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James L. Prentiss of Maine and Massachusetts


James L. Prentiss of Maine and Massachusetts
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2007 and Revised 23 Aug 2007

Update of 23 Aug 2007: James L. Prentiss is James Lyon Prentiss, son of James Henry Prentiss discussed in our Fall 1998 article entitled James Henry Prentiss of Kennebunk, York, ME . See now that earlier article.

1. James L. Prentiss was b. Sep 1857 in Maine, with his father b. in ME and his mother in MA. He appears in the 1900 Boston census (indexed as Lavera L. Prentiss because of illegible handwriting) with his wife and family where he is a Line Man. They later appear in the 1920 census in Rockville, Tolland Co. CT, where he is an Engineer at a Woolen Mill.

James m. Jennie E., b. c. 1878, MA, as were her parents. Children per 1900 and 1920 census:

  1. James A. Prentiss, b. c. 1886, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Edwin K. Prentiss, b. c. 1888, MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[3]
  3. Ernest F. Prentiss, b. c. 1891, MA. At home in 1900. Not in SSDI.
  4. Hazel C. Prentiss, b. c. 1905, CT. At home in 1920. Not home in 1930.
  5. Elmer W. C. Prentiss, b. 9 Nov 1912, CT, and d. Apr 1981, Tolland, Tolland Co., CT (per SSDI). At home in 1920 and 1930.
  6. Milton L. Prentiss, b. 9 Mar 1915, CT, and d. Jan 1980, Allentown, Lehigh Co., PA (per SSDI). At home in 1920 and 1930..

2. James A. Prentiss, b. c. 1886, MA. He appears in the 1900 census in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, with his parents. Not home in 1920. He later appears in the 1930 census in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA, with his wife and family.

He m. Bessie (Elizabeth?). Children per 1930 census:

  1. Luella Prentiss, b. c. 1905, CT.
  2. (probably) Frank Howard Prentiss, b. c. 1906-07, West Stockbridge, MA. He m. Shirley May Brown on 21 Jan 1935. He was then living at 60 Center Street, Pittsfield. Daughter:
    1. Carol Ann Prentiss, b. 4 Nov 1936.
  3. James I. Prentice, b. c. 1907, MA. Unclear whether in SSDI.
  4. Howard F. Prentice, b. c. 1909, MA. He may be the Howard Prentiss shown in the SSDI as b. 12 Oct 1908 and d. Mar 1979 in Richmond, Berkshire, MA.

3. Edwin K. Prentiss, b. 25 Feb 1888, MA, and d. Jan 1970 in West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. At home in the 1920 census in Rockville, Tolland Co. CT. He appears in the 1920 and 1930 census in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, with his wife and daughter.

He m. Sadie L., b. 8 Mar 1893, NY and d. Jul 1977 in West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, (per SSDI). with both parents b. in MA. Daughter per 1930 census:

  1. Ellyn M. Prentiss, b. c. 1925, Springfield At home in 1930.

Who are James L. Prentiss' Parents?

We note that the IGI shows a James Lyon Prentiss b. 1857 and d. 6 Apr 1940, son of James Henry Prentiss and his wife, Lucy Ann. No place of birth is given for James Lyon Prentiss, but the birth line indicates he is called "of East Otis, Berkshire Co., MA" which is consistent with his 1930 Berkshire Co., MA residence of his son, James A. Prentiss, above.

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