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Isaac Prentice of Waldringfield, England

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Isaac Prentice of Waldringfield, Suffolk, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 1999 and Revised 21 Apr 2014

Update of 18 Feb 2014: Isaac Prentice is the son of #2, Thomas Prentice, in our inter 2000 article about Prentices of Glemsford and Langley, England . However, this article will continue to be the source of information about Isaac Prentice and his descendants.

Introduction: In 1983, Cathleen Scutt of RR 1, Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada K0C 10, submitted some group sheets for Isaac Prentice of Waldringfield, Suffolk, England. The information contained on those sheets, augmented with substantial new information gathered by Ian Prentice, and further augmented by census records and Fergus Farrow's email of 26 Feb 2001 citing "Felixstowe Family History Society transcription of the chritenings, marriages and burials at All Saints Waldringfield for the period 1695 to 1837", is as follows:

1. Isaac Prentice, b. c. 1760-70, of Waldringfield, Suffolk England. He d. 21 Aug 1831 and she d. 8 Oct 1835 and are bur. in Waldringrfield (Ref: Fergus Farrow, above). (See Fn. 1) The 1841 census shows Isaac and his family in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Waldringfield lies very near Woodbridge and St. Catherine's Indexes lump all that area under Woodbridge.

He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Bugg in 1795 in Woodbridge St. Mary (per Sue, email, 28 Feb 2008).

Elizabeth was b. c. 1770-1773. The following children of Isaac and Elizabeth have been identified by census records, Ian Prentice and the Waldringfield Registers transcription:

  1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1790 (per 1841 census) at Martlesham and d. 1856 in Woodbridge. Note, however, that the c. 1790 date is before the 1795 marriage date of Isaac and Elizabeth, above. Either he was b. later, or he may be adopted or the son of a prior marriage. He m. Sarah Edwards in 1822 at Woodbridge where she d. in 1878. She was b. c. 1801, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Sarah appears in the 1861 census in Waldringfield with her son, Isaac. Children:
    1. Thomas Asa Prentice, b. 1823, Woodbridge.
    2. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 1830. At home in 1841 and 1851 (per census) in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Ian Prentice's email of 1 Mar 2001 says she m. in the March quarter of 1848 in Woodbridge, but that appears to be a different Elizabeth.
    3. Isaac Prentice, b. c. 1832, Waldringfield, Suffolk (per 1841 census and 1851 census) or 1828, Waldringfield (per 1861 census). At home in 1851 and 1871. In 1881 living alone as a General labourer on Pound Lane in Woodbridge, Suffolk.
    4. John Prentice, b. c. 1834, Suffolk. At home in Woodbridge in 1841 census. He is probably the John Prentice shown in the 1851 census in Ipswich, Suffolk, as a "Prisoner for Trial". He is not in the 1861 and later census.
    5. Samuel Prentice, b. 1836, Woodbridge and d. there in 1837.
    6. Jane Prentice, b. 1839 (per 1841 census), Woodbridge and d. there in 1852.
    7. Mary Ann Prentice, b. 1841, Woodbridge and d. there in 1862. At home in 1851 and 1861 census.

    Also appearing in Sarah's home in the 1861 census in Waldringfield, is Jane Ann Prentice, called a grandchild of Sarah, b. c. 1856 in Woodbridge, but it is unclear who her father and mother are.

  2. William Prentice. chr. 15 Apr 1798, Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above). He may have married in the March quarter of 1849 in Wodbridge (per Ian Prentice, 1 Mar 2001). He is likely the William Prentice shown in the 1861 census in Ipswich, Suffolk as b. (not chr.) c. 1795 in Waldringfield. Also shown is his wife, Elizabeth, b. c. 1804, Aldham, Suffolk. Also living with them in 1861 was Stephen Wright, b. c. 1839, Willisham, Suffolk, probably a son of Elizabeth by a prior marriage.

  3. John Prentice, chr. 24 Nov 1799, Waldringfield. He d. 26 Jul 1809 and is buried in Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above).

  4. Robert Prentice, chr. 28 Jul 1802, Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above). Not in 1851 and later census.

  5. Joseph Prentice, chr. 30 Sep 1804 at Waldringfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

  6. Sarah Prentice, chr. 28 Sep 1806, Waldringfield and d. 9 May 1826. Buried in Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above).

  7. Samuel Prentice, chr. 21 Aug 1808, Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above). He probably d. in the Stowmarket area in the June quarter of 1842 (per Ian Prentice, above).

