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Virgil B. Prentice of Willet, NY

Virgil B. Prentice of Willet, Cortland Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised 24 Jan 2016

Update of 4 Nov 2006: For Virgil B. Prentice's roots, see now our Valentine-3 eBook.

In our Fall 1998 Prentice Newsletter we featured an article about Ozias G. Prentice and George Washington Prentice. We now have new information from Deborah Nye Corgan and Rose Kulin which resolves some of the questions raised in that article and we can now construct the following family tree:

A. Ozias G. Prentice, b. c. 1787, CT. He died on 2 Jan 1855 and is interred in the E. Afton Cemetery, Afton, Chenango Co., NY. In reviewing the 1840 and 1850 NY census, we find Ozias G. Prentice in 1840 in Cincinnati, Cortland Co., NY and in 1850 in Sandford, Broome Co., NY.

Ozias m. Laura Griswold on 11 Jul 1808 (Ref: Deborah Corgan, email, 25 May 2000). Laura was b. c. 1791, MA. Children:

  1. (son) Prentice, b. before 1810. . . . . . . [1]
  2. Samuel G. Prentice, b. c. 1820, NY. Living with his brother, Ransom, and sister, Emeline in the 1880 Sanford, Broome Co., NY census.
  3. Roxana L. Prentice, b. c. 1822, NY. She died 10 Jun 1862 and is interred in the E. Afton Cemetery.
  4. Ransom L. Prentice, b. c. 1829, NY.
  5. Lawry L. Prentice, b. c. 1832, NY.
  6. Emeline Prentice .

Although only speculation at this point, the unnamed son born before 1810 is likely Virgil B. Prentice, b. c. 1809 in NY, who appears in the 1850 Willet, Cortland Co., NY census since Virgil gave one of his sons the fairly unusual name of "Ozias". By combining that census information with information from Deborah Nye Corgan and Rose Kulin, we can construct the family of Virgil and his descendants.

1. Virgil Barzilla Prentice, b. 9 Aug 1809, NY, and d. 15 Apr 1889 in Dale, WI. Bur. Pine Grove Cem., Dale Outagamie Co., WI. Farmer. He m. Angeline Webb, b. c. 1812, NY. In 1860 census in Dale, Outagamie Co., WI. Children:

  1. Joseph Prentice, b. c. 1835, NY and d. 1856.
  2. Esther Prentice, b. c. 1837, NY.
  3. George Washington Prentice, b. c. 1839, NY. . . . . . [2]
  4. Mercy A. Prentice, b. c. 1844, NY. Called "Mary A. Prentice" in 1860 Dale census and living at home.
  5. Ozias Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. George Washington Prentice, b. 10 Feb 1839, Smithville, NY (per Rose Kulin). He d. 1916. George appears in the 1880 and 1900 Dale, Outagamie Co., WI census with his wife and family.

He m. Lydia Francis "Frankie" (Paddleford) Prentice, b. 7 Jan 1843, Greene, NY (per Rose Kulin). By a posting on the Prentice list dated 25 jan 2001, Deborah Nye Corgan added the following additional information:

    My Lydia Frances Paddleford was known as Frankie and maybe "Frank".... Among my fathers papers is a paper about the Elliott and Cornish families, founders of Stonington, CT. Frankie's mother, unnamed, is among the descendants of those families:
    1. Adin Elliott's daughter, Desire Elliott (born 1791, died July 4, 1823) married Jabez Cornish (born 1786, died April 1870).
    2. Daughter, Roxanna Amanda Cornish (b. 1808, died young but married William Matheson or Matison in 1828 and moved to Ohio. (the genealogist credited this info to page 48 of" The History and Genealogy of the Cornish Families in America", by Joseph E. Cornish of Boston, Mass. 1907. He also notes that Desire was 17 when Roxana was born and went on to have 10 children in all.) ;
    3. Daughter, Frances Lydia Pattelford born 1842, married George W. Prentice.

Children of George and Lydia were:

  1. Robert W. Prentice, b. Nov 1868, WI. Robert was a rural mail carrier in Dale, Outagamie, WI. He m. Maggie/Magdalene M. and had:
    1. Faye Prentice, b. Mar 1897, WI
    2. Foy B(?). Prentice, b. c. 1898, WI
    3. Lyle Prentice, b. Oct 1898, WI
    4. Daniel(?), b. c. 1901 WI
    5. Pearl Prentice, b. 1904, WI
    6. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1909, WI

