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William Alexander Prentice of NY and MS

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William Alexander Prentice of NY and MS
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2008 and Revised 15 May 2017

Note: This article replaces our earlier Summer 1997 article about William Prentice of NY and MS and and Spring 2006 article about William Prentice of NY and MS .

We have been working with Marjorie Baxter and Amy Prentice in trying to trace their Prentice roots. With their help, and the kind help of James T. Dunnam's email of 2 Jan 2006, here is what we have so far:

1. William Alexander Prentice was b. c. 1814 in NY. At some date before 1838, William moved to Mississippi. No other Prentice family is shown in the MS 1830 and 1840 census, so it may be that William's parents and siblings had remained in NY, or, conceivably, were living in another state when William moved to MS. 1850 in Greene Co., MS. He died in August 1849 in Greene Co., MS (perhaps Leakesville where his son, James, is shown in 1860) of consumption when he was only about 35 years of age.

William m. Mary Rainey/Raney on 9 Nov 1838 in Hinds Co., MS. She was b. c. 1823, perhaps in Hinds Co., MS. A 2005 search of Ancestry.com does not disclose the identity of her parents. They also appears a year and a half later in the 1840 Hinds Co., MS census as William A. Prentiss. William and Mary had 1 or more children, including:

  1. James Alexander Prentiss, b. c. 1840, MS . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Mary Prentiss, b. 1842. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Sarah Ann Prentiss, b. 1842. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  4. John Alexander "Alexander" Prentiss, b. Aug 1848. . . [5]

2. James Alexander Prentiss, son of William A. Prentiss and Mary Raney/Rainey. Born, circa 1840, in MS.and d. 1905. Census: 1860, a Farmer in Leakesville, Greene, MS . Census: 1870, in Unk., Greene, MS. Occupation: Farmer. Robert Cassibry relates that family tradition says James served in Steed's Cavalry, CSA.

He married Sarah/Sally Roberts, circa 1860, in MS. She was b. c. 1848 in MS. Census: 1860, in Licksville, Greene, MS. Census: 1910, in Unk., Greene, MS[1]. Children:

  1. Joseph L. Prentiss, b. Aug 1860. . . . . . . . . [2.1]
  2. Ginsie/Jincy[2] Prentiss. . . . . . . . . [6]
  3. Mary M. Prentiss. Born, circa 1868, in MS. Census: 1870 and 1880 in Greene Co., MS.
  4. James "Jim" Lorenzo Prentiss. . . . . . . . . [7]
  5. Mary Margaret Prentiss, b. 15 May 1872 and d. 1 Mar 1920. Bur in Mutual Rights Cem., Greene Co., MS. She married Charles David West on 24 Mar 1892 in Greene Co., MS, and d. 1 Mar 1920; bur. in Mutual Rights Cem., Greene Co., MS. He was b. 28 May 1870 and d. 3 Dec 1940, son of John West and Minerva Breland. Bur. in Mutual Rights Cemetery, Greene Co., MS. Child:
    1. Yvellie West, b. 1897.
  6. Mary Elizabeth Prentiss, b. 1875. . . . . . . . . [8]
  7. Blanton Prentiss, b. Mar 1878 in MS. Census: 1880, in Greene Co., MS. Not in 1900 and later census.
  8. Sarah M. Prentiss. Born, circa 1873, in MS. Census: 1880, in Unk., Greene, MS. Census: 1910, in Unk., Greene, MS. 1920 census in Salem, Greene Co., MS. She m. Joe Peacock. He was b. c. 1881, AL, with both parents b. in AL. Not in 1930 census. Daughter:
    1. Sarah Peacock, b. 1906 (per Ancestry.com). Not home in 1920.
    2. Idis Peacock, b. c. 1907, MS. At home in Salem in 1920.
    3. Coeva Peacock, b. c. 1912, MS. At home in Salem in 1920.
    4. Jossie V. Peacock, b. c. 1915, MS. At home in Salem in 1920.

2.1 Joseph L. Prentiss, b. Aug 1860 and d. 20 Feb 1905; bur. in Mutual Rights Cem., Greene Co., MA. Census: 1870, in Unk., Greene, MS. Census: 1880, in Greene Co. MS. Census: 1900, in Unk., Greene, MS.

He married Mary Jane Smith in 1899. She was the dau. of George Smith and Martha Neel and was b. 19 Sep 1875 in Greene Co., MS, and d. 28 Jun 1920; bur. in Mutual Rights Cemetery, Greene Co., MS. Children:

  1. Joseph/Joe Prentiss.
  2. Esther Prentiss. She m. Harold Howard.
  3. Eliza Prentice, b. 18 Jun 1900 and d. 3 Aug 1978; bur. in Cooley Cem., Greene Co., MS. She m. 1st Wiley Cooley who was b. 27 Sep 1890 and d. 24 Feb 1935; bur. in Cooley Cemetery. She m. 2nd Forest Ball who was b, 21 May 1908.
  4. George Lazell Prentice, b. 6 Apr 1902 and d. 24 Apr 1987. He m. Louverta Kittrell, dau. of Charles Kittrell and Ida Roberts. She was b. 29 Apr 1897 and d. 16 Sep 1980. Children:
    1. Joseph/Joe Loyd Prentiss.
    2. Virginia Prentiss, b. 22 Apr 1929 and d. 5 Feb 2004. She m. Gordon McDonald on 27 Apr 1946. He was b. 20 Feb 1925, son of Henry McDonald and Ila Dearman. Children:
      1. Mark McDonald. He m. Darla Strickland. She was b. 18 Dec 1972. Son:
        1. George D. McDonald, b. 6 Apr 1995.
      2. Bobby McDonald. He m. Jean Smith, dau. of Mickel Smith.
        1. Michael Gordon McDonald
  5. Reuben Prentiss, b. 8 Apr 1904 and d. 28 Apr 1912; bur. in Mutual Rights Cemetery, Greene Co., MS.
  6. Melly Jane Prentiss, b. 29 Apr 1906, Greene Co., MS. . . . . . . . . . [2.2]

2.2 Melly Jane Prentiss, b. 29 Apr 1906, Greene Co., MS and d. 9 Nov 1965. She m. George Luther Dearman c. 1923, son of John Dearman and Margaret Anderson. He was b. 23 Dec 1897 and d. 21 May 1985 in Greene Co. MS. Children:

