Thanks for the thoughts, which pushed me to do some more digging.
Both Ancestry and FMP have only 1 PROUGHTER (exact spelling) in the
1881 and 4 in the 1901. The 1901 family, however, appears to be
Proughton or Proughten in the 1891 and 1911.
In FMP, apart from what I presume are the 1901 family (with possible
spelling variations) and one burial in 1737 in Berkshire, the only
parish register entries for Proughter are the single family in Devon
that I have identified - and just that generation!
However, what I also find is that FMP's Devon BMDs have PROUTE in a
continuous stream from the 1500s into the mid 1800s. If you pronounce
that as "Prouter" (i.e. "Prowter") then a shift between Proughter
Proute(r) becomes logical. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if a
more clipped pronunciation of Proute(r) became Prout but that's just
So I think Proughter is just an odd spelling, very localised in time
and place, of the longer lasting name Proute(r).
On Thu, 19 Sep 2019 at 11:12, Jane Lucas via DEVON <devon(a)rootsweb.com> wrote:
> Have you tried searching a local Directory? I know they’re not published anymore but
I think you can search a name online. I just tried Proughter, North Molton on the BT site
and got 2 Procters.
> > On 19 Sep 2019, at 10:29, joy.langdon--- via DEVON <devon(a)rootsweb.com>
> > I had a look for it on Freebmd from 1900 and there was one event - a Charles E
Proughter married in 1910, Edmonton district. No sign of him after that but there are
quite a few Proughtens on the 1939 register so Proughter could be a mistranscription (is
it definitely a final "r" on the North Molton register?). There are also
several Prouter BMD events from 1900, one Prowter and one Prouder. Proughte could be an
alternative to Prout which occurs quite frequently.
> > ------ Original Message ------
> > From: "Adrian Bruce" <abruce6155(a)gmail.com>
> > To: "Devon Rootsweb" <devon(a)rootsweb.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, 18 Sep, 2019 At 22:51
> > Subject: [DEV] Modern version of Proughter / Prother?
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