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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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Little is known of the Credy family. There is one mention by Tristram Risdon in his Survey of Devon. Under his notes for the parish of Shobrooke he says:

Creedy was the dwelling of William Pervor, called of his house William de Credy, who died in the time of king Edward the third, and left his land unto his two daughters, the one married to Pawlett, the other to Derwin, whose portion descended as his other lands; Pawlett continued in that name, until sir Hugh Pawlett, in queen Elizabeth’s reign, sold it to Bridwell.

Edward III reigned from 1327 -1377.

No other references have been found for the surname Pervor, though there are a Peryver in 1247 and a Pevyr in 1420, both in Gloucestershire. It sounds as if William was the first of his family to live at Creedy, and that his surname changed because of the move.

He may have hoped to found a family of Credys, but in the absence of a son, the name died out.


The first daughter named was Elizabeth de Credy, who married Sir John Paulet, lord of the manor of Pawlett and several other estates in Somerset, and of Legh Paulet in Devon.


  1. W. Bradley’s tree gives the date of William’s birth as 1333. This may be an estimate.

Creedy Barton is in the parish of Shobrooke. It stands above the River Creedy, 1½ miles east of Crediton.

              Creedy Barton from Wyke Hill [1]


[1] Copyright Derek Harper.




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