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James and Jerusha Prentice

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James and Jerusha Prentice
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1998 and Revised 13 Jan 2015

Update of 27 Mar 2013: See now the Summer 2016 article entitled Alfred James Prentice of Chautauqua Co., NY . That article now replaces this article


1. James Prentice. We have have conflicting and unvarified birth dates for James:

  1. Kenneth Prentice indicates James was b. c. 1790[1]
  2. The IGI says he was b. 28 Feb 1785 but gives no source for such information.

Kenneth Prentice says that James appears in the 1810 census in Augusta, Oneida, NY; in the 1820 census in Pomfret (Laona), Chautauqua, NY; and in the 1830 census in Pomfret (Laona), Chautauqua, NY.

    Note by Editor of 4 Jun 2000: In researching my email archives (32.89, 33/49, 38/63, 40/34, 44/28 and my earlier correspondence with Bonnie Prentice), so far as I can now determine, Bonnie Prentice, and perhaps Kenneth also, obtained that information in correspondence with a Mr. Wolf in in Kansas who said he obtained the information from "LDS records." Wolf, however, apparently didn't cite any specific LDS record, and I have not been able to locate any such record in my searching of the LDS IGI, the LDS Ancestral File, and the CT Barbour Index.

    Further, in correspondence with Kenneth Prentice, he says he found James Prentice in the "U. S. census records (for) Oneida Co., NY in 1810." I checked that census index, but found no listing for a James Prentice. There is, however, a listing for a "J. Prentice" which might also stand for "John Prentice" which was a name then about 4 times more common than "James Prentice." "J. Prentice" might also be "Jared Prentice", family size unknown, who lived in Augusta at some unknown date before 1826. The 1810 "J. Prentice" family was shown as 10101-2010, indicating a son and 2 daughters all under 10 in 1810.

    At this point, there is no firm documentation pertaining to James's date and place of birth, nor is there any documentation that he appears in the 1810 and 1820 census

James lived in Pomfret at least until 1830 when his family appeared in the census. In late 1836 or early 1837 the family moved to Ross Twp., Lake County, IN. We have no death record for him, but he might have died about 1838 when there was a severe drought and many deaths in the community.

He married Jerusha. The IGI says the marriage was on 10 Nov 1805 but does not cite the source of such information. Children:

  1. (omitted)
  2. Flora Prentice. Born, circa 1806 [2]. She married Daniel Lindsey, 26 Nov 1823, in Fredonia, NY. Not in 1850 or 1860 census.
  3. (dau.) Prentice. Born, circa 1808[2]. Died, before 1830 (?).
  4. Louisa May Prentice. Born 4 Jul 1813, NY. Died 8 May 1893 at Allen Co., KS. She m. Edmund Door Wolfe on 30 Dec 1838, Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN. For descendants, see our EDB database.
  5. Betsey Prentice. Born, circa 1816[3]. Died, before 1850 [2]. She married Lorenzo O. Beebe, 12 Mar 1837, in Ross Twp., Lake, IN[1]. Not in 1850, 1860 or 1880 census.
  6. Alfred James Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  7. Catherine Prentice. Born, 8 May 1822, in Laona, Chautauqua, NY[4]. Died, 12 Mar 1892, in Michigan City, IN. Census: 1850, in Unk., Wyoming, NY. She married Warren Griffith, 11 Apr 1844, in Unk., LaPorte, IN[5]. Not in 1880 census.
  8. Martha E. Prentice. Born, circa 1825, in Laona, Chautauqua, NY[6]. Census: 1850, in Unk, Allegan, MI[7]. She married William H. Coney, 16 Nov 1851, in Unk., Allegan, MI.
  9. (dau) Prentice. Born, circa 1826, in Laona, Chautauqua, NY. Died, 31 Dec 1828, in Laona, Chautauqua, NY.

