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Burgess Lee Prentiss of Stillwater, Oklahoma

Burgess Lee Prentiss
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2009 and Revised 18 Feb 2017

A Cheyenne Indian Prentiss Family

: Update of 18 Feb 2017: This article is now replaced by our Spring 2017 article entitled Noble Prentice, OK .

We found the "U.S. Indian Census Schedules: Census of the Tsetchestahase (Cheyenne) Tribe" submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer at http://genealogytrails.com/oka/cheyenne1903census.html . Included in the document is a Cheyenna Tribe Prentiss family tree, set out below. To that, we have added additional information which we located on the Kiowa Comanche Apache & Ft. Sill Reservation in Oklahoma:

1. Noble Prentiss, b. c. 1870, OK. 7th grade education. 1920 in Calumet, Canadian Co., OK, with his wife and family. 1940 census, widowed, Darlington, Canadian Co., OK..

He m. Julia, b. c. 1872. Children:

  1. Fred Prentiss, b. c. 1897. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Nellie W. Prentiss, b. c. 1899, OK. 1920 not home. She may be the the Nellie Cloud Chief shown in the 1920 census in Calumet, Canadian Co., OK, wife of Tof Cloud Chielf, b. c. 1892, OK, whose parents were also b. in OK. 1840 in Oak, Canadian Co., OK. Daughter: ol type="a">
  3. Richenda Cloud Chief, dau., b. c. 1932, OK. 1940 at home.
    1. Stewart Cusey Prentiss, b. c. 1902, OK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
    2. Dawson Prentiss, b. c. 1906, OK. 1920 at home in Calumet, Canadian Co., OK . Not in later census records.
    3. Dulcie G. Prentiss, b. c. 1909, OK. 1916, 1918, in Concho, OK. 1920 not nome. 1931, 1932 Indian census shown as wife of James Warden, b. c. 1908, Tribe of Cheyenne and Arapahoe.

    Living with Noble Prentiss' family in 1910 was a "Kiowa Woman," Julia's widowed mother, b. c. 1851, CO. with her father b. in OK and mother in CO.


2. Fred G. Prentiss, b. c. 1895, OK. 1920 at home in Calumet, Canadian Co., OK. 1940 census in Darlington, Canadian Co., OK. He occupation was that of a Mason with 1 year of High School. In 1940 his widowed father, Noble, was living with him.

He m. Fanie, c. 1898, OK. She was b. c. 1894 per 1 Jan 1937 Indian Census at U. S. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940 . Children:

Fred and Fannie Prentiss had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Burgess Lee Prentiss was b. 6 Oct 1935. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

3. Stewart Cusey Prentiss, b. c. 1902, OK. 1920 at home in Calumet, Canadian Co., OK. 1939 and 1940 in Mountain View, Kiowa Co., OK.

He m. Ester Guoladdle, b. 1899 and d. 25 May 1971. Bur Carnegie Cem., Caddo Co., OK. Dau. of Newton Guoladdle and Hallie Tosickah. For some reason, the head of the household in the 1 Apr 1932 Indian Census appears to be Esther Guoladdle, b. c. 1899, perhaps a sister to Inez. Esther, and probably Stewart and Inez, are members of the Kiowa Tribe on the "Kiowa Com Ap & Ft. Sill Ap" Reservation. Children, including those by Esther's prior marriages:

