John Prowse

John PROWSE (1643 – 1706) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather, one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Immigrant Ancestory – Prowse – Coat of Arms

John Prowse was born in 1643 in Exeter, Devon, England.  His parents were George PROUSE and Alice KENN.    John married Hannah BARNES 2 Oct 1665 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass.   John died about 2 Sep 1706 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass.

John and Hannah lived their entire adult lives in Amesbury, Essex, Mass

Hannah Barnes was born 25 Mar 1643 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass. Her parents were William BARNES and Rachel LORD. Hannah died 27 May 1688 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass.

Children of John and Hannah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Abigail Prowse 18 Dec 1666 Salisbury, Essex, Mass Israel Diamond
5 Jan 1690
Richard Bartlett
18 Nov 1718 Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
16 May 1727
Newbury, Mass
2. John Prowse
15 Feb 1669 Amesbury, Essex, Mass 1707
3. Barnes Prowse 2 Aug 1672 Amesbury Deborah Kimball
29 Jan 1702 Amesbury
4 Jul 1706
when Indians attacked the town of Amesbury.
4. Hannah PROWSE Mar 1676 Amesbury John J JEWELL
6 Jan 1702 in Amesbury, Mass.
1771 Amesbury

John Prowse took the Oath of Allegiance in 1677 in Amesbury and was a member of the town ‘training band’ (militia) in 1680. Along with Robert Jones and others, he was appointed to lay out ‘peake’ land in Amesbury in 1682. This meant plotting the lots and farms for the town and out-lying areas.

It appears that John and Rachel (Barnes) Prowse spent their entire married lives in Amesbury. We know they were married there, their children were born there, and that they both died there.

John Barnes was known to be living in 1690. His estate inventory was filed 2 September 1706 and settled in 1707. Hannah, his wife, died in Amesbury 27 May 1688.


1. Abigail Prowse

Abigail’s first husband Israel Diamond was born 1666, Devonshire, England.  Israel died 13 Nov 1716 Amesbury, Essex, Mass.

Abigail’s second husband Richard Bartlett was born 21 Feb 1648 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were Richard Bartlett and Abigail Welles. He first married 18 Nov 1673 in Newbury, Mass to Hannah Emery. Richard died 17 Apr 1724 in Newbury, Essex, Mass.

2. John Prowse

John, the first son, must have died young, because records refer to Barnes, the younger son, as the eldest son of John Prowse in records filed in 1707.

3. Barnes Prowse

Barnes’ wife Deborah Kimball was born 22 Jun 1674 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John Kimball and Mary Jordan. Deborah died 15 Dec 1776 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass.

Barnes is presumed to have died 4 July 1706 when Indians attacked the town of Amesbury. About eight other Amesbury citizens were killed in that battle. Barnes was missing from that date and his body never found. Finally in 1715, he was declared dead and his estate was settled.

4. Hannah PROWSE (See John J JEWELL‘s page)


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11 Responses to John Prowse

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  6. Randall Prouse says:

    Hi, My name is Randall Prouse. I believe John Prowse who married Hannah Barnes is a brother to my 7th Great Grandfather, George Prowse. Their parents were George Prouse/Prowse and Alice Kenn. George arrived at Jamestown, VA in 1619 on the ship Diana. Alice Kenn/Keane was a maid servant for John Johnson and his family. George and Alice returned to England after their indenture where they had their children. Sons, George and John came back to the Colonies, George to Maryland and John to Massachusetts. Their Uncle Robert Prowse also came to America and was a New England Merchant. You can find him in the Archives of Maryland (online).

    I see that you have John’s parents as Richard Prowse and Honor Turberville. From my research that isn’t possible, because Honor died in 1626.

    See Prouse-10 at WikiTree. See

    I’d like to share thoughts!

    Randall Prouse

  7. Chris Murray says:

    Thanks for the information. John Prowse appears to be my 8th great grandfather through my mother’s mother, Dorcus Muzzey.

  8. R L Prouse says:

    Honor Turberville can not possibly be John Prowse’s mother! She died in 1626! John was born between 1639 and 1643.

    The most likely parents are George Prowse and Alice Kenn. George came to Jamestown in 1619 on the Diana. Alice was a servant in the John Johnson home. George was a servant to Joseph Johnson.

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Mr. Prouse,

      I see you are right about Honor Turberville. I have updated the page.

      This page says that George and Alice stayed in Sommerset.

      Rgds, Mark

      • Randall Prouse says:

        The URL you mention is mine. George and Alice returned to England after their indenture. They came from prominent families and possibly came to the colonies as a result of their connections. A couple of their children, John Prowse of Amesbury was one of them returned as did another son, George, my ancestor. He was mentioned in the Will of Edward Cotton in St Mary’s, Maryland in 1654.

        He may be the same George Prowse who had land surveyed on the Eastern shore about 1665 and whose Will I have dated in 1696.

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