52 Ancestors Week 10 Uncle William Frank Prinz and Two Notes


Here’s the story behind the challenge if you want to participate. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks. Here is the recap of blogs participating for Week 10.

I don’t know much about Uncle Will so this will be short. He was born on 27 May 1890 in New Orleans, Orléans Parish, Louisiana; died on 30 March 1950 in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi; and is buried in New Orleans. 

On Ancestry, he is listed on the New Orleans Birth Records with parents Charles A. Prinz and Magdalena Sputh.

His World War I draft registration provides his birthdate, residing in Precinct 10, 9th Ward, New Orleans, and he had grey eyes, black hair, tall and slim. He claimed an exemption of supporting his mother. 

Aunt Vera married Will on 26 October 1932 according to the Harrison County District Court, Circuit 1 marriage book. Marriage performed by Earl P. Knoblock, Lutheran Minister.

Aunt Vera Uncle Will Marr InfoCan’t reliably pin down his pre-1940 census records, most likely caused by spelling or transcription errors. Information from the 1940 census has Will and Vera living at 1425 Frenchman Street in New Orleans and same place for 1935. Will was a clerk at a coffee shop and only had a Fifth Grade education. I don’t know when they moved to Gulfport, but he ran a classified ad in the local newspaper in 1948 selling shoes from a Gulfport site.

Will Prinz 10 Nov 1948 Ad I can’t recall where I heard it, but I vaguely remember a story about Uncle Will having some kind of injury or health issue that bothered him on a regular basis. It may explain what happened on 30 March 1950. When Aunt Vera left for work, she noticed he wasn’t feeling well. On her return, she found him dead of a gunshot. The newspaper reports a coroner’s jury ruled his death a suicide. I worked with many individuals who attempted suicide and most either left no note or only one note, but Uncle Will left two suicide notes.

Will Prinz Obit

The article said  he was to be buried in Lovisa Cemetery in New Orleans. I checked with the funeral home and they lost their files to Hurricane Katrina and so far I have been unable to find the cemetery. I found several cemeteries on Louisa Street which are likely candidates, but still looking.

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