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Benjamin Prentice of England and Australia

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Benjamin Prentice of England and Australia
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2000 and Revised: 12 Dec 2005

Update of 21 May 2001: This article has been superseded and replaced by the Summer 2001 article on Henry Prentice of Wigenhall, England.

Ian Prentice and Graeme Prentice haveprovided us with genealogical material from a book about a particular Prentice line in Australia. The first and second generation information is provided by Ian Prentice, and the balance of the information is from that book.

B. Benjamin Prentice, b. perhaps 1670-1700 at an unknown location. Benjamin was buried in 1726 at Halstead. He m. Sarah Panal in 1721 Halstead. They had at least one son:

  1. Benjamin Prentice, b. aft. 1721 and buried in 1771. . . . . . . . . [A]

A. Benjamin Prentice, perhaps b. c. 1721-1730 and buried in 1771. He m. 1st Mary and 2nd Sarah. Sons:

  1. Benjamin Prentice, bap. 8 Apr 1750 and d. 1839. . . . . . [1]
  2. John Prentice, bap. 5 Nov 1755.
  3. (perhaps) James Prentice, b. c. 1756 and d. 1809. His father is identified as Benjamin Prentice, and given the rarity of the name, Benjamin Prentice, there would appear to be a good chance that James is his son. James m. Sarah Newton in 1776. She d. 1807. For more information about James' descendants, see the linked Prentice Newsletter article.

1. Benjamin Prentice, bap. 8 Apr 1750 and d. 1839; m. Sarah Kays on 19 May 1773 at Halstead. She was b. c. 1765 and d. 1845. They had at least 3 children:

  1. Sarah Prentice, bap. 13 Dec 1774.
  2. Elizabeth Prentice, bap. 30 Apr 1784.
  3. William Prentice, bap. 1787. He was a Husbandman of Wanfield, not far away. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. William Prentice was bap. 1787, probably at Halstead, and died 1858 at Halstead. He married, first, about 1810-12, Susanna who was b. c. 1786 and who d. 1820 at Halsted. Children:

  1. Susanna Prentice, bap. 1813 Halstead and d. 1817 at Halstead.
  2. William Prentice, bap. 1815, Halstead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. James Pentice, bap. 1818, Halstead. May be deceased by 1819 when another son was named James.
  4. James Prentice, bap. 1819 and d. 1820, Halstead.

William married, second, Mary Gallifont, bap. 1796, Halstead, and d. 1858, Halstead. Children of William and Mary:

  1. James Prentice, bap. 1823, Halstead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[4]
  2. Hannah Prentice, bap. 1825, Halstead and d. 1892, Halstead, unmarried.
  3. Benjamin Prentice, bap. 1827, Halstead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  4. Sarah Prentice, bap. 1828, Halstead.
  5. Elizabeth Prentice, bap 1829, Halstead.
  6. Henry Prentice, bap 1830, Halstead and d. 1849, Halstead.
  7. Emma Prentice, bap. 1831, Halstead.
  8. William Prentice, bap. 1832, Halstead.
  9. Charles Prentice, bap. 1843, Halstead.

3. William Prentice, bap. 1815 Halstead and d. 1845, Halstead. He m. Amelia Missen in 1842 at Great Thurlow. She was b. c. 1826 and was the dau. of Thomas Missen and Sarah Brett. After William died, Amelia m., second, his brother, Benjamin, below. Children of William and Amelia:

  1. James Prentice, bap. 1843, Great Thurlow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  2. Edward Prentice, bap. 1844, Great Thurlow, Essex County.

4. James Prentice, bap. 1823, Halstead and d. 1890, Halstead, Essex, England. Not in the 1841 census. He appears there with his wife and family in the 1851 census as a "Factory Lab" living at 28 High Street, Halstead. He later appears in the 1861, 1871 and 1881 census. (Ref: Ancestry.com .)

He m. Ann Hostler/Hortler c. 1843 in Halstead. She was b. c. 1825 in Halstead, Essex. They had 3 or more children, including:

  1. James Prentice, b. 1844, Halstead, Essex. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  2. Frances Prentice, b. 1848, Halstead, Essex. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]
  3. Rosa Bonheur Prentice, b. 1860, Halstead,Essex. At home in 1861 and 1871. A Servant in the 1891 census in Paddington, London.

