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William Levi Prentice of Michigan

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William Levi Prentice of Michigan
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2000 and Revised: 1 Aug 2016

Update of 16 Jul 2000: William Levi Prentice is #880 in our John3 eBook.

William Levi Prentice was b. Jan 1872 in Michigan. He first appears in the 1880 Van Buren Co., MI census as an boy of 8 living in the home of Richard B. Cooper who is called not a relative. The names of his parents was not indicated in the census record. No other Prentices are shown in Van Buren County census.

William subsequently appears in later census records for 1900 Cheboygan Co., MI and 1910 and 1920 Kent Co., MI with his wife, Eunice Louisa Potter who he m. on 30 Apr 1896, Goblesville, Van Buren Co., MI. She was b. 9 Dec 1877, MI and d. 12 Nov 1957 (per Wilma Goodrich, email, 28 Jul 2000). Ancestor charts for Eunice can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Zadie/Gadie Prentice, b. Aug 1897, MI.
  2. Hazel Prentice, b. 24 Jul 1899, Inverness, Cheboygan Co., MI and d. 27 Apr 1981. She m. Frank John Cook, on 24 Jul 1919, Comstock Park, Kent Co., MI. He was b. 25 Aug 1893 (per Wilma Goodrich, above and Ancestry.com) Children:

    1. Betty Jane Cook
    2. Mary Jeanne Cook, b. 30 Oct 1924 and d. 17 Sep 1988. She m. Phillip George Semeyn on 26 Jun 1946. He was b. 22 Feb 1923. Children:
      1. (son) Semeyn. He m. Miss Mahaney and had a son and daughter.
      2. Living Semeyn
      3. Jeffrey Paul Semeyn, b. 1957 and d. that same year.
    3. Barbara Ann Cook
    4. William John Cook
  3. Vera Prentice, b. 1 Jun 1902, Kent Co., MI.
  4. Ruth Prentice, b. 16 Feb 1904, Kent Co., MI
  5. Robert George Prentice, b. 4 Mar 1906, Kent Co., MI
  6. Floyd E. Prentice, b. c. 1909, Kent Co., MI.
  7. Lucille Prentice, b. c. 1913, MI.
  8. Louise Prentice, b. c. 1913, MI.
  9. Marvin J. Prentice, b. 4 Mar 1914, Comstock Park, Kent Co., MI.
  10. Margery Jenny Prentice, b. 4 Mar 1914, Comstock Park, Kent Co., MI.
  11. Edgar Prentice, b. 1919, Comstock Park, Kent Co., MI and d. there 1920 (per Ancestry.com).

An E-mail from Suzanne Carpenter, the unofficial historian for Plaintfield Twp., Kent Co., indicates that William and his family lived in Comstock Park (formerly called Mill Creek, MI).

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