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Ancestral Search 19
recently been doing some research into my
family's history and have come to find that
my mother and two uncles were evacuated from
London to Yarcombe. In fact, I
found a picture that has the three of them
in, Jean, Fred and David Crump, on your
brilliant website. I have really
enjoyed finding this website and reading
about Yarcombe and how it treated its
evacuees. It has left me
yearning for more information - would you be
able to recommend any other websites or
museums, or anywhere I could find more
information from, please?
Somerset must have left an impression on my
mother as she returned when I was a child
and it is where I live now, and only an hour
away from Yarcombe.
I was delighted that
you have located our web site.
It certainly has attracted a lot of
attention and interest over the past year or
so. First may I assume that you
have identified your Mother Jean and
Uncles Fred and David from the photo of the
evacuee class of school children – on our
World War II page: Fred Crump
second row first on LHS and your Mother Jean
second row last on RHS - Is this
correct please ? Can you spot
them in any other of the photos we have on
the web site?
understand David and Fred were twins and
were billeted with the Venicott family here
in Yarcombe - I need to find out the exact
address. Your Mother was
billeted with the Moore family at Four Elms.
The entire class came down from London from
St Anne`s Roman Catholic School Lambeth
London, with their teachers, Miss Stringer
and Miss Marsh. I have written
twice to the school secretary asking for
more information but have not had a reply –
perhaps this might be another source of
information for you.
I may be able to dig
up some more information if you can give me
more background, for example dates of birth
and possible street address where your
family lived in London. Do you
have any reminiscences or stories that they
told you about their time in our village?
I look forward to hearing from you.
I have posted a random collection of
links, primarily intended for local
residents, on the
Internet Links page, although they often
become out of date when the website owners
make modifications which are out of my
control. Simply doing a Google
search for Yarcombe produces good results,
too. You can also find back
issues of our local magazine on the
Voices page. If you have
specific questions let us know - Steve
Horner, our local expert, is very good at
digging out fine detail.
accident, certainly a coincidence I have
found more information about your uncles
Fred and David Crump - see
Register of households. This
register was compiled at the start of the
Second World War, 29th September 1939 to be
precise, to form the basis of a national
identity register. Fred and
David Crump were billeted with Blanche Vellacott at Broadley which is at the top of
Yarcombe Hill on the A30 on the way to
Honiton. You will note Fred`s
date of birth is shown as 23rd December 1930
and Dave`s as 15th August 1932, so I was
wrong - they were not twins! I
have a suspicion that they may have settled
down in this area after the war was over.
I hope this is helpful.
Ancestral Search 18
I came across your website about the
Yarcombe World Wars which I found very
interesting. My family has very
close links to the village. My
father's, my uncle's and my aunt's ashes
(respectively Gordon Hayne, David Hayne and
Sheila Hayne) are interred in the Baptist
churchyard as well as those of my
grandmother's cousin and her mother
(respectively Lily Salter and Hattie
I'm writing because, with my cousin, I shall
be visiting my great Uncle's tomb in Ponte
Sur Sambre in France (Ernest Bibbs), who was
my grandmother's elder brother (Ada Jesse
Bibbs). I notice you have some
details of his campaigns in France on the
website, do you have any more details of
these? And I was wondering too
if the photo you mention of all the family
at Waterhayne farm is visible anywhere, or
whether you can get hold of a copy?
Nice to think he was remembered by the
village last year with a bonfire!
Thanks for any help or details,
Dr Jeremy Hayne
Interesting reminiscences of Hays Farm,
written by Jeremy's father Gordon in
Dr Jeremy Hayne contacted me from
Milan, he is a relative of Ernest Bibbs,
Sergeant in the Machine Gun Corps who was
killed on the last day of the war and whose
family are descended from John Matthews (
1798-1879 ) who farmed South Waterhayne.
John Matthews' children were John, Harriet
(Hettie) Henry and Mary (Polly) and lived at
Hay farm. Polly married Robert
Henry Bibbs and moved to Birmingham where
they had one son, Ernest and 6 daughters,
Alice, Laura, Ada, (Jesse) Doris, Hettie and
Constance. Ada married George
Hayne and their children were Gordon, Peter
David and Joyce.
the father of Dr Jeremy Hayne.
Although John Mathews senior farmed at South
Waterhayne, this family were farming Hay
farm, but I await comment from Elaine Munt
on this point.
I was delighted
to receive your e-mail explaining your close
connection to Yarcombe. I had a
quick look at the web site as I am not
certain how much information is to be found
there. I have much more
information on Ernest Bibbs in my filing
system and I am almost certain that the
photo of South Waterhayne came from Elaine
Munt whom I see regularly, as she is related
to the Mathews family. I shall
give you every assistance possible and I
wish you well on your trip to Belgium.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Jeremy Hayne responds:
In your first email you said you had more
information on Uncle Ernie Bibbs.
When you have a moment perhaps you could
send something on, I'd be very grateful.
Referring to above
photos, here is a list of all the people.
Matthews, of course, was my Great
grandmother's maiden name and I always like
the photo of her two brothers
looking very dapper (John and Henry - who
died young). John, as you can
just see, had a missing left forearm and
was, according to my grandmother (Ada
Jessie) a bit of a scamp, teasing his
nieces. In the second photo: Adults from the left:
Lily, her mother Hattie, Auntie Dolly
(Doris), Auntie Connie, behind Connie there
is Auntie Laura though we can't see her very
well, Auntie Olive is next to her.
At the back is Uncle Billy Cox (Doris's
husband), Grandma Jessie and Cousin Ernie
(Laura's eldest), Joyce (my father's eldest
sister) is on the end and next to her Joan
(Laura's second) - I think she has Gordon
(my father) in a head-lock, Connie is
holding on to Laurie (Olive's youngest),
then Peter and David (my father's elder
What relationship does
your friend Elaine have to the Matthews?
I guess we are related somewhere along the
Going back to Ernest
and Evelyn it's interesting that my
grandmother named my father Gordon Ernest
and his elder sister Joyce Evelyn.
Ernest's fiancé Evelyn
mother & sisters
Lily & Arthur Salter. Lily took over
the running of Hay Farm with her
mother Hattie, they are both buried
in the Baptist churchyard there. My
father and his family spent all
their summers there with their
mother. I think my aunt Sheila was
evacuated there during the war.
