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John Prentice of Ireland and Southampton, England

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John Prentice of Enniskillen, Ireland and Southampton, Hampshire, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2003 and Revised 22 Jul 2016

We are working with Bonnie Prentice and Carol and Laurie Galouskin in tracing their Prentice roots. Here is what we have so far:

1. John Prentice was b. c. 1823 in Enniskillen (or Derryvullan per Ancestry.com ), Co. Fermanagh, Ireland and d. 1891 at Barton, Milton, Southampton. The names of his parents are presently unknown, but they were likely b. c. 1790-1800 and perhaps in, or near, Enniskillen, Ireland.

The following information about Enniskillen appears in the town's website at http://www.enniskillen.com/enniskillen.html :

    Enniskillen is the County Town of Fermanagh, located almost exactly in the Centre of the County on the natural island which separates the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne. The town is home to a population of approximately 11,500, by far the largest settlement in the County. As one would expect, the town is a retail centre for the County, and beyond, but it has yet to succumb to the blandness which infects many modern towns.

    The town centre is firmly built along the long, narrow Main St, which actually changes name six times along its length! This gives the town a real sense of bustle and life as well as imbuing the shops with their own unique character. There is no new, anonymous, development to be found on the Main Street and the established High Street Stores sit comfortably beside small independent traders, creating a special atmosphere for the place. A feature of Enniskillen which is becoming increasingly unusual is the number of small bars and hostelries which appear on the Main Street, providing welcome relief from the shops.

    For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enniskillen . See also Appendix A: Correspondence

John appears in the

  • 1861 census in Barrow on Humber, Lincolnshire
  • 1871 census in Barton, Hampshire, England as a "Chief Boatman in Charge",
  • 1881 census living at 6 Blechynden St., Southampton, All Saints, Hampshire, England. He is shown as a "Pensioner, Royal Navy" living with his wife and family.
John does not appear in the 1891 census.

He m. Mary Cerey. She was b. c. 1832, Strood, Kent, England. She appears without her husband in the 1891 census in St. Mary Extra, Hampshire. Children of John and Mary:

  1. John J. Prentice, b. c. 1851, Tetney Cock, Lincolnshire. At home in 1861. Not home in 1871 and not in 1871 and later census..
  2. William Prentice, b. c. 1853, Tetney Cock, Lincolnshire. At home in 1861. Not home in 1871. He appears in the 1881 census in Vesssels, Royal Navy, as b. c. 1853, Tetney Dock, and called an "Able Seaman" on the "Carysfort." Not in 1891 and 1901 census.
  3. Arthur Prentice, b. c. 1857, Tetney Cock, Lincolnshire. At home in 1861. Not home in 1871. He appears in the 1881 census in Alverstoke, Hampshire, as b. c. 1857, Tetney Lock, and called a "2nd Master" on the "Frances."
  4. James Prentice, b. c. 1859, New Holland, Lincolnshire. At home in 1871 census. Not in 1881 and later census.
  5. Ashton Prentice, b. c. 1860, N. Sommercoats, Lincolnshire. At home in 1871 census. Not in 1881 and later census.
  6. Ellen Prentice, b. c. 1863, New Holland, Lincolnshire. At home in 1871 and 1881 census.
  7. Frank Prentice, b. c. 1865, Scrapsgate, Kent. At home in 1871 census. He might be the same person as Francis Prentice, below.
  8. Francis Prentice, son, b. c. 1865, Sheerness, Kent, England. At home in 1881 census. He may be the same person as Frank Prentice, above. Teacher School Master (per 1901 Throston, Durham, census).
  9. Ellen Prentice, b. 1866, England
  10. Kate Prentice, b. c. 1868, Goldhanger, Essex, England. At home in 1871 and 1881 census.
  11. Ernest Prentice, b. c. 25 Aug 1873, Milton, Hampshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  12. Christopher Prentice, b. Sep 1877, Barton, Milton, Southampton. At home in 1881 and 1891. Not in 1901 census.

2. Ernest Prentice, b. 25 Aug 1873, Barton, Milton, New Forest, Hampshire, England and d. c. 1944, Southampton. At home in the 1881 and 1891 census. He is Bonnie's grandfather. He does not appear with his wife in the 1901 census in Sholing, Hampshire, and was away.

