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Thomas Prentice of Livingston, Scotland

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Thomas Prentice of Livingston, W. Lothian, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised: 6 Jul 2014

Update of 6 Jul 2014: This article has now been incorporated into our Fall 2000 article entitled "John Prentice, the Laird of Stone." See now that other article.


We are helping Doug Leith trace the ancestry of his Helen Prentice who m. Alexander Whitelaw on 15 Jun 1866 at Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland.

Although confirmation is needed, we think we have traced her Prentice back to:

1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1775-1790. The IGI indicates Thomas was b. c. 1787, but contains no further information about him or his parents.

He m. Agnes Anderson. She was b. c. 1788, Livingston, West Lothian. Thomas and Agnes had a son:

  1. George Prentice who the IGI shows as b. 8 Dec 1810, Livingston. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [10]

10. George Prentice, who the IGI shows as b. 8 Dec 1810 at Livingston and chr. 5 May 1811 at Livingston (the 1841, 1851 and 1861 census says he was b. c. 1813 and in 1841, 1851 and 1861 was living in Livingston, West Lothian). According to the marriage certificate of his daughter, Helen. George was deceased by 15 Jun 1866.

He is probably the George Prentice who m. Helen Geddes on 14 May 1837 at Livingston, West Lothian. Helen was b. c. 1814, , Lasswade, Edinburghshire (per 1841 and 1861 census). Children:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1834, Canada (per 1851 census). Home in 1851. Not in 1861 census.
  2. John Prentice, b. c. 1838, West Lothian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [20]
  3. Isabella Prentice, b. c. 1840, West Lothian (but the 1851 census says b. in Livingston, Linlithgow) and home in 1841 and 1851 (per 1841 and 1851 census).
  4. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1841, West Lothian and home in 1841 (per 1841 census). She may have d. young as a later Mary is shown below.
  5. Helen Prentice, b. 1843. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [30]
  6. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1844, Livingston, Linlithgow. At home in 1851 census.
  7. James Prentice, b. c. 1846, Livingston, Linlithgow. At home in 1851 and 1861 census.
  8. Jane Prentice, chr. 21 Jul 1849, West United Presbyterian, Bathgate, West Lothian (but the 1851 census says she was b. in Livingston, Linlithgow).
  9. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1850, Livingston, Linlithgow. At home in 1851 census.
  10. George Prentice, b. c. 1852, Livingston, Linlithgow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [32]
  11. Janet Prentice, chr. 31 Jul 1853, West United Presbyterian, Bathgate, West Lothian. Home in 1861.
  12. Alexander Prentice, b. 15 Jun 1856, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland. At home in 1861. He does not appear in the 1881 census.

20. John Prentice, b. c. 1838, West Lothian (per 1841 census, but the 1851 census says he was b. c. 1839, Livingston, Linlithgow) and d. 7 May 1914, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

He m., c. 1855, Jane Black, dau. of William Black and Agnes Main. John was a storekeeper. Children (per Christine Hadden, email, 25 Dec 2002):

  1. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1856, Old Monkland.
  2. George Prentice, b. 23 Jul 1861, Hutchestontow, Glasgow.
  3. Helen Prentice, b. 3 Sep 1863, Old Monkland and chr. Oct 1863, Dunbeth Relief Church, Coatbridge.
  4. Mary Prentice, b. 14 Aug 1865, Old Monkland and chr. 24 Sep 1865, Dunbeth Relief Church, Coatbridge, Lanark, Scotland.
  5. William Prentice, b. 23 Oct 1867, Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland.
  6. Jane Prentice, b. 3 May 1869, Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland.
  7. Isabella Prentice, b. 16 May 1871, Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland.
  8. John Prentice, b. 13 Feb 1873, Old Monkland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [40]

30. Helen Prentice, b. 1843 in Blackburn ELN (but the 1851 census says she was b. in Livingston, Linlithgow).

She m. Alexander Whitelaw on 15 Jun 1866 in Livingston, mentioned at the beginning of this article. He was b. in Mid Calder MLN 10 Jun 1832 (but his marriage certificate says he was then 30 and would have been b. c. 1836), son of David Whitelaw and Catherine Millar. Alexander died in Edinburgh in 1890. Children:

  1. Catherine Whitelaw, married William FergusonE.
  2. Violet Mary Whitelaw.
  3. Isabella Prentice Whitelaw, born in Blackburn ELN in 1866, married James SImers, in 1890 in Edinburgh; born in 1864 in Drumoak ABR.
  4. David Whitelaw, born in Abercorn WLN the 3 April 1867, married Helen Smith, in 1897 in Edinburgh St Andrews.
  5. David Whitelaw.
  6. Elizabeth Whitelaw.
  7. Bella Whitelaw.
  8. Helen Whitelaw, born in Abercorn ELN the 25 May 1868.
  9. John Alexander Whitelaw, born in Abercorn WLN the 10 October 1869.
  10. Agnes Whitelaw, born in Abercorn ELN the 6 March 1871. By email of 7 May 2002, Kate in Indiana advises that Agnes apparently 1st m. a Mr. Houston who later died, and that Agnes then m. Daniel Stewart as a 2nd husband on 10 Jun 1898 in Edinburgh (per her marriage record to Daniel Stewart). Children, per Ancestry.com:
    1. William Steward, b. Kilmaurs, Ayr, Scotland
    2. Helen Stewart, b. Galston, Ayr, Scotland.
    3. Ronald Stewart
    4. Agnes Aitken Stewart, b. 17 Jul 1900, Galston, and d. 24 Sep 1964, Galston. Agnes m. William Strachan. He was born 1902 & d. 5 Feb 1970, Galston.
  11. George Whitelaw, born in England in 1874.
  12. William Whitelaw, born in Abercorn ELN in 1876.
  13. Jessie Whitelaw, born in Abercorn ELN in 1878, married Charles Moncur.
  14. Elizabeth Whitelaw, born in Cramond in 1881.

32 George Prentice, b. c. 1852, Livingston, Linlithgow. At home in 1851 census. Not in 1861 census.

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [33]

33. 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [34]
  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 at home. 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.

34. 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 Peentice 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [35]
  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. 2008She m. Mr.Rygalski.

35. 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.

40. John Prentice, b. 13 Feb 1873, Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland. He m. Martha Patterson Cleland in 1908 Martha was b. 2 Nov 1873 in Lesmahagow and d. 30 Mar 1918 in Vancouver. John is the great-grandfather of Maree Gormley. John was a master blacksmith on Alexander St. Coatbridge. John and his wife left Scotland in 1908 for Vancouver, and after the birth of his 2 daughters and the death of his wife, he moved to New Zealand. John lived to a fairly old age before he died after being struck by a tram. Jean also lived to quite an old age. Children (per Maree Gormley, email, 26 Dec 2002 and David James Dodds, email, 12 Jul 2003):

  1. Agnes Black Prentice was b. 11 Mar 1912 in Vancouver, Canada and d. in her early 60s from a lung disease. Agnes had only one child, Maree's mother.
  2. Jean Prentice was b, 2 Apr 1909 in Vancouver Canada. She m. Hugh Eaton on 29 Aug 1934 in NZ and d. 10 Jul 1989 in NZ. She had 3 sons all of whom reside in New Zealand

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