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William Prentice of Ireland and Vancouver, Canada

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William Prentice of Ireland and Vancouver, Canada
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2002 and Revised 31 Aug 2015

We are helping Leah Prentice in tracing her roots. Here is what we have so far:

A. John Prentice, b. c. 1820-1835, probably Dromore, Co. Down, Ireland.

He m. (Unknown). Children per Donna Wren, email, 27 Apr 2012 and Ancestry.com:

  1. William Prentice, b. c. 1857, Co. Down, Ireland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1]
  2. Mary Jane Prentice (Donna Wren's great-grandmother). Living with her dau., Jeanetta, in the 1911 census. She m. Joshua Jones. Mary Jane and Joshua had 6 children, including
    1. Janette Jones, b. Mar 1884 Ireland per 1911 Canada census and d. 1973. She moved to Montreal in 1904 and m. Thomas McKnight. He was b. 1880, Ireland and d. 1943. His Ancestor Chart is Ancestry.com . Children, including:
      1. Thomas McKnight, b. 1907 and d. 1964, Verdun, Quebec, Canada. He m. Mary Olive Anderson (1909-2002). Son:
        1. Philip Thomas McKnight (1939-1983).
      2. Mary Jane McKnight, b. c. 1905, Quebec. 1911 at home.
      3. Eleanor McKnight, b. c. 1910, Quebec. 1911 at home.
    2. Joseph Jones, b. Oct 1888 in Ireland. 1911 living with his mother's sister, Ellen, below.
  3. Ellen Prentice, b. Apr 1863, Ireland. She m. James McKennon who was b. Nov 1861 in Ireland. Emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1910. 1911 census in Montreal Ste Anne with her husband, James, and nephew, Joseph Jones, b. Oct 1888 in Ireland, son of Ellen's sister, Mary Jane, above, who m. Joshua Jones.
  4. Elizabeth Prentice. Emigrated to Montreal, Canada before 1911. She m. 1st Mr. Gamble. She m. 2nd Robert Clarke. Emigrated to Montreal, Canada before 1918. She is likely the Elizabeth Clarke, b. c. Mar 1866, Ireland, who appears in the 1911 (Clarke) and 1921 (Clark) census in Montreal Ste Anne who immigrated in 1906 with her husband, Robert Clarke/Clark, b. 1876, Ireland, who immigrated in 1906 and who was a Bricklayer. Apprently had only a daughter:
    1. Elizabeth Clark, b. c. 1906, Scotland. Immigrated 1906. 1921 at home in Monteal.
  5. Isabella Prentice. She m. Richard Connolly.
  6. Sarah Prentice.

1. William Prentice, b. c. 1857, Co. Down, Ireland, and d. Jun 1917, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland.

He m. Sarah Blain/Blaine, b. c. 1857, Belfast, Ireland, per Donna Wren, email, 22 Apr 2012. They had 10 children, including:

