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James Prentice of OH and PA

James Prentice of OH and PA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised: 2 May 2009

Update of 2 May 2009: This article has now been replaced by our Summer 2009 article entitled William Prentice of Scotland and Allegheny Co., PA .

1. William Prentice was b. c. 1847 in Scotland. He appears in the 1880 Allegheny Co., PA census as a Coal Miner with his wife, Anne/Annie, b. c. 1857 in Scotland. We do not yet know when he emigrated to American, but it was at some date before Oct 1874 when his son, James, was b. in OH. We also do not know whether William married Anne/Annie before, of after, they emigrated to America.

William does not appear in the 1900 and 1910 census. He may, or may not, be the William Prentice shown in the 1920 census in Chartiers, Washington Co., PA as a resident in the Washington County Home. Children per 1880 census:

  1. James Prentce, b. c. Oct 1874, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Margaret/Maggie Prentice, b. c. 1877, PA.
  3. Jenette Prentice, b. c. 1879, PA.

2. James Prentice was born in OH in Oct 1874. He appears in the 1900 and 1910 Allegheny Co., PA census with his wife, Clara, b. May 1881. They also appear in the 1920, Westmoreland Co., PA census and in the 1930 Charleroi, Washington Co., PA census. Children:

  1. James A. Prentice, b. c. 1901, PA. The SSDI shows a James Prentice who was b. 15 Jan 1901 and d. Jan 1963 in an unspecified location; also one b. 19 Jun 1901 who d. Jan 1976 in Riverview, Hillsborough, FL.
  2. Anna Prentice, b. c. 1903, PA.
  3. William P. Prentice, b. c. 1906-7, PA. The SSDI shows a William Prentice who was b. 10 Dec 1906 and d. at an unspecified location. He appears in the 1930 census in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA with his wife, Catherine, b. c. 1912, PA, and daughter:
    1. Rhoda Prentice, b. c. 1927, PA.
  4. Marion Prentice, b. c. 1909, PA. Not in SSDI.
  5. Benjamin F. Prentice, b. c. 1911, PA. Home in 1930. Not in SSDI.
  6. Harry L. Prentice, b.17 Mar 1912 and d. Feb 1981 in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. At home in 1930 census. He m. (unknown) and had 1 or more children, including:
    1. Harry L. Prentice, b. 12 Jun 1934, Charleroi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
    2. Richard Dale Prentice, b. 6 Oct 1936 and d. 3 Dec 1995 in Charleroi, Washington Co., PA. He m. Janet Ann and had 1 or more children, including:
      1. Dave Prentice of Danville, VA.
    3. Charles Prentice, deceased by 2008 (per obit. of Harry, above).
    4. David Prentice. In 2008 lived in Perryopolis (per obit. of Harry, above).
  7. Daniel Prentice, b. c. 1914, PA. Home in 1930 census. He is probably the Daniel Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 10 Feb 1914 and d. Jun 1979 in Okmulgee, Okmulgee Co. OK.
  8. Eugene W. Prentice, b. 30 Mar 1915, PA and d. 16 Dec 1989 at an unspecified location (per SSDI).
  9. Virginia Marie Prentice, b. c. 1917, PA. Home in 1930.
  10. Woodrow W. Prentice, b. 1919-20, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  11. Woodrow W. Prentice, b. 1919-20, PA. Not shown in 1930 census. Not in SSDI.
  12. Georgenia Prentice, b. c. 1920, PA. Home in 1930.
  13. David Prentice, b. 18 Jan 1921, PA and d. 29 May 1998, Aberdeen, Brown, OH (per census & SSDI)
  14. Gladis A. Prentice, b. c. 1926, PA. Home in 1930.

3. Harry L. Prentice, b. 12 Jun 1934, Charleroi, Washington Co., PA, and d. 6 Jan 2008 in Washington. His obituary of 8 Jan 1008 in the Observer-Reporter reads as follows:

    Harry L. Prentice Jr,. Bentleyville man was Army vet, union local president.

    Harry L. Prentice Jr., 73, of Bentleyville, died Sunday, January 6, 2008, in Washington. He was born June 12, 1934, in Charleroi, a son of Harry L. Sr. and Jean Smith Prentice.

