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William Prentice of Scotland and Pennsylvania

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William Prentice of Scotland and Pennsylvania
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2009 and Revised: 7 Jan 2016

A. James Prentice was b. c. 1812 in Biggar, Lanarkshire per Ancestry.com . Census 1851 and 1861 in Biggar.

He m. Marion. She was b. c. 1811 in Conington, Lanarkshire. Children per Ancestry.com, above:

  1. Marion Prentice, dau., b. c. 1835, Biggar.
  2. Alexander Prentice, b. c. 1839, Biggar. He might be the Alexander Prentice shown in the 1871 Scotland census as b. c. 1841 in "Bicear" (Biggar?) Lanarkshire with his wife, Agnes, b. c. 1845 in Kekewick, Ayrshire, and children:
    1. James Prentice, b. c. 1864, "Bileas" (Biggar?) Lanarkshire.
    2. Janet Prentice, b. c. 1866, "Bileas" (Biggar?) Lanarkshire.
    3. Marion Prentice, b. c. 1868, "Bileas" (Biggar?) Lanarkshire.
    4. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1870 , Broxburn, Linlithgowshire

    Not in 1881 or 1891 census.

  3. Jane Prentice, b. c. 1841, Biggar
  4. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1843, Biggar
  5. William Prentice, b. c. 1847, Biggar, Lanarkshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1]

1. William Prentice was b. c. 1847 in Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He appears in the 1880 Allegheny Co., PA census as a Coal Miner with his wife, Anne/Annie, b. c. 1857 in Scotland. He arrived in New York on 22 Apr 1868 at the age of 22. We also do not know whether William married Anne/Annie before, of after, they emigrated to America.

William does not appear in the 1900 and 1910 census. He may, or may not, be the William Prentice shown in the 1920 census in Chartiers, Washington Co., PA as a resident in the Washington County Home. Children per 1880 census and Ancestry.com:

  1. Daniel Prentice, b. 1885, PA, and d. in UT, USA He m. Mary S. Vicars c. 1907 in Uinta Co.,WY. She was b. 10 Oct 1890 in Almy, Uinta Co., WY. 1910 in Diamondville, Uinta Co., WY. 1920 in Reliance,Sweetwater Co., WY. 1930 in Lionkol, Sweetwater Co.,WY. Son:
    1. John R. Prentice, b. c. 1909, PA. 1920 at home.
  2. (dau.) Prentice. She d. in Clairton, PA. She m. Harry Shaw and d. in Clairton, PA,
  3. James Prentce, b. 29 Oct 1875, Youngstown, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. Margaret/Maggie Prentice, b. c. 1877, PA.
  5. Jenette Prentice, b. c. 1879, PA.

2. James Prentice, b. 29 Oct 1875, Youngstown, OH, or Vienna, Trumbull Co., OH, and d. 29 Dec 1957, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. He appears in the 1900 and 1910 Forward, Allegheny Co., PA census with his wife and family. For his photo, see Ancestry.com .

He m. Clara Gilmer c. 1900 She was b. 12 May 1882, Fayette City, Fayette Co., PA, and d. 15 Aug 1971, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, per the SSDI. She was the dau. of William P. Gilmer (1857-1929) and Hannah Mitchell (1852-1912). They also appear in the 1920, Westmoreland Co., PA census and in the 1930 Charleroi, Washington Co., PA census. Her obituary in The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) of 20 Aug 1971 reads as follows:

    Clara Prentice, 89, of 101 Lookout Ave., Charleroi, died yesterday at 2:35 p.m. at her home. She was born in Fayette City, a daughter of the late William and Hannah Mitchell Gilmer.

    She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA She was preceded in death by her husband, James, four sons and two daughters. Surviving are the following daughters, Anna Gray, Georgina Hixson and Gladys Hurley, dall of Charleroi, Marion Dimascio of Van Nuys, Calif., Marie Saunders of North Charleroi; sons, Harry and Eugene of Charleroi, Dan of Okmulgee, Okla., and Dave of Welston, Ohio; a sister, Mary Statners of Haelton, PA; 28 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, and 16(?) great-great-grandchildren.

    Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Harold L. Schrock Funeral Home, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA

Children of James and Clara:

  1. Jesse Prentice, dau., b. and d. in Webster, Westmoreland Co., PA.
  2. (dau.) Prentice.
  3. James Adam Prentice, b. c. 1901, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  4. Anna M. Prentice, b. 25 Aug 1903, Gallatin, PA, and d. 27 Apr 1972, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. She m. "Mort" Crabb. She also m. William A. Gray (b.1895) and had a daughter, Lorraine Gray, b. c. 1920, and had son, James Gray, b. c. 1938, and who apparently later m. Mr. Topoly. She also m. Mr. Bartek and had 3 sons. She also m. Mr. Watts and had 2 sons.
  5. William Penn Prentice, b. 10 Dec 1906, PA, and d. 30 Nov 1954. He appears in the 1930 , 1940 census in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA with his wife. He m. Catherine Jackson, b. 23 Sep 1911 and d. 29 Jun 1989, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. In 1940 he was a "Gasman on Cars" with a 6th grade education. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. Rhoda Mae Prentice, b. 6 Jun 1930, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, and d. 20 Oct 2000, Allenport, PA. 1940 at home. She m. John R. Yates.
    2. Dolores Elaine(?) Prentice, b. c. 1932, PA. See Patricia, below.
    3. William C. Prentice, b. 27 Aug 1933, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA,and d. there 3 Jul 1997. He m. Ann Gernot. He might be the William Prentice shown in our Summer 2017 article entitled William Prentice of Brownsville, PA . Charleroi lies only about 14 miles north of Brownsville.
    4. Ronald E. Prentice, b. 29 Dec 1937, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, and d. 19 Nov 1997,West Newton, Westmoreland Co., PA. He m. Virginia Darlene Merella, dau. of Peter Marella of 518 Rostraver Dr.;, West Newton. They honeymooned at Niagara Falls, NY, and then settled at 107 2nd St.;, West Newton, PA. The news item about their wedding in The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) of 24 Jun 1964 reports that he was employed at the Charleroi Plant of the Corning Glass Works and that she was employed at the Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory in Large.
    5. Patricia(?) Louise Prentice , b. c. 1940, PA. Either she, or her sister Dolores, m. Mr. Beveridge.
  6. Marian Adele Prentice, b. 4 Nov 1908, PA, and d. 11 Nov 1993, Panorama CVity, Los Angeles Co., CA. She m. Mr. Dimascio. She also m. Charles Rohrbacher (b. 1907) and had a dau., Mildred Clarice Rohrbacher, b. 27 Oct 1927, Donora, Washington Co., PA, and d. 7 Mar 2009, Chatsworth, CA.
  7. Benjamin Frank Prentice, b. 9 Oct 1910, PA, and d. 9 Apr 1964. That person may also be the Frank Prentice mentioned in a brief "In Memoriam" published in the 9 Apr 1968 "The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) as having "died four yeara ago today, April 9 1964," and mentioning a wife and daughter. That is the same newspaper that published a death article about his brother, #3 Daniel Prentice, below. He m. Edna Gansler (1917-1980).
  8. Frank Prentice, b. c. 1911, PA, per the 1940 census in Speers, Washington Co., PA. He m. Edna, b. c. 1918, PA.
