Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John PRONGER (1726-1807)

and Betty (c1730-1799)


John Pronger and Betty married sometime before or about 1750, and possibly in or near Cowfold, West Grinstead or Wiston, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

John Pronger was most probably baptised on 16 October 1726 in Cowfold, Sussex.  He was the son of Richard Pronger (c1690-1730) and Elizabeth Juden.  John died in Horsham and was buried on 11 July 1807 in Ashurst.

Betty's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  Betty wife of John Pronger from Horsham was buried on 22 April 1799 in Ashurst.  A Betty Masher was baptised on 3 April 1727 in Wiston, Sussex, the daughter of Daniel Mersher and Elizabeth Chantler.

John Pronger and wife Betty were granted a settlement certificate on 8 April 1751, parishes, West Grinstead and Wiston (foreign parish).


John Pronger and Betty had 5 known children:

  1. Mary Pronger was baptised on 4 August 1751 in Ashurst.  It was noted in the baptism register that her parents were from Wiston.  She may have been buried as Mary Pronger on 25 November 1775 in Ashurst.

  2. Betty Pronger was baptised on 3 June 1754 in Ashurst.  It was noted in the baptism register that her parents were from West Grinstead.  Betty Sayers died aged 77 years and was buried on 7 October 1831 in Horsham, therefore, she was born about 1754.

    Betty married Stephen Sayers on 10 May 1774 in Horsham.  He was a husbandman and she was a spinster.  The witnesses to their marriage were Abell Sayers and Ann Pronger.

    (Another Betty Pronger was born in 1746 and married James Feast in 1769.)

    Stephen was most probably baptised on 5 January 1742/3 in Horsham, the son of Richard Sayers and Ann.

    Stephen and Betty had the following children:

    1. Betty Sayers was baptised on 7 May 1775 in Horsham.

    2. Molly Sayers was baptised on 22 November 1776 in Horsham.

    3. Stephen Sayers was baptised on 4 March 1781 in Horsham.

    4. Amie Sayers was baptised on 15 August 1784 in Horsham.

    5. Fanny Sayers was baptised on 26 June 1786 in Horsham.

    6. Ann Sayers was baptised on 23 March 1788 in Horsham.

  3. Ann Pronger was baptised on 13 March 1757 in Ashurst.  It was noted that her parents were from West Grinstead.

  4. Sarah Pronger was baptised on 21 February 1759 in Ashurst.  Her parents were from West Grinstead.

  5. Jane Pronger was baptised on 23 May 1762 in Ashurst.  Her parents were from West Grinstead.

    Jane may have married William Harwood by licence on 5 September 1782 in Warminghurst.  She was a spinster and he a bachelor and they were both of Warminghurst.

    William and Jane had the following children:

    1. Hannah Harwood was baptised on 26 March 1786 in Ashington.

    2. Charlotte Harwood was baptised on 15 May 1791 in Ashington.



This page was updated on 15 July 2009