Lillie V. Prentiss, b. Oct 1881, MD.
  4. Nellie Prentiss, b. Oct 1883, MD.
  5. Stella A. Prentiss, b. Feb 1890, MD.
  6. Morgan S. Prentiss, b. May 1892, MD. . . . . . . . [4]

3. Charles Prentiss, b. c. 1860. Although additional investigation is needed for confirmation, he is likely the same person as Charles M. Prentiss was b. Sep 1860 in MD. He is not in the 1880 census, but does appear in the 1900 Baltimore County, MD census without a wife, and in the 1920 Baltimore Co. census with his 2nd wife and family. Died before 1930 Baltimore census where his wife is called a Widow.

He m. 2nd Sarah L., b. c. 1871, MD. Living with her daughter, Anna, in the 1930 Baltimore census. Children in shown those census records:

  1. Samuel H. Prentiss, b. Sep 1886, MD. In 1920 census. Not in 1930 census.
  2. Harry G. Prentiss, b. Sep 1889, MD. In 1920 census. In 1930 Baltimore, MD, census with his wife, Ruth Marie Strippy, b. c. 1899, MD, as were her parents, and d. 21 Dec 2002; no children shown. Her obituary reads as follows:

      Prentiss, Ruth Marie: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - Tuesday, December 24, 2002

      On December 21, 2002 RUTH MARIE (nee Strippy) PRENTISS; beloved wife of the late Harry Prentiss; dear sister of Annie Biermann and Malinda Dolores Granger. Also survived by seven nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Thursday from 12 to 2 P.M. at the WITZKE FUNERAL HOME OF CATONSVILLE, INC., 1630 Edmonsdon Ave. (1 mile W. of Beltway Exit 14) services to follow at 2 P.M. Interment in Loudon Park Cemetery. Published in the Baltimore Sun on 12/24/2002.

  3. Arabelle Prentiss, b. Nov 1892, MD. In the 1920 census she is surnamed "Leslie" but no husband is shown. Not in 1930 census. Daughters per 1920 census:
    1. Elmira L. Leslie, b. c. 1913, MD. At home in 1920. Not in 1930 census.
    2. Ivy M. Leslie, b. c. 1915, MD. At home in 1920. Not in 1930 census.
  4. Ruth I. Ireland, b. c. 1902, PA, called a step-daugter.
  5. Hugh E. Ireland, b. c. 1905, PA, called a step-son. He is probably the Hugh Ireland shown in the SSDI as b. 10 Apr 1904 and d. Dec 1976 in Fremont, Steuben Co., IN. He appears in the 1930 census in Baltimore, MD, with his wife, Jeanet, b. c. 1909, MD, with both parents b. in Russia.
  6. Anna M. Prentiss, b. c. 1914, MD. At home in 1930 census with her mother in Baltimore.

4. Morgan S. Prentiss, b. May 1892, MD. He appears in the 1920 and 1930 Baltimore census with his wife, Mary M., b. c. 1893 in MD, and children:

  1. Morgan S. Prentiss, b. 26 Dec 1916, MD and d. 5 Mar 1995 in West Palm Beach, FL (per SSDI). At home in the 1930 Baltimore census.
  2. Wilbur S. Prentiss, b. 20 Nov 1918, MD, and d. Apr 1982 at an unspecified location (per SSDI). At home in the 1930 Baltimore census.
  3. Elizabeth A. Prentiss, b. c. 1921, Baltimore, MD. At home in the 1930 Baltimore census.
  4. Dorothy A. Prentiss, b. c. 1923, Baltimore, MD.. At home in the 1930 Baltimore census.

Who are Samuel Prentiss' Parents?

Although further investigation is needed, Samuel's father may be John Prentiss, b. c. 1790-1800, who appears in th 1830 census with the following family:

  1. 2 sons, ages 1-4, b. c. 1816-20. These 2 sons might include Samuel, b.c. 1816.
  2. 3 sons, age 10-15, b. c. 1815-1820.
  3. 2 sons, ages 15-20, b. c. 1810-1815.
  4. 1 Male, age20-30, b. c. 1800-1810.
  5. 1 Male, age 30-40, b. c. 1790-1800. This would be John Prentiss, head of the family.
  6. 1 Female, age 30-40, b. c. 1790-1800. This would be John Prentiss' wife.

And, while only tentative, John might be John Prentiss who is #130/199 in our 1997 PRENTICE book who was b. 1793 who had connections to the sea.

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