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J. J. Prentice of Columbus, OHDarwin Prentice of Otsego Co., NY

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J. J. Prentice of Columbus, OH
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 1999 and Revised 16 May 2007

Update of 16 May 2007: Although additional investigation is needed for confirmation, his birth year and residence in Kalkaska strongly suggests that he is Jessie Prentice, a son of Joseph C. Prentice and Sarah McLargin, and is #163.2 in our Valentine3 eBook. Also living in Kalkaska at tthe same time as J. J. was a William Prentice. The ages of J. J. and William match the ages of the known sons of Joseph and Sarah, William and Jessie.

By email of 16 May 2007, Hal Prentice relates that J. J. Prentice's death certificate shows his name to be Jesse J. Prentice


1. J. J. Prentice (aka Jesse J. Prentice) was b. Jun 1862, OH. He appears in the 1900 Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI census, and the 1910 Luce Co., MI, census with his wife and family.

He m. , Losetta "Lucy" Morse, b. Aug 1867, MI. Her parents were b. in KY and PA (per Hal Prentice, email, 16 May 2007). Census records also show their children:

  1. Mistie M. Prentice, b. May 1887, OH. 1900 census in Kalkaska, Kalkaska Co., MI. Not in 1910 or 1920 census by any surname.
  2. George Edward Prentice, b. Apr 1889. OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  3. Hazel M. Prentice, b. Mar 1890, MI. She appears in 1900 Kalkaska census with a birth date c. 1900 and in the 1910 census in Columbus, Luce Co., MI, census with a birth date c. 1900.
  4. Raymond Alfred Prentice, twin, b. 4 Jan 1894, OH, and d. 1934 in IL at the age of 40 years. He served in the US Army, Co. D, 339th Infantry. He was a member of the "Polar Bear Expedition" to Russia in 1918. (Ref: polarbears.si.umich.edy per Hal Prentice, email, 16 May 2007).
  5. Roy Albert Prentice, twin, b. 4 Jan 1894, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. Arthur Prentice, b. c. 1902, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[4]
The 1910 census is said to indicate that J. J.'s father was born in KY and his mother in PA.

2. George Edward Prentice, b. Apr 1889. OH. Called Edward in the 1910 Luce Co., MI census. He is probably the George E. Prentice, b. c. 1888-89, OH, who appears in the 1930 Flint, Genesee Co., MI census with his wife and family.

He m. Sylvia M., b. c. 1891, MI, and children (Ref: Year: 1930; Census Place: Flint, Genesee, Michigan; Roll: T626_984; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 0778.)

  1. Lawrence Prentice, b. c. 1912, MI. Not in SSDI.
  2. Lucy M. Prentice, b. c. 1924, MI.

3. Roy Albert "Jim" Prentice, twin, b. 4 Jan 1894, OH and d. 14 Apr 1946 (per Hal Prentice, email, 14 Apr 2004). He appears in the 1930 census in Flint, Genesee Co., MI, with his wife and family.

He m. Bessie Elizabeth Darling on 18 Sep 1915 at Genesee Co., MI. She was b. 9 Jan 1898 and d. 2 Feb 1990. , b. c. 1898, MI. Not in SSDI. Children, per 1930 census (Ref: Year: 1930; Census Place: Flint, Genesee, Michigan; Roll: T626_985; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 28; Image: 0246 and Hal Prentice, email, 16 May 2007):

  1. Elna Marjorie Prentice, dau., b. c. 1923, MI. Living in 2006. She m. William Ross.
  2. Laural Earl Prentice, b. 3 Dec 1924, MI. Living in 2006. He m. Ilah Edwards. Son:
    1. Hal Prentice (per email, Hal Prentice, 14 Apr 2004).
  3. Wilma Rae "Woodie"Prentice, dau., b. c. 1928, MI. Living in 2006. Her nickname came into use when her brother, Jimmy, married Wilma Della Dickinson in 1949. Apparently two Wilma's in the family caused confusion. She m. Fayette "Jack" Aldrich.
  4. James/Jimmy Maurice Prentice, birth date and place not known (per Hal Prentice, above). Living in 2006. He m. Wilma Della Dickinson.

4. Arthur Prentice, b. c. 1902, OH. He might be the Arthur W. Prentice, b. c. 1902, OH, who appears in the 1930 census in Genesee, Genesee Co., MI with his wife, Alice M., b. c. 1902, OH. He may be the Arthur Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 25 May 1901, who obtained his SS# in OH, and d. c. Feb 1965 in OH. Children, per 1930 census:

  1. Junior L. Prentice, b. c. 1926, MI.
  2. Marie M. Prentice, Daughter, b. c. 1928, MI.

Who is J. J. Prentice?

A review of the 1880 census for OH, where J. J. was born Jun 1862, does not disclose any male with the initial "j" born in the right time frame.

However, a review of the 1870 census for OH discloses both James L. Prentice, b. c. 1861, OH, and Jesse Prentice, b. c. 1862, OH. Both appear in the Benton, Ottawa Co., OH census as sons of Joseph C. Prentice, b. c. 1832, OH, and his wife, Sarah McLargin/McLargen, b. c. 1836, OH. Joseph is a descendant of Valentine-3.

We can exclude James L. Prentice, both because of his different middle initial and because his wife and children do not match those of J. J. Prentice.

We do not yet have any further information about Jesse Prentice, b. c. 1862, so further investigation is needed to determine whether he may be J. J. Prentice. He does, however, seem like a good prospect since his brother, Frederick, also appears in the 1900 Antrim Co., MI census, in the 1910 Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI census, and in the 1920 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI census.

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