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Frank S. Prentice, New Castle, Delaware

Frank S. Prentice, New Castle, Delaware

By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2013 and Revised 5 May 2013
Updates -- 10 Oct 2023

1. Unknown Prentice, probably b. c. 1872-1882. He m. Unknown.

Known children:

  1. Lena Prentice, b. c. 1899, NY. 1910 census in the home of Hiram and Minnie (Walley) Mullinex, Tompkins, NY.
  2. Leonard Prentice, b. c. 1902, NY. 1910 census in the home of Hiram and Minnie (Walley) Mullinex, Tompkins, NY.
  3. Arthur G. Prentice was b. c. 1904, NY. 1910 and 1920 census in the home of Hiram and Minnie (Walley) Mullinex, Tompkins, NY.. . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. Arthur G. Prentice b. c. 1904, NY, both parents b. in NY per the 1910 and 1920 census.

Arthur is listed in the 1910 and 1920 census as an adopted son of Hiram and Minnie Mullinix. He appears in the 1915 NY State census in Tompkins, Delaware Co., NY, as a "boarder" in the same home. Hiram was b.c. 1860 in NY, and Minnie was b.c. 1868 in NY. Also shown in the 1915 NY census as a "boarder" was "Denn Prentice", b.c. 1901, United States. Denn might be a brother to Arthur, perhaps "Lenn" as a nickname for Leonard?

In 1940 Arthur was a Steam Boiler Fireman at a Creamery and was living on Prospect Ave., Walton, Delaware Co., NY. Not in the SSDI.

He m. Ethel J. Baker who was b. c. 1914, NY. Living with the family in 1940 was her widowed father, William H. Baker, b. c. 1861, NY.

Children of Arthur and Ethel (per the 1940 census):

  1. Arthur G. Prentice, b. c. 1930, NY. 1940 at home. Not in the SSDI.
  2. Frank S. Prentice, b. 29 Apr 1932, NY. 1940 at home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Bradley W. Prentice, b. c. 1935, NY. 1940 at home.The SSDI shows him as b. 1 Nov 1934 and d. 28 Oct 1989, age 54 years.
  4. Illiana G. Prentice, b. c. 1939, NY. 1940 at home.

3. Frank S. Prentice b. 29 Apr 1932, in NY, son of Arthur G. Prentice and Ethel J. Baker.

He m. Mary (b. 24 Mar 1934). She m. 2nd John Simonds of Otsego, NY. She died 17 Jun 2018 and is buried with John at Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta, Otsego County, New York. [source: findagrave.com]

He m., as his 2nd wife, Joann M.. She was b. 27 Jul 1943 and d. 3 Feb 2007, New Castle, New Castle Co., DE.

Children of either 1st or 2nd wife (per the obituary below):

  1. Abbie Prentice. She m. Stephen Loveless of Mary Esther, FL.
  2. Art Prentice. He m. Rose and lived in Smyrna (DE?).
  3. Dixie Prentice. She m. Mr. Cunningham of Felton.
  4. Stephen G. Prentice. Died before 2011
  5. Michael J. Prentice, Sr. Died before 2011.
  6. Frank William Prentice, b. 1 Mar 1953, Wilmington, DE . . . . . . . . [4]

He d. 4 May 1996, New Castle, New Castle Co., DE, per the SSDI. Buried in the DE Vet. Mem. Cem., Bear, DE. He was a Cpl. in the Army and served in Korea.

4. Frank William Prentice, b. 1 Mar 1953, in Wilmington, DE, son of Frank S. Prentice and ??.

Frank m. 1st to Dianne.

Children of Frank (and Dianne?):

  1. Frank William Prentice, Jr. He m. Tina and lived in Middletown, DE.
  2. Christopher T. Prentice, Sr. of Bear, DE. . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  3. Valerie L. Prentice. She m. Larry Cordel of New Castle, DE.
  4. John "Jay" Prentice. He m. Catherine and lived in New Castle, DE. John and partner Catherine had a daughter Riley Mae Prentice. John m. on 25 Sep 2017, to Tammy Lank (b. 9/07/1972), they had one son, Robert Joseph Lank. Tammy passed away 17 Aug 2023, from melanoma cancer.

Frank m. 2nd to Darlene

Grandchildren of the above per the obituary: grandchildren, Christopher Jr., Kaylee, Shayla Marie, Hailey, Breanna, Frank III, Ronald III, and Riley.

