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John Prentice of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, England


John Prentice of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2003 and Revised 10 Apr 2016

Update of 12 Jun 2011: . Thomas Prentice is #23.2 in our Spring 2001 article entitled Prentices of Linslade, Tilsworth, etc. . See that article for Thomas' ancestral roots.

We are tracing the roots of Thomas Prentice of Sharnbrook, Bedofrdshire with the much appreciated help of Sue and Ron Terwijn, John Graeme Jennings, Renee Taylor, Mellissa Eklom, Tony Eklom, Bethney McLennan, Donna Parker, Darren Prentice and Helen Brockman. Here is what we have so far:

1. Thomas Prentice, b. c. 1822 and probably in, or near, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, England and d. at Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia 25 Oct 1896. By email of 5 Oct 2004, Leanne Kovach relates that Thomas was chr. 17 Jul 1825, Sharnbrook, Bedford, England. A labourer,

He is likely the son of John Prentice, discussed in "Who are Thomas Prentice's Parents?" at the end of this article, but we do not yet have confirming documentation for such relationship.

Thomas m. Ann Westley at Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, on 4 May 1843. Ann was b. in Odell, Bedfordshire on 23 Jul 1820 and d. 1894 in Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia. She was the daughter of John Westley (Wesley) and Mary Ann Misseldine.

    Note: Other children of John Westley and Mary Ann Misseldine were:

    1. John Westley. He m Hannah Cooper 20 Nov 1818 Odell, Bedfordshire, England.
    2. George Westley, b 25 Jul 1819, Odell.
    3. Mary Westley, b 27 Jul 1823, Odell.
    4. William Westley, b. 3 Jun 1825, Odell.
    5. Robert Westley, b. 26 Aug 1827,Odell
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Thomas and Ann emigrated to Australia aboard the "Sir Sisters." ("Zes Gesusters") arriving in Geelong, Victoria, on 13 Jun 1853 as "assisted immigrants". The "Six Sisters" is probably that same ship described on an earlier 1852 voyage in the website at http://www.geocities.com/fryfamilyaustralia/firstgenerationinberkshire.html . From that article one can determine the size of the ship, passenger capacity, and probable duration of the voyage::

    "Richard [Pierce], Patience, and the girls were among the passengers who departed from the Port of London on September 27, 1852, aboard the Dutch ship of 657 tons Zes Gesusters (=Six Sisters), whose Master was Captain G. H. Riehaak, bound for Port Phillip. There were 277 passengers, 153 adults, 114 children under 14 years and 10 children under 12 months. At the beginning of the voyage, supplies were provided for 210 adults.

    The passenger manifest lists Richard’s occupation as Laborer, and the family’s respective ages were recorded in the Names and Descriptions of Passengers as Richard 30, Patience 29, Susannah 12, Jane 9, Anne 5 and Eliza 2.

    The ship’s log was signed by the Master and by Mr. Hanna, Surgeon. All the passengers were English save for 4 "Scotch". It looks like Richard decided to elevate his age in preparation for their new life in Australia.

    The ship arrived at Geelong where they disembarked on January 15, 1853, a voyage of 15 weeks and 6 days (a voyage usually took about 10 weeks). The ship’s arrival was reported in The Argus on January 18...."

Thomas Prentice and his wife, Ann, had 15 children:

  1. John Prentice (1839-1919) m. Jane Russell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Jacob Prentice (died as a baby)
  3. Esau Prentice (died as a baby)
  4. Charlotte Prentice, b. 13 Jul 1845, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  5. George Prentice, b. 31 Dec 1848, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire and d. 1908, Creswick,Victoria. He m. Selina Harriet White in 1891. She was b. 1856,Somersetshire, England and d. 1947 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He was 6 years of age when his parents emigrated to Australia.
  6. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 31 Jul 1849, Filmersham, Bedfordshire and d. 1928, Geelong. . . . [4]
  7. Thomas Prentice, b. 21 Mar 1852, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.
  8. Rhoda/Rhonda Jane Prentice, b. 1853 at sea aboard the 6 Sisters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[5]
  9. William Prentice, b. 1855, Indented Head, Victoria, Australia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  10. Mary Anne Prentice (1856-1931) m. Henry Eklom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  11. Sarah Prentice, b. 1858, Indented Head, Victoria and d. 1858, 1 day old, in Bellerine, Victoria.
  12. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 1859, Indented Head, Victoria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]
  13. Harriet Prentice, b. 1861, Indented Head, Victoria and d. 1937. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [9]
  14. Maria Prentice, b. 31 Mar 1861, Indented Head, Victoria, and d. 1863 as a baby.
  15. Louisa Prentice, b. 1863, Ballarat, Victor and d. 1940. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [10]

2. John Savage Westley Prentice, b. 4 Aug 1839, Odell, Bedfordshire, and d. 3 Sep 1919 in Rocky Lead, Victoria per Darren Prentice, email, 16 Feb 2012. Bur. at Creswick, age 80. He arrived in Victoria on the Six Sisters when he was 13 years of age. In 1885, at the time of the death of his son, Alfred, John was listed as being a Carter.

