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Scott Aaron Prentice of VT and Lyon Mountain, Clinton Co., NY

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Scott Aaron Prentice of VT and Lyon Mountain, Clinton Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2010 and Revised 2 Aug 2015

We are helping Shelyn Prentice and David Charlebois in tracing their Prentice roots. This article is an updating of our earlier Summer 2010 article entitled Richard Wilfred Prentice of Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY . Richard in that article is now #3 in this article.

1. Henry Prentice (called Henry Prentiss in the 1870 census). We have conflicting information about his date and place of birth:

  • The 1860 census does not show any Henry Prentice/ss living in VT and b. in 1830-1845 range.
  • The 1870 census in St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT, says he was b. c. 1835, MA. No information about parents.
  • The 1880 census in Plattsburgh says he was b. c. 1840 in VT, as were his parents..
  • The 1900 census entry for his son, Scott, says Henry was b. in Spain. No age given and no info. about parents.

Henry appears with his wife, Cornelia, and children in the 1880 census in Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., NY, as a Machinist. In any event, Henry d. before 1900 (but see Fn. 1) as his wife was then shown as a widow. He may be (but see Fn. 1) the Henry Prentice who died in a hunting accident which was reported 1 Jul 1904, below:

    Article 7/1/1904
    MISTAKEN FOR A DEER: Henry Prentice Shot to Death in the Woods.
    Henry Prentice, formerly a resident of this city, was found dead in the woods Tuesday about two and a half miles from Paul Smith's hotel. Mr. Prentice who was employed at the hotel as a machinist, had gone hunting on Sunday and when he did not return that night or the next forenoon search was made for him and about 8:30 in the forenoon his body was found in the woods.

    Prentice, in company with Charles Nichols, had left Paul Smith's before daylight Sunday and went to the Osgood river, where they parted with the intention of hunting deer, agreeing to meet later in the day. Early in the evening, Nichols started for home, Preniice not having made his appearance at the appointed place, and Nichols thought that he had gone back to the hotel. Mr. Prentice not having received a gift returned to the house the next morning searching parties started out and) early Tuesday morning his body was on a deer runway near the Osgood river. There was a hole in his chin showing that he 'had been shot, and when the bullet was found in his head it proved to be from a Winchester.

    The finding of the body brought to Nichols' mind the fact that about five o'clock on Sunday morning he saw men in a boat on the river and heard a rifie shot, but paid no attention to it. thinking that someone bad shot a deer. Late Tuesday afternoon Jerry Parsons, a carpenter, whose home is at Rloomingdale, confessed that he was the man who fired the fatal shot.

    He stated that he was.nut hunting with a man named Williams, and taking Prentice for a deer in the woods he fired. he then went ashore to get his supposed deer and saw the body lying in the runway. He failed to recognize the man, and prompted by fear, he left the; body where it had fallen and then kept silent.

    'Mr. Prentice left here about 16 years ago [c. 1888] after having filled the position of foreman in the D. & H. shops here for a number of years. He weut from here to Rutland but for the past ten years [about 1894-1904] has been at Paul Smith's where his funeral was held Wednesday.

Henry m. Cornelia A.. We also have conflicting information about her date and place of birth:

  • The 1870 St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT, census says she was b. c. 1837, Canada.
  • The 1880 Plattsburg, Clinton Co., NY, census says she was b. c. 1843, Canada.
  • The 1900 Georgia, Franklin Co., VT, census says she was b. Dec 1857, NY (father b. in Scotland and mother in England) and d. 21 Mar 1908, Plattsburg. She appears in the 1900 census in Plattsburg, Clinton Co., NY, as a widow and head of the household.

    Cornelia's obituary, published 28 Mar 1908, reads as follows: "Ai her home in Plattsburgh, March 21, 1908. Mrs. Cornelia Prentice. Mrs. Prentice has been for many years a resident of Plattsburgh. She is survived by two sons, Charles and Scott Prentice, residents of Plattsburgh, and Mrs. Frank Vail of Cambridge, Mass.