He d. 9 Nov 2011, New Castle, Delaware. Bur. Gracelawn Mem. Park, New Castle, New Castle Co., DE. His obituary reads as follows:

Frank William Prentice, Sr., age 58, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, surrounded by his loving family, after fighting a short and courageous battle with cancer.

A native Delawarean, Mr. Prentice was born in Wilmington on March 1, 1953. He had been employed with Trans Cargo LLC in New Castle for the past 18 years and currently held a position as the company's operations manager.

Active in his community, Mr. Prentice was a member of New Castle Moose Lodge #1578 and the New Castle Rod & Gun Club, and was a social member of the Minquadale Fire Company. Well known as a devoted and loving family man, he greatly enjoyed taking camping trips with his wife, children, and grandchildren, as well as with his many friends, including Duff and Lee Allison. He had a great passion for vintage cars and delighted in caring for his pet Boxers, Maya and Zoey.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank S. "Mick" Prentice, his stepmother, Joann M. Prentice, and by brothers, Stephen G. Prentice and Michael J. Prentice, Sr.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Darlene L. Davis Prentice; children, Frank William Prentice, Jr. (Tina) of Middletown, Christopher T. Prentice, Sr. of Bear, Valerie L. Cordel (Larry) of New Castle, and Jay Prentice (Catherine) of New Castle; mother and stepfather, Mary and John Simons of Otego, NY; sister, Abbie Loveless (Stephen) of Mary Esther, FL; brother, Art Prentice (Rose) of Smyrna; sister, Dixie Cunningham of Felton; and grandchildren, Christopher Jr., Kaylee, Shayla Marie, Hailey, Breanna, Frank III, Ronald III, and Riley.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday, November 14, 2011, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, where visitation will begin at 9 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Prentice may be made to Minquadale Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 647, Manor Branch, New Castle, DE 19720.

5. Christopher T. Prentice, Sr. of Bear, DE. Son of Frank William Prentice and Dianne?

He m. Laura. Son:

  1. Christopher T. Prentice Jr.

He d. 28 Dec 2012, in Bear, DE. His obituary reads as follows:

Christopher Prentice Sr.: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Newark Post (DE) - Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

Christopher T. Prentice Sr., "Chris", 39, of Bear, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, December 28. Chris had been employed at Trans Cargo at the Port of Wilmington for the past 13 years. He was also a bouncer at many clubs throughout New Castle County.

Chris was predeceased by his father, Frank W. Prentice Sr. He is survived by: his mother, Dianne McMinds and her husband Fred; his son, Christopher T. Prentice Jr.; his brothers, Frank W. Prentice Jr., and his wife, Tina & John D. Prentice; his sisters, Stacy McMinds, & Valerie Prentice Cordel and her husband, Larry; his stepmother, Darlene Prentice; his ex-wife, Laura Scartine and her mother, Patricia Stephenson; his paternal grandmother, Mary Simonds and her husband, John; & many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish his memory.

A funeral service was held at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, on Tuesday, January 3. Burial was held privately with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Chris may be sent to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive Wilmington, DE 19804-1105 or at www.faithfulfriends.us. To send condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com.

Who are Arthur G. Prentice's Parents?

The only information we have so far is in the 1910 census in Tompklins, Delaware Co., NY, which shows him as the "Adopted Son" of Hiram Mullinex (b. c. 1859, NY) and his wife, Minnie (b. c. 1868, NY).

A private tree on ancestry.com shows Leonard Prentice, b. c. 1902, NY, and Arthur Prentice, b. c. 1905, NY. They appear in the 1910 census as the adopted sons of Hiram Mullinex and Minnie Walley. The 1910 census also shows in their household a Lena Prentice, b. c. 1899, NY. The 1910 census spells their names as "Prentiss," but that is of no consequence.

Since the Mullinex family had children of their own, one might suppose that the Prentice children may be blood relatives of theirs. One might also suspect that there was some major event that caused the children to be separated from their mother and/or father, and perhaps in, or near Tompkins.

A search of the 1910 census for Tompkins shows that a widowed Fred Prentice, b. c. 1880, NY, was living in Tompkins. If those were Fred's children, and If his wife had died at, or after, Arthur's 1905 birth, it would be understandable why Fred might have asked that the Mullinx family care for the children.

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