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William Edward Prentice of Australia

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William Edward Prentice of Australia
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2016 and Revised 1 Dec 2016

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We are helping William Edward Prentice in tracing his Prentice family tree. Here is what we have so far:

1. William (middle name=Edward?) Prentice, perhaps b. c. 1790-1820. In 1854 he emigrated to Australia with his wife and 3 children. They disembarked at Port Fairy and travelled overland to Melbourne. Family tradition says that he was a 'free man' from Kent.

He m. Mary Wombell. Gail Parmar's email of 12 Sep 2011 relates that Mary was pregnant on the voyage out to Australia and that, sadly, her baby died nd was buried at Port Fairy, where they had disembarked. The name of this baby girl, Gail was told, was Evelyn Prentice. Other children of William and Mary per Gail Parmar: Children:

  1. Emma Prentice. Gail Parmer relates that: "Emma, may have had more than one marriage, but it was said that her husband, John Goddard, was the love of her life, and his name was given as a middle name to one of the sons of her brother, William."
  2. Caroline Prentice. Caroline Parmer relates that: "married a successful businessman, (Mr Redfern ?) and older members of the family spoke about visiting “Auntie Liney” in her very wealthy home, and having to be on their best behaviour."
  3. William Edward Prentice>, b. 1859, Melbourne or Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. William Edward Prentice III, b. 1859, Melbourne or Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. We have conflicting information on his death and children:

    One source said he d. 1887, Melbourne, age 28 years. He had 1 or more children by an unidentified wife, including:

    1. William Edward Prentice IV, b. c. 1884, probably Melbourne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

    Another source at Ancestry.com says he d. 27 Nov 1916, Fitzroy, Victoria, and had the following children by his wife, Helen Claringbold who he m. 14 Jun 1886, Fitzroy, Victoria:

    1. Leslie Roff Vincent Prentice, b 1887, Fitzroy, Victoria, and d. 13 Aug 1928, Middlesex, England. He m. Olive Sibella Bonham-Carter on 11 Jan 1920, Westminster, Middlesex. She was b. 14 Dec 1888, Kensington and Chelsea, Middlesex, and d. 4th Q. 1977.
    2. Clarence Edward (Clarry) Prentice, b. 1886, Petersham, NSW, Australia, and d. 27 Apr 1961, Queensland.
    3. Jack Prentice, b. 1898, Petersham, NSW, Australia.

3 William Edward Prentice IV was b. c. 1884, probably Melbourne, and d. c. 1936 while attending an athletics meet in which his son,William Edward Prentice IV was competing. He m. Hilda Catherine Bromley from Ballarat. She was b. c. 17 Dec 1886 and was descended from a family who were among the earliest settlers in Geelong. Children:

  1. Dorothy Prentice.
  2. Mavis Prentice.
  3. William Edward Prentice V, b. 12 Sep 1916, Melbourne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

4 William Edward Prentice V, b. 12 Sep 1916, Melbourne. He d. in 1991 at the age of 75. He m. Mavis Cecilia Pauling. She was b. 4 Aug 1917He had 3 children, including:

  1. Gail Catherine Prentice, b. 26 Dec 1944. In 2011 she was a Psychologist in private practice.
  2. Maxwell Neville Prentice, b. 1946.
  3. William Edward Peter "Peter" Prentice VI, b. 1952 in Melbourne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]

5 William "Peter" Edward Prentice VI, b. 1952 in Melbourne. I2002 lived in Tweed Heads, NSW, and 2010 in Banora Point, NSW Australia. He has 2 or more children, including:

  1. William Edward Prentice VII, b. 1983, Melbourne.
  2. Jay Lennon Prentice, b. 1985, Victoria.

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