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Chippewa Prentices of Beltrami, MN


Chippewa Prentices of Red Lake Indian Reservation, Beltrami, MN
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2005 and Revised 8 Aug 2016

A review of Census Records and Ancestry.com shows the following members of the Chippewa Indian Tribe at the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Beltrami Co., MN:

1. Vincent Nayshekaywubetun Beshan Prentice was born 1835 in WI. He has six children with Jane Baybahmujewonoke Obahbahmejewonok and one more child.

He m. Jane Baybahmujewonoke Obahbahmejewonok and one more child.

  1. Mary Neeskegwanayaush Neeskegwonayaush Prentice, b. 1853 and d. 19 Jan 1940, in Beltrami Co., MN, age 87.
  2. Charles Baybahmuhuhme Prentice, b. Aug 1866 in MN and appears in the 1900, and later, census on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Beltrami Co, MN, with wives: (1) Julia Nahgahmon Onahgahmonse Loud, (2) Susan Sahguhchewaykezh Nebetaybeak Loud, and (3) Jennie Genevieve Ahzhetaybenahbea White . Children by those wives:

    1. Ludger Prentice, son, b. 7 Mar 1899, MN. 1911 Indian Census. Not in later census records.
    2. Alexander Prentice, b., 12 Aug 1903, MN. Not in later census records.
    3. Martin Prentice, b. 10 Nov 1911, MN. 1913 Indian Census.
    4. John Prentice, b. c. 1901, MN. 1919 Indian Census at home.
    5. Son Prentice
    6. Son Prentice
  3. Edward Maysewaybenais Tchiggijig Prentice, b. Jul 1869, Red Lake, MN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. Chegezhik Cheegeshigoonce Prentice, son, b. 1870, MN.
  5. Frank Shumuhnoss Kemewunebenais Prentice, b. 1873 in MN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. William Gahgegayogemah Netawigabo Prentice, b. 4 Jul 1877, in MN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  7. George Assinewenenee Ahsinewenene Prentice, b. MN, and d. 20 Dec 1924, Beltrami Co., MN. He m. Josette Zozaid Michakiiashik Thunder. She was b. c. 1845, MN, and d. 24 Dec 1930, age 85. Children:
    1. Lisette Neezade Stoneman Prentice, b. 1875.
    2. Maymaushcowubeak, dau., b. 1877.
    3. Louisa Stoneman Prentice, b. Nov 1879,
    4. Nayzeete, dau., b. 1881.
    5. Isabel Sahdayquay Stoneman Prentice, b. 26 Aug 1882 and d. 24 Feb 1898, age 15.
    6. Ahquayway, dau., b. 1885
    7. Angeline Stoneman Prentice, b. 13 Dec 1887.
    8. Cecile/Cecilia Stoneman Prentice, b. 7 Nov 1888, MN, and d. 19 Jan 1925, Beltrami MN, age 36. She m. Simon Semon Blake Spears on 7 Nov 1907. They had 8 children:
      1. Frank Jacob Spears
      2. Clara Elizabeth Spears
      3. Julia Spears
      4. Beatrice Esther Spears
      5. Son Spears
      6. Dau. Spears.
      7. Son Spears.
      8. Dau. Spears.

2. Edward Maysewaybenais Tchiggijig Prentice, b. Jul 1869, Red Lake, MN, and d. 11 Mar 1917, Beltrami Co., MN, age 47. He m. (1) Lizzie Elizabeth Waywahsumoke Lussier, b. c, 1874, Redby, Beltrami Co., MN, and (2) Harriet Sqwejagun (Nelson) Lussier (1883-1968) and and d. 26 Apr 1954, Beltrami Co., MN, age 80. Children by both wives: Children by #1, Lizzie:

  1. George Prentice, b. 6 Aug 1894 and d. 4 Feb 1910, age 15.
  2. Ida Tchiggijigons Prentice, b. 30 Jul 1897.
  3. Isabel Katie Isabella Prentice, b. 5 Feb 1899, MN, and d. 23 Jan 1921, Beltrami Co., MN, age 21. She m. Unknown.
  4. John Prentice, b. 25 Jul 1901, Redlake, Beltrami Co., MN. 1920 at home. 1925 Indian Census. 1940 not in census.
  5. Eleonora Prentice, b. 11 Nov 1903. 1920 not home.
  6. Simon Prentice, b. 15 Nov 1906. 1920 not home. Not in 1930 and later census.
  7. Rose Prentice, b. 17 Mar 1908, MN, and d. 28 Jul 1919, age 11.
  8. Florence Prentice, b. 31 Dec 1909, Redlake, Beltrami Co., MN. 1920 at home. 1924 Indian Census. Not in 1930-40 census by that name.
  9. Edith Prentice, b. 28 Dec 1911, MN, and d. 4 Feb 1929, age 17. She had one daughter at age 15 with Romain Patrick Roman Stateler on July 18, 1926. Daughter:
    1. Maryola Neurona Veronica Prentice, b. 18 Jul 1926, MN, and d. 4 Feb 1929, Beltrami MN, age 2.
  10. Theresa Prentice, b. 4 Nov 1913, MN, and d. 22 Jan 1934, age 20.
  11. Celia Louise Louisa Prentice, b. 5 Mar 1916, and d. 25 May 1916, age 2 months.
  12. Christina Eloise Aloysia Prentice, b. 26 Sep 1917 and d. 24 Oct 1917, age 1 month.

