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Alexander Albert Prentiss of Nova Scotia and NJ

Alexander Albert Prentiss of Nova Scotia and New Jersey
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2003 and Revised 13 Aug 2014

Introduction:   This article originally appeared in our Spring 2000 issue as Alexander Prentiss of Nova Scotia and New Jersey . We have updated the article to include new information provided by Barbara Prentiss' email of 9 May 2003. Linda Prentiss and Barbara Prentiss are working to trace their Prentiss roots. We have also added information found at Ancestry.com . Here is what we have so far:

1. Alexander Prentiss, was b. circa 1844-48, Halifax, Nova Scotia and d. c. 1898. He immigrated to the U. S. 1870. Alexander was naturalized 1 Nov 1880 in Bayonne, N.J. (Ref: Ancestry.com ) In the 1880 census he was living in Bayonne, Hudson Co., NJ. 1900 census in North Plsainfield, Somerset Co., NJ.

Alexander married Anna E. Reid/Reed, born 1853 in Warren Township, NJ, dau. of either (1) Kelly and Elizabeth Reed of Warren Township or (2) illiam D. Reid and Elizabeth Dey. According to some records, Anne Reed died at her daughter's 29 Jun 1909 in North Plainfield, N.J. On her death notice, she claims to have had 7 children. Known children:

  1. Edward Prentiss, born Aug 27, 1878. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Margaret Prentiss, born May 18, 1884, Bayonne, N.J.
  3. Alexander Albert Prentiss, born 5 Jan 1887. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  4. Mary E. "Mamie" Prentiss, born June 26, 1889, Plainfield, N.J. She m. Carl Ebel/Eble by 1909 and in 1909 lived at 29 Greenbrook Rd. N Plainfield, NJ. Children:
    1. (name not known)
    2. (name not known)
    3. Edward Ebel/Eble
    4. Margaret Ebel/Eble
    5. Alexander Ebel/Eble
    6. Mary E. (Mamie) Ebel/Eble
    7. Charles Ebel/Eble
  5. Charles Prentiss, born December 30 1891, North Plainfield, N.J. Not in 1920 or 1930 census.

2. Edward Prentiss, born Aug 27, 1878, North Plainfield (or Bayonne?), N.J and d. 15 Mar 1968, Irvington, Essex Co., NJ. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War. Edward appears in the 1920 Newark, Essex, NJ census with his wife and family.

He m. Lillian/Lilly Pearl Kent on 19 Feb 1899, Jersey City, Hudson Co., NJ. She was b. 22 Jul 1882, Portt Jervis, Orange Co., NY, and d. 30 Dec 1977, Wayne, Passaic Co., NJ. Both Edward and Lilly are bur. in Long Island National Cemetery, Long Island, NY. Children:

  1. Agnes Prentiss, b. c. 1901, NJ. She married and is deceased. She had twin sons later given up for adoption (per Joan Woody, email, 11 May 2003).
  2. Thomas Richard Prentiss, b. 2 Sep 1903, Jersey City, Hudson Co., NJ, and d. 31 Dec 1976, Camptown, Bradford, PA (per SSDI). Barbara Prentiss' email of 9 May 2003 and Joan Woody's email of 11 May 2003 identify his wife as Dollie and identify their children. "Dollie" is Dorothy Swody, b. 30 Oct 1907, Greenbrook, NJ, and d. 19 Jan 1979, Plainfield, Union Co., NJ. See also Ancestry.com . An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:
    1. Thomas Richard Prentiss, b. 14 Aug 1927, Newark, Essex Co., NJ, and d. 15 Aug 1927, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co., FL. He m. Barbara Elonore Poole on 21 Jun 1947. She was b. 1 Dec 1927, Plainfield, Union Co., NJ, and d. 4 Feb 1991 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Children:
      1. (dau.) Pentiss.
      2. Thomas Prentiss III. He m. Tracy Lee Crowning.
    2. Robert John Prentiss, b. 22 Nov 1928, Newark, NJ, and d. Oct 1995, Whitehouse Station, NJ. He m. Miss Tranquilli. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at ' Ancestry.com . Children:
      1. (son) Prentiss.
      2. (dau.) Prentiss. She m. Mr. Beck and had 3 daughters.
    3. Leala/Lelia Prentiss, b. c. 1931, NJ. It is unclear whether she is the dau. who m. Mr. Gutowski
    4. Gloria Prentiss, b. c. 1933, NJ. It is unclear whether she is the dau. who m. Mr. Grillo and had a son and daughter.
    5. Joan Prentiss, b. c. 1934, NJ. It is unclear whether she is the dau. who m. Mr. Byrne and had 3 daughters.
  3. Richard B. Prentiss, b. 26 Sep 1905, NJ, and d. 17 Jul 1993 at Keansburg, Monmouth Co., NJ (per SSDi). He m. Anne/Anna. Children:
    1. Richard Prentiss.
    2. Bettyann Prentiss.
    3. Ronald Prentiss.
  4. Francis Prentiss, b. 19 Jan 1908, NJ and d. 14 Jan 1999 at Leavenworth, Chelan Co., WA (per SSDI). He m. 1st Corinne. Daughter:
    1. Doris(?) Prentiss.
    Frank m. 2nd Unknown.
  5. Melvin Prentiss, b. c. 1909, NJ. Not in SSDI. He m. 1st unknown. Son:
    1. Melvin Prentiss Jr., b. c. 1937, NJ. 1940 at home.
    He m. 2nd Ruth, b. c. 1922, CT. They appear in the 1940 census in Newark, Essex Co., NJ. He is shown as a "New Worker" with an 8th grade education. Children:
    1. Edward Prentiss, b. c. 1939, NJ. 1940 at home.
    2. James Prentiss.
  6. James Prentiss. James served in the United States Navy, did not marry, died 22 Jun 1997 and is bur. in the Long Island National Cemetery (per Barbara Prentiss, email, 9 May 2003).
  7. Violet Prentiss, b. 24 Mar 1916, NJ, d. 10 Jun 2000,and is bur. in Bloomfield Cem., Bloomfield, NJ. She m. Eugen Delamater/DeLaMater who was b. 15 Aug 1911, d. 1 Dec 1975, and is also bur. in Bloomfield Cemeery. Children:
    1. Joan Delamater.
    2. Barbara Delamater.
    3. Carol Delamater.
    4. Linda Delamater.
  8. Albert Prentiss, b. c. 1917, NJ. Not in SSDI.
  9. Elizabeth Prentiss. She m. Nicholas Sacelaris, lives in Boynton Beach, FL, and has 3 children. They live in Boyton Beach, FL (per Barbara Prentiss, email, 9 May 2003 and Joan Woody, email 11 May 2003).
    1. Kenneth Sacelaris.
    2. Nicholas Sacelaris.
    3. Gail Sacelaris.

