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John Prentice of Ireland and NYC

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John Prentice of Dromore, Co. Down, Ireland and New York City
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1999 and Revised 21 Sep 2011

Introduction: Information for this extensive John Prentice family tree is provided by Ancestry.com, census records, the Social Security Death Index and David Nelson's email of 16 Feb 2006.

1. John Prentice was born c. 1790 in Dromore, Co. Down, Ireland (per LDS Ancestral Files) and d. before 1852 in New York, NY. He is bur. in Jersey City, Hudson Co., NJ per Ancestry.com .

He married Elizabeth Preston, b. 5 Mar 1797 in Dromore, Down, Ireland. She was b. 5 Mar 1797 in Dromore and d. 1852 in New York City, NY, USA. She was the dau. of John Preston and Sarah Roney (per Ancestry.com). We do not know when them emigrated to America, but it was apparently at some date after the 1830 birth of their son, Martin. John and Elizabeth died in New York City, NY. Children (note that their birthdays are only estimates, evenly spaced, and that the actual birth dates may very 2-4 years in either direction):

  1. Jane Prentice, b. c. 1816, Ireland. She m. John Allen and had 4 children. Not in 1850 census. She m. 2nd. Mr McMillen.
  2. Belle Prentice, b. c. 1818, Ireland. Not in 1850 cenus under any surname.
  3. George Prentice, b. c. 1820, Ireland. Not in 1850 census.
  4. John Prentice, b. c. 1822, Ireland. It is unclear whether he is the John Prentes shown in the 1850 census in New York Ward 10, New York, NY, as b. c. 1820, Ireland, with his wife, Catherine, b. c. 1825, and children:
    1. Eliza Prentes, b. c. 1847
  5. William Prentice, b. c. 1824, Ireland. He m. and had 3 children.
  6. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1826, Ireland. He was a Tailor, b. in Ireland, and appears in the 1880 census in New York City with his wife, Catherine, b. c. 1840. Children (per David Nelson, email, 16 Feb 2006):
    1. Robert J. Prentice, b. c. 1860, NY. At home in 1880. Not in 1900 or 1910 census.
    2. Ida B. Prentice, b. c. 1871, NY.
    3. Marion/Mary E. "Minnie" Prentice, b. Apr 1874, NY. Living at home in the 1900 census. Not in 1910 census.
    4. William M. Prentice, b. Jun 1877, NY. Living at home in the 1900 census. He may be the William M. Prentice shown in the 1920 Bronk, Bronx Co., NY census with his wife, Ida, b. c. 1883. No childen shown. Not in 1930 census.
    5. Kathryn "Katie" F. Prentice, b. Dec 1878, NY. Living at home in the 1900 census.
    6. Lester Marshall Prentice, b. 13 Nov 1881, NY, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , [1.05]

  7. James Prentice, b. c. 1828 in Dromore, Co. Down, Ireland. He m. Eliza/Lisa, b. c. 1830 Ireland. They appear in the 1870 and 1880 census in Brooklyn, NY. He is a Porter in the 1880 census. Children:
    1. Irvin Prentice, b. Jan 1861, N, and d. before 1940 where his wife appears as a widow. He appears in the 1900 and 1910 (spelled Ervin C. Prentice) census in Conklin, Broome Co., NY, with his wife, Clara, b. Aug 1871, NY, and children. Clara appears in the 1940 census as a widow.
      1. Jessie Prentice, b. c. 1890, NY. 1900 at home in Conlkin, NY. 1910 not home.
      2. Hattie Prentice, b. c. 1893, NY. 1900, 1910 at home in Conklin, NY. She appears in the 1940 census in Conklin, Broome Co., NY, living with her mother, Clara, as married, but without her husband in the household.
    2. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1861, NY, and d. 1908, age 47 years. At home.in 1880. Not in 1900 census.
    3. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1863, NY. Not home in 1880 census and not in 1880 or 1900 census..
    4. John Prentice, b. c 1865, NY. Not home in 1880 census.