2. (omitted)

3. Alfred James Prentice, b. 19 Oct 1817, in Laone, Chautauqua, NY[9]. Died, 5 Oct 1856, in Wheeler Station, Porter, IN (drowned). Birth(2): 19 Oct 1819[10]. Census: 1850, in Unk., LaPorte, IN.

    Note: By E-mail of March, 1998 Bonny Prentiss, wife of Homer Prentiss (#7a1, below) expresses a belief that Alfred is the son of Nahum Prentice. However, she says her identification is based on logic and not on documentation from any original record. Nahum appears in the 1830 census but does not have a 13 year old son. The 1840 show a a Naham Prentis in Bertrand, Berrien Co., MI.
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    Note: The following comes from Kenneth Richard Prentiss' book: The Prentiss Family in America 1620-1968. Compiled in 1968: Alfred purchased land from Elisha Arnold and his wife Phoebe on April 21, 1855-SE corner of W1/2 of SW1/4 of Section 35, Twp. 36N, Range 7W, square piece of property for $150 cash.

    Alfred James was said to have died from drowning and in his estate settlement held the land for auction December 1, 1856 appraised at $100. Alfred is buried in Robbins Cemetary on the gravel road N of Hwy. 6,W of Hwy. 149, Portage Twp., Porter County, Indiana. Edmund Dorr Wolf was the Administrator of Alfred James Prentice's Will. He was his brother-in-law, married to Alfred's sister Louisa May Prentice Beebe Wolf.

Alfred married Hester Ann Hobaugh, 2 Jul 1847, in New Buffalo, Berrien, MI. Hester was b. 15 Nov 1826, in OH. Died, 22 Nov 1906, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN. Children:

  1. John Andrew[3] Prentice b. 18 Nov 1849, in LaPorte, LaPorte, IN. . . . . . . . [4]
  2. James Alfred Prentice b. 10 May 1853, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN. . . . . . . . [5]

4. John Andrew Prentice, b. 18 Nov 1849, in LaPorte, LaPorte, IN[11]. Died, 26 Jun 1922, in Valparaiso, IN. Birth(2): 18 Nov 1849, in Michigan, LaPorte, IN.

He married Electa Jane Skinner, 7 Oct 1874, in Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN[11]. Born, 23 Nov 1853, in Valparaiso, IN[11]. Died, 26 Mar 1932, in Valparaiso, IN. Ancestor charts for her can be found at Ancestry.com .Children:

  1. John Quincy [4] Prentiss. . . . . . . . [6]
  2. William Vincent Prentiss, b. 3 Mar 1877. . . . . . . [7]
  3. Sarah Elizabeth Prentice, b. 15 Feb 1880
  4. Kathryn G. Prentiss, b. 1 Apr 1882
  5. Henry/Herbert Hollister Prentiss. Born, 6 Apr 1884, in Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN [11], obtained his SS# in IN, and d. in Valparaiso in Jan 1973 per SSDI. He married (probably) Minnie Beach, 15 Oct 1907, in Porter, IN [12]. She was b. 18 Feb 1885, obtained her SS# in IN, and d. in Valparaiso in Oct 1980 per SSDI. She was the dau. of Eugene Beach and Christina Schneider. Ancestor Charts for her can be found at Ancestry.com . 1910 census in Washington, Porter Co., IN. 1920 and 1930 census in Morgan, Porter Co., IN. Children:
    1. Deforest/DeForest Prentiss, b. c. 1909. At home in 1910, 1920 and 1930. He might be the Deforest J. Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 31 Jan 1912, obtained his SS# in CA, and d. 4 Jan 1992 in Cottonwood, Shasta Co., CA. Not in CA Death Index.
    2. Lois Prentiss, b. c. 1919, IN. At home in 1920 and 1930.
  6. Minerva Prentice, b. 17 Oct 1889
  7. Myron Alfred Prentice, b. 17 Oct 1889. 1930 census in Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN, with his wife, Edna, b. c. 1889. He is probably the Myron Prentiss shown in the SSDI as b. 17 Oct 1888, obtained his SS# in FL, and d. Nov 1971 in FL.
  8. Minnie Prentice, b. 1890
  9. Delbert Leroy Prentice. Born, 16 May 1890, in Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN[11]. Birth(2): 1 May 1891, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN[11]. He married Ruth May Kelly, 28 May 1928, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN [11]. Not in 1930 census. Not in SSDI.
  10. Albert Prentice, b. May 1891. Not in 1930 census.
  11. Walter James Prentice, b. 5 Jan 1893, obtained his SS# in IL, and d. Jan 1977 in FL per SSDI.
  12. Claude Mathew Prentice. Born, 19 Jul 1896, in Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN[11]. Birth(2): 17 Jul 1872, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN [11]. He may, or may not, be the same Claude Prentice shown in our Winter 2004 article about Claude Prentice of Merrillville, IN .

