Bitton Families



By Pat

I know very little about the PRIGG family except that when Hester PRIGG married Robert LONG in St Mary's Bitton in 1767 the marriage was witnessed by a Samuel PRIGG, father? brother? or no relation at all? The surname PRIGG features in the Bitton parish records but I've yet to make any secure links.


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When Robert LONG and Hester PRIGG were married in St Mary's Church, Bitton on 17th May 1767 the witnesses were Abraham LONG and Samuel PRIGG, who both signed their names.

Initially I assumed that Samuel PRIGG might be Hester's father. A Samuel PRIGG had married a Hester HAYNES at Siston on the16th Feb 1734/5 but a son Samuel had been christened on the 2nd September 1735 at St Mary's Church, Bitton. So either could have been the witness.

According to the IGI there were 2 christenings of a Hester PRIGG on 20th August 1726 at Bitton, one the daughter of a Samuel PRIGG and the other a daughter of a Robert & Elizabeth PRIGG. When I looked at the original records I could only find the latter.

If either of these was my Hester PRIGG it makes her at least 52 when my GGG grandfather, Samuel LONG, was born in 1778, which is unlikely. I favour her being born after 1735 as the daughter of Samuel & Hester nee HAYNES but have yet to find a christening or any other proof.

I haven't found the burials of Samuel or Hester PRIGG but there is a will of a Samuel PRIGG in Gloucester Record Office dated 1788, which grants administration to his widow, Hester. I think this was probably a formality because Samuel & Hester had both been in receipt of poor relief from the parish.

If anyone can sort this out I'd be delighted.


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