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Henry Prentice of Wigenhall, England

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Henry Prentice of Wigenhall, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2001 and Revised 9 Jul 2018

Note: This article replaces our earlier Winter 1998 article on the Prentices of Wigenhall, England.
INTRODUCTION

We have combined the information we received from the following persons to establish the information set out below about the Prentices of Wigenhall:

  • Ian Prentice's email of 29 Oct 1998 and 18 May 2001
  • Julian Prentice's email of 27 Jan 1998
  • Alison Contardi's email.
  • John Prentis' letter of 11 Apr 2001
  • Richard Hartt's website at Ancestry.com
  • Heather James' website at Ancestry.com .
  • Tricia Batchellor Prentice's email of 16 Sep 2005.
  • Ian Prentice pf 4-2-2018

The Prentices of Wigenhall St. Mary Magdalene, Norfolk (just outside Kings Lynn) are the only English Prentice family to have been granted a Coat of Arms: 'Part per chevron or and sable, 3 greyhounds counter charged'. The Crest is a demi-greyhound or, collared and lined sable. The other coat of arms was granted to Thomas Prentice of Armagh, Ireland in 1890. His Arms are: a demi-greyhound rampant or, collared, ringed and lined sable and charged on the shoulder with a trefoil slipped vestment. The motto: 'Nec timeo nec sperno'. Descendants of the family are living in England. The similarity with the Wigenhall arms may be due to a family connection, but more probably to the College of Arms making use of a defunct crest in a modified way.

The family is recorded in the Visitation to Norfolk in 1563. It is probable that the family previously came from Boston, just round the Wash into Lincolnshire where a John, Burgher of Boston was recorded in 1298. His son John was Bailiff of Boston but had died by 1368; this John had a son John who was Bailiff of Boston in 1384.

FAMILY TREE

1. Henry Prentice. The earliest Prentice of Wigenhall was Henry, Gentleman who was accused of theft in 1342. Sons:

  1. John Prentice of Wigenhall and perhaps of Castle Acre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2)
  2. Henry Prentice of Wigenhall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3)

2. John Prentice of Wigenhall had a son:

  1. William Prentice of Castle Acre; recorded as one of the Gentry in 1433 and a Collector of Taxes in 1440 and 1469. He does not seem to have had any heirs.

3. Henry Prentice of Wigenhall, b. c. 1390. Children:

  1. John Prentice of Wigenhall. . . . . . . . . (4).
  2. Thomas Prentice. Freeman of Kings Lynn in 1400, may have been a second son.
  3. Simon Prentice, Rector of the Church of Corneythe, who died in 1438; may have been a third son.

4. John Prentice of Wigenhall, Gentleman, died in 1450 leaving a Will

He m. Agnes. John and Agnes's children were:

  1. John Prentice, Gentleman, of Wigenhall who died in 1474. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (5)
  2. Katheryn Pentice who married William Iwayn of Wallington, Norfolk and after his death she married a Mr. Hullyn.
  3. Richard Prentice who died in 1469 leaving a Will. He was made a Freeman of Kings Lynn in 1427, was married to Agnes and had two daughters:
    1. Catherine Prentice
    2. Sarah Prentice.
  4. Simon Prentice who married Alice before 1438 and was living in Wigenhall in 1452.

5. John Prentice, Gentleman, of Wigenhall. Died 1474. Sons:

  1. William Prentice, b. before 1481. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (6)
  2. Thomas Prentice of Tilney who died in 1515 may have been a second son.
  3. John Prentice who was alive in 1515 and the beneficiary of Thomas' estate may have been a third son.

6. William Prentice, b. before 1481.

He married Isabell Day, the daughter of Simon Day and was assessed at £40 in 1523. His children were:

  1. Simon Prentice of Wigenhall and Briston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (7)
  2. Rose Prentice. She had a son Richard.
  3. Henry Prentice.
  4. Thomas Prentice of Wigenhall, Bexwell, Terrington and Walsoken.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (8)

7. Simon Prentice of Wigenhall and Briston, (the village is given in all pedigrees as Burston, which is an error). He was granted a coat of arms by William Harvey Clarenceaux well before the 1563 Visitation.

He married Elizabeth Rimston who, after Simon's (early) death, married Humphrey Kerville of Kings Lynn who died in 1526. Children:

  1. William Prentice of Wigenhall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (9)
  2. Simon Prentice whose cousin Ann married John Dawny
  3. Robert Prentice, who was buried in Kings Lynn on 26 December,1569. He had a son:
    1. Robert Prentice. He was a Yeoman of Flordon, Norfolk from 1562 to 1564. He then bought land in Pullham St. Mary Magdalen on 18 November, 1572. He was buried there on 15 April, 1598 leaving a PCC will. He m. Catherine who died sometime after 1598. Their children were:
      1. John Prentice, Yeoman of Pullham who would have been born in about 1560 and was buried in 1620. His first wife was called Christian, his second Mary who was living in 1638. John Prentice and Christian’s children were:
        1. Mary Prentice, who was buried in 1583, an infant;
        2. Mary Pprentice, who was born in 1585 and died in 1654 having married John Ellmy who had died by 1656. Their children were:
          1. Elizabeth Ellmy
          2. Stephen Ellmy
        3. Robert Prentice, who died in infancy in 1590.
        4. William Prentice, who was born in 1591 but was buried on 26 October, 1598.
        5. Robert Prentice, who was born in 1591. He moved to Rickinghall in Suffolk where he described himself as a Gentleman and bore the Wiggehhall heraldic arms. He died in 1639 having married Bridget Claxton of Lakenham, daughter of Francis who was armarigerous and left a will in 1655. After Robert’s death she married Stephen Southwell. There do not appear to have been any children;
        6. Christian Prentice, who was born in 1597 and married Stephen Allen of Aldreford; they had at least one child,:
          1. Bridget Prentice.
        7. Frances Prentice:, who was born in 1597 and married Richard Howlett of Kings Lynn and had children:
          1. Frances Howlett
          2. Richard Howlett
      2. Robert Prentice, also a Yeoman of the village. He was baptised on 17 May, 1562 and was buried in Pullham on 21 October, 1602;
      3. William Prentice, Yeoman. He was not mentioned in his father’s will, presumably because he had already been given 25 acres in Pullham. He was baptised on 23 September, 1564 in Flordon and died in 16471. His first wife was Margaret; the second Joan Dawson, a widow on 16 July, 1617 in Beccles, Suffolk. She died sometime after 1640. William Prentice and Margaret’s children were:
        1. John Prentice, who was born in 1595 and owned a tenement called Sayes. He was alive in 1641. If he married Elizabeth he may be the father of:
          1. John Prentice who was baptised in Dickleborough on 22 November 1621. He died in 1684 leaving a will written when he was resident in Thetford, Suffolk. He married Anne Pettus in 1651 in Scole, near Diss/ Palgrave; she was the daughter of Anne Pettus, widow of Diss who died in 1676. John and Anne’s children were:
            1. John Prentice , baptised on 20 January, 1652 in Norwich.
            2. Thomas Prentice, baptised on 4 May, 1658 in Norwich where he worked as a Woolcomber in 1676. He was living in Ballyroda, Ireland in 1684 and was the only child mentioned in his father’s will.
            3. Samuel Prentice, baptised on 4 March, 1661.
            4. Anne, baptised in Norwich St. Gregory on 23 June, 1663.
        2. William Prentice who was baptised on 27 February, 1597 and died in nearby Pullham Market in 1640 leaving lertters of administration in which he left £30 to his brother John, above.
        3. Samuel Prentice, whose baptism is not recorded in Pullham, but he inherited land called Millsend in Nemstone and Bramfield near Walpole with copyhold land in Pullham where he was assessed at 7 shillings in 1664. He was living in Rattlesden in 1654. He died in 1664 having married Ann Grimwood at Bury St. Edmunds. After her death he married Anna Hawes, a widow nee Walne on 7 December, 1642 in Norwich St. Peter Mancroft. She died in 1664. Samuel and Anna’s children were:
          1. Samuel Prentice, Gentleman, who was born in 1643 and was buried on 17 January, 1684. He married Susan Sayer in 1665 in Pullahm; her father was armerigerous. She was buried on 16 July 1709/10 aged 73. They had children:
            1. Elizabeth Prentice, who was baptise in Pullham on 6 June, 1672.
            2. Samuel Prentice, who was baptised in January, 1676, but was buried on 23 June that year.
            3. Thomas Prentice who was baptised on 25 June, 1679. Nothing further is known about these children.
          2. John Prentice, who was born in 1664 and was alive in 1666;
          3. Anne Prentice, who was born in 1645 and was alive in 1666 having married and having a daughter:
            1. Elizabeth
          4. Thomas Prentice, who was also born in 1645 but was buried on 23 September, 1687.
          5. Elizabeth Prentice, who was born in 1646 and married John Osborne of Norwich on 21 November, 1667 in Ketteringham. They had a daughter:
            1. Elizabeth Osborne
        4. Robert Prentice, who would have been born in about 1600 and died after 1664 when he was assessed at 5 shillings at St. Mary Long Shelton but before 1674. He married Winifred Baxter at Shelton on 29 January, 1649. She died at Stratton St. Mary in 1674 leaving a will but no heirs.
      4. Dorothy, who was alive in 1602;
      5. Mary, who was alive in 1598, having married Edward Freeman.

8. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1585-1595; of Wigenhall, Bexwell, Terrington and Walsoken. He was living in Walsoken in 1522 and married Sibell Withe, the daughter of Thomas Withe, Esquire, of Wisbech who died in 1522. Thomas died in 1547. Children:

  1. Thomas Prentice of Wigenhall, b. in 1516. . . . . . . . . . . (10)
  2. Sibell Prentice.
  3. Henry Prentice.
  4. Anne Prentice who married William Osant of Burnham Stath.

9. William Prentice, b. before 1514 in Wigenhall and d. Mar 1564. He was the object of a Visitation from the College of Arms in 1541. He had land in Tilney in 1557 and married Margaret Waters, daughter of Thomas Waters of Kings Lynn. She died in 1562 and William was buried in 1563.

By email of 26 Nov 2002, Paul Chambers advises that he is a descendant of Thomas Waters of Kings Lynn by his son, William, and that he wishes to share information about Thomas' ancestry and descendants. His 2002 email address is paulmchambers@hotmail.com.

Children of William Prentice and Margaret Waters:

  1. William Prentice, born 1541 and died 1608. . . . . . . . (11)
  2. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1535-45, Yeoman, of Barling, Essex. . . . . . (12)
  3. John Prentice, b. c. 1535-45, Gentleman who was buried in Bawsey on 10 Apr 1600. . . . . . . . . . (13)

10. Thomas Prentice of Wigenhall, born in 1516 and died before 1589. He had land in Tilney in 1557. He married Margaret Strethwen, the daughter of Edmund Strethwen. Son:

  1. John Prentice, b. 1544. . . . . . . . . . . (14)

After Margaret's death Mary Le Strange, the youngest daughter of Sir Thomas Le Strange of Hunstanton. She died in 1589 in Kings Lynn leaving a will which makes no reference to any Prentice. THomas had a son by his first wife:

11. William Prentice, Gentleman, of Briston. Born in 1541 and died in 1608. In 1586 he was living in Bawsey. He married Joane Bazoune (or Bozon), daughter of Robert Bazoune Esquire of Whissingsett, Norfolk; she died in 1609 in Kings Lynn. William Prentices's children were:

  1. Herbert Prentice, b. c. 1565-74. Not mentioned in his mother's Will;
  2. Roger Prentice, b. c. 1565-75. Again not mentioned in his mother's Will;
  3. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1565-75, Gentleman, who was a personal servant to Sir Anthony Bacon (brother of Sir Francis) and was alive in 1616 but thereafter I can find no trace of him.
  4. Ann Prentice who was baptised on 18 Jun 1573 and married William Pelham in Bawsey on 20 May 1591.
  5. Priscilla Prentice who was baptised on 21 Aug 1574 and married Thomas Sugar in Bawsey on 20 May 1591.

12. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1535-45, Yeoman, Barling, Essex. Died in 1585 in Prittlewell, Essex leaving a will.

He married Ann Olyff, daughter of Arculas Olyffe (the son of Sir John Olyffe, Knight and Lord Mayor of London and Ann Smith, daughter of John Smith Lord Mayor of London).

    Note: We have a conflict of information whether Sir John Olyffe and John Smith were Lord Mayor's of London. says they were. But Wikipedia does not list them as such.

Robert Prentice's children were:

  1. Elizabeth Prentice who married Arthur Peke.
  2. Mary Prentice who married a cousin from the Bazoun family.
  3. Frances Prentice who married a Mr. Playle. Son:
  4. Christopher Prentice. Died in 1630 with no heirs.
  5. Dorothy Prentice, b. 1582
  6. Anne Prentice, b. 1583. She m. Christopher Crump in 1605 in Hythe, Kent. Children:
    1. Anne Crump.
    2. Richard Crump
    3. John Crump
  7. Robert Prentice, b. 1584. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (15)

13. John Prentice, b. c. 1535-45, Gentleman. Buried in Bawsey on 10 Apr 1600.

He m. Joan Brook, dau. of John Broke (per Julian Prentice, email, 26 Jan 1998). Children:

  1. Katherine Prentice who was baptised on 25 Mar 1565 in Wigenhall;
  2. Thomas Prentice, baptised on 12 Oct 1567. He died in Sporle, Norfolk in 1641 leaving letters of administration which referred to his son William. He married Anne and they had two sons described in 13.a.
    1. Thomas Prentice who had at least one son Henry:
      1. Henry lived in East Dereham hwere he was assessed at 4 shillings in the 1650 Poll Tax return. His children were:
        1. Thomas who was baptised on 19 April, 1618 but was buried on 22 April that year;
        2. Thomas who was baptised on 4 March, 1620 and lived in Mattishall where he was assessed in 1664 at 6 shillings. He married Anne there on 21 June 1650 and then Elizabeth in about 1659. They had children:
          1. Judith, who was baptised in Little Ellingham in 1651;
          2. Henry in 1653;
          3. Thomas who was baptised on 24 April, 1660 and was admitted as a pensioned to Corpus Christie College, Cambridge in 1674. He matriculated in the Easter of 1675 but was buried in St. Benet’s church, Cambridge on 7 June, 1676;
          4. Elizabeth who was baptised on 5 November, 1661.
    2. William who was baptised in East Dereham on 4 March, 1616 and was alive in 1641.
  3. John Prentice, baptised on 21 Jan 1579. He moved to Grimston to the east of Kings Lynn and had one son:
    1. John Prentice m. Ann Herringe in Grimston on 16 July, 1620 and was buried there on 3 October, 1643. They had two sons:
      1. John Prentice, who was baptised on 5 August, 1622 and married Susan Bush in Grimston on 27 January, 1653. He may have moved to Harpley and was assessed at 1 shilling in the Poll of 1664;
      2. Thomas Prentice who was baptised in January, 1632 but nothing further is known about him.

14. John Prentice, Gentleman, was born in 1544 and died in Longham in 1586.

He married Anne who was buried on 26 Sep 1568 and subsequently Mary who survived him Children:

  1. John Prentice who was born in 1558 and buried later that year;
  2. John Prentice (another John) who was baptised on 25 Jan 1579 in Wigenhall. He moved to East Dereham where a son John lived:
    1. John Prenticewas a Knacker of East Dereham where he died in 1640/41; an inventory of his goods remains but any will is now lost. He married Ann Skfharrisonarlett, daughter to John Skarlett, Gentleman who died in 1646. They had a son:
      1. John Prentice, who was born in 1638 in East Dereham and was assessed there at 4 shillings in 1664. He married Mary and they had children:
        1. John Prentice, who married Anne and had a son John Prentice:
          1. John Prentice who was born in 1700 in East Dereham;
      2. Charles, who was baptised on 30 September, 1661 in Ketteringham.
        1. John Prentice, b. c. 1690-1715. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [14.1]
  3. Anne Prentice who was baptised on 6 Aug 1584;
  4. Faith Prentice who was baptised on 10 Oct 1585.

14.1 John Prentice, b. c. 1690-1715.

He m. Sarah Harrison on 7 Nov 1739 in Norwich St. Helens. They had 2 sons. Their descendants are described in a separate article: John and Sarah Harrison of Norwich.

