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Alpheus Homer Prentice of Hancock, Hancock Co., IL

Alpheus Homer Prentice of Hancock, Hancock Co., IL
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2005 and Revised 12 Sep 2007

Alpheus Homer Prentice is a descendant of John-3. We are seeking descendant and spouse information. Here is what we have so far:

410. Alpheus Homer Prentice was b. 20 Mar 1874 near Colony, MO, and d. 1956 (per headstone in Majorville Cem., Hancock Co., IL). Although additional investigation is needed for confirmation, he is almost certainly the Alpheus H. Prentice shown in the 1920 and 1930 census (called Alf Prentice in 1930 census) in Hancock, Hancock Co., IL as b. c. 1884, MO, with his wife. His obituary reads as follows:

    A. H. Prentice, 80, Dies Here, Funeral Wednesday

    Alpheus H. Prentice, 80, of 417 N. Madison St., died at 2:00 this morning at St. Francis Hospital. He had been in poor health the past five years and seriously ill two weeks. Prentice was a retired farmer.

    Funeral services will be held at 2:00 Wednesday afternoon at the Majorville Church, the Rev. Ray Kearney and the Rev. Harris S__ermer officiating. Burial will be in Majorville Cemetery.

    He was born near Colony, Mo., March 20, 1874, to Alpheus and Lucy Weede Cushman Prentice. He lived in that area until he was about 20 and then moved to the Majorville community, where he farmed. He was employed 12 years as moulder, seven of those years at Canton and five at Fairfield, Iowa, Chicago, and Cleveland, Ohio. Two years ago he moved to Macomb.

    He was married May 15, 1903, to Eliza Siepel, who survives with seven sons and daughters: Ella Martha Prentice, Mrs. Alma [Elma] Bernice Foster, Carrie Eliza Prentice, and Vernon A. Prentice, principal of Edison Junior High School, all of Macomb; George R. Prentice of Elgin, C. Paul Prentice of Colchester, and Richmond E. Prentice of Plymouth. One sister, Mrs. Carrie Burley of Canton, and 12 grandchildren also survive. A brother, Charles Prentice, a half-brother, Norman Cushman, and a sister, Mrs. Ella Collins Richmond, are deceased.

    Friends may call at the Clugston Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home from 7:00 to 9:00 Tuesday evening.

He m. Eliza Minerva Siepel on 15 May 1903. She was b. 1882, IL, and d. 1956 (per headstone in Majorville Cem., Hancock Co., IL). The 1930 census says her father was b. in VA and her mother in MO. For more on Eliza's ancestry, see Appendix B . The following article described their Golden Wedding Anniversary:


    Mr.and Mrs. A. H. Prentice observed their golden wedding anniversary at their home in Macomb Sunday with dinner served at noon to 54 relatives and friends. Cake and punch was served during open house which followed. Mrs. Richmond Prentice served the cake, and Mrs. Vernon Prentice presided at the punch bowl. Miss Harriet Foster had charge of the guest book.

    Among those present were W. E. Siepel of Tennessee and Joe Siepel of Glasford, brothers of Mrs. Prentice, and Mrs. George Burley of Canton, sister, and Ellsworth Collins of Tecumseh, Mich., nephew, of her husband. The Prentices received a money tree, potted plants, bouquets and other gifts and 150 cards.

    There was a total of 126 registered throughout the day. Out-of-town guests were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Ellswoth Collin, Tecumseh, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. George Burley, Canton; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Siepel, Glasford; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Siepel, Pekin; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Siepel, Billy, Vicky, and Wiley of Hanna City; Mrs. Joe Haynes, Marcia and Raymond, and Mrs. Mike Haynes, Lillian, Janice, Ethel, and Elizabeth, all of Mapleton; George Siepel, Scott's Field; Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Huey, Mrs. Goldie Lawson, Stanton Shumate, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Shumate, Mrs. Polly Wear, Mrs. Alfred Wear, Mrs. Doris Wear Belhaw, Mrs. Sue Wear, Mrs. Elva Printy, all of Carthage; W. E. Siepel Mr. and Mrs. John Siepel, Billy, Mary Jane, Ruth Anne, Donnie[,] Barbara, Patty, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Flint, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Kimbrough, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Way, Misses Emma and Mary Furchtbar, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Young, all of Tennessee; Mr. and Mrs. Isom Siepel, Margaret, Keith, Colene, and Vernon, Mrs. Lowell Walker, Miss Sandra Wright, Mrs. Clyde Ware, Mrs. Bertha Huddleston, Mrs. Paul Powell, Ed, Don and Deanna, Mrs. Lucy Pugh and Ethel, all of Plymouth; Mr. and Mrs. Harley Parker, Mrs. Margaret Knowles, Mrs. Joe Huston, J ody and Ted, Mrs Mae Conn, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shelley and Marilyn, Mr. and Mrs. Earl McClure, Miss Berenice Lovely, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Garrison, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Eakle, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peck, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Manard and Joe, Mr. and Mrs. M. O. White, all of Colchester; Jane and Roger Day of Bardolph. Immediate family members present were Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Prentice, Richard[,] Roald, and Roger; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Prentice, and Janice; Mr. and Mrs. Richmond Prentice; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foster, Harriet, Homer, Hope, Kathleen, and Charleen; Miss Ella Prentice, and Miss Carrie Prentice.