He m. Jane Russell on 3 Apr 1860, Geelong, Victoria. She was b. c. 1842, the dau. of John Russell and Lydia Shoosmith, and d. 3 Mar 1912, Rocky Lead, Victoria of Brights Disease (kidney disease). Bur. at Creswick, age 67.Children per correspondents and Ancestry.com :

  1. Prentice, John Wesley, b. 2 Dec 1860, Bellarine/Geelong, Victoria, Australia. . . . . . . . [2.10]
  2. Prentice, William, b. c. 1863-4 and d. 1933, Bendigo, Victoria. Did not marry.
  3. Prentice, George, b. 29 Aug 1866, Dean/Bungaree, Victoria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.30]
  4. Prentice, Josiah, b. c. 1870 and d. 1948, Daylesford, Victoria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.40]
  5. Prentice, Jane, b. 1872, Bungaree, Victoria.
  6. Prentice, Mary Miseldine, b. 1876, Ballarook, Victoria, and d. 1947, Beaufort, Victoria. She m. 1st (unknown). Children:
    1. Mary Lilian (unknown), b. 1900, Rocky Lead, Vic; d. 1903, Rocky Lead, Vic.
    2. Cecelia Werner (unknown, b. 1901, Rocky Lead, Vic; d. 1902, Ballarat.
    3. Una Mabel (unknown), b. 1904, Ballarat East, Vic; d. 1905, Ballarat East, Vic.

    Mary m. 2nd John Reid in 1905, Victoria. Daughter:

    1. Mary Edna Reid, b. 1905, Vallarat East, Victoria, and d. 1950, Beaufort, Victoria. She m. Mr. Doull.
  7. Prentice, Margaret Caroline, b. c. 1880, Deans Marsh, Victoria, and d. Jul 1925, Hamilton, Victoria. Bur. at Creswick, age 45. May not have married.
  8. Prentice, Alfred, b. 1885, Rocky Lead, Victoria, and d. there May 1885.

John had the following grandchildren, but it is not yet known by which sons:

  1. Prentice, Arthur
  2. Prentice, Cecilia Werner
  3. Prentice, Frank Clifford
  4. Prentice, Helen Vera Ruby
  5. Prentice, Jessie Margaret
  6. Prentice, Mabel Lillian
  7. Prentice, Ruth Hannah
  8. Prentice, William John Richmond

John had the following great-grandchildren, but it is not yet known by which sons and grandsons:

  1. Prentice, Evelyn May
  2. Prentice, Hazel Brenda. We received an email of 30 Jun 2008 from Michelle, a granddaughter of Hazel, and have hope to have more information about relationship of John's descendants.
  3. Prentice, Marjorie Ada
  4. Prentice, William James

2.10 Prentice, John Wesley, b. 2 Dec 1860, Bellarine/Geelong, Victoria, Australia, and d. 12 Aug 1930, Creswick, Victoria. He was then a labourer. Bur. at Creswick.

He m. 1st Louisa Hawkins in 1885 (1857 – 1886, Creswick), dau. of Carles Hawkins and Mary Keast. Children:

  1. John Wesley Prentice, b. 1881, Tong, Victoria and d. 1950. Bur. at Creswick. He m. Harriet Emma Pickering on 3 May 1911, Christ Church Maryborough, Victoria. She was the daughter of WILLIAM PICKERING and ROSINA BACON. She was born 1880 in Yandoit, Vic, and died 10 Dec 1915 in Kingston, Vic. Buried at Creswick. Children:
    1. Arthur Prentice, b. 1912, Mt Prospect, Vic.
    2. Charles Prentice, b. 1912, Mt Prospect, Vic; d. 1977, Collingwood, Vic.
    3. Charlotte Prentice, b. 1913, Mt Prospect, Vic.
    4. Harriet Prentice, b. 1915, Mt Prospect, Vic.
  2. Robert Henry Prentice, b. 1884, Rocky Lead, Vic.
  3. Ruth Hannah Prentice, b. Abt. 1886, Rocky Lead, Vic.

He m. 2nd Harriet Emma Pickering (1880 – 1915) on 3 May 1911 at Christ Church, Maryborough, Victoria (she was earlier m. to his brother, George, below). An Ancestor Chart for Harriet can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Charles Prentice, twin, 15 Apr 1912 at Mount Prospect, Victoriad. 1977, d. Collingwood, Vic.
  2. Arthur Prentice, twin,15 Apr 1912, at Mount Prospect, Victoria.
  3. Charlotte "Dolly" Prentice, b. 8 Aug 1913, at Mount Prospect, Victoria.
  4. Harriet Prentice, b. 8 Dec 1915, at Mount Prospect, Victoria. She m. John Samuel Lawson.

2.30 Prentice, George, b. 29 Aug 1866, Dean/Bungaree, Victoria, and d. 1906 of Typhoid, Talbot, Victoria.

He m. as her 1st husband Harriet Emma Pickering (see John Wesley Prentice, #2.1, above). Children:

  1. George Prentice, b. 1900 at Elmhurst, Victoria
  2. Margaret Emma Violet Prentice, b 1902 at Elmhurst, Victoria. She m. James Creelman in 1930.
  3. Florence Myrtle Prentice, b. 24 Jun 1904, Avoca, Victoria, and d. 1922, Maldon, Victoria.
  4. William John Prentice, b. 4 Jun 1906, Smeaton, Victoria, and d. 1 Dec 1912 at Kingston, Victoria, Diptheria..

