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William C. Prentiss of Clare, Clare Co., Michigan

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William Prentiss of Clare, Clare Co., Michigan
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2005 and Revised 23 Sep 2008

Update of 23 Sep 2008: William C. Prentiss is a son of Ransom and Caroline Prentice. The information in this article has been merged into our Winter 1998 article entitled Nelson Prentiss of Franklin, MI .

1. William C. Prentiss was b. c. 1874 in MI. He does not appear in the 1880, 1900 census. He does, however, appear in the 1910 census in Lincoln, Clare Co., MI and in the 1920 census in Clare, Clare Co., MI with his wife and family.

He m. Alice, b. c. 1874, MI, (per 1910 census, or 1885 per 1920 census) with both parents b. in Michigan (per 1910 census) or father in MI and mother in NY (per 1920 census). Children:

  1. Beatrice Prentice,b. c. 1901, MI. At home in 1910 but not in 1920.
  2. Henry W. Prentice, b. 11 Jan 1905, MI. . . . . [2]
  3. Wilma Prentice, b. c. 1918, MI.

2. Henry Prentice, b. 11 Jan 1905, MI and d. Sep 1973, Harrison, Clare Co., MI (per SSDI). He appears in the 1920 census in Pontiac, Oakland Co., MI with his wife, Perlina(?), b. c. 1905, OH. No children are shown.

Who are William C. Prentiss' Parents?

The only clue we have so far is from the 1910 census which says that both of his parents were born in Michigan.

The IGI shows a William Prentice, b. 15 Jan 1875, Clinton, Lenawee Co., MI, son of Ransom R.Prentice and Elzabeth. No other information is provided. It is unclear whether this is the same William Prentice.

Since William's parents were said to have been b. in MI, we prepared the following analysis of Prentices/Prentiss' in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 MI census for Prentices b. between 1844 and 1854:

1860 MI census, b. 1849+-5

Albert Prentiss 	Marshall Ward 1, Calhoun, MI 	13 	abt 1847 	Michigan 	Male 	
Jerome Prentiss 	Marshall Ward 1, Calhoun, MI 	8 	abt 1852 	Michigan 	Male 	
Watson Prentice 	Allen, Hillsdale, MI 	7 	abt 1853 	Michigan 	Male 	
Marvin Prentice 	Solon, Kent, MI 	10 	abt 1850 	Michigan 	Male 	

_________________

1870 MI census, b. 1849 +_5

Charles Prentice  	Girard, Branch, MI  	abt 1849  	Michigan  	White  	Male  	
Edson Prentice 	Girard, Branch, MI 	abt 1851 	Michigan 	White 	Male 	
Marvin Prentice 	Nelson, Kent, MI 	abt 1851 	Michigan 	White 	Male 	
Edwin Prentiss 	Bruce, Macomb, MI 	abt 1844 	Michigan 	White 	Male 	

_________________________

1880 MI census, b. 1849+-5

Charles Prentice  	Josephene  	Casco, Allegan, MI  	abt 1849  	Michigan  	Self (Head)  	
Edson D. Prentice 	Charlotte F. 	Girard, Branch, MI 	abt 1851 	Michigan 	Self (Head) 	
Watson B. Prentiss 	Mary 	Allen, Hillsdale, MI 	abt 1853 	Michigan 	Self (Head) 	
Marion O. Prentiss 	Sophia 	Home, Montcalm, MI 	abt 1852 	Michigan 	Self (Head) 	
Frank Prentiss 	Sarah 	Higgins, Roscommon, MI 	abt 1850 	Michigan 	Self (Head) 	
Thurlow Prentiss 	Sarah 	Saline, Washtenaw, MI 	abt 1854 	Michigan 	Self (Head) 	

None of them have a son named William in our present database.

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