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William Edward Prentice of Northamptonshire, England, and Australia

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William Edward Prentice of Northamptonshire, England, and Australia
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2016 and Revised 30 Apr 2017

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1. William Edward Prentice II, b. c. 1825, Northamponshire, England, and d. 1887 in Fitzroyt, Victoria, Australia per Ancestry.com . He became a carpenter then a successful builder before severe arthritis ruined his life.

He m. Sarah Anne Roff on 17 Apr 1858, St. Georges Church. She was b. 1835 in Stow On The Wold, Gloucestershire, England, and d. 7 Sep 1891, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She was the dau of Robert Roff (1798-1876) and Ann (1798-1887). Children, probably all born in Melbourne and Masons at a Lodge in inner Melbourne:

  1. William Edward Prentice III, b. 1859, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. Emma Gordon Prentice, b. 1861, Melbourne, Victoria. She may be the same person as Emma Gace Prentice shown in Ancestry.com as b. 1860, Collingwood, Victoria, and d. there the following year, 1861.
  3. Sarah Anne Prentice, b. 27 Apr 1862, Collingwood, Victoria, and d. 1912. She m. William Franz on 18 Dec 1883, Fitzroy, Victoria, Church of England. He was b. 26 Mar 1863, Ironstone Hills, Victoria, and d. 1944 in Banbury, Western Australia. Children per Ancestry.com :
    1. William John Franz 1884 – 1967
    2. Elsie May Franz 1886 – 1965
    3. Ruby Metta Franz 1887 –
    4. Herman Louis Franz 1893 –
    5. Isla Victoria Franz 1894 –
    6. Irene Evelyn Franz 1896 – 1971
    7. Harold Ernest Franz 1898 – 1982
    8. Leslie Norman Franz 1901 – 1964
    9. Lalla Dorothy Franz 1903 – 1999
    10. Edna Clarice Franz 1906 – 1974
  4. Robert Joseph Prentice, b. 1865, Collingwood, VictoriaAustralia, and d. 6 Jul 1931. He m. Eliza Emily Allen. She was b. c. 1874, dau. of George James Allen and Annie Bremau. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. George Edward Pentice, b. 1911 and d. 1950. He m. Agnes Mary Patterson, b. 1910 and d. before 2010. and had a son:
      1. Robert John Prentice, b. 1937 and d. 2010.. He m. 1st Patricia Yoxon and had 2 sons:
        1. Stephen Robert Prentice, b. 1960, ME.
        2. (Glenn Michael Prentice, b, 1963. He m. Corinna O'Keefe, They had 3 sons:
          1. Daniel Prentice, b. 1992.
          2. Nathan Prentice, b. 1994.
          3. Aaron Prentice, b.1997.

        Robert John Prentice m. 2nd Lorraine Rawnsley in 1979. Daughter:
        1. Belinda Prentice, b. 1979.
  5. John Prentice, b. 1867, Collingwood, Victoria and d. that same year in Fitzroy, Victoria.
  6. John Drury Prentice, b. 1868, Melbourne, Victoria, and d. 8 May 1916, Armentieres, France. WW I military death records refer to John Drury Pentice, a Private, Australian Infantry, A.I.F., 56th Bn., who d. ag age 48 on 5 Aug 1916, idenfified as the son of William Edward and Sarah Ann Prentice and husband of Elizabeth Ann Prentice of 1 Kent St., Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia, Native of Melbourne, Victoria. His memorial is F. 5., Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier. Bois Grenier is a small village in the Department of the Nord, about 4 kilometres due South of Armentieres. Leave Bois Grenier on the D222 in the direction of Fleurbaix. After 1200 metres turn left following the signs for the Cemetery, which can be found on the right hand side after the farm, approximately 800 metres from the main road.

    The cemetery was begun in March 1915 and used by units holding this sector until February 1918. At the Armistice it contained 335 burials but was then increased when graves were brought in from the battlefields south of Armentieres and from other cemeteries. Y Farm Military Cemetery now contains 820 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 284 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials commemorate one casualty believed to be buried in the cemetery and an Indian soldier known to have been buried in Marquillies Communal Cemetery German Extension whose grave could not be found. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

  7. Josiah Prentice, b. 1869, Melbourne, Victoria.
  8. Emma Grace Prentice, b. 1870, Melbourne, Victoria, and d. there that same year.
  9. Lucy Charlotte Prentice, b. 1871, Melbourne or Collingwood, , Victoria. She m. William Frederick Wyatt in 1896, Fitzroy, Victoria.
  10. Henry Mark Prentice, b. c. 1874-1875, Melbourne, Victoria.
  11. Rose Penson Prentice, b. 1878, Melbourne, Victoria. She m. Claude Stutterd in 1903.

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steve Prentice
2017-04-27 16:04:24
Further to above, I recently was informed that the reason for so many infant deaths in 1860-1870's was a massive Diptherea epidemic.
steve Prentice
2017-04-27 16:00:20
Hi there, I am a descendant of William Edward Prentice of Northamptonshire b1825. I have added below details In ((double brackets)) re my mother & brother & his 3 boys:- George Edward Prentice, b. 1911 and d. 1950. He m. Miss Patterson ((Agnes,Mary,b 1910, d 200?)) and had a son: 1. ((Robert,John-b 1937,d 2010)) Prentice. He m. ((Patricia)) Yoxon and had 2 sons: a. ((Stephen,Robert b, 1960- ME.)) Prentice.& ((Glenn,Michael b, 1963)). He married ((Corinna nee O'Keefe)) & had 3 sons:- ((Daniel,b 1992, Nathan, b1994, Aaron, b1997)). My father (Robert,John remarried, 1979 after he divorced my mother Patricia & had a daughter ((Belinda, b 1979)) with his new wife.I hope this helps fill in some gaps. Would be interested in info re William Edwards parents & contact from any other Australian descendants of his. Thanks, Stephen Robert Prentice.
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