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Robert Prentice of Scotland and Canada


Robert Prentice of Scotland and Canada
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2001 and Revised 22 Feb 2009

We are helping Ken and Barry Prentice in tracing of their Prentice family tree which the appreciated help of Carol Linden's email of 19 Jun 2006. Here is what we have so far:

1. Robert Prentice was b. c. 1815 in Scotland, emigrated to Canada in 1852 and d. 24 Aug 1867.

He m. Mrs. Miriam Shell who was b. 1823 and d. 24 Sep 1900. She had 3 children by a prior marriage to Michael Schell

  1. Caroline Schell. She m. John Wood. Children:
    1. Michael Henry Wood.
    2. Miriam Wood.
    3. Becky Wood.
    4. Luella Wood.
    5. Catherine Wood.
    6. Margaret Wood.
  2. Sarah Schell
  3. John Schell

Robert's gravestone is located in a small community between Uxbridge and Port Perry, called Utica in Ontario. He lived in an area called Bethesda. As one goes east from Utica, there is a grave yard on the north side, Kendall Cemetery, and the stone is in the rear left corner. Children of Robert and Miriam:

  1. Robert Prentice, b. 1854 in Canada, m. Janet Cherry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. William Prentice, b. c. 1856-7 in Canada, m. Nancy Fralick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. George Prentice b. c. 1859 in Canada, m. Mary J. Crosier, b. 1859. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

2. Robert Prentice, b. 25 Aug 1854 in Canada and d. 27 Sep 1941. Bur. Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert , Reach Twp, Durham Co., ON, Section L.

He m. Janet/Jennie Cherry on 6 Dec 1882. She was the dau. of Robert and Mary Cherry and was b. 5 Apr 1862 and d. 11 Oct 1947. Bur. with her husband.Children:

  1. Robert J. Prentice, b. 20 Jan 1884. . . . . . . . [5]
  2. William Arthur "Art" Prentice, b. 6 Jun 1888 and d. 30 Sep 1973. Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert , Reach Twp, Durham Co., ON Section L. He m Julia Wells Bryant. b. 24 Mar 1892 and d. 11 Sep 1961. Bur with her hyusband. Children:
    1. Harold Jack Prentice , b. 8 Jul 1916 and d. 11 Aug 1974. Bur. Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert , Reach Twp, Durham Co., ON Section L.
    2. Frank Prentice
    3. Hugh Prentice
    4. William Prentice, b. 3 May 1924 and d. that same day. Bur . Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert , Reach Twp, Durham Co., ON Section L.
  3. Alfred C. Prentice, b. 31 Jul 1891 (1892?), Epson, Ontario, Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.1]
  4. George G. David Prentice, b. 25 Sep 1894. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  5. Howard Ross Prentice, b. 29 Jun 1898 and d. 1988. He m. Blanche C. Sweetman, , dau. of Arthur Sweetman and Blanche G.Sweetman. She was b. 1905 and d. 1973. No childen. (per Barry Prentice, email, 24 Jun 2001 and Ken Prentice, email, 25 Jun 2001.)

2.1 Alfred Prentice, b. 30 Jul 1892, Epson, Ontario, Canada, and d. 4 Nov 1979, Port Perry, Ontario (per Ancestry.com ).

He m. Lena Irene Gerow. She was b. 23 Feb 1898, Scugog Island, Ontario, Canada, and d. 10 Dec 1975, Port Perry, Ontario. She was the dau. of John Gerow (b. 4 Jan 1840 in Darlington Twp., Durham Co. Ontario, Canada) and Mary Ann Van Sincular (b. 19 Jun 1850 in Ontario, Canada).

Ancestor Charts for Lena Irene Gerow can be found at Ancestry.com and Ancestry.com .

Alfred and Irene had 3 or more children, including:

  1. Kay Prentice. She m. Al Johnston. They had 1 or more children, including:

    1. Carl Johnston.

  2. Son Prentice. He m. Margaret Alice Rennie on 23 May 1959, Wick Presb. Church, Wick, Ontario. She was the dau. of Charles Aylmer Rennie and Ruby Real Phoenix. They had 2 or more children, including:

    1. Dau. Prentice. She m. 1st Mr. Pedder. She m. 2nd Mr. Sinclair.

      1. Son Sinclair
      2. Dau. Sinclair

    2. Dau. Prentice. She m. Mr. Aubrey.

      1. Dau. Aubrey.
      2. Son Aubrey.

  3. Leona Prentice, b. 14 Sep 1919, Scugog Island, Ontario, Canada, and d. Nov 2007, Port Perry, Ontario. She m. Roger Cecil Ptolemy on 2 Feb 1939, Port Perry, Ontario. He was b. in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada, and d. 15 Oct 1965. Known children per Ancestry.com:

