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Harold James Prentice of Epsom, Surrey, England

Harold James Prentice of Epsom, Surrey, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2008 and Revised 11 Mar 2008

1. Harold James Prentice was b. in the Sep Quarter of 1905 in Epsom, England, per St. Catherine Index.

He is probably the same person as the Harold James Prentice, age 37, who was bur. on 16 Aug 1942 in the Gen. Cem., L/Circ. Road, Calcutta. He was the General manager, Bitumen Emulsions Ltd., (India).

The record also identifies the Presidency as Bengal. British India was divided into three Presidencies:

  1. Bombay, which covered the west and north of the country, including what is now Pakistan;
  2. Bengal, which covered the east of the country and included Burma and what is now Bangladesh, and
  3. Madras, which covered the southern portion of India.

The main cities of the Presidencies were Bombay, Calcutta and Madras, respectively.

Who are the Parents of Harold James Prentice?

Since Harold was b. in the Sep Quarter of 1905 in Epsom, England, per the St. Catherine Index, we checked the 1901 census to see what Prentice family were living in Epsom in the latest available census, 1901.

The only family listed was that of Arthur Prentice, b. c. 1852, Southgate, Middlesex, and his wife, Sophia D., b. c. 1854, Epsom, Surrey. No children are shown in the 1901 census, but it might be that Harold might be their son, b. 1905 in Epson.

Arthur Prentice appears in the 1861 Edmonton, Middlesex, census as b. c. 1851, Southgate, son of William Prentice (b. c. 1820, Moreton, Essex) and his wife, Ann (b. c. 1820, Edmonton, Middlesex).

The 1820 William Prentice is the subject of our Summer 2003 article about William Prentice of Ongar, Essex , and Arthur, with his wife, Sophia, is #6 in that article.

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