  8. Martin Prentice, b. 1 May 1830, Dromore. . . . . . [2]
  9. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1832 and d. 13 Dec 1884. She m. Mr. Dwyer, John Allen, and John McDermott..

1.05 Lester Marshall Prentice,, b. 13 Nov 1881, NY, NY and d. 1966 in Yonkers, Westchester Co., NY. Manager Silk Co.

He m. Islay c. 1916. She was b. c. 1892, NY. 1930 census in Yonkers, Westchester Co., NY. Children (per David Nelson, email, 16 Feb 2006):

  1. Robert Prentice, b. Jul 1917, NY. At home in 1930. Not in SSDI in Feb 2006 1996 is Col. Robert Prentice, USA Ret., of Buchen, Germany,
  2. Marshall Prentice, twin, b. 18 May 1919, NY, and d. Aug 1976, Los Angeles, CA per SSDI. At home in 1930. He m. Dorothy F. Riley. Dorothy Caroline Riley was born on January 2, 1921, dau. of Alfred Riley.She died in 28 January 1974 at the age of 53. Children:
    1. Son Prentice.
    2. Dau. Prentice.
    3. Dau. Prentice.
  3. William M. Prentice, twin, b. 18 May 1919, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1.09]
  4. Norman Macdonald Prentice, b. 25 Feb 1925. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1.10]
  5. Islay Prentice, b. c. 1929. At home in 1930. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1.15]

1.09 William Martin Prentice, twin, b. 18 May 1919, Yonkers, NY and d. 1 Apr 1996, East Hampton, Middlesex, CT (per SSDI). Divorced. His obituary reads as follows:

    Hartford Courant, The (CT) - Friday, April 5, 1996 : WILLIAM M. PRENTICE

    William M. Prentice, born in Yonkers, NY May 18, 1919, died on Monday (April 1, 1996) at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY after a brief illness. ``Uncle Bill'' as he was affectionately known, retired from the Department of Defense while attached to Pratt & Whitney of East Hartford, as liaison officer between the civilian contractor and the U.S. Air Force.

    Mr. Prentice is survived by his daughter, Billie Jean Stephan of Issaquah, WA; his brothers, Col. Robert Prentice USA Ret., of Buchen, Germany, Dr. Norman Prentice of Austin, TX; his sister, Islay Kesecker of Lusby, MD. He was predeceased by his brother, Marshall Prentice.

    Contributions may be made in his honor to The Salvation Army. A celebration of his life will be schedul ed at a later date.

He m. Alis/Alice, b. May 1930, OH. Separated Dec 1965. Final divorce decree granted to husbnd on 11 Jan 1973 on grounds of desertion. Ref: Ancestry.com. Daughter:

  1. Billie Jean Prentice. She m. Mr. Stephan and in 1996 lived in Issaquah, WA.

1.10 Norman Macdonald Prentice , b. 25 Feb 1925 and d. 4 Jun 2000 in Austin, Travis Co.,TX. Ref: Ancestry.com. At home in 1930 in Yonkers, Westchester Co., NY. He obtained his SS# in NY. 1996 is Dr. Norman Prentice of Austin, TX

He m. Joyce Marie , apparently as her 2nd husband. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Joyce Marie Prentice was born in East Texas on November 7, 1936 and died at home on March 11, 2009. She came to Austin with her son Terry in 1960, a young single mother determined to make her place in the world. She found work with the Texas Legislature and later in the banking industry. Joyce was full of sass and spunk and a true Southern belle. She was a marvelous cook, an extraordinary event planner and hostess; a generous, loyal friend and dedicated volunteer for Save the Children, the St. David's Auxiliary, and the Assistance League.

