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William A. Prentice, Worcester, MA

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William A. Prentice of Worcester, Worcester Co., MA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2000 and Revised 16 Jan 2007

Update of 16 Jan 2007: William A. Prentice has been identified as a descendant of Thomas Prentice of England and Rhode Island, discussed in our Spring 2006 article at Thomas Prentice of England and Rhode Island. All future revisions will be made only in that later article.

1, William Alfred "Al" Prentice, b. c. 1860, MA (his father in VT and his mother in MA (per 1900 census). Grace Prentice MacDougall;'s email of 15 Jan 2007) and provided the information that William, her grandfather, went by the name of "Al" (Alfred). With that information we were ble to locate him in the the 1900 census in Worcester Ward 6, Worcester Co., MA. with his wife and family.

He appears in the 1910 Worcester, MA census with his family where he is incorrectly indexed as "Wilfred Prentice." He appears in the 1920 census as "William Prentice" and later in the 1930 census indexed as "W. Alfred Prentice."

He m. Ella J. Doyle, b. c. 1865, MA, dau. of Eliza Doyle J., b. Jun 1837, Ireland (as were both of her parents) who was living with them in Worster in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census. Known children per census records:

  1. William H. Prentice, b. c. 1884, MA. At home in Worcester in the 1900 and 1910 census.
  2. Edith B. Prentice, b. c. 1886, MA. At home in Worcester in the 1900 census.
  3. George A. (Albert?) Prentice, b. c. 1893, MA. At home in Worcester in the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census.
  4. Norman F. Prentice, b. c. 1896, MA. At home in Worcester in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census.
  5. Ruth A/E Prentice, b. c. 1898, MA. At home in Worcester in the 1900 and 1910 census.
  6. Albert W. Prentice, b. c. 1904-5, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. Albert W. Prentice, b. c. 1904-5, MA. At home in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 census in Worcester, MA. His obituary of 7 Sep 1991 in the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, MA, seems to indicate that he had no children since none are mentioned (and confirmed by Grace Prentice MacDougall;'s email of 15 Jan 2007) and provides the following information:

    Obituary: ASHBURNHAM - Albert W. Prentice, 87 (b. c. 1904), of 55 Center St., South Ashburnham, died Thursday in Gardner Manor Nursing Home, Gardner, after a brief illness. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Alyce J. (Cychol) Prentice; and several nephews and nieces. He was born in Worcester, son of William A. and Ella (Doyle) Prentice, and lived 46 years in South Ashburnham. Mr. Prentice was a toolmaker for many years at Fitchburg Paper Co., retiring in 1963. He previously worked for 23 years at the former Florence Oil Stove Co. in Gardner.

    Mr. Prentice was a member of Gardner Post 905, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Worcester Lodge 56 of Odd Fellows. He graduated from Boys' Trade High School in Worcester. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving with the Seabees in the Asian-Pacific theater. No funeral services are planned. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Gardner. Calling hours are 10-10:45 a.m. today at Poliks Funeral Home, 431 Pleasant St., Gardner.

Who are William A. Prentice's Parents?

Although further investigation for confirmation is needed, and in view of the fact that William Alfred Prentice seemed to use his first and middle names interchangeably, it seems likely that William is the Alfred W. Prentice shown in the 1880 census in Worcester, Worcester Co., MA as b. c. 1861, son of Benjamin W. Prentice, b. c. 1837, MA, and his wife, Amelia, b. c. 1838, MA.

Benjamin W. Prentice, above, appears in the earlier 1870 Worcester census with his wife, Amelia, living with his parents, Benjamin Prentice, b. c. 1801, RI, and his wife, Mehitable, b. c. 1816, NH.

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