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Ransom Prentiss of Canandaigua, NY

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Ransom Prentiss of Canandaigua, NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2008 and Revised 27 Jan 2015

Introduction: We are helping Sandra Canterbury of Marietta, OH trace identify the parents and ancestry of her great-grandfather, Zachariah Ransom Prentice (his name may also be spelled Prentiss, but for convenience we will use the more typical spelling). Referencing our correspondence file (Pren40, pg. 102 et seq.) here is what we have so far:

1. Ransom Prentiss was b. c. 1775 and d. 18 Oct 1846 in Canandaigua, NY, at the age of 71. He is buried in the Remington Cemetery in Canandaigua, Ontario Co., NY. Ransom first appears in the 1810 Canandaigua census. Ransom had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Zachariah Ransom Prentiss, b. b. Dec 1815, perhaps near Canandaigua Twp., Ontario Co., NY. . . . [2]

The 1850 census shows Betsey Prentiss, age 75, living in Canandaigua. With about the same birth date as Ransom. She might be Ransom's widow, or she might be a sister or sister-in-law.

2. Zachariah Ransom Prentice, was born 23 Dec 1815, perhaps near Canandaigua Twp., Ontario Co., NY and died 11 Nov 1900, Fairlawn, Portage Twp, Summit Co., OH. By email of 25 Oct 2001, Susan Bos provides additional information about him. The Skagit County book at the Mount Vernon, WA, Library says that Zachariah was "of Akron, OH [and was] a man of influence in that part of the state, at one time owned farm land in the present city of Akron.

    Note: There has been a suggestion that perhaps Zachariah married, 1st, an unidentified wife. To date, there has not been any documentation presented showing such marriage (see Sandra Canterbury email of 16 Oct 2002). It has also been suggested that, if such marriage existed, there was at least one child::

    1. Clara Minerva "Minerva" Prentice, b. c. 1834, NY (per 1860 census in Manchester, Bennington Co., VT, and d. 1873 at the age of 39. She is reported to have m. a Robert Hutchinson (b. c. 1834, AL per 1860 census). The Skagit County book at the Mount Vernon, WA, Library contains the statement that Clara was the "niece of General Prentiss of historic memory." The reference is apparently to Civil War General Benjamin Mayberry Prentice. However there is no present evidence that the General ever had a brother named Zachariah. Perhaps the blood link is through her mother whose name is yet to be determined. Clara m. Robert Hutchinson and had:

      1. Estella Hutchinson, b. c. 1855, VT. At home in 1860 census in Manchester, Bennington Co., VT.
      2. Haley R. Hutchinson, b. c. 1859, VT. At home in 1860 census in Manchester, Bennington Co., VT. He m. Cozella Smith on 3 Oct 1880.

Zachariah's 1st documented marriage is to Almira S. Hawkins on 18 Oct 1846, in Summit Co., OH. She was b. 22 Jul 1822 in Portage Twp, Summit Co., OH, and d. there 2 Feb 1865 at the age of 42 years. She was the dau. of John Emerson Hawkins (1780-1858) and Jemima Pratt (1785-1861).

Census: 1850, in Portage, Summit, OH. (Note: The 1870 census in Portage calls his wife Augusta but he had remarried by then to his 2nd wife.) Children (for more information on them and their descendants, see our EDB):

  1. Perkins S. Prentiss, b. 12 July 1846 in Ohio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. Amelia Prentiss. Born, circa 1848, in OH. Census: 1850, in Portage, Summit, OH. . . . . . . [4]
  3. Ann/Anna Prentiss, b. c. 1849, in OH and she appears in the 1850 Portage, Summit Co., OH census. Living with the family of her sister, Amelia, in Independence, OH, in the 1880 census. She d. unmarried (per Sandra Canterbury).
  4. Eva Prentice, b. c. 1853, OH. At home in 1870 census.
  5. Charles Prentiss, b. Jun 1857 in OH. At home in 1870 census. Later, in the 1900 Summit Co., OH census with his wife, Barbara Beck, b. Jul 1862 in OH. She was the daughter of Catherine Beck, b. Oct 1827 in Germany, who was living with Charles' family at the time of the 1900 census. Their children, as shown in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 Summit County census are:

    1. Edna M. Prentiss, b. Jun 1891, OH. Her obit. in the Akron Beacon Journal. Akron, Summit Co., OH, reads as follows (Mon. 3 Apr 1944, pg. 13, col. 7):

        Miss Edna Mabel Prentiss, 53 [b. c. 1891], died Sunday April 2nd at her home, 1774 Coventry st. She was a lifelong resident of Akron and a sister of Z. R. Prentiss, teacher at Hower Vocational school. Besides her brother, she leaves a sister, Miss Sadie Myrtle Prentiss. Funeral servies will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the home and burial will be in Mt. Peace cemetery. Rev. Andrew Abernathy will conduct services. For further information call the Adams Funeral Home.

