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Devon / Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« on: Wednesday 01 August 18 13:14 BST (UK)  »
I seriously can't promise anything, but I may be going to the Records Office myself in the next month or so.

If you would like me to see what I can do in terms of looking these up I am happy to, but as I say I'm not sure when I'll be going - I have to work for a living  ;D

Thanks for the offer, I do appreciate that.

The FHL has the Oswyn Murray wills filmed - you can get them through the catalog, however you have to go to a Family History Library. That should mean that I can get the will of Robert Melhuish, died 1672.
The will for Margaret Melhuish is a bit more problematic. According to Genuki's Devon Wills Project, the entry for her in FRYA is a list entry only. That probably means that the actual will was destroyed in 1942.
I'm going to the local FHL tomorrow, so I'll see what I find.

Thanks once again for the offer, Keith

Devon / Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« on: Wednesday 01 August 18 12:20 BST (UK)  »
So can you get to the Records Office to access the wills for Margaret and Robert Jnr?

No, unfortunately not as I live in Australia. I can get the Records Office to locate and copy the wills or I can get a researcher do do it for me. It's really a case of paying to get them. Although FRYA looks like just a list of wills as it's on FindMyPast. The Oswyn Murray collections looks better as it has at least partial transcriptions, at least the wills I have are such. Pity they didn't use PCC wills. Ah well.

Regards, Keith

Devon / Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« on: Wednesday 01 August 18 04:00 BST (UK)  »
Hi Keith,

There is a will for Margaret
Probate year 1687
Source FRYA
Devon Wills Index 1163-1999

It might give some clues to her maiden name through bequests to family members.

Are you sure Margaret was married to Robert senior? There is a their is a will for Robert Junior,
Probate year 1672
Source MUR1
Devon Wills Index 1163-1999
vol 22

As this Robert died before Margaret, it might be that she is mentioned in the will, and might give you a clue about her.

I believe the above docs would be held at the Devon Record Office in Exeter. If not they will know where they are stored.

Hope it helps


Margaret was married to Robert Junior. We have Robert Senior's will from his marriage to Joane Hagleigh (buried in 1654).
Just an aside, Robert senior also married a Katheren who was buried in Washfield in 1601. And, we can't find her.

Ah well, c'est la vie.
Thank you most kindly, Keith

Devon / Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« on: Wednesday 01 August 18 00:49 BST (UK)  »
Greetings and thanks for reading,
A brief history. I may have asked this previously, but can't find it in a search....
A Robert Melhuish was born in Washfield in 1618. He was buried in Washfield in May 1673.
He was a son of Robert Melhuish (no birth located - 1654) and Joan Hagleigh (1566-1645).

There is, in Washfield, the burial of a Margaret Melhuish, wife of Robert Melhuish buried 1687.
I think we can assume that Margaret was the wife of the Robert who died in 1654.

I'm trying to find the name, birth/baptism and marriage of the Margaret, buried 1687.

I have looked for her in several places, FindMyPast, DFHS, Ancestry, Familysearch, Devon OPC.
I've also looked at parishes in Somerset along and close to the Devon border.

If anyone has any information that may help, it would be greatly appreciated.

Keith Jeffery

Australia / Re: Ann Walker born about 1830 died 1859
« on: Wednesday 27 June 18 13:37 BST (UK)  »
Who raised these small children after mother died?. Did father Joseph marry again?

Yes he did, but not until 1876 when he married Agnes Cole a widow nee McAllister.

Joseph Lawless was pardoned in 1852. A daughter was born on 25 Dec 1854. Mother's name given was Ann Walker. No name was given on the birth but she was baptized as Sarah Ann aka Mary Ann. On 19 January 1857, a male child was born. Mother's name given was Ann Walker, baptism has him named as Thomas. A female was born on 19 April 1859, baptism stating her name as Ann. Ann Walker died the next day of complications . All three children were baptized by Edward Freeman as protestants at St Clements Church Kingston where the records are held.
In Ann's inquest, she died at Joseph Lawless's house at Castle Bay of bleeding associated with the childbirth.
From notes "What Joseph's situation was, or how he lived, or if he looked after the children is not known".

Aside from a few minor details, that's pretty much all we have.
Best, Keith

Australia / Ann Walker born about 1830 died 1859
« on: Wednesday 27 June 18 07:13 BST (UK)  »
We're trying to track down the ancestry of one Ann Walker in Tasmania born about 1830, died 1859. We have no idea at this point where she came from. As far as we can tell, she was not a convict.

In about 1850 odd, she started cohabiting with one Joseph Lawless, a convict (there is no marriage and, in her inquest, she is still Ann Walker). They had 3 children Mary Ann, Thomas and Annie, all born Lawless. She died in 1859 from complications in the childbirth of Mary Ann. From Thomas, most of the Lawlesses in Tasmania are descended, while from Annie most of the Seabournes (lots of spelling variants) in Tassie and NZ are descended.

Also as far as we can tell, she was not a child of James Walker and Esther Tucker who came to Tassie in 1826 on the John Barry as a member of the Veterans Company with two children, James and John. There is a child Ann from this pairing, however she married Joseph Beamer, had 3 children and later cohabited with George Harwood (both Joseph and George were convicts) and had about 12 children according to LINC and the Colebrook church records.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Keith

Australia / Re: Veteran Corps
« on: Friday 15 June 18 00:25 BST (UK)  »
Thanks to cupoflife and yourself for the information, it's really appreciated.



The Official Hobart Town Gazette, Saturday, 15th September 1827 on page 5 has a mention of James WALKER, Private in the Veterans Corps called as a witness in a case against Charles MCQUEEN for selling spirits without a licence in Barrack Street.  James WALKER was mentioned as being an overseer in the Barracks.


Australia / Veteran Corps
« on: Wednesday 13 June 18 01:05 BST (UK)  »
I'm looking for the members of the Veteran Corps who were recruited from Chelsea Pensioners in the UK in about 1825. More particularly, for one James Walker who was recruited as a private and, with the 3rd Company, arrived in Tasmania on the John Barry in 1826. I have articles from Tasmanian newspapers via Trove that have the ship's arrival in Hobart, but not much other information.
Thanks in advance, Keith Jeffery

Devon / Re: CULLOMPTON Parish Records
« on: Monday 01 January 18 04:39 GMT (UK)  »
The marriage of Thomas Donnelly is on the DFHS web site in the Cullompton parish Registers. I also checked them for baptisms and there are no Donnelly baptisms between 1826 and 1832.

I've attached a copy of the marriage.


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