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1 comment(s), latest 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Madge Family from Crediton, Devon, England

Below is some information on my MADGE ancestors from Devon, England, starting with my 4 x great grandfather William MADGE.

William MADGE, was born 4 Nov 1810 in Crediton, Devon and died 5 Oct 1907 in Crediton, Devon. He married Ann WHITE on 1 Mar 1835 in Crediton Devon England. She was born 1812 in Winkleigh, Devon, England and died Sep 1888 in Crediton Devon England, daughter of James and Ann WHITE.

Children and spouses of William MADGE and Ann WHITE

Ellen MADGE was born 1835 in Crediton Devon England and died 24 Apr 1895 in Exeter, Devon, England. She married Thomas Warren PERKINS 1857 in Exeter Devon England. He was born 18 Mar 1836 in Crediton, Devon, England and died 04 Oct 1910 in Exeter Devon England, son of John PERKINS and Sarah WARREN.

Mary Anne MADGE was born 1837 in Crediton, Devon, England and died Mar 1894 in Crediton Devon England. She married William BENNETT 01 Oct 1857 in Exeter Devon England. He was born 1837 in Crediton Devon, England and died 08 Jan 1894 in Crediton Devon England, son of William BENNETT and Ann CUMMINS.

Samuel MADGE was born Mar 1840 in Crediton, Devon, England and died 1904 in Staines, Middlesex, England. He married Elizabeth BROOKLAND Apr 1860 in Crediton, Devon, England. She was born 1842 in Down St Mary, Devon, England.

James MADGE was born about 1841 in Crediton, Devon, England. He married Susan. She was born about 1838 in Moretonhampstead, Devon, England

George MADGE was born Oct 1850 in Crediton, Devon, England. He married Ellen AYRES Sep 1868 in Exeter, Devon, England. She was born ABT 1834 in Crediton, Devon, England.

Sarah MADGE was born Oct 1853 in Crediton Devon England and died 13 Jan 1933 in Cane Hill Coulsdon Surrey England. She married Peter HAMMETT Sep 1870 in Exeter Devon England. He was born 1848 in Sandford, Devon, England and died 1898 in Kenington London England, son of Simon HAMMETT and Sarah DAW.

Be great to hear off anyone with any connection.

1 comment(s), latest 2 years, 2 months ago

Looking for info on Edward TREVILLIAN, convict, after his arrival in Australia

Edward TREVILLIAN was born in Poole, Dorset about 1831, baptised on 18 September 1831, son of Job TREVILLIAN and Ann TURNER. Edward had one sibling, a sister called Matilda and 6 half siblings from his fathers first marriage.

His mother Ann died in 1835 and his father ,Job, was in prison more often than he was out so for these reasons Edward and his sister Martha where raised by a half sister, Elizabeth, who also had an illegitimate baby of her own to raise. Tough times, which may have led to his conviction for larceny. Perhaps it was out of need rather than greed.

Edward TREVILLIAN was convicted at at Dorset, Dorchester Quarter Sessions for a term of 7 years on 28 June 1842, for larceny. Quarter Session records show him as 9 years old my records have him at about 11.

On 6th January 1847, five years after his conviction, Edward was transported on the ship Thomas Arbuthnot to Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia, along with 289 other convicts.

This is the point my research stops and I would love to know what happened to Edward. He only had 2 years of his sentence to serve. If anyone is able to tell me where I can look records up, point me in the right direction or has any information on Edward, I would be very grateful.

7 comment(s), latest 2 years, 4 months ago

Double Murder committed by Daniel EAST at Berkhamsted, England

Daniel EAST was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England on 10 Sept 1844. He was the son of Joseph EAST and Sarah POLEYKETT. On 22 July 1864 he married Ellen PLESTED at the Lower Baptist Chapel in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. They had four children, Albert b. 1865, Martha b. 1868, David b. 1874 and Frederick b. 1876.

By 1874 the family had moved to Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire but times were hard and Daniel was struggling to feed his family. In 1877 Daniel applied for parish relief but his claim was opposed by the local magistrate as he had twice convicted Daniel for public house rows. Daniel was distraught and could not see how his family would survive.

On Saturday 24 Feb 1877 Daniel took his two youngest children, David aged 3 and Frederick aged 8 months for a walk across the meadows. When he reached Pond Meadow he murdered the children by slitting their throats. He then laid the bodies next to each other and covered them with a blanket, placing a bible on top of them. Daniel then walked back to the town with the intention of murdering the magistrate who he expected to be at the petty sessions but on arrival he discovered it was not bench day, so walked instead to the police station where he gave himself up. He stated that he had murdered two of his children, handed the bloodstained knife over and told the police where the bodies could be found. The bodies were taken to the Crooked Billet public house where they awaited a coroners inquest.