Children of Henry and Cornelia per the 1880 and 1900 census and obituaries:

  1. Minnie Prentice, b. c. 1867, Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1.1]

  2. Charles M. Prentice (called Charles H. Prentice in the 1870 St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT, census. We have conflicting information for his date and place of birth:

    • The 1870 census says he was b. c. 1869, Canada.
    • The 1880 Plattsburg census says he was b. c. 1871, VT.
    • The 1900 Plattsburg census say, b. Jan 1880, VT.

    He m. Martha b. Mar 1882, VT. The were living with Charles mother in the 1900 Plattsburg census. Not in 1910, 1920 or 1930 census. Mentioned in 1915 obit. of his brother, Scott, as then living at 24 Hamilton St., Plattsburg, NY. Not in the SSDI.

  3. Scott "Scotty" Aaron Prentice was b. Jan 1882, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Also appearing the 1900 household were 2 boarders, Allen and Louise Young.

1.1 Minnie Prentice, b. c. 1867, Canada (per the 1870 census) or was b. c.1869, VT (per 1880 census, Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., NY). The newspaper item reporting her wedding reads as follows:

    MARRIAGE: In Plattsburgh, at the residence of the bride' parents, August 24, 1886, by Rev. Walter D. Nicholas, of Albany, FRANK VAIL and Miss MINNIE PRENTICE, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Prentice. As Mr. Prentice is the well-known Master Mechanic of the D. & H. C. Co., at this place, and Mr. Vail the cashier at the freight depot, their railroad friends improved the opportunity as they were leaving on the evening train wedding trip to New York, Washington and other points, to give them a ."send off" worthy of the occasion.

    As the train moved out of the depot, the City Band struck up, while the whistles from seven locomotives chimed In their congratulations, which were loudly encored by the torpedoes which were exploded upon the rails as the wheels revolved.

Minnie Prentice m. Frank E. Vail c. 1886-1887. He was b. c. 1866, NY (father b. in Canada and mother in Canada per 1880 census, although the 1900 census says she was b. in NY.) Minnie is mentioned in the 1915 obit. of her brother, Scott, as then living in Rochester, Windsor Co., VT. 1920 census in Rochester, Windsor Co., VT. Not in 1930 census. Children per 1920 census.

  1. Ralph E. Vail, b. c. 1888, NY. He m. Elsie O., b. c. 1888, MA, and they were living with his parents in the 1920 census in Rochester, VT. Also in the household was Frank E. Vail's widowed mother, Mary J. Vail, b. c. 1840, NY. Ralph and Elsie appear in the 1930 census in Yonkers, Westcheser Co., NY with no other person in the household. Son of Ralph and Elsie:

    1. Scott P. Vail, b. c. 1909, MA. 1920 census at home in Rochester, VT. Not in 1930 census. It is unclear whether he is the Scott P. Vail shown in the SSDI as b. 1 Oct 1908, obtained his SS# in NY, and d. 29 Aug 2000 in West Barnstable, Barnstable Co., MA. It unclear whether he had a wife who appears in the SSDI as Gertrude B. Vail, b. 26 Feb 1906, obtained her SS# in MA, and d. 26 Jul 1999, also in West Barnstable, Barnstable Co., MA.

2. Scott "Scotty" Aaron Prentice was b. Jan 1882 (the 1880 Plattsburgh census says b. c. 1872) in Vermont per the 1900 Plattsburg, Clinton Co., NY census, and d. c. 10 Aug 1915 per his obituary, below. Bur. in Riverside Cem., Plattsburg. The 1882 Scott Prentice does not appear in the 1910 and 1920 census. A 1910 news item reports the following:

    Scott Prentice has been granted an, absolute divorce from his wife Mae Prentice, who was formerly Mrs, Richard Kearns.