  1. John Prentice, bap. 3 Dec 1740 in Norwich St. Stephen. He was a Cooper living at Hardwick in 1790 and 1799. He married Susanna Thompson on 14 April, 1765 in Norwich St. Paul; she was born in 1744 in Hindolveston. They had children.
    1. Robert Prentice, who was baptised on 27 April, 1776 in Norwich St.. Paul and became a Wine merchant; he was elected Counsellor of Wymer in 1800. He died in 1805 leaving a will. He married Catherine Beazor of Thorpe on 4 March, 1786 in Norwich St. George Tombland and she died in 1818 also leaving a will. Their children are described in 1.a.
      1. Robert Prentice who had died before 1818;
      2. John Prentice, bap. 2 May 1788 in Norwich Independent church and died unmarried in 1811 leaving a Will;
      3. Elizabeth Prentice, bap. 30 May 1790 but had died before 1818;
      4. Mary Prentice, bap. 26 Dec 1792 and married Peter Elwin Williams on 2 March, 1813 in Norwich St. George Tombland;
      5. Martha Prentice, bap. 16 Mar 1797 had died before 1818;
      6. Susanna Prentice, bap. 28 Mar 1805 had also died before 1818;
      7. Louisa Prentice, bap. , baptised on the same day had also died before 1818;
      8. Julia Prentice was alive in 1818.
      9. One of the above daughters married Peter de Nevefoster of Great Withingham in Norfolk and was alive in 1818.
    2. John Prentice, baptised on 19 June, 1771 he was buried on 24 April, 1772;
    3. John Prentice, baptised on 1 October, 1772 he was buried on 26 August, 1773 in ST. George Tombland church;
    4. John, who was baptised on 8 January, 1775 in St. George Tombland became a Farmer of St. Lawrence, Ilketshall in Suffolk and was styled a Gentleman. He was buried on 13 March, 1814 in Bungay Independent Burial Ground. He married Elizabeth Spratt on 12. September, 1797 being both of Hardwick though she was born in about 1769 in Brooke, Norfolk. She was buried on 27 November, 1857 in Bungay Holy Trinity where she was living aged 88. Their children are described in 1.b.
      1. Elizabeth Prentice, bap. 18 May, 1799 she married William Lark on 18 October, 1825 in Bungay Trinity church. He was born in 1803 in Brooke, Norfolk and was a Wine and Spirit Merchant. In 1851 they were living at 65, Broad Street, Bungay. They had at least one child, William who married Elizabeth and had one son Alfred who was baptised on 25 May, 1867 in Bungay St. Mary;
      2. John Prentice, bap. 28 Mar 1801 in Norwich Independent Meeting House but was buried in Ilketshall St. Lawrence on 26 March, 1809;
      3. Mary Ann Prentice, bap. 13 Oct 1803 and was buried on 6 April, 1878 unmarried;
      4. Susanna Prentice, bap. 13 Oct 1803 in Norwich Independent Meeting House. She married William Dutt a Coach maker of Ditchingham in Bungay on 13 October, 1841, son of William Coach maker and Hannah. Husband William was baptised in Beccles on 22 May, 1800 and died on 29 June, 1871. Son:
        1. William Henry Dutt, bap. 23 Jun 1845. He married Sarah A. Mayhew and was living in Lowestoft in 1912; he died on 30 August, 1923; Sarah died on 15 June, 1914. They had two children:
          1. William Alfred Dutt, b. 17 Nov 1870 in Ditchingham and he married Beatrice Gooch of Scole. He was a Journalist and author living in Lowestoft and subsequently in Carlton Colville.
          2. Edith Mary Prentice Dutt, b. 31 Jul 1877 but died on 12 Feb 1878;
      5. William Prenticefor whom no birth or baptismal record seems to exist, may have died in Ilketshall St. Lawrence in 1809;
      6. Robert Prentice, bap. 15 Sep 1805 he appears to have died in Norwich in early 1863. He married Pamela Andrews on 28 December, 1823 in Ipswich St. Lawrence. They had three children:
        1. Elizabeth Mary Prentice who married Henry William Smith in early 1856 in the Strand, London;.
        2. Charles Andrew Prentice, bap. 23 Feb 1824 in Ipswich St. Lawrence and died unmarried on 6 January, 1878 in Ipswich. He was working as a Grocer’s Assistant of 36 Church Street, Woodbridge in 1861 but styled himself as a Gentleman by the time of his death;
        3. John Robert Prentice, bap. 11 Sep 1825 in Ipswich St. Nicholas; he was a Draper of Old Brompton, London in 1878 and died in Camberwell in late 1891. He married Catherine Peck in 1852 in Ipswich and they had children:
          1. Catherine, born in late 1852 in Ipswich;
          2. Montague John, born late 1853, he died in York in late 1939 aged 85;
          3. Ellen Pamela, born early 1857, she died in Epsom in early 1929;
          4. Bertha Seaman, born early in 1857 she married in the September quarter of 1877;
          5. Horace Andrews was born in the September quarter of 1863 and died in the outer district of Norwich in early 1950.
      7. William Prentice, bap. 28 Jul 1808 in Bungay Independent church he became a Builder/Venetian blind maker living in South Town, Yarmouth in 1830. By 1847 he had become a Chemist. He died sometime between 1872 and 1878 having married Elur L. Howard in 1835 in Docking. They had children:
        1. Isabella Prentice, d. September quarter of 1842 in the Docking district;
        2. Susan Prentice, of whom I can find no details;
        3. Samuel Prentice, who was born in early 1840 and was alive in 1872;
        4. William Prentice, born in early 1843 he too was alive in 1872;
        5. Robert John Prentice, born in 1847 he died on 15 August that year.
      8. John Prentice, Gentleman of Ipswich, b. in Bungay on 21 Dec 1809 and bap. in Bungay Independent Meeting House on 13 Nov 1810. He died on 12 July, 1872 having married Mary in the district of Mutford in 1838. They had one daughter
        1. Kate Prentice, b. early 1840 in Ipswich, was living in Bury St. Edmunds where she was presumably at school in 1851 when the Census was taken. She m. Edwin Sewell of Butley Abbey, Suffolk in early 1860 in Ipswich; she was bap. on 10 Nov 1831 in Levington. They had two daughters who lived near Bristol.
      9. Stephen Pprentice , for whom no baptismal record seems to exist. He married Elizabeth Gooch on 19 Dec 1835 in Woodbridge St. Mary but died in 1848 in Woodbridge.
  2. Samuel Prentice, bap. 1 Sep 1742 and married Mary who was buried in Heigham on 27 September, 1795 aged 55 years. He became a Quarter master in the East Norfolk Militia and their children are described in 2.

15. Robert Prentice, Gentleman, of Barling, b. 1584, Barling and living in 1630.

He married 1st Lucy Stonard on 8 Sep 1606 at Great Yeldham, Suffolk. She was the eldest daughter of Clement Stonard Esquire of Knoles Hill, Stapleford Abbot.

Robert Prentice m. 2nd Elizabeth/Sarah? Brocket on 24 Jul 1629 in Stepney.

He married 3rd Alice Gole on 9 May 1639. Children:

  1. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1607-10, Gentleman, of Barling. In 1628 living at Great Totham, Essex. He married Sara Brocket of St. Swithins, London on 24 Jul 1629 at Stepney St. Dunstan. I can find out noting further about him.
  2. Stonnard Prentice, Gentleman; born 1610 in Stapleford Abbots. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (16)
  3. Lucy Prentice, b. c. 1611-15.
  4. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1611-13. She married Thomas Leach of Great Totham in the 1620s.
  5. Ann Prentice, b. c. 1611-20.
  6. Isabelle Prentice, b. c. 1611-20.
  7. Francis Prentice, b. c. 1617, Gentleman, of Stapleford Abbott, was living in 1649 and in 1665 in Chigwell. Francis was bur. on 2 Aug 1678 in Lambourne. He m. Ann Chronshay in 1653 in St. Barth. Exchange. Ann was bur. 27 Sep 1688 in Lambourne, Essex. Children (per Lucian Prentice,email, 26 Jan 1998):
    1. Francis Prentice
    2. Amy Prentice
    3. Robert Prentice
    4. John Prentice
  8. Frances Prentice who married John Clark in 1629 at Great Totham.
  9. Mary Prentice who married Richard Horsnail in 1632 at Great Totham.