  1. May Apekaum, Daughter, b. 1918, Kiowa, Kiowa Com Ap & Ft Sill Ap.
  2. Evans Aunquoe, Son, b. 1923, Kiowa, Kiowa Com Ap & Ft Sill Ap., Kiowa, Kiowa Com Ap & Ft Sill Ap.
  3. Frederick Prentiss, Son, b. 31 May 1925, OK, and d. 22 Oct 1966, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX per Cert. of Death. Bur. Carnegie Cem., Caddo Co., OK. Army PFC in WW II. His Cert. of Death shows that his usual occupation was a Presser in a Cleaning & Pressing business. Kiowa, Kiowa Com Ap & Ft Sill Ap.
  4. Beatrice Prentiss, Daughter, b.1927. 1940 at home. Kiowa, Kiowa Com Ap & Ft Sill Ap.
  5. Flora Minnie Prentiss, Daughter, b. 29 Mar 1929. Kiowa, Kiowa Com Ap & Ft Sill Ap.1937 at home per Indian census. 1940 at home in Mountain View, Kiowa Co., OK.
  6. Reuben Prentiss, Son, b. 1 Sep 1930 and d. 4 Oct 1989, Caddo Co., OK. Bur Carnegie Cem., Caddo Co., OK, per Find a Grave. Kiowa, Kiowa Com Ap & Ft Sill Ap.He m. Valerie, Children:
    1. Jean Prentiss
    2. Thomas Prentiss
    3. Richard Prentiss
    4. Reuben Prentiss Jr. He m. Bridgette.
    5. Mary Prentiss of Anadarko,
    6. Donna Prentiss of Anadarko,
    7. Laura Prentiss. She m. Glen Kocher of Anadarko,
    8. Karen Prentiss. She m. Lawan Cortez of Anadarko,
    9. Kym Prentiss. She m. Mr. Pendarvis of Anadarko
    10. Marinna Prentiss. She m. Queton Edwards of Lawton.
    11. Rosemary Prentiss. She m. Mr. Queton, of Lawton.
    12. Sandra Prentiss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  7. Emerson Prentiss, Son, b. 17 Sep 1932, Mountain View, Kiowa Co., OK, and d. 29 Mar 2009, Carnegie,Caddo Co., OK, per SSDI & Find a Grave
  8. Richard Prentiss, Son, b. 1935. 1940 at home in Mountain View,Kiowa Co., OK.

4. Burgess Lee Prentiss was b. 6 Oct 1935 at the Kiowa Comanche & Apache Reservation 9probably in, or near, of Stillwater, Oklahoma where his son of the same name lived) per U. S., Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940 .

He m. Carlo Thunderbull Children per obituary of Burgess Lee Prentiss Jr.:

  1. Burgess Lee Prentiss Jr., b. 7 Jun 1956, Clinton, OK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  2. Rosanna Prentiss. She m. Mr. Morales. Died by 2008.
  3. Gloria Prentiss. She m. Mr.Borwn and in 2008 lived in Stillwater.
  4. Carol Ann Prentiss. She m. Mr. Higgins and in 2008 lived in Mobile, AL.
  5. Monty Miller (stepbrother?) who in 2008 lived in Tahlequah. The following information comes from Wikipedia: Tahlequah (Cherokee: ???,[3] pronounced /?tæl?kw??/ tal-?-kwah) is a city in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It was founded as a capitol of the original Cherokee Nation in 1838 to welcome those Cherokee forced west on the Trail of Tears. The city's population was 15,753 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cherokee County. The main campus of Northeastern State University is located in the city. Tahlequah is also the capital of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the modern Cherokee Nation.

5. Sandra Prentiss, b. 9 Mar 1957, and d. 24 Jan 2014. Her obituary, with photo at Obituaries, reads as follows:

    Sandra Prentiss: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Lawton Constitution, The (OK), Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    NADARKO - Funeral for Sandra Prentiss, 56, of Anadarko will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Christian Fellowship, Anadarko, with Minister Tim Nestell and Minister Ted Mercer officiating.

    Sandra was called home Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Burial will be in Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, under direction of Russworm Funeral Watonga. She was born March 9, 1957, to Reuben and Valerie Pewenofkit Prentiss, in Lawton.

    She was raised in Anadarko, and attended Anadarko and Fort Sill Indian Schools. Tribal affiliation was with the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. She worked as a CNA and took special care of the family members who were terminally ill. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She accepted by faith Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord.

