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Orson Prentice of Pennsylvania and Michigan

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Orson Prentice of Pennsylvania and Michigan
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2005 and Revised 23 Nov 2005

Update of 21 Nov 2005: Orson Prentice is the son of Simeon Prentice and Mary L. Ashton and is a descendant of John-3 Prentice. For further updating, see our e-Book.

1. Orson Prentice was b. c. 1864 in PA. He appears in the 1880 census in Montrose, Genesee Co., PA, where he is called the "grandson" of Eli Thomas (b. c. 1824) and Ethalinda B. Mitchell/Michell (b. c. 1810, VT) (Orson's maternal grandparents are James C. Ashton and Ethalinda, above, per Colleen Stokes, email, 21 Nov 2005)); also shown is a son of Eli, Frank H. Thomas, b. c. 1870.

Orson appears in the 1900 census in Genesee Co. MI with his wife, Nina, and children. He later appears in the 1910 census in Arenac, Arenac Co., MI without his wife but with is children:

  1. Edith M. Prentice, b. c. 1887, MI. At home in 1910.
  2. Otto Prentice, b. c. 1889, MI. Not hime in 1910.
  3. Luella Prentice, b. c. 1897, MI. At home in 1910.
  4. Thomas J. Prentice, b. c. 1898, MI. At home in 1910.

Orson later appears in the 1920 census in Flint, Genesee Co., MI, without his family and living with his brother in law, Frank McKay who may be a brother to Orson's wife, Nina.

Who is Orson Prentice's Father?

As indicated above, Orson's grandmother is Ethalinda B. Mitchell/Michell, b. c. 1810. One might infer from Orson's 1864 birth date that his father may have died in the Civil War and that Ethalinda B. Mitchell/Michell married, as her 2nd husband, Eli Thomas.

The 1860 and 1870 census does not show any Prentice family living in Genesee Co., PA. One might then infer that Orson Prentice was born in a county in PA other than Genesee County.

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