5. James Alfred Prentice, b. 10 May 1853, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN[11]. Died, 2 Mar 1910, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN. James does not appear in the 1880 census .

He married Pauline Elizabeth Skinner, 15 Jul 1875, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN, per Ancesty.com . Children:

  1. Alfred Prentice, b. Sep 1875. 1900 census in Porter Co., IN. Although additional investigation is needed for confirmation, he might be the Fred Printis shown in the 1920 census in Porter Co. as b. c. 1877, IN, living with his mother Pauline, b. c. 1856, IN, and son:
    1. Alfred Printis, b. c. 1912, IN.
  2. Hattie B. M. Prentice, b. Jun 1877, Valparaise, Porter Co., IN and d. there c. 1965.
  3. Susan J. Prentice, b. 20 Aug 1879, Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN, and d. 31 Aug 1961, San Mateo, CA. She m. Septimus Hill Conley on 13 Pay 1901, Porter Co., IN. He was b. 18 Feb 1880 in WV, and d. 12 Jul 1924 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Children:
      Ancestry.com whose parents are identified as James Alfred Prentice and Paulina Eliza Skinner. She m. Mr. Minger who was b. in VA (per 1930 census listing for his daughter, Maxine, below) and may be deceased by 1930 census where she is shown living in Chicago, IL, without her husband. Daughter:
      1. Maxine E. Minger, b. c. 1916, IN. She appears in the 1930 census living with her mother in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. She m. Mr. Lewis and had a son:
        1. Robert Lewis, probably b. aft. 1936. He m. Karla.
    1. James Prentice, b. Jul 1890 in IN and in 1900 and 1930 census in Porter Co., IN. He m. Anna c. 1913. She was b. c. 1898, IN, with her father b. in Germany and mother in IL. James and Anna had:
      1. Bernard Prentice, b. 12 Mar 1914, McCool, IN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5.1]
      2. Raymond Prentice, b. c. 1917. Died in childhood.
      3. Lucille Prentice, b. c. 1918. She m. Mr.Wirht.
      4. Harold Prentiss, b. c. 1919 per 1930 census. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5.2]
      5. Kenneth Prentice, b. c. 1924 per 1930 census. He d. before 2009 (Ref: Valerie McNeill, email, 1 Dec 2009)
      6. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1925 per 1930 census. He d. before 2009 (Ref: Valerie McNeill, email, 1 Dec 2009)
      7. Carroll Prentice, son, b. c. 1920. Died in childhood.
      8. Patricia Prentiss. She m. Mr. Uttley per obit. of her brother, Bernard. 2004 in El Paso, TX.
      9. Rita Prentiss. She m. Mr. Weideman per obit. of her brother, Bernard. 2004 in Houston, TX.
      10. Betty Prentiss. She m. Mr. Mackey per obit. of her brother, Bernard. 2004 in Elmhurst, IL.
      11. Thomas Prentiss per obit. of his brother, Bernard. 2004, N. Judson, IN.Living 2009.
    2. Hazzard[4] Prentice. Born, 11 Nov 1893, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN, and d. Mar 1981 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL (per SSDI). He appears in the 1930 census in Valparaiso, Porer Co., IN, with his wife, Edna
    3. John R/O Prentice, b. May 1896. He appears in the 1920 and 1930 census in Liberty, Porter Co., IN with his wife, Anna C., b. c. 1894-95, and children:
      1. Gail A. Prentice, b. c. 1917, IN.
      2. Elaine C. Prentice, b. c. 1918, IN.
      3. Warren F. Prentice, b. c. 1922, IN. Not in SSDI in 2005.
      4. Dorothy J. Prentice, b. c. 1923, IN.
      5. Ruth E. Prentice, b. c. 1926, IN.
      6. Arthur Prentice, b. c. 1929, IN. Not in SSDI in 2005.