    2. Sarah "Sadie" Mabel Prentiss, b. 5 Jul 1892, OH, and d. Feb 1971, Akron, Summit Co., OH, per SSDI. Living in 1944 and unmarried (per obit. of sister, Edna).

    3. Zacharias Ransom Prentiss, b. 1 May 1897, OH, and d. Jul 1978, Akron, Summit Co., OH, per SSDI. Not in 1920 census. He appears in the 1930 Akron census as "Z. Ransom Prentiss" with his wife and family. In 1944 he was a teacher at Hower Vocational school (per obit. of his sister, Edna). He m. Esther, b. c. 1901. Her obituary reads as follows:

        Esther Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice , Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Sunday, August 23, 1992

        Esther Prentiss, 91, died Thursday, August 20, 1992, after a lengthy illness.

        She was a member of First Congregational Church, and also was a horticulturist, a NCSGC accepted flower show judge, charter member of the Firestone Park Garden Club, and a member of the Friendship Garden Club and the Oberlin Club.

        Mrs. Prentiss was preceded in death by her husband, Zacharias Ransom Prentiss in 1978. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and David Skidmore of Akron, Margaret and Charles Nairn of Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Katherine Hoff of California.

        A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Monday, at First Congregational Church, 292 E. Market St., Akron, with Rev. Gabe Campbell officiating. Interment Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home. In lieu of other remembrances, memorials may be given to First Congregational Church Building Fund or to Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Care, 1200 McArthur Dr., Akron. (Adams, 535-9186.) Your Golden Rule Funeral Home

      Children per 1930 census and obituary, above:

      1. Charles H. Prentiss, b. c. 1925. At home in Akron in 1930 census.
      2. Margaret L. Prentiss, b. c. 1928. At home in Akronin 1930 census.
      3. Barbara Prentiss. She m. David Skidmore and in 1992 lived in Akron, OH.
      4. Margaret Prentiss. She m. Charles Nairn and in 1992 lived in Sault Sainte Marie, MI.

  6. Ellen Prentice, b. c. 1859, OH. At home in 1870.
  7. Nettie Prentice, b. c. 1861, OH. At home in 1870.
  8. Addalin/Adeline Prentice, b. c. 1863, OH. At home in 1870.

Zachariah's 2nd documented marriage is to Augusta Minerva Baird on 1 Jan 1869, in Summit, OH. She was b. Feb 1837 in OH and d. 11 Jan 1916, Summit Co., OH. She was the dau. of Royal D. Baird and Elizabeth Marie Caswell. Zachariah and Augusta appear in the 1900 census in Summit Co., OH. Children (for more information on them and their descendants, see our EDB):

  1. Burton "Burt" C. Prentiss. Born, 5 Feb 1874, in Portage, Summit, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

  2. Hayes Hubert Prentiss, b. Aug 1877, Portage, Summit, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]

3. Perkins S. Prentiss was born 12 Jul 1846 in Ohio. He died 11 Feb 1928 in Copley, Summit Co., OH and was buried in Copley Cemetery on 14 Feb 1928 (OH death cert. #12371; Akron Beacon Journal obit, 13 Feb 1928, p. 29, col. 7).

Family tradition is that Perkins is named after Simon Perkins, one of the founders of Akron, an associate of Zachariah Ranson Prentiss. Perkins, at age 2, appears in in Zachariah's household 1850 Portage Summit Co. OH census. He is still there in the 1870 census. He is "of Copley" in Zachariah's obituary in 1900, and is also administrator of Zachariah's estate.

Perkins m. Mary Ellen Hankey on 4 Feb 1872 in Summit Co., OH. She was b. 2 Feb 1852 at Wooster, Wayne Co., OH and was the daughter of Samuel Hankey and Anna M. Witmer, both b. PA. Mary Ellen died 10 Dec 1913 and is also buried in Copley Cemetery (OH death cert. #7222; Akron Beacon Journal obit, Dec 12, 1913, p. 24).

