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Richard Wilfred Prentice of Massena, St. Lawrence Co., New York

Richard Wilfred Prentice of Massena, St. Lawrence Co., New York
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2010 and Revised 28 Mar 2010

Update of 28 Mar 2010: This article has been updated and replaced by our Summer 2010 article entitled Scott Aaron Prentice of VT and Lyon Mountain, Clintain Co., NY .

We are helping Shelyn Prentice and David Charlebois in tracing their Prentice roots. After merging their information with ours, 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's obituary reads as follows:

    Massena Courier Observer, Page 2 Massena, N.Y. Observer, Tuesday, August 9,1983

    Richard W. Prentice: A memorial Mass for Richard W. Prentice, 75, 24 Laurel Ave., will be today at 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Msgr. Floyd J. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Mr. Prentice died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 6, 1983) at his home. He had been in failing health for six months.

    Surviving are his wife, Laura; a daughter, Mrs. , Paul (Eileen) Charlebois, Watertown; four sons, Gerald, Ft. Jackson, John, Essex Junction, Vt., and James and Peter, both of Massena; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

    Mr. Prentice was born in Plattsburgh on Nov. 7,1907, son of Richard Prentice [ but the obituary of his mother, Dorothy, below, identifies him as Scott Prentice] and Dorothy Golden. He came to Massena as a young boy and worked for W.L. Smith Hardware and as a chauffeur for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prior to the construction of the seaway. He then worked at the Massena Airport as a mechanic, where he also owned and piloted an airplane. In 1959, he began work as a supervisor of the St. Lawrence Gas Company and retired from there in 1973.

    He married Laura Gardner on May 12, 1933 in St. Mary's Church with the Rev. Msgr. John Bellamy officiating. Memorial contributions may be ade to the Sacred Heart School Memorial Fund or to the Massena Rescue Squad.

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. By 1933 he was living in Massena, St. Lawrence Co., New York, when his daughter, Eileen was born. Children (per Shelyn Prentice, email, 27 Nov 2007 and David Charlebois):

  1. Eileen Prentice, b. 28 Feb 1936, Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Gerald Richard Prentice. He m. Shirley Sullivan. In 1989 he lived in Ft. Jackson, NY(?). 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. In 1989 he lived in Massena, NY. He m. Alicia Shantz.
    1. Jared James(?) Prentice.
    2. Jessalyn Rose Prentice.

2. Eileen Prentice, b. 28 Feb 1936, Massena, St. Lawrence Co., NY, and d. 15 Jun 1989 at the Medical Center Hospital, Burlington, Chittenden Co., NY, age 53. Bur. in Calvary Cem., Massena. At the time of her death she lived at 47 Urban Drive, Massena, NY 13662 per Vermont Death Records . Her obituary reads as follows:


    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 FrederickCharlebois on 27 Nov 1954, Massena per Ancestry.com He was b. 26 Jan 1932 in Potsdam, Saint Lawrence, NY, and d. 9 Jan 2004 in Rochester, Monroe Co. NY, where he lived at 14612 Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . Son:

  1. Richard James Charlebois, b. 2 Mar 1966, Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY. . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

She m. 2nd John V. Baxter on 5 Jan 1985 in Massena, NY, per Vermont Death Records . He was b. 26 Jun 1932, Massena and d. 21 Oct 1992 in Massena per David Charlebois. His obituary reads as follows:


    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. and Timothy L., both of Massena; a step-son, Rick Charlebois, Rochester; two brothers, Michael L., Omaha, Neb., and Carlton, 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. 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.

    He married [1st] Tsuru "Mary" Tani on May 7, 1956, at the Yokohamo Embassy, Japan. She died Oct. 6, 1981.

    He married [2nd] Eileen Prentice Charlebois on Jan. 5, 1985, in Massena. She died June 15, 1989.

    Published October 22, 1992 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY, USA

John V. Baxter had 2 sons prior to his marriage to Eileen Prentice:

  1. John Baxter of Bedford, IN.
  2. Timothy Baxter of Massena, NY.

3. Richard James Charlebois, b. 2 Mar 1966, Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, and d. 23 Apr 2002, Brownsville, Jefferson Co., NY. Bur. in Brownsville, Cem., Brownsville. His obituary reads as follows:


    Richard J. Charlebois, 36, Patrician Lane, died at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday at his home [13601 Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY], 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 Chur! ch 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

He m. Scarlet Lynn Shawcross on 29 Aug 1992 in Immaculate Conception Church, Brownsville,Jefferson Co., NY. She was b. Dec 1969, dau. of David Shawcross and Deborah. Her Wedding Annoucement reads as follows:

    SCARLET LYNN SHAWCROSS WEDS Scarlet Lynn Shawcross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Shawcross, 106 Huron St., Glen Park, was married to Richard James Charlebois, 8021 Black River Road, son of Paul F. Charlebois, Rochester, and the late Eileen R. Prentice, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville, with Monsignor Robert Lawler officiating. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an off-the-shoulder, ivory French silk satin ballgown fashioned with a Basque waist and short, shirred sleeves of satin, tulle and lace. The bodice and semi-cathedral-length train were trimmed with re-embroidered lace trimmed with pearls and sequins.