    5.1 Bernard Prentice, b. 12 Mar 1914, Porter Twp., McCool, IN, and d. 29 Dec 2007 in Billings, MT. His obituary of 10 Jan 2008 inThe Billings (MT) Outpost reads as follows:

      Bernard H. Prentiss, 93, a carpenter and millwright who was active in fraternal organizations, died Dec. 29, 2007. Born March 12, 1914, in McCool, Ind., he was the eldest of 11 children of Anna Lenberg and James Prentiss. Much of his early childhood was spent with his maternal grandparents. He graduated from Chesterton High School and married Annabelle Hughes on July 29, 1937, in Bozeman.

      He was a chief petty officer of the Navy during World War II, stationed with a Seabee unit in Okinawa, Japan. He also worked as a civilian contractor during the Vietnam War.

      He was a member of the Al Bedoo Temple of the Oriental Shrine, Stillwater Masonic Lodge of Columbus 62, Moss Agate Chapter 126 of the Order of Eastern Star, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10. He held life memberships in Ashlar Masonic Lodge 29, the Billings Scottish Rite, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6774, and the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1172.

      Survivors include a daughter, Valerie McNeill; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Uttley, Rita Weideman and Betty Mackey; and a brother, Thomas Prentiss.

      Donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, or any of his fraternal organizations. Services were on Jan. 5 at Cremation or Funeral Gallery.

    He m. Annabelle "Anna" Hughes on 29 Jul 1937 in Bozeman, MT. She was b. 13 May 1913 and d. 8 Nov 2000. Children per obituary:

    1. Robert Bernard Prentiss, b. 10 May 1942 and d. 9 Nov 1963 (Hodgkin's Disease) in Billings, MT, at age 21 years.
    2. Valerie Anne Prentiss, b. 8 Sep 1950. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]

    5.2 Harold Prentiss, b. 22 Dec 1919, Valparaiso, IN, and d. 20 Jun 2004 at the LaPorte Hospital in LaPorte, Indiana and Valerie McNeill, email, 1 & 2 Dec 2009. His obituary reads as follows:

      Harold Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Post-Tribune (IN) - Wednesday, June 23, 2004.

      HAROLD PRENTISS North Judson, IN 1919 - 2004. Harold Prentiss, age 84, of North Judson, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2004 at the LaPorte Hospital in LaPorte, Indiana. Harold had resided in North Judson, IN for ten months. Harold was born on December 22, 1919 in Valparaiso, Indiana to the late James and the late Anna (nee Lemburg) Prentiss.

      Harold was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the Marines. He was an Iron Worker working in Construction at the Calumet Region Iron Union.

      Harold is survived by two brothers, Tom Prentiss of North Judson, IN and Bernard Prentiss of Billings, MT; and three sisters, Betty Mackey of Elmhurst, IL, Patricia Uttley of El Paso, TX, and Rita Weideman of Houston, TX.

