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Thomas Prentice of Scotland and Quinnimont, Fayette Co., WV


Thomas Prentice of Scotland and Quinnimont, Fayette Co., West Virginia
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2006 and Revised 2 Nov 2009

Update of 2 Nov 2009: This article has now been replaced by our Winter 2009 article of the same name.
Introduction: This article was prepared with the aid of Christine Hadden, Scotland census records, Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Amanda Walker and U. S. emigration and census records.

B. George Prentice may have been b. c. 1769-1779, perhaps in Ireland where his son, Arthur, may have been born. George d. bef. 24 Aug 1873 (per Arthur's Deach Certificate). He was a coal miner.

He m. Margaret O'Rourke who d. before 24 Aug 1873 (per Arthur's Death Certificate). They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Arthur Prentice was b. c. 1799 at an unknown location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [A]

A. Arthur Prentice was b. c. 1799 at an unknown location and d. 24 Aug 1873 at the age of 74 years (per Amanda Walker, emails, 24 and 25 Jun 2007, citing a copy of his death certificate in her possession which reads as follows:

    "Arthur Prentice formerly a coal miner widower 1st of Mary Fleming 2nd of Mary Sanders or Lave died on 24 August 1873 11 h(our) 0 m(inutes) am (found dead) 87 Stirling Street, Glasgow aged 74 years father George Prentice coal miner (deceased) mother Margaret Prentice maiden surname O'Rourke (deceased) died from senile debility 1 year (sudden) no medical attendant informant of death Arthur Prentice son".

Amanda Walker also provided another document which was a corrected entry to the above record and it looks as though it was made after a post mortem examination. It reads as follows:

    "Arthur Prentice aged about 74 years died 24 August 1873 in house of John McKenzie 87 Stirling Street, Cowcaddens, Glasgow cause of death pulmonary apoplexy certified by Dr James Dunlop physician Glasgow who made a post mortem examination of the body".

Because of the wide variation of birth year (1799 vs. 1811) Arthur is only tentatively identified as being the same person as the Arthur Prentice who appear in the 1851 Scotland census in Civil parish Govan, town of Strathbungo, Renfrewshire, as b. c. 1811 in Dungate, Ireland; Occupation: Cottier. No wife is shown so he apparently was a widower in 1851, his wife, Margaret Sanders (see below), having died between 1847 and 1851. Children shown at home in the 1851 census.

  1. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1837, Gorbals, Lanarkshire.
  2. George Prentice, b. c. 1843, Gorbals, Lanarkshire.
  3. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1845, Gorbals, Lanarkshire.(see Thomas, below)
  4. Arthur Prentice, b. c. 1847, Gorbals, Lanarkshire.

Arthur m. 1st Mary Fleming He m. 2nd Margaret Sanders. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Thomas Prentice was b. c. 1844 in Scotland. . . . . . . . . . [1]

1. Thomas Prentice Sr. was b. c. 1844 in either Goven, Lanarkshire (per 1891 census and lying just west of central Glasgow) or in Glasgow, Scotland (per Ellis Island emigration record). About 1881-2 Thomas was living in Dalry, Ayr, Scotland (where his son, Thomas Jr, #1iii below, was born). He appears in the 1891 census in Dalserf, Lanarkshire, with his wife and family. He later appears in the 1910 Laurel Creek, Fayette Co., WV census living with his sons, Thomas Jr., William and Andrew, below.

He m. Euphemia Hamilton on 31 Dec 1868 at Woodside Colliery, Dalserf. She was b. c. 1843, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, per the 1891 census. She was the dau. of James Hamilton and Paterson McAlpine (per Christine Hadden, email, 23 Apr 2006, also citing marriage record of their son, David, which names his parents).

