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W. A. Prentice, Toledo, OH

W. A. Prentice of Toledo, Lucas Co., OH
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2001 and Revised 26 Mar 2006

Update of 26 Mar 2008: . This article has now been replaced by our Summer 2008 article about Joseph Prentice of Toledo, OH .
Update of 6 Jul 2001:  With the much appreciated help of "Bill in Toledo," we have identified W. A. Prentice as William A. Prentice, probably the son of Augustus Prentice and grandson of Joseph Prentice of Toledo who is discussed in our Spring 1998 Newsletter. The article has been revised to reflect Bill's new information which he found in a Toledo obituary

1. William A. Prentice was b. Dec 1838 (per 1900 census) in Sylvania, Lucas Co., OH which lies on the NW edge of Toledo. He d. at 4:30 a.m. on Fri., 17 Feb 1905 at his home at 5th St. and Greenwood Avenue. His obituary related that his health was impaired in the service of his country and for a year or more before his death he wasquite feeble. (See Fn. 1)

At the age of 2, he moved with his parents to what was then called the "East Side" of settling in the woods on a farm now owned by Charles Hicks. In the cholera epidemic he was taken ill of the disease and his father died of the plague.

His uncle, Frederick K. Prentice of New York City , was the first white child born in Toledo. During the gold fever William went to California and spent ten years in gold mining. When the civil war broke (c. 1861) out he enlisted with the Fifth California regiment and served three years fighting the Indians in New Mexico and Arkansas.

After the war, and about 1865-6, he returned to Toledo and has resided at or near Toledo ever since. He was last engaged in the grocery business at Plymouth and Nevada streets, when his health began to fail about 1903. William was survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. George Slotterbeck, of Bloomdale. and one brother, Rev. Joseph Prentice of Northern Michigan.

William was a member of Ford post, G.A.R. and the flag at G.A.R. hall was flown at half-mast on the day of his death. The funeral was be conducted by the post from the home at Fifth street and Greenwood avenue at 2 p.m. Sunday, 19 Feb 1905.

William m. Lubina Tyler b. 28 Nov 1843 in Walbridge, OH, dau. of Ephraim Tyler and Margaret Beam. She d. 3 Jul 1920, Toledo. Buried at Walbridge, OH; Undertaker was A. C. Walter. (name, death date and burial per death record provided by "Bill in Toledo") Known children:

  • Margaret/Maggie Prentice. Born, 1867. Died, 11 Sep 1890.
  • Mable I. Prentice. Born, 1870. Died, 30 Dec 1879.
  • Walter V. Prentice, b. Nov 1876, OH. . . . . . . [2]
  • Carrie Prentice, adopted, living and unmarried in 1905 at the time of her father's death.

2. Walter V. Prentice, b. c. 1851, in OH. Died in the hospital on Mon., 30 Apr 1945, Toledo, OH (per obit. provided by "Bill in Toledo"). Funeral services were at the Walter Mortuary and burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. (See Fn. 2)

Walter was a doctor, staff member of the East Side Hospital, and founder of the first Toledo Blood Bank. He was associated 35 years with Dr. Clarence S. Ordway, founder and chest surgeon of the hospital.

He married Anna R., b. c. 1878, in KY. Children:

  • Reed Tyler Prentice. Born, circa 1903. . . . . . . [3]
  • Jane Prentice. Born, circa 1913, in OH. Census: 1920, in Toledo, Lucas, OH. She m. Mr. Busson and was living in Toledo in 1949.

3. Reed Tyler Prentice. Born, circa 1903, in OH. Died Wednesday, 20 Apr 1949 at his home, 4346 (or 4326 per Rescue Squad record) S. Detroit Ave., Toledo, following a heart attack. The Rev. Dallas F. Green, pastor of Divinity Lutheran Church conducted services Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Walter Funeral Home. Burial was in Wodlawn Cemetery. (Per obit. from the Toledo Blade provided by "Bill in Toledo".) He was formerly an x-ray technician for his father, Walter V. Prentice. He was a member of the Elks. Reed married Anna L. Day. Living in Toledo in 1949. (See Fn. 3)

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