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Britsh soldiers/sailors + the American War of Independence.

I have been searching for a couple who married by special licence in 1779, (at the Parish & Priory Church of St Mary, High Street, Totnes, Devon, UK).

The special licence meant that the marriage could take place without the need to wait the statutory three weeks while Banns were called, and was particularly useful where either party had not at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months.

In this case the bride definitely had residency within the Parish of Totnes as she had previously been in receipt of Parish Aid.

The fact of the licence also suggests that speed was more important than the cost involved.

Having ruled out the statutory obligations, I have spent many happy years musing on why this couple resorted to a special licence - I am sure there must be many reasons, but an obvious suggestion is that the groom was a soldier or sailor about to embark on a campaign, which given the date, could feasibly have been the American War of Independence.

QUESTION: are there any specific records regarding British personnel involved?

It is a long shot, but I would welcome all suggestions of where I might find records, or other ideas.

3 comment(s), latest 6 years, 7 months ago

Colonial New England

Having had a long interest in history I find the idea of the "Mayflower Society" really fascinating, and I wonder if interested parties who believe they had ancestors among the early settlers to New England, might want to check out the possibilty of the WINTHROP SOCIETY.

Although I believe the majority of those emigrants were from the East Anglia area of England, I know there was at least one person from Dartmouth in Devon.

You can find the web site at:<>

1 comment(s), latest 7 years, 9 months ago

Convicted felon transported to QA Co.1739

I have an archive reference for the landing registration of felons sentenced at County Devon, UK in 1738 who were landed at Queen Anne's County, Maryland, in June of 1739. I would dearly like to know more about that documentation.

Is there anyone able to help at all?

Deseret Evening News from Salt Lake City, Utah · Page 7 issue: Wednesday, June 12, 1901 Does anyone have a subscription? Could you look this up please?

Deseret Evening News from Salt Lake City, Utah · Page 7 issue: Wednesday, June 12, 1901

Does anyone have a subscription? Could you look this up please?

A Google Books search suggests there is a news report, Wednesday, June 12, 1901 on Page 7, that a person named POULSOFOR purchased some real estate.

Though that is quite a long way from a marriage in Devon in 1650!!

1 comment(s), latest 2 years ago

GIBBONS & COKE (a bit like pie & chips??)

This combination is a perfect illustration of the tradition of using family names as middle names, which can be so helpful in tracing a family line.

Susanna GIBBONS COKE was the second daughter of William COKE and Susanna GIBBONS who married in South Devon at Brixham St. Mary's in 1775.

The parents had named their first daughter Susanna, after both mother and grandmother, (Susanna PULSEVER), but I assume the first child died, though I have not found a burial registration as yet. The second daughter was baptised with the same "given" name, plus her mother's maiden name of GIBBONS and of course her father's family name of COKE.

1 comment(s), latest 7 years, 10 months ago

Girls name "Pedigon"

I found a potential addition to the family tree, name of PEDIGON Poulsofor, (which I assumed to be a male name,) who married in 1650. But the other half of the marriage was a Willyam POPE, so Pedigon has to have been female. I have seen a photographic image of the actual Parish Register, and the transcription is correct.

Has anyone come across the name Pedigon/Paddigan/Pedigan? It seems to have been used a few times in Devon & Gloucestershire U.K. but where ever did it come from??

I was hoping it might have a saints or place name origin, or even be very common in a particular country, but haven't found a link as yet.

My contention is that the Poulsofar line were Huguenots who came into UK from Europe, but I have no idea of profession or occupation, as yet.

Has anyone ever come across it? Can anyone suggest the derivation?

All suggestions gratefully received.

4 comment(s), latest 1 year, 11 months ago

Richard EAME baptised in Brixham, South Devon, connects to CHAMPION & GIBBONS.

I am surprised to be the first on this site to post the name EAME/s.
I have searched the (transcribed) parish registers which are on line for Brixham St. Mary's, and I have found this to be a huge family in the area.

You can find the transcriptions at Genuki and a second set,(including Churston Ferrers,)by different researchers in Australia who have gifted their work to the Brixham Heritage Museum.

Searching the record transcriptions I have found EMM,EME,EAM,EAME,and all sometimes have an "S" attached, or not! Theses variations do not surprise me as I have found similar number of variations for every name I have ever researched. When I consider that the vicar might be in a hurry or tired, perhaps deaf or maybe even a little inebriated, and the people giving the information would be nervous, may also be the worse for a drink and probably had a strong country accent.......(Perm any 3 from 5!)

Richard (? son of George,son of Walter ?) married Elinor Champin (sic) at Brixham in 1654/5 and their son Richard had several children with Mary but I haven't found the marriage yet!

Richard and Mary's daughter Eleanor married John Gibbens in 1717.

4 comment(s), latest 7 years, 3 months ago