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Adam Frederick Prentice of Sargent, ND

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Adam Frederick Prentice of Sargent Co., ND
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1999 and Revised 26 Jul 2010

We are helping Jan Patrick Mongoven, Joni Prentice - Levene, Jayne Jester Tuohig, E. Douglas Larson and Stephanie Prentice in trancing the ancestry of Adam Frederick Prentice. Based on information contained in his email of 12 Dec 2003, we have prepared the following tentative family tree. Some of that information is still preliminary. We have tried to indicate where further investigation is needed:

B. (perhaps) Richard Prentice of Nepean. Probably b. c. 1767-77. The country is not yet known. We say "perhaps" because we know there was a Richard Prentice in Nepean in the time frame in which Daniel Prentice was born in Napean but we do not yet have any birth, marriage or death certificate to establish a kinship between Richard and Daniel.

  1. (probably) Daniel Prentice, b. c. 1797. . . . . . . [A]

A. Daniel Prentice, b. c. 1797. There is some ambiguity as to Daniel's country of birth; the 1861 Nepean census says "Ireland". Another ambiguity is whether he is the same person as "Donald Prentice" in the 1852 Nepean census.

The 1852 Nepean census identifies "Donald's" wife as Colbert, b. c. 1808, Ireland while the 1861 Nepean census calls his wife Ann, b. c. 1801, Ireland. Despite the 7 years difference in birth dates (1801 vs. 1808), Jan Mongoven suggests that Donald and Daniel, and Ann and Colbert, may the same person in that:

  1. "Daniel" when spoken with an Irish accent, might be mistaken by the census taker for "Donald", and
  2. "Colbert" was an Irish surname in the Goulbourne/Nepean area (See Appendix 2).

Ann may have been widowed in 1871 as she was living with the family of her son, Adam Prentice.

Donald/Daniel's children, by "Colbert" and "Ann":

  1. Richard Prentice, b. c. 1822, Ontario (per 1852 and 1861 census).
  2. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1827, Ontario (per 1852 census).
  3. David Prentice, b. c. 1834-35, Ontario, and age 36 in 1871 census for Nepean Twp., Carleton Co., Ontario. The 1861 census shows then age 34 which would mean b. c. 1836-37
  4. Adam Prentice, b. c. 1843-44 and age 27 in the 1871 census. . . . . . . . . . [1]
  5. William Prentice, b. c. 1852, Ontario (per 1861 census)
  6. Susan Prentice, b. c, 1843-44, Ontario, and age 27 in the 1871 census for Nepean Twp., Carleton Co., Ontario.
  7. Sarah Prentice (per 1871 Nepean census).

1. Adam Frederick Prentice was b. c. 15 May 1837 (but see 1871 census information, above) in Ottawa, Ontario Canada and d. 20 Dec 1906, Cogswell, Sargent, ND. His obituary reads, in part, as follows:

    PRENTICE, ADAM F (May 15, 1837 - Dec. 20, 1906)
    Pioneers Pass To The World Beyond

    “It has been our painful duty for the third time within a year to chronicle the passing away of a member of the Prentice family. The death of a little granddaughter, which occurred April 18, was the first break in the family chain. This was followed by the death of a daughter, Mrs. B.J. [Florence] Boner, Oct. 18; the third, Adam F. Prentice, father of the family, passed away last Friday.

    “He had been ailing for some time and everything possible was done by loving hands to ease his suffering and prolong his life. A consultation of doctors was held a week before his death, and the family was then told the end was close at hand.

    “Adam F. Prentice was born in Ottawa, Can., May 15, 1837, coming to North Dakota in 1880. He located in Sargent county in 1883, where he has since resided. He was a member of the M.E. church and active in church work. “There are many among us who can look back into the past and recall acts of kindness and charity prompted by the Christian spirit of the deceased and many a silent tear is shed by those who knew him well and realize that he has gone never to return.

    “Deceased is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters, J.W. and W.D. Prentice of Cogswell; Fred Prentice of Richville, Minn.; Mrs. S.N. Brooks, Richville; Mrs. W.Z. Haight, of Fullerton; Mrs. J.F. Bowman, Fergus Falls, all of whom were present at the funeral. There are also fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.”

Adam m. Sarah J. Birch, b. 26 Sep 1844, Ontario, Canada. Sarah was b. 26 Sep 1844 in Ontario and d. 10 Jan 1915, Fargo, ND. Sarah's parents were born in England, James and Deborah Birch of Goulbourn (Hazeldean). The Birch family consisted of 7 daughters; Sarah was the eldest at the time of the 1861 Goulbourn Census. By the 1871 census, James and Deborah may be deceased and their youngest two daughters have been sent to nearby farms in Hazeldean --- Mary Ann to the farm of the widow Hodgins...and youngest daughter Edith to the farm of John and Elizabeth Young. The girls would still be on those farms at the time of the next census in 1881. So the Birch family had close ties to the Hodgins and Young families. According to Mason (below), Sarah died from erysipelas, an acute infectious disease of the skin or mucous membranes. She is buried in Cogswell.

Sara's obituary reads as follows:

    PRENTICE, SARAH BIRCH (Sep. 26, 1844 - Jan. 10, 1915)

    “DIED AT THE HOME OF HER SON AT 603 TENTH STREET SOUTH LATE LAST NIGHT – REMAINS WILL BE TAKEN TO COGSWELL AND INTERRED. “Mrs. Sarah J. Prentice, aged 70 years, died at 11:30 o’clock last night at the home of her son, W.D. Prentice of 603 Tenth street south. Death came as a result of old age. She was the mother of seven children, of whom six are now living and are grown up. She had made her home with her son for some time past.

    “A short funeral service will be held from the residence this afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. J.M. Walters, officiating, after which the body will be shipped to Cogswell, N.D. via the Milwaukee tonight. Services will be at Cogswell tomorrow and the remains interred in the family lot.

    “Undertaker B.F. Wasem is preparing the body for shipment.” Fargo Forum & Daily Republican Jan 11, 1915. Submission by Jan Mongoven (September 2002)csk

Another obituary for Sarah Birch reads as follows:

    Grandma [Sarah Birch] rentice Is Called Home

    “Mrs. A. F. Prentice died at the home of her son, W.D. Prentice, in Fargo, Sunday, Jan. 10, at the age of 70. She had been sick about two weeks with erysipelas. The remains were shipped to Cogswell and laid at rest beside her husband in Old Sargent cemetery.

