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Virgil B. Prentice of Willet, NY

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Virgil B. Prentice of Willet, Cortland Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised 15 Dec 2008

Update of 15 Dec 2008: Vigil B. Prentice is Virgil Barzilla Prentice, son of Ozias Prentice.

Is he a son of Ozias Prentice?

In our Fall 1998 Prentice Newsletter we featured an article about Ozias G. Prentice and George Washington Prentice. We now have new information from Deborah Nye Corgan and Rose Kulin which resolves some of the questions raised in that article and we can now construct the following family tree:

In reviewing the 1840 and 1850 NY census, we find Ozias G. Prentice in 1840 in Cincinnati, Cortland Co., NY and in 1850 in Sandford, Broome Co., NY. Ozias G. Prentice was b. c. 1787, CT. He died on 2 Jan 1855 and is interred in the E. Afton Cemetery, Afton, Chyenango Co., NY.

Ozias m. Laura Griswold on 11 Jul 1808 (Ref: Deborah Corgan, email, 25 May 2000). Laura was b. c. 1791, MA. Children:

  • (son) Prentice, b. before 1810.
  • Samuel G. Prentice, b. c. 1820, NY.
  • Roxana L. Prentice, b. c. 1822, NY. She died 10 Jun 1862 and is interred in the E. Afton Cemetery.
  • Ransom L. Prentice, b. c. 1829, NY.
  • Lawry L. Prentice, b. c. 1832, NY.

Although only speculation at this point, the unnamed son born before 1810 is likely Virgil B. Prentice, b. c. 1809 in NY, who appears in the 1850 Willet, Cortland Co., NY census since Virgil gave one of his sons the fairly unusual name of "Ozias". By combining that census information with information from Deborah Nye Corgan and Rose Kulin, we can construct the family of Virgil and his descendants.

1. Virgil Barzilla Prentice, b. 9 Aug 1809, NY, farmer. He m. Angeline Webb, b. c. 1812, NY. Children:

  • Joseph Prentice, b. c. 1835, NY and d. 1856.
  • Esther Prentice, b. c. 1837, NY.
  • George Washington Prentice, b. c. 1839, NY. . . . . . [2]
  • Mercy Prentice, b. c. 1844, NY.
  • Ozias Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. George Washington Prentice, b. 10 Feb 1839, Smithville, NY (per Rose Kulin). He d. 1916. George appears in the 1880 and 1900 Dale, Outagamie Co., WI census with his wife, Lydia Francis (Paddleford) Prentice, b. 7 Jan 1843, Greene, NY (per Rose Kulin). Children:

  • Robert W. Prentice, b. Nov 1868, WI. Robert was a rural mail carrier in Dale, Outagamie, WI. He m. Maggie/Magdalene M. and had:
    • Faye Prentice, b. Mar 1897, WI
    • Foy B(?). Prentice, b. c. 1898, WI
    • Lyle Prentice, b. Oct 1898, WI
    • Daniel(?), b. c. 1901 WI
    • Pearl Prentice, b. 1904, WI
    • Robert Prentice, b. c. 1909, WI
  • Phebe E. Prentice, b. c. 1870, WI. She is probably the Ella Phoebe Prentice who Deborah Nye Corgan's email of 21 May 2000 says m. Irwin Raymond Nye: Children:
    • Gerald Prentice Nye, b. 1892 and d. 1971. Daughter:
      • Deborah Nye, b. c. 1950. She m. John F. Corgan on 28 Jun 1981 and has 5 children.
  • George D. (Denison) Prentice, b. 7 Jun 1873, Dale, Outagamie, WI and d. 17 Dec 1915 in Appleton, WI. He m. Carrie Alexander. Children:
    • Irna/Irene Prentice
    • Eugene Prentice
    • Francis Prentice
    • Alice Prentice
    • Ella Maurine Prentice, b. 10 Jul 1910, Hortonville, WI and d. Feb. 1988 at Oshkosh, WI. She m. Anton Paul Plashko III on 7 Nov 1936. Requests for information on her descendants will be forwarded to Rose Kulin for response.
  • Roxanna Prentice, b. c. 1875, WI. She married Mr. Nye.

3. Ozias Prentice, b. Dec 1847, NY and d. 1936. He appears in the 1920 Dale, Outagamie Co., MI census with his wife, Christine, b. Jun 1847, OH and children:

  • Aaron Prentice, b. Apr 1870, WI. He m. Mary (b. c. 1882, Wi) and had:
    • Arnold Prentice, b. c. 1905, WI
  • Jettie/Zetta Prentice, b. Jul 1872 & m. James Running.
  • Wesley Prentice, b. Mar 1875, WI. He m. Hilda (b. c. 1881, WI) and had:
    • Grace Prentice, b. c. 1906, WI.
  • Martin Prentice, b. Aug 1880, WI. He appears in the 1920 Butternut, Ashland Co., WI census with his wife, Mabel, b. c. 1890 in IL, and children:
    • Howard Prentice, b. c. 1910, WI.
    • Agatha Prentice, b. c. 1916, WI.
  • Frank L. Prentice, b. Dec 1883, WI. He m. Ida/Ilda (b. c. 1885, WI) and had:
    • Gerald Prentice, b. c. 1910, WI
  • Floyd Prentice, twin, b. May 1886, WI. He appears in the 1920 Burlington, Racine Co., WI census with his wife, Rose, b. c. 1891, IL, and son:
    • Gordon Prentice, b. c. 1917, IL.
  • Lloyd Prentice, twin, b. May 1886, WI. He m. Florence (b. c. 1895, WI). Children:
    • Rowland Prentice, b. c. 1916, WI
    • Ida Prentice, b. c. 1918, WI

There is a chance that Virgil B. Prentice may be related to Ransom Prentice and Zachariah Prentice who are discussed in the following articles:

. If you have information which will help us identify the ancestors or descendants of any of the folks discussed in this article, please contact this newsletter at dewald@prenticenet.com.


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