  1. Macie Lee Dearman, b. 7 Jul 1924. She m. John Dennis Snelgrove on23 Jan 1951, New Augusta, MS. He was b. 30 Oct 1919 and d. 18 May 1988.
  2. Aubern Eldrado "Buster" Dearman, b. 25 Sep 1927. He married (1) Cynthis Camille Brown Walley, dau. of John Brown and Joan Pierce. She was born 8 Jul 1951. He married (2) Katie Sandy Brewer. Child of Aubern and Katie:
    1. Jessie Lee Dearman.
  3. George Owen Dearman, b. 17 Jun 1930 and d. 17 Oct 1991. He m., as her 1st husband, Myrtis Marie James. She was b. c. 1929. Daughter:
    1. Kimberly Jane Dearman.
  4. Doris June Dearman, b. 1 Jun 1932. She m. George Wirt Neel Jr. He was b. 20 Jan 1923 and d. 11 Nov 1981 and was the son of George Neel and Mary Turner.
    1. Shelia/Sheila Diane Neel, b. 18 Feb 1953.
    2. Richard Wirt Rickie Neel, b. 17 Nov 1954.
    3. Kathy June Neel, b. 7 Mar 1959.
  5. Bernie Jarvis Dearman, b. 1 Oct 1934 and d. 17 Oct 1991. He m. Mary Helen Churchwell. She was b. 20 May 1937 and was the dau. of Gabriel Churchwell and Helen Bradley. Children:
    1. Jarma Lee Dearman, b. 11 Nov 1960. She m. Richard Dale Bridges on 19 Dec 1981.
    2. Bernie Jarvis Dearman Jr., b. 17 Jun 1964. He m. Amanda Elizabeth Hodges on 18 Jun 1988. She was b. 1965, dau. of Franklin Hodges and Ruby James. Son:
      1. Colton Dearman.
  6. Gary Luther Dearman, b. 17 Aug 1941. He married Easte Faye Malone. Children:
    1. Sharon Renee Dearman, b. 01 Jan 1964.
    2. Gary Mitchell Darman, b. 23 Dec 1964.
    3. Ginger Scharell Dearman, b. 28 Aug 1975.
  7. Barbara Jane Dearman, b. 5 Aug 1943. She m. (1) John Divers. Children:
    1. Kevin Divers.
    2. Stephen Divers.
    She m. (2) Jim Clay.
  8. Terry Wayne Dearman, b. 13 Nov 1947. He m. Dianne Dobbins. Son:
    1. Shannon Wayne Dearman, b. 7 Aug 1972.
    He m. 2nd. Dena Morrow.
  9. Douglas Dearman, b. 24 Jan 1950.. He m. 1st Mary Alice McLeod, Jul 1972. Children:
    1. Douglas Bryan Dearman, b. 3 Mar 1978.
    2. Mary Denise Dearman, b. 25 Sep 1981.
    He married (2) Lori Mitchell in 1997.

3. Mary Prentiss, b. 1842. She m. Richard Pipkins in 1856. He was b. c. 1811. Children (per Ancestry.com):

  1. Ellen Pipkins, b. 18 Apr 1864 and d. 22 Aug 1951. She m. James Monroe Ball. He was b. 28 Sep 1863 and d. 19 May 1933. Children:
            3 Pauline J. Ball b: JUN 1886.  She m. John Tucker.
            3 Kate Irene Ball b: 28 SEP 1888
              + Israel Dickerson b: 5 NOV 1883 d: 1954
                4 Iris Dean Dickerson.  She m. Mr. Mathis.
                4 Allie Jean Dickerson.  She m. Mr. Breeden.
                4 Mary Ellen Dickerson d: 25 JAN 1994
                  + Graden "Buck" Barrow b: 1924 d: 20 SEP 1997
                    5 Living Barrow
                    5 Living Barrow
                    5 Living Barrow
                    5 Living Barrow
                    5 Living Barrow.  Married Catlett.
                4 Vivian Dickerson b: 1912
                4 Mildred Dickerson b: 1914
                4 James Monroe Dickerson b: 1915 d: 13 JUL 1995
                  + Beatrice UNKNOWN b: 30 MAY 1921 d: 16 FEB 2004
                4 Cecil Dickerson b: 1917
                4 Marvin Dickerson b: 1919
                4 Guy Dickerson b: 4 JAN 1921 d: 8 SEP 2000
                  + Opal WEBB b: 8 NOV 1927 d: 18 JAN 2003
                    5 Living Dickerson
                    5 Living Dickerson.  Married McDoniel.
                    5 Living Dickerson
                    5 Living Dickerson.  Married Ball.
                    5 Living Dickerson.  Married Havard.
                    5 Donald Dickerson b: 11 AUG 1951 d: 2 SEP 2003
            3 Mary Alice Ball b: 29 JUN 1891.  She m. Melton Taylor.
            3 James Lonie Ball b: 16 NOV 1893 d: 26 FEB 1919
            3 Marvin Hugh Ball b: 25 DEC 1895.  He m. Elizabeth Hillman.
            3 Tyra Augustus Ball b: 6 FEB 1897 d: 5 DEC 1897
            3 Noah Spurgeon Ball b: 29 OCT 1900 d: 15 JAN 1919
            3 Rachel Ellen Ball b: 1 OCT 1902
            3 Alma Marie Ball b: 27 MAY 1907.  She m. Homer Eubanks.
    
  2. Nancy Pipkins, b. 1858. She m. as his 1st wife William Rufus Cooley in 1885. He was b. 1864. William m. 2nd Emily Freeman on 29 Apr 1903, dau. of John Freeman and Mary Byrd. Children of Nancy and William:
    1. Willie Cooley b: SEP 1885
    2. Sarah Cooley b: AUG 1887
    3. Jule Cooley b: 1889
    4. Kirt Cooley b: 1891
    5. John Cooley b: 1894
    6. Birt Cooley b: 1900
    7. Lonnie Pipkins b: 1902

  3. Elisha Pipkins, b. 2 Jun 1866 and d. 14 Nov 1963; bur. in Pine Grove Bap. Ch. Cem., Greene Co., MS. He m. Flora Emma Ball, b. 22 Feb 1874 in Pine Grove, Greene Co., MS and d. 25 Jun 1951, Greene Co., MS Children:
    1. William Washington -7 Pipkins, born October 25, 1895 in Greene Co., Mississippi; died March 1978 in Leakesville, Greene Co., Mississippi. He married Margaret Merritt; born May 1899 in Greene Co., Mississippi.
    2. Katie Pearl Pipkins, born February 13, 1896 in Greene Co., Mississippi; died Bef. 1900 in Greene Co., Mississippi.
    3. Richard David Pipkins, born November 20, 1897 in Greene Co., Mississippi; died November 28, 1971. He married Essie Jackson; born Abt. 1899.
    4. Lillie J. Pipkins, born April 12, 1900 in Greene Co., Mississippi.
    5. Lee Coit - Pipkins, born February 28, 1903 in Greene Co., Mississippi; died April 1986 in Lucedale, George Co., Mississippi.
    6. Ernest Earl - Pipkins, born March 21, 1906 in Greene Co., Mississippi; died July 1994 in Lucedale, George Co., Mississippi.
    7. Guy/Grey Merle - Pipkins, born February 19, 1909 in Greene Co., Mississippi; died July 1982 in Lucedale, George Co., Mississippi.
    8. Rayford Pipkins, born February 12, 1912 in Greene Co., Mississippi.