Scott's obituary of 10 Aug 1915 reads as follows:

    DEATH NOTICE: For a number of years in the employ of the D and H. railroad and well known among railroad men, Scott Prentice passed away Sunday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank Vail, of Rochester, Vt. Mr. Prentice had been ill for about two years and had: gone tp Vermont on account: of his health. He was In his 43rd year (sic, an apparent typo) and was unmarried.

    He survived by his brother, |C. M. Prentice, of this city, and his sister, Mrs. [Minnie] Vail.

    Mr, Prentice had lived in this city during; the greater part of his life, coming here from St. Albans, Vt., with his parents when he was but several years old. He left Plattsburgh about three years ago and went] to Vermont where he hoped to Improve in health.

    The funeral services were *held yesterday at the home of fhis sister, Mrs. [Minnie] Vail, at Rochester, VT and the remains are to arrive here this morning for interment. Burial services will be observed at the home of his brother, C, [Charles] M. Prentice, at No. 24 'Hamilton, street, tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock. The interment will be at Riverside cemetery.

Scott apparently had a relationship of an unknown nature with Unknown woman. Sons:

  1. Richard Wilfred Prentice, b. 7 Nov 1907, Lyon Mountain, Clinton Co., NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

  2. Scott Prentice, b. c. 1907-08, NY. He appears in the 1920 Plattsburg census where he is called a nephew of Leander Lacy(?) (indexed as "Tacy") (b. c. 1840, Canada) and his wife, Phoebe, b. 1847, Canada).

Scott then m. Dorothy May/Mae Goldon on 13 Jun 1909 in Plattsburg. The Plattsburg Daily Press reports it as follows: PRENTICE—GOLDEN—In Plattsburgh, June 13, 1909, at the Baptist parsonage, by Rev. C. II. Perkins, D. D., Scott Prentice and Miss Mae Gollen [Golden], both of Piattsburgh.

Dorothy, apparently later divorced Scott and m. Jason King. Dorothy's obituary reads as follows:

    Massena Courier Observer, Thursday, March 6, 1952
    W. Prentice's Mother Dies In Watertown

    Watertown — Mrs. Dorothy M. King, 63, wife of Jason L. King, 220 Michigan Ave., died at 9 a.m. Monday morning, March 3, 1952. She had been ill for a long time with a heart ailment and had been confined to her bed intermittently for a period of years.

    Funeral services were held at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Cleveland Funeral Home, 404 Sherman St., and at 2 in the First Methodist Church,

    Surviving Mrs. King, besides her husband, are a son, Richard Prentice of Masaena, born of her first marriage (sic); a step-son, Harold L. King, city; and grandchildren.

    She was born June 9, 1889, in Plattsburg, a daughter of Joseph and Dorothea Golden. Her mother died when Mrs. King was two months old, after which the was brought up by her grandparents. She was married, first, about 1906 to Scott Prentice of Plattsburg. He died about 40 years ago. She was later married to Lyman Barnes and they lived in Blnghamton. After his death, she came to Watertown about 1980.

    She was married to Jason L. King of this city at the parsonage of the Emmanuel Congregational Church on July 1, 1933 by the Rev. Richard H. Bowen, then pastor of the church. Mr. King has been a resident of this city since 1918. Mrs. King was a member of the First Methodist Church, its official board and its Delta. Alpha Bible das*. She was communion steward of the church for years until illness compeled her to relinquish the position. She was also a member of Cairo Temple, Daughters of the Nile, and of Garland Rebekah Lodge, 151.

Dorothy and Jason lived in Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, where they raised Richard. Jason owned a car dealership in Watertown. Jason King may be the Jason L. King, b. c. 1890, NY, who appears in the 1920 and 1930 census in Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, with his wife, Mabel, b. c. 1891, NY, and son:

  1. Harold L. King, b. c. 1912, NY. At home in Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY in 1920 and 1930 census.

