Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John PRONGER (1801-?)

and Emily MILLYARD (1796-1839)


John Buckwell and Emily Comber married by banns on 1 April 1823 at the parish church of St. Andrews in Nuthurst, Sussex.  They were both then of Nuthurst and Emily was a widow.  The witnesses to their marriage were Matilda Chart and Edward Chart.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)  Previously, as Emily Millyard she had married David Comber in 1816.  (They have their own page.)  As John Pronger he next married Charlotte Waller on 18 May 1841 in Nuthurst.  He was then a 39 year old widower and she was a 29 year old spinster.  Their fathers were named as James Pronger and John Waller.

John may have been baptised as John Jarvis Buckwell on 29 July 1801 in Chailey, Sussex the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Buckwell (1780-1876).  Elizabeth was the daughter of William Buckwell and Alice Jarvis (1753-1797) and married James Pronger (1777-?) on 28 July 1801 in Chailey.  On 5 September 1825, as John Pronger he was a witness to the marriage of Alexander Millyard and Ann Hersey in Horsham.  The other witness was Matilda Chart.  The death of a John Pronger was registered in the first quarter of 1862 and another in the fourth quarter of 1865 in the Horsham registration district.

I'm not so sure that John Buckwell/Pronger was the one baptised in Chailey in 1801, as an entry on the National Archives website seems to imply a John Jarvis Buckwell died on 28 April 1845, although there doesn't seem to be an entry in the index of deaths.

Emily Millyard was baptised on 8 November 1796 in Boxgrove, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Millyard (1774-1840) and Mehetabel Fogden (1775-1832).  She died aged 42 years and was buried on 18 April 1839 in Nuthurst, as Emily Pronger.

Charlotte Waller was baptised on 24 February 1811 in Warnham, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Waller and Charlotte Blanchard.  Charlotte died aged 72 years and her death was registered in the second quarter of 1883 in the Horsham registration district.  Charlotte's sister, Mary Waller born in 1816, married Thomas Pronger in 1839.  Thomas was the son of Henry Pronger (1775-1852) who was a brother of 1777 John Pronger.

At the time of the 1841 census, John Pronger was said to be a 35 year old farmer and he was living at Hole, Mannings Heath in Nuthurst, with his 30 year old wife Charlotte, 23 year old Mary Pronger and a daughter from his first marriage.

When the 1851 census was recorded, John Pronger was a 50 year old farmer of 350 acres employing 11 labourers.  His place of birth was then recorded as Nuthurst.  He was living at Hole Farm in Nuthurst, along with his 40 year old wife Charlotte, born in Warnham, Sussex, son James and 3 servants, namely, Harriet Peirce  aged 2? (line through the number, could be 20) a house servant, 28 year old James Charman and 16 year old William Pronger who were both agricultural labourers.

In 1861, John Pronger was a 59 year old farmer of 400 acres, employing 9 men and 2 boys.  He was still living at Hole Farm, with his 50 year old wife Charlotte, who this time said she was born in Nuthurst, and 2 servants, namely, 16 year old Emma Hobden and 16 year old Thomas Turrell.

By 1871, Charlotte was a 60 year old widow and housekeeper and she was living with her unmarried 47 year old brother, John Waller in a cottage in Nuthurst.  Her brother was a wheelwright and they both said they were born in Nuthurst.


John Pronger and Emily Millyard had 4 known children:

  1. James Pronger was baptised on 29 February 1824 in Nuthurst.  The baptism register recorded that he was the son of John Tugwell Pronger and Emily and that his father was a labourer of Staplehurst Common.  (I think Tugwell should be Buckwell.)  The 1841 census recorded that he was a 15 year old agricultural labourer living in the home of William Knight in Nuthurst Street, Nuthurst.  In 1851 he was an unmarried 27 year old agricultural labourer living with his father.

    James married Mary Gravett 29 July 1855 in Nuthurst.  Their fathers were named as John Pronger and James Gravett.

    Mary was born in 1833 in Slinfold and was the daughter of James Gravett and Mary Freeman.

    More about James and Mary can be found at in the Tillson Family Tree.

  2. Emily Pronger was baptised on 14 August 1831 in Nuthurst.  Her father's name was recorded as John Pronger.  She died aged 10 months in Beeding and was buried on 30 May 1832 in Nuthurst.

  3. Betsey Pronger was baptised on 19 May 1833 in Nuthurst.  Her father's name was recorded as John Pronger at which time he was a farmer of Beeding.  The 1841 census records that she was 8 year old Elizabeth Pronger.

    As Betsey Pronger she married Bede Freeman by licence on 10 May 1855 in Horsham.  He was a 23 year old bachelor and carpenter and she was a 22 year old spinster from Nuthurst.  Their fathers were named as Charles Freeman a tea dealer and John Pronger a farmer.  The witnesses to their marriage were James Pronger and Sarah Wheeler.

    Bede was baptised on 20 April 1832 in Warnham and was the son of Charles Freeman  (1794-1846) and Sarah Burchall (1791-1875).  At the time of his baptism his father was a labourer.  When the 1851 census was recorded he was an 18 year old apprentice wheelwright living in the home of John Burstow in London Road, Horsham.

  4. Richard Pronger was baptised on 2 June 1837 in Nuthrust.  His father's name was recorded as John Pronger.  He died in Beeding aged 1 month and was buried on 7 June 1837 in Nuthurst.


This page, and other Pronger pages, came about after receiving an email from Brenda Smith in July 2009.


This page was updated on 15 July 2009