16. Stonnard Prentice, Gentleman. We have conflicting information on his birth. Ian Prentice indicates Stonnard was b. 1610 in Stapleford Abbots and was living in Great Braxted, Essex in 1637. Julian Prentice indicates Stonnard was b. 1609 in Barling, Essex.

In any event, Stonnard m. Elizabeth Bennet on 11 Jan 1632 or 1633 at St. Gregory by St. Paul, Middlesex. She was bap. 13 Feb 1616 and was the dau.of Richard Bennett. Elizabeth d. 1636 and Stonnard then married again at Barling on 11 Nov 1637. Children:

  1. Lettice Prentice, bap. 14 Feb 1634, Great Braxtead (per Julian Prentice, email, 26 Jan 1998)
  2. Elizabeth Prentice, bap 14 Apr 1636, Terling, Essex
  3. John Prentice, b. Dec 1637 Terling and bap. 3 Mar 1638, Great Braxted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (17)
  4. Stonnard Prentice, Gentleman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (18)
  5. Amy Prentice, living in 1665 (per Julian Prentice, email, 26 Jan 1998).

17. John Prentice, b. Dec 1637 Terling and bap. 3 Jan 1638, Great Braxted. He married Sarah Havers ub 1661. Son:

  1. Benjamin Prentis, b. 1668. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (19)

18. Stonnard Prentice, b. 1610 in Stapleford Abbots.Gentleman, was living in Ratcliff Highway, London in 1660. He married Elizabeth Hoare on 2 Feb 1660 at St. Bartholamew the Less. Stonnard Prentice had a son:

  1. Stonard Prentice, baptised on 25.8.1660 at Stepney St. Dunstan.

19. Benjamin Prentis, b. 1668. He married Sarah Havering in 1689 in St. James's, Duke's Place, London. Son:

  1. Benjamin Prentis, b. c. 1695. . . . . . . . (20)

20. Benjamin Prentis was b. c. 1695 and d. 1726, Halstead, Essex. He married (1) unknown. He m. 2nd Sarah Panel 1721 in Halstead. She was bap. 21 Jan 1694, Halstead. Son:

  1. Benjamin Prentis, b. 1721, Halstead, Essex. . . . . . . (21)

21. Benjamin Prentis, b. 1720 in Halstead, Essex and d. there 1771. He married Mary Stanmers 31 May 1748 in Halstead, daughter of Daniel Stanmers and Rebecca. Children:

  1. John Prentis, b. Nov. 1755, Halstead. . . . . . . . .[22]
  2. Benjamin Prentis, b. b. 1750, Halstead; m. Sarah Keys. . . . .[22.1]
  3. James Prentis, b. ???? and d. 1809.
  4. (unknown) Prentis, d. 1766.

22. John Prentis, a Wheelwright, was b. Nov 1755 and bap. 5 Nov 1755 in Halstead, and d. 12 Jun 1814 in Great Bardfield. In her email of 14 Feb 2009, Kathy Hart advises that she is still seeking corroboration that Halstead John is the same person as Great Bardfield John.

John married 1st Mary Hitching (or Hiching in the Marriage Certificate) on 6 or 26 Dec 1782 after posting of Banns on 1, 8 and 15 Dec 1782 (per Kathie Hart, email, 14 Feb 2009, adding that the "Hitchings were mostly carpenters. 2 were described as spindle makers and there was also a sawyer"). She was b. 23 Jan 1759 and d. 25 Jun 1780 or 1786. The Hitchings were spindle makers. Children: (Ref Alison (Prentis) Contardi and John Prentis' letter of 11 Apr 2001.)

  1. John Prentis, bap. 24 May 1783; d. 27 October 1841, Great Bardfield. . . . . . . . . . . . [23]
  2. William Prentis, b. Sep 1784 and bap. 19 Sep 1784. Occupation: 1814, 20th Regiment of Light Dragoons.

John m. 2nd Susanna Goodwin of Great Saling on 20 Apr 1794. She was b. 1756 and d. 20 or 27 Jan 1835.Children of John and Susanna:

  1. Catharine Prentis, b. 1795; d. 5 Nov 1839, Great Dunmow. She m. James Brewster, 3 Aug 1822, Great Bardfield. James was a Wheelwright. Children per Ancestry.com and David Charles Brewster:
    1. Maria Brewster 1823 – 1909. She m. George Cock and had a son and daughter.
    2. James Norman Brewster 1825 – 1922. He m. Sarah Louisa Chatwin 1836 – 1928. Children:
        Annie Prentis Brewster 1865 – 1912
      1. Charles Norman Brewster 1866 – 1949
      2. James Frederick Brewster 1875 – 1964. He m. Mabel Estella Smith. Children:
        1. Dorothy Smith Brewster,
        2. James Norman Brewster,
        3. Frederick Elbert Brewster. He m. Gwendolen Belle Rock . Children:
          1. Robert Stewart Brewster.
          2. James Alan Brewster.
          3. David Charles Brewster. He m. Shirley Janice Klemser. Children:
            1. George Frederick Brewster. He m. Heather Ann Talbot.
              1. David John Charles Brewster.
              2. Sydney Jean Talbot Brewster.
            2. Kim Sue Brewster.
            3. Li Ann Brewster.
          4. Margaret Ann Brewster.
        4. Jean Gertrude Brewster.
      3. Louisa Maria Brewster 1875 –
    3. John Brewster 1827
    4. Charles Brewster 1830
    5. Catharine Brewster 1832 to 1877. She m. John Smith. Children:
      1. Brewster Smith 1858
      2. Norman Smith 1860
      3. Kate Sophia Smith 1863
      4. Ada Maria Smith 1865 to 1910
      5. Benjamin Smith 1867
      6. Dorcas Smith 1869
      7. Elizabeth Powell Smith 1872
  2. Phebe Prentis, b. Jun June 1797 and bap. 22 Jun 1797. Died Sep 1872.
  3. Mary Prentis, b. (unknown) and d. 21 Aug1796, Great Bardfield.
  4. Isobella Prentis, b. 1797 (per Alison (Prentis) Contardi.)

22.1. Benjamin Prentis, b. b. 1750, Halstead; m. Sarah Keys, 1773, Halstead, bap. 8 April 1860. Children:

  1. Benjamin Prentis, b c. 1773-85 and d. 1839. He m. Sarah Smith in 1807 in Toppesfield.
  2. Sarah Prentis, bap. 13 Dec 1774.
  3. Elizabeth Prentis, bap. 30 Apr 1784.
  4. William Prentis, b. 1787 and d. 1858. He m. 1st Susanne who d. 1820. Children of William and Susanne:
    1. Susanne Prentis, b. 1813, Halstead and d. there 1817.
    2. William Prentice, bap. 1815 Halstead and d. 1845, Halstead. He m. Amelia Missen in 1842 at Great Thurlow. Amelia is likely the Amelia Missen shown in the IGI as chr. 19 Oct 1823 at Great Thurlow. See Ancestor Chart at Ancestry.com . After William died, Amelia m., second, his half-brother, Benjamin, below. Children of William and Amelia:
      1. James Prentis, b. 1843, Great Thurlow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [22.2]
      2. Edward Prentice, bap. 1844, Great Thurlow.
    3. James Prentis, bap 1818, Halstead. May be deceased by 1819 when another son was also named James.
    4. James Prentice, bap. 1819 and d. 1820, Halstad.

    William m. 2nd Mary Gallifont who was bap. 1796, Halstead and d. there 1858. Children:

    1. James Prentice, bap. 1823, Halstead and d. 1890, Halstead. He m. 1843 Ann Hortler at Halstead. They appear in the 1851, 1861 and 1871 Halstead census with their children:
      1. James Prentice, b. c. 1844, Halstead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [22.3]
      2. Frances/Fanny/Faney Prentice, b. c. 1848, Halstead. . . . . . . . . . . . [22.4]
      3. Rosa B. Prentice, b. c. 1860, Halstead. At home in 1871. Called "Bosabontrem" in 1861 census.
    2. Hannah Prentice, bap. 1825, Halstead and d. 1892, Halstead, unmarried.
    3. Benjamin Prentice, bap. 1827, Halstead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [22.5]
    4. Sarah Prentice, bap. 1828, Halstead.
    5. Elizabeth Prentice, bap 1829, Halstead.
    6. Henry Prentice, bap 1830, Halstead and d. 1849, Halstead.
    7. Emma Prentice, bap. 1831, Halstead.
    8. William Prentice, bap. 1832, Halstead. He m. Amelia Missen, the daughter of Thomas Missen and Sarah Brett of Gt. Thurlow,Suffolk. After William died, Amelia m. as her 2nd husband, William's brother, Benjamin, above.
    9. Charles Prentice, bap. 1843, Halstead.