2.40 Prentice, Josiah, b. c. 1870 and d. 1948, Daylesford, Victoria. Married Jessie Richmond. He was an Engine driver with the Ajax mine in Daylesford. Was sent to South Africa on several occasions for Ajax as a consultant. During WW1 spent ywo years in England with a construction firm. Children:

  1. James Josiah Cornwall George Prentice. b. 1901, Brunswick, Victoria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.41]
  2. William John Richmond Prentice, b. 1902, Daylesford, Victoria. He m. Annie McCabe in 1928. They had 1 or more children, including:
    1. Donald William Prentice , b. 4 Jun 1929, in Balmoral, Victoria, and d. 2012 in Victoria, age of 83.
  3. Jessie Margaret Prentice, b. 3 Mar 1904, in Daylesford, Victoria, and d. 1988, age 84. She m. Quinto Leo Cavallin about 1950. He was b. c. 1895 and d. 1958 in Hepburn, Victoria, age 63.
  4. Frank Clifford "Cliff" Prentice, b. 13 Dec 1906, in Daylesford, Victoria, and d. 23 Sep 1993, in Daylesford, age 86.

    He m. Louise Ann Pedretti, 1930. She was b. 27 Feb 1907, in Daylesford, Victoria, and d. 27 Mar 1997, in Daylesford, age 90.

  5. Helen Vera Ruby Prentice, b. 29 Oct 1908, in Daylesford, Victoria, and d. 17 Jan 1992, age 83. She m. Herbert William Victor Wilton, b. 14 Apr 1909, in Christchurch, Canterbury, and d. 11 Sep 1993, age 84.

2.41 James Josiah Cornwall George Prentice, b. 1901, Brunswick, Victoria; d. 1964, Daylesford, Victoria.

He m. Margaret Jane Tyler in 1923. She was b. 1904; d. 1978, Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria Children:

  1. Prentice, Maxwell George.
    1. Darren Prentice. In 2012 he lived in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. per his email, 16 Feb 2012.

3. Charlotte Prentice, b. 13 Jul 1845, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. Arrived in Victoria on the Zes Gesusters (6 Sisters) when she was 8 years of age.

She m. William Frederick Lines on 9 Sep 1861, Church of England, Geelong. He ws b. 1845, Bellarine, Victoria. They had 7 children, incluiding:

  1. William Henry Lines, b. 1861, Bellraine, Victoria, Australia. . . . . . . [11]
  2. Ann Elizabeth Lines, b. 1864, Indented Head, Victoria, Australia.
  3. Sarah Lines, b. 1866, Creswick, Victoria, Australia; d. 1943, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Did not marry.
  4. Charlotte Millicent Lines, b. 1868, Dean, Victoria, Australia. . . . . . . [12]
  5. Mary Ann Lines, b. 1869, Kingston, Victoria, Australia.
  6. Charles Lines, b. 1872, Bungaree, Victoria, and d. 1896, Blue Mountains, NSW..
  7. Frederick Woodward Lines, b. 1874, Bungaree, Victoria, Australia.
  8. Jane Woodward Lines, b. 1876, Bungaree, Victoria.
  9. Margaret Ellen Lines, b. 1880, Dean, Victoria, Australia; d. 1882, Dean, Victoria, Australia.
  10. Mary Emma Lines, b. 16 Mar 1883, Dean, Victoria, Australia.

4. Eliza/Elizabeth Prentice, b. 31 Jul 1848, Filmersham, Bedfordshire, England, and d. 18 May 1928, 21 Mound St., Geelong, Victoria, Australia, at the home of her daughter, Phoebe. She was described by her granddaughter, Rene, as 5" 6"" in height, quiet, austyere and stoutish.

She m. lst William Wiffen 7 Feb 1865, St. Johns Church of England, Creswick, Victoria. He was b. 11 Jan 1842 in Finchingfield, Essex, England and d. 11 May 1886 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. He arrived in Austr5alia aboard the "Mooltan" on 8 Mar 1853 with his parents and siblings. Elize and William's children were:

  1. Elizabeth Wiffen, b. 1866, Bullarook Victoria, Australia. . . . . . . . [13]
  2. Emma Wiffen, b. 1868, Mt Prospect, Victoria, Australia
  3. Anne Wiffen, b. 1870, Mt Prospect, Victoria Australia
  4. Susan Wiffen, b. 1872, Dean, Victoria, Australia
  5. William Thomas Wiffen, b. 1875, Bellarine, Australia
  6. Charles Henry Wiffen, b. 1877, Bellarine, Victoria, Australia. Brigadier with the Salvation Army.
  7. Robert John Wiffen, b. 2 Nov 1879, Bellarine. . . . . . . [14]
  8. Mary Jane Wiffen, b. 1881, Bellarine, Australia
  9. George Alfred Wiffen, b. 1883, Bellarine, Australia
  10. Wesley Arnold Wiffen, b. 1885, Bellarine, Australia, and d. 1967, Ferntree Gully, Victoria.

When William died, Eliza m. 2nd Jonathon "Duck" Jennings on 5 Jun 1889, Geelong. A farmer, he was b. 16 Jun 1859, Indended Head, Victoria, and d. 4 Nov 1935, Geelong. Bur. Eastern Cem., Geelong. He was the son of John Jennings and Phoebe Dickman. He was a brother of another of John Jennings' great grandfathers, George Jennings. Children:

  1. Phoebe Grace Jennings, b. 1890, Drysdale, Victoria, and d. 4 Aug 1946, Geelong, Victoria.
  2. Bertha Eliza Jennings, b.1892, Bellarine, Drysdale, Victoria, and d. 2 Feb 1925, Drysdale, Victoria.

