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Thomas Prentice of Scotland and Pennsylvania

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Thomas Prentice of Scotland and Pennsylvania
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2014 and Revised 15 Apr 2016

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A. John Robertson Prentice, b. c. 1828, Lanarkshire, Scotland per Ancestry.com. 1861 in Dalserf, Lanarkshire. 1871, 1881, 1891 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

He m. Elizabeth Smith Wilson 19 Jul 1861, Blyntyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland. She was b. c. 1835, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Children:

  1. Agnes P. Prentice, b. 25 Jun 1862, in Dalserf, Lanarkshire.
  2. Elizabeth Smith Prentice, b. 20 Feb 1864, Hamalton, Lanarkshire. May have d. young since a later daughter also named Elizabeth.
  3. Thomas Wilson Prentice, b. 4 Aug 1865, Hamilton, Lanarkshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1]
  4. John Robertson Prentice, b. c. 1867, Hamilton, Lanarkshire. He m. Marion, b. c. 1868. 1891 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
  5. Henry Hamp Prentice, b. 11 Mar 1869, Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
  6. James Prentice, b. 17 Jan 1871, Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
  7. Elizabeth Close Hamp Prentice, b. 29 Sep 1872, Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
  8. Christina Johnston Prenticee, b. 27 Sep 1874, Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
  9. Marion Y. Prentice, b. c. 1876, Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

1. Thomas W. Prentice, b. 4 Aug 1865, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and d. 2 Oct 1930, Pittsburgh, PA, age 65, and bur. there. Both parents b. in Scotland. He emigrated to PA before the Dec 1893 birth of his first child in PA. Thomas appears in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA census with his wife and family. He does not appear with his family in 1930 census and might be deceased.

Ellis Island immitrations records do no report his original immigration information. However, in 1922 Thomas apparently visited Scotland because he appears on a Ship Manifest for the "Adriatic" entering the US on a ship from Liverpool, England, returning to his home at 5705 Broad St., Pittsburgh. No family members are shown accompanying him.

He m. Catherine Weisbecker in 1893. She was b. Sep 1871, MD. Her fatherJacob Wiesbecker, was b. in Germany and motherCatherine Resse, was b. in MD. Children:

  1. Ethel Prentice, b. Dec 1893, MD. 1900 at home in Pittsburgh, PA. 1910, 1920 not home.
  2. Elizabeth Prentice, b. Dec 1893, Pittsburgh, PA, and d. there 1922, age 29. 1910 at home in Pittsburgh, PA. 1920 not home.
  3. John Prentice, b. 16Dec 1896, Pitsburgh, PA, and d. there 23 Dec 1915, age 19. 1900, 1910 at home in Pittsburgh, PA.
  4. James Prentice, b. Apr 1899, Pittsburgh, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  5. Robert H. Prentice, b. c. 1902, Pittsburgh, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1905, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  7. Charles E. Prentice, b. c. 1908, PA. 1910, 1920, 1930 at home in Pittsburgh, PA. He may be the Charlels Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 27 May 1907 and d. Jan 1960 in (PA?). He is shown in the 1940 Pittsburgh census as b. c. 1908 in PA, a Shipper, with 4 years of High School, with his wife, Mary F., b. c. 1910, PA, and son:
    1. Edward C. Prentice, b. c. 1933, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

2. James Thomas Prentice, b. Apr 1899, PA. 1900, 1910, 1920 at home in Pittsburgh, PA. He is probably the James T. Prentice, b. c. 1899, PA, who appears in the 1930 and 1940 census in Pittsburgh with his wife and children. 1940 census in Pttsburgh, PA where he is a "Storekeeper-Gauger with 4 years of college."

James m. Winefred Faukner who was b. 4 Oct 1899, Pittsburgh, PA. She died in a house fire on 5 Dec 1970, Pittsburgh. Known children (per 1930 Pittsburgh, PA census):

  1. Betty Prentice, (called Mary J. in the 1940 census). 1930, 1940 at home in Pittsburgh, PA.
  2. James Thomas Prentice Jr., b. 19 Jan 1927, Pittsburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . [6]
  3. Robert Edward Prentice, b. Feb 1929, Pittsburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]

3. Robert H. Prentice, b. c. 1902, PA. At home in 1910 census in Pittsburgh, PA. Robert H. Prentice might be the Robert Prentice who married Beth's aunt, Isabelle, who was born in Fellsburg, PA in 1907. Isabelle's family came to the United States in 1902 aboard a ship called the "Furnesia." They passed through Ellis Island, and the family later moved to PA. Not in 1930 census.

He m. Adaline D. Porter on 27 Nov 1929 in Cuyahoga Co., OH. She was b. c. 1902, dau. of Thomas and Martha Y. Porter. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Charlene A. Prentice, b. c. 1936, PA. 1940 at home.

4. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1905, PA and d. before 2016. 1910, 1920 at home in Pittsburgh, PA. 1930 in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.

He m. 1st Josephine, b. c. 1907, PA, with both parents born in Poland. Not in 1940 census. Children:

  1. Jean Prentice, b. c. 1927, PA. 1930 at home in Pittsburgh,.

He m. 2nd Ada B. Mcdowell on 8 Apr 1947, Allegheny Co., PA. She d. before 2016. Childen per Larry Prentice's obituary, below:

  1. Roberta Prentice. She m. Mr. Tumlinson and in 2016 lived in OH.
  2. Carol Prentice. She m. Mr Guinares and in 2016 lived in OH.
  3. Larry Prentice, b. 26 Jan 1951, Pittsburgh , PA. His obituary reads as follows:

      Abilene Reporter-News (TX) - Wednesday, April 13, 2016: Larry Prentice, Abilene, TX

      Larry Reid Prentice, 65 of Abilene, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016.

