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Thomas Prentice of Hamilton and E. Kilbride: 2006 Update

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Thomas Prentice of Hamilton and E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2006 and Revised: 26 Oct 2014

    Introduction: We are helping Judith (Prentice) Crociati of Plymouth, MA, Barbara Prentice in researching their Prentice roots in Scotland. Additional information has been provided by James Bell whose grandfather's sister, Margaret Bell, m. Thomas Prentice (b. 1860, #3, below).

    This article originally appeared in our Summer 2003 Prentice Newsletter entitled Thomas Prentice of Hamilton and E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland . To that article we have added substantial new information about descendants. Our updated article is based on correspondence with Judith (Prentice) Crociati, Barbara Prentice, Christine Hadden, the SSDI and 1930 census information.


A. John Prentice, 20 Jan 1766, and perhaps at, or near, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, where he married in 1795. He was a Gardner.

John m. Janet Craig on 31 May 1795 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland (per Glasgow Records). She was b. c. 1772 and d., a widow, on 31 Dec 1861 at Westside(?), East Kilbride, age 89 years. She was the dau. of Robert Craig, carrier, and Janet Miller. (Per Christine Hadden, email, 31 Jan 2006.) They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1813. . . . . . . . . [1]

1. Thomas Prentice, dairyman and farmer, was b. c. 1815 in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. He d. 10 Feb 1896, age 83 years of senile decay at Newtonport, Haddington, East Lothian. Hamilton lies perhaps 10 miles SE of central Glasgow and in a general area where a great many Prentice families are found in the 1700s and 1800s. Thomas appears in the 1851 East Kilbride census (Kilbride lies abut 5 miles west of Hamilton) with his wife.

Thomas m. Marion Finnie/Finney, on 7 Jun 1839 in Carmunnock which lies about 3 miles NW of East Kilbride. She was chr. 1 Nov 1817 in Rutherglen and She d. 6 Mar 1902 at the age of 84 years of "senile decay" at Rosehall, Haddington, East Lothian (per Christine Hadden, email, 31 Jan 2006, citing Scotlandspeople). Her parents were Robert Finnie, farm manager and Marion Muter(?). For her siblings, see Fn. 1 . Both Thomas and His wife appear later in the 1881 census living in a dwelling called "Castlehill" in E. Kilbride. In the 1901 Scotland census she was living with the family of her son, Thomas. Presently known children:

  1. Marion Prentice, chr. 7 Mar 1841, Renfrew. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1.1]
  2. Janet Prentice, chr. 25 Sep 1842. East Kilbride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1.2]
  3. Mary/Marion Prentice, b. 10 Mar 1844. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1.3]
  4. Barbara Prentice, chr. 12 Sep 1847, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1861 and 1871. She m. Andrew Barr and had 8 Children per Ancestry.com:
    1. Barbara Barr
    2. Andrew Barr
    3. Mary Barr
    4. Margaret Barr
    5. Marion F Barr
    6. Susan Barr
    7. Thomas Barr
    8. Janet Barr
  5. Margaret Prentice, chr. 7 Mar 1849, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire, and d. 20 Jun 1877, Castlehill (farm), cardiac disease, unmarried, age 27 (per James Bell, email, 28 Feb 2011). At home in 1861 and 1871.
  6. Jean/Jane D. C. Prentice, b. c. 1853, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1861 and 1871. Not home in 1881. She m. James Barr on 14 May 1875, Lanark, Glassford, Scotland. He was b. c. 1853, son of James Barr and Jan Paterson. An Ancestor Chart for James can be found at Ancestry.com . Children per Ancestry.com :
    1. Thomas Barr, b. 6 Apr 1876, Kirkliston, West Lothian, Scotland, and d. 20 Jun 1950. He m. Jeanie Boyde Struthers in 1904 at New Cumnock,Ayrshire. She was b. in Auchinieck, Ayrshire. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Daughter:
      1. Mary Bryson Barr, b. 10 Jan 1914, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland, and d. 4 Dec 1979. She m. John Kinnaird in 1941 in Haddington. He was b. c. 1910 and d. 1975. They had a daughter who m. Mr. Reed and had a son and daughter.
  7. Agnes Prentice, chr. 4 Jun 1854, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1871 and 1881. She m. James Murray on 24 Apr 1888, Woodhead, Girvan. He was b. c. 1865, a farmer of Craighead, Dailly, and son of David Murray (farmer) and Mary Guthrie, per James Bell, email, 28 Feb 2011.
  8. John Prentice, b. 28 Apr 1856. E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  9. Robert Prentice, b. 29 Jan 1858, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1.4]
  10. Thomas Prentice, b. 14 Nov 1860, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1881. . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  11. Helen Prentice, b. 20 Nov 1861, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire and d. 14 Aug 1912, 15 Clincart Rd., Glasgow Barony, Scotland. At home in 1871 and 1881. Not in 1891 census by that surname. She m. John Bell. He was b. 28 Apr 1860, Glassford, lanarkshire, and d 17 Aug 1936, Glasgow Barony.