    “The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon conducted by the pastor, assisted by Rev. Rumsey, who preached the sermon, taking for his subject, “The Immortal Crown.” He paid a glowing tribute to the beautiful life led by the departed one, and in closing said:

      “’Thank God for the pleasant memory of an old-fashioned mother. Others may be removed from the vision of our past, but her sweet face that smiled upon our infant days and shone upon life’s rugged pathway will still remain with us to the last. ‘Her eyes, into whose clear depths the love light shone, will ever be to us the brightest eyes of all. ‘Her voice, so tender and sweet will ever float to us like the perfume of flowers. ‘The music of other voices may be hushed in the silence of the past years, but the enchanting memory of mother’s voice will echo in our souls forever. ‘Those lips that have kissed the furrows of care from our forehead will ever be calling us to higher ideals of life. ‘Those hands that have felt the clasp of baby fingers will beckon to us to the shores of eternal day. ‘Sleep on, dear mother, and rest in the arms of your Saviour whom you loved and served so well, for yours is a crown of glory.’

    “Sarah Birch was born in Ontario, Can., Sept. 26, 1844 and was married to Adam F. Prentice, Oct. 16, 1866. They moved to North Dakota in the fall of 1881 and lived in Fargo for three years, coming from there to Sargent county, where they took up three quarter sections of land, a homestead, a pre-emption, and a tree claim. In 1885 her husband built the first hotel in Old Sargent and ran it for three years. They bought and moved onto the Zimmerly farm now occupied by James Randol and 1892 they came to Cogwell and ran a hotel for several years. Later they moved onto a farm. In 1904 Mr. Prentice and two of his sons, J.W. and W.D. bought the hardware and furniture business in Cogswell from L.H. White which was destroyed by fire two years later. Her husband died in December, 1906.

    “Seven children were born, six of whom are still living: Mrs. J. F. (Jennie) Bowman, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Mrs. S.N. [Debbie] Brooks, Richville, Minn.; Mrs. W.Z. Haight, Fargo; J.W. Prentice, Cogswell; W.D. Prentice, Fargo; Fred Prentice, Richville. After the death of her husband grandma made her home with her sons, J.W. and W.D.”

Adam entered the U.S. at Odensburg, NY in 1865. Adam and Sarah travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, where they remained for some time. Next, the couple moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he engaged in the oil business. Adam applied for citizenship in the Clarion Co. PA Courthouse on 4 Sep 1877. At some point between 1865 and 1877, Adam and his family returned to Canada for a short time where they appear in the 1871 census for Nepean Twp., Carleton Co., Ontario.

In 1879 Adam homesteaded a farm in the State of North Dakota. However, Adam and his family still appear in the 1880 Salem, Clarion Co., PA census so he apparently moved to ND after that date. Adam signed second papers for citizenship there on 10 Dec 1883 in the Cass Co. District Court. He was granted citizenship on 24 May 1890. Adam lived out the rest of is life on the farm near Cogswell, dying from cancer of the stomach. For additional biographical information, see Appendix 1 .

From "History of Otter Tail County: Vols. I & II" by John W. Mason in 1916, I gathered information on the children of Adam and Sarah Prentice. According to Jan P. Mongoven and Mason, their children were::

  1. Ann "Jennie" Jane Prentis, b. 15 Jul 1867 in Manchester, New Hampshire and d. 22 Aug 1952 in Pendleton, OR. She m. James F. Bowman on 21 Jul 1892 in Milnor, ND. He d. 1939. Children (per Jayne Tuohig, email, 9 Jan 2004):
    1. Edna Bowman. She m. Fay/Faye Ward.
    2. Florence Bowman, d. 1946. She m. Thomas M. Robertson. Son:
      1. Merle Robertson, b. c. 1904 and d. 3 Jul 1922.
  2. John Wesley "Wesley" Prentice, b. 22 Feb 1869, Augusta, ME and d. 24 Nov 1922 in Sargent Co., ND (per Jayne Tuohig, above). The IGI says he was b. 22 Feb 1869 in Orange Twp., Frafton, NH. He appears in the 1920 Sargent Co., ND census with his wife, Emma, b. c. 1876, WI. They were m. 24 Jul 1894. Children (per Jayne Tuohig, above): MN:
    1. Floyd G. Prentice, b. 1896. He appears in the 1930 census in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN census with his wife, Mabel A., b. c. 1895, MN, and children:
      1. Gerald E. Prentice, b. c. 1921, ND.
      2. Ruth M. Prentice, b. c. 1924, ND.
    2. Ethel F. Prentice, b. 1898.
  3. Susan Deborah Prentice, b. 26 Jan 1871, Ontario, Canada; d. 4 Dec 1934 in Kenyon, MN. She married Samuel Norton Brooks (b. Aug. 22, 1868 in Oshkosh, WI; d. Jan 24, 1938 in Minneapolis, MN). They had three children:
    1. Luella Maude Brooks, b. abt. 1892. She m. Mr. Christenson. Son (per Jayne Tuohig, above):
      1. Duane Brooks Christenson, d. 25 Aug 1915.
    2. Vernon DeLysle Brooks, b. Jan 16, 1894. . . . . . . [2]
    3. Gilbert Brooks (b. abt 1896). May may, or may not, be the Gilbert Brooks shown in the SSDI as b. 31 Mar 1896 and d. Apr 1979 in MI.
  4. Adam Frederick "Fred" Prentice Jr., b. c. 1877. . . . . . . . . [3]
  5. Florence Elizabeth Prentice, b. 30 Dec 1874 in Clarion County, PA and d. 18 Oct 1906 in Minneapolis, MN. Bur. Old Cogswell Cemetery, Cogswell, North Dakota (per Jayne Tuohig, above). She m. Byron J. Boner on 11 Jul 1894. Son:
    1. Everett Boner, b. c. 1896.
  6. William Daniel Prentice, b. 8 Dec 1877, in Clarion County, PA and d. 11 Mar 1934. He m. Cora Jane Haight on 17 Oct 1900. In 1930 Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., PA census. Children:
    1. Fiodiora Prentice, b. 1902.
    2. Verl Prentice, b. 1904.
  7. Edith Ellen Prentice, b. Jan 1883, ND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.5]
  8. Jenny Prentice. She m. J. F. Bowman and lived in Fergus Falls, MN.

Oral family tradition indicates that perhaps Susan Deborah and her brother, probably Wesley, were adopted by Adam and his wife, Sarah. The story was that Susan (who is sometimes referred to as Deborah) and her brother were orphaned in Canada after an Indian massacre. Then they were adopted by the Prentices.