Children of Perkins and Mary per Sandra Canterbury email of 16 Oct 2002:

  1. Milton Henry Prentiss, b. c. 1878. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]

  2. Bessie May Prentiss, b. 2 Nov 1881 (Summit Co. Births Index L-R, Vol. 2, page 54). At home, unmarried, with her father in the 1920 census in Copley, Summit Co., OH. Bessie m. 1st Mr. Leiby after 1920. Bessie appears as a widow in the 1930 census in Copley, Summit Co., OH, living with her aunt, Anna Prentis, b. c. 1852, OH. Daughter:
    1. Ardis Leiby, b. c. 1924, OH, and at home in Copley in 1930 census.
    Bessie m. 2nd George McCord of Columbus, OH.

4. Amelia Prentiss was b. c. 1848, in OH. She appears in the 1850 census for Portage, Summit Co., OH. 1880 census in Independence, Cuyahoga Co., OH

Sandra Canerbury's email of 11 Oct 2002 provides the following additional information.

She m. Frank Gleason on 12 Mar 1871 in Summit Co., OH. He was b. c. 1849, OH, with both parents b. in OH. Amelia also appears in the 1870 census in Portage Twp., Smmmit Co., OH; her mother, Almira, has died and Zachariah has since remarried to Augusta Minerva Baird. Amelia's father's obituary in the Akron Beacon Journal of 14 Nov 1900 gives says she was then living in Independence OH.

The final distribution of her father's estate (Summit Co. Wills & Estates, Vol 12, page 79, case #8362, Aug 21 1921 Final distribution) still Independence OH. Children of Amelia and Frank (per 1880 Independence, Cuyahoga Co., OH):

  1. Frederick Gleason, b. c. 1875, OH. 1880 census at home in Independence, Cuyahoga Co., OH..
  2. Charlotte Gleason, b. c. 1879, OH. 1880 census at home in Independence, Cuyahoga Co., OH..

5. Burton "Burt" C. Prentiss. Born, 5 Feb 1874, in Portage, Summit, OH and d. before 2006. Census: 1900, in Unk., Summit, OH. Census: 1920, in Unk., Summit, OH. In 1920 and 1930 & 1940 census in Copley, Summit Co., OH with his wife and family. 1940 Farmer with a 6th grade education.

He m. Rhea Caroline Bratton, b. c. 1904, PA, and d. before 2006, (Rhea was shown as a "Boarder" in the 1920 census in Burton's home, so they obviously later married). Dau. of Blair H. Bratton (1874-) and Katherine M. Brown/Braun (1874-1920). An Ancestor Chart for Blair can be found at Ancestry.com . An Ancestor chart for Katherine can be found at Ancestry.com .

Children of Burton and Rhea:

  1. Susan/Susie Prentiss, b. c. 1923, OH. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. She m. Mr. Kaser.
  2. Robert Caswell Prentiss, b. 18 Nov 1924, OH, and d. 11 Jun 1987, Copley, OH. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. His obituary reads as follows:

      Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Sunday, June 14, 1987 Robert Caswell Prentiss, 62, of Copley, died June 11 at Wade Park VA Hospital in Cleveland. Robert served in the Marines during World War II, and was an active member of the American Legion and the VFW.

      He is survived by sons, Clyde Prentiss of Fairbanks, Alaska, Robert Prentiss of Cleveland, daughter, Mrs. Laura Prentiss Stackhouse of Wadsworth; grandchildren, Rodney Jr., David, Jason, Daniel; brothers, Louis Prentiss of Copley, James of Richfield; and sisters, Mrs. Susan Kaser of Barberton, Mrs. Alice LanDAY, of Wadsworth, Mrs. Ruth Miller and Mrs. Bessie Bradley, both of Copley.

      Funeral services will be held Monday, 1 p.m., at the Hummel Funeral Home West, 3475 Copley Rd., Copley, where friends may call TODAY, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or your favorite charity. (Hummel, Golden Rule Funeral Home 666-1138.)

    Robert m. Unknown. No wife is mentioned in his obituary, so perhaps they were divorced. Children per Robert's obituary:

    1. Clyde Prentiss of Fairbanks, Alaska,
    2. Robert Prentiss of Cleveland, OH
    3. Laura Prentiss. She m. Mr. Stackhouse of Wadsworth, OH.