      Larry was born on January 26, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Walter and Ada (Brown) Prentice. Following high school and some college, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country for 22 years. He served in Guam during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Sacheon, South Korea during Desert Storm. Larry retired as a Technical Sergeant and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as other medals and ribbons.

      Larry was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a Penn State fan and a fan of WWE professional wrestling . He enjoyed collecting coins and currency and was a member of the Numismatic Club. Larry was a devout Christian man who was baptized at, and attended, the 5th and Grape Church of Christ. He loved to sing and study the Bible. Larry was a kind, tenderhearted and soft-spoken man. He had a lot of humor and was very witty. He will be deeply missed.

      Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ada Prentice; his father-in-law Luis Rios and his sister-in-law, Ruth Rios. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Esther Prentice of Abilene and his son, Walter Prentice and wife Michelle of New Iberia, Louisiana; granddaughters Alissa Prentice and Mia Prentice of Abilene and step-sons Sage and Eric Bares of New Iberia, Louisiana; sisters Roberta Tumlinson of Ohio and Carol Guinares of Ohio; mother-in-law Bernadina Rios of Abilene; sisters-in-law Naomi Hanson and husband Sam of Abilene and Virginia White and husband Michael of Richmond, Indiana; brothers-in-law Louis Rios of Brownwood, David Rios of Abilene and Adam Rios of Euless, Texas; and eight nieces and nephews.

      Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM, in the chapel of Piersall Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut Street, with burial to follow at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery of Abilene. Services under the direction of Piersall Funeral Directors. Condolences can be offered to the family online at www.pbfuneraldirectors.com.

    Walter m. 2nd Esther c. 1977. Children:

    1. Walter Prentice. He m. Michelle and in 2016 lived in New Iberia, LA, Daughters:
      1. Alissa Prentice, 2016 in Abilene, TX.
      2. Mia Prentice, 2016 in Abilene, TX.

5. Edward C. Prentice, b. c. 1933, PA. 1940 at home in Pittsburgh, PA. His obituary reads as follows:

    New Castle News (PA) - Tuesday, July 24, 2007, Edward C. Prentice

    Edward C. Prentice, 74, of 157 Macklin Lane, Edinburg, died the night of July 22, 2007, in Jameson Hospital. Born Aug. 18, 1932, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Florence Schwartz Prentice.

    He married the former Geraldine "Carol" Deep on Aug. 11, 1956. She survives.

    Mr. Prentice retired from Jefferson Poultry, where he worked in maintenance, and was also a former employee of the Galaxy Cheese Co. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Prentice was a member of the Mahoning Sportsman Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking. Mr. Prentice was a member of St. James the Apostle Church.

    In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Susan M. and Charles Jackson of New Castle; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Kay Prentice, and Edward and Paula Prentice, all of Edinburg; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St. Military rites will be performed by the New Castle Area Veterans Honor Guard at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the f funeral home. A procession will leave the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Thursday for St. James the Apostle Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. The Rev. John Rebel, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Parkside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be received at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.

He m. Geraldine Deep "Carol" on 11 Aug 1956. Living in 2007. Children of Edward and Geraldine:

  1. Susan M. Prentice. She m. Charles Jackson and in 2007 lived in New Castle, PA.
  2. Charles Prentice. He m. Kay and in 2007 lived in Edinburg, PA.
  3. Edward Prentice. He m. Paula and in 2007 lived in Edinburg, PA.

6. James Thomas Prentice Jr., b. 19 Jan 1927, Pittsburgh, and d. there 4 Jan 1996 per SSDI. At home in 1930, 1940.

He m. Miss Gerhard. They had 3 sons and a daughter:

  1. (son) Prentice. He m. Miss Keenan. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . They had a son and daughter.
  2. (son) Prentice. He m. and had a son and daughter.
  3. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Gregg McMahon and had a daughter.
  4. (son) Prentice.

7. Robert Edward Prentice, b. Feb 1929, Pittsburgh. His various residences were as follows:

  • Pittsburgh, PA in 1940, 1952.
  • Jacksonville, TX in 1956.
  • Camp Lejune, NC in 1957
  • Marine Corps and Albany, GA in 1960

In 2014 he might be at a VA hospital in Pittsburgh or might be deceased

He m. Helen Martha Grab. She was b. 26 Jun 1931, Pittsburgh, PA. Children per Carol Marie Prentice, email, 27 Apr 2009::

  1. Patricia Lynn Prentice, b. 16 May 1952, Pittsburgh, PA
  2. James Thomas Prentice, b. and d. 6 Nov. 1954, Atlanta, TX
  3. Keith Edward Prentice, b. 2 Mar 1956, Jacksonville, TX
  4. Mark George Prentice, b. 9 Apr 1957, Jacksonville, NC
  5. Carole Marie Prentice, b. 26 Feb 1960, Albany, GA

Who are Thomas Prentice's Parents?

In reviewing the 1871 Scotland census, we found the following persons who might be Thomas Prentice:

  1. Thomas Pentice, b. c. 1864, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, son of John Prentice.
  2. Thomas S. Prentice, b. c. 1865, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, son of John R. and Elizabeth C. Prentice. For them, see Prentices of Lesmahagow, Summer 2002, Family 6, Thomas Wilson Prentice, b. 4 Aug 1865 Hamilton, Lanark .
  3. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1866, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, son of Catherine Prentice.
  4. Thomas P. Prentice, b. c. 1866, Lanark, Lanarkshire, son of William and Elizabeth Prentice.
  5. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1866, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, son of James and Grace Prentice.

Investigation is continuing.

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