5. Rhoda/Rhonda Jane Prentice, b. 18 Oct 1853 at sea aboard the "6 Sisters" ("Zes Gesusters"), and d. 1921 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

She married Frederick William Whiting 4 Sep 1872, St. Paul's Anglican Church, Ballarat. Children:

  1. James Wright Whiting, b. 1872, Dean, Victoria, Australia.
  2. Susan Jane Whiting, b. 1874, Bungaree, Victoria, Australia; d. 1904, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. She m. Mr. Jones.
  3. Frederick William Whiting, b. 1878, Bungaree, Victoria, Australia; d. 1880, Dean, Victoria, Australia.
  4. Ethel Ann Whiting, b. 1882, Dean, Victoria, Australia; d. 1910, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.
  5. Gordon Albert Whiting, b. 1885, Dean, Victoria, Australia.
  6. Percy Thurlow Whiting, b. 1887, Dean or Waterloo, Victoria, Australia. He m. Emily Louise Kitchen in 1910 in Waterloo. She was b. 1884 in Waterloo, dau. of Robert John Barrett Kitchen and Mary Ann Harding. An Ancestor Chart for Percy can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:
    1. Robert Whiting, b. c. 1911.
    2. Joyce Whiting, b. c. 1913.
  7. Frederick William Whiting, b. 1880, Dean, Victoria, Australia.
  8. Victor George Arnold Whiting, b. 1889, Dean, Victoria, Australia.
  9. Edwin Emanuel Whiting, b. 1891, Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia.
  10. Ruby May Whiting, b. 1894, Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia.

6. William Prentice, b. 18 Nov 1854, Indented Head, Victoria, Australia and d. 1901 in Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.

He married Selina Burton in 1889. She was born 1867 in Mt. Prospect, Victoria, Australia, and died 1954 in Werribee when hit by a car. Children:

  1. Minnie Prentice, b. 1890, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.
  2. Mary Jane Prentice, b. 1891, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.
  3. Sarah Ann Prentice, 1893, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.
  4. William Prentice, b. 1895, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia, and d. 1922, East McIlbourne.
  5. Florence Hazel Prentice, b. 1897, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.
  6. Thomas Edward Prentice, b. 1899, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia, and d. 1966 in Heidelberg, Victoria. He married Marion Louisa Morrish in 1923 in Auburn, Victoria. She was born 1896 in Newbury, Victoria, and died 1965 Heidelberg, Victoria. Children:
    1. Shirley Marion Prentice, b. 1924, Auburn, Victoria
    2. Clifford Edward Hulse Prentice, b. 1929, Camberwell, Victoria.
    3. Maxwell Kenneth Lathbury Prentice, b. 19 Feb 1934, Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia and d. 23 Nov 1979, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia per Ancestry.com, He m. Agnes Bechaz, b. ???? and d. 1975. Children per Ancestry.com and Steen Lathian Prentice, email, 12 Jun 2014:
      1. Ricky/ (likely Richard at birth) Prentice. No children.
      2. Mark Prentice, b. 1959. By email of 13 Sep 2019, Leanne Davidson advises that Mark and his siblings (Kirsty, Sean and Jessicafor personal reasons, has not used the Prentice surname for maybe 35-40 years, and that 3 of them also have their own children using that different surname. Children (see surname note, above)::
        1. Kirsty Prentice.
        2. Leanne Prentice.
        3. Sean Prentice.
        4. Jessica Prentice.
      3. Craig Prentice, b. 23 May 1962, Victoria, Australia, and d. Aug 2017. No children.

      Maxwell also had another wife, name not recalled. Children:

      1. Steen Lathian Prentice?, after 1966? 2 Children.
      2. Tamara? Prentice, 6 Children.
    4. Ruth Winsome Prentice, b. 1935, Ivanhoe, Victoria.

  7. Emily Mary Prentice, 1901, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.

7. Mary Ann Prentice, b. 1856, Indented Head, Victoria, Australia and d. 14 Mar 1931, Colac, Victoria and bur. there.

She m. Henry Eklom. He was b. 1853 and d. 1935, Melbourne W, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of Henry and Mary Eklom. Children (per Renee Taylor, John Jennings and Donna Parker):