Ernest m. Helen Mary Diddams in Sep 1897 of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. he was b. 1877, Isle of Wight, England. They had 8 children:

  1. Merriel Doris Prentice, b. Sep 1899, Cowes, Hampshire. At home in 1901.
  2. Basil Ernest Prentice, b. c. 1900-1, Southampton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Wilfred Aubrey Prentice, b. 5 Feb 1904, Southampton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[4]
  4. Frank Prentice. Did not marry.
  5. Arthur Clifford Prentice, b.2 Nov 1907, Southampton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  6. Muriel Prentice. b. c. 1899, Cowes, Hampshire. Married. More information to come.
  7. Molly Prentice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  8. Gwen Prentice. Married Muriel's widower husband after Muriel died.
  9. Phyllis Prentice. May not have married.

3. Basil Ernest Prentice, b. c. 1900-1, Woolston, Hampshire , and d. 28 Nov 1875, Hartford, CT. He appears in the 1901 census in Sholing, Hampshire, as Basil D. S. Prentice, b. c. 1900, Woolston, Hampshire.

He emigrated to the United States before 1926 and d. 28 Nov 1975, Harford, CT. By email of 18 Feb 2008, Jeanine Hartzell provides the following additional information:

    Hello, I just googled Basil Prentice to see if any of his artwork was posted on the internet. I was at the Prentice home in East Hampton CT. in the early 70's with Lorna's daughter Holly Ann Hooker. Basil was an extremely gifted artist. He had an art studio on his property. He did life like watercolors. He had busts of Lorna and his wife and others. The collection was taken by the relatives from CA Holly was very upset because she believed they should be in a museum for all to enjoy.

    Basil had a son named Rodney and I believe there was another from CA. Lorna was a concert pianist and a great painter. Holly was also. Holly had a congenital heart defect and passed away in her 40's. She is buried in a cemetary in East Hampton, CT along side her mother Lorna, and her grandfather Basil and grandmother. She adored her grandfather he was a very kind person. When Basil and his wife were gone the house was left with Rodney Prentice. He was the youngest child.

Basil m. Winifred Ainsley O'Donnell c. 1924-5, NJ. She was b. 10 Apr 1900 in Lanark, Scotland , with both of her parents b. in Scotland, and d. 25 Apr 1984 in Aurora or Denver, CO. She was the daughter of John O'Donnell and Rose Duffy. For now, it is not known whether they were married prior to Basil's emigration to the United States. They appear in the 1930 census in Richmond, Richmond Co., NY. Basil and Winifred had 2 or more children:

  1. Lorna Prentice, b. c. 1926-7, NJ and d. 1983, E. Hampton, CT. She m. Robert Hooker. Daughter:
    1. Holly Hooker, b. c. 1950-60 and d. 1997, E. Hampton, CT. She m. Mr. Daily.
  2. John Gordon Prentice, b. 20 Aug 1932, Staten Island, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3.2]
  3. James Rodney Prentice, b. 1944, Hartford, CT. and d. 1 Aug 2003, Hemet, CA.

3.2 John Gordon Prentice, b. 20 Aug 1932, Staten Island, NY and d. 15 Nov 1995, Englewood, CO. He served as an A1C, US Air Force, Korea. Bur at Sec. 4, Ste 1158, Ft. Logan natl. Cem., Denver, Co. His obituary reads as follows:

    Denver Post, The (CO) — Monday, December 4, 1995: John Gordon Prentice, 63

    John Gordon Prentice of Englewood, a businessman, died Nov. 15 at Swedish Medical Center. He was 63. He was born Aug. 20, 1932, in Staten Island, N.Y. In 1960, he married Judith Trickett in Dixon, Ill.

    Prentice served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., in 1957.Prentice was well-known as an international insurance executive. He also owned and operated Real Log Homes of Colorado. He was an amateur golfer and competed in many pro-am tournaments.

    He is survived by his wife; and two daughters, Jennifer Prentice, Denver, and Susan Prentice, Englewood.

    A memorial service was Nov. 19 at DU Chapel.

He m. Judith Trickett. Children:

  1. Susan Stephanie Prentice, 1995 in Englewood, CO.
  2. Jennifer Jill Prentice. 1995 Denver, CO.

4. Wilfred Aubrey Prentice, b. 6 Feb 1904, Southampton, England . He emigrated to the United States before 1931 and d. either in (1) Hollywood Hills, CA, 1992,or (2) Encino, CA, on 16 Aug 1972.

