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William J. Prentice of Ireland and Hartford, CT

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William J. Prentice of Ireland and Hartford, CT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2004 and Revised 31 Oct 2010

We found the following family in Ancestry.com :

1. John Prentice was b. c. 1850-1855 in Ireland. Ancestry.com, above, says that in 1871 he was living in Askham Bryan, Yorkshire, England.

He m. Hannah George, probably also born in Ireland. Children:

  1. William J. Prentice, b. Mar 1877, Ireland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Margaret Prentice, b. May 1879, Ireland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. William J. Prentice was b. Mar 1877 in Ireland with both parents b. in Ireland. He appears in the 1900 census in Hartford, CT as an unmarried Boarder living in the residence of Samuel Shields.

He might be the William J. Prentice who appears in Ellis Island records as a resident of Tyrone, Ireland who sailed aboard the "Anchoria" from Glasgow,Scotland and arrived in New York on 19 Jan 1893 at the age of 21..

He appears in the 1900 census in Manchester, Hartford Co. CT, census as a single boarder, b. Mar 1877, Ireland, with both parents b. in Ireland. It indicates he immigrated in 1991 at the age of 14 and was a Silk Weaver. He was then living in the home of his sister and her husband, Margaret and Samuel Shields, both 21 years of age and also b. in Ireland.

3. Margaret Prentice, b. May 1879, Ireland. She emigrated to the United States, arriving in New York, NY, on 22 Aug 1892.

She m. Samuel Shields on 28 Apr 1897 in Manchester, Hartford Co., CT. He was b. Dec 1878, Ireland, and was the son of William James Shields (1817-1895) and Jane Orr (1841-1903). In 1900 they were living in Manchester, Hartford Co., CT. They had 2 or more children, including:

  1. William J. Shields, b. Aug 1897, CT, and d. 1972. He m. Ethelyn. She was b. c. 1901. They had 2 sons and in 1930 lived in manchester, Hartford Co., CT.
  2. Ruby Jessie Shields, b. 4 Jul 1900, Manchester, Hartford Co., CT, and d. 7 Sep 1962, Lodi, Bergen Co., NJ. She m. 1st. Raymond Rasche Belknap on 10 Jan 1917. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. Dorothy Ruby Belknap, b. 1 May 1917, Hartford, Manchester Co., CT, and d. 6 Feb 2005, Arvada, Jefferson Co., CO.
    She m. 2nd Victor Koepfer on 21 Jan 1933.

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