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John Prentiss of Ireland and Scotland

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John Prentiss of Ireland and Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2008 and Revised 13 Jul 2013

We found the following information in Ancestry.com , to which we have added census information

1. John Prentice\\ss was b. c. 1825, Ireland. By 1850 he was living in Scotland at the time of the birth of his son, Bernard.

He m. Mary Anne McGuire who was also b. c. 1825, Ireland. Children, including:

  1. Bernard Prentiss, b. 13 Jun 1850, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Ann Prentiss, b. 1854, NY. 1870 at home in NYC.
  3. Charles Prentiss, b. 1860, NY. 1870 at home in NYC. 1880 not in census.
  4. John Prentiss, b. 1861, NY. 1870 at home in NYC .
  5. Jacob Prentiss, b. 1863, NY. 1870 at home in NYC.
  6. Sarah Prentiss, b. 1865, NY. 1870 at home in NYC.

2. Bernard "Barney" Prentiss, b. 13 Jun 1850, Scotland, and d. 22 Feb 1916, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. 1910 census in Buffalo. Naturalized as U.S. Citizen on 30 Oct 1884, Erie Co. Ct., NY.

He m. Marie Elizabeth Weidenhaus on 5 Apr 1883, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. She was b. 6 May 1862, Buffalo, NY, and d. 30 Dec 1943, Ann Arbor, MI. She was the dau. of Heinrich C.Weidenhaus (1825-1887) and Elizabeth Debrey (1831-1892).

Children of Bernard and Mary:

  1. Anna Mary Prentiss, b. 30 May 1883. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. Mary Prentiss, b. 15 Oct 1884, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, and d. there 4 Aug 1891.
  3. John Prentiss (1886–1959). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  4. Bernard Jr. Prentiss, b. 14 Apr 1888, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, and d. 28 Apr 1974.. Not in SSDI. He m. Catherine Johanna Walters on 15 Apr 1931 per Ancestry.com . 1940 census in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. Children:
    1. (dau.) Prentiss, b. c. ??? and d. before 1940.. She m. Stanley French who was b. c. 1910 and was a widower in the 1940 Buffalo census. Children per 1940 census:]
      1. Catherine French, b. c. 1934, NY. 1940 at home in Buffalo, NY
      2. Dorothy French, b. c. 1935, NY. 1940 at home in Buffalo, NY.
      3. Stanley French, b. c. 1936, NY. 1940 at home in Buffalo, NY.
    2. John Prentiss, b. c. 1924, NY. 1940 at home in Buffalo, NY.
    3. William Prentiss, b. c. 1925, NY. 1940 at home in Buffalo, NY.
  5. James Joseph Prentiss (1891–1931). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  6. Helen Marie Prentiss, b. 12 Oct 1891, NY, and d. 14 Jul 1970. 1910 at home in Buffalo, NY. She m. Charles Morton Kemper. He was b. Oct 1889, Westport, Fairfield Co., CT. Children:
    1. (son) Kemper.
    2. Doris B. Kemper, b. 29 Mar 1914, Westport, Fairfield Co., CT, and d. 27 Jun 1991, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT.
  7. Bridget Emma "Emma" Prentiss, b. 8 Jan 1894, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  8. Patrick Michael Prentiss, b. 28 Jan 1896, NY, and d. 22 Oct 1953 or 11 Oct 1954. 1910 at home in Buffalo, NY. He is likely the same person as the Patrick Prentiss shown in the 1930 & 1940 census in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, whose father was also b. in Scotland and mother in NY. He m. Edna Sedergren, b. c. 1904, VT. Her widowed father, Alfred A. Sedergren, was living with them in the 1940 census. Children:
    1. Patrick Wesley Prentiss, b. c. 1925, MI. 1940 at home in Detroit, MI. Not in 2011 SSDI.
    2. Shirley Prentiss, b. c. 1927, MI. 1940 at home in Detroit, MI.

    Living with them in 1930 was Alfred Sedergren, b. c. 1876, Sweden, Edna's father.

  9. Helen Marie Prentiss, b. 12 Oct 1898 and d. 14 Jul 1970. 1910 at home in Buffalo, NY.
  10. Joseph Prentiss, b. 15 Nov 1900, NY, and d. 1928. In the 1920 census in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, Joseph is living with his mother and step-father.
  11. Francis Prentiss, son, b. 27 Dec 1902 and the following year on 3 Aug 1903.
  12. Lillian Prentice, b. 30 Nov 1903, Newark Valley, Tioga Co., NY, and d. 13 Nov 1992, Lockport, Niagara Co., NY. She m. Harold O. Akin. He was b. 25 Apr 1887, KS, and d. Jul 1972, Lockport, Niagara Co., NY.
  13. Elizabeth Catherine Prentiss, b. 13 Mar 1904, Buffalo, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]

After Bernard's death in 1916, Mary m. 2nd Hiram Gallagher who was b. c. 1877, Canada. They appear in the 1920 census in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI.

3. Anna Mary Prentiss, b. 30 May 1883 and d. 7 May 1976 in Medina, Orleans Co., NY.

She m. William Joseph Jones, b. c. 1877, PA, and d. 1949 per Ancestry.com . They appear in the 1910 census in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. Children:

  1. Elizabeth Sarah Jones, 1904–
  2. Joseph Francis Jones, b. 1909, NY, and d. 1985. At home in Buffalo in 1910.
  3. Mary J Jones, 1914–
  4. Margaret M Jones, 1917–2002
  5. Clarence S Jones, 1919–
  6. Kenneth Jones, 1921–1996

4. John Prentiss, b. c. 1886, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, and d. there 26 Jan 1959. He appears in the 1910 census in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, as the brother his sister, Anna, above. Also shown is his wife but no children. He appears with his family in the 1930 census in Ecorse, Wayne Co., MI. 1940 census in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI.

