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Name: Allen Comfort <>
Date: 2017-07-04
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Stumbled across this site during some research today. I am researching the American Heards. My anncestors were in Virginia and Georgia. I have always been told that we came from the Irish Heard family.

This is a beautiful, well-done site. Congrats!!


Name: Bruce Hemer <>
Date: 2017-06-15
Which family are you interested in? Willing
From Adelaide South Australia. My mother was Gwendolyn Ellen Willing (Hemer) 1911 - 1964, daughter of John Willing (1859 - 1927). I may have additional information on that family if you are interested.

Name: John Guy Hazelwood <>
Date: 2017-04-26
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I came apon your excellent site by chance and am interested in any information you might have relating to Lucy Heard 1885-1946 Frank Heard 1857-1928 Mary Ann Heard 1857-1888 and James Heard 1829-1897

I believe the above are related to my mother May Caroline Hazelwood 1912-1990

Kind Regards.

John Hazelwood - Suffolk


Name: Dawn Hobbs <>
Date: 2017-04-16
Which family are you interested in? Turner
I stumbled across your site searching for William Turner my 2 x Great grandfather, you have his daughter Florence Mary Marrying the wrong man, Florence is my Great grandmother, and James Ancell Turner married Mary Ann Bennett. Could you advise where you found the information you have for these family members? Look forward to hearing from you.

Name: Sam Eedle <>
Date: 2017-04-10
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Hello - I am descended from Daniel Hunt (Sandford, born 1836) and Jane Heard (Bow, born 1839). They were my grandmother's grandparents. They knew each other as youngsters, relocated separately to London and married in 1861 in Bermondsey, London. Have done some initial research into Janes's family, and a pattern emerges of young men migrating to Bermondsey to work in the tanneries, and the girls being placed in service. Thank you for all the hard work that has evidently gone into this site.

Name: Michael Maier <>
Date: 2017-03-24
Which family are you interested in? Pitt, Cooke, Godwin, Kearney, Spencer, Chadborne, Foster
Check these names and others on my My heritage site Mary Frances Cooke. Foster, Spencer, and Chadborne from Maine USA. Cooke, Kearney,Godwin, Bridger, and Pitt from Jamestown, Virginia and North Carolina.


Name: Belinda Skilton Federl <>
Date: 2017-03-20
Which family are you interested in? Federl
Hi my Grandmother was Joan Norrish and came from Hartland - her family moved to South Africa. She wrote a book there are Zulu's at the bottom of my Garden under her literary name Margaret Heard. There were rumours that her mother painted horses and her father (true) was was a conductor who performed at Crystal Palace before the King. Very interested in the family and as my dad lives in Northam Devon we have visited the graves of both Heards and Norrish's.

Name: Barbara Heard <>
Date: 2017-03-13
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I am interested in Heards who emigrated to Canada and then settled in Minnesota, USA.

Name: Fred Cornish <>
Date: 2017-03-08
Which family are you interested in? Hector
I am also interested in the Cornish and Helmore families. Amelia Cornish (daughter of William Hector) was one of my grandmothers.

Name: Matthew Heard <>
Date: 2017-02-27
Which family are you interested in? Heards
Hello, I am from Brisbane Australia and am currently writing a book on the Heards of Devon. Although the story focuses on the three Heard siblings Samuel, Elizabeth and Thomas who migrated to Australia from Clawton in 1844, it also explores the origins of the Heards in England.
I have read your website extensively and found it very interesting. I would also like to ask your permission to use some of the photos that are displayed. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Name: Francesca Barratt <>
Date: 2017-02-26
Which family are you interested in? Arscott / Knott (Nott)
Hi, Do you have information on Mary Ann Arscott Knott born and baptised in 1859, South Brent, Devon ? Maybe her father's name ? She is listed as being illegitimate to mother Elizabeth Knott, along with another baby Elizabeth Knott baptised on the same day, August 24th 1859 so I assume they have the same mother but not the same father. Elizabeth Knott was my great grandmother and I think this must be her. I think the family is from Thomas Knott born 1810 ( and spouse Elizabeth) in South Brent Devon, descended from the Lapford Notts. Many thanks Francesca Barratt.

Name: Debra <>
Date: 2017-02-04
Which family are you interested in? Fey
Hello my name is debra sheppard and i am the great niece of charles and frederick fey, who died during the 1st the World War, any help would be appreciate.
King regard debra


Name: Raymond Damerel <>
Date: 2017-02-04
Which family are you interested in? Physick
What a Super website. I had been searching with some difficulty for details of my Granny, Winifred Agnes Damerel (nee Physick) without a lot of success.Putting her name into a google search threw up the Heard family tree including the Physicks. Her parents were Henry Physick and Alice Loram. I have been able to visit their grave in Alphington at St Michael and All Angels church. Granny is buried in the overflow churchyard close by. She was their 9th child. I had no idea there were so many siblings.
Granny married my Grandad, John Steere Damerel in 1904. They lived in Exeter. The family ironmongery business was in Sidwell Street. I would love to have a picture of the shop at 161 Sidwell Street, but alas this has evaded me so far. The business went bust around 1940. My late father Raymond John Damerel, lived with his parents at Clyst Honiton at a house that Grandad had built, until dad was conscripted into the second world war in late 1939. He was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940,sent with his comrades to County Down Northern Ireland, to rearm and retrain. He met my late mother there. after the war they married and settled in London.I am trying to develop my knowledge of the Damerel family, before grandad. I have a lead on my Great Grandads grave in Exeter higher Cemetery, which I hope to try and find later this year.
If anyone reading this has any knowledge on the family Ironmongery business, which was located in Sidwell Street for many years in the 1800's, I would love to hear from them.
thanks again Nick for the super website and all the information I have got from it.
Raymond Damerel


Name: Gareth <Heard>
Date: 2017-01-16
Which family are you interested in? Heard, Baggot
Hi Nick,
You have helped me in the past with my family tree. This time, however, I had googled my Mother-in laws maiden name- Baggot and been directed to your site. Fascinating.
Best regards
Gareth Heard
Yateley, Hants.


Name: Sarah <>
Date: 2017-01-15
Which family are you interested in? Mitchell
My Grand father was John Mitchell( mothers side) born 1886. I was at school with Kevin Heard who said that we , him and myself were related way back, which was odd because my Dad Roy worked with his uncle Bill from Cullompton. Great what you have done. I have some further bits of info. Also very strange because I have a odd fascination with Earth to Earth.

Name: Hayley Martin <>
Date: 2016-11-20
Which family are you interested in? Turner
I am the granddaughter of Frederick William Henry Turner whose father was Walter Turner who came to Wales for the weekend & never left!! The family house in East Street Crediton was still in the family until the year 2000. I used to spend my holidays there as a child. This website is great

Name: Genevieve Rance <>
Date: 2016-10-30
Which family are you interested in? CARPENTER
My quest has been going on for over 20years , I need to obtain a photograph of DR JAMES EDWIN CARPENTER, born 06/08/1894, he was born in India to Edith Bateman and The Reverend JAMES NELSON CARPENTER., CAN ANYONE HELP PLEASE ? . Kindest regards , Genevieve .

Name: Chris Leonard <>
Date: 2016-10-24
Which family are you interested in? Heard
This is a remarkable historical document. Every new family link adds to the identity of the writer. The scope of this study is immense and there is a feeling that this is an infinite process.

Name: Gordon Tucker <>
Date: 2016-09-26
Which family are you interested in? Burridge
William Ernest Burridge was my wife's greatgrandfather. Her grandfather Ernest William Burridge was killed during WW1 in 1917

Name: Richard Wright <>
Date: 2016-09-22
Which family are you interested in? Wright etc
Hi Nick

I am now living in Crediton and have been eagerly hunting out family memorabilia - like James Wright gates and fences! I recently had lunch with John Pickett and Donald Glass. Your website is excellent. Really, an absolute triumph and we should try to make it into a book - quite possible these days with limited print runs - but anyway I don't need to tell you about the book trade. Would be good to meet up sometime for a coffee. I can get in to Exeter whenever. I have a James Wright medallion from the Royal Cornwall Show and a horse name tag from JB from the First World War that might be worth a photograph together with his medals.
All the best,


Name: valena greenwood <>
Date: 2016-08-24
Which family are you interested in? luxtons
hello, last week at a yard sale, I came across a old old family album probably from late 1800's , of the luxtons, I have many many pictures, William r luxton and his family...if u are interested in these family photo's of yours, please email me back...thanks Valena

Name: Helen Parker-Drabble <>
Date: 2016-08-08
What an interesting family. You have shared your research beautifully.
Although I have some family in Devon now, I am writing about my grandfather born in 1885, in Upwell Norfolk. Currently I am working on his life as an ag. lab. and was particularly interested to read on your website,"Between 1870 and the turn of the century, 700,000 farmers and farm-workers emigrated." [withing England I'm guessing?] I would be grateful if you could tell me the source you are quoting from, if you know.
Fascinating reading, thank you for sharing it.
Warm wishes,


Name: Jess Tomlinson <>
Date: 2016-08-01
Which family are you interested in? Pitts, Wheeler, Heard
Hi there

What an amazing site this is! I am Jess Tomlinson, daughter of Emma Pitts who is the daughter of Steven Pitts. Thank you for all of the information and wonderful pictures I have never seen of Steven and my great grand father and grand mother Laurie and Audrey Pitts.
If you would like to continue the tree I am happy to give some information and photos.

Thanks again


Name: Allen Maunder <>
Date: 2016-07-27
Which family are you interested in? Maunder
In your family listings: Charles Maunder born about 1852 was a son of Thomas Maunder and Mary Ann Waller. Charles's wife was ELIZA (surname unknown). She was ELIZA BURRIDGE and she was born at Cullompton Devon. - Best wishes.

Name: Alan Brookes <>
Date: 2016-04-08
Which family are you interested in? Blaen Family
I am involved with a free web site called Black Country Connections and noticed James Blaen married Emma Parsons who connects to my Parsons line. I have added a lot about Blaen family on site and can add more or amend if you find an error

Name: Tamlyn Fraiquin <>
Date: 2016-04-07
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Hi, my parents have recently bought Hillside, Sandford (formerly Meadowside). It is now a B&B - I was hoping you would allow us to display copies of the pictures at the front of the cottage/the gates in the entrance hall.

Thank you, Tamlyn


Name: Philip Jones <>
Date: 2016-03-26
Which family are you interested in? Luxton and Wensley
I read your version of the LUXTONs' 1975 tragedy with interest. What really caught my attention, though, was the mention of the WENSLEY family in the introduction. If there is a LUXTON-WENSLEY connection in this part of Devon it might help to undermine one of my wife's brick walls. She was born in Topsham and is a descendent of William LUXTON (1786-1860) and his second wife Sarah WENSLEY (c1794-1880). Sarah was born in Pinhoe and the Parish Registers there were destroyed in a flood. So I had almost given up hope of following her line. William claimed to have been born in Topsham, but I am fairly certain he was baptised at Dowland, the son of John Luxton and Elizabeth (PEARSE).

It's amazing what clues lie scattered in strange places. Once again,thank you.


Name: jane heard-crombie <>
Date: 2016-03-22
Which family are you interested in? heard family
I am Australian and my father was William Crombie Heard, they were the South Wales Heard's. Very interested in contact with Heard family in UK

I have many relatives here in Australia and I thought you might like to meet up with yet another family member, I am interested in genetic memory and wonder what traits have come down the family line.


Name: Robert Heard <>
Date: 2016-03-13
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My Father always said the Heads came to Australia from near Devon some where. Father Alan, grandfather Donald, great grandfather Alan I think

Name: Snitselaar-Lorenzi heidi <>
Date: 2016-02-20
Which family are you interested in? Northcott
I'm from the descendant of Northcott Robert married to Bishop Sarah ; their daughter Emma married Heath William, my great grand father, whom I'm looking for more information.
My father did research and for him, Robert was a laborer, who died in Hookway (devon) the 29.1.1892
It is difficult for me to do those research as I'm in France, but if you are interested I could always give you the information I have.
Heidi Lorenzi


Name: Heather Measday <>
Date: 2016-02-06
Which family are you interested in? Labbett
My family tree goes back to the Labbett's who came from Frithlestock in Devon. Nice to find a photo of P.C. Jack/John Labbett, Metropolitan Police. Now only need to connect with my family?

Name: Tessa White <>
Date: 2016-01-26
Which family are you interested in? John Heard Crediton circa 1890
I remember visiting Exeter Devon during the 1940,s to see
Great Aunt Kate who had a shop and small butter factory in Frog Street. There was. also a cousin name Albert with wife named Doris. I was very young at the time but remember there was an Uncle Walter,


Name: Geoff Tucker <>
Date: 2016-01-19
Which family are you interested in? Rowe
I have found your site very interesting and well laid out. A relative of mine has a site with more information on the Rowe family further away from your line at which you might find interesting.
You have an entry for Frank J Rowe, born 1878. You might like to know he was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal from the 2nd Boer War while serving in the Devonshire Regiment and was killed in action in France on 3 November 1916. He is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France.
His brother William John Rowe was my Grandmother's antecedent.


Name: Augustina Bubear <>
Date: 2016-01-19
Which family are you interested in? Bubear
Hi. My name, as you can see is Bubear. My father is Kenneth George Bubear DOB 14/12/30 my grandfather is George Bubear born in 1895 his dad is William Bubear I think. My family are from crediton and the sculler George Bubear is my relation. Could you help me to know more. My dad had dementia and I can't ask him. Thank you.

Name: Susan O'Beirne <>
Date: 2016-01-11
Which family are you interested in? Fey


Name: Peter Wright <>
Date: 2016-01-05
Which family are you interested in? wright
Hi Nick - excellent site - have much enjoyed a look around. Richard told me about it. Hope we can all get together again at some point. Best Wishes, Peter

Name: Sam Sexton <>
Date: 2015-12-25
Which family are you interested in? Blanche Elizabeth Reddy
Hi - I'm putting my family tree online and there is a Blanche Elizabeth Reddy in your family tree at . I had a great-aunt (?) known as Aunt Teddy with whom we lived in Mill Hill for a while in the 50s and 60s (two separate occasions). Our records show her as Elizabeth Blanche Reddy, but the birth date shown for your relative seems about right for her.

I couldn't find BER in your photos, but I have one of EBR and can send it to you if you think she's a match.

I'm not sure how she fits in to the family, so I would be grateful if you could get in touch as it may help solve the mystery!

Congratulations on a very well documented family tree!


Sam Sexton


Name: Steve Milton <>
Date: 2015-12-15
Which family are you interested in? Miltons in crediton
Hello Nick,
Fantastic site you must have put a huge amount of work into it. I have only just started investigating my family tree and have hit a snag. I have got back to Joseph Milton born about 1828 his mother was Mrs Mary Milton but his father was a bit shy. He may have married Maria Lee Wreford in 1852. Would you be able to say if you have any details on old Joe? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Name: Michael S. Heard <>
Date: 2015-11-29
Which family are you interested in? heard
Very interesting, Thanks!

Name: Leonard Boydell <>
Date: 2015-11-08
Which family are you interested in? boydells
I noticed you had a picture of the headstone for William Boydell, iron founder, that came up on "Images" when I searched for pictures of Leigh cemetery. I was there a few weeks ago taking similar pictures because William was the brother of my great Granddad James. You also have a picture of my granddad William in the boat during the floods. i believe the lady with him is my Grandmother Jane Phoenix. Some of your other pictures also relate to member of my family so we have a definite ties in there.

Name: Simon Brookman <>
Date: 2015-10-30
Which family are you interested in? Picketts
Dear Nick,
I am a retired police officer in London, and as such I collect Police Medals. I recently purchased a Special Constabulary Long Service good Conduct medal for Herbert Thomas Pickett, and through got in touch with Pat Pickett, who gave me your website details. Incredibly interesting!
Would you mind if I used some of your pictures in my ancestry family tree for Herbert?
Best wishes,


Name: Peter Brown <>
Date: 2015-10-22
Which family are you interested in? Spotswood/Waddington/Crocker
Happened on your site. I'm trying to advance what we know of John Spotswood who married Elizabeth Waddington and then Mary Crocker.
You refer to our site when it was on iinet.
It's now on has a more established home
I don't think we have changed anything of significance including the Edmund Jones paper ('The Spotswood Pedigree').
It was Elizabeth Waddington's adopted father who was buried in St Helena. I can see how Edmund Jones' wording could be misinterpreted.
Elizabeth died in Tasmania in 1832 and is buried there in Sorell.


Name: Richard Gravestock <>
Date: 2015-10-21
Which family are you interested in? kilbourn treliving vanderband
Interested in the navel career of Thomas Kilbourn and confirming his origins. Have done some research at Kew in ship's masters' logs. My own ancestry on me father's mother's side is based in Sandford and area. Phillips, Elstons, and many others

Name: Frank keatley <>
Date: 2015-09-25
Which family are you interested in? Arthur Junaluska
Interesting reading, I remember Arthur and Betty very well and have fond memories of Arthur and the stories he used to tell me when I was a young lad living next door to them in Exeter.I sadly remember when he passed away in 1978 and still treasure a book on Seminole Indians he signed and gave me, with both Junaluska and running wolf as his name on the inside. Funny thing thoughtfully I've been telling my wife and family that I grew up next door to a Cherokee Indian for years and until I found your site they didn't believe me !!
Great site and thank you,


Name: Brian Daw <>
Date: 2015-09-16
Which family are you interested in? Fey Daw
Great site Will come back and have a better look when l have more time.

Name: Caro Bates <>
Date: 2015-09-02
Which family are you interested in? Paddon/Bagwell/Isaac/Daw Wood
Hi I was interested to find my late father - Christopher Paul Turquand listed on your website although any link is through my mother's side of the family. Would be interested in any earlier information you have on the lines above. The Daw Wood family seem to have changed their name somewhere along the line!
Caro Bates


Name: Vicky Osborne <>
Date: 2015-09-01
Which family are you interested in? Osborne
Hello, i wondered if you had any further information on the Osborne family. I notice there is a mention of 'Mary Long's Osborne family history' and wondered if you could poit me in the right direction. Thanks, nice to hear from a relative

Name: Frances kelly <>
Date: 2015-08-31
Which family are you interested in? Stephen Pitts
I knew Stephen from school and my family also lived littleham. I've only just seen your eulogy for Stephen. He so kindly gave me a job in Rolle st at one stage and while he had just discovered the house he'd clearly fallen in love with. He took me to Haldon hill racecourse one quiet afternoon at the office - my first and only encounter with horseracing. I remember him with great affection for his outrageously funniness.

