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John J. Prentice, Scotland and Cleveland, Ohio

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John J. Prentice, Scotland and Cleveland, Ohio
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2016 and Revised 26 Feb 2016

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1. John J. Prentice was b. c. 1885, Scotland, with both parents b. in Scotland. He emigrated in 1907 and appears in the 1920 census in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio with his wife and family. He is there shown as a "A Patern maker" in the "Patern Works Industry." 1930 census as "John E. Prentia" in Saginaw,Saginaw Co., MI, and called a "Pattern Maker" in the "Automobile Industry." 1940 in Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI, b. c. 1887 Scotland, a Pattern Maker with 4 years of college.

He m. as her 2nd husband Emma J. Morey c. 1911. She was b. c. 1883, MI, with her father b. in ME and mother in MI. Curiously, the 1920 census marks her as an alien even though it shows her as b. in MI. Children per 1920 census:

  1. William A. Babb, stepson, b. c. 1902, MI. 1920 at home in Cleveland, OH, with both parents b. in MI.
  2. Arthur J. Prentice, b. c. 1910-1912, MI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Living with the family in 1920 is a stepson, William A. Babb, b. c. 1902, MI, with both parents b. in MI.

2. Arthur J. Prentice, b. 31 Jan 1911, Bay City, Bay Co., MI per census and Michigan Death Index , and d. 25 Aug 1974, Carrollton or Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI, and bur. Roselawn Mem. Gardens, Saginaw. There is confustion between his 1920 and 1930 entries:

  1. 1920 at home in Cleveland, OH, and called a son. His entry erroneously shows both of his parents as b. in MI. He is listed below Babb, and the census taker just carried his parents' entry down to Arthur.
  2. 1930 at home in Saginaw, MI, and called a Stepson, b. c. 1910, MI. His own entry shows his father as b. in England although John his (step?)father in 1930 continues to be shown as b. in Scotland. and mother in MI.
  3. 1940 in Saginaw, MI, b. 1911, MI, a Pattern Maker in an an Iron Foundry with 3 years of High School. It does not provide information about his parents.
  4. His Marriage Record shows him as b. c. 1911, Bay MI.

From the 1920 and 1930 entries it appears that Arthur might a stepson of John rather than a son of John. The 1930 census shows Arthur as b. c. 1910 but John as age 26 at first marriage; that would place John's marriage in 1911 (1885+26=1911). However, the 1920 and 1940 census records show Arthur as b. c. 1911 and 1912.

A copy of Arthur's birth certificate would clearly identify his father. However, his marriage record at Ancestry.com identifies his father as Jacob and mother as Emma Morey.

Arthur m. Ann Karas 11 Oct 1932, Saginaw, MI. Dau. of Frank Karas and Pauline Bubulik per their marriage record, cited above. She was b. c. 1915, PA. Children:

  1. Ronald D. Prentice, b. c. 1935, MI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. William J. Prentice, b. c. 1937, MI.

3. Ronald D. Prentice, b. c. 1935, MI. Living in 2001.

He m. 1st Unknown. Sons:

  1. David Prentice.
  2. Danny Prentice.

He m. 2nd, as her 2nd husband, Shirley Maxine Garrod in 1971. She was b. 17 Aug 1932, Rogers City , MI, and d. 11 Mar 2001 at Grand Traverse Pavilions. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Herald-Palladium, The (St. Joseph, MI) - Tuesday, March 13, 2001: Shirley M. Prentice

    ST. JOSEPH -- Shirley Maxine Prentice, 68, of Traverse City, Mich., formerly of St. Joseph, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Grand Traverse Pavilions. Born Aug. 17, 1932, in Rogers City, Mich., Shirley was the daughter of William and Ethel Garrod of Dollarville, Mich. Both parents preceded her in death. Shirley lived in Dollarville until 1971.

    She married Elwyn Clark in 1948, and they had five children before his death in 1968.

    Shirley married Ronald Prentice in 1971, and relocated to Southwest Michigan, where they lived until retiring to Traverse City in 1988. Shirley loved to travel, knit, camp, fish, play golf and spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Besides her husband, Ron, of Traverse City, Shirley is survived by her five children, Bill Clark of Munising, Mich., Linda Gingras of Traverse City, Vicki Kroll of McMillan, Mich., Patrick Clark of West Olive, Mich., and Krisann Watson of St. Joseph; two stepsons, David and Danny Prentice, a brother, Bill Garrod of McMillan; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

    Her younger brother, Steve Garrod preceded her in death.

    Funeral arrangements are by Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry, Mich., where visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, and funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to: Alzheimer's Association of NW Michigan, 5311/2 S. Union Street, Traverse City, Mich. 49684, or to Newberry United Methodist Church, 110 W. Harrie, Newberry, Mich. 49868.

Who are John J. Prentice's Parents?

John Prentice is a common name, and there are a number of entries showing possible parents. There are no presently known Scotland birth records for a John J. Prentice.

Investigation is continuing.

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