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TANCOCK family - Devon UK-Australia-Canada

Journal by shellyb

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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by shellyb Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2010-06-20 08:37:45

shellyb , from Kent, UK, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jun 2010. is researching the following names: BENNETT, , BIDGOOD and 50 other(s).

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by rattler on 2010-07-07 12:30:13

Robert Tancock who married Sarah Prouse had sons Robert, William, John & Rueben. William was my grandfather he was the only member of the family not to go to Canada.There is surviving Canadian family members all decendants of Rueben none of the others had family.I live in devon uk not far from chudleigh. Will check my tree to see if i can add anything later.

by shellyb on 2010-07-07 19:36:29

Hi rattler, thanks for the response to my posting. Any info you can add would be great. Thank you

by tadders on 2010-09-20 12:52:22


My grandad was Pearcy Tancock who had a brother called William....Note with interest you are also tracing Bennets as my gran (Pearcys wife) was a Bennett I belive....

All lived in Devon as do I.

Any interest?

by James_Enid on 2010-09-21 11:39:56


by rattler on 2011-01-06 02:38:46

Exeter record office show James dad came from the village near Cheriton called Spreyton living in Green Cottage.The small town North Tawton seems to be where the previous generation dropped anchor.

by JG on 2011-02-08 20:22:41

hi shelly,

My great grandfather Reuben Tancock came from Devon England and Married Claudia Brewer.
one daughter Ada married Harry Parson
brother John, married Paisilla - no family
brother Robert, married Katherine - no family

Would this be the family you are looking for?


by shellyb on 2011-03-14 05:08:44

Hi Georgina

I've sent you a private message as we have a match!


by rattler on 2011-03-14 06:24:03

Robert & Sarah had another daughter affectionately called Polly she married a Newton Abbot man called Perkins.Sadly she died two years later in childbirth around the time most of the family were leaving for Canada. John & Prescilla had a small farm on the edge of Ashburton where they had a son Douglas who died aged 2 again shortly befor the exodus

by shellyb on 2011-03-14 15:17:59

Hi Rattler

Thanks for the extra information. I had seen a Polly on someone's tree but obviously was reluctant to add her as they had no sources. I made that mistake with Mary Anne Cockran whom I thought was the wife of James Tancock (4 x g grandparents), it was only whilst I had access to some parish records that I discovered my error and that in fact Ann Howard was James wife.

Thanks again

by Rutham on 2011-03-18 22:01:05

Hi I am Georginas mother, my gradfather was Rueben.
Georgina wanted me to get involved with this as she thinks maybe the names will mean more to me than her.
Rueben married Claudia Brewer daughter Edna married John Macpherson they had 4 kids. Lillian ( my mother) married Dave Milne they had 6, kids. Ada married Emil Lapointe and had 3 kids. Rueben and Claudia had just the one son William who never married. All Ruebens kids have passed on. Hope to keep in touch and hear more about the family in the UK. Ruth

by mowsehowse on 2011-03-19 12:37:55

In 1997 I lived next door to a family by the name of Tancock at
(21?)Applegarth Avenue, Highweek, Newton Abbot, S.Devon which is close to the other places mentioned. He was in the fire service.
Hope that is useful to someone, though of course they might have moved on by now.

by tadders on 2011-08-22 16:09:19

Tadders here again reading Rattlers info is interesting as my family (Tancock) I refer to further above were from the Bow/Crediton/North Tawton area - indeed my Grandmother was living in Sandford when she passed away.

My uncle and his father (both named William) both lived in Barnstaple having I belive moved up there from Bow.

by rattler on 2011-09-26 05:25:44

Tadders may find the history of Admiral John Tancock (born Ashburton, died Truro) interesting. His father Samuel was a tailor in North Tawton before moving to Ashburton so may well be connected to your family. John had a spectacular boost to his career when as a very young captain 12 French merchant ships surrendered to him after their armed escort fled .His prize money share must have been very tasty

by tadders on 2011-09-27 17:00:37

Thanks Rattler - facinating and have been doing some reading on this!

by Gwahl on 2011-10-21 01:42:06

Hello Shellyb

I have what seems to be very simular names.

Robert Tancock married Sarah Anne Prowse daughter of William and Mary Prowse.
Robert and Sarah had a daughter Ada Who like Georgina said Married a Parsons John Henry Parsons who was the son of Harry and Carolyn Parsons both from St. Budeaux, Devonport or at least that is what is on the pictures I have. Ada and John Henry Parsons at least at the end of thier lives lived in Prince Rupert B.C. Canada. I have pictures of both Robert and Sarah Tancock as well as Sarah's parents William and Mary Prowse.

by shellyb on 2011-10-21 03:18:51

Hi Gwahl

Fantastic, this is the same family. I'd love to share info with you and it would be amazing to see the photo's.

I have sent you a private message.


by rattler on 2011-10-23 03:54:17

Was J H Parsons an engineer on the railways my older brother now nearly 90 remembers him visiting our home town Ashburton.

by shellyb on 2011-10-25 04:33:11


I haven't yet heard back from Gwahl but I'm hoping we both will. I just wanted to say I think its fantastic that your brother remembers a visit from a Mr Parsons and his occuptation. My great aunt, who is now 93, has given me so many personal stories of the family that you would never find in any records. She is the great grand daughter of Mary Ann Tancock.

by rattler on 2011-10-27 04:30:52

Roberts daughter nicknamed Poly was born in Ashburton 1879 her real name was Mary J Tancock, she is first documented in the 1881 census. In the 1901 census she had moved to Croydon London where she was a servant to a family who describe themselves as sack manufacturers.She then moved back to Devon where she met and married a George Perkins.
As i am 78 i can remember visits from some of the Canadian family but not as clearly as my older brother

by Lauren88 on 2012-04-04 14:30:30

I am also a descendant from George Ponsford Tancock. I think he was x3 g grandparent. I am living in South Australia. My father has a family history book of the Tancock family, starting with Richard & Ruth Tancock & their descendants. I would love any further information or photos any 1 has.

by shellyb on 2012-07-31 06:57:03

Hi Lauren88, so sorry only just seen your post. Would you still like information and photos on the Tancock family, I'm more than happy to share.

by Tancock_Madge on 2019-08-29 02:19:08

Mary Ann TANCOCK, was her father Henry Wright TANCOCK and mother Mary TANCOCK (LOCK)?

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