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Alexander Albert Prentiss of Nova Scotia and New Jersey

Alexander Albert Prentiss of Nova Scotia and New Jersey
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2000 and Revised: 15 Feb ­2014

We are helping Linda Prentiss in her efforts to trace her Prentice roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. Alexander Albert Prentiss was b. circa 1846-1848, Halifax, Nova Scotia and either (1) d. c. 1898 or (2) d. 2 Feb 1952.. He immigrated to the U. S. 1870. Alexander was naturalized 1 Nov 1880 in Bayonne, N.J.

He m. Anna/Anne E. Reid/Reed, born Oct 1852 in Warren Township, NJ, dau. of either (1)Kelly and Elizabeth Reed of Warren Township or (2)William D. Reid and Elizabeth Dey. According to some records, Anne Reed died at her daughter's 29 Jun 1909 in North Plainfield, N.J. On her death notice, she claims to have had 7 children. Known children:

  1. Edward Prentiss, born Aug 27, 1878, North Plainfield, N.J., and d. Mar 1968, rvington, Essex Co., NJ. He appears in the 1920 and 1930 Newark, Essex, NJ census with his wife, Lilly, b. c. 1883, NJ and children:
    1. Agnes Prentiss, b. c. 1901, NJ.
    2. Thomas Prentiss, b. c. 1903, NJ. He might be the Thomas Prentice mentioned in Barbara David's email of 24 Apr 2000 who m. her mother's sister on 7 Jun 1926 and had 5 children. No names were provided. He might be the Thomas Prentiss shown in the 1930 census in Newark, Essex Co., NJ with his wife, Fernie, b. c. 1907, NJ.
    3. Richard Prentiss, b. c. 1905, NJ. He appears in the 1930 Newark, Essex Co., NJ census with his wife, Anna, b. c. 1898, NJ. 1940 in
    4. Francis Prentiss, b. c. 1908, NJ. He appears in the 1930, 1940 Newark, Essex Co., NJ census with his wife, Alice, M., b. c. 1913, PA. He is probably the Francis C. Prentiss shown in the SSDI as b. 19 Jan 1908 and d. 14 Jan 1999 in Leavenworth, Chelan Co., WA. Son:
      1. David Prentice, b. c. 1931, NJ. 1940 at home. Newark, NJ.
    5. Melvin Prentiss, b. c. 1909, NJ. Not in 1930 census.
    6. Violet Prentiss, b. c. 1916, NJ. At home in 1930.
    7. Albert Prentiss, b. c. 1917, NJ. Perhaps the same person as James, below.
    8. James Prentiss, b. c. 1917, NJ. Perhaps the same person as Albert, above. At home in 1930.
    9. Elizaeth Prentiss, b. c. 1923, probably Newark, Essex Co., NJ. At home in 1930.

  2. Margaret Prentiss, born May 18, 1884, Bayonne, N.J.

  3. Alexander Prentiss, born 5 Jan 1887, Bergan Point, Bayonne, NJ, and d. 11 Feb 1952, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ. He m. Elizabeth/Lizzie Layton on 1 Jan 1910 at Lakewood, NJ. She was b. Mar 1894, Monmouth, NJ, and d. 15 Nov 1957, Los Angeles, CA. He appears in the 1920 Whiteside Road, Ocean County, NJ census and 1930 & 1940 in Dover, Ocean Co., NJ with his wife Lizzie and family. Children:
    1. Anna Marie Prentiss, b. 1911, Long Branch, Monmouth Co., NJ and d. there that same year, 1911.
    2. Verna E. Prentiss, b. 23 Jul 1917, Monmouth, NJ, and d. 26 Apr 1981, Ocean Co., NJ. She m. Ivans Tiffany.
    3. Florence M. Prentiss, b. 28 Jul 1919, Toms River, Ocean Co., NH and d. there 11 Jul 1996. She m. Peter Koller. He was b. 11 May 1909, Hungray, and d. 20 Jun 1973, Sarasota, Sarasota Co., FL. They had 2 sons and 4 daughters.
    4. Charles Alden Prentiss, b. 11 Aug 1921, NJ, and d. Dec 1979, Toms River, Ocean Co., NJ. 1040 at home in Dover, Ocean Co., NJ.

  4. Mary "Mamie" E. Prentiss, born June 26, 1889, Plainfield, N.J. She m. Carl Ebel/Eble by 1909 and in 1909 lived at 29 Greenbrook Rd. N Plainfield, NJ. Children:
    1. (name not known)
    2. (name not known)
    3. Edward Ebel/Eble
    4. Margaret Ebel/Eble
    5. Alexander Ebel/Eble
    6. Mary E. (Mamie) Ebel/Eble
    7. Charles Ebel/Eble

  5. Charles Prentiss, born December 30 1891, North Plainfield, N.J. He appears in the 1930 Brookilyn, Kings Co., NY census as b. c. 1891, NJ, with his wife, Lilliuan/Lilly Breckenridge, , b. c. 1891, NY. 1940 census he is a widower in New York, Kings Co., NY. Daughter:
    1. Gloria Prentiss, b. c. 1925, NY. 1930 and 1940 at home.
    2. Note: The 1940 census shows they had 2 children, 1 apparently dying before 1940.

In reviewing our NJ census records, we note that our copy of the 1880 NJ census indicates that both of Alexander's parents were born in Canada. Although no specific location in Canada was mentioned, it seems like a reasonable inference that perhaps his parents may also have been born in Nova Scotia. A guess as to the birthdate of his father would be sometime between 1790 and 1820.

The 1880 census also shows that Alexander's wife, Annie, was born in NJ and that their son, Edward, was then 2 years old.

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