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William H. Prentice of Bristol, Lincoln Co., Maine

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William H. Prentice of Bristol, Lincoln Co., Maine
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2016 and Revised 12 Mar 2016

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1. William H. Prentice was b. c. 1806, Massachusetts. 1850, 1860 census in Bristol, Lincoln Co., Maine, with his wife and family. 1870 not with family.

He m. Cynthia Kenny on 30 Jun 1827, Boston, MA. She was b. c. 1807, Maine. Children per 1850 census:

  1. John T/F Prentice, b. c. 1831, MA. 1850, 1860, 1870 at home. Died 28 Dec 1876, age 45, and bur. Damariscotta, Lincoln Co., Me.
  2. Sarah E. Prentice, b. c. 1832, MA. 1850, 1870, 1880 at home.
  3. Sophia Augusta Prentice, b. c. 1837, Boston, MA. 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (called Lizzie) at home. Died 24 May 1906, Medford, MA, as Sophia Augusta Cheever. She m. James Osgood Cheever on 27 Sep 2883, Boston, MA. He was b. 12 Oct 1834, Andover, MA, and d. 1916 in Andover, age 82. Bur. North Reading, MA.
  4. George W. Prentice, b. Dec 1839, Bristol, ME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  5. Simon Handley Prentice, b. 23 Jul 1841, Bristol, ME, and d. 24 Nov 1881, Lincoln Co., ME, age 40. Bur. Damariscotta , Lincoln Co., ME. He drowned and was unmarried. 1850, 1860, 1870 at home.
  6. Lona P. Prentice, b. 4 Nov 1843, Bristol, ME, and d. 24 Jan 1882, age 38. 1850 at home. She m. Joseph S. Beale. He was b. 24 Sep 1840, Truro, MA, and d. before the 1880 census where she is shown as a widow with no children shown.
  7. Mary Adelaide Prentice, b. J28 Jul 1845, in Bristol, MEm abd d, 25 Nov 1914, Princeton, MN, age 69. She m. Eleazer Arad Ross on 1 Jan 1866, in Maine. They had seven children in 22 years:
    1. William A RossMaria J. Ross
    2. Sophia A. Ross
    3. Dellanora Ross
    4. Mattie Ross
    5. George Prentice Ross
    6. Effie Ross
  8. William H. Prentice, b. Jun 1848, Bristol, ME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  9. Parker G. Prentice, b. c. 1851, Bristol, ME, and d. 30 Dec 1877, Lincoln Co., ME, age 26. Died in a shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico. Bur. Damariscotta Cem., Lincoln Co., ME. 1860, 1870 at home.

2. George W. Prentice, b. Dec 1839, Bristol, ME. 1850, 1860, 1880 at home.

He m. 1st Frances H. Huston. She was b. 1 Oct 1840, ME, and d. 15 May 1873, age 32, as a young mother. Daughter:

  1. Clara H. Prentice, b. 24 Jul 1869, ME, and d. 2 Mar 1949, age 79. She m. Evander W Murphy in 1896. They had four children during their marriage:
    1. Auranus P Murphy
    2. Auranna P Murphy
    3. George P Murphy
    4. Vester R. Murphy

George m. 2nd as her 2nd husband. Martha M. Sproul on 16 Oct 1889 in 1890. Her 1st marriage was to Walter Emery Richards with a son, Emery Richards. She was b. Aug 1852, ME, and d. 6 Sep 1936, Round Pond, ME, age 83. Apparently no son with George.

3. William Henry Prentice, b. Jun 1848, Bristol, ME, and d. 14 Jan 1939, age 90.. 1850, 1860, 1870 at home. 1900 in Bristol, Lincoln Co., ME.

He m. Ellen M. Farrow 14 Nov 1876. She was b. May 1857, ME, and d. 1933, Bristol, ME, age 76.

  1. Cordelia, L. Prentice, b. Jul 1877, ME, and d. 31 Mar 1914, Prtland, ME, age 36. She m. Carl Edward Sherman on 17 Aug 1895, Bristol, ME. He was b. 9 Aug 1877, Bristol, ME, and d. 1933, Portland, ME, age 56. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. Carla G. Sherman.
  2. Cyntha May Prentice, b. 31 Jan 1883, Lincoln Co., ME, and d. Aug 1967, Damariscotta, Lincoln Co., ME..
  3. Florence E. Prentice, b. Sep 1885, ME. 1900 at home in Bristol, ME.
  4. Stephen F. Prentice, b. c. 1889, ME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  5. Gladys L. Prentice, b. 12 Aug 1889, ME, and d. 11 Jan 1983, Pemaquid, Lincoln Co., ME. Bur. Maple Grove Cem., Round Pond, Lincoln Co., ME. She m. 1st Jesse N. Greenlaw (1899-1971). She m. 2nd Oscar J. Lavole (1887-1929).
  6. James Cheever Prentice, b. 17 Dec 1891, ME, and d. 1963, age 72. He m. Adalaid T. Gilbert on 3 Jun 1915, Jittery, ME. She was b. c. 1899, ME. Son:
    1. James Cheever Prentice, Jr., b. 30 Oct 1924, Nantucket, MA, and d. 1 Feb 2006, New Harbor, ME, age 81.. He m. Bertah M. Whitney, "Bud". She was b. 14 Mar 1927, in Washington, NJ, and d. 29 May 2009, age 82. Dau. of Arthur and Emma Whitney. They had 1 son and 2 daughters during their marriage.
  7. William Henry Prentice Jr, b. 15 Aug 1896, Bristol, ME, and d. 16 Mar 1990, Pemaquid, ME, age 93. 1910 at home in Bristol, ME. He m. Doris Irene Butler on 7 Oct 1920, Nantucket, MA. 2 children:
    1. William H. Prentice, b. 24 Feb 1925, in Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA, and d. 15 Mar 2006, in Burt, Niagara Co., NY, age 81.
    2. Donald B. Prentice, b. 13 Feb 1929, Nantucket, MA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

4. Stephen F. Prentice, b. 6 Sep 1889, ME, and d. 29 Sep 1970, Bristol, ME, age 81. Round Pond, ME. 1910 at home in Bristol, ME.

