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
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 was the daughter
of William Buckwell and
(1753-1797) and married
(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
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
died aged 42 years and was buried on 18 April 1839 in Nuthurst, as
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
in 1839. Thomas was the son of
(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
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:
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
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 Ancestry.co.uk in the
Tillson Family Tree.
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
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
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.
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