James Prescott

14 January 1828–11 March 1891 (Age 63)
Shirwell, Devon, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of James

When James Prescott was born on 14 January 1828, in Shirwell, Devon, England, United Kingdom, his father, William Prescott Sr., was 36 and his mother, Catherine Peake, was 22. He married Mary Gunn in 1854, in Devon, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He immigrated to New York City, New York, United States in 1868 and lived in Barnstaple, Devon, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Taunton St Mary Magdalene, Somerset, England, United Kingdom in 1861. In 1851, at the age of 23, his occupation is listed as wheelwright in Devon, England, United Kingdom. He died on 11 March 1891, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Prescott
Mary Gunn
Marriage: 1854
Thomas William Prescott
James Prescott
Mary Catherine Priscott
David Prescott
Elizabeth Priscott

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1854Devon, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).
    1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor
    Age 5
    The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
    Age 18
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of the places so called, in southwestern Lancashire (now Merseyside), Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, and Devon, all of which are named from Old English prēost ‘priest’ + cot ‘cottage’, ‘dwelling’. The surname is most common in Lancashire, and so it seems likely that the first of these places is the most frequent source. It is also present in Ireland, being recorded there first in the 15th century.History: John Prescott of Standish, Lancaster, England, arrived in NewEngland in 1640 and in 1643 was one of the first settlers ofLancaster, MA. His descendants include several prominent Americans ofthe revolutionary war, including Samuel Prescott, born in Concord, MA,in 1751, whose fame lies in completing the midnight ride of warning in1775 after Paul Revere was captured.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    James Priscott conversion and immigration

    James Priscott 14 January 1828 – 11 March 1891 • KWJ4-Z1N James Priscott was born in 1828 in Devon, England. He married Mary Gunn about 1856 in England. They are listed in FT with 5 children, bo …

    Sources (43)

    • James Priscott in household of John Duckham, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • James Priscott in entry for David Priscott, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • James Prescott in household of William Bennett, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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