5. Benjamin Prentice was bap. 1827, Halstead and d. 1900 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

He m. the widow of his brother, William, Amelia (Missen) Prentice in 1852. It appears from the births of their children that Benjamin and his family moved to London before 1853 where they apparently lived for the next 20 years. Then, in 1873, Benjamin and his family emigrated to Australia aboard the "Queen of Nations." Children of Benjamin and Amelia:

  1. Thomas R. Prentice, b. 1853, London and d. 1907, London. He m. Mary Smithson in London and had:
    • Rose Elizabeth Prentice, b. 1878, London.
    • Clara Agnes Prentice, b. 1882, London.
    • Maude Lillian Prentice, b. 1885, London.
  2. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 1855, London and d. 1890. She m. 1882 John Cutting.
  3. Joseph Prentice, b. 1857, London and d. 1858, London.
  4. William Prentice, b. 1861, London and d. 1865, London.
  5. Sarah Prentice, b. 1866, London and m. Archie Williams.
  6. Herbert Prentice,b. 1867, London and d. 1922, Hallam, Victoria, Australia. He m. Alice M. Maynard, Kerang, Victoria, Australia.

6. James Prentice, bap. 1843, Great Thurlow and d. 1917 at Lexton, Victoria, Australia.

He m. Emily Barrett Kitchen at Beaufort, Victoria, Australia. She was b. c. 1848 and was the dau. of William Kitchen and Elizabeth Barrett. Children:

  1. Amelia Barrall Prentice, b. 1859, Victoria and d. 1952, Victoria. She m. Sam Owens in 1892. Children:
    • Edna Owens, b. 1909, Victoria. She m. 1935 Beb Wiese. Daughter:
      • Gloria Wiese, b. 1936, Victoria. She m. Mr. Ball and had 2 daughters
    • Arthur Owens, b. 1912, Victoria and d. 1982, Victoria. He m. 1948 Carman Cowan.
      • David Prentice, b. 1949, Victoria. He m. Jennifer and had a son and daughter.
      • Bruce Prentice, b. 1951, Victoria.
      • Kevin Prentice, b. 1954, Victoria.
      • Ruth Prentice, b. 1955, Victoria.
  2. Elizabeth Jane Prentiss, b. 1871, Victoria and d. 1961, Victoria.
  3. William Thomas Prentice, b. 1872, Victoria and d. 1945, Victoria. He m. Florence Ade Riggall in 1906, Victoria. She was b. c. 1874 and was the dau. of Edward Riggall and Martha Gregory.
    • Roy Prentice, b. 1906, Victoria. He m. 1938, Victoria, Marce Ashworth. Children:
      • Hilary Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      • Andrew Prentice, b. 1941, Victoria.
      • Eleanor, b. 1941, Victoria.
    • Sydney Prentice,b. 1908 New South Wales. He m. 1919, Victoria, Mildred Barnard. Children:
      • Catherine Prentice, b. 1941, Victoria.
      • Margaret Prentice, b. 1943, Victoria.
      • Rosemary Prentice, b. 1946, Victoria
      • James Prentice, b. 1948, Victoria.
    • Kenneth Prentice, b. 1912, Victoria. He m. 1940, Madge Dunsford. Children:
      • Paul Prentice, b. 1941, Uganda
      • Hugh Prentice, b. 1942, Uganda
      • Joan Prentice, b. 1946, Uganda
      • Faye Prentice, b. 1953, Uganda
    • Eric Prentice, b. 1913, New South Wales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [9]
    • Dorothy Prentice, b. 1916, Victoria. She m. 1938, Victoria, Austin Rigby. Children:
      • Graham Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      • Richard Prentice, b. 1942, Victoria.
  4. James Prentice, b. 1875, Victoria, d. 1950, Victoria and m. 1907 Edith Neil. Children:
    • Dulcie Prentice, b. 1908, Victoria. She m. 1943, Victoria, Harry Herbert.
    • Thelma Prentice, b. 1910, Victoria. She m. 1938, Victoria, Samuel Dawson.
    • Linda Prentice, b. 1911,Victoria. She m. 1936, Victoria, William Hirchcliffe.
  5. Arthur Edward Prentice, b. 1878, Victoria and d. 1941, Victoria and m. 1906 Isabella Edwards. Children:
    • Lon Prentice, b. 1907.
    • Arthur Prentice, b. 1908, Victoria. Arthur m. 1st 1935, Victoria, Nellie Casey. He m. 2nd, 1949, Victoria, Myrtle Spalding. Children:
      • Beryl Prentice, b. 1938, Victoria.
      • Robert Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      • Gwenyth Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      • Earle Prentice, b. 1950, Victoria.
    • Isabella Prentice, b. 1910, Victoria. She m. 1939, Victoria, Ron Whitbourn(?). Children:
      • John, b. c. 1941, Victoria.
    • Ernest Prentice, b. 1912, Victoria. He m. 1st 1939, Victoria, Betty Anderson. He m. 2nd, 1973, Victoria, Gwen Harmon. Children:
      • Jeffrey Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      • Ernest Prentice, b. 1940, Victoria.
      • Lawrence Prentice, b. 1944, Victoria
  6. Ernest Robert Prentice birth, b. c. 1880 in Beaufort, Victoria, Australia, and d. 1962. He m. Florence Hodge, b. c. 1898. Children (per Ancestry.com)
    1. Ian PRENTICE b: 1920 d: 1977. He m. Dorothy SCHMUTTER b: <1923>
    2. Douglas PRENTICE b: 1920. He m. 1st Betty MELLOWS b: <1933> and 2nd Living SHERRIFF
    3. Majorie PRENTICE b: 1926, She m. Stephen PERRY b: <1922>

