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William Lloyd Prentice of Ilford, England

William Lloyd Prentice of Ilford, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2000 and Revised: 3 Feb 2015

We are helping John Wells in tracing his Prentice roots. With the aid of an email from Frances Prentice dated 19 Oct 2001, an email from Kerry Prentice dated 17 Feb 2003 and an email from Michael David Prentice dated 21 Mar 2006, we have constructed the following family tree:

A. George Baker, b. c. 1797 and d. 9 Jan 1837, Westminster St. John The Evangelist, Middlesex, England per Ancestry.com .

He m. Mary Ann Maxwell 26 Nov 1820, Westminster St. George Hanover Square, London. She was b. 1806, St. Giles, Middlesex, and d. Oct 1877, London. Children:

  1. George James Maxwell Baker 1821 – 1904
  2. William Lloyd Baker 1823 – 1889. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [1]
  3. Mary Ann Baker 1826 – 1859
  4. Emma Baker 1833 –

1. (probably) William Lloyd Baker, b. 1823, Bermondsey, St. Olave, England, and d. there Oct 1889 per Ancestry.com .

He apparently fathered a son by Sarah Prentice, a domestic servant (see "Note" below). John and Sarah had 1 or more children, including:

  1. William Lloyd Baker Prentice, b. 1 May 1855. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

    Note: The name of William's father is not included in William's birth certificate, but on William's marriage certificate his father is shown as William Lloyd Prentice. However, we received from Michael Prentice the following email of 7 Nov 1009 which reads as follows:

      "After checking the baptism records of 1855, the father's name was shown as William Lloyd Baker and the mother's name is Sarah Prentice, occupation servant. It appears they were not married, as the father's name was subsequently crossed out. So "Prentice" may be Sarah's maiden surname. The address is the same, 27 Clarence St, Bethnal Green."

    William's birth and baptism records make it more likely than not that William was born out of wedlock to William Baker and Sarah Prentice and that he subsequently chose to adopt his mother's maiden surname and later, on is marriage record, invented his father's name to conceal his birth status.

2. William Lloyd Baker Prentice, was b. 1 May 1855 at 27 Clarence St., Bethnal Green, London to a Sarah Prentice.On 14 May 1869, at the age of 14, he became an apprentice seaman on a ship called "Neville" for 4 years. He lived at 201 Clapham Road, London. On 20 Oct 1875 he becamea Second Mate, and on 17 March 1882 William Lloyd Baker Prentice becomes a Master Mariner. The 1881 census shows William as boarding at 37 E I Dk Rd., Limehouse, London and his occupation was listed as mariner Mate (per John Wells, email, 25 Jan 2002).

On 28 Dec 1883 William m. Annie Boyd Kewley at Stepney. She was b. c. 1863, daughter of Ann Kewley, b. c. 1826 and who was living with them in the 1901 census. Annie's father's name, as shown on their marriage certificate was William Lloyd Prentice. The 1901 census shows William and his family living at 92 Claremont Road, Forest Gate, London, Essex (per Michael Prentice, email, 26 Oct 2002). Kerry Prentice reports the following details of the register at the cemetary regarding Annie Boyd Prentice: Annie Boyd Prentice, Died 9th October 1930, age 68 years, Residence at time of death, Beehive Lane , Ilford , Essex. 1st Class Private grave, Section 221, grave no 91102.

On 5 Jan 1914 William Lloyd Baker Prentice first captain’s the "Wiltshire". His ship joins first ANZAC troop convoy to Egypt during WW1. On 20 Jan 1916 he died at sea near Perth, Australia of heart failure (per John Wells, email, 25 Jan 2002).

By email of 22 Oct 2002, Kerry Prentice reports that she has located William's headstonegrave at the City of London Cemetary and Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead, London, England. It reads as follows:

    My Dear Husband

    William Lloyd Prentice, who died and was buried at sea, 24 January 1916. Age 60 Years. Farewell Dear Until the sea gives up it dead.

    Also Annie May , Our beloved daughter and loving wife of F W Paterson Who died 10th September 1919, age 29 years. Even so father, it seemeth good in thy sight.

    Also Neville, our beloved son, who died 5th March 1920 , age 32 years. Peace perfect peace.

      Note: Kerry Prentice found his death on the St Caths index's as Henry N. Prentice.

