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Walter Joseph Prentice of Brentford, England

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Walter Joseph Prentice of Brentford, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2009 and Revised 17 Mar 2016

1. Antony Prentice (Anthony is a variation of Antony) b. c. 1847, Poland. 1891 as Anthony Prentis in Stepney, London as b. c. 1851, Poland, a Tailor. 1901 in Plumstead, London. He appears in the 1911 England census in Kingston on Thames, Surrey, at the age of 64. He was a Master Tailor.He also appears in the 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, and 1902 Borough of Woolwich, Electoral Registers. Woolwich lies about 1/2 mile west of Plumstead.

He m. Magdalena, b. c. 1850, Poland. 1891 as Magdolen, b. c. 1851, Poland. She appears in the 1901 census as Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1853, Poland. Children per the 1901 and 1911 census:

  1. Alexander Prentice, b. c. 1873, Plumstead, London. 1891 and 1901 at home.
  2. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1877, Plumstead, London. 1891 and 1901 at home.
  3. Joseph Walter Prentice, b. c. 1880, Stepney, Middlesex. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  4. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1885, Plumstead, London. 1891 and 1901 at home
  5. Elizabeth Prentice, b. c. 1887, Spitlefields,Plumstead, London. 1891 and 1901 at home . 1911 at home in Kingston on Thames. Occupation: Tailoress.
  6. Eleanor Prentice or Helena Prentice, b. c. 1891, Spitlefields, Plumstead, London. 1891 as Helen. 1901 at home. 1911 at home Kingston on Thames. Occupation: Tailoress.
  7. George Prentice, b. c. 1893, Woolwich, Plumstead Kent. 1901 at home. 1911 at home in Kingston on Thames. Occupation: Sewing Machist Tailoring.

2. Joseph Walter Prentice, b. c. 1880, Stepney, Middlesex. He appears with his family in the 1911 census in the home of his parents, Antony and Magdalena in Kingston on Thames. He was a Journeyman Tailor Maker

He m. Marie c. 1903 in Kingston. The IGI which shows a Walter Joseph Prentice who married Mary A Bendreusavechai in 1903 in Woolwich, London. She is likely the same person as Mary Ann Bundrewravcha or Mary Ann Balsavitch discussed under #3, below. She was b. c. 1876, Poland. Children per 1911 census:

  1. Wallie [Walter Joseph] Prentice, son, [twin] b. c. 1906, Haunslow, Middlesex. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. Lilly Prentice, dau., [twin] b. c. 1906 Hounslow, Middlesex. 1911 at home.
  3. Nellie Prentice, dau., b. c. 1911, Kingston upon Thames. 1911 at home.

Derek Smith's email of 8 Mar 2016 relates that Mary Ann, later remarried, so that might explain the Baksavitch surname on Walter's marriage certificate

3. Walter Joseph Prentice, b. c. 1906, Brentford, Hounslow, Middlesex, and d. Nov 1972, Coatbridge, age 68.. Brentford is about 5 miles west of central London. Brentford is a town in Hounslow, a borough of Greater London. It is in the historic county of Middlesex. Derek Smith's email, below, relates that Walter had a long and decorated army career serving with the Seaforth Highlanders.

He is mentioned in the 24 and 26 Feb 2009 Ancestry.com Connection Service email from Megzia which reads, in part, as follows:

    "Walter Joseph Prentice married Annie Moran at St. Mary's RC Church, Whifflet, Coatbridge on 4 October 1935. The marriage certificate gives his parents as Walter Joseph Prentice and Mary Ann Balsavitch. Family gossip is that at the time of his marriage, his birth certificate could not be found but it is known that he was born [1904 in Brentford, England]. He died in November 1972 in Coatbridge aged 68 years. There were three children by his marriage, Daniel (1937-1987), Margaret (1935-1991) and Agnes (1942-)."

    Note: Ancestry.com says Walter's parents are Joseph Prentice and Mary Ann Bundrewravcha but with no additional information about them.

Walter m. Annie Moran at St. Mary's RC Church, Whifflet, Coatbridge on 4 Oct 1935. That Walter d. Nov 1972, Coatbridge, age 68 ytears. Annie was b. 1910, Baillies Lane, Hospital St., Coatbridgee, and d. Monklands Dist Gen. Hosp., Airdrie. Children:

  1. Thomas Moran 1931 – 1932
  2. Margaret Prentice, b. 5 Oct 1935, 5 Coathill St., Coatbridge, and d. 17 Apr 1991, 45 Calder Ct., Coatbridge. Cremation. She m. Gordon Allen and had a son and daughter:
    1. Gordon Allen Jr.
    2. Ann Allen.
  3. Daniel Prentice, b. 1937, Coatbridge, and d. 28 Aug 1987, Corby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

4. Daniel Prentice 1937, Coatbridge, and d. 28 Aug 1987, Corby. He m. Isabel Costello at St. Mary's RC Church, Coatbridge. They had a son:

  1. Gary Walter J. Prentice, b. 23 Jun 1964 and d. Feb 1991 in Stafford. Gary's final resting place is Northampton England where his mother, Isabel, lived in 2016.
  2. Agnes Prentice 1942 - living. She m. Mr. Smith and had 2 sons:
    1. Bernard Smith.
    2. Derek Smith. His email of 7 Mar 2016 provides the following information:

        "Walter J Prentice was my maternal grandfather. My mother, Agnes Prentice (Smith) is the only living member of his direct family. I am new to this genealogy and we were searching our family tree using my great grandmother's name Mary Ann Bunderwravcha when I came across your article. We have not heard of the alternative surname Balsavitch used in your article? We do know that my great grand parents lived and worked in Preston around the time that Walter was born so this may be the reason you cannot find them in the 1901 census of Brentford. We would be very interested to know if Walter had any siblings? Walter did have a long and decorated army career serving with the Seaforth Highlanders."

Who are Antony Prentice's Parents?

Investigation is continuing.

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