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Walter M. Prentice, Canfield, OH

Walter M. Prentice of Canfield, Mahoning, OH
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 1999 and Revised 21 Sep 2008

Update of 21 Sep 2008: Based on Walter M. Prentice naming his daughter, "Thalia," and a posting in Ancestry.com , we have tentatively identified Walter as the son of Noyes Billings Prentice and Athalia Mead.

1. Walter M. Prentice, Physician. We have contradictory information about his birth date and place:

  1. The 1850 census says he was b. c. 1823 in OH where he appears in the 1850 Canfield, Mahoning, OH census with his wife and family.
  2. The 1860 census says he was b. c. 1815 in CT where he appears with his wife and dau. in the 1860 census in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH.
  3. He is not in 1870 census.

He served in the Knox Co., KY, 49th Volunteer Infantry as a Surgeon, having Enrolled on 22 Dec 1863 and Mustered Out on 29 May 1864 per Ancestry.com .

The following is a brief account of the 49th Volunteer Infantry's servce per Ancestry.com :

    The 49th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry was organized at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, under Colonel John G. Eve, This Regiment was originally recruited for the cavalry service but, prior to muster-in, on December 14, 1863, the various detachments were consolidated into ten companies and the officers were duly commissioned from the date. All the companies and detachments were mustered into the United States service on the 19th day of September 1863, except two, one of which was mentioned in October 7, 1863, and the other November 3, 1863.

    The Regiment marched as follows: It left Camp Nelson for Somerset, Kentucky, October 20, 1863; shortly afterwards two companies went to Camp Burnside, and one was put on duty at Waynesburg, Kentucky; The Regiment was moved from Somerset to Camp Burnside on the 3rd and 4th days of January 1864, and on the 1st day of August 1864, it left Camp Burnside for Lexington, Kentucky, where it arrived on the 6th and on the 17th it was sent to Louisville, with the view of being marched against Adam Johnson's command; but it was recalled and returned to Lexington on August 21, 1864; It remained on duty, chiefly in the central portion of the State, until December 26, 1864, when it was mustered out at Lexington, Kentucky.

    The veterans from this Regiment re-enlisted by Captain J.M. Cook, were transferred to 7th Kentucky Cavalry and constituted Co. L of this Regiment. Those re-enlisted by Captain Francis Catron were transferred to 1st Kentucky Cavalry.

Walter m. Sarah L. (Lockwood?), b. c. 1830, OH. From that record, and a birth record of his son Walter, we know that they had at least two, and probably more, children: Sarah appears in the 1870 census in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit Co., OH, without her husband but with her children. Appearing as the head of the household was Sarah Lockwood, b. c. 1804, CT, and probably Sarah's mother. Children per census records:

  1. Frank Prentice, b. c. 1849, OH. At home in 1850. Not in 1870 census.

  2. Thalia J. Prentice, b. c. 1854, OH. At home in 1870.

  3. Walter Lockwood Prentice, chr. 28 Mar 1861 at the St. Johns Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH. At home in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit Co., OH, in the 1870 census.

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