  9. Harry L. Prentice Sr., b.17 Mar 1912, PA, and d. 8 Feb 1981 in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. At home in 1930 census. He may be the Harry Prentice Sr. mentioned in The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA of 16 Dec 1969 which said he was again elected Presidento of the 1,000 member union at Corning Glass Works in Charleroi, having held that post from 1953-1955 and 1957-1960. He m. Georgina "Jean" Smith. She was b. 17 Nov 1914 and d. in Charleroi on 1 Mar 2000 in Charleroi per the SSDI. Children per Ancestry.com:
    1. David Prentice. 2007 in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. He m. Barbara Curry b. 26 Jun 1946 in Belle Vernon, PA(?), lived in Charleroi,Washington Co., PA, and d. 4 Jun 2002 in Loudon Hospital, Leesburg, VA. She was the dau. of Velma Curry (d. bef. 2002). ) and had 2 sons and 3 daughters, including Valarie Prentice, b. 1965 and d. 1991, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. Children per The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) of 6 Jun 2002: (per Tiffany O'Neill, email,28 Jun 2018.)
      1. Richard Prentice. 2002 lived in Washington, PA.
      2. Laura Prentice. She m. Tim O;'Neill. 2002 lived in Boston, MA.
      3. Linda Prentice. She m. Jay Sprowls. 2002 lived in Ellsworth, PA(?). They had 1 or more children, including:
        1. Julie Sprowls. She d. before 2002.
      4. Brad Prentice. He m. Carla. 2002 lived in Washington, DC.
      5. Valerie Prentice. She d. before 2002..
    2. Charles Prentice .
    3. Harry L. Prentice Jr., b. 12 Jun 1934, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.5]
    4. Richard Dale Prentice, b. 6 Oct 1936 and d. 3 Dec 1995 in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. He m. Janet Ann D'Astrolfo, shown in the SSDI as b. 5 Jul 1937 and d. 29 Mar 1998, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA Richard and Janet had 1 or more children, including:
      1. Dave Prentice of Danville, VA. He m. Amy and had a son, Seth Prentice. and a daughter, Tara Prentice.
      2. Scott Andrew Prentice, b. and d. 19 Aug 1969.
    5. Charles Lee Prentice, b. 1 Sep 1939, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.6]
  10. Daniel Prentice, b. c. 1914, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .<[4]
  11. Eugene W. Prentice, b. 30 Mar 1915, PA and d. 16 Dec 1989 at an unspecified location (per SSDI).
  12. Woodrow W. Prentice, b. c. 1915 and d. 1927.
  13. Virginia Marie Prentice, b. c. 1917, PA. Home in 1930. She m. Mr. Saunders and in 2003 lived in Fellowship Twp., PA. Living in 2003
  14. Georgina Prentice, b. 24 Jan 1920, Webster, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[2.7]
  15. David Prentice, b. 18 Jan 1921, Webster, PA and d. 29 May 1998, Aberdeen, Brown Co., OH (per census & SSDI) . He m. (unknown) and had 2 sons and 1 daughter. He also m. Miss Walton and had 1 son.
  16. Rupert Prentice, b. c. 1922, Webster, PA, per 1940 census
  17. Gladys A. Prentice, b. 27 Mar 1925, Webster, PA, and d. 6 Jan 2003, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. She m. John W. Hurley, perhaps about 1944-1950. He was b. 26 Apr 1909, Fayette City, Fayette Co., PA, and d. 22 Jan 1986 in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. Gladys also m. Wendell Andrew McCormick (1924-2001) and had a son and daughter. Kimberly Carlisle's email of 15 Jun 2013 indicates she is a granddaughter of Gladys and John. Her obituary reads as follows:

      Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA) - Thursday, January 9, 2003: Gladys A. Prentice Hurley of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Charleroi, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003. She was born March 27, 1925, in Webster, a daughter of the late James and Clara Prentice. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Hurley, and 12 brothers and sisters. Survivors include one son and daughter, Wendell McCormick and Judy Davis Ruffner of San Antonio, Texas, with whom she made her home; three grandchildren, Kimberly Carlisle and husband Billy, and Tim and Lara Davis, all of San Antonio, and Sarah McCormick of Hershey; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Marie Saunders of Fallowfield Township and Georgina Hixson of Donora; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
  18. (maybe) Woodrow W. Prentice, b. 16 Aug 1928, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .<[5]

2.5 Harry L. Prentice Jr., b. 12 Jun 1934, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, and d. 6 Jun 2008 in Washington, Washington Co., PA. His obituary reads as follows:

    Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA) - Tuesday, January 8, 2008, Harry L. Prentice Jr. Bentleyville man was Army vet, union local president.

    Harry L. Prentice Jr., 73, of Bentleyville, died Sunday, January 6, 2008, in Washington. He was born June 12, 1934, in Charleroi, a son of Harry L. Sr. and Jean Smith Prentice.

    Mr. Prentice was a U.S. Army veteran, having served with the military police. He was retired from Corning Glass in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA He was a member of American Legion Post 22, Charleroi, and was a union president for Corning Glass Inc., Local 53, for 11 years. He was an avid fisherman.

    Surviving are his companion of 18 years, JoAnne Davis of Washington; sons Steven Prentice of Fallowfield Township, Kenneth, Terry and Johnny Prentice, all of Charleroi, and John and wife Carla Efaw of Washingtion; a brother, David Prentice of Perryopolis; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Prentice of Charleroi; nine grandchildren, Samantha, Ashley, Kara and Steven Prentice, Megan, Zach and Krista Efaw and Jolene and Haeleah Anderson; and a great- grandson, Julius Efaw.

    Deceased are a son, Charles Prentice, and two brothers, Richard and Charles Prentice.

    Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes Inc., 235 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 10, with Pastor Don Anders officiating. Interment will be held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, at a later date.

He m. Dolores Gail Hamilton, b. 25 Nov 1937, New Boston, OH, and d. 25 Feb 2015, Carleroi, PA. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Prentice , Dolores 77: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA) - Saturday, February 21, 2015.

    Dolores Gail Prentice, 77, of Charleroi, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at her home. Born in New Boston, Ohio, on Nov. 25, 1937, a daughter of Kenneth and Effie Bryant Hamilton.

    Mrs. Prentice retired from Corning Glass in 1999 as a trainer. Mrs. Prentice was a U.S. Army veteran.

    She is survived by four sons, Steven Prentice of Fallowfield Township, and Kenneth Prentice, Terry Prentice and Jon Prentice all of Charleroi; and four grandchildren, Kara, Steven, Samantha and Ashley. Preceded in death by her husband, Harry Prentice Jr.; a son, Charles Prentice; and a brother, Dr. Ronald Hamilton.

    There will be no public visitation. Private burial will be in Charleroi Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the LEONARD M. PAVLIC FUNERAL HOMES, INC., Charleroi, Washington Co., PA

Children of arry and Dolores:

  1. Steven Prentice of Fallowfield Township,
  2. Kenneth Prentice of Charleroi, Washington Co., PA
  3. Terry Prentice of Charleroi, Washington Co., PA
  4. John Prentice of Charleroi, Washington Co., PA
  5. Charles Dean Prenticeb. 7 Apr 1958, Portsmith, OH, and d. 14 Apr 2002, Richeyville, PA. His obituary reads as follows:

      Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA) - Tuesday, April 16, 2002: Prentice, Charles Dean

      Charles Dean Prentice, 44, of Richeyville, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, in Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born in Portsmith, Ohio, on April 7, 1958, he was the son of Harry L. and Delores Gail Prentice, who survive and reside in Charleroi.

      Mr. Prentice was Methodist by faith. He was a 1976 graduate of Charleroi Area High School, a former employee of Corning Glass, Charleroi plant, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

      Mr. Prentice was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenneth and Effie Hamilton and Harry Sr. and Jean Prentice. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Staley Prentice; two daughters, Samantha and Ashley of Richeyville; four stepchildren, Ruth Bakosh of Phoenix, Ariz., Stanley Hughes of Coal Center, Julie Parker of Clear Lake, Minn., and Robin Rice of Brownsville; four brothers, Steven Prentice of Fallowfield Township, and Kenneth, Terry and John Prentice, all of Charleroi.