1.1 Marion Prentice, chr. 7 Mar 1841, Renfrew.

She is probably the Marion Prentice shown in the IGI as m. John Bell on 13 May 1864 in E. Kilbride. He was a Builder. John d. 12 Jan 1880, age 39, having suffered from pthisis pulmonalis for 3 years and pulmonary haemorrahge for 7 days. She d. just 2 weeks later on 27 Jan 1880, Sheddens, Parish of Cathcart, age 38, from Typhoid Fever.. Their children appear in the 1881 census living with their grandparents, Thomas Prentice and Marion Finnie. Children (per IGI):

  1. Marion Bell, b. 14 Jun 1866 Carmunnock, Lanark, Scotland. At home in 1881.
  2. Archibald Bell, b. 5 Nov 1868 Carmunnock, Lanark, Scotland. At home in 1881.
  3. Thomas Prentice Bell, b. 15 May 1872 Carmunnock, Lanark, Scotland. At home in 1881.
  4. John Bell, b. 21 Oct 1873 Carmunnock, Lanark, Scotland. At home in 1881.
  5. Robert Bell, b. c. 1878, Carmunnock (per 1881 census). At home in 1881.
  6. Gavan Bell, b. c. 1879, Carmunnock (per 1881 census). At home in 1881.

1.2 Janet Prentice, chr. 25 Sep 1842. East Kilbride. At home in 1861. In the 1871 census she was a Dairymaid in the home of William Struthers in East Kilbride.

She m. William Struthers on 28 Dec 1871 at West End Farm in East Kilbride per IGI. Janet's place of residence was given as West End Farm, which suggests that her parents may have owned or leased the farm. William Struthers was a son of Robert Struthers and Sarah Wilson and was b. c. 1837, probably at Side Farm in Avondale, Lanarkshire. At the time of his marriage, William was resident at Glenaven Farm, Stonehouse, Lanarkshire. The 1881 census shows them living at Hill of Auchronie Farm, Kinellar, Aberdeenshire (per Robert Struthers, email, 30 Jan 2003). 1891 census in Ayr, Arshire. 1901 census in Maybole, Ayrshire. Children:

  1. Robert Struthers, b. c. 1874, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire. At home in 1881. 1891 census living with his grandparents, Thomas and Marion Prentice in Girvan, Ayrshire. At home in 1901.
  2. Marion Struthers, dau., b. c. 1875, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1881, 1891 and 1901.
  3. William Struthers, b. c. 1878, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire. , East Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1881, 1891 and 1901.
  4. Sarah Struthers, b. c. 1880, Fetteresso, Kincardineshire., East Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1881, 1891 and 1901.
  5. Thomas Struthers, b. c. 1886, Coylton, Ayrshire. At home in 1901 in Maybole, Ayrshire..

1.3 Mary/Marion Prentice, b. 10 Mar 1844 and chr. 7 Apr 1844, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1861. She d. 11 am on 17 Nov 1882 at Westfield Farm, age 37 and just a year after the birth of her 7th child, Robert. Ref: James Bell, email, 25 Mar 2009:

According to the 1871 Census, aged 25, she was working as a dairymaid at “Craigthorn Hill Farm”, just north-east of Glassford. She and three others were employed by Thomas Bell, aged 33. The census was taken on the 3rd April.

She m. Thomas Bell on 6 Jun 1871 at her parents’ home, Westend Farm, on the outskirts of Jackton, East Kilbride. Mary’s sister Margaret Prentice was one witness; Thomas’ brother, George Bell, was the other. (Interestingly George Bell was managing Newhouse Farm, just next door to Westend Farm. It is probable that Mary first met Thomas when he was visiting his brother here. About 1878 or 1879, Mary and Thomas moved to a new farm, Westfield Farm at Mearns in Renfrewshire. This place shouldn’t be confused with “Westend” where Mary’s parents were living. Mearns was some miles north-west of Westend.