4. Sarah Ann Prentiss, b. 1842. She m. James P. (Red Bird) Williams, 1856. He was b. 1837. 1870 census in Greene Co., MS Children:

  1. Elizabeth W. Williams b: 3 Sep 1857MS and d. 4 May 1929. Bur. in Walley Cem., Greene Co., MS. She m. Samuel W. Walley b: 10 NOV 1860 d: 1 DEC 1935. Son:
    1. Lewis Walley b: 17 JUL 1880 d: 12 MAY 1958. Bur. in Walley Cemetery, Green Co. He m. Ella Durham b: 19 SEP 1886 d: 11 SEP 1963
  2. Ira Williams b: c. 1859, MS. Not at home in 1870 census.
  3. James W. Williams b: 1861, MS. He m. Asaline Virginia Maples in 1897. She was b. 28 Sep 1866 and d. 2 Jun 1940. Marriage Annuled at an unknown date.
  4. Mary Williams, b. c. 1864, MS. At home in 1870.
  5. Alexander/Alex Williams b: c. 1870, MS. At home in 1870.
  6. Frank Williams b: c. 1872. He m. Flora M. Green. She was b. 1874.
    1. Ceila Williams b: Feb 1888
    2. Simon Williams b: Jul 1890
    3. Rosa Williams b: Jul 1894
    4. Marcus Williams b: Aug 1897
    5. Ray Williams b: May 1899
  7. Louella Williams b: c. 1875
  8. Bell Williams b: c. 1878
  9. John D Williams b: Sep 1882

5. John Alexander "Alexander" Prentiss, son of William A. Prentiss and Mary Raney/Rainey. Born, Aug 1848, in Greene, MS, and d. there 1898. Census: 1870, in Unk., Greene, MS. Census: 1880, in Unk., Greene, MS. Census: 1900, in Unk., Greene, MS.

He married, first, Catherine "Kate" Williams on 17 Apr 1875, Greene Co., MS. Dau. of John Williams and Mary Daughdrill. She was b. 20 Sep 1856 and d. 30 Aug 1886. Bur. in Williams Cem., Greene Co., MS. Census: 1880, in Unk., Greene, MS. Children (per William Genealogy ):

  1. Mary Prentiss. Born, circa 1875, in MS. Census: 1880, in Unk., Greene, MS.
  2. Tyra John Prentiss Sr., b. Aug 1878, MS. . . . . . . . . . [9]
  3. Viola Prentiss, b. 20 Mar 1883, MS. . . . . . . . . [10]
  4. Emmett/Emitt Prentiss. Born, circa 1879, in MS. Census: 1880, in Unk., Greene, MS. Not in 1900 census.

John married, second, Emeline Pipkins. Divorced by 1900. After the divorce Emeline and her dau. lived with Emaline's father, Lewis Pipkins. She may be the Emma E. Prentiss shown in the 1920 census in Beat 4, Perry Co., MS as b. c. 1861, MI, with no husband shown. Dau. of John and Elizabeth:

  1. Elizabeth/Lizzie Prentice, b. 1886. . . . . . . . . [11]

John married, third, Elizabeth Erkhart in 1892, dau. of James H. Erkhart. She was b. 5 Feb 1876 and d. 2 Feb 1919. Children:

  1. Hardy Avera "Preacher" Prentiss. Born, 31 Dec 1894, in Greene, MS. Census: 1900, in Greene Co., MS. and d. 16 Nov 1951, Mobile, Mobile Co., AL. Census: 1920, in Greene Co., MS. He married Nina M. Allen, b. 24 Jul 1899, Greene, MS, and d. 28 Nov 1989, Mobile, Mobile Co., AL. Children:
    1. Vesta Marie Prentiss, b. c. 1920. She m. Roland Brewer. 2000 Leaksville.
    2. DeWitt Prentiss, b. c. 1921.
    3. Russell A. Prentiss, b. c. 1922. 2000 in Leaksville, MS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5.1]
    4. Jesse Prentiss, b. c. 1923. he m. Mr. Hicks. 2000 in Simms, AL.
    5. Infant son Prentitiss, b. and d. 27 Oct 1929.
    6. Jack Graham Prentiss, b. 15 Oct 1939, Leaksville, Greene Co., MS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5.2]
    7. Reba Prentiss. She m. Mr. Divine. 2000 Moore, OK.
    8. Elizabeth Prentiss. She m. Mr. McMillan. 2000 in Freeport, FL.
    9. Donald H. Prentiss. 2000 in Leaksville, MS.

  2. Harriet/Hattie Prentiss. Born, May 1897, in MS. Census: 1900, in Unk., Greene, MS.

5.1 Russell A. Prentiss, b. c. 1922. 2000 in Leaksville, MS. 2016 Living in Chester, NE, age 84.

He m. Frances Cooley, b. 5 Nov 1929 and d.3 Nov 2016, age 87, Chester, NE, dau. of Bert Cooley and Mary Jane Carr. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Salina Journal, The (KS) - Saturday, November 5, 2016: Frances Prentiss

    Frances Prentiss, daughter of Bert Cooley and Mary Jane (Carr) Cooley was born November 5, 1929 at Leakesville, MS. and passed away on November 3, 2016 at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, KS at the age of 86.

    She graduated from Leakesville High School. She was a member of the Greene Lodge Methodist Church, Leakesville, MS.

    She was united in marriage to Russell A. Prentiss on July 13, 1947 and to this union two daughters were born, Beverly F. and Janet L.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Mary Jane Cooley, daughter Beverly and her husband Jim and grandson James, sisters, Flora Moss, Hazel Cruze, Magaline, brother, Darrell C. Cooley.

    She is survived by her husband, Russell A. Prentiss of Chester, Nebraska, one daughter, Janet L. (Don) Breland of Chester, Nebraska, five grandchildren, Robert W. (Christie) Breland Jr. , Beverly R. (Chris) Corman, Janet A. (Josh) Deal, Don Breland Jr., Misty L. (Michael) Svoboda, nine great grandchildren, two sisters, Lee Moore of Chester, Nebraska, Bert (Paul) Lyvonn of Middletown, PA, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

    Funeral services will be held Ten AM, Monday, November 7, 2016, United Methodist Church, Chester, Nebraska, conducted by, Pastor Young Je Kim. Interment will be in Chester Cemetery, Chester, Nebraska. Memorials may be given to Family Choice. Friends may call on Sunday from 1 PM to 9 PM at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Chester, Nebraska, where the family will receive friends from 4 PM to 5 PM Sunday. Online condolences and information at www.bachelor-surber.com. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Chester, Nebraska in charge of arrangements.

Dau. of Russell and Frances:

  1. Janet Prentiss. She m. Don Breland. 2016 in Chester, NE.
  2. Beverly Prentiss. She m. Jim.

5.2 Jack Graham Prentiss, b. 15 Oct 1939, Leaksville, Greene Co., MS, and d. 14 Mar 2000 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. His obituary reads as follows:

    Prentiss -- Jack: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - Thursday, March 16, 2000

    Deceased Name: Prentiss -- Jack Prentiss -- Jack, 60, Fairmont, died Tuesday (3/14/00) in Lincoln. Born, Leaksville, Miss. Truck driver, Schulz Transfer, Seward.

    Survivors: wife, Judie; sons, Jack Jr., Leaksville, Miss., Russell, Polk; daughter, Theresa Prentiss, Decatur; sisters, Jessie Hicks, Simms, Ala., Vesta M. Brewer, Leaksville, Reba Divine, Moore, Okla., Elizabeth McMillan, Freeport, Fla.; brothers, Russell, Donald H., both Leaksville; three grandchildren; nieces; nephews.

    Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior. Spring Creek Cemetery, Ruskin. Visitation: Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. until services, funeral home. Memorials care of family.

