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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 Frances 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 (below)
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.
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.
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 ˝ 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1(559)351-6165
Thank you for your
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).