2. Vernon DeLysle Brooks, b. 16 Jan 16, 1894 in Cogswell, ND; d. May 30, 1970 in Vista, CA). He married Mabel Augusta Peterson who was b. 16 Mar 1892 in Elizabeth, MN; d. Jun 6, 1942 in Pelican Rapids, MN) on Sep 22, 1920 in Fergus Falls, MN. They had two children:

  1. Dale Lorimer Brooks (b. Jun 18, 1921 in Perham, MN; died Jun 3, 1998 in San Diego, CA).
  2. Carol Elizabeth Brooks (b. Jul 24, 1928 in Plentywood, MT). She married Patrick Dennis Mongoven (b. Aug 18, 1923 in Hankinson, ND) on Dec 27, 1949 in Hankinson, ND. They had three children:
    1. Jan Patrick Mongoven, b 21 Oct 1950 in Wahpeton, ND). He m. Danna Ruth Torrance (b. Aug 20, 1952 in Seattle, WA) on Jun 15, 1974.
      1. Cory William Mongoven, b. 9 Nov 1976 in LaJolla, CA).
      2. Casey Patrick Mongoven, b. 30 Apr 1979 in LaJolla, CA.
    2. Susan Kaye Mongoven, b. 23 Feb 1952 in Breckenridge, MN).
    3. Gail Teresa Mongoven, b. 5 Nov 1956 in Escondido, CA).

2.5 Edith Ellen Prentice, b. 7 Jan 1883, Fargo, ND and d. 7 Oct 1964, Bellevue, King Co., WA. Jayne Jester Tuohig is a great granddaughter (per email of 13 Dec 2003). Edith m. Willard Z. Haight on 27 Jul 1901 in Cogswell, Sargent Co., ND. Willard was b. 20 Jul 1873 in Union Grove, Meeker County, MN and d. 25 Jul 1938 in Lake George, Clearwater County, MN. Children (per Jayne Tuohig, above):

  1. Marjorie Doris Haight “Madge”, b: 13 Apr 1902 in Fergus Falls, MN and d. 10 Sep 1952 in Davenport, WA. She m. 1st Howard Thomas Ball c. 1923 in Helena, MT. He was b. 20 Aug 1900 in Globe, AZ and d. Sep 1978 in Hauser, Kootenai, ID. Children:
    1. Ardythe Eleanor Bal, b. 19 Nov 1925 in Butte, Mt. She m. Robert George Wyckoff on 27 Jul 1945. Children:
      1. Marjorie Diane Wyckoff b: December 25, 1949
      2. Janice Marie Wyckoff b: August 10, 1951
      Ardythe m. 2nd William McQuillin in 1961. Children:
      1. James William McQuillin b: November 13, 1961
      2. Kathleen Mary McQuillin b: March 22, 1963
    2. Donald Bruce Ball, b. 2 Dec 1926 in Butte, MT. He m. Dolores Ruth Heinz on 28 Aug 1947 in Davenport, WA. Children:
      1. Stephen Ball b: July 18, 1948
      2. Nancy Joann Ball b: January 09, 1952
      3. Donna Marie Ball b: December 04, 1952
      4. David Allen Ball b: May 20, 1957
    Marjorie Doris Haight m. 2nd Charles Wendall Bumgarner in Sep 1939.

  2. Zola Haight, b. 13 Jan 1904 in Sunnyside, Wilkin, MN and d. 18 Apr 1906 in Everdell, MN. Bur. Old Cogswell Cemetery, Cogswell, ND.

  3. Florence Delores Haight, b. 9 Sep 1909 in Minot, ND and d. 8 Oct 1953 in Seattle, WA. She m. Russell Lawrence Jester on 17 Apr 1924, Park Rapids, MN. He was b. 6 Jun 1896 in Iowa Falls, IA and d, 20 Mar 1966 in Seattle, WA. Children:
    1. Jay Willard Jester, b. 24 Apr 1925 in Park Rapids, Hubbard, MN and d. 5 May 1984 in Bellevue, WA. He m. Clementine Dingley on 28 Jun 1945, Edenton, NC. She was b. 9 Nov 1926 in Casco, Cumberland, ME. Children:
      1. Jayne Mercea Jester, b. 16 Oct 1946 in Wakefield, RI. She m. 1st Henly Edmond Reed, Jr. on 27 Aug 1966 in Bellevue, WA. He was b. 29 Jan 1944 in Alexandria, Rapids, LA. Son:
        1. Ryan Stuart Reed, b. 19 Jan 1969 in Tacoma, WA.
        Jayne Mercea Jeser m. 2nd. Paul James Tuohig on 14 Aug 1982, Woodbridge, Prince William Co., VA. He was b. 25 Sep 1943 in Providence, RI.
      2. Ann DeLores Jester, b. 29 Aug 1947 in Wakefield, RI. She m. Gary Michael Buechler on 21 Nov 1973, Bellevue, WA. He was b. 24 Sep 1942 in Portland, OR. Children:
        1. Jayson-Allen Jester Buechler, b. 14 Aug 1977 in Bellevue, WA. He m. Amanda Christine Good on 11 Oct 2003 in Gig Harbor, WA. She was b. 10 Nov 1977.
        2. Keri-Ann Raye Buechler, b. 2 Aug 1981 in Bellevue, WA.
    2. Carol Ann Jester, b. 6 Feb 1927 in Park Rapids, MN and d. 5 Jun 1997 in Seattle, WA. She m. Bernard T. Preston on 13 Apr 1951, Seattle, WA. He was b. 6 Sep 1922 in MD and d. 4 Dec 1969, Seattle, WA. Children:
      1. Rich Bradley Preston, b. 30 Aug 1954 in Seattle, WA and d. 27 Jul 1995 in Riverside, WA. He m. Lori Marlene King on 14 Feb 1984, Reno, NV. She was b. 20 May 1953 in Seattle, WA. Children:
        1. Andrea Rose Preston b: September 25, 1984
        2. Danielle Amanda Preston b: December 28, 1986
      2. Edythe Ann Preston, b. 21 Apr 1961, Seattle, WA.
    3. Richard Dewayne Jester, b. 2 Oct 1928 in Great Falls, MT and d. 2 Aug 1986 in Seattle, WA.

Edith Elen Prentice m. 2nd Charles Henry Allen on 1 Jun 1915 in Glasgow, MT. Charles d. 26 Jul 1966 in Bellevue, WA. He was b. 11 Aug 1889 in Emmitsburg, IA.