Name: Iain Pryde <>
Date: 2015-08-30
Which family are you interested in? Wyatt/Lillicrap/Chubb
I'm just trying to follow back along my mother's branch. Assuming the info is correct (no insult meant), offerings like your own are pure platinum (gold becoming too blasé). Most of my problem is trying to confirm information concerning John William Wyatt and further back. I do appreciate the help your site is offering. Anything I can offer to help with, let me know.

Name: Mike Willett <>
Date: 2015-08-12
Which family are you interested in? Slee
I have just started doing family research and have found my mother Edith Frances Price's mother was a Slee. I seem to recall when I was evacuated during the war that I was sent to Brandize Park in Okehampton and possibly with a Slee.

Name: Rachael nee <>
Date: 2015-06-11
Which family are you interested in? Hearts and sweet
I'm the granddaughter of Doris heard and Walter sweet

Name: grace parnell <>
Date: 2015-06-09
Which family are you interested in? Tilley/Corrick
Thank you for the information from your tree

Name: Bev Niven <>
Date: 2015-06-08
Which family are you interested in? Northcote, Davie/Davy/Davye
Just like to congratulate you on a very well presented article on your family. I am not aware of any common ancestors, but am researching my own, many of whom came from Crediton and environs in Devon. At present I am chasing the Davys, and their intermarriages with the Northcotes. Loved the information on Crediton. BJN (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada)

Name: Vicki Smith <>
Date: 2015-05-26
Which family are you interested in? BLACKLERS
Hi Nick
Love your webpage - Interested in the travelling Blackers - you mention Betsy Blackler (sister of Melinda Elliot - helping a friend with research which includes Melinda) 'seems to have been an early emigrant, going to the US in 1872'.
Have searched every which way on Ancestry and FindMyPast to no avail. Would you be able to help me with any details of her move from the UK.

I live in Geelong, Victoria, Australia



Name: Michele Morris Jones <>
Date: 2015-05-11
Which family are you interested in? Rooks
This is truly a wonderful site/resource! It is so well organized and documented. I found this link by Googling my grandfather's (Albert Edward Rookes) great grandparents names (George Rooks and Ann Blackmore). I'm pleased that what I have researched matches what you have. Thank you for all your wonderful research and for sharing.
Michele M. Jones


Name: Judith Drayton <>
Date: 2015-05-10
Which family are you interested in? Harry John Blackburn Pickett
There are two head and shoulders pictures labelled Harry John Blackburn Pickett which are of two different men. My uncle who was my mother's brother, Harry John Blackburn Pickett 1911-2010 was the successful meat wholesaler. You have this information attached to the wrong picture. All the other pictures on the Pickett page relating to Harry John Blackburn Pickett will verify that Harry John Blackburn Pickett 1911-2010 successful meat wholesaler is wrongly labelled.

Name: Ruth Madge <>
Date: 2015-05-04
Which family are you interested in? MADGE/ CHAPPLE
What an impressive site!I'm researching MADGE on my husbands tree and CHAPPLE and others on mine. Don't know whether either are connected to this site at the moment as I have just been exploring the site. Thanks for a tremendous job!


Name: Judith Rice Turnbull <>
Date: 2015-05-03
Which family are you interested in? Rice
Please note new email. Enjoy your site.
Thank you



Name: monica lang <>
Date: 2015-05-01
Which family are you interested in? Starcross
Hi. I hope you don't mind, but I've linked to your evocative photo of the Shobrooke Park bridge on - to advertise a trip to the park this Tuesday May 5th


Name: Liz Butcher <>
Date: 2015-04-18
Which family are you interested in? Heards at Puddington
Hello there - I've really enjoyed looking at your website!
I came across it whilst trying to research my ancestor George Webber, a dairyman in Puddington in 1861 living at "Town Living". I can find little about him and his family. I can see "Town Living Farmhouse" in British Listed Buildings and just wondered if he might have worked for your family. Have you come across any farm records in your research? Best wishes Liz Butcher


Name: Marcie (Burkley) Kelly <>
Date: 2015-04-12
Which family are you interested in? Tucker
Giles Tucker Sr. Is my 4th great grandfather, on Mother's side. Mother's, mother is, Mary C Tucker (Brady.) I'm so glad I found your site. I've been looking for Giles family since 1992. Susanna Tozer married, William Tucker, Giles', son.
Thank you for all your hard work.


Name: Marcie (Burkley) Kelly <>
Date: 2015-04-12
Which family are you interested in? Tucker
Giles Tucker Sr. Is my 4th great grandfather, on Mother's side. Mother's, mother is, Mary C Tucker (Brady.) I'm so glad I found your site. I've been looking for Giles family since 1992. Susanna Tozer married, William Tucker, Giles', son.
Thank you for all your hard work.


Name: Patricia monk <>
Date: 2015-04-04
Which family are you interested in? Wensley
I have just come across a page dedicated to "Urania Antoinette Wensley"
I would just like to point out to you that her correct name was URUINA
Known in the family as Aunty Uni. I think the Urania was a mis-spelling on her original registration. She was my grandads sister (my great aunt, and I remember staying with her and uncle Jack (2nd husband) at Eastbourne when I was a little girl. Hope this is helpful to you, I don't mean to sound pompous or anything like that. P.A.M. Xx


Name: Tina Bailey <>
Date: 2015-03-08
Which family are you interested in? Catherine MOONEY
I stumbled across your site while researching the MOONEY family of Stevenston. There is mention of a Jean Scot and her description of Catherine being a great beauty until witnessing the her sister being blown up. Do you have further information or contact details for Jean Scott?

Thanks very much, Tina Bailey


Name: Karen Boxall <>
Date: 2015-03-07
Which family are you interested in? Haydon and Carrew and Sharland
Hi my Great Great Great Great Grandparents are Thomas Sharland married Ann Haydon of Stockleigh English, through their daughter Mary Sharland married Henry Frost my 3 x Great Grandparents their daughter Jane Frost married George Gunn my 2 x Great Grandparents. I have an extensive family tree covering both sides of my mum and dad but I am keen to find more information on Ann Haydon's grandparents and would like to know where to get a copy of the birth record for Ann Haydon please so that I can work back on her Haydon lineage and I am also keen to find out more about the Sharland family ancestry and I like your information on your site I have viewed each topic at the top of the page all very interesting and fascinating. I love history and enjoy researching and glad to have found your site. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks Karen Boxall

Name: jackie membury <>
Date: 2015-02-25
Which family are you interested in? prettyjohns,scobles and elliotts..
hello lovely great grandma was bessie prettyjohns.. her mother was bessie scoble and i believe that my grandfather was an grandmas used to live at court house in lodieswell in the 1940..and my father was born there in 1941..all of my family on both sides comes from devon..the prettyjohns lived in tounstall(dartmouth) as did the rumours suggest that we are related to the elliotts who used to live next door to court house lodieswell..still trying to find out..can you help ty


Name: Marcia Rowles <>
Date: 2015-01-29
Which family are you interested in? Perkins
My great grandfather was Thomas Warrin Perkins and his son Theodore was my grandfather, but unfortunately he died when I was 18 months old so I don't know much about him. Just saw the names on your site. Do you know any more about them? I think they came from Sandford originally. Great photos from the past on here !

Name: Robie Loomer <>
Date: 2015-01-23
Which family are you interested in? Millinda Davis

WW1 Service
On June 19, 1917 Millinda Davis of 4 Ascot Terrace, Higher House, W. Plymouth, applied to the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps to be an army housemaid. She attached letters of reference as to her domestic employment history and good character.
reference letter from Mrs. Miriam E. Hart wife of a limestone merchant, June 20, 1917
"Madam, I have known Miss Millinda Davis for about 16 years. She lives as a maid with my friends. She is quite temperate. I believe her to be loyal and of good character. I know the applicant to be discreet and trustworthy. The Applicant has not been married. I should think that she would be suitable." And in her accompanying letter, "Having received your papers from which I herewith return, with regard to Miss Millinda Davis, I presume that you require a reference. I believe the young woman to be honest, truthful and a good worker. I think she would be a reliable maid. We have limestone quarries at Hoog Lake near where your applicant lives and we have known her for some years.
Yours faithfully, Miriam E. Hart"

Millinda Davis, rose to the rank of forewoman (sergeant# and served in France from September 9, 1917 to November 17, 1917. The Roll for the Silver War Service Badge lists her as serving with the WAAC from July 17, 1917 to June 1, 1918, when she was discharged on medical grounds and awarded silver wound badge no. 374751 #she was probably discharged due to illness). Her QMAAC MIC card has her born on August 25, 1889 in Plymstock.

Gladys Davis - QMAAC
Gladys Mary Davis also served in the QMAAC as worker 2950. She entered France on September 5, 1917 and was still there when the Roll was made, likely late 1919.

1921 SS. Scythia
On October 29, 1921, Millinda Davis, age 32, domestic, sailed from London to Halifax aboard the SS. Scythia to marry her fiancé private L.D Washer 12056 at the Canadian Rifles, Citadel Barracks, Nova Scotia.

November 1921 Millinda's son, Clarence Ewart Davis arrived aboard the SS Scythia, claiming his destination as his intended brother-in-law Pte J. Washer of the Canadian Rifles, Citadel Barracks, N.S. He claimed his mother to be Priscilla Davis. (He was claiming to be Millinda's brother)

IN 1927 Ewart travelled from Windsor to Detroit with James and Milinda, claiming to be Millinda's son.


Name: Kathy Hayward (nee Woodgates) <>
Date: 2015-01-14
Which family are you interested in? Fey family
What a brilliant site, well done to whoever was involved. My interest is with the Fey family as John Fey 1780-1826 married Grace Woodgates who was a relative of mine.

Name: Ros Lyne <>
Date: 2015-01-09
Which family are you interested in? Hutchings
My grandfather was a Hutchings, Colin George born in Australia. His father was George Robert Hutchings b. 1887, Tavistock, Devon,England. G. R.'s father was James Hutchings b. abt 1852 Somerset, England. His wife was Jane Cornish b. abt 1854.

I'm wondering if they're connected to your Hutchings?

Let me know if I can give you more information to find a connection or you think I'm not connected to your Hutchings.


Ros Lyne


Name: j renouf <>
Date: 2014-12-28
Which family are you interested in? hitchcock
Nice to find family tree but Percival Thomas Hitchcock was just that no George.I am sure, he was my grandfather.

Name: Peter Blackmore <>
Date: 2014-11-18
Which family are you interested in? Pyman
Hi, My wife is the daughter of Frederick Gilmore Pyman who was married to Margaret who was born in 1913 (not 1910). Her maiden name was GRIFFEE (not Griffiths)

Kind Regards.


Name: Wendy Newley nee Heard <>
Date: 2014-11-16
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Hi I am directly related to the Heards of Clawton, Devon.
g g g grandaughter of John/Elizabeth Heard nee Cory not sure if related.


Name: Gill Cannon <>
Date: 2014-11-11
Which family are you interested in? Sobey
I am the last Sobey descendant of Samuel Sobey - Samuel Jack born 1895 was my grandad. He had one son - Bryan Ernest - still living and I am his only child. I am now married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. None of the Sobey girls had children.

Name: George Collings <>
Date: 2014-11-04
Which family are you interested in? Willing
The name of Amy Adams Heath b 1797 appears in both our family trees. She is my 3X Great aunt. I am descended from her brother William Adams Heath b 1893 East Allington.

They were one of 4 children all with the middle name Adams of Samuel and Mary Heath presumably of East Allington. My source was viewing the Microfiche of East Allington parish baptisms.


Name: Della Pearson <>
Date: 2014-11-02
Which family are you interested in? Drew/Heard/Fey
Nick: I commend your expertise in this website. It is truly remarkable. So much work...well done. I am still at Chapter 1 in my family history.

Best regards


Name: Lauren willott <>
Date: 2014-10-31
Which family are you interested in?
I am James Lakin's girlfriend, he is the grandson of Veronica P. Heard and Great Grandson of William Thomas Heard (1915) and Ena Linnet Wilson. I'd like to thank you for the wonderful research that you have provided, with the family tree, explicit. I was wondering, do you have a contact email address, as I am trying to trace the mother of Ena Linnet Wilson ( wife of Alfred Wilson).

Again, thank you,


Name: Annette Lewis <>
Date: 2014-10-17
Which family are you interested in? Fey
I am researching my husband's family tree and just discovered he is descended, on his father's side, from the Fey family of Shobrooke. I googled and your website came up. I can't imagine how long that has taken you to research and put together but I have so enjoyed reading every word and wanted you to know how much I appreciate your efforts. I've a day off work today but I don't think I'll be crossing much off my To do list!

Name: Katherine Ralling <>
Date: 2014-10-12
Which family are you interested in? Rallings
What a wonderful site!!! I came across this as our family have recently set up a cloud account to share pictures, letters and other family history on, and your page flagged up due to Octavius! His nephew, William Lewis Ralling, was my great frandfather. I'm so impressed with all the work you've put in, thank you! Kind regards, Kat

Name: Cynthia Muller <>
Date: 2014-10-09
Which family are you interested in? Crocker
I have just seen an entry by Nick Heard about my mother Geneen Crocker.

Name: Russell Swinden <>
Date: 2014-09-28
Which family are you interested in? Melhuish
Hope to be able to add to your resources.

Name: Judy Drayton <>
Date: 2014-09-14
Which family are you interested in? Pickett
Dear Nick, A very interesting web of families connected to The Heard Family. I have only just found you and will no doubt find a lot to interest me as I read further. My mother was Norma Dorothy Pickett of Pennant Hills NSW daughter of James Blackburn Pickett and Mabel Florence Vaughan. To fill in a few gaps and uncertainties: Elizabeth Ann Turner was born 22nd July 1853 in Bridgwater Somerset she emigrated to Australia in 1873 aged 19 and died in Annandale NSW 14th February 1929. Her husband John Vincent Vaughan was born August 1842 in Sydney NSW married her 10th January 1874 Mudgee NSW where JVV was a gold miner and died 15 August 1916 Sofala NSW.
I was born Judith Alderton to Norma Dorothy Pickett and Norman Keith Alderton. My paternal grandfather was George Tempe Alderton born 24th September 1879, married 1915 Sydney NSW, died 18th August 1967 Sydney
His wife Elsie Alcock born 1883; died 19th October 1956. Judy Drayton


Name: Adriaan Bosman <>
Date: 2014-09-08
Which family are you interested in? Burridge Famiky
Hi, I live in South Africa. My maternal Great Grandmother was Wilhelmina Burridge (b1874-1957) Her father was William Burridge (b1823-1877) from Devon. He moved to South Africa and married Jessemine Wilhelmina Olive Foord (b1843-1895) Marriage: 14 February 1866 - Greytown, Natal, South Africa. They had 6 children. 1) George William Burridge (b1867-1933) 2)Jessie Maria Burridge (b1869-1901) 3) Frances Sarah Burridge (b1870-?) 4) Anne Susan Burridge (b1872-1899) 5) Wilhelmina Burridge (b1874-1957) 6) Elizabeth Nancy Burridge (b1877-1929) I have been unable to trace any information on William Burridge and was hoping you could point me in the right direction? His date of birth was 4 August 1823 and family tradition suggest he was the son of George William Burridge and his wife was Frances Sarah. Any help will be appreciated Thank you.

Name: Denise Brady <>
Date: 2014-08-26
Which family are you interested in? Fey
One of husband's cousins asked me to do some research on his family. His grandmother was Rose Lucy Fey who married a Samuel Silk in Brisbne Qld Australiain 1921. Her parents are Charles Fey and Kate Pulham. Would you be interested in her details.
Cheers Denise


Name: Kathy <>
Date: 2014-08-24
Which family are you interested in? Rockwell
I was interested in the information you have on the Rockwell family. I am a direct descendant of Alfred Charles Rockwell. I may be able to provide you will more info on this branch of the family, such as dates of death, military service etc, if you are interested.
cheers Kathy


Name: Steven Heard <>
Date: 2014-08-22
Which family are you interested in?
I'm not really sure if we are related. I was watching a Russell Brand documentary and saw his family crest. It made me think of the possibility of a Heard family crest.
I was born and raised in Ontario Canada and was told that I came from a British bloodline.
As far as I know I am the only Heard currently in Alberta Canada.

Steven Heard


Name: Alan Richard Mossman <>
Date: 2014-08-17
Which family are you interested in? Holder
Hello: Daniel Holder & Abigail Jones are my 3rd great grandparents. I saw their names on your website. Their son Edward Holder married Mary Ann Kelson on the Isle of Wight in 1867. The family moved to Sheffield around 1869. My family is largely from the Sheffield area in Yorkshire.

Name: randy pickett <>
Date: 2014-08-10
Which family are you interested in? pickett
I want to find out who my family is.

Name: David Martine <>
Date: 2014-08-07
Which family are you interested in? Arthur Junaluska
Dear Sir,

Was Arthur enrolled with the Cherokee Tribe in North Carolina? I want to get his background correct for our publication. Thank you very much.


David Martine, American Indian Artist's, Inc. Email:


Name: David Martine <>
Date: 2014-08-07
Which family are you interested in? Arthur Junaluska
Dear Sir,

I am writing a book on the New York Native American art movement, dealing with theater and fine arts for AMERINDA, American Indian Artists, Inc. AMERINDA.ORG. I WOULD LIKE PERMISSION TO USE THE PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR FOR PUBLICATION - the portrait without glasses. IF YOU COULD RESPOND AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED, OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE FURTHER INFORMATION. My mother, and many others in the New York Native community remember him fondly. The history of New York contemporary Native arts is extensive and we would expect to publish this fall. Thank you very much.

Sincerely, David Martine, Phone: 631-287-6931.


Name: Louise Stearns <>
Date: 2014-08-07
Which family are you interested in? Hatten
You have some dates wrong my grandfather Albert Henry Hatten was born 16 May 1898 and my mother Muriel Jenkins (nee Hatten) died aged 42. She was married to Gwyn Jenkins and had three children. Can you please amend this as it looks like my mother was unmarried. Also my grandfather was a Sgt in the Coldstream Guards.

