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John Peterson Prentis of Scotland and Indiana

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John Peterson Prentis of Scotland and Indiana
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2008 and Revised 28 Feb 2008

1. John Peterson Prentis was b. 1823, Scotland (per 1850 census in Troy, Perry Co., IN) and d. 1888. 1870 census in Wolf Island, Hickman Co., KY.

He m. Margaret M. Morton 19 Oct 1847, Perry Co., IN. Margaret, was also born in Scotland about 1826. Children of John and Margaret:

  1. James Peterson Prentis, b. c. 1848, Scotland. He appears in the 1850 Troy, Perry, IN census. Not in 1860 or 1870 census.
  2. Margaret Hamlen Prentis, b. c. 1852, KY. In 1870 census in Wolf Island, Hickman Co., KY. She m. George Stephens. Not in 1880 and later census.
  3. George Peterson Prentis, b. c. 1854, KY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. Luther Morton Prentis, b. c. 1860, KY. In 1870 census in Wolf Island, Hickman Co., KY. Not in 1880 or 1900 census.
  5. William A. Prentis who m. Mary Alice McGuinney. Children:
    1. Clarence Orville Prentis
    2. Maria Olive Prentis
    3. Arch'd Harrison Prentis
    4. Robt. Peterson Prentis
    5. Wm. Clyde Prentis
    6. Hazel Rosena) Prentis

2. George Peterson Prentis, b. c. 1854, KY. In 1870 census as George P. Prentice in Wolf Island, Hickman Co., KY. Not in 1880 census.

He m. Isabella Paine. However, the 1900 census in Beard, Oldham Co., KY, identifies his wife as Annie (Heidenre?) (b. c. 1854, KY). Children:

  1. Clara A. Prentice, b. c. 1881, IN. At home in the 1900 census in Beard, Oldham Co., KY
  2. John W. Prentice, b. c. 1883, IL. At home in the 1900 census in Beard, Oldham Co., KY. Not in 1910 census.
  3. Mary E. Prentice, b. c. 1885, KY. At home in the 1900 census in Beard, Oldham Co., KY
  4. Louis R. Prentice, b. c. 1890, KY. At home in the 1900 census in Beard, Oldham Co., KY. . . . . . . [3]

3. Louis R. Prentice, b. c. 1890, KY. At home in the 1900 census in Beard, Oldham Co., KY. He may be the Louis R. Prentice shown in the CA Death Index as b. 8 Oct 1888, KY, who d. 15 Jun 1961 in Ventura, Ventura Co., CA, and whose mother's maiden surname was Heidenre.

He m. Rosa (Turner?) b. c. 1897, KY, as were her parents. She appears in the CA Death Index as Rosa Jean (Turner) Prentice, b. 15 Feb 1895 and d. 14 Jul 1951 in Ventura, Ventura Co., CA. Her mother's maiden surname is given as Payton. Children:

  1. Ernest Prentice, b. c. 1916, KY. At home in the 1930 census in Ventura, Ventura Co. CA. . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Louis Prentice, b.25 Apr 1917, KY. At home in the 1930 census in Ventura, Ventura Co. CA. Obtained his SS# in CA and d. Oct 1978 in Ventura.
  3. George Prentice, b. c. 1920, VA. At home in the 1930 census in Ventura, Ventura Co. CA. He may be the George B. Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 26 Jul 1919, obtained his SS# in CA, and d. 5 Feb 1992 in Ventura and whose mother's maiden surname is Turner per CA Death Index..
  4. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1924, CA. At home in the 1930 census in Ventura, Ventura Co. CA

4. Ernest Prentice, b. c. 1916, KY. At home in the 1930 census in Ventura, Ventura Co. CA. Subject to further investigation for confirmation, we tentatively identify him as the same Ernest Prentice, b. 13 Jun 1915, who obtained his SS# in CA, and d. Jul 1983 in Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA.

We also tentatively identify him as the husband of Florence (Madden) Prentice. Tacoma was where Florence's obituary was published in 1994. Since Florence (Madden) Prentice was a 38 year residence of Pierce Co., WA, at the time of her death, we checked the SSDI for any male Prentice who died there and who was b. c. 1915-1923. The above Ernest Prentice was the only 1 found in Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA.

Florence (Pat) Madden was b. 1 Aug 1921 in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA, and was a 38 year resident of Pierce Co., WA, (moved there c. 1956) and d. 15 Jul 1994. She was a secretary for the Clover Park School District for 20 years. Her other interests included gardening and reading. Graveside services were held at St. Francis Cemetery at Friday Harbor. Arrangements were provided by Mountain View Funeral home, 584-0252 (per her obit. in the 20 Jul 1994 News Tribune, Tacoma, WA).

She m. Mr. Prentice who apparently predeceased her since his name is not given in her obituary. Surviving children include:

  1. Michael V. Prentice, and wife Patricia, of Dallas, TX,
  2. R. Daniel Prentice, and wife Deborah, of Newport.
  3. Jeffrey T. Prentice of Seattle and Friday Harbor

Her obituary mentions 5 grandchildren:

  1. Paige Prentice
  2. Kennedy Prentice
  3. Michael Brian Prentice
  4. Alexandra Prentice
  5. Lincoln Prentice

Who are the Parents of John Peterson Prentis?

The 1841 Scotland census shows 5 men who might be John Peterson Prentis:

  1. John Prentis, b. c. 1823, Hamilton, Lanarkshire
  2. John Prentis, b. c. 1824, Hamilton, Lanarkshire
  3. John Prentice, b. c. 1824, Dalziel, Lanarkshire
  4. John Prentice, b. c. 1824, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  5. John Prentice, b. c. 1824, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire

Of those 5, the first 2 seem the most promising because of the spelling of the surname. Investigation is continuing.

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