3. Adam Frederick Prentice Jr.. Frederick (AKA A.F. Prentice or Fred) was b. c. 1877 (per 1920 Richville census) at Edenburg, PA and d. 22 Oct 1934 at the age of 61. He was a successful businessman in Richville, Otter Tail Co., Minnesota.

Fred married Mary Ann Hackett (per SSDI) 3 Aug 1901. She was b. 23 Mar 1877 in North Freedom, WI. Children (per 1920 Richville, Otter Tail, MN census, Stephanie Prentice, email, 2 Oct 2003, and Jayne Tuohig, above):

  1. Erma Felicia Prentice, b. 20 Nov 1902, Deer Creek, MN and d. 16 May 1943, Portland, OR. She m. Ross H. Vail on 11 May 1925. He was b. c. 1903 in WI. They appear in the 1930 census in Portland, Multnomah Co., OH where she is indexed as "Enna Vail. Children per 1930 census:
    1. Helen Vail, b. c. 1926, Idaho. At home in Portland in 1930.
    2. Ramona Vail, b. c. 1927. At home in Portland in 1930.

  2. Clifford F. Prentice, b. 28 Apr 1904 in Cogswell, ND. . . . . . . . . . . [3.1]
  3. Clifton Prentice, b. 28 Apr 1904, ND and d. 24 Oct 1947 in Seattle, King County, WA. At home in 1920 census. Not in 1930 census.
  4. Merle Frederick Prentice, b. 20 Apr 1905. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  5. Dorothy Debbie Prentice, b. 13 Mar 1910 in Richville, MN. She m. Curtis Glenn DeHart in Nov 1930 in Longview, WA. He might be the Curtis DeHart shown in the SSD as b. 10 Nov 1905, obtained his SS# in WA, and d. Mar 1982 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA. She does not appear in the SSDI.
  6. Ramona Belle Prentice, b. 5 Mar 1912 in Perham, MN. . . . . . . . . . [5]
  7. Willard Wilson Prentice, b. 8 Sep 1915, Perham, MN. Not in SSDI.

3.1 Clifford F. Prentice, b. 28 Apr 1904 in Cogswell, ND and d. 9 Dec 1953 in Gary, IN.

He m. 1st Ann B. on 26 Dec 1926 in Fergus Falls, MN.

He m. 2nd Wilhelmina "Minnie" Otto on 6 Dec 1930 in Fergus Falls and d. before 2005. Known children:

  1. Clifford P. Prentice. Died before 2005. He may, or may not, be the Clifford Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 21 Sep 1931, obtained his SS# in IN, and d. Dec 1969 at an unspecified location.
  2. Frederick Prentice. In 2005 lived in Merrillville, IN.
  3. Lowell Lee Prentice, b. c. 1942. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.2]

3.2. Lowell Lee Prentice, b. c. 1942 and d. 24 Jan 2005 at Methodist Hosp., Southake Campus at the age of 63. His obituary reads as follows:

    Lowell Lee Prentice, age 63, of Valparaiso [Porter Co., IN], passed away Monday, January 24, 2005, at Methodist Hospital, Southake Campus. Lee was a Valparaiso resident since 1969 and formerly of Portage [Porter Co., IN]. He was currently employed at Henkel Corporation and retired general foreman from U.S. Steel in Gary with 35 years of service.

    Lee is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Judie [Reynolds?]; son, Mark W. Prentice, both of Valparaiso [Porter Co., IN]; daughter, Tina L. Prentice of Lake Station; brother, Frederick Prentice of Merrillville. He, also, leaves to grieve a loving sister-in-law, Cayrol Prentice; mother-in-law, Louise Reynolds; three nephews, Jeff, Greg and Freddy, Jr.; two nieces, Debbi and Patti; many friends and co-workers. "Pap Paws" special little boy, Paul Stitt, his beloved cat, Shalimar, and his beloved little Boston Terrier, Nigel.

    Preceded in death by parents, Clifford F. and Wilhelmina (nee Otto) Prentice and brother, Clifford P.

    Funeral services will be Friday, January 28, 2005, 11 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Avenue, Portage [Porter Co., IN] with Rev. Gerald T. Walworth officiating. Cremation will follow at Calvary Crematory in Portage [Porter Co., IN]. Visitation is Thursday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 219-762-3013. Published in The Times from 1/26/2005 - 1/27/2005.

Children of Lowell and Judie:

  1. Mark W. Prentice. In 2005 lived in Valparaiso, IN.
  2. Tina L. Prentice. In 2005 lived in Lake Station, IN.

4. Merle Frederick Prentice, b. 20 Apr 1905, Richville, Otter Tail, MN and d. 23 Jul 1942 (per IGI; not in SSDI).

He m. Anna Marie Peterson on 5 May 1926. She was b. 10 Sep 1905 and d. 17 Sep 2002. Children (per Stephanie Prentice, email, 2 Oct 2003):

  1. Yvonne Prentice, b. c. 1928, MN, and appears at home in the 1930 Minneapolis Co., census. She has children Tawn and Scott.
  2. Shirley Prentice, b. after 1930 census.. No children and deceased by 2003.
  3. Jon Frederick Prentice, b. 13 Oct 1935. He m. Nancy Claire Nordholm. She was b. 26 Apr 1939. Children:
    1. Johni Lynne Prentice, b. 17 Apr 1960, Minneapolis, MN. She m. David Levene. Daughter:
      1. Taylor Lynne Levene, b. 30 Mar 1993, Santa Monica,CA.
    2. Grant Trenton Prentice, b. 8 Oct 1963. Single in 2003.
    3. Stephanie Prentice, b. 15 Aug 1966, Minneapolis, MN (per Stephanie Prentice, email, 2 Oct 2003). She m. Scott Gerard Elwell. Children:
      1. Kalley Lee Elwell, b. 22 Jul 1998, Minneapolis, MN.
      2. Zachary Ryan Elwell, b. 16 Mar 2001, Minneapolis, MN.