3. Richard Wilfred Prentice (aka Wilfred Richard Prentice) was b. 7 Nov 1907 in Lyon Mountain, Clinton Co., NY (per Shelyn Prentice's father, email, 29 Mar 2007) and d. Aug 1983 in Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY (per SSDI) while working on the railroad in Plattsburg (per Shelyn Prentice, email, 29 Mar 2007) where he earlier obtained his SS#. Massena lies about 55 miles NW of Lyon Mountain. He is said to be an only son. A Wikipedia entry calls Lyon Mountain a hamlet located in the western part of the town of Dannemore, in Clinton County, NY.

The 1910 Plattsburg census shows a "Richard Prentus" who appears in the 1910 census in Plattsburg, Clinton Co., NY, age 2 (b. c. 1907-08, NY, and called a nephew of the head of the household, Phebe Bonnie, a widow, b. c. 1847, Canada (French), as were both of her parents and whose occupation is given as "Laundress."

That 1910 census shows Richard's father as b. in Scotland with 2 small, joined, letters immediately above the word "Scotland" which are difficult to read but might be "NY". That might be a suggestion that the census location is in error and might refer to the town of New Scotland which is a town in Albany County, New York, suthwest of the city of Albany.

The 1910 census also shows Richards mother as b. in NY. Phebe Bonnie does not appear in the earlier 1900 Clinton Co. census. For now, it is unclear whether Phebe is a married sister of Richard's mother, or whether Richard's blood line is that of Phebe's deceased husband.

Richard does not appear in their 1920 or 1930 household (but see "Scott Prentice," in the 1910 census, below). Richard appears in the 1940 census in Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY, as a Plumber's Helper, with his wife and family.

Richard's obituary reads as follows:

    Massena Courier Observer, Page 2 Massena, N.Y. Observer, Tuesday, August 9,1983

    Richard W. Prentice: A memorial Mass for Richard W. Prentice, 75, 24 Laurel Ave., will be today at 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Msgr. Floyd J. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Mr. Prentice died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 6, 1983) at his home. He had been in failing health for six months.

    Surviving are his wife, Laura; a daughter, Mrs. , Paul (Eileen) Charlebois, Watertown; four sons, Gerald, Ft. Jackson, John, Essex Junction, Vt., and James and Peter, both of Massena; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

    Mr. Prentice was born in Plattsburgh on Nov. 7,1907, son of Richard Prentice [ but the obituary of his mother, Dorothy, below, identifies him as Scott Prentice] and Dorothy Golden. He came to Massena as a young boy and worked for W.L. Smith Hardware and as a chauffeur for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prior to the construction of the seaway. He then worked at the Massena Airport as a mechanic, where he also owned and piloted an airplane. In 1959, he began work as a supervisor of the St. Lawrence Gas Company and retired from there in 1973.

    He married Laura Gardner on May 12, 1933 in St. Mary's Church with the Rev. Msgr. John Bellamy officiating. Memorial contributions may be ade to the Sacred Heart School Memorial Fund or to the Massena Rescue Squad.

Richard m. Lauranda Desjardin who later changed her name to Laura Gardner. She was b. 15 Jun 1914 in Valleyfield, Quebec and was living in Mar 2007. She lived in Ft. Covington, NY, and later both lived in Massena. By 1933 he was living in Massena, St. Lawrence Co., New York, when his daughter, Eileen was born. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Advance-News (Ogdensburg, NY) - Sunday, April 27, 2008.

    MASSENA - Mrs. Laura N. Prentice died Saturday (April 19 2008) at Massena Memorial Hospital.

    She is survived by four sons and two daughters-in-law, Gerald Prentice, Fort Jackson, James and Jessica Prentice, Nokomis, Fla., John and Darlene Prentice, Bridport, Vt., and Peter Prentice, Norwood; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

    Mrs. Prentice was predeceased by her husband, Richard, on Aug. 9, 1983; a daughter, Eileen Baxter, on June 15, 1989; a grandson, Richard J. Charlebois, on April 23, 2002; three brothers, Sylvio, Edward and Donald Gardiner; and four sisters, Rebecca Nadeau, Ruddy Hill, Germaine Bertrand, and Elizabeth Moses.