    Also Annie Boyd Prentice, wife of the above W L Prentice who died 6th October 1930 age 68 years.

    At Rest

Children of William and Annie:

  1. William Lloyd Prentice, b. 1 Nov 1884. . . . . . [3]
  2. Henry Neville Prentice, b. 1887. He d. 5 Mar 1920 at the age of 32 and is buried with his parents, above.
      Note: Kerry Prentice found his death on the St Caths index's as Henry N. Prentice.
  3. Ida Dorothy Prentice, b. c. 1889-1890. She m. Alfred Collingswood Wells on 19 Jul 1913, perhaps in West Ham, London. She is John Wells' grandmother.
  4. Annie May Prentice. She m. F. W. Paterson. She d. 10 Sep 1919 at the age of 29 and is buried with her parents, above.
  5. Flores Boyd Prentice, b. 1891.
  6. Agnes Jennie Prentice, b. 1892.
  7. Edwin Arthur Prentice, Capt., b. 1895.
  8. Christopher George Prentice, b. 1899. Went to South Africa.
  9. John Richard Prentice, b. 1901. Went to South Africa.

3. William Lloyd Prentice, son of William and Annie, was b. 1 Nov 1884 at 24 Burdett Rd, Mile End, London. The 1901 census calls him an apprentice and shows him living at St/ Pauls Church yard, No 9, St. Gregory By St Paul.

He m. Daisy Jackson on 6 Nov 1908 in Wellington, New Zealand. She was b. c. 1884 and she was age 24 at the time of their marriage (per Michael David Prentice, email, 21 Mar 2006). Children of William and Daisy were:

  1. William Lloyd Selwyn Prentice b. 14 Nov 1909, Sydney, Australia, per Frances Prentice, email, 5 Jan 2012. On 1 Mar 1944 he m. Estelle Muir at Newtown, Sydney. He d. 1961 in Sydney, Australia. Children per Michael Lloyd Prentice, email, 26 Jan 2015:
    1. Robert Prentice.
    2. Neville William Prentice. He m. Christine Hilder and had 2 sons:
      1. Michael lloyd Prentice, b. 14 Feb 1969.
      2. Daniel Andrew Prentice, b. 311 Oct 1977.
    3. Ian Prentice.
    4. Wayne Prentice.
  2. Neville Keith Prentice b. 27 Apr 1924. . . . . . . [4]

4. Neville Keith Prentice b. 27 Apr 1924, at Burdett Road Hornsby, Sydney. In 1948 he m. 1st Wendy Louise Astridge at Sydney. Wendy was b. 13 Sep 1931 and d. 23 Jan 1971 at Mona Vale Hospital, age 39. Neville m. 2nd on 28 Aug 1969 Cecily Losada Jones. Neville d. 20 Aug 2001 at North Shore Hospital, age 77. Children (ref: Kerry Prentice, email, 17 Feb 2003):

  1. John Anthony Selwyn Prentice, b. 10 Oct 1949, Sydney. He m. 1st Reiko Ajemi who was b. 1951. Son:
    1. Kenneth/Ken Prentice, b. 1979.
    John m. 2nd Janelle Hart who was b. 1957. Daughter:
    1. Angelique Prentice, b. 1993.
  2. Andrew Peter Prentice b. 4 Jan 1952, Sydney. He m. Henel Scarlett, b. 1957. They have 3 children in 2003.
  3. Michael David Prentice, b. 1 Aug 1954. He m. Frances Mary Lennon on 5 Jul 1980 at Oatley, Sydney. She was b. 1958.

Who are William Lloyd Prentice's Parents?

John Wells says he has studied the information of the Prentice family of Colne of County Essex. The names of Henry Prentice, son of Golden Prentice, (10b) are very similar to those of the brothers and sisters of his grandmother Ida Prentice.

William, #2, may be the William Prentice who appears in the 1861 census living with the family of Richard Prentice and called a nephew. We note that Richard did have a sister, Sarah, whose 1833 birth date was appropriate to William's 1855 birth date. More about them can be found in our Summer 2006 article about Michael Prentice of Ipswich, Suffolk .

William, #1, may, or may not, be the William Prentice who appears with his wife, Sarahat Chase Side Farm, Edmonton, Middlesex, in the 1881 census; that William was a Gardener, b. c. 1826, London, and Sarah was b. c. 1833, London.

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

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