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Unknown Prentiss of Ipswich, Essex Co., MA

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Unknown Prentiss of Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2010 and Revised 13 Jan 2016

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1. Unknown Prentiss may have been b. c. 1867-1871 and the 1910 census shows him as b. in New Hampshire. The 1930 census for his son, Walter, says that his father was born in the "United States. The 1910 census shows his wife as divorced, and he does not appear with his wife in the 1910 census in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, where his wife and son were living.

He m. Lucy Parsons, b. c. 1871, "Canada English," as where her parents. Neither Lucy nor her son, Walter appear in the 1900 census. In 1910 she was a Winder in a Yarn Mill. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Walter R. Prentiss, b.30 Sep 1892, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. Walter R. Prentiss, b. 30 Sep 1892, MA, and d. 13 Oct 1951, Ipswich, MA. Neither Walter nor Lucy appear in the 1900 census although Walter would have then been about 7 years of age; perhaps Walter and his mother had returned to Canada, but if so, they do not appear in the 1901 Canada census and they had returned by the time of the 1910 Ipswich, MA, census. In the 1930 census Walter appears in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, with his wife and family and with her parents, George E. and Ella D. Parsons, both b. in MA. In the 1940 census Ella is a widow living with Walter's family. 1940 census Walter is the "Proprietor, Retail Grocery Store" with an 8th grade education.

He m. Myna B. Parsons who was b. c. 1903, MA, as were her parents. Known children:

  1. Marjorie A. Prentiss, b. c. 1921, MA. 1940 at home in Ipswich, MA.
  2. Ruth E. Prentiss, b. c. 1925, MA. 1940 at home in Ipswich, MA.
  3. George Edward Prentiss, b. c. 1927, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  4. Robert F. Prentiss, b. 30 Oct 1930. Children per Paul Prentice, email, 31 Dec 2015:
    1. Diane Prentiss, b. 1955,
    2. Paul Robert Prentiss, b. 15 Feb 1957. Son:
      1. Sean Robert Prentiice, b. 22 Jul 1986.
    3. Stephen Walter Prentiss, b. 12 Sep 1958. No children.
    4. David Michael Prentiss, b. 1961. Son:
      1. Nicholas Prentice, b. 15 Dec 1994.
    5. Joanne Prentiss, b. 1963,
    6. Susan Prentiss, b. 1964.

3. George Edward Prentiss, b. c. 1927, MA, and d. before 2016. 1930 at home in Ipswich, MA. In 1949 he was living in Springfield, Windsor Co., VT, with his wife and family.

He m. 1st Elizabeth Arlene Johnson who was b. c. 1927, Gloucester, MA. Divorced before 2016.

  1. Linda Jane Prentiss, b. 16 Aug 1949, Springfield, Windsor Co., VT.

He m. 2nd Unknown. Son:

  1. (son) Prentiss.

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