Daniel was brought before the county magistrate and remanded in custody stating that he wished to be hanged immediately for his crime.

On 5 March 1877 Daniel stood trial for the murder of his children. He said he had done the deed because he had not a bit of bread to give the five children, so he thought he would take two of them and put them out the way. He had no ill feeling against his children, but did not wish to see them come to the Union. At the trial it became clear that Daniel had suffered with mental illness problems and had been an in-patient at the West Herts Infirmary suffering from mental derangement. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against him but not guilty on the grounds of insanity.

Daniel EAST was committed to the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum in Berkshire, England where on 1 June 1911, aged 66, he died. Daniel had been in Broadmoor for a total of 34 years.

Information on the POLEYKETT family from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England and London areas

There are many variations of the POLEYKETT surname, including:- POLLIKETT/POLLICOTT/POLLICUTT/POLLYKETT//POLYKETT


My 4 x great grandfather John POLEYKETT was born in 1800 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. His occupation was that of a chair maker. He died in the St Pancras workhouse at the age of 74 on 18 Nov 1874. He was the son of Joseph POLLICATT and Sarah HORWOOD. He married Ann DELL on 30 May 1819 in Chesham Buckinghamshire. She was born 1803 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire and died Apr 1872 in London.

I know of 12 children born to John and Ann.

William POLEYKETT was born 6 Jan 1820 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, and died in Bethnal Green Workhouse on 6 Oct 1898. His occupation was the same as his fathers, a chair maker. He married Sophia PLUMERIDGE at St Pancras Church on 22 Nov 1848.

Sarah POLEYKETT was born 23 April 1824 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, and died 1875 in Chesham. She married Joseph EAST on 17 July 1844. There eldest son Daniel EAST committed a horrific double murder two years after Sarah's death which I shall post about in a separate journal.

Elizabeth POLEYKETT was born 7 Nov 1826 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England and died 1887 in Dartford, Kent. She never married and lived with her parents until their deaths.

Louisa POLEYKETT was born 25 December 1828 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, and died Dec 1877 in London, England. (my 3 x great grandmother). She married first Francis Welsby HOLLAND on 15 July 1846 and was widowed in 1851. She went on to marry Edward Henry SAMPSON on 27 March 1854. There were children from both marriages.

Catherine POLEYKETT was born 13 Nov 1830 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England and died in 1866 at Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. She married Joseph LACEY on February 21 1855 at Amersham.

Eliza POLEYKETT was born 1831 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

George POLEYKETT was born 4 Nov 1832 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, and died Jul 1870 in Greater London, England. Like his father and brother William, George followed in the profession of chair maker. He married Eliza MURRELL on 20 May 1861.

Joseph POLEYKETT was born 4 June 1834 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, and died at the age of 44 in Apr 1879 at Westminster, London. Also a chair maker. He married Rosina JENKINS on 27 July 1857.

Sophia POLEYKETT was born 2 December 1835 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England.

Martha POLEYKETT was born Dec 1837 in Buckinghamshire and died aged 6 at Pancras, London on 29 Mar 1844.

Henry POLEYKETT was born 1840 in St Pancras, London and died aged 4 on 17 Apr 1844 St Pancras, London.

Mary Ann POLEYKETT was born 18 Dec 1843 in Pancras, London. She married Joseph WINCHESTER on 18 May 1862.

Be great to hear off anyone with any connection or information on the POLEYKETT family.

British Home Child - James WIDDICKS

James's Story....so far


After the death of his mother Annie (nee DENIORD), James father, Samuel WIDDICKS for reason's I don't know allowed James and his two siblings, Rose and Maud, to be taken into care.

James was taken into care by the Board of Guardians Whitechapel and in 1901 is shown in the British census as an inmate, aged five, living at Mile End Old Town, London, England. Then on 13 Dec 1902 James was moved to Kent to live at the Farningham home for little boys, where he stayed until 7 April 1902.

The next record of James is from the passenger list's when on 20 May 1909 James was amongst a group of Barnardo's children sailing on the ship "Corsican" from Liverpool to Quebec, Canada. James arrived in Quebec on 28 May 1909 and was transferred to Toronto, Ontario. In 1910 there are records showing James in Hastings East, Ontario.