  2. Phebe Ella Prentice, b. c. 1870, WI. She is probably the Ella Phoebe Prentice who Deborah Nye Corgan's email of 21 May 2000 says m. Irwin Raymond Nye. Children:
    1. Gerald Prentice Nye, b. 19 Dec 1892 in Hortonville, Outagamie Co., WI. and d. 1971. Bur. Ft. Lincoln, NE Washington DC. Newspaper editor and US Senator, ND. He m. 1st Ann Margaret Johnson Munch. She was b. 1893, UT, and d. 1985, Glendale, CA (per Deborah Nye Corgan, email, 22 Nov 2003 and 16 Sep 2008). Children:
      1. Marjorie Eleanor Nye 1917-199_
      2. Robert Gerald Nye 1921-1996
      3. James Prentice Nye 1923-2007.
      He m. 2nd. Arda Marguerite Johnson, b. 1908 and d. 2003, age 95. Their children:
      1. Gerald Prentice Nye, Jr. b.1943 Washington, DC;
      2. Richard Johnson Nye, b. 1944 Washington, DC;
      3. Marguerite Deborah Nye, b. 1950 Washington, DC, (m. in 1981 to John Andrew Frederick Corgan b. 1948. She m. John F. Corgan on 28 Jun 1981 and has 5 children.

  3. George D. (Denison) Prentice, b. 7 Jun 1873, Dale, Outagamie, WI and d. 17 Dec 1915 in Appleton, WI. He m. Carrie Alexander, b. c. 1882 in WI living with her children and her sister, Irene Alexander. Children:
    1. Irene Prentice, b. c. 1907, WI. She appears in the 1920 Hortonville, Outagamie Co., WI census living at home. She may have m. a Mr. Burmingham(?) and had 3-4 children, one of whom may have been named Alice. (See Footnote 1 )
    2. Ella Maurine Prentice, b. 10 Jul 1910, Hortonville, WI and d. Feb. 1988 at Oshkosh, WI. She m. Anton Paul Plashko III on 7 Nov 1936. Both are bur. in Riverside Cem., Oshkkosh, WI. Children (per G. Zwicker, email of 11 Jan 2003 and Anton Paul Plashko V, email, 1 May 2003):
      1. Anton Plashko IV. He had 3 children per Monika (Plaschko) Kleinert, email, 1 Jul 2009:
        1. Anton Paul Plashko V (per email, 1 May 2003)
        2. Peter Plashko.
        3. Patrick Plashko.
      2. Fern/Ferne Plashko. She m. Mr. Keso.
      3. Alice Plashko. She m. 1st Edward Cartwright and 2nd William Dean LaVigne.
      4. Bruce Plashko.
      Requests for information on her descendants will be forwarded to Rose Kulin for response.

    3. Eugene Prentice. He does not appear at home in the 1920 Hortonville census and might be deceased. He may have drowned in a lake in, or near, Hortonville, WI. (See Footnote 1 )

    4. Alice Prentice, b. c. 1914, WI and living at home in the 1920 Hortonville census. Alice died very young perhaps from spinal meningitis. (See Footnote 1 )

    5. Francis Prentice, b. c. 1917, WI and living at home in the 1920 Hortonville census. He m. Margie and was a Plumber. (See Footnote 1 )
  4. Roxanna Prentice, b. c. 1875, WI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

3. Ozias G. Prentice, b. Dec 1847, NY and d. 1936. At home in Dale, Outagamie Co., WI, in 1860 census. He appears in the 1920 Dale, Outagamie Co., MI census with his wife and family.

He m. Christine, b. Jun 1847, OH and children:

  1. Aaron Prentice, b. Apr 1870, WI. He m. Mary (b. c. 1882, Wi) and had:
    • Arnold Prentice, b. c. 1905, WI

  2. Jettie/Zetta Prentice, b. Jul 1872 & m. James Running.

  3. Wesley Prentice, b. Mar 1875, WI. He m. Hilda (b. c. 1881, WI) and had:
    • Grace Prentice, b. c. 1906, WI.

  4. Martin Prentice, b. Aug 1880, WI. He appears in the 1920 Butternut, Ashland Co., WI census with his wife, Mabel, b. c. 1890 in IL, and children:
    • Howard Prentice, b. c. 1910, WI.
    • Agatha Prentice, b. c. 1916, WI.

  5. Frank L. Prentice, b. Dec 1883, WI. He m. Ida/Ilda (b. c. 1885, WI) and had:
    • Gerald Prentice, b. c. 1910, WI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.1]

  6. Floyd Prentice, twin, b. May 1886, WI. He appears in the 1920 and 1830 Burlington, Racine Co., WI census with his wife, Rose (Beals?), b. c. 1891, IL, and son:
    • Gordon Prentice, b. c. 1917, IL.

  7. Lloyd Prentice, twin, b. May 1886, WI. He m. Florence (b. c. 1895, WI). Not in 1930 census. Children:
    • Rowland Prentice, b. c. 1916, WI
    • Ida Prentice, b. c. 1918, WI

3.1 Gerald Prentice, b. c. 1910, WI. He appears in the 1930, 1940 census in Milwaukee, WI, with his wife. 1940 a Testboard Man with 2 years of college.

