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Frederick Prentice of England and New Jersey

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Frederick Prentice of England and New Jersey
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2012 and Revised 8 Sep 2012

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1. Frederick Prentice was b. c. 1864 in England, as were his parents per the 1900 census where he appears in Riverside, Bergan Co., New Jersey. He emigrated in 1880 (per 1900 census) or 1883 (per 1920 census). In the 1920 census in Manhattan, New York Co., NY, he is called W. Frederick Prentis. We know he is the same person because his daughter, Vera, is still living at home.

The 1900 census has seemingly inconsistent entries. Frederick is called a "B-in law" (Brother-in-law?), seemingly making Elizabeth Watts (wife of Arthur Watts) his sister. However, the census record says that both of Elizabeth's parents were born in Scotland, not England as shown for Frederick's parents.

It might be that Frederick is married to Arthur's sister, which would make Frederick and Arthur brothers-in-law.

Another possibility, less likely, is that Arthur Watts has a former wife, perhaps deceased, who was Frederick's sister. In that situation Frederick could still be caled Arthur's brother-in-law.

In any event, in 1900 Frederick is living with Arthur Watts, (b. Jun 1865, both parents b. in England, and emigrated in 1890) and his wife, Elizabeth.

Frederick is shown in the 1900 census as married, but his wife is not shown in the household. He is probably the Fred Prentice shown in 1910 Manhattan census as widowed with no children living with him. In the 1920 census he is called W Frederick Prentis, a widower (There are shown 2 children) He is likely the Frederick Prentice, b. c. 1861, England, a widower, living in Hackensack,Bergen Co., NY, and the Frederick W. Prentice, b. c. 1861, England, a widower, living in River Edge, Gergen Co., NJ. Children:

  1. Nelson Prentice, b. Jan 1886, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Vera Prentice, b. Apr 1898, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. Nelson Prentice, b. Jan 1886, NY. 1900 at home in Riverside, Bergen Co., NJ. Not in 1910 census. 1920 divorced and living in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Not in 1930 census. 1940 census in New York, Queens Co., NY. He is likely the Nelson Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 4 Jan 1886 aand d. 15 Oct 1966 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL.

He m. Helen. She was b. c. 1899, MO. It is not yet known where she died. No children shown.

3. Vera Prentice, b. 28 Apr 1898, NY City, NY, and d. Sep 1988, Denville, Morris Co., NJ. 1900 at home in Riverside, Bergen Co., NJ. 1920 at home in Manhattan, New York Co., NY.

She m. Alexander Beatty Clark. He was b. 24 Oct 1886, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and d. 31 Oct 1968, Butler, NJ. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . They had 2 or more children, including per Ancestry.com :

  1. (son) Clark.
  2. Nancy Prentice Clark 1927 – 1999

Who are Frederick (W.?) Prentice's Parents?

For now, we can only say who are not his parents: He is not the Frederick Prentice, son of Joseph Prentice and Catherine Ellen Noone in our Fall 2000 article about James Prentice of Halstead, England.

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