Ellis Island Records show that Thomas emigrated on 4 Jan 1910 aboard the "Caledonia" with his son, Andrew. His place of birth is given as Glasgow, Scotland, and his last permanent address is given as "Dalsell, Scotland (actually Dalsert)." He was described as 5' 6", pale complexion, grey hair and blue eyes. They sailed from Glasgow. He appears in the 1910 census in Quinnimont, Fayette Co., WV as a Coal Miner. Children of Thomas and Euphemia:

  1. Arthur Prentice, b. c. 1870, Scotland. Living with his brother, John, in the 1910 census. Ellis Island records show that Arthuremigrated from Scotland, departing Glasgow aboard the "California" and arriving in the Port of New York on 20 Jan 1910. He was then a coal miner, married, and had been living with his unnamed wife at 125 Eddlewood, Hamilton, Scotland.
  2. George Prentice, b. c. 1873, Rutherglen, Scotland (per 1891 census)
  3. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1878, Delserf, Scotland (per 1881 census). She emigrated on 15 Apr 1907 aboard the "Caledonia" from Glasgow with her brother, Thomas (per Ellis Island records). She was a domestic servant, 5’2", fair complexion, auburn hair, blue eyes, also going to the home of her brother,William who was then living in Glendale, Lawton Co., WV. She appears in the 1910 Fayette Co., WV census as a servant in the home of Kesath Homestead and in the 1920 Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV census as a servant in the home of F. K. Holmestead, probably the same person. She is likely the Margaret Prentice shown in WV Death Records as b. 28 Mar 1877, Scotland, who d. unmarried on 24 Jan 1951 in WV.
  4. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1882, DalserfScotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  5. (perhaps) John Prentice, b. c. 1883, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. William Prentice, b. c. 1886, Dalserf, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  7. Andrew Prentice, b. c. 1886, Dalserf, Scotland (per 1891 census). He appears in the 1910 census in Quinnimont, Fayette Co., WV, as a Coal Miner living with the family of his brother, Therman. Emigrated 1910 with his father, Thomas. He is described as sallow complexion, fair hair and blue eyes. His place of birth is given as "Dalsell [actually Dalserf], Scotland." Not in 1920 or 1930 census. Not in SSDI.
  8. Euphemia Prentice, b. c. 1891, Dalserf, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[5]
  9. David Munro Hamilton Prentice, b. c. 1889, Ashgill, Lanark, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . .[6]

2. Thomas Prentice was b. c. 1881-2 in Dalry, Ayr, Scotland (or Dalserf per 1891 census). Thomas emigrated on 15 Apr 1907 aboard the "Caledonia" from Glasgow (per Ellis Island records). He was a miner from Netherburn, Lanarkshire, going to the home of his brother,William who was then living in Glendale, Lawton Co., WV. Thomas was descried as having over 50 Pounds cash, 5’7", fresh complexion, black hair, blue eyes, born Dalry, Scotland.

He m. Margaret who was b. c. 1883 in Scotland.

In 1921, Ellis Island records show that Margaret was returning from a trip to Scotland with Annie Prentice, wife of David Prentice (see #4, below), accompanied by Margaret's mother, Mrs. Mary Miller, 6 Brown Street, Newmains. Margaret was +described as 5'3", sallow complexion, grey eyes, black haired. All were going to Newhall, W. VA where Thomas and Margaret were then living. Children of Thomas and Margaret (per 1910 census and 1921 immigration record):

  1. Annie Prentice, b. c. 1904, Ashgill, Scotland. (per 1907 emigration record and 1910 census)
  2. Euphemia Prentice, b. c. 1906-7, Overtown, Lanarkshire,Scotland. (per 1907 emigration record and 1910 census)
  3. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1907-1910, WV. (per 1910 census)
  4. James Prentice, b. c. 1912. (per 1921 immigration record)
  5. Jean Prentice b. c. 1920. (per 1921 immigration record)

3. (perhaps) John Prentice, b. c. 1883 in Scotland. He appears in the 1910 Fayette Co., WV and 1920 Raleigh Co., WV census with his wife, Emily, b. c. 1886, Scotland, and children:

  1. Elizabeth J. Prentice, b. c. 1903, WV.
  2. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1907, WV.
  3. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1911, WV.
  4. Jennie Prentice, b. c. 1914, WV.
  5. Helen Prentice, b. c. 1918, WV.

4. William Prentice, b. 13 Jan 1883, Red Row, Dalsert, Ashgill, Lanarkshire, Scotland (per 1891 census_.

He married Allison M. Rutherford who was born in McQueen's Land, Overton, Scotland, Reg. No. J40820. She was the daughter of Alexander Rutherford and Joan Neilson. Alice also emigrated on 15 Apr 1907 aboard the "Caledonia" from Glasgow (per Ellis Island records). She is described as 5’0", pale complexion, black hair, dark blue eyes.

