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Margaret Anne Prentice of TX and OK

Margaret Anne Prentice of Texas and Oklahoma
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2000 and Revised: 12 Sep 2008

Update of 12 Sep 2008: Margaret Anne Prentice is #55 in our Summer 2006 article entitled The Prentices of Halton, Buckingham, England and Williamsburg, Virginia . That article now replaces this article.

We are helping Michelle Fiedler in her search for the parents of Margaret Prentice.

1. Margaret Anne Prentice was b. 1843, MO, and d. 1934 in OK.

She m. John R Webber (1842 - 1923). They are bur. in the Mt. Park, Oklahoma, cemetery and the dates come from their headstones. Michelle Fiedler says they were in Lamar Co., TX in 1866 and in Kiowa Co., OK in 1918.

It is said that in Margaret's old age, she kept telling everyone that her name was Margaret Anne Prentice, unable to connect the Webber name to her own.

Another family story says there was a small pox epidemic and John walked across the country to get vaccinated for small pox. At that time they did not live anywhere close to a town and it was a difficult journey. When he finally returned home, Margaret scratched the pus pocket left by the vacine with a straw. She then took a sterile needle and vacinated herself and all of their children with the serum removed from John. None of them contracted small pox.

Another story says that after her one of her children chopped off his toe with an axe, Margaret grabbed the toe and took the membrane from a chicken egg and wrapped it around the toe and the foot and the toe eventually reattached to the foot.

Margaret and John had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Rebecca Adeline Webber, b. 26 Jan 1866 in Lamar Co., TX and d. 1960.
  2. Maud L. Webber, b. c. 1888, TX. She m. Tom Holley, b. c. 1883, TX. They are living with her parents in the 1920 census in Mountain Park, Kiowa Co., OK.

Who are Margaret Prentice's Parents?

Margaret Prentice is almost certainly, the Margaret A. Webber who appears in the 1920 census in Mountain Park, Kiowa Co., OK, as b. c. 1843, MO (with both parents b. in KY), with her husband, John R. Webber, b. c. 1842, KY (with both parents b. in KY). They are both called Mother-in-law and Father-in-law of Maud L. (Webber) Holley and her husband, Tom Holley, with whom they are living in the 1920 census.

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