    Funeral services for Laura N. Prentice, 93, of 24 Laurel Ave., Massena, were held Thursday at Sacred Heart Church, Massena, with Rev. Donald Manfred officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.

Children (per Shelyn Prentice, email, 27 Nov 2007 and David Charlebois):

  1. Eileen Prentice, b. 28 Feb 1936, Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Roger Prentice, b. c. 1939, NY, 1940 census at home in Massena (per 1940 census).
  3. Gerald Richard Prentice, b. 20 Sep 1938. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.1]
  4. James Jasen/Jasn Prentice, b. 20 Apr 1943. By email of 28 Mar 2007, Shelyn advises that her father's middle name, Jason, was misspelled on his birth certificate as "Jasn" so they just left his name that way. He m. 1st Michele O'Prey on 22 Dec 1962. He m. 2nd Jessica Otto Pinkerton on 13 May 1989. 2014 in FL. James had 3 children per Shelyn Prentice, email, 28 Mar 2007):
    1. Shaun Lee Prentice.
    2. Shannon James Prentice.
    3. Shelyn Kelly Prentice. She m. Mr. Peets.

  5. John Joseph Prentice, b. c. 1948, Massena, NY. He m. Darlene Marie Collins who was b. c. 1950, Niagara Falls, NY. In 1976 they were living at RD #1, Box 37-5, Richmond, \ Chittenden Co., VT. 2014 in Bridport, VT. Children:
    1. Dean Richard Prentice, b. 16 Jan 1976, Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT per Vermont Birth Records . Her m. Krisztina Kill on 19 May 2001 in Stowe, Lamoille, VT. Dean was then living at 78 Sand Hill Rd., Apt. 6, Essex Junction, VT. Krisztine Kiss was b. 3 Feb 1975 in Hungary and in 2001 had the same address as did Dean. She was the dau. of Lajos Vilmos Kiss and Aniko Marvel, both b. in Hungary per Vermont Marriage Records .
    2. Lynn Marie Prentice.

  6. Peter Michael Prentice, b. Feb 1957. In 1989 he lived in Massena, NY. 2014 in Norfolk, NY. He m. Alicia Shantz. Children:
    1. Jared James(?) Prentice.
    2. Jessalyn Rose Prentice.

3.1 Gerald Richard Prentice, b. 20 Sep 1938 and d. 17 Apr 2014. Gerald's obituary reads as follows:

    Daily Courier-Observer (Massena, NY) - Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Deceased Name: Gerald R. Prentice.

    Gerald R. Prentice passed away, Thursday, April 17, surrounded by his family. Born September 20, 1938, he was the son of the late Richard and Laura Prentice of Massena, NY.

    On April 22, 1957 he married Shirley Sullivan at St. Mary's Church, in Potsdam, NY. She predeceased him on December 23, 2004.

    Mr. Prentice is survived by his 3 children, Michael of Bali, Indonesia, Karen (Gerald) Burkum of Potsdam, NY and Gerald (Teena) of Massena, NY; his 5 grandchildren, Bradley Wilson of Rochester, NY, Jerika Burkum, Gregory Burkum of Potsdam, NY, Jacob Losey of Maryland, and Tara Prentice of Massena, NY; his 3 brothers, James (Jessica) of Florida, John (Darlene), of Bridport, VT, and Pete, of Norfolk, NY and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his companion, June Wood.

    He is predeceased by his wife, parents, his sister, Eileen Charlebois Baxter, and nephew, Richard Charlebois.

