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Henry Prentice of Aldbury, Hertford, England

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Henry Prentice of Aldbury, Hertford, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2005 and Revised 2 Jun 2011

Update of 2 Jun 2011: Henry Prentice is #6vii in our Fall 2001 article entitled Prentices of Wing, Buckingham, England . That article now replaces this article.
We found the following family in Ancestry.com . Here is what we have so far:

1. Henry Prentice was b. 1783 in Buckinghamshire, England, and d. Mar 1852 in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire. He appears in the 1841 census in Aldbury Hertfordshire with his wife and family.

He m. Mary Geary on 8 Sep 1828, Great Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire. She was b. c. 1801, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire or Ashley Cum, Buckinghamshire , and d. Mar 1873, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire. She appears without her husband in the 1861 census in Aldbury. Known children:

  1. Henry Prentice, b. c. 1832, Aldbury, Hertford, England. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Susan Prentice, b. c. 1839, Aldbury, Hertfordshire. At home in Aldbury in 1841. It is unclear whether she is the Susan who m. David Deighton and appears in the 1861 census in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
  3. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1842, Aldbury, Hertfordshire. At home in Aldbury in 1861 lving with her mother, Mary. The 1871 census shows 3 possible marriages for her: (1) as Mary to Charles Smith, or (2) as Mary M. to Edward Ward, or (3) as Mary Ann to David Beer.

2. Henry Prentice was b. c. 1832, Aldbury, Hertfordshire, England, and d. Mar 1902, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire. Her appears in the 1861 census in Aldbury with his wife and family. In the 1881 census they were living at 12 Church Lane, Tring, Hertford. They also appear in the 1891 and 1901 census in Tring.

He m. Caroline Johnson on 29 Aug 1852 at Aldbury, Hertford (per UK Records, Marriages ) . She was b. c. 1833, Aldbury, and d. 2nd Q. 1921. She was the dau. of Henry and Mary Johnson. Children:

  1. Alfred Prentice, b. c. 1853, Aldbury, Hertfordshire. At home in Aldbury in 1861. Not in 1871 and later census.
  2. George Prentice, b. c. 1855, Aldbury, Hertfordshire and d. 2nd Q 1927. At home in Aldbury in 1861 and 1871. Not in 1881 and later census. However, although the birth place is different (but the same as later siblings), he appears to be be the George Prentice, b. c. 1855, Tring, who appears in the 1891 census in Heworth, Yorkshire, with his wife, Mary Ann Wylie, (b. 10 Jun 1863, Belfast, Ireland), and d. 3rd Q., 1958, Cambridge, MA. Her Ancestor Chart can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:
    1. Edith J. Prentice, b. c. 1885, Ireland. At home in Tring in 1891. 1901 in Watford, Hertfordshire.
    2. Margaret S. Prentice, b. Dec 1887, Aldershot, Hampshire. At home in Tring in 1891. 1901 in Watford, Hertfordshire. Sbe m Albert Edward Lane in Apr 1914, Hertfordshire. He was b. 12 May 1888, London, Surrey, and d. Jan 1971, Watford, Hertfordshire. His Ancestor Chart is Ancestry.com . Son:
      1. Norman Edward Lane (1915-1998)
    3. Georgina "Jean" Prentice, b. c. 1892, Belfast, Ireland. 1901 in Watford, Hertfordshire.
    4. Violet Prentice, b. 15 Nov 1895, Tring, Hertfordshire, and d. 3rd Q. 1973. She m. Thomas Herbert Simmons in Jan 1917, Watford, Hertfordshire. He was b. Dec 1893, Watford, and d. 1977. Son:
      1. Terence Robert Simmons b. 19 Jun 1930, Watford, and d. 10 Feb 2004, Kensington & Chelsea, London.
    5. Marian Wylie Prentice, b. Aug 1898, Watford, Hertfordshire, and d. Jan 1986, Bedford, Bedfordshiar. She apparently m. Mr. Dumper.
    6. Frank Prentice, b. Mar 1901, Watford, Hertfordshire.

  3. Rosina Prentice, b. Dec 1858, Aldbury (the 1901 census says Tring), Hertford. At home in 1861 and 1881. Not home in 1891. She m. Alfred Sharp in 1886. He was b. c. 1856, Hatton, Buckinghamshire, England (per 1901 census. They had 7 children per 1901 Tring census:
    1. Frank Sharp, b. Aug 1890, Tring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
    2. Alfred Sharp, b. Mar 1895, Tring. At home there in 1901 census. Emigrated to Canada in 1911 where he appears in the 1911 Canada census living at 485 Burnell St., Winnipeg. .
    3. Arthur Sharp, b. Jan 1883, Tring. At home there in 1901 census Emigrated to Canada in 1908 where he appears with his wife in the 1911 Canada census living at 485 Burnell St., Winnipeg. He m. Alice Randall who was b. Apr 1886 in England.
    4. Dorothy Sharp, b. Apr 1897, Tring. At home there in 1901 census Emigrated to Canada in 1908 where she appears in the 1911 Canada census living at 485 Burnell St., Winnipeg.
    5. Frederick Sharp, b. Apr 1899, Tring. At home there in 1901 census Emigrated to Canada in 1908 where he appears in the 1911 Canada census living at 485 Burnell St., Winnipeg.
    6. George Sharp, b. Dec 1893, Tring. At home there in 1901 census Emigrated to Canada in 1908 where he appears in the 1911 Canada census living at 485 Burnell St., Winnipeg. George Sharp served with 8th Battalion C.E.F. (90th Winnipeg Rifles-"Little Black Devils") during WW1. His attestation papers show he was b. 13 Dec 1895 and he enlisted at Camp Sewell, Manitoba on 6 July 1915. Pte. George Sharp died of wounds 26 Sept 1916. On this day his battalion was part of an large offensive action known as Phase IX of the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Thiepval Ridge. He is buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension in France.
    7. Joseph Sharp, b. c. 1889, Tring. At home there in 1901 census. He is not shown as emigrating with his family in 1908 and 1911 and either d. by those dates or remained in England.