      Family visitation will be held Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and public visitation Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the LEONARD PAVLIC FUNERAL HOME INC., Third Street and Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Don Anders, pastor of Green Pasture Christian Fellowship Church of Charleroi, officiating. Burial will follow in Charleroi Cemetery. Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA) - Tuesday, April 16, 2002

    Charles m. Ruth Ann Staley, living in 2002. Childrenof Charles and Ruth:

    1. Samantha Prentice. 2002 in Richeyville, PA.
    2. Ashley Prentice. 2002 in Richeyville, PA.

2.6 Charles Lee Prentice, b. 1 Sep 1939 Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, and d. 31 Mar 2007, Charleroi, PA. His obituary reads as follows

    Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA) - Tuesday, April 3, 2007, Prentice, Charles Lee

    Charles Lee Prentice, 67, of Charleroi, died Saturday, March 31, 2007, in Mon Valley Hospital. Born in Charleroi on Sept. 1, 1939, he was a son of the late Harry L. Sr. and Georgina "Jean" Smith Prentice.

    He was Presbyterian by faith. Mr. Prentice was retired from the U.S. Navy, a veteran of the Korean War.

    He is survived by his loving companion of 26 years, Pam Vavases; one son and daughter-in-law, Harry Patrick and Christine Prentice, of Florida; one daughter and son-in-law, Tracy Lynn and Clayton Besinger, of Coal Center; two brothers, Harry L. Prentice Jr., of Bentleyville, and David Prentice, of Charleroi; four grandchildren, Joel and Franki Pierce, and Harry C. and Patrick J. Prentice; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Prentice.

    Visitation will be held in the LEONARD M. PAVLIC FUNERAL HOMES INC., 235 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, on Wednesday, April 4, from 9 to 11 a.m., at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Bill Triebe officiating. Interment will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.

He m. Pam Vavases. Children:

  1. Harry Patrick Prentice. He m. Christine and in 2007 lived in FL. Children:
    1. Harry C. Prentice.
    2. Patrick J. Prentice.
  2. Tracy Lynn Prentice. She m. Clayton Besinger and in 2007 lived in Coal Center, PA

2.7 Georgina Prentice, b. 24 Jan 1920, Webster, PA, and d. 15 Oct 2003, Monongahela, Washington Co., PA, age 83. Home in 1930. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA) - Thursday, October 16, 2003: Hixson, Georgina Prentice

    Georgina Prentice Hixson, 83, of Donora, formerly of Charleroi, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003 at 1 a.m. in Mon Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. She was born Jan. 24, 1920 in Webster, a daughter of the late James and Clara Gilmer Prentice. She was a homemaker and Protestant by faith.

    She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Piktel of Donora, with whom she resided; one sister, Virginia Marie Saunders of Fallowfield Township; one grandson, Joseph L. Piktel of Williamsport; one granddaughter, Rachael Roberts and husband Jarrod of Donora; and nieces and nephews.

    Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Louis Hixson, in 1954; her son-in-law, Joseph Piktel, in 2002; eight brothers, James, Harry, Frank, William, Daniel, Eugene, Woodrow and David Prentice; five sisters, Ann, Jessie, Hannah, Marion and Gladys; and several nieces and nephews.

    Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the PAUL MACIK FUNERAL HOME, 546 Thompson Ave., Donora, where services will be held Friday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John Rankin, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Roscoe, officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery, Rostraver Township.

She m. Louis Hixson. He d. in 1954. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Gloria Hixson. She m. Joseph J. Piktel Jr. He was b. 22 Aug 1950, Brownsville, and d. 25 Nov 2002, Mon Valley Hospital. He was the son of JosephPiktel Sr. They lived in Daisytown, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA per his obituary in The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA of 26 Nov 2002. Children:
    1. Joseph L. Piktel. 2002 lived in Williamsport, PA
    2. Rachel Hixson. She m. Jarrod Roberts and in 2003 lived in Donara, PA.

