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Fay Sampson’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)

Sampson  Tree



WILLIAM PRODHOME.  We know little about William. Richard Whiting says that he flourished around 1274.[1] He had presumably seen a document of that date naming him.

Whiting says that he was the son of William Prodhome senior, who held the manor of Upton Prodhome, in the parish of Payhembury, between Honiton and Cullompton, under the Blackdown Hills. William is the only son named, so we may assume he inherited his father’s estates.

                             Payhembury Yew


We do not know the name of either his mother or his wife.

William lived through the Barons’ War of 1264-5. When Henry III was temporarily captured by Simon de Montfort. From 1172 the reign of Edward I saw the climax and the decline of national prosperity. In 1285 the Statute of Westminster decreed that every man under 60 had to arm himself at his own expense to defend the kingdom and maintain order.

Whiting credits William with two sons, Walter and John. Interestingly for sons of a lord of the manor, both became clergyman. Walter was rector of Bideford 1324-37; John was vicar of Payhembury in 1323/5. These dates seem rather long after 1274. It is possible that there was another generation between William and these clergymen.

The Prodhome estates seem to have passed to John.

We do not know when William died.


[1] Richard Whiting. Whiting of Wood: A Mediaeval Landed Family, 1974 (MS in DRO).