      Visitation will be held after 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 24, 2004, prior to the Funeral Services. Funeral Services will be held at Braman and Bailey Funeral Home on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. James Uttley officiating. Cremation will take place on Thursday, June 24, 2004 in the Northwest In Cremation Service located at Crown Point, IN. For additional information, please contact Braman and Bailey Funeral Home, 6020 South Oakwood Avenue, North Judson, IN 46366, please call 574-896-2007. Please view the obituary to sign the Guest Book at www.post-trib.com

    6. John Quincy Prentiss, b. 26 Nov 1875, in Valparaiso, Porter, IN. Died, 26 May 1960, in LaPorte, IN.

    He married Florence Matilda Peterson, 3 Sep 1902, in Valparaiso, IN. Born, 5 Dec 1884, in Hebron, IN. Died, 8 Jun 1966, in LaPorte, IN. Children:

    1. Loren C. Prentiss, b. 20 Dec 1903, IN, and d. 1 Aug 1971, Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN. 1930 single Barber in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Not in 1940 census.
    2. Harold Butler Prentiss Sr., b. 19 Jun 1905 and d. 17 Feb 1996 in Newton, KS. He m. Bonnie Loraine Fisher on 25 Aug 1933, Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN. She was b. 19 Aug 1910 in Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN, and d. there on 2 Jul 1983. She was the dau. of Clarence Jacob Fisher and Anna Margaret Ohlfest. Children (per Ancestry.com):
      1. Harold Butler Prentiss Jr. He was b. 1 Jul 1936 in Valparaiso, IN. He m. 1st. Diana E. Dart. He m. 2nd Rose Elaine Caedo and they had 3 children:
        1. Pilar Lorraine Prentiss, b. 1975.
        2. Jennifer Prentiss, b. 1976.
        3. Sandra Prentiss, b. 1978.
      2. Jerry Edward Prentiss, b. 22 May 1942, Valparaise, IN. He m. Lilly New Ning on 26 Aug 1967, Valparaise, IN. She was b. 1943. They had 2 children.
        1. Philip Te Sheng Prentiss, b. 1970.
        2. Gale Prentiss, b. 1972.
    3. Glen Prentiss, b. c. 1908, IN. 1920 at home in Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN. Not in 1930, 1940 census. Not in SSDI.
    4. Kenneth Richard Prentiss. Born, 21 Dec 1924, in Valparaiso, IN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6.1]

    6.1 Kenneth Richard Prentiss, b. 21 Dec 1924, in Valparaiso, IN[13]. Died, 17 Mar 1994 in Salt Lake City, S.L., UT. His obituary reads as follows:

      Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - Saturday, March 19, 1994.

      Kenneth Richard Prentiss, age 69, passed away peacefully March 17, 1994, in Salt Lake City, UT. Born December 21, 1924, in Valparaiso, Indiana, to John Q. and Florence Peterson Prentiss.

      He married Arlene J. Benson; later divorced. He married Sarah Weller on November 28, 1986 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS temple on Nov. 28, 1987.

      A graduate of Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Ken was licensed as a professional engineer in the states of Indiana, and New York, and also held several U.S. Patents. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In the Postal Service Ken held positions of General Manager, Maintenance Managment, General Manager Engineering, Manager/Postmaster, Albany, New York, Sectional Center, General Manager, Albany Field Division, Postmaster, Colorado Springs, Colorado, General Manager/Postmaster, Salt Lake City Division, currently the Salt Lake District Manager of Utah. Prior to the Postal service he was in the Aerospace Industry for 23 years as Engineering Manager and Chief Engineer.

      Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in several positions. Ken loved the mountains. He enjoyed hiking, skiing and golf. He was an avid genealogist. He was a loving, father, husband, friend, and will be missed by all.

      Survived by his wife, Sarah, of Salt Lake City; three sons, two daughters, Terri A., Manhatten, N.Y.; Jay S., Boulder, Colo.; Penny C. (husband, Kenny) Calder, Goffstown, New Hampshire; Dean B., Huntington, N.Y.; Paul R., North Babylon, N.Y.; brother, Harold, Kansas City, Kansas.