22.2. James Prentice, bap. 1843, Great Thurlow and d. 1917 at Lexton, Victoria, Australia.

He m. Emily Kitchen at Beaufort, Victoria, Australia. An Ancestor Chart including Emily Kitchen can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Amelia Barrett Prentice, b. 1859, Victoria and d. 1952 or 1962, Victoria. She m. Samuel Owens in 1892, Victoria. Children:
    1. Edna Owens, b. 1909, Victoria. She m. 1935 Beb Wiese. Daughter:
      1. Gloria Wiese, b. 1936, Victoria. She m. Mr. Ball and had 2 daughters
    2. Arthur Owens, b. 1912, Victoria and d. 1982, Victoria. He m. Carman Cowan in 1948.
      1. David Owens, b. 1949, Victoria. He m. Jennifer and had a son and daughter.
      2. Bruce Owens, b. 1951, Victoria.
      3. Kevin Owens, b. 1954, Victoria.
      4. Ruth Owens, b. 1955, Victoria. She m. Mr. Dower.
  2. Elizabeth Jane Prentiss, b. 1871, Victoria and d. 16 Oct 1951 in Beaufort, Victoria, Australia
  3. William Thomas Prentice, b. 1872, Victoria and d. 1945, Victoria. He m. Florence Ade Riggall, 1906, Victoria. She was b. 1874 in Victoria, Australia and d. 1956 and was the dau. of Edward Riggall and Martha Gregirt. Children:
    1. Roy Prentice, b. 1906, Victoria. He m. 1938, Victoria, Nance Ashworth. Children:
      • Hilary Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      • Andrew Prentice, b. 1941, Victoria.
      • Eleanor, b. 1941, Victoria.
  4. Sydney Prentice,b. 1908 New South Wales. He m. 1919, Victoria, Mildred Barnard. Children:
    • Catherine Prentice, b. 1941, Victoria.
    • Margaret Prentice, b. 1943, Victoria.
    • Rosemary Prentice, b. 1946, Victoria
    • James Prentice, b. 1948, Victoria.
  • Kenneth William Prentice, b. 1912, Victoria, and d. 1999. He m. Madge Dunsford in 1940 in Uganda. She was was b. 17 Nov 1911 in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, and d. 15 May 1994 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She was the dau. of Edgar Woral Dunsford and Maud. An extensive ancestry for Madge Dunsford can be found in Bruce Williamson's email to us of 29 Sep 2010. Children:
      Paul Prentice, b. 1941, Uganda
    1. Hugh Prentice, b. 1942, Uganda. He m. Miss Callander and had 2 sons and a daughter.
    2. Joan Prentice, b. 1946, Uganda. She m. Mr Starkey and had 3 sons and a daughter
    3. Faye Prentice, b. 1953, Uganda. She m. Mr. West and had a daughter and a son.
  • Eric Prentice, b. 1913, New South Wales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [22.6]
  • Dorothy Prentice, b. 1916, Victoria. She m. 1938, Victoria, Austin Rigby. Children:
      Graham Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
    1. Richard Prentice, b. 1942, Victoria.
  • James Prentice, b. 1875, Victoria, d. 1950, Victoria and m. 1907 Edith Neil. Children:
    1. Dulcie Prentice, b. 1908, Victoria. She m. 1943, Victoria, Harry Herbert.
    2. Thelma Prentice, b. 1910, Victoria. She m. 1938, Victoria, Samuel Dawson.
    3. Linda Prentice, b. 1911,Victoria. She m. 1936, Victoria, William Hirchcliffe.
  • Arthur Edward Prentice, b. 1878, Victoria and d. 1941, Victoria and m. 1906 Isabella Edwards. Children:
    1. Don Prentice, b. 1907.
    2. Arthur Prentice, b. 1908, Victoria. Arthur m. 1st 1935, Victoria, Nellie Casey. He m. 2nd, 1949, Victoria, Myrtle Spalding. Children:
      1. Beryl Prentice, b. 1938, Victoria.
      2. Robert Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      3. Gwenyth Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      4. Earle Prentice, b. 1950, Victoria.
    3. Isabella Prentice, b. 1910, Victoria. She m. 1939, Victoria, Ron Whitbourn(?). Children:
      1. John, b. c. 1941, Victoria.
    4. Ernest Prentice, b. 1912, Victoria. He m. 1st 1939, Victoria, Betty Anderson. He m. 2nd, 1973, Victoria, Gwen Harmon. Children:
      1. Jeffrey Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      2. Ernest Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      3. Lawrence Prentice, b. 1944, Victoria
  • Ernest Robert Prentice birth, b. c. 1880 in Beaufort, Victoria, Australia, and d. 1962. He m. Florence Hodge, b. c. 1898. Children (per Ancestry.com)
    1. Ian PRENTICE b: 1920 d: 1977. He m. Dorothy SCHMUTTER b: <1923>
    2. Douglas PRENTICE b: 1920. He m. 1st Betty MELLOWS b: <1933> and 2nd Living SHERRIFF
    3. Majorie PRENTICE b: 1926, She m. Stephen PERRY b: <1922>
  • Albert Benjamin Prentice birth, b. 1882 in, Beaufort, Victoria, Australia, NS S. 1960 in New South Wales, Austalia. He m. Coral Middleton c. 1916, in NSW. She was b. c. 1895, NSW. Children:
    1. Majorie Joy Prentice, b. 1917, NSW. She m. Clive Bowman in 1946.
    2. Adrian Prentice, b. 1921, NSW. He m. Miss Matthews.
  • Stanley Lawrence Prentice, b. 1887, Beaufort, Victoria, Australia and d. 1950 in Victoria. He m. Aileen McNamara c. 1924 in Victoria. She was b. c. 1903 in Victoria. Children:
    1. Patricia Prentice, b. 1925 in Victoria, Australia. She m. Phillip Stansmore c. 1946, Victoria.
    2. Peter Prentice, b. 1928, Victoria, Australia. He m. Miss Fettell.
    3. Philip Prentice, b. 1928 in Victoria, Australia. He m. Miss Rowe.
  • Emily Myrtle Prentice, b. 1891, Beaufort, Victoria, Australia, and d. 19 Mar 1929. She m. Charles Harbourd c. 1921, Victoria. Children:
    1. Myra Harbourd, b. 1922, Victoria. She m. Les Raines 1961, Victoria.
    2. Raymond Harbourd, b. 1926, Victoria. He m. Miss McLean.

    22.3 James Prentice, b. 1844, Halstead, Essex. At home in Halstead inthe 1851 census. 1881 and 1891 in Sudbury, Suffolk. 1901 census in Ballingdon Cum Brundon, Suffolk.

    He m. Ellen Selina Foakes in 1866 in Sudbury, Suffolk. She was b. c. 1845, Sudbury, Essex. They had 3 or more children, including:

    1. James William Prentice, b. 1868. Sudbury, Suffolk. At home in 1881 census.
    2. Ernest Albert Prentice, b. 1874, Suffolk. At home in 1881 census. He m. Annie Scrivener, b. 1872, Middleton, Essex. She was the dau of Walter Scrivener (1848 -) and Emma Gardener (1849 -).
    3. Flora Alice Prentice, b. 1876, Sudbury, Suffolk. At home in 1881 census. She m. Albert E.Hollibone, 1900, Sudbury, Essex. He was b. 1877, Eastbourne, Sussex. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com .

    22.4 Frances/Fanny/Faney Prentice, b. c. 1848, Halstead

    She m. Henry Amey, son of James and Mary Amey. They had 3 or more children, including:

    1. Ernest Harry Ameyb. 1879, Halstead, Essex. At home in 1881, 1891 and 1901 in Hadleigh, Suffolk.
    2. Rosa Mary A. Amey, b. 1881, Essex. At home in 1881, 1891 and 1901 in Hadleigh, Suffolk.
    3. Annie Maud Amey, b. 1886, Halstead. At home in 1881 and 1891.

