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William Prentice of South Lopham, Norfolk, England

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William Prentice of South Lopham, Norfolk, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2006 and Revised 7 May 2007

1. William Prentice was b. c. 1801 (per 1841 census) or c. 1799 (per 1851 census) in South Lapham, Norfolk . He appears in the 1841 census in South Lopham, Norfolk as a "Smith", and in the 1851 South Lopham census he is shown as a Widower and Blacksmith. He does not appear in the 1861 and later census records.

He m. (Unknown); her name does not appear in the 1841 or 1851 census. Known children:

  1. Hannah Prentice, b. c. 1836, South Lopham, Norfolk Co., England. At home in South Lopham in 1841. She was a Servant in the 1851 census in South Lopham. She may, or may not, be the Hannah Murton shown in the 1861 Bressingham, Norfolk, census as b. c. 1835, South Lapham, wife of Charles Murton, b. c. 1830, Bressingham. Son:
    1. William Murton, b. c. 1859, Roydon, Norfolk.

  2. Sophia Prentice, b. c. 1837 (1839 in 1851 census), South Lopham, Norfolk Co., England. At home in in South Lopham 1841 and 1851. Not in 1871 census by any surname.

  3. Solomon Prentice, b. c. 1840, South Lopham, Norfolk Co., England. At home in South Lopham in 1841. At home in 1851. He appears in the 1861 census as a Pauper Inmate at Guiltcross, Norfolk. Not in 1871 and later census records.

  4. Mary Prentice, b. c. 1841, South Lopham. Not in 1841 census. At home in South Lopham in 1851.

  5. David Prentice, b. c. 1843, South Lopham. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Living in William's household as a Servant in both 1841 and 1851 in Eliza Garnham, b. c. 1821, Rickinghall (indexed as Rickryhell), Suffolk; no father surnamed Garnham is shown in the household. The 1851 census shows Eliza Garnham had at least 3 children where the father is identified only as "William. The 1841 census does show 3 men named Will Garnham who were then living in South Lopham who were born in 1788, 1816 and 1816.

Children of Eliza Garnham shown in William Prentice's 1851 household:

  1. James Garnham, b. c. 1845, South Lopham. At home in 1861 and called "James Prentice".
  2. Charles Garnham, b. c. 1847, South Lopham. At home in 1861 and called "Charles Prentice".. . . . [3]
  3. Johne Garnham, b. c. 1850, South Lopham. At home in 1861 and called "John Prentice". . . . . . . . [4]

  4. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1851, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1861.

At an unknown date between 1851 and 1861, William apparently m., as his 2nd wife Eliza and then d. before 1861 when Eliza appears as Eliza Prentice in the 1861 census as a widow with William not appearing in the household.

Eliza was b. c. 1818 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. She appears not to be Eliza Garnham because the date and place of her birth (1818, Ely, Cambridgeshire) are different from that of Eliza Garnham (1821, Rickinghall, Suffolk)

Eliza Prentice and her family appear in the 1861 census in South Lopham, Norfolk. South Lapham, Norfolk .

2. David (Garnham) Prentice, b. c. 1844, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1861. He is probably the David Prentice shown in the 1891 census in South Lopham as b. c. 1846, South Lopham, with his wife and family.

He m. Ellen, b. c. 1847, South Lopham, Norfolk. Known children:

  1. Ernest Prenticel, b. c. 1881, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  2. Herbert Prentice, b. c. 1871, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1891. He appears in the 1901 census in South Lopham with his wife, Annie, b. c. 1877, Thelnetham, Suffolk, and daughter:
    1. Blanche Prentice, b. c. 1894, South Lotham. At home in 1901.
  3. Horace Prentice, b. c. 1869, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  4. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1879, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  5. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1875, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1891. Not in 1901 census.
  6. William Prentice, b. c. 1876, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1891. He is probably the William Prentice dshown in the 1901 census as living with his grandparents in South Lopham, Levi Bowell, b. c. 1819, South Lopham, and Maria Bowell, b. c. 1841, South Lopham.

Living with David's family in 1901 was a granddaughter, May E. Bowell, b. c. 1895, South Lopham. It is unclear who her parents may be.

3. Charles (Garnham) Prentice, b. c. 1848, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1861. In the 1871 census he is a Boarder in South Lopham. He is probably the Charles Prentice shown in the 1881 census in South Lopham with his wife and family.

He m. Mary A. Bradstreet, b. c. 1852 in South Lopham, Norfolk. Living with the family in 1901 was Mary's father, James Bradstreet, b. c. 1836, South Lopham, Norfolk. Known children:

  1. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1873, South Lopham. At home in 1881.
  2. Mary A. Prentice, b. c. 1874, South Lopham. At home in 1881.
  3. Frederick Prenticek, b. c. 1875, South Lopham. At home in 1881 and 1891. Not in 1901 census.
  4. James W. Prentice, b. c. 1880, South Lopham. At home in 1881 and 1891.
  5. Infant Prentice, b. c. 1881, South Lopham. At home in 1881.
  6. Matilda Prentice, b. c. 1882, South Lopham. At home in 1891. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1885, South Lopham. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  7. Ethel Prentice, b. c. 1888, South Lopham. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  8. Jesse Prentice, son, b. c. 1890, South Lopham. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  9. Percy Prentice, b. c. 1895, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1901.

4. John (Garnham) Prentice, b. c. 1850, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in 1861. In 1871 he is a Boarder in South Lopham. He appears in the 1891 and 1901 census in Garboldisham, Norfolk, with his wife and family. Garboldisham lies only a couple miles west of South Lopham.

He m. Mary Ann. She was b. c. 1856, Hopton, Suffolk. Children per census records:

  1. George Prentice , b. c. 1874, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in Garboldisham in 1891. Not in 1901 census.
  2. Florence Prentice, b. c. 1882, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in Garboldisham in 1891.
  3. Daisy Prentice, b. c. 1884, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in Garboldisham in 1891.
  4. Annie Prentice, b. c. 1886, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in Garboldisham in 1891 and 1901.
  5. Alice Prentice, b. c. 1889, South Lopham, Norfolk. At home in Garboldisham in 1891 and 1901.
  6. William Prentice, b. c. 1892, Garboldisham, Norfolk. At home in 1901.
  7. Frederick Prentice, b. c. 1894, Garboldisham, Norfolk. At home in 1901.

Who are William Prentice's Parents?

William Prentice does not appear in the IGI.

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