Jack m. 1st Unknown in 1961 and had 2 children:

  1. Jack Jr., Leaksville, Miss, b. after 1961. Leaksville, MS.
  2. Theresa Prentiss, Decatur, b. after 1961.

Jack m. 2nd. Judith (Sykes, dau. of Clarence Sykes, Ruskin?) in 1967. They had a son:

  1. Russell T. Prentiss, b. 25 Feb 1968, Fairmont, NE, and d. 12 Feb 2006, Lincoln, NE, age 38 years. His obituary reads as follows:

      Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - Wednesday, February 15, 2006. Russell T. Prentiss, 37, Fairmont, died Sunday (2/12/06) in Lincoln. Born, Hebron.

      Survivors: wife, Margie; daughter, Alyse Prentiss, Fairmont; step-son, Michael Bennett, Fairmont; mother, Judith Prentiss, Fairmont; grandfather, Clarence Sykes, Ruskin; three grandchildren.

      Services: 10: 30 a.m. Thursday, Farmer & Son Funeral Home, Geneva. Spring Creek Cemetery, Ruskin. Visitation: 1-8 p.m. today, funeral home. Memorials in care of the family in lieu of flowers.

    Russell m. Margie Bennett. Children:

    1. Alyse Prentiss, Fairmont, NE.
    2. Michael Bennett, stepson.

6. Ginsie/Jincy Emaline Prentiss (James Alexander, 2). Born Mar 1866, Greene Co., MS and d. there 1905. MS. Died, 1905. Census: 1870, in Unk., Greene, MS. She and her husband are both bur. in Mutual Rights Cem., Greene Co., MS.

She m. George Taylor Dunnam on 11 Apr 1883 in Greene County, son of Ebenezer Dunnam and Jane Henderson. He was b. 5 May 1854 in Green Co., MS and d. there 8 Sep 1931.

  1. Coleman "Coley" Field [3] Dunnam, b. 16 Jan 1884, Greene County. . . . . . . . . [12]
  2. Hattie Noland Dunnam, b. 2 Mar 1886, Greene County. . . . . . . . . [13]
  3. Alevia Ozark Dunnam. Born 11 Apr 1887 and d. 13 Nov 1949. Bur. in Mutual Rights Cemetery. She married Moses Mixon. He was b. 30 Oct 1875 and d. 5 Apr 1995. Bur. in Mutual Rights Cemetery.
  4. Eleanor/Aleanor Ethel "Missie) Dunnam, b. 14 Oct 1891 and d. 16 Jul 1971; bur. in Mutual Rights Cem., Greene Co., MS. She married Arthur Reuben Smith on 9 Jul 1913 in Greene Co., MS. He was b. 2 May 1892 in Avera, Greene Co., MS and d. 9 May 1980 in Waynesboro, MS. Children:
    1. Stanley Smith, b. 10 Jul 1913. He m. Hazie Jones. She was b. 23 Nov 1915 and d. 30 Sep 1973.
    2. Edith Smith, b. c. 1915. She m. Paul Bounds Sr. Son:
      1. Paul Bounds Jr., b. 5 Dec 1945. He m. Jenelle Coaker, dau. of Alton Dubon Coaker. Children:
        1. Danny Bounds.
        2. Chancy Bounds.
        3. Gina Bounds.
    3. Hadley Wilson Smith, b. 1917 and d. 10 Apr 1985. He m. Frances Moody, dau. of Forest Moody and Rhonda Walley. Daughter:
      1. Shelia Smith. he m. James R. Seglar. Daughter:
        1. Mary Kimberly Seglar. She m. Thomas Albert Cornish on 20 Jun 1998, Tallahassee. FL.
    4. Grady Coleman Smith, b. 3 Sep 1921. He m. Reba Lois Walley, dau. of Riley Walley and Louarchy James. She was b. 19 Jan 1927. Children:
      1. Elwyn Smith.
      2. Robie Murland Smith.
    5. Daniel/Dan D. Smith, b. 28 Nov 1925 and d. 11 Jan 1945 in WW II.

  5. Burley Alan Dunnam, b. 16 Jun 1895, Greene Co., MS, and d. there 24 May 1979. He m. Nola Neel on 19 Jul 1935, Greene Co., MS. She was b. there 22 Jun 1902 and d. there Mar 1996.

7. James "Jim" Lorenzo Prentiss. Born 1872, Greene Co., MS and d. Aug 1956, Whistler, AL. Census: 1870, in Unk., Greene, MS. Census: 1880, in Unk., Greene, MS. 1930 census in Toulminville and Prichard, Mobile Co., AL.

James m. Melinda Dunnam on 8 Feb 1901 at Nat Dunnam's place on Big Creek, Greene Co., MS. Born Dec 1875, Greene Co., MS. She was the dau. of Nathaniel Dunnam and Martha McLain. At some date between 1930 and 1933 they moved from Greene Co., MS and Mobile, AL. Died 18 May 1968, Whistler, AL. Census: 1910, in Unk., Greene, MS. Children:

  1. Agnes Estelle Prentiss. Born 3 Mar 1902, Leakesville, MS and d. 28 Aug 1933, Mobile, AL. Census: 1920, in Unk., Greene, MS. Not home in 1930. She married Henry Eugene Hawthorne in May 1926 in Leakesville, MS, son of Jefferson Hawthorn and Lucille Goff. He was b. 1898 in Leakesville, Ms, and died 1954 in Mobile, AL. Children:
    1. Arvel Glen Hawthorne, b. 1927. He m. Anita Walker who was b. 1927.
    2. Janis Theodora Hawthorne, b. 1933. She m Robert L. Cassibry. He was b. 1930.

  2. William Wirt Prentiss. Born 20 Oct 1903, Leakesville, MS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7.1]

  3. Pearlie Prentiss. Born 8 Jun 1905, Leakesville, MS and d. 21 Apr 1991,Fairhope, Baldwin Co., AL.
  4. Martha Abileen Prentiss. Born 1907 and d. 6 Jul 1935, Mobile, AL. Census: 1910, in Unk., Greene, MS. At home in 1930.
  5. Sally Genary Prentiss, b. 1 Aug 1908, Leakesville, MS and d. 10 Jun 1992, Mobile, AL. Sally m. Malley Malcomb Mizell Black. He was b. 1907 and d. 1969. Children:
    1. Leotine Black.
    2. Linda Black, b. 1935. She m. Charles Gaston who was b. 1934 and d. 1994.
    3. Wilda Black, b. 1938.
    4. Peggy Black, b. 1943.
    5. Patsy Black, b. 1943

  6. Melinda Prentiss. Born, circa 1909, in MS. Census: 1910, in Unk., Greene, MS.
  7. Lottie Elma Prentiss. Born 20 Mar 1910, Leakesville, MS and d. 29 Oct 1975, Mobile, AL. Census: 1920, in Unk., Greene, MS. At home in 1930. She m. Ernest Leslie Lee on 26 Mar 1932 in Lucedale, MS. He was b. 1909.
  8. Annie May/Mae Prentiss. Born 22 Jan 1912, Leakesville, MS and d. 1 Nov 1941, Leesburg, VA. Census: 1920, in Unk., Greene, MS. At home in 1930. She m. Homer Anderson.
  9. James Beauregard "Burie" Prentiss, b. Oct 1915 and d. 1975.. Census: 1920, in Unk., Greene, MS. At home in 1930.