Name: leigh martin <>
Date: 2014-07-19
Which family are you interested in? Loye
Just going through your marvellous site - so much work you have done!! Some of our relations came from Devon via Wales to here in Queensland Australia. There is only a vague connection with the Loye family but I try to get all families in the tree as they tend to marry sometimes two times in the one family. Anyway noted you have no death for Sarah Crocker LOYE
she died in probably Toowoomba in 1919
here it is from BDM Qld if you are interested
1919 C4761 Sarah Crocker Stone William Loye Elizabeth Crocker


Name: leigh martin <>
Date: 2014-07-19
Which family are you interested in? Loye
Just going through your marvellous site - so much work you have done!! Some of our relations came from Devon via Wales to here in Queensland Australia. There is only a vague connection with the Loye family but I try to get all families in the tree as they tend to marry sometimes two times in the one family. Anyway noted you have no death for Sarah Crocker LOYE
she died in probably Toowoomba in 1919
here it is from BDM Qld if you are interested
1919 C4761 Sarah Crocker Stone William Loye Elizabeth Crocker


Name: richard sadleir <>
Date: 2014-07-11
Which family are you interested in? Sadleir
Generally excellent information on Sadleir line But myself and a UK genealogist have found major error in Burkes Irish Family records regarding John b 1632.. chap who went to Ireland 1666
If you are interested in details please email me



Name: Mike Broad <>
Date: 2014-06-14
Which family are you interested in? Dilling
My three great g/f Edwin Dilling 1835-1885 was a younger brother of William Henry Dilling 1833-1916. Married at least three times 1.Mary Enderson 1862 2. Ruth Gaydon 1869 and 3. Ellen King 1880.
Contact to discuss: Location London/Surrey


Name: Rob Heard <>
Date: 2014-06-13
Which family are you interested in? Heard Family
I have just come across your web site and wondered if we may be related. My father was David Richard Heard and was born in Launceston in Cornwall on 4th October 1931 and died 11th April 2010. He had a brother called Peter Heard who was a year older then him. Although born in Cornwall they spent most of their childhood in Exmouth in Devon. His parents were Sidney and Doris Heard. Doris Heard was a playwright and was awarded an MBE for charity work and Exmouth hospital has a ward named after her, and Exmouth has a road named after her (Heard Avenue Doris died when aged 80 years. Sidney died around the age of 56 years. Every year we come back to Exmouth, as we feel it is still a place close to me and we visit their grave at St John in the Wilderness Church, Exmouth. I am the youngest of three children, my siblings being Shelagh and Alex and my mother June Heard.

Name: Sue Shapcott <>
Date: 2014-05-28
Which family are you interested in? crocker/croker
I am interested in your William Crocker m to Elizabeth Cawse 1738 at Modbury. You say they had a son called William, but I say they had a daughter called Phillis. What other children have they I wonder? Is your family the family of my Phillis I wonder as she called herself by Croker and Crocker, but signed herself as`Crocker' on her wedding day. Have you seen the 'Sherriff' tree for Modbury? There I got my info on this family. Where did you get yours ?

Name: Leanda Wood <>
Date: 2014-05-24
Which family are you interested in? Adams
Gabriel Adams, son of Henry, born in 1843 seems to be the same Gabriel Adams who moved to Australia and married into my Watson family tree. He wax a ship builder and pearler there. He drowned off the coast of Queensland. Do you have any records of when he left England in the 1860's? Cheers, Leanda

Name: Marcie Burkley Kelly <>
Date: 2014-05-23
Which family are you interested in? Tucker
I just found this my 3rd great grandfather's parents, which are Joseph Tucker and Elizabeth Ellacott. I have searched for 12 years! It's through your info I found it. Thank You!!!


Name: Edward <>
Date: 2014-05-05
Which family are you interested in? Pickett
Charles Pickett, who married Gertrude Durran, was captured at dunkirk, being left stranded, and spent the war in POW camps in Germany and Poland. His wife, Gertrude, said he was never the same after he came back, exhibiting odd, often violent behaviour at home (Post traumatic stress disorder maybe). He slept walked often and he used to sit writing code in a notebook, and his wife gertrude kicked him out after he attacked her and threatened to kill her (He held a shovel to her throat) Gertrude in the end was so scared of him when he used to come home drunk she'd make her son stay up as Charles wouldn't start fighting with his wife until the kids were in bed. His kids, Carol and Rodney were 8 and 10 at the time when Charles was kicked out. He was often arrested for disorderly behaviour by mitcham police on drunken nights out and had many court appearances, luckily for him escaping jail. His immediate family disowned him, especially his brother, because of his strange behaviour. After he was kicked out of home, he never saw his daughter again and saw his son only once after, when he met him in the street and attempted to win his son over by trying to give him a tennis racket, which his son rejected. Gertrude didn't divorce charles so never married again, but had a boyfriend for a long time, Jack Heath of putney, where Gertrude moved to after her marriage ended. Jack was a commando in WW2. Gertrude died some time after having a stroke. Gertrudes mother also had another daugher Joyce, born 8 years after Gertrude. She died a few years ago but was married to Albert Cummings( A roofer). How do I know all this? Charles Pickett is my grandfather and Gertrude my grandmother. His son is my uncle and his daughter my mother.

Name: Naida Agnew <>
Date: 2014-05-03
Which family are you interested in? Parratt/Parrott
Googled my GGGG grandfather after limited luck on other sites and found link to you site - very impressive and list of the exact family of Prratts/Parrotts - I am decendent of William's daughter Elizabeth maria - who married and came to Australia - by desing - my daughter has carried on the name too.

Thanks for your bits of information.



Name: Jen Tranter <>
Date: 2014-04-12
Which family are you interested in? Crabb(e)
Hi, Just wanted to let you know that I have information on Walter Faithful Crabbe's parents. Happy to share info if you are interested. Regards Jen.

Name: Jeanne Whittaker <>
Date: 2014-04-11
Which family are you interested in? Any that lived in Lapford
I was very interested to look at your website as I am secretary of the Village Archive of Lapford and do have several original postcards. I have never seen the one of Higher Tow Place before, nor the general view, which is different to ones I have, but it is so interesting to read about who lived there. May I copy the images which I do not have in the Archive?

Name: Ruth Holcombe <>
Date: 2014-03-13
Which family are you interested in? Holcombe & Heard
Frederick Holcombe (1883 - 1957), my great grand uncle married Ethel Elizabeth Heard (1886 – 1949). Her parents were George Heard (1859 – 1907) & Selina Hodge (1857 – 1905). They lived in Crediton & Sandford area. Nice to see so much history on your site.

Ruth Holcombe


Name: Kelvin Favell <>
Date: 2014-02-27
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Just discovered your excellent site. I am in fact researching a family from Devon. The Webbs from Halberton one of whom married a Sarah Heard from Crediton. Also one of my closest friends mother was a Heard from South Wales.

Name: Jill Everett-Young <>
Date: 2014-01-10
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My grandma was Hazel Augusta Heard - her father emigrated from Barnstaple; he was Joseph, son of William and Margaret. Are the Heard families you speak of as coming from further south in Wales, probably linked to the ones from the Barnstaple area?

Well done site! Looking forward to your next additions.



Date: 2014-01-04
Which family are you interested in? HEARD

Name: Doug Quayle <>
Date: 2013-11-14
Which family are you interested in? Helmore
My wife's family are Helmore's with Douglas Helmore migrating to Bundaberg Qld

Name: Philip Barrall <>
Date: 2013-11-13
Which family are you interested in? Hooker/Barrell
Impressed with this site
A couple of differences from your information
Alice Hooker married James Barrall(not Barrell)
Alice's father is Thomas Hooker an engineer not James Rodier Hooker
according to her marriage certificate
Vera Barrall (not Barrell) married to James Nicholson was born in Stepney London
James Nicholson was born in Newton Stewart near Wigtown


Name: Jenni Richards <>
Date: 2013-11-06
Which family are you interested in? The Luxtons
what a wonderful website - well done! A real labour of love. I happened upon it whilst doing some research into the 1970s Luxtons of Winkleigh tragedy. Many thanks for some very engrossing and enlightening reading :)

Name: susan mackenzie <>
Date: 2013-10-11
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My family tree has the Heard family from Devon,they have a lot of Topsham Devonshire connections. I have been able to trace the Heards down from Robert Heard born 1781 to me, Robert married Elizabeth Marshall born 1782, I cannot find Roberts parents or sibling's it seems to draw a blank..

Name: Nick Heard <>
Date: 2013-09-28
Which family are you interested in? Heards
Welcome to the revised site

Name: Joe Tiffin <>
Date: 2013-05-24
Which family are you interested in? Dorothy Drew 1902-1977
I can give you some information on the descendants of Dorothy Drew.

Name: Paul Bennett <>
Date: 2013-03-22
Which family are you interested in? Bennett
According to our own extensive research, the John Bennett who married Mary Pedler had children whose names were very different from teh ones you give; their first(?) child was John Pedler Bennett who married Martha Mills. Then there were William, Mary May, Sarah, Thomas and Embling (a Pedler family name. Who is right?

Name: <>
Date: 2013-03-12
Which family are you interested in? Heards ..but all are useful
Still looking for my grandmother got to the Wrights, Turners but now a brick wall any insights

Name: Judith <McCullouch>
Date: 2013-02-17
Grand-daughter of Arthur Wright, great- grand-daughter of the infamous Ellen Wright

Name: G.L.Conabeare <>
Date: 2013-02-08
Which family are you interested in? Conibear
Some of my ancesters link into the Heards
William 1798-1865


Name: Ray Cole <>
Date: 2013-02-05
Which family are you interested in? Descendents of Philip Cole (1772 1854)
I am trying to establish that Philip and Ann Isaac are the parents of Thomas Cole(b.2.2.1800 in Ashreigney,married Mary Joslin 14.5.1827 in Ashreigney).
If so, then I'm happy with your tree back to John Cole(1585 - 1656# , and I have a possible link going back to a Richard Cole #1210 - 1235).
Are you able to help?


Name: Karen Heard <>
Date: 2013-01-20
Which family are you interested in? Heard Family
My Heard family lived in Kingswear, Devon. My grandfather was Harry, he had a sister called Edith and a step-brother called William Bearman. They lived at 2, Victoria Place Dartmouth. Their mother was called Laura Marion and Greatgrandfather was called William Harold Heard.


Karen Heard, Paignton, Devon.


Name: Ksthy McCurdy <>
Date: 2012-12-20
Which family are you interested in?
This is a great website - one question do you know the source for the children of Robert Hooker's daughters, Sydell and siblings. We may have some additional imformation that might help ou. Soon to be posted on our website @
Kathy & Larry McCurdy


Name: Richard <>
Date: 2012-11-04
Which family are you interested in? Luxton
My mother was born in Coldridge to George and Catherine Luxton 1894. My gggfather was Robert Luxton (1728) married to Dorothy Heard in 1779. I found your site most interesting. Thanks.

Name: John Riley <>
Date: 2012-09-19
Which family are you interested in? John Riley b 1840 Langham
Nick - The Langham in which my great-grandfather was born is in Rutland, not Wales.
Best wishes, John


Name: Helen Thomas <>
Date: 2012-08-14
Which family are you interested in? Heard and Cole
Thanks for making all this information publicly available. I am descended from Jone Heard, born in Clovelly 1679. She married Anthony Hamlyn in Clovelly in 1710 and died in Clovelly in 1763. Her father was Robert Heard. I'm also descended from Bridgett Cole who married Francis Randell in Hartland in 1681 and died in Clovelly in 1700. Would appreciate any information on these Heard and Cole families.

Name: John <>
Date: 2012-06-24
Which family are you interested in? Frances, Robbie & John Luxton
I may be well out of oder publishing this comment. If so I apologise unreservedly.

I have been researching the alleged murder/suicide of Frances, Robbie & Alan Luxton in 1975 & have read the account written by John Cornwell in his book Earth to Earth.

I have read this book three times and there appears to be an anomaly.

It is alleged one brother took his own life then the second brother murdered his sister and turned the gun on himself.

However, according to Cornwell's book only two spent cartridges were ever found, although there was still an unspent one in the shotgun found by Ribbie's body.

If this is so I cannot see how three people could be shot with only two shotgun cartridges.

Of course the account given in the Cornwell book could be inaccurate, or I could have missed something.


Name: linda webb <>
Date: 2012-05-01
Which family are you interested in? Pickett
My mum was Eunice Pickett, I've traced my family tree back as far as I could an found there is a connection to Barnstaple and Robert Pickett who was a preacher and church builder. However, my main reason for contacting you is the Bona Vacantia which lists a Robert J Pickett who died in Cosham, Portsmouth on 28/04/1996. His birth date given on his death record is 24/10/1911. I can't find any other Robert J Pickett born in 1911 than the one listed in your family tree who you have listed as dying in 1960. If it is the same one his estate is unclaimed and you may be able to let possible beneficiaries know. Sorry if this is old news, kind regards Linda.
PS loved the your website


Name: michele alyce sharland <>
Date: 2012-03-06
Which family are you interested in? Sharland
from Brooklyn, New York ..Very nice site.. you've done alot of work...I will visit you again :)

Name: Vanessa Bailey <>
Date: 2012-03-01
Which family are you interested in? Bailey's from Sandford
What a wonderful,wonderful site.I came across it quite by accident.
I have researched my own family tree for over four years.I thought I would start on my husband's side! Although born and bred in London, I have traced his paternal grandparents and further back to 'Sandford ' in Devon.I bought 'A Parish Patchwork' by D Munday...and to my surprise found a picture of his Gt Grandfather, John Bailey(Wheelwright) We live in Devon the journey to Sandford was very easy!...We visited the house where he lived!
Hope you don't mind all this information here!
All the best


Name: Robert Freeman <>
Date: 2012-02-22
Which family are you interested in? Freeman/ Coombes
In the Freeman family, you have listed Hannah Swann (1832 -1866) as being the first wife of Thomas Freeman. I am interested to know the source of this, because my grandfather Walter G Freeman (1881-1975) also named her in error. I have a marriage cert. showing her name as Hannah Price.
Rob Freeman


Name: Brett Williams <>
Date: 2012-01-16
Which family are you interested in? Goding
Gerald Thomas Goding is my Paternal Great-great-great Grandfather. I live in Australia and Gerald is buried just up the road from where I live. I can add a good deal to this family line if you are interested, plus some photos.
If this intersets you, please email me.
Kind regards.


Name: Angela <>
Date: 2011-12-31
Which family are you interested in? Blaen, Cornish, Fey etc.
Superb site and the Christmas music was greatly appreciated. If only ever family history web site was this good. Happy New Year.

Name: <Boydells of Pennington Leigh>
Date: 2011-12-31
After looking at you family tree concerning the Boydells it appears to be the same to William Boydell Yoeman of Pennington. I am a decendent of his first wife whilst you appear to be a decendent of the second wife. If I can find it I have a book called the history of leigh which William is mentioned and his records and accounts are included.

Name: Caroline Mundt <>
Date: 2011-12-28
Which family are you interested in? willing
Hi, am finding your site fascinating. I am descended from William Willing who married Cecelia (Sarah)Needham in Auckland, New Zealand in 1857. My mother was Lorna Margaret Willing, whose father was Reginald Willing, whose father was Thomas Willing (who was married to Pamela Wills, not Wells), whose father was Wm Willing from Loddiswell. These folk including my mother were all dairy farmers. I have always wondered if Wm and Cecelia met in England. If you have any specifics about Wm Willing who migrated to New Zealand I would love to know more, such as occupation etc. As an aside, I saw a US site about the Willing haplogroup--the Loddiswell connection is there--which finds a middle-eastern origin. Which is funny, as my grandfather Reginald, whose ancestors all came from Devon/ Dorset/ Cornwall, looked like a Saudi or Syrian. The Willings here tend to be tall and lean with big noses. I only get the nose. Love to hear from you, regards, Caro Mundt

Name: Roger Stephens <>
Date: 2011-10-22
Which family are you interested in? Lee/Cann
Thanks immensely for site. Marvelous research and material which brings the past alive.

Name: christopher king <>
Date: 2011-09-26
Which family are you interested in? linscott
i am trying to find some information out about the linscott and i found your web site which is amazing when looking round i found some of the linscott can i ask how are the linscott related to the heard?

hope you can help from chris king


Name: Martyn Harris <>
Date: 2011-08-14
Which family are you interested in? John Elson
I am a Harris but I am not sure we are related. The reason to contact you I am researching a picture of The mall, Clifton, Bristol. I have a view of the street with the first shop on the left J Elson on it. It is now The Brunell cafe. In my research it is the shop of your relative John Elson. If you would like a copy for your records as the info on your site helped me finalise my text for the picture let me know. Thanks Martyn

Name: Ray Burridge <>
Date: 2011-07-30
Which family are you interested in? BURRIDGE
I've only just started on my genological quest,but,according to the 1841 census,there were only 300 Burridges in the UK,most from Devon (about 80%),with a great number of them in the Crediton area..I also saw a number of features/landmarks featuring our name around Crediton.Ironically the next cluster of Burridges appear in the London/Essex area,following the pattern of the Heard family. Any connection I wonder?...Ray Burridge

Name: Tony Sadleir <>
Date: 2011-07-25
Which family are you interested in? Sadleir / Corrick
Hello Nick. A correction to your tree: Alice May Sadleir (nee Corrick) died in Heidelberg in Victoria, Australia, NOT in Germany as per your tree. She is buried in the Fawkner Cemetery. I have her death certificate.

Best regards,
- Tony


Name: Ian <>
Date: 2011-07-24
Which family are you interested in? PLIMMER
1841 - Eliza "PLIMER" age 5 in Grantham, Lincs - parents John (a nail maker) and Ann "PLIMER" (of Derbyshire)
1851 - Eliza aged 14 and in Repton, Derbyshire - a nurse with the THORPE family
love to have any more details on Eliza - thank you!