Children by Harriet:

  1. Josie Prentice, b. 3 Oct 1902. Not in 1910 and later census.
  2. Juliette Prentice, b. 20 Nov 1906. Not in 1910 and later census.
  3. Lisette Prentice, b. 7 Nov 1909. Not in 1910 and later census.
  4. Isabella Isabelle Prentice, b. 12 Nov 1911, MN, and d. 14 Feb 1915, Beltrami Co., MN, age 3.
  5. Mamie Prentice, b. 19 Nov 1913, MN, and d. 12 Jan 1914, Beltrami Co., MN, age 1 month plus.
  6. Dau. Prentice.

3. Frank Shumuhnoss Kemewunebenais Prentice, b. c. 1873, MN, and d. 24 Dec 1914, Red Lake Indian Res., Beltrami Co., MN, age 31.

He m. Harriet Sqwejagun Lussier, b. c. 1874, MN, per Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Paul Aloysius Okemahwahjewaib Prentice, b. 19 Jul 1899. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.1]
  2. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1899, MN. 1910 at home. Not in 1920 and later census.
  3. Julia Prentice, b. c. 1907, MN. 1910 at home. Not in 11920 and later census by that name.
  4. Lizzie Prentice, b. c. 1909, MN. 1910 at home. Not in 11920 and later census by that name.

A Harriet Nelson appears in the 1930 Beltrami Co. census as b. c 1881, MD with her husband, Amos Nelson, b. c. 1892, MN, and daughter, Louisa Prentice,b. c. 1915, MN. There is a chance that Harriet might be a widow of Frank Prentice, above, and that Louisa might be the daugher of Frank and Harriet.

3.1 Paul Aloysius Okemahwahjewaib Prentice, b. 19 Jul 1899, MN, and d. 24 Sep 1962, St. Mary's, Red Lake. PVT in Army in WW I and bur. Ft. Snelling Nat. Cem., Minneapolis, MN. 1920 in the International Lumber Co. Camp #3, Beltrami Co., MN. 1930, 1940 in Red Lake, Beltrami Co., MN, a Fireman in a lumber mill with 8th grade education.

He m. Mary Jane Martin . She was b. 4 Mar 1905, Beaulieu, MN, and d. 25 Nov 1973, Hennepin Co., MN, age 69. Bur. Minneapolis, MN.. Dau. of Charles Dahkoenay Taycominay Martin and Mary L. Daughter:

  1. Philomine Prentice, b. 31 Mar 1923. 1930, 1940 at home.
  2. Mary Magdalene Prentice, b. 13 Jul 1925, Red Lake>. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.2]
  3. Paul Aloysius Prentice, b. 25 Oct 1927, Red Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.3]
  4. Gloria Prentice, b. c. 1930. 1930, 1940 at home.
  5. Dorothy Arlene Prentice, b. 5 Jan 1933, Redlake, and d. 6 Feb 2007, Cass Lake, MN, age 74. 1940 at home. She m. Ronald Lee Beaulieu 28 Sep 1964 ennepin Co., MN. He was b. 1 Sep 1933 and d. 11 May 2000, Bemidji, MN, age 66, and bur. Bena, MN.September 1, 1933. He married Dorothy Arlene Prentice on November 28, 1964, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Daughter:
    1. Sandra Annette Beaulieu, b. 20 Feb 1968, in Hennepin County, MN, and d. 23 Jul 2009, in Minneapolis, MN, age 41.
  6. John Andrew Prentice, b. 7 Jul 1936, American Samoa, and d. as a child on 29 Jan 1946, Red Lake, MN. 1940 at home.
  7. Elsie Prentice, b. c. 1930. 1940 at home. She m. Mr. Fairbanks. 1994 in St. Paul, MN.
  8. Rodney Prentice per obituary of his brother Paul, below.

Also living with Paul and his family in the 1930 census were 2 brothers in law, Allen and Frank Martin, presumably brothers of his wife, Mary Jane.

3.2 Mary Magdalene Prentice, b. 13 Jul 1925, Red Lake, and d. 18 Jun 1983, Hennepin Co., MN, age 57. 1930, 1940 at home.

She m. Benedict William Lawrence c. 1946. He was b. 24 Nov 1920, in MNm and d. 6 Sep 1982, age 61. Children:

  1. Harold Allen Lawrence, b. 3 Oct 1951, and d. 27 Sep 1997, age 45.
  2. Gerard Benedict Lawrence, b. 28 Nov 1953, and d. 4 Jan 2008, age 54. He m. 17 Mar 1973 and had 3 sons and 1 daughter.
  3. Dau. Lawrence.
  4. Son Lawrence.
  5. Dau. Lawrence.
  6. Dau. Lawrence.
  7. Dau. Lawrence.