Aunty Polly with sister and brother -.John
Matthews, Hettie Matthews and Great Grandma
Ernest and mum
Some years ago,
when I was researching those men from
Yarcombe who gave their lives in the great
war Elaine Munt kindly permitted me to copy
the attached photo (below, left) of the
Matthews family who lived at Hay farm.
The photo includes Ernest Bibbs who was
killed in action on 10th November 1918.
The key person in this photo is John
Mathews (3rd from left in back row) who was
the tenant of Hay farm at this time; he was
born in 1840 and died in 1921 aged 61.
I have been able to date the photo as being
1910 or thereabouts from the baby, Constance
Annie Bibbs who was born in 1908 and I guess
she is about 2 years old.
Previously Jeremy Hayne sent us his father’s
reminiscences of Yarcombe and in that he
explained that John Matthews daughter Mary
Jane (Polly) married Robert Henry Bibbs and
they moved away to Birmingham, however at
every opportunity the family headed back on
the train to Yarcombe. The
children of Robert Bibbs and Polly were
Ernest*, Alice, Laura*, Ada*, Doris*, Hettie*,
Constance*. Those marked with *
are all present in the photo.
Jeremy Haynes' comment below.)
Back Row left to right:
Laura May Bibbs married Harold
Ernest John Benjamin Bibbs Killed in
action 10th November 1918
John Mathews Hay farm Died 1921
Ada Jessie Bibbs married (George )
George Salter married Emma Helena
Hurford Birch Mills
Lily Salter married (AG ) Bailey +
Frank Salter married Emma Summers
Lily Berry married Jones
Olive Kathleen Bibbs married Evan
Mary Jane Matthews married Robert
Henry Bibbs (Polly) holding Connie *
Harriet Darby Matthews married
George Salter of Hemyock (Hattie)
Jane Joan Clarke Brought up by Frank
Julia Anne Matthews married Alfred
Berry a Policeman ( from Worcester)
Doris Emma Mary Biddle married
Hettie Lilian Bibbs died 05/01/24
*Constance Annie Bibbs on Aunt
Polly`s lap died 05/01/1977 aged 6
+Lily Bailey last survivor of this
In this smaller photo are an
elderly couple who I have been able
to identify as John and Elizabeth
Matthews (nee Newton) at Mount
Cottage Yarcombe on 25th March 1845.
This identification is again thanks
to Elaine who enlarged the
inscription for me. This
is a very early example of a
photographer's work and it is
certainly the oldest photo we have
which was taken in Yarcombe.
The above information came to us from
two people Elaine Munt and Jeremy Hayne who
are obviously related through the Matthews
line and it has taken me some time to work
out the relationship. The key
ancestor is John Mathews who married
Elizabeth Newton born in Otterford in 1796
and died in 1879, during which time he and
his family farmed at South Waterhayne, they
had three daughters Mary, Hannah and
Elizabeth and two sons John Junior (born
1828) and Henry (born 1835).
John junior was a tenant at Hay farm and he
married Mary Jane Darby whose photo was sent
to us by Jeremy Hayne, and is already up on
the web site; it is John Junior's son, again
called John, who is shown in the photo and
who died in 1921.
Elaine is descended from the second
son Henry born 1838, whose
photograph Elaine has kindly
provided to me (right), as well as
manuscript extracts for her family
Bible which permitted me to put
together the tree (below), which is
in my own hand writing.
Finally the piece de resistance:
portrait of John Matthews which I
believe is still hanging in a house
in Combe St Nicolas:
It is really quite amazing what can
be found on the web !
Jeremy Hayne responds: Thanks
for this. As you know I visited
Ernie Bibbs grave at Ponte Sur Sambre with
my cousin and it was a moving experience.
This information is very interesting and
it's great to be able to fill in details of
the family. There are just a
couple of errors. Ernest Bibbs was killed on
the 10 November not the 11. Ernest's next
youngest sister was called Olive (Olive
Kathleen Bibbs). I think the
Alice you have written (children of Robert
Bibbs and Polly) must be a misreading, so
all the Bibbs children are in the photo.
It's nice to be able to pick up on another
branch of the family, namely that of Elaine
(hello!) and I've added all the info onto my
Ancestry.co.uk family tree. I
attach a couple of photos (below) from my
recent trip to France. One shows
me and my cousin Catherine Eddy (second
daughter of Joyce Hayne). Thanks
for all you work and interest!
Many thanks for your prompt reply, it really
is a pleasure working with you.
I am also pleased and deeply moved that you
paid your respects at the grave of Ernest
Bibbs and that his memory lives on.
If we find out any more information about
the Bibbs/Matthews family I will pass this
Ancestral Search 17
I’m wondering if you can give me more
information on the Popes who lived in
Yarcombe in the 1700s and 1800s and appear
to be my ancestors.
My 5th Great Grandparents appear to have
been John Pope (born c1767) and Ann Thomas
(born c1766, died c1797). My 4th
Great Grandparents Joseph Pope (born c1792)
and Ann Cooke (born c1795) married in
Yarcombe (Aug 1816). My 3rd
Great Grandmother Anne Pope (born c1822).
The 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses have
various family members living in Axviney,
Pithayne & Grovewell Cottages.
I’ve been reading Ruth Everitt’s Book which
mentions the arrival (or rearrival??) of the
Popes to Yarcombe on page 14, presumably
after the death of Ann Thomas, but I’m
wondering if there’s any more information on
them or their parents. Any help you
can give would be very much appreciated.
Many thanks for
this information about the Pope family who
lived in Yarcombe in the 18th and
19th Centuries, it certainly adds
to our store of information.
Apart from the
mention in Ruth Everitt's book I have little
information to add to that which you have
already accumulated. If you so
wish I can take photos of the cottages where
your family lived, although from memory
Axviney no longer exists.
However perhaps we have a family connection
although it’s a long shot. My
great aunt Maria Horner born Lyme Regis in
August 1850 and died in Chagford on 22nd
February 1923 married Henry JJ Pope who was
born in Seaton on 30th December
1839. Maria owned a haberdashery
shop in East Street Taunton and had two
children Maria Beatrice Pope and James John
Horner Pope who was a photographer in
Dave Johnson replies:
reading, I also believe Axviney no longer
exists but any photos of Grovewell and
Pithayne Cottages would be very welcome.
