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William Prentice of NY and Susquehanna, PA

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William Prentice of NY and Susquehanna Co., PA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised: 21 Aug 2010

Update of 10 May 2005: Although additional research is needed for confirmation, it appears probable that William Prentice is a son of Asher Prentice. b. c. 1802, MA, who appears in the 1850 census in Scott, Wayne Co., PA, with a wife, Mary, b. c. 1802, MA, and a son named William, b. c. 1829, NY. County boundaries probably changed after 1850, and the only town of Scott is now located a few miles SW of Pittsburg, Alleghanny County. Asher Prentice is a descendant of Thomas Prentice.

Asher may, or may not, be the Asher Prentice shown in the Marriage Index who m. Mary Ferre on 1 Jan 1823, Hampden Co., MA.


1. William Prentice, was b. c. 1829 in NY. Sometime between then and 1854 when his son, Frank, was born, he had moved to PA where William appears in the 1860 Harmony Twp., Susquehanna Co., PA census with his wife and family. 1870 census in Preston, Wayne Co., PA. Not in 1880 census.

He m. Eunice b. c. 1827 in NY. Children per Ancestry.com

  1. Frank E. Prentice, b. 25 Aug 1854, PA, and d. 1928. Bur St. John The Evangelist Cemetary in Susquehanna Depot:. He is probably the F. E. Prentice shown in the 1900 census in Lakesboro,Susquehanna Co., PA census as b. Feb 1855, with his wife,Ellie, b. Feb 1871, PA, and in the 1910 and 1920 Susquehanna Co., PA census with his wife, Mary Eunice, b. c. 1871, PA. Frank may have been deceased by the 1910 census because his wife is living with their son, Fred. and children:
    1. Harry Edwin Prentice, b. 5 Mar 1888, PA,. According to the History of the Milk and Milks Family, on 12 Oct 1916 Harry married Julia "Evalyn" Woodruff, b. 17 July 1884. He was a contractor and lived in Binghamton, NY. Harry apparently had an earlier 1st wife, as a headstone in the St. John The Evangelist Cem. in Susquehanna Depot, contains his name and also "Anna C. Atwell, His Wife, 1889-1912."
    2. Clarice Prentice, b. Feb 1890, PA
    3. May Prentice, b. Mar 1892, PA
    4. Frederick/Fred E. Prentice, b. c. 190, PA, and d. 1940. Bur St. John The Evangelist Cemetary in Susquehanna Depot:. 1930 census in Lanesboro, Susquehanna Co., PA, with his wife, Eva F, b. 1905 and d. 1976., and children:
      1. Frank M. Prentice, b. 12 Jan 1924, PA, and d. 3 Jun 2001. Sgt, US Army, in WW II..
      2. Lawrence F. Prentice, b. c. 1924, PA
    5. Arthur H. Prentice, b. 1907, PA, and d. 1926. Bur. St. John The Evangelist Cemetary in Susquehanna Depot:

  2. Charles Prentice, b. 25 Oct 1856, PA. He appears in the 1900 Susquehanna, Susquehanna Co., PA census and in the 1920 Jamesboro/Lanesboro, Susquehanna Co., PA, census with his wife,. He may be the Charles F. Prentice shown in the 1940 census in New York, NY Co., NY, as divorced and living in the Hotel Piccadilly West 45th Street., NY. His wife, Mary, was b. c. 1861, PA She is further identified as Mary Higgins, b. 21 Jun 1858, Susquehanna, PA, in \ Ancestry.com . She was the dau. of James Higgins (b. 1828) and C.Fitzgerald (1838-1905). Children of Charles and Mary:
    1. Cora M. Prentice, b. Dec 1884, PA. Not home in 1920..
    2. William H. Prentice, b. c. 1889, PA. 1920 census at home.

  3. William Prentice, b. 4 Feb 1859, PA. Further investigation is needed to determine whether he is the William H. Prentice shown in the 1920 Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Co., WA census as b. c. 1859, a lodger in the home of Joseph and Matilda Williams.

  4. George E Prentice, b. 1861, PA and d. 1920. 1870 census in Preston, Wayne C., PA. Susquehanna lodge B.R.C. of A. 854. He m.Nancy M., b. 1865 and d. 1921. Bur. St. John The Evangelist Cemetary in Susquehanna Depot: 1920 and 1930 census in Harmony, Susquehanna Co., PA. No children shown.
  5. Mary E Prentice, b. 1863. Not home in 1870 census.
  6. Lorenzo Prentice 1865, PA. 1870 census in Preston, Wayne Co., PA. Not in 1880 and later census.
  7. Rosetta Prentice, b. c. 1867. 1870 census in Preston, Wayne Co., PA. Not in 1880 census.
  8. John F Prentice, b. 1869, PA. No home in 1870 census. Not in 1880 census.

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