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Edmund Astley Prentis of Delray Beach, FL

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Edmund Astley Prentis of Delray Beach, FL
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Esq., Newsletter Editor
Winter 2017 and Revised 24 Nov 2017

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Update of 24 Nov 2017: Edmund Prentis has now been merged into our Spring 2001 article about the Prentices of Bilton Ainsty, etc. That replaces this article.


1. Edmund Prentis, b. c. 1835.

He m. Anne Crowther Weaver on 4 Jun 1856, England. She was b. c. 1837 in Kingswinford, Staffordshire, England. Ancestor Chart at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Edmund D./Astley Prentis, b. 14 Aug 1856, Paddington, Middlesex Co., England. . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Edward Lowther Prince Prentis, b. 24 Sep 1858, Islington, Middlesex, England, and d. 8 Aug 1921, Plenty, New Zealand, and bur. there, age 62. He m. Lusie Ethel Maude, Jan 1906 in Auckland, Auckland, NZ, and d. Oct 1941 in Auckland, New Zealand, age 35. Children:
    1. Lilac Rose Prentis, b. Oct 1910 in NZ and d. there in her hometown, Te Puke, NZ. She m. Robert Saunders Arthur Mutton. He was b. 24 May 1913, in Te Puke, NZ and d. 7 Oct 1987 in his hometown, Te Puke, NZ, age 74, and bur. Bay of Plenty, NZ. Ancestor Chart at Ancestry.com. He m. and had 2 daughters.
    2. Dau, Prentis
  3. Vincent Prentis was born in 1861 in Islington, Middlesex, England
  4. Annie Prentis was born in 1865 in Islington, Middlesex, England
  5. Emily Prentiswas born in 1867 in Clapham, Surrey, England

2. Edmund D./Astley Prentis, b. 14 Aug 1856, Paddington, Middlesex Co., England, and bur. 18 Dec 1929, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, NY.. Emigrated to US in 1879.

He m. Mary Fannie, aka Mary Fanny, c. 1880,, b. 29 Mar 1860 or Mar 1865, MA. Father b. in Scotland and mother b. in Ireland. Children per 1900 census:

  1. Catherine Prentis, b. Mar 1882, NY.
  2. Edmund AstleyPrentis, b. 6 Dec 1883, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

3. Edmund Astley Prentis b. 6 Dec 1883, NY. 1906 in NY, USA. 1943, 1945, 1953, 1956, 1957, NY, NY.

He m. Unknown. Children:

  1. Edmund Astley Prentis, b. 12 Dec 1923, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

4. Edmund Astley Prentis, b. 12 Dec 1923, NY, and d. 11 or 20 Aug 1997, Delray Beach, FL. 10 Sep 1943, U. S. Army in WW II. Photo at https://cache.legacy.net/legacy/images/cobrands/palmbeachpost/photos/0000146472-01_0_0000146472-01-1_20170521.jpgx?w=130&h=180&option=1&v=0x000000004d3e2e0b.

He m. Helen D. Grant, b. c. 1925, and d. 29 Jun 1998, FL, age 73 Children:

  1. Peter D. Prentis
  2. Edmund A Prentis 4th, b. 1 Oct 1948 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  3. Patricia S. Prentis-Erwin,
  4. Katherine Prentis Knuff

5. Edmund Astley Prentis was b. 1 Oct 1948 at an unknown location and d. 11 May 2017. His had a home in Delray Beach, FL, but died in a motorbike accident in Bermuda. His obituary reads as follows:

    Palm Beach Post, The (FL) - Monday, May 22, 2017.

    Edmund Astley Prentis IV: World's first full-time croquet professional was a legend of the sport. A giant in the world of croquet, Ted Prentis left a legacy throughout South Florida and the world before his death this month in Bermuda.

    Edmund Astley Prentis IV, 68, died May 11 in a motorbike accident. He was there, naturally, for a croquet tournament.

    Prior to that, he had become the world's first full-time croquet professional. He won a record eight U.S. Croquet Association titles before being inducted into the sport's hall of fame in 1989. He made instructional videos and became croquet's historian, contributing to what the association called its "growth and enjoyment" in the United States. All the while, Prentis was the longtime pro at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club in Wellington and maintained a residence in Delray Beach, along with homes in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., and Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he had retired.

    In a 1991 interview with The Palm Beach Post, the New York-born and Columbia University-educated Prentis described how the culture around croquet was changing -- and for the better, in his opinion. "Being part of Palm Beach helps," Prentis said during the interview. "People are more affluent here and know something about croquet. "

    Survivors include his wife, Betty; his two sons, Edmund, of Delray Beach and Peter, of Riverside, Conn., and Quogue, N.Y.; two daughters, Tricia Prentis-Erwin of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Katherine Prentis Knuff of West Chester, Pa., and five grandchildren. A service is scheduled for June 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. cmitchell@pbpost.com

He m. Betty. Children:

  1. Edmund Prentis. 2017 in Delray Beach, FL.
  2. Peter Prentis, 2017 in Riverside, CT, and Quogue, NY.
  3. Tricia Prentis. She m. Mr. Erwin, 2017 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
  4. Katherine Prentis. She m. Mr. Knuff. 2017 in West Chester, PA.

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