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William B. Prentice of Omaha, Nebraska


William B. Prentice of Omaha, Nebraska
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2007 and Revised 16 Jan 2007

We found the following information in Ancestry.com, "One World Tree."

1. William B. Prentice was b. c. 1873 in England.He first appears in the 1920 census in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE, which says he emigrated in 1898 at the age of 25 and was Naturalized in 1902. He may have been deceased by the 1930 census as his wife, Edna, had by then remarried.

He m. Edna Molly Herstrom. She was b. 14 May 1896, Michigan (per 1920 census) and d. 15 Sep 1971, dau. of Mr. Herstrom (b. c. 1858-1865) and d. 1930) and Johanna (b. 1863). They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Dorothy Jean Prentice, b. c. 28 Dec 1920, Omaha, NE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Pauline E. Prentice, b. c. 1922, NE, and d. 2002, Campbell, Dunklin Co., MO. She appears in the 1930 census in Campbell, Dunklin Co., MO living with her mother and stepfather.

Edna m. 2nd Alva H. Hopwood (b. c. 1892, MO) and in 1930 was living in Campbell, Dunklin Co., MO.

2. Dorothy Jean Prentice, b. c. 28 Dec 1920, Omaha, NE and d. 6 Mar 2002, Piggott, Piggott Co., AR. She appears in the 1930 census in Campbell, Dunklin Co., MO living with her mother and stepfather.

She m. Alonzo Howard Akridge on 1 Jun 1940 in Clarkton, MO. He was b. 30 Aug 1915. Children:

  1. Miss Akridge. She m. Mr. Sims and had:
    1. (son) Sims. He m. Miss. Tesney and they had a dau., living in 2007.
    2. (son) Sims Jr.
    3. (child) Sims.
    4. (child) Sims.

Who are William B. Prentice's Parents?

The only clues we have so far comes from the 1920 census which says that his father was b. in Scotland and his mother in England.

He does not appear in the 1900 or 1910 census.

He was unmarried when he emigrated and he almost certainly married after arrival since his wife, Edna, was b. in Michigan.

We compared the 1891 England census with the 1901 England census to see what men of that name of that name appeared in the 1891 census but did not appear in the 1901 census (recognizing that he might not have appeared in the 1891 census. We found the following 1891 men missing in the 1901 census:

  1. William Prentice, b. c. 1872, Clapton, London, and in 1891 living in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
  2. William Prentice, b. c. 1872, Littlehampton, Sussex, and in 1891 living in West Ham, Essex.
  3. William Prentice, b. c. 1872, London, and in 1891 living in Lambeth, London.
  4. William Prentice, b. c. 1873, Wandsworth, London, and in 1891 living in Aldershot, Hampshire.
  5. William Prentioce, b. c. 1874, Camden, London, and in 1891 living in Limehouse, London.

Since the 1920 census says he emigrated in 1898 at the age of 25, in an effort to narrown the foregoing list we also checked Ellis Island records to see if we could find a match. Unfortunately those records do not include arrivals before 1900.

Investigation is continuing.

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