  1. Robert John Prentice, b. 14 Apr 1877, Belfast. We have conflicting information about him:
    • One source says he d. there, Belfast, 4 years later c. 1881.
    • Donna Wren's eail of 27 Apr 2012 says he m. Mary Ann and had at least 3 children.
  2. John Prentice, b. 25 Nov 1879, Belfast, Antrim, and d. 21 Jan 1944, Chicago, IL, USA. Bur. 24 Jan 1944, Proviso, IL. Not in 1930 census. He m. Lillian "Lillie" Baker c. 1905 . She was b. c. 1886, Ireland. They emigrated to Chicago, IL, on 28 Sep 1907 and was naturalized on 5 Apr 1918, Chicago. Children per 1920 Chicago census are set out below, but the 1930 census shows him as widowed and living with the family of his brother, Alexander. 1940 not in census and not living with his brother, Alexnder. Children per 1920 census:
    1. Edward Prentice, b. c. 1904, Ireland. 1920 at home. 1930 census not with father. 1935 Chicago. 1940 Muncie, Delaware Co., IN, Meat Packing Co. salesman with his wife, Rose H., b. c. 1909, IL. Children per 1940 census:
      1. Barbara L Prentice, b. c. 1931, IL. 1940 at home in Muncie, Delaware Co., IN.
      2. Kathryn Prentice, b. c. 1934, IL. 1940 at home in Muncie, Delaware Co., IN.
      3. Rosemary Prentice, twin, b. c. 1939, IN. 1940 at home in Muncie, Delaware Co., IN.
      4. Roseland Prentice, twin, b. c. 1939, IN. 1940 at home in Muncie, Delaware Co., IN.
    2. Alexander Prentice, b. c. 1907, Ireland. 1920 at home. 1930 in Chicago, a stock yards electrician, with his wife, Genevieve, b. c. 1911, IL. 1940 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, divorced, a hotel clerk with an 8th grade education.
  3. William Prentice, b. 4 Oct 1880, Belfast, Ireland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. Sarah Prentice, b. c. 1883, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, and d. in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She m. William McConkey (b. 1880). She also m. Leslie Pine. Donna Wren's email of 27 Apr 2012 says she m. Robert Conway and had at least 1 son:
    1. Ernest Conway. He m. Gladys Victoria Munroe in Vancouver.
  5. Agnes Prentice, b. 13 Jul 1887, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, and d. 1 Feb 1984, Vancouver, BC, Canada. She m. William Drennan Watt on 5 Jul 1908, Vancouver, BC. He was b. 22 Jan 1887, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, and d. 8 Feb 1954, Vancouver, BC. William was a brother to David, below, who m. Isabella Prentice, below. Children per Ancestry.com :
    1. Margaret Gladys Watt 1909 – 1989
    2. William Prentice Watt 1912 – 1984
    3. Isobel Florence Watt 1915 – 1982
    4. Maude Prentice Watt 1917 – 2002
    5. Sarah Virginia Watt 1920 – 2010
    6. Dennis Watt 1925 – 1983
  6. James Prentice, b. Mar 1890, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland. To Canada in 1910; returned to Ireland in 1912; then back to Canada in 1913, per Donna Wren's email of 27 Apr 2012.
  7. Isabella Prentice, b. Mar 1892, Belfast, Antrim, and d. Mar 1975 per Dylan Watt, a descendant, email, 20 Aug 2015 Vancouver, BC. She m. David Alexander Watt before 1920. He was b. c. 1891-2 and d. Mar 1969) sometime before 1920. David was a brother to William Drennan Watt who m. Agnes Prentice, above. They had a single child, per Dylan Watt, email, 20 Aug 2015:
    1. William Allen Watt, b. 16 Nov 1920 in Surrey and d. 12 Jul 2015. He m. Olwen Davies on 27 Dec 1959. She was b. 24 Aug 1928. Before turning 6 years of age, he spent some time with relatives of the Prentice family in Chicago. Children per David Dylan Watt , below:
      1. David Dylan Watt, b. 6 May 1961.
      2. Sian Olwen Watt, b. 21 May 1962.
      3. John Alexander Watt, b. 28 Jun 1963.
  8. Alexander Prentice, b. Dec 1894, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland. Arrived Mar 1924, Quebec, Canada. 1930 and 1940 in Chicago., IL. 1940 census called a Cast Foreman with an 8th grade education. He m. Margaret. She was b. c. 1897, IL. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. Alexander Prentice, b. c. 1925, IL. 1940 at home in Chicago.
  9. Ernest Prentice, b. c. 1898, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland. Arrived on the S.S. Mount Royal with £6. Destined to work in lumber, Austin & Nicholson Ltd. in Chapleau, Ont. Nearest relative in Belfast was his wife who lives at 13 Glenfarne St., Belfast. He m. Essie Anne Billinghurst. He moved to Canada in 1924, then to the home of his mother, Sarah Prentice, at 143 S. Western Ave., Chicago in 1926. Ernest and Essie had 2 children. Not in 1930 census. 1940 census called single, a machinist with an 8th grade education, and living with his brother, Alexander, above.

2. William Prentice was born in Belfast, Ireland on 2 Oct 1880 in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, and d. 10 Jun 1966, Essondale, BC, Canada, age 85. He was 1 of 10 children of William Prentice (b. abt. 1857 in Co. Down) & Sarah Blain (also b. abt 1857 in Belfast) per Donna Wren, email, 22 & 27 Apr 2012.

He was probably in the Wlliam Prentice shown in the 2nd South African War/Boer War. That Wiliam was a Private, #4804, 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars. They served in The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902.

At the time of his 1905 he was a Boilermaker Assistant living at 13 Glenfarne St., Belfast.

He emigrated to Canada in 1907, age 26, arriving on 1 Jun 1907 aboard the "Lake Erie" at Monteal, Quebed. His occupation was tiven as "rivetter." His stated destination was Vancouver, BC.

William worked on the Titanic. William and his wife and son, James, emigrated to Canada in 1911 and settled in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In Ireland, he m. Maude Henga on 10 Jul 1905, at Trinity Belfast, Church of England. She was the dau. of William Henga. Her name was given as Maude Harris" in the birth record of her son, James. Maude who had 8 sisters who later lived in New York and Chicago. Children:

  1. James "Jim" Prentice, b. in Ireland. Deceased. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. William "Bill" Prentice, b. in Vancouver, BC. Deceased. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  3. Desmond Prentice, perhaps b. in Vancouver, BC. Deceased. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  4. Sydney/Syd Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]

3. James "Jim" Prentice, b. in Ireland at an unknown date before 1911. He is now deceased. He m. Nancy. Children:

  1. William "Bill" Prentice.
  2. James "Jim" Prentice.
  3. Carol Prentice. She m. Mr. Palmer. Children:
    1. Robert "Bob" Palmer.
    2. Jody Palmer.

4. William "Bill" Prentice, b. in Vancouver, BC, at an unknown date after 1911.

He m. Iris. Sons:

  1. Terry Prentice. He m. Pat Murphy. Children:
    1. Sandra Prentice.
    2. Greg Prentice.
    3. Debbie Prentice.
  2. Des Prentice, b. 10 Aug 1936 and d. 10 Mar 1970. He m. Rose on 27 Oct 1957. Children:

    1. Leah Prentice.
    2. Teressa Prentice.
    3. Danny Prentice.
    4. Shannon Prentice.

5. Desmond Prentice, perhaps b. in Vancouver, BC. He is now deceased. He m. Mac. Son:

  1. Brian Prentice.

6. Sydney/Syd Prentice. He m. Ev. Children:

  1. Patty Prentice. She m. Tim and they have one child:
    1. Kari
  2. Mike Prentice. He m. Nancy. Children:
    1. Brittany Prentice.
    2. Blake Prentice.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please contact us at the Prentice Newsletter.


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