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James Prentice of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania

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James Prentice of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2009 and Revised 18 Jan 2009

Update of 18 Jan 2008: James Prentice, the subject of this article, and his brother John, at the bottom of this article, are descendants of James Prentice of Beaver Co., PA. That article now replaces this article.

1. James Prentice was b. c. 1826, PA, with both parents b. in PA. He appears in the 1850 census in Moon, Allegheny Co., PA, and in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census in Sewickley, Allegheny Co., PA, with his wife and family. In the 1880 census he was a Wagon Maker.

He m. Elizabeth, b. c. 1827, PA, with both parents b. in PA. Known children per census records and Ancestry.com :

  1. Emma Prentice, b. c. 1849, Moon, Allegheny Co., PA. At home in 1850.
  2. William J. Prentice, b. c. 1851, PA. At home in 1860 and 1870. Not in 1880 or 1900 census.
  3. John K. Prentice, b. 1854, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. Samuel D. Prentice, b. c. 1856, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  5. Amanda J. Prentice, b. c. 1859, PA. At home in 1860 and 1870. Not in 1880 census.
  6. Charles S. Prentice, b. c. 1861, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  7. Walter C. Prentice, b. c. 1867, PA. At home in 1870 and 1880. Not in 1900 or 1910 census.
  8. George D. Prentice, b. c. 1870, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

2. John K. Prentice, b. c. 1854, PA.

He m. Martha Jane "Jane" Brewer, she was b. c. 1855, PA, with both parents b. in PA. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com , Children per census:

  1. Lila M. Prentice, b. May 1875, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  2. William J. Prentice, b. Jun 1878, PA. At home in 1900. Not in 1910 or 1920 census.
  3. Mamie Prentice, b. Oct 1883, PA. At home in 1900. Not in 1910 census.
  4. Thomas Victor Prentice, b. Jan 1888, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]

3. Samuel D. Prentice, b. c. 1856, PA..At home in 1860 and 1870. Not in 1880 census. Subject to further investigation for confirmation, he is tentatively identified as the Samuel Prentice who appears in the 1900 census in Allegheny Ward 5, Allegheny Co., PA, as b. Feb 1856, PA, and d. before 1910 census, with both parents in PA, and with his wife and family.

He m. Mary M., b. Oct 1860, PA, with both parents b. in PA. She appears as a widow in the 1910 census in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1920 Pittsburgh census as Mary G. Prentice. 1930 Pittsburgh census as Mary M. Prentice Children per census records:

  1. Samuel H. Prentice, b. Oct 1883, PA. At home in Allegheny, PA, in 1900 census. At home in Pittsburgh in 1910. He may be the Samuel Prentis who appears in the 1930 Pittsburgh, PA census as b. c. 1885, with his wife, Anna, b. c. 1887, PA (father b. in PA and mother in Ireland). Children:
    1. Dorothy Prentis, b. c. 1914, PA. At home in Pittsburgh, PA in 1930 census.
    2. Virginia Prentis, b. c. 1916, PA. At home in Pittsburgh, PA in 1930 census.
  2. Marie M. Prentice, b. Dec 1889, PA. At home in Sewickley in 1900 census. At home in Pittsburgh in 1910 and 1920. At home in 1930 in Pittsburgh, indexed as Manie Prentice.
  3. William J. Prentice, b. Aug 1892, PA. At home in Sewickley in 1900 census. At home in Pittsburgh in 1910 and 1920. In the 1930 census he is a patient, a painter, single, at the Pittsburgh City Homest Hospital.
  4. Mabel Prentice, b. Mar 1898, PA. At home in Sewickley in 1900 census. At home in Pittsburgh in 1910. Not home in 1920.
  5. James Prentice, b. c. 1901, PA. At home in Pittsburgh in 1910, 1920 and 1930. In 1930 his wife, Catherine, b. c. 1902, PA (as were her parents) is also shown in the household; no children shown.

4. Charles S. Prentice, b. c. 1861, PA. At home in 1870 and 1880. He appears in the 1900 Sewickley, Allegheny Co., PA, census as Charles F. Prentice with his wife and family. Not in 1920 census.

