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Reuben Prentice of Ogle Co., IL

Reuben Prentice of Ogle Co., Illinois
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 1999 and Revised 5 Mar 2004

Update of 6 May 2004: This article has now been replaced by our Summer 2004 article on Reuben T. Prentice of Ogle, IL .
Is he related to Clarissa and Jonas?

1. Reuben T. Prentice (aka Reuben R. Prentiss) was b. c. 1836-1838 in PA. He may have moved to Ogle Co., IL before 1865. Civil War records indicate that Reuben T. Prentice served in the 8 Illinois Cavalry, inducted as a Private and discharged as a Sergeant.

He married Lavina/Lovina Eyster on 30 Sep 1865 in Ogle Co., IL. She was b. c. 1839 in IL and d. 15 Mar 1929 in Oregon, Ogle Co., IL. She was the dau. of John B. (Oyster) Eyster and Susannah Barto.

Reuben and Lavina appear, without children, in the 1870 Marion, Ogle Co., IL census. He apparently was deceased by 1878 at the time his wife applied for a Civil War Pension.

Reuben and Lavina had at least two children who appear in the 1880 Ogle County census:

  1. Henry W. Prentice, b. 16 Aug 1873. He may, or may not, be the Henry Prentice shown in the 1930 census in Dekalb, DeKalb Co., IL as b. c. 1873, IL, with his wife, Bessie, b. c. 1874, IL. No children shown.
  2. Helen L. Prentice, b. 3 Oct 1875

Lavina, but not Reuben, appears in the 1900 and 1920 Ogle County census with another son:

  1. Charles G. Prentice, b. Sep. 1883. and d. 28 Aug 1920 in Oregon, Ogle Co., IL. Charles Living with his mother in 1920 Oregon, Ogle Co., IL census. He may, or may not, be the Charles Prentice who m. Jelys Jeanette McCoy. She was b. 16 Jul 1884 in Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., IL and d. 13 Jan 1966 in Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., IL. She was the dau. of Archibald Swingley McCoy and Laura Belle Neff.
Perhaps related to Reuben Prentice are:

1. Jonas A. Prentice who m. Mary Slaughter in Ogle County on 10 March 1873. Jonas is a descendant of John-3.

2. Clarisa E. Prentice who m. Thomas W. Hill in Ogle County on 3 Feb 1874. She is the widow of Jonas' brother, Nathan, who is also a descendant of John-3.


Fn. 1. By E-mail of 16 Sep 1999, Michelle Setlik relates that she had contacted a number of Prentice and Lee families, and one of the Lee families returned a group sheet on a Lee family who lived in Wayne Co., IA. One of the daughters on the sheet was named Mary, born in 1864. It is unknown if that Mary is the same person.

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