    She is survived by her two children: Valda Inez Prentiss and spouse Randy Jessepe, and Joey Michael Pewenofkit and spouse Ashton Winrow;
    - her brother, Reuben Jr. and spouse Bridgette Prentiss;
    - sisters: Mary Prentiss, Donna Prentiss, Laura and Glen Kocher, Karen and Lawan Cortez, and Kym Pendarvis, all of Anadarko; and Marinna Queton Edwards and Rosemary Queton, of Lawton;
    - seven grandchildren; Lisa, Amy and Davain Prentiss. Wesley and Kimora Jessepe, and Makeyla and Goyathlaw Peyenofkit;
    - four greatgrandchildren: Bryslyn, Braydyn, Brayslyn and Kymbri Prentiss;
    - two aunts: Beatrice Geimausaddle, of Mountain View; and Noreen (Queton) and James Morgan, of Oklahoma City and many cousins, relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents: Reuben and Valerie (Pewenofkit) Prentiss; siblings: Jean Prentiss, Thomas, and Richard Prentiss; three nieces: Monica (Monskin) Prentiss, Lisa Prentiss Rivera, and Amy Prentiss;
    - her maternal grandparents: Major and Mary (Kaudle Kaule) Pewenofkit;
    - and paternal grandparents: Stewart and Inez (Gouladdle) Prentiss. She will be missed by all.

    Pall Bearers: Thomas Yeahpau, Butch Yeahpau, Daniel Rivera, Sean Rivera, Brian Pahcoddy, J.R. Cortez, Reuben Cortez and Richard Standing. Honorary Pall Bearers: Stewart Prentiss, Reece Bedford, Randy Bennett, and Kevin Rivera

Children of Sandra Prentiss:

  1. Valda Inez Prentiss and spouse Randy Jessepe,
  2. Joey Michael Pewenofkit and spouse Ashton Winrow.

6. Burgess Lee Prentice Jr. was b. 7 Jun 1956, Clinton, OK, and d. 9 Oct 2008 in Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater, OK. His obituary in the Stillwater, OK, The News Press of 12 Oct 2008 reads as follows:

    Burgess Lee Prentiss Jr.: Services for Burgess Lee Prentiss Jr., 52, of Stillwater, will be 1 p.m. Monday in the Community Center in Concho, officiated by Rev. Richard Canoe and Rev. Gerald Panana. Burial will conclude in the Concho Indian Cemetery under the direction of Stanley-Lee Funeral Home.

    Burgess was born June 7, 1956, in Clinton, to Burgess and Carlo (Thunderbull) Prentiss and passed away Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, in Stillwater Medical Center in Stillwater.

    He grew up in El Reno and graduated from high school in Taft. He enjoyed drawing traditional Indian art. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rosanna Morales.

    He is survived by a son, Cheyenne Lee Prentice of Albuquerque; two sisters, Gloria Borwn of Stillwater and Carol Ann Higgins of Mobile, Ala.; a brother, Monty Miller of Tahlequah; his aunt and uncle Benny and Pearline Thunderbull and uncle Larry Thunderbull, all of Clinton; aunt Karen Miles and uncle Levi Thunderbull, both of El Reno.

A website showing Burgess Lee Prentiss' "traditional Indian art" can be found at http://rockhouserally.4t.com/photo.html . He is a half brother of famous Cheyenne artist Merlin Little Thunder.

Burgess Lee Prentice Jr. m. (unknown). Son:

  1. Cheyenne Lee Prentice. In 2008 he lived in Albuquerque, NM.

Who are Noble Prentiss' Parents?

We suspect that "Noble Prentiss" is the first person in his line whose "Prentiss" surname departs from the more traditional Cheyenne names such as "Red Shield," "Red Hat," etc. Since Noble Pentiss was b. in 1871, his parents were likely born in the 1830s or 1840s. There are a number of people on the list shown as born in that period who may be his parents.

Investigation is continuing.

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