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Prouse Family Mysteries

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Surnames/tags: Dyer Dunning Knowling, Saunder, Prouse/Prowse, Cornish
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What was Margaret's maiden name? Who were the parent os Margaret's grandchildren? What connection if any is there between Margaret LNU Prouse and William S Dyer, Jr & his wife Mary Barrett, if any? Is Margaret a second wife of John Prowse b. Mary 26, 1616 in Devonshire and his wife Honor Scale born aft 1620, Malbrough, Devon, England?

The Will of Margaret Prowse of South Brent is full of clues, but so far, I have been unable to find the key to unravel this family. I believe Margaret is the widow of John Prowse of Moore & South Brent, Devon, England. I appreciate any help you can provide.


Last Will & Testament of Margaret Prowse Will Nov 14, 1656

The fourteenth Day of November One Thousand six hundred fiftie six

In the Name of God Amen Margarett Prowse of Moore within the parish of South Brent in the county of Devon Widdowe though weake of Bodie yet perfect of memorie thanks be given to Almightie God revoking all former Wills Doe make and ordaine this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following.

First I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to Christian burial.

Item I give unto the poor of Brent aforesaid fortie shillings to be distributed by my Executor.

Item I doe give and bequeath unto John Dyer ----------- Samuell Dyer and Susan Dyer my grandchildren to each of them five pounds.

Item I do give unto Elizabeth Cornish my Grandchild five pounds and to John and Mary her sons and Daughters to each of them fiftie shillings.

Item I do give unto Margaret Dunning my Grandchild five pounds and unto Richard Dunning and John Dunning my grandchildren to each of them fiftie shillings.

Item Item I do give and bequeath unto John Prouse my Grandchild Twenty pounds and alsoe that bed performed that hest that Tableboard and coffer now standing in the porch chamber where I liv.

Item I do give unto William Prowse my grandchild ten pounds.

Item I doe give unto Thomas Prouse Margaret Prowse and John Prowse my Grandchildren to each of them five pounds.

Item I do give unto Johanne Saunder my Grandchild and to her children Tenn pounds.

Item I give unto Elizabeth Knowling my daughter my best Gowne and my silke apron.

Item I doe give unto Johanne Dyer my daughter my best riding coate Safeguard and Hood.

Item I give unto Johane Saunder aforesaid my Grandchild second best riding coate wastcoate and petticoat.

Item I give unto Susan Dyer aforesaid my grandchild my best wastcoate petticoate and one under coate.

Item I give unto Elizabeth Cornish my grandchild aforesaid one piece of gold of Two and Twentie shillings.

Item I doe give unto Wilmott Dunning my daughter one peece of gold of two and twientie shillings.

Item I doe give all my linen clothes unto Elizabeth Cornish Johane Dunning and Susan Dyer my Grandchildren aforesaid.

Item I doe give unto Master Jelinge Master Flowett Minister of Dipford one piece of gold of ten shillings.

Item I do give unto John Harris his wife and unto Lawrence ----------- his wife of Brent to each of them five shillings.

Item I doe give unto John Land Grace Pitting and Johane Smith to each of them one shilling.

Item I do give unto Margaret Tucker of Dipford (Is this the Margery who gave birth to John Prowse?) three shillings To William Tozer the older two shillings and six pence To Johane Crossing Widdow Two shillings To Elizabeth Parnell widdowe and Dizginnis Symons to each of them one shilling To the poor people in the Churchhouse att Dipford one shilling and six pence.

Item I give unto John Torr of Dipford one shilling and to Hugh ----------- six pence.

Item I doe give unto each servant in the house one shilling finallie all the residue of my Estate goods and chattels do well recall as personal of what nature and qualities what soever not here before given nor bequeathed I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto John Prowse of Moore my Sonne whome I do nominate ordain and declare to be my whole executor of this my last will and testament In witness where of I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written published signed and sealed in presents of

This was the Last intention and declaration of the testator in the presence of Richard Dyer, John Prowse ye Younger.

This Will was proved at London sixth day of the month of November in the years of our lord God One thousand Six Hundred Fiftie and before the Judge for probate of Wills and granting Administration lawfully authorzed by the oath of John Prowse the Sonne and sole and only Executor named in the above written last will and testament of the deceased whome Administration of all and singular the Goode Chattlels and debts of the said deceased was granted and committed being first begotten sworne by -------- of a commission truly and faithfully to administer the same.

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