    She was a Past President of the Ballet Austin Guild and proud to serve on the boards of Ballet Austin and the New Milestones Foundation. Joyce is survived by her son, Terry Westmoreland of Nacogdoches; step-son, Gaston Broyles and wife Junie Ledbetter of Austin; step-daughter, Julie Aldrich and husband Matt of Houston; and grandchildren, Kori and Kallie Westmoreland, Jamie Jones; Betty Jane Martin; Anne and Marie Aldrich, Julianne Mills and Chris Scheumauk; and one brother, Ken Muckleroy and wife Debbie of Nacogdoches.

    She was predeceased by her husbands Gaston Broyles, Sr. and Norman M. Prentice , Ph.D. and her granddaughter Katherine "Katie" Westmoreland. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 17 at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 5226 W. William Cannon followed by a reception hosted by the Ballet Austin Guild. Contributions to honor Joyce can be made to Ballet Austin or the New Milestones Foundation. Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 16, 2010

1.15 Islay Prentice, b. 29 Oct 1929, Yonkers, NY, and d. 12 May 2015, Solomons, MD. At home in 1930.

She m. Walter L. Kesecker on May 11, 1957 in Yonkers, N.Y. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Islay Prentice Kesecker, 85: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Calvert Gazette (MD) - Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Islay Prentice Kesecker, 85, of Solomons, Md., passed away on May 12, at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Born Oct. 29, 1929, in Yonkers, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Lester Prentice and Islay (MacDonald) Prentice.

    Islay was a member of the Patuxent Pearls and the Sweet Adelines. She was a volunteer at the Calvert Marine Museum and enjoyed boating, knitting, and sewing. Islay volunteered in multiple capacities within the Asbury community. She especially enjoyed spending time with good friends and her growing family.

    Islay is survived by her children, Elizabeth Proctor (Douglas) of New Market, Md., and James Kesecker (Elisa) of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Meghan, Max, Mitchell, and Marshall of New Marrket, Md., Matt (Melissa) of Walkersville, Md., James A. Kesecker (Anna) of Great Mills, Md. and James J. Ochoa of San Diego, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Maverick, Lillian and Nicholas. In addition to her parents, Islay was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Kesecker whom she married on May 11, 1957 in Yonkers, N.Y.

    A Celebration of Life service was conducted by Reverend James Swecker on Sunday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Asbury-Solomons Auditorium, 11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, Md. 21403. Condolences to the family may be made at www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.

The children of Islay and Walter are:

  1. Elizabeth Kesecker. She m. Douglas Proctor and in 2015 lived in New Market, MD. Children:
    1. Meghan Proctor of New Marrket, Md.,
    2. Max Proctor of New Marrket, Md.,
    3. Mitchell Procrie of New Marrket, Md.,
    4. Marshall Proctor of New Marrket, Md.,
    5. Matt Proctor. He m. Melissa, and in 2015 lived in Walkersville, Md.
  2. James Kesecker. Me m. Elisa and in 2015 lived in San Diego, CA.
    1. James A. Kesecker. He m. Anna and in 2015 lived in Great Mills, Md.

2. Martin Prentice, b. 1 May 1830, Dromore, Co. Down, Ireland. d. 30 Jun 1908 at Pleasant Mount., Wayne, PA, and is bur. there. He was a boot and shoe maker in the 1860 census. In the 1900 census in Pleasant Mount he is a merchant of general merchandise. By email of 15 Feb 2006, David Nelson advises that family lore has it that when Martin Prentice had a sign painted for his general store in Pleasant Mount, the name was spelled wrong and so his branch became "Prentiss."

    Comment: The rationale would seem to be that changing the family name is free, but it
    would have cost money to repaint the sign. Amusing, if true, but it would also be a telling commentary
    on the relative values they placed on their rich Prentice family heritage as compared to the small sum
    needed for a sign change. Shakespeare said, "He who stealeth of me my silver, robbeth me of trash; but
    he who taketh my good name, steals what he cannot be benefitted by, but leaves me bankrupt."

