Proudler and Proudley Family History - Bladen descendants
Everyone with the Proudler name is a Bladen descendant: from the
marriage of Joseph Proudler and Martha Bladen in 1786.
The PROUDLER name evolves during the late 1700s from PROUDLEY (Shropshire). Proudleys were located at High
Ercall and, just a short distance away, in the small hamlet of Walton. Within the parish registers our relations are
referred to as:
"... Proudley of Walton-of-the-Club..."
"... Proudley of Walton-of-the-Oak..."
"... Widow Proudley of the Oak..."
We have, unfortunately, never been able to establish what "of the club" refers to. One of these Proudleys, Peter Proudley
1720-1785, after his marriage in High Ercall in 1743, moves south-east to Longford-by-Newport (where his Talbot wife may have
had connections) and tracking this family name through the birth of their children, the name gradually evolves away from Proudley
to Proudler. Peter's son Joseph settles in Snedshill Coppice - present day area of Wrockwardine Wood and Ketley Bank.
The earliest Proudleys appear in Worcester in the 1500s, moving to neighbouring Shropshire in the 1600s and some are
still there today.
Only a handful of Proudlers today still live in Shropshire where the name began, they migrated away easterly to
the West Midlands (Stourbridge) area; then to York (Middlesbrough) and lastly, in 1890, into Derbyshire.
The Proudlers in USA and Canada are descended from the Shropshire and West Midlands lines.
Proudlers Derbyshire - 1932
Proudlers West Midlands 1902
Tom Proudler at the base drum & Frederick Proudler right
of base drum West Midlands 1902 The
Shut End Prize Brass Band