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John Prentice of Ireland and Old Luce, Wigtownshire, Scotland


John Prentice of Ireland and Old Luce, Wigtownshire, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2007 and Revised 4 Jan 2007

1. John Prentice was b. c. 1799 in Ireland. He lived in Ireland until at least 1839 or 1841 where his oldest known daughter, Elizabeth, was born. He later emigrated to England where he appears with his wife and family in the 1851 census in Old Luce, Wigtownshire, Scotland. In 1851 he was an Agricultural Labourer living at Crowes. He apparently was deceased by 1861 as he does not appear with his wife and children.

He m. Rachel, b. c. 1804 in Ireland. She appears in the 1861 census in Old Luce, Wigtownshire, as a Wool Shinner and the Head of the family. Children per census records:

  1. Agness Prentice, b. c. 1833, Ireland. At home in Old Luce in 1851 and 1861.
  2. John Prentice, b. c. 1836, Ireland. At home in Old Luce in 1851. He appears in the 1861 census in Kirkcowan, Wigtownshire, as an unmarried Agricultural Labourer living at 52 High Street.
  3. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1839-1841, Ireland. At home in Old Luce in 1851 and 1861.

Living with the family in 1861 was a granddaughter, Elizabeth Hill, b. c. 1853, Old Luce, Wigtownshire. he 1861 census seems to indicate her parents are George and Margaret Hill, although the 1861 census gives a b. c. 1856 birth year. Her mother, Margaret, was b. c. 1821 in Old Luce.

Who are John Prentice's Parents?

For now we have no clues. He does not appear in the IGI. Nor does he appear in our excerpts from the 1881 Scotland census.

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