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George H. Prentice of New York and Wisconsin


George H. Prentice of New York or Canada and Wisconsin
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2009 and Revised 2 Dec 2009

Introduction: The following information comes from census records, a posting on RootsWeb.com by Mary Ellen Zippel and from correspondence with her.

1. George H. Prentice. There is some uncertainty about his name and place of birth:

  • The original Zippel posting called him George H. Prentice. A later Zippel posting says his name is George W. Prentice.
  • The 1920 and 1930 census entries for his son, John, says George was b. in NY.
  • The Zippel posting and emails say he was b. 1847 in Canada according to the 1900 census and his Marriage Certificate. A search of the 1900 U. S. census did not disclose George and his family.

George d. before the 1920 census where his wife is called a widow.

We do not know when he emigrated to the United States, but at the latest it would have been by the 1877 birth of his son, John.

He m. Elizabeth (or Betty) Rymer 10 Jan 1875 in Grand Haven, Ottawa Co., MI. She was b. 18 Aug 1857 in Ontario, Canada, and d. 10 Oct 1924 according to cemetery records.. She appears in the 1920 census in Underhill, Oconto Co., WI, as a widow living with her unmarried son. John. She may have d. before 1930 as she is no longer shown living with her son, John.

An Ancestor Chart for Elizabeth can be found at Ancestry.com . George and Elizabeth had 1 or more children, including:

  1. John Prentice, b. Mar 1877, MI (per 1920 census, although the Zippelt posting says he was b. in WI), and d. 30 May 1946. A review of the 1880 and 1900 census does not disclose any John Prentice with that birth date and place. John apparently did not marry. He appears in the 1920 census in Underhill, Oconto Co., WI, as single, living with his widowed mother, Elizabeth. He appears as a dairy farmer, single, living alone in the 1930 Underhill census.

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