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Robert Prentice of Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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Robert Prentice of Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2009 and Revised 15 Jul 2009

Introduction: The following family information comes from information provided by Christine Hadden and information found in Glasgow records and Ancestry.com .

1. Robert Prentice was b. c. 1780-1790 at an unknown location, perhaps in or near Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, where some of his children were born.

He m. Elizabeth Frame on 14 Sep 1806 at Hamilton. They had 3 or more children, including per Glasgow records:

  1. John Prentice, chr. 23 Apr 1809, Bothwell. Not in 1841 census.
  2. Robert Prentice, chr. 21 Apr 1811, Old Monkland. In the 1841 Old Monkland census he lived on Dundyvan Row. in the 1851 Old Monkland census he lived at 5 Long Row, Dundyvan, Old Monkland. he 1861 Old Monkland census says he was b. in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. The 1871 Old Monkland also says he was b. in Coatbridge and he was then a Railway Parter living on "Maryhall Street Prentice Land." In the 1881 census he was a Dairyman with the same street address. He m. Grace H. who was b. c. 1816. Children:
    1. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1837, Old Monkland. At home in 1851. Not home in 1861.
    2. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1840, Old Monkland. At home in 1851. Not home in 1861.
    3. Margaret B. Prentice, b. c. 1845, twin, Old Monkland. At home in 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881.
    4. John Prentice, b. c. 1845, twin, Old Monkland. At home in 1851 and 1861. Not home in 1871. He may be the John Prentice shown in the 1871 census in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, as a Malolder, b. c. 1845 in Coatbridge, living on Millgate Rd., Bainds Row, with his wife, Ann/Annie, b. c. 1847, Leith, Edinburghshire, and children:
      1. Robert Prentice, twin, b. 1871, Uddingston, Lanarkshire. Not in 1891 census. Not in 1901 census.
      2. Agnes Prentice, twin, b. 1871, Uddingston, Lanarkshire. Not in 1891 census.
      3. Annie Prentice, b. c. 1876, Uddingston, Lanarkshire. Not in 1891 census. At home in 1901.
      4. Jeanie Prentice, b. c. 1882, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire. At home in 1901.
      John appears, without his wife and children, in the 1881 census in Cambuslang as a Steel Moulder. Not in 1891 census.
      Annie appears, without her husband, but with their children, in the 1881 Cambuslang census in a separate residence. Not in 1891 census by Prentice surname.
      John and Annie appear together in the 1901 census living at 2 Park Place, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, where he is a Foreman Iron Moulder.

    5. Marion B. Prentice, dau., b. c. 1849, Old Monkland. At home in 1851 and 1861. She is probably the Erice Prentice shown at home in the 1871 census as b. c. 1850.
    6. Grace Prentice, b. c. 1853, Glasgow. At home in Coatbridge, Old Monkland Middle District, in 1881 and a Domestic Servant..
    7. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1857, Coatbridge. At home in 1861, 1871 and 1881. Not in 1891 or 1901 census.
  3. Alexander Prentice, chr. 17 Apr 1815 Old Monkland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Robert Prentice is probably the same person as the Robert Prentice who appears in the 1841 Old Monkland census as b. c. 1791, Lanarkshire, apparently then a widower, with:

  1. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1816, Lanarkshire, likely Robert's daughter-in-law, and her children:
    1. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1838, Lanarkshire.
    2. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1839, Lanarkshire.

2. Alexander Prentice was b. c. 1815, Scotland. Alexander and his wife appear in the 1841 census living in Old Monkland.

He m. Christina Wallace on 15 Aug 1840, Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland (per Christine Hadden, email, 12 Mar 2002). She was b. c. 1820, Scotland. They apparently emigrated to Canada at some date between 1848 and 1860 (per birth of daughter, Elizabeth), and then by 1880 to Rochester, NY. They appear in the 1880 census in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY where his occupation is "Lumber Manufacture", Childen (per IGI):

