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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)


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We estimate that the earliest known ancestor of this name, Nicholas Gallon of Sandford, was born 1560-70. It is quite likely that Margaret Gallyn who died in West Sandford around 1547 was his grandmother or great-grandmother.


Court of 4 October 1 Edward VI [1547-8]

West Sandford. Presented that Margaret Gallyn, widow, who held of the lord one tenement in West Sandford for the term of her life, according to the custom of the manor conjointly with Thomas Lane, died since the last court whereby there accrues to the lord as heriot one white sheep which delivered to the stock of Gilbert Gale farmer there, which belongs to him by tenor of his demise. And nothing presented in damage. And that the aforesaid tenement with the appurtenances remains to the aforesaid Thomas Lane by right of annexion and he is admitted tenant thereof and does fealty to the lord. They present Thomas Lane to the office of reeve there this year who is sworn well and faithfully to perform that office.

Sum of the Court 12d beyond the
heriot delivered to the farmer.[1]


The heriot was a fee in kind paid to the landlord when the tenancy changed hands.

We do not know the relationship which led to Margaret Gallyn and Thomas Lane sharing this tenancy. It is possible that Margaret was a Lane before she married. It was common in Devon for property to be leased for the duration of three named lives.

These two may well be the ancestors of Gilbert Gallen and Wilmot Hill, granddaughter of Siblie Lane, who married in 1701.[2]

Margaret lived to see the Reformation, bringing major changes to the Church in England, but died shortly before the Prayer Book Rebellion, the brief but bloody reaction to new forms of worship.


[1] Venn, Crediton. Typescript in WSL.






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