3. James Adam Prentice, b. c. 1901, PA. The SSDI shows a James Prentice who was b. 15 Jan 1901 and d. Jan 1963 in an unspecified location; also one b. 19 Jun 1901 who d. Jan 1976 in Riverview, Hillsborough, FL. At home in the 1910 census in Forward,Allegheny Co., PA. James appears in the 1930 census in Washington, Fayette Co., PA, census with his wife, Martha rene Dillow, b. 31 Oct 1905 and d. 28 Jun 1971, Washington Co., PA. Children per census & Ancestry.com :

  1. James Alfred Prentice b. 17 Jul 1926, Webster PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.1]

  2. Wilson Woodrow Prentice, b. 16 Aug 1928. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.2]
  3. Anna Ruth Prentice, b. 25 Sep 1930, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, and d. 3 May 1999, Pittsburgh, PA. She m. Mr. Christopher and had 3 sons and 4 daughters.
  4. Carol Lee Prentice, b. 2 May 1946, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, and d. 28 May 2005, Washington, Washington Co., PA. She m. Hazelett Pierce Jr. (1944-2011) and had 2 daughters. 2002 in Marianna, PA.
3.1 James Alfred Prentice (or A. James Prentice in the 1930 census record), b. 17 Jul 1926, Webster PA, obtained his SS# in PA, and d. 22 Apr 2002 in Canonsburg or Somerset, Somerset Co., PA. Photo on Ancestry.com . His obituary reads as follows:

    Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA) - Wednesday, April 24, 2002: Prentice, James Alfred

    James Alfred Prentice, 75, of Somerset, formerly of Charleroi, died Monday, Apri1 22, 2002, in Canonsburg General Hospital. Mr. Prentice was born July 17, 1926, in West Virginia, a son of the late James Adam and Martha Dillow Prentice.

    Mr. Prentice was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Coal Center. He was retired from General Motors Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin with 48 years of service.

    Survivors include his wife, Mary O. Grice Prentice; three daughters, LuAnne and Glenn Williams of Fallowfield Township, Sueann and Andy Ottoviani of Butler, and Sherry and Tom Cramer of Fallowfield Township; one son, Rick Prentice and wife Judy of Nashua, N.H.; two stepdaughters, Jane and Donald Marinelli of Shadyside, and Lee Grice of Pittsburgh; one sister, Mrs. Hazlett (Carol) Pierce of Marianna; eight grandchildren, Lisa Williams, Christopher and Shannon Prentice, Shelly Pelzer, Heather Tuman, Travis and Meredith Woodall, and Olivia Marinelli.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Ruth Christopher; and one brother, Woodrow Prentice.

    Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Owen officiating. Interment will be in Belle Vernon Cemetery.

He m. Mary Olive Grice. She was b. 3 Jun 1931, Pittsburgh, PA, and d. 29 Jun 2009, Somerset, Somerset Co., PA. Her obituary in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review of 30 Jun 2009 reads as follows:

    Mary O. Prentice, Somerset

    Mary Olive Prentice, 78, of Somerset, died Monday, June 29, 2009. She was born June 3, 1931.

    Preceded in death by husband, Donald Robert Grice; husband, James Albert Prentice; and grandson, Rex Marinelli. Survived by daughters, Lee Grice (Dana Ventriglia) and Jan Grice (Donald Marinelli); granddaughter, Olivia Teresa Marinelli; and sister, Sara Chew, all of Pittsburgh.

    Mary was a graduate of Greensburg High School and the Barbizon School of Modeling in New York City. After the death of her first husband, she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. Since 1974, Mary lived on her secluded property on Laurel Mountain. She was a lover of nature and drew inspiration from the wildlife and beauty of the mountains.

    Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. There will be no service. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 208 West Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658, or to the Humane Society of Somerset County, P.O. Box 182, Somerset, PA 15501.

According to Ancestry.com , James also married, either 1st or 2nd, Miss Nutting and had a son and 3 daughters:

  1. Sueann Prentice. She m. Andrew Paul Ottoviani (1949-2007); 2002 in Butler, PA. She also m. Mr Truman and had a daughter. She also m. Mr. Weygandt and had a daughter.
  2. Rick Prentice. 2002 in Nashua, NH. He m. Judy Larson and had:
    1. Christopher Prentice. He m. and had a daughter.
    2. Shannon Prentice. She m. Mr. Canney and had a son.
  3. Sherry Prentice. She m. Tom Cramer and 2002 in Fallowfield Twp., PA. She also m. Mr. Woodall and had a son and daughter:
    1. Travis Woodall.
    2. Meredith Woodall.
  4. LuAnne Prentice. She m. Glenn Williams and had a daughter. 2002 in Fallowfield Twp., PA.
    1. Lisa Williams.