7.1 William Wirt Prentiss. Born 20 Oct 1903, Leakesville, MS and d. 19 Aug 1951, Mobile, AL. Census: 1910, in Unk., Greene, MS. At home in 1930.

He married Grace Crenshaw. She was b. c. 1913, Montgomery, AL, and d. 25 May 2006, Mobile, AL. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Grace Crenshaw Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Press-Register (Mobile, AL) - Thursday, May 25, 2006

    Grace Crenshaw Prentiss, a former bookkeeper in the timber industry, died Tuesday at an area hospital. She was 93. A native of Montgomery, Prentiss was a resident of Mobile since 1922.

    She was a member of Murphy High School's second graduating class, according to relatives. She attended Bob Jones University in Tennessee. She was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church and had been active in church work throughout her life.

    Survivors include one son, Bill Prentiss; and one sister, Agnes Crenshaw, both of Mobile; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

    Visitation is set for 6 to 7 tonight at Radney Funeral Home on Dauphin Street, where the service will be at 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.

Son of William and Grace:

  1. William Wirts Prentiss Jr. Married. 2 sons and 3 grandsons. 2006 in Mobile, AL.

8. Mary Elizabeth Prentiss. Born, circa 1875, in MS. Census: 1880, in Unk., Greene, MS. We do not yet have a death date for her, but one might infer it was after the birth of her son, Jack, in 1894 and prior to her husband's 23 May 1895 marriage to his 2nd wife.

She married, as his 1st wife, John Luther Turner in 1892 in Greene Co., MS per Ancestry.com . He was b. 20 Sep 1863 and d. 27 Jan 1919 per Ancestry.com .

Elizabeth and John had the following children:

  1. James Nathan Turner, b. 30 Nov 1892 and d. 24 Mar 1925, age 32. At home with his father and step-mother in the 1900 Leakesville, Greene Co., MS, census. In 1920 Leakesville census with his wife, Norma, b. c. 1897, WI. Son:
    1. James H. Turner, b. c. 1918, Leakesville. At home there in 1920.

  2. Jack Lewis Turner, b. 1894 and d. 18 Apr 1943, age c. 49. At home with his father and step-mother in the 1900 Leakesville, Greene Co., MS, census. He married Icie Isabella McDonald. She was b. 21 Sep 1907 and d. 21 Aug 1967. She was the dau. of Alexander Whitman (A Z) McDonald (1860-1934) and Margaret Neel (1861-1908)

John m. as his 2nd wife, after Mary's death or divorce, Nancy Louella Perry on 23 May 1895. She was b. 7 Jun 1879 and d. 11 Apr 1967; bur. Walley Cem., Greene Co., MS. Children (per Descendants of William Turner ):

  1. William Turner. Born, 1897. He may be the William E. Turner shown in the 1940 Leakesville, Greene Co., MS census as b. c. 1897, MS, with his wife, Josie H., b. c. 1901, MS, and children:
    1. Eunice(?) Turer, b. c. 1922, MS.
    2. Wallace Turner, b. c. 1925, MS.
  2. Charles/Charley Turner, b. Feb 1898. At home in the 1900 Leakesville, Greene Co., MS, census.
  3. Fletcher Turner, b. 1898 and d. 1957. Bur. Walley Cem., Greene Co., MS. Shown in Ancestry.com but not shown at home in the 1900 Leakesville, Greene Co., MS, census.
  4. David F. Turner. Born, 1899. He may be the F. D. Turner shown in the 1940 Leakesville, Greene Co., MS census as b. c. 18971899, MS, with his wife, Katie, b. c. 1910, mother Nancy, and children:
    1. Dowan Turner, b. c. 1928
    2. Doyle Turner, b. c. 1929-30 (?)/
  5. Nancy L. Turner, b. Mar 1899. At home in the 1900 Leakesville, Greene Co., MS, census.
  6. Louellen Turner. Born, 22 Nov 1899 and d. 4 Feb 1922. Bur. Walley Cem., Greene Co., MS.
  7. Adeline/Addie I. Turner. Born, 1904.

The following additional children appear for John and Nancy at Ancestry.com but with no additional information about them:

  1. Buckshot Turner.
  2. Elmo Turner.
  3. Irvin Turner.

9. Tyra John Prentiss Sr.. He was b. Aug 1878 and d. 1947, probably Greene Co., MS. Bur. in Sweetwater Cem., Greene Co., MS. Census: 1920 and 1930, in Leakesville, Greene, MS.

He married Vesta Daughdrill on 15 Sep 1901 in Greene Co., MS. She was b. 1 Mar 1882 and d. 1 Nov 1961 and is also bur. in Sweetwater Cem., Greene Co., MS. She was the dau. of George Daughdrill and Frances Whitlock.Children:

  1. George Rawls[3] Prentiss. Born 10 Feb 1902 in MS and d. 29 Jun 1928. Census: 1920, in Leakesville, Greene, MS.
  2. Bernice Beatrice Prentiss, b. 10 Nov 1903, MS. . . . . . . [14]
  3. Mary Catherine Prentiss, b. 10 Feb 1905, in MS. . . . . . . . [15]
  4. Tyra John Prentiss Jr., b. 16 Sep 1907, MS. . . . . . . . [16]
  5. Ray "Speck" Prentiss, b. 16 Apr 1913, MS. . . . . . . [17]

10. Viola Prentiss, b. 20 Mar 1883 and d. 5 Jan 1929 in Greene Co., MS. She m. Henry David McMillan in 1901. He was b. 18 Dec 1873. Children:

  1. Thelma "Munch" McMillan, b. February 27, 1902; m. George C. (Judge) Turner; b. June 19, 1898; d. January 30, 1975, Greene County, MS.
  2. Dorothy Alice "Shug" McMillan, b. August 11, 1904; d. July 19, 1985, Greene County, MS; m. George C. Brewer; b. March 29, 1899; d. July 04, 1972, Sweetwater Cem., Ggeene County, Ms.
  3. William Ora McMillan, b. January 03, 1906; m. Nellie Pierce.
  4. Houston David "Boge" McMillan, b. October 06, 1908; m. Ester/Esther Williams.
  5. Helen E. McMillan, b. January 07, 1912; d. November 16, 1977; m. Roy McLeod.
  6. Dora Lee McMillan, b. September 10, 1912; d. October 26, 1977; m. Liege Merritt.
  7. Claude Alex "Buck" McMillan, b. April 18, 1914.
  8. Henry David McMillan, JR, b. March 18, 1919; d. May 04, 1919, Sweetwater Cemetery Greene County, MS.

