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William Prentice of Scotland and Burnt Prairie, White Co., IL


William Prentice of Scotland and Burnt Prairie, White Co., Illinois
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2004 and Revised 16 May 2011

Christine Hadden brings to our attention the following family:

1. William Prentice was b. c. 1819 in Scotland. He appears in the 1860 census in White Co., IL and in the 1870 and 1880 census in Burnt Prairie, White Co., IL with his wife.

His wife is identified as Margerry in the 1860 census and as Mary in the 1870 census and as May in the1880 census. She was, b. c. 1816-1817 in Scotland.

It may be that they had no children since William was only 44 in 1860 census and no children were shown in the household as one might expect. Apparently no siblings emigrated either since no no other Prentice family appears in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census in White Co., IL.

Who are the parents of William Prentice?

Although only conjecture for now, William might be the William Prentice who appears in the 1851 census in Menstrie, Logie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. That William was b. c. 1819, Tullibady, Clackmannanshire, with his wife, Margery Stewart. She was b. c. 1815, Ardvorlich, Perthshire. They do not appear in the 1861 census, by which time William and his wife had emigrated to America.

That Menstrie, Logie, Clackmannanshire residence suggests that the 1819 William might be the same person as, or closely related to, the William Prentice shown in the 1841, Menstrie, Logie, Clackmannanshire census as b. c. 1811, Clackmannanshire census , son of William Prentice (b. c. 1786, Clackmannanshire) and his wife, Elizabeth (b. c. 1791, Clackmannanshire). Also shown in the home were apparent brothers, James Prentice (b. c. 1826, Clack.) and William Prentice (b. c. 1834, Clack.) .

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