  3. Alice/Annie P. Prentiss, b. 19 Jan 1926, Copley, OH, and d, 7 Feb 2011, Wadsworth, OH. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH, as Annie P. Her obituary reads as follows:

      Alice P. Landry: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Thursday, February 10, 2011

      Alice P. Landry, 85, of Wadsworth, passed away February 7, 2011. She was born January 19, 1926 to the late Burton and Rhea (Bratton) Prentiss in Copley, Ohio.

      She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil C. Landry. Mrs. Landry is survived by her daughters, Sandra, Mary Ann (Tom) Secrest, Carol (Terry) Pugh, Martha Landry of North Vernon, Ind., and Kathy (Jerry) Acker. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

      The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, where funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Interment at Copley Cemetery. Hilliard-Rospert. 330-334-1501. www.HilliardRospert.com

    Alice m. Virgil C. Landry. Children:

    1. Sandra Landry,
    2. Mary Ann Landry. She m. Tom Secrest,
    3. Carol Landry. She m. Terry Pugh,
    4. Martha Landry of North Vernon, IN,
    5. Kathy Landry. She m. Jerry Acker.

  4. Ruth Eileen Prentiss, b. 22 May 1927, Copley, OH, and d. 12 Sep 2003, Copley, OH. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. She m. Mr. Miller. Her obituary reads as follows:

      Ruth E. Miller: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Sunday, September 14, 2003

      Ruth E. Miller (nee Prentiss), 76, passed away Sept. 12, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 22, 1927 in Copley and resided all of her life in the Copley area. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 473. Ruth was preceded in death by her son, Edward Butch Miller; sisters, Mary Beres and Anna Matheney; brothers, John, Louis and Bob Prentiss and is survived by her sons, David (Joyce) Miller and Jon Miller; daughter, Donna Miller; brother, Jim Prentiss; sisters, Susan Kaser, Alice Landry and Bessie Bradley, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, NORTON on Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at Copley Cemetery. Map, directions and family condolences may be made at www.bacherfuneralhome.com in memory of Ruth. (Bacher, Norton, 330-825-3633) Please sign the guestbook at www.ohio.com/obituaries

    Ruth m. Mr. Miller. He is not named in her obituary as living or predeceasing her, so they may have been divorced. Children per Ruth's obituary:

    1. Edward Butch Miller, d. fefore 2003.
    2. David Miller. He m. Joyce.
    3. Jon Miller.
    4. Donna Miller.

  5. Louis Edward Prentiss, b. c. 1929, Copley, OH, and d. 27 Jun 2004. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. His obituary reads as follows:

      Louis Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Tuesday, June 28, 1994.

      Louis E. Prentiss (Bill), 65 years, of Indiana, formerly of Copley-Wadsworth area, died June 27, 1994. Bill was born in Copley and had been a driver for Jeffries Trucking in Indiana. He was a member of American Legion Post 473 in Copley and the V.F.W. Post 1089 in Wadsworth. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Korean War veteran, and was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association.

      Preceded in death by sisters, Mary Beres and Anna Marteney, and brothers, Robert Prentiss and John Prentiss; he is survived by sisters, Susan Kaser of Barberton, Alice Landry of Wadsworth, Ruth Miller of Copley, Bessie Bradley of Copley; brother, Jim Prentiss of Akron.

      Military services Wednesday, 2 p.m. at the Hummel Funeral Home West, 3475 Copley Rd., where friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment in Copley Cemetery, Veterans Memorial Section. (Hummel West, Copley-Fairlawn, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 666-1138.)

  6. Bessie Prentiss, b. c. 1931, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5.6]
  7. Mary Ellen Prentiss, b.28 Nov 1932, Summit Co., OH, and d. 1 May 1983, Orange Co., CA. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. She m. Mr. (Andrew?) Beres. he might be the Mary Beres shown in the SSDI as b. 28 Nov 1932 and d. May 1983 at an unspecified location.
  8. James Richard Prentiss, b. c. 1935, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5.8]
  9. Anna Mae Prentiss, b. 19 Nov 1936, Summit Co., OH, and d. 28 Jan 1985, Akron, Summit Co., OH. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. She m. Jerry Dale Marteney on 9 Sep 1961, Summit Co., OH. He was b. 10 Sep 1939, OH, and d. 10 Nov 1970, Akron.
  10. Albert John Prentiss, b. c. 1939, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5.10].

5.6 Bessie Prentiss, b. c. 1931, OH, and d. 20 Feb 2011. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Friday, February 25, 2011 Deceased Name: Bessie Bradley (nee Prentiss) Bessie Bradley, 80, of Copley, passed away February 20, 2011, following a brief illness.

