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John Prentice of Scotland and Australia

John Prentice of Scotland and Australia
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 1999 and Revised: 9 Jan 2010

Update of 9 Jan 2010: John Prentice is John William Prentice who is #3.10 in our Fall 2001 article entitled John Thomas Prentice of England and Australia . That article now replaces this article.

We are helping Lindsay Dunn in tracing her Prentice roots. By E-mail of 9 Dec 1999 she has provided the following information:

1. John Prentice was b. 3 May 1861, perhaps in Scotland, and d. 31 Mar 1939.. He was a coalminer by occupation The identity of his parents is not yet known.

John emigrated from Airdrie, Scotland aboard the "Rialto" and arrived in Australia on 14 Dec 1884.

He married Isabella Young Dunn on 22 Apr 1886 in Hamilton, NSW. Isabella was b. 24 Oct 1861 on Old Farm R., in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland and d. 18 Oct 1926, Hamilton, NSW. She was one of the 10 children of Isaac Turnbull DUNN who was b.28 Aug, 1840 in Rutherglen, Scotland, and Jane Neilson HAMILTON who was b. 1 Aug, 1839, also in Rutherglen. Isabella and her parents and siblings moved to Newcastle, NSW, Australia in 1883.

Who are John Prentice's Parents?

Although there is some difference in dates and places, John Prentice is shown in Ancestry.com: Public Member Trees as b. 1857 in Maitland, NSW and d. 1936, Murrurundi, NSW, son of Charles W. Prentice (b. 1821) and Catherine C..

That source says he m. Isabella Young Dunn in 1886 in Hamilton, NSW, Australia. No birth dates is given for Isabella, but it relates that she d. 1926 in Hamilton, NSW. Children shown for John and Isabella:

  1. Jane H. Prentice, b. 1887, Newcastle, NSW. She m. Thomas A. Massie in 1917, East Maitland, NSW.
  2. Margaret Sawyer Prentice, b. 1890, Hamilton, NSW and d. 1964, Newcastle, NSW. She m. Robert Aitken Selkirk in 1926. He do not yet have his birth date, but he d. 1970, Newcastle, NSW.
  3. John Prentice, b. and d. 1887, Merewether, NSW.
  4. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 1899, Merewether, NSW.

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

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