    Her headpiece was a crown of ivory satin ribbons, pearls and ivory porcelain roses caught to a two-tier, fingertip-length veil of ivory illusion. Her silk bouquet was fashioned by her mother and consisted of coral and ivory roses, alstroemeria, tulips and chrysanthemums wrapped with her mother's ivory Belgian lace mantilla. Hope Shawcross, Glen Park, was her sister's maid of honor and Mrs. Mark (Tiffany) Marra, Massena, was her sister's matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Amy Clement, Watertown, and Sheila Wager, Dexter. Natalie Lashway, Glen Park, was miniature bride. Charles Wood, Watertown, was best man. Ushers were Patrick Kelly, Glen Park, Joseph Murtha and Joe Dupell, both of Watertown. Readings were done by Michael Marvin and Joseph Butler Jr., both of Watertown, and Rick Pound, Canton. Linda Raville was organist and vocalist.

    A reception was held at the Glen Park Municipal Building immediately following the ceremony. The couple planned a 10-day wedding trip to Lake George and Vermont. The bride is a 1988 graduate of General Brown Central School, Dexter, and attended Jefferson Community College. She is employed at the American Corner Cafe.

    The bridegroom is a 1984 graduate of General Brown Central and is a partner with the Thousand Islands Financial Group. The couple will reside at 8021 Black River Road. Published August 30, 1992 in the Watertown Daily Times, NY, USA

Children of Richard and Scarlet

  1. Anna Eileen Charlebois, b. 27 Oct 1999, Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY.
  2. Ryan D. Charlebois, b. 11 Jun 1995, Watertown, Jeffeson Co., NY.
  3. Griffin P. Charlebois, b. 27 Jun 1997, Carthage, Jefferson Co., NY.

Who are Richard Wilfred Prentice's Parents?

Shelyn Peets' email of 29 Mar 2009 relates that her grandmother told her that her grandfather's father (Richard's father) was "Scott Prentice" and that he died shortly before, or after, Richard was born in 1907. We checked the 1900 Plattsburg census and found someone who fits that profile quite nicely. He is Scott Aaron Prentice, b. Jan 1882 in Vermont (father b. in Spain and mother in NY), son of a widow, (Co.......) Prentice, b. Dec 1857, NY (father b. in Scotland and mother in England)

    NOTE: The widow's name is somewhat difficult to decipher. One can see the film at Ancestry.com .

Living with that family in 1900 were Scott's brother, Charles Prentice (b. Jan 1880, VT) and Charles' wife, Martha (b. Mar 1882, VT), and 2 boarders, Allen and Louise Young.

The 1882 Scott Prentice does not appear in the 1910 and 1920 census; that is consistent with Shelyn Peets' information about Richard's father dying shortly before or after Richard's 1907 birth.

By email of 29 Mar 2007, Shelyn Peets 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's obituary reads as follows:

    Massena Courier Observer, Thursday, March 6, 1952
    W. Prentice's Mother Dies In Watertown

    Watertown — Mrs. Dorothy M. King, 63, wife of Jason L. King, 220 Michigan Ave., died at 9 a.m. Monday morning, March 3, 1952. She had been ill for a long time with a heart ailment and had been confined to her bed intermittently for a period of years.

    Funeral services were held at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Cleveland Funeral Home, 404 Sherman St., and at 2 in the First Methodist Church,

    Surviving Mrs. King, besides her husband, are a son, Richard Prentice of Masaena, born of her first marriage; a step-son, Harold L. King, city; and grandchildren.

    She was born June 9, 1889, in Plattsburg, a daughter of Joseph and Dorothea Golden. Her mother died when Mrs. King was two months old, after which the was brought up by her grandparents. She was married, first, about 1906 to Scott Prentice of Plattsburg. He died about 40 years ago. She was later married to Lyman Barnes and they lived in Blnghamton. After his death, she came to Watertown about 1980.

    She was married to Jason L. King of this city at the parsonage of the Emmanuel Congregational Church on July 1, 1933 by the Rev. Richard H. Bowen, then pastor of the church. Mr. King has been a resident of this city since 1918. Mrs. King was a member of the First Methodist Church, its official board and its Delta. Alpha Bible das*. She was communion steward of the church for years until ilmes competed her to relinquish the position. She was also a member of Cairo Temple, Daughters of the Nile, and of Garland Rebekah Lodge, 151.

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 1910 census, below).

We also checked the 1910 Plattsburg census and found a "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 with 2 small, joined, letters immediately above the word "Scotland" which are difficult to read but might be "NY". That might be a suggestion that the census location is in error and might refer to the town of New Scotland which is a town in Albany County, New York, suthwest of the city of Albany.

The 1910 census also shows Richards mother as b. 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.

The 1920 Plattsburg census shows a Scott Prentice, age 12 (b. c. 1907-08),, NY who is called a nephew of Leander Lacy(?) (indexed as "Tacy") (b. c. 1840, Canada) and his wife, Phoebe, b. 1847, Canada). It is unclear whether this is the 1907 Richard Wilfred Prentice or whether he may be another son of the 1882 Scott Aaron Prentice.

Investigation is continuing.

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