I’m currently unaware of any links to
Chagford, Seaton or Taunton but have found
links so far to Charmouth, Tiverton and
Crediton, more through the descendants of
John Pope and his 2nd wife, Elizabeth
Dolling. I haven’t gone far down
those links so anything is possible.
Overall, I’m looking to firm up some of the
information I have gleaned as I can’t find
multiple firm sources though I do appear to
have DNA links through John Pope.
Any information or photos will be gratefully
Peter Tarrant adds:
There are photographs of Grovewell Cottage
Photograph Page 8,
obtained from Mary Copp's collection.
Pithayne Cottage is also referenced in
Ancestral Search 12.
for the prompt response, Peter Tarrant has
directed you to a photo of Grovewell
Cottage. There are two Pithaynes, Higher – which is quite high
status building and Lower Pithayne.
If you have a copy of the census record
which shows the entry for your ancestor and
his family I might be able to identify the
dwelling more readily. If you
ever find a link back to my “Popes” please
let me know. Charmouth,
Lyme and Seaton are all coastal villages not
Dave Johnson replies:
Here is the 1871
Census record with Joseph Pope (4th
Great Grandfather) at aged 80 living
with his daughter and family in what
I assume is a lower Pithayne
censuses have him living in Axviney
Cottage and 5th great grandfather
John Pope in Grovewell.
Peter, thank you for the link to the
photo. Funnily enough,
the photo was how I found your web
site in the first place.
I was searching for the various
addresses I’d found on the various
19th century censuses and found the
photo which then brought me to the
1871 Census record
Peter Tarrant writes:
Thank you for your comments.
Steve and I are very pleased that the
website, and the Ancestral Searches page in
particular, is proving so useful.
Page 8 I have posted a few shots of
Lower Pithayne, firstly from a southerly
aspect, then from the east.
Ancestral Search 16
Hello. I am asking if you can
help with a bit of tracing on the maternal
side of my family tree.
As you see my name is Angus Passmore.
My maternal grandfather was Alfred Samuel
Lawrence born it appears in Yarcombe around
1883/84, his father was Alfred Richard
Lawrence and his mother Rhoda or Rodha (as
it appears on the 1861 Census).
It would seem that my grandfather may have
been born outside marriage as the birth is
registered in both names? Rodha
was born in Yarcombe around 1850/51.
Her mother (my GGGGM) was Charlotte Spiller
born 1820/21 again in Yarcombe, she is
listed as widow in 1861 Census.
Rodha it appears had two sisters and one
brother. In addition there are
three other males listed on the Census, two
of their job descriptions would indicate
farm workers. Unfortunately the
address is unclear but the last word could
be “farm” but that is only an educated
Any information would be gratefully
Your enquiry on the Yarcombe web site is
most interesting and I am certain we can
The entry in the 1861 census can be read as
Charlotte Spiller aged 41 Widow farmer of 20
acres employing I man and 2 boys born
Rhoda daughter aged 10
Thomas son aged 4
Thomas son aged 2
William Locke aged 77 Boarder (in fact Charlotte`s father)
William Pavey aged 18
William Locke aged 20 Cattle man
Please see these pages from Ruth Everitt`s history of Yarcombe
“From Monks to the Millennium“:
Livenhayes farm house is a most wonderful
old building which has recently been sold.
At that time it was owned by Lord Heathfield
and thus Charlotte was a tenant farmer.
Charlotte seems to have been a most
redoubtable lady who lived to a great age
and who married on several occasions. There
are still several Spillers living
She was born on 21st May 1820 in
Churchstanton Devon - a neighbouring parish
to Yarcombe - daughter to William Locke and
I think her first marriage was to ? Sparke
in Honiton in the 1st quarter of
However her first husband must have died
quite soon after this marriage and she then
married Thomas Spiller on the 3rd
June 1851 in the Parish of Wilton Somerset.
We can then deduce from the 1871 census
she was married to Robert
Edwards aged 70:
She was still living at Livenhayes in 1891
with Robert's three children and two of her
own, Naomi and Thomas. I suspect that this
marriage to Robert Edwards took place in
Exeter in the 2nd quarter of
She was still living at Livenhayes in 1891.
She possibly died in 1894.
Now turning to the Lawrence side of the
family, Alfred Richard Lawrence married Rhoda
Spiller in 1871 and in the 1871 census they
were living in Combe St Nicholas.
In the 1881 census they were living in North
Common Cottage Yarcombe (just below my farm)
with three children, Pamela 7, Elizabeth 5, and
In the 1891 census only Alfred is
mentioned (I assume Rhoda had died by this
date) with his children Pamela 17, Ernest 13,
and Samuel aged 7, a perfect fit with your
suggestion. He was born in about
1883 but I would warrant he was not born
outside the marriage! Do you
have a copy of his birth certificate for me
to examine please?
Altogether a fascinating part of our village
I do hope that this is helpful.
Miranda Gudenian adds:
was mentioned in
Pevsner; a most beautiful ancient house.
Angus Passmore responds:
Thank you very much for your detailed
response, you have filled in a lot of blanks
in regards to my ancestors. I
think it may well warrant a visit to
Yarcombe in the near future.
Incidentally a long time ago we lived in
Dunkeswell without being aware of how close
it was to the family history.
Alfred Lawrence my grandfather married a
Seaton girl Alice Stembridge who was the
daughter of Sam (Long Service RN) and Emelia
(Nee Bull, a Crewkerne family). Alfred went
on to fight and survive WW1 as a Royal
Engineer in Mesopotamia, after which he
became a builder in Seaton and constructed
several properties that still exist in
Seaton. He eventually died of
Addison’s disease potentially triggered we
think by Malaria contracted during WW1.
Thanks again for
all you help
Ancestral Search 15
Hi, very impressed with your
site and your ancestry pages.
My great grandparents x 4,
Hugh Pavey and Joan Trenchard were married
at Yarcombe on the 23rd June, 1797.