  1. Robert Wallace Prentice, chr. 28 Feb 1841 Dunbeth Relief Church, Coatbridge. Not in 1880 census.
  2. George Prentice, chr. 30 Oct 1842, Coatbridge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Ann Prentice, chr. Christening: 15 Dec 1844 Dunbeth Relief Church, Coatbridge
  4. Alexander Prentice, chr. 26 Mar 1848, Coatbridge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  5. Jennie Prentice b. c. 1851.
  6. William Prentice, b. c. 1858.
  7. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1860, Canada. At home in the 1880 census in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY.
  8. Christine Prentice, b. 1860 and d. 1 Feb 1882. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

3. George Prentice, chr. 30 Oct 1842 Dunbeth Relief Church, Coatbridge. Not in 1880 census.

He m. Sarah, b. c. 1846, USA. Children:

  1. Alpha Prentice, b. c. 1868.
  2. Christina Prentice, b. c. 1870.

4. Alexander Prentice, chr. 26 Mar 1848 Dunbeth Relief C, Coatbridge. He is probably the Alexander Prentice, b. Mar 1848 in Scotland, who appears in the 1900 Rochester, Monroe Co., NY census with his wife, Harriet Darling, b. Sep 1852, NY. Living with them was her father, George Darling, b. Sep 1824, NY.

5. Christine Prentice, b. 1860 and d. 1 Feb 1882.

She m. James Addison Mather. He was b. 1841 in Arbroath, Forfarshire, Scotland, and d. 15 Mar 1913 in New Lowell, Sunnidale Twp., Ontario, Canada. He was the son of David Mather and Ann Addison. Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Alexander Prentice Mather, b. 28 Jan 1874 in New Lowell, Ontario. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  2. James William Mather, b. 14 Nov 1875
  3. John William Mather, b. 21 Apr 1877 in New Lowell, Ontario, Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  4. Norman Lorne Mather, b. 24 Jul 1881

6. Alexander Prentice Mather, b. 28 Jan 1874 in New Lowell, Sunnidale Township, Ontario, Canada, and d. 17 May 1928, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He m. Margaret O'Neil on 5 Jul 1899, Toronto, Ontario. She was the dau. of Charles O'Neil and Martha Latimer. Children:

  1. Dorothy Mather, b. after 1899.
  2. Gladys Rose Mather, b. after 1899. She m. Harold Edgar Sanderson. He was b. 24 May 1897, Tottenham, Ontario. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancenstry.com . Children:
    1. son Sanderson. He m. Miss Chivrell and had a son and daughter.
    2. son Sanderson. He m. Miss Hewitt and had 1 son and 5 daughters.

7. John William Mather, b. 21 Apr 1877 in New Lowell, Ontario, Canada, and d. there 19 Apr 1944.

He m. Annie Ethel Carter on 16 Nov 1903, Lindsay, Ontario. She was b. c. 1877, Picton, Ontario, and d. 1944. Children:

  1. George E Mather
  2. James Mather
  3. Annie Geraldine Mather
  4. Hilda Kathline Mather, b. 31 Jan 1905
  5. James Mather, b. c. 1910
  6. George Elliott, b. 13 Jul 1916

Who are Robert Prentice's Parents?

As for the parents of the the Robert Prentice who m. Eliza Frame, that Robert Prentice may have been b. c. 1781-1792. The only Robert born in that time and shown in our copy of Glasgow Records are:

  1. Robert Prentice, chr. 12 Dec 1781, Lanark, son of Thomas Prentice and Beatrix Bell.
  2. Robert Prentice, chr. 9 Feb 1783, Cambusnethan, son of John Prentice and Agnes Dalziel.
  3. Robert Prentice, chr. 22 May 1791, Cockburnspath, son of John Prentice and Ephy Mason. Cockburnspath lies in Berwickshire and about 20 miles east of Edinburgh.

Since Robert named his first son, "John," and since Cockburnspath is so far from Old Monkland, Robert seem likely to be the Robert Prentice who was chr. 9 Feb 1783, son of John Prentice and Agnes Dalziel, but further corroboration is needed. John and Agnes are #3v in our Fall 2001 article entitled John Prentice of Carluke, Scotland .

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