  1. Henry Eklom, b. 13 Feb 1874, Deans Marsh, Victoris and d. that same day at Deans Marsh, Victoria, Australia.
  2. Louisa Maria Eklom, b. 8 Jan 1876 at Barkstead Victoria and d. 16 Aug 1958, Geelong, Victoria. She m. 1st William Cole 13 Jan 1895 at Ballarat. She m. 2nd Thomas Herrod. For Louisa's children, see Appendix 1 .
  3. Mary Anne Eklom, b. 1878, Barkstead and d. after 1940. She m. John Henry Smith (b. c. 1879) on 26 Apr 1899 at Christ Church, Daylesford. She was called "of Lyonsville and Blackwood" and he was called "of Bullarto (Splitter), born at Bullarook. (Ref: Helen Brockman, email, 12 Dec 2009. Children of Mary Anne and John Henry (and for additional descendants, see Donna Parker email of 23 Jan 2005):
    1. Percival John Smith, b. c. 1900. He m. Rose Louisa Dillon. They are Leanne Kovach's great grandparents. Children per Helen Brockman, email, 12 Dec 2009):
      1. Keith Smith. He may have drowned in the Merri Creek as a teenager.
      2. Percy "Val" Valentine Smith. He m. Thelma(?).
    2. Vera Olive Ann Smith, b. c. 1903. She had 1 or more children, including:
      1. Alma who had a daughter, Iris.
    3. Mabel Cecelia Smith, b. 4 Nov 1905. She m. Harry Crawford. They had 1 or more children, including:
      1. Judith Crawford. She m. Mr. Green(?).
    4. Annie Smith, b. c. 1906 and d. by 1910.
    5. Sabina "Bina" Mary Smith, b. 20 Sep 1908. She m. Vic. Owen They had 1 or more children, including:
      1. Barbara Owen. She m. Fred.
    6. Arthur Henry Smith, b.14 Oct 1910, Northcote, bap. 4 Dec 1911, St. Aidans Church of England at Apollo Bay, and d. 16 Jun 1998. He m. Thelma McDonald. They had 1 or more children, including:
      1. Helen Smith. She m. Frank Brockman. No children. (Ref: Helen Brockman, email, 12 Dec 2009)

  4. Adelaide Anne Eklom, b. 1880 and d. 1882.
  5. Victoria Eklom, b. 16 Sep 1881 and d. 4 Jul 1942, Colac, Victoria. She m. Thomas Gilbert.
  6. Henry Eklom, b. 1883 and d. 1902 when a tree fell on him while he was working.
  7. Thomas Arnold Eklom, b. 1886 at Apollo Bay and d. 1 Jan 1964. He m. Winifred Ellen Brockfield in 1906. They had a daughter (for additional descendants, see Donna Parker email of 23 Jan 2005):
    1. Jean Irene Eklom, born 27 Aug 1919
  8. Ruben William Eklom, b. 1887 and d. 1969. He m. Leith Tulloch. She was b. 1896. They had 1 or more children, including (per Anja van Steel, email, 17 Oct 2003) (for additional descendants, see Donna Parker email of 23 Jan 2005):
    1. Douglas Eklom, b. 16 Apr 1922 and d. 7 Jan 2004. . . . . . . . . . . [15]
    2. Clive Eklom. He m. Evelyn Lynagh. Clive d. 2002 and Evelyn d. 2001. The had 6 children (per Mellissa Eklom, email, 21 Feb 2004 and 7 Mar 2004 and Tony Eklom, email, 14 Nov 2004):
      1. (dau.) Eklom. Died at birth.
      2. Bruce Eklom m, 1st Deslie. Children:
        1. Michael Eklom
        2. Sharon Eklom. She m. Jason and had 2 daughters.
        Bruce m. 2nd Patricia Brucehad.
      3. Karen Eklom m. Phillip. Children:
        1. Ross
        2. Derick
        3. Luke
      4. Tony Eklom m. 1st Tina and had:
        1. Bonnie Eklom
        Tony m. 2nd Cheryl and had:
        1. Sam Eklom.
        2. Cassie Eklom.
      5. Paul Eklom m. Leonie and had 4 sons:
        1. Mathew Eklom.
        2. Scott Eklom.
        3. Thomas Eklom
        4. Benjamin Eklom
      6. Debbie Eklom m. Garry (no children).
    3. Mary Eklom.
    4. Lindsay Eklom (mellissa Eklom, email, 7 Mar 2004)
  9. Lucy Olive Eklom, b. 1890 and d. 14 May 1954, Parki. She m. William Fisk.
  10. Cecelia Violet Eklom, b. 1891 and d. 1970. She m. 1st Ernest Richardson and m. 2nd Clifford Hocking.
  11. Clarence Richard Eklom, b. 1894 and d. 1919.
  12. Sydney Lambert Eklom, b. 15 Feb 1896. . . . . . . . . [18]
  13. Elsie Eliza Eklom, b. 10 May 1899 and d. 21 Mar 1985. She m. Thomas Baird.

8. Elizabeth Prentice, b. 26 Apr 1859, Indented Head, Victoria, and died 1936 in Nathalia, Victoria, Australia.

She married Thomas Heron in 1879, Geelong, Victoria. He was born 1853 in Dumfrieshire, England, and died 1928 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Children:

  1. Charles Frederick Heron, b. 1879, Yeil, Victoria, Australia; d. 1959, Mooroopna, Victoria.
  2. Robert Heron, b. 1881, Yeil, Victoria, Australia.
  3. Agnes Ann Heron, b. 1883, Yeil, Victoria, Australia, and d. 1975, Victoria. She m. Mr. Gundry.
  4. Harriet Ellen Heron, b. 1887, Yeil, Victoria, Australia, and d. 1970, Nathalia, Victoria. She m. Mr. Robinson.
  5. Ada Heron, b. 1890, Yeil, Victorria, and d. 1906, Yielima, Yalea, Victoria.
  6. Rose Heron, b. 1892, Yalca Victoria, and d. 1908, Yalea, Victoria.
  7. Arthur Heron, b. 1894, Yeil, Victoria, and xc. 1895, Yielima, Yalea, Victoria.

