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Thomas J. Prentiss, Liberty, OH

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Thomas J. Prentiss of Liberty, Putnam Co., OH
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2000 and Revised 25 Feb 2007

Update of 29 Apr 2004: It is highly probable that Thomas's roots have been identified . Investigation is continuing.
Update of 23 Feb 2007: Thomas J. Prentiss is the same person as Alonzo T. Prentice discussed in our Fall 2000 article entitled Alonzo T. Prentice of Liberty, Putnam Co., OH.

1. Thomas J. Prentiss, b. c. 1820, OH and in 1850 was a Farmer (per 1850 Liberty, Putnam Co., OH, census).

Thomas apparently m. 1st Anna Parker on 1840-44 in Painesville, Lake Co., OH. She was b. c. 1824, OH, and was the dau. of Charles Parker and Lucina Lamberton. Thomas and Anna appear in the 1850 Liberty, Putnam Co., OH census with their children:

  1. Thomas W. Prentice, b, c. 1844, OH. . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Nicholas Anson Prentice, b. c. 1846. He d. 31 Jul 1850 and is bur. in the McConnell Cem., West Leipsic, Putnam Co., OH.
  3. Lyman E. Prentice, b. c. 1849, OH. . . . . . . . [3]
  4. Simon Prentice, b. c. 1850, OH (per 1860 census). Not in 1870 or 1880 census. He may be the same person as Lyman, above.
  5. (Infant son) Prentiss, b. 29 Mar 1852 and d. 12 hours later. Bur. at McConnell Cem., West Leipsic, Putnam Co., OH.
  6. Ruth E. Prentice, b. c. 1857, OH. She is probably the Ruth E. Prentis shown as marrying David Williamson on 26 Aug 1873 in Putnam County, OH.
  7. Osmond Alfred Prentice, b. c. 1858, OH and d. 22 Jun 1864. Bur in McConnell Cem., above, row 5, stone 7.
  8. (dau.) Prentiss. She m. J. T. Jones.
  9. Mary Prentiss. She m. William Bader.

Thomas apparently m. 2nd Ruth McConnell on 7 Apr 1842 in Putnam County, OH. Ruth was b. c. 1825 in OH. Thomas appears in the 1860 census in Leipsic, Putnam Co., OH as "A. T. Prentise" with Ruth and his family.

Ruth McConnell is the daughter of Nicholas Edward McConnell, a descendant of the McConnells of CT and he m. Ruth Anne Alford, b. 1784 in MA. James Biddle, by email of 7 Apr 2002, says the McConnell line has been traced back to Whitestaunton, England, and Benedictus Alford McConnell who married Jane Newton. He died April, 1683. In the 1870 Liberty census Ruth appears without her husband and apparently as a widow. Living with her was her dau., Ruth, below, then age 13.

    Note: There is, however, a problem with respect to the 2 apparent wives. We use the word, "apparent" because the marriage dates given for both Anna and Ruth are prior to 1850, yet Anna appears in the 1850 census while Ruth first appears in the 1860 census. And both Anna and Ruth have different maiden surnames. Did Thomas have multiple wives as did Mormons in that period? Those questions have yet to be resolved. In any event, we continue with the known children of Thomas, whether by Anna and/or Ruth.

2. Thomas W. Prentice, b, c. 1844, OH. He appears In the 1870 census in Liberty, Putnam Co., OH with his wife, Addie A., b. c. 1842, LA. They were shown in the home of Arthur and Rebecca A. Bell whose relationship to them was not given. In 1880 census in West Leipsic, Putnam Co., OH as T. W. Prentiss, "Foundries Man". His wife, Addie, is shown as b. c. 1843, TN. He enlisted 23 Aug 1861 in OH and served as a private in Co., "I", 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Gegiment, the same unit as his father.

He is probably the same person as Susan Prentiss' great-grandfather, Thomas Wilson Prentiss. We do not have a birth date or place for him, but he was likely b. c. 1835-47 since Susan has documents showing that Thomas served as a 2nd Lt. in the Civil War, including the period August 1864 to Sep 1865. He married Dolly Stambaugh and had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Ray Prentiss, b. 1885, who m. Clara. They lived in Leipsic, Putnam Co., OH. He had 1 or more children, including:
    1. George Wilson Prentiss, b. 1915, in Leipsic, Ohio. He is Susan's father.

