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Agnes (Rider) Prowse (bef. 1794 - 1876)

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Agnes Prowse formerly Rider
Born before in South Milton, Devon, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in East Stonehouse, Devon, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Brackley Point Road, Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jun 2014
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Agnes Rider[1] was baptized on December 3, 1794 in the All Saints Church, South Milton, Devon, England.[2] She was the daughter of Richard Rider and Agnes Pilditch.

Agnes married William Prowse on February 10, 1822 in East Stonehouse, Devon.[3] They had two children, Richard Rider Prowse, who lived for only a month, and Joseph Jarvis Prowse, b. 1824. The young family left Devon between 1824 and 1828,[4] and settled in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, along with Agnes's parents and some of her siblings. William & Agnes had five more children after their arrival in Prince Edward Island, Margaret, born in 1828, William, born in 1831, Agnes, born in 1833, Samuel, born in 1835 and John, born in 1837. Upon the death of her father in 1838, Agnes shared equally in his estate with her 4 surviving siblings.[5]

Agnes died on 10 Sep 1876 [6] in Brackley Point Road, Prince Edward Island.[7]


  1. Sometimes seen as "Ryder"
  2. South Hams, Devon, Parish Records, South Milton, All Saints: baptisms 1736 – 1812 – Rider
  3. "England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 February 2016), William Prowse and Agnep Rider, East Stonehouse, Devon, England; citing Marriage, The Devon Record Office, Exeter.
  4. Biographies of Samuel Prowse and Albert P Prowse give varying dates for William and Agnes's immigration to Canada. Some say 1823, others say 1830. The earliest it could have been was 1824, as their son Joseph was born in 1824 in England. The latest it could have been was 1828, as William made a land petition in PEI in 1828, and their daughter Margaret was born that year, in PEI.
  5. Early Prince Edward Island probate records, 1786-1850 / by Linda Jean Nicholson, 2005, Pg 224, Richard Rider
  6. "Prince Edward Island Death Card Index, 1721-1905," images, FamilySearch, Nelson - Quigley > image 973 of 1000; citing Public Archives, Charlottetown - Death of Mrs. William Prowse
  7. Daniel F Johnson, New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Vol 29, No. 1478, Saint John, The Daily Telegraph, Sept 28, 1876 - Death of Agnes Prowse


Thanks to larryjtyrell on Ancestry for the well-documented information on the Rider family.

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