  7. Albert Benjamin Prentice, b. c. 1882 in Beaufort, Victoria, Australia, and d. 1960 in New South Wales. He Carol Middleton, b. c. 1895. Children (per Ancestry.com):
    1. Majorie Joy Prentice, b: 1917. She m. Clive Bowman, b. c. 1913.
    2. Adrian Prentice, b. 1921. He m. (living) Matthews.

  8. Stanley Lawrence Prentice, b. c. 1887 in Beaufort, Victoria, Australia, and d. 1950, Victoria, Australia. He m. Aileen McNamara who was b. c. 1903. Children (per Ancestry.com):
    1. Patricia Prentice, b. c. 1925. She m. Phillip Stansmore who was b. c. 1921.
    2. Peter Prentice, b. c. 1928. He m. Miss Fettell.
    3. Philip Prentice, b. c. 1928. He m. MisS Rowe.

  9. Emily Myrtle Prentice birth, b. c. 1891 in Beaufort, Victoria, Australia, and d. 19 Mar 1929. She m. Charles Harbourd in 1921 in Victoria, Australia. He was b. c. 1887 in Beaufort, Victoria, Australia. Children (per Ancestry.com):
    1. Myra Harbourt, b. c. 1922. She m. Les Raines who was b. c. 1918.
    2. Raymond Harbourt, b. c. 1926. He m. Miss. McLean.

7. James Prentice, b. 1844, Halstead, Essex. At home in Halstead inthe 1851 census. 1881 and 1891 in Sudbury, Suffolk. 1901 census in Ballingdon Cum Brundon, Suffolk.

He m. Ellen Selina Foakes in 1866 in Sudbury, Suffolk. She was b. c. 1845, Sudbury, Essex. They had 3 or more children, including:

  1. James William Prentice, b. 1868. Sudbury, Suffolk. At home in 1881 census.
  2. Ernest Albert Prentice, b. 1874, Suffolk. At home in 1881 census. He m. Annie Scrivener, b. 1872, Middleton, Essex. She was the dau of Walter Scrivener (1848 -) and Emma Gardener (1849 -).
  3. Flora Alice Prentice, b. 1876, Sudbury, Suffolk. At home in 1881 census. She m. Albert E.Hollibone, 1900, Sudbury, Essex. He was b. 1877, Eastbourne, Sussex. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com .

8. Rosa Bonheur Prentice, b. 1848, Halstead,Essex. He was b. 1841, Haslstead.

She m. Henry Amey, son of James and Mary Amey. They had 3 or more children, including:

  1. Ernest Harry Ameyb. 1879, Halstead, Essex. At home in 1881, 1891 and 1901 in Hadleigh, Suffolk.
  2. Rosa Mary A. Amey, b. 1881, Essex. At home in 1881, 1891 and 1901 in Hadleigh, Suffolk.
  3. Annie Maud Amey, b. 1886, Halstead. At home in 1881 and 1891.

9. Eric Prentice, b. 1913, New South Wales.

He m. 1st 1944, NSW, Barbara Smyrk. He m. 2nd 1970, NSW, Marie(?) Walsh. Children of Eric and Barbara:

  1. Collin Prentice, b. 1948, NSW.
  2. Phillip Prentice, b. 1950, NSW.

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