3.2 Wilson Woodrow Prentice, b. 16 Aug 1928. and d. Jun 1986, Washington, Washington Co., PA, At home in 1930.

He m. Norma J. Barr and had 2 sons:

  1. Woodrow Wilson Prentice Jr., b. 30 Apr 1954, Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co., P . . . . . . . . . [3.3]
  2. Charles E. "Lucky" Prentice, b. 27 Aug 1955, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.4]

3.3 Woodrow Wilson Prentice Jr. 30 Apr 1954, Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co., PA, and d. 12 Feb 2009, Californria, Washington Co., PA. His obituary reads as follows:

    Woodrow Wilson Prentice Jr., 54, of California, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh. Mr. Prentice was born Friday, April 30, 1954, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Woodrow W. Prentice and the late Norma J. (Barr) Prentice.

    He is survived by his wife, Deborah (Lang) Prentice; two daughters, Holly Espy, of Charleroi, and Jamie Prentice, of Brownsville; three sons, Woodrow Prentice III, of Monongahela, Edward Prentice, of Charleroi, and Phillip Scott Prentice, of Coal Center; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles 'Lucky' Prentice. A memorial service will be held at Signature in California. For more information, call Holly Espy (724-469-1637). Contributions may be made to the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME, 334 Main St., P.O. Box 127, Fayette City, Pa. 15438.

He m. Deborah Lang. Living in 2009. Children:

  1. Holly Prentice. She m. Mr. Espy and in 2009 lived in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA
  2. Jamie Prentice. In 2009 lived in Brownsville.
  3. Woodrow Wilson Prentice III. In 2009 lived in Monongahela.
  4. Edward Prentice. 2009 lived in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA
  5. Phillip Scott Prentice. 2009 lived in Coal Center.

Woodrow also m. Miss Huff and had a daughter.

3.4 Charles E. Prentice "Lucky", b. 27 Aug 1955, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, and d. 15 Mar 2002, Monongahela, Washington Co., PA. His obituary reads as follows:

    Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA) - Saturday, March 16, 2002: Prentice, Charles E. "Lucky"

    Charles E. "Lucky" Prentice, 46, of Washington Township, died Friday, March 15, 2002, in Mon Valley Hospital. He was born Aug. 27, 1955, in North Charleroi, Pa., a son of the late Woodrow Prentice and Norma Jean Barr Prentice Halle. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Edward Halle. Surviving is his wife, Joann Maglet Prentice; children, Christina and Cassie Prentice; one grandson, John J. Lorenzo, all at home; one brother, Woodrow Prentice of Bentleyville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Shelby Maglet; and several nieces and nephews.

    Friends will be received in the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Main St., Fayette City, on Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday until 11 a.m., the hour of services in the funeral home with Pastor Bryan Cinelli officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.

He m. Joann Maglet. Children:

  1. Christina Prentice.
  2. Cassie Prentice.

4. Daniel Prentice Sr., b. 10 Feb 1914, PA, and d. Jun 1979 in Okmulgee, Okmulgee Co. OK per the SSI.

He m. Rowena who apparently already had children as indicated in the article, below. Known children of Daniel Sr. and his wife (not including children by her prior marriage) per the article, below:

  1. Frank Prentice
  2. Daniel Prentice Jr., b. 25 Feb 1941, perhaps Charleroi, and d. c. 18 Jul 1964 in Okmulgee, OK. He m. Barbara Ann Thornbert. Children of Daniel and Barbara per the article, above:

    1. Daniel "Danny" Ray Prentice. At home in 1964.

The following material comes from an article in The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) on 18 Jul 1964:

    Falling Glass Pack Kills Man, Area Native

    Daniel Prentice Jr., 23 [b. 1941], formerly of Charleroi, was killed Thursday in an Okmulgee, Okla, glass plant accident. He was caught beneath a toppling glass pack and died instantly. Frank [Prentice] an older brother, witnessed the accident when the huge box tumbled over. Further information was lacking.