11. Elizabeth/Lizzie Prentice, b. 1886. She may be the Elizabeth Prentisss shown as b. c. 1886, MS with her mother in the 1920 census in Beat 4, Perry, MS. She had 3 children (per Amy Prentiss, email, 30 Dec 2005. Amy was later murdered in 2015; see below):

  1. Bertha Prentiss. dau. of Tom Sylvester.
  2. James Haywood Prentiss, son of Arthur Bradley. He m. Ellen Bama Jane Sylvester and had six children (per Amy Prentice, email, 30 Dec 2005):
    1. Dorothy Raye Prentiss, died within a few days of birth.
    2. James Douglas Prentiss,b. 1951, the oldest living child is Amy Prentiss' father. He was born in Jones County at the Charity Hospital in 1951. He married Edith Marie Price of Hattiesburg in 1970.
      1. Amy Michelle Prentiss. b. 1974, Hattiesburg, MS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [11.1]
      2. Melanie Suzanne Prentiss, b. 1978.
    3. Robert (Bob) Leonile Prentiss, b. 1953. Married with children, including sons.
    4. Mary Lois Prentiss, b. 1955.
    5. Gary Clifford Prentiss, b. 1962. Married with children, including sons.
    6. William (Bill) Perry Prentiss, b. 1964. Married with children, including sons.
  3. Bessie Prentiss, dau. of ???. She may be the Elizabeth Prentisss shown as b. c. 1916, MS with her mother in the 1920 census in Beat 4, Perry, MS.

11.1 Amy Michelle Prentiss. b. 1974, Hattiesburg, MS, and was murdered. 14 Sep 2015, Parkinston, age 40. She was a resident of Purvis, MS at the time of her death. Her obituary reads as follows:

    The Sun Herald on Sept. 19, 2015: Amy Michelle Prentiss (1974 - 2015)

    Amy Michelle Prentiss, 40, of Perkinston, died in Gautier. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James Haywood Prentiss and Ellen Prentiss and her maternal grandfather, Paul Price. She was a member of Big Level Baptist Church. She was Valedictorian Class of 1993 at Perry Central High School and worked in the medical field for several different companies.

    She is survived by her daughter, Abigail Osteen of Perkinston; her parents, Doug and Marie Prentiss of Perkinston; her sister, Melanie S. Prentiss of Perkinston and maternal grandmother, Rensey Price of Hattiesburg and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

    Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins. Funeral service will beginning at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins. You may sign the guest book online at www.moorefuneralservices.com. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunherald/obituary.aspx?pid=175864193#sthash.teR8OQ5J.dpuf

    See Amy's photom etc., at Obituaries .

More about Amy's murder can be found in the following article:

    Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS) - Wednesday, September 16, 2015: Amy Prentiss and Ethan Schmidt: Police: No 'love triangle' between Gautier woman, Delta State professor killed

    What prompted Delta State University professor Shannon Lamb to shoot and kill his girlfriend in Gautier, then drive to the university and shoot a fellow professor there remains under investigation, though authorities said Tuesday they have ruled out any possibility of a romantic or other link between the two who were killed.

    "There is one thing I want to make clear," Cleveland Police Chief Charles "Buster" Bingham said Tuesday, noting some other media had indicated there was a romantic link between the man and woman. "We are not looking at a love triangle. We have no evidence to substantiate that."

    On Monday morning, Delta State professor Shannon Lamb, 45, called Gautier police to say he had shot to death his live-in girlfriend, Amy Prentiss, 40, at their Santa Cruz Street home Sunday. Then he expressed concern over the family hound dog still at the home, telling police she was "very sweet" and probably "upset." The dog is now with Prentiss' daughter.

    Police believe Lamb shot and killed Prentiss on Sunday night and called from Delta State on Monday morning to report it. There, Lamb shot and killed Delta State history professor Ethan Schmidt, 39, in his office. Schmidt had been shot three times with a .38-caliber handgun, in the neck, cheek and right arm, authorities said, while he was either entering or leaving his office. Schmidt had a book bag on his shoulder.

    Lamb later shot and killed himself in the driveway of a home in Greenville after police there caught up with him.

    Bingham said investigators have been told Lamb and Schmidt didn't get along. "But I'm not going to say they didn't get along because we've also had people saying they did get along," he said. "You have to understand that even though everything happened (at the university) Monday, it is still early in the investigation. We aren't going to make any assumptions. We are not going to make a motive declaration. We are looking at every possibility."

    Tenure question. Relatives of Prentiss said Lamb didn't like Schmidt because he blamed the professor for Lamb's failure to get tenure at the university after he earned a doctorate in education in the spring. According to Delta State, however, a change in the university's policy was actually the reason Lamb was not automatically given tenure upon receiving his doctorate.

    Lamb, who started working at the university in 2009 and taught geography and education, was teaching two online classes this year. His one classroom course had been canceled.

    Relatives of Prentiss said Lamb didn't like Schmidt. "My daughter heard him say he didn't like Schmidt," said Shawn O'Steen, Prentiss' ex-husband. "He thought that the man stopped him from getting tenure or something like that and it wasn't even the case."

    O'Steen, who had remained good friends with Prentiss over the 15 years since their divorce, said their daughter, Abigail, is "absolutely distraught" over her mother's death. "They were best friends," he said. "They could have been sisters."

    How they met. Prentiss and Lamb got together after they met at a fair in Biloxi in 2012. Prentiss' daughter is a musician and she was performing there, as was Lamb, who was playing guitar and singing the blues. "He seemed like a really nice guy at first," O'Steen said. But Lamb had some personal issues, O'Steen said, and sometimes became very agitated. "He could be violent and abusive," he said. "Abigail was afraid for her mother."

    Lamb and Prentiss were together off and on over the years. They had broken up earlier this year, O'Steen said, then gotten back together recently. Prentiss and Lamb had been living for about a month at the Gautier home where Prentiss died. O'Steen said he'd done the survey work for the home for them, but still was concerned over Prentiss' relationship with Lamb because of his daughter's reaction. "Abigail was very distressed when they got back together," he said. "Now, this has happened and for what reason? It just doesn't make sense." 'This was meaningless'

    Prentiss was valedictorian of Perry High School when she graduated in 1993. She studied nursing and became a registered nurse. She also had a master's degree in entertainment management, something O'Steen said she got so she could help their daughter in her music career.

    The mother and daughter often traveled together, he said, and Prentiss financed their daughter's first album at a Nashville recording studio. "They did absolutely everything together," he said. "She would take Abigail to concerts across the country. She even took her to the Grammys in 2012." They had also been in a beauty pageant together. Prentiss was also active in animal rescue and volunteered in the community.

    O'Steen said he was just "dumbfounded" when he first learned Prentiss had been shot to death. "My daughter called me around 1 o'clock (Monday)," he said. "Then I had to go to her parents' home to tell them. When someone is murdered, it's terrible, but when someone is murdered and then the person kills themselves, it's like, 'Why did this happen?' Why didn't the man just kill himself? Why did he have to take someone away? This is my daughter's mother. He stole her away from my daughter. And her parents, he took her from them, too. It would almost make you feel better if you could understand why.

    "He took away a valued citizen who contributed positively to the community and was a good mother and a good daughter as well as a good friend to a lot of people. This was meaningless."

Amy m. Shawn Edmond O'Steen of Stone County, MS in 1992. Daughter:

    li> Beatrice Abigail O'Steen, b. 1996.

