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Thomas Prentice of Scotland and New Jersey

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Thomas Prentice of Scotland and New Jersey
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2002 and Revised 7 Sep 2017

1. Thomas Prentice, b. Jun 1838 in Scotland (per 1900 NJ census). He was a Cooper and emigrated to the United States in 1888.

He m. Janet Bow. He appears in the 1900 and 1920 Newark, NJ census without his wife who may by then have been deceased. Children (per IGI and 1900 census):

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. 17 Feb 1862 Central District, Glasgow. . . . [2]
  2. John Prentice, b. 15 May 1863 Milton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
  3. James Prentice, b. 10 Sep 1864 Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, ad d.1872 in Carluke as a child, age 8.
  4. Margaret Prentice, b. 24 Jun 1866 Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland. She m. Thomas Prentice, b. 1864 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire. Children:
    1. Catherine Prentice, b. 1888 in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.
    2. John Prentice, b. 1889 in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.
  5. Andrew Prentice, b. 13 May 1869 Lanark, Lanark, Scotland. . . . [3]
  6. Catherine Prentice, b. 24 Nov 1870 Lanark, Lanark, Scotland
  7. James Prentice, b. 10 Aug 1871 or 1872 Lanark, Lanark, Scotland. He was living with his father and siblings in 1900. He is probably the James Prentice shown in the 1930 census in Newark, Essex Co., NJ with his wife, Emma L., b. c. 1873, NJ. No children. shown. Emma appears as a widow in the 1940 census in Newark.
  8. Frederick L. Prentice, b. 31 Dec 1872-1873 Lanark. . . . . . . [4]
  9. Janet/Jessie Prentice, b. Dec 1877, Lanark, Lanark, Scotland. She was living with her father and siblings in 1900.
  10. Margaret A. H. Prentice, b. Jul 1880 Lanark, Lanark, Scotland. She was living with her father and siblings in 1900.

2. Thomas Prentice, b. 17 Feb 1862 Central District, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland. He is probably the Thomas Prentice, b. Feb 1862 in Scotland, who appears in the 1900 Schenectady Co., NY census with his wife and family. Died before 1930.

He m. Ida, b. Jul 1862 in NY. She appears in the 1930 and 1940 census in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA, as a widow living alone. Children:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. Jun 1888, NJ. He might be the Thomas Prentice shown in the 1930 census in Hamilton, Mercer Co., NJ with his wife, Belle F., b. c. 1888, NJ, and children:
    1. Belle W. Prentice, b. c. 1912, NJ.
    2. Thomas Prentice Jr., b. c. 1915, NJ. 1940 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA, with his wife, Louise, b. c. 1919. He was a laborer with an 8th grade education. Children:
      1. Nancy J. Prentice, b. c. 1934, MA. 1940 at home.
      2. Glayds A. Prentice, b. c. 1937, MA. 1940 at home.
      3. Thomas T. Prentice, b. c. 1939, MA. 1940 at home.
  2. Edward Prentice, b. Oct 1889, NJ. He might be the Edward Prentice shown in the 1930 and 1940 census as b. c. 1889 in in NJ and then living in Binghamton, Broome Co., NY with his wife, Edith A., b. c. 1891, NT. No children shown.
  3. Ida V. Prentice, b. Aug 1892, NJ.

3. Andrew Prentice, b. 13 May 1869 Lanark, Lanark, Scotland or Aberdeen, Scotland. He is probably the Andrew Prentice, b. May 1869, Scotland who appears in the 1900, 1920 and 1930 East Orange, Essex Co., NJ census with his wife and children:

He m. Blanche Etta Meyer on 7 Sep 1892, Knox Co., TN. She was b. in TN. Children:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. Aug 1893, NJ. He is probably the Thomas M. Prentice shown in the 1930 census in Irvington, Essex Co., NJ with his wife, Eva, b. c. 1896, NY, and daughter:
    1. Dorothy Prentice, b. c. 1929, NJ.
  2. John Prentice, b. Sep 1894, NJ. He is probably the John C. Prentice who appears in the 1920 E. Orange, Essex Co., NJ census with his wife, Lois Garvin, b. c. 1892, MA. For their descendants, see our Summer 2004 article on Edward Garvin Prentice of NJ and Kennebunk, ME .
  3. Andrew Devault Prentice, b. 22 Jul 1896, East Orange, NJ, and d. 30 Oct 1935, Vero Beach, Indian River Co., FL. Bur. Newark, NJ. His occupation was "Insurance." He m. Frances. Apparently the same person, is called Andrew D. Prentice in the 1920 census. Shown in 1930 census in Orange, Essex Co., NJ, with his wife, Frances M., b. c. 1898, NJ. No children shown.

4. Frederick L. Prentice, b. 31 Dec 1872-1873 Lanark, Lanark, Scotland and d. 27 Nov 1944 in Irvington New Jersey. He was living with his father and siblings in 1900. Also shown in the home was his wife, Louise, b. Nov 1871, NJ. He later appears in the 1920 Irvington, Essex Co., NJ census. Not in 1930 census. 1940 census in Irvington, Essex Co., NJ.

