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George Prowse (aft. 1608 - aft. 1684)

George Prowse
Born after in Tiverton, Devonshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died after at about age 76 in Kingston, Somersetshire, Englandmap
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George was born about 1608. George Prowse ... He passed away after 1684. [1]

Letter from Mary Prowse dated 24 Aug 2001: (38) ABPs numbering George Prowse of Kingston, next Yeovil, Co. Somerset, dated 10 Aug, 21 Jac I 1623 Proved 16 Feb 1624/5 by James Prowse, son and Exor. mentions his eldest son James b. 1596. To George Prowse, second son, all lands at Botham, Tiverton, a pair of blue silk curtains with valence, and two silver spoons "one gilded and the other "white?" and other specified effects. Grandfather's (ABP) notes: Also mentioned wife Elizabeth, sons Robert, Thomas & youngest John and children of daughters Prudence, now Bisse. He also mentions land owned by Edward Humphrey and another daughter Jane married an Edward Humphrey, although neither Jane, dor daughter Elizaabeth who married Roger Roberts are named. Grandfather's notes unfortunately refer to "legacies to grandchildren." No mention of second son George being in America.

Bolham [status: a] in Tiverton parish and Tiverton hundred (EPNS, p541). It appears in DB as Boleham, held by William the Usher (DB 51,8). In 1284 it was held for a quarter of a fee by Hugh Raleigh of the honor of Dunster, the overlordship having passed to the Mohun family (FA i p319). It descended in the Raleigh family until the famous Sir Walter Raleigh sold it in 1596/7 to George Prowse and Richard Hagley (OJR, Supp, p29). Lysons does not mention it in 1822. Unknown if this is the same Prowse, but it is in the same place and time.

County of birth based upon the Visitation of Somersetshire of 1620

Research Notes

  1. First-hand information as remembered by Randall Prouse, Monday, October 6, 2014. Replace this citation if there is another source.

Visitation of County Somerset, England 1623

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As I mentioned a couple of years ago I suspect that George Prouse and Alice Kenn could not be my direct ancestors. The birth dates of their children show them being baptized in Tiverton when they would have been in Virginia. I am currently researching Richard Prowse of Tiverton and his wife Elizabeth Chilcot alias Comyn being the ;parents of the George who went to Jamestown Virginia in 1619. I have hesitated for a long time in making changes because so many researcher have followed my tree and included it in theirs.

Several trees who have two Hugh Prouses have added George Prouse and Alice Kenn as the parent of the Elder Hugh. In my years of researching the Prowses I have never seen any record of them having a son named Hugh. I will be making some changes in my WikiTree profiles. The common ancestor will continue to be Robert Prowse son of John Prouse and Joan Orchard. and his wife Christian LNU.

posted by Ran Prouse
After many years believing that this George Prowse is the one who came to Jamestown in 1618. After visiting Tiverton in September and gathering new information my belief is that George is the grandson of John Prowse and Elizabeth Colwick though their son Richard who married Elizabeth Chilcot. I would like to collaborate with all who have an interest in this line of Prowses. John was a brother to George Prowse of Wellington and suspected father of George of Jamestown.

I recently received a book titled "Tiverton Cloth" by Peter Maunder. It has many of my ancestors in it. I ran across a short item about a ship called the Dyana being leased by Tiverton merchants Nicholas Nicholas Skinner and John Prowse in 1591 for trade with Europe. John Prowse is the father of John Prowse the elder.

posted by Ran Prouse
Thanks for maintaining this profile.

Is there any indication that the John Prowse, son of George as described in the 1623 will was the John of Amesbury, Massachusetts?

posted by Brad Stauf

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