The census of 1881 describes that Thomas Bell was a “Farmer of 94 acres, 80 of which are arable, employing 1 man and two girls.” So this was a sizeable farm to be managed and Thomas was now left with a family of seven young ones to care for as well. We would imagine that he might have called on family to help, but his three sisters were all married by this time and had families of their own. His mother had died in 1877.) So perhaps Thomas employed a live-in nurse or care-giver provide for the needs of the young ones.

Thomas m. 2nd Elizabeth Orr on 12 Sep 1884, not quite 2 years after his 1st wife died. Elizabeth was b. c. 1846, a 38 year old spinster living at Almada St, Hamilton, a town to the east of East Kilbride. The marriage was an “Irregular Marriage”, meaning it was not a marriage administered by the church with the reading of banns and so on. In a way it was an early form of “civil” marriage and it was not at all uncommon, particularly in the District of Blysthwood, Glasgow where Thomas’ second marriage took place.

Shortly thereafter, the arrived in New York, USA, on 20 Oct 1884, aboard the "SS Ethiopia" which had sailed out of Glasgow, then settled in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the home of the Biltmore Estate erected by the Vanderbilts.

By the time of the 1900 census, Thomas Bell Sr. and his oldest son, John, had died. The 1900 census shows Elizabeth (Prentice) Bell as the head of the family and they were living in North Carolina, in Buncombe County, on the outskirts of the town of Asheville at a place called Haw Creek.

The 1900 census tells us that Elizabeth owned her own house and was a “farmer”. Thomas (27) and James (20) were “farm labourers”. Marion (25) Eliza (23) and Mary (21) were still single and no doubt running the house. Young Robert was 18. (In Scotland the Bells had been dairy farmers, so perhaps they did the same in North Carolina. Apples were widely grown in the area so it is also possible they may have worked orchards.)

The 1910 census records that the children had begun to head off and make their own way. At home at Haw Creek were Elizabeth (Head) aged 62, occupation – “farmer” with Mary (32), James (30) and Robert (25). Thomas, Marion and Eliza were elsewhere.

The 1920 census does not appear and may by then be deceased. She would have been between 62 and 72 years of age. Three of the siblings, Eliza (41), Mary (40) and James (37) were living together at “Broadway Ave, Asheville Township”. James is described as a “farm manager”.

In 1930 Mary (50) and James (49) (now a “Farm Superintendant”) were still living at Broadway Avenue.

Children of Mary and Thomas per James Bell, email, 25 Mar 2009:

  1. John Bell, b. 14 Aug 1871 at Craigthorn Hill Farm. Died between 1884 and 1900.

  2. Thomas Bell, b. 4 Nov 1872 at Craigthorn Hill Farm. At home in 1900 in Haw Creek, Gardener. He m. Anna Porter c.1906. She was b. 1870, Murdota, IL. Lived at 74 Harris Street, Asheville. Anna died in 1946. Thomas then moved to Hendersonville to live with his sister Mary until he died 20 Jun 1963 aged 90 years. Buried at Haw Creek Cemetery. The Haw Creek Cemetery is now known as the Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery (315 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville, North Carolina).

  3. Marion Bell, b. 9 Oct 1874 at Craigthorn Hill Farm. At home in Haw Creek in 1900. She may be the Marion Bell shown in the 1891 Girvan, Ayrshire, census as b. c. 1868, Carmunock, Lanarkshire, living with her grandparents, Thomas and Marion Prentice. It is unclear whether she is the "Marine Bell" shown in the 1901 Haddington Census as b. c. 1870, Carmunnock, Lanarkshire, and living with her uncle Thomas Prentice.
  4. Garin Bell, b. c. 1879, Carmunock, Lanarkshire, shown in the 1891 census living with his grandparents, Thomas and Marion Prentice.

  5. Eliza Thomson Bell, b. 6 Feb 1876 at Craigthorn Hill Farm. At home in Haw Creek in 1900. Living with Mary and James in Broadway Ave, Asheville, in 1920. Occupation – “Practical Nurse”. Never married. Living at 7th Ave Hendersonville prior to death. Died 29 Dec 1969 aged 93 years. Buried at Haw Creek Cemetery.