3.3 Paul Aloysius Prentice, b. 25 Oct 1927, Red Lake, and d. there 18 Jul 1994.. 1930, 1940 at home. His obituary reads as follows:

    Grand Forks Herald (ND) — Wednesday, July 20, 1994: Paul Prentice Jr.

    Paul Aloysius Prentice Jr., 66, died Monday, July 18, 1994, in Red Lake (Minn.) Public Health Services Hospital. Paul Prentice Jr. was born Oct. 25, 1927, in Redlake, the son of Paul and Mary Jane (Martin) Prentice.

    He served in the Army during World War II, and he married Marian Needham Feb. 17, 1951, in Redby. He worked at Redlake Indian Mills, Minneapolis park construction, the U.S. Public Health Service, Operation Mainstream and the Elderly Maintenance Repair Program, and he served on the Red Lake Tribal Council.

    His wife survives with a son, Charles, Redlake; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Rodney, Redlake; and sisters, Dorothy Beaulieu, Cass Lake, Minn., and Elsie Fairbanks, St Paul. He was preceded in death by a son; a grandson; two brothers; and six sisters.

    Services: 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Redlake. Visitation: Through noon Thursday in Redby Community Center (Olson-Schwarz, Bemidji).

He m. Marian Needham on 17 Feb 1951, in Redby, ND. Son:

  1. Charles Prentice. 1994 in Red Lake, MN.

Lee Charles Prentice has an obituary naming Paul and Marian as his grandparents, and his father as Bruce Stately and mother as Barbara Prentice Stately Westbrook, but his mother's and father's relationship to Paul and Marian is not clear. Lee's obituary reads as follows:

    Grand Forks Herald (ND) — Monday, October 5, 1992

    Lee Charles Prentice, 19, Redby, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1992, in Lower Red Lake while fishing.

    Lee Charles Prentice was born April 24, 1973, the son of Bruce and Barbara (Prentice) Stately, in Red Lake, Minn., where he grew up. He worked as a self-employed fisherman.

    Survivors are his daughter, Crystal Lee May, Red Lake; mother and stepfather. Barbara (Mrs.Tom) Westbrook, Redby; father, Bruce Stately, Minneapolis; brother, Chad, and sisters, Julie Westbrook and Lindsey Westbrook, all of Redby; grandparents, Paul and Marian Prentice, Vivian Stately, Minneapolis, and Leonard Stately, of Redby; great-grandparents, Julia and Frank Lajeunesse, Red Lake; special friend, Nola Parkhurst, Red Lake; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

    Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Redby Community Center. Visitation: After 5 p.m. today in Redby Community enter. Arrangements are with Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji. Burial: Lutheran Cemetery, Redby.

4. William Gahgegayogemah Netawigabo Prentice, b. 4 Jul 1877, in MN, and d. 5 Aug 1933, Beltrami Co., MN, age 56.

He m. 1st Louisa Paygumegahboweke Baybahgumegahbow Anderson. She was b. 1884. Son:

  1. Bernard Prentice, b. 26 Sep 1898 and chr. 9 Oct 1898. Not in census rolls.

He m. 2nd Josette Jourdain. She was b. 1883, dau. of Ozhaw E Be Nais Eke. Daughter:

  1. Gracie Minnie Prentice, b. 1899. Not in census rolls.

He m. 3rd Isabella Esquayjahgun, She was b. Jan 1880 in MN. Son:

  1. John Okemahwahjewaib Prentice, b. July 1899 in MN. It is unclear if he is shown in the 1924-25 Indian Census \ in Red Lake Reservation, MN.

He m. 4th Susan Sahguhchewaykezh Nebetaybeak Loud, b. 8 Oct 1873. She had one child with William Gahgegayogemah Netawigabo Prentice. She died on March 7, 1919, at the age of 45.

  1. George Prentice, b. 8 Jul 1910, in MN. He died as a child on 3 Mar 1919, age 8.

He m. 5th Mary Blackeye, b. c. 1892, MN, and d. 1958, Red Lake, Beltrami Co., MN, age 66. Ancestor Chart at Ancestry.com . Daughter:

  1. Mercy Frances Prentice, b. 7 Feb 1914 and d. 10 Jul 1919, age 5.
  2. Susan Prentice, b. 18 Aug 1916, and d. 4 Nov 1994, age 78. She m. Edward Louis Hallett. Sons:
    1. William Edward Hallett, b. 18 May 1942, and d. 3 Feb 1992, age 49.
    2. Son Hallett.
  3. Son Prentice.

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