    22.5. Benjamin Prentice, b. 1826, Great Thurlow, Suffolk, and bap. 1827, Halstead and d. 1900 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It appears from the births of their children that Benjamin and his family moved to London before 1853 where they apparently lived for the next 20 years. Then, in 1873, Benjamin and his family emigrated to Australia aboard the "Queen of Nations."

    He m. Amelia Missen in 1852. Amelia Missen was the daughter of Thomas Missen and Sarah Brett of Gt. Thurlow,Suffolk. She was also the widow of his brother, William. Children of Benjamin and Amelia:

    1. Thomas Robert Prentice, b. c. 1852-3, Holloway, London (1881 census says b. Islington, Middlesex) and d. 1907, London. He m. 1st Mary Ann Smithson/Smittison in London. She was b. c. 1855, Bloomsbury, Middlesex. Thomas and his family appear in the 1881 census in Shoreditch, London. Children:

      1. Mary A. Prentice, b. c. 1878, Islington, Middlesex. At home in 1881 census.
      2. Rose Elizabeth Prentice, b. 1878, London and d. 2 Jul 1950 in Dandenong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. At home in 1881 census. She m. George Richard Dixon. He was b. 18 Jul 1891, Caulfield, Melbourne, and d 28 Sep 1972, Cranbourne, Victoria. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com . They had a dau. who m. Mr. Armstrong.
      3. Clara Agnes Prentice, b. 1882, London and d. 1882.
      4. Maude Lillian Prentice, b. 1885, London.

      Thomas m. 2nd Emily (Petts) Stoffel before the 1891 census as her 2nd marriage. She was b. 1855 Bethal Green (the 1881 census says she was b. Limehouse, London), dau. of Ezra Petts, Millwright, b. 1808, near Harlow, Essex, and Sarah Gayler(lor), b. 1812 Hertford. Thomas and Emily appear in the 1891 census in Limehouse, London. In 1901 census in Bethnal Green, London. They had 4 children (per Tricia Batchellor Prentice, email, 16 Sep 2005):

      1. Arthur T. Prentice, b. 1887, Stepney, London (per 1891 census). At home in 1901. He m. Jessie and had one duaghter:
        1. Lilian Jessie Prentice
      2. Robert George Prentice, b. c. 1889-90, Limehouse At home in 1901. In 1912 he m. Amelia Roberts. They had 3 children:
        1. Amelia Prentice, b. 1915.
        2. Robert George Prentice, b. 1917. Tricia Batchellor Prentice, provider of information on this family, is a descendant of Robert George Prentice.
        3. William George Prentice, b. 1920.
      3. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1892, Limehouse, London. At home in 1901.
      4. Jenny Prentice, b. c. 1893, Limehouse, London. At home in 1901.

      Emily had 3 children from her prior marriage:

      1. Elizabeth Stoffel, b. c. 1879, Kingsland, London.
      2. Blanche Stoffel, b. c. 1881, Mile End, London.
      3. Albert V. Stoffel, b. c. 1883, Mile End, London.

    2. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 1855, Islington, London and d. 1890 in Australia. She m. 1882 John Cutting. Known children:
      1. William Cutting, b. 1885, Islington, London.
      2. Charles Cutting, b. 1890, Islington, London.

    3. Joseph Prentice, b. 1857, London and d. 1858, London.
    4. William Prentice, b. 1861, London and d. 1865, London.
    5. Sarah Prentice, b. 1866, Holloway, London and m. Archie Williams. They lived in Africa and had no children (per Evelyn Prentice) O'rourke, email, 24 Nov 2006)
    6. Herbert Martin Prentice,b. 1867, Islington, London and d. 1922, Hallam, Victoria, Australia. He m. Alice M. Maynard, Kerang, Victoria, Australia. She d. 1922, Hallam, Victoria, Australia. Children, per Ancrestry.com:
      1. Herbert Prentice birth b: 1899 in (Islington, London, England?)
      2. John William Prentice birth b: 1901 in (Islington, London, England?). He m. Alison Brown in 1922.
      3. George Martin Prentice birth b: 1903 in in (Islington ,London, England?). He m. Elizabeth Wilson in 1927.
      4. Amelia Martha Prentice birth b: 1905 in in (Islington, London, England?). She m. Samuel Riseley in 1926.
      5. Annie Elizabeth Prentice birth b: 1909 in in (Islington, London, England?)

      By email of 24 Nov 2006, Evelyn (Prentice) O'rourke of Australia advises that Herbert and Alice had 15 grandchildren, of whom she is the 2nd youngest. We have requested additional information from her.

    22.6 Eric Prentice, b. 1913, New South Wales. He m. 1st 1944, NSW, Barbara Smyrk. He m. 2nd 1970, NSW, Marie(?) Walsh. Children of Eric and Barbara:

    1. Collin Prentice, b. 1948, NSW.
    2. Phillip Prentice, b. 1950, NSW.

    23. John Prentis, bap. 24 May 1783, Great Bardfield where his father d. in 1814, and bap. 25 May 1783, and died 27 October 1841 in Great Bardfield where he had appeared in the earlier 1841 Great Bardfield census. He was a Wheelwright according to Pigot's Business Directory for Essex of 1839. Great Bardfield lies only a short distance from Great Saling, Shalford, and Felsted where Valentine Prentice has his roots in the middle-to-late 1500s.

    John married Harriet Elizabeth Josling on 16 Nov 1813 in Boxted, Suffolk. She b. 1789, Suffolk (per 1841 census) and d. 1860 and was the dau. of Joseph Josling and Elizabeth Barrel. Children:

    1. Emma Elizabeth Prentis, b. Oct 1813, Essex, and bap. 31 Oct 1813. She d. before the 1871 census. She m. Charles Sneezum of Great Yeldham in 1837. He was b. c. 1813 in Great Yeldham, Essex. The Sneezums are recorded in the 1841 census as farmers and in the 1851 census as keeping the "Coopers' Arms" pub in Southwark. They had several children, including, per the 1851 census in Southwark St. Saviour. They appear in the 1861 census in Chertsey, Surrey. Charles appears as a widower in the 1871 census in Camberwell St. Giles, Surrey, with his children. Not in 1881 census.
      1. Lewis Prentis Sneezum, b. c. Dec 1840, London, and d. c, Nar 1845, age about 5 years. He was living with his Prentis grandparents in the 1841 census. Not shown in the Sneezum home in the 1851 and later census records.
      2. Clara E Sneezum, b. c. 1842, St. Lukes, Middlesex. At home in 1851 and 1861. She m. Charles Acock was b. c. 1845, Camberwell, St. Giles, Surrey. In the 1871 census they are living with her father in Camberwell St. Giles. Children:
        1. Charles E. Acock, b. c. 1870, Camberwell, Surrey. At home in 1871.
        2. Clara E. Acock, b. c. 1871, Camberwell, Surrey. At home in 1871.
      3. Ella Sneezum, b. c. 1844, St. Anne, Limehouse. At home in 1851 and 1861.
      4. Arthur J Sneezum, b. c. 1849, London, Middlesex. At home in 1851. Not home in 1861
      5. Harriet E Sneezum, b. c. 1851, Southwark, Surrey. At home in 1851, 1861 and 1871.
      6. Emily Sneezum, b. c. 1853, St. Saviours Southwark. At home in 1861 and 1871.
      7. Mary A. Sneezum, b. c. 1855, Islington, Middlesex. At home in 1861 and 1871.

