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Virgin Islands Prentice and Prentiss Families


Virgin Islands Prentice and Prentiss Families
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2004 and Revised 21 Aug 2004

All the people surnamed Prentice and Prentiss appearing in the 1920 Virgin Islands census and in the 1930 Virgin Islands census were designated "Colored" in 1920 and "Negro" in 1930.

We found on Ancestry.com an obituary for Edna Powell Prentice published in a newspaper in St.Thomas, Virgin Islands,, Caribbean Although her race is not indicated in her obituary and she does not appear in the 1920 or 1930 census, it seems likely that she was related to one of the Colored and Negro Prentices. More information is set out below:

1. Edna "Mama" Powell Prentice was b. c. 1917 at an unknown location and d.3 Aug 2004 at East Chester Rehab Center in Bronx, NY. Her last known residence was the Ralph de Chabert housing community, likely in the Virgin Islands. Viewing was at the Ebenezer Methodist Church with services at 11. Burial was in Kingshill Cemetery. No husband was named so she was either unmarried, divorced, or widowed.

Children named in her obituary as surviving her were:

  1. Bernadine "Bernice" George,
  2. Hyacinth "Hya" Prentice,
  3. Carmen Browne,
  4. Lilith "Baby" Prentice
  5. Valerie "Val" Martin;
  6. Cedric "Pat" Prentice
  7. James "Sanche" Prentice

Siblings of Edna mentioned in her obituary were:

  1. Florence Liburd.
  2. Gertalie Rohlsen;
  3. Cecil Prentice.
  4. Ketney Prentice, brother.

Granddaughters named in her obituary were:

  1. Averil George,
  2. Deslyn George,
  3. Kiameshia Thomas,
  4. Nikiy Prentice,
  5. Karen Mills,
  6. Valencia Benn,
  7. Erma, Tanasha,
  8. Tessa, Samanta and
  9. Cathy Prentice

Grandsons named in her obituary were:

  1. Neville Harrison Jr.,
  2. Shawn Rochester,
  3. Dave Mills,
  4. Anthony, Kenley, Trevor, Brian, Marlon, Asim, Yan, Sanche Jr. and Akim Prentice

Great-grandchildren named were: Jerrilyn Abraham, Whitney George, Khadijah Heyliger, Phillip Nisbett, Brian Jr., Amanda, Dilon, Calonisa, Calvonis, Juwan, Janea and Divon Prentice, Dale and Dwayne Thomas; nieces, Violet Rodgers, Emelda Thomas, Evelyn Miranda, Janet Drew, Iola Byron, Doretha Ward, Juliette Brade, Amabel Prentice, Sylvia Bye, Dowie Rouse and Irma Prentice

Nephews and others named were Adrian "Bucky" Miranda, Roy, Spencer and Vincent Prentice and Cecil Rouse; great-nieces and nephews, the Rev. Bonny Byron, Sandra, Allington and Osei Rodgers, Melba, Debbie Lisie and Arlene, Courine, Ambrose and Claude Drew, Juliette Wilkinson, Sylvester, Jude Rochelle, Rai, Raiel and Danielle Prentice, Lloyd Richards Jr., Corinne, Michelle, Desiree, Glen, Yvette, Adrian Jr., Anselmo Jr. and Roan Miranda, Leatrice Andrews, Kenneth Woods, Cirgie and Jurene "Tricia" Bell, Laverne Woods-Bailey, Miguel and Virgil Solis, Avery, Paula, Cherie, Clemento Monsanto, Grace McNamara, Debra Mason, Steve Williams, Kila Vanterpool, Kimo Urgent, Leon Prentice and Steve Prentice; other family members to include, the Prentice, Powells, Stapleton, Claxton, Liburd and Francis families; special friends, Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor, Wilmot Williams, Olette Pemberton, Jenkins family, Oretha Hanley, Cynthia Roland, members of Ebenezer Methodist Church, members of the Salvation Army Home League and the East Chester Rehabilitation Center family; and many other relatives and friends.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please send your information to us at the Prentice Newsletter. Be sure to give the full title and date of this article in the Subject line of the email.

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