12. Coleman "Coley" Field Dunnam, b. 16 Jan 1884, Greene Co., MS and d. 7 May 1951. He married Maude A. Pope. She was b. 11 Jun 1892, Greene Co., MS and d. 26 Mar 1966. Children:

  1. William Wayne[4] Dunnam Sr. . . . . . . . . [18]
  2. Wessie Lou Dunnam, b.1 Mar 1916. . . . . . . [19]
  3. Rosa Emaline Dunnam, b. 26 Oct 1917. She married Peter Phillip Kerkel Sr.
  4. Evelyn Zoe Dunnam, b. 6 Feb 1923, Bogalusa, LA, and d. 29 Apr 1994. She married James George Litherland Jr. on 7 May 1945. He was b. 19 Feb 1922, Shreveport, LA and d. 7 Jul 1983, Dallas, TX.
  5. Freda Alice Dunnam, b. 24 Aug 1925, Franklinton, LA and d. 20 Oct 1999. . . . . . . . [20]

13. Hattie Noland Dunnam, b. 2 Mar 1886 in Greene Co., MS and d. 9 Aug 1962 in New Orleans, LA. She m. James Murcock Averyon 8 Apr 1908, Greene Co., MS, son of John Avera and Lydia Davis/Jones. He was b. 8 May 1881 in Greene Co., MS and d. 12 Sep 1947 in New Orleans, LA. Both bur. Mutual Rights Cemetery, Greene Co., MS. Both are bur. in Mutual Rights Cem., Greene Co., MS.Children:

  1. Gladys Maurie Avera, b. 24 Oct 1908. She m. Bryant Elmer Rawls.
  2. Ruby Jewel Avera, b. 15 Mar 1910 and d. ????. Bur. Mutual Rights Cemetery, Greene Co. MS. She m. Richard Davis Cochran. He was b. 5 Sep 1910 and d. 30 Sep 1967. Also bur. Mutual Rights Cemetery.
  3. Alma Agnes Avera, b. 12 Mar 1912, Avera, MS. She m. Ernest Trelles.
  4. Benjamin Mellus Foster Avera, b. 1 Aug 1914.
  5. Jincy Waldene Avera, b. 14 Jul 1917.
  6. George Taylor Avera, b. 27 Jun 1919.
  7. Marne Dee Avera, b. 12 Nov 1921, Greene County, MS and d. 17 Jan 2004, Ruston, LA. She married Robert Franklin Grambling on 25 Dec 1943 in New Orleans, LA. He was born 10 May 1921 in Shreveport, LA. Children:
    1. Robert Gregory Grambling, b. 27 Jan 1950, Minden, LA.
    2. Constance Ethel Grambling, b. 6 Aug 1946. She m. Geiorge Bertram Lane on 9 Dec 1972.
  8. James Mayo Avera, b. 20 May 1924, New Orleans, LA.

14. Bernice Beatrice Prentissk, b. 10 Nov 1903, in MS and d. 22 Jul 1973; bur. Sweetwater Cem., Greene Co., MS. Census: 1920 and 1930 in Leakesville, Greene, MS. At home in 1930 census. She married Duncan Leon "Nig" Turner c. 1934. He was born 3 Apr 1897, and d. 17 Nov 1959 and bur in Sweetwater Cem., Greene Co. MS. Children:

  1. Anne Katherine Turner, b. c. 1936. She m. Marion "Buddy" Pierce. He was b. c. 1947 and d. 11 Oct 1994. Children (per Greene Family ):
    1. Cynthia Turner "Cindi" Pierce. She m. James Shannon Arnold on 25 Jun 1988.
    2. Eddie Pierce.
  2. Hal Turner, b. c. 1942. He married Peggy Hicks. He m. Peggy Hicks. Children:
    1. Ashley Turner.
    2. Lee Turner.
    3. Ryan Turner.
  3. Tyra Duncan Turner, b. c. 1944. He married Betty Sue James, dau. of Walton James. Son:
    1. Patrick Duncan Turner.

15. Mary Catherine Prentiss, b. 10 Feb 1905, in MS [2]. Died,1998. Census: 1920, in Leakesville, Greene, MS. At home in 1930 census. She had 2 children:

  1. Ronnie T. (Tommie) Prentiss, b. 31 Dec 1938.
  2. Quida Prentiss., b. 7 Mar 1942.

16. Tyra John Prentiss Jr., b. 16 Sep 1907, MS, and d. 18 Mar 2001, Semmes, Mobile Co., AL (per SSDI). Census: 1920 in Leakesville, Greene, MS. His obituary reads as follows:

    Mobile Register (AL) - Tuesday, March 20, 2001: Tyra John Prentice

    Tyra John Prentice, a retired dairy owner, died Sunday at a local nursing facility. He was 93. He was a native of Leakesville, Miss., and a resident of Semmes.

    Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Higby and Evon Carpenter, both of Mobile; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

    Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at Radney Funeral Home on Dauphin Street, where services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Wolf Ridge Cemetery.

He m. Opal McInnis on 8 Jun 1929. She was b. 1908, dau. of Emile McInnis and Mary Williams. Children:

  1. Carolyn Prentiss, b. c. 1930. She m. Mr. Higby and 2001 lived in Mobile, AL.
  2. Evon Prentiss, b. c. 1932. She m. Mr. Carpenter and in 2001 lived in Mobile, AL.

17. Ray "Speck" Prentiss. Born, 16 Apr 1913, in MS. Died, 30 Mar 1999 in Leakesville, MS. Census: 1920 and 1930 in Leakesville, Greene, MS. At home in 1930.

He m. Jettie Elizabeth McLoed, b. 20 Dec 1912, MS, and d. 12 Mar 1990, Leakesville, Greene Co., MS. Her Ancestor Char: Ancestry.com . They had 6 children (per Ancestry.com), including:

  1. Dannie Lou Prentiss, m. Rush Churchwell and lived in Leakesville.
  2. Betsey Prentiss, b. 29 Nov 1942, Leakesville, Greene Co., MS. She m. Mr. Dueitt.
  3. Fannie Kate Prentiss. She m. Donnie and lived in Leakesville.
  4. Arthur Ray Prentiss, b. c. 1939, MS. 1940 in Leakesville, Greene Co., MS. He m. Theresa. Children:
    1. Rasha Prentiss. She m. Mr. Green of Leakesville, MS.
    2. Patricia Prentiss. She m. Mr. Etheredge of Mobile, AL.
    3. Kenneth R. Prentiss, b. c. 1963, Mobile, AL, and d, 12 Oct 1994, Leakesville. His obituary reads as follows:

        Kenneth R. Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Mobile Register (AL) - Thursday, October 13, 1994

        LEAKESVILLE, MS. Kenneth Ray Prentiss, a respiratory therapist at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, died Wednesday at a local health care facility. He was 31. A native of Mobile, Prentiss resided in Leakesville. He was a member of the Leakesville Church of Christ.

        He is survived by his parents, Theresa and Arthur Prentiss of Leakesville, and two sisters, Rasha Green of Leakesville and Patricia Etheredge of Mobile.

        Visitation is scheduled this evening from 5 to 10 at Freeman Funeral Home in Leakesville. Services are set for 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel, with interment at Magnolia-McLeod Cemetery in Leakesville.