5. Ramona Belle Prentice, b. 5 Mar 1912 in Perham, MN. She m. 1st John Henry Glieden on 29 Mar 1932 in Sedan, MN. John was b. 22 Nov 1908, Bangor Twp., Pope Co., MN and d. d. 14 Nov 1953, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN. Ramona m. 2nd. William Neuhalfen on 29 Nov 1955, Red Lake Falls, MN. Children of Ramona and Henry (per E. Douglas Larson):

  1. John Henry Glieden Jr., b. 18 May 1933, Brooten, Pope Co., MN and d. 10 Jun 1999, Eden Prairie, Hennepuin Co., MN. He m. Marion Rose Kersting on 20 Aug 1954, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN. She was b. 17 Oct 1934 in St. Cloud. Children:
    1. Kathlreen Ann Glieden, b. 10 Jan 1958.
    2. John William Glieden, b. 16 Nov 1962, Fond Du Lac, WI.
    3. Amy Susan Glieden, b. 14 Apr 1965. She m. Wade Eckoff in 1986. He was b. 1 Jun 1964.
    4. Mary Therese Glieden, b. 21 Feb 1967, Ashland, Jackson Co., OR.
    5. Sarah Rose Glieden, b. 26 Jan 1975, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA.
  2. Mary Eleanor Glieden, b. 29 Jul 1935, Perham, Ottertail Co., MN. She m. James Philip Kujawa on 11 Jun 1954, St.Cloud, MN. He was b. 24 Apr 1932 in St. Cloud. Children:
    1. James John Kujawa, b. 13 Mar 1956, Crookston, Polk Co., MN.
    2. Michael William Kujawa, b. 8 Aug 1957, Crookston.
    3. Mona Kay Kujawa, b. 26 Aug 1958, Crookston.
    4. Jacqueline Faith Kujawa, b. 4 Apr 1961, Crookston.
    5. Paul Douglas Kujawa, b. 16 Mar 1963, Crookston.
    6. Timothy Todd Kujawa, b. 9 Jan 1965, Crookston.
    7. Julie Marie Kujawa, b. 24 Jul 1966, Crookston.
    8. Lee Douglas Kujawa, b. 5 Aug 1970, Crookston.
    9. Michele Kujawa, b. 6 Jan 1973, Crookston.

Who are Richard Prentice's Parents?

For now, it appears that Richard Prentice "of Nepean" was probably b. before 1877 and perhaps much earlier depending on the birth order of his siblings. Richard's place of birth is also unclear; if his son, Daniel Prentice, was b. c. 1797 in Ireland (per 1861 Nepean census), then Richard was likely born in Ireland.

And it is unclear whether or not Daniel is descended from any of the Prentices mentioned in our article about Daniel and Richard Prentice of NY and Canada at http://www.prenticenet.com/news/99/daniel_prentice_ny_and_canada.htm. All of the Prentices in that time frame were already settled in the USA and/or Canada so an Ireland birth for Daniel is unlikely.

Additional information about Adam and his descendants was provided by Jan Patrick Mongoven's E-mail of 22 May 1999 and 26 Sep 1999 and can be found in the Supplement to our PRENTICE book.

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Appendix 1: Additional Biographical Information From Sargent County Pioneers

Note on Photo Links: The photo links below do not work. To see the photos, go to the above linked article.

Adam F. PRENTICE - (1837-1906)
Sarah J. BIRCH PRENTICE - (1844-1915)
Photos courtesy of Jayne M. Jester Tuohig.
Adam F. Prentice was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on May 15, 1837. He crossed the St. Lawrence River and stepped onto American soil in May 1865, arriving at the river port of Ogdensburg, New York. Sarah Birch, born September 26, 1844, crossed the border a year later. Their parents' identities have not been determined - although census records tell us they were English Canadian.
Adam and Sarah married on October 16, 1866. They had seven children: Jennie, John, Susan Deborah - or Debbie - (who eventually married Samuel N. Brooks), Fred, Florence, William, and Edith.

