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Mary Prentice of Clifford Chambers, England


Mary Prentice of Clifford Chambers, England
Spring 2003 and Revised 2 Feb 2003

Update of 2 Feb 2003:   Mary Prentice is the daughter of of Michael Prentice and Jane Bennet of Todenham. We have a separate article about the Prentices of Todenham in this Spring 2003 issue. See Footnote 1 . The information in the article will be added to that article.
Original article:

We have been working with John Hughes in tracing the ancestry of his Mary Prentice. Here is what we have so far.

1. Mary Prentice was probably b. c. 1770-76. John Hughes has provided the following information from documents from the Stratford Record office concerning Mary (Prentice) Wyatt:

  1. 1 Jan 1827: Lease of a cottage to Michael Prentice in Chapel St ER2/319&320
  2. 1837: Mary Wyatt is named as the owner of the cottage in the will of her brother Michael Prentice.
  3. 1838: Mary Wyatt sells the property in Chapel St to Edward Leyton
  4. 24 Mar 1838: Mary Wyatt serves notice on Elizabeth Prentice to quit the property in Chapel St. It is unclear who Elizabeth Prentice is.

Mary Prentice m. John Wyatt on 3 Mar 1794 in Clifford Chambers, England.

John Wyatt's birth record has not yet been located in Clifford Chambers, so he may have come from another village. On the IGI there is a John Wyatt of the correct age that was born in the village of Todenham in 1774 who may, or may not, be the same person.

John Hughes also found a Mary Prentice in the IGI who was born in 1772 in Todenham. She may, or may not, be the same person. Mary Prentice and John Wyatt had 1 or more children, including:

  1. John Wyatt, b. 1795 in Clifford Chambers, Gloucester. John died in 1795 in Clifford Chambers, Gloucester. Buried on 16 June 1795 in Clifford Chambers, Gloucester. Christened on 13 May 1795 in Clifford Chambers.
  2. Charles Wyatt (1796-)
  3. Mary Wyatt, b. 1796 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 17 Feb 1796.
  4. Mary Wyatt, b. 1798 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 25 Jun 1798.
  5. Betty Wyatt, b. 1799 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 15 Jan 1799.
  6. John Wyatt, b. 1801 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 14 Dec 1801.
  7. Sarah Wyatt, b. 1802 in Clifford Chambers, chr. there 27 Dec 1803, d. there 1803, and bur. there 11 Feb 1803.
  8. Sarah Wyatt, b. 1803 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 7 Oct 1803.
  9. Jane Wyatt, b. 1805 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 15 Jan 1806. She m. Edmund Cockbill on 28 Jul 1830 in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon.
  10. William Wyatt, b. 1809 and d. 1869. . . . . . . . . . [2]
  11. James Wyatt, b. 1810 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 19 Jan 1810. In 1822, when James was 12, he was apprenticed by his father to a Mr. Benjamin Cooke to learn, for seven years, the trade of rope making.
  12. Richard Wyatt, b. 1814 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 14 Feb 1814.
  13. George Wyatt, b. 1814 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 6 Jan 1815.
  14. Martha Wyatt, b. 1816 in Clifford Chambers and chr. there 31 Jan 1817.

2. William Wyatt, b. 1809 in Clifford Chambers, Gloucester, and chr. there on 14 Apr 1809 in Clifford Chambers. He d. in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, England in 1869 at the age of 60. Bur. Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. William m. 1st Jemima. She was b. 1810 in Warwickshire and d. 1847 at the age of 37 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick in 1847. Bur. Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. Childen:

  1. Mary Wyatt, b. 1836.
  2. William Wyatt, b. 1837.
  3. John Wyatt, b. 1838.
  4. Jane Wyatt, b. 1839.
  5. William Wyatt, b. 1841. . . . . . . . . . [3]
  6. James Prentice Wyatt, b. 1843.
  7. Charles Wyatt, b. 1845.
  8. Ann Elizabeth Wyatt, b. 1847.
William Wyatt m. 2nd Sarah. She was b. in Alderminster, Warwick. Children:
  1. Joseph Wyatt, b. 1854.
  2. Frederick Wyatt, b. 1856.
  3. Martha Wyatt, b. 1858.
  4. James Wyatt, b. 1860.
  5. Louise H. Wyatt, b. 1862.
  6. Martha M. Wyatt, b. 1868.

3. William Wyatt, b. 1841. He m. Annie Elizabeth Burrow who was b. 1834. Their direct line of descendant to John Hughes is:

  1. Henry Richard Wyatt (1870-). He m. Emma Painter (1868-)
  2. William Henry Wyatt (1898-1978). He m. Annie Louise Hempsall (1903-)
  3. Joan Doreen Wyatt (1925-). She m. Harry May (1921-)
  4. June Heather May (1950-). She m. Michael Hughes (1944-)
  5. John Hadrian Hughes (1968-). He m. Susan Ruth Whitteker (1971-)

Who are Mary Prentice's Parents?

John Hughes relates that he has evidence that Mary Prentice had a brother named Michael. He also suggests that Michael may have been named after his father and Jane after her mother.

John Hughes suggests that Mary Prentice may be the daughter of Michael Prentice and Jane Bennet of Todenham. We have a separate article about the Prentices of Todenham in this Spring 2003 issue.

In our Spring 1999 article about Zachariah Prentice of Brookings, SD we had identified a Mary Prentice who had married a John Wyatt at Clifton Chambers (see #12iii). We suggested there that she might be the daughter of Joseph Prentice and Hester Bumpas of Ilmington, Gloucester, but left the issue open.

In that same article we also identified a Mary Prentice who had married a John Wyatt at Clifton Chambers (see #17i). We suggested there that she might be the daughter of a different Joseph Prentice and his unknown wife of Ilmington, Gloucester, but left the issue open.

All of the locations mentioned are in close proximity: From Clifford Chambers, go SSE about 6 miles to Ilmington, and then about 4 more miles to Todenham.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com.


Footnote 1: John Hughes' email of 1 Feb 2003 reads, in part, as follows:

    "...Take a look at the following entry [for the] 1851 Gloucestershire census:
    Dwelling - Clifford Hill:
    
    Mary Wyatt		Head	widow	79	annuitant	b. Todenham
    Elizabeth Cockbill    	GD    	U 	18    	farmers dau.    Clifford C.
    Jane Cockbill        	GD    	U  	16    	farmers dau    	Clifford C
    Mary Trapman    	Serv 	U  	14    	house servant 	Welford
    William Hopes    	Serv 	U 	30    	farm servant  	Ilmington
    	

    The above Mary was born in 1772 and in Todenham. So was Mary Prentice, daughter of Michael Prentice (verified in the parish transcript for Todenham). We know that in the 1851 census, the ages were accurate (unlike in 1841) so we can be certain of her birth date.

    She is listed as a Widow and living with her Granddaughters. We already know that John Wyatt and Mary Prentice who married in Clifford chambers had a daughter named Jane who married Edmund Cockbill in 1830!!! These teenage girls in the census are Jane's daughters. So ... I believe this is clear proof that the Mary Prentice who married John Wyatt in Clifford Chambers was indeed the daughter of Michael Prentice. There are simply no other Mary Prentices who fit these facts."


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