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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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JOHN WIDECOMBE was born in North Bovey in the early 18th century. He was the younger of the two known children of Richard and Joan Widdicomb.

Baptism. North Bovey.
1712  24 Jun   John Widdicomb son of Richard Widdicomb

The name of his mother, Joan, was recorded at the baptism of his sister the previous year.


North Bovey is a village on the little River Bovey, immediately south of Moreton-hampstead. Its granite and thatch cottages are set around a sloping green in front of the church, and several have the traditional Devon room built out over a porch. The parish extends far out across Dartmoor to the Headland Warren, about halfway between Moreton and Two Bridges. It borders on Widecombe-in-the-Moor.


JOAN FROST was born in North Bovey the year before John. Her parents were Daniel Frost and Ruth Walling.

Baptism. North Bovey.
1711  Joan daughter of Daniel Frost  4 Sep


They married in 1737, when John was 24 and Joan 25.

Marriage. North Bovey.
1737  John Widdicombe and Joan Frost  May 16


They had seven children baptised in North Bovey.

Baptisms. North Bovey
1738  Widecombe, Susanna  d. of John & Joan  Jul 17
1741  Widcombe, Ruth  d. of John & Joan  April 2
1743  Widecombe, John  s. of John & Joan  Feb 16
1746  Withycombe, Thomas  s. of John & Joan  Mar 2
1750  Widecombe, William  s. of John & Joan  Nov 14
1754  Withycombe, Joanna  d. of John & Joan  Apr 22
1759  Withycombe, Mary  d. of John & Joan  Dec 4


The Joan Widdecombe who died in 1742 is probably John’s mother. Joan, his wife, is likely to be this burial in 1665.

Burial. North Bovey.
1766  Withycomb, Joan  Sep 16


The burial of John Withycombe Junior, on Sep 30 the previous year, would seem to be their 22-year-old son. There is no record of John Withycombe Senior’s burial in North Bovey.







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