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Mary Prentice of NC


Mary Prentice of North Carolina and Alabama
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2001 and Revised 17 Jan 2011

We are helping Carolyn Hodge in tracing her family tree, set out below:

1. Mary Prentiss was b. c. 1830-31 in NC and died in Talladega Co., AL. She was bur. at Mt. Vernon - Taylor's Mill, Talledega Co., AL

She m. William Edward "Nead" Freeman c. 1853. He was b. 8 Sep 1819 in Franklin Co., NC. He was a farmer. He is bur. at Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery - Winterboro, Talladega Co., AL. We have a little uncertainty as to the names of their children; some names fro Carolyn Hodge and some from Ancestry.com. The one listed come from Carolyn Hodge unless otherwise noted:

  1. Alva/Olva Freeman, son, b. c. 1855, AL per Ancestry.com.
  2. Ezra Prentiss "Ess" Freeman, b. Aug 11, 1858, AL. . . . . . . .[3]
  3. Willis Horton Freeman, b. May 08, 1867, Talladega Co., AL. . . [2]
  4. Ned Freeman, b. AL.
  5. Martha Freeman, b. c. 1862, AL.
  6. Adaline Freeman, b. c. 1864, AL.
  7. Emma Freeman, b. c. 1870, AL.
  8. Katie Freeman.

2. Ezra Prentiss "Ess" Freeman was born 11 Aug 1858 in Talladega Co., AL, and d. 3 Sep 1910 in Talladega Co., Alabama.

He married Jane Elizabeth "Sibby" Blanchard c. 1880 in Talladega Co., AL, dau. of William Blanchard and Sarah Hudson. She was born 16 Aug 1858 in Talladega Co., AL and died 2 Sep 1911 in Talladega Co., AL. Both are bur. at the Winterboro Baptist Church, Talledega Co., AL. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com Children:

  1. Bertie Mae Freeman, b. 4 Apr 1876. . . . . . [7]
  2. William T. Freeman, b. 1881 and d. the following year, 1882.
  3. Henry Freeman, b. Feb 1883, Talladega Co., AL.
  4. Doss L. Freeman, b. c. 1886, AL.
  5. Mary Maude Freeman, b. 17 Feb 1888. . . . . . . . .[8]
  6. James E. Freeman, b. 13 Mar 1890, Talladega Co., AL and d. there the following year on13 Feb 1891.
  7. Charles R. Freeman, b. 9 Jul 1892, Talladega Co., Al and d. there on 10 May 1966. He is bur. at the Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery - Winterboro, AL.
  8. Berta May "Bertie" Freeman, b. Apr 1895, Talladega Co., AL, and d. there 5 Jan 1940. Bur. Alpine Church, Alpine, Talladega Co., AL. She m. Edward King and had 2 sons and a daughter.
  9. Lucy Freeman, b. 23 Sep 1898, Talladega Co.,AL and d. there the followig year, 27 Jul 1899.
  10. Katie Freeman, b. 24 Mar 1900, Winterboro, Talledega Co., AL and d. there the following month on 13 Jun 1900, Talledega Co., AL. Bur. at the Winterboro Baptist Church, Talledega Co., Alabama

3. Willis Horton Freeman was born May 08, 1867 in Talladega Co., Alabama, and died March 12, 1935 in Winterboro, Talladega Co., Alabama. Willis was a farmer.

He married 1st Sarah C. "Sallie" Blanchard in 1892 in Alabama, daughter of WILLIAM Blanchard and Sarah Hudson. She was born March 31, 1863 in Talladega Co., Alabama, and died February 04, 1923 in Winterboro, Talladega Co., Alabama. Sarah is bur. in the Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery at Winterboro, AL.

He m. 2nd Mrs. Lonie Ponder after 1904; she is bur. at Mobley Family Cemetery, Taylor's Mill, Talladega Co., AL. They had a daughter whose name is unknown.

Children of Willis Freeman and Sarah Blanchard are:

  1. Julius Horton Freeman, b. Aug 1893, Talladega Co., AL and d. at Orlando, FL; m. to Ida (surname unknown).
  2. Nuby Oliver Freeman, b. Mar 14, 1895, Talladega Co., AL. . . . . [4]
  3. Minnie Belle Freeman, b. Nov. 1896, Telladega Co., AL. . . . . . [6]
  4. Walter C. Freeman, b. Aug. 1899, Talladega Co., AL and d. 9 May 1937, AL. He was Fireman 2nd Class, US Navy. Winterboro Baptist Church, Talladega Co., Alabama He is bur. at Winterboro Bap. Church, Telladaga.
  5. William Edward "Bill" Freeman, b. 3 Oct 1901, Telladega, FL. . . [5]
  6. Frank B. Freeman, b. 6 Jul 1904, Talladega Co., AL. d. June 11, 1953, Talladega Co., Alabama. He was in the military. and is bur at Winterboro Baptist Church, Talladega Co., AL.