    Prentice was a packer in the American-St. Gobain Glass Company's Okmulgee plant, a forerunner of which was the old Belle Vernon plant of the American Window Glass Co. The Prentice family moved west from Charleroi when the AmericanWindow Glass Co. opened its Okmulgee development and merged with American-St. Gobain.

    [Daniel] Prentice was born in Charleroi Feb 25, 1941.

    Surviving are: his widow, Barbara Ann Thornberg Prentice; one son, Danny Ray, at home; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs Daniel Prentice Sr. of Okmulgee, a brother, Frank Prentice of Okmulgee, a stepbrother, Charles Taylor of Modesto, Calif.; a half sister, Donna Prentice of Okmulhgee; two step sisters, Linda Gail and Diane Akers of Okmulgee; and his grandmother, Mrs. Clara Prentice of Charleroi, Washington Co., PA

    Friends will be received at the Harold L. Schrock Funeral Home, Charleroi, Monday.

5. (maybe son) Woodrow W. Prentice, b. 16 Aug 1928, PA and d. Jun 1986, Washington, Washington Co., PA , per SSDI. Not shown in 1930 census.

He m. Norma J. Barr. Children:

  1. Woodrow W. Prentice Jr., b. 30 Apr 1954, Mt. Pleasant, PA.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  2. Charles "Lucky" Prentice. Died before 2009. It is unclear whether he is the Charles Prentice mentioned in The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA of 10 Mar 1979, age 20, cited for dissrderly conduct and minor liquor laws by Charleroi police who, at 3:50 a.m., threw a beer bottle at a truck and broke a window.

6. Woodrow W. Prentice Jr., b. 30 Apr 1954, Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co., PA and d. 12 Feb 2009 in UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, PA. His Obituary of 14 Feb 2009, published in the Valley Independent, reads as follows:

  • Woodrow W. Prentice Jr.
    California, PA.

    Mr. Prentice was born Friday, April 30, 1954, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Woodrow W. Prentice and the late Norma J. (Barr) Prentice. He is survived by his wife, Deborah (Lang) Prentice; two daughters, Holly Espy, of Charleroi, and Jamie Prentice, of Brownsville; three sons, Woodrow Prentice III, of Monongahela, Edward Prentice, of Charleroi, and Phillip Scott Prentice, of Coal Center; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles 'Lucky' Prentice.

    A memorial service will be held at Signature in California. For more information, call Holly Espy (724-469-1637). Contributions may be made to the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME, 334 Main St., P.O. Box 127, Fayette City, Pa. 15438.

He m. Deborah Lang. Children:

  1. Holly Prentice. She m. Mr. Espy and in 2009 lived in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA.
  2. Jamie Prentice, dau.. In 2009 lived in Brownsville, PA.
  3. Woodrow Prentice III. In 2009 lived in Monongahela, PA.
  4. Edward Prentice. In 2009 lived in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA.
  5. Phillip Scott Prentice. In 2009 lived in Coal Center, PA.

    Who are James Prentice's Parents?

    The only clues we have so far as to the identity of James Prentice's parents is that both his mother and father, like James, were born in Scotland. We do not have their birth years, but it was probably about 1815 to 1827 since James was b. c. 1847.

    If William d. in Washington Co., PA, then obtaining a copy of his death record may provide additional information. Likewise, copies of his children's birth and marriage records may provide additional information.

    Prentices Possibly Related

    In checking Charleroi death records, we find the following Prentices who may be realted to James Prentice and his descendants:

    1. Stephen Prentice of Charleroi, b. c. 1959 and age 27, arrested 23 Nov 1985 for disorderly conduct and public drunkeness.
    2. Kenneth Prentice, b. c. 1961. 1988 lived at 546 1st St., Charleroi and arrested for burglary. He may be the Kenneth Mitchell Prentice, age 19, of 548 1st St., Charleroi, mentioned in The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) of 13 Jun 1979 as admitted to Mon Valley Hospital with a skull fracture as a result of an auto accident in which he was a passanger. He was said to be in fair condition.

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