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George Prentice of Canada and Rochester, Monroe Co., NY

George Prentice of Canada and Rochester, Monroe Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2004 and Revised 24 Jul 2015

1. George W. Prentice was b. c. 1848 in Canada, with both parents b. in Canada. We do not yet know when he emigrated to the United States, but we know that he was in NY by 1871 when his daughter, Jennie, was born. He later appears in the 1880 census in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY, with his wife and family. George was a Locomotive Engineer. In 1875 he was listed as a farmer.

George does not appear in the 1900, 1910 or 1920 census, and there is a possibility that he returned to Canada with his family although he does not appear in the 1901 or 1911 Canada census.

He m. Sophia Kerr, b. 28 Oct 1845, NY, and d. 28 Apr 1895 at the age of 49 years of Pulmonary Phthsis. She is bur at Mt. Hope Cem., Rochester, Section 4, Range 3, Lot 126. Sophia's Mother and Father were born in Canada per Census. For Sophia Kerr's roots, see Fn. 1 . Children (per 1880 census):

  1. Jennie Prentice, b. c. 1871, NY.
  2. Elizabeth "Libbie" Prentice, b. c. 1875, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  3. James Prentice, b. c. 1876, NY. Not in 1900 or 1910 census.
  4. Esebella Prentice, b. c. 1878, NY. (We thought that perhaps "Esabella Prentice" might be "Isabella Prentice," but a Google search show that "Esebella" is a Spanish variation of "Elizabeth" with other alternates including "Isabella.")
  5. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1879, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. Emily A. Prentice, b. 1881, Rochester, NY. She m. John Milne on 5 Oct 1898. He was b. 1876. Not in 1900 or 1910 census.

2. Elizabeth "Libbie" Prentice, b. c. 1875, NY, and d. 30 Nov 1939.

Our information seems to show 2 marriages for Elizabeth; either, or both may be correct:

  • One source says she m. Alan E. Parson, Sgt. 1CL Base Hosp. 99 WWI. He is bur. at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Section 4, Range 3, Lot 126.
  • A posting on Ancestry .com says she m. Fred Stellman Hoxie on 16 Mar 1897, Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. He was b. Oct 1874, Rochester.

3. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1879, NY, and d. 17 Mar 1960. Not in 1900, 1910 or 1920 census as head of a household. He may be the same person as the Walter C. Prentice who appears in the 1930 census in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY with his wife and family. There is, however, a problem in that the 1930 census shows Walter's father as b. in NY rather than in Canada but that might just be a census error.

The 1930 Walter Prentice m. Ella McCormick, b. c. 1893. NY. She might be the Ella Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 23 Dec 1889, obtained her SS# in NY, and d. Feb 1970 in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. Ella's mother's maiden surname was "Cook." Children of Walter and Ella:

  1. Anna McCormick Prentice, b. 15 May 1911, Niagara Falls, NY, and d. 23 Apr 2002in Bradenton, FL. She m. Leslie R. Williams on 16 Aug 1930 who was b. 15 Jun 1909, Bristol, England, and d. 23 Feb 2000. Married: 16 Aug 1930 They had 3 Chilldren:
    1. Barbara A. Williams, b. 4 Sep 1931 She m. Raymond Brule, Jr. on 12 Apr 1952. He was b. 8 Nov 1927. They had two children.
      1. Thomas R. Brule, b. 18 Feb 1954 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, NY. He m. Sonia Lynn Doll on 12 Feb 1983 in Rochester, and remarried in Rome, Italy, on 12 Feb 2006. She was b. 15 Aug 1954 in St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, NY. Children:
        1. Adam Brule, b. 25 September 1984, Louisville, Kentucky
        2. Ryan Brule, b. 19 December 1985, Louisville, Kentucky
        3. Justin Brule, b. 20 October 1989, Louisville, Kentucky
      2. Daniel Brule, b. 13 May 1956 in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester,NY. He m. Sue Mandina on 10 Apr 1982. Two children:
        1. Matthew Brule, b. September 11, 1982
        2. Rachel Brule, b. September 19, 1983

