Miss Prudames

In just four years between 1821 and 1825, Samuel PRUDAMES buried two children and their mother, Hannah nee FOX. Mary, his third child with Hannah, died about three weeks after he had married Mary Ann WILLIAMSON.

Mary Ann gave birth to William a year later. He left this world aged 4 in early October 1831, ten days after the death of his sister Ann. About four years later Samuel’s sixth child arrived – and stayed long enough to marry and have two children with Mary Jane nee THACKERAY. Ruth Charlotte and little Mary Jane were twins. The survival chances of twins in Victorian Britain were not good. I can’t offer any data but from my limited experience, very few Filey twins in the 19th century seemed to survive infancy.

Earlier posts have described Ruth’s marriage to William Henry “Wilf” CASS, and noting that she lived long enough to experience two World Wars.  (She was forty when she saw the “five angels” drown off Reighton Sands in 1902.)

Twin Mary shared Ruth’s love of music but could not match her longevity.

The girls’ father, William Williamson Prudames, had died seven years earlier.

Find Samuel and Mary Ann’s stone (as a memory) on the Shared Tree.

Rock 28 · Muston Sands

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