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Leslie Prentice of East Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut

Leslie Prentice of East Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2009 and Revised 21 Sep 2014

Update of 21 Sep 2014: Leslie Wolcott Prentice is #140.1 in our Thomas Prentice eBook. That eBook now replaces this article.

1. Leslie Wolcott Prentice was b. c. 1885 in CT, as were his parents. Census records:

  • 1910 census in Enfield, Hartford Co., CT, as a Grocery Clerk with an unnamed wife.
  • He appears in the 1930 census in East Windsor, Hartford Co., CT, with his wife and family. His occupation is shown as a lumber truck driver.

He m. Florence who was b. c. 1884, NY, with her father b. in CT and mother in NY. Children:

  1. George W. Prentice, b. c. 1912, CT. At home in 1930. 1940 not in census.
  2. Leslie W. Prentice, b. c. 1913, CT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. Leslie Wolcott Prentice Jr., b. c. 1913, CT, and d. 22 Mar 2009, Suffield House.. His Obituary of 24 Mar 2009 published in The Republican, reads as follows:

    Leslie W. Prentice Jr.

    Leslie W. Prentice Jr., East Windsor: Leslie W. Prentice Jr., 95, of East Windsor, husband of the late Ida (Swanson) Prentice, died Sunday March 22, 2009 at Suffield House.

    Leslie was born in Windsor Locks and moved to Warehouse Point as a young child. He lived there for nearly ninety years most of that time in a house which he renovated as well as installing modern electrical service, plumbing and central heating. Leslie was one of the last living members of the Enfield High School Class of 1931. He was a member cross country and track teams and won the silver medal in the one-mile race in the State Championship held in New Haven in 1933.

    Leslie was an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trustees for over fifty years. Leslie worked as a millwright at Bigelow and Sanford, and as an aircraft parts inspector in the experimental department of Hamilton Standard. He retired from Hamilton standard in 1975.

    Leslie is survived by a son Leslie W. Prentice III and his wife Delight; two grandsons, Lee and his wife Judy and Eric and his wife Christine; a granddaughter Carolyn Bacon and her husband David; two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Margaret Prentice.

    A funeral service will be held Thursday (March 26) at 11 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, East Windsor. Leslie will be interred with his wife in Springdale Cemetery where they met after participation in the Memorial Day Parade in 1933. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday evening (March 25) from 5-7 p.m. at the Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home, 37 Gardner St. East Windsor. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either, Wesley United Methodist Church, 55 North Main St. East Windsor, CT 06088 or Activity Fund East Windsor Senior Center 125 Main St. Broad Brook, CT 06016.For online condolences and direction please visit www.bassingerdowdfh.com

Leslie m. Ida Swanson, b. 12 Mar 1911, CT, and d. 30 Sep 1994, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. She was a teacher in the East Windsor School System. Son per obituary:

  1. Leslie Wolcott Prentice III, b. c. 1939, CT. He m. Delight. Children:
    1. Leslie W. Prentice, b. 25 Sep 1861, Cincinnati, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
    2. Eric Prentice, he m. Christine. Living in 2014.
    3. Carolyn Prentice. She m. David Bacon and lived in East Windsor, CT

The obituary also mention a granddaughter Carolyn Bacon and her husband David; two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Margaret Prentice but is not clear from the obituary whether they are descendants of Lee or Eric Prentice.

3. Leslie Wolcott Prentice IV 25 Sep 1861, Cincinnati, OH (name per Leslie Wolcot Prentice III, 21 Sep 2014). His obituary, with photo, reads as follows at Ancestry.com:

    [Leslie Wolcott] Prentice IV: [Leslie Wolcott] Prentice IV, passed away Mon. He was born on Sept. 25, 1961 in Cincinnati, OH to Leslie and Delight ( Smith ) Prentice.

    Lee grew up in the Sixteen Acres section of Springfield and graduated in 1979 from Classical High School. He went on to graduate with a degree in Law Enforcement from Western New England College. Lee was assigned to the Detective Bureau of the Springfield Police Dept. for 28 years. He received commendations for an arrest in an armed robbery in 2002 and for his assistance in a murder investigation in 2013. Lee was nationally recognized for his expertise in forensics and finger printing. He was an avid golfer and active member of the Country Club of Wilbraham.

    Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife Judith Prentice and his two daughters, Elizabeth Prentice of Agawam and Margaret Prentice of East Longmeadow, his brother Eric Prentice and his wife Christine of Agawam., his sister Carolyn Bacon and her husband David of East Windsor, CT., and his partner Susan Netter of East Longmeadow.

    Funeral Services will be held FRIDAY 1:30 PM in Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Spfld. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, 895 Parker St., Spfld. Calling Hours will be held THURSDAY from 4 to 7 PM in the SAMPSONS CHAPEL OF THE ACRES FUNERAL HOME, 21 TINKHAM RD., SPFLD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to the M.S.P.C.A. 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. - See more at: http://obits.masslive.com/obituaries/masslive/obituary.aspx?pid=171144707#sthash.iMWbuFDp.dpuf

He m. Judith/Judy Children:

  1. Elizabeth Prentice. In 2014 lived in Agawam , CT.
  2. Margaret Prentice. In 2014 lived in East Longmeadow, CT.

Who are Leslie Prentice's Parents?

So far we have found only negative information:

  • He is not in the LDS IGI.
  • No Prentice appears in the 1880 census for East Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.
  • He is not in the 1900 census.
  • Married in the 1910 census in Enfield, Hartford Co., CT, but no parent or sibling is shown in the household.

We do note that in 1910 Jessie was living in Enfield, Hartford Co., CT, and that also living in Enfield was Albert R. Prentice (b. c. 1860, CT) and his wife, Emma (b. c. 1857, CT) along with their children, Ethel and Pearl. However, according to our Winter 2002 article entitled Albert Prentice of Hartford, CT they are not shown with a son named Leslie.

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