The details of the family's first homes are limited, but Mason's biography of Fred Prentice places them in Boston, where they allegedly remained for a couple years. Although it has never been verified, family legend has it that Debbie and John were orphaned after their parents were massacred by Indians. They were consequently adopted by Adam and Sarah Prentice, according to stories heard by Debbie's granddaughter, Carol Brooks Mongoven.
Adam filed "first papers" for citizenship in the courthouse of Clarion County Pennsylvania on September 4, 1877. Second papers were submitted on December 10, 1883 in the District Court of Cass County in Dakota Territory. Adam was granted American citizenship on May 24, 1890, while residing in Cogswell of Sargent County in Dakota Territory.
By the late 1870s the Prentice family made their home in Salem Township in the heart of oil country in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Adam worked as an oil "pumper" according to 1880 census information. In the autumn of 1881 Adam and Sarah packed their family belongings and made the trek with their family to a new home in Dakota Territory. Prairie land was cheap as a result of homestead and tree claim acts and, for people who were hard-working, brave, and adventuresome, the attraction was almost irresistible. For nearly three years they lived in Fargo, while Adam prepared to begin a new life on the farm.
The "Timber-Culture Act of June 1878" was a federal attempt to entice pioneers westward and to encourage the growth of trees on the nation's prairies. Those who planted and successfully grew ten acres of trees could "tree claim" a quarter section of land at very low prices. On an icy December day in 1882 Adam Prentice walked into the Land Office at Fargo and made his tree claim of 160 acres in Sargent County. In 1883 Adam broke 5 acres of land in the northwest quarter of section 15 in Harlem Township and, with his son, John Wesley, began a nearly futile attempt to grow trees.
In his affidavit Adam wrote, "5 acres of said land was broken in 1883. In the year 1884 the 5 acres were cultivated and 7 acres more broken and the first 5 acres broken were planted with tree seeds the Fall of that year. In 1885 the 7 acres was cultivated and planted with tree seeds and the first 5 acres planted with tree seeds were cultivated. In 1886 the whole 12 acres so planted with tree seeds were cultivated. In 1887 the whole 12 acres had been planted with tree seeds were killed by excessive drought and had to be plowed up and replanted with tree seeds of box elder and ash variety. The tree seeds planted in 1887 were cultivated, but in 1890 and 1891 the trees were killed by drought and cattle." Adam had planted over 7000 seeds per acre - not one had survived. In April 1892 Adam decided to "prove up" his tree claim. Neighbor Simon Mills testified on Adam's behalf, stating, "I know that claimant tried to make the trees grow on said tract ever since the year 1883 and he has failed to make them grow. The tract is sandy and dry and it would be difficult to make trees grow on it." Ten years had passed from the time Adam made his tree claim application to the time of proving the claim - and nature certainly had not been kind to him. For his own part, Adam wrote, "I have tried hard to comply with the law, but drought and sand blown by the wind killed the trees. I believe trees can not be grown on said tract because it is too sandy to raise them." Land office officials agreed and on April 20, 1892 Adam paid $1.25 an acre - a total of $200 - and 160 acres of Dakota farmland were his (Certificate No. 12234).
The "Homestead Act of 1862" required a settler to reside upon and cultivate the land for a period of five years from the time of filing an affidavit - although sometimes the five-year requirement was "shortened." Any abandonment of the property for more than six months resulted in the squatter's forfeiture of the land. On December 10, 1883, Adam returned to the Fargo Land Office and applied for homestead status on another 160 acres in Sargent County in the northeast quarter of section 17 in Sargent Township. In his testimony on October 15, 1885 Adam declared, "I built my house in April 1884 and established residence at that time. My house is 14 X 16 feet frame, shingle roof, matched floor, one window, one door - a stable 16 X 16 - of lumber - one well of water stoned up. Sixty acres of breaking. Total value is $600...My family consist of a wife and seven children and we have resided there continuously...I cultivated 35 acres in wheat, corn, potatoes, and garden in the summer of 1885." On October 21, 1885 Adam paid $1.25 an acre - a total of $200 - and owned his farm (Certificate No. 10212).
Adam soon sold his homestead. Congress had enacted the "Pre-emption Act of 1841." Any squatter who moved onto land before it was assessed by federal surveyors could file a "pre-emption" claim. He or she would then live on, improve, and finally purchase the tract for a low price. On November 19, 1887 Adam made his claim on 160.16 acres in lots 3 and 4 of the south half of the northwest quarter in section 3 of Sargent Township. In sworn testimony he stated he had sold his homestead property, yet still held his tree claim land. He described the farmland as "level prairie land and most valuable for farming purposes." He continued, "March 23, 1887 I commenced building a house and dug a well. Built a stable. Value $200." The Prentice family began living on the property on April 1, 1887. He described his new farmhouse as a "one story frame house 14 X 16 ft. Sides ship lap. Matched flooring for floors. Roof double boarded and papered. 2 doors and one window. And the same is habitable at all seasons of the year. Value $100. 50 acres of breaking. Value $200. Total value $500."
When asked what kinds of farm implements he owned on this property, Adam replied, "1 self binder, 1 seeder, 1 gang plow, 2 sulky plows, 2 walking plows, 1 cultivator, farm wagon, 1 buggy." He also reported owning "5 horses, 1 colt, 3 oxen, 3 cows, 6 pigs, 4 hd. young cattle, 100 chickens." Adam also had "a good cook stove, with furniture. Beds and bedding, chairs and table, sewing machine, dishes, books and papers." At the time his affidavit was taken, Adam had only grown one season of crops, "flax, barley, and garden vegetables."
Asher Waller, a neighbor who testified for Adam, wrote, "I saw him move upon the land April 1st 1887, and can see his house plainly from my own. I have seen him there every day during the past six months, at work upon the land. He passes my house on his way to town after fuel and provisions and I know that he is and has been well supplied with the same. He has a good house, barn, well, stock and farm machinery. He has lived there since April 1st 1887, and has lived there continuously since that date." On November 25, 1887 Adam paid $1.25 an acre, a total of $200.20 (No. 11174).
The Prentice farm was only a few miles from the Brooks farm in Sargent Township, allowing Adam's daughter, Debbie, to meet Sam Brooks. They eventually married and moved to Richville, Minnesota.
Sarah's obituary helps shed light on the couple's final years. According to the newspaper, Adam built the first hotel in Old Sargent in 1885 and ran it for several years. He and Sarah bought and moved onto the Zimmerly farm. They moved to Cogswell in 1892, running another hotel. Later they moved onto a farm in Cogswell. In 1904 Adam and two sons, J.W. and W.D., purchased a hardware and furniture store in Cogswell from L.H. White. The building was destroyed by fire two years later.
Adam lived the remainder of this life on the farm near outside Cogswell. He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopalian Church. He died on December 20, 1906 from stomach cancer at 68 years of age. His obituary in the Cogswell Enterprise on December 27, 1906, entitled, "Pioneers Pass To The World Beyond," read:

