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John Prentice of Scotland and Canada

John Prentice of Scotland and Canada
Summer 2000 and Revised: 7 Jun 2005

Update of 8 Nov 2004: This article is replaced by our later Winter 2004 article on John Prentice of Carluke .
Update of 8 Jun 2001: John Prentice's parents are Alexander Prentice and Jane Linsay. See botton of article. For an updating article which supercedes this article, see our Summer 2001 article on Alexander Prentice of Carluke, Scotland .

Original Article: We are helping Margaret Pearcy and Sandy Prentice Pearcy in tracing the ancestry of John Prentice, born 26 Aug 1836 in Crawford Walls, Scotland and d. 23 Apr 1909 in Minden, Haliburton Co, Ontario, Canada. He married Christina McColl, also of Scotland on 18 Mar 1856. She was b. 1836 in Lanarkshire, Scotland and d. 1912 in Minden.

On their wedding day the boarded a ship which carried them to Canada. After living in Carluke, Ontario and Minden, Ontario, he eventually settled in Alberton, Ontario in 1856 and was a dealer in general merchandise. Perhaps he operated the country store, or one like it, which is still there today.

John Prentice and his wife Christina McColl are both buried in the Minden Cemetery in Haliburton County along with a number of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Alberton, although quite small, still exists today at the intersection of Highway 2 and Alberton Road. Alberton is on Highway 2 between Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. It consists of a school, country store, a garage and a few houses and perhaps a farm.

Children of John and Christina:

  • Catherine Forest Prentice, b. 20 Mar 1857, Carluke, Ontario, Canada and d. 6 Mar 1907, Fergus. She m. Charles Albert Hammill in Sep 1874.
  • Alexander Prentice, b. 16 Sep 1858, Carluke, Ontario and d. 6 Sep 1932. He m. Helen Luman on ll Jul 1882.
  • Angus James Prentice, b. 1 Dec 1860, Carluke, Ontario. He m. Elisa Jane Jordan on 25 Dec 1883.
  • John Lindsey Prentice, b. 23 Jul 1863, Carluke, Ontario. He m. Etta McElwain and Catherine A. Armstrong.
  • Andrew Lindsey Prentice, b. 19 Aug 1865, Alberton, Ontario and d. 13 Jan 1893 (per Bryan Prentice, 11 Mar 2001).
  • Christina Jane Prentice, b. 28 Jul 1867, Alberton, Ontrario. She m. Sylvester Bradley on 26 Oct 1887 (per Bryan Prentice, 11 Mar 2001).
  • John Lee Prentice, b. 17 Nov 1869, Alberton, Ontario and d. 27 Nov 1940. He m. Deborah Edith Watson on 16 Jan 1895. She was b. c. 1875. They appear in the 1930 census in Barksdale, Bayfield Co., WI. They had at least one child:
    • John Watson Prentice, b. 17 Mar 1897. He m. Margaret Virginia Culver. They had at least one child:
      • John Watson Prentice, Jr. He had at least one child:
        • Margaret Prentice. She m. Mr. Pearcy.
  • William Patrick Walker Prentice, b. 26 Feb 1872, Carluke, Ontario. He m. Melvina Rose Gray on 3 Sep 1901.
  • Thomas Calder Prentice, b. 6 Apr 1874, Alberton, Ontario. He m. Jane Pritchard on 25 Dec 1900. By email of 3 Feb 2001, Eleanor Jane (Prentice) West advises that Thomas is her grandfather.
  • Duncan Buchanan Prentice, b. 15 Nov 1877, Alberton, Ontario. He m. Anne Pritchard on 1 Jun 1904.
  • Jessie Cecilia Prentice, b. 3 Jul 1880, Minden, Ontario. She m. James Parker on 14 Sep 1905.

Update of 26 Jan 2001

By email of 22 Jan 2001, Sandi Prentice Pearcy advises that John's parents are Alexander Prentice and Jane Linsay. She says Alexander died in 1889 and is buried in Carluke.

The IGI and Sandi Prentice Pearcy's letter of 1 Feb 2001 indicate that Alexander and Jane had additional children:

  • Agnes Prentice, b. Jun 1839 at Carluke.
  • Margaret Prentice who m. Mr. A. Miller.
  • Marion Prentice who m. Miss Wheil.
  • Cecelia Prentice who m. Mr. Dickson.
  • Jean Prentice who m. Sandy Telfer.
  • Mary Prentice who m. Mr. J. Smith.
  • Janet Prentice who m. J. L. Liddell.
  • Sandy Prentice who m. Margaret Calder.
  • Andrew Prentice who m. Marguerite Weir.

Christine Hadden's email of 25 Jan 2001 suggests that Alexander Prentice may be the Alexander Prentice shown in the 1881 Carluke census. He was then age 82 and b. c. 1799. His occupation was "Formerly Sawyer."

Also living in Alexander's home in the 1881 Carluke census was John Liddell, grandson, age 11 and b. 1870, Carluke. He would be the John Alexander Prentice Liddell shown in the IGI as b. 12 Nov 1869, Carluke, Lanark, Scotland, son of Janet Lindsay Prentice and Lohn Liddell.

Christine Hadden advises that Alexander does not appear in the IGI, nor did she see a headstone for him in the Carluke Old Churchyard Monument Inscriptions. However, Bryan Prentice, in his letter of 22 Mar 2001, advises that he has photos of Alexander's headstone in the Old Carluke Cemetery. Alexander does not appear in our own copies of Scotland birth and christening records; that may indicate he was born at a place other than Lanarkshire.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com.

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