3. Lyman E. Prentiss, b. 30 Oct 1849, Leipsic, OH and d. 20 Apr 1904 in Johnson City, TN. He started as a printer in Oxford, Ohio and served as a local preacher at Pendleton. He may have worked for The Citizen at that time. Converted at the age of 14 at Leipsic, OH. Licensed to preach at Oxford, OH September, 1872 and began work at the High Street Mission, Cincinnati. He was admitted to the Central Ohio Conference, September, 1873 and served Pioneer Circuit for 2 years. He became a Methodist Episcopal North minister and revivalist. He believed the Methodist Episcopal North and South churches would never merge.

He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity (1891) from U.S. Grant University in Tennessee. Lyman preached his last sermon on April 14, 1904 at Johnson City, TN. He was then field agent and financial secretary of Grant University in Athens, TN. He served as its financial agent at the time of his death. His brother-in-law, Rev. J.T. Jones, was in Johnson City, TN where Lyman died. Another brother-in-law was William Bader was in Oxford where Lyman had served one year before accepting the Grant University position

He was Lucy and President Rutherford B. Hayes' minister in Freemont, Ohio (after Hayes left Washington) where she was very active. She was called "lemonade Lucy" after refusing to serve liquor in the White HouseDiaries or Letters His scrapbook with some letters and newspaper clippings are now owned by Jud Newcombe

When returning on a train to Dayton, Ohio from a Knoxville evangelistic crusade, he leaped off the moving train to get home sooner, lost his balance and the train ran over his left hand. His arm had to be amputated. He died of pneumonia and is bur. at Woodlawn Park Cemetery lot # 203V.On his headstone in Knoxville are the words "Servant of God, well done" This cemetery is off the main highway coming in from Gatlinburg

Lyman m. Nancy Malinda Bernard on 6 Sep 1870 in Cincinnati, OH. Nancy was b. 22 Oct 1851 in Morningsun, Oh/ He appears in the 1880 census in Fayette,Fulton Co., OH as a Minister with his wife, Nancy, b. c. 1852, OH, and children:

  1. Paul A. Prentiss, b. Jun 1871, Fayette, Fulton Co. OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[4]
  2. Park Bernard Prentiss, b. 18 May 1876, Liberty Center, Fulton Co., OH. . . . . . . . [5]
  3. Ruth Eva Prentiss, b. 19 May 1877, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  4. Ross Wilson Prentiss, b. 7 Sep 1887, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[7]

4. Paul A. Prentiss, b. Jun 1871, Fayette, Fulton Co. OH. Paul attended Ohio Wesleyan College to become a minister, but never graduated. He was a sanitation engineer in Cuba (may have served with the U.S. Army in the Spanish-American War) and stayed in Cuba to become a sugar buyer and seller. He m. but the name of his wife is not known. Daughter:

  1. Emita Prentiss, b. in Cuba. She m. a New Orleans attorney.

5. Park Bernard Prentiss, b. 18 May 1876 in Liberty Center, Fulton Co., OH and d. 2 Jan 1923 in Venice, CA. He was a musician and band director with the Sells-Flotto Circus (1913-?), Johnny J. Jones Exposition (1920), Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus (1922) and Miller's 101 Ranch. In winters, he worked with the Concert Band of Venice (CA) 1913-1914. Military ervice: 15 Oct 1916 Enlisted for 1 year as a Sgt for the Canada141st Over-Seas Expeditionary Force (Regt # 821043; Ref: RG 150; Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7961-43 in National Archives of Canada "Soldiers of the First World War" (see Internet)

Buried in Forrestlawn (his obituary said Woodlawn) Cemetery in California, often called the Cemetery of the Stars. Member of The Masons and his funeral service was a Masonic funeral. He was a Methodist. When he was 40, he was descriabed at 6'1/4" tall; weighed 160 pounds; had black hair, brown eyes and a dark complexion.