"It has been our painful duty for the third time within a year to chronicle the passing away of a member of the Prentice family. The death of a little granddaughter, which occurred April 18, was the first break in the family chain. This was followed by the death of a daughter, Mrs. B.J. [Florence] Boner, Oct. 18; the third, Adam F. Prentice, father of the family, passed away last Friday.
"He had been ailing for some time and everything possible was done by loving hands to ease his suffering and prolong his life. A consultation of doctors was held a week before his death, and the family was then told the end was close at hand.
"Adam F. Prentice was born in Ottawa, Can., May 15, 1837, coming to North Dakota in 1880. He located in Sargent county in 1883, where he has since resided. He was a member of the M.E. church and active in church work.
"There are many among us who can look back into the past and recall acts of kindness and charity prompted by the Christian spirit of the deceased and many a silent tear is shed by those who knew him well and realize that he has gone never to return.
"Deceased is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters, J.W. and W.D. Prentice of Cogswell; Fred Prentice of Richville, Minn.; Mrs. S.N. Brooks, Richville; Mrs. W.Z. Haight, of Fullerton; Mrs. J.F. Bowman, Fergus Falls, all of whom were present at the funeral. There are also fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren."
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love has given,
And though the body moulders here
The soul is safe in Heaven."
After her husband's death, Sarah lived with her sons in Cogswell. As of the 1910 census William was a real estate agent and John worked as an agent for the railroad. Eventually William moved to Fargo and Sarah joined him there. She died at his home at 11:30 on the night of January 10th in 1915. The cause of death was "erysipelas" (an infectious disease of the skin and mucous membranes caused by streptococcal bacteria and characterized by local inflammation and fever). Sarah had been ill for about two weeks before her death. She was 70 years old. Her obituary, headlined "Aged Woman Passes Away," appeared in the January 11, 1915 edition of the Fargo Forum & Daily Republican:
"DIED AT THE HOME OF HER SON AT 603 TENTH STREET SOUTH LATE LAST NIGHT -
REMAINS WILL BE TAKEN TO COGSWELL AND INTERRED.
"Mrs. Sarah J. Prentice, aged 70 years, died at 11:30 o'clock last night at the home of her son, W.D. Prentice of 603 Tenth street south. Death came as a result of old age. She was the mother of seven children, of whom six are now living and are grown up. She had made her home with her son for some time past.
"A short funeral service will be held from the residence this afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. J.M. Walters, officiating, after which the body will be shipped to Cogswell, N.D. via the Milwaukee tonight. Services will be at Cogswell tomorrow and the remains interred in the family lot. "Undertaker B.F. Wasem is preparing the body for shipment."
A second obituary was written in the Cogswell Enterprise on January 14th. Its headline said, "Grandma Prentice Is Called Home." It read:
"Mrs. A.F. Prentice died at the home of her son, W.D. Prentice, in Fargo, Sunday, Jan. 10, at the age of 70. She had been sick about two weeks with erysipelas. The remains were shipped to Cogswell and laid at rest beside her husband in Old Sargent cemetery.
"The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon conducted by the pastor, assisted by Rev. Rumsey, who preached the sermon, taking for his subject, "The Immortal Crown." He paid a glowing tribute to the beautiful life led by the departed one, and in closing said:
'Thank God for the pleasant memory of an old-fashioned mother. Others may be removed from the vision of our past, but her sweet face that smiled upon our infant days and shone upon life's rugged pathway will still remain with us to the last.
'Her eyes, into whose clear depths the love light shone, will ever be to us the brightest eyes of all.
'Her voice, so tender and sweet will ever float to us like the perfume of flowers.
'The music of other voices may be hushed in the silence of the past years, but the enchanting memory of mother's voice will echo in our souls forever.
'Those lips that have kissed the furrows of care from our forehead will ever be calling us to higher ideals of life.
'Those hands that have felt the clasp of baby fingers will beckon to us to the shores of eternal day.
'Sleep on, dear mother, and rest in the arms of your Saviour whom you loved and served so well, for yours is a crown of glory.'
"Sarah Birch was born in Ontario, Can., Sept. 26, 1844 and was married to Adam F. Prentice, Oct. 16, 1866. They moved to North Dakota in the fall of 1881 and lived in Fargo for three years, coming from there to Sargent county, where they took up three quarter sections of land, a homestead, a pre-emption, and a tree claim. In 1885 her husband built the first hotel in Old Sargent and ran it for three years. They bought and moved onto the Zimmerly farm now occupied by James Randol and 1892 they came to Cogwell and ran a hotel for several years. Later they moved onto a farm. In 1904 Mr. Prentice and two of his sons, J.W. and W.D. bought the hardware and furniture business in Cogswell from L.H. White which was destroyed by fire two years later. Her husband died in December, 1906.
"Seven children were born, six of whom are still living: Mrs. J. F. Bowman, Fergus Falls, Minn., Mrs. S.N. [Debbie] Brooks, Richville, Minn., Mrs. W.Z. Haight, Fargo, J.W. Prentice, Cogswell, W.D. Prentice, Fargo, Fred Prentice, Richville. After the death of her husband grandma made her home with her sons, J.W. and W.D."
Gail Hayes and Jan Mongoven, descendants of Adam and Sarah Prentice, conducted a search in Cogswell for the Prentice family plot in October of 2000. No stones could be located. The exact burial location of their Dakota pioneer ancestors remains a mystery.

Submitted by Jan Patrick Mongoven 23 Dec 2002

Click here for a portrait photo of Adam F. and Sarah Birch PRENTICE taken circa 1890's.
Click here for a photo of Adam F. and Sarah Birch PRENTICE outside their home in Cogswell circa 1900. The children have not been identified.
Click here for a photo of Sarah (Birch) PRENTICE sewing, early 1900's.
Click here for a photo of Edith PRENTICE, youngest child of Adam and Sarah, before she married. Edith PRENTICE (1883-1964) married and divorced Willard Z. Haight. She then married Charles Allen, spending the remainder of her long life with him in the state of Washington.
Photos courtesy of Jayne M. Jester Tuohig, great-great granddaughter of Adam and Sarah Prentice. Jayne is descended from Edith Ellen Prentice, the last child of Adam and Sarah. Edith's daughter, Florence Jester (now deceased), was Jayne's grandmother.

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Susan Deborah PRENTICE BROOKS - (1871-1934)
This is a photo of a young Susan Deborah - Debbie - Prentice, daughter of Adam and Sarah Prentice. The family homesteaded the NE 1/4 of Section 17 of Sargent Township.
Susan Deborah Prentice was born on January 26, 1871. Susan Deborah - "Debbie" - was the daughter of Adam and Sarah (Birch) Prentice of Canada. According to family lore passed down to her granddaughter, Carol Brooks Mongoven, Debbie and her older brother, John, were made orphans when their parents were killed in an Indian attack. Supposedly, the two young children were adopted by Adam and Sarah Prentice. The story has never been proven, however, and some of her descendants are not so certain it is true.
In 1891 Debbie married Samuel N. Brooks. The Brooks' farm was within a few miles of the Prentice farm in Cogswell, North Dakota. The couple raised three children: Luella Maude, Vernon DeLysle (who later married Mabel Augusta Peterson), and Gilbert Lloyd.
This is a portrait photo of Deborah Prentice Brooks.
The Indian massacre "story" is an interesting one to attempt to solve. The first record of Debbie is found among the pages of the 1880 U.S. Census for Salem Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She is shown living with her parents, Adam and Sarah Prentis (sic), and her siblings, Ann J., who was called "Jennie" throughout her life, age 12; John W., age 11; Susan D., age 9; Adam F., called "Fred" during his lifetime, age 7; Florence E., age 5; and William D., age 2. According to the census, parents Adam and Sarah were born in Canada, as were both of their parents. Ann J. (Jennie) and John W. were both born in what appears to be New Hampshire (the census taker misspelled many words!). However, Susan D. (Debbie) is listed as born in Canada! The rest of the children, Adam F., Florence, and William were all born in Pennsylvania, according to the report. Why would Debbie have been born in Canada when all of the older and younger Prentice children were all born in the United States?
The obituary for Jennie Prentice Bowman and the 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. Censuses help us verify Jennie's New Hampshire birth. Jennie's obituary lists her town of origin as Manchester, New Hampshire. The three census reports give her address as 520 Channing Avenue in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minnesota - and her place of birth as New Hampshire. Manchester is only 60 miles north of Boston. In a biography of Fred Prentice - a younger brother of Jennie and Debbie - John Mason said this about the family patriarch:

