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William Prentice of Sinclairville, NY

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William Prentice of Paris, Ontario and Sinclairville, Chautauqua Co., NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2000 and Revised: 24 Feb 2015

1. William Prentice was likely born c. 1810 to 1830 , Scotland, according to the 1900 census entry for his son (or Ireland per Barry, above, 15 Feb 2015), and d. 5 Feb 1917, Sinclairville, Chautauqua Co., NY. William Prentice Sr. passed away in Blenheim Township in 1851 or early 1852 according to the census return per Barry, above. By about 1850 they were living in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada which lies about halfway between Buffalo and Detroit.

He m. Sarah Coutts. She d. 1914, in Sinclairville, Chautauqua Co., NY, as had her husband. After the death of her husband, the land records show Sarah Coutts Prentice and her children remained in Blenheim Township. Tremaines Map of 1857 shows a S. Prentice living on a fifty acre farm located in the southeastern corner of Lot 15, Concession 7, a short distance west of the village of Drumbo. Later, the 1876 Oxford County Atlas shows us that this property had been split up and was then part of two different farms owned by Andrew Prentice and Wesley Fritch. The 1876 atlas indicates that Mrs. Prentice was herself, then living on a fifty acre farm in Lots 16 and 17, Concession 6, Blenheim Township oer Barry, above.

Children per Barry, hsk1windfall@gmail.ca

  1. William Prentice, b. c. 1850, Woodstock, Ontario. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. At least 6 other children per Barry, hsk1windfall@gmail.ca

2. William Prentice was b. May 1849 in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. Woodstock lies about halfway between Buffalo, NY and Detroit, MI. William Prentice passed away in Sinclairville, New York on February 5, 1917. His wife, Margaret Lougheed Prentice had passed away in Sinclairville a few years earlier in 1914. They were laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery, Sinclairville, New York.William was a Blacksmith and the son of William, #1 above.

William Prentice would have been 17 years old at the time of the Fenian Raid in 1866 (see Google for more information about the Fenian Raid). After his service, he returned to the family farm. He became a blacksmith and at one time worked in the village of Plattsville.

Soon after the birth of their first child, William and his wife moved to Sinclairville where William continued his work as a blacksmith. William was also the manager of a retail hardware store in Sinclairville.

He married Margaret Ellen Laugheed 18 Dec 1877, Chesterfield, Ontario. The 1900 census indicates Margaret was b. Jul 1859 in Canada and d. 1914. Her father was b. in Scotland and her mother in Canada, also in Paris, Ontario, Canada (Ref: Dee Davidson, Message Board, 5 Oct 2004. She was the daughter of Joshua Laugheed and Mary Ann Devaux (sp?). They appear in the 1900 census in Charlotte Twp., Chautauqua Co., NY. Children:

  1. William George Prentice, b. 14 Sep 1878 in Paris, Canada and d. 1 Jul 1961. Paris is probably the Paris, Ontario, which lies about 80 west of Buffalo, NY. Bur. in Lot 394 of Evergreen Cem. in Sinclairville. His obituary relates that he emigrated to the US when he was 7, about 1886. He was the manager of a retail hardware store in Sinclairville. He appears in the 1940 census in Sinclairville, Chautauqua Co., NY with his wife. He married M. Jennie (surname unknown). In the 1940 census she is called "May Jennie Prentice," b . c. 1884 in NY.

  2. Clara A. Prentice, b. Dec 1884, NY, and d. 1971. She m. Frank T. Denison on 20 Aug 1916, Chautauqua Co., NY. He was b. 29 Aug 1866, Gerry, N, and d. 10 Pct 1952 per Ancestry.com .

  3. Jennie Prentice, b. c. 1883 and d. 1973. Bur. in Lot 394, Evergreen Cemetery, Sinclaireville.

Who are William Prentice's Parents?

We do not yet know the identity of William's parents, but he may be related to James Prentice of Zanesville, Muskingham Co., OH discussed in our Spring 2001 issue.

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