Ten Places In Devon

# 52 ancestors 52 weeks Week 40

During the past week I have spent time in Devon in the 1700’s and 1800’s as i follow the trial of the NOSWORTHY family. This week we will look at ten places where the family lived during this time.

Ten Places In Devon [2]
William NOSWORTHY his wife Jane DREW and their children emigrated to South Australia in 1847 on the Princess Royal that departed Plymouth 5 Nov 1846 [3]. At the time of the 1841 census William and Jane were living in Easton Town, Okehampton where William was an auctioneer [4]. It is believed that Jane came from Okehampton and that she was baptised on 6 January 1803 in Okehampton [5]. William and Jane were married in Saint Mary’s Arches in Exeter in 1835 [6].

St Mary’s Arches, Exeter [7]
William was born to William NOSWORTHY and Mary PIKE in 1810 in Chagford on the edge of Dartmoor [8]. William was one of five children born to William and Mary. Mary died around the birth of William [9] and his father remarried several years later having a further six children [10]. William had a farm at Broadalls and the census tells us that this was occupied by the Nosworthy family for much of the 1800’s. William senior was still alive until after the 1851 census [11]. William’s sister Elizabeth married James WOTTON a Tawer and Fell Manager of Moretonhampstead and is buried there [12].

As we go back in time we can see that William’s fathers family came from around Chagford. John Nosworthy of Gidleigh married Charity Woodley in Chagford [13]. TRere children were baptised in Gidleigh, Throwleigh and Chagford. As the map shows us these are all within a very close distance from each other and so the NOSWORTHY family did not move far especially int he 1700’s.

With the coming of the 1800’s the movement of people became much greater and this is signified by move of William DUFTY from being baptised in Sheepwash [14], to being married in Shebbear Parish [15] to living at Tuell Farm in 1841 [16]. During this time his father was also on the move around Devon.

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Village on the edge of Dartmoor [17]
The map provides us with a glimpse of 10 places the ancestors and the families of George Drew NOSWORTHY and Grace DUFTY lived in Devon prior to both families emigrating to Australia.

The richness of the genealogical data comes from both findmypast and family search that have extensive data on Devon. Many of the parish records have images that can be sighted so the researcher in Australia is not just reliant on transcripts.

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A Cottage in Devon [18]




[1] Tuell Farm accessed https:tuellfarm.co.uk. 1st October 2018

[2] Ten Places in Devon Map developed by the author using google maps

[3] The shipping records for the Princess Royal are not available on line, but a search of Trove’s online newpaper provide a complete shipping list, where the families arrival is noted.

[4] 1841 Census England, Wales and Scotland HO107/233/7/3/1 accessed https://Findmypast.com.au

[5] 3210A/PR/1/3 Devon Parish Baptisms South West Heritage Trust. accessed at https://Findmypast

[6] Devon Parish Marriages South West Heritage Trust. Accessed at https://Findmypast.com.au

[7] St Mary’s Arches Exeter. Photograph taken by the author 2012

[8] Devon Parish Baptisms South West Heritage Trust. Accessed at https://Findmypast.com.au

[9] 1429A/PR/1/2 Devon Burials South West Heritage Trust. https://Findmypast.com.au

[10] Devon Parish Marriages South West Heritage Trust. Accessed at https://Findmypast.com.au

[11] 1429A/PR/1/20 Devon Burials. South west Heritage Trust. https://findmyppast.com.au  

[12] 2916A/PR/1/24 Devon Burials. South West Heritage Trust. https://findmypast.com.au

[13] “England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887,” database with images, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org image 219 of 379; Devon Record Office, Exeter.

[14] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5ZL-G5Z : 11 February 2018, William Dufty, 18 May 1808); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 916,933

[15] Devon Marriages Image South West Heritage Church and Parochial Church Council accessed on Findmypast.com.au

[16] 1841 England, Wales and Scotland Census. HO107/249/2/3/1

[17] Village on the edge of Dartmoor – photograph taken by the author in 2012

[18] A cottage in Devon – photograph taken by the author in 2012


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