    After Alfred Prentice died, Rosina (Prentice) Sharp and 5 of her children in 1908 went to Canada and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where they appear in the 1911 Canada census living 485 Burnell St., Winnipeg. Other of her children emigrated to join her in the 1911 census.

  4. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1860, Aldbury, Hertfordshire. At home in Aldbury in 1861 and 1871. Not in 1881 and 1891 census.
  5. James Prentice, b. c. 1863, Tring, Hertford. In 1881 he was a servant in the home of William and Mary Glover. In 1891 living with his brother, Ebenezer, below, and apparently with a wife, Martha, b. c. 1867, Chartridge Nean (called a sister in law to Ebenezer).
    1. Maggie Prentice, b. 1890, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. 1901 in Aylesbury.
    2. Eliza Prentice, b. c. 1893, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. 1901 in Aylesbury.
    3. Gilbert Prentice, b. c. 1898, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. 1901 in Aylesbury
    4. Reginal Prentice, b. c. 1900, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. 1901 in Aylesbury
  6. Susan Prentice, b. c. 1865, Tring, Hertford. Home in 1891.
  7. Ebenezer Prentice, b. c. 1867, Tring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  8. Emily Prentice, b. c. 1870, Tring. She appears in the 1891 census in Lee, Loondon, as a Servant.
  9. Elizabeth/Lizzie Prentice, b. c. 1873, Tring. She appears in the 1891 census in Hornsey, Middlesex, as a Servant.
  10. Frederick/Fred Prentice, b. c. 1875, Tring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  11. Catherine/Kate Prentice, b. c. 1880, Tring. Home in 1891.

Also shown living with Henry's family in the 1881 census is , granddaughter, b. c. 1880, Tring.

3. Frank Sharp, b. Aug 1890, Tring. At home there in 1901 census. He is the ggf of Jason Sharp (per his email of 2 Aug 2008). Emigrated to Canada in 1908 where he appears in the 1911 Canada census living at 485 Burnell St., Winnipeg. Frank Sharp served in the 10th Battalion C.E.F. (Western Canadians) during WW1. Attestation papers show he was b. 2 Aug 1890 and he enlisted at Valcartier, Quebec on 25 Sept 1914. Pte. Frank Sharp fought in the 2nd Battle of Ypres (Apr 1915). As a result of being gassed during the battle, he developed medical conditions which resulted in a medical discharge on 25 June 1916.

He m. Katherine Cartwright (b. 1898 Tring, Hertfordshire, England d. 11 June 1945). His marriage certificate confirms his father is Alfred Sharp and his mother is Rosina Prentice. Frank d. in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 5 Nov 1969. Children:

  1. Dorothy Sharp, b. c. 1912-1922, probably Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  2. Thomas Sharp, b. c. 1912-1922, probably Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the grandfather of Jason Sharp.

4. Ebenezer Prentice, b. c. 1867, Tring. In 1891 and 1901 he was living in Aylesbury, St. Mary, Buckinghamshire, with his wife and family.

He m. Mary (Pitchford?), b. c. 1866, Bulbasane, Hertford. In 1901, they appear in the census in Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire with their children:

  1. Frank Prentice, b. c. 1892, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. At home in 1901.
  2. Edith E Prentice, b. c. 1897, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. At home in 1901.

Also living with Ebenezer's family in 1901 was Charles Pitchford, b. c. 1828, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire, and called "Father", apparently to Mary.

5. Frederick/Fred Prentice, b. c. 1875, Tring. At home in Tring in 1891.

He m. Eliza and had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Harry Prentice, b. c. 1898, Tring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]

6. Harry Prentice, b. c. 1898, Tring. WW I death records identify him as a Private, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/1st Bucks Bn., who died age 18 on 19 Jul 1916 and son of Frederick and Eliza Prentice, of 49, King St., Tring, Hertford. His memorial can be found at III. C. 24, Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue. A Google search discloses the following:

    Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord

    Laventie and La Gorgue are adjoining towns. Laventie Military Cemetery is on the north-east outskirts of Laventie. From Laventie, head north out of the town on the D166. Approximately 1 kilometre along this road turn right at the first junction and follow the small road for 400 metres. The Cemetery is on the right hand side.

    The towns of Laventie and La Gorgue fell into German hands in the Battles of the Lys in April, 1918, and they were retaken by British troops early in the following September. Laventie Military Cemetery was begun (in Plot II) in the latter half of June, 1916, by the 61st (South Midland) Division (whose graves are associated particularly with the Attack at Fromelles, 19th July, 1916), and carried on by other Divisions holding this front; in June, 1917-April, 1918, the Portuguese Corps buried in it. It was used again in September, 1918; and after the Armistice British, Indian and Chinese graves were brought in from other cemeteries and from the neighbouring battlefields, as well as a number of Portuguese. All the 176 Portuguese graves have, however, been removed to Richebourg-l'Avoue Portuguese National Cemetery. There are now nearly 550, 1914-18 war casualties commemorate in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and special memorials are erected to four British officers of the Indian Army, killed at Neuve Chapelle, whose graves were believed to be in Lestrem Communal Cemetery but were not found on concentration. The cemetery covers an area of 3,120 square metres.

Who are Henry Prentice's Parents?

Henry may be related to the Prentices of Tring who are discussed in our Summer 2005 article. Tring lies only about 2-3 miles east of Aldbury ( see map ).

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