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Robert Prentice of Dalserf, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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Robert Prentice of Dalserf, Lanarkshire, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2001 and Revised 1 Aug 2008

Update of 1 Aug 2008: Robert Prentice is #5 in our Spring 2003 article entitled John Prentice and Euphemia Scott of Carluke, lanark, Scotland. That article now replaces this article.

By email of 23 Apr 2001, Christine Hadden provided us with information from the 1841 Delserf, Lanarkshire, Scotland census which enabled us to construct the following Prentice family group:

By email of 23 Apr 2001, Christine Hadden provided us with information from the 1841 Delserf, Lanarkshire, Scotland census which enabled us to construct the following Prentice family group:

1. Robert Prentice. His birth year varies in various census records:

  • 1773 per 1851 census.
  • 1776 per 1841 census, or
  • 1786 per 1861 census.

Robert m. Agnes Peters, b. c. 1786. Their children included:

  1. Maria Prentice, b. 26 Feb 1802, Carluke, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI)
  2. Miss Prentice, b. 10 Apr 1806 Carluke, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI)
  3. Ebenezer Prentice, b. 17 May 1813 Carluke, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI). Her is probably the Ebenezer Prentice, b. c. 1813 at Carluke, who appears in the 1881 Dalserf census. His occupation was wool and cotton weaver. Also shown was his wife, Christina, b. c. 1810 at Crmichael, Lanark, Scotland. No children are indicated.
  4. Robert Prentice, b. 23 Jul 1815. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  5. Thomas Prentice, chr. 16 Aug 1818. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. John Robertson Prentice, b. 26 Jun 1823 Dalziel, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI)

2. Robert Prentice, b. 23 Jul 1815, Larkhall, Dalserf, Scotland. Handloom Weaver in 1851 Dalserf census. 1861 census in Dalserf as a Cotton Weaver.

He m. Elizabeth Hamilton c. 1835 at Larkhall. She was b. c. 1816, Dalserf. Children:

  1. Robert Prentice, b. 22 May 1836, Rosebank and chr. 17 Jun 1836, Dalserf. Handloom Weaver in 1851 census. He is probably the Robert Prentice, named in the 1881 Bothwell, Lanark, census as living in Fern Cottages, age 46 and b. c. 1835, Dalserf. His occupation was Carter. Also shown is his wife Helen (Isabella), b. c. 1843 at Daviot, Inverness, Scotland. They appear in the 1891 Bothwell census. Son:
    1. George Prentice, b. c. 1880, Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland. At home in 1881 and 1891.

  2. Margaret Prentice, b. 26 Mar 1838 Rosebank/Dalserf and chr. 15 Apr 1838, Dalserf. Handloom Weaver in 1851 Dalserf census. She m. John Nichole, b. c. 1850, Dalsert and d. 8 Dec 1908, Larkhall (per IGI) They appear in the 1881 Dalserf census living at 44 John Street. John's occupation is Silk Weaver. No children are shown. Living with them is a niece, Elizet (sic) Irvine and Margaret's brother, Gavin. 1901 census at 40 John St., Dalserf; no children and brother Gavin living with them.

  3. Agnes Prentice, b. 3 Apr 1840, Rosebank/Dalserf. She m. William Irving, as his 1st wife, on 30 Jun 1865 in Dalserf. Agnes d. of Gastric Fever 20 Mar 1866 in Larkhall and is bur. Larkhall Cemetery. She had a daughter (per John Irving, email, 10 Jun 2008):
    1. Elizabeth Irving, b. 17 Jan 1866. She was probably raised by her grandmother Elizabeth Hamilton and Aunt, Margaret Prentice. She was with them on the 1871 Census and with her Aunt Margaret on the 1881 Census. (Her name was transcribed as Elizet).

  4. James Prentice, b. 26 Aug 1842 Rosebank, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI). He was probably deceased by 1851 as he does not appear in the family in the 1851 census.
  5. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1845, Dalserf (per 1851 census). At home in 1861.
  6. Ebenezer Prentice, b. 1 Mar 1847 Rosebank, Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI). At home in 1861. Not in 1891 or 1901 census. For his descendants, see our Fall 1999 article entitled Ebenezer Prentice of Scotland and Pennsylvania .
  7. Margaret Prentice, b. 15 Apr 1848 Larkhall, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI). At home in 1861.
  8. Gavin Prentice, chr. 26 Jul 1849 Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI). At home in 1861. The 1870 census shows him as an unmarried miner in PA, USA. He apparently returned to Scotland because the 1881 Carluke census shows him living, unmarried, with his sister, Margaret, above, and her husband, John. 1891and 1901 census a Boarder in Dalserf in the home of John and Margaret Nicol, his sister and her husband, above.
  9. James Prentice, chr. 11 Apr 1853 Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