He m. Sarah in 1880 (per 1900 census). She was b. Dec 1861, Wales, with both parents b. in Wales. Children per census records:

  1. Catharine Prentice, b. c. 1881, PA. At home in Sewickley in 1900 census. Not in 1910 census.
  2. Sydny/Sidney Prentice, b. Nov 1887, PA. At home in Sewickley in 1900 census. Not in 1910 or 1920 census.
  3. Elizabeth Prentice, b. Oct 1892, PA. At home in Sewickley in 1900 census. Not in 1910 census.

5. George D. Prentice, b. c. 1870, PA. At home in 1880. He appears in the 1900 census in Allegheny, PA, as b. Aug 1872, PA, living with his aunt (sister of his father or mother), Minnie Smith, b. Oct 1864, PA, and children:

  1. William J. Smith, b. Oct 1883, PA. At home in 1900.
  2. Maud Smith, b. Aug 1884, PA. At home in 1900.

George later appears in the 1910 census in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA, as George S. Prentice, b. c. 1871, PA. Minnie Smith is still living with him, but she is now called his sister, b. c. 1859, PA. Also shown in the household are:

  1. Roy A. Woods, nephew, b. c. 1879, PA. At home in Pittsburgh in 1910.
  2. E. Maud Woods, b. c. 1885, PA. She is probably the Maud Smith, shown above, and wife of Roy A. Woods.
  3. Minnie D. Woods, b. c. 1905, PA. At home in 1910.
  4. Jennie R. Woods, b. c. 1905, PA. At home in 1910.
  5. Elma E. Woods, b. c. 1908, PA. At home in 1910.
  6. Jack Woods, b. c. 1918, Pittsburgh, PA, per 1920 census and at home.

George still later appears in the 1920 census in Pittsburgh where Roy A. Woods, above, is the head of the household with George appearing as George D. Prentice and called an Uncle to Roy. Minnie is called a mother-in-law to Roy, seeming to suggest that Minnie is Maud's mother. In the 1930 Pittsburgh census, he is age 59, single, and living alone.

6. Lila M. Prentice, b. May 1875, PA. She appears in the 1900 census in her parent's home with her husband. Not in 1910 or 1920 census.

She m. Samuel T. McDonald. He was b. Feb 1850, PA, with both parents b. in PA.

7. Thomas Victor Prentice, b. 8 Jan 1888, PA, and d. 18 Nov 1951, Los Angeles, CA. He appears at home in Sewickley, PA, in the 1900 census. Not in 1910 or 1920 census. In the 1930 census in Santa Monica, Los Angeles Co., CA.

He m. Ruth Jane Speight. She was b. 16 Dec 1890, NC, and d. 10 Jun 1990, Riverside, CA.

  1. Ruth L. Prentice, b. 1917. At home in 1930 in Santa Monica, CA.
  2. Norma J. Prentice, b. 1922 . At home in 1930 in Santa Monica, CA.
  3. Bettie L. Prentice, b. 1924, Santa Monica, Los Angeles Co., CA. . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]

8. Bettie L. Prentice, b. 1924, Santa Monica, Los Angeles Co., CA, and d. 15 May 2008, Palm Desert, Riverside Co., CA, per SSDI. She lived at 38446 Poppet Canyon Dr., Palm Desert, Riverside Co., CA, per U. S. Public Records Index .

She m. Ervin L. Douglyn. He was b. Feb 1921. They were divorced 5 Feb 1982 per CA Divorce Index . His 2008 address per USPubRecIndex is: 26645 Sea Hero Cir., Wesley Chapel, FL, 33544, Tel: 813-973-3455, Rec. # 909768719

Children of Bettie and Ervin per Ancestry.com :

  1. (dau.) Douglyn. She m. Mr,. Peterson and had a son.
  2. (son) Douglyn. He m. Angelina F. Angwin.
  3. (dau.) Douglyn.

Who are James Prentice's Parents?

The only clue we have so far is based on James appearing in the 1850 census in Moon, Allegheny Co., PA.

A review of 1850 Moon census shows another possible brother, John H. Prentice, b. c. 1814, PA, with his wife and childen:

He had m. Mary J., b. c. 1823, PA. Children per census records:

  1. James M. Prentice, b. c. 1845, PA. At home in Moon in the 1850 census.
  2. Alex Prentice, b. c. 1847, PA. At home in Moon in the 1850 census.

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