Posted By:Stephen Bott
Subject:Prodger family of North Staffordshire
Post Date:October 23, 2005 at 13:02:31
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I have recently brought my research into my Prodger ancestry near to a point of completion. So far as I can ascertain, all Prodgers found in North Staffordshire up to the beginning of the 20th century (and probably beyond) are descendents of William Prodger (c.1815-1884). He was a miner who migrated to Burslem sometime in the mid-1840s from the Cefn Mawr/Ruabon area of Denbighshire in North Wales. He was married twice, and there are descendents of both his first wife, Amelia Jones (who died in 1853, aged 40), and his second wife, Mary Ann Evans (who died in 1882, aged 54). The Prodgers settled originally in Moorland Road, Burslem, but are later found in other places, particularly in Wolstanton and the Smallthorne/Bradeley area. Many of the later descendents were married in either St. Margaret's, Wolstanton or St. Saviour's, Smallthorne, and several are buried in those places.

My most recent Prodger ancestor was my (maternal) great grandmother Amelia (1865-1944), the daughter of Edward Prodger and Margaret Robinson. She married John Joseph Higginson in 1891. If anyone requires details of members of this branch of the Prodger family, I would be most willing to provide them on request. I myself would like to know more about the later development of the family. One outstanding question I have concerns the origins of Roman Catholicism in my mother's family. Amelia and John Higginson appear to have converted to Catholicism sometime around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Was this part of any general trend within the Prodger family, or just an isolated occurrence?

Stephen George Bott (Stoke on Trent)