  6. Mary Bell, b. 21 Jan 1878, Westfield Farm at Mearns in Renfrewshire. At home in Haw Creek in 1900 and 1910. Living in Broadway Ave, Asheville, in 1920 and 1930. Appears to have outlived her siblings. Last known address – Miss Mary Bell, Rt# 1 Hendersonville Box 67. (Mary was informant on Thomas’ death certificate in 1963. Also informant on Eliza’s death certificate in 1969.) Last recorded in 1969 aged 90. No record of death.

  7. James Bell, b. 1 Oct 1879, Westfield Farm at Mearns in Renfrewshire. At home in 1900. In the 1920 census Eliza (41), Mary (40) and James (37) were living together at “Broadway Ave, Asheville Township”. James is described as a “farm manager”. In 1930 Mary (50) and James (49) (now a “Farm Superintendant”) were still living at Broadway Avenue.

  8. Robert Bell, b. 17 Nov 1881, Westfield Farm at Mearns in Renfrewshire. He may be the Robert B. Bell shown in the 1930 census in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC, as b. c. 1888, Scotland, with his wife, Bessie, b. c. 1893, NC (with both arents b. in NC). No children shown. Although the birth year varies, he might be the Robert Bell shown in the SSDI as b. 22 Apr 1898, obtained his SSD# in GA, and d. Dec 1972 in Candler, Buncombe Co., NC.

1.4 Robert Prentice, b. 29 Jan 1858, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire. At home in 1871 and 1881. 1891 and 1901 census inb Girvan, Ayrshire, with his wife and family.

He m. Mary McNeill c. 1884 who was then a Laundrymain and living at 17 Octavia Terr., Greenock, She was b. c. 1864, E. Kilbride, Lanarkshire, and was the dau. of John W. McNeill (forester, deceased in 1884) and Catherine McPhail (dec. in 1884), per James Bell, email, 29 Feb 2011. Children of Robert and Mary::

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1888, Girvan, Ayrshire. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  2. Katherrine/Catherine M. P. Prentice, b. c. 1889, Girvan, Ayrshire. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  3. Marion F. Prentice, dau., b. c. 1890, Girvan, Ayrshire. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  4. Mary Prentice, b. c. Girvan, Girvan, Ayrshire. At home in 1901.
  5. Robina Prentice, b. c. 1897, Girvan, Ayrshire. At home in 1901.

2. John Prentice, b. 28 Apr 1856, East Kilbride, and d. 19 May 1928, Raithhill Farm, Coylton. E. Kilbride.

He m. 1st Marion Weir Nichol on 3 Mar 1885 at Shields, E. Kilbride where his marriage record identifies him as a Farmer (per Christine Hadden, email, 27 Oct 2005). She was b. c. 1861, perhaps Shields, and d.16 Jan 1886, Woodhead, Girvan, of Peritonitis 6 days after the birth of her son, Thomas, on 10 Jan 1886. She was the dau. of John Nichol, farmer, and Grace Tudhope, per James Bell, email, 28 Feb 2011. They had 2 or more children, including:

  1. Thomas Weir Prentice, b. 10 Jan 1886, Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland . . . . . . . [4]

John m. 2nd Jane Murray on 22 May 1888, of High Craighead. She was , b. 1868, England, the dau. of David Murray, farmer, and Mary Guthrie per James Bell, email, 28 Feb 2011. Note- Jane Murray was the sister of James Murray, who had married John's sister Agnes Prentice one month previously! Children per Ancestry.com and George Prenticve email of 19 Oct 2014:

  1. Mary Guthrie Prentice, b. 20 Jul 1889, Giorvan, Ayrshire, and d. 4 Jan 1963. She m. Thomas Limond on 24 Dec 1914, Raithill, Coylton, Ayreshire. He was b. 13 Jul 1881, Greenhill, Ochiltree, Ayrshire. Ancestor Chart: Ancestry.com . Children:
    1. Quintin Limond 1915 – 1915
    2. John Prentice Limond 1920 – 1980
    3. Thomas Gordon Limond 1923 – 2004
    4. Douglas James Limond 1929 – 1983
  2. David Prentice, b. 1891, Girvan, Ayrshire, and d. 1906.
  3. John Prentice, b. 1892, Girvan, Ayrshirem and d. 1972. Settled eventually within thirty miles of Castle Douglas. He had 1 or more children, including:
    1. George Prentice per his email of 19 Oct 2014.
  4. Marion Prentice, dau., b. 1894, Girvan, Ayrshire, and d. 1982.
  5. James Prentice, b. 1897, Girvan, Ayrshire, and d. 1918 in WW I.
  6. Jean Prentice, b. 1898, Girvan, Ayrshire, and d. 1967.
  7. Robert Prentice, b. 1900, Coylton, Ayrshire, and d. 1967.
  8. William Gray Prentice, b. 1901 and d. 1955. Settled eventually within thirty miles of Castle Douglas. He m. Jeannie Duykes Murchie. They had 1 son and 1 daughter.
  9. Ted Prentice, b. 1903 and d. 1965. Settled eventually within thirty miles of Castle Douglas.
  10. George Prentice, b. 1905 and d. 1985. Settled eventually within thirty miles of Castle Douglas.
  11. Jenny Prentice, b. 1908 and d. 1970. Settled eventually within thirty miles of Castle Douglas. She had daughters Mary & Isobel, who live in the Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, area. (per George Prentice , email, 19 Oct 2014).

