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Joseph Prentis of PA and Osceola, WI

Joseph Prentis of PA and Osceola, WI
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2003 and Revised 6 Jan 2011

Update of 31 May 2004: Although additional investigation is needed for confirmation, Joseph Prentis is likely the son of Thaddeus Prentice of Towanda, Bradford Co., PA and a descendant of Robert Prentice of Roxbury, MA.

1. Joseph Prentis was b. c. 1807 in PA. He appears in the 1850 census in Mehoopany, Wyoming Co., PA and in the 1860 census in Osceola, Polk Co., WI with his wife, Wealthy, b. c. 1812, PA. Wealthy appears without her husband in the 1870 Osceola census. Children:

  1. Esther M. Prentis, b. c. 1832, PA, and d. 1855, probably in Mehoopany, Wyoming Co., PA. She m. William S. Heath. He was b. c. 1852, PA, son of William and Mary Heath. Children per Scott Sickler, email, 2 Aug 2009, and 1860 census in Mehoopany:
    1. Sherman Heath, b. c. 1852, PA. At home in 1860.
    2. Richard Heath, b. c. 1853, PA. At home in 1860.

    If Esther d. in 1855, then William Heath appears in the 1860 census with a 2nd wife, Mary, also b. c. 1832, PA, and an additional son:

    1. George Heath, b. c. 1859, PA. At home in 1860.

    William and Mary appear in the 1905 State Census in Sioux, Plymouth Co., IA, with their children: Sherman, LeRoy and Harvey.

  2. Sarah Prentis, b. c. 1834, PA.

  3. Thadeus Prentis, b. c. 1836, PA. 1860 census as Thadeus Prentice in Hastings, Dakota Co., MN, with his wife, Lodeska, b. c. 1840, PA. Children:
    1. Park Prentice, b. c. 1859, MN. At home in 1860 and 1880. Not in 1900 and later census.
    Thadeus Prentis may have d. before 1860 as his wife appears in the 1880 census in Clayton, Polk Co., WI. as Lodusker Lawrence. b. c. 1840, PA (father b. in Scotland and mother in PA).with her husband, R. D. Lawrence, b. c. 1843, NY (father b. in Germany and mother in NY).

  4. Euphemia(?) Prentis, b. c. 1838, PA
  5. Reubin(?) Prentis, b. c. 1839, PA. Not in 1850 or 1860 census.
  6. Maria Prentis, b. c. 1841, PA. At home in 1850. Not at home in 1870 census.
  7. Harriet Prentis, b. c. 1845, PA. At home in 1850.
  8. Martha Prentis, b. c. 1847, PA. Not home in 1850 census.
  9. Worthy A. Prentis, b. c. 1848, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  10. Malery Prentis, b. c. 1849-50, PA. At home in 1850 census. Not in 1860 and later census.
  11. Mary/Ellen Prentis, b. c. 1854, PA. (Called Mary in 1860 and Ellen in 1870 census.)
  12. Wealthy Ann. Prentis, b. c. 1856, WI. At home in 1870
  13. Joseph P. Prentice, b. c. 1858, MN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. Worthy A. Prentice, b. c. 1847, PA and d. c. 1939. At home in 1850 census in Mehoopany, Wyoming Co., PA. He appears in the 1880 Clayton, Polk Co., WI census with his wife, Julia A., b. c. 1862, PA. They also appear in the 1930 Clayton census. His Civil War service record is as follows: Enlisted as a Private on 13 March 1865 Enlisted in Company D, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Wisconsin on 13 March 1865. Mustered out Company D, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Wisconsin on 15 November 1865 in Austin, TX."

The town of Clayton was organized 10 Nov 1875, and the first supervisors were Morris De'Golier, Worthy Prentice and H. D. West. His home was a log house. Worthy is also the author of "Reminiscences of early pioneer days in Polk County" which can be found at the The State Historical Society of Wisconsin. The subject is given as "Frontier and pioneer life--Wisconsin--Polk County. Polk County (Wis.)--History.", Call No. Historical Society Library Pamphlet Collection 57- 1281 NOTES: Two copies. Historical Society Library Pamphlet Collection 57- 1281 (copy 2)

Son of Worthy and Julia, per 1880 census:

  1. Linn Prentice, b. c. 1879, WI. At home in 1880 census. Not in 1900 and later census.

3. Joseph P. Prentice was b. Oct 1858 in MN. He appears in the 1900 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA census with his wife, Carrie, b. Oct 1867, WI, and children:

  1. Raymond Prentice, b. Sep 1885, SD. Not in 1930 census. Not in SSDI.
  2. George Prentice, b. May 1888, SD. Not in 1930 census. It is unclear whether he is the George Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 5 May 1888, obtained his SS# in PA, and d. Jan 1966 in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL.
  3. Grace Prentice, b. Feb 1896, CA.
  4. Lawrence Christopher Prentice, b. 9 Dec 1898, CA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

4. Lawrence Christopher Prentice, b. 9 Dec 1898, CA, and d. 2 Aug 1958, San Francisco, CA, age 59 years. Not in 1930 census.

He m. Thelma M. Bartlett on 1 Jan 1925. She was b. 1903. They had 3 children per Brittany Prentice, email, 4 Jan 2011:

  1. Deane Lawrence Bartlett (1927-2005),
  2. Gerald Bartlett.
  3. Madolyn G. Deane Bartlett.

Lawrence m. 2nd Roberta Rose Williams and have two chidren:

  1. Darren Robert Prentice, b. 1961. He m. Kelli Lucille McLeanin 1980. She was. b. 1959. They had 2 children:
    1. Brittany Leigh Prentice,b. 1986.
    2. Tanner McLean Prentice, b. 1992.
  2. David Prentice.

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