He married 1st on 7 Jul 1852, NYC, Anna McCormick on 7 Jul 1852, NYC. She was b. 17 Oct 1832, NYC and d. 17 Oct 1877, Pleasant Mount, Wayne, PA). She was the dau. of John McCormack and Ann McKee. Bur. Pleasant Mount, Wayne Co., PA. He appears in the 1880 Pleasant Mt., Wayne, PA. They appear in the 1860 census (spelled Prentiss) with no wife shown and children:

  1. Ann Elizabeth Prentiss, b. 10 Sep 1853, Pleasant Mount, and d. there 19 Jan 1857 and bur. there.
  2. Jane/Jennie Prentiss, b. 10 Aug 1855, Pleasant Mount and d. there 20 Jan 1874 and bur. there.
  3. John Prentiss, b. 1 Oct 1857, Lake City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  4. Anna Cassey "Kate" Prentiss, b. 5 Jan 1860, Pleasant Mount and d. d there 10 May 1864 and bur there.
  5. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Prentiss, b. 23 Mar 1862, Pleasant Mount and d. there 11 Oct 1888.
  6. George D. Prentiss, b. 15 Aug 1864, Pleasant Mount and d. 1 Apr 1912Jersey City, Hudson Co., NJ.. He married Lulu J. Offenheiser on 20 Feb 1905, Jersey City, Hudson Co., NJ. She d. there 20 Feb 1905. By email of 15 Feb 2006, David Nelson advises that George was an Attorney in NJ. Daughter:
    1. Margaret Evelyn Prentiss, b. 5 Jun 1906 in Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, and d. Jun 1978 in Denver,CO. She m. William J Conway on 27 Jun 1931, Jersey City, Hudson, NJ. He was b. 16 Dec 1901, NJ, and d. 20 May 1995, Englewood, Arapahoe, CO.
  7. Charles McCormick Prentiss, b. 3 Oct 1866, Pleasant Mount. . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  8. Margaret "Maggie" Geary Prentiss, b. 6 Feb 1868, Pleasant Mount and d. 22 Aug 1963. By email of 15 Feb 2006, David Nelson advises that Margaret ran a boarding house and lived with George's daughter (also named Margaret) in Carteret, NJ after she gave up the boarding house.
  9. Martin V. Prentiss, b. 5 Nov 1869, Pleasant Mount and d. 16 Apr 1894. Bur Pleasant Mount.
  10. Anna Prentiss, b. 10 Aug 1871, Pleasant Mount and d. 26 Nov 1887 in Pleasant Mount.
  11. Robert Preston Prentiss, b. 16 Jun 1875, Pleasant Mount and d. 13 Apr 1876 in Pleasant Mount.

Martin m. 2nd Eunice Fletcher Jul 1883 (per Ancestry World Tree). Daughter:

  1. Clara L Prentiss, b. 18 May b: 18 May 1884 in Pleasant Mount, Wayne, PA, and d. 6 Feb 1948, Bayonne, Hudson Co., NJ. Bur. in Pleasant Mount, Wayne Co., PA.

3. John Prentiss, b. 1 Oct 1857, Pleasant Mount, Wayne, PA and d. 4 Jan 1933 in San Mateo Co., CA. Bur San Bruno, San Mateo Co., CA. The 1910 San Francisco, CA, census shows his family living at 133 Charles St and that his occupation was that of a teamster for a draying company. In the 1920 census he lived at 3883 17th St., San Francisco, with his daughter, Isabel and her husband, Carl E. Nelson. In the 1930 census he was living with his daughter Margaret and her husband, Charles Holt, and their family. David Nelson's email of 16 Feb 2006 provides the following additional information about the John Prentiss:

    Family lore has it that John Prentiss had the last horse drawn cart in San Francisco. No trucks for him! We have a letter he wrote to Margaret Prentiss about his experiences in the 1906 earthquake.

He m. Caroline "Carrie" Hawkins 28 Apr 1882 in Honesdale, Wayne Co., PA. She was b. 2 Aug 1860 at Lake City, Wabasha Co., MN and d. 10 Jan 1895 in San Francisco, CA. She was the dau. of Tertius W. Hawkins (1828-1864) and Maria M. Sherwood (1833-1865)/Extensive Ancestor Charts for her can be found at Ancestry.com .