  5. Elwood Prentiss. He is tentatively identified as the Thomas Elwood Prentiss shown in the Descendants of John Smith who was b. 24 Jun 1944 and who m. Hollie Virginia Smith on 24 Jun 1965. She had a prior marriage to Odis Lee Dunnam. June 24, 1965. Children of Thomas and Hollie:
    1. Robert Thomas Prentiss, b. 3 Dec 1966. He m. Marcie Lee Beech on 7 Jul 1984. She was born 13 Dec 1967. Children:
      1. Robin Nicole Prentiss, b. 7 Oct 1988.
      2. Mallory Corinna Prentiss, b. 6 Jun 1990.
      3. Anna Elizabeth Prentiss, b. 25 Apr 1996.
      4. Allie Marie Prentiss, b. 18 May 1999.
    2. Martha Lenore Prentiss, b. 21 Aug 1968.
    3. John Daniel Prentiss, b. 21 Nov 1971.

  6. Roger Rawles Prentiss, b. 4 Jul 1948, Leakesville, Greene Co., MS, and d. 12 Jun 2010, McComb, Pike Co., MS. His obituary reads as follows:

      Enterprise-Journal (McComb, MS) - Sunday, June 13, 2010 Deceased Name: Roger Rawls Prentiss Roger Rawls Prentiss, 61, of McComb, died June 12, 2010, at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

      Visitation is 5 to 9 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Services, then Monday at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church of McComb until services there at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Woody Rimes and Dr. Vic Walsh officiating. Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery.

      Mr. Prentiss was born July 4, 1948, in Leakesville. He was the son of the late Ray and Jettie Elizabeth McLoud Prentiss.

      He was retired from Higgins Middle School, where he was an elementary teacher. He also was a retired director for the WEE Center at First Baptist Church of McComb.

      Mr. Prentiss was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, where he served in many departments. He was a deacon, a Sunday school teacher for all ages, and was very dedicated to the children's choir and Bible drill teams. He was also a member of the church choir and loved to play the handbells.

      Mr. Prentiss was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bety Dueitt; and a brother, Dudley Graham Prentiss.

      Suvivors include his wife of 36 years, Katherine Case Prentiss of McComb; three daughters and a son-in-law, Katherine Michelle Prentiss of Hattiesburg, Kimberly Dawn Prentiss Gill and Jacob of Franklinton, La., and Kristen Lee Prentiss of McComb; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Arthur Ray and Theresa Prentiss, and Enwood and Virginia Prentiss, all of Leakesville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Fannie Kate Prentiss and husband Donnie, and Dannie Lou and Rush Churchwell, all of Leakesville.

      In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church Bible Drill Scholarship Fund, 1700 Delaware Ave., McComb, MS 39648. To share sympathies or condolences, visit jonesfamilyfuneralservices.net.

    He m. Katherine Case. Children:

    1. Katherine Michelle Prentiss of Hattiesburg,
    2. Kimberly Dawn Prentiss. She m. Jacob Gill and lived in Franklinton, LA.
    3. Kristen Lee Prentiss of McComb.
    4. Arthur Ray Prentiss. He m. Theresa. Lived in Leakesville.
    5. Enwood Prentiss. He m. Virginia. Lived in Leakesville.

18. William Wayne Dunnam Sr. He married Dozie Foley. Children:

  1. William Wayne[5] Dunnam Jr. . . . . . . . [21]
  2. Thomas "Tommy" Coleman Dunnam, b. 9 Jul 1945. He married, first, Marie McClure on 27 Jul 1967. He married, second, Constance Kernodle Kuehn on 4 Aug 1978. He married, third, Mary Margaret Borsky on 18 Aug 1984.
  3. Elizabeth Ann Dunnam, b. 18 Jul 1952. She married Arthur Albert De Putte on 23 Jan 1981. He was b. 5 Jul 1949.
  4. Margaret Jean Dunnam, b. 14 Oct 1953, Baton Rouge, LA. She m. Thomas Lindsey Tyler on 6 Apr 1985.

19. Wessie Lou[4] Dunnam, b. 1 Mar 1916. She married Maurice Dale Faulkerson on 9 Jun 1936. Children:

  1. (Infant son) Faulkerson, b. 14 Oct 1940.
  2. Maurice Dale Faulkerson Jr., b. 10 Oct 1941.

20. Freda Alice Dunnam, b. 24 Aug 1925 in Franklinton, LA and d. 20 Oct 1999. Occupation: MD. She married Edward Missavage Jr. Occupation: MD. Children:

  1. Edward C. Missavage.
  2. Karen Missavage.
  3. Paul Missavage..
  4. Gwe Missavage
  5. Ann Evelyn Missavage. Born, 1955. Occupation: MD.

21. William Wayne Dunnam Jr., b. 28 Jul 1940, Baton Rouge, LA.

He married, first, Sandra Champeau on 12 Mar 1963. She was b. 1 Dec 1942. Children:

  1. Leslie Shannon[6] Dunnam, b. 10 Jan 1964.

  2. William Arthur Dunnam, b. 7 Jun 1965, Baton Rouge, LA. He m. Catherine Louise Fair. She was b. 17 Jul 1967, Lincoln, NE. Son:
    1. Luke Dunnam, b. 9 Sep 1999, Anchorage, AK (per Ashley Dunnam, email, 20 Nov 2004).

He married, second, Shannon Rhome on 31 Dec 1976. She was b. 14 Dec 1949. Children:

  1. Christine Elizabeth Dunnam, b. 22 Apr 1979, Huntington Beach, Orange Co., CA.

He married, third, Carol Carrie Paolisso. Born, 1948. By email of 10 Oct 2008. J. Hale Hilton advises that she is a friend of Carol Carrie Paolisso back when we lived in Laguna Beach, CA, in the late '70's early 1980's and the last time she saw Carol, she was moving to Palm Springs, CA. William and Carol had a daughter:

  1. Ashley Jillian Dunnam, b. 15 Jun 1991 (per Ashley Dunnam, email, 20 Nov 2004).

Who are William Alexander Prentice's Parents?

It seems likely William's parents are among the approximately 30 Prentice families appearing in the NY 1810 census. His father may be named Alexander, William's middle name, or perhaps James or John, the names of William's sons. We started down that list to see who had children under 10 years of age in 1920 in the hope that it would narrow down the possibilities. Unfortunately that approach didn't work out. Virtually every one of those families had at least 1 child under 10 in 1920 and some had 2 or 3 under 10.

It appears that the only way to identify William's parents is from the Mississippi end. We know that at some date before 1838, William, with or without his family, moved to Mississippi. He m. Mary Rainey/Raney on 9 Nov 1838 in Hinds Co., MS. He also appears a year and a half later in the 1840 Hinds Co., MS census as William A. Prentiss. He died in August 1849 in Greene Co., MS of consumption.

We suggest the following approach:

  1. Go to Hinds County and check the marriage records for William's marriage and possible marriages of any possible siblings. A marriage will almost certainly give the names of his parents and perhaps his specific place of birth. Also check property Deeds since those sometimes refer to the buyer's previous place of residence.

  2. Go to Greene County and search the death records and burial records. Again, they will likely give the names of his parents and perhaps his specific place of birth.Also check Deeds for the same reason.

  3. In both counties check at the local and county libraries which often contain county histories containing biographical information about early settlers. If one is fortunate, the library may also have an old August 1849 newspaper containing his obituary which may have helpful information. Also, check the local genealogical libraries and societies there.

  4. It may also be useful to do the same searches for each of the 4 children of William since their documents and biographies may contain information about William.

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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