    She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Everett ''Red'' Bradley. Bessie's greatest pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. She leaves behind her daughter, Diane Bradley of Lancaster, Ohio and her son, David (Eileen) Bradley of Strasburg, Pa.; her grandchildren, Evan (Laura) Bradley, Lauren Bradley, Megan Bradley and Katelyn Matheney; her great-grandson, Liam Evans-Bradley; and sister, Susie Kaser.

    Bessie was a lifelong Copley resident and an active member of Montrose Zion United Methodist Church. She retired after many years of service as a secretary with the Revere school system.

    A funeral service will take place at 12 NOON on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Hummel Funeral Home, COPLEY, 3475 Copley Rd. Interment at Copley Township Cemetery with Rev. Walter Chisholm officiating. Family will receive friends for one hour prior to Bessie's service, from 11 a.m. until 12 NOON at the funeral home. Memorials in Bessie's name may be made to the Braille Workshop #191, Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH 44333. Please visit the online guest book to send condolences at www.hummelcares.com. 330-253-6126.

She m. Everett ''Red'' Smith Bradley Jr., b. KY. Children:

  1. Diane Bradley, b. 15 Jul 1954, OH. 2011 in Lancaster, OH.
  2. David EverettBradleym b, 29 Oct 1955, KY. 2011 in Strasburg, PA. He m. Eileen.

5.8 James Richard Prentiss, b. 12 Oct 1934, Copley, Summit Co., OH, and d. 27 Nov 2006 , Akron, OH. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. His obituary reads as follows:

    James R. Prentiss, 72, of Akron, died November 27, 2006.

    James was born on October 12, 1934 in Copley, Ohio. After Jim was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, he was a master mechanic working on heavy equipment and semi trucks for companies like Lockhart and Cummings Motors. Jim was a member of the Operating Engineers. One of Jim's proudest achievements was that he was alcohol free since 1998.

    Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Burton and Rhea Prentiss; sisters, Ruth Miller, Anna Marteny and Mary Beres; brothers Robert, Louis and John.

    Jim is survived by daughter, Debra; son, James; grandchildren; sisters, Bessie Bradley, Alice Landry and Susan Kaser; special niece, Donna Miller. Jim will be sadly missed by family and friends.

    Jim's niece Donna and good friend Lucky would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the ICU at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital for all the care they showed to Jim in his time of need.

    Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:30 a.m. at Hummel Funeral Home COPLEY, 3475 Copley Rd. Interment at Copley Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hummel Funeral Home COPLEY on Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

No wife is mentioned in James' obituary, so they may have been divorced. Children per his obituary:

  1. Debra Prentiss.
  2. James Prentiss.

5.10 Albert John Prentiss, b. c. 1939, Copley, OH, and d. 25 Nov 1986, Wadsworth, OH. 1940 at home in Copley, Summit Co., OH. His obituary reads as follows:

    Albert John Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Thursday, November 27, 1986

    Albert John Prentiss, 47, of Wadsworth, died Nov. 25, after a long illness with lung cancer. John was born in Copley, and was an area resident all his life. He was a member of the Cliff Hockley Post No. 3532 V.F.W., and the Doylestown American Legion.

    He is survived by wife, Carol; sons, Dan, Lee and Johnny; daughter, Teresa, brothers, Robert of Wadsworth, Bill of Copley, Jimmy of Akron; sisters, Susan Kaser of Barberton, Alice Laundry of Wadsworth, Ruth Miller and Bessie Bradley, both of Copley; grandchildren, Pamela and Steven.

    Military services Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Hummel Funeral Home, West, 3475 Copley Rd., Copley, where friends may call Friday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment in Copley Cemetery. (Hummel West, Golden Rule Funeral Home.

He m. Carolyn Ann Roland. Living in 1986 in Wadsworth, OH. Known children:

  1. Leroy Burton Prentiss, b. 14 Apr 1974, OH. He m. Jennifer Marie Groudle. Children per FindTheBest.com :
    1. Jacob Lee Prentiss, b. 23 Jun 2002, OH.
    2. Emma Marie Prentiss, b. 26 Feb 2008, OH.
  2. John Allen Prentiss, b. 15 Apr 1976, OH. He m. Rebecca Sue Baratko. Children per FindTheBest.com :
    1. Marina Raye Prentiss, b. 27 Jul 2004, OH.
    2. Samuel Allen Prentiss, b. 31 Oct 2007, OH.
  3. Dan Prentiss per the above obituary.
  4. Teresa Ann Prentiss, b. 3 Oct 1981, OH.

