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Robert Prentice of Ireland and Racine, Racine Co., WI

Robert Prentice of Fintona, County Tyrone, Ireland and Racine, Racine Co., WI
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2006 and Revised 27 May 2011

Note: This article replaces our earlier Fall 2004 article about Christopher Prentice of Ireland and Racine, WI .

1. (Unknown Prentice), probably b. c. 1835-1848, and probably in, or near, Fintona, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The name of his wife is not yet known. They had 2 or more children, including:

  1. Robert Prentice, b. 23 Jul 1867, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Walter Prentice who in 1916 was residing at 505 Washington Circle, Lake Forest, IL. No Walter Prentice b. in Ireland appears in the US in the 1910, 1920 or 1930 census.

2. Robert Francis Prentice was b. 23 Jul 1867, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland, and d. 1946 in Racine, Racine Co., WI per Ancestry.com . He appears in the 1930 census in Racine, Racine Co., WI, with his wife and family. At the time of 1916 emigration of his son, Christopher, to the United States, Robert's address was shown as Fintona, County Tyrone, Ireland. He emigrated to the US at some date after his son's 1916 emigration, and probably between 1921 and 1930 since he appears only in the 1930 census. Robert is found in the 1930 census in Racine, Racine Co., WI (where his son was then living) with his wife and family.

He m. Elizabeth Preston, b. c. 1870, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland, and d. in Racine, Racine Co., WI. He does not appear in the 1910 or 1920 census, perhaps indicating that he emigrated to the United States after those dates. He does not appear in Ellis Island records and may have emigrated through Canada. Children shown in the 1930 census:

  1. Christopher R. Prentice, b. 1 May 1900, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. John J. Prentice, b. 1 Mar 1910, Northern Ireland, obtained his SS# in WI, and d. 20 Feb 2001 in Racine, Racine Co., WI. At home in 1830 in Racine, WI.
  3. Gertrude Prentice, b. c. 1912, Northern Ireland, probably Fintona. At home in 1830 in Racine, WI.

The ages of the children, 20 and 18, seem to suggest that there were additional children who had left home by 1930.

Living with the family in 1930 was Mary Ann Preston, b. c. 1868, Northern Ireland, and called a sister in law.

3. Christopher Prentice was b. 1 May 1900, Fintona, County Tyrone, Ireland, and d. Jun 1976 in Racine, Racine Co., WI (per SSDI), and was living in Fintona at the time he emigrated to the United State in 1916, at the age of 16, departing from Liverpool, England aboard the "New York" and arriving 16 Apr 1916 at the Port of New York. The ship's Manifest shows he was single and unmarried,his occupation was that of a Draper's Assistant, and that his nearest friend or relative in Ireland was Robert Prentice of Fintona, Ireland (his father, see #1, above). He was described as 5" 4", dark hair and blue eyes.

Interestingly, a great many of the names on the ship's Manifest in proximity to Christopher's name, were all young people in their late teens and early 20s, none apparently accompanied by parents.

The ship's Manifest shows his "Final Destination" to be Lake Forest, IL, to visit his Uncle, William Prentice, 505 Washington Circle, Lake Forest, IL.

Neither the 1910 nor 1920 census show any Prentice living in Lake Forest, IL.

Christopher appears in the 1920 and 1930 census in Racine, Racine Co., WI where he is described as born in Northern Ireland. Shown in 1930 is his wife and family.

He m. Elizabeth Pottinger on 6 Feb 1921, Racine. She was b. 12 Apr 1902, Racine, and d. there 14 Jul 1972 . An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . They are shown living in the home of her father, Robert Pottinger. Also shown are Christopher's children:

  1. Leone Ann Prentice, b. 2 Sep 1921, Racine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Margaret E. Prentice, b. c. 1925-6, WI

4. Leone Ann Prentice, b. 2 Sep 1921, Racine, and d. there 23 Apr 2001.

She m., as his 1st wife, Arthur Lester McCallum. He was b. 30 Sep 1921, Lowell, MA, and d. 1 Mar 2009, Racine, WI. Daughter per Ancestry.com :

  1. (dau.) McCallum. She is apparently the Kathryn McCallum mentioned in her father's obituary, below. Ancestry.com, above, says she m. a Mr. Cook and had a daughter who m. a Mr. Peterson and had 3 sons:
    1. (son) Peterson:
    2. (son) Peterson:
    3. Arthur Robert Hudson Peterson, b. and d. 8 Oct 1908, Racine, WI.

    Kathryn them m., 2nd William Wendt and in 2009 lived in , Racine, WI.

Apparently Leone and Arthur divorced, and Arthur m. 2nd Dorothea Johnson on 13 Oct 1973, Bethania utherean Church. Arthur's obituary reads as follows:

    Arthur L. "Art" McCallum

    RACINE - Arthur L. 'Art' McCallum, 87, passed away at his residence on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Art was born in Lowell, Mass. on September 30, 1921, son of Lester and Loretta (nee: Leahy) McCallum.

    On October 13, 1973, he was united in marriage to Dorothea Johnson at Bethania Lutheran Church.

    Art served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of War. He retired as Racine County Veteran's Service Officer in January of 1987 after many years of service. Art was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church, past Post Commander of the American Legion Post 310, past Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1391, past Wisconsin State Commander of County Veteran's Service Officers Association, Racine Moose Lodge #437, and Navy Club Ship #60.

    Art is survived by:

    • one daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn (William) Wendt of Racine;
    • two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald A. (Roberta) McCallum, Col. USAF (Ret.), of Jamaica, Va. and Bernard (Shirley) McCallum of Watertown;
    • granddaughters, Rebecca (Duane) Fisher, Jennifer (Michael) Dolan, Victoria (Peter) Peterson, Margaret Ann (Andy) Modjeski, Molly (Michael) Bogdan, and Annie and Nora McLaughlin; and grandson, Robert Cook;
    • six great-grandchildren; and two step-daughters and one step- son, Gay King of Racine, Kris (Michael) Skewes of Burlington, and Guy (Karen) Simpson of Stratford, Conn. Art is further survived by step-grand- children, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea; son, Robert Baikie McCallum; brother, Robert (Marilyn) McCallum; one great-grand- son, Arthur Robert Peterson; and his first wife, Leone Ann Prenticein April of 2001.

    A Memorial service honoring and celebrating Art's life will be held at Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Avenue, on Friday, March 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Steve Wohlfeil officiating. Inurnment will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park Crypts with full Military Honors. There will be a time to meet with family and friends at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bethania Lutheran Church or to one's favorite charity have been suggested. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the doctors, neighbors, and friends that have assisted Art over the years. STURINO FUNERAL HOME 3014 Northwestern Avenue 632-4479 www.sturinofuneralhome. com .

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