He m. Edna O'Donnell on 26 Feb 1931 in New York City. Edna was b. Jun 1902, Scotland. Living in 2003 at the age of 101. Children:

  1. Roy Ernest Prentice, b. 5 Nov 1932, Staten Island, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4.1]
  2. Audrey Edna "Bonnie" Prentice, b. Dec 1937, Hartford, CT. She m. 1st William H. Taylor on 16 Jun 1959, E. Haddam, CT. He was b. 1932, Louisiana. Children:
    1. Jay William Taylor, b. 7 Jun 1963, Dallas, TX. He m. Laura St. John Pearce in 1988, Denton, TX. Daughter:
      1. Kaityn Taylor, b. 10 May 1994.
    2. Tracy Diane Taylor, b. Oct 18, 1964. She m. Dan Gilmore in 1994, Denton, TX. Children:
      1. Molly Gilmore, b. 13 Oct 1996.
      2. Amy Gilmore, b. 23 Mar 2003.
    3. Hayley Ann Taylor, b. 12 Sep 1969, Canoga Park, CA. She m. Jon Hall.

    Audrey/Bonnie m. 2nd Vern Bassett.

  3. Diane Dee Prentice, b. June 1943.
p>4.1 Roy Ernest Prentice, b. 5 Nov 1932, Staten Island, NY. His obituary reads as follows:

    Hartford Courant, The (CT) - Saturday, March 5, 2016: Roy E. Prentice.

    Roy E. Prentice, 83, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2016. He was born in Staten Island, NY on November 6, 1932, to Wilfred A. Prentice and Edna O'Donnell Prentice. Roy was a graduate of Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield, CT, class of 1950 and a graduate of Indiana Technical College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, class of 1956. Roy served his country as a Marine Sergeant in the Korean War. He was a Special Olympics Volunteer and a Registered Professional Engineer.

    He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Suzanne Moore, two sisters, Diane Prentice and Bonnie and husband Vern Bassett.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and the National Kidney Foundation or the Arthritis Foundation. Paid death notice View and sign our online guestbook at Courant.com/obituaries.

He m. Suzanne Moore in 1980 in Newport, RI.

5. Arthur Clifford Prentice, b.2 Nov 1907, Southampton, England and d. 26 Feb 1993, Montreal, Canada. 1940 in New York, Richmond Co., NY, as a Naturalized citizen. He was then an appraiser of furs. He had completed 4 years of High School.

He m. Helen Buxar. She was b. Jun 1900 and d. Oct 1950. Children (per Carol Galouskin, email, 10 Apr 2007):

  1. Carol Prentice, b. Dec 1938, NY. She m. Basil Galouskin. Children (per Basil Galouskin, email, 24 Apr 2005):
    1. Tanya Galouskin, b. Dec 1968.
    2. Laurie Galouskin, b. Apr 1971. She m. Timothy Kelly in May 2002 and they have 3 children per Laurie Kelly, email, 14 Jun 2008:
      1. Sierra Kelly, b. Sep 2004.
      2. Jonathan Kelly, b. Jul 2006
      3. Payton Kelly, b. Apr 2008
      .
  2. Ernest Prentice, b. Sep 1942. Married with 2 children:
    1. Shaun Prentice.
    2. Kimberly Prentice. She had 2 children, a daughter named Kinesha and a son named Michael.

6. Molly Prentice. She m. John Sorenson, Iceland. Daughter:

  1. Janet Sorenson, b. 1937. She m. Harold Phillips. Children:
    1. Shelly Phillips.
    2. Michael Phillips.

Appendix A: Correspondence :

Attached is correspondence we received from St. Macartins Cathedral in Enniskillen:

    Our Church records only go back to 1845 for marriages and 1872 for baptisms. Most Church records before then were destroyed in Dublin during the Easter Rising. There are very few burial records. I have checked what we have and found:

    - James Prentice (father Thomas), Killea married Elizabeth Prentice (father John), Shanco, Lisbellaw (a village about 5 miles from Enniskillen on 31/10/1870, also

    - Margaret Prentice (father John), Shanco married James Miller, Magonragh on 21/07/1852 and

    - William Prentice (father John), Shanco, Lisbellaw married Mary Elliott, Castle Street, Enniskillen on 24/05/1878.

    There were no dates of birth for any of these people.

    The Public Records Office, 66 Balmoral Avenue, Belfast BT9 6NY might also be able to help you further. Their email address is proni@dcalni.gov.uk telephone 02890 251318.

    There are also records kept in the Representative Church Body Library, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14 telephone 00353 4923979 or email library@ireland.anglican.org. Frankie Roofe works in Enniskillen Town Hall, Town Hall Street, Enniskillen, telephone 02866 325050 (sorry I do not have an email address for him) and also does some genealogy research (for a fee) and might be able to help. . . .

    II hope this information is helpful and wish you well with your search.

    Regards, Beth Rennick (Mrs), Parish Secretary

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