6. Hayes Hubert Prentiss, b. 22 Aug 1877, Portage, Summit, OH and d. 7 eb 1957, Akron, Summit Co., OH. 1920 and 1930 census in Copley, Summit Co., OH with his wife and family. (Ref: Ancestry.com )

He m. 1st. Bertha L Evers on 9 Apr 1902. She was b. 2 Sep 1882, OH, and d. 29 Jan 1918, Summit Co., OH, age 36 years, perhaps in the great influenza epidemic. She was the dau. of Henry Evers (1836-1900) and Louise (1844-1819).

By email of 2 Nov 2008, Amy Kuchlbauer-Zanke advises that her grandfather (Bertha's grandson) states that Bertha died of diabetes. Children of Hayes and Bertha:

  1. Mary Augusta Prentiss, b. 16 Jan 1903, OH, and d. Oct 1985, North Branch, Lapeer Co., MI. She m. Irvin P Myers (1901 – 1982). Children, with additional information at Ancestry.com :
    1. Barbara Myers
    2. Donna Myers
    3. Janet Myers
    4. Lee Myers
    5. Living Myers
    6. Living Myers
    7. Living Myers
    8. Living Myers
    9. Pauline Myers
    10. Waynard Paul Myers, 1924 – 1983
    11. Winifred A Myers,
    12. Norman Myers, 1935 – 1935
    13. Stanley P Myers, 1945 –

  2. Hazel D. Prentiss, b. c. 1906, OH. She m. Mr. Appleton and d. before 1999.
  3. Earl R. Prentiss, b. 22 Nov 1907, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6.1]
  4. Carl H. Prentiss, b. 20 Sep 1914, OH, and d. 31 Dec 1976, Akiron, Summit Co., OH. At home in 1930. He m. Donna. She was b. 14 Dec 1913, Akron, OH, and d. 9 May 1997, Akron, Summit Co., OH, per SSDI. Her obituary reads as follows:

      Donna B. Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Sunday, May 11, 1997.

      Donna B. Prentiss, 83, died May 9, 1997, at Hospice Care Center.She was born in Akron and was a life resident of the area. Mrs. Prentiss retired from Akron General Medical Center after 18 years service, and was a member of the AARP.

      Preceded in death by husband, Carl H., in 1976, and son, John, she is survived by daughters, Carol Salmon, Donna Hall, and Reita Dice; son, Carl R. Prentiss; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

      Funeral service will be Tuesday, 1 p.m. at the Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., with Rev. James Roma officiating. Burial at Copley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. The family suggests memorials to the Hospice Care Center. (Prentice, 753-7721.)

    Children of Carl and Donna:

    1. John Prentiss. Died before 1997.
    2. Carol Prentiss. She m. Mr. Salmon.
    3. Donna Prentiss. She m. Mr. Hall.
    4. Reita Prentiss. She m. Mr. Dice.
    5. Carl R. Prentiss.

Hayes m. 2nd Helen/Helena L. C. Lueck on 27 Nov 1918. She was b. b. 5 Jun 1900, Bath, OH, and d. 14 May 1986, Copley, Summit Co., OH, per SSDI. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Helen L. Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Friday, May 16, 1986.

    Helen L. Prentiss, 85, died May 14. She was born in Bath, and lived her life in Copley. She was a member of Fairlawn Lutheran Church, and retired from the Copley School System.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Hayes; daughter, Mildred Gill, grandson, Richard; and granddaughter, Leslie; and is survived by sons, Lester H. of Cuyahoga Falls, Glenn R. of Copley; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Esther Rainey and Sarah Burns, both of Akron.

    Services will be Saturday, 1 p.m., at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., Rev. Charles Lentner officiating. Interment Copley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday, one hour before services. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market St., Akron 44313. (Billow's, Fairlawn, 867-4141.)

