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Ernest C. Prentice of NY and Springfield, Hampden Co., MA

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Ernest C. Prentice of NY and Springfield, Hampden Co., MA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2010 and Revised 11 Jun 2013

1. Ernest C. Prentice was b. c. 1894, NY, as were his parents. He appears with his wife and family in the 1930 1920 census in Chicopee, Hampden Co., MA and in the 1930 census in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, where he is called "Ernest C. Prentice" In the 1940 census he is called "Earl C. Prentice."

He m. May C.,(Called "Mary Prentice" in the 1940 census} b. c. 1896, Canada English, with her father b. in Scotland and mother in Canada English. Children:

  1. Earl George "George" Prentice, b. 2 Oct 1915, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Betty L. Prentice, b. c. 1921, MA, with her father b. in NY and mother in Canada English. At home in 1930. Mentioned as living without further information in the 1999 obituary of her brother, Kenneth, below.
  3. Kenneth John Prentice, b. c. 1927, MA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . [3]

2. Earl G. Prentice, b. 2 Oct 1915, NY, and d. 27 Oct 2004 in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie Co., FL, per SSDI. At home in 1930.

He m. Beatrice LaPalme, b. 21 Dec 1918, Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, and d. 23 Jul 2004, Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie Co., FL. She was the dau. of Phillip LaPalme and Bella Charpentier per Ancestry.com . A newspaper item about the marriage reads as follows:

    Miss LaPalme Selects Thanksgiving to Wed Earl Prentice, Jr.
    Invitations are in the mails for the marriage of Miss Beatrice LaPalme, daughter of Mr and Mrs Phillip LaPalme of Alfred St and Earl Prentice Jr, son of Mr and Mrs Earl Prentice (sic) of Moore St, which will take place Thanksgiving morning at 8 in St Thomas's church. (Dated Thurs Nov 5, 1936)

Children of Ernest and Beatrice:

  1. Janice Prentice, b. 1 Nov 1937 and d. 8 Oct 1970
  2. Donald Prentice, b. 29 Mar 1943, and d. 1979.

3. Kenneth John Prentice, b. c. 1927, MA, and d. 13 Oct 1999, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Ft. Pierce, FL. Both parents were b. in NY. At home in 1930. His obituary reads as follows:

    Fort Pierce News (FL) - Friday, October 22, 1999: Kenneth John Prentice

    FORT PIERCE - Kenneth John Prentice, 72, of Fort Pierce, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.

    A native of Springfield, Mass., he lived in Fort Pierce for 29 years. He moved here from Springfield. He was an automobile salesman. He served in the Navy.

    Survivors include a brother, Earl Prentice and his wife Beatrice of Fort Pierce; five daughters; a son; a sister; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

    Arrangements were under the direction of All County Funeral Home & Crematory Treasure Coast Chapel in Stuart.

He m. Unknown, but not mentioned or identified in Kenneth's obituary. She was either deceased or divorced by 1999. Children:

  1. Daughter Prentice.
  2. Daughter Prentice.
  3. Daughter Prentice.
  4. Daughter Prentice.
  5. Daughter Prentice.
  6. Son Prentice.

Who are Ernest C. Prentice's Parents?

Ernest C. Prentice, (so named in the 1930 census), is called "Earl C. Prentice" in the 1940 census. Also, a wedding item of his son, Earl, says Earl's father is "Earl Prentice" of Moore St., presumably Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. No "Earl Prentice" appears in the 1930 census other than an unrelated Earl G. Prentice. For now we go with "Ernest C. Prentice."

Although b. 1894, Ernest does not appear in the 1900 or 1910 census. Neither does he appear in the SSDI.

Our Henry Prentice eBook shows an "Earl Allison Prentiss", b. 1 May 1894, Schuyler Co., NY, but the middle name does not match the middle "C" initial and surname spelling shown for the above "Earl C. Prentice."

Investigation as to the identity of the parents of Ernest C. Prentice continues.

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