They had two children William and Frances
Pavey (my great grandmother x 3).
Frances was baptised in Yarcombe on the 3rd
August, 1800. Any information
that you may have about Hugh Pavey or his
family would be greatly appreciated.
I have already been
considerably assisted by Michael Haynes with
the Trenchard family following his earlier
post on your ancestry pages.
I will be very pleased to help you in any
way possible with your researches.
Let me begin by explaining that we are very
fortunate in Yarcombe because much of the
land in the parish has been in the hands of
one family since the time of Sir Francis
Drake who started accumulating land
hereabouts since 1582. The
estate records were deposited in the Devon
County Records office in about 1950 and thus
remain as a source of our knowledge, and
from which my dear departed friend Ruth
Everitt was able to compile her book "From
Monks to the Millennium".
I therefore attach a scan
of the relevant pages of this history which
contain references to the Pavey family and
their land holdings. The first mention is of
one Charles Pavey who was occupier of
Broadley in 1600 so your family have been
well embedded in this area for many
Let me know if I can further assist
you, sight of your tree might give me some
David Thomas replies: Thank you so much for the very prompt
response and the useful information
provided. We have a lot to be grateful to
Ruth Everitt for and people like you who are
happy to share the knowledge of past records
Ancestral Search 14
a great site, thank you. I'm
currently researching Pattimore and Dommett.
I have a marriage certificate for James
Pattimore and Caroline Dommett, married in
1892 in Yarcombe church. Any
information regarding either would be
fantastic thank you.
Thank you for visiting the Yarcombe web
site. Like you, we are keen to
learn more about those who have lived in our
village. I can immediately
provide you with two documents (below) that
will help trace your ancestors.
The first is an extract from the record of
Baptism in Otterford church.
Caroline was baptised 16th July
1871, daughter of Thomas (a cobbler) and
Louisa (? poor writing) Dommett.
The second is a copy of the 1881 census for
Yarcombe. Caroline is shown as
living in Marsh - a hamlet in the parish of
Yarcombe - with her mother, Louisa (now a
widow) and her five siblings.
Her father Thomas must have died within the
previous two years - James her brother is
aged 1. Her mother Louisa is
shown as having been born in Buckland St
Mary, an adjacent Parish in Somerset to Otterford. Yarcombe is also
adjacent to Otterford but across the border
At this stage I
cannot find any more about Caroline.
However if you can scan and send her
marriage certificate to me I can carry out
more research for you into her husband James
are you related to Caroline ?
Mandy Trimby replies: Thank you so much for that.
Caroline was my great grandmother.
I know she died at the young age of 43 in
Taunton and James her husband was a coal
porter in Taunton. Not sure how
they ended up here though. I
believe the witnesses were Fowler.
Can't seem to find a birth certificate for
James although he is in the workhouse in
1871 and 1881. Thank again for
all your help. (Marriage
Yes, you are correct - James was in
the Union workhouse as a child in
Chard in 1881 (document 5).
The mention of Union confirms that
Caroline who lived in Union no5 in
Marsh, that this was also a
workhouse. In 1871
(document 4) he was living in Crewkerne
with his mother Sarah Jane Pattimore.
He was aged 4 at the time and was
born in Crewkerne. No
sign of his father Simeon who
perhaps had died?
I thought you may be interested to see the
1911 census (document 6)
I guess you know the rest of your tree.
If I find any further record of the Dommett
family in Otterford I will let you know.
Ancestral Search 13
name is Clare Evans. I am descended from the
Spiller family in Yarcombe and more recently
in Taunton. My mother’s name was
Heather Jean Spiller. I have
started researching the Spiller family
history and have got as far back as Robert
Spiller, 1579-1617 of Yarcombe.
His wife was Margere Colliar, 1583-1614.
If you have any more information on this
family, I would be very grateful to receive
it. There is a family story that
indicates that the Spillers may have come
from the Low Countries as Huguenots, for
I would like to find
a copy of the local history book, if this is
family are one of the prominent
names in the history of our Parish
and there are still members of the
family living hereabouts.
I had a quick look in the book From
Monks to the Millennium for early
references to your family and right
is a scan for your information which
shows Zachary Spiller who left his
properties of North Waterhayne and
Crimshayes to his wife Alice.
This suggest to me that the author
of the book Ruth Everitt must have
found a copy of his will in the
Devon County Records office or in
the National Archives in Kew, I am
not certain if there is a connection
to your branch of the family.
I also looked on Ancestry.com - of
which I am a member - and noted that
your family tree is there on open
access. The father of
your Robert Spiller (1579-1617) was
John Spiller born Yarcombe 1528.
married in 1578 and died in Yarcombe
above points it is obvious to me
that the Spiller family were classed
as Gentry in those far off days and
must have taken a important part in
the development of our community.
You may also be aware that Sir
Francis Drake has a very close
connection to our parish so your
ancestors were alive when Queen
Elizabeth rewarded Sir Frances with
land in the parish in 1582.
be delighted to assist further with
your researches, however it will
need a stroke of luck to go further
back than the birth of John Spiller
I refer to Monks and the Millennium
is now out of print but does
occasionally show up on Amazon.
this helps, however if you do find
yet more information about the
Spiller family please post this on
our web site.
Clare Evans replies:
Thank you so much for
your very informative e-mail. This
has been of great interest to me and
my family. I will try to
pursue this further and intend to
contact the Huguenot Society in
order to try to establish whether
the family came from the Low
Countries originally. If
I find out anything further, I will
let you know. I would
also like to visit Yarcombe and to
see the house that Zachary Spiller
left to his wife Alice.
Delighted that we are able to help
you. I have just looked
up the derivation of the name
English: occupational name for a
tumbler or jester, from an agent
derivative of Middle English
spill(en) ‘to play, jest, or sport’
(Old English spilian). English:
nickname for a destructive or
wasteful person, from an agent
derivative of the homonymous Middle
English spill(en) ‘to spoil, waste,
or squander’ (Old English spillan).
German and Dutch: occupational name
for a spindle maker, a variant of
Spille with the addition of the
agent suffix -er. In some cases a
variant of German Spieler.
