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J. W. Prentice of Maine and North Dakota


J. W. Prentice of Maine and North Dakota
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2005 and Revised 25 May 2011

Update of 25 May 2011: John W. Prentice is John Wesley Prentice, #3 in our Winter 2010 article entitled Richard Prentice of Nepean, Ontario, Canada . That article now includes the content of this article and replaces this article.

1. John W. Prentice was b. Feb 1869 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME per Ancestry.com . He appears in the 1900 census which calls him a "R W Agt" and shows both of his parents as b. in "Canada Eng". At some date prior to 1898, J. W. moved to North Dakota where he appears in the 1900 census in Raritan, Barnes Co., ND, with his wife and children. Not in 1910 census.

He m. Emma, b. Mar 1876, WI. Children:

  1. Floyd Prentice, b. Oct 1895, ND. . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Emeline Prentice, b. Jul 1897, ND.

2. Floyd Prentice, b. 26 Oct 1894, Cogswell, Sargent Co., ND, and d. 10 Jan 1962, Chisago Co., MN per Ancestry.com . He appears in the 1920 census with his wife.

He m. Mable Amelia, b. c. 1895, MN, with her parents b. in Norway. They later appear in the 1930 census in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN with their children:

  1. Gerald Eugene Prentice, b. 29 Sep 1920, Lisbon, ND. . . . . . . [3]
  2. Ruth Marjorie Prentice, b. c. 1924, ND. She m. Mr. Schroll and in 2005 lived in Hutchinson, KS (per her brother's obituary, below).

3. Gerald Eugene Prentice, b. 29 Sep 1920, Lisbon, ND and d. Fri., 14 Jan 2005 at the Masonic Care Center, Wallingford, CT. His obituary reads as follows:

    Gerald E. Prentice, a resident of Darien for 50 years, died Friday, (January 14, 2005) at the Masonic Care Center in Wallingford. Mr. Prentice was born on September 29, 1920 in Lisbon, ND son of the late Floyd and Mabel Prentice. After spending his early years in North Dakota and Minneapolis, he attended the University of Maryland from 1938-1942. Upon graduation he immediately joined the Army Air Force, where he served as a pilot during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain.

    He is survived by his wife of 61 years [m. c. 1944] Barbara Boose Prentice of Wilton; four daughters, Jacqueline Leach of New Canaan, Carol Crist of Atlanta, GA; Sue Prentice of Simsbury an Janet Poff of Lee, NH; a son, Gerald Prentice of Glendale, AZ; eight grandchildren; a great grandson; his sister, Ruth Marjorie Schroll lives in Hutchinson, KS.

    Friends may call from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20 at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien. Funeral services will be held at the Noroton Presbyterian Chapel, Post Road, Darien on Friday, January 21 at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien. Contributions in memory of Mr. Prentice may be sent to either The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, One Intrepid Square, West 46th Street, 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036; or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Connecticut/VNA, 33 North Plains Industrial Road, Wallingford, CT 06492.

He m. Barbara Ellen Boose. She was b. 30 Nov 1919, Washington, DC, and d. 15 Jan 2010. She was the dau. of Lloyd Boose of Chevy Chase, MD. Her obituary of 17 Jan 1010 in the Stamford Advocate reads as follows:

    BARBARA ELLEN BOOSE PRENTICE died January 15, 2010 at The Greens in Wilton. She was 90 years old, born on November 30, 1919 in Washington, DC. Her parents were the late Col. And Mrs. Lloyd Boose of Chevy Chase, Md.

    She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in home economics. While there, she was not only a top level tennis player, but was chosen Miss Maryland University. It was there she met her husband of 60 years, Gerald Eugene Prentice. They married at the end of World War II and then went on to have five children.

    Barbara continued through her life to be an avid sportswoman. As a longtime member of Country Club of Darien, she participated in tennis, paddle tennis and golf. She was club champion in golf for two years and continued playing well into her eighties. Barbara had lived in Darien since 1959 and had resided at The Greens for the past five years. She was a devoted friend, mother and wife. Her long, loving marriage was an inspiration to her children.

    She died exactly five years after the death of her beloved husband, "Jerry." Barbara is survived by her five children Jacqueline Leach of New Canaan, Carol Crist of Atlanta, Ga., Jerry Prentice of Glendale, Ariz., Susan Prentice of Simsbury, and Janet Poff of Lee, N.H. She also has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Visiting hours will be on Friday, January 22, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien. A memorial service will be at the Congregational Church Chapel, 23 Park St., New Canaan on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 11 a.m. A private family interment will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to MidFairfield Hospice, 180 School Road, P. O. Box489, Wilton, CT 06897.` Published in StamfordAdvocate on January 17, 2010

Children of Gerald and Barbara, b. after 1944:

  1. Jacqueline Prentice. She m. Leach of New Canaan, CT.
  2. Carol Prentice. She m. Mr. Crist of Atlanta, GA.
  3. Susan Prentice of Simsbury, CT.
  4. Janet Prentice. She m. Mr. Poff of Lee, NH
  5. Gerald Prentice of Glendale, AZ

Who are J. W. Prentice's Parents?

Census records present a confusing picture as to the identity of J. W. Prentice's parents. The 1900 census says that JW was b. in Maine with both of JWs' parents were born in "English Canada." However, the 1930 census for JWs son, Floyd, says that Floyd's father, J. W. Prentice, was b. in Pennsylvania, not English Canada and his mother was b. in WI, not MN.

Either the latter, 1930 census, information is wrong, or there were 2 men in ND, both named Floyd Prentice and both b. there c. 1895.

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