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William Prentice of Scotland and Bay City, MI

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William Prentice of Scotland and Bay City, MI
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2009 and Revised 12 Jan 2009

1. William Prentice was b. Oct 1830, Scotland, per 1900 census, but see listing immediately below: his birth year is unclear and was somewhere between about 1822 and 1830:

  • The 1860 Bay City, MI, census calls him "____ Prentiss" and says he was b. c. 1826, Scotland.
  • Not in 1870 census.
  • The 1880 Bay City, MI, census says he was b. c. 1822, Scotland.
  • The 1900 Bay City, MI, census says he was b. Oct 1830 in Scotland. Widowed.

He had emigrated from Scotland to PA where his son, William, was b. c. 1857. By the following year, 1858, he had moved to MI, where his daughter, Jennett, was born.

He m. Mary who was b. c, 1830 (per 1860 census) or 1832 (per 1880 census), Scotland. Known children:

  1. Alexander Prentiss, b. c. 1848, Scotland. Not in 1870 census. Not in 1880 census.
  2. William Prentiss, b. c. 1855, PA (per 1860 census) or 1857, PA (per 1880 census). At home in Bay City, MI, in 1980. Not in 1900 or 1910 census.
  3. Jane/Jennett Prentiss, b. c. 1858, MI. At home in Bay City, MI, in 1980.
  4. John Prentiss, b. c. 1861, MI. At home in Bay City, MI, in 1980. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  5. James Prentiss, b. c. 1867, MI. At home in Bay City, MI, in 1980. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. Polly M. Prentice, b. c. 1865, MI. She m. George L. Shorey, b. c. 1863, English Canada. Children per 1900 census:
    1. Bessie I. Shorey, b. c. 1889, MI. 1900 at home in Bay City, MI.
    2. Charles H. Shorey, b. c. 1896, MI. 1900 at home in Bay City, MI.

2. John Prentice was b. c. 1861, MI. Not in 1870 Bay City census. Although his birth year is given in the 1900 Bay City census as b. 1865 in MI, with both parents b. in Scotland. He appears in the 1900 Bay City, MI census with his wife and family. He later appears in the 1910 Bay City census, indexed as "John Crentrce", with his wife and family. Not in 1920 census where his wife is shown as married.

He m. Catherine "Kate" in 1889. She was b. Mar 1867 in MI, with her father b. in England and mother in MA. Living with her dau., Loretta, in the 1920 Bay City, MI, census. Living with the family of her son, Edward, in the 1930 census in Bangor, Bay Co., MI. They had 4 or more children, including:

  1. William Prentice, b. Mar 1890, MI. At home in 1900 and 1910. Not in 1930 census. It is unclear whether he is the William J. Prentice shown in the 1920 census in South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN, as b. c. 1889, MI, with both parents b. in MI, and with his wife, Maude F., b. c. 1890, MI, and son:
    1. Charles J. Prentice, b. c. 1919, IN. At home in S. Bend, IN in 1920.

  2. Mary Prentice, b. Mar 1893, MI. At home in 1900 and 1910.
  3. Edward Prentice, b. Feb 1897, MI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  4. Loretta Prentice, b. Jan 1899, MI. At home in 1900 and 1910. Living with her mother in the 1920 Bay City, MI, census.

3. James Prentiss, b. c. 1867, MI. At home in Bay City, MI, in 1980. He appears in the 1900 Bay City, MI, census with his wife and family.

He m. Mary L., b. Mar 1871, French Canada, with both parents also b. in French Canada. Known children:

  1. Walter Prentice 7
  2. Maurl Prentice 5
  3. Emma Prentice 4

4. Edward John Prentice, b. Feb 1897, MI. He appears in the 1910 census in Bay City, MI, living at home. Lodger in the 1920 Bay War 1, Bay Co., MI indexed as "Edward Crentrce", with his wife and family. 1930 Bangor, Bay Co., MI census.

He m. Dorothy, b. c. 1897, MI, and children:

  1. Katherine Prentice, b. c. 1925, MI. At home in 1930 in Bangor, MI. She m. Mr. Warmbier and lived in MI.
  2. Loretta Prentice, b. c. 1927, MI. At home in 1930 in Bangor, MI. She m. Mr. Dunning and lived in AZ.
  3. Edward Prentice Jr., b. c. 1930, MI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  4. William Prentice who lives in MT.

5. Edward John Prentice Jr., was b. c. 1930 in Bay City, MI and d. 12 Feb 2000 at Baptist Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. He had been employed by the F.A.A. His obituary in the Kansas City Star of 14 Feb 2000 reads as follows:

    Kansas City Star, The (MO) - Monday, February 14, 2000: EDWARD JOHN PRENTICE

    Edward John Prentice, 70, Kansas City, MO, died February 12, 2000, at Baptist Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. Mr. Prentice was born in Bay City, MI. He retired from the F.A.A. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, June, Kansas City, MO; son, Ronald, Florida; siblings, Loretta Dunning, Arizona, Katie Warmbier, Michigan, and William Prentice, Montana.

    Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 16, at D.W. Newcomer's Sons White Chapel Funeral Home. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. (Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer's Sons White Chapel, 6600 N. Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO 64119)

Edward m. June, c. 1954 and had at least one son:

  • Ronald Prentice who lives in Florida.

Who is William Prentice's Father?

Although the census record seems to indicate a different birth year, that William Prentice may be the same person as Unknown Prentiss who appears in our Winter 2002 issue.

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