4. Nuby Oliver Freeman was born March 14, 1895 in Talladega Co., AL, and died July 08, 1954 in Bay Pines, Florida. He married 1st Mamie Lee Thomas on 21 Dec 1922 in AL, dau. of William Thomas and EllenWilkie. She was born 6 Nov 1903 in East Thomas, Jefferson Co., AL and d. c. 1991 in AL. Nuby m. 2nd N. O. Freeman aft. 1925. Nuby is bur at the Bay Pines National Cemetery Bay Pines, Pinellas County, FL and she is bur. in AL. Children of Nuby and his first wife:

  1. William Horton "Bill" Freeman, b. 21 Dec 1925, Coal Valley, AL and d. 29 Nov 1998, Jefferson Co., AL. He m. Ethel Lee Watkins on 2 Jul 1947 at Pratt City, Jefferson Co., AL. She was b. 16 Apr 1928 at Maxine, AL and d. 7 Jun 1992, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL. Both are bur at Forest Grove Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, AL.
  2. Ernie Freeman, b. c. 1923, AL and d. in Birmigham, Jefferson Co., AL.

Child of Nuby and his 2nd wife:

  1. (dau.) Freeman. No additional information about her.

5. William Edward "Bill" Freeman was born October 03, 1901 in Talladega Co., AL, and died April 08, 1963 in Alabama. He married Tabitha Christine Brazzell in AL, daughter of William Brazzell and Minnie Ponder. She was born March 14, 1911 in Alabama, and died December 22, 1995 in Alabama. His occupation was: Construction. Both are bur at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Germany Mt., Talladega Co., AL. Children:

  1. Owen Wren Freeman, b. 1936, Talladega Co., Alabama. He m. Carolyn Mary Zeigler on 13 Sep 1965, Section, Jackson Co., AL; b. 1938, Hodge, Jackson/Bibb Co., AL. He was a Butcher and Southern Baptist. She was ateacher, Methodist before marriage, and later became a Southern Baptist.
  2. Era Belle Freeman. She m. Douglas Clark.
  3. Roy Freeman. Lives in FL.

6. Minnie Belle Freeman, b. November 1896 in Talledega Co., AL, and died in Talledega Co., AL. She married in AL. He was born Unknown, and died Unknown. Minnie is bur at Winterboro Baptist Church, Talledega Co., AL. Children:

  1. Neil Rodgers.
  2. William S. "Billy" Rodgers Jr.

7. Bertie Mae Freeman. b/ 4 Apr 1876 in Talledega Co., AL, and died January 05, 1940 in Talledega Co., AL. She married Edward King in AL.. He was born Unknown, and died Unknown. Bertie is bur at Alpine Church, Alpine, Talledega Co., AL. Children:

  1. Ruth King, b. AL. She m. Wilbur Lovern.
  2. Lawrence King., b. AL.
  3. George King, b. AL.

8. Mary Maud Freeman, b. 17 Feb 1888 in Talladega Co., AL, and d. 17 Jul 1949, Talladega Co., AL. She married (name unknown). Maud is bur. at Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery, Winterboro, AL. Daughter:

  1. Marianne., b. AL.

Who are Mary Prentiss' Parents?

Mary Prentiss might be a descendant of Solomon Prentice Jr. (37/37 in our PRENTICE book). He lived with his first wife and family in Alstead, NH where his wife d. in March, 1778. He closed up his affairs there and moved to Edenton, NC where he again married and died there in 1805.

We have no information as to the identity of Solomon's second wife, nor whether he had any additional children born in NC. However, since was only 30 when he moved to NC, it seems likely that he would have had additional children born in NC. We have located two men, both named John Prentice, b. c. 1800 and 1813 respectively in NC. Both are fairly good possibilities to be her father since there were very few Prentices in NC in that time frame.

  • The first John Prentice m. Dicy Janes. Er have my information on his f amily from the 1850 census. No daughter named Mary is shown, but Mary's given birth date might be in error and she might have been married and left home by the time of the 1850 census.

  • As to the other John Prentice, we have identified a number of his children, but a Mary Prentice is not among them; however, she might be a previously unknown daughter.

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