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Mary Prentice of Cambusnethan, C

Mary Prentice of Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2000 and Revised: 18 Dec 2006

We are helping Mary Jane Mills Maulsby in tracing her Prentice roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. Mary Prentice was b. c. 1800-1820, perhaps in the Cambusnethan area of Lanarkshire, Scotland. (See Scotland Maps). Subject to further investigation for confirmation, she may be the Mary Davidson shown in the 1841 census in Cambusnethan as b. c. 1816 in Lanarkshire. The 1851 census further clarifies Mary's place of birth as Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire.

She m. John Davidson. Subject to further investigation for confirmation, he may be the John Davidson shown in the 1841 census in Cambusnethan as b. c. 1816 in Scotland. Mary believes that they were one of the families recruited from the Coltness Iron Works to work in the Dalmellington Iron Works.

Mary Prentice and John Davidson had at least one child:

  1. Francis Prentice Davidson, b. c. 1838 at an unknown location, but perhaps the Cambusnethan area. According to Francis and family tradition, Francis was the 7th son of a 7th son and he had 7 sons plus one daughter, Mary Prentice Davidson who was born in Waterside, near Dalmellington, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1866; she was Mary Maulsby's great-grandmother.

Who are Mary Prentice's Parents?

A search of the IGI shows a Mary Prentice, b. 30 Jul 1815 and chr. 12 Aug 1815, Cambusnethan, dau. of Alexander Prentice and Cecelia/Cicilia Haddow. Whether these are the correct parents for Mary Prentice needs further investigation for confirmation.

But, assuming they are the correct parents, Alexander and Cicilia can be found as #3.1(1)(b) in our Spring 2003 article about John Prentice of Carluke .

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