David Nelson's email of 16 Feb 2006 provides the following additional information about the Hawkins family:

    Carrie Hawkins, with her sister Isabelle, were orphaned early when both parents died. Her mother, Maria Sherwood, was the daughter of Stephen Sherwood, he of 3 wives and a gold miner (among other things), who was the brother of John Bennett Sherwood who lived in Pleasant Mount, PA. The girls were sent to PA to live with John Sherwood, thus the connection with the Prentiss's. The Sherwoods came from Stratfield (now Bridgeport) CT via NY.

    The Hawkins came from RI, Abraham being the earliest we know of. He fought in the Revolutionary War and settled in Wallingford, VT. He had two wives and 16 children. George Washington Hawkins was his first born (in NH) and had two wives as well with 21 children. He lived near Plattsburgh NY and in the 1840's moved his family to Lake County IL (his last child was born in IL). Tertius would seem to be the third child but was the fourth by the second wife, Isabelle Stetson. She was descended from Cornet Robert Stetson who was prominent in King Phillip's War in the 1690's in MA. The hatmaker branches off very early winding up in Philadelphia.

    An invaluable document of the Hawkins is the Harriet Colby will which lists all descendents of both George's wives down to my grandmother's generation. Harriet was the daughter of the first wife, Abigail Harrington.

Children of John Prentiss and Caroline Hawkins:

  1. Anna Isabelle Prentiss, b. 2 Jun 1883, Pittston, Luzerne Co., PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  2. Caroline "Betts" Elizabeth Prentiss, b. 24 Nov 1886, San Francisco, CA. . . . . . . [6]
  3. Margaret/Madge Geraldine Prentiss, b. 27 Oct 1891, San Francisco, CA. . . . . . .[7]

4. Charles McCormick Prentiss, b. 3 Oct 1866, Pleasant Mount and d. 19 Sep 1947 in Alameda, CA. Bur at Colma, San Mateo Co., CA.

He m. Katherine "Kate" Anderson on 29 Apr 1894 . She was b. Dec 1872, NY and d. 22 Nov 1926, San Francisco, CA. They appear in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census. He is living with the family of his daughter, Marian, in the 1930 San Francisco, CA census but she does not appear in the 1930 household census and may by then be deceased. Children:

  1. Arthur Prentiss, chr. Jul 1895, San Francisco, CA, and d. 1897 about age 2 years.
  2. Harold Prentiss, chr. 1899, San Francisco, CA and d. 1900 as an infant.
  3. Mary/Marian E. Prentiss, b. 23 Oct 1899, San Francisco, CA. (per census). Living at home in 1920 census. She m. Lester Nelson in 1927, Los Angeles, CA. He was b. 23 Oct 1901, IA, and d. 26 Mar 1980, ,Santa Clara, CA (per Ancestry.com). She appear in the 1930 census in San Francisco with her husband, father, and brother, Lloyd.
  4. Lloyd Kenneth(?) Prentiss, b. 20 Oct 1901, San Francisco, CA and d. 10 Nov 1959, Los Angeles, CA. Living at home 1910 and 1920 census. Living with the family lf his sister, Marian, in the 1930 San Francisco census. Not in SSDI. He is almost certainly the same person shown in Cal. Death Records as Lloyd Charles Prentiss, b. 20 Oct 1901, CA and d. 10 Nov 1959 in Los Angeles, CA, age 58. He m. Helen McNeely. She was b. 4 Sep 1897, RI and d. Mar 1980, Walnut Creek, Contra Costa Co., CA. Children:
    1. Ann Vincent Prentiss, b. 31 Aug 1928, San Francisco, CA
    2. Theron L Prentiss, b. 1924. Not in SSDI as of Feb 2006.
  5. Lester Prentiss, chr. 1905, San Francisco, CA, b. 1905 and d. 1907 about age 2 years.