Children (per 1920 census):

  1. Mildred Prentiss, b. 31 Jan 1920, Copley, Summit Co., OH, and d. 24 Apr 1980, Akron, Summit Co., OH. Died before 1986. She m. Mr. Gill.
  2. Lester H. Prentiss, b. 28 Jun 1923, Copley, OH, and d. 3 Jul 1994, Stow, Summit Co., OH, per SSDI. He m. Irene who d. after 1994. Lester's obituary reads as follows:

      Lester H. Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Tuesday, July 5, 1994
      Lester H. Prentiss, 71, died July 3, 1994. Born in Copley, Ohio, Mr. Prentiss had been a lifetime area resident and prior to his retirement in 1987, had been the manager of a Standard Oil Station. He served with the United States Air Force during World War II and was a member of the American Legion. Preceded in death by his parents, Hayes and Helena, and sister, Mildred Gill; Mr. Prentiss is survived by his wife, Irene; brother, Glenn R. Prentiss of Akron; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service Wednesday, 2 p.m. at Ciriello Funeral Home-Rose Hill Chapel, 3653 W. Market St., Akron, Rev. Howard Powell officiating. Entombment Rose Hill Burial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. For those who wish memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. (Ciriello Funeral Home--ROSE HILL CHAPEL, 666-3089.)

  3. Glenn Richard Prentiss, b. 22 Oct 1926, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[6.2]

6.1 Earl R. Prentiss, b. 22 Nov 1907, OH, and d. 21 May 1983, Spencer, Medina Co., OH. Not home and not shown in 1930 census.

He m. Bertha M. Ross who d. 3 Jun 2001.. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Bertha M. (nee Ross) Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Tuesday, June 5, 2001

    Deceased Name: Bertha M. (nee Ross) Prentiss. Bertha Prentiss died Sunday, June 3, 2001 at the Evergreen Rehabilitation Center of Medina. She was a resident of Wellington, Ohio for many years.

    She is survived by daughters, Ethel Cesare, Spencer, Kathleen Brown, Washington State; six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Earl R. Prentiss, 1983; son, Leonard Prentiss, 1977; parents Oren and Bertha (nee Knepper) Ross.

    Funeral service will be held Friday, June 8, 2001 a 11 a.m. at the Norton Funeral Home, 370 South Main, Wellington, Ohio. Rev. Wm. Buckeye, of the First Methodist Church will officiate. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. (NORTON FUNERAL HOME,440-647-2372.)

Children of Earl and Bertha:

  1. Ethel Prentiss. She m. Mr. Cesare, Spencer, OH.
  2. Kathleen Brown, Washington State.
  3. Leonard Prentiss, b. 24 Oct 1931 and d. Jul 1977, Wellington, Lorain Co., OH, per the obituary, above, and the SSDI.

6.2 Glenn Richard Prentiss, b. 22 Oct 1926, Copley. OH, and d. 28 May 1999, Akron, Summit Co., OH, per SSDI. His obituary reads as follows:

    Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Sunday, May 30, 1999.

    Glenn Richard Prentiss, 72 years of Akron, passed away May 28, 1999 at his residence. Born in Copley, he was an area resident all his life. Glenn was a retired truck driver and teamster member and served in the Air Force.

    He was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie; and his parents, Helen and Hayes Prentiss; brothers, Lester, Carl, and Earl Prentiss; sisters, Mildred Gill, Mary Myers, and Hazel Appleton.

    Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Loretta Rogers Prentiss; son, Richard (Rhonda) Prentiss; daughters, Robin (Woody) May, and Glenna (Joe) Helton; grandchildren, Joey, Kristin, Megan, Joshua, and Justin.

    Funeral services will be on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Hummel Funeral Home West, 3475 Copley Road. Burial will be in Copley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333.

He m. Loretta Rogers, b. OH, dau. of Thomas and Adeline Rogers. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

    Loretta H. (Rogers) Prentiss, 71, of Akron, passed away on March 14, 2010.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Prentiss; her daughter, Leslie; her parents, Adeline and Thomas Rogers; her sister, Ruth Dable; and brother, Harry Rogers. Loretta is survived by her children, Richard Prentiss, Robin (Woody) May and Glenna (Joe) Helton; grandchildren, Joey, Kristin, Megan, Joshua and Justin.

    Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Hummel Funeral Home COPLEY, 3475 Copley Road, with Rev. Norman Nelson officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Copley Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday

Children of Glenn and Loretta per their obituries, above:

  1. Richard Prentiss. He m. Rhonda. Living in 1999.
  2. Robin Prentiss. She m. Woody May. Living in 1999.
  3. Glenna Prentiss. She m. Joe Helton.. Living in 1999.
  4. Leslie Irene Prentiss, b. 10 Nov 1969, OH, and d. before 1999 per her father's obituary, above..

