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William Prentice of NY and Oakdale, Howard Co., IA

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William Prentice of NY and Oakdale, Howard Co., IA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2004 and Revised 29 Dec 2009

1. William Prentice was b. c. 1823, NY, as were both of his parents (per 1880 census). He was a farmer.

He m. Sarah, b. c. 1826, NY. William and Sarah moved to Ohio by 1849 where their son, Franklin, was born; they do not appear in either the 1850 NY or OH census. By 1849 they apparently had moved to OH where their son, Franklin, was b. c. 1849.

They lived in Ohio until some date before about 1859, at which time they moved to Northfield, Rice Co., MN where they appear in the 1860 census. They are not in the 1870 US census, but do appear in the 1875 Northfield, Rice Co., MN census. At some point after the 1875 census they moved to Iowa (per obit. of their son, George, below) where they later appear in the 1880 census in Oakale, Howard Co., IA. Not in 1900 census. Children shown in the 1860 and 1875 census are:

  1. Franklin Prentice, b. c. 1849, OH. Not shown at home in 1880. He appears in the 1875 Northfield, Rice Co., MN census with his wife, Ida E., b. c. 1856, VT (both parents b. in VT) and son:
    1. Ernest Prentice, b. c. 1875?, MN. At home in Northfield, 1875.

  2. William L. Prentice, b. c. 1852, OH. At home in the 1860 and 1875 Northfield, Rice Co., MN census. Not shown at home in 1880 and not shown in the 1880 census. The microfilm copy of the 1860 census calls him "Napier Prentice," but is a transcription error based on a misreading of handwriting. No person of that name appears in later census records. William Prentice Jr. shown living next door to William (called "Sen.") and Sarah in the 1880 Oakdale census. William Prentice Jr. was b. c. 1852, OH, and his wife, Clara S., b. c. 1860, OH.

    William L. Prentice, b. c. (called Napier Prentice" in the 1860 census) is probably the William L. Prentice shown in our Winter 2002 article about William L. Prentice of OH and MN .

  3. May Emma Prentice, b. c. 1855, OH. At home in the 1875 Northfield, Rice Co., MN census. Not shown at home in 1880. She may be the Emma Radford who appears in the 1880 census in Oakdale, Howard Co., IA (where her parents lived) as b. c. 1857, OH, wife of Herbert Radford, b. c. 1856, IA, with both parents b. in England. The later appear in the 1900 census in Armstrong Grove, Emmet Co., IA. Not in 1910 or 1920 census. Their children included:
    1. Mabel/Minnie Radfprd. b. c. 1880, probably Oakdale, IA. At home in 1900.
    2. Pearl Radford, dau., b. c. 1883, IA. At home in 1900.

  4. George D. Prentice, b. c. 1857, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

  5. Diantha A. Prentice, b. c. 1859, MN. 1875 census at home in Northfield, Rice Co., MN.

  6. Clara H. Prentice, b. c. 1861, MN. At home in 1875 Northfield and 1880 in Oakdale.

  7. Harvey O.(?) Prentice, b.c 1865, MN. At home in 1875 census in Northfield and in 1880 census in Oakdale. Not in 1900, 1910, 1920 or 1930 census.

  8. Ida/Ada M. Prentice, b. c. 1867, MN. At home in 1875 census in Northfield, Rice Co., MN.

2. George D. Prentice, b. 28 Jan 1857, Dayton, OH. 1875 census at home in Northfield, Rice Co., MN. He is almost certainly the same person as George Prentice was b. in Jan 1857 in OH. By 1890 he had moved to IA where he appears in the 1900 Jenkins, Mitchell Co., IA census with his wife, Carrie V. Yeoman, b. Aug 1872 in IA. 1920 census in Thornapple, Rusk Co., WI. His obituary reads as follows:

    "Mr. George Prentice, a former resident of this locality (McIntire, Iowa) and who has spent a good share of the present winter here, passed away at Rochester, Minnesota, on Monday, March 5, 1923. Mr. Prentice was suffering from a cancer near his shoulder, and he had visited many noted doctors in search of a cure, but his efforts were of no avail. The following obituary was read at the funeral:

      'George Dayton Prentice was born at Dayton, Ohio, January 28, 1857, and died March 5, 1923, at Rochester, Minnesota. When at the age of two years he, with his parents, [in about 1859] moved to Northfield, Minnesota, and lived there until he was nineteen years old. Then [about 1876] he came to Iowa. In 1883 he was united in marriage to Carrie Yeoman of Riceville, who preceded him in death sixteen years ago [in about 1907].

      He leaves to mourn his loss three sisters, three daughters and seven grandchildren.' Deceased was a brother of Mrs. Andew Harding, living east of Bailey, Iowa. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the M.E. Church (McIntire) and interment was made in Wayne cemetery (McIntire)."

Children of George D. Prentice and Carrie V. Yeoman:

  1. Cora V. Prentice, b. Oct 1890, IA. At home in Jenkins in 1900 and 1910 in Thornapple. Not in 1920 census.
  2. Ashinan/Ashman Z. Prentice, b. Nov 1893, IA. At home in Jenkins in 1900 and 1910 in Thornapple. Not in 1920 census.
  3. Laura M. Prentice, b. Nov 1896, IA. At home in Jenkins in 1900 and 1910 in Thornapple. Not in 1920 census.
  4. Hazel E. Prentice, b. Aug 1898, IA. At home in Jenkins in 1900 and 1910 in Thornapple.
  5. Minnie Prentice, b. c. 1902, WI. At home in Jenkins in 1910 in Thornapple, WI.

George and his family do not appear in the 1920 census.

Who are William Prentice's Parents?

So far we have no information as to the identity of William Prentice's parents.

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