3. Thomas Prentice, b. 14 Nov 1860, E. Kilbride, and d. 5 Jul 1939 at Low Milndovan Farm, aged 78. Thomas' death certificate confirmed that this was "Thomas Prentice, son of Thomas Prentice and Marion Prentice (Finnie)" per James Bell email , 22 Sep 2008. At home in the 1881 census. He is called Thomas Prentice of Wallaceton, Cardross, Scotland in Christine Hadden's email, 29 Jan 2006, 3:04 pm.

He m. Margaret "Maggie" Bell on 28 Mar 1888 at Roodland Farm near Ayr. She was b. 6 un 1862, Nottlairs, and d. 28 May 1937, Low Milndovan farm, CVardross, aged 72. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com .

She was the dau. of George Bell and Margaret Semple who had farmed at Ayr since about 1880. Before that the family lived and farmed at Newhouse Farm, East Kilbride, and before that at Glassford, near Stonehouse (per James Bell, email, 22 Sep 2008). After the birth of their 1st 2 sons (Thomas and George) they moved to "Rosehill", Haddington, east of Edinburgh, where John and Maggie were born. At this stage Thomas is listed as "Dairyman and carting contractor" on the census return. Later they moved to Cardross, near Dunbarton. They were at Wallacetown Farm in 1922 and Low Milndovan Farm in the 1930's. In the 1901 census she was living with the family of her son, Thomas.

Children of Thomas and Margaret per James Bell email, 22 Sep 2008 and Ancestry.com :

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. 1890, Girvan. At home in Girvan in 1891 and 1901. . . . . . . . . [5]
  2. George Bell Prentice, b. 30 Oct 1891, Stevenson's Hall, Girvan, and d. 21 Dec 1922, Larbert Asylum, aged 31 of pneumonia and degeneration of the heart.
  3. Margaret "Maggie" S. Prentice, b. 1894, "Rosehill", Haddington, and d. 1975 in Renfrew, Renfrewshire. At home in Girvan in 1901 census.
  4. John Prentice, b. 8 Jun `897, "Rosehill", Haddington. At home in Girvan in 1901 census and shown as b. c. 1898, Haddington.
  5. Minnie Prentice, b. 1899 and d.1900/
  6. Gavin Prentice, b. 15 Jul 1901, Rosehall, Haddington.
  7. Robert Prentice, b. 4 Jul 1904, Rosehall, Haddington. He resided at Bannachra Farm, Helensburgh, and who is listed as the informat on the Death Certificate of his father, Thomas. He m. Winnie and had 2 daughters.
  8. Jean/Jane Bell Prentice, b. 3 Jul1909, Wallaceton Farm, Cardross. She m. Donald Nicholson and had a son, Ian Nicholson.

4. Thomas Weir Prentice was b. 10 Jan 1886 in Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland (by email of 29 Jan 2006, Barbara Prentice has suggested that Thomas may have been born in Castle on Douglas as she still has cousins in that area; see 2ii, above) and d. May 1986 in Plymouth, MA, USA, at the age of 100 years. His mother died when he was born. His father soon remarried and may have had 9 more children (per Judith Crociati, email, 26 Oct 2005).

Thomas emigrated to the United States in the early 1900s when Thomas was about 20 (per Barbara Prentice) and settled initially in New Jersey, then Delaware, and still later in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA. Thomas was a Guernsey herdsman and had the opportunity to buy Forges Farm in Plymouth, which he owned until it closed in 1968, and he retired.

