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George Prentice of Scotland and Indiana, Allegheny Co., PA

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George Prentice of Scotland and Indiana, Allegheny Co., PA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2014 and Revised 6 Jul 2014

The information in this article was provided by Christine Hadden in her email of 29 Jun 2014 and by American Census Records. 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.


Update of 6 Jul 2014: George Prentice is #10 in our Summer 2000 Prentice Newsletter article about "Thomas Prentice of Livingston, W. Lothian, Scotland. That article now replaces this article.


1. George Prentice

He m. Helen Geddes.

  1. George Prentice, b. c. 1837-1857, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. George Prentice may have been b. c. 1837-1857, Scotland

George m. Margaret Duthie , dau. of David Duthie and Margaret Robertson, per Christine Hadden's emails of 4 & 6Jul 2014.They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. George Prentice, b. c. 1878, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

3. George Prentice was b. c. 1878 (per 1930 census) in Scotland, as were his parents.

Christine Hadden's email of 4 Jul 2014 indicates that George sailed from the UK aboard the Orca on 22 Oct 1923 with his son, John age 14 (b. c. 1909) and son, David, age 7 (b. c. 1916) and that they had an Edinburgh residence. We would have expected to find their arrival, like Mary's arrival, at Ellis Island in late 1923 or early 1924. However, George, and his sons and ship, do not appear in Ancestry.com's Ellis Island records. The records are either incomplete, or they arrived at a different port.

George and John did obviously arrive, but we have problem with George's son, David. David does not appear with George and his family in 1930 census records. The answer might be that David died between 1923 and and the 1930 census.

George and his family settled in 1924 at 28 Church St., Herminie, PA. He appears in the 1930 census in Indiana, Allegheny Co., PA, where he was a Timberman in a Coal Mine.

He m. 1st Unknown while still living in Scotland, and prior to 1909. Children of George and his 1st unknown wife per 1930 census:

  1. John Prentice, b. c. 1909, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Alexander Prentice, b. c. 1913, Lanark., Scotland. 1930 at home. 1940 not in census. It is unclear whether he is the Alexander Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 27 Jun 1915, obtained his SS# in PA, and d. 30 Apr 2003 in Galeton, Potter Co., PA. If so, his wife might be the Helen Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 28 Apr 1919, obtained her SS# in PA, and d. Nov 1985 in Galeton, Potter Co., PA.

He m. 2nd Mary Nicoll in 1918, Edinburgh, Midlothian, St. Giles District, Scotland. She was b. c. 1885, Scotland, as were her parents.

Ellis Island immigration records describe her as arriving aboard the "Assyria" with her sons, Alexander and William, on 20 Nov 1924, born in "Lanark." (Lanark or Lanarkshire?), Scotland, 5', brown hair, blue eyes.

Children of George and his 2nd wife per 1930 census:

  1. William Prentice, b. c. 1922, , S. Queensferry, Scotland. which lay just west of Edinburgh. 1930 census in Indiana, Allegheny Co., PA, where his father was a Timberman in a Coal Mine. 1940 not in census.
  2. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1926-7, PA. 1930 at home. 1940 not in census.

We do not have the marriage certificate for George's 2nd marriage, but it would normally provide the names of both sets of parents, and those, in turn, would provide the names of their parents.if married after 1854. Death records also contain the parents' information. If you are a descendant and will contact us, we will tell you how to obtain those documents.

4. John Prentice, b. c. 1909, Scotland. 1930 at home in Indiana, Allegheny Co., PA. 1940 in Hampton, Allegheny Co., PA, with his wife and family.

He m. Sylvania Lucy Byrd, b. c. 1914, PA. Children:

  1. Ronald Prentice, b. c. 1937, PA. 1940 at home.
  2. Donald Prentice, b. c. 1937, PA. 1940 at home. He m. Joanne
  3. Robert George Prentice, b. 21 Dec 1938, Midland, PA, and d. 1 Jan 2005, Midland.1940 at home. Ancestry.com shows him with 3 wives, 1 son and 4 daughters. The following marriage announcement applies to him:
      "Suzanne Marie Fogle and Robert George Prentice are planning a July 28, 1990 wedding. She is the dau. of Betty Johnson of Latrobe...Her fiance, son of Sylvania Prentice of Ambridge, is an Army veteran and a painter."

  4. George D. Prentice, b. 15 Mar 1947, Sewickley, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  5. John Prentice. He m. Barb. Living in 2008.
  6. James Prentice. He m. Nancy. Living in 2008.
  7. Vincent Prentice. Living in 2008.
  8. David Prentice. Living in 2008.
  9. Jean Prentice. Living in 2008. She m. Gerald Scimio. hey had a daughter, Lisa Scimio.
  10. Beverly Prentice. Living in 2008. She m. Mr. Campbell.
  11. Mary Prentice. Living in 2008. She m. Jack Zilian.
  12. Bitsy Prentice. Died bef. 2008. She m. Mr.Rygalski.

5. George D. Prentice, b. 15 Mar 1947, Sewickley, PA, and d. 17 Mar 2008. His obituary reads as follows:

    George D. Prentice, age 61 of Ovid, died at his home on Monday (March 17, 2008). The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9pm on Thursday (March 20) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street, Ovid. A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Friday (March 21) at the Ovid Federated Church with Pastor Diane Walker officiating.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the George D. Prentice Basketball Scholarship, c/o South Seneca Central School, 7263 Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521.

    George was born on March 15, 1947 in Sewickley, PA, a son of the late John and Sylvania (Byrd) Prentice. He graduated from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in 1965, and taught sign language classes throughout his lifetime. He was active in the Ovid-Willard Lions Club, serving as Past-President, Tail Twister, and as the NY Speech and Hearing Chairman for District 20 E-2. He was involved in all of his sons sports at South Seneca, and he was passionate about basketball. He was also a member of AA.

    His work history included 29 years of state service at Willard and Elmira Psychiatric Centers, and he recently retired from University Hospital in Syracuse as a maintenance supervisor. He is survived by his wife, Julie Watson Prentice, his sons, Matthew and Adam Prentice, his best friend, John (Frances) Radcliffe, the angel by his side, Betsy Sayer. Erik Smith and Ashlee Langley have been a part of the Prentice household for 6 years.

    He is survived by his brothers, Ronald, Donald (Joanne), John (Barb), James (Nancy), Vincent and David Prentice, and sisters, Jean (Gerald) Scimio, Beverly Campbell, and Mary (Jack) Zilian, 25 nieces and nephews that includes his special niece and nephew, Lisa Scimio and Jeff Gomez, his sister in law, Linda Watson and brother in law, Robert Watson.

    He was preceded in death by his brother Robert, a sister, Bitsy Rygalski and by his in laws, Robert and Pat Watson.

He m. Julie Watson, living in 2008. Children:

  1. Matthew Prentice.
  2. Adam Prentice.

Who are George Prentice's Parents?

. I checked my database, Ancestry.com and the LDS website, but did not come up with the parents of George Prentice and his wife, Helen Geddes. Investigation is continuing.

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