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Luther S. Prentis of NY and KY

Luther S. Prentis of NY and Franklin, Frankford Co., KY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2003 and Revised 9 Jun 2004

1. Luther S. Prentis. There is uncertainty about Luther's date and place of birth:

  1. Luther S. Prentis appears in 1850 Franklin Co., KY census where he is shown as b. c. 1815 in MA.
  2. In the 1870 Franklin Co. census, Luther's birth place is given as NY.
  3. In the 1880 census his birth place is given as KY.

There is also uncertainty as to the identity of Luther's wife:

  1. In the 1850 census, his wife is called Elizabeth, b. c. 1823, KY.
  2. In the 1870 census she is called Charlotte A., b.c. 1822 in KY.

The names of Luther's parents are not yet known, but the 1880 census says they were both born in KY.

Luther and his wife The appear in the 1880 census in Monterey, Owen, KY and in the 1910 and 1920 census in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY. Children:

  1. John R. Prentis, b. c. 1843-45, KY. . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Houghton I. Prentis, b. c. 1860, KY. . . . . . . [3]
  3. Cassie A. Prentis, b. c. 1863, KY.

2. John Prentis, b. c. 1845, KY. John was a preacher. He m. Elizabeth/Lizzie Cain on 13 May 1875, Franklin Co., KY. She was the dau. of John D. Cain (b. 1828 and d. 5 Mar 1908) who m. Elizabeth Coleman on 15 Oct 1851. Children:

  1. George Prentice, a preacher, b. aft. 1875.
  2. J. Luther Prentiss, b. c. 1884, KY. He appears in the 1930 Montgomery, Montgomery Co., AL census with his wife, Vera R., b. 1901 in AL, and children:
    1. Ruth Prentiss, b. c. 1923, AL.
    2. Elizabeth Prentiss, b. c. 1928, AL.
  3. Althia Prentice, b. aft. 1875.
  4. George Prentiss, b. Aug 1881, KY (per 1900 census). He might, or might not, be the George D. Prentiss who appears in the 1910 Burnside, Pulaski Co., KY census and in the 1920 Bloomfield, Nelson Co., KY census with his wife, Dora S., b. c. 1888, KY.
  5. John Prentiss, b. Apr 1884, KY (per 1900 census). Not in 1930 census.

3. Houghton I. Prentis, b. c. 1860, KY. He appears in the 1910 and 1920 Los Angeles, CA census with his surname spelled "Prentiss" and with his wife, Virginia Graber, b. c. 1867, IA, and children:

  1. Lenora Prentiss, b. c. 1890, KS. Not in Cal. Death Records.
  2. Ruth Leota Prentiss, b. 22 Dec 1892, KS and d. 19 Nov 1957, San Diego Co., CA. She m. Raymond Moeller, b. 14 Pct 1885 in MO and d. 13 May 1952, Los Angeles Co., CA. (Per Cal. Death Records.) In the 1920 census they are living with her parents.

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