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John Prentiss of Warren Co., Mississippi

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John Prentiss of Warren Co., Mississippi
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2014 and Revised 3 Feb 2014
A Black Prentice Family

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1. John Prentiss, b. c. 1870, MS. 1920 in Warren Co., MS. He and his wife and son, are identified in the 1920 census as "Black."

He m. Martha, b. c. 1870, MS. Son:

  1. Archie Prentiss, b. c. 1906, MS. 1920 in Warren Co., MS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. Archie Prentiss, b. c. 1906, MS. 1920 in Warren Co., MS. 1940 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. He and his wife and children, are identified in the 1920 census as "Negro (Black)", except that Elworth, almost certainly Negro/Black, was born after the 1940 census and his information comes from a published obituary in Ancestry.com.

He m. Laura, b. c. 1902, Georgia. Children:

  1. Archie Prentiss, b. c. 1931, IL.
  2. Edith Prentiss, b. c. 1933, IL.
  3. Arvon Prentiss, b. c. 1939, IL.
  4. Elworth L. Prentiss, was b. c. 1942 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

3. Elworth L. Prentiss, was b. c. 1942 in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, and d. 13 Dec 2013. Elworth, almost certainly Negro/Black, was born after the 1940 census and his information comes from a published obituary in Ancestry.com. His obituary reads as follows:

    Elworth L. "Mello Yello" Prentiss Sr. died Fri., Dec. 13, 2013, at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery V.A. Medical Center in Jackson. He was 71.

    Born in Chicago, he was a U. S. Army veteran and was retired from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Jadwin. He was a member of China Grove M. B. Church, where he served as a Trustee.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Prentiss; his parents; one brother; and one sister.

    Survivors include three sons, Elworth L. Prentiss Jr. of Chicago, ArVant Prentiss and Derrick Johnson, both of San Bernadino, Calif.; three daughters, Trenna L. Prentiss of Willowbrook, Ill., Nyra L. Prentiss of San Bernadino, Calif., and LeTonia M. Johnson of Highland, Calif.; a brother, Arvon Prentiss Sr. of Chicago; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

    Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Clover Valley M.B. Church. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home in charge. Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m.,and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

He m. Thelma . Children:

  1. Elworth L. Prentiss Jr. of Chicago,
  2. ArVant Prentiss,
  3. Trenna L. Prentiss of Willowbrook, IL.,
  4. Nyra L. Prentiss of San Bernadino, CA.
  5. LeTonia M. Johnson of Highland, CA.

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