Name: Lewis Protheroe
Given Name: Lewis
Birth: in Molleston, Dyfed, Cymru
Lewis Protheroe of Molleston, Narberth, Yeoman. He m. pre 1707, Rebecca Jenkins, 1676-1761. He d. 1714. Administration 22 Jan 1714-15. She m. 2ndly, Thomas George of Molleston.
Change Date: 14 Nov 2009 at 00:00:00
Protheroe of Molleston
The first of this family to appear in the 18th century apprenticeship register was Lewis Protheroe the son of Lewis Protheroe of Narberth, yeoman who in 1720 was apprenticed to Robert Hall, hooper, and Maria his wife. This Lewis married in 1732 at the parish church of Bristol St Nicholas, Margaret Davis, but died 3 years later leaving no surviving issue. His widow married for a second time Gotlob Schusler, a stationer, presumably of German or Low country descent. Lewis's brother, Philip Protheroe also settled in Bristol although does not appear in the apprentice register. He achieved his liberty of the city of Bristol through marriage with Martha Constant daughter of Thomas Constant, Wine cooper on 5 May 1741 at the church of Clifton St Andrew. Philip was a mariner and from 1730 can be found as master of a ship called "Ann Snow" trading between Bristol and Africa and from there carrying slaves onwards to Jamaica, Virginia and Barbados. By 1747 he seems to have settled down and was listed as owner of a ship called "Tryall" carrying slaves to the colonies. Philip appears to have been prosperous, although not one of Bristol's elite, with no apparent interests in banking and property. Philip died in 1763 leaving no children himself, but laid the foundation for a Protheroe dynasty in Bristol founded by his nephews.
In 1764, Philip Protheroe second son of Joseph Protheroe of Newton was apprenticed to Mark Davis, Merchant Venturer and Frances his wife. This was likely to have been a fortunate apprenticeship for Philip as Mark Davis had trading connections with the West Indies, the source of much of Bristol's wealth. Two of Philip's brothers were later apprenticed in Bristol: Thomas in 1769 apprenticed to John Page, a hooper and Benjamin in 1772 apprenticed to Charles Whittuck, a hatter. Thomas had a large family and left numerous descendants in Bristol but it seems likely that Benjamin returned to Pembrokeshire. However, it was Philip's descendants who feature most in the records of the city of Bristol and who occupied a prominent role in the government of the city. Philip's rise to prominence was rapid after his appointment as a burgess in 1772. In 1777, he was elected to the ruling corporation of Bristol and served the office of sheriff in that year. His many business interests were in shipping and the West India trade but in 1794, he was one of 5 partners who set up the Bristol City Bank with premises in the city centre. In 1800, he was offered the mayoralty of Bristol but turned down the honour. Latterly he lived Over Court, Gloucestershire, a country house a few miles from Bristol where he died in 1803.
Philip's 3 sons Edward, Henry and Philip followed their father into business in Bristol with the first two serving apprenticeships with their father. Edward's involvement in business appears to have waned as he became more involved in politics. He served first as sheriff of Bristol at the age of 23 in 1797 and as mayor in 1804-5. In 1812 Edward was elected Member of Parliament for Bristol a seat he held until 1820. He had an only son also named Edward who stood unsuccessfully for parliament in 1830 but was elected as member for the city in 1831. He was an opponent of the slave trade and narrowly avoided fighting a duel in 1831, following a letter he wrote on the subject to the freemen and citizens of Bristol.
It was Philip's 3rd son also named Philip who was most active in business in Bristol. He too served as sheriff and mayor for the city in 1804 and 1807 respectively. He was master of the Merchant Venturers of Bristol in 1826 and probably again in 1839. He was owner of numerous ships sailing out of Bristol including the "St Vincent" launched in 1804 and described as the largest West-Indiaman in the port at 492 tons. Philip married in 1808 Sophia Smith of Clifton and had a family of 1 son (Mark Davis Protheroe) and 3 daughters.
Father: Lewis Protheroe of Plas Llandre, Egremont b: in Egremont, Caerfyrddin, Ystrad Tywi, Cymru
Mother: Joan Beddoe
Rebecca Jenkins b: in Dyfed, Cymru
- Joseph Protheroe of Newton b: in Molleston, Dyfed, Cymru
- Lewis Prothero(e)
- Philip Protheroe of Bristol, Mariner
- Stephen Protheroe of Haverfordwest
- Title: Protheroe of Egremont, Molleston, Newton and Bristol
Author: Dr Jonathan Pike
Publication: Lineage supplied by Mike Ashmore