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Newsletter 97.1.2

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William Prentice of Overtown, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 1998 and Revised 30 Jul 2009

Update of 6 Nov 2002: This article has been replaced by our Spring 2000 article on William Prentice of Overton .

We are helping William Prentice Smith Jr. in his efforts to trace the roots of William Prentice of Overtown, Scotland.

William Prentice was born in Overtown, Scotland sometime in 1862. On December 31, 1882, he married Catherine Kennedy (her name could also be Mary Kennedy or Catherine Mary Kennedy). They were married in the town Catherine was born, Wishaw. According to a source in Scotland, Overtown and Wishaw are 15 - 20 miles a part and is in Lanarkshire. He died 12/31/1947

In 1885, William and Catherine and their family came to America. He had been a coal miner in Scotland and continued the same occupation in America. Children:

  1. Thomas D. Prentice.
  2. Alex Prentice.
  3. John Prentice, 1903 - 1963, born Latrobe, PA. He married Josephine McHenry.
  4. Margaret Prentice (1892 - 03/13/1945), born Latrobe, PA died Carnegie, PA. She married Solomon Lewis Smith in 1910.
  5. Catherine McGrane Prentice (02/04/1890 - 04/10/1980), born Latrobe, PA died Temple City, PA. She married William Patrick McGrane, b. 6 Jul 1886 in Gratstown, PA and died 11 Dec 1955. They had a son, William McGrane who likely died before 31 Dec 1947 since he is not mentioned in the obituary of his grandfather, William Prentice.

Margaret Prentice and her husband, Solomon Lewis Smith, had the following children:

  1. Marvin Smith, born 1911, and m. Mary Metzger.
  2. Mary Elizabeth Smith, born 1914, and m. Gilbert Arbuckle.
  3. William Prentice Smith, born 20 Apr 1918 and m. Irene Abby Neal (05/05/1916 - 12/19/1995). He is the father of William Prentice Smith Jr.
  4. Edward Lewis Smith, born Dec 1919 and m. Jane Freeman.
  5. Katherine Patrica Smith, born 1926 and m. Lee Arbuckle.
  6. Harry Wilbur Smith, born 1928.

If you have any information which can help us identify any of the folks mentioned above, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com..

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