9. Harriet Ellen Prentice, b. 1861, Indented Head, Victoria and d. 26 Jun 1937 in Rocklyn, Victoria, Australia.

She m. John Stewart Bell in 1882, Porterlington, Victoria. He was born in Melbourne, victoria, Australia. Children:

  1. John Stuart Bell, b. c. 1881-2, Rocklyn or Rochester, Victoria, Australia.
  2. Daisy Naomi Bell, b. 1886, Murchison, Victoria, and d. 1955, Creswick, Victoria, Australia.

10. Louisa Maria Prentice, b. 14 Feb1863, Ballarat, Victor and d. 1940 in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia.

She married John Thomas Wear in 1888. He was born 1863 in Steiglitz, Victoria, Australia, and died 1933 in Creswick, Victoria, Australia. Children:

  1. John Wesley Wear, b. 1881; d. 1963, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
  2. Herbert William Newton Wear, b. 1890, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.
  3. Margaret Alice Wear, b. 1892, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.
  4. Valentine Thomas Wear, b. 1894, Mt Prospect, Victoria, Australia.
  5. Jessie Wear, b. 1896, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.
  6. Montgomery John Wear, b. 1899, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia; d. 1970, Healsville, Victoria.
  7. Pauline Frances Wear, b. 1901, Rocky Lead, Victoria, Australia.

11. William Henry Lines, b. 1861, Bellraine, Victoria, Australia, and died 1951 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

He married Elizabeth Wiffen in 1887 in Rockylead, Victoria, Australia, daughter of William Wiffen and Elizabeth Prentice (#4i, above and #13, below). She was born 1866 in Bullarook, Victoria, Australia, and died 11 May 1919 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Children:

  1. Vera Annie Ruby Lines, b. 1889, Bellarine, Victoria, Australia.
  2. Francis Charles Henry Lines, b. b. 1891, Bellarine, Victoria, Australia.
  3. George Sydney Lines, b. 1893, Bellarine, Victoria, Australia.
  4. Alice Eileen Lines, b. 1895, Yonga, Victoria, Australia.
  5. Frederick Lines, b. 1897, Corowa, NSW; d. 1913, Albury, NSW.
  6. Mary Lines, b. 1900, Albury, NSW.
  7. Jonathan Lines, b. 1902, Albury, NSW.

12. Charlotte Millicent Lines, b. 1868, Dean, Victoria, Australia and died 25 October 1909 in Beachforest, Victoria, Australia. >p>She married John Thomas Suckling on 30 May 1887 in Ballarat Registry Office, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of Thomas Suckling and Elizabeth Millington. He was born 20 August 1865 in Dean, Victoria, Australia and d. 2 Jul 1919 in Beachforest, Victoria, Australia. Bur. in Colac Cemetery, Victoria, Australia. Occupation, Labourer. Children (for additional descendants, see Donna Parker email of 23 Jan 2005):

  1. Elizabeth Anna Suckling, b. 27 Feb 1888, Barkstead, Victoria, Australia; d. 1946, Colac, Victoria, Australia.
  2. Emma Margaret Suckling, b. 1889, Barkstead, Victoria, Australia; d. 1977, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
  3. Charlotte Jane Millicent Suckling, b. b. 1891, Bullarto, Victoria, Australia; d. 1958, Colac, Victoria, Australia.
  4. Selina Mary Suckling, b. 4 Mar 1893, Barkstead, Victoria, Australia. . . . . . . . . . [12.1]
  5. Frederick Pedrcival Suckling, b. 1896, Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia. He m. Nita O'Sullivan.
  6. Leslie Charles Herbert Suckling. b. 1897, Bolwarrah, Victoria, Australia. He m. Christina Daphne McLean in 1936.
  7. Jane Olive Suckling, b. 1899, Bolwarrah, Victoria, Australia; d. 26 April 1987, Colac, Victoria, Australia.
  8. Henton Suckling, b. 1909, Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia5; d. 1910, Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia6.

12.1. Selina Mary Suckling, b. 4 Mar 1893, Barkstead, Victoria, Australia; d. 1964, Colac, Victorka, Australia.

She m. George Andrew Jacob Cooper in 1912 at Beech Forest, Victoria. He was b, Daylesford, Victoria, the son of John Robert Cooper (b. c. 1844 and d. 16 Mar 1907, Dayelsford,Victoria) and Mary Campbell (dau. of James Campbell and Mary Millar of Glasgow, Scotland) (per Elizabeth Finn, email, 1 Mar 2007). For an Ancestor Chart for Mary Campbell, see Ancestry.com . Children (per Ancestry.com ) where additional descendants can be found:

  1. George Andrew Cooper, b. 1912 in Beech Forrest, Victoria, Australia
  2. Mary Unita Cooper, b. 1915 in Beech Forrest, Victoria, Australia
  3. John Robert Cooper, b. 1917 in Colac, Victoria, Australia
  4. Kathleen Merle Cooper, b. 1918 in Colac, Victoria, Australia
  5. Alan Campbell Cooper, b. 1927
  6. Archibald Cooper
  7. Stanley Leo Cooper

13. Elizabeth Wiffen, b. 1866, Bullarook Victoria, Australia. See #11, above.

14. Robert John Wiffen, b. 2 Nov 1879, Bellarine, and d. 1958, Dunedin, New Zealand (per email, 20 Oct 2003 and 6 Nov 2003). Bethney McLennan who is Roberts' granddaughter. Her email of 6 Nov 2003 tells about Robert:

    "Grandad Wiffen (Robert John, known to us kids as Pop). Pop was a darling man who sadly lost touch with his Australian family. We all loved him dearly. He was a gardener and worked very hard - I can recall as a little girl going with him to his work and he used to take me out to his home garden often (They lived nearby when I was a child and I stayed with them a lot - several months before m brother Murdoch was born. He had cornflower blue eyes and I always try to have cornflowers in my garden each year still). Pop and Nana came to stay with us during his last illness (he had renal failure having lost one kidney in his youth in an accident) and he died in my bed which I thought was very special.