He m. Florence E. Weeks on 9 Dec 1911, Round Pond, ME. She was b. 27 Oct 1888, ME, and d. Jan 1975,Bristol, ME, age 86. Dau. of Charles and Mary Weeks. Children:

  1. Kenneth W. Prentice, b. 1911 in Maine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  2. Keith F. Prentice, b. 18 Jan 1913, Bristol, ME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  3. Stephen W. Prentice, b. 9 Nov 1925, ME, and d. 21 Aug 2011, Round Pond, ME. He m. Carolyn E. Cushing. She was b. 31 Aug 1928, Round Pond, ME, and d. 13 Oct 2006, Brunswick, ME, age 78.
  4. Margaret Elizabeth Prentice, b. 2 Jun 1924, Bristol, ME, and d. 23 Sep 2010 in Bath, Sagadahoc Co., ME, age 85, and bur. there. She m. Mr. Norton. He might be the John E. Norton who was b. 23 Feb 1922 and d. 15 Feb 1998, Bath, ME per the SSDI.
  5. Mary E. Prentice, b. c. 1931, ME. 1940 at home in Bristol, ME.

5. Donald B. Prentice, b. 13 Feb 1929, Nantucket, MA, and d. 13 May 2006, Burt, NY, age 77. His obituary reads as follows:

    Published in the Buffalo News on May 14, 2006.

    Donald B. Prentice, May 13, 2006, of Burt, NY; husband of the late Alila 'Jeannie' Bissell Prentice. At home under the loving care of his family and Niagara Hospice. Father of Kathy (Dan) DeNardo, Patty Prentice all of Lockport, NY, William Prentice of Raleigh, NC and Steven (Ede) Colletti of Hemet, California; grandfather of Megan, Danny and Josh DeNardo; brother of the late William H. Prentice. Close family friend of Michelle Summerlee of Lockport, NY; Donald's loyal companion Freddie.

    Friends may call at the RUTLAND-CORWIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2670 Main St., Newfane, NY, Tuesday 2- 4 and 7-9 PM where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in Hartland Central Cemetery. Memorials to Niagara Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Chief Petty officer Donald Prentice served his country from 1946-1967.

He m. Alila Jeannie Bissel, b. 26 Aug 1929 and d. 2 Sep 2001, Niagara Co., NY. Children:

  1. Kathy Prentice. She m. Dan DeNardo and 2006 in Lockport, NY. Children:
    1. Megan DeNardo.
    2. Danny DeNardo.
    3. Josh DeNardo.
  2. Patty Prentice. 2006 in Lockport, NY.
  3. William Prentice. 2006 in Raleigh, NC.

6. Kenneth W. Prentice, b. 1911 in Maine and d. 6 Jan 2000 in Hobe Sound, FL, age 89, Bur. in Round Pond, ME. His obituary reads as follows:

    Portland Press Herald (ME) - Monday, January 10, 2000: KENNETH W. PRENTICE SR., 88

    Kenneth W. Prentice Sr., 88, died Thursday at Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter.

    He was a native of Bristol, Maine, and had been a resident of Hobe Sound for the past 16 years. He previously lived in Damariscotta, Maine. Before retiring, he owned Midcoast Energy in New Harbor, Maine, and Damariscotta, Maine, for more than 50 years. Mr. Prentice was a member of Bristol Masonic Lodge for 50 years and past president of the Alliance Club in Damariscotta. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hobe Sound.

    Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Esther Prentice of Hobe Sound; a son, Kenneth Prentice Jr. of West Palm each, Fla.; two daughters, Georgia Leeman of Round Pond, Maine, and Betty Jane Stevens of Brandon, Fla.; a brother, Stephen Prentice of Round Pond, Maine; two sisters, Margaret Norton of Bath, Maine, and Mary Ella Prior of Bristol, Maine; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements are by Young Prill Funeral Homes, Stuart, Fla.

He m. Esther Spear c. 1930. Children:

  1. Kenneth Prentice Jr. 2000 in West Palm Beach, FL
  2. Georgia Prentice. She m. Mr. Leeman and in 2000 lived in Round Pond, ME.
  3. Betty Jane Prentice. She m. Mr. Stevens and in 2000 lived in Brandon, FL.

7. Keith F. Prentice, b. 18 Jan 1913, Bristol, ME, and d. 17 Dec 1969, age 56. 1940 Bristol, ME, an Electrician with 2 years of High School.

He m. Cordelia E., b. c. 1913, ME. They had 4 sons and 2 daughters:

  1. Keith F. Prentice Jr, b. c. 1931, Bristol, ME. 1940 at home.
  2. Richard S. Prentice. b. c. 1933, Bristol, ME. 1940 at home.
  3. Carl N. Prentice, b. c. 1934, Bristol, ME. 1940 at home.
  4. Robert W. Prentice, b. c. 1936, Bristol, ME. 1940 at home.
  5. Nancy L. Prentice, b. c. 1938, Bristol, ME. 1940 at home.
  6. Donna C. Prentice. b. c. 1939, Bristol, ME. 1940 at home.

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