Name: Phil Hutchins <>
Date: 2011-06-16
Which family are you interested in? Pitts
I was put on to your website by Rupert Pitts, who I was in touch with after finding a tree on
My wife is the granddaughter of Kathleen Marjery Pitts, Daughter of Sarah Kate Pitts and William Edmund Partridge, so I find your site very interesting, especially with the images you have been able to add.
Please feel free to contact me should you wish to receive further info about this family line.


Name: Yvonne Jones <>
Date: 2011-06-11
Which family are you interested in? Brimblecombe and Posnford
Hello Nick

I have just found your website after Googling the suranme Brimblecombe. What a wonderful find! It is family historians such as yourself who provide your fellow researchers with the hammer to get us through the brick walls that we hit.

I am descended from a Sarah Brimblecombe b1783 in Exeter. I am hoping my Sarah is the same as the Sarah listed on your website. My Sarah Brimblecombe married George Strout on 11 January 1808 in St. David Exeter. The lived and raised their family in St. Sidwell. Sarah Strout was buried 29 September 1833 in St. Sidwell. They christened some of their children with the middle name of Ponsford. This leads me to believe that the two Sarahs are the same. I always wondered where this name came from and now I may have the answer.

With the tree on your website I may now be able to advance my Sarah's line. Thank you so much for my possible break through with this ancestry.

Yours faithfully
Yvonne Jones


Name: Molly Bowditch <>
Date: 2011-06-06
Which family are you interested in? HELMORE
'I have found an error. Mark Helmore born 1689 was the son of John Helmore (see IGI) I believe that this John Helmore was the son of James H. and Isott Heard. Isott died in 1667 which rather puts paid to her producing Mark in 1689. The IGI has James and Isott having a son John in 1661, but he died in 1664. I believe that they had another son born about 1665 who was named after the dead son. This seemed to happen a lot in those days. I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter. Please use HELMORE in the subject line when you email me. Molly

Name: Claire mount <>
Date: 2011-06-01
Which family are you interested in? Hooker
Thank you for all of the wonderful info concerning my family ....I had difficulty going beyond Robert Hooker(1800) my gr,gr grandfather;but you have supplied a fountain of names. Thank you so much!
Robert Hooker's 6th child Benjamin (1842) is my great grandfather.
Benjamin immigrated to new Zealand as a young married man and that is where I was born.
I look forward to visiting Devon one of these days...
kindest regards, Claire nee Stanford )Mount


Name: Jane Higgs <>
Date: 2011-05-26
Which family are you interested in? families settled outside Devon
Dear Sir/Madam

I am very interested in the postcards of Cheltenham posted on your website in the section entitled "Families settled outside Devon". Do you have the originals or can you send high resolution versions? We would like to use these images in a BBC1 television programme we're working on.

I look forward to hearing from you soon,
Kind Regards

Jane (Higgs)


Name: Mark Elson <>
Date: 2011-05-09
Which family are you interested in? ELSON and ELSTON
Just stumbled across your site as I was setting out to track my branch of the Elsons,knowing little of my father's family history.You have saved me hours and provided tons of info. Thank you so much, you have produced a fabulous record of West Country links.Well done!

Name: Peter Carpenter <>
Date: 2011-05-08
Which family are you interested in? William Evander Carpenter
Greetings; I am Peter Carpenter Grandson of William Evander Carpenter, I can provide details about my mother father and my children if you so desire, please feel free to contact me.

Regards Peter Carpenter, Geelong, Victoria, Australia


Name: Peter Leach <>
Date: 2011-04-28
Which family are you interested in? Leach / Battishill
What a fantastic job you have done, a truly magnic=ficent site, I was able to confirm parts of my family tree from your records


Name: David John Burridge <>
Date: 2011-04-08
Which family are you interested in? Burridge
I am trying to search the history of my family and believe a Jonathan (my great, great, great, great grandfather) (born around 1806) lived in the Crediton area.
your site is very interesting


David Burridge


Name: paul J Savje <>
Date: 2011-03-07
Which family are you interested in? Ellen Huxtable (Wright)
I have been researching my wife's ancestry, my wife's great grandmother Ellen Frayling (Huxtable) (Wright ?) was born in North Devon, England on November 1 1858, her fathers name was John Huxtable. Ellen married Ernest John Frayling in January of 1889 at Bristol England, Ellen had 3 Children by Ernest John Frayling, Ellen lived in Liverpool at 24 Canon Road Anfield, there children were born in Newcastle on Tyne, there children were Ernest Francis Frayling, Alfred Sydney Frayling and Maud Frayling. Ellen was widowed and immigrated to America Boston Massachusetts USA in 1924 along with her children, my wife tells me that there was a scandle in the family at some point and the name Wright was the subject, I was wondering if perhaps my wife's great grandmother Ellen Frayling (Wright) (Huxtable) was part of this unfinished story.



Name: sally heard <>
Date: 2011-03-06
Which family are you interested in? heard
My husband is Anthony George Heard born in Lonon 1950 and has a sister margaret. He thinks his father' family came from Devon. We have two daughters. Tony's mother was Italian and came to UK after WWII. His father's name was William Walter Heard (wally). Are you aware of any connections. Thank you.

Name: heard <>
Date: 2011-03-01
Which family are you interested in? Willing
I have said elsewhere on this site, please do not post messages with email addresses that i cannot reply to. I will not use the guestbook for replies, only address of posters. The previous [poster left an address that does not function. I do not discover this until the reply that I have taken some time to compose is returned to me as undeliverable, and I do not appreciate my time being wasted thus.

Name: Fran Galer <wgaler@suddenlink>
Date: 2011-02-27
Which family are you interested in? Willing
Amy Jane Willing married a John Luscombe. Luscombe is my family name an John and Amy would be my great great grandparents. You show her being buried in Genoa, Wisconsin, USA. I am in Oklahoma USA. I've been trying to locate her grave site for several years but have been looking in Genoa, Illinois because it was believed that is where she is. I/ve been to Genoa Ill. and searched records, cemeteries, etc and did not locate her. Could you tell me where you got your information that she was buried in Wisc. Wisc has a Genoa City, and a Genoa, and Ill has at least one Genoa, All three are fairly close togther.

Name: Colin F.J.James <>
Date: 2011-02-21
I found your website whilst trying to find a photo of the Cummunal Grave memorial in Plymouth's Efford cemetary. I am an 'exiled' Plymothian and am working on a BA Hons Dissertation looking at the 'Plymouth trekkers' of the 1941 Blitz.

Unless I hear from you otherwise, i will be using your photos in my dissertation. I will of course fully acknowledge the source.

Sorry I cannot add anything to your 'tree'. My lot arrived in Plymouth in the 19th and 20th centuries from Ireland, London and Pembroke.


Name: Charlotte Barton <>
Date: 2011-02-15
Which family are you interested in? Abraham Cann
Hello - I'm doing some research for a BBC TV programme proposal and would very much like to know whether there are surviving relatives of Abraham Cann, the Colebrooke wrestler. Unfortunately I need to investigate with some urgency (this week!) so would really appreciate it if someone could email or ring me as soon as possible. Thank you very much. My number is 01752 345444. Best wishes Charlotte Barton (Denham Productions)

Name: John Fair <>
Date: 2011-02-14
Which family are you interested in? Fey
Jane Fey Mother of George Fey(Unknown Father) Can You Help? I have the origanal Indendures of George Fey If you intrested i can forward.

Name: Judith Sayers <>
Date: 2011-01-29
Which family are you interested in? William Blackmoor/Blackmore
William Blackmore died 1835 aged 67, buried at Widworthy, wife Sarah nee Tremlett died 21 Sept 1851 at Cotleigh, aged 83 witness was Agnes Blackmore.
(Not sure if the age is right, nearest baptism for a Sarah Tremlett was at Gittisham, daughter of Thomas and Susanna/Sarah 1775. William and Sarah blackmore named children Thomas and Susanna.) 1841 census shows Agnes and husband living with Sarah at Widworthy, 1851 Sarah Blackmore in workhouse, no birthplace given unfortunately. I am descended from their daughter Mary Blackmore.


Name: George Graeme Saffin <>
Date: 2011-01-27
Which family are you interested in? Saffin - Cheriton Bishop
Thanks for a great work. I after doing some checking after many years, I am 99% certain that the the Saffins
( William Saffin - Born Abt 1854 and Married(Abt 1878) to Mary Ann Jordan Born Abt 1858) are the relatives I have been looking for for some time and especially their children, most of whom came to Australia. Regards George Saffin.


Name: Berris Finch <>
Date: 2011-01-03
Which family are you interested in? Huxtable.
My grandfather was Sydney Horsell Huxtable. GGrandfather John Perrin Huxtable.I have just researching my Family Tree. It is quite exciting. You have a wonderful collection of information. It must have taken you some time.



Name: Paul Bubear <>
Date: 2011-01-02
Which family are you interested in? Bubear
Great site. Samuel Henry S Bubear (the butcher) was my great grandfather - his son - Samuel Henry W was my grandfather, but I never met him. The Ann ? mentioned as being married to Thomas Bubear (b. 1792) was Ann Dyer, according to my records. Appreciate hearing from other descendants of this line.

Name: David West <>
Date: 2010-12-31
Which family are you interested in? Ryman
I am trying to find out a little bit more about my Grandmothers family. It seems that my Grandmothers younger sister b. Lucy Bailey in 1892 married a George A Ryman from Pancras London in 1916. It seems at the time of the Plymouth Blitz in 1941, they were the landlord and landlady of the "Two trees" Public house, at 88 Fore St, Devonport. I was wondering if anyone had anymore information about George and Lucy.
Kindest regards to all.


Name: Karen Heard Walker <>
Date: 2010-12-29
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My great grandfather was William Heard born in 1852 in Dipford, Devon, England, married to Emma Wakeham. I cannot find any information to tell me what his parents names are but my grandfather looked very much like your Walter Heard. Do you have any suggestions on where to look for further information? Regard, Karen

Name: Nancy Frey <>
Date: 2010-12-29
Which family are you interested in? HEARD, BEER, ASHPLANT and many more
What a fabulous website! Now, all you need to do is to follow all these families back a bit further to find their roots.

They are connected with Bideford, Devon as well as Prince Edward Island in Canada.

I've eMailed you directly, so look forward to hearing from you. Perhaps my Devon research will assist you in knowing more about your HEARD ancestry.

Nancy Frey
Newcastle, Ontario, CANADA


Name: Susan Carr <>
Date: 2010-12-27
Which family are you interested in? Willing
I am the only daughter of Cynthia Mitchell (nee Willing) and the late Peter Mitchell. My mother is the middle daughter of the late Theophilus Rodick Willing and Mildred Sybil Gordon Willing.

Her elder sister had 4 boys and I have a brother (John Rodick Mitchell). I have fond memories of childhood visits to North Hill rectory and remember visiting Aunt Agnes and saw Sister Oliva Willing on several occasions.

I now live in Canada and have 2 children.


Name: JB <>
Date: 2010-11-29
Which family are you interested in? Heard, Hannaford
I believe the James Heard born 1871 married into my Hannaford line marrying Edith Jane Hannaford in Totnes 1906. Well done on creating such an informative, interesting site, one of the best for genealogy I've found.

Name: George P. Millington <>
Date: 2010-11-05
Which family are you interested in? milton, challacombe, payne
Hello, I am also descended from these families.

Name: Allan Wall <>
Date: 2010-10-11
Which family are you interested in? Grubb
John Grubb
Born: 1744 - Essendon, Hertfordshire, England
Marr: 1761 - Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, England
Died: -
Father: Thomas Grubb
Mother: Lucy Browne
Other Spouses:

Ann Eyton
Born: -
Died: -
Other Spouses:

1. Sophia Grubb (**my great great Grandmother)
Born: 1761 -
Died: -

Thanks Allan Wall (Australia.+61 407386148)


Name: Roslyn Ross <>
Date: 2010-09-24
Which family are you interested in? Cann, Labbett, May
I am tracing my great-great- grandmother Elizabeth Mashford who emigrated to South Australia in 1847 with her mother and siblings. Her mother Mary Cann married John Mashford in Coldridge, Devon in 1818. Their first son was given the middle name of Labbett; their second the middle name of May and their third the middle name Cann.
I see you have Labbett, May and Cann on your Name Index and while I cannot see Mashford, I suspect there may be some connections.
I am at this point interested in knowing more about the Labbetts, Mays and Canns.


Date: 2010-09-06
Which family are you interested in? BANBURY



Name: jennifer elizabeth crocker <>
Date: 2010-09-02
Which family are you interested in? Daughter of Lawrence Tasman sydney Crocker
Hi stumbled upon your great site and found my ancestors. i would love to update the family line of Henry Crocker and his Tasmanian family.
Cheers from Tasmania


Name: Fiona <>
Date: 2010-09-02
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I think your site and research amazing.
I am trying to find information for a friend, on his Father - ALEC RICHARD HEARD - 8.4.1927. Born in Mid Devon in a farming community. He went on to own farms near Tavistock, as do his sons.


Date: 2010-08-20
Which family are you interested in? SALTERN/HEARD
Is there any connection in your family with the Salterns
of Cornwall.Camelford area.
The name Heard has cropped up in my family tree but as yet have not had time to investigate..perhaps you may be
able to help me.I look forward to hearing from you.
With regards,Margaret Grace
(family Saltern/Bluett/Heard/Pethick/Billing.


Name: Elma Mac Intosh nee Slade <>
Date: 2010-08-20
Which family are you interested in? Slade
I am sorry to say that Mary Slade was the daughter of W
William Slade and DorothyCobbledick,Richard brother
I love your Heard site
Best Wishes


Name: Roy Bowden <>
Date: 2010-08-11
Which family are you interested in? Hookers
Greetings. I have some details regarding my great grandfather Benjamin Hooker (1842) who emigrated to NZ in 1864 and later had a drapery in Levuka, Fiji where my grandmother was born. The family then came back to Auckland, NZ. Benjamin's father was Robert Hooker (1800# and his father Seraphin #1760). You mention Serpahin on your site. I too am trying to establish the link to Kew Gardens which I was told about verbally when growing up and a book about Joseph Dalton Hooker's life was handed down to me. I have gone back further than Seraphin but there are links to Kew missing. I can send a history diagram if you are interested.
Roy Bowden


Name: Vedanta <>
Date: 2010-08-04
Which family are you interested in? Elsie Pickett
Hello, I am looking for a picture of Elsie Pickett who passed away in New Zealand and established a religious community in Banks Peninsula. The photo in the link below mentions of Elsie Pickett. Would it be hers?


Name: dale hurrell <>
Date: 2010-07-26
Which family are you interested in? Heard family
stumbled on your site by accident.
My wife was Jackie Heard, daughter of Richard Heard (59) who is son of Edward Heard (98) who is son of Richard Heard, who had a twin brother Samuel Heard. Edward moved his family from the Monkleigh area to Cheriton Fitzpaine about 50 years ago. Interested to see if there is a connection here.
Dale Hurrell


Name: Sharon Richardson <>
Date: 2010-07-19
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I am Sharon Richardson nee Heard. My grandfather was Reuben Heard born 1.3.1888. I have only recently started family history research and this site was suggested to me by a contact on Genes reunited.
Your site is amazing and I can't wait to visit my father (William Heard age 90) tomorrow to show him some of this information.
Do you want some dates / photos etc re family of Reuben?


Name: Samuel Pope <>
Date: 2010-07-04
Which family are you interested in? Popes of Sandford
family of John Pope b. 1646 d.1727

Name: Gina Parsons (nee Wright) <>
Date: 2010-07-01
Which family are you interested in? WRIGHT
What a fantastic website. Very well done. I am interested in your comment on the Wright's of Harberton. William Wright of Dunsford and Elizabeth nee Blake Shinner) are the only one's in Harberton and William was my Great Grandfather's brother (John Lee Wright of Dunsford). William and Elizabeth had no children and I would love to know if you have a connection. Many thanks. Gina

Name: Teresa Rust <>
Date: 2010-06-25
Which family are you interested in? Jarvis
My Jarvis family connects with yours at Abraham and Jane Jarvis married 20 Nov 1716 in South Huish, Devon. I think I may have some information for you related to this family.


Name: Suzanne Christy <>
Date: 2010-06-22
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I am interested in Elizabeth Heard born 1834 - Colebrook. My ancestor John Austin married an Elizabeth Heard 3 Sep 1848 Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Sticklepath, Devon. John and Elizabeth are listed on 1861 census living in Moretonhampstead with their 6 chindren. They emigrated to Australia on the Netherby in 1866 and settled in Queensland.

Name: gwen lowe <>
Date: 2010-06-10
Which family are you interested in? parker
i am one of the three surviving children of the blitz of the city hospital in plymouth 1941

Name: Terence (known as Terry) Heard <>
Date: 2010-06-02
Which family are you interested in? HEARD
I've emailed you seperately on the HEARD family tree and my possible connection to the Devon HEARD family, and would be interested in hearing if there is a connection.

Name: Trevor Pollard <>
Date: 2010-05-25
Which family are you interested in? Pollard
I am trying to trace what happened to my grandfather Thomas Comins Pollard (1890 to ?). He married Ethel Heard (1890 to 1945) on 22 May 1915. They had 5 children namel Jack (my father), Ken, Claude (also known as Tug), Ethel and Bob.
My generation know that Thomas left his wife and children but we do not know when and what happened to him. Did he remarry or have another partner?
Where did he live after he left Crediton? When did he die and where is he buried?

Can anyone help with this gap in ou family's knowledge?

Trevor Pollard


Name: Ian Sharland <>
Date: 2010-05-18
Which family are you interested in? PITTS
Hi, you have a great site. We have been really interested in what you have found. I am a descendant of Sarah Kate Pitts and William Edmund Partridge. Their daughter Katherine was my grandmother. I think I have picked up that you descend from Nicholas Pitts, so I guess we are related!!!
I still have family in Devon and we are off to research Stokenham soon.
It would be great to hear from you.


Name: GeneaGeek <>
Date: 2010-05-18
Which family are you interested in? Wreford
I am descended from the Devonshire wrestler, William WREFORD who took part in matches against Abraham Cann. I found the information on this site very valuable and mentioned it on my blog talking about my 'relative celebrity'.

Thankyou for taking the time to share this.


