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Fay Sampson’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)



EDWARD ADAMS. Edward brought up his family in Moretonhampstead. His appears to be the only Adams family raising children in Moreton then. Either Edward came from elsewhere, or he had no surviving brothers.

In 1659 we have the burial of Wilmote Adams. She could be Edward’s mother.


Marriage. Exeter Cathedral.
1662 Nov 7   Edward Addams and Joane Coumb

Joane was five months pregnant. We have several marriages in Exeter for couples who live elsewhere in Devon. In some of these the bride is heavily pregnant. Perhaps they chose a wedding where they were not known to save embarrassment.

Exeter Cathedral [1]

The couple set up home in Moretonhampstead.

This was two years into the Restoration of the Monarchy under Charles II. Moretonhampstead had been fiercely Parliamentarian and strongly Puritan during the Civil War, unlike its Royalist neighbour Chagford. Its tradition of dissent continued down the centuries, as did the antipathy between the two towns. In the 19th century, Moretonhampstead was one of the leading voices in Devon against slavery.

There were nine known children of this marriage. Only the father is named in the parish register.

Baptisms. St Andrew, Moretonhampstead.
1662/3 Mar 22   Mary
We have no record of Mary’s death, but there is the following baptism two years later.
1664/5 Feb 14   Mary
1666 May 21   Edward

1668/9 Jan 7   Robert
1670 May 22   Joane
Robert was buried on 13 Aug 1672, aged 3.
Two years later, there is another burial for a son Salathaell whose baptism we have not found. There are some faded pages in the early 1670s register.
1675 Aug 1   Elizabeth
1677 Sep 18   Grace

There is then a gap of twelve years before we have more baptisms for children of Edward Adams. We assume this is now Edward junior raising a family.


Edward senior died in 1684

Burial. St Andrew, Moretonhampstead.
1684 Apr 1   Edward Adams

This is only 22 years after his marriage, so we should assume he died in middle age.

In 1695 their daughter Elizabeth married the yeoman farmer William Hamlyn. This suggests that the Adams family were reasonably well off.

Joane died 13 years after Edward
1697 Apr 24   Joane Addams


[1] Wikipedia.




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