      Funeral services will be Monday, March 21, 1994, 1 p.m., at the Holladay No. Stake Center, 4395 S. Albright Drive (2185 East), with Bishop Harold Schmidt officiating. Friends may call Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holbrook Funeral Chapel, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church on Monday one hour prior to the services. Interment: Elysian Burial Gardens.

    He m. 1st Arlene J. Benson; later divorced. He m. 2nd Sarah Naomi Weller on 28 Nov 1986, in Salt Lake City, S.L., UT. Living in 1994 in SLC. Children:

    1. Terri A. Prentis. 1994 in Manhatten, NY.
    2. Jay S. Prentiss. 1994 in Boulder, CO.
    3. Penny C. Prentiss. She m. Kenny Calder. 1994 in Goffstown, NH.
    4. Dean B. Prentiss. 1994 in Huntington, NY.
    5. Paul R. Prentiss. 1994 in North Babylon, NY.

    7. William Vincent Prentiss, b. c. 1877 in Porter Co., IN, and d. 17 Oct 1940 in LaPorte, IN. It is said that his father, John, left him $25.00 of an extensive estate, so William changed his name from Prentice to Prentiss to indicate his displeasure.

    He married Izora McQuiston on 5 Oct 1898 in LaPorte, IN. She was b. c. 1877, IN (per Ancestry.com ). 1930 census in Jackson, Porter Co., IN. Children:

    1. Paul Amos Prentiss, b. 2 Jul 1900 in Valparaiso, IN, and d. 6 May 1992 in Charleston, SC. He m. Laccetta May Campbell on 23 May 1923. She was the dau. of William Homer Campbell and Margaret May Shaeffer of PA. Children:
      1. Paul Homer Prentiss, b. 30 May 1926, Gary, IN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7.1]
      2. William Paul Prentiss, b. 1924, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7.2]
      3. Margaret Ann Prentiss living in 2014. She m. Mr. Droze and in 2014 lived in Hanahan, SC,
    2. Richard Prentiss, b. c. 1916, IN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7.3]
    3. Lorabelle Prentiss. Not at home in 1930 census.

    7.1 Paul Homer Prentiss, b. 30 May 1926, Hobart, IN, and d. 14 Apr 2014, Little Rock, AR. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific in WW II. His obituary reads as follows:

      PRENTISS, PAUL HOMER, born in Hobart, Indiana May 30,1926, died Little Rock, AR, April 14, 2014, age 87.

      His parents, Paul Amos Prentiss and Lacceetta Campbell Prentiss; and his brother, William Prentiss pre-deceased him. He was married in Lafayette, IN nearly 64 years ago to Bonny Rose Oswalt, who survives him. His sister, Margaret Ann Prentiss Droze, of Hanahan, SC, also survives him. Also surviving are his four children, Diana Taylor, Little Rock, AR, Kathleen Schenkelberg, Royal Palm Beach FL, Lorna DePerro, Fowler, CO, and Thomas Prentiss of Holden, LA, his 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

      He led a wonderful life and was successful at everything he put his hand to. He was a woodworker and could build or fix anything. He loved growing things and planted wonderful flower gardens for his wife. He never met a stranger and had a friendly word for everyone he encountered. He had a sly wit and loved to just sit and visit, especially about trucks. He was a kind-hearted and generous man and never begrudged his wife anything she wanted to buy or any trip she wanted to take. He will be missed by all who knew him, including those who tended to him during his last days in Little Rock.

      As a 19 year old machinist first mate in the Navy during WW II, while in the South Pacific, he and a few of his buddies encountered a contingent of Japanese soldiers and their commanding officer who quickly surrendered 10,000 men to the young petty officers, making him a war hero!

      He attended Purdue University on the G.I. Bill. During a summer break, Mr. Prentiss began his lifelong career in the trucking industry as a salesman for International Harvester in Lafayette, IN, and was so good at it, he never went back to college.