    Mr. Prentice was a U.S. Army veteran, having served with the military police. He was retired from Corning Glass in Charleroi. He was a member of American Legion Post 22, Charleroi, and was a union president for Corning Glass Inc., Local 53, for 11 years. He was an avid fisherman.

    Surviving are his companion of 18 years, JoAnne Davis of Washington; sons Steven Prentice of Fallowfield Township, Kenneth, Terry and Johnny Prentice, all of Charleroi, and John and wife Carla Efaw of Washingtion; a brother, David Prentice of Perryopolis; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Prentice of Charleroi; nine grandchildren, Samantha, Ashley, Kara and Steven Prentice, Megan, Zach and Krista Efaw and Jolene and Haeleah Anderson; and a great-grandson, Julius Efaw.

    Deceased are a son, Charles Prentice, and two brothers, Richard and Charles Prentice.

    Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes Inc., 235 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 10, with Pastor Don Anders officiating. Interment will be held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, at a later date.

His "companion" was JoAnne Davis of Washington. Children per obituary:

  1. Steven Prentice of Fallowfield Township in 2008
  2. Kenneth Prentice. In 2008 lived in Charleroi.
  3. Terry Prentice. In 2008 lived in Charleroi.
  4. John/Johnny Prentice. In 2008 lived in Charleroi.
  5. John Prentice. He m. Carla Efaw and in 2008 lived in Washingtion. Children:
    1. Megan Efaw.
    2. Zach Efaw.
    3. Krista Efaw.

Harry's obituary also mentioned a daughter-in-law, Ruth Prentice of Charleroi and grandchildren: Samantha, Ashley, Kara and Steven Prentice, and Jolene and Haeleah Anderson and a great-grandson, Julius Efaw.

4. Woodrow W. Prentice, b. 1919-20, PA and d. before 2009. Not shown in 1930 census. Not in SSDI.

He m. Norma J. Barr. Children:

  1. Woodrow W. Prentice Jr., b. 30 Apr 1954, Mt. Pleasant, PA.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

5. Woodrow W. Prentice Jr., b. 30 Apr 1954, Mt. Pleasant, PA and d. 12 Feb 2009 in UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, PA. His Obituary of 14 Feb 2009, published in the Valley Independent, reads as follows:

  • Woodrow W. Prentice Jr.
    California, PA.

    Mr. Prentice was born Friday, April 30, 1954, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Woodrow W. Prentice and the late Norma J. (Barr) Prentice. He is survived by his wife, Deborah (Lang) Prentice; two daughters, Holly Espy, of Charleroi, and Jamie Prentice, of Brownsville; three sons, Woodrow Prentice III, of Monongahela, Edward Prentice, of Charleroi, and Phillip Scott Prentice, of Coal Center; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles 'Lucky' Prentice.

    A memorial service will be held at Signature in California. For more information, call Holly Espy (724-469-1637). Contributions may be made to the ELEY-McCRORY FUNERAL HOME, 334 Main St., P.O. Box 127, Fayette City, Pa. 15438.

He m. Deborah Lang. Children:

  1. Holly Prentice. She m. Mr. Espy and in 2009 lived in Charleroi, PA.
  2. Jamie Prentice, dau.. In 2009 lived in Brownsville, PA.
  3. Woodrow Prentice III. In 2009 lived in Monongahela, PA.
  4. Edward Prentice. In 2009 lived in Charleroi, PA.
  5. Phillip Scott Prentice. In 2009 lived in Coal Center, PA.

    Who are James Prentice's Parents?

    The only clues we have so far as to the identity of James Prentice's parents is that both his mother and father, like James, were born in Scotland. We do not have their birth years, but it was probably about 1815 to 1827 since James was b. c. 1847.

    If William d. in Washington Co., PA, then obtaining a copy of his death record may provide additional information. Likewise, copies of his children's birth and marriage records may provide additional information.

    Prentices Possibly Related

    In checking Charleroi death records, we find the following Prentices who may be realted to James Prentice and his descendants:

    1. Janet A. Prentice, b. 5 Jul 1937 and d. 29 Mar 1998, Charleroi, Washington, PA
    2. William C. Prentice, b. 27 Aug 1933 and d. 3 Jul 1997, Charleroi, Washington, PA
    3. Jean Prentice, 17 Nov 1914 and d. 1 Mar 2000, Charleroi, Washington, PA

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