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Charles Prentiss of MA and LA

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Charles Prentiss of Massachusetts and Louisana
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2016 and Revised 27 Nov 2016

Note: This article includes information provided by Joan Danos' email of 27 Nov 2016.


1. Charles Prentiss may have been born c. 1785 to 1795. The 1880 census for his daughter, Sophia, indicates he was b. in MA. Charles died sometime between 1863 (birthdate of his son, Stonewall) and 1870, probably in LA, because his wife, Hannah, appears in the 1870 census without him.

He m. Hannah, widow of Charles, who was b. c. 1794 in MA. 1970 census in New Orleans, LA. She appears in the 1870 New Orleans, Orleans Co., LA census with a female who is likely her daughter. Her obituary in the 14 Nov 1877 Daily Picayune reads as follows:

    "On Wednesday morning, Nov 14, 1877 at half past 2 o'clock in the 86th year of her life (b. c. 1791), Mrs HANNAH PRENTISS, a native of Newtown (Newton?), Mass, and a resident of this city for the past 27 years.

    The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from her late residence, 300 Laurel street, at 10 o'clock, Thursday, Nov 15."

Children of Charles and Hannah per 1970 census:

  1. Sophronia Angelina Prentiss, b. Jul 1826, KY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
      Note: The 25 year spread between Sophronia and John suggests that Hannah may have been Charles' 2nd wife.
  2. John Prentice. b. c. 1851, LA. 1870 in New Orleans, LA. Not in 1880 or 1900 census.
  3. Luther Prentice. b. c. 1853, LA. 1870 in New Orleans, LA. Not in 1880 or 1900 census.
  4. Calendo Prentice, b. c. 1854, LA 1870 in New Orleans, LA. Not in 1880 or 1900 census.
  5. Minerva Prentice. b. c. 1856, LA 1870 in New Orleans, LA. Not in 1880 or 1900 census.
  6. Stonewall Prentice. b. c. 1863, LA 1870 in New Orleans, LA. Not in 1880 or 1900 census.

2. Sophronia Angelina Prentiss, b. Jul 1826 in KY, with both parents b. in MA (per 1880 census). Her Death Certificate from New Orleans states she was 84 years old, a native of Newport, and died 3 Jun 1910. New Orleans, LA. 1880 New Orleans census living with her childen: John, Stonewall and Minerva.

She m. Arthur Fox Alfred on 21 Feb 1849, Scott Co., KY (cited in familysearch.org). He was b. c. 1817, North Carolia. He does not appear in the 1870 census and may then be deceased, perhaps killed in the Civil War; he is perhaps the A. Alfred shown in RootsWeb's World Connect as a "Pvt US Armuy Confederate States d. 17 Dec 1861, and bur. in Camp Moore Confederate Museum and Cem., Svc Camp #1223, Tangipahoa, LA 70465. Sophia appears in the 1870 New Orleans census with her children: Children per census and Ancestry.com :

  1. John Steadman Alfred, b. Sep 1850, New Orleans, LA, and d. 27 Feb 1905, New Orleans, Orleans Co., LA. Worked in a lamp store. At home New Orleans in 1870. Not in 1880 census. He m. 1st (unknowwn) who died. He m. 2nd Mary Ellen Donovan on 4 Oct 1881, New Orleans. She was b. c. 1861, LA, and d. 1915, New Orleans, with both parents b. in Ireland. Children:
    1. John Alfred, b. 1882. 1900 at home. 1910 not home.
    2. Mary Alfred, b. 1887. 1900 at home. 1910 not home.
    3. Enola Mary Alfred, b. 1889 and d. 9 May 1954. 1900 not home. 1910 at home. 1920 in New Orleans living with her aunt and uncle, Daniel and Celia Fletchinger.
    4. Ethel Alfred, b. 26 Jun 1895. 1900 at home. 1910 at home.
    5. Harold Vincent Alfred, b. c. 1897-8 and d. 18 Jan 1962. He m. Mary Eleanor Keenan 18 Jul 1923, New Orleans, LA, (per Joan Danos, email, 9 Sep 2013 and 27 Nov 2016.) 1900 at home and called Howell Alfred. 1910 at home and called Harold. 1920 in New Orleans living with his aunt and uncle, Daniel and Celia Fletchinger. 1930 in New Orleans with his wife, Hazel, b. c. 1901, LA, with both parents b. in LA, and children:
      1. Harold Vincent Alfred Jr., , b. c. 1924, LA, and d. 2005 per Joan Danos, above. He had 4 children, including:
        1. Joan Alfred. She m. Mr. Danos per Joan Danos.
        2. Gail Elizabeth Alfred who m. Mr. Cupit per Joan Danos.
        3. David Thomas Alfred per Joan Danos.
        4. Faye Agnes Alfred who m. Mr. Daigre per Joan Danos.
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      2. Mary Ellen Alfred, b. c. 1906-07, LA. At home in 1910.

  2. Luther P. (Prentice?) Alfred, b. c. 1852, New Orleans, LA, and d. 14 Apr 1932. Clerk in a book store. At home New Orleans in 1870. and 1920.
  3. Clarinda Osborn Alfred, dau., b. Sep 1853, New Orleans, LA, and d. there 13 Oct 1935. At home New Orleans in 1870. She m. George White Boner on 25 Aug 1870. He was b. in IA and d. 24 Feb 1911. Children:
    1. Maud Aileen Boner 1871 – 1945
    2. George Prentiss Boner 1876 – 1878
    3. Floy Ethel Boner 1879 – 1918
    4. Ruth Irma Boner 1880 – 1941
    5. Edith Alda Boner 1881 – 1905
    6. Elmer Boner 1883 – 1904
    7. Bertha Fern Boner 1884 – 1916
    8. Fae Ardew Boner 1891 –
  4. Minerva W. Alfred, b. c. 1856, New Orleans, LA. She m. William W. McArdle.
  5. Stonewall Alfred, b. c. 1862 LA. At home New Orleans in 1870. Living with his brother, John, in the 1880 census. His name suggests perhaps he was named after the Civil War General, Stonewall Jackson. 1910 census

Who Is Charles Prentiss and who are his parents?

We know from Joan Danos' email of 27 Nov 2016 that Hannah was the widow of "Charles Prentiss" and made an informed estimate the he might have been born about 1790. An Ancestry.com search gave a listing for a "Charles Prentiss" who married a "Hannah Morse Stedman," but there were no dates or places given for their births, marriages, or deaths.

An LDS search for those names found an entry for a "Hannah Stedman" in "MA Marriages" who married a "Charles Printis" on 4 July 1811 in Andover, Essex Co., MA. Hannah's obituary had mentioned that Hannah was "a native of Newtown (Newton?), Mass, and a resident of [New Orleans] for the past 27 years."

Hannah Stedman and Charles Prentiss/Printis had a daughter, "Susan Garrett Prentiss", born about 1826, in Kentucky who married Henry James Osborne in 1835 in Kentucky. She died on February 16, 1891, in Augusta, Georgia, at the age of 65, and was buried there.

It is an interesting coincidence because Hannah Prentice, widow of Charles in New Orleans, LA, had a daughter, Sophia Anna Prentice who was born in July 1826 in KY. So, it strikes us that Susan Garrett Prentiss (born c. 1826, KY) may be a sister to Sophia Anna Prentice (b. July 1826 in KY).

Research is continuing.

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