    2. Julia Prentis, b. Feb 1816, Essex, and bap. 11 Feb 1816. Not in 1841 or 1851 census by that surname.
    3. John Prentis, b. 7 Apr 1818 Essex, and d. 5 days later on 12 Apr 1818.
    4. Mary Hacklett Prentis, b. Nov 1819, Essex and bap. 16 Nov 1819. Died. 15 Jun 1864. At home in 1841 census.
    5. John Prentis, b. 5 Dec 1821, Essex, chr. 28 Jan 1822 and d. 24 Sep 1856 or 2 Oct 1856, Great Bardfield. Will: 1856. At home in 1841 census.
    6. Joseph Josling Prentis I, b. Feb 1823, Essex, and d. 6 months later on 10 Aug 1823.
    7. Joseph Josling Prentis II, b. 5 Feb 1824, Essex and bap. 3 May 1824. At h ome in 1841 census. He d. 2 May 1861 aboard a ship while returning from gold digging in Australia and was buried at sea.
    8. Harriet Ann Prentis, b. 5 Apr 1825, Essex, and a year later on 7 May 1826 and bap. 5 Apr 1825. Buried: 7 May 1826
    9. William Prentis, b. Jul 1827. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [23.1]
    10. George Prentis, b. Feb 1829 and chr. 15 Mar 1829, Great Bardfield, and d. 4 months later on 12 Jul 1829.
    11. George Prentis, b. Apr 1830, Bardfield, Essex and d. 23 Dec 1866 and bap. 25 Apr 1830. At homein 1831 census. Occupation: Victualler, Sheer Hulk Inn, Woolwich, Kent. He appears in the 1851 census as a visitor in the home of his married sister, Emma (Prentis) Sneezum. He appears in the 1861 census in Westminster, St. John The Evangelist, with his wife, Eliza Prentis, b. c. 1835, Tanteth, Surrey, England. Not in 1891 census. Known children:
      1. George Prentis, b. c. 1859, St Pancras, Middlesex. Not in 1891 census.
      2. Charles Prentis, b. c. 1860, Westminster, Middlesex.
      Living with them in 1861 was Grace Watts, b. c. 1812, Sandwich, Kent, called Mother-in-law.
    12. Henry Barrell Prentis, b. 18 Jul 1832, Great Bardfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [24]
    13. Abel Prentis, b. Sep 1834; d. 18 Nov 1896, Great Dunmow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [25]
    14. George Prentis, b. 15 Mar 1829; d. 13 Jul 1829.

    23.1 William Prentis, b. Jul 1827, Great Bardfield, Essex, Bap. 1 Jul 1827 and d. 1910. He and his wife appear in the 1861 census in Little Laver, Essex, where he was a Police Constable. He appears in the 1871 census in Loughton, Essex, as a Wheelwright.

    He m. Mary Wheelwright, b. 1827, Finchingfield, Essex, and d. 13 Apr 1892. In the 1881 census she was living with the family of her dau., Emma (Prentis) Russell, but without William, her husband. Children:

    1. Emma Elizabeth Prentis chr. 24 Jun 1851 Great Bardfield, Essex, England. At home in 1861. Not home in 1871. She m. Arthur Russell. He was b. c. 1846, Croydon, Surrey. They appear in the 1881 census in Lewisham, London. 1891 census in Bromley, Kent. Children of Emma and Arthur:
      1. Maud Russell, b. c. 1872. Beckenham, Kent. At home in 1881 in Lewisham, London and 1891, Bromley, Kent.
      2. Edwin Russell, b. c. 1874, Beckenham, Kent. At home in 1881 in Lewisham, London.
      3. Theresa Russel, b. c. 1875, Erith, Kent. At home in 1881 in Lewisham, London.
      4. Laura Russell, b. c. 1877, Lewisham, Kent. At home in 1881 in Lewisham, London.
      5. Alfred Russell, b. c. 1879, Lewisham, Kent. At home in 1881 in Lewisham, London and 1891, Bromley, Kent.

    2. John A. Prentis, b. c. 1854, Stanford Rivers, Essex. At home in 1871. It is unclear whether he is the John Prentis shown in the 1881 census in St. Andrews, London, as b. c. 1865, Great Bardfield, a servant and single. Not in 1891 census.
    3. Harriet A. Prentis, b. c. 1856, Essex. Not home in 1871.
    4. Clara P. Prentis, b. c. 1859, Essex. Not home in 1871.
    5. Catharine M. Prentis, b. c. 1860, High Laver, Essex. At home in 1871.
    6. Ellen Prentis, b. c. 1862, High Laver, Essex. At home in 1871.

    24. Henry Barrel Prentis, b. 18 Jul 1832 and bap. 23 Sep 1832 in Great Bardfield, and died 21 Jun 1890 at Bromley by Bow, East London. He was a Builder and Glazier. In 1881, Henry and his family were living at 45, Gunter Grove, Chelsea, Middlesex.

    He married Sarah Turner on 27 May 1858 in St Mary's, Whitechapel. She was the dau. of James Turner and Rebecca Salmon of "Waterhall", Finchingfield. Sarah was b. 19 Apr 1827 and Finchingfield and d. 29 Dec 1923. Great Bardfield lies only a short distance from Great Saling, Shalford, and Felsted where Valentine Prentice has his roots in the middle-to-late 1500s. Finchingfield lies next to Great Bardfield. Children:

    1. Sydney Prentis, b. 20 Feb 1859, Stebbing; d. 2 Feb 1934, Liverpool. In the 1881 census, Sydney, 22, was unmarried and lodging with the Pendale family at 2, The Grove, Lewisham, Kent. He is an ancestor of Tricia Bliss in of Solihull, England. He m. Mary Ann Pendle and had (per 1901 census, Dist. 12, Toxteth Park, Lancashire):
      1. Margaret Prentis, b. c. 1885. At home in 1901.
      2. Sydney Prentis, b. c. 1889. At home in 1901.
      3. William Prentis, b. c. 1896. At home in 1901.
      4. Edward Prentis, b. c. 1898. At home in 1901.
    2. Julia Prentis, b. 30 Jul 1860, Great Bardfield; d. 2 Aug 1942, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Unmarried in 1901 census and a servant in Islington, London.
    3. Joseph Prentis, b. 11 Jun 1862, Great Bardfield; d. 24 Feb 1929, Mitcham, Surrey. In the 1881 census, Joseph, 18, was a border in the Farrow household at 6 Mason Street, Lambeth, Surrey. Not in 1901 census. He m. Emily Bryant on 4 Mar 1902. Children:
      1. Adela Prentis.
      2. Kathy Prentis.
      3. Wlifred Prentis, b. 18 May 1906.
      4. Leonard Prentis.
    4. Sarah Prentis, b. 13 Aug 1863; d. 23 Aug 1941, Arsley, Bedfordshire. She m. William Handel. In 1881, Sarah was a servant in the Davies household, Grove House, London Road, Hampstead. In 1901 census in Lavenham, Suffolk and no children shown.
    5. John Prentis, b. 27 Apr 1865. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [26]
    6. Adelaide Prentis, b. 7 May 1866, Great Bardfield, Essex, and d. there in Jan 1867.
    7. Anne Elizabeth Prentis, b. 27 May 1867, Great Bardfield , d. 24 Dec 1931, Goodmayes, Essex. Bur. in St. Mary's Cem., Ilford, Essex. In 1881, Anna, 14, was a servant in the William Wilkerson household, in Mortlake Street, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire.She m. Albert Williams.
    8. Emily Prentis, b. 9 Aug 1868, Great Bardfield and d. 29 Dec 1945, Westcliff, Essex. In 1881, Emily, 12, like her sister, Anna, above, was a servant in the Wilkerson household in High Street, Rushden, Northampton.
    9. Henry Prentis, b. 1 Feb 1871, Great Bardfield. . . . . . . . . . . [27]
    10. Susannah Prentis, b. 6 Mar 1873, Great Bardfield and d. 5 Feb 1952, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. She m. Harry (Dinies?). They had 7 children.
    11. Charles Prentis, b. 19 Feb 1874, Great Bardfield, Essex, and d. 24 Oct 1940, Penge, Kent. Bur. St. Mary's Cray, Kent. Not in 1901 census.
    12. Philip George Prentis, b. 18 Apr 1875, Great Bardfield and d. there on 10 Apr 1876.
    13. Ellen Matilda Prentis, b. 26 May 1878; d. 30 Mar 1914. She m. Harry Harris in Feb 1900. Children:
      1. Ellen Margaret Harris, b. 13 Mar 1901 and d. 30 Mar 1914.
      2. Winifred/Winnie Harris, b. 21 Jun 1904.

    25. Abel Prentis, chr. 7 Sep 1834, Great Bardfield, Essex, and d. 18 Nov 1896 in Great Dunmow,Essex. At the time of the birth of his son Herbert John, Abel was a Harness Maker and Journeyman and lived in New Street, Great Dunmow. In the 1881 Census, Abel, 46, was head of the household in the High Street, Stebbing.

