THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE
William Prentice Born: c1758 at Essex, England.
Arrived Sydney: 28th June 1790.
Married: Elizabeth Wicker (common law wife). Died: 2nd April 1822 in Sydney, N.S.W. Buried: 4th April 1822 at Sydney N.S.W. Father:
Prior to the Macquarie era the following children were born to William and Elizabeth:- Sarah born 19th January 1807. Elizabeth born 14th September 1809.
During the Macquarie era the following children were born to William and Elizabeth:- Mary born 1st December 1812.
William Henry born 21 June 1815.
Rosetta born 10th May 1818.
Charlotte born 10th April 1821.
William Prentice, a butcher aged 17, was sentenced to death at the March 1788 Chelmsford (Essex) Assizes for sheep stealing. He had been accused of several thefts of sheep in north Essex, one involved obtaining sheep by false pretences. After a month under a suspended death sentence he was reprieved to transportation for 14 years and sent to the Portsmouth hulk Lion, whence he was embarked on the Scarborough tansport on 29 November 1789.
Prentice lived quietly in the colony. In 1801 he was employed at Sydney by the butcher Richards Cheers. Some time after her arrival on the Experiment in 1804 he began living with Elizabeth Wicker. In 1806 he was recorded as a self employed butcher living with Wicker and one child, John (born 1804, fathered by John Halliday, a seaman on the Experiment). William and Elizabeth had six children as listed above.
A Register of Pioneer Families, Volume 1, Page 399 to 404, published by The 1788-1820 Pioneer Association Inc., 1995.