Thomas m. Mary Cook who was b. 1890 in the "Irish Free State" (Ireland). She had immigrated from Ireland about the same time he came over from Scotland. Children:

  1. John F. Prentice, b. c. 1915, New Jersey and d. 9 Feb 1979, Plymouth, MA (per Barbara Prentice, email, 29 Jan and 31 Jan 2006). He is Judith's father. He m. Gladys E. Fernald. She d. 1 Jul 2005. Children:

    1. Judith Prentice. She m. Mr. Crociati. Lives in Plymouth, MA.
    2. Linda Prentice. Died 29 Nov 1983. She m. Mr. Cadorette
    3. John F. Prentice Jr. Lives in Plymouth, MA.
    4. Karen Prentice, aka Karen Ross-Nasveschuk. Lives in Plymouth, MA.
  2. Mary F. Prentice, b. c.1916, New Jersey. She d. 7 Sep 2005, Plymouth, MA. Did not marry and cared for her father (per Barbara Prentice, email, 29 Jan 2006 and Judy (Prentice) Crociati, email, 31 Jan 2006). Her obituary reads as follows:

      Patriot Ledger, The (Quincy, MA) - Friday, September 9, 2005

      MARY F. PRENTICE, Of Plymouth, September 7, Mary F. Beloved daughter of the late Thomas W. and Mary (Cook) Prentice. Sister of the late John F. and Thomas W. Prentice Jr. Aunt of Judith Crociati of Plymouth, Karen Nasveschuk of Plymouth, Maryann Nunes of Plymouth, Barbara Prentice of Hyannis and John F. Prentice Jr. of Plymouth and the late Lynne Prentice and Linda Cadorette.

      Funeral from the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St., Plymouth on Sat urday at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Graveside Service in St. Joseph Cemetery, Plymouth at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours on Friday from 7-9 p.m only. Memorial donations may be made to the Catholic Charities, 377 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360. More information and directions, visit www.cartmellfuneralhome.com.

  3. Thomas Weir Prentice Jr., b. c. 1920, Delaware. . . . . . . . . . . [6]

    Note: By email of 29 Jan 2006, Marlene Hogg wrote that she met Thomas, b. 1886 about 30 years ago. He and my father-in-law were from the same area in Scotland and as the story goes they went to the same school in the town of "Gatehouse of Fleet" county of Kircudbright. He had two sons, John and Thomas and a daughter Mary. They had a very successful dairy farm in a lovely setting in Plymouth. When they went out of business in the late 60's, my husband went to the auction and purchased a lot of the farm equipment. Actually, I was able to salvage an old fitting chest that they used to take to fairs. I refinished it and it sits in my living room. The daughter Mary died not too long ago. She was in her 90's.

5. Thomas Prentice was b. 7 pr 1889 in Girvan, Scotland (per Christine Hadden, email, 29 Jan 2006, citing Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943) and d. 5 Feb 1949, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA. They sailed from Glasgow aboard the Cameronia on 10 Aug 1929 and arrived in the US on 19 Oct 1929. They were going to his cousin Thomas Prentice (#4, above) of the Forges Farm, Plymouth. Thomas was fair complexioned, 5'10" with brown hair and eyes. His wife was 5'2" fair complexioned, with brown hair and eyes. The children all had the same coloring (per Christine Hadden, email, 29 Jan 2006, 3:04 pm)

Thomas m. Anna Jenkins, b. c. 1883, Glasgow Scotland (per Boston Passenger Lists). They appear in the 1930 census in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, with their children:

  1. Elizabeth Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1919, Cardrose, Scotland (per Boston Passenger Lists). She m. Robert Alvin Brands in Apr 1940, Hyde Park, NY, USA. His Ancestor Chart is Ancestry.com . They had 2 daughters.
  2. Annie Ferrier Prentice, b. c. 1921, Cardrose, Scotland (per Boston Passenger Lists) and d. in Rhinebeck, NY, USA. he m. Mr. Van Dyke and had 2 sons and 1 daughter.
  3. John Alexander Ferrier Prentice, b. c. 1926, Blackford, Scotland (per Boston Passenger Lists), and d. 1998, Reno, NV, USA. He m. 1st Miss (unknown) and had 1 son and 1 daughter. He m. 2nd iss (unknown) and had 1 son.

