Joseph Watson Prenger1,2,3

ID# 7352, (1911 - 1985)
FatherJoseph Frank Prenger4,5,6 (28 Aug 1885 - 22 Sep 1943)
MotherJessie Myrtle Watson4,7 (5 Nov 1886 - 27 Oct 1917)

Key Events:

Birth: 22 Jun 1911, Illinois8,9,10,11
Marriage: 1942, Grace Helen Brown (Sep 1889 - 27 Sep 1981)12,13,14
Death: 2 Mar 198515,16,17

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Joseph Watson Prenger was born on 22 Jun 1911 in Illinois.8,9,10,11
     After the death of their mother in 1917, Joe and his brother moved with their father to the home of their mother's sister and her husband, Min and Edwin Lehmann. They continued to live with the Lehmanns until they were grown.18,19,6 He appeared with his father on the 1920 Federal Census of Peoria, Peoria Co., Illinois, in the household of his aunt Min and uncle Edwin.20 He appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Peoria, Peoria Co., Illinois, with his father, in the household of his uncle and aunt.6
     Joseph attended college, finishing four years, presumably graduating, though record of that has not been found.21
     Joseph appeared as a lodger on the 1940 Federal Census of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, in the household of Grace Helen Brown, his future wife, and her daughter. He reported he had lived in the same city five years earlier.21
     Joseph married Grace Helen Brown, daughter of Lemuel R. Brown and Sallie Winston, in 1942.12,13,14
     Joseph was drafted as a private in the U.S. Army entering the service 19 Jun 1942, in an unknown place.3
     He was an accountant for a public utility. In the 1940 census he reported that he had worked 40 hours the last week of March, and had worked 52 weeks the previous year, earning $1,600.21
     Joseph died on 2 Mar 1985 at age 73.15,16,17

Children:
     Children with Grace Helen Brown:

Joseph's obituary shows him as having three grandchildren in addition to a step-daughter and four step-grandchildren. Grace was 53 when they married 43 years prior to his death, so they could have had a child who had children, though no mention is made of a son or daughter, living or not. Or he may have had a child by another mother.22

Citations

  1. [S3517] "Deaths: Prenger," The Times-Picayune, 6 Mar 1985, shows name as Joseph Watson Prenger.
  2. [S66] Pound, Family File "POUNDA~1.FTW," 31 Jan 1999, shows name as Joseph Watson Prenger.
  3. [S1356] "U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," Ancestry.com, record for Joseph W Prenger.
  4. [S3512] "Deaths: Prenger," The Times-Picayune, 29 Sep 1981.
  5. [S1883] Edwin Leahmann household, 1920 U.S. Census, Peoria Co., Illinois, shows Joseph as brother-in-law to Edwin, and young Joseph as his nephew.
  6. [S1725] Edwin Lehmann household, 1930 U.S. Census, Peoria Co., Illinois.
  7. [S66] Pound, Family File "POUNDA~1.FTW," 31 Jan 1999.
  8. [S66] Pound, Family File "POUNDA~1.FTW," 31 Jan 1999, shows date, as 22nd.
  9. [S1000] "Social Security Death Index," Ancestry.com, record for Joseph Prenger, Soc. Sec. No. 433-03-9731, shows date, as 21st.
  10. [S3504] "U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010," Ancestry.com, record for Joseph Prenger, Soc. Sec. No. 433-03-9731, shows date, as 22nd.
  11. [S1883] Edwin Leahmann household, 1920 U.S. Census, Peoria Co., Illinois, shows age 8 and state.
  12. [S66] Pound, Family File "POUNDA~1.FTW," 31 Jan 1999, shows year.
  13. [S3512] "Deaths: Prenger," The Times-Picayune, 29 Sep 1981, shows her as his wife.
  14. [S3517] "Deaths: Prenger," The Times-Picayune, 6 Mar 1985, shows her as his former wife.
  15. [S3517] "Deaths: Prenger," The Times-Picayune, 6 Mar 1985, shows date.
  16. [S3504] "U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010," Ancestry.com, record for Joseph Prenger, Soc. Sec. No. 433-03-9731, shows date.
  17. [S1000] "Social Security Death Index," Ancestry.com, record for Joseph Prenger, Soc. Sec. No. 433-03-9731, shows month, year, and last residence as 70118 New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.
  18. [S24] Interview, Carmen Glabe Reigel, 7 Oct 1998.
  19. [S1883] Edwin Leahmann household, 1920 U.S. Census, Peoria Co., Illinois, shows Joseph and his two sons in the household.
  20. [S1883] Edwin Leahmann household, 1920 U.S. Census, Peoria Co., Illinois.
  21. [S3511] Grace Wheatley household, 1940 U.S. Census, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.
  22. [S3517] "Deaths: Prenger," The Times-Picayune, 6 Mar 1985.