North Waterhayne farm, which Zachary
Spiller left to his wife Alice, now
belongs to the Sheafhayne Estate and
the tenancy is due to change at the
end of March which may give you an
opportunity to look over the house
at that time - if I can help please
let me know. I also
strongly recommend that you obtain a
copy of the Will of Zachary Spiller
from the Devon County records
office. I set out below
a copy of the Index of Wills held in
Exeter - if you do obtain a copy I
would be most interested to make a
copy for my own records.
AJP Skinner bequest 1934
Type of Document: 'W' - Will, 'A' -
Administration, 'I' - Inventory, 'O'
Form of Document: 'or' - Original,
'co' - Copy, 'ab' - Abstract or
Extract, 'tr' - Transcript, 'le' -
Please let me know if I can help
Ancestral Search 12
stumbled upon your excellent site whilst
researching the Mullett family tree.
They were resident at Whitehorns and Beacon
farms. I see there was a Mullett
mentioned in the memorial to those who lost
their lives in WW1 in the Baptist church on
the site. My father is
registered as being born 3rd June 1919 at
Beacon farm Yarcombe. My
grandfather William Mullett (married to
Grace Wakley) is registered as resident
Beacon farm in 1911 census. The
1891 & 1901 census shows the Mullett family
as registered at Pithayne Cottage.
The 1861 shows my great grandfather Charles
Mullett (married to Sarah Miller) registered
at the Mill in Yarcombe.
Evidently the Mulletts were long term
residents of Yarcombe but I cannot figure
out the relationship between the people and
all these different residences.
I have tried to track down a copy of the
book, "From Monks to the Millenium" but it
is out of print. I hope you can
Here is a map
(click to enlarge)
of our Parish identifying
the various house/cottages
where your family lived in
you are correct, there is a
W Mullett mentioned on the
Baptist Chapel memorial,
however this is an
indication he served King
and Country, he is not
recorded as “Our Brave Dead”.
This may be your Grandfather
William Mullett ????
check the spelling of Grace
Wakley please, it is
confusing there are two
families with different
spellings Wakley and Wakely
in our records.
Just out of interest do you
know when your family left
the village ?
Let me start
with some historical
background for you; a large
part of Yarcombe parish was
and still is held by one
family, which started when
Queen Elizabeth 1 presented
to Sir Francis Drake a part
of the Manor.
The estate grew under
careful management by Sir
descendants – Sir Frances
did not have children. Whitehorns was part of the
estate until it was sold
with other properties in
1931 when the sitting tenant
Mr F Mullett purchased the
until about 1880 Whitehorns
was an outlying part of the
adjoining Parish of Membury
which does cause confusion!
In more recent times the
Yarcombe Estate repurchased
Whitehorns which is a
beautiful thatched house
nestling in a quiet valley.
Please see the map (right)
which indicates the
properties where your
I do hope we shall have more
details about your family to
post into our web site.
Joan Berry writes:
I think that
Thomas Wakely may have been
a relative of my Godfather
(George Wakely, who was a
Thatcher) but unfortunately
I know nothing of his family
apart from the fact that
they were connected to the
Mullet family of Whitehorns
Below is a scan of
the 1901 census covering Whitehorns
which shows the Yarcombe Wakelys in
residence. Up until
about 1880 Whitehorns was an
outlying area of Membury Parish.
The Walter Wakely I am researching
came into Yarcombe from Otterford
and thus I suspect not connected to
your family –all very confusing but
very interesting none the less.
Miranda Gudenian writes:
Chris Mullett may be
interested to know that one of his
family, Bill Mullett, owned the
house I now live in, The Beacon (as
it became known in the 1970s). I
would have to check our deeds but I
think the house was sold after Mr
Mullett's death in the early or
Miranda Gudenian adds:
memory serves me correctly Bill
Mullett lived in one half of the
house - which was turned into two
cottages when the Estate bought the
place in the late 19th century - and
he let the other half. Again if my
memory is correct Bill Mullett
purchased the house in 1931 in the
Estate sale of properties.
Both Bill (Boy) Doble and Frank
Wale remembered Bill Mullett.
Kirth Gensen writes:
been going through several boxes of
stuff I’ve inherited from my eldest
brother and found this pamphlet and
press cuttings about Yarcombe:
Thanks a million for
all this information about our
Parish. There is a lady
in the village called Barbara Salter
who remembers Mr Mullett from
Whitehorns, and the processional
cross for which he donated the wood
is still in use in the church.
The booklet is also most
tells me that the author was Freddie
Orchard who was the organist in the
church in about 1969/70 and that
Bishop John Armstrong, who had hand
in the research for the booklet, was
Vicar of Yarcombe at that time and
was previously Bishop of Bermuda.
This enabled me to trace Freddie
Orchard through a genealogy web
site, and I came up with the
Frederick Theodore A Orchard was a
school master who was born on the 1st
January 1904 and died in Honiton in
the second quarter of 1982.
His wife Gwendoline Mary Orchard was
born on 9th December 1903
and is buried in the Yarcombe
churchyard. Bishop John
Armstrong was obviously quite a
character. He was a
chaplain in the Royal Navy for 28
years and rose to be Chaplain of the
Fleet and served in this position
Immediately upon his retirement from
the Royal Navy he was consecrated
Bishop of Bermuda in 1963 where he
served until 1970. It
can be assumed he then retired to
Yarcombe where he was the Parish
Priest for some years.
He died in 1992. Barbara
told me he was very high church but
“we soon put him right about those
I also attach
(right, click to enlarge)
a photo of your family gravestone in Yarcombe churchyard which you may
Please keep in
contact and if you require any
further information I shall be
pleased to help.
Ancestral Search 11
What a find – the records of
Yarcombe. I have traced the
ancestors of the Trenchards from Sampford
Moor in Somerset (my great grandparents)
back to one John Trenchard in Yarcombe.
I have approx dates of his birth, namely
1700, and death approx 1788, with records of
his marriage to Mary Satterley m 14/2/1737,
marriage to Sarah Spiller, m 30/10/1753, and
finally, possibly, Elizabeth Board, m 5 Feb
1788. Although I have some dates
of birth and death for these ladies, I would
appreciate it please if you could provide
these accordingly. Also their
My biggest search however is
for John Trenchards parents etc, as he is
the last one my tree.