    Mr. Prentice worked for many years as an iron worker, and worked on all the missile sights throughout the North Country in New York and Vermont. He was not afraid of working and would travel all over the state to work. He went to work at Alcoa and retired from there in 2000. He had a love for hunting and shared many a story about his years spent at Hill 19 with father, brothers, son, grandson, nephews, and many friends. He spent his later years enjoying his hunting camp with his children and grandchildren.

    A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd at 11 am at St. Mary's Church in Potsdam, NY with Msgr. Robert Aucoin celebrant. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Home on Monday, April 21st from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Reachout of St. Lawrence County, P.O. Box 5051, Potsdam, NY 13676 or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.

He m. Shirley Sullivan on 22 Apr 1957, St. Mary's Church, Potsdam, NY. She d. 23 Dec 2004 In 1989 they lived in Ft. Jackson, NY(?). Her obituary reads as follows:

    Watertown Daily Times (NY) - Sunday, December 26, 2004: SHIRLEY S. PRENTICE GREENERY SNACK BAR MANAGER

    Shirley Sullivan Prentice, 64, Fort Jackson, died Thursday at her home. She had been ill with cancer since 2002.

    Mrs. Prentice was a manager of the Greenery Snack Bar at Potsdam State University College until retiring in 1998. She was a member of the Kiwanis Club.

    Born April 19, 1940, in Stockholm, daughter of Robert and Edith Sullivan, she married Gerald R. Prentice on April 22, 1957, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Potsdam.

    Surviving besides her husband are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael, Bali, Indonesia, and Gerald and Teena, Massena; a daughter and her husband, Karen and Gerald Burkum, Potsdam; six sisters and five brothers-in- law, Barbara DiLandro, Fort Royal, Va., Theresa and Alex Kassay, St. James, Mary and Raymond Dunning, Colton, Helen and Howard Sochia, Potsdam, Louise and Dean Harper, Richville, and Geraldine and Steven Snyder, Potsdam; four brothers and their wives, Robert Sullivan and Mollie Zwieg, East Hampton, James and Eileen Sullivan, Potsdam, Frederick and Sara Sullivan, Durham, N.C., and John Sullivan and Penny Newcombe, Potsdam, and five grandchildren.

    A sister, Patricia Moore, died before her.

    A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Garry B. Giroux officiating. The body will be cremated. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Garner Funeral Home, Potsdam. Donations may be made to Potsdam Holiday Fund Inc., P.O. Box 827, Potsdam, N.Y. 13676.

Children of Gerald and Shirley per Shelyn Prentice, email, 28 Mar 2007 and obituaries:

  1. Michael Prentice. 2014 in Bali, Indonesia.
  2. Karen Prentice. She m. Gerald Burkum. 2014 in Potsdam, NY. Children per the obituary, above:
    1. Jerika Burkum, Potsdam, NY.
    2. Gregory Burkum, Potsdam, NY.
  3. Gerald Richard Prentice Jr. He m. Teena. 2014 in Massena, NY,
    1. Tara Prentice, Massena, NY.

4. Eileen Prentice, b. 28 Feb 1936, Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY, and d. 15 Jun 1989 at the Medical Center Hospital, Burlington, Chittenden Co., NY, age 53. Bur. in Calvary Cem., Massena. At the time of her death she lived at 47 Urban Drive, Massena, NY 13662 per Vermont Death Records . Her obituary reads as follows:

    OBITUARY: Deceased Name: EILEEN P. BAXTER, MASSENA, DIES AT AGE OF 53

    Eileen Prentice Baxter, 53, of 47 Irving Drive, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the University Medical Center, Burlington, Vt., where she had been a patient for one week. She had been in failing health since March. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be today and Sunday afternoon and evenings at the Phillips Memorial Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Catholic School Endowment Fund or the Massena Rescue Squad.

    Surviving are her husband, John; her mother, Laura Prentice; a son, Richard Charlebois, Massena; two stepsons, John Baxter, Bedford, Ind., and Timothy, Massena; four brothers, Gerald, Fort Jackson, James, Canton, John, Essex Junction, and Peter, Massena, and several nieces and nephews.

