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Henry Clay Prentice of West Virginia, Illinois and Missouri

Henry Clay Prentice of West Virginia, Illinois and Missouri
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2008 and Revised 20 Aug 2009

Henry Clay Prentiss in No. 39.1 in our Jonathan-3 eBook. Henry was a brother of General Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss of Civil War fame. We are seeking information about Henry's descendants. Any new information will be added only to our Master Copy of the eBook.

39.1 Henry Clay "Clay" Prentiss was b. c. 1830 (per 1850 census), in Belleville?, Wood Co., WV, and d. in the week preceding 9 Feb 1896. His obituary from "The Quincy Morning Whig," Quincy, IL, Feb. 9, 1896, page 1, reads as follows (per Jonee Platt, email, 3 Apr 2008):

    "Henry Clay Prentiss Dead.
    He Was Formerly a Prominent Resident of Quincy.
    Henry Clay Prentiss, a brother of Gen. Prentiss, and at one time a well-known resident of Quincy, died on his farm two miles south of Hurdland, Mo., during the past week. Deceased was about 70 years old. He leaves a wife and four children--two sons and two daughters. During his younger years he lived in Quincy and operated rope-walks near Eighteenth and Vine and near Tenth and Broadway. Many of our old citizens will remember him."

He m. Melinda C. Baringer on 2 Jun 1848, in Clark, MO. She was b. 20 Jan 1834, OH, and d. 23 May 1909 in Hurdland, Knox Co., MO. 1850 Census in Quincy, Adams Co., IL, and in 1905 was living in Hurdland, MO (per Jonee Platt's email of 3 Apr 2008). Catharine Baringer, her mother, b. c. 1805, Germany, was living with them. Malinda's sister was Caroline Baringer who married James Platt, he was the brother of Josiah Platt

Henry and Malinda appear in the 1850 census in Quincy North Ward, Adams Co., IL living next door to his brother, Benjamin. They appear in the Quincy in the 1870 census where his birth year is given as b. c. 1832. His occupation was that of a "Rope Manufacturer."

Henry later appears as "H. C. Prentice", a farmer in the 1880 census in Shelton, Knox Co., MO, with his wife and family. Malinda appears in the 1900 Shelton census as a widow with her family. None of the family appear in the 1910 census for Knox Co., MO.

Children of Henry and Malinda:

  1. Isaac Prentiss, b. Nov 1850, IL. At home in Quincy in the 1870 census. At home in 1880 in Shelton, Knox Co., MO. Living in 1896. He appears in the 1900 Shelton census, indexed as "Hrant Prentiss," living with his mother, Malinda. Not in 1910 census. By email of 4 May 2008, Jonee Platt advises that she found an article in a Quincy, IL, newspaper reporting that Isaac was found frozen to death on 21 Dec 1901.
  2. Lucy Belle Prentiss, b. c. 1858, IL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [39.2]
  3. Carrie Prentiss, b. c. 1861, IL. At home in Quincy in the 1870 census. At home in Shelton, Knox Co., MO in 1880. Living in 1896.
  4. Clay Prentiss, b. c. 1863, IL. At home in Quincy in the 1870 census. At home in 1880 in Shelton, Knox Co., MO. Living in 1896. Not in 1900 or 1910 census.

39.2 Lucy Belle "Belle" Prentiss, b. 8 Apr 1859, IL, and d. 14 Sep 1941. Bur. in IOOF Cem., Hurdland, Knox Co., MO. At home in Quincy in the 1870 census and called "Belle". At home in 1880 in Shelton, Knox Co., MO and called "Lucy B. Prentice." Living in 1896.

She m. Josiah Taylor on 16 May 1877 in Knox County, MO. He was b. c. 1850, McDonough Co., IL, and d. 24 Sep 1881, Quincy, Adams Co., IL. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Frank Taylor, b. 15 Jan 1880, MO, and d. 20 Feb 1904, age 24 years. Bur. IOOF Cem., Hurdland, Knox Co., MO.
  2. Carl B. Taylor, b. 5 Apr 1881, MO, and d. 3 Aopr 1969, Kirksville, Adair Co., MO. In the 1900 census he is living with his uncle and aunt, Isaac and Malinda Prentiss. He appears in the 1910 census in Lyon, Knox Co., MO, with his wife, Blanche, b. c. 1884, KS; no children shown. Not in 1920 census. 1930 census in Denver, Denver Co., CO; no children shown.

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