He m. Nell "Nellie" Lambert, b. c. b. c. 1892, MI, per 1910 census and Ancestry.com .

Children of John and Nell per 1930 Ecorse, Wayne Co., MI, census:

  1. James Prentiss, b. c. 1913, MI. At home in 1930. 1940 census in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI.
  2. John Prentiss, b. c. 1916. MI. At home in 1930 1940 census in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI.
  3. Ralph Prentiss, b. c. 1922, MI. At home in 1930 1940 census in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI.
  4. Phyllis Prentiss, b. c. 1926, MI. At home in 1930 1940 census in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI.

5. James Joseph Prentiss was b. 13 May 1891, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY and d. there 3 Mar 1931. He appears in the 1920 and 1930 Buffalo, Erie Co., NY census with his wife and family.

He m. Mary Elizabeth Wartinger, b. c. 1893-4, NY, and children:

  1. James Prentiss, b. c. 1915, NY and at home in 1930. He d. bef. 2004
  2. Charles Prentiss, b. c. 1916, NY and at home in 1930. Died before 2004. . He m. Dorothy. She was b. c. 1921, NY. 1940 census in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY; no children shown, but living with them was a nephew, Charles French, b. c. 1939, NY.
  3. Joseph Prentiss, b. c. 1918, NY and at home in 1930. He d. bef. 2004. He appears as a single lodger in the 1940 census in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY.
  4. William Prentiss, b. c. 1925, NY and at home in 1930. He m. Patricia.
  5. Bernard Prentiss, b. c. 1921 and at home in 1930. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]
  6. Mary Jane/Josephine Prentiss, b. c. 1927 and at home in 1930. She m. Donald Crissy

Also living with them in 1920 was William Long, brother in law, b. c. 1887, NY, and Julia Long, sister in law, b. c. 1895, NY.

6. Bridget Emma "Emma" Prentiss, b. 8 Jan 1894, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, and d. 14 Jan 1981. She m. Carl Peterson per Ancestry.com . She appears in the 1920 census in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, with her husband and family. 1930 census in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.

She m. Carl Peterson, b. c. 1886, Sweden. Children:

  1. Roy Peterson, b. c. 1918, IL. At home in Chicago in 1920 and in Rockford in 1930.
  2. Everitt Peterson, b. c. 1920, IL. At home in Rockford in 1930.
  3. Howard Peterson, b. c. 1922, IL. At home in Rockford in 1930.
  4. Raymond Peterson, b. c. 1925, IL. At home in Rockford in 1930.
  5. Elmer Peterson, b. c. 1928, IL. At home in Rockford in 1930.
http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/17836782/family?cfpid=563210319

7. Elizabeth Catherine Prentiss, b. 13 Mar 1904, Buffalo, NY, and d. 26 Jul 1985, Garden City, MI..

She m. Earl Milo Williams on 7 Apr 1921, Detroit, MI. He was b. 17 Jul 1891, Ceder Lake, MI, and d. 17 Jan 1943, Allen Park, MI. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Living son Williams
  2. Living son Williams
  3. Living dau. Williams
  4. Living dau. Williams
  5. Living dau. Williams
  6. Marie Delores Williams 1922 – 1944
  7. Earl Alvin Williams 1926 – 1982

8. Bernard Prentiss, b. 11 Jul 1920 and d. 28 Apr 2004, Buffalo, NY (per SSDI). He appears as a single lodger in the 1940 census in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. His obituary reads as follows:

    BERNARD PRENTISS, GM RETIREE, VET: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Buffalo News, The (NY) - Friday, April 30, 2004

    Bernard J. Prentiss, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, died unexpectedly Wednesday (April 28, 2004) in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 83.

    Mr. Prentiss, of North Buffalo, was a retired employee of General Motors' Town of Tonawanda Forge Plant. A lifelong city resident, he lived on Emslie Street until age 11, when both parents died and he went to live with aunts and uncles. He attended St. Patrick School and, after obtaining his working papers at 16, was employed by Reliable Junk and Lake City Salvage.

    In 1941, he married Anne Furioso. Three years later, he enlisted in the Army. He served for two years, taking part in one of Europe's decisive battles. He was discharged in 1946. He joined General Motors in 1952 and operated a forklift at the forge plant until he retired in 1985.

    Known to friends as "Butch," or "Huncie," he was a baseball fan and played first base in several softball leagues during his youth.

    Surviving, besides his wife, are two sons, Arthur J. and Bernard J. Jr., both of Buffalo; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Parkside and Parker avenues.

He. m. Frances A. Furioso. Children of Bernard and Frances:

  1. Arthur Prentiss. He m. Mary Ann.
  2. Bernard Prentiss Jr.

Grandchildren mentioned in Bernard's obituary were grandchildren:

  1. James Prentiss and his wife, Dorothy.
  2. Mark Prentiss and his wife, Colleen.
  3. Lisa O'Connell and her husband, Brian. '
  4. Anthony Prentiss and his wife, Deborah.

Great-grandchildren mentioned were 11 great-grandchildren, but not by name.

His marriage to Mary E. Wartinger, but no children, can be found at Ancestry.com .

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