    The evening before he died I was weeding in my little garden and suddenly though "We're getting visitors. No. It's the angels coming for Grandad." The adults had all been taking turns sitting up with him, but everyone dozed off and he just slipped away. All these years on I am still truly grateful for having him.

Robert John Wiffen moved to New Zealand in the early 1900s.

He m. Elizabeth Jane Brown, dau. of William Brown and Eliza Ballantyne. William was b. Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland c. 1851 and was a Hotelkeeper. Eliza was b. Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire, Scotland c. 1864 and d. 1966. Bethney relates:

    "...we buried her ashes in 1996. She died six months after her darling brother, Len. Len too was a gentle, loving family man and we cousins spent a lot of our time together as children.

    Mum was pretty, fiery, charming and like Len and Pop, a fervent gardener. She moved to a rest home in her last few years and when I once asked her (aged 80-plus) what she did all day, she said "I help them look after the old people, darling!" (She had been a nurse). She also took over a chunk of the rest home garden and carried right on collecting plants and bossing the gardeners about."

Children:

  1. Gladys May Wiffen, b. 19 Jun 1909, Christchurch and d. 5 Dec 1995. She m. Duncan Milford McLennan Oct 1930. He was b. 24 Nov 1903 at Hawea Flat, Central Otago. Children:
    1. Bethney Cairns McLennan, b. Dec 1944 at Dunedin. She m. 1st Bruce Devlin Anderson in Wellington on 10 Mar 1970. She m. 2nd Gyles Beckford in Wellington on 11 Nov 1995.
    2. Murdoch John McLennan, b. 11 Mar 1950, Dunedin.
  2. Leonard Robert Wiffen, b. 2 Feb 1911, Christchurch, and d. 21 Apr 1995 in Dunedin. He m. Florence Annie Watts who was b. 18 Jun 1920, Dunedin. In 2003 they lived in Dunedin. Children:
    1. Ronald Leonard Wiffen, b. 20 Jul 1943. In 2003 lives in Darwin, Australia. Children:
      1. Paul Wiffen. Killed on active service in Malaysia.
      2. Darryl Wiffen.
      3. Estelle Wiffen (li) (Unknown) Wiffen.
    2. Carole Fiona Wiffen, b. 2 Nov 1945, Dunedin. In 2003 lived in Dunedin. Son:
      1. Adam Alexander, b. 3 Oct 1983.
    3. Grant Raymond Wiffen, b. 1 Jan 1948, Dunedin. In 2003 they lived in Dunedin. He and Julie have 2 daughters, Emma and ?.
    4. David John Wiffen, b. 15 Sep 1950, Dunedin. He m. 1st (unknown) and had 3 daughters: Emma, Maree and Fleur (died as a baby). He m. 2nd Maree. In 2003 they live in Dunedin and have 3 sons: Andrew, Matthew and Michael.

15. Douglas Tulloch Eklom, b. 16 Apr 1922 and d. 7 Jan 2005 (per Mellissa Eklom, email, 29 Jul 2005 & 20 May 2006)).

He m. Valerie Patience Sanders. She was b. 29 Mar 1917 and d. 15 Sep 1992. Children (per Mellissa Eklom, email, 20 Feb 2004 and 19 Mar 2004):

  1. Douglas Wayne Eklom Jr., b. 15 Aug 1952. He m. Anja van Steel. They were div. c. 1995-7. Children:
    1. Mellissa Jayne Eklom, b. 7 Mar 1979. She m. Stephen Parsons on 27 Jun 2009. He was b. 31 Jan 1964. Daughter per Mellissa Eklom, email, 27 Apr 2008:
      1. Shaylee Janice Parsons, b. 21 Apr 2008, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
    2. Kylie Marie Eklom, b. 16 Aug 1981.
    3. Nicholas Wayne Eklom, b. 7 Dec 1983, and d. 9 Oct 2006 (per Mellissa Eklom, email, 12 Oct 2006).
  2. Paul Eklom, b. 29 Mar (year?). He m. Rosealie. She was b. 7 Jan (year?). Children:
    1. Matthew Eklom, b. 6 Apr 1980.
    2. Lauren Eklom, b. 21 Nov 1984.

16 and 17. Omitted

18. Sydney Lambert Eklom, b. 15 Feb 1896 and d. 5 Jun 1985, Melbourne. He m. Veronica Hannan. She died on 19 March 1951. They had 5 children:

  1. Henry Ernest Eklom, b. 16 Feb 1919 and d. 3 Dec 1984. He had 3 or more children, including:
    1. Desmond Patrick Eklom, b. 17 Aug 1950. He had 2 or more children, including:
      1. Renee Eklom, b. 19 Mar 1970. She m. Mr. Taylor and has a son and daughter. They live in Kyneton, Victoria, Australia.

