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Ivan A. Prentice of Russia and MA

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Ivan A. Prentice of Russia and MA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2016 and Revised 26 Aug 2016

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A Russian Black Prentice Family

1. Adam Prentice, Black, may have been b. c. 1860-1874 in Russia per the 1930 census. He was living in Russia in 1894 when his son, Ivan, was born.

He m. Anna Nesen, Black, may have been b. c. 1860-1874 in Russia per the 1930 census. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Ivan Adams Prentice, Black, was b. c. 1894 in Vilna, Russia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. Ivan Adams Prentice, Black, was b. c. 1894 in Vilna, Russia and d. 21 Jun 1993, Springfield, MA. Naturalized 1924 in CT where his Petition says b. in "Russia or Poland." The 1930 census says he emigrated in 1915, that both parents were b. in Russia, and that Ivan spoke Russian. 1940 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. He does not appear in a search of Ellis Island records.so he may have entered through another port or through Canada.

    Note: While their marriage record shows them as Black, in the 1930 and 1940 census Ivan and his wife are called White. The marriage record would seem the more reliable record.

It is unclear whether Ivan is the same person as a Mr. Prentalos, age 18 and b. c. 1892, who arrrived in the U.S. on 26 Mar 1910 aboard the "Rhein" which had sailed from Bremen. His Nationality was given as "Russia, Polish," and his last place of residence was given as "Russia" and his Ethnicity was given as "Polish." No first name or race was listed on the ship's record.

Ivan's obituary reads as follow:

    Union-News (Springfield, MA) - Tuesday, June 22, 1993: Ivan Prentice, inspected parts for first N-sub

    Ivan A. Prentice, 99, of 36 Lincoln Park, a retired chief of inspecting services for the Navy Department, died Monday in a local nursing home. Born in Russia, he lived in Longmeadow for many years. He was a member of the Indian Orchard Masonic Lodge.

    He worked for the federal government for 35 years, and inspected parts for the first atomic-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, which was launched in Groton, Conn., on Jan. 21, 1954. He retired in 1964.

    His wife, the former Evelyn Porter, died in 1970. He leaves a son, Grayson of Garrison, N.Y.; two daughters, Priscilla Fowler of Picton, Ontario, Canada, and Charleen Ann Prentice of Longmeadow; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

    The funeral and burial will be private, and Alternative Funeral Service of Springfield is in charge. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity.

He m. Evelyn E. Porter, Black, on 27 Mar 1919, Manhattan, New York Co., NY. She was b. c. 1888, West Boylston, MA, and d. in 1970. She was the dau. of Moses J. Porter and Emily Richard. Children:

  1. Priscilla Prentice, b. c. 1920, perhaps Manhattan, NY. She m. Mr. Fowler and in 1993 lived in Picton, Ontario, Canada.
  2. Grayson I. Prentice, b. c. 1923, perhaps Hartford, CT. 1993 in Garrison, NY.
  3. Charleen Ivanava Prentice, b. c. 1924, perhaps Hartford, CT. Ref: Ivans SS Application. 1993 in Longmeadow, MA.

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