Name: Felix Badcock <>
Date: 2010-05-17
Which family are you interested in? Badcock
We were fascinated to find Betty Hookway 's family history on your web site. She married James Badcock, my great-great-grandfather who died cica 1835. Please can you give me any advice as to how to track the Badcock line prior to James,


Name: Paul Bubear <>
Date: 2010-05-05
Which family are you interested in? Bubear &Jarvis
Very interesting site.
I've been trying to tie George Bubear (the sculler) into my line for ages. My great grandfather was Samuel Henry Bubear - the butcher - born 1872. I can provide some updates on this line of the family.


Name: Lorraine Kidd <>
Date: 2010-04-27
Which family are you interested in? Berry
My friends grandfather was Richard Berry of Kilkeel Northern Ireland. Possibly born 1841 in Cornwall would this be any connection . The family photo you have posted of John Berry is the image of her mother and Brother. Hoping I am not wasting your time but would love to get more information for her

Many thanks


Name: Irene Coles <>
Date: 2010-04-25
Which family are you interested in? Pickett .
I am now the last of the line of Coles's,my grandmother was Adeline Lucy Pickettfrom Sandford ,married James Coles from Crediton and her mother was Eliza Pickett.
I recognise the name of Sadie Pitts ,I think she was related to my Uncle Richard Curtice of Crediton or she may of been a friend of his wife Daisy.
In clearing my Mum's effects I found many old photos of relatives that I do not know and mention of a Millie Pickett who was a matron in a london hospital .I understood that
my grand mother may of been illegitamate ?? I am a kirtonion by birth and found your family history facinating as many of those mentioned are known by me and my parents who are now deceased.


Name: Nigel <>
Date: 2010-04-15
Which family are you interested in? Jarvis
With reference to John Fairweather who married Elizabeth Jarvis at South Huish on the 29th September 1784.

You may be aware of this already, but just in case you aren't, there is a plaque on the wall of Malborough church which commemorates three generations of Fairweathers, including the said John.

If a transcript is of any use to you I could send it. If it's not, just reach for the delete button.

What's my connection? Elizabeth Jarvis was my wife's 4th great grandaunt. We were very close. I still can't believe that she's gone.

Regards, Nigel.


Name: Jacquie Holden <>
Date: 2010-03-26
Which family are you interested in? Heard & Chapple
I was looking for the ancestors / parents of Ann Heard born about 1839 in Chittlehampton ? and John Chapple born 1840 in Crediton who married c.1865

Name: JP Davies <>
Date: 2010-03-24
Which family are you interested in? photo of torcross
i'm a geography teacher in Oxford who stumbled across your torcross photo. this is a lovely website. is there any chance i could get mroe details about the photo - date, a story etc...? or possibly any others of the area? we are studying the coast for GCSE coursework & any help would be greatly appreciated.
all the best


Name: Berenice Bautista <>
Date: 2010-03-17
Which family are you interested in? All
I loved your website, looking at it is like reading a nice XIX novel. Congratulations and I hope you will continue updating it.
Regards from Mexico,


Name: Murphy Pickett <>
Date: 2010-03-11
Which family are you interested in? Pickett

Greetings from a "Colonial",

My name is Murphy Pickett, from Dallas, Texas. I believe that I may be descended from a Christopher Piggott. In the mid-1600s, three brothers from, we believe Devon emigrated to America. Nicholas Pickett, 1656/1692, settled in Marblehead, Massacusetts. George Pickett, 1658/1740, settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia. _______Pickette, 1660/___, settled in New Hanover County, in what became North Carolina. His name may have been William. I think that I'm descended from him.

A William Pickett II was born in 1600, in England. He may have been the father of the trio. He died in Westmoreland County, in 1694. In 1657, he married Anne Sanford, 1636/1680, of Westmoreland County. This may have been his second marriage. I've seen some information that they may have visited England after the marriage.

New Hanover County was divided into several other counties. Duplin was one of them. In 1842, My great-great grandfather Dennis and his wife Celia (Murray), along with eight children moved from Duplin County, to Alabama. In 1847, with nine children, they moved on to Bastrop, Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. I was born in 1940, a member of the fifth generation from this pair.

My interest is in trying to determine the connections with any current or past residents of Southwestern England. My skills on the Internet are limited. Any courtesy that may be extended to me, would be most gratefully appreciated.

Thank you so much for time.

Murphy Pickett


Name: ian luxton <>
Date: 2010-02-25
Which family are you interested in? the luxtons
anyone with family tree history of the luxton family from plymouth cornwall or north devon exeter ect. i would like to hear from you ian

Name: Lee <>
Date: 2010-02-20
Which family are you interested in? Hattin, Bragg, Sarles
What a great site, Bertha Hattin born 1854, she was my great, great grandmother, going through my fathers mothers side of the family. Sometime between 1881 and 1891 she moved to Bristol. In 1901 she was a tailoress. I've only known of this connection for a short time, so it's quite exciting.

Name: Tammy Oakes <>
Date: 2010-02-16
Which family are you interested in? Heard Family
I am interested in information on the Heard family. My maiden name was Tammy Heard. I am related to the Heards of Georgia. My grandpa & grandma lived in Tifton, GA. I have been trying to do a famly tree and from what I have gathered, which is not much, our roots trace back to Tyrone Co, Ireland (John Heard).

Name: Dan W. Heard <>
Date: 2010-02-13
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My Heard ancestors came to USA in about 1720 from Ireland. Believe they were from Devon area and went to Ireland as part of Ulster Plantation.
Lots of Heards in the southern USA particularly in Washington County Georgia area. Lots of Heard here in Texas also. Quite a few lawyers in the extended family along with ranchers. Was in Australia in 2001 and noted a number of Heards. Legend has it that the family came to England with the Norman conquest, but you all will know better about this.
Again, i enjoyed the site.
Dan Heard


Name: Martin Clements <>
Date: 2010-02-13
Absolutely fantastic site. Came across it by accident whilst searching for old photos of Bow village. Found other photos which I have been unable to find before, and have been searching for years (photo of Radford Park Boathouse).
I will certainly be spending many an evening looking at the site, reading about the families and studying the photographs.
Thank you for spending the time in compiling such an interesting website.


Name: Bev Mann <>
Date: 2010-02-08
Which family are you interested in? Charles William Bradfield Pitts
Firstly your family history is fantastic. I am very very impressed
I am researching the family of Charles William Pitts & after noticing Pitts in your family history, am hoping that you can help me. I have been trying to get information on this family for 8 years & keep coming up blank, his father was John William Bradfield, his mother I think was Maria Phillips. Any information would be very much appreciated & if they are not in your family, maybe you could advise me on another family in your area that has these Pitts in their family
Thank you very much
Bev Mann


Name: Michelle Erbacher <nn>
Date: 2010-02-02
Which family are you interested in? Fey
My grandmother was Dorothy Minnie Webber, a daughter of Minnie Alice Hector Daw nee Fey.

Dolly had children: Fay, Eric, Victor and adopted Dorothy Rose (my mother)


Name: Andrew Miller <>
Date: 2010-01-31
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I was researching a Reginald Heard for no better reason than a friend bought a book ( in a local charity shop ) which had been presented to RH in 1904 by the local Sunday School for his essay on the vicars sermon the previous Sunday ! We thought it would be fun to find out more about him as it would make the book more interesting.

I traced him to Portsea and found that his father came from Devonport and mother Saltash. In the research process I googled his name and birthyear and came across your amazing site.

Regrettably there is no identifiable connection but I found it such an amazing site that I have book marked it to read in full and also notified a couple of friends to have a look simply because it is so fascinating.



Name: Richard Sadlier <>
Date: 2010-01-25
Which family are you interested in? Sadlier
I am researching the Sadlier's from Bonarea-Anacarty-Donohil. I have all the information from the present going back to William Sadlier who married Mary Ryan in approx 1804. They had five children. I am guessing that his father was Clement Sadlier born approx 1785, as that is the name of their first child. Does anyone have any more information on the Sadlier Family Tree. I notice that this is no longer online. I have looked at the "John Sadlier Tree" and it is possible that there may be a link there. All of the records that I can see dry up at 1804. Kind Regards, Richard

Name: Vera Tagieff <>
Date: 2010-01-17
Which family are you interested in? All Baggot/Baggotts
Aaron Baggott & Mary Bailey had 11 children and you are showing only their 8th child, Thomas Baggott & Naomi Ward. You also show Aaron Baggott's death as 1853 when he is registered Dec 1861, West Bromwich, Vol 6b Page 421 (Under Alma Baggott)

Thomas & Naomi had 13 children and you are showing only Nos. 6, 10 & 12.

I have the complete family of Aaron Baggott & Mary Bailey up to the current date.

Please contact me as I have the Baggott Family right back to the year 0620.


Name: William J. Limebeer <>
Date: 2010-01-09
Which family are you interested in? Heard/Hurd
Wish to advise you of HEARD families who lived at ORTON and ERIN villages, Wellington County, Ontario Canada. If desire to learn more suggest contacting Wellington County Archives and Museum at Elora On. Can

Name: John Pitts <>
Date: 2009-12-16
Which family are you interested in? the pitts family
my family was from irland my grandpaw Isaac Isom pitts came to the USA. I don't know any of grandpaw isaac the stayed in irland but i would injoy and info that i could get if you can email it to me if you can do that .

Name: Maureen <>
Date: 2009-12-05
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My Heard ancestors were from the Beaford and Torrington area. They were masons. My Great granddad was Horace Edward Heard, born 1876. He migrated to Canada in 1912 and thenfrom 1916 to 1919 he served in the Canadian over-seas Expeditionary forces in France during WWI. His father was Charles Edward Heard, b-1846. Then his line goes; George b-1823, William b-1792, Robert 1750, Thomas 1722, George 1687, George 1658.

Name: Lauren <>
Date: 2009-12-04
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Hi there

Trying to find more information about my great-grandfather and his ancestors. My grandmother was Patricia Heard before she married my grandfather. Her parents were Reginald Thomas Heard (a sailor) and Hilda Paddon. Both from Devon. They immigrated to South Africa where my grandmother was born.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


Name: phyllis <>
Date: 2009-11-29
Which family are you interested in? heard
I am trying to find out who my grandad was. on my fathers birth cert DOB .5/10/1911 father stated as herbert heard stonemason.mother was alison broad it was stated that they were married but they never did she went on to marry someone else and raised my father together. My mainden name was Broadheard it seems they put the 2 names together originally with a hyphen then dad dropped the hyphen when he joined the army.
Dad is no longer with us but this mystery has intriqued me for years and i would love to know who my grandad was .the birth was reg.istered in Glastonbury but i dont think this is relavant as she went there to live with an aunt
.to give birth in my gran worked in totnes Devon at a school in 1910 so i presume that is where she met Herbert Heard.
I would be grateful for. any help .

Thank you


Name: Dominic Baker <>
Date: 2009-11-25
Which family are you interested in? Northcott/Wright

Well done for this site! I have a lot (but not compared to your site) of info on Ernest Mark Northcott amd Jane Augusta Ellen Wright and their descendants. I don't know if you feel this is too remote to your direct line but let me know if it would help you.
I also have a few pictures I could scan.
If it is ok with you I would like to include your info in my tree - with all acknowledgements to you and your site of course.

Well done again - great work!



Name: Nick Heard <>
Date: 2009-11-23
Which family are you interested in? Burridge
I would love to reply to Judy's message below, but unfortunately she has left an email address that does not work.

I would be grateful if guests would take some care when entering their email addresses as it is frustrating to research and compose a message only to have it bounced back as permanently undeliverable because of an inaccurate address.



Name: Judy <>
Date: 2009-11-20
Which family are you interested in? Burridge
What a brilliant site. Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing it with the rest of us.
I am looking for BURRIDGES from Sandford and Crediton.
Are you able to put me in touch with the Burridges who contributed to your site?
Would love to hear from any Burridges out there with connections to Sandford, Crediton, Exeter.
South Australia


Name: Frank Harris <>
Date: 2009-11-13
Found the site by chance and am delighted to have done so.

I am decsended from John Turner Harris [1811-1889]

Glad to hear from any others.




Name: Lorraine Heaven (Heard) <>
Date: 2009-11-03
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I am a member of the fifth generation of Heards who settled near Geelong in Victoria Australia in the early 1800's. I am eager to follow any information about my English forebears.
I managed to get back to John Heard, Born 1777, wife unknown, father of Thomas. Would like to find more.


Name: Joan McDonald <>
Date: 2009-10-27
Which family are you interested in? Haydon
I think your family history website is amazing. It is very informative and also has some humour. Must have taken you forever to compile. Well done!

Name: Peter Morris <>
Date: 2009-10-25
You have a lovely picture of my grandmothers home "Drawbridge Cottage" on the canal banks Exeter. I would like to have more information. Do contact me please.


Name: Russell Genat <>
Date: 2009-10-23
Which family are you interested in? FROST, Jesse (1830- )
This Frost is my partners G,G,Grandfather
Via his son John William then
Via his son William John then
Daughter Enid Wilson (nee Frost) then
Partner Jaqualine Wilson.
Thank you for filling in some dates.
Great site.
I was in England and looked at a lot of your towns (Sandford,Crediton and others) in May this year and they still look as they did back when.

cheers russ


Name: William J. Limebeer <>
Date: 2009-10-22
Which family are you interested in? Heard/Hurd
Back in the 1940's I was employed by the CPR, Canadian Pacific Railroad at Erin Ontario Canada as a sectionman. The next section west of Erin was the village of Orton where a family of Hurds/Heards lived, one of who Ab, possibly Albert was also employed by the CPR. I believe that there are descendents still living in the area. If you have a further interest you might contact by email:
Wellington County Archives and Museum at Elora Ontario. My interests are Limebeer/Beer at Chittlehampton Devon where my ggrandfather William Limebeer came from.


Name: Helen Hutchinson <>
Date: 2009-09-11
Which family are you interested in? Trobridge, Hooke
- I am descended from Richard Sandford Trobridge - his daughter Ellen Mary (my great great grandmother) came to Australia in 1847/8.

Name: Linda <>
Date: 2009-09-06
Which family are you interested in? Yabsley, Loram etc.
I have information on 9 of the children of Thomas Loram and Sarah Yabsley if you are interested. Thomas is my 3x great grandfather.


Name: John Chudley <>
Date: 2009-09-05
Which family are you interested in? Chudleigh/ey
I have just stumbled upon this great site by accident. I am well into researching my family history and this has led me to discover that an assumption I had already made appears to be correct. This is that my direct ancestor Samuel, who married Elizabeth Homeyard probably was the father of John, bapt in Clannaborough, but that the wedding had to wait till his return from the militia, when a second baptism took place at Crediton. The family changed the spelling permanently to Chudley with my Gt.Grandfather James (b.1840) - my grandfather being Frank, listed on your Ged file. More contact would be most welcome.

Name: Daniel Spencer <>
Date: 2009-09-03
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I am a decendant of Kenneth William Heard, He was my mums mothers brother. I found this site trying to find information regarding his RAF service. He tragically died in 1942 defending his country at the age of 20. He had a sister too, Winnifred Heard, who is not mentioned here. I have a solo photo of Kenneth in his RAF uniform which I would love to to see used on the Roll of Honour. Thank you for your superb site. Please email me if you would like to use the photo or info on Winnifred

Name: bev < or>
Date: 2009-08-23
Which family are you interested in? Wreford

what a fantastic website. We are currently building our own website for the Wreford Family. I hope it is as informative as yours. Our aim like many other Wrefords is to trace every line and we welcome any input.

My grandma (Mary Wreford) and i have been searching our tree for several years on and off. We have a copy of The records and pedigree of the Wreford family, 2nd edition but my great grandfather wouldn't let our line be entered into the book due to some embarrassment. We believe we are from the line of Mary Ann Kemble and Thomas Wreford. Can i ask where you found the information on Mary Ann and Thomas. We know there is a first edition and as of yet have not been able to get hold of a copy. There is a vague recollection that this line may be in there. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks Bev


Name: Jim Granter <>
Date: 2009-08-17
Which family are you interested in? Granters from the Baters and Devon background
Thanks for a great resource, Nicholas (&co?). My Granter lot come from your Mary Bater connection. Some of them went to Australia in the 1850-60s and now there are over 700 of them out there! I'm slowly putting together a narrative of the Granters and have a hyperlink in the Devon bit to your site. Thanks again, Jim Granter

Name: sue faulkner <>
Date: 2009-08-14
Which family are you interested in? Fursdon
I have just discovered your wonderful resource and it has filled in a tremendous amount of detail for me .It has taken me right back to 1624 what a discovery and many thanks for all your hard work and for making it available to others

Name: sue faulkner <>
Date: 2009-08-14
Which family are you interested in? Fursdon
I have just discovered your wonderful resource and it has filled in a tremendous amount of detail for me .It has taken me right back to 1624 what a discovery and many thanks for all your hard work and for making it available to others

Name: Peter Terence Morris <>
Date: 2009-08-12
Which family are you interested in? Cann
I am looking for links for Elizabeth Cann born Sandford Devon about 1841. 1871 census shows husband John Gitsham 39, wife Elizabeth(Nee Cann) 30, William 7, George 5, Eliza 3, Ellen 11months 1891 Census Elizabeth a widow aged 49
Any links to your Cann family?


Name: Peter McLoughlin <>
Date: 2009-08-10
Which family are you interested in? Downes Estate Staff
I just wondered what your connection is with Downes Estate. I have a photo' mystery on my website (, which apparently shows my maternal grandfather within the group of estate staff. Do you have any other photographs of Downes Estate?


Peter McLoughlin


Name: Kendra D Heard/ Reed <>
Date: 2009-08-07
Which family are you interested in? HEARDS

Name: Kendra D Heard/ Reed <>
Date: 2009-08-07
Which family are you interested in? HEARDS

Name: Bob Shephard <>
Date: 2009-07-25
Which family are you interested in? Bob Shephard
Hi very interesting information, I am interested in Pepperell in the S.Hams of Devon and aware of John Gillard Pepperel s/o Samuel & Elizabeth nee Gillard baptised at Stokenham Sept 2nd 1818, Samuel a Farmer of Down. Samuel Pepperel I believe is the son of Robert and Hannah Pepperel nee Hyne and baptised at Stokenham March 9th 1789. Robert a sibling of Samuel married Joanna Loy/ Loye 27th April 1806 at Stokenham. There is several cases of first cousins marrying that make it hard to unravel the lines but basically this family descends from John P who married twice at Slapton 1657 & 1659 to an Elizabeth in each csae. See IGI source. Hope this is of interest best wishes Bob.

