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Thomas Prentice of Whitburn, Scotland

Thomas Prentice of Whitburn, Scotland, KY and IL
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2000 and Revised: 12 Sep 2008

Scott Prentice has provided us with an excerpt from the "Bishop Family History" by John Scott of Ireland, 1951, containing the following family information:

1. Agnes Bishop was b. 27 Apr 1789, Westercult, Scotland. She was the dau. of William Bishop of Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, and his second wife, Margaret Hamilton (dau. of Robert Hamilton). An Ancestor Chart for Agnes can be found at Ancestry.com: One World Tree .

Agnes m. Thomas Prentice on 6 Apr 1812, presumably in Whitburn. We have no birth date for Thomas, but he was probably born about 1784-1790. Thomas d. 4 Apr 1833, probably in Jacksonville, Morgan Co., IL.

After their marriage, and 1 week later, on 13 April 1812, they departed for America, arriving in American on 20 May 1812. They arrived in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY on 27 Jun 1812 and lived there for 17 years until about 1829. He is probably the Thomas Prentiss shown there in the 1820 census

About 1829 the family moved to Jacksonville, Morgan Co. IL. Jacksonville lies just west of Springfield. Children of Thomas and Agnes Prentice, probably all born in KY:

  1. David Prentice, b. 23 May 1813; d. 9 Jun 1835.
  2. William Prentice, b. 18 Oct 1815; d. ?.
  3. Margaret Prentice, b. 4 Aug 1819; d. 15 May 1838.
  4. Thomas Prentice, b. 4 Jan 1821; d. 25 Jun 1846.
  5. - dau. -, still born Nov 1819 (date in error?)
  6. Robert Prentice, b. Nov 1823; d. ae. 5 weeks.
  7. Mary J. Prentice, b. 10 May 1824; d. ae. 9 weeks.
  8. Agnes Prentice, b. Nov 1825; d. 8 Aug 1841.
  9. - twins -, b. Sep 1828.

No Prentices born in Scotland appear in the 1850 KY census for Lexington, and no Prentices appear in the 1850 IL census with names and birthdates matching the above list.

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