Park m. Jessie L. Wilson on 28 Nov 1913 in CA. She may have been b. in Pierce City, MO.

6. Ruth Eva Prentiss was b. 19 May 1878 at an unknown location and d. 20 Jun 1944 in Lowell, MI. She is bur. in Rockford cem. in Rockford, Robert John Burgoyne Newcombe III who she m. in 1900 in Eaton, OH. He was b. 13 May 1874, Medina, NY. Children

  1. Robert John Burgoyne Newcombe IV b: 14 Jul 1901 in Havana, Cuba and d. 5 Oct 1935. He m. Melba Rooker and had 4 children:
    1. David Newcombe, b. 2 Oct 1935 and d. that same day.
    2. Living Newcombe. She m. Mr. Studdard. Children:
      1. Studdard m. Robinson.
      2. Studdard m.1st Miss Colgin and m. 2nd Miss Wilde.
        1. Studdard.
      3. Studdard m. Miss Johnson.
        1. Studdard.

    3. Living Newcombe. She m. Mr. Piasecki. Children:
      1. Piasecki m. Mr. Decker.
        1. Decker.
        2. Decker.
      She m 2nd Mr. Lindhout.
      1. Lindhout.

    4. Living Newcombe. He m. Sandi. Children:
      1. Mary Massah Newcombe, b. 14 Apr 1976 and d. 2 years later in 1978.
      2. (son) Newcombe. He m. and had a child.

  2. Ruth Elizabeth Newcombe, b. 27 Aug 1903 in Manistee, MI and d. 22 Apr 1997. She m. Frederick Wilhelm Wittenbach. He was b. 24 May 1904 and d. 20 Oct 1976. Children (per Rootsweb.com):
    1. Ruthanna Wittenbach b: 28 May 1932 d: 22 Feb 1997, She m. Ed Davis. The had a child who m.Whitham.
    2. Living Wittenbach
    3. Living Wittenbach He m. Miss Moore.
      1. Living Wittenbach
      2. Living Wittenbach. She m. Mr. Lucas and had 2 children.
      3. Susan Lynn Wittenbach b: 2 Apr 1961 d: 18 Aug 1991. She m. David Beach.
    4. Living Wittenbach. She m. Mr. Zehe:
      1. Living Zehe

  3. Nancy Elizabeth Newcombe, b, 16 Nov 1905 in Knoxville, TN and d. 14 Nov 1993. She m. Douglas Oatley. He was b. 26 May 1906 and d. 26 Apr 1969. They had a daughter who m. Mr. Horrabridge and a son who m. Marylee Fortier and had a child.
  4. Paul Edwin Newcombe, b. 31 Jan 1908 in Grand Rapids, MI and d. Feb 1981. He m. Jeanette Sandborg and had 2 children..
  5. Park Hunt Newcombe, b. 13 Dec 1910 in Rockford, MI. . . . . . . . [8]

7. Ross Wilson Prentiss, b. 7 Sep 1887, OH and may have d. in Canada. He appears in the 1880 Fayette, Fulton Co., OH census, and also the 1900 Eaton, Preble Co., OH census, with his wife, Nancy Margaret "Margaret" Butler, b. Oct 1851, OH. Ross and wife, Margaret, were considered to be two of the fastest lineotype operators in North America. They moved continually to improve their status in life until they divorced

Ross known military service began on 21 Jun 1917. His enlistment paper for the Winnipeg 100th Grenadiers Reinforcement said he had served in the U.S. Army and his next-of-kin was his wife at 1200 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN (See "Soldiers of the First World War" in National Archives of Canada W.War I. His typed enlistment paper signed June 20, 1917 (Regt # 2173342; Ref: RG150; Accession 1992-93/166; Box 7961-48 at age 29) said he was 5'11 1/2" tall with black hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, and expanded chest at 34 1/2"; 20/20 vision. He was gassed and shell-shocked in WWar I. He became dependent on drugs while recuperating. He moved to Canada to receive his veterans' benefits. Daughter:

  1. Catherine Prentiss, b. 1 Nov 1909, location not known, and d. Feb 1982, Grand Rapids, MI. She m. Daniel N. Lipke. He was b. c. 1901 and d. 3 Oct 1994 in Grand Rapids, MI. They had 4 children.