Name: vanda smith < >
Date: 2009-07-25
Which family are you interested in? heard at hartland and bideford
hi i am researching my husbands maternal heard and powe family trees . however his mother was an only child and she passed away in 1988 without leaving any family info just an old photo album with no names .my husband is descended from william heard born 1791 hartland and rebecca furzier born 1794 hartland . rebecca was the daughter of william furzier and elizabeth goaman .william was the son of john heard hartland born 1754 .his father was william heard born c1724 hartland and his mother was mary packer c1728 .i would appreciate any help you could give me i am assuming the families are tied together at some point . your site has been extremely interesting even if you cant help me thanks again vanda

Name: Rosemary Folco <>
Date: 2009-07-24
Which family are you interested in? Blackler
Well done Nick, what an amazing site, you are to be congratulated for taking on such a large project, it is fabulous. Don't see any of my lot there, yet! But will keep looking.

Take care Rosemary


Name: Suzanne Christy <>
Date: 2009-07-20
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Elizabeth Heard married John Austin GRO September quarter 1848 Vol 10 page 291 Okehampton district. They were living at Parford 1861 census. They emmigrated to Australia 1866 with 7 children. Looking for any connections.

Name: Ross Kelly <>
Date: 2009-07-06
Which family are you interested in? The Kelly's
Thank you for the great work you have done. It has helped me here in Australia to track down some of the quiet rellies from the past.
The Kellys certainly moved around Devon and makes for interesting research
Thank you Ross.


Name: Elaine Stanlake nee Ashplant <>
Date: 2009-06-29
Which family are you interested in? Ashplant/Hatten/Partridge
Hi Nick. Nigel sent me the link to your fantastic website which I have found really interesting.
Keep up the good work for future generations.


Name: mark john smith <>
Date: 2009-06-28
Which family are you interested in? on my father side
my DOB is nov 10 65 .will need to know more about my father side of the family.his name is harold smith can you help me.

Name: Beth Drummond <>
Date: 2009-06-21
Congratulations on this excellent, inspirational website. I came across it through a posting on I have no relationship with any of the families here, but just want to record my admiration of all the work involved. It makes me realise how much more research I have to do!

Best wishes to all researchers
Beth Drummond


Name: David Oakley <>
Date: 2009-06-11
Which family are you interested in? Cann
Thanks to your site I have managed to find out more about Abraham Cann and his interesting history.
My wife's grandmother was Florence Louisa Cann 1887-1949 and thanks to your site and another tree on the Ancestry site I have been able to trace Cann's back to the early seventeenth century.
Thank you.


Name: Julie oliver <>
Date: 2009-05-30
Which family are you interested in? heard
wonderful site. My great, great grandmother was Lucy Heard whose parents were Frank Heard and Mary Ann Heard (They were actually Heard cousins that married in Sandford).Thanks to your site I can see I am directly decended from John Heard at Hartland back in the 1700's.

I cant wait to show my mum and her sisters! Thanks a million!


Name: Susan Stollsteimer <ksstollsteimer>
Date: 2009-05-30
Which family are you interested in? Hector
What a fabulous website you have produced. I know of the time it takes to research all of the information that you have and what a tribute to all of your family members that have gone before. Thank you for sharing this with me. I only wish that I had the talent to produce such a masterpiece because that it what it truly is.

Name: Della Pearson <>
Date: 2009-05-28
Which family are you interested in? Drew etc.
You have a done a marvelous job on publishing family the history online....Well done Nick. I only hope I can do as well.

All the best...Della


Name: Geoff Ledden <>
Date: 2009-05-19
Which family are you interested in? Bulleid
I chanced to get into conversation this morning with a Mr Pickett, who told me about this site. I am the historian for the Bulleid family of North Devon and see that you have listed Susanna Bulleid who married William Cole. I was not aware who she had married, but I can provide you with her ancestry back to about 1540 if you so wish.
Kind regards, Geoff Ledden


Name: Peter Harris <>
Date: 2009-04-26
Which family are you interested in? Hattin / Harris
Your dedication and imagination in creating this wonderfull site is a credit to you and your family, very well done!!

Charlotte Thirza Turner Harris (1856-1902) wife of Stephen Hattin (1851-1912) was the daughter of cousins William Henry Harris (Junior) and Charlotte Harris.

Their respective Fathers were William Henry Harris (Hatter) and his brother John Turner Harris (Builder).

Both were born in Crediton, John Turner Harris stayed there most of his life, (East St), William Henry Harris my GGG/F, apprenticed in Tiverton, married into the Dunsford family and made hats on St Andrew St, Tiverton for over 40 years.

Best Regards.



Name: Pat Williams <>
Date: 2009-04-21
Which family are you interested in? None
I enjoyed your site.

Name: john sanders <>
Date: 2009-04-08
Which family are you interested in? heale & webber
i have just discovered that my deceased granmother was actually born in Morchard Bishop, she had 4 sisters called florence, nell, and lucy (1 other dont know) plus my grandmothers mother (Jane Webber) appears to have links here too? her DOB is 11/08/1896 she married Henry Heale a farm labourer in nearby Chawleigh? Can anyone help me find my past and maybe present relatives? My Dad (Ernest Sanders) was the son of my gran jane heale who lived as the youngest sister of the four above. I would be ab solutly delighted for any news at all from anyone! THANKYOU.

Name: Roger Sharland <>
Date: 2009-04-07
Which family are you interested in? Sharland
I have recently been researching our family history in mid Devon and have therefore enjoyed some of the photographs of places where my family comes from. I was wondering if you have any connection with the Sharlands of Morchard Bishop which is where my ancestors were for many generations. The village scene of mid Devon in past centuries is one where people did not often move far. Another branch of the family the Upcotts came from Thorverton, and their farming history has interested me.

Name: Helen <>
Date: 2009-03-31
Which family are you interested in? Wheeler / Viney
Very interesting read, henry viney is one of my relatives.

Name: Glenn Bearne <>
Date: 2009-03-27
Which family are you interested in? re: Robert Connibeer
Regarding your comment at the bottom of the Family of Robert Connibeer and Ann Earland page - 15 year old Charlotte Connibeer - who is she?
I believe she may be Charlotte Earland (born 21 Sep 1823 at Colebrook) illegitimate? daughter of Ann Earland.
Please email me if you want further information.


Name: Jacky Holcombe <>
Date: 2009-03-19
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I was pleased to be told about your very good site. My husband is descended from George Heard 21.3.1859 (his great grandfather) whose father was James Heard. If you would like more details of the family through Ethel Heard I would be pleased to supply them.

Name: Karen Ashmeade <>
Date: 2009-03-19
Which family are you interested in? Hector
I have been looking at the Hector family. I live in Australia, my grandfathers name was Gilbert Percival Hector and his father was Percival Hetor. I am sure my grandfather was born in Australia, but I am not sur about my great grandfather. I was wondering if you know of any Hector immigrants to Australia?
Fantastic site you have, very interesting.
Cheers from Aus
regards Karen


Name: Glenys Savage <>
Date: 2009-03-09
Which family are you interested in? Calvert & Corrick families
Maybe you would like to update the death date for William CALVERT, husb. of Elizabeth PICKERING.
The new NZ BDM Historical Index gives Williams death at age 71 years - the date you are using is for a child of 6 weeks.
My late husband is descended from Julia CALVERT, dau. of the above couple who married James Samuel SAVAGE in Christchurch NZ. We have quite a large Tree of their descendants
William CALVERT, co-builder and lay preacher, of St Andrews Church, Christchurch.

Glenys Savage
Adelaide, South OZ


Name: Scott Kurtz <>
Date: 2009-03-08
Which family are you interested in? Pethybridge
Dear Relatives,

Good Day, My name is Scott Kurtz, I am descendant of the 7th Generation of the Pethybridge Family to the United States and would just like to say hello and I also would love to hear from you and share my Pethybridge Genealogy with you if you wish. God Bless


Name: Fay Colmer <>
Date: 2009-02-27
Which family are you interested in? COLMER connections
I was interested to see your connection to the COLMER family (not, unfortunately a direct link to my husband's line which hails from Somerset/Dorset borders). I have been collecting data on all COLMERS for a very long time. If you'd like me to see if I can provide a bit more info about the Callington COLMERs then email me.

Name: W PENFOLD <>
Date: 2009-02-26
Which family are you interested in? dicker and crocker
was your dicker by any chance from lapford devon and are your crocker line from hallsands /stokenham area

Name: Bob Shephard <>
Date: 2009-02-16
Which family are you interested in? Elizabeth Gillard
I am interested in her origins as Samuel Pepperel baptised 09th March 1789 at Stokenham, the son of Robert & Hannah (nee Hyne), married her at Stokenham 03rd June 1816 as you know. Was she related to Josiah Gillard who married Mary Pepperel 12th Jan 1814, Samuel's younger sister? Also further back in time a Roger Pepperell baptised 30th April 1728 here at Stokenham married Mary Jellard 16th Jan 1750. Will delve further into your interesting site, thanks Bob

Name: Beverley Cornwell nee Heard <>
Date: 2009-02-14
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I was able to visit Crediton and found my Greatgrandparents graves William John Heard and Ellen Fey and saw the cottage in East street where my grandfather was born. Thank you it was well worth the visit.

Name: Justine Schofield Nee Heard <>
Date: 2009-02-12
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Hi I am Brian Heard's daughter and Gertie Heards granddaughter, I am am married to Paul Schofield whose family tree albeit compiled by his father following the paternal line going back to the early 1800's. This family tree currently is only commited to paper can you recommend the best software for us to buy to both upload this information and download your superb family tree.

you can call me on 01363 860170 or reply to my message

I would also like to add that both Paul and I were really impressed with your site

Best wishes Justine


Name: jan Bird <>
Date: 2009-02-03
Which family are you interested in? oatway
Have Oatways on my family tree, male line,
william Henry 1857,m Loisa Manning 1862
Henry 1828
John 1797
john 1766
John 1725
Anthony 1697
Anthony 1660


Name: trevor sharland <>
Date: 2009-01-27
Which family are you interested in? sharland
hi from australia,can anybody help me,im looking for sharlands,my father was an illigitimate son of william sharland born 1878,my father was born in1908,i believe my grandfather owned the sharland omnibus company in london in 1900,any info would be greatly appreciated,thank you

Name: Toni Howell <>
Date: 2009-01-24
Which family are you interested in? Haydon and Densham
Please would you have any dates relating to your photos of Sandford and Morchard Bishop. Do you have any names for the children in the school photo in Sandford?

PS I think your website is wonderful


Name: Philip Gibbs <>
Date: 2009-01-11
Which family are you interested in? Elsdon
my tree is on Genes reunited if I am correct. My Gggranddad William Buckingham born Charles devon, was the son of John Buckingham & Grace Elston.
Would these connect to your tree in anyay.
Phil Gibbs


Name: John Heal <>
Date: 2009-01-05
Congratulations Nick on a superb site. Hope to see you in Crediton one day

Name: Marion B. Heard , Jr. <>
Date: 2009-01-04
Which family are you interested in? Heards
I was browsing the family tree infomation and I really like the layout you have for yours. We live in Mississippi , USA , and only know that our ancestors came mostly from South Carolina thru Georgia and Alabama. Am always interested in family trees of Heards although we do have a large number of other ancestors like every one else. Thanks for you keeping a good record .

Name: Rod Madocks <>
Date: 2009-01-01
Which family are you interested in? Fey
I am a writer researching the case of John Babbacombe Lee - convicted of murdering his mistress Emma Anne Keyse in 1884. There is mention of a young woman called Fey at the inquest before his trial who lived with Emma Keyse and was the daughter of a builder from Teignmouth. She committed suicide by drowning possibly in 1884. Can you throw any light on this group of Feys?
Many thanks


Name: Judy Fisher <>
Date: 2008-12-31
Which family are you interested in? Burridge

My Mothers maiden name was Burridge, here farther was Charles Richard from Crediton, his Farther was also Charles Richard born 1870 in Crediton his farther was I beleive John, who I thought was born in 1839, the son of John born in 1800. However from your tree I am now wondering if Charles was the son of John born in 1800 the mother of Amelia Nichels.

Would appreciate what you think?

Wonderful Family Tree, I am just starting and looking at yours cant imagine how long it has taken you.


Judy Fisher


Name: Sandra Poulton <>
Date: 2008-12-30
Which family are you interested in? Rowe via Kerslake
Having just started to research my Grandmothers maiden name "Rowe" I have found the information on your website an invaluable source of information and now have many more names and dates to research. Many many thanks. Being a novice I had come to a bit of a dead end but now feel inspired to carry on. Fantastic site.

Name: Lorraine <>
Date: 2008-12-29
Which family are you interested in? Willing
I am a descendant of Alice Ann WiILLING . She married Richard MARSHALL and came to New Zealand, where they were farmers in the South Taranaki. After her husband's death in 1901 she settled in the Manawatu. If anyone wants more info I am happy to help if I amd able.

Thx for a great site


Name: Stephen Morgan <>
Date: 2008-12-29
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Hi, I note a Rugby photograph you have of Dennis in 1933. The gentleman sitting on the floor on the bottom right is my grandfather (Leslie Bray), who passed away quite recently aged 91 hence why I have been doing some research on his family history. We have a 1934 picture of the rugby team which Dennis is also part of which may interst you for your website. Do you have any more information or pictures relating to Dennis during his time in the Grammer School.

Kind regards



Name: Lee Schnitzer <>
Date: 2008-12-28
Which family are you interested in? Willing
I am the gr,gr, gr, granddaughter of John Willing(1826-1899) and Sarah Jane(nee Pilditch) who came to Australia in 1869. What a great site you have, please contact me if you would like any info on this side of the family.

Cheers Lee


Name: tina benham <>
Date: 2008-12-18
Which family are you interested in? Larkworthy
Hilda Larkworthy 1901 to 1985 was my nan's sister (there were 4 children in total)but she does not appear on here I believe my nan, Florence May Larkworthy b1903 to 1967. Please contact me if you would like more info

kindest regards


PS I also understand there was a channel 4 film made about the Larkworthys, which i would need to find out more about


Name: Stuart Alan Pickett <>
Date: 2008-11-30
Which family are you interested in? Pickett
Brilliant, WOW !! I can't thank you enough. I knew nothing of my family's past, only that we were from London and my great grandfather was a baker.I have now found my roots thanks to your site . My great grandfather was Walter Pickett of Sandford,born 1844 (son of John) who came to London with his wife Elizabeth Haysom ,Father of Sidney John (my grandfather) and grandfather of Albert (my father) Thanks again, Stuart

Name: Robert Graefe <>
Date: 2008-11-28
Which family are you interested in? James CANN
James CANN married Thomasina Cann, born Cheriton Bishop, circa 1793. This is where I have stalled. Could yourJames Cann (bc 1790) be him ?

Name: Pat Williams <>
Date: 2008-11-26
Which family are you interested in? Other
I enjoyed your site.

Name: Elsie Person <>
Date: 2008-11-25
Which family are you interested in? Delve/Conibear/Gribble
Nick this a wonderful site
In the Index
I came across William Delve who married Mary Wilson.
They had a son named John. Also, they had daughters, of which one married John Coneybeer of Morchard Bishop in 1745. Margaret Delve.
Their son, also John married Elizabeth Seldon,
Their son, George m Dorothy Ford of Ashreigney
Their son, George m Mary Apsey of Chardstock
Their youngest son, Lewis G Conibear married Ada
Mary Gribble of Crediton.
These two are my Grandparents.
I have not been able to find a connection between the Coneybeers of Morchard Bishop and Sandford. I am sure there must be one. I do know that one of my gggg Aunts
Mary Coneybeer married Peter Cann of Sandford.



Name: Cheryl Gilbert <>
Date: 2008-11-23
Which family are you interested in? Not sure - Treliving descendant
I am the gg granddaughter of Henry Charles Thomas Treliving and Ellen Judge. Their daughter Elizabeth Emma Treliving who married Richard Tolley was my maternal g. grandmother. Their daughter Lilian Beatrice Tolley was my grandmother. I would love any information you have on the Trelivings and would love to know where we fit in your family tree.

Regards Cheryl Gilbert


Name: James Collins <>
Date: 2008-11-19
Which family are you interested in? Scott
A great site with great information. We're trying to find out more about our ancestors who lived at Priorton Mill/House Crediton around 1908 onwards and your site has very interesting background about the area. And if anyone comes up with anything on the Scott family from Crediton we'd love to hear about it. Keep up the good work. James.

Name: elizabeth jones <>
Date: 2008-11-17
Which family are you interested in? Clamp
any information welcome

Name: Catriona Aldridge <>
Date: 2008-11-11
Which family are you interested in? Prettejohn
Your website is fantastic. My maiden name is Prettejohn. Our ancestors were in Barbados in the 1700's. None of the names match yours.I have been trying for years to find the Devon link. The original John Prettejohn went to Barbados in the late 1600's and had sugar estates there. They also had a large house near Reading and sent their children to English public schools. My great grandfather General Richard Buckley Prettejohn lived in Littleham, Exmouth in 1880swhen he retired (with a much younger wife) and had 3 sons, one of whom is my grandfather.
Anyway, a brilliant and informative website. Thank you!


Name: Anthony Heard <>
Date: 2008-11-07
Which family are you interested in? heard
Thank you for putting a wonderful website together. I think I am the fourth generation of Heard's living in Dartmouth, Devon. I have no idea if there is any connection to your family but all I know is we were originally from Kilkhampton, North Devon. Once again many thanks, Anthony.

Name: Alan Loye <>
Date: 2008-10-29
Which family are you interested in? Loye
I have been researching my family for about 40 years so any reference for cross referencing and authenticating the information I have is a bonus

Name: Jan Walker <>
Date: 2008-10-23
Which family are you interested in? Bickley

Just writing out my next door neighour's family history as a surprise present!

Eleanor Baker from Venn Ottery was the wife of Samuel Bickley and the mother of William, not the wife of William. I have Samuel's will and that of his father Samuel if you would like a copy.