    1. Barbara Ann Ptolemy, b. after 1939. She m. Ralph "Rodney" Chandler. Children per Ancestry.com :
      1. Living dau. Chandler. She m. John Davis and had a son and daughter.
      2. Living son Chandler. He m. Lisia Hall and had a son and daugher.
      3. Living dau. Chandler. She m. David Taylor and had 2 daughters.
      4. Living dau. Chandler
      5. Living son Chandler
    2. Dorothy Irene Ptolemy, b. after 1939. She m. Raymond Doupe and had a daughter.
    3. William Roger Ptolemy, b. after 1939.
    4. Judith Clare Ptolemy, b. after 1939. She m. Reid Llewellyn Stainton

3. William Prentice, b. 18 Jan 1856 in Canada. Farmer.

He m. Nancy/Annie Fralick on 26 Sep 1882, Uxbridge. She was b. 10 Nov 1855 and was the dau. of David and Sarah Fralick.

  1. Claude Prentice, b. 1 Oct 1884. He m. Elsie Symes.
  2. Russell Prentice, b. 21 Aug 1883 and d. 1937. He m Mabel Marquis. She might be the dau. of Elijah and Mary Marquis who was b. 25 Oct 1889.
    1. Ralph Prentice
  3. David Prentice, b. 28 Aug 1888. He m. Nora Ackney.
    1. Ruth Prentice
  4. Vera Prentice, b. 13 Jul 1890.

4. George Prentice, b. 24 May 1859 in Canada and d. 1947. Farmer in Reach Twp.

He m. Mary Jane Crosier on 7 Dec 1885, Reach. She was the dau. of Thomas and hannah Crosier of Reach and was b. 116 Feb 1861 and d. 1944.

  1. Norman Prentice, b. 11 Sep 1887 and d. 29 Mar 1968. He m. Evelyn O. Millman. (Jan 5, 1887-Feb 15, 1966)
    1. Grant Prentice
    2. Gordon Prentice
    3. Dorothy Prentice
  2. Robert Milton Prentice, b. 20 Apr 1892 and d. 1971. He m Alna m. Kerry on 15 Mar 1913 at Manse at Ashburn. She was the dau. of George Kerry and Martha Curl and was b. c. 1893 and d. 1942.
  3. George Alvin Prentice (Mar 27, 1903-July 22, 1987). He m. 1st Anges C. Hendry (1908-1934)
    1. Pauline Prentice
    2. Barbara Prentice
    George Alvin Prentice m. 2nd Sara Barlett (Jan 23, 1900-July 24,1971)

5. Robert Prentice, b. 20 Jan 1884, d. 1 Oct 1884 and bur. Sec. L, Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert , Reach Twp, Durham Co., ON.

He m. Jessie Munro. She was b. 2 Apr 1887, d. 25 Dec 1967, and is bur. with her husband. Childen:

  1. Everet Robert Prentice, b. 2 Jan 1918, Canada and living in 2001. He m. Christina Elizabeth Brekke, b. 13 Jan 1916, Canada and d. 31 Dec 1999. She was the dau. of Christian Sur Brekke of Bergen, Norway and Lauretta Rose Harrison of London, England. Christian and Lauretta were m. 1912; they had 2 boys and 2 girls.
    1. Robert John Prentice, b. 21 May 1946, Port Perry, Ontario. He m. Margaret Middleton Haitsma on 19 Oct 1974, Ontario. Daughter:
      • Leigh Ann Prentice, b. 6 May 1976.
    2. William Ivor Prentice, b. 12 Jul 1948, Port Perry, Ontario. He m. Mary Helen Ducharme on 11 Dec 1971, Ontario. Children:
      • Bradley Russel Prentice (b. July 22, 1975)
      • Nicole Chantel Prentice (b. Dec. 18, 1976)
      • Yvonne Christina Theresa Prentice (b. Aug. 17, 1980)
    3. Barry Everett Prentice, b. 10 May 1950, Scugog Island, Ontario. He m. Mary Elizabeth Baldock on 17 Apr 1976, Ontario. She was b. 14 Sep 1949, Simcoe, Ontario. Children:
      • Ross David Murray Prentice, b. 3 Dec 1981, Guelph, Ontario.
      • Ian Barry Prentice, b. 20 Jul 1983, Winnipeg. `
      • Carla Helen Prentice, b. 1 Nov 1986, Winnipeg.
    4. Penny Marie Prentice, b. 31 Oct 1955, Port Perry, Ontario. She m. Don Pettypiece on 14 May 1977, Ontario. Children:
      • Andrew Malcolm Pettypiece, b. 17 Jan 1978
      • Charlotte Ann Pettypiece, b. 20 Feb 1982.
      • Christain James Pettypiece, b. 28 Nov 1984.
    5. Everett Bruce Prentice, b. 24 Dec 1960, Port Perry, Ontario. He m. Genevieve Ennos on 20 Nov 1982, Ontario. Childen:
      • Everett Karl Prentice, b. 4 Apr 1987.
      • Vincent Ernest Allan Prentice, b. 30 Nov 1990.
      • Charles Stewart Prentice, b. 19 Apr 1993.
  2. Edna Marie Prentice, b. 12 Aug 1919 and living in 2001. She m. Reubin George Brekke, b. 12 Feb 1919 and d. 17 Feb 1976. Daughter:
    • Laura Marie Brekke, b. 7 May 1954 and d. 17 Oct 1978.

