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Chauncey Prentiss, Cleveland, OH

Chauncey Prentice, Cleveland Cuyahoga, OH
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1999 and Revised 6 Mar 2014

Update of 5 Mar 2005: The posting by Warren Forsythe at Ancestry.com indicates that Chauncey Prentice is the son of Samuel Prentiss and Anna Wilcox Warren whose roots can be found in our article on "Hoggs as Prentiss, Summer 2001.

1. Chauncey (or Chancey) Prentiss, b. c. 1831 in OH, appears in the 1850 Cleveland, OH census, unmarried, laborer, living in the home of M. B. and Mary Scott. He appears in the later 1880 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH census, with his wife, Emily Hanks, b. c. 1841, NJ. They were married 3 Oct 1866 in Cuyahoga Co., OH (per Marriage Index). Children:

  1. Gertrude Prentice, b. c. 1868, OH
  2. Jennie Prentiss, b. 17 Oct 1870, Cleveland (per birth record).

Who are Chauncey Prentice's Parents?

Who are Chauncey's parents? They probably are not George Prentis (b. c. 1793) and his wife, Synthia/Cynthia (b. c. 1807) who appear in the 1850 census Newfane, Niagara Co., NY census. That census shows they have a son, Chauncy, b. c. 1835, NY. Note that Chauncy was b. in NY rather than in OH.

Chauncey Prentice may be the same person as Chancey Prentis who appars in the 1860 Cleveland censusas b. c. 1831, OH. On the 2 lines immediately above him, in the same household, are:

  1. Perry Prentis, b. c. 1835, OH. He appears in the 1880 Cleveland census with his wife, Helen, b. c. 1836, England. Both of Perry's parents are shown as b. in NH.
  2. Mary H. Prentis, b. c. 1835, OH.

Relationship are not given in the 1860 census, but it seems likely that they would be siblings of his. The household is that of Octavius Goyeth and his wife, Louisa; Louisa was b. c. 1840, OH, and might be Chauncey's sister.

Also appearing in Cleveland are the following persons, some of whom may be related to Chauncey Prentice but none of whom have yet been identified:

  1. John Prentiss, b. c. 1810 in VT. A laborer, he appears in the 1850 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH census with his wife, Alida. No children shown.

    Update of 20 Nov 1999: He is a brother to Luther R. Prentice of Warrenville, Cuyahoga Co., OH See Supplement to our PRENTICE book.

  2. Mary Prentiss, b. c. 1812 in NY. Perhaps a widow, she appears in the 1850 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH census with her sons:
    1. Samuel Prentiss, b. c. 1844, OH. Not in 1860, 1870 or 1880 census.
    2. George Prentiss, b. c. 1846, OH. Not in 1870 or 1880 census.
    3. James Prentiss, b. c. 1848, OH. Not in 1870 or 1880 census.

  3. Loren/Lemuel Prentiss, b. c. 1822 in OH. A lawyer, he appears as "Lemuel" in the 1850 Cleveland, OH census with his wife, Ellen M. Rouse, b. c. 1830 in NY. They were m. 26 Jul 1849 in Cuyahoga Co., OH (per Marriage Index). He is called Loren Prentis in the 1860 and 1870 Cleveland census. Children per both census records:
    1. Willis L. Prentis, b. c. 1849, NY.
    2. Seymour Cromwell Prentiss, b. c. 1852, OH. (per 1860 census and Cleveland obituary). He d. c. 22 Feb 1943 at his residence, 120 20th ave., North St. Petersburg, FL. He m. Lelia Nichols. She d. c. 12 Aug 1940, Cleveland and bur. Lakeview Cemetery. Children:
      1. Edith R. Prentiss , b. 5 Mar 1880, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH, and d. 28 Oct 1947, St. Petersburg, FL and bur. in Lake View Cemeter (per Cleveland Press obituary). She m. 1st. Arthur Emerson Lersch, b. 8 Dec 1879, Elyria, Lorain Co., OH, and d. 16 Aug 1924, Lorain, OH. Son:
        1. John Prentiss Lersch, b. 23 Feb 1904, Elyria, OH, and d. 1 Dec 1972, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL. He m Maybelle J. Deming, b. 1905, dau. of Joseph and Mennie Deming. They had 1 son and 1 daughter. He m. 2nd Wanda B., b. 14 Oct 1919 and d. 11 May 1989, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL.

        Edith m. 2nd John W. Pickard. Her obit. says that she was the "mother of John Prentiss Lersch.

      2. (dau.) Prentiss. She m. Harry F. Stratton.
    3. Irving R. Prentiss, b. c. 1857, OH. He m. Harriet McReynolds on 24 Jul 1884 in Cuyahoga Co., OH (per Marriage Index). He may, or may not, be the Irving R. Prentice who appears in the 1910 and 1920 Philadelphia, PA census as b. c. 1856 in OH with his wife, Harriet, b. c. 1863. He apparently was rather wealthy as his 1920 hold also shows a chauffeur and a servant. Children (per 1920 census):
      1. Marrion Prentiss (dau.), b. c. 1890.
      2. Gladis/Gladys Prentisss, b. c. 1894.
      3. Thomas Prentiss, b. c. 1894. Not in 1930 census.
      4. Norman Prentiss, b. c. 1902. Not in 1930 census.
      5. Frances Prentiss (dau.), b. c. 1904.
      6. Ann Prentiss, b. c. 1908.
      7. Adell/Adella Prentiss, b. c. 1869, OH. She m. Mr. Hughes.

    4. Robert Prentiss, b. c. 1827, OH. He is a Clerk, unmarried, in the 1850 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH census.

    5. Golan Prentiss, b. c. 1828, OH. He is a Clerk, unmarried, in the 1850 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH census.

    6. Laura Prentice, b. c. 1830, OH. She is living alone, unmarried, in the 1850 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH census. Note that she is the only person in the group with a different surname spelling.

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Scott Prentice
2017-08-06 17:34:21
Just added a ROSE & PRENTISS invoice to the Prentice Museum!
Heinrick Snyder
2017-06-06 21:36:47
ROSE & PRENTISS (Benjamin Rose and Chauncey Prentiss), pork pack ers and dealers, 142 and 144 Ontario, 28 Central Pl. and stalls 31 and 32 Central Market from Robison, Savage & Co.'s Cleveland Directory for the Year Ending June 1876 pg 543
Heinrick Snyder
2017-06-06 21:26:48
A History of Cleveland and Its Environs, The Heart of New Connecticut – Elroy McKendree Avery, Lewis Publishing Company, 1918, pg 13 In this book, available in google books, it mentions a business partnership "Rose & Prentiss."
Heinrick Snyder
2017-06-06 21:08:02
Jennie Warren Prentiss founded the Laurel School in her parents parlor shortly after graduating from college. Somewhere, I have a copy of her college transcript.
Heinrick Snyder
2017-06-06 21:03:05
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