3. Thomas Prentice may be the Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1819, Dalserf, Lanarkshire who appears in the 1851 census in Hazelbank, Lesmahagow Civil Parish, and 1861 census in Lesmahagow, with his wife and family per Ancestry.com . They next appear in the 1881 Hazelbank, Lesmahagow census.

He appears as #1v, son of Robert Prentice and Agnes Peters, in our Summer 2001 article about Robert Prentice of Dalserf, Lanarkshire, Scotland .

He is not the Thomas Prentice who m. Mary Scott and who was chr. 17 Jul 1821 Lesmahagow, Lanark, Scotland, and d. 1891. For that Thomas Prentice, see our Fall 2008 article entitled Thomas Prentice of Lesmahagow Scotland, Consolidated Article .

Thomas m. Janet/Jane/Jean Muir on 1 Jan 1845 in Lesmahagow. She was the dau. of James Muir and Margaret Gardner and was b. 11 Jan 1820 in Parkhead, Lanark, Scotland. Children (per Marge C. Sanchez, email, 11 Oct 2002):

  1. Margaret Gardiner Prentice, b. 9 Feb 1845, Dalserf, Lanark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  2. Robert Prentice, b. 31 Jan 1848, Hazelbank, Lesmahagow, Lanark. At home in 1851 and 1861 census. In 1871 census in Biggar, lanarkshire, as an unmarried Boarder. Not in 1881 census.
  3. Agnes Peter Prentice, b. 14 Jul 1851, Lesmahagow, Lanark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  4. John Prentice, b. 23 Aug 1852, Lesmahagow, Lanark. Either that birth date is wrong, or he apparently died as a later son of the same name, b. c. 1857, appears at home.
  5. James Prentice, b. 4 Jun 1854, Lesmahagow, Lanark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  6. John Prentice, b. c. 1857, Lesmahagow, Lanark. At home there in 1861 census. Not in 1871 or 1881 census.
  7. George Prentice, b. 9 Dec 1858, Lesmahagow, Lanark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]
  8. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1862, Lesmahagow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [9]

4. James Prentice, chr. 11 Apr 1853 Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI). At home in 1861. Not in 1891 and 1901 census.

Subject to further investigation, and based on the hypothesis that his christening date may be about 3 years later than his birth date it is tentatively hypothesized that he is the James Prentice who m. Margaret Gourley on 16 Jul 1866 in the Central District, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI). Known children (per IGI):

  1. Catherine Prentice, b. 7 Jul 1870, Hamilton, Lanark.
  2. Catherine Prentice, b. 19 Nov 1872, Hamilton.
  3. Margaret Hamilton Prentice, b. 21 Sep 1868, Hamilton.
  4. James Murray Prentice, b. 7 May 1867, Hamilton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [10]

5. Margaret Gardiner Prentice, b. 9 Feb 1845, Lesmahagow and chr. 20 Apr 1845, Dalserf, Lanark.

She m. George Francis Crosbie 31 Dec 1867 in Hazelbank, Lesmahagow, Lanark. He was a gamekeeper and was the son of Robert (Gray) Crosbie and Helen Francis and was b. 11 May 1839. Children:

  1. Robert Crosbie, b., c. 1868, Lesmahagow, Lanark.
  2. Thomas Keith Crosbie, b. c. 1870, Lesmahagow, Lanark.
  3. George Crosbie, b. 17 Jun 1871, Muttonhole Fens, Lesmahagow, Lanark, and d. 25 Dec 1952, Carluke, Lanark. He m. 1st Jane Hamilton Russell. Children:
    1. Elizabeth S. Crosbie.
    2. James Crosbie, b. 1874, Lesmahagow, Lanark.
    3. Jane Crosbie, b. c. 1876, Lesmahagow, Lanark.
    4. Margaret Crosbie, b. c. 1879, Lesmahagow, Lanark.
    5. Ellen Crosbie, b. c. 1882.
    6. Agnes Crosbie b. c. 1885.
    George Crosbie m. 2nd Agnes McVey. At the time of his death he was a retired water water inspector in the County Hospital, Carluke.

