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William Prentice of Ireland and Passaic, New Jersey

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William Prentice of Ireland and Passaic, New Jersey
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2006 and Revised 28 Dec 2008

1. William Prentice was b. c. 1876-1878 in Ireland. He emigrated to the United States at some date before 1898 which his daughter, Jane, was born. He appears in the 1900 and 1920 census in Passaic, NJ, with his wife and family.

He m. Jane, b. c. 1880, Ireland. Not in 1930 census. Children per 1920 census:

  1. Jane Prentice, b. c. 1898, NJ (per 1900 census). Not home in 1920 census.
  2. Jennie Prentice, b. c. 1900, NJ
  3. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1903, NJ. Not in 1930 census. Unclear whether in SSDI.
  4. John Prentice, b. c. 1905, NJ. Not in 1930 census. Unclear whether in SSDI.
  5. Sadie Prentice, b. c. 1908, NJ
  6. Helen Prentice, b. c. 1911, NJ
  7. Vincent L. Prentice, b. 2 Jan 1914, NJ and d. 27 Nov 1990 at an unspecified location (per SSDI). Not in 1930 census.
  8. William Prentice, b. c. 1917, NJ. Not in 1930 census. Unclear whether in SSDI.

Who are William Prentice's Parents?

We do have a possible clue, Ellis Island Records establish that a William J. Prentice, age 17 years, of Irish Ethnicity, whose last place of residence was Tyrone, Ireland (probably County Tyrone, Ireland ), departed the Port of Glasgow and Moville aboard the "Anchoria" and arrived in the Port of New York on 19 Jan 1893; his stated destination was New Jersey.

Although further investigation is needed for confirmation, there seems to be a good chance that he is the William Prentice we are seeking.

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