Kind regards



Name: bill wright <>
Date: 2008-10-07
Which family are you interested in? wright
i have a copy of john rice and mary cooksley marriage certher father a shipwright from coombe

Name: roger heard <>
Date: 2008-09-28
Which family are you interested in? heard
we are looking for any information, of relations of william henry heard b circa. 1837 north tamrton cornwall,fathers name was william b circa 1798 treneglos cornwall, mothers name was ann bluett b circa 1803 tremaine cornwall
nay hepl would be appreciated
regards roger heard


Name: M Loosemore <>
Date: 2008-09-27
Which family are you interested in? General Enquiry
I notice from your family tree there is reference to Henry Hammett.

Note on Wife: Ellen Hodge

In 1871 Ellen is a general servant for Butcher Herbert Trickey at West Sandford, as Elizabeth Ellen Hodge

I am researching my family history and have a copy of apprenticeship papers where my Great Grandfather Harry Loosemore was indentured to Herbert Trickey in 1873 at the age of 16 or 17.

I wondered whether yuo have come across any reference to him in your researches


Name: Paul Harris <>
Date: 2008-09-25
Which family are you interested in? George Bubear
I am trying to glean some information on George Bubear who was a world champion sculler born Crediton in 1860's.


Name: Mark Willing <>
Date: 2008-09-10
Which family are you interested in? Willings
I'd just like to say thanks for the information on the Willing's of Loddiswell, I am a descendant of Charles Thomas, via another Charles Thomas, Robert Phillips, Lawrence Charles and my father Robert Alfred Joel Willing, I am just checking dates and will update the information when I have exact dates. My renewed interest follows a visit to the war Graves to see 2 great uncles graves (brothers of Lawrence Charles) I have photos of them and their 2 other brothers.

Many thanks,



Name: Angela Ward <>
Date: 2008-09-06
Which family are you interested in? Cann & bradford
Elizabeth Bradford b 1817 Zm is my 4x ggrandmother she married James Earle 1838.
further back in the tree I had Elizabeth ellacot bapt 1707 as the daughter of james amd Elizabeth collins

robert cann 1782 m to mary harding is my 6 x great grandfather


Name: barbara french <>
Date: 2008-09-04
Which family are you interested in? andrews
I am reserching my family tree and the andrews clan originate from morchard bishop. Do you have any photos of the andrews's?

Name: Andrew Joffe <>
Date: 2008-09-03
Which family are you interested in? The Berry Family

I am having no luck in finding any links to my moms fathers side of the family.
His name was Cecil Berry, fought in WW2 and was married to Gladys Sephton. She was from Hezekiah Sephtons family the original settlers in 1820 in South Africa.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
All of my grand fathers family is deceased, so finding links is extremely difficult.
Hope to hear from someone!

Kind regards,
Andrew Joffe


Name: Reece Jones <>
Date: 2008-08-31
Which family are you interested in? Morris descendant
I am a descendant of Richard Morris's brother, Jesse.
Richard's wife was Milinda Blackler, a brave and courageous pioneer. I have greatly enjoyed reading about the Heard family and all the branches and twigs associated with their tree. As I am from the Australian side, I've been especially interested in all the connections there and can only applaud Nicholas Heard, and all who helped in the making of the wonderful family tree portrayed.


Name: Jon Benson <>
Date: 2008-08-25
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My Mother was Barbara Heard and these pictures have many memories for me. would love to contact


Name: margaret andrew <>
Date: 2008-08-21
Which family are you interested in? haydon
I'm the genes hotmatch.

I found this very interesting, and I have some info that I'm happy to share with you if you'd like to contact me e.g. marriage of samuel and elizabeth setter, death of samuel, and my missing (from your records) grandfather - another son of James.


Name: Julian Sheen <>
Date: 2008-08-16
Which family are you interested in? Hawkins, Harris, Little, Sheppard
I am interested in connections to Winterborne Kingston and Rackenford

Name: Nigel Partridge <>
Date: 2008-08-09
Which family are you interested in? Partridge
Thank you for producing such an excellent site. My family were in the Witheridge / Morchard Bishop / South Molton areas during the 19th century and the common christian names were Samuel, James, Frederick and William. I will use the information on your site to help me.

Name: William Corbett <>
Date: 2008-08-06
Which family are you interested in? Sadleir
I was interested to see that you say- Ralph was born in 1507, either in Hackney, or as one school of thought now has it, in Stratford-On -Avon.
Can you provide me with anymore information about this, it would help tremendously with my research,

many thanks



Name: felicity brimblecombe <>
Date: 2008-08-04
Which family are you interested in? clark/brimblecombe
I am very interested in the James Clark who married Ann Northway. You correctly assume that Clark is an alias for Brimblecombe. I have numerous instances when they merrily swap surnames and in the 1851 census all the Brimblecombes vanish but are nearly all present as Clark(e)s in the Cheriton Bishop area!! I believe that we a descended from the brother of William Brimblecombe who married Jame Howard who is mentioned as footnote in your researches. I am struggling to trace back further successfully but have loads of info on the Brimblecombes in that area generally but I am particularly interested in the Budbrook/Crockernwell area at the time that your Janes and Ann Clark are there. I will try to put some together for you which will help have a fresh look at my tree.

Name: Marilyn Helmich <>
Date: 2008-07-28
Which family are you interested in? Arscotts
Came accross this site - what a fantastic site - i have spent about two hours just browsing around, so much information. I am interested in the Arscotts from Colebrooke, Devon. I have been lucky enough to have been given my family tree back to William Arscott 1690. Obviously i am checking it through but the person who give it to me has been researching sometime and has over 3,000 names. I cant believe how addictive this has become. The problem is i start looking for something and get side tracked by a site like this one (but not as good)
Would be interested to know how long research has taken.
The information given will certainly be helping me.


Name: David Knapman <>
Date: 2008-07-25
Which family are you interested in? Drake, Wensley
If you would like, I can provide some family background on Cyril Elworthy Drake and his sister Lilian Elworthy Drake, both of whom married Wensleys. In a nutshell, their parents were John Drake and Annie (nee Elworthy). I have info on both of their parents, esp. Annie, whose mother was a Webber, which is a family from which I derive quite a few genes. Send me an Email so I can reply with an attachment.

Name: Patricia Coombe < >
Date: 2008-07-23
Which family are you interested in? Fey-Coombe
Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful family history. We are related through the Fey family. Ann Fey was my great-great-grandmother. She married Simon Coombe. I recently found the grave sites of my great-grandparents John Coombe and Elizabeth M. Wood at Woodland Cemetery in Ontario, Canada. The dates of the grave stones are John Coombe 1854-1944, and Elizabeth M. Wood 1854-1931. Is there any way to get the Navy records of John Coombe other than through the census records?

Name: Lachlan Heard <>
Date: 2008-07-22
Which family are you interested in? Thomas Heard b1781 in Devon, married Elizabeth Cory
Thomas Heard b1781 in Devon, married Elizabeth Cory b1786

Name: Pat Williams <>
Date: 2008-07-13
Which family are you interested in? NONE
I enjoyed your site.


Name: Daphne Varnham <>
Date: 2008-07-12
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My great great great grandparents were Tryphena Heard, born 1806, who married Samuel Clement 15 April 1827 at Bow in Devon. Tryphena's parents were William Heard and Honour Bickle. I believe William was born in Bow. Have you any connections with these Heards?

Name: John Pitts Launey <>
Date: 2008-07-11
Which family are you interested in? Pitts
My great grandfather, Arthur Launey, was one of the earliest portrait photographers in America and loved taking pictures of our family members. His collection survived and my brother and I want to construct a web site very much like yours to publish the collection and our family history. How did you create your site? Did you do this yourself or did you use a service?

Many thanks,
Friend Pitts


Name: roy gilmore <>
Date: 2008-07-06
Which family are you interested in? Gilmore, Fox, Bishop
without a doubt the best and most friendly site I have visited. Well done.

I had no luck with my name searches but I shall return again. Many thanks. Roy


Name: Danielle Pitts <>
Date: 2008-07-05
Which family are you interested in? Pitts
I am a Pitts from Kent. I haven't researched the site enough to find if this is my direct family, but I am otherwise very impressed by all the information. Great job!

Name: Helen Bevan <>
Date: 2008-07-01
Which family are you interested in? Hector/Fey/Pyman
Have just seen your account of the musical talents of the Feys and Pymans. You have used our family photo, (coloured by Queenie Pyman, who before her marriage worked for Harvey Barton, Bristol, colouring b & w postcards), but I see that you have only identified Queenie herself. In the middle row third from the right there is William (Bill) Williams, (son of a docker who worked closely with Ernest Bevin - Bill, my father, was not a docker himself, at that time he was a plasterer), and Gil Pyman, seventh from the right, also middle row, both violinists.

You have a wonderful site here, with some very interesting items!

All the best,


Name: Sara Wheeler-Zbos <>
Date: 2008-06-27
Which family are you interested in? Pitts, Heards and Wheelers
I have viewed the website for the first time today. It is absolutely fascinating. My congratulations to all who were instrumental in its creation. I am cousin to Myra Pitts (her mother Audrey and my father Harry were sister and brother). I have been conversing with Mick Heard via email over recent months regarding family trees and he mentioned that some family photographs were on the webiste. I have never seen these photographs before. It is wonderful to see family members brought to life once more in this way!! Many thanks

Name: Andrew Macleod <>
Date: 2008-06-26
Which family are you interested in? Kellands and Morgans
Hello there, what a fabulous website! William Morgan, born 1806, was a schoolmaster in Sandford in 1841 and his wife was a Kelland from Hill Farm, Shobrooke. His daughter Fanny Morgan born Sandford in 1847 is my great grandmother. I see there is a school photograph from Sandford, I don't suppose you know what year? Keep up the inspirational work. Andrew

Name: Barbara Stevens <>
Date: 2008-06-24
Which family are you interested in? only my own ancestry
a great site i saw it recommended on the Devon L site, by Brian Randle, I agree, to have such a site you must have worked very hard and for a long time


Name: Ruth Bartlett <>
Date: 2008-06-24
Which family are you interested in? Luxton, Crocker, Davey
My aunt Florence Luxton married Richard Davey. I do not have her d.o.b. or d.o.m. but Richard was born in Allerbridge in1889 and died in Exeter in 1979.
Does she feature anywhere in your list of Luxtons. She only has one granddaughter living now.
The Daveys lived in North Tawton, Coldridge and worshipped at Allerbridge Chapel.


Name: Richard Sharland <>
Date: 2008-06-17
Which family are you interested in? Sharland

I am a descendent of George Sharland b. 1860 who immigrated to Ingham County, Michigan. I have a nice picture of his parents, George Sharland b. 1830 and Mary Ann Melhuish. I also have a picture of George Sr. alone and a picture of the siblings as a group that immigrated to Michigan.

I have been in contact with our cousin, Jane Dixon, who had mentioned your website. Very impressive.


Richard Sharland


Name: Michael R V Ashton <>
Date: 2008-05-30
Which family are you interested in? ashton,aishton,assheton
Dear researcher, I have just stumbled on your website and was pleased to see how much hard work you have put into your research.However you have no mention of my family in your records, Sarah Aishton married your Thomas Heard born 1742 Hartland ,there are more links between are families such as marriages and wills,my family lived in Welcombe ,Hartland , Kilkhampton ,Morwenstow, and throughout Devon

Name: David Henwood <>
Date: 2008-05-29
Which family are you interested in? Crocker
In the Devonport area - HM Dockyard

Name: william wright <>
Date: 2008-05-18
Which family are you interested in? wright
My father,William Henry was born 1910 in Morchard
Bishop to Eli and Florence Alice(nee Smith).I`ve just
started searching,unfortunately I`ve left it a bit late and all the generations before me are dead.
Bill Wright.


Name: Beverley Cornwell <>
Date: 2008-05-17
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I am the great grandaughter of W.illiam Heard and Ellen Fey.I came to Crediton late last year and found there grave stone in the local cemetery and other relatives.

Nick it was amazing and i thank you ten times over for that experience.My father was William John and married Muriel Elliot we lived in Southall Middlesex.

His father came up from Crediton and was a carpenter you have pictures of him and my great grandparents on your site. Many thanks.


Name: Peter Joy <>
Date: 2008-03-12
Which family are you interested in? Joy
I am looking for information on the Joy family. Is it possible for you to e-mail the information that you have on your website to me in a .GED file? Plus any other information, please.
If yes, then I can add your information to mine and send you a .GED file with the combined information.


Name: Lorna Vincent <>
Date: 2008-03-03
Which family are you interested in? Heards &Beedells
My GGGGgrandmother was a Grace Heard who married William Beedell in St Peters, Tiverton on 12/11/1754--does anyone know her parents & siblings--any help welcome.
Lovely Interesting well thought out site.


Name: Myra Briard <>
Date: 2008-02-29
Which family are you interested in? Pitts
I am Myra, daughter of Laurie and Audrey and sister of steve, all deceased. I now live in Exeter and one of my daughters may well be moving to Lapford, opposite the farm that my father lived in when he was a child.

Name: Clive Boyce <>
Date: 2008-02-29
Which family are you interested in? Brewer
I am related to the Brewer family of Alphington. You have a Sarah Brewer married to Loram and I also note Physicks in your list of families. I can add Sarah Brewer's parents if you are interested. Please let me know.
An excellent presentation - congratulations.


Name: Anthony Edmund Forte <>
Date: 2008-02-29
Which family are you interested in? Forte related Families
What a wonderful site. Well done, well researched.

Name: David Andrew <>
Date: 2008-02-20
Which family are you interested in? Donald
George Donald 1800-1851 is one of my ancestors. His daughter Jane was the mother of my great grandfather.

George was a poet and had poetry published. I am waiting for copies of letters that he sent to his publisher to be copied by the libray in Glasgow. There is a biograpghy of him in one of the collection of poems that he was included in. His son George ( whom you have a photo of )also had some poetry published.


Name: Michelle Smith <>
Date: 2008-02-20
Which family are you interested in? From Michelle Smith
Charles Carter is my Great-great grandfather on my Dad's side of the family. Have been trying to find more information on him for ages. I know that he was a Sergeant Major in the 10th Royal Hussars but not much else. Was wonderful to see him listed on your site, although I can't trace the link yet!

Name: E. Mcfarlane <>
Date: 2008-02-18
Which family are you interested in? LOYE
Do you have any information at all on a Mrs. Hannah LOYE (nee DURE)? She was baptized Stokenham Chivelstone, Devon 26 Dec. 1790, daughter of Nicholas DURE and Hannah PEPPERELL; and died after 1830, probably remained in the area.
I know this is a longshot, but your site has convinced me that her married surname as given in her father's will is probably LOYE, not SOYE as I had thought it might be; it is hard to read. I don't know who the husband was exactly, as he is not mentioned in the will.


Name: Pauline <>
Date: 2008-02-13
Which family are you interested in? Quick/Voysey/Waller
I am a descendant of Agnes Quick Voysey, who was my great grandmother. She came to live in Bournemouth when one of her children Daisy moved down her with her new husband (my grandparents). I think this website is wonderful. Great work Nick!

Name: Peter West <>
Date: 2008-02-10
Which family are you interested in? Blackler
Superb, very professional website with brilliant layout; well done.
My Great Grandmother was Sarah Ann Blackler from Churchstow, whose father was William from Bickington whose (probable) parents were John and Mary from Broadhempston. The Blacklers were a large clan and I think mine were a small offshoot, probably not related to yours. I have download the Gedcom file anyway as I think, longer term my hope to find any relatives further back is by collecting them all and once the impossible are eliminated what ever are left might to the truth! (ACD)
Best Regards


Name: Webmaster <>
Date: 2008-02-05
Which family are you interested in? Heards
To the last poster. I would love to find out more about your links to our family, but need a valid email address. Or please contact me at the email given here


Name: christopher heard <>
Date: 2008-02-03
Which family are you interested in? heard
my grandad william heard of sheffield was somehow related to the heards on your website. his dad had come up from somerset and was a shoemaker please contact me for more detailsl

Name: Judi Binks <>
Date: 2008-01-27
Which family are you interested in? Webber Down
I thoroughly enjoyed your site and spent two happy hours reading the stories and looking at the information you have collected and ordered. Fantastic!
Well done.
Thank you,

Judi Binks
St Breock
Union Terrace


Name: Sheila Jubb <>
Date: 2008-01-26
Which family are you interested in? Robins & Fey
Robins, Fey, Gieve are on my Devon family tree.
Jane Robins (mn Gieve) was my gt gt grandmother her father was Abraham Gieve.


Name: Mark Heard <>
Date: 2008-01-06
Which family are you interested in? Heard family
Im just trying to find out my family's coat of arms, however i am unsure which strand of the Heard family im from. I live in Australia and i know that at least three generations of my family have lived in Australia. And i do know that our ancesters were from the North of England.
If anyone could help me in my endevour to find my family's coat of arms it would be much appreciated.
Mark Thomas Heard


Name: Barbara Stapleton <>
Date: 2008-01-01
Which family are you interested in? heard /willey family
wishing you a happy and healthy new year Nick,to you and your family.keep up the good work

Name: June Farrelly <>
Date: 2007-12-19
Nick I have sent you an e.mail, hope it gets through okay

Name: Ann Heard <>
Date: 2007-11-24
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I am at a very early stage in my family history research.
I think that my family has a connection to James Heard, a 46 year old coal miner appearring in the 1881 census as living at Coalrick, Devon. Are you aware of this man and does he feature in your family tree at all? If so, I would like some details please? I am aware that James, his son moved to Northumberland, which is where the latter part of my family tree is based. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you!!!


Name: Caroline Bullock <>
Date: 2007-11-21
Which family are you interested in? Sadlieir and others
Brilliant website. Mine might be like it some day. Or linked! Keep in touch.

Name: Andrew Crabtree <>
Date: 2007-11-16
Which family are you interested in? Fursey
I came across your website just by chance.

I am particularly interested in Belmont House in Cheltenham, Glos., about which I have been studying for some time. I stayed there during my holidays - Christmas, Easter and summer between 1955 and 1970.
The house is now unfortunately demolished (c.1976).

I was pleasantly surprised therefore to see that your family has a connection with Belmont House through the Fursey family line.