6. Thomas Weir Prentice Jr., b. c. 1920, Delaware and d. 2 Aug 1979, Plymouth, MA. The name of his wife is not yet known. She has lineage to the Mayflower (per Barbara Prentice, email, 29 Jan 2006). Children:

  1. Barbara Prentice was b. c. 1945-57, perhaps in Plymouth, MA. . . . . . . [7]
  2. Lynne Prentice was b. 31 Jul 1959 in Plymouth, MA. . . . . . . . [8]
  3. Maryann Prentice. She m. Mr. Nunes and in 1996 lived in Plymouth, MA.

7. Barbara Prentice was b. 1 Mar 1950 (per her email, 28 Jan 2006), perhaps in Plymouth, MA, (as was her sister Lynne Prentice, below) and living in Jan 2006. The name of her 1st husband is not known. Children:

  1. Adam G. Prentice. b. in Plymouth, MA c. 1976 and d. Sep 1997 at Amherst when, according to police accounts, he may have accidentally fellen through the roof of a campus greenhouse. Additional information can be found at Barbara Prentice's website at What Happened to Adam Prentice .

    His obituary appears in the 1 Oct 1997 Patriot Ledger, Quincy. He was studying computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was in his junior year at U/Mass. He was a 1995 graduate of Barnstable High School. He played on the varsity soccer team in high school and was captain of the junior varsity "Red Raiders" Hockey Team in Barnstable. He also played football and basketball and was an avid sports fan. Funeral services were at the United Methodist Church in Osterville. Burial was in Beach Wood Cemetery.

She m. 2nd Dennis Ristino who was b. 6 Jul 1946. Children:

  1. Aaron Prentice, b. 20 Nov 1985 and living in 1997 in Centerville, MA.
  2. Abigail "Abbi" Prentice, b. 29 Jun 1988 and in 1997 living in Centerville, MA.

8. Lynne Prentice was b. 31 Jul 1959 (per SSDI) in Plymouth, MA and d. 2 Jan 1996 in MA Gen. Hosp. in Boston. Her last residence was Centerville, Barnstable Co., MA (per SSDI). Her obit. appears in the 3 Jan 1996 Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA. She was a receiving clerk for Rich's Department Store in Plymouth for more than 15 years. Her death followed a long illness. She graduated from Plymouth Carver High School in 1977. She attended Fisher Junior College and Cape Cod Community College. She lived in East Wareham for seven months and six years in Hyannis prior to that. She is survived by two sisters: Maryann Nunes of Plymouth and Barbara Prentice of Centerville (see Barbara Prentice item, above).

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday in Osterville Baptist Church. Burial was om Vine Hills Cemetery, Plymouth.

Who are John Prentice's Parents?

Who are John Prentice's parents? It may be reasonable to assume that John Prentice was somewhere between the age of 20 and 28 when he m. in 1795. That would give him a birth year range of 1767 and 1775. We reviewed Glasgow Records and find the following christenings in Lanarkshire during that period:

  1. John Prentice was chr. 12 Apr 1767, son of James Prentice and Jean Smellie, Cambusnethan.
  2. John Prentice was chr. 8 Nov 1768, son of James Prentice and Margaret Wilson, Carnwath.
  3. John Prentice, chr. 25 Dec 1770, son of John Prentice and Euphemia Scott, Carluke.
  4. John Prentice, chr. 12 May 1776, son of James Prentice and Margaret Meikle, Carnwath.

The earliest John Prentice before 1767 was John Prentice who was chr. 12 Feb 1764, son of John Prentice and Margaret Brownlee of Carluke, which would have made him about 31 in 1795. His age in 1795 would seem to make it unlikely that he m. Janet Crain in 1795.

The next John Prentice shown in Glasgow Records after 1776 was chr. 1780, Lanark, and he would have been only 15 in 1795. A 1795 marriage at 15 is unlikely.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com.


Fn. 1: Siblings of Marian Finney/Finnie: (Ref: Christine Hadden, email, 31 Jan 2006, citing the IGI.)
5. John Finnie - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Birth: 20 APR 1813 Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland

 6. Samuel Finnie - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Birth: 18 DEC 1809 Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland

 7. Samuel Finnie - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Birth: 30 DEC 1810 Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland

 8. Robert Finnie - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Birth: 11 AUG 1819 Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland

 9. MARY FINNIE - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Christening: 23 OCT 1808 Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland

 10. MARGARET FINNIE - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Christening: 18 JUN 1815 Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland

 11. MARION FINNIE - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Christening: 01 NOV 1817 Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland

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