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Thomas Prentice of Scotland and PA


Thomas Prentice of Scotland and Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised 25 Apr 2014


Update of 25 Apr 2014: This article has now been replaced by our Summer 2014 article entitled Thomas Prentice of Scotland & PA .

We are helping Beth Lynn trace the ancestry of Robert Prentice, husband of her aunt, Isabelle. Robert may be the son of Thomas Prentice, #1 below.

1. Thomas Prentice, was b. Aug 1865 in Scotland and d. 1930, Pittsburgh, PA. We do not know when he emigrated to the United States, but it would have been before the Dec 1893 birth of his first child in PA. Thomas appears in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA census with his wife and family. He does not appear with his family in 1930 census and might be deceased.

Ellis Island immitrations records do no report his original immigration information. However, in 1922 Thomas apparently visited Scotland because he appears on a Ship Manifest for the "Adriatic" entering the US on a ship from Liverpool, England, returning to his home at 5705 Broad St., Pittsburgh. No family members are shown accompanying him.

He m. Catherine Wiesbecker, b. Sep 1871 in MD, dau. of Jacob Wiesbecker and Catherine Resse. Children:

  1. Ethel/Elizabeth Prentice, b. Dec 1893, Pittsburgh, PA, and d. there 1922, age 29. At home in 1910 census in Pittsburgh, PA.
  2. John Prentice, b. Dec 1896, Pittsburgh, PA, and d. there 1915, age 19. At home in 1910 census in Pittsburgh, PA.
  3. James T. Prentice, b. Apr 1899, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. Robert H. Prentice, b. c. 1902, PA. At home in 1910 census in Pittsburgh, PA. Robert H. Prentice might be the Robert Prentice who married Beth's aunt, Isabelle, who was born in Fellsburg, PA in 1907. Isabelle's family came to the United States in 1902 aboard a ship called the "Furnesia." They passed through Ellis Island, and the family later moved to PA. Not in 1930 census.
  5. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1905, PA. At home in 1910 census in Pittsburgh, PA. He appears in the 1930 Pittsburgh census with his wife, Josephine, b. c. 1907, PA, with both parents b. in Poland. Daughter:
    1. Jean Prentice, b.c. 1925, PA.

  6. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1908, PA. At home in 1910 and 1930 census in Pittsburgh, PA.

2. James Thomas Prentice, b. 4 Apr 1899, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA, and d. there 1954. At home in 1910 census in Pittsburgh, PA. 1940 census in Pttsburgh, PA where he is a "Storekeeper-Gauger with 4 years of college." He is an ancestor of Carole Marie Prentice.

James m. Winefred Faukner who was b. 4 Oct 1899, Pittsburgh, PA. She died in a house fire on 5 Dec 1970, Pittsburgh. Known children (per 1930 Pittsburgh, PA census):

  1. Betty Prentice, (called Mary J. in the 1940 census) b.c. 1922-23, Pittsburgh. At home in 1930. 1940 census in Pittsburgh.
  2. James Thomas Prentice Jr., b. 19 Jan 1927, Pittsburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Robert Edward Prentice, b. Feb 1929, Pittsburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

3. James Thomas Prentice Jr., b. 19 Jan 1927, Pittsburgh, and d. there 4 Jan 1996 per SSDI. At home in 1930, 1940.

He m. Miss Gerhard. They had 3 sons and a daughter:

  1. (son) Prentice. He m. Miss Keenan. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . They had a son and daughter.
  2. (son) Prentice. He m. and had a son and daughter.
  3. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Gregg McMahon and had a daughter.
  4. (son) Prentice.

4. Robert Edward Prentice, b. Feb 1929, Pittsburgh. His various residences were as follows:

  • Pittsburgh, PA in 1940,1 952.
  • Jacksonville, TX in 1956.
  • Camp Lejune, NC in 1957
  • Marine Corps and Albany, GA in 1960

At present he might be at a VA hospital in Pittsburgh or might be deceased

He m. Helen Martha Grab. She was b. 26 Jun 1931, Pittsburgh, PA. Children per Carol Marie Prentice, email, 27 Apr 2009::

  1. Patricia Lynn Prentice, b. 16 May 1952, Pittsburgh, PA
  2. James Thomas Prentice, b. and d. 6 Nov. 1954, Atlanta, TX
  3. Keith Edward Prentice, b. 2 Mar 1956, Jacksonville, TX
  4. Mark George Prentice, b. 9 Apr 1957, Jacksonville, NC
  5. Carole Marie Prentice, b. 26 Feb 1960, Albany, GA

Who are Thomas Prentice's Parents?

In reviewing the 1871 Scotland census, we found the following persons who might be Thomas Prentice:

  1. Thomas Pentice, b. c. 1864, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, son of John Prentice.
  2. Thomas S. Prentice, b. c. 1865, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, son of John R. and Elizabeth C. Prentice.
  3. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1866, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, son of Catherine Prentice.
  4. Thomas P. Prentice, b. c. 1866, Lanark, Lanarkshire, son of William and Elizabeth Prentice.
  5. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1866, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, son of James and Grace Prentice.

Investigation is continuing.

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