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George Washington Prentice of Tennessee

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George Washington Prentice of Tennessee
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2008 and Revised 12 Aug 2011

Debbie Chalfant, in her letter of 31 Mar 1995, is trying to identify her Prentice roots. We have updated the material which originally appeared in our Spring 1998 article. Here is what we have so far:

1, George Washington Prentice was born about 1868 in TN (per 1920 Concord, Pemiscot Co., MO census) and may be deceased by 1930 (see below).

He m. Rosa Bell Laster about 1881 in TN (per 1920 census). She was b. Nov 1880, Alamo, Crockett Co., TN, and d. 1921. Debbie indicates it may have been a second marriage for George. George may be deceased by 1930 as Rosa appears in the 1930 census in Hector Co., AR, without a husband, as Mrs. Rosa Bell Goodman. Children (per 1920 and 1930 census):

  1. George R. Prentice, b. c 1902, MO. 1920 at home. Not at home in 1930.
  2. Lonnie Prentice, b. c. 1906, MO. 1920 at home. Not at home in 1930.
  3. Belle Prentice, b. c. 1908, AR. 1920 at home. Not at home in 1930.
  4. Frannie Prentice, b. c. 1910, MO. 1920 at home. Not at home in 1930.
  5. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1913, AR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  6. Mildred Prentice, b. c. 1915, AR. At home in 1930.
  7. Wilburn Prentice, b. 20 Jul 1915, AR and d. 16 Feb 1998, Lynnville, Giles Co., TN (per census and SSDI).
  8. Delbert Prentice, b. 16 Sep 1917, AR and d. Jul 1986, Dyess, Mississippi Co., AR (per census and SSDI)
  9. Reuben/Ruben Prentice b. 16 Dec 1919, MO and d. 6 Nov 1992, Keiser, Mississippi Co., MO (per census and SSDI).

The Arkansas births may have been in Burrette (or maybe Burdette), Mississippi Co., Arkansas.

2. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1913, AR. He appears in the 1930 census in Hector Co., AR, living at home. He does not appear in the SSDI.

Who are George Washington Prentice's Parents?

We had suggested that George may be a son of Robert Prentice (b. c. 1831, TN) and his wife, Elizabeth (b. c. 1831, IL) whose children are listed as follows in the 1870 Putnam County census: (Per Barbara Stephenson, E-mail, 9 Mar 1998)

  1. James Prentice, b. 1852, TN.
  2. George W. Prentice, b. 1867, TN.

If so, George's marriage, his marriage to Elizabeth may have been a first marriage and his marriage to Rosa Bell a second marriage. For more about that possibility, see Robert Prentice of VA and DeKalb Co., TN.

However, a re-check of the 1920 census shows that his father was b. in Michigan and that his mother was b. in Tennessee.

Correspondence:   If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please send your information to us at the Prentice Newsletter. Be sure to give the full title and date of this article in the Subject line of the email.

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