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John Prentis of Hancock Co., IL

John Prentis of Hancock Co., IL
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2001 and Revised 23 Apr 2012

Update of 2 Feb 2008: Alonzo Robert Prentiss' ancestry has now been identified and traced back additional generations . See now our eBook.

We are helping Janice Hoehle and Troy C. Hedrick in tracing their family tree. Here is what we have so far:

1. Alonzo Robert Prentiss, was b. 19 Apr 1825 in Warrenville, Cuyahoga Co., OH and d. Jan 1892.

He m. Christena Margaret Ream on 14 Jul 1846 in Van Buren Co., IA. She was b. c. 1825-1829 in IL. They had 1 or more children, including (per Janice Hoehle, email, 2 Feb 2008):

  1. John W. (or H.) Prentiss was b. May 1854 in IA. . . . . . . . [2]

2. John W. (or H.) Prentiss was b. May 1854 in IA. He died 28 Oct 1906 in Quincy, Adams Co., IL. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery in Quincy, IL. His father, name not yet known, was born in OH and his mother was born in IL.

John m. Eliza Raney who was b. c. 1856 in OH. They had at least 2 children:

  1. Christine Prentis, b. 31 Jan 1877. . . . . . . . [3]
  2. Robert Prentis, b. 21 Aug 1879. . . . . . . [4]

3. Christine Prentis, b. 31 Jan 1877, Stillwell, Hancock Co., IL. She m. Oliver Hedrick on 10 Dec 1891, Hancock County, IL. Died Dec. 15, 1918, Cottonwood Island, near Quincy, Adams Co., IL. Children of Christena Prentiss Hedrick:

  1. Tracy Hedrick, b. 1899 and d that same year.
  2. Nellie Hedrick, b. 1892 and d. 25 Jan 1893.
  3. Truman Bloice Hedrick, b. 1901. . . . . . . . [5]

      Note: We had earlier included, as a son of Christine Prentice and Oliver Hedrick, Troy C. Hedrick, b. 14 Jul 1910, Sesser, IL. By email of 8 Jan 2008, Troy C. Hedrick advises that his father, the 1910 Troy C. Hedrick, was the son of Arthur W. Hedrich, b. c. 1871 IL (per 1930 census) and Ophelia Resh. See Footnote 1

4. Robert Prentis, b. 27 Aug 1879, Stillwell, Hancock Co., IL. He d. 21 Nov 1951 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA and was bur. in Washington, Washington Co., IA.

Robert was informally adopted about 1882-1883 at the age of 3 or 4, by Henry and Julia Huffman Hoehle of Canton, Lewis Co., MO. and was renamed Henry C. Hoehle, Jr. Robert is the grandfather of Janice Hoehle's husband. The reason for the adoption is unknown; perhaps his mother had died.

He appears, unmarried and age 17, in the 1870 Hancock Co., IL census living with the James Dunbar family and working as a farm laborer. He appears with his wife and 2 children in the 1880 census in Hancock County. In the 1900 census John is living in the home of his daughter, Christena Hedrick, in Lewis County, MO.

Robert m. Della Benner on 6 Jul 1897, in Lewiston, Lewis County, MO. Died: November 21, 1951, Muscatine, Muscatine Co. IA, buried Washington, Washington Co., IA.

5. Truman Bloice Hedrick, b. 1901 near LaGrange, Lewis Co. MO. He m. Minnie LaVeta Brumbaugh Stice on 14 Dec 1928, Lewistown, Lewis Co., MO. Truman d. 14 Jan 1982 in Moline, IL. He was a longtime riverboat pilot on the upper Mississippi River. Children:

  1. (son) Hedrick. Died in infancy.
  2. Basil Calvin Hedrick, b. 17 Mar 1932, Lewistown, Lewis Co. MO. In 2001 he was living in Bellevue, WA.

Who are John Prentis' Parents?

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