I have a number of newspaper extracts about Thomas Fursey's time in Cheltenham and a poor copy of a photograph of the house before it was demolished plus lots more info about the house which you probably would not be interested in.

I would be interested to hear of what information you have regarding the Fursey family connection with Cheltenham.

Perhaps we could exchange information?

I do look forward to hearing from you.



Name: tony evans <>
Date: 2007-11-12
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I am in Canada but was born in Hartland and grew up with many branches of the family.They have been ther since before 1500 when my family is first recorded.It is also interesting that many of us boarded at Queen Elizabethes Crediton during the !940 50 era.I was looking for old boys when I found your site.Any news of an old boys network,we also had boys from Sandford.I remember one in 1955 called Micheal Sanford,went to Cambridge I think Thx

Name: David J. Greenslade <>
Date: 2007-11-11
Which family are you interested in? William Greenslade's
A very impressive piece of work : congratulations! My father was born in East Worlington in 1871, I believe. Iwas born when he was 65! and he died when I was nearly 12. I heard many stories as a little boy about the places mentioned here. My Aunt's Annie and Mary lived in Puddington and my sole remaining brother tells me our grandparents were buried there. I did not know that so when visiting that area did not go to Puddington but just to the Worlingtons. No doubt there is some distant connexion to the Heards via marriage as you have Greenslades mentioned in your extensive database.

Name: Alison Milford <>
Date: 2007-11-09
Which family are you interested in? Labbett

I am a direct descendant of Fanny Labbett who was my mum's great grandmother on her father's side. I have done some research and could send you my dates to fill in any Labbett gaps if that would help. Most of the family came from Crediton and Morchard Bishop.

Fanny moved to London and married a German tailor. The family were based in Soho for many years until the 1920s when they moved to north London. My grandpa then moved to Sussex where the family have lived for nearly 50 years.

Fantastic website!

Best wishes
Alison Milford


Date: 2007-11-04
Which family are you interested in? HEARD ANS WRIGHT

Name: Shelagh <Pickett>
Date: 2007-11-01
Hello! I have absolutely no connection to your family but just happened to stumble upon this site. Fasciniating that so much research has been done on your families! Fabulous history lesson! Thank you for sharing!!! Shelagh Pickett

Name: Lyndon Casey <>
Date: 2007-10-16
Which family are you interested in? Blackler / Elliott
William Blackler (b 1798) & his wife Eliza Elliot (b 1797) that appear in these family trees are my Great Great Great Great Grandparents. Through them there are other common ancestors in the Lakeman's and Crockett's etc.

Interestingly my Great Uncle (b. 1905 - d. 1923 in a mine accident in Wales) was called Elliott Blackler so the names lived on for some time in their families memories.

Great to see some pictures of old Blacklers.

Kind regards


Name: chris hanis <chriscare>
Date: 2007-10-16
Which family are you interested in? thomas davis
thank you for posting pictures of tom davis.he is my grandpa. havent seen the picture of him playing po0l in a very long time.i am emilys son thanks for the other two pictures as well

Name: Sandra Rhymes <>
Date: 2007-10-13
Nick .Many thanks for your comments.Your site is beautiful - like looking through the pages of a lovely book.I have only dipped in now ,will return again ,many times.Family research at its best!
Thank you for sharing all your hard work.


Name: Frank Phillips <>
Date: 2007-09-19
Which family are you interested in? Phillips
I am trying to trace a William Phillips born 1836 in Aveton Gifford/Kingsbridge area.
Any help would be appreciated.


Name: Alan Elliott <>
Date: 2007-09-18
Which family are you interested in? William Elliott b.1717
Hi Nick, congratulations on a great site - well done. My
interest is trying to find where my oldest known ancestor came from & Anthony J Camp suggested in 1972 that he could have come from any of the surrounding parishes including Aveton Gifford. William m. Catherine Burt in Abbotskerswell in 1740, so a birth date of 1717 would be about right. Do you have any more info on your William
Regards Alan


Name: Elizabeth Martin <>
Date: 2007-09-18
I have no connection to any of these families, but just had to congratulate you on this wonderful website and all the information you have entered. The photos and comments are wonderful. You have done a great job A real inspiration

Name: Mrs Ann Rickett <>
Date: 2007-09-18
Which family are you interested in? HEARD
Hi, Wow what a wonderful site!! should be doing housework and got hooked!!! Will keep dipping in. Ann

Name: Barbara Heard <>
Date: 2007-09-16
Which family are you interested in? Heard
I don't recognize any of the family names in your list, other than Heard, and I'm obviously not the same Barbara Heard as depicted in your photo gallery - although that's how I found your site.
I'm descended from a Charles Heard whom I believe was originally from Scotland and came to America via Canada in the 1800s.
I don't know how common the name 'Heard' is in the British Isles. Is it possible that we're all distantly related?


Name: Della Pearson <>
Date: 2007-09-06
Which family are you interested in? Drew/Fursdon/Fey

You have done an outstanding job with your website on our and your family history....well done



Name: Claire Glazebrook <>
Date: 2007-09-04
Which family are you interested in? Jackson
I found your photograph of Ann Turner nee Saffin 1862-1945. working at Jackson's factory, Crediton and wondered if you had any more photos or general information regarding the Jackson's Factory as I am a descendant of the Jackson's of Crediton.
Kind Regards


Name: Richard Prettyjohns <>
Date: 2007-08-30
Which family are you interested in? Prettyjohns
My wife, Cheryl is researching the 'Prettyjohns' family. There are a number of us Prettyjohns's in and around Blaina, South Wales.
I have three brothers, Ken, Gareth and Alun. My father Godfrey Prettyjohns died in 1992 I remember him saying he had relations in Plymouth 'Aunty Polly'.
Anyway your website looks great - I teach at De Montfort University Leicester and I have been teaching website design to one of my large classes (250 students). All the best Richard


Name: Dane Heard <>
Date: 2007-08-12
Which family are you interested in? Heard

My family comes from Georgia, from as far back as I can trace. I would really like to know where we originated from and when we first came over to America. Does anyone know the best places to research to find out as much as I can about my family?


Name: colin heard <>
Date: 2007-08-11
Which family are you interested in? Heard

Great site, best I have seen yet.

Anyone out there know anything of Heards in Birmingham (UK) pre John Heard d. 1836 ?


Name: Duane Reynolds <>
Date: 2007-08-05
Which family are you interested in? Greenslade
My wife is a descendant of Emily E. Greenslade, who we find in your list of names. Thanks for the info on her ancestry. If you are interested in her progeny, pls email.

Name: d attenbrow <>
Date: 2007-07-31
Which family are you interested in? attenbrow
hi wilfred bernard is our grandad i have all family from family bible dorne

Name: Paula E Heard <>
Date: 2007-07-15
Which family are you interested in? Heard

I'm researching my husband's paternal Heard tree and have got back as far as Week St Mary 1855 and Launcells 1828 in Cornwall. If anyone can link to this family I'd be pleased to hear from you.



Name: jan bird <>
Date: 2007-06-26
Which family are you interested in? oatways
currently search for the Oatways William henry oatway 1857 father Henry Oatwayabt 1828 poss yanscombe devonany links please jan

Name: Adrian Arscott <>
Date: 2007-06-24
Which family are you interested in? Arscotts
Hi Nick Really great site. Looked at your list of Arscotts no matches, i'm trying to link a Robert Arscott b 1791 married to Mary b 1796 to a John Arscott abt 1823. I know they had Jane abt 1832 and Ann abt 1835 also i've been told Thomas b 1828, lived in south tawton near Throwley, East ash. Any Info would be a great help. Cheers Ade.

Name: Cynthia Seymour <>
Date: 2007-06-02
Which family are you interested in? Garland & Pitts
Hi..this website might provide me a the breakthrough I need.

The earliest "concrete" name is John Longmead Garland (base) born c1800 to Eliz: Garland in Milton Abbott.

On 1851 census I found Eliza H Garland born in Stokenham living in South Pool with her younger brother Edward Garland at Winslade Farm, also living there was a young servant Edward Langmead......
Am I being too hopeful that this is John L Garlandd's mother.

If it is her she is on this tree: Eliza Hussy Garland was baptized 22 Oct 1782 Stokenham to Richard Garland and Elizabeth Pitts. They were married in Stokenham 26 Jun 1781.

Elizabeth Husy Death registration
Surname Given Name District Volume Page
Deaths Jun 1863
Garland Elizabeth Husey Kingsbridge 5b 150
The district Kingsbridge is in the county of Devon;

If any of this sounds familiar to anyone please get in touch
regards Cynthia Seymour (nee: Garland)


Name: Owen John Cligg <>
Date: 2007-05-27
Which family are you interested in? cligg
Good work, recognise the cliggs as my direct ancestors.

Name: Nancy Spafford <>
Date: 2007-05-16
Which family are you interested in? Coombe
Firstly thank you for allowing me to view this Family Tree,the information you have is just amazing,though we are only a small portion of it i cannot stop reading about the facinating events that occured,who married who, where they lived,the family secrets. it will keep me busy for a while, thank you again

Name: Diana Heard <>
Date: 2007-04-19
Which family are you interested in? Heards
Have found your site really intersting. Well done.
Am from Hartland too!


Name: Denise Gray <>
Date: 2007-03-12
Which family are you interested in? Heard
Many thanks for such an interesting web-site.
I am trying to find my Granmother's parents. My Grandmother Evelyn Harriet Heard born in 1891 in Carlisle, married John James Bowman in Spennymoor St Pauls Church in 1912. All I know is that her Father was called John - this I got off a copy of her wedding certificate. I did find an Evelyn Harriet on the 1901 Census which says she was adopted - the age is about right but that is all. If anyone can help me please feel free to do so.



Name: Barbara Stapleton <>
Date: 2007-02-13
Which family are you interested in? willey/heard
Hi Nick ,what an interested sight this is .I missed it with your Christmas message,unfortunatley.I intended to do so much to-night ,but got hooked on all your photoes and imformation. great sight.hope your well.....Barbara

Name: Pauline <>
Date: 2007-02-12
Which family are you interested in? Voysey/Quick
Agnes Weeks Quick who married John Voysey, was my Great Grandmother. I would dearly love to talk to you regarding Agnes & her family. Regards Pauline

Name: Beverley Cornwell <>
Date: 2007-02-06
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My wife is William John Heards daughter and was born in Southall. She thinks this website brilliant. Well done Nick.

Date: 2007-01-13
Which family are you interested in? Hector/Fey
Nick - This site is excellent and very well set out! I will return to look at it in more detail later. Debbie Yeates

Name: mrs susan shirley <>
Date: 2007-01-13
Which family are you interested in? Fey, Harris
Have found John Harris' first marriage:
married Anne Maria Kingston(born Basingstoke Hampshire) 6/2/1859 in Kingston Upon son, Alfred born Kingston 8/7/1860.Alfred was living in Cardiff in 1881 census, lodging with a shoemaker called Samuel Fry(sic) born Crediton; the address is the same as on the marriage certificate for John and Sarah Bowerman.
neat eh?Great site, will try to send on anything else I can find.
best wishes,Susan.


Name: Bob Greenslade <>
Date: 2007-01-04
Which family are you interested in? Greenslade/Hatting

What a fantastic job. I will try to keep you up to speed on the Greenslade clan as info becomes available.


Name: Stephen Bantin <>
Date: 2007-01-03
Which family are you interested in? Feys
Well done Nick a brilliant piece of work.

I am a decendent of the Pope family who lived in north west London. My grandfather John W A Pope was the second husband of Caroline Fey.

I am in contact with Stephanie Keates and have been searching my archives for photos etc that may be of interest.


Name: Vivien Boyd (nee Fey) <>
Date: 2007-01-01
Which family are you interested in? Fey
Are there any Fey family descendents in the States or in Canada who would like to get in touch out of sheer curiosity? My father was Reginald, his father was named Frederick and his father's name was Edwin. Edwin had 2 brothers who went to the USA. He followed shortly after, that is all I know of "this side of the pond" family.

Name: Vivien Boyd (nee Fey) <>
Date: 2006-12-23
Which family are you interested in? Fey
What an interesting website! Richard Inglis directed me to this website. Iam the daughter of Reginald Eric Fey, eldest son of Frederick Fey. He was born on May 21st 1901 in Bath, Somerset and died in Salcombe, Devon on 12 December 1975. I live in Toronto, Canada. I was born 3 November 1947 in London.

Name: Carolyn Buckley <>
Date: 2006-12-22
Which family are you interested in? Fey
Congratulations Nick on an informative and well laid out piece of family research. It must have taken you ages! I particularly enjoyed the photo gallery, which truly brings the family history to life.

Well Done

Carolyn Buckley


Name: Betty Kales <>
Date: 2006-12-20
Which family are you interested in? Grenslades/Govier
Congratulations Nick: What a wonderful website and what a lot of work you have done. Best Wishes from
Betty of the Greenslade Tribe


Name: William J Limebeer <>
Date: 2006-12-20
Which family are you interested in? Heard family at Orton Ontario Canada
I wish to mention to you that I was acquainted with a Heard (Hurd) family who at the time, 1940's were living in the village of Orton and later in Erin Ontario Canada. I recall one Ab. Heard, probaqbly Albert Heard/Hurd who was an employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) at Orton.
My people Limebeer came from Chittlehampton Devon to Caledon Township, Peel County Ontario Can. in the 1840's. Limebeer has been found at Barnstaple, Atherington and Alverdiscott.


Name: Beverly Cheriton <>
Date: 2006-12-06
Which family are you interested in? Cheriton
Just found your website. Its great. There are a lot similar surnames linking to the Cheritons.

Western Australia


Name: patricia green <>
Date: 2006-12-03
Which family are you interested in? Heard
My name is Pat (nee Heard) i am a cousin of Norina. My dad is the brother of Norin's mum.


Name: Helen Bevan, nee Williams <>
Date: 2006-11-29
Which family are you interested in? Fey, mostly
What a fantastic site! You must have done a lot of research. (Though not all of it agrees with what I've got).
I am the daughter of Queenie Rosina Pyman (not the same as Queenie R, who married a Flynn). I am on Genes Reunited, so if you wish to contact me I can give you access to my tree.
You may be interested to know that my father William (Bill or WG) Williams was one of the last cohort of Aldermen of the City of Bristol. I can send you a photo of him in his robes if you like.


Name: Tony Pickett <>
Date: 2006-11-25
Which family are you interested in? All
Nick this is a very nice site.

Name: Sue Davey <skdavey[AT]>
Date: 2006-11-24
Which family are you interested in? HEARD, MADGE, WEBBER, FURSDON, DREW
Congratulations on your site Nick. It's wonderful to see so many other "cousins" here... and also put some faces to names that we have collected over the years.

My grandmother was Alice Maude HEARD daughter of Walter HEARD and Mary WEBBER, born at Stockleigh English in 1912. My mum spent the war years as an evacuee living here with her grandparents, next door to a lady from Bristol, who was also an evacuee. Little did they know in their younger years that they were "long lost cousins" and that her friend was a descendant of the FEY's. But now a friendship that developed in the early 1940's has lasted a life-time. It's just wonderful to know that these families are still in touch after all these years.

Thanks for your acknowlegements Nick and mention of my Devon website, which evolved from my own HEARD and MADGE connections to East Village, Sandford and many other surrounding parishes. There's just no place that feels more like "home"! But I still find it amazing that my grandparents ancestors spent generations living alongside one another in magical Sandford. :o)


Name: john egerton <>
Date: 2006-11-18
Which family are you interested in? greenslade.
beautiful website....i am researching greenslades of morchard bishop and cheriton fitzpaine.

Name: Stephanie Keates <>
Date: 2006-11-15
A terrific site Nick. Stephanie Keates (Fey descendent)

Name: Sandra Morgan <>
Date: 2006-11-11
Brilliant in every way. Brings history alive. Thanks for all your hard work & for the mention in the acknowledgements.

Name: Roy Drew <>
Date: 2006-11-07
Congratulations, Nick on a well thought out and easy to use presentation. Particlarly like the use of old photo's, which give a good impression of how life used to be in Crediton.
Keep up the good work and keep in contact.


Name: Elizabeth Wright <>
Date: 2006-11-06
Excellent site;

Its really great to see some family history

I'm the Daughter of Jackie Heard,Daughter of Charlie and Florence Heard, Niece of Derek Herad( in Newcastle).


Name: Myra Heard wife of Geoff <>
Date: 2006-11-05
This was forwarded on to me by Geoff's brother David. Very good website, well done

Name: Della Pearson <>
Date: 2006-11-02
Well done Nick....

Name: Nick Martin <>
Date: 2006-11-01
Nick, This is a fantastic piece of work, well done!
It's great to see the old photos of where ancestors of mine used to live and I've also picked up some valuable additions to my tree.
Many thanks and keep up the good work!
Nick Martin


Name: Ann Phillips <>
Date: 2006-11-01
Congratulations on a fine website: content and appearance!

Name: Derek Heard <>
Date: 2006-10-29
Very impressive nick have passed on web details to my daughter and son will continue search for more old family photos

Name: David Dunn Heard <>
Date: 2006-10-29
Most impressive Nick; my congratulations. I was particulary interested to read about wht Hartland is called Hartland.

Name: Neville Enderson <>
Date: 2006-10-29
Well done Nick. A great site and so easy to navigate. It will be of considerable interest and help to family historians and local historians alike and a nostalgic trip down memory lane for many "Old Kyrtonians"
Congratulations Neville


Date: 2006-10-28
A site that has been well thought out and will be of great interest and help to many of us Family Historians.
Congratulations Nick. It must have taken you many hours to prepare.

Tony Shopland.


Name: Norina Dixon <>
Date: 2006-10-27
As a first time visitor I was impressed with the layout and the wealth of information and the photo gallery. Certainly will recommend to anyone who has an interest in Devon Family ancestors but in particular to other Heard Family members

Name: Graham Andrews <>
Date: 2006-10-27
what a comprehensive and interesting piece of reasearch into the family history. I liked the layout it must have taken months. well done.


Name: Rexie Akwei <>
Date: 2006-10-27
Nick what a FANTASTIC job you've done! It is beautifully laid out, SO informative and easy to use. Thank you for acknowledging my little contribution to gathering our ancestral history together...I'm honoured to be a part of it...and I get to be your first guest!!!! :D