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Richard Wilfred Prentice of Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY

Richard Wilfred Prentice of Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2007 and Revised 27 Mar 2010

Update of 27 Mar 2010: This article has now been updated and replaced by our later Summer 2010 article entitled Richard Wilfred Prentice of Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY .
We are helping Shelyn Prentice in tracing her Prentice roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. Richard Wilfred Prentice was b. 7 Nov 1907 in Lyon Mountain, Clinton Co., NY (per Shelyn Prentice's father, email, 29 Mar 2007) and d. Aug 1983 in Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY (per SSDI) while working on the railroad in Plattsburg (per Shelyn Prentice, email, 29 Mar 2007) where he earlier obtained his SS#. Massena lies about 55 miles NW of Lyon Mountain. He is said to be an only son.

A Wikipedia entry calls Lyon Mountain a hamlet located in the western part of the town of Dannemore, in Clinton County, NY.

Richard m. Lauranda Desjardin who later changed her name to Laura Gardner. She was b. 15 Jun 1914 in Valleyfield, Quebec and was living in Mar 2007. She lived in Ft. Covington, NY, and later both lived in Massena. Children (per Shelyn Prentice, email, 27 Nov 2007):

  1. Eileen Prentice, b. 28 Feb 1936 in Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Gerald Richard Prentice. He m. Shirley Sullivan. Children per Shelyn Prentice, email, 28 Mar 2007):
    1. Michael Prentice.
    2. Karen Prentice. She m. Mr. Burkum.
    3. Gerald Prentice Jr.

  3. James Jasen/Jasn Prentice, b. 20 Apr 1943. By email of 28 Mar 2007, Shelyn advises that her father's middle name, Jason, was misspelled on his birth certificate as "Jasn" so they just left his name that way. He m. 1st Michele O'Prey on 22 Dec 1062. He m. 2nd Jessica Otto Pinkerton on 13 May 1989. James had 3 children per Shelyn Prentice, email, 28 Mar 2007):
    1. Shaun Lee Prentice.
    2. Shannon James Prentice.
    3. Shelyn Kelly Prentice. She m. Mr. Peets.

  4. John Joseph Prentice, b. c. 1948, Massena, NY. He m. Darlene Marie Collins who was b. c. 1950, Niagara Falls, NY. In 1976 they were living at RD #1, Box 37-5, Richmond, Chittenden Co., VT. Children:
    1. Dean Richard Prentice, b. 16 Jan 1976, Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT per Vermont Birth Records . Her m. Krisztina Kill on 19 May 2001 in Stowe, Lamoille, VT. Dean was then living at 78 Sand Hill Rd., Apt. 6, Essex Junction, VT. Krisztine Kiss was b. 3 Feb 1975 in Hungary and in 2001 had the same address as did Dean. She was the dau. of Lajos Vilmos Kiss and Aniko Marvel, both b. in Hungary per Vermont Marriage Records .
    2. Lynn Marie Prentice.

  5. Peter Michael Prentice, b. Feb 1957. He m. Alicia Shantz.
    1. Jared James(?) Prentice.
    2. Jessalyn Rose Prentice.

2. Eileen Prentice, b. 28 Feb 1936 in Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY, and d. 15 Jun 1989 in Burlington, Chittenden Co., NY. Bur in Calvary Cem., Massena. Her obituary reads as follows (per David Charlebois at Ancestry.com .


    Eileen Prentice Baxter, 53, of 47 Irving Drive, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the University Medical Center, Burlington, Vt., where she had been a patient for one week. She had been in failing health since March. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be today and Sunday afternoon and evenings at the Phillips Memorial Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Catholic School Endowment Fund or the Massena Rescue Squad.

    Surviving are her husband, John; her mother, Laura Prentice; a son, Richard Charlebois, Massena; two stepsons, John Baxter, Bedford, Ind., and Timothy, Massena; four brothers, Gerald, Fort Jackson, James, Canton, John, Essex Junction, and Peter, Massena, and several nieces and nephews.

    Born Feb. 28, 1936, at Massena, daughter of Richard and Laura Gardner, she was graduated from Massena High School. She worked as an executive secretary for 30 years for Dynapower, Watertown. She was employed as a secretary for Alcoa at the time of her death. She married John Baxter on Jan. 5, 1985, at Massena.