"Adam F. Prentice, after leaving his native country, went to Boston, Massachusetts, where he remained for some time and then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in the oil business and then, in the year 1879, the elder Prentice homesteaded a farm in the state of North Dakota, where he spent his last days, dying in the year 1905. His widow, Sarah, survived her husband until the year 1915, dying on February 10 of that year…"
Mason seems to have gotten some of the dates wrong, but it seems likely the rest is correct.
Adam Prentice, Debbie's father, signed his immigration "first papers" in a Clarion County courthouse in Pennsylvania in 1877. He swore in those citizenship declaration papers to have entered the United States from Canada on or about the month of May in 1865. There is no record of Adam and Sarah returning to Canada after their arrival in America.
The U.S. Census of 1900 for North Dakota says that Debbie Prentice - now Debbie Brooks - immigrated in 1871. At the time of the census, she claimed to have lived in the United States for 29 years. If the adoption story is true, then Debbie was an infant when brought from Canada to the United States. However, if the Indian massacre was simply "a good story," then the Prentices - for some reason - returned to Canada for a year or two to have their baby. Yet that begs another question: Why would Debbie tell the 1900 census taker that she had immigrated in 1871 if her parents had entered the United States in 1865?
Another factor to consider is the age difference between Debbie and her older brother, John. John's birthday was February 22, 1870. Debbie's was January 29, 1871 - only an 11-month difference. The spacing for all of Adam's and Sarah's other children was somewhat greater.
The 1920 U.S. Census was scoured for birth information on the Prentice children. Floyd Prentice, son of John W. Prentice, lived in Cogswell at the time. Floyd's father's place of birth is listed as Maine - this is corroborated by the 1910 U.S. Census - although the state was misspelled by the census taker. John's daughter, Ethel Prentice Severson, lived nearby in Sargent Township and gave her father's birthplace as Maine.
Finally, John W. Prentice himself - his first name misspelled and virtually illegible on the report - lived next door to the Seversons. He reported his place of birth as Maine. Maine lies next to New Hampshire - and both are within striking distance of Canada and Boston. Might John Mason's biography of the Prentices have correctly described Adam's movements?
As for the family legend, the Indian massacre and subsequent adoption remain unproven. However, in this researcher's opinion, the odds are in favor of the adoption theory. In the final analysis, however, the fact is that Adam and Sarah raised all of their children as their own - as Prentices!
By the autumn of 1881, Adam and Sarah and children had moved to Dakota Territory. Debbie grew up on the farm near Cogswell, where she met Sam Brooks, whose father's farm was but a few miles away. Both families were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Cogswell. They married in 1891.
By 1904, Debbie, husband Sam, and their three children left the farm in North Dakota for the lake-dotted beauty of Otter Tail County in Minnesota. Debbie's brother, Fred Prentice, and Sam Brooks went into business together in Richville, starting a general store called, Prentice & Brooks, which continued until 1910, according to the biography by John W. Mason. Debbie was a staunch member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Richville and on June 2, 1908 was elected one of its five trustees.
Debbie and Sam often spent time at Maude's home in Stewartville, Minnesota, south of Minneapolis. The following is taken from the Perham Enterprise Bulletin of January 18, 1917:
"Mrs. Elmer Christiansen and babe and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Brooks, left for Stewartville Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Brooks intend to spend the winter at the home of their daughter of that place."

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Appendix 2: Email of 12 Dec 2003 from Jan Mongoven:

(1) In the 1852 Nepean census, "Donald" and "Colbert" Prentice have 7 children (including our Adam). "Donald's" birthplace is listed as ONTARIO on this census.

"Colbert" is a surname. . . I believe this is ANN COLBERT, the daughter of either WILLIAM COLBERT or JOHN COLBERT (both of whom arrived with the Talbott Party from Ireland in 1818 and settled in Goulbourn Township, just 1-3 miles from Nepean where the Prentices lived...this is has been documented). Both William and John had a daughter named Ann Colbert.

  1. John Colbert's daughter Ann was 19 in 1818, so was born circa 1799.
  2. William Colbert's daughter Ann was 12 in 1818, born circa 1806, according to the Talbott Party documents.

On the 1852 census, "Colbert's" birthplace is given as Ireland. This fits -- Ann Colbert arrived in Goulbourn Township with her family in 1818.

For more evidence, the 1879 map of Goulbourn shows the farm of the widow, Mrs. J. Colbert, in Hazeldean (the community in Goulbourn where our Birch family lived...and about 1 mile from Nepean!). The farm is next-door to the Hodgins and Young farms where our Birch girls ended up after their parents died. I surmise that our ANN COLBERT was the daughter of John (not William), because it is is farm that is in Hazeldean community.

If Ann Colbert was John's daughter, born circa 1799, her age fits with her husband, "Donald," who was born circa 1797, according to age given on the 1852 and 1861 censuses.

(2) By the time of the 1861 Nepean Census, "Daniel" and "Ann" Prentice have 7 children (with the same names, same birth order, ages approximately 9 years older than in the 1852 Nepean Census --- this is CLEARLY the same Prentice family. And I'm convinced that "Daniel" is the man called "Donald" in the 1852 census ... the names are sufficiently similar to foul up the census taker.

And how in the world could the same 7 children wind up with COMPLETELY different parents 9 years later?

"Daniel" is listed as born in IRELAND --- not ONTARIO as listed in the 1852 census. This is clearly a mistake. In both the 1880 and 1900 U.S. Census reports, Adam gave his father's birthplace as CANADA. So, Joe, you are NOT wrong in what you've written. Our Daniel Prentice was born in Canada. He was the son of Richard, who was "of Nepean" and -- as you pointed out -- was already settled in Ontario in the 1790's time frame.

Again, I believe Daniel and Donald are the same person...I base this on your Newsletter reports about Richard Prentice of Nepean and of Daniel Prentice --- your newsletter tells us that Richard had the following children:

      Sarah Prentice                          1791?    (married Roger Moore
at Nepean in 1815)

Deborah Prentice                     1799?    (married David Moore at Nepean
in 1815)

Lydia Prentice                                   ?   (married George
Routliffe at Hull)

Daniel Prentice                      1805?    (???)

Mary Prentice                          1819?   (married John Barber of
Nepean 1839)

I have based the above children of RICHARD on the following: http://www.prenticenet.com/news/2003/mary_prentice_ireland_nepean_canada.htm http://www.prenticenet.com/news/99/richard_prentice_nepean_ontariocan.htm http://www.prenticenet.com/news/99/daniel_prentice_ny_and_canada.htm http://www.prenticenet.com/news/99/richard_prentice_nepean_ontariocan.htm (3) "Ann" is "Colbert" as I discussed above. There is more evidence in the 1871 Nepean Census. Here we find our married Adam Prentice, with wife Sarah J Birch, and their children, Ann Jane, John Wesley, and Susan Debra. And living with them was ANN PRENTICE, 72, born in Ireland, as well as Adam's sister Susan and brother David Prentice.


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