3. Alexander Albert Prentiss, born 5 Jan 1887, Bayonne or Bergan Point, NJ and d. 11 Feb 1952 in Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ. Bur. Riverside Cem., Toms River, Ocean Co., NJ. Alexander appears in the 1920 Whiteside Road, Ocean County, NJ census with his wife Lizzie, b. c. 1893, NJ. (per Barbara Prentiss, email, 9 and 10 May 2003).

Alexander was killed by an airplane crashing into his apt. building and leaving him trapped in the hallway of the building. His spouse, Lizzie, my mother Joan, my uncle the son of Alexander, Alden, and cousin Bobby,grandson of Alexander, could hear his cries for help from the parking lot of the apartments, but could do nothing to help him. He was burned to death in the building. Soon after Lizzie,Alden and Bobby all moved to California (per Danny Terry who m. to Elizabeth Koller, granddaughter of Alexander Prentiss and Ancestry.com).

Alexander m. Elizabeth/Lizzie Brand Layton on 1 Jan 1910 at Lakewood, NJ. She was b. 23 Mar 1893, or 28 Mar 1894, Monmouth, NJ, and d. 15 Nov 1957, Los Angeles, CA. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Anna Maria Prentiss, b. 8 May 1911 in Long Branch, NJ and d. 1 Oct 1911 in Long Branch, NJ Bur. Toms River, NJ.
  2. Verna Elizabeth Prentiss, b. 23 Jul 1917 in Momouth Co., NJ and d. 26 Apr 1981 in Ocean Co., Toms River, NJ. She m. Ivins Grant Tiffany who was b. 17 Oct 1912 in Ossining, Westchester Co., NY and d. 3 Jul 1971 in Toms River, Ocean Co., NJ. Bur. Riverside Cem., Toms River. Children:
    1. Miss Tiffany. She m. Mr. Butler and had 5 children.
    2. Richard Alexander Tiffany, b. Feb 1853 Toms River, NJ and d. Feb 1943.
    3. Donna Lee Tiffany, b. Dec 1946, Long Branch, NJ and d. Dec 1946.
    4. Miss Tiffany. She m. Mr. Loveland.
  3. Florence Matilda Prentiss, b. b. 28 Jul 1919 in Toms River, Ocean County, NJ and d. 11 Jul 1994 in Toms River, Ocean County, NJ. She m. 1st Peter Koller who was b. 5 Nov 1909 and d. 20 Jun 1973. They had 6 children. She m. 2nd. Mr. Johnson and then had a child.
  4. Charles Alden Prentiss, b 11 Aug 1921, probably Toms River, NJ, and d. Dec. 1979, Toms River.

In reviewing our NJ census records, we note that our copy of the 1880 NJ census indicates that both of Alexander's parents were born in Canada. Although no specific location in Canada was mentioned, it seems like a reasonable inference that perhaps his parents may also have been born in Nova Scotia. A guess as to the birthdate of his father would be sometime between 1790 and 1820.

The 1880 census also shows that Alexander's wife, Annie, was born in NJ and that their son, Edward, was then 2 years old.

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