    2. Jane Clara Williams, b. 3 Aug 1934 in Rochester, NY. She m. Donald Dean Smith on 12 May 1956 in Rochester, NY who was b. 25 Aug 1934 in Ridgway, PA. They had 4 children (dates of living children omitted per request of Craig Smith, email, 15 Aug 2010):
      1. Kimberly A. Smith, Son:
        1. Jason Knisel,
      2. Craig D. Smith, He m. Deborah A. Schmidt Children:
        1. Elinor R. Smith,
        2. Craig R. Smith,
        3. Grant E. Smith,
        4. Cole F. Smith,
      3. Laurie J. Smith, b. 24 Mar 1962 and d. 8 June 1962 of SIDS
      4. Tracy W. Smith, She m. Homer O. Harman (per Tracy Harman,email 24 Feb 2010

    3. Robert L. Williams, b Nov 13 1952, Rochester, NY. He m. Marilyn Dibble, b. Nov 13 1952 in Walton, NY, on Sep 30 1978 in Victor, NY. Three children:
      1. Paige Williams, b. Feb 16 1983, in Meadowbrook, PA. She m. Mr. Young.
        1. Ava Madison Young, b. Jun 6 2009. `
      2. Laurie Williams, b. Jun 2 1986 in Arlington, VA
      3. Dana Williams, b. May 10 1990 in Long Branch, NJ

  2. Walter C. Prentice Jr., b. 18 May 1913, NY and d. 1 Apr 1998, Leesburg, Lake Co., FL. No children. (per census and SSDI).
  3. Elaine Prentice. Died in infancy.
  4. Wilfred James Prentice, b. 10 Sept 1915, Penfield, NY. d. 30 June 1961 in Waterloo, IA. He m. Mary Elisabeth Davis on 2 Nov 1945. She was b. 25 Dec 1908, Waterloo, IA d. 5 Mar 1981. Not in SSDI. Children:
    1. Walter Prentice, Attorney General. Walter Charles Prentice b. 11 Jun 1947, Waterloo, IA, Hawkeye, Attorney, Austin, TX. He m. Carol Ann Driscoll on 28 Dec 1972, San Antonio. She was b. 24 Dec 1942, Providence, RI. They had 2 Children:
      1. Kristine Elisabeth Prentice b. 25 Sept 1976, Austin, TX, Attorney, Washington, DC
      2. Katherine Ann Prentice b. 30 Aug 1979, Austin, TX, Medical School Librarian, San Antonio, TX
    2. Phylis Elizabeth Prentice b. 13 May 1949, Waterloo, IA RN, Washington DC
    3. Mary Ann Prentice b. 12 Jul 1951 d. 15 July 1951, Waterloo IA
  5. Phyllis W. Prentice, b. c. 1918, NY. She may be the daughter shown in Ancestry.com who m. Ralph Maibohnon in 1939 in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. He was b. 29 Jan 1917, Rochester, and d. there 27 Nov 1993. Son:
    1. Ralph Maibohnon.
  6. John Cook Prentice, "Jack", b. c. 1921, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.1]
  7. Pearl C. Prentice, b. c. 1923, NY. She m. Edmund Stockslader c. 1943(?), in Rochester, Edmund served on the USS Pampanito. (http://www.maritime.org/pamphome.htm). 2 children:
    1. William "Billy" Stockslader b. Rochester, NY m. Has about 3 children - 2 girls and 1 boy
    2. Daniel Stockslader b. Rochester, NY m. Mary Jane No Children
  8. Betty M. Prentice, b. c. 1925, NY. m. Calvin DeLorm. 2 Children:
    1. Bruce DeLorm, Rochester, NY
    2. Wendy DeLorm, Rochester, NY
  9. Douglas Prentice, b. c. 1927, NY. Did not marry. No children. Not in 2009 SSDI.
  10. Evelyn Prentice, b. 7 Jan 1932, Rochester, NY d. 1 Nov 1998 m. Burt Berthham, later remarried Kolb. Children:
    1. Douglas Berthham
    2. Scott Berthham
    3. Patricia Berthham
    4. Bonnie Berthham
  11. Allen Prentice, b. Jan 1934 and d. 17 Nov 2007. His obituary of 19 Nov 2007 in the The Newark, NY, Courier-Gazette reads as follows:

      Allen Prentice, 73, of Marion died Nov. 17, 2007. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

      He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Ella. He is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Kim (Randy) VanEtten of Williamson; sons Jeff Maria Prentice of Spain and James (Janet) Prentice of Walworth; stepdaughter Jackie (Mike) Tompkins of Colorado, Judie (Jim Kreckman) Johnson of Marion; stepsons James (Gina) Lonneville of Canandaigua, John Lonneville of Marion, Jeff (Sandy) Lonneville of Marion; a brother Douglas Prentice of Kendall; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

      Friends may call Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at Stevens Funeral Home on Buffalo Street in Marion. Memorial donations will be welcomed at the Humane Society of Wayne County, 1475 County House Road, Lyons 14489.