I have had a quick look at your
enquiry. Trenchard is not a name
which can readily be associated with the
Parish of Yarcombe in East Devon.
The records show John Trenchard did marry
Mary Spiller - a local name - on 30th
October 1753 - John's third wife.
Have you tried looking at the
Trenchard family of Charminster?
Sorry I cannot help further, however if
you have other clues please let me know.
Thank you for your recent reply expressing
interest in what I have found out about
Yarcombe Trenchards. I have
attached a file (see below), which I hope
you can open giving data on John Tenchard
from 1700 down to the latter Trenchards from
Yarcombe. If this works for you
then I can put together more family
descendants, who are not part of my
ancestral tree, but nevertheless come from Yarcombe. Please let me know if
you would like me to repeat the exercise for
the other Trenchards.
Ancestral Search 10
am researching my husband’s family and have
just found the Yarcombe web page with
all the interesting information it
contains. I was particularly interested in
the Ancestral Searches page and the
reply comments by Steve Horner to Lefayre
Palmer’s enquiries regarding the Spiller
family ( Ancestral Search
My husband is Lyndon Spiller and below I
give details of his family tree as far as we
have been able to ascertain.
Timon (alt Tymon)
Spiller 1743 – 1804 Yarcombe
+ Sarah Moore
Abraham Spiller 1765 – 1834 Yarcombe
Elizabeth Clarke 1772-1842
Naboth Spiller 1802-1878 Yarcombe –
died in Rose Cottage Chard
Eliza Knight 1816-1905
Naboth Spiller 1845-1918 Combe St
Nicholas died in Clyst St George
Mary Warren 1851-1906
John Spiller 1885 – 1975 Wandsworth
Common/Clyst St George/Canada/ New
Zealand/died in Melbourne, Aus
Ruby Baker 1881-1977
William Clarence Spiller 1918- 2010
+Nada Veronica Tasker
Lyndon Stuart Spiller
+Julie Lynette King
note that Timon and Abraham Spiller are
listed in the Index to From Monks to The
Millennium and wonder if it is possible
to gain any further information about any of
our family members.
Any help that you can give will be really
Steve Horner writes:
I am delighted to be able to try to help
you. There are still a good
number of Spillers living hereabouts,
however I strongly suspect their knowledge
of the ancestors does not go back more than
one or two generations! It would
certainly be a coup if we could find a
Yarconian (or is it a Yarcombite?) who is
related to one of the Pilgrim Fathers.
Do you have a copy of ”From Monks to the
Millennium”? If you do not
please look at the index to any particular
Spiller and I will scan the entry for you.
Julie Spiller replies:
Thanks for your
prompt response. No, I do not
have a copy of the book but note that
Abraham Spiller and Timon Spiller are both
listed. Amy Spiller could be Abraham’s
daughter and there is also a Robert – but
then there were so many Roberts in the
church register that it could be any one of
them. I am currently working my way
through the register and finding that there
were so many Spillers listed as well
families who married into the Spiller clan.
If you could scan a copy of relevant
information for Abraham and Timon it may
give me some background information.
Unfortunately we will not be any help with
your dream of finding someone who is related
to the Pilgrim Fathers. Our grandfather
left England later and finally settled in
Australia – which is where we are living –
even though my email may suggest USA.
Steve Horner replies:
See Documents 1 to 4, below.
One reason that we know so much about our
local history is that most of the land in
the Parish belongs to one family, who are
descended from Sir Francis Drake of Armada
fame, and this family or perhaps their
lawyers presented all the estate records to
the Devon County Record Office.
From a quick glance your family appear to
have Baptist connections. The
Baptist Chapel is still a thriving
congregation. If I can help
further please let me know.
Julie Spiller replies:
Thanks for the help on
the Spiller family. It has been most
useful. The information on Brimbley,
Broadly and Livenhayes was most interesting.
I am now following down the families of the
wives of the Spillers. Abraham
Spiller married Elizabeth Clarke – daughter
of Naboth Clarke. I am wondering if your
helpful book – or any other source - has
information on Naboth Clarke or any other
members of that family. Naboth
Clarke and Elizabeth Stickland
married in April 1770 at Yarcombe. I
believe that Naboth and Elizabeth had at
least seven children - Elizabeth, James,
Richard, Mary, Grace, James and Sarah
between 1772 and 1781. I believe
that Naboth died around 1784.
Elizabeth Stickland’s parents were John
Stickland and Mary (?Dean).
Abraham’s son Naboth Spiller married
Elizabeth or Eliza Knight daughter of James
and Elizabeth Knight. I note that on page
50 there is reference to James Knight being
one of those who were trustees of the
Yarcombe Baptist Church in 1854.
Any further information you may have on any
of these will be really appreciated.
I am delighted to be able to help you.
Herewith information on Naboth Clarke,
Document 5, below. The author of the
book, Ruth Everitt spent time in the Devon
Records Office so the letter which provided
her with this information must be on file.
Also information on John Stickland of
Moorpit farm, Document 6, who is almost
certainly one of your forebears.
Document 7 is another Stickland but dated
1832. Your reference on page 50
is to James Knight Marsh Chapel - Marsh
being a hamlet in Yarcombe Parish - this
chapel was closed in the 1970s.
I am not certain where the original Charter
can be found, perhaps in the records of
Yarcombe Baptist church. If you
can provide me with further details of
Naboth Spiller marriage to Eliza Knight I
will further research this line for you.
The name Spiller is very common in these
parts. I look forward to hearing
from you again.
Roger Perham writes:
Julie, I have just revisited the
excellent Yarcombe Ancestry page and
read, with great interest, your
communication with the researchers
there. It is clear that
your husband and I share a common
ancestor in Naboth Clarke (my
paternal ancestor married Elizabeth
Clarke's sister Mary).
If you are still involved in the
research I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thank
Julie Spiller replies:
Roger, I am currently spending more time on
my own family history research – but I do
hope to get back to the Spiller/Clarke
research. Not enough hours in the day!
I would be happy to hear from you and follow
Ancestral Search 9
I am researching my
maternal family side of the family tree.
My grandmother Harriet Carter, according to
census records was born in Yarcombe in 1905.
