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Thomas Prentice of Cambusnethan, Scotland


Thomas Prentice of Cambusnethan, Scotland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 1999 and Revised 30 Aug 2009

We are helping William McCallum in tracing his Prentice ancestry, as set out below:

1. John Prentice was b. c. 1790-1811. He might be the John Prentice shown in the IGI as b. 1811, and called a relative of Thomas Burnside. John was a quarryman in the mines around Dalmellington, Ayrshire, Scotland. He and his family are thought to have lived at 3 Waterside Village (near Dalmellington) at the time of the 1851 census.

John m. Janet although we have not located their marriage record. By email of 6 Jan 2001, William McCallum advises that he believes it likely that Janet's maiden name is Janet Reid. He found the parents of Alexander Napier born 1828 to Peter Napier and Janet Reid in Barony, Lanarkshire. Since this Alexander is listed in the 1851 census as the stepson of John Prentice and Janet, he infers that John Prentice's wife's maiden name was Reid.

The children of John Prentice and Janet included:

  1. (perhaps) Margaret Prentice. A Margaret Prentice is shown in the IGI as marrying John Hewitt on 18 Mar 1850 in Dalmellington. If she is their daughter, that would account for her not appearing in their household in the 1851 census. Son of Margaret and John (per IGI):
    1. John Hewit, chr. 3 Sep 1850 Dalmellington, Ayr, Scotland
  2. (perhaps) Adam Prentice. An Adam Prentice is shown in the IGI as marrying Catherine Murdoch on 22 Apr 1850 in Dalmellington. If he is their son, that would account for her not appearing in their household in the 1851 census. Children of Adam and Catherine (per IGI):
    1. James Prentice, chr. 1 Apr 1851, Dalmellington.
    2. Barbara Rae Prentice, chr. 28 Dec 1852, Mauchline, Ayr, Scotland
  3. Cecelia Prentice, b. 1831, Cambusnethan . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. James Prentice, b. c. 1840.
  5. John Prentice, b. c. 1842. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1844. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  7. William Prentice, b. c. 1846.
  8. Alex Napier, perhaps a son by an earlier marriage of Janet. There is a chance he might be the Alexander Prentice who m. Janet Murdoch on 18 Apr 1856 at Mauchline, Ayr, Scotland, since Adam, above, was living in Mauchline in 1852.

2. Cecelia Prentice was born in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1831 (per 1851 census in Scotland), She emigrated to the United States in 1858 and lived, for a time, with relatives named McKissock or Kissock and lived in the Madison/Macoupin county area. She died on 7 Jul 1862 and is buried in St. John's Cemetary in Irving Township, Illinois.

Cecelia married Archibald McCallum 29 Aug 1852 in Dalmellington, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was b. 24 Oct 1829 in Dalry, Ayrshire, and d. 6 Mar 1904. Bur in Asbury Cem., Raymont, Montgomery Co., IL. For a more detailed account of the McCallum family history, see McCallumFamily.com . Children (per Bill McCallum, email, 26 Nov 2001, and Ancestry.com ):

  1. John McCallum, b. 13 Jan 1853, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  2. Jeanette Marcella McCallum, b. 12 Mar 1854, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  3. Mary McCallum, b. 13 Oct 1855, Scotland, and d. as an infant and probably before Nov 1856.
  4. Mary McCallum, b. 18 or 25 Nov 1856, Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  5. Archibald McCallum, b. 25 Nov 1858, Paddocks Grove, Madison Co., IL. . . [8]

After Cecelia d. 7 Feb 1862, Archibald McCallum m. 2nd Nancy C. McBride on 15 Mar 1864 in Montgomery Co., IL, and had 2 more children:

  1. Celia McCallum, b. 10 Jul 1864.
  2. William McCallum, b. 10 Sep 1866.

3. John Prentice, b. c. 1842. He may be the John Prentice shown in the IGI as marrying Marion Lawrie/Lawry on 2 Jul 1864 in Dalmellington. Children of John and Marion:

  1. John Prentice, b. 23 Jun 1865, Dalmellington.
  2. Janet Prentice, b. 15 Apr 1867, Dalmellington.
  3. Cecelia Prentice, b. 27 Jul 1869, Dalmellington.
  4. Betsy Prentice, b. 20 Sep 1872, Dalmellington.

4. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1844.

