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John Prentiss of Ireland and Birstal, Foster Co., ND

John Prentiss of Ireland and Foster Co., ND
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2004 and Revised 9 Feb 2009

1. John Prentiss was b. 1856 in Ireland with both of his parents b. in Scotland. He emigrated to America in 1882 (per 1900 census). He appears in the 1900 and 1910 census in Wyard, Foster Co., ND. He does not appear appear with his wife and family in the 1920 census in Birstal, Foster Co., ND, although his wife is called "married" and now widowed. He appears with his wife and children in the 1930 census, again in Wyard, SD.

He m. Anna B. Garret in 1894. She was b. May 1874, English Canada, with both parents b. in Ireland (per 1900 census). It is unclear whether she is the same Anna Prentiss who appears, without her husband, in the 1920 census in Birtsel, Foster Co., ND; her birth year is given as c. 1882 in England, with both of her parents b. in England. She appears in the 1930 census in Wyard, Foster Co., SD, as "Annabell Prentice", b. c. 1875, English Canada, with both parentws. in Northern Ireland.


  1. B. Anna Prentice, b. Apr 1895, ND. At home in 1900 and 1910.
  2. James Prentiss, b. May 1896, ND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  3. E. J. Prentice, dau., b. Jun 1897, ND. At home in 1900. Not home in 1910 or 1920.
  4. J. Eliza Prentiss, b. c. 1901, ND. At home in 1910 and 1920.
  5. Margaret/Maggie Prentice, b. Jan 1900, ND. At home in 1900 and 1910.
  6. Henrietta/Etta Prentiss, b. c. 1903, ND. At home in 1910 and 1920.
  7. Mary Prentiss, b. c. 1904, ND. At home in 1910 and 1920.
  8. John "Jack" Prentiss, b. c. 1906, ND. At home in 1910 and 1920. At home in 1930 census and called "Jack."
  9. Samuel "Sam" Prentiss, b. c. 1908, ND. At home in 1910 and 1920. At home in 1930 census and called "Sam." Not in SSDI.

2. James Prentiss, b. 27 May 1896, ND, and d. 15 Sep 1984, Orange Co., CA (per CA Death Index). At home in 1900, 1910 and 1920. He is probably the James M. Prentice who appears in the 1930 census in Seal Beach, Orange Co., CA as b. c. 1897 in ND and with his wife and family.

He m. Evelyn, b. c. 1903, WI. She may be the Evelyn Joyce Prentice shown in the CA Death Index as b. 9 Sep 1901, WI, and d. 7 Nov 1987, Orange Co., CA, with her father's surname given as "Guse" and mother's maiden surname as "Matz."

Evelyn might be the Evelyn Guse shown in the 1920 census as b. c. 1901, WI, a Boarder whose father was b. in Germany and mother in NY. Evelyn does not appear in the 1910 census.

James and Evelyn had 1 or more children, including:

  1. James/Jimmie, b. c. 1929, CA

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