In 1911 James is a servant on a farm working 60 hours a week 52 weeks a year!!! There's another british home child at the farm called Alice POINTING, a servant of the house who worked the same hours as James. This is the last known whereabouts of James apart from his final resting place at Whites Bayside Cemetery, Hastings, Ontario. Grave ref 1185. Two other people share the grave, they are Carol Maud WIDDICKS and Annie E C WIDDICKS. (no dates known)

James' sisters, Maud and Rose, where also British Home Children. All three children travelled at different times.

If anyone can fill in the missing parts of James's life or point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

2 comment(s), latest 1 year, 6 months ago

CLARK/CLARKE Family of London UK

Like many people researching their CLARK ancestors I have found that the E appears and disappears on different documents. So for the sake of this journal I will omit the E.

John CLARK (b. 1852) married Mary TREVILLION (b. 1855) on 17 May 1875 at Regents Square London. They had the following children


Harriett Eliza CLARK was born in Sep. 1873 in St Pancras London. She married William Charles HOWELL.

Emily CLARK was born on 29 Mar. 1874 in St Pancras, London. She married George BARBER

John David CLARK was born on 15 Apr. 1876 in St Pancras, London, England and died on 23 Oct. 1918 in Belgium at the age of 42. He married Ellen Ann LOCKWOOD. On John's marriage certificate it states that he was a widow when he married Ellen. I have yet to find his first wife and if there were children from this first marriage.

George Robert CLARK was born in Sep. 1879 in London.

Mary Ann CLARK was born in 1882 in St Pancras London.

Rose CLARK was born in 1887 in Islington, London, England.

Ellen CLARK was born on 7 Feb. 1890 in 2c Beaconsfield Building Islington London and died on 11 Dec. 1978 in 393 Highbury Quadrant Islington London. She married Andrew Edward BUSHNELL

William CLARK was born on 6 Dec. 1891 in Islington, London. He married Rose EMPSON.

Robert CLARK was born on 29 Jun. 1894 in Islington Middlesex England and died in 1970 in Dagenham, Essex, England. He married Annie Elizabeth VIPOND.

Florence CLARK was born About 1896 in Kings Cross London.

Any information on this CLARK family would be greatly appreciated.

The photo is of William CLARK and his wife Rose and daughter Maria.


3 comment(s), latest 4 years, 1 month ago

HAYDON of Devon, UK

Samuel HAYDON was born on 23 March 1817 in Crediton Devon England to Solomon HAYDON and Sarah BRADFORD. Samuel died, 31 December 1883, aged 66, in Crediton, Devon, England.

He married Elizabeth SETTER, 22 March 1840 in Tedburn St Mary, Devon. Elizabeth was born, 1819 in Crediton Devon and died in 1903, aged about 83, daughter of James SETTER and Elizabeth FORWARD.

Children of Samuel HAYDON and Elizabeth SETTER:

James HAYDON - (1840-1908) m. 1873 Jane NORRISH (1843-1902). They had four children.

George HAYDON - (1844-)

Sarah HAYDON - (1845-)

Ellen HAYDON - (1847-)

Susan HAYDON - (1849-1892) had an illegitimate son Samuel John HAYDON (1869-) who married Edith Mary HEARD (1874-) in 1893. Susan married John DREW (1843-1899)the year after Samuel's birth and had six children with John.

Mary Ann HAYDON - (1852-) m. 1877 William DADD (1839-)

Elizabeth HAYDON - (1856-)m.1877 George GALLIN at Waterdown, Ontario, Canada

Charlotte HAYDON - (1859-1909) m. 1878 James BENNETT (1858-1908. They had eight children.

Emma Jane HAYDON - (1861-)

Samuel and Elizabeth are my 3x great grandparents and I would love to hear from anyone who could help me in my research on these family lines.

The attached photo is of my 2x great grandmother Charlotte HAYDON.


The DYER's of Devon UK

James DYER was born was born 17 Feb 1804 in Trusham, Devon, England and died Mar 1870 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. He was the son of William DYER and Joannah MARTIN

He married Mary HOLMAN on 01 Aug 1825 in Christow, Devon, England. She was born 11 Sep 1803 in Trusham, Devon, England and died 1845 in Crediton, Devon, England.

He married Ann CAMPION in 1848 in Trusham Devon England. She was born ABT 1799 in Ilsington, Devon, England.