      He soon met and married Bonny Oswalt after asking her married older sister, Irene Swick, if she had any more at home like her! They had planned to elope, but were convinced to get married in the home of Bonny's sister Grace Louise Kalberer in conjunction with a family reunion on August 5th, 1950.

      Mr. Prentiss founded Prentiss Truck Sales, Inc. establishing it on the old Highway 52 in Lafayette and prospered for many years as a dealer for Kenworth Trucks, Mack Trucks, Willys Jeeps and Case Equipment. In 1962, he was named dealer of the year by Kenworth and his entire family was flown to Seattle for the convention and the World's Fair. In 1971, he moved to Miami, FL and went to work for International Harvester again and earned their highest award in sales: triple diamond. He worked as a fleet salesman and eventually retired as a manager for the now-named Navistar in 1980. During this time he received a U. S. patent for a product used in the semi- trucking industry.

      After retirement, he moved to Dothan, AL because his wife wanted to move "back up north". He worked briefly as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity there. As a hobby, he continued to invent things to help simplify life. He spent most of the last few years caring for his wife. They both moved to Little Rock in 2013. Mr. Prentiss's body was cremated and his ashes will be buried in the family plot in Lafayette, Indiana on Memorial Day weekend, May 25. www.arkansasfuneralcare.com. Published in Miami Herald on Apr. 27, 2014

    He m. Bonny Rose Oswalt in 5 Aug 1950, Lafayette, IN, and living in 2014 per the obit of her husband. She was b. 12 Jul 1927 in West Lafayette, IN. They have 2 sons and 3 daughters, including:

    1. Thomas Andrew Prentiss. He m. and in 2014 lived in Holden, LA. Son:
      1. Thomas Joel Prentiss.
    2. Diana Prentiss. She m. Mr. Taylor and in 2014 lived in Little Rock, AR.
    3. Kathleen Prentiss. She m. Mr. Schenkelberg and in 2014 lived in Royal Palm Beach FL.
    4. Lorna Prentice. She m. Mr. DePerro and in 2014 lived in Fowler, CO.

    7.2 William Paul Prentiss, b. 8 Apr 1924, IN, and d. 18 Mar 2000. His obituary reads as follows:

      WILLIAM PAUL PRENTISS: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Tuesday, March 21, 2000

      Deceased Name: WILLIAM PAUL PRENTISS, April 8, 1924-March 18, 2000. William Paul Prentiss, 75, of Spring Valley died Saturday. He was born in Indiana. Mr. Prentiss was retired after working as an electronic engineer for the Department of Defense. He served in the Army 1943-45.

      Survivors include his daughter, Paula Mae Bautista of Spring Valley; sister, Margaret Droze of South Carolina; brother, Paul Prentiss of Alabama; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

      Visitation: 4 to 9 p.m. today, Greenwood Mortuary, Interstate 805 and Imperial Avenue, San Diego. Services: 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the mortuary chapel.

    He m. . Daughter:

    1. Paula Mae Prentiss. She m. Mr. Bautista and in 2000 lived in Spring Valley, CA.

    7.3 Richard Prentiss, b. 15 Jun 1916, IN, and d. 23 Apr 2009. His obituary reads as follows:

      La Porte County Herald-Argus, The (IN) - Monday, April 27, 2009

      Richard W. Prentiss June 15, 1916-April 23, 2009

      WESTVILLE - Richard W. Prentiss, 92, Westville, passed away at 9 p.m. Thursday (April 23, 2009) at Golden Living, La Porte. He was born June 15, 1916, in Porter County to William and Izora (McQuisten) Prentiss.

      Mr. Prentiss owned West Point Restaurant and Hickory Lawn Mobile Home Court, both of Westville, and he enjoyed golf.

