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William Prentice of Scotland and Hartford, CT

William Prentice of Scotland and Hartford, CT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2002 and Revised 26 Dec 2006

1. William J. Prentice was b. c. 1853-1857 and perhaps in or near Bishoptow/Bishopton or Glasgow where some of his children were born. William had emigrated to the US prior to 1907, settling in Hartford, CT. His wife and children emigrated later

He m. Agnes J., b. c. 1858, Ayrshire. She, and their children, emigrated later, arriving in the Port of New York on 5 Feb 1907 aboard the "Columbia", leaving home in Cairnyan (probably Cairnryan, Dumfries and Galloway ), Scotland. Agnes was then described as 5' 5", pale complexion, fair hair, and blue eyes. The following children emigrated in 1907 with Agnes aboard the "Columbia": (Ref: Ellis Island Records)

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1888, Bishoptown?, Scotland. That may be Bishopton which lies a few miles NE of Glasgow on the south bank of the Firth of Clyde.
  2. William Prentice, b. c. 1891, Glasgow, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  3. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1891 Cairnyan (Cairnryan?), Scotland.
  4. Elizabeth "Bessie" Prentice, b. c. 1896, Cairnyan (Cairnryan?), Scotland.

2. William Prentice was born in Scotland c. 1891. He emigrated to the United States in 1907 and was naturalized in 1918 in PA. He appears in the 1920 Hartford, Hartford Co., CT census with his wife, Helen, b. c. 1990 in Scotland. He may be the William Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 4 Nov 1890 and who d. May 1972 in Manchester, Hartford Co., CT. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1918-19, CT. . . . . . . . [3]

  3. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1919, CT. Although further investigation is needed for confirmation, he may be the Robert W. W. Prentice whose obituary was published in the Hartford Courant on 12 Dec 2003: It reads as follows:

Robert W. W. Prentice, 85 [and b. c. 1918] died peacefully on Thursday, (December 11, 2003). He was the beloved husband of the late Janet (Montgomery) Prentice.

Born in Hartford, Mr. Prentice was a Newington resident for the past 56 years and was a member of United Methodist Church, Newington. He was formerly employed by West Hartford Supply and Regal Supply, West Hartford for 25 years, retiring in 1993. Mr. Prentice was a 60-year member of Masonic Temple Tuscan Lodge #126, Manchester, and the Newington Square Dance Club for 35 years. He was active with the Newington Little League for many years and the American Legion baseball program. Bob was a member and past president of the Newington Men's Softball League and was a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Newington Park and Recreation Dept. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He leaves his three sons and daughters-in-law,

  1. David and Shinko Prentice of New York City, NY. He might be the David R. Prentice whose website at http://davidrprenticeart.com/resume.htm says that he was b. 22 Dec 1943 in Hartford, CT and which gives his address at 654 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012, email prenticepaintings@mac.com
  2. Robert and Kathy Prentice of Wallingford. He may be the Robert Prentice shown in a Google search as being the the Chairman of the Wallingford, CT, Housing Authority.
  3. William and Camille Prentice of Newington. A Google search gives his address as "William Prentice, (860) 666-6685, 65 Maple Hill Ave, Newington, CT 06111".

his four grandchildren, Michael, David, Nikole, and Danielle; and his great grandson, Zachary Tyler Prentice.

His funeral service will be Monday, at 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church, 401 New Britain Ave., Newington, with the Rev. Cecile Koppmann officiating. Interment will be private in Center Cemetery, Newington. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington. Memorial donations may be made to the Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 310061, Newington, CT 06111.

Who are William Prentice's Parents?

Because of the reference to Glasgow, we checked the 1861 census for any William Prentice born between 1853 and 1857. We found only 1 in the immediate area of Glasgow. He was William Prentice, b. c. 1854, Glasgow, and in 1861 living in Glasgow St. David, Lanarkshire.

William was the son of Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1818, Shotts, Lanarkshire, and apparently a widow. Children named in the 1861 census were:

  1. Alexander Prentice, b. c. 1852, Glasgow.
  2. John R. Prentice, b. c. 1848, Glasgow
  3. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1847, Glasgow
  4. William Prentice, b. c. 1854, Glasgow (see above discussion)

Investigation is continuing.

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