    Born Feb. 28, 1936, at Massena, daughter of Richard and Laura Gardner, she was graduated from Massena High School. She worked as an executive secretary for 30 years for Dynapower, Watertown. She was employed as a secretary for Alcoa at the time of her death.

    She married John Baxter on Jan. 5, 1985, at Massena.

    Published June 17, 1989 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY, USA

She m. 1st Paul FrederickCharlebois on 27 Nov 1954, Massena per Ancestry.com He was b. 26 Jan 1932 in Potsdam, Saint Lawrence, NY, and d. 9 Jan 2004 in Rochester, Monroe Co. NY, where he lived at 14612 Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . Son:

  1. Richard James Charlebois, b. 2 Mar 1966, Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY. . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

She m. 2nd John V. Baxter on 5 Jan 1985 in Massena, NY, per Vermont Death Records . He was b. 26 Jun 1932, Massena and d. 21 Oct 1992 in Massena per David Charlebois. His obituary reads as follows:

    OBITUARY: JOHN V. BAXTER, 60, OF MASSENA, DIES

    John V. Baxter, 60, of 47 Urban Drive, died at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday at his home, after a short illness. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, with the Rev. Jack Downs presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday afternoon and evening at the Phillips Memorial Home. American Legion Post 79 will meet at 7:17 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1143 will meet at 7:30 p.m. and American Veterans of World War II-Korea-Vietnam (AMVETS) Gerald R. Roy Post 4 will meet at 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

    Surviving are two sons, John M. and Timothy L., both of Massena; a step-son, Rick Charlebois, Rochester; two brothers, Michael L., Omaha, Neb., and Carlton, Rochester; a sister, Marion Santimaw, Clay, and several nephews and nieces.

    Born in Massena on June 26, 1932, a son of Michael Lesniewski and Catherine Zuder, he was later adopted by his step-father, Carlton Baxter. He was a 1950 graduate of Massena High School. Mr. Baxter enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 21, 1951, and later served with the Air Force until his retirement on Jan. 31, 1973. He was employed with General Services Administration, Rooseveltown, from 1974 to 1983 and later with St. Lawrence Development Corp. as a painter until his retirement in August. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1143, American Legion Post 79 and AMVETS Gerald R. Roy Post 4.

    He married [1st] Tsuru "Mary" Tani on May 7, 1956, at the Yokohamo Embassy, Japan. She died Oct. 6, 1981.

    He married [2nd] Eileen Prentice Charlebois on Jan. 5, 1985, in Massena. She died June 15, 1989.

    Published October 22, 1992 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY, USA

John V. Baxter had 2 sons prior to his marriage to Eileen Prentice:

  1. John Baxter of Bedford, IN.
  2. Timothy Baxter of Massena, NY.

5. Richard James Charlebois, b. 2 Mar 1966, Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, and d. 23 Apr 2002, Brownsville, Jefferson Co., NY. Bur. in Brownsville, Cem., Brownsville. His obituary reads as follows:

    RICHARD J. CHARLEBOIS

    Richard J. Charlebois, 36, Patrician Lane, died at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday at his home [13601 Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY], where he had been under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County. He had been ill with cancer.

    Born March 2, 1966, in Watertown, son of Paul and Eileen Prentice Charlebois, he graduated in 1984 from General Brown Central School, Dexter. He married Scarlet L. Shawcross on Aug 29, 1992, at Immaculate Conception Church with Monsignor Robert Lawler officiating. The couple lived in Watertown and moved to Brownville five years ago. Mr. Charlebois was a partner in Benefit Services Group, Watertown. He entered the insurance business in 1988 with Metropolitan Life & Annuities, Massena. In 1992, he went to work for Hill & Associates of Syracuse as a financial adviser. He also worked at the Howland-LaClair Division of Haylor, Freyer & Coon Inc., Watertown. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

    Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Ryan D. and Griffin P., and a daughter, Anna E., all at home; his father, of Rochester; his maternal grandmother, Laura Prentice, Massena, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. His mother, Eileen Baxter, died June 15, 1989.