Ross m. 2nd Jewel who was b. 25 Oct 1905, location not known, and d. Oct 1973 in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA.

8. Park Hunt Newcombe, b. 13 Dec 1910 in Rockford, MI and d. 13 Jan 2001. He m. Frances Lucelia Clark who was b. 12 Mar 1909 and d. 4 Mar 1999. Children (per Rootsweb.com ):

            4 Barbara Lorraine NEWCOMBE b: 6 DEC 1929
              + Dewey Myron HOLADAY b: 24 JAN 1930 d: 5 JUN 1996
                5 Living HOLADAY
                  + Living HIGGINS
                  + Living SPITLER
                    6 Living SPITLER
                    6 Living SPITLER
                5 Living HOLADAY
                  + Living SAFERIGHT
                    6 Living WAITE
                  + Living WAITE
                    6 Living WAITE
                    6 Living WAITE
                        7 Living ANDERSON-WAITE
                    6 Living WAITE
                5 Living HOLADAY
                  + Living ELLIOTT
                  + Living LLOYD
                5 Living HOLADAY
                  + Ronald Domenic CIOTTI b: UNKNOWN
                    6 Living CIOTTI
                    6 Living CIOTTI
            4 Living NEWCOMBE
            4 Living NEWCOMBE
              + Living MYERS
                5 Living BRYANT
                  + Living WHITE
                    6 Living BRYANT
                      + Living LONG
              + Living BRYANT
                5 Living BRYANT
                  + Living WHITE
                    6 Living BRYANT
                      + Living LONG
                5 Living BRYANT
                  + Living KORNEEVA
            4 Living NEWCOMBE
              + Living ORTIZ
                5 Living ORTIZ
                  + Living TARKET
                    6 Living ORTIZ
                    6 Living ORTIZ
                    6 Living ORTIZ
                  + Living THOMAS
              + Living GRAY
                5 Living NEWCOMBE
                5 Living NEWCOMBE
                  + Living MOWRY
                  + Living BROCK
                    6 Living NEWCOMBE
                      + Living DUBY
                        7 Living DUBY
                        7 Living DUBY
                        7 Living DUBY
                    6 Living NEWCOMBE
                  + Living BERECZ
                5 Living NEWCOMBE
                  + Living HAGERMAN
                    6 Living NEWCOMBE
                    6 Living NEWCOMBE
                    6 Living NEWCOMBE
                    6 Living NEWCOMBE
                5 Living NEWCOMBE
                  + Living ADGATE
                    6 Living ADGATE
                    6 Living ADGATE
                5 Living NEWCOMBE
                5 Living NEWCOMBE
                    6 Living NEWCOMBE
                    6 Living NEWCOMBE
                  + Living LUKE
              + Living HARDENBURGH
                5 Living NEWCOMBE
                  + Living BROWN
                5 Living NEWCOMBE
            4 Baby girl NEWCOMBE b: 22 FEB 1939 d: 22 FEB 1939

Who are Thomas Prentiss' Parents?

By email of 26 Jun 2001, Susan Prentice related information she had received from the Putnam Co. Library. Alonzo T. Prentice is the son of Thomas Prentice, a native of either Maine or Vermont, who married Edna Lyman, by whom he had one son, Alonzo T. Prentice. Also, the surname may be spelled Prentiss. No such Thomas Prentice appears in the 1860 OH, ME or VT census.

Since Thomas Prentice was b. c. 1819-1820 in OH and married there in Lake Co., OH in the 1840s, one might infer that he was living in Lake Co., OH at the time of the 1840 OH census. The only Prentiss family living in Lake Co. in 1840 was that of John Prentiss of Leroy, Lake Co., OH. However, John has Hogg/Prentice roots and is not known to have a son named Thomas.

No Prentiss family appears in the 1850 census in Putnam Co., OH, but Thomas may be related to Alonzo T. Prentice who appears in the 1860 Liberty, Putnam Co., census.

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