He m. Maria, b. c. 1910, WI. Children:

  1. Gerald Prentice Jr., b. c. 1931 in WI. 1940 at home in Milwaukee, WI.
  2. Joseph F. Prentice, b. c. 1932, WI. 1940 at home in Milwaukee, WI. His obituary reads as follows:

      Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) - Saturday, October 19, 2002: Prentice, Joseph F. "Joe"

      Prentice, Joseph F. "Joe" Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Wed. Oct. 16, 2002, age 70. Loving husband of Pat (nee Gifford). Dearest dad of Joey and Linda (Jim) Schallock. Proud grandpa of Steven (Caz), Tracy (Mike) and Shannon. Proud great grandpa of Chacho and Mercedes. Brother of Jerry and Laverne (Red) Behrens. Also loved by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

      Visitation at the Funeral Home Sun. Oct. 20, 2-3:45 PM. Funeral Service 4 PM. Burial Wisconsin Memorial. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Jesus Cares Ministries. Joe retired from Roundy's Corporation with 29 years of service. KRAUSE FUNERAL HOME and Cremation Services 9000 W. CAPITOL DR. (414)464-4640

    He m. Pat Gifford. Children:

    1. Joseph Prentice.
    2. Linda Prentice. She m. Jim Schallock.
  3. Laverne Prentice, b. c. 1936, WI. 1940 at home in Milwaukee, WI. She m. Red Behrens.

4. Roxanna Prentice, b. c. 1875, WI.

She m. Joseph Otto Seftenberg. They lived first in North Freedom, Wisconsin, where he ran a weekly newspaper, and then in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he sold organs and other musical instruments. They had one son: (Ref: Steve Seftenberg, email of 23 Mar 2001)

  1. Chester Dale Seftenberg, b. 2 Sep 1906. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

5. Chester Dale Seftenberg, b. 2 Sep 1906, North Freedom, WI. He attended Lawrence College (class of 1926) and University of Wisconsin Law School (class of 1929). He was elected yo the Wisconsin State Legislature for one term. He worked for a bank in Oshkosh, moved to Oak Park, Illinois, where he ran the trust department of the Oak Park Trust and Savings Bank.

After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the USAF and was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base outside Dayton, Ohio, where he was the Executive Officer of the Experimental Command, responsible for preparing airplanes for shifting from one theater to another (for example from the desert to the Arctic or the jungle) with the least amount of time and effort. For his services, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award given to a noncombatant.

He married Margaret Pearl Longfellow, b. 20 Sep 1906, a childhood sweetheart.Children:

  1. Margaret Pearl Seftenberg, b. 2 Nov 1930. She m. Richards Hooker Carpenter, of Tucson, Arizona. Children, all of who live in WI:
    • Williams Dale Carpenter
    • Thomas Hooker Carpenter
    • Cheryl Ann Carpenter. She m. Steve Gilbert

  2. Stephen L. "Steve" Seftenberg, b. 24 Feb 1935, Oak Park, IL. Graduated mcl from Harvard College (1956) and from Harvard Law School (1959). Practiced in Chicago 1959-89, was with a multi-state firm 1989-93 and in 2001 is counsel to the law offices of Alan H. Hammerman, Esq., of Chicago, and a sole practitioner in West Palm Beach. He m. Sarah Scott Lauder on 20 Oct 1962. Children:
    • Scott Lauder Seftenberg, b. 27 Apr 1965. Graduate of U. of WI and lives in Chicago in 2001.
    • Amy Longfellow Seftenberg, b. 10 Apr 1967. She m. in Clevedon, England on 30 Nov 1991 Andrew John Turnbull who was born in Scotland. They have lived in London, Zurich, and in 2001 they live in Bermuda where he is an executive with XL, an international reinsurance and finance company. Children:
      • Cameron John Turnbull, b. 2 Sep 1998.
      • Robert Scott Turnbull, b. 4 Mar 2000.
    • Thomas McKean Seftenberg, b. 15 Sep 1969. Graduate of Wittenberg College, Springfield, OH and has MBA from the U. of Chicago. Lives in Chicago in 2001. He m. on 12 Jun 1999 in Brewster, MA, Lee Ann Hermanson who was b. 4 Aug 1969. He is an executive with Driehaus Co., an investment advisory company.

There is a chance that Virgil B. Prentice may be related to Ransom Prentice and Zachariah Prentice who are discussed in the following articles:

Footnote 1: An email of 18 Feb 2003 from Gayle at Zwishko@aol.com reads, in part, as follows:

"I asked my great-aunt Lucille about information about Ella Maurine (Prentice) Plashko [who] knew Ella well. As far as she remembers Ella had a brother, Francis who was married to Margie. Francis was a plumber. Ella also had a brother (unnamed) who drowned in a lake in Hortonville, WI or near there. Ella had a sister named Alice who also died very young of what Lucille thought was spinal meningitis. She had another sister, Irene (married name Burmingham?) who had 3-4 children. She believes one of the children was Alice....When I see them I will confirm that the info I wrote down is correct. Gayle"

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