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Charles Douglas Prentice of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY

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Charles Douglas Prentice of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1998 and Revised 30 Dec 2010

We are helping Mary K. Warmuth trace her prentice roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. Charles Douglas Prentice was born about 20 Mar 1864 or 1865, reportedly in Elmira, Chemung Co., NY, with both parents b. in NY. He appears in the 1910 census in Sedalia, Pettis Co., MO, with his wife and family. Charles died 11 Sep 1950. He lived in a cabin which was the home of the daughter on the Johnson family property and died while building a fire in a wood stove using kerosine.

According to Mary's letter of 8 Mar 1998, Charles and had an older brother (name unknown) and a sister, Mary.

Family tradition indicates Charles' parents were killed, or murdered, when he was young. It is also thought that their guardian apparently misappropriated the family money, perhaps while living in Buffalo, NY, and that Charles later ran away and joined the Army. He served in the Spanish-American War and W.W. I. Charles lived in Missouri and appears in the 1910 census in Sedalia, Pettis Co., MO, with his wife and family. Not shown with family in 1920 census.

He m. 1st Mary "Kate" Green Mathis who was b. 3 Mar 1883, MO, with both parents b. in KY. By email of 26 Dec 2010, Don Rodgers provides the following additional information about her:

    Mary Katherine Mathis' father was Isaac Green Mathis and he was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. He is buried at the Confederate Home cemetery in Higginsville Missouri. Isaac Green Mathis was married to Elizabeth Evaline Duvall who is the daughter of Edward Lewis Duvall (another Confederate Soldier) and Nancy A. Sanders.

    Edward Lewis Duvall and Nancy A. Sander were married and came from Kentucky. This line can be traced back quite aways. The Mathis family came from North Carolina and can also be trace back away. I am a descendant of Isaac Green Mathis and Elizabeth Evaline Duvall thru their oldest son Charles Edward Mathis who lived in Boone County Missouri.

Mary appears as married, without her husband, in the 1920 census in Clifton Hill, Randolph Co., MO. Living with Kate and her children in the 1920 census was her widowed mother, Elizabeth Mathis, b. c. 1750, KY, with both parents b. in KY.

Children of Charles and Kate:

  1. Lucy May Prentice, b. 17 Dec 1901, Clifton Hill, MO. Not home in 1920 census.
  2. James Clifford Prentice, b. 30 Sep 1904, Slater, MO. At home in Clifton Hill in 1920 census. He d. 15 Jul 1976, Los Angeles, CA at the age of 71 (per CA Death Index). However, the SSDI shows him last receiving benefits in Golden, Jefferson Co., CO. Not in 1920 or 1930 census.
  3. Alberta Prentice, b. c. 1907, MO, and died as a child. Not home in 1920 census.
  4. Joe Douglas Prentice, died as a child. Not home in 1920 census.
  5. Elizabeth Kathryn Prentice, b. 19 Apr 1914, Houston, TX. At home in Clifton Hill in 1920 census. She is the mother of Mary K. Warmuth.

Charles and Mary were later divorced. He later m. 2nd Emma (surname known), and later divorced her.

Mary advises she checked the 1865 Elmira, NY census and found the following Prentice family:

  1. William M. Prentice (husband)
  2. Lucy M. Prentice (wife)
  3. Everett D. Prentice, b. c. 1855.
  4. Willie M. Prentice, d. 29 Jun 1864

Mary relates that: "The census indicated she had three children. Charles Douglas would have been about 3 months old (if b. in 1864) at the time of the census and was not listed."

If you have any additional information about the ancestry of Charles Douglas Prentice, , we would like to hear from you. You may contact us at the Prentice Newsletter. The "Subject" line of your email must contain the full name of the PRENTICE you are writing about, otherwise there is a serious risk that your email will be deleted, unread, as spam by our email filter.

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