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Clarence A. Prentis of Loco, Stephens Co., OK

Clarence A. Prentis of Loco, Stephens Co., OK
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2004 and Revised 3 Aug 2004

1. Clarence A. Prentis was b. 8 Jul 1906, white race, and d. Mar 1969 in Loco, Stephens Co., OK (per SSDI). He may be the same person as Clarence Prentice, b. c. 1906-7 shown in the 1910 census in Pottawatomie Co., OK and called a grandson in the home Abner Johnson.

Clarence m. Leona Blanche Baker, b. 1906, Hamilton Co., TX, and d. after 1970, OK per Ancestry.com . An Ancestor Chart for Leona can be found at Ancestry.com .

Children (per her obit., the 1930 census and Ancestry.com, above):

  1. Lois D. Prentis, b. c. 1926.
  2. William/Billie N. Prentis, b. c. 1927.
  3. Marvin Prentis, b. c. 1929. . . . . . . . . .

2. Marvin Prentis, b. 15 Mar 1929, probably OK.

An internet posting by Belinda Pierce at Rootsweb.com seems to indicate that he married, as a first wife, Miss Folsom and had the following children:

  1. Linda Gayle Prentis, b. 14 Nov 1949 and d. 1 Nov 1986. She m. Mr. Nell and had:
    1. Christy Dawn Nell b: 11 AUG 1969 d: 24 JAN 1998. She m. Mr. Patty and had a child.
    2. (dau.) Living Nell. She m. Mr. Phelps and had a child.
    3. Mr/Ms Nell.
  2. (dau.) Prentis She m. 1st. Mr. Saratt. She m. 2nd Mr. Reid and had 3 children.
Marvin apparently m. ashis 2nd wife, Billie Joyce Pounds Cunningham. She was b. 23 Oct 1930 in Tillman Co., OK, dau. of Henry Chester "Chick" and Clara Burnadette Hughes Pounds, and d. 23 Jul 2004 at her home. Her obituary contains the following additional information:
    WALTERS -- Funeral for Billie Joyce Pounds Cunningham Prentis, 73, Walters, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Ringling, with the Rev. Mike Williams officiating.

    Mrs. Prentis was born Oct. 23, 1930, in Tillman County to the late Henry Chester "Chick" and Clara Burnadette Hughes Pounds and d. Friday, July 23, 2004, at her home. Burial will be at Ringling Memorial Cemetery under direction of Alexander Funeral Home, Ringling. She grew up in the Frederick and Manitou area and married 1st Claude David Cunningham on Dec. 28, 1946, in Manitou, and had 12 children. They lived around the Manitou, Frederick, Hollister, Walters and Ardmore area until their divorce in 1973, and she returned to Ringling.

    She married 2nd Marvin "Sonny" Prentis on Nov. 25, 1975, and they lived in Ringling. She was in the bar and cafe business for several years until her stroke in July 2001. After the death of her husband in November 2002, she moved to Walters. Survivors include:

    1. Joy and David Griffin, Walters.
    2. Tammie and Jerry Riley, Ringling.
    3. Michelle Taylor of Walters.
    4. Kim Butler of Walters
    5. Thomas/Tommy Cunningham, Comanche.
    6. Clyde and Claudine Cunningham, Temple.
    7. Billy Bob and Tonja Cunningham of Ringling.
    8. Timmy "Wofe" of Ringling.
    9. Becky and Joe Cunningham, of Ringling.
    10. Ricky and Lois Cunningham, Healdton.
    11. Jerry Cunningham, Wynnewood.
    12. Jeff Cunningham, Grandfield.

    Except as to those survivors surnamed Cunningham, it is unclear which of the others may be children of Marvin Prentis.

    Survivors also listed in the obituary are; two sisters and a brother-in-law: Dean Timm, Chattanooga; Bobbie (her twin sister) and F.A. "Woody" Woodmore, Frederick; 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Who are Clarence A. Prentis' Parents?

We have a possible clue. The surname spelling, "Prentis" is rather unusual. In checking the 1900 Pottawatomie Co., OK census where Clarence, b. 8 Jul 1906, appeared in the 1910 census, we find a Paul Prentis, b. Nov 1855, Bohemia (prior to 1918 the term "Bohemia" was traditionally used for today's Czech Republic), and his wife, Jessie, b. Aug 1862 in NE. She was then only 38 and could well have had additional children, including Clarence who, in 1910, was living with his Grandfather, Abner Johnson.

Abner Johnson might be the same person as the Abner M. Johnson, white, b. c. 1854, LA, who appears in the 1920 census in Brown, Comanche Co., OK with his wife, Sarah, b. c. 1874, and children:

  1. Arthur Johnson, b. c. 1902
  2. Gladys Johnson, b. c. 1906
  3. Marvin Johnson, b. c. 1908
Note the name, Marvin, a name also given by Clarence to one of his sons. Note also that Abner Johnson does not appear to be the same person as the Abner Johnson in the 1880 LA census who is shown as b. c. 1854, LA, and whose race is shown as Black.

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