He m. Louise. Children per 1900 and 1920 census and Ancestry.com:

  1. Lonsdale Douglas Benner Prentice, b. 19 Feb 1902 in Newark, NJ. . . . . [5]
  2. Beatrice Prentice, b. Jan 1897, NJ.
  3. Olive Katherine Elizabeth Prentice, b. 8 Not 1910, Newark, NJ, and d. 3 Mar 1994, Peoria, AZ. She m. Thomas Chapman Chandler Hann Jr. He was b. 17 Sep 1905 or 18 Sep 1906, Erie, Erie Co., PA, and d. 30 Oct 1994, Peoria, AZ. He was the son of Thomas C. C. Hann Sr. (1876-1945) and Lillie Ruth Stahl (1875-1965). Children:
    1. (Dau.)
    2. (Dau.). She m. John Dwinell Taylor (1929-2013) and had a son who m. and had a son.

5. Lonsdale Douglas Benner Prentice, b. 19 Feb 1902 in Newark, Essex Co., NJ. and d. in Orlando, FL. 1940 in Plainfield, NJ, as an Insideman for the Telephone Company with 1 year of High School.

He m. Mabel Alma Fleming on 2 Oct 1925, Newark, NJ. She was b. 19 Sep 1902, Newark, NJ, and d. 13 Feb 1986, Orlando, FL Her obituary reads as follows:

    Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - Sunday, February 16, 1986: Mabel Alma Prentice.

    MABEL ALMA PRENTICE, 83, 734 S. Hampton Ave., Orlando, died Thursday. Born in Newark, N.J., she moved to Orlando from Point Pleasant, N.J., in 1948. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John's Presbyterian Church. p>Survivors: son, Dr. Warren, Sacramento, Calif.; daughters, Jean McNair, Orlando, Nancy Wolfe, Wilmington, N.C.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Orlando.

Children of Lonsdale and Mabel:

  1. Jean Elizabeth Prentice , b. c. 1927. She m. Mr. Loren Cleveland McNair, 1986 in Orlando, FL. and had 3 children.
  2. Warren Lonsdale Prentice, b. c. 1930. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  3. Nancy Prentice, b. c. 1936. She m. Mr. Wolfe. 1986 in Wilmington, NC.

6. Warren Lonsdale Prentice, Dr. , b. c. 1930, Irvington, New Jersey, and d. 26 Jan 2014, Sacramento, CA. His obituary reads, in part, as follows:

    Dr. Warren Lonsdale Prentice, husband, father and grandfather, passed away on January 26, 2014. He was 84 years old.

    Originally from Irvington, New Jersey, , Warren moved to Florida to attend Florida State University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree and met and marred the love of his live, Virginia Stockman. Together they moved to Austin, Texas where Warren attended the University of Texas and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Education.

    While attendending school Warren was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War. He later joined the US Navy Reserves, commanding an Intelligence Unit and completing his service as a Naval Captain. From 1959 until his retirement Warren was a Professor in the Education Department at Sacramento State University. . .

    He is survived by daughter Leslie Gandy and husband Tim, son Scott Prentice and wife Rachel, grandsons, James Prentice and wife Alana, Austom Gandy, and Tucker Gandy; and sisters Jean McNair of Orlando, Florida, and Nancy Wolfe and husband Bob of Wilmington, North Carolina.

    Services for Warren will be held on Monday, February 3 at 11:00 at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, CA

Warren Prentice m. Virginia Stockman and had 2 children (per Jeanette M. (Kent) Prentice, email, 3 Jun 2006):

  1. Leslie Prentice. She m. Timothy Gandy.
  2. Scott Lonsdale Prentice. b. 12 Dec 1963. He m. 1st Jeanette Marie Kent and had 1 child:
    1. James Lonsdale Prentice. b. 6 May 1985.
    Warren's obituary names Scott's wife as Rachel, apparently a 2nd wife.

Who are Thomas Prentice's Parents?

Since Thomas' oldest children were born in Glasgow, and since he was b. c. 1838, we checked the 1841 census to locate any Thomas Prentice living in Glasgow in 1842 (places of birth, other than county, were not given in 1841. The only Thomas shown living in Glasgow in 1841 was Thomas Prentice Jr., b. 22 Jan 1837, son of Thomas Prentice Sr. and Katherine McGhie (per IGI) who were then living in Glasgow St. Mungo, Lanarkshire. The 1851 census confirms that the 1837 Thomas was b. in Glasgow.

We do note that the 22 Jan 1837 birth date for Thomas differs from the 1900 US census which gives his birth date as Jun 1838.

However, just in case they are the same person, the 1837 Thomas' father, Thomas Sr., is shown by the 1851 census as b. c. 1807, Carluke, Lanarkshire. He was apparently a widower in 1851 as the name of his wife does not appear. However, in checking the IGI, it appears that he m. Katherine McGhie and that their children were:

  1. James Prentice. b. 7 Jan 1827, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire
  2. Andrew Prentice, b. 1 May 1831, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  3. John Prentice, b. 14 Jan 1834 Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  4. Thomas Prentice, b. 22 Jan 1837, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. He m. Janet Clark on 6 Jul 1860, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire.

For more on Thomas Sr., see our Spring 2007 article about Thomas Prentice of Glasgow St. Mungo .

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