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Frank Prentice of New York and Indiana

Frank Prentice of New York and Indiana
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2006 and Revised 7 Jul 2013

The following information is from Don Mitchell, augmented by census records.

1. Frank Prentice was b. c. 1890 in New York. He is shown in a WW I Army uniform in a photo in the possession of Don Mitchell. He appears in the 1920 census in Gary Ward 7, Lake Co., IN. The 1920 census says that Frank was born in New York, as were both his father and his mother. In 1920, Frank was unmarried.

He m Cleo Vivian "Vivian" Smith at some date following the 1920 census. Frank's whereabouts is unknown after 1923. They had a son:

  1. Donald Frank Prentice. . . . . . [2]

2. Donald Frank Prentice, b. 17 Mar 1922 in Gary, Indiana, and d. Jan 2006. After his mother remarried c. 1923-24, he was adopted by his stepfather, Ray Mitchell, and his Donald's name became Donald Frank Mitchell. He married and they have 1 or more children, including:

  1. Don Mitchell.

Who is Frank Prentice's Father?

We know, from the 1920 census, that Frank's parents were both b. in the State of NY. Frank does not appear in the 1900 census. He might be the Frank Prentice shown in the 1910 census who was b. c. 1890-91 in NY and who, in 1910 was living in Elmira, Chemung Co., NY, perhaps with his named parents, but the census image on Ancestry.com is washed out and unreadable.

Although a long shot, he might be the Frank Prentice shown in the 1930 census as an unmarried Army soldier stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA. He is also probably that same Frank Prentice discussed in our Fall 2013 article entitled "Frank Prentice of NY and Novato, Marin Co., CA" .

Since we know that Frank Prentice likely m. in Lake Co., IN, and perhaps Gary, a copy of his marriage record should be obtained as it may show his specific place of birth and name his parents.

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