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From: Joy Langdon <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Robert PRUDOM late 18th century Exeter
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:55:35 +0000 (GMT)

Have you tried searching on the National Archives A2A (Access to Archives) site?  I found several documents that might give you some leads.  The same names crop up several times and it looks as if the STEED family is the link. 

1740 July 17  Release of legacy of £100 + interest and share in moiety of trust estate
1) Frances SALMON of London, spinster and elder daughter of Thomas SALMON, late of same, mercer, and his wife Frances, daughter of Frances STEED, late of Exeter, widow, both dec'd.
2) Susanna PRUDOM of Exeter, widow and other daughter of Frances STEED.
3) John TREHAWKE of Liskeard, Cornwall, gent.
4) Joseph STENNETT late of Exeter now of London, gent. and Samuel WAYMOUTH of Exeter, tobacconist, the two surviving trustees under will of Frances STEED.

There are quite a lot of documents naming Susanna PRUDOM, Robert and his half brother so take a look.

Don't forget that spelling was haphazard and you may find alternatives (PRUDHAM, PRUDHOM, PREDHAM, PRIDHAM) all of which are supposed to be derived from PRUDHOMME.  On A2A there is a 13thc document naming William PRUDOME from Barnstaple and a 17thc Robert PRUDHAM from Bradworthy so you may not trace back to Yorkshire.

From: Robyn Waymouth <>
Sent: Tuesday, 2 February, 2010 21:54:51
Subject: [DEV] Robert PRUDOM late 18th century Exeter

Hi all,

Once again I'm enquiring about this gentleman. He's my greatest brick wall and
just tantalises me.

Robert PRUDOM died in April 1792 in Exeter.  He was wealthy ("possesed of much
property") and left a considerable estate to my ancestor Henry WAYMOUTH.  I
suspect he was the son of another Robert PRUDOM, mercer and his wife Susanna who
signed the Exeter city oath rolls, Michaelmas 1723.

It's highly likely he was a Dissenter.

I'm wondering if he was a grandson of yet another Robert PRUDOM (d. 1708) who
established the first Baptist church in Bridlington, Yorkshire - sheer conjecture
this! - although it might explain why there are so few references to the name in
Devon, and so many in Yorkshire.

I'm trying to establish if he was related to Henry WAYMOUTH - why else would he
have left the bulk of his estate to him after all?  Several minor legacies went
to Waymouth relatives.

The other detail I know about him is that he was half brother to John TREHAWKE
and that their mother was Susannah nee STEED.  There are Cornish connections here.

I'd welcome any thoughts anyone might have on where to go next.

Best wishes,

Melbourne - hot again, roll on winter!

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