6. Agnes Peter Prentice, b. 14 Jul 1851, Lesmahagow, Lanark.

She m. Richard Hamilton Sneddon on 1 Aug 1872, Lanarkshire. He was b. 22 Dec 1841 in Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

  1. Richard Wharrie Sneddonk, b. 30 Nov 1872 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  2. Jean Muir Sneddon, b. 14 Sep 1874 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  3. Elizabeth Wharrie Sneddon, b. 26 Oct 1876 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  4. Thomas Sneddon, b. May 1878 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  5. Agnes Prentice Sneddon, b. 31 Jan 1881 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  6. Mary Alice Sneddon, b. 21 Jan 1883 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  7. Margaret Gardiner Sneddon, b. 30 Sep 1888 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  8. Janet Sneddon, b. 27 May 1892 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
  9. Thomasina Prentice Sneddon, b. 7 Dec 1894 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire

7. James Prentice, b. 4 Jun 1854, Lesmahagow, Lanark. He m. Mary Bruce and emigrated to Queensland, Australia. He d. 23 Apr 1917 (Ref: 17/B025181; Judith Dickson, email, 4 Sep 2006). He is bu. with his wife in Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane.

He m. Mary Bruce, She was the daughter of Robert Bruce and unknown mother (from death record). She died on 20 Mar 1905 1905/001397. She is buried with her husband at Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane. Children:

  1. Jeannie Prentice, b. 29 Oct 1874, Lesmahagow, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI)
  2. Thomas Prentice, b. 24 Oct 1872, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland (per IGI).
  3. John Prentice, b. c. 1879, died 6 Jun 1914, age 35 (Ref: 1914/B019505). Bur. at Lutwyche Cemetery.

8. George Prentice, b. 9 Dec 1858, Lesmahagow, Lanark. At home there in 1861 census. He may be the George Prentice shown in the 1881 Lesmahagow census as b. c. 1859,Lesmahagow, with his wife and family. They appear in the 1891 census in Springbank, Lesmahagow where he is a Fruit Grower and she is called "Ellen". 1901 census at Oakbank, Lesmahagow, as an Orchard Worker and she is called "Helen"..

He m. Helen, b. c. 1859, Lesmahagow, and children:

  1. Janet Prentice, b. c. 1878, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1881 and 1891.
  2. Jane Prentice, b. c. 1879, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1881, 1891 and 1901.
  3. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1881, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1881, 1891 and 1901.
  4. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1886, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1891 and 1901.
  5. Ellen Prentice, b. c. 1888, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1891. She is likely the same person as Nellie Prentice, shown in the 1901 Lesmahagow census as b. c. 1888, Lesmahagow.
  6. George Prentice, b. c. 1890, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1891 and 1901.
  7. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1893, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1891 and 1901.
  8. John Prentice, b. c. 1895, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1901.
  9. Jemima Prentice, b. c. 1897, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1901.

9. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1862, Lesmahagow. Not in 1871 census. At home in 1881 census. He appears in the 1891 Lesmahagow census with his wife and family. They appear inthe 1901 census at Hazelbank Main Door, Lesmahagow, where he is a "Coal Miner (Hewer)"

He m. Agnes, b. c. 1865, Douglas, Lanarkshire. Children:

  1. Marion Prentice, dau., b. c. 1889, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1891. Not home in 1901.
  2. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1891, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1891 and 1901.
  3. Jennie Prentice, b. c. 1894, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1901.
  4. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1899, Lesmahagow. At home there in 1901.

10. James Murray Prentice, b. 7 May 1867, Hamilton. At home in 1881 census.

He m. Mary Prosser. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. bef. 1900. He is identified in WW I military death records as a Lance Corporal, Gordon Highlanders, 1st Bn., who d. 18 Jul 1916, son of James Murray Prentice; husband of Mary Prosser Prentice, of "Mavisbank", Newlands Rd., Lanark. His memorial can be found at Pier and Face 15 B and 15 C, Thiepval Memorial.

    Thiepval is the largest and one of the most emotive memorials to the missing from any war in which British soldiers have died. It stands in an isolated windswept position on the Somme - with absolutely no facilities for visitors and nothing to explain what happened in 1916. A high proportion of the names at Thiepval are soldiers who died on 1st July 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme. All that visitors find are 600 British and French graves and the names of 72,000 British soldiers carved into the stone of this massive memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens

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