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William Prentice of Kalkaska Co., MI

William Prentice of Kalkaska Co., MI
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 1999 and Revised 21 Feb 2006

Update of 21 Feb 2006: Although additional investigation is needed for confirmation, his birth year and residence in Kalkaska strongly suggests that he is William Prentice, a son of Joseph C. Prentice and Sarah McLargin, and is #163.1 in our Valentine3 eBook. Also living in Kalkaska at tthe same time as William was a J. J. Prentice. The ages of J. J. and William match the ages of the known sons of Joseph and Sarah, William and Jessie.

We are helping Marie Ann Prentice Morrison in tracing her family tree. Here is what we have so far:

1. William Prentice, b. Feb 1859, OH appears in the 1900 Kalkaska Co., MI census with his wife, Melissa, b. Mar 1866 in OH, and their children:

  1. Sherbon Aaron Prentice, b. Sep 1883 in OH. . . . . . . [2]
  2. Clarence Prentice, b. Nov 1885, OH. He appears in the 1920 Traverse, Grand Traverse Co., MI census with his wife, Minerva (surname unknown).
  3. Frank Prentice who m. Miss Hemmingway (per Marie Morrison, 29 Aug 1999).
  4. Ada Prentice, b. Feb. 1892, OH.

2. Sherbon Aaron Prentice, b. Sep 1883 in OH. He appears as "Sherbon" in the 1900 and 1910 census, but as "Sherman" in the 1920 census and a son is identified as "Sherman Jr." He m. Clara Fifarek, of Czech origin, sometime before the 1900 Kalkaska census where they appear without children. Clara was b. c. 1890 in MI. Their children included (the first three from census and rest from Marie Morrison):

  1. Sherman Prentice Jr., b. c. 1913, MI. He m. Eva Schlemmer. Lives in Greenville, MI.
  2. Jesse Prentice, b. c. 1915, MI. He m. Ruth Sanford.
  3. Frances Prentice, b. c. 1918, MI. She m. Everton Hagni and Lives in Kalkaska, MI.
  4. Lucille Prentice. She did not marry.
  5. William Prentice, b. c. 1925-1930. . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. Frank Prentice. He m. Arlene.
  7. Arlene Prentice. She married Fletcher Hoag and lives in Kalkaska, MI and has a daughter:
    • Marie Ann Prentice Morrison

3. William Prentice was b. c. 1925-1930 and d. before 2005

He m. Iris E. Finch, b. 17 Nov 1930 and d. Sun., 10 Jul 2005 at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Long Term Care. She was born on Nov. 17, 1930 in Bellaire, the daughter of Loyd and Adrian (Trumble) Finch.Her obituary relates that she lived in Mancelona most of her life where she was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilt making and spending time with her grandchildren. Children of William and Iris:

  1. Gerald Prentice of Alden. He m. Carolyn.
  2. Lewis Prentice of Mancelona.
  3. David Prentice of Mancelona.
  4. Dolores Prentice of Mancelona. She m. John Sprague.
  5. Jeanne Prentice of Mancelona.
  6. Charles Prentice (twin, died in infancy).
  7. Carl Prentice (twin, died in infancy).

Iris' obituary related that:

    ...William and Iris have13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, William Finch of Mancelona, Bernard (Elsie) Finch of Arizona, David (Clara) Finch of Mancelona; 3 sisters, Nancy Lowery of Mancelona, Mary (Richard) MacNair of Mancelona, Frances Fiedler of Kalkaska; and many nieces and nephews.

    Funeral Mass was13 Jul 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mancelona. The Rev. Dale Magoon officiated. Interment in St. Anthony Cemetery in Mancelona. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at the church. Arrangements handled by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Memorial contributions may be made to her family.

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