Her father was called Jabez Carter, her
mother was Bessie, and she had two sisters
Eva Dorothy and May and one brother
Frederick George who are also recorded as
having being born in Yarcombe.
I wondered if anyone
knew where the Carter family lived in the
village and any other interesting
information about the Carter family.
Thank you for your assistance,
Peter Tarrant writes:
Dick and Dorothy Carter passed away
some time ago but lived in a small cottage
called Cornhill, on a road to the south off
the A30. If this turns out to be relevant
I can point out some photos of the building
on the Photographs pages. The new owner
has made (and is still making) extensive
changes since, though. I have
alerted our local expert Steve Horner, so
you may hear from him soon.
Ancestral Search 8
Hi, my name is Jennie. I have
been doing research into my family tree and
am looking for any help that anyone may be
able to give me.
currently trying to find any information on
the Lenthal family of Yarcombe in Devon.
I know that Ann Lenthal was born in
1734 and my 6 times Great Grandmother.
She died in 1829 in Yarcombe. I
know that she married John Loosemore of the
same parish born 1730. I am
looking for information on her parents.
I believe that her mother's name may have
been Jane. I have a rare genetic variant called
G-Norfolk and am trying to trace my ancestry
as it means that I am of Mediterranean and
African origin. I am wondering
if the Lenthal family may be the key to
solving the mystery.
Steve Horner replies:
cannot help on Lenthal side, however it
would appear that the Loosemore connection I
may have more positive information.
There is a farm in the northern part of our
Parish, called Northam’s which has belonged
to the Yarcombe Estate for many generations
– the estate was founded by Sir Francis
Drake. In 1798 the Tenant was
John Loosemore and between 1810-1832
the tenant was James Loosemore.
If you can send me a link to the
Yarcombe lineage of your family I may be
able to help further, indeed you may wish to
see a map of the parish which I will
willingly send to you.
one other clue with which I may be able to
assist. In 1580 the Zane family
lived in the house I now own and it is
believed this family originated in Venice.
Perhaps this may be where your genetic
G-Norfolk gene came from? Who
knows – it’s a long shot.
Diane Rees writes:
I read with interest your message on the
Yarcombe website and your search relating to
your ancestors. I too am
researching my father's family who came from
Yarcombe and I have found the gravestone in
the Yarcombe cemetery belonging to the
Loosmore family. My research
shows that Ann and John married on 22 March
1758 and John died 7 February 1815.
I can go back as far as the 1630 and Anne
Lenthal is on my family tree.
I found a direct link to Ann and John in the
parish records registering the births,
marriages and deaths. One of
their children James Loosmore married
Elizabeth Pratt and one of their sons Robert
Loosmore (my great great great grandfather)
married Elizabeth Hopper in Bridgend, South
Wales and one of their sons, Robert married
Emily Russell whose son Joseph Loosmore (my
grandfather) married Margaret Lloyd (my
History tells that two of the Loosmore
brothers went to Bridgend, South Wales in
the early 1800s and my father's family is
from this link. I was born and
lived in Swansea, but moved to Devon in the
It would be good to get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Diane Rees (nee Loosmore)
Ancestral Search 7
I have just come across this site and
wonder if you can help me find out who my
Great Great Grandmother's parents
were. Her name was Sarah Vincent from
Yarcombe - she married William Hodges on
21/2/1821 at Ruishton. I found
the Marriage Certificate but there were only
two names as witnesses - Abraham Grabham and
Harriet Hobby, so a bit of a dead
end. These names are not in the Hodges
family as far as I know. My
maiden name was Hodges.
It’s a bit of a long shot but maybe if
there are any Vincents still around there
who possibly did some research I would love
to hear about it.
Ancestral Search 6
am researching my Spiller family of Yarcombe
Devon and have just come across the
wonderful publication of Yarcombe Voices.
It is wonderful to learn of people who
endeavour to keep alive the history of their
The earliest Spiller I have is one born in
1553 in Yarcombe. He had a son
Robert whose son William married Joane
Warren, daughter of Edmund Warren and Mary
Warren. I am coming across
pedigrees taking Mary back to Richard Warren
a Mayflower Pilgrim. I am
descended from Jane on the attached file
It would be lovely if I could be in contact
with any Spiller or Warren descendants still
in Yarcombe and to discover if any of them
have any knowledge of a supposed descent
from Richard Warren who went to America as a
Having also discovered the web site
Yarcombe.net I am impressed with this
great and wonderfully presented source of
information regarding the home of my
In grateful anticipation of any help you are
able to afford me.
Lefayre Palmer nee Heslehurst
ancestry comes to me through my paternal
grandmother Laura Elizabeth Heslehurst nee
Outline Descendant Report for William
1 William Spiller
(1572 - ) B: 1572
+ Elizabeth Gammmon
...... 2 William
Spiller (1614 - ) B: 1614
...... + Joane Warren
............ 3 Simon
Spiller (1655 - ) B: 1655
Elizabeth Newberry ( - 1696) D: 1696
Thomas Spiller (1693 - ) B: 1693
Honor /Robert Weard ( - 1794) D:
........................ 5 Robert
Spiller (1747 - ) B: 1747, M: 1767
........................ + Mary
Clarke (1748 - ) B: 1747/48, M: 1767
Jane Spiller (1798 - 1870) B: 1798,
M: 1815 in Charles Church, Plymouth,
D: 1870 in Ford Park,
the Barbican, Plymouth, Devon
William Reburn (1792 - 1872) B: 1792
in Liskeard, Cornwall, England,
M: 1815 in Charles
Church, Plymouth, Devon D:
1872 in Ford Park, the Barbican,
Steve Horner writes:
just read your note posted on our
website and in this message I will
try and give you some initial
information about Yarcombe which has
a rich and interesting history.
There are indeed members of the
Spiller family still living in our
Parish and the Parish records are
littered with reference to them, but
as far as I am aware not one mention
of the Warren family.
There is a very good book that
records the history of Yarcombe,
"From Monks to The Millennium"
written by Ruth Everitt which I
helped her compile and from which
the document (right) is scanned.
The scan of the index demonstrates
the multitude of references in the
book to the Spiller family and if
you spot a particular name of
interest I would be pleased to send
you more information.
community is a rural parish in East
Devon comprising about 500 persons
in widely scattered farms.