7. Milton Henry Prentiss, b. 1873 in Munroe Falls and d. 15 Feb 1945. 1930 census in Akron, Summit Co., OH. His obit. reads as follows (per Sandra Canterbury, email, 16 Mar 2007):

    Thurs. 15 Feb 1945, pg. 23, col. 2:

    Milton Prentiss, Ex-Realtor, Dies. A retired Kenmore district real estate and insurance man and former Kenmore justice of the peace, Milton H. Prentiss, 72, died early today at his home, 98 Kenilworth dr., from a heart ailment. Retired for nine years, Mr. Prentiss had been ill two years.

    Born in Munroe Falls in 1873, Mr. Prentiss moved to Barberton in 1900 and opened the Barberton Feed store. In 1914, he and his brothers-in-law, John and William McCoy, organized the Kenmore Realty Co. He was active in his business for 22 years until his retirement. In 1924 he was appointed Kenmore justice of the peace and was active in civic affairs in that community.

    A member of the Kenmore Methodist church, Mr. Prentiss leaves his widow, Mary E., a son Jay Prentiss of Sharon Center; one daughter, Mrs. Earl C. Vandersall of Akron; a sister, Mrs. George McCord of Columbus, and three grandchildren. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Prentice funeral home in Kenmore district. Burial will be in Copley.

He m. Mary E. McCoy on 2 Nov. 1881 (Summit Co. Marriage index 1898, no.10, page 241). Milton was the informant on his father's (Perkins) death certificate. The 1920 Kenmore Village, Summit Co., OH census shows she was b. c. 1879 in OH, and living in 1945. 1930 census in Akron, Summit Co., OH. Known children:

  1. Jay Manley Prentiss b. 13 Feb 1900 (Summit Co. Births Index L-R Vol. 4, page 205). 1930 census in Akron, Summit Co., OH. He d. 25 May 1977 Altoona, Lake Co., FL and was bur. 28 May 1977 Rose Hill Burial Park, Summit Co., OH (Akron Beacon Journal obit, 27 May 1977). Apparently widowed in the 1930 census, a young female is shown following his name, apparently his daughter:
    1. Virginia Prentiss, b. c. 1925, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]

  2. Ray Stanley Prentiss, b. 13 Feb 1900 (Summit Co. Births Index L-R Vol. 4, page 205). At home in 1930 census. He does not appear in the SSDI.

  3. (male) Prentiss, b. 20 Feb 1902 (Summit Co. Births Index L-R Vol. 4, page 205).

  4. Bessie May Prentiss, b. 4 Jan 1906 (Summit Co. Births Index L-R Vol. 4, page 209) and d. 30 Mar 1993 Akron, Summit Co., OH and is bur. at Rose Hill Burial Park (Akron Beacon Journal obit, 1 Apr 1993). She m. Earl C. Vandersall and lived in Akron (per obituary).

8. Virginia Prentiss, b. c. 1925, OH, and d. 23 Jun 1996, Akron, OH, with both parents b. in OH. At home in 1930. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Virginia L. Akins (Prentiss): Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Tuesday, June 25, 1996.

    WADSWORTH -- Virginia L. (Prentiss) Akins, 70, died suddenly June 23, 1996, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. Born in Barberton, Mrs. Akins resided in Wadsworth 20 years, previously residing in Akron. She was a homemaker and very active with the Medina County SPCA.

    Mrs. Akins is survived by her husband of 52 years, Theodore P.; daughter and son-in-law, Emily and David Parrish; and grandchildren, Clark, Tim, and Charlie.

    The family will receive friends TONIGHT, 7 to 9, at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, where services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), P.O. Box 135, Medina 44258.(Hilliard Cox Mullaney, 334-1501.)

She m. Theodore P. Akins, living in 1996, Akron, OH. Daughter:

  1. Emily Akins. She m. David Parrish. Children:
    1. Clark Parrish.
    2. Tim Parrish.
    3. Charlie/Charles Parrish.

Who are Ransom Prentiss' Parents?

Ransom Prentiss might be a son of Samuel Prentice Sr. of Cooperstown. The towns of Geneva and Shortsville, about 5-10 miles from Canandaigua, have connections with Samuel; Samuel's son married at Shortsville and that son's daughter, Elizabeth, died at Geneva.

There is also a chance Ransom is related in some manner to Zachariah Prentice (Binney96, pg. 418, #5v) and/or Christopher Prentice of Penfield (Binney96, pg. 453).

Yet another possibility is that he is a son of Ozias Prentis (Binney96, pg. 419, #9); Ozias G. Prentice, likely his son, named a son Ransom L. Prentice which might have been after an older brother.

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