  8. James Prentice. His birth date and birth place is not yet known. He was called "infant" and bur. on 31 Aug 1809 in Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above).

  9. Hannah Prentice, chr. 29 Jul 1810, Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above).

  10. Mary Prentice, chr. 28 Feb 1813, Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above).

  11. John Prentice, chr. 10 Feb 1819, Waldringfield (Fergus Farrow, above). He probably died in the September quarter of 1840 in Woodbridge (per Ian Prentice, above).

2. Joseph Prentice, chr/bap 30 Sep 1804 at Waldringfield and d. 1871 at Woodbridge. Joseph and his family appear in the 1841 and 1861 census in Waldringfield.

He married Emily Button on 11 Dec 1834 in Waldringfield. Emily was b. c. 1812, Hembley, Suffolk and d. in Waldringfield on 28 Mar 1858. Their children included (per 1841 and 1851 Waldringfield census):

  1. Ann Prentice, b. c. 1835, Waldringfield. At home in 1841.

  2. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1837, Waldringfield. At home in 1841. Not in 1851 and later census.

  3. George Prentice, b. 1839 and chr. 12 Mar 1843, Waldringfield. He d. in the Dec. quarter of 1850.

  4. David Prentice, b. c. 1841, Waldringfield. He m. in the June quarter of 1862 in Woodbridge (per Ian Prentice, above). He appears in the 1871 census in Ipswich St. Margaret. He appears in the 1881 census living on Foxhall Rd., North Side, Ipswich, St. Margaret, Suffolk, as a "General Dealer". He does not appear in the 1891 or 1901 census.He m. 1st Elizabeth, b. c. 1843, Henley, Suffolk, and she appears in the 1871 census.
    1. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1863, Waldringfield. At home in 1871. Not home in 1881. He might be the Charles Prentice shown in the 1881 Woodbridge census as b. in Woodbridge and a Lodger (see #1 above for reference that Waldringfield lies very near Woodbridge and St. Catherine's Indexes lump all that area under Woodbridge). He may also be the Charles Prentice shown in the 1891 census in Islington, Highbury, London, with his wife, Fanny, b. c. 1859, Shefford, Bedfordshire. They later appear in the 1901 census in Stoke Newington, London. Children:
      1. Charles Augustus Prentice, b. c. 1888, Haggerstone, London. At home in 1891 and 1901.
      2. Maud Prentice, b. c. 1897, Stoke Newington, London.

    2. William Prentice, b. c. 1864, Waldringfield. At home in 1871. Not in 1881 and later census records..
    3. Jessie Prentice, dau., b. c. 1868, Ipswich, Suffolk. At home in 1871. Not home in 1881.
    4. John Prentice,b. c. 1870, Ipswich, Suffolk. At home in 1871 and 1881. He appears in the 1891 census in St. Botolph Aldersgate in the employ of Messis J & R Marley. In the 1901 census he is an unmarried Boarder in Islington, London.

    David m. 2nd Mary Ann, b. c. 1857, Rendham, Suffolk. She appears in the 1881 census with no additional children shown.

  5. Charles Prentice. b. c. 1843, Waldringfield. Not in 1861. 1871 or 1881 census.

  6. Mary Ann Prentice, b. 19 Jan 1845 and chr. 11 Jun 1848, Waldringfield, and d. Dec 1884 at Woodbridge, Suffolk, Eng. At home in Waldringfield in 1861 census. She m. William Brown on 26 Dec 1864 at Waldringfield. Children (per 1871 census):
    1. Charles Brown, b. c. 1866, Waldringfield.
    2. Albert Brown, b, b. c. 1870, Waldringfield.
    3. Ellen Brown, b. c. 1868, Waldringfield.

  7. John Prentice, b. c. 1847, Waldringfield. He d. in Woodbridge in the June quarter of 1851 (per Ian Prentice).

  8. Robert Prentice. b. c. 1849, Waldringfield. At home in 1861. In the 1871 census he is a Lodger in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. Not in 1881 and later census.

  9. Joseph Prentice. b. Dec 1851 and chr. 28 Dec 1851, Waldringfield and d. Sep 1862. At home in 1861.

  10. Henry Prentice. b. c. 1852, Waldringfield. . . . . . . . [3]

3. Henry Prentice. b. 7 Nov 1855 and b. 17 Feb 1856, Waldringfield and, accocrding to Barbara Harris' email of 18 Feb 2014, "Harry died in Ipswich hospital in the mid [nineteen] thirties. At home in 1861. Called "Harry Prentice" in the 1871 census and living with his sister, Mary Ann, and her husband, William Brown.