Known children of Alpheus and Eliza:

  1. Ellla N. Prentice, b. c. 1905, IL. At home in 1930. Unmarried in 1953.
  2. Elmira/Elma(?) D. Prentice, b. c. 1907, IL. At home in 1930. She may be the person described in the article about her parents' Golden Wedding Anniversay as the wife of Charles Foster with children:
    1. Harriet Foster
    2. Homer Foster
    3. Hope Foster
    4. Kathleen Foster
    5. Charleen Foster
  3. Vernon A. Prentice, b. c. 1915, IL. At home in 1930. Married by 1953. Not in SSDI. Children (per article about his parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary:
    1. Richard Prentice
    2. Roald Prentice
    3. Roger Prentice
  4. George Raymond Prentice, b. c. 1916, IL. At home in 1930. He is listed with his descendants as #676 in our John-3 eBook
  5. Paul Prentice, b. c. 1920, probably Hancock, IL. At home in 1930. He m. Janice. Not in SSDI.
  6. Carrie Prentice, b. c. 1925, probably Hancock, IL. At home in 1930. Unmarried in 1953.
  7. Richmond E. Prentice, b. 5 Oct 1926, probably Hancock, IL, and d. 24 Sep 1991 at an unspecified location (per SSDI). At home in 1930. Married by 1953, the date of his parents Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Living with Alpheus and his family in 1930 was his mother in Law, Martha Sieple, b. c. 1854, MO..


Appendix B: Ancestry of Eliza Minerva Siepel.

The article about Eliza Minerva Siepel's 50th Wedding Anniversary identifies one of the guests asW. E. Siepel.

The1820 census indicates W. E.Siepel is Willard E. Siepel, b. c. 1878,Mo, with his father b. in VA and mother in MO). The IGI further identifies him as Willard Emmett Siepel, b. 21 Aug 1877, Newton, MO, and d. 16 Oct 1956, son of John William Siepel (b. c. 1845-1854) and Martha Ellis (b. 15 Jul 1853, Newton Co., MO and d. 6 Oct 1935, Hancock Co., IL) who were m. 24 Dec 1874 in Newton Co., MO (per IGI)

Martha Ellis was b.15 Jul 1853, Newton Co., MO, and d. there 6 Oct 1935. She was the dau. of Ira Ellis (25 Mar 1802, NC, and d. 15 May 1878, Newton Co., MO) and has 3rd wife, Minerva Ford (b. TN and d. 1861 per death cert. of their dau., Martha.

An Ancestor Chart for Martha Ellis can be found at Ancestry.com tracing her roots back to about 1600.

Ancestry.com identifies Ira Ellis as Ira Etheldred Ellis, as b. 25 Mar 1802, Surry Co., NC, son of Etheldred Ellis and Elizabeth McKnight. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com .

The above lineage is reinforced by the following notation which appears in Ancestry.com :

    Posted on GenForum by: Mary Jane May 27, 1999:

    ...about the family of Etheldred ELLIS & Elizabeth McKNIGHT. Ira ELLIS b 1802 (25 March), was my great-great-grandfather. My records show he died 15 May 1878 in Newton Co, MO. His daughter, my great-grandmother, was Martha ELLIS b 15 July 1853 in Newton Co MO and died 6 Oct 1935 in Hancock Co IL. Martha married my great-grandfather, John William SIEPEL, 24 Dec 1874 in Newton Co MO. Martha's death certificate states her mother was Minerva FORD, b in the state of Tennessee & died in 1861. Martha's daughter was the informant on the death certificate. Minerva is believed to be the third wife of Ira ELLIS, having married her sometime after 1850, possibly in Missouri.

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