William appears in the 1910 census in Quinnimont, Fayette Co., WV, as a Coal Minerliving with the family of his brother, Thomas. William later appears in the 1920 McDowell County Co., WV census. McDowell County lies about 30 miles SW on Fayette County. There he is shown as b. c. 1884 in Scotland and emigrated to America in 1906, about the same year as Thomas, #2, above. The 1920 shows his wife as Alice, b. c. 1888, Scotland, and children:

  1. Joan Prentice, b. c. 1907, Scotland.
  2. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1908-9, WV. He may, or may not, be the Thomas Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 21 Jun 1908, who received his SS# in WV, and who d. 15 Oct 1997 in Raleigh Co., WV.
  3. Nellie Prentice, b. c. 1912, WV.
  4. Alice Prentice, b. c. 1914, WV.
  5. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1916, WV.
  6. Emily Prentice, b. c. 1918, WV.
  7. (probably) William Prentice, b. 30 Dec 1920 in Newhall, WV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4.1]

4.1 (probably) William Prentice, b. 30 Dec 1920 in Newhall, WV and d. c. 5 May 2007. He is called William Hamilton Prentice in Ancestry.com .

His obituary of 17 May 2007 in the Journal & Topics Newspaper, Des Pllaines, IL, reads as follows:

    WILLIAM PRENTICE, JR. Of Des Plaines

    A funeral service and visitation for William Prentice, Jr. of Des Plaines, 86, took place Saturday, May 5 at G.L. Hills Funeral Home in Des Plaines. Interment private. Mr. Prentice was born Dec. 30, 1920 in Newhall, Wv.

    He worked as a research scientist at U.S.G. During his life, the World War II Army Veteran was a master mason and ceramic engineer. He was affiliated with Virginia Poly Tech and served on the Des Plaines Public Library board.

    He passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Mr. Prentice is preceded in death by his brother and six sisters. He is survived by his wife, Josephine nee Whitlock Prentice, five sons, William (Caren) Prentice III, John (Terri) Prentice, Alexander Prentice, Robert (Sue) Prentice, and David Prentice, two daughters, Joyce Howard and Paula (John) Steffan, 22 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

He m. Josephine Whitlock, living in 2007. Children per obituary:

  1. William Prentice III. He m. Caren.
  2. John Prentice. He m. Terri.
  3. Alexander Prentice.
  4. Robert Prentice. He m. Sue.
  5. David Prentice.
  6. Joyce Prentice. She m. Mr. Howard.
  7. Paula Prentice. She m. John Steffan.

In Ancestry.com is shown a dau. who m. Mr. Adams and had a daughter. It is unclear whether this is a 3rd daughter, or one of the two daughters who remarried.

5. Euphemia Prentice, b. c. 1891, Dalserf, Scotland (per 1891 census). She appears appears in the 1921 immigration record, mentioned above, where she is called Clementina's daughter.

Euphemia m. James Sinclair who was living in Newhall, W. VA in 1921. Children of Euphemia and James shown in the 1921 immigration record are.

  1. Mary Sinclair, 10, b. c. 1911.
  2. James Sinclair, 8, b. c. 1913.
  3. Margaret Sinclair, b. c. 1916.
  4. Clementina Sinclair, b. c. 1920.

6. David Munro Hamilton Prentice, b. c. 1889, Ashgill, Lanark, Scotland (or Dalserf, Lanark, per 1891 census). He emigrated from Scotland aboard the "Caledonia," arriving in NY on 30 Jun 1911.

He m. Anne/Annie "Grannie" Paterson. She was b. 27 Oct 1890 in Ashgill, Larkhall Lankshire, Scotland (per Ancestry.com.

Ellis Island immigration records show that the arrival on 4 Jun 1921 of David's wife, Annie, . She was described as Annie was 4'11", fair with auburn hair and grey eyes. Accompanying Annie was her mother, Annie Paterson, of Meadowbank, Dalserf. They were heading to Newhall, WV where David was then living. Accompanying Annie were her children:

  1. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1911. She m. Mr. Hudson (per Ancestry.com, above).
  2. Clementina Prentice, b. c. 1919. She m. Mr. Hudson (per Ancestry.com, above).

David Prentice is probably the same person as the David Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 28 Jun 1888, who received his SS# in WV, and who d. Aug 1969 in Keystone, McDowell Co., WV.

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