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George Albert Prentice of Chittenden Co., VT

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George Albert Prentice of Chittenden Co., VT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 1998 and Revised 3 Dec 2010

Update of 3 Dec 2010: George Albert Prentice's marriage record identifies his parents as Isaac Prentice and Emily Proctor. This article has now been replaced by our Winter 2010 article entitled Isaac Prentice of Canada and Montpelier, VT .

With the help of Larry Prentice, Ancestry.com and Vermont Births , and Deb Arvidson's email of 3 Dec 2010, we have been tracing George Albert Prentice's roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. George Albert Prentice. We find conflicting information about his place of birth:
  • One source says George was b. c. 1882 in Montpelier, VT, according to the birth record of his son, George, who was b. 1915. His marriage record also says he was b. in Montpelier, VT.
  • The death record of his daughter, Evelina/Evelyn, says he was b. in St. Albans, VT.
  • However, the 1920 census says George was b. c. 1881 in NY.

George d. c. 1953. His father was b. in NY and mother in Canada. In 1909 George was a laborer living in Colcester, Chittenden Co., VT. 1930 George and his family were living in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT.

    Note: The original birth record for his son spelled the surname as "Prentes", but there was inserted a printed correction spelling the surname as "Prentiss."

He married Gertrude "Girtie" C. Bush on 18 Aug 1907 in Burlington, VT perhis marriage record. She was b. c. 1888 in Ellenburgh, NY, with both parents b. in NY. George and Gertrude were living in Richmond, Chittenden Co., VT in 1920. Children:

  1. Evelina M. Prentice (aka Evelyn M. Prentice), b. 34 Mar 1908, Highgate, VT, and d. 23 Dec 1932 of Typhoid Fever, age 24, a resident of Waterbury, VT.. 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. She m. John Minogue.
  2. Robert George Prentice, b. 16 Dec 1909, Winooski, Chittenden Co. VT. He d. c. 1995-6. 1930 census at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. He m. Cora Martelle who was b. c. 1915, Lincoln, VT. They had 4 or more children (2 of ;whom deceased before 1937), including:
    1. Stanley Earl Prentiss, twin, b. 13 Jul 1937, 6.5 mos. premature,.Duxbury, Washington Co., VT, and d. that same day.
    2. Winfield Frederivck Prentiss, twin, b. 13 Jul 1937, North Duxbury, Washington Co., VT, and, b. prematurity 6.5 months, d. that same day, 13 Jul 1937 in Duxbury.
    3. Henry Charles Prentiss, b. 17 Dec 1939, Leicester, Addison Co., VT. (His mother is shown as Cora Martin, b. c. 1913, Lincoln , VT.)
    4. Robert Harold Martell Prentiss, b. 22 Sep 1932, Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. (His mother is shown as Cora J. Martell, b. c. 1913, Lincoln, VT.)
    5. Albert George Martell Prentiss, b. 27 Aug 1934, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT. (His mother is shown as Cora Martell, b. c. 1914, Lincoln, VT.)
  3. Harold Henry Prentice, b. 27 Dec 1912, Richmond, Chittenden Co., VT per Vermont Birth Records . 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. He is the Harold Henry Prentice who is the subject of an article in our Winter 2000 Prentice Newsletter.
  4. Winfield Prentice, b. c. 1914, Jonesville, VT. On 31 Jul 1935, a Laborer and resident of Starksboro, VT, he m. Lillian Smith per Vermont Marriage Records . She was b. c. 1919, Richmond, VT,and m. at age 16 with the consent of her mother. She was the dau. of Clayton Smith (b. Hinesburg, VT) and Edith Fleming (b. Hinesburg, VT).
  5. George Prentice, b. 15 Apr 1915, Richmond, Chittenden Co., VT, per Vermont Birth Records . He is not in the SSDI.
  6. Clayton Prentice, b. c. 1915, VT. He is not shown at home in the 1930 census and might be the same person as Winfield A. Prentice. below. Clayton is living in 2000 but does not recall the name of George's father.
  7. Winfield Albert Prentice, b. c. 1916, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  8. Alice B. Prentice, b. 22 Jun 1916, Colchester, Chittenden Co., VT, and d. 30 Jan 2000 in Randolph, Orange Co., VT. She was then living in East. Granville, VT. (Her marriage and death records say she was b. in Winooski, VT) per Vermont Birth Records (however, her mother is identified as Georgiana Bush, b. c. 1889, NY). 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. She m. Francis E. Hurlburt in Waterbury, VT, on 19 Jul 1932. He was a Laborer, b. c. 1902, Ellenburg, NY, son of Charles Hurlburt (b. Chataugay Lakes,NY) and Edith L. Robinson (b. Ellenburg, NY). Alice d. 30 Jan 2000 in Roxbury, Addison Co., VT, per SSDI
  9. Gladys M. Prentice, b. c. 1919, VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  10. Lawrence Theodore Prentice, b. 18 Apr 1922, Bellows Falls, VT. 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. He died in WW II about 1945. Lawrence is Larry Prentice's grandfather.

2. Winfield Albert Prentice, b. c. 1916, Jonesville, VT. 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT. His occupation in 1935 at the birth of his daughter, Dorothy, was "Wood chopper lumber woods," and in 1941, "Lumbering."

He m. Lillian Mable Smith on 31 Jul 1935 in Starksboro, Addison Co., VT. He was then a resident of Starksboro, VT She was b. c. 1920, Starkboro, VT. Children:

  1. Dorothy Mae Prentice, b. 2 Dec 1935. She was the oldest child.
  2. Winfield Albert Prentice Jr., b. 2 Jun 1938, Salisbury, Addison Co., VT.
  3. Larry Jay Prentice, b. 28 Feb 1940, Starksboro, Addison Co., VT.
  4. Helen Edith Prentice, b. 24 Oct 1941. Addison, Addison Co., VT.
  5. Edward Lawrence Prentice, b. 14 Apr 1944, Starksboro, Addison Co., VT.
  6. Roger Fay Prentice, b. 23 Jul 1945, Brattleboro, Windham Co,, VT.

3. Gladys M. Prentice, b. 18 Nov 1918, Winooski, VT, and d. 10 Dec 1971 in Keene, NH. 1930 at home in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT.

She m. Henry Ernest Fleming on 25 Jan 1934, Starksboro, Addison Co., VT. He was b. 12 Jan 1914, Hinesburg, VT, son of Arthur J. Fleming and Bertha Harris. An Ancestor Chart and children for Henry can be found at Ancestry.com .

  1. (son) Fleming.
  2. (dau.) Fleming.
  3. Henry Ernest Fleming, b. 29 Apr 1934, Lincoln, VT, and d. 27 Oct 1982, Attleboro, MA.

Who are George Prentice's Parents?

An entry in Ancestry.com: One World Tree asserts his parents are Isaac Prentice and Emily Proctor but no further information about dates and places. The 1920 census says Isaac was b. in NY and Emily in Canada. If true, and since George was b. c. 1881, Isaac was likely b. 1840-1860 in NY.

The 1850 census shows an Isaac Prentiss, age 17, b. c. 1833 in NY and in 1850 living in Milton, Chittenden Co., VT. He is living in the home of Ira and Gerusha Witters, but relationships were not shown in the 1850 census. Isaac does not appear in the 1860, 1870 or 1880 census.

George might be a son of Charles Prentiss of Burlington, VT.

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