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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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DANIEL FROST first appears in North Bovey at his marriage in 1709. He does not seem to have been born there. In the first decades of the 18th century his is the only Frost family recorded in the village. There is one other entry in the baptismal register before his grandchildren start to appear.

Baptism. North Bovey.
1738  Frost, Mary Nosworthy  ill. d. o f Elizabeth  Jul. 10

It is not clear who Elizabeth Frost is. The date is rather late for her to be Daniel’s sister. The baby’s father was almost certainly a member of the prominent Nosworthy family.


RUTH WALLING was also baptised in another parish. There were, however, numerous Wallings in North Bovey. In 1655, William Walling married Ruth Stevence. This is probably too early for these to be Ruth’s parents, but she may be their grandchild. A burial is recorded in North Bovey in 1715 for Ruth Walling. This may be Ruth’s grandmother, or possibly her mother, though Ruth could be a common name in the extended family.

Family connections may the reason why Ruth was living in North Bovey when she married Daniel Frost.


Both Daniel and Ruth have Old Testament names. This may reflect their forbears’ Puritan sympathies in the religious divides of the 17th century.


Daniel Frost and Ruth Walling married in North Bovey in 1709.
1709  Frost, Daniel and Walling, Ruth  Oct 4.


Seven children were born to them there.
Baptisms. North Bovey
1711  Frost, Joan  d. of Daniel  Sep 4.
1713  Frost, Susanna  d. of Daniel  Oct 5
1715(6)  Frost, Sarah  d. Daniel  Jan 10
1717(8)  Frost, Sarah  d. of Daniel & Ruth  Mar 4
1720  Frost, John  s. o f Daniel & Ruth  May 24
1721(2)  Frost, Grace  d. o f Daniel & Ruth  Mar 13
1724  Frost, Daniel  s. of Daniel & Ruth  Dec 8.  Daniel was buried next month, on Jan 19.


Daniel senior was buried in North Bovey on June 22, 1748, when his only surviving son, John, had already had three children. As with his parents, John’s son Daniel died in infancy, but in this case there was a second Daniel to continue the family name.


Ruth outlived Daniel by nearly 20 years. She was buried in North Bovey on March 25, 1767.






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