6. George David Prentice, b. 25 Sep 1894 (the 1911 census says Sep 1896) and d. 25 Oct 1928.

He m. Viola Ward. She was b. 29 Sep 1901 and d. 1 Jan 1929. Both bur. Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert , Reach Twp, Durham Co., ON, Section L. Children:

  1. Gordon Prentice (adopted). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  2. Laura Prentice, m. Lenord Blight
  3. Helen Prentice, m. 1st Howard Grills. Children of Helen and Howard;
    1. Charles Grills
      • Denise Grills
      • Kenneth Grills
      • Cathrine Grills
    Helen Prentice m. 2nd Ken Pells

7. Gordon Prentice (adopted).

He m. Myrtle Collins. Gordaon and Myrtle are well known Prentice's from Port Perry, Ontario, Canada. Childen of Gordon and Myrtle:

  1. Nancy Prentice, m. Doug Robinson. Children of Nancy and Doug:
    • Phil Robinson
    • Paul Robinson
    • Nancy Prentice, m Doug Hughes
  2. Richard Prentice, m. Dianne Chant. Children of Richard and Dianne:
    • Chad Prentice. Chad Prentice's Guest Book entry of 5 Jul 2001 indicates he was b. c. 1972. is operating his own contracting business in the Durham region and lives in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
    • Kory Prentice
    • Leah Prentice
  3. Carl Prentice, m. Jean Tristram. Children of Carl and Jean:
    • Julia Prentice
    • Sarah Prentice
    • Annette Prentice
  4. Kenneth Prentice, m. 1st Dianne Clement. Children of Kenneth and Dianne:
    • Angela Prentice
    • Mark Prentice m. Maria Reis
      • David Prentice
      • Nicolas Prentice
    Kenneth Prentice, m. 2nd Patrica Hogan. Children of Kenneth and Patricia.
    • Christopher Hogan (stepson)
    • Daniel Hogan (stepson)
    • John Prentice
    • Michaelagh Prentice
  5. Ralph Prentice, m. Wendy MacDonald. Children of Ralph and Wendy:
    • Jamie Prentice
    • Colin Prentice
    • Darcy Prentice
  6. Joanne Prentice, m. Richard Trotter. Children of Joanne and Richard:
    • Mandy Trotter
    • Kristy Trotter

Who are Robert Prentice's Parents?

Ken Prentice, reviewing LDS records, suggests that Robert's parents might be the Robert Prentice who was b. in 1815 in Larkhall, Scotland (son of John Prentice and Euphemia Scott) and who m. Agnes Peters.

However, that seems unlikely since information provided by Christine Hadden's email of April 2001 shows that the 1815 Robert, son of John, m. Elizabeth Hamilton c. 1836 and had 8 children, the last of whom was James Prentice, chr. 11 Apr 1853 at Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland which was a date after Robert's supposed 1852 emigration to Canada. See Robert and James Prentice of Dalserf in our Summer 2001 newsletter.

In addition, Ken does not indicate any family tradition that his Robert had a prior marriage and children threof.  Fn. 1.

We did note one other possibility. In reviewing the 1841, 1851 and 1861 Scotland census, we found 3 or 4 men named Robert Prentice who were b. in the appropriate time frame:

  1. Robert Prentice, b. c 1816 and in 1841 lived with his wife, Elizabeth (b. c. 1816), in Culter, Lanarkshire. He does not appear in later records unless he is the same person as the Robert Prentice who appears in the 1861 census as b. c. 1816 in Carluke and in 1861 living in Dalserf.
  2. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1815 in Hamilton. He does appear in the 1861 Hamilton census.
  3. Robert Prentice b. c. 1817, Hamilton. He does appear in the 1861 Hamilton census.

From the foregoing, it appears that the 1841 Robert Prentice might have either emigrated before 1861 unless he is also the 1861 Robert Prentice living in Dalserf in 1861.

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Fn. 1:   One cannot wholly discount the possibility that this is one of the relatively few known instances where a man has been known to have abandoned a wife and family, concealed his past, and started a new life.
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