    Allen m. Donna VanEtten.. She was the dau. of Randy and Kim (Randy) VanEtten of Williamson. Children per obituary:

    1. Jeff Prentice. The obituary, above, seems to indicate his middle name is "Maria," but that my be a typo with "Maria" being his wife's name and in 2007 Jeff (and his wife?) lived in Spain.

    2. James Prentice. He m. Janet and in 2007 lived in Walworth

3,1 John Cook Prentice, "Jack", b. c. 1921, NY. His obituary reads as follows:

    Idaho Statesman, The (Boise, ID) - Sunday, July 6, 2008 ID United States

    John Cook Prentice Minutes before Armed Forces Day, John Cook Prentice, war hero, husband, father and grandfather met the Lord's embrace on May 16, 2008. John spent his final days blanketed by his family's love, and in the care and company of his fellow servicemen and women at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise. John Prentice will be laid to rest alongside his bride, Jean Maloney Prentice with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 4, 2008.

    John, a retired U.S. Army officer, was decorated for valor and bravery in both World War II and the Korean War. John fought and served in both the European and Pacific theaters during the Second World War. He fought in the North African and Italian campaigns, was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1942, and battled up the Yalu River in Korea, provoking massive Chinese intervention. Among the dozens of medals and honors, John Prentice was awarded Presidential citations for both World War II and Korea, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, Purple Hearts, the United Nations medal, and five stars for European, African, and Middle Eastern campaigns. In retirement, John served as President of the Military Engineer Society of Buffalo, N.Y. and President of the Retired Officers Association of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

    John Cook Prentice was born of American parents on July 1, 1920 in Ontario, Canada. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y. with his six sisters and four brothers.

    He met his bride to be, the former Jean Maloney of Niagara Falls, N.Y, in December of 1953. Their love for their country, their fondness for slow dancing, and their passion for baseball kept the home fires burning through most of the Twentieth and into the Twenty-First Century. They loved, laughed and danced their way through Europe and the Americas.

    John Prentice is missed terribly but loved eternally by his two daughters, Pamela Storms and Robyn Prentice, both of Boise, his son George Prentice of Boise, and his son-in-law Kevin Storms of Boise.

    Of all of his titles and honors, his favorite was 'grandpa.' His story will be re-counted for years to come by his grandchildren, Anne Pieroni of Las Vegas and Laura Pieroni, Kate Storms, Peter Storms, and Andrew Storms, all of Boise. Donations in John Prentice's name may be directed to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

He m. Jean Maloney who was b. in Niagara Falls, NY. 3 children:

  1. George Prentice, b. Niagara Falls, NY. 2008 in Boise, ID.
  2. Pam Prentice, b. Niagara Falls, NY. She m. Kevin Storms. 2008 in Boise, ID.
  3. Robin Prentice, b. Niagara Falls, NY. 2008 in Boise, ID.

Fn. 1: Craig Smith's email of 28 Mr 2010 provides the following information. Emily Kehoe, b. 1819 and d. 1902, m. John Jenkins, b. 1815 and d. 1870. In 1860 Census lived in a boarding house with ~40 people. Also the 1880 census. Children:

  1. John J. Jenkins b.c 1840 d. 13 Mar 1905 Civil War Vet NY Co. O?, 3d NY Cav. Private Per 1880 Census, Single living with mother son of head of household who was not listed, born in Canada Father Born in England Mother's name is Emma who was born in Canada, mother from Canada and father from Ireland
  2. Mary Jenkins, b.c. 1842
  3. Charles Jenkins d. 1936
  4. Sophia Kerr b. c. 28 Oct 1845 [1]. She m. George W. Prentice, #1, above.
  5. Not listed on 1860 Census- William G. Kerr b. c. 1847 d. 25 Mar 1883 Age 36 Buried Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester Section 4, Range 3 Lot 126 next to sister Possibly m. Sarah A. Bowman b. Mar 1834 d. 10 Apr 1911 who later married Charles Bowman
  6. Sophia Jenkins b. c. 1852 (Possibly went back to England/Scotland? on 8 sept 1890 at age 37 arrived in NY, not listed in 1880 census)
  7. Frank Jenkins b. c. 1859

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