    Abel m. Sarah Everitt. She was b. c. 1843 in Great Waltham, Essex, and d. 14 Jan 1893 in Great Dunmow, Essex. She was the dau. of Nathaniel Everitt and Elizabeth Hayden. Children:

    1. Herbert John Prentis, b. 22 Sep 1871 in Great Dunmow, Essex, and d.17 Feb 1953 Isleworth, Middlesex, England. He m. Grace Amy Burden. She was b. 16 Feb 1872, Ovington, Chelsea, London, and d. 3 Mar 1956, Isleworth, Middlesex, England. By 1912 Herbeft and his family were living in Queensland, Australia (Ref: Judith Dickson, email, 4 Sep 2006). Children:
      1. Elsie Florence Prentis b: 27 Mar 1918, Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Queebsland, Australia, and d. 1 Mar 1989, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England. She m. Richard George Hartt. He was b. 10 Aug 1919, Southsea, Hampshire, England, and d. 24 Dec 1984, Exeter, Devon, England. Children:
        1. (son) Hartt. He m. Miss Wakeling and they have 1 or more children.
        2. (dau.) Hartt. She m. Mr. Mr. Tenniswood and they have 1 or more children.
      2. Norah Elizabeth Prentis, b. 24 Jun 1912, Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Queensland (Ref: 1912/013320). and d. 23 Feb 1987, Englefield Green, Surrey, England
    2. Sarah Frances Prentis, b. c. 1880 in Stebbing, Essex and d. c. 1946.
    3. Frederick George Prentis, b. 21 Jan 1876 in Stebbing, Essex. Not in 1901 census. He d. 13 Feb 1955 in Warwickshire, England.
    4. Ellen Winifred Prentis, b. 24 Jul 1870 in Great Dunmow, Essex, and d. c. 1956.
    5. Elizabeth Prentis, b. 29 Apr 1874 in Great Dunmow, Essex. She m. Reginald Hutson and had:
      1. Geoffrey Hutson, b. 2 Jan 1918.
    6. Kate Prentis b. c. 1875 in Great Dunmow, Essex.
    7. Henry Prentis, b. 1 Dec 1868 in Great Dunmow, Essex and d. 18 Sep 1922. He m. Maria Everitt who was b. c. 1859 in Marching, Essex. Children:
      1. Ellen W. Prentis, b. c. 1893 in East Dulwich, London, England.
      2. Harry Thomas Prentis, b. c. 1897 and d. 2 Mar 1917 in East Dulwich, London, England. A biographical note at Ancestry.com reads as follows:

          Pte. H. T. Prentis, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry died of wounds received in action with Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force on March 2 1917. Aged 20, he was the only son of Mr Henry Prentis, cartage contractor, 21, Adys Road, East Dulwich. Pte. Prentis joined the K.R.R.C. under the Derby scheme in January 16 but was afterwards transferred to the Ox. and Bucks L.I., with which regiment he went to the front. Prior to joining up he was engaged in his father's Carman Contractor's business.

          Basra is a town on the west bank of the Shatt-al-Arab, 90 kilometres from its mouth in the Persian Gulf. The cemetery is about 8 kilometres north-west of Basra.

          Historical Information: During the First World War, Basra was occupied by the 6th (Poona) Division in November 1914, from which date the town became the base of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. A number of cemeteries were used by the MEF in and around Basra; Makina Masul Old Cemetery was used from December 1914 to October 1916 and the Makina Masul New Extension was begun alongside the old cemetery in August 1917. These two sites, enlarged later when more than 1,000 graves were brought in from other burial grounds, now form Basra War Cemetery. The cemetery now contains 2,551 burials of the First World War, 74 of them unidentified.

      26. John Prentis, b. 27 Apr 1865 and chr. 3 Nov 1866; d. 17 Jun 1952, Kent. He m. Emily Farrant on 3 Aug 1892. Emily was b. 24 Jun 1869 (1861?). Children:

      1. Hubert Prentis. Died at 10 months from Whooping Cough.
      2. Emily Lydia Prentis, b. 1 Apr 1894 and d. 21 Feb 1981.
      3. Wilfred George Prentis, b. 12 Jun 1896 and d. 12 Jun 1967. He m. Gladys Jenkins who was b. 30 Dec 1895 and d. 26 Apr 1986. Son:
        1. John Prentis, b. 21 Apr 1926. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[28]
      4. William Prentis. Died in infancy.
      5. Doris Grace Prentis, b. 7 Jul 1904 and d. 19 May 1999. She m. William DeMaid. Children:
        1. Ian Prentis.
        2. Sylvia Prentis.
      6. Irene Joslin Prentis, b. 2 Jun 1906. She m. George Fletcher on 8 Feb 1930. Children:
        1. Geoffrey Fletcher.
        2. Norman Fletcher.

      27. Henry Prentis, b. 1 Feb 1871 in Great Bardfield, and died 6 Mar 1938 in Duxford.

      He married Margaret Susan Davies 4 Nov 1899 in St James's, Picadilly, dau. of Thomas Daview and Susan Mallet. She d. in 1929. Tricia Bliss has a photo of her taken about the time of her marriage, or later, which shows long dark hair, dark eyes and generally very pretty with a kind, friendly expression. Children:

      1. Henry Barrel Prentis, b. 21 Sep 1900; m. Rose-Ellen Brown. Son:
        1. James "Jimmy" Martin Prentis. Headed Churchill College, Cambridge. He m. Megan Jones and said to have had children.
      2. Thomas David Prentis, b. 1 March 1902; d. 21 March 1984, Horton. . . . . . . . . . . . . [29]
      3. Marjorie Jorie Evelyn Prentis, b. 19 Oct 1904; m. Maurice Needham.
      4. Nevill Roderick Prentis, b. 20 Oct 1906; m. Emily Rose Hamilton. Emigrated to Australia in 1950. Both d. in Australia in 1981. Children:
        1. Dau. Prentis, b. c. 1937, Chelmsford, Essex.
        2. Son Prentis, b. 1952, Australia.
      5. Stanley William Prentis, b. 1 Feb 1910; d. 1974. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [30]
      6. Reginald Lionel Prentis, b. 4 Apr 1912; m. Emily May Winterson.
      7. Robert Herbert Prentis, b. 16 Jun 1915; m. (1) Renee Von Goldner. He m. (2) Rita Brunet.
      8. Kenneth Gordon Prentis, b. 27 Jul 1917; d. 23 Jun 1989, Fowey, Cornwall; m. Mary Sinnott. Daughter:
        1. Dau. Prentis, b. c. 1940. Married and said to have about 3 children.
      9. John Romeo Prentis, b. 8 May 1920, Duxford, Cambridgeshire; m. Florence Lilian Emnma Durston.
      10. Dorothy Prentis, adopted, b. c. 1930-1935 and living during WW II per Kathie Hart, email, 26 Jul 2009.

      28. John Prentis, b. 21 Apr 1926. His letter of 11 Apr 2001 was helpful in tracing his Prentis roots. He m. Kathleen Mary Cox. Children:

      1. Isobel Prentis, b. 2 Apr 1955. She m. Paul Whitehouse on 2 Jun 1980. Children:
        1. Elizabeth Ruth Whitehouse, b. 20 Aug 1981.
        2. Carly Marie Whitehouse, b. 11 Mar 1985.
      2. Alison Kay Prentis, b. 25 May 1958. She m. David Contardi on 12 May 1984. Daughter:
        1. April Fay Contardi, b. 27 Mar 1988.

      29. Thomas David Prentis, b. 1 Mar 1902, and d. 21 Mar 1984 in Horton.

      He married Yvonne Margery Cobbett 1931, dau. of Harry Cobbett and Emma Martin. Thomas and Yvonne have 3 sons and a daughter, all living, with additional descendants.

      1. 2 children b. in England.
      2. 2 children b. in Australia in 1836 and 1838. Returned to England in 1839.

      30. Stanley William Prentis, b. 1 Feb 1910, and d. 1974.

      He m. Elizabeth Maxwell MacDonald, daughter of Angus MacDonald and Catherine. Children:

      1. Dau. Pentice, b. c. 1942.
      2. Son Prentice, b. c. 1944,
      3. Son Prentice, b. c. 1946

      Note: Additional descendant information from Henry Prentice (#27) and later can be found on our "Restricted" copy which 1 or more descendants have requested not be posted on the Internet.

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