5. Anna Isabelle "Isabel" Prentiss, b. 2 Jun 1883, Pittston, Luzerne Co., PA, and d. 12 Nov 1957, Albany, Alameda, CA.

She m. Carl Edgar Nelson on 19 Dec 1907, San Francisco, CA. He was b. 10 Apr 1882, Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA, and d. 21 Jun 1972,Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA. In the 1920 census he lived at 3883 17th St., San Francisco. Ancestor Charts for him can be found at Ancestry.com . David Nelson's email of 16 Feb 2006 provides the following additional information about the Nelson family:

    The Nelsons come from Sweden via IA. Samuel Nelson was the immigrant and is a black sheep, having been kicked out of his home in San Francisco near the time of the earthquake. He's a dead end as all we know about his origin is what is in the 1900 census. He was president of the San Francisco Casket Co. which he founded and then left about the time he was kicked out of his home. His wife, Anna Lisa Tell, immigrated in 1866 and we have lots of data on her going back to the earliest records (1600s) in Sweden.

Children of Anna and Carl, per Ancestry.com and David Nelson, email, 16 Feb 2006:

  1. Prentiss Carl Nelson b: 8 Jan 1909 in Oakland, Alameda, CA, and d. 13 Nov 1995, Peoria, Maricopa Co., AZ. He m. Mary Wilhelmina Hahn on 13 Nov 1934 in Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA on 13 Nov 1934, Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA. She was b. 23 Jun 1909, Ft. Warren, Suffolk Co., MA, and d. 9 Nov 1995 in Sun City, Maricopa Co., AZ. Extensive Ancestor Charts for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:
    1. David Hardy Nelson, b. 7 Nov 1935, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA. He m. 1st Carol Ann McAlear. She was b. 5 Dec 1934, Manhattan, New York, NY, and d. 19 Jan 1990, Washington, DC. Ancestor Charts for her can be found at Ancestry.com . They had 2 children. David m. 2nd Joyce Rita Ann Kaffka on 11 Nov 2000 in Siminole, FL. She was b. 9 Nov 1928,Wilwaukee, WI, dau. of Bernard (Benjamin) Kaffka and Louise Marie Damitz.
    2. Ann Elizabeth Nelson, b. 14 Jul 1938, Martinez, Contra Costa Co., CA. She m. Eugene Joseph Petrik on 8 Jan 1972, Crescent City, Del Norte Co., CA. He was b. 12 Oct 1929, Tabor, Bon Homme Co., SD and d. 4 Sep 2002 in Crescent City. They had 2 children.
      1. Jennifer Joan Petrik, b 1972.
      2. Rory Scott Petrick, b. 1975.

  2. Dorothy Isabelle Nelson, b. 10 Oct 1910, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, and d. 1 Feb 2005, Oakland. She m. Leslie Latty Bennett, b. 15 Nov 1908 in Portland, Multhomah, OR, and d. 29 Oct 1995. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . They had 2 Children:
    1. Mary Elizabeth Bennett, b. 2 Feb 1942 in San Francisco, CA. She m. Alan Robert Rein on 1 Feb 1964, Albany, Alameda Co., CA.
      1. Nathan Baruch Rein, b. 1970.
      2. Abraham John Rein, b. 1973.
    2. John Leslie Bennett, b. 1 Oct 1944, San Francisco, CA. He m. Karen Jean Balabanian on 19 Aug 1977, Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA.