For additional descendant information, see Donna Parker email of 23 Jan 2006.

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Who are Thomas Prentice's Parents?

We have some conflicting thoughts as to the identity of Thomas Prentice's parents.

  1. Sue and Ron Terwijn are tracing the ancestry of John Prentice of the Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, England area. We do not have a birth date for him, but he was likely born about 1790-1798. John Prentis (the surname spelling in the British Vital Records Index) married Ruth Pugh in 30 Dec 1817 in Bromham, Bedfordshire. The Thomas Prentice who m. Ann Westley might be their son.

  2. By email of 16 Mar 2000, Ian Prentice reports finding a John Prentice and Lucy (surname unknown) who had a son, William Prentice, b. 1820 in Souldrop, Bedfordshire which lies only a couple miles north of Sharnbrook. He m. Jane Carr there in 1845. It might be that William is an older brother of Thomas Prentice, above.

    Ian also reports a John Prentice who m. Mary (surname unknown) and had two daughters who may be kin of an unknown degree:

    • Eliza Adelaide b. 1858 in Souldrop.
    • Emma Prentice, b. 1861 in Husbands Crawley

  3. Kim Schlotterbeck has suggested that Thomas might be the son of John Prentice and Lucy, #4 in our Summer 2000 article about John and William Prentice of Oakley and Sharnbrook. Note, however, that Kim gives the name of John's wife as Lucy, not Ruth Pugh.

Appendix 1: Children of Louisa Maria Eklom, #7ii:

1 LOUISA MARIA EKLOM b: 08-JAN-1876 d: 16-AUG-1958 + WILLIAM COLE b: 14-SEP-1871 2 BERTHA LOUISA COLE b: 10-NOV-1896 + CHARLES MATHEW FRANCIS SHILLITO 3 DONALD FRANCIS SHILLITO b: 1916 3 THELMA RUBY SHILLITO b: 27-JAN-1918 + LESLIE HERBERT COULTER 4 Living COULTER 4 Living COULTER 4 Living COULTER 4 Living COULTER 3 THOMAS CHARLES SHILLITO b: 15-FEB-1921 + VERONICA MARY GRACE 4 Living SHILLITO 4 Living SHILLITO 4 Living SHILLITO 3 JOYCE MERLE SHILLITO b: 15-APR-1923 + ROBERT TESAR 3 MERNA LEONA SHILLITO b: 24-DEC-1924 + GEOFFREY PRIORMAN HARRISON b: 1924 4 Living FULFORD 4 Living FULFORD 4 Living FULFORD 4 Living FULFORD 3 SHIRLEY DAWN SHILLITO b: 13-AUG-1925 + CLEMENT ERNEST HARRIS b: 13-APR-1924 4 Living HARRIS 4 Living HARRIS 2 WILLIAM HENRY COLE b: 1898 d: 1898 2 FRANIS REUBEN COLE b: 29-AUG-1900 + MOLLY MCCABE 2 THOMAS ARNOLD COLE b: 13-SEP-1902 + ELLA RICHMOND b: 11-MAY-1905 3 Living COLE + MARGARET FLORENCE KENDALL b: 23-DEC-1929 3 Living COLE + JOHN ALBERT STANLEY HOWELL b: 13-SEP-1927 4 Living HOWELL + Living WARNOCK 5 Living WARNOCK 5 Living WARNOCK 5 Living WARNOCK 4 Living HOWELL + Living GRAY 5 Living GRAY 5 Living GRAY 5 Living GRAY 4 Living HOWELL + Living COLES 5 Living HOWELL 5 Living HOWELL 5 Living HOWELL 4 Living HOWELL + Living MALESIC 5 Living MALESIC 4 Living 4 Living HOWELL 3 Living COLE + Living QUICK 4 Living COLE + Living CANNAN 5 Living COLE 5 Living COLE 5 Living COLE 4 GEOFFREY COLE b: 1957 d: 1957 4 Living COLE + GERARD LAWERENCE MORGAN b: 01-NOV-1957 d: 14-OCT-1990 5 Living MORGAN 5 Living MORGAN 4 Living COLE + Living BLACK 5 Living COLE 3 Living COLE + Living BAKER 4 Living COLE + Living DOHERTY 5 Living COLE 5 Living COLE 5 Living COLE 5 Living COLE 4 Living COLE + Living CALDOW 5 Living COLE 5 Living COLE 4 Living COLE + Living FORD 5 Living COLE 4 Living COLE + Living DAVIES 5 Living DAVIES 5 Living DAVIES 3 Living COLE + Living WOODING 4 Living COLE 4 Living COLE 4 Living COLE 2 ALLEYN EDWARD LINDSAY COLE b: 08-AUG-1904 d: 01-FEB-1987 + MARY AGNES GRACE GORMAN b: 21-FEB-1911 3 Living COLE + Living WOOD 4 Living WOOD + Living LASPADA 5 Living WOOD 4 Living WOOD 3 Living COLE + Living WINTER 4 Living WINTER + Living ROPOTAR 5 Living WINTER 5 Living WINTER 4 Living WINTER + Living GUY 5 Living WINTER 5 Living WINTER

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