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John Prentice of Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois

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John Prentice of Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2007 and Revised 1 May 2009

1. John Prentice may have been b. c. 1935-1935 and perhaps in Paw Paw, Lee Co., IL, where he m. in 1961. He was living in Paw Paw in 2009.

He m. Amber L.Meyer on 28 Oct 1961 in the First Preesbyterian Church of Paw Paw. She was b. 15 Jul 1938 in Waterman to Homer Meyer and Vida Casey, and d. 29 Jan 2009, at the Mendota, IL, Community Hospital. Her obituary published in The Mendota Reporter if 4 Feb 2009, Mendota, IL, reads as follow

    Amber L. Prentice
    Posted: Wednesday, Feb 4th, 2009, BY: Staff

    Amber L. Prentice, 70, of Paw Paw died Jan. 29, 2009 at Mendota Community Hospital.

    Cremation rites were accorded. Services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 31 at the First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw with Rev. Dr. Anne Hoflen and Rev. Ken Foster officiating. Inurnment was at Wyoming Cemetery. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until time of service on Jan. 31 at the church. Torman Funeral Home assisted the family.

    Mrs. Prentice was born on July 15, 1938 in Waterman to Homer and Vida (Casey) Meyer. She married John Prentice on Oct. 28, 1961 at the Methodist Church in Paw Paw.

    Survivors include her husband of Paw Paw; two sons, John (Stephanie) Prentice of Paw Paw and Clinton Young of DeKalb; one daughter, Deanna (Dana) Murray of Greenfield, Mo.; two sisters, Ora June Bannister of Somonauk and Ila (Bill) Jones of Amboy; three grandchildren, Emily and Mitch Prentice and Merek Young; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Meyer; three sisters, Mary Kelley, Dora Englehart, and Lois Spears; two infant sisters, Gladys and Rose; one son in infancy; and one grandson, Jansen Murray.

    Mrs. Prentice was a babysitter for many children in the Paw Paw area.

Children of John and Amber per obituary:

  1. (infant) Prentice. Died in infancy.
  2. John Prentice In 2009 lived in Paw Paw. He m. Stephanie. Children:
    1. Emily Prentice.
    2. Mitch Prentice.
  3. Clinton Young (stepson?). In 2009 lived in DeKalb. Child:
    1. Merek Young.
  4. Deanna (Prentice?). She m. Dana Murray and in 2009 lived in Greenfield, MO.

Who are John Prentice's Parents?

There is a good probability that he is a grandson of James C. Prentice of Paw Paw, Lee Co., IL who is #634in our John-3 eBook. Here is what we have for James C. Prentice:so far:

    634. James C. Prentice (Asahel, 349). Born, Nov 1859, in Unk., Lee, IL. Census: 1880, in Unk., Lee, IL. Census: 1900, in Paw Paw, Lee, IL. Census: 1910, in Pawpaw, Lee, IL. Not in 1920 census.

    He married Martha J. c. 1877-84. Born, Apr 1859, in IL. Census: 1900, in Paw Paw, Lee, IL. Census: 1910, in Paw Paw, Lee, IL. Children:

    1. (perhaps) Lyle Prentice was b. May 1879 in IL. He appears in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 Brooklyn, Lee Co., IL census (but not 1930 census; see Milo, below) with his wife, Emma M., b. c. 1881 in IL, and children:

      1. Ethel E. Prentice, b. c. 1905, IL. See Milo, below.
      2. Milo J. Prentice, b. 23 Sep 1906, IL and d. 25 Apr 1997 in Rochelle, Ogle Co., IL (per census and SSDI. He appears in the 1930 census in Paw Paw, Lee Co., IL as the head of the household and living with his siblings, Ethel, Eva, Earl, Raymond and Dorothy.
      3. Neva/Eva M. Prentice, b. c. 1909, IL. See Milo, above.
      4. Earl W. Prentice, b. 17 Dec 1912 and d. Mar 1984, Boise, Ada Co., ID (per census and SSDI). See Milo, above.
      5. Raymond C. Prentice, b. 6 Nov 1913, IL and d. 15 Feb 1998, Paw Paw, Lee Co, IL (per census and SSDI). See Milo, above.
      6. Dorothy M. Prentice, b. c. 1916, IL. See Milo, above.

    2. Harry B. Prentice. Born, Apr 1885, in IL. Census: 1900, in Pawpaw, Lee, IL. Census: 1910, in Pawpaw, Lee, IL. He married Pearl M. He appears in the 1920 and 1930 census in Wyoming, Lee Co., IL, with his wife, Pearl M., b. c. 1887, IL, and children:

      1. Edith Prentice, b. c. 1911, IL. At home in 1930.
      2. James C.(?) Prentice, b. c. 1914, IL. At home in 1930. He may, or may not, be the James Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 25 Jun 1913 and d. Apr 1984 in Mendota, La Salle Co., IL. Additional investigation is needed to determine whether he is the father of James A. Prentice, 62, of Mendota who died (2005?) in Mendota Community Hospital. Services were in Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peru. Burial in Restland Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, 800 Monroe St., Mendota.
      3. Esther Prentice, b. c. 1916, IL. At home in 1930.
      4. Ruth Prentice, b. c. 1921, IL.

      Living with Harry and his family in 1920 and 1930 was his mother, Martha J.

    3. (perhaps) John Prentice, b. c. 1896, who is shown in the 1930 census in Paw Paw, Lee Co., IL.

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