  3. Anna Grace Loretta Nelson, b. 9 Jun 1912, St Louis, St Louis, MO. She m. John Vaznaian 11 Aug 1940, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA. He was b. 8 Oct 1910, MA and d. 15 Jun 1995, England. Children:
    1. Caroline Cecelia Vaznaian, b. 127 Jul 1941, Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA. She m. Joseph Richard Scheimer on 15 Jul 1962, Alameda, CA. He was b. 1 Feb 1937, Alameda, CA. Children:
      1. Genene M.Scheimer, b. 1963
      2. Kristen Michelle Scheimer, b. (1967
      Charoline m. 2nd Dan Collingsworth. She m. 3rd.Terry Martin.
    2. Katherine Joanne Vaznaian, b. 10 Aug 1943, Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA. She m. Chester Eugene Ramey on 14 Jun 1964, Berkeley. He was b. 15 Jan 1943, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara Co, CA. Children:
      1. Chester Patrick Ramey, b. 1965
      2. Christopher David Ramey, b. 1967
      3. Timothy Edward Ramey, b. 1969
    3. Margaret Anne Vaznaian, b. 23 Jan 1946, Porterville, Tulare Co., CA. She m. Tom McAlone. Children:
      1. Nathan John McAlone, b. 1989.

  4. David Arthur Nelson b: 5 Jan 1914 in St Louis, St Louis, MO, and d. 27 Dec 1997 in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa Co., CA. He m. 1st Mary Helen Brown on 12 Apr 1941, Piedmont, Alameda Co,, CA. He m. 2nd Miss Mary Ruth Casebeer on 17 Aug 1951, Mill Valley, Marin Co., CA and had 3 children.
    1. Carl Prentiss Nelson, b. 1954, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA. He m. Suzanne Altholtz on 21 Aug 1981, Berkeley, Alameda Co., Ca. She was b. 11 Feb 1950. Children"
      1. Elizabeth Rachel Altholtz Nelson, b. 1984
      2. Benjamin Aaron Altholtz Nelson, b. 1987
    2. Susanne Marie Nelson, b. 23 Jul 1959, Albany, Alameda Co., CA. She m. James Joseph Wilburn on 23 Aug 1987, Arcata, Humboldt Co., CA. He was b. 6 May 1956. Children:
      1. Emily Louise Wilburn, b. 1995
      2. Olivia Marie Wilburn, b. 1999
    3. Kristen Nelson, b. 1960. She m. Juan Sanchez. Children:
      1. Diego Sanchez, b. 2002
    David m. 3rd , Mildred Mitchell on 26 Jun 1982, Kensington, Contra Costa Co., CA. She was b. 20 Feb 1929, Montreal, Ile-Jesus, Quebec, Canada

  5. Robert Edgar Nelson b: 12 JUL 1915 in Oakland, Alameda, CA, and d. 1 Feb 1996. He m. Iona Evelyn Zink 20 Jan 1944, Corona-del-Mar, Orange Co., CA. She was b. 13 Aug 1917, Verona, Sheridan Co., WI, and d. 3 Jan 2000 in Mill Valley, Marin Co., CA. Children:
    1. William Robert Nelson, b. 10 Nov 1945, Madison, Dane Co., WI. He m. Cecelia Ann Howard. She was b. 6 Jun 1953, Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA. Daughter:
      1. Kelley Margaret Nelson, b. 1985
      William m. 2nd Sharon.
    2. Peter Carl Nelson, b. 7 Feb 1948, Ross, Marin Co., CA. He m. Deborah Lane Sauers on 14 Oct 1972, Portola Valley, San Mateo Co., CA. She was b. 23 Jun 1950, Fresno, Fresno Co., CA. Children:
      1. Andrea Elizabeth Nelson, b. 1979
      2. Emmett Samuel Nelson, b. 1983
    3. Robert David Nelson, b. 27 Jan 1951, Ross, Marin Co., CA. He m. Joyce Anne Egber on 10 Dec 1981, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, CA. She was b. 4 Apr 1952, Washington, DC. Children:
      1. Taylour Marie Nelson, b. 1982
      2. Briana Nicole Nelson, b. 1986
      Robert m. 2nd Anike

6. Caroline "Betts" Elizabeth Prentiss, b. 24 Nov 1886, San Francisco, CA, and d. 1 Mar 1922, San Bruno, San Bruno Co., CA and bur. there. She m. Manuel L. Benemelis on 3 Jul 1910, San Francisco. He was b. 14 Nov 1886, Cuba. Children:

  1. Manuel Joseph Benemelis, b. 11 Sep 1911, San Francisco and d. 3 Mar 1987. He m. Doris Kolb on 20 Oct 1934, San Jose, CA. She was b. 6 May 1913, NE, and d. 20 Apr 1991. Children:
    1. Donna Marie Benemelis, b. 13 Dec 1935, Sacramento, CA. She m. James Clarke Gilmore on 7 Aug 1955.
    2. Roger Gerald Benemelis, b. 11 May 1937, Sacramento, CA.
    3. Susan Elizabeth Benemelis, b. 18 Jun 1945, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA. She m. James Breton on 20 Nov 1965, Santa Clara, CA.
    4. Thomas Allan Benemelis, b. 11 Apr 1950, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA, and d. 28 Dec 1956.
  2. Harry F. Benemelis, b. 17 Aug 1913 in San Francisco, CA, and d. 17 May 1944. He m. Lorraine Todd. Children:
    1. Loretta Claudette Benemelis, b. 31 Jul 1935, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA
    2. Ronda Lee Benemelis, b. 20 Feb 1937. By email of 8 Sep 2010, she says that she has a half-sister, Mary Elizabeth Benemelis, through her father, Harry.
  3. Donald Prentiss Benemelis, 18 Mar 1915, San Francisco, CA, and d. 31 Dec 1994. Married and had a son b. 17 May 1943.
  4. Dau Benemelis, b. c. 1917-20 and d. in childhood on 1 Mar 1922.

7. Margaret/Madge Geraldine Prentiss, b. 27 Oct 1891, San Francisco, CA, and d. 21 Aug 1961, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara Co., CA.

She m. Charles Herrington Holt on 9 Aug 1919, Auburn, Placer Co., CA, and d. 12 Apr 1955, Santa Clara, CA He was the son of Abbie S. Spinney, b. 1859. He was with a real estate company in the 1930 census they are living at 79 Oak Knoll Drive, San Mateo, Twp. 3, and Margaret's father, John, was then living with them.

It is unclear whether Charles Herrington Holt is the same person as the Chas. H. Holt shown in the 1900 census in Oakland Ward 2, Alameda Co., CA, as b. c. 1886, CA, probable son of Abbie S. Holt, b. c. 1859, MI, both Boarders in the home of Phoebe Dam, b. c. 1828, ME. Children of Margaret/Madge and Charles:

  1. Leonard F. Holt, b. c. 1913 (per 1930 San Mateo census) and had 2 children
  2. Cleveland Loring Holt, b. 1920, San Francisco, CA, and d. 6 Mar 1995. He m. Louise Victoria Chevassus She was b. 6 Oct 1932, CA, and d. 10 Mar 1996, Santa Clara, CA. Children:
    1. Garry Loring Holt, b. 1 Jan 1946, , San Mateo, CA
    2. Cleveland Loring Holt, b. 31 Aug 1947, , San Mateo, CA
  3. Jean Holt, b. 19 May 1922, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. She m. 1st. Mr. Leland. She m. 2nd Thomas Parker Snow on 24 May 1942, Sanfrancisco, CA. He was b. 26 Jun 1916. Daughter:
    1. Bonny Jean Snow, b. 14 Feb 1944, San Francisco, CA.
  4. Sally Madge Holt, b. 19 Jul 1923, San Francisco, CA. She m. 1st Glen E. Chandler on 12 Jun 1948. Children:
    1. Ellen Ann Chandler, b. 3 Mar 1952, San Mateo, CA.
    2. Nancy Ann Chandler, b. 30 Jul 1955, San Mateo, CA
    Sally m. 2nd FrancisPatrick McIOntyre in 1955.

Footnote 1: Stephen Sherwood: By email of 5 Dec 2009, Grant Davis provides the following additional information about Stephen Sherwood:



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