He m. Emma Maddison in Woodbridge on 16 Feb 1877, Martlesham, per Ellen Dalecotton, above. She was b. c. 1858, Martlesham, Suffolk, and bap. there on 23 May 1858, dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth Maddison per Ellen Dalecotton, email, 18 Apr 2014. Barbara Harris' email of 18 Feb 2014 says she has ",,,an Order for Burial certificate for Emma Prentice dated 7 Dec 1949 at Sudbury Cemetery. She died age 92. Not in 1881 and later census.

By email of 19 Feb 2014, Barbara Harris notes that when Henry and Emma m. in March 1887, there was a marriage listed, also in Woodbridge, for an "Emma Maddison." Barbara checked the births for 1858 and found Emma Maddison was born in Woodbridge district in March that year. It is presently unclear whether she is the Emma who m. Henry.

Although further investigation is needed, Harry and Emma might be the father of:

  1. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1879, who died in WW I. War records identify Robert as a Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment, 1st Bn., age 38 and b. c. 1877 and who d. 6 Aug 1915. He is called the Son of Henry and Emma Prentice of Fenn Lane, Newbourne, Woodbridge, \ Suffolk. His burial location is Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233, Helles Memorial.

      Note: The Helles Memorial is located on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. It commemorates over 21,000 United Kingdom and Indian servicemen who were missing at Gallipoli and Australian servicemen who were posted missing at Cape Helles; also those soldiers buried at sea in this theatre.

      The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts. However, the difficult terrain and stiff Turkish resistance soon led to the stalemate of trench warfare. From the end of August, no further serious action was fought and the lines remained unchanged. The peninsula was successfully evacuated in December and early January 1916. The Helles Memorial serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and place of commemoration for many of those Commonwealth servicemen who died there and have no known grave.

  2. Charles S. Prentice, b. c. 1880, Waldringfield. At home in 1881,1891 and 1901.
  3. Emily E. Prentice, b. c. 1884, Waldringfield. At home in 1891.
  4. Henry Prentice, b. c. 1886, Waldringfield. At home in 1891.
  5. Jessie Prentice, dau., b. c. 1888, Waldringfield. At home in 1891 and 1901.
  6. Elizabeth Ellen Prentice, b. c. 1890, Waldringfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  7. Louisa Emma Prentice, b. c. 1893, Waldringfield. At home in 1901. She was a witness to the marriage of her sister, Elizabeth, above.
  8. Lucy Prentice, b. c. 1897, Waldringfield. At home in 1901. She m. Mr. Alexander. Children, including:
    1. George Alexander, per Barbara Harris, email, 19 Feb 2013.

4. Elizabeth Ellen Prentice, b. c. 1890, Waldringfield. At home in 1891 and 1901.

She m. Ernest Charles Godsmark on 7 Nov 1915,St. Saviour's Church, Brixton Hill, London. He was b. 25 Jul 1893, Beckenham, Kent, and d. 1967 in {Reg 2qtr Gipping RD]. For his ancestry, see Ancestry.com tracing his roots back to the late 1400s. Children:

  1. Dau. Godsmark.
  2. Dau. Godsmark.
  3. Victor Charles Godsmark, b. 26 Sep 1920, Beckenham, Kent, and d. Oct 1993 in [Reg Bournemouth RD]. He m. Jean Margaret A. Harris in 1952. She was b. 10 Jan 1928 and d. Jan 1988 in [Reg Lewisham RD]. Children:
    1. Dau. Godsmark.
    2. Son Godsmark. He m. and had 1 son and 2 daughters.
    3. Son Godsmark.
    4. Son Godsmark.

If you have any information which can help us identify the ancestry and descendants of any of the folks mentioned above, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com..


Fn. 1. Fergus Farrow's email of 26 Feb 2001 notes that there is no record in the Waldringfield register transcription of either Isaac or Elizabeth being christened in the Waldringfield.

He did find several IGI records for the births and christenings of people with the name Elizabeth Bugg, including one in Martlesham in April 1777, dau. of Keymer Bugg and Elizabeth. Martlesham is very close to Waldringfield and to Woodbridge. Given that there were sometimes delays between births and christenings, that Elizabeth looks close to the mark for the wife of Isaac Prentice.

Perhaps Isaac came from one of the other nearby villages such as Newbourn, Hemley, Martlesham, Nacton. or even over the river in Shottisham.


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