She m. Robert Cuthbert on 12 Feb 1864 in Dalmellington. The IGI also shows a John Prentice b. on 24 Oct 1863 to an Elizabeth Prentice with no father shown. It is unknown if this is the same Elizabeth. They had 10 children, including (per IGI and Judith Brown Kohler's email of 16 Oct 2011):

  1. Robert Cuthbert, b. 9 Sep 1865 Dalmellington, Ayr, Scotland
  2. Janet Cuthbert, b. 24 Mar 1868 Galston, Ayr, Scotland
  3. Hugh Cuthbert, b. Birth: 1 Mar 1871 Galston, Ayr, Scotland
  4. Margaret Cuthbert, b. 17 Oct 1873 Galston, Ayr, Scotland
  5. Isabella Nisbet Cuthbert, b. 26 Mar 1885 and d. Nov 4 1938. She married John Brown, b. 13 Sep 1881 and d. Jul 2 1964. They had 9 children, including:
    1. Robert Brown, the oldest of 9 children. He married Elizabeth Anna Clart and they had 5 children, including:
      1. Judith Brown Kohler . In 2011 She lives near Hamburg Germany.

5. John McCallum, b. 13 Jan 1853, Scotland.

He m. Emma Waters on 21 Mar 1882, Montgomery Co., IL. Daughter:

  1. Bessie M. McCallum. She m. Henry Weller and had a dau:
    1. Mae Frances Weller, b. 7 Aug 1902, and d. 28 Jan 1982. She m. Bernard Kellenberger who was b. 22 Nov 1907, and d. 29 Apr 1989; bur. Holy Cross Cem., Litchfield, Montgomery Co., IL.

6. Jeanette Marcella McCallum, b. 12 Mar 1854, Scotland, and d. 11 Apr 1941, Raymond, Montgomery Co., IL. Jeanette Marcelle McCallum was Christened at a Church in Patna, in Ayrshire, Scotland - just south of Dalmellington and near a place called Waterside, Ayrshire, Scotland.

She m. Joseph S. Kessinger on1 Jan 1879, Montgomery Co., IL. He was b. c. 1855, IL.

7. Mary McCallum, b. 18 or 25 Nov 1856, Scotland.

She m. Charles Peebles on 10 Nov 1880, Montgomery Co., IL. He was b. c. 1854, IL.

8. Archibald McCallum, b. 25 Nov 1858, Paddocks Grove, Madison Co., IL.

He m. Jennie Scherer on 4 Jan 1886, Montgomery Co., IL.

Who are John Prentice's Parents?

On the theory that perhaps John Prentice, like Cecelia, was born in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, in 1831, we located a John Prentice, chr. 7 Jul 1811 at Cambusnethan, son of Alexander Prentice and Cicilia Haddow. John's age is right, and Cecelia may have been named after her mother.

We also found the following additional children of Alexander and Cecilia:

  • Agnes Prentice, chr. 4 Sep 1808, Cambusnethan.
  • Alexander Prentice, chr. 11 Jul 1813 at Cambusnethan.
  • Mary Prentice, chr. 13 Aug 1815 at Cambusnethan.

Now, guessing at the parents of Alexander who married Cicilia Haddow, and using Cambusnethan as a likely birth place, Alexander may be the Alexander Prentice who was chr. 28 Nov 1784 at Cambusnethan. He was the son of John Prentice and Agnes Dalziel.

Guessing further as to the parents of John who married Agnes, again using Cambusnethan as a likely birth place, John may be the John Prentice chr. 20 Aug 1758 at Cambusnethan. He was the son of Thomas Prentice and Agnes Forrest (See Fn. 1, below).

Finally, we guessed as to the identity of Thomas who married Agnes. Our database didn't show any Thomas Prentice born in Cambusnethan in an appropriate time frame. However, Thomas Prentice might be the Thomas Prentice chr. 20 Jun 1738 at Carluke. He was the son of John Prentice (wife's name not given.)

If you can provide us with more information about any of the folks mentioned above, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com

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Fn. 1: By email of 22 Apr 2000,Christine Prentice Hadden identifies the family of Thomas Prentice and Agnes Forrest as follows:

  • Janet Prentice, b. 6 Jul 1746, Carluke
  • Margaret Prentice, b. 21 Dec 1748, Cambusnethan
  • Agnes Prentice, b. 15 May 1751, Cambusnethan
  • Archibald Prentice, b. 5 Oct 1755, Cambusnethan
  • John Prentice, b. 11 Aug 1758, Cambusnethan
  • Robert Prentice, b. 13 Jul 1768 Cambusnethan


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