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Thomas Prentice of Glassford, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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Thomas Prentice of Glassford, Lanarkshire, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2010 and Revised 25 May 2010

We are helping Meg and Don Williams of Grahamstown, South Africa, and David Webster in identifying the ancestors and descendants of James and Elizabeth Prentice, and particularly the descendants of Jemima Prentice, #3v. Set out below is what we have so far from their emails of 21 May 2010 and later. If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please send your information to us at the Prentice Newsletter. Be sure to give the full title and date of this article in the Subject line of the email.

1. Thomas Prentice may have been b. c. 1810-1820, perhaps in, or near, Glassford, Lanarkshire, Scotland, where he married in 1840. Glassford lies about 20 miles SE of central Glasgow and perhaps 10 miles SSW of Motherwell.

Glassford also lies only about 1.5 miles from Stonehouse where the family of Robert Prentice was probably living in 1821 when his dau., Isabella, married in Stonehouse. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1764, is #2 in our Fall 2002 article entitled Prentices of Stonehouse .

He m. Ann Wilson on 26 Jun 1840 in Glassford, Lanarkshire, They had 3 or more children, per the IGI:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1843, Glassford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Gavin Prentice, b. 26 Sep 1856, Glassford.
  3. Ann Prentice, b. 16 Jun 1860, Glassford.
  4. William Prentice, b. 17 Jun 1860, Glassford.

2. Thomas Prentice was b. c. 1843, Chapelton, parish of Glassford, Lanarkshire. He appears in the 1891 census in Govan, Lanarkshire, with his wife and family where he was an "Ironship Caulker" per David Webster, email, 24 May 2010 and 25 May 2010.

He m. Janet King , b. c. 1844, Eaglesham, Renfrewshire. She was the dau. of William King (Cotton Weaver) and Jean Kirkland. Thomas and Janet had 6 or more children, including:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1870, Govan, Lanarkshire, Hammerman. At home in the 1891 census.
  2. Jane Prentice, b. . 1872, Govan, Lanarkshire. At home in the 1891 census, Cotton Weaver..
  3. William Prentice, b. c. 1873, Govan Lanarkshire. At home in the 1891 census, Cotton Weaver.
  4. Annis Prentice, b. c. 1875, Govan, Lanarkshire. At home in the 1891 census. Cotton Weaver.
  5. James Prentice, b. May 1877, Govan, Lanarkshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. Janet K.(King?) Prentice, b. c. 1880, Govan, Lanarkshire. At home in the 1891 census. She m. George Leyden in 1906, Govan, Glasgow. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. George Leyden, b. 1907, Springburn, Glasgow.

3 James Prentice, b. May 1877, Govan, Lanarkshire, per David Webster, email, 25 May 2010. and d. 29 Jan 1960, Glasgow, the informant being his nephew, George Leyden, son of his sister, Janet K. Prentice and George Leyden. . At home in the 1891 census, a Cotton Weaver..

He m. Elizabeth McKay on 13 Apr 1906, Glasgow. She was b. 11 Nov 1881, probably in Glasgow. She was the dau of George McKay (b. 24 Jun 1852, Glasgow) and Agnes Leitch (d. 15 Oct 1914, probably Glasgow.

Children of James and Elizabeth who may have remained in Glasgow or may have emigrated to Canada, the USA, or elsewhere.

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. 1 Mar 1907. Meg and Don Williams and David Webster seek your help in identifying the descendants of Thomas.
  2. Agnes Leitch Mackay Prentice, b. 21 Jul 1908 and d. 14 Mar 1992
  3. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 14 Oct 1910. In later life she was known as E. Joan Prentice.
  4. Janet Leitch Mackay, b. (unknown) and d. 2 Feb 1917.
  5. Jemima/ Jamima Prentice, b. 1 Jun 1915. Meg and Don Williams and David Webster seek your help in identifying the descendants of Thomas.
  6. John Duncan Mackay, b. 9 Mar 1921 and d. in WW II on 1 Jun 1942, age 21 years..

Who are Thomas Prentice's Parents?

Who are the parents of Thomas Prentice who m. Ann Wilson on 26 Jun 1840 in Glassford,Lanarkshire?

As noted above, Glassford lies only about 1.5 miles from Stonehouse where the family of Robert Prentice was living from at least 1789 and who was probably living there in 1821 when his dau., Isabella, married in Stonehouse. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1764, is #2 in our Fall 2002 article entitled Prentices of Stonehouse .

Whether Robert Prentice, or perhaps a brother, is the father of Thomas Prentice is unclear and investigation is continuing.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please send your information to us at the Prentice Newsletter. Be sure to give the full title and date of this article in the Subject line of the email.

Caution: If you don't use the above email link, your email to us may be rejected as spam by our email filter.


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Christopher Redman
2016-12-01 09:25:59
Not sure if Meg and Don Williams of Grahamstown are still seardhing for defendants of Thomas and Elizabeth Prentice, but I am their grandson and the son of Jamima Prentice (who changed her name to June). I have three sisters.
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