The ownership of much of the Parish
goes back to the time of Sir Francis
Drake whom as a reward for helping
Queen Elizabeth 1 was given tracts
of land hereabouts and the ownership
has remained in the same family, but
not direct descendants, ever since.
I have also spotted the name
Newberry which family also owned
land in the south of the parish in
the 17th century.
You have hit
upon a rich vein of history and if I
can I will assist you further.
I would appreciate some more
background of your own family and of
course the important connection to
The Mayflower Pilgrims.
Ancestral Search 5
I am hoping that someone out there could
give me any information about my
grandmother's family the Paull's of Yarcombe.
Any help would be gratefully received.
I have several photos of the Paull family, particularly of my great great grandfather
(pictured left) on an early 1900s postcard with the
caption printed on the front "Yarcombe's
The Paull's were connected to several other
Yarcombe families such as the Bright, Harris
and Vincent family.
Hawkins (nee Harris) is connected to the
Paull line via the Harris family. My great
grandmother was Mary Jane Harris (married to
Thomas Paull). Not exactly sure
what relation that would make Ellen to me,
but we are connected somewhere along the
||Hawkins family details
Steve Horner writes:
I have had a quick look at the census
records and in 1911 James Paull was living
in Crislands which is a cottage about ½ mile
from the centre of the village.
According to the 1901 census he was living
in Webble Green just across the Yarcombe
Parish border In Membury. The
photos you sent are quite exceptional
especially of the pig cull, all the family
obviously taking part - my guess is that the
photo was taken in about 1900. I
do not recognise the farm , so I suspect it
may be in Membury - I will make enquiries.
I know an Accountant who lives in Chard
called Ed Paull, perhaps he is a relation?
The name Paull with a double ll is perhaps
unusual. Do you have any
knowledge of your family tree?
Bartlett replies: Thank you very
much for the info, Steve. The
Paull family are definitely more connected
to Membury than Yarcombe, but like you said,
the border between the parishes is very
close. I have done a fair bit of
research into the family history.
The family has some connection to a few
Yarcombe families through marriages.
I had a chance to have a look at the
gravestones in Yarcombe churchyard and
noticed several family names that I
regonised (Bright, Harris, Hawkins, Vincent
etc). If you have access, you
may care to have a look at my Spurway family
tree on ancestry.co.uk.
Interesting to hear about someone in Chard
with the name Paull. The double
L not being all that common, so I would
definitely we must be related some where
along the line.
The photo of the
pigs being cut up is a great picture, so
amazingly clear so that you can see
incredible detail. (like the water running
from tap into the tub in the background).
They definitely weren't a family of
vegetarians ... again many thanks.
This photo is a bit of a mystery.
Does anybody know where this was
taken? I assume this is
a farm building. Is it in Yarcombe
or perhaps Membury? Who
are the people in the picture?
Does anybody know who they are or
where it was taken? It
has always intrigued me...even if
nobody recognises it, it is still a
great photo showing life in days
Ancestral Search 4
CAN YOU HELP ME TRACE MY
My name is Gary Brennan; my mother's name
was Millicent Loosemore, born to John
Loosemore who was born in Yarcombe in 1865.
I came here recently to retrace his steps to
moving to the USA and in the hope of getting
in touch with any other Loosemores in our
clan in the area. If you know
any and they would like to find out about
John, please would you ask them to email me
email@example.com or 1(559)351-6165
Thank you for your
Diane Rees writes:
Gary, I sent you an email at the
beginning of June (2019) with regard to your
search for any Loosmores. My maiden name was
Loosmore and my father's ancestors are
buried in Yarcombe Cemetery. I
am also writing up the family tree and in my
research found a link to your mother.
Perhaps you did not receive my email?
Ancestral Search 3
am a Bowyer from Canada, and am
researching my roots to your
beautiful area, does anyone you know
have any suggestions for me?
Sad to hear about the Inn, it looks
Ancestral Search 2
my family history I have an ancestor called
William Michael Laurence, who,
according to his death certificate lived at
The Vicarage, Yarcombe, as a retired fruit
farmer. His wife was called Louisa. He
died 29 March 1954. Please could you tell
me whether there are any local memories of
him or his wife?
Thankyou for your time and patience.
Ancestral Search 1
if you can help me? I am the
Great Granddaughter of Mary Hurford who
married James Willie in 1873 and who lived
in Yarcombe at Holly Cottage.
Many times as a little girl my Grandmother
told me stories of her Mother who was a
wonderful lady, she was not only a herbalist
but midwife to the local people who would
walk miles across the fields to ask for her
help and advice. She was also a
wonderful seamstress and gardener growing
all her own herbs for her medicines.
She also kept a pig and chickens so she was
virtually self-sufficient apart from general
supplies which once a month she would walk
across the fields 8 miles there and back to
Honiton to buy.
I grew up
in Yeovil and my Grandmother and Grandad
also moved there from Chard after they were
married, so as a little girl I loved to hear
all their stories.
years ago I tried to find my Holly Cottage
but was not successful, I am enclosing some
old photos for you to see, they are of my
Great-grandmother, my Grandmother and her
sister Sarah Ellen, also the cottage and
garden, maybe, just maybe you will be able
to tell me if the cottage is still standing!
I would love to know. I now live
in Teignmouth and am coming up to 76 years
old (Mar 2017)!! It would be
lovely to have some history to pass on to
my children, Grandchildren and Great
forward to hopefully hearing from you and
thank you in advance.
regards and best wishes,
It is believed the
property referred to as Holly Cottage was
more likely to have been Manning Common
Cottage at Manning Common, close to Black
Allers, a short distance from, and the other
side of the A303 from Knighthaynes Farm and
Cottage. Unfortunately the
building was demolished, it is believed, in
the 1930s, although this has yet to be
verified. During investigations
it was found that a great uncle of Joan's,
Jack Willie, who was believed lost at sea
during WWI actually died of pneumonia whilst
still on active service in 1919 in Malta and
a photograph of his grave there was
obtained. Memorials, including
one to J H Willie, can be seen in the
Baptist Chapel here in Yarcombe (see the
World War I page).