    Published June 17, 1989 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY, USA

She m. 1st Paul Frederick Charlebois on 27 Nov 1954, Massena. He was b. 26 Jan 1932, Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., NY. He was the son of Eugene John Charlebois and Dorothy Francis Levison. An extensive Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . Son:

  1. Richard James Charlebois, b. 2 Mar 1966 in Watertown, Jefferson, NY. . . . . . . . . [2]

Eileen m. 2nd John V. Baxter on 5 Jan 1985 in Massena. He was b. 26 Jun 1932 in Massena, and d. there 21 Oct 1991. Bur. in Calvary Cemetery, Massena. His obituary reads as follows (per David Charlebois at Ancestry.com). :


    John V. Baxter, 60, of 47 Urban Drive, died at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday at his home, after a short illness. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, with the Rev. Jack Downs presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday afternoon and evening at the Phillips Memorial Home. American Legion Post 79 will meet at 7:17 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1143 will meet at 7:30 p.m. and American Veterans of World War II-Korea-Vietnam (AMVETS) Gerald R. Roy Post 4 will meet at 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

    Surviving are two sons, John M. [Baxter} and Timothy L. [Baxter], both of Massena; a step-son, Rick Charlebois, Rochester; two brothers, Michael L. [Baxter], Omaha, Neb., and Carlton [Baxter], Rochester; a sister, Marion Santimaw, Clay, and several nephews and nieces. Born in Massena on June 26, 1932, a son of Michael Lesniewski and Catherine Zuder, he was later adopted by his step-father, Carlton Baxter. He was a 1950 graduate of Massena High School.

    He married Tsuru "Mary" Tani on May 7, 1956, at the Yokohamo Embassy, Japan. She died Oct. 6, 1981. He married Eileen Prentice Charlebois on Jan. 5, 1985, in Massena. She died June 15, 1989.

    Mr. Baxter enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 21, 1951, and later served with the Air Force until his retirement on Jan. 31, 1973. He was employed with General Services Administration, Rooseveltown, from 1974 to 1983 and later with St. Lawrence Development Corp. as a painter until his retirement in August. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1143, American Legion Post 79 and AMVETS Gerald R. Roy Post 4. Published October 22, 1992 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY, Page: 29

2. Richard James Charlebois, b. 2 Mar 1966 in Watertown, Jefferson, NY. His obituary reads as follows (per David Charlebois at Ancestry.com) :


    Richard J. Charlebois, 36, Patrician Lane, died at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday at his home, where he had been under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County. He had been ill with cancer.

    Born March 2, 1966, in Watertown, son of Paul and Eileen Prentice Charlebois, he graduated in 1984 from General Brown Central School, Dexter.

    He married Scarlet L. Shawcross on Aug 29, 1992, at Immaculate Conception Church with Monsignor Robert Lawler officiating. The couple lived in Watertown and moved to Brownville five years ago. Mr. Charlebois was a partner in Benefit Services Group, Watertown. He entered the insurance business in 1988 with Metropolitan Life & Annuities, Massena. In 1992, he went to work for Hill & Associates of Syracuse as a financial adviser. He also worked at the Howland-LaClair Division of Haylor, Freyer & Coon Inc., Watertown. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Ryan D. and Griffin P., and a daughter, Anna E., all at home; his father, of Rochester; his maternal grandmother, Laura Prentice, Massena, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. His mother, Eileen Baxter, died June 15, 1989.

    A prayer service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter. A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church with the Rev. Joseph W. Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Brownville Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or to Hospice of Jefferson County. Published August 30, 1992 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY

Richard m. Scarlet Shawcross. They had 3 children.

  1. Ryan D. Charlebois
  2. Griffin P. Charlebois
  3. Anna E. Charlebois

Who are Richard Prentice's Parents?

By email of 289 Mar 2007, Shelyn Prentice quotes her grandmother, Richard's wife, as saying that Richard's mother was named Dorothy, that she later m. Jason King, "that thery were both divorced, so they made a good couple."

Dorothy and Jason lived in Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, where they raised Richard. Jason owned a car dealership in Watertown. Jason King may be the Jason L. King, b. c. 1890, NY, who appears in the 1920 and 1930 census in Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, with his wife, Mabel, b. c. 1891, NY, and son:

  1. Harold L. King, b. c. 1912, NY.

Richard does not appear in their 1920 or 1930 household (but see "Scott Prentice," in the 1920 census, below).

Shelyn Prentice's father, email, 29 Mar 2007 relates that Richard's father "is rumored to be a person named Scott" from Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., NY.

Richard is almost certainly the Richard Prentus who appears in the 1910 census in Plattsburg, Clinton Co., NY, age 2 (b. c. 1907-08, NY, and called a nephew of the head of the household, Phebe Bonnie, a widow, b. c. 1847, Canada (French), as were both of her parents and whose occupation is given as "Laundress." That 1910 census shows Richard's father as b. in Scotland and his mother in NY. Phebe Bonnie does not appear in the earlier 1900 Clinton Co. census. For now, it is unclear whether Phebe is a married sister of Richard's mother, or whether Richard's blood line is that of Phebe's deceased husband.

There is a good chance that Richard is the same person identified in the 1920 Plattsburg census as Scott Prentice, age 2 (b. c. 1907-08),, NY, called a nephew of Leander Lacy(?) (indexed as "Tacy") (b. c. 1840, Canada) and his wife, Phoebe, b. 1847, Canada).

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