Children of James Dyer and Mary Holman:

Eliza b. 1825 in Christow, Devon, England and died Jun 1899 in St Thomas Devon England. She married George HORNER on 11 Dec 1857 in Taunton St James, Somerset, England. He was born 1825 in Wambrook Dorset England.

Thomas b. 1827 in Trusham, Devon, England and died 18 Mar 1828 in Trusham Devon England.

James b. 1829 in Trusham, Devon, England and died 1829 in Trusham, Devon, England.

George b. 1830 in Trusham, Devon, England and died 1832 in Trusham, Devon, England.

Jane b. 1832 in Trusham, Devon, England. She married Thomas PADDON 1858 in Plymouth Devon England. He was born 1828 in Ilshington, Devon, England.

George b. 1833 in Trusham, Devon, England and died 1919 in Newton Abbott, Devon, England. He married Mary Ann TANCOCK 06 Nov 1859 in Chudleigh Devon England. She was born 1837 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon England and died 1921 in Newton Abbot Devon England, daughter of James TANCOCK and Ann HOWARD.

Susan b.1836 in Trusham, Devon, England and died Jun 1838 in Trusham, Devon, England.

Mary Ann b. 1838 in Trusham, Devon, England and died 1839.

William b. 1840 in Trusham Devon England and died 1883 in Crediton Devon England.

Mary Anne b. 30 Jun 1842 in Trusham, Devon, England and died 1904 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. She married Robert NORRISH Sep 1867 in Newton Abbot Devon England. He was born 30 Apr 1844 in Woodland, Devon, England and died 1899 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England

Susannah b. 1845 in Trusham, Devon, England. She married Edward SALTER. He was born ABT 1842 in Halberton, Devon, England.

Be great to hear from anyone with any connections to these people.

2 comment(s), latest 3 years, 9 months ago

TANCOCK family - Devon UK-Australia-Canada

James TANCOCK was born 1803 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon, England and died Nov 1858 in Chudleigh Devon England. He married Ann HOWARD 16 Apr 1831 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon, England. She was born 1807 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon, England and died 1890 in Chudleigh Devon England, daughter of James HOWARD and Grace COOMBE.

Children of James TANCOCK and Ann HOWARD:

Harriet TANCOCK was born 1831 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon, England and died 13 Aug 1926 in Gawler South, South Australia. She married William ATYEO 22 Sep 1870 in Adelaide, South Australia. He was born 1842 in Hitchaine, Somerset, England and died 09 Oct 1926 in Gawler South, South Australia, son of Joseph and Frances ATYEO.

Richard TANCOCK was born 1834 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon, England and died 09 Mar 1890 in Willaston South Australia. He married Ruth PONSFORD 05 Jan 1858 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. She was born 16 Dec 1836 in Chudleigh, Devon, England and died 29 Mar 1877 in Kangaroo Flat, South Australia, daughter of George and Mary PONSFORD. He married Mary PARHAM nee WHITE 11 Dec 1879 in Gawler, South Australia. She was born 1828 and died 16 May 1896 in Gawler River, South Australia.

James TANCOCK was born 1836 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon, England and died 09 Mar 1890.

Mary Ann TANCOCK was born 1837 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon England and died 1921 in Newton Abbot Devon England. She married George DYER 06 Nov 1859 in Chudleigh Devon England. He was born 1833 in Trusham, Devon, England and died 1919 in Newton Abbott, Devon, England, son of James DYER and Mary HOLMAN.

Maria TANCOCK was born 1840 in Cheriton Bishop, Devon, England.

Susanna TANCOCK was born 25 Dec 1842 in Chudleigh, Devon, England. She married George Henry PONSFORD. He was born Mar 1842 in Devon, England, son of George and Mary PONSFORD.

John TANCOCK was born 12 Nov 1844 in Chudleigh, Devon, England and died Dec 1866 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England.

Robert TANCOCK was born 1847 in Chudleigh, Devon, England and died 22 Jul 1932. He married Sarah Ann PROUSE. She was born ABT 1848 in Ilsington, Devon, England and died 26 Jun 1938 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

George TANCOCK in was born Apr 1849 in Newton Abbott, Devon, England. He married Charlotte CHERITON. She was born 1838 in Crediton, Devon and died 1899 in Crediton, Devon, England, daughter of Christopher CHERITON and Mary Ann BRAGG.

Henry TANCOCK was born 31 Oct 1851 in Chudleigh, Devon, England.

I would love to hear from anyone researching any of there names.

The photo is of my 3 x great grandmother Mary Ann TANCOCK.


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