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Charles Edwin Prentice, Penobscot, ME

Charles Edwin Prentice of Bangor, Penobscot Co., ME
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1999 and Revised 1 Sep 2011

1. Charles Edwin Prentice was b. 27 Oct 1813 in Bangor, Penobscot Co., ME and d. 5 Apr 1884 in Enfield, Penobscot Co., Me (per IGI and Bellew-Camptell.org ). He appears in the 1870 census in Enfield, Penobscot Co., ME with his wife, Mary, and family.

He may have had at least 2 marrages:

  1. The IGI says that he m. Lydia A. Lowell on 12 Feb 1835 in Bangor, Penobscot, ME.

  2. He may also have m. Mary J. Cates on 23 Jun 1844 in Bangor, ME per Ancestry.com and Bellew-Campbell.org. She was b. 28 Jan 1814, Thorndike, Waldo Co., ME, and d. either 24 Jun 1870 or 6 Sep 1893, Bangor. the dau. of Samuel Cates (1787-1828) and Betsy Farwell (1793-1882). An Ancestor Chart for Mary can be found at Ancestry.com .

Charles and his family appear in the 1850 Maine census on mixed-up census pages. He appears with part of his family at the bottom of pg. 214 with the rest of his children appearing at the top of pg. 217. Charles and his family appear, intact, in the 1860 census in Bangor, Penobscot Co., ME. The children b. before 1844, appear to be those of Charles by his 1st wife, Lydia, and the others after 1844 by his 2nd wife, Mary:

  1. Julia A. Prentiss, b. c. 1836, Bangor, ME, per Bellew-Campbell.org. At home in the 1860 census. She m. Jeremiah Murphy after 1860. Living with her parents, without her husband, in the 1870 census in Enfield, Penobscot Co., ME. and had 1 or more children, including:
    1. Mary E. Murphy, b. 14 Aug 1869 and d. 10 Jul 1979. Living with her mother and grandparents in the 1870 census in Enfield, Penobscot Co., ME.

  2. Charles William "William" Prentis, b. c. 1838, Bangor, ME per 1850 census and Bellew-Campbell.org. In 1860 census. Not in 1870 or 1880 census by "Charles Prentis" or "William Prentis."

  3. Hannah Eliza "Eliza" Prentis, b. c. 1840, Bangor, ME per 1850 census and Bellew-Campbell.org. At home in 1860 census. Not in 1870 census by that name.

  4. Lydia Frances "Francis" Prentis, b. c. 1843-44, Bangor, ME per 1850 census. At home in 1860 census. Not in 1870 census by either name. She is almost certainly the "Fannie Prentiss" who m. Marcellus Llewellyn Dyer on 24 May 1864. More information about her marriage and descendants can be found in our Spring 2009 article at Fannie Prentiss of Enfield, Penobscot Co., ME .

  5. Orianna Elizabeth Prentiss, b. 26 Jan 1845, Bangor, ME, and d. 13 Jun 1872 per 1850 census and Ancestry.com, above. At home in 1860 census indexed as "Ozianna Prentiss". She m. Samuel M. Witham. Not in 1870 census.

  6. Mary Elma Prentiss, b. 6 Jan 1849 and d. 5 Aug 1851, age 2 years, per Ancestry.com, above.

  7. Frederick Dillingham Prentiss, b. 25 Mar 1852, Bangor, ME, and d. 31 Dec 1855, Bangor, age 3 years, per Ancestry.com, above.

  8. Henry Edwin Prentice, b. 8 Jul 1854, Bangor, ME per Ancestry.com. At home in 1860 and 1870 census. He m. Florence S. about 1896. She was b. Jun 1856, ME. 1900 census in Enfield, Penobscot Co., ME. 1910 and 1920 census in Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., ME. Not in 1930 census. They had 2 or more children, including:
    1. Dorothy J. Prentiss, b. May 1898, Enfield, Penobscot Co., ME. At home there in 1900 census. At home in Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., ME in 1910 census. Not home in 1920 census.
    2. Mary L. Prentiss, b. Apr 1900, Enfield. At home there in 1900 census. At home in Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., ME in 1910 and 1920 census. She might be the Mary Prentiss who m. R. Henry Woodworth and had:
      • Kathleen Woodworth, b. c. 1932 and d. 13 Jan 2000 at the Maine Veterans' Home in South Paris, ME. She was a 1950 graduate of South Paris High School. On Dec. 31, 1951, she married Nathan Hunt. She worked with her husband at Katie's Kitchen in West Paris for many years. She was president of Women in Business. Her hobbies were plants, singing, poetry and cooking. Funeral services at Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, 45 Main St., South Paris, and bur. in Riverside Annex. Surviving her were her husband and children:
        • Kathleen Hunt who m. Tom Jordan of South Paris.
        • Lynda Hunt who m. ScottHamilton of Norway.
        • Stephen Hunt of Waterford.
        • Nathan E. Hunt of Norway.
      • Raymond Woodworth of Otisfield.
      • James Woodworth of Woodbury, NJ.
    3. Geneva Prentice who m. Mr. Holahan of Durango, CO. Mentioned in obit. of sister, Mary.

    Living with Henry's family in 1900 was Kate L. Freese, b. c. 1883, ME, age 17 and single,and called a Daughter-in-law, but perhaps she was a step-daughter of Florence by a prior marriage.

Who are Charles Edwin Prentice' Parents?

A review of the 1810 census taken about 3 years before Charles Prentice was born shows the following heads of families in Maine:

  1. Samuel Prentiss, Gorham, Cumberland, ME. He is a desc. of Henry and his last known child was b. 1798.
  2. Osias Prentice, Harlem, Kennebec, ME. See Ozias, 1920 census, below.
  3. Valentine Prentice, Harlem, Kennebec, ME. He was too old to have Charles c. 1813.
  4. Thadeus Prentice, Canaan, Somerset, ME. So far we have not yet identified his family. However, the 1810 census shows him and his wife with 4 sons born between 1800 and 1810, so it is possible that they had another son b. c. 1813.

A A review of the 1820 census taken about 7 years after Charles Prentice was born shows the following heads of families in Maine:

  1. William Prentiss. Gorham, Cumberland, ME. He has 2 sons under 10 years of age.
  2. Artemus Prentes, Westbrook, Cumberland, ME. He has 3 sons under 10 years of age.
  3. Caleb Prentice, Paris, Oxford, ME. He has 3 sons under 10 years of age.
  4. Henry Prentice, Paris, Oxford, ME. We can eliminate him because he has no sons under 10 years of age.
  5. Ozias Prentis, Chandlersville, Somerset, ME. He has 4 sons under 10 years of age. We have extensive family information for Ozias and he is not known to have a son named Charles.

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