      On Dec. 12, 1934, he married Elizabeth Darrah, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

      Surviving are one son, James R. Prentiss, Lake Wales, Fla.; two daughters, Sandra Moser and Karen (Ralph) Bannwart, both of Westville; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

      Cremation will take place. A burial of ashes will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Westville Cemetery. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Road, La Porte, is handling the arrangements. Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com. Memorial contributions may be sent the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, TX. 75034, or the Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN. 46617.

    He m. Elizabeth Darrah. She was b. 8 Mar 1916, Modoc, IN, and d. 11 Jun 1998, Winter Haven, FL. Her obituary reads as follows:

      Obituaries Elizabeth Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, News-Dispatch, The (Michigan City, IN) - Friday, June 12, 1998.

      Deceased Name: Obituaries Elizabeth Prentiss, Winter Haven, Fla. - Elizabeth F. Prentiss, 82, died Thursday (June 11, 1998) at home. Mrs. Prentiss was born March 8, 1916, in Modoc, IN. Mrs. Prentiss was a homemaker.

      She is survived by her husband, Richard W. Prentiss, Winter Haven, Fla.; two daughters, Sandra Moser and Karen Bannwart, both of Indiana; one son, James R. Prentiss, Lake Wales, Fla.; four sisters, Lucille Coy, Pennsylvania, and Ginny Foster, Betty Day and Rhea Cadwell, all of Indiana; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

      A memorial service is at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Newhard Funeral Home, Westville. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. that day. Family Funeral Services of Winter Haven, Fla., helped with the arrangements.

    Children of Richard and Elizabeth Darrah:

    1. James R. Prentiss, Lake Wales, FL
    2. Sandra Prentiss. She m. Mr. Moser and in 2009 lived in Westville, IN.
    3. Karen Prentiss. She m. Ralph Bannwart and in 2009 lived in Westville, IN.

    8. Valerie Anne Prentiss, b. 8 Sep 1950.

    She m. 1st Roy D. Yorgensen on 14 Feb 1969 in Bellevue, WA. He was b. 3 Apr 1949. Daughter:

    1. Ashley Brooke Yorgensen, b. 31 May 1971, in Seattle, WA. She was adlpted by Valerie's 2nd husband, Timothy T,. Pinter. Ashley Brooke Pinter m. Dean R. Risa on 18 May 1991 in Billings, MT. He was b. 4 Jun 1966. Children:
      1. Samantha Jo Risa, b. 25 Nov 1991, in Billings, MT.
      2. Brandi J. Risa, b. 13 Sep 1995, in Billings, MT

    Valerie m. 2nd Timothy T. Pinter on 4 Aug 1973, Billings, MT. Son:

    1. Jason Boone Pinter, b. 7 Oct 1975; in Billings, MT. He m. Kristin Nicole Keller on 20 Apr 2002 in Billings, MT. She was b. 21 Jul 1978. Children:
      1. Jaxon Timothy Pinter, b. 30 May 2003, in Billings, MT.
      2. Jaron Wesley Pinter, b. 18 Aug 2005, in Billings, MT.

    Valerie m. 3rd Michael John McNeill on 1 Sep 1990, Absarokee, MT. He was, b. 5 Jun 1952. They live in Billings, MT. No children:

         	         NOTES AND REFERENCES
    
      [1] Kenneth Prentiss, 8 Mar 1995.
      [2] Kenneth Prentiss bk., pg. 5-A.
      [3] Kenneth Prentiss, 8 Mar 1995. Assumes age 21 at 1837 marriage.
      [4] Kenneth Prentiss Bk., pg. 5-B.
      [5] Kenneth Prentiss bk., pg.5-B.
      [6] Kenneth Prentiss bk., pg. 5-C.
      [7] Listed as servant in other household.
      [8] Bonny Prentiss thinks Alfred's father is Nahum Prentice, 244/26.
      [9] Kenneth Prentiss citing tombstone: 3 Mar 1994, 8 Mar 1994.
     [10] Date from marriage license.
     [11] IN IGI.
     [12] Marriage Index.
     [13] Sarah Prentiss, 27 Oct 1995.
    

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