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William J. Prentice of Cairnyan, Scotland and Hartford, CT

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William J. Prentice of Cairnyan, Scotland and Hartford, CT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2006 and Revised 14 Feb 2008

Update of 14 Feb 2008: This article has now been replaced by our later Spring 2008 article about Thomas Prentice of Drumcree, Northern Ireland .

1. William J. Prentice was likely b. c. 1850-60 and probably in Scotland. In 1907 he lived on Manchester St., Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

William's wife, Agnes J. was b. c. 1858 in Ayrshire, Scotland and in 1907 had been living in Cairnyan, Scotland. Agnes first appears in Ellis Island Records aboard the "Columbia" which had departed from Glasgow, Scotland and arrived in New York on 5 Feb 1907. Her declared intention was to join her husband in Hartford, CT. Agnes was described in immigration records as 5' 5", pale complexion, fair hair, and blue eyes.

Accompanying Agnes were her children:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1888, Bishoptown, Scotland.
  2. William Prentice, b. c. 1891, Glasgow, Scotland.
  3. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1891, Cairnyan, Scotland.
  4. Elizabeth/Bessie Prentice, b. c. 1896, Cairnyan, Scotland

They also had another son:

  1. John Newman Johnston Prentice, b. 29 Jun 1881. . . . . . . [2]

2. John Newman Johnston Prentice, b. 29 Jun 1881 (per Candy Hauryski, Ancestry.com ). Although the birth year differs, he is likely the John N. Prentice shown in the 1930 census in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT as b. c. 1884 in Scotland. Since John did not appear with his mother, Agnes, in her 1907 emigration record, he had likely emigrated earlier and was living with his father in Hartford, CT, in 1907.

He m. Marion Stuart McDougal. She is likely the Marion M. shown in the 1930 census in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT as b. c. 1888 in Scotland. Daughter:

  1. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1921. . . . . . . [3]

3. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1921. She is likely the Margaret M. Prentice shown in the 1930 census in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT as b. c. 1921, dau. of John N. Prentice and Marion M. Prentice.

She m. Donald Lee Randolph who was b. 25 Feb 1915, PA, and d. 31 Oct 1970. He is bur. in Bumpville, Cem., Litchfield Twp., Bradford Co., PA. He was the son of Rubin/Reuben Burton Randolph (b. c. 1891, PA) and Margaret/Maggie Mae (b. c. 1893, PA) and in 1930 were living in Waverly, Tioga Co., NY.

  1. Living Randolph, b. c. 1940-45.

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