    A prayer service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter. A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Chur! ch with the Rev. Joseph W. Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Brownville Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or to Hospice of Jefferson County. Published August 30, 1992 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY

He m. Scarlet Lynn Shawcross on 29 Aug 1992 in Immaculate Conception Church, Brownsville,Jefferson Co., NY. She was b. Dec 1969, dau. of David Shawcross and Deborah. Her Wedding Annoucement reads as follows:

    SCARLET LYNN SHAWCROSS WEDS Scarlet Lynn Shawcross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Shawcross, 106 Huron St., Glen Park, was married to Richard James Charlebois, 8021 Black River Road, son of Paul F. Charlebois, Rochester, and the late Eileen R. Prentice, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville, with Monsignor Robert Lawler officiating. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an off-the-shoulder, ivory French silk satin ballgown fashioned with a Basque waist and short, shirred sleeves of satin, tulle and lace. The bodice and semi-cathedral-length train were trimmed with re-embroidered lace trimmed with pearls and sequins.

    Her headpiece was a crown of ivory satin ribbons, pearls and ivory porcelain roses caught to a two-tier, fingertip-length veil of ivory illusion. Her silk bouquet was fashioned by her mother and consisted of coral and ivory roses, alstroemeria, tulips and chrysanthemums wrapped with her mother's ivory Belgian lace mantilla. Hope Shawcross, Glen Park, was her sister's maid of honor and Mrs. Mark (Tiffany) Marra, Massena, was her sister's matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Amy Clement, Watertown, and Sheila Wager, Dexter. Natalie Lashway, Glen Park, was miniature bride. Charles Wood, Watertown, was best man. Ushers were Patrick Kelly, Glen Park, Joseph Murtha and Joe Dupell, both of Watertown. Readings were done by Michael Marvin and Joseph Butler Jr., both of Watertown, and Rick Pound, Canton. Linda Raville was organist and vocalist.

    A reception was held at the Glen Park Municipal Building immediately following the ceremony. The couple planned a 10-day wedding trip to Lake George and Vermont. The bride is a 1988 graduate of General Brown Central School, Dexter, and attended Jefferson Community College. She is employed at the American Corner Cafe.

    The bridegroom is a 1984 graduate of General Brown Central and is a partner with the Thousand Islands Financial Group. The couple will reside at 8021 Black River Road. Published August 30, 1992 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY, USA

Children of Richard and Scarlet

  1. Anna Eileen Charlebois, b. 27 Oct 1999, Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY.
  2. Ryan D. Charlebois, b. 11 Jun 1995, Watertown, Jeffeson Co., NY.
  3. Griffin P. Charlebois, b. 27 Jun 1997, Carthage, Jefferson Co., NY.

Who are Henry Prentice's Parents?

Investigation is continuing.


Fn. 1: The reason we say he "may be" the Henry Prentice who died in the hunting accident is because the article referenced the victim "having filled the position of foreman in the D. & H. shops here for a number of years." Other clippings we have also reference "Henry Prentice of the D&H machine shops." Likewise, the news clipping about Minnie's wedding refers to her father as "the well-known Master Mechanic of the D. & H. C. Co.,"

There is a problem, however. The 1900 census shows Cornelia as a "Wd" (which has always stood for "Widowed" in census records) and as the head of the household. Henry is not there. However, the news item about the hunting accident is dated 1 Jul 1904.

It is somewhat difficult to reconcile those 2 dates. One way to reconcile them would be that he left his family (by desertion or divorce) about 1888 according to the hunting accident news item (after the children were born) and that in the 1900 census Cornelia opted to call herself a "widow" which would have been more respectable than saying she was either abandoned or divorced.


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