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Westaway Headstones in Ashburton St Andrew's Churchyard

By Mrs N. Aldridge

 
 
St Andrew Church, Ashburton, Devon

 

James & Angelina Westaway

John & Susan Berry and their family headstones

John & Ann Westaway and children John & Ann

 

A few years back I trawled round Ashburton Churchyard as I was looking to see if there were any Berry graves and eventually found also James' grave, which is not particularly easy to find or read and the one for John and Ann which gives the actual dates of their deaths

 

James Westaway 1830 - 1883 & wife Angelina (née Dayment) (Back to top)

 

 

In Affectionate Remembrance

of James Westaway

who died July 1883. Aged 51 Years.

.....

Eternal Peace.

Also Angelina

wife of the above who passed away July 1910

 

 
  Not an easy stone to read  

James was baptized 11 Feb 1830 son of John (died 21 Sep 1838 ) & Maria née Kerslake. James was the uncle of John Westaway born 1848, and cousin of William Searle Westaway.

  • 1841 James (11) living Sun Down Terrace, Exeter Holy Trinity with mother Maria (30) independent, sisters Jane (9), Elizabeth (7), Maria (3), John Barnes (9), Ann Westaway (31) & Wm Westaway aged 12 mths (Ann Westaway was the wife of William & he was in prison in 1841 & the 12 month old Wm was her son Albert Wm Searle Westaway).
  • 1851 James (21) living Ashburton with widowed mother Maria (51) woolcomber born Bradninch, sisters Jane (19), Maria (13), half-sister Ann Beard (27), nephew Henry Beard (3) all born Ashburton & visitor Sophia Hamlyn (26) born Widecombe.
  • 1861 James (32) baker born Ashburton, his wife Ann, (should read Angelina) (32) born Inwardleigh, daughter Bessie (1) born Ashburton living East Street, the home of his mother Maria (59) baker & grocer born Bradninch, sisters Jane (28), Maria (23) both born Ashburton & nephew Henry Beard (12) born Plymouth.
  • 1871 James (40) baker & grocer living 68 North Street with Angelina (40) born Inwardleigh, daughters Bessie (11) & Jessie (3) both born Ashburton.
  • 1881 James (49) innkeeper born Ashburton living East Street with Angelina (49) born Inwardleigh, daughters Elizabeth (20), Jessie (13), servant Charles Thorn (17) all born Ashburton & various lodgers.
  • 1891 Angelina (57) widow market gardener born Inwardleigh living Sun Inn, North Street with children John D. Reddaway (40) gardener born Belstone & Jessie (22) assistant teacher born Ashburton.
  • 1901 Alice ? Westaway (66) greengrocer & widow born Okehampton living North Street , Ashburton with son John D. Reddaway (48) born Belstone.

At the time of his death James was described as a gardener. He died intestate and administration of his estate was granted to his widow Angelina. Angelina also died intestate, administration of her estate was granted to her son John Dayment Reddaway, one of the persons entitled to the estate. Angelina was married first to Robert Reddaway of Belstone, with whom she had many children. However John Dayment Reddaway was the only one to survive and came to live with his mother after James's death.

 

John & Susan Berry (née Westaway) and son Richard Berry (Back to top)

 

 

Sacred to the memory of 

John Berry who Died November 18th 1871 .

Aged 76 years.

Susan Berry his Wife who died December 7th 1872 .

Aged 70 Years.

Richard Berry their beloved son who died December 14th 1850 .

Aged 11 years

 

 
     

John Berry married Susan Westaway Apr-Jun 1851. All their children were born before they married with the Westaway surname but upon their marriage that name was dropped. Susan was the daughter of Benjamin and Susan Searle, brother to William Searl Westaway and aunt of James above.

  • 1841 Susan Westaway (35) shopkeeper living North Street with children Susan Berry (13), John Berry (10), Simeon Berry (10), Mary Berry (7), Ann Berry (4), Richard Berry (1) & Elizabeth Emmett (55) F.S.
  • 1851 Susan Westaway (46) grocer living North Street with children Susan Westaway (24), John Berry Westaway (21) wool staple, Mary Westaway (17), Ann Westaway (14) & Elizabeth Westaway (6) all born Ashburton. John Berry (56) was also in Ashburton unmarried woollen manufacturer with his son Simeon  Berry (21).
  • 1861 Susan (56) living North Street with husband John Berry (65) wool stapler for the firm employing 200 hands, children John (30), Simeon (30) both wool staplers, Susan (32), Mary (22) & Elizabeth (16) all born Ashburton.
  • 1871 Susan (67) living at St. Lawrence's Lane with John (75) woollen manufacturer, children Susan (42), John (40), Simeon (40) & Mary (35).

1870 Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer.

Berry John and Sons, woolstaplers, serge and blanket manufacturers, North street; and at Buckfastleigh

John Berry left a will:

"I, John Berry of Ashburton in the County of Devon Woollen Manufacturer and general dealer do hereby revoke all former Wills Codicils and other testamentary dispositions by me made at any time or times heretofore and declare this to be my last Will and testament.  I bequeath unto my dear Wife Susan all my household goods furniture and ornaments books pictures plate linen and china glass earthenware wines liquors which respectively shall be in and about my dwellinghouse in Ashburton aforesaid and wherein I now reside or its appurtenances or wherever I may reside at the time of my decease and also all her wearing apparel jewels trinkets and other articles of her dress and ornaments of her person and all my jewels watches and trinkets and also the cash which may be in or about my house at the time of my decease to and for her own use and benefit. And I also bequeath unto my said Wife the debt or sum of fifteen hundred pounds payable out of my businesses of a woollen manufacturer and general dealer now carried on by me at Buckfast in the parish of Buckfastleigh in the said County of Devon and at Ashburton aforesaid which said sum is made payable to my executors after my decease by a Partnership deed made and entered into by me with my two sons, John Berry and Simeon Berry on the nineteenth day of January One thousand eight hundred and fifty seven. And I also bequeath all my interest in the said businesses and in the joint stock property credit profits and effects of the said partnership businesses and all monies debts and arrears of profits which at my decease shall be owing to me from the said co-partnership and payable out of the said businesses as in the said partnership deed is mentioned unto my said Wife and all interest due and to become due for the same to and for her own use and benefit and absolute disposal.  And I also give devise and bequeath all my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever and all my real leasehold and other property of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever situate and which I am or at the time of my decease may be enabled or entitled to devise and bequeath by Will or under any general or other power unto my said Wife her executors administrators and assigns absolutely hereby nominating and appointing her sole Executrix of this my last Will. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand this twenty first day of January One thousand eight hundred and fifty seven -John Berry."

Emma Rosamond Berry , Born January 1878, Died June 27th 1961 .

Also of

Major George Edward Berry , Devon Regt. dearly beloved husband of Peg.

Died Dec 20th 1971 . Aged 57.

Also Mary Margaret beloved wife of George died March 2nd 1980 . Aged 65 years

(inscription to the left)

 

 

In loving memory of John Berry woollen manufacturer of this Town who died March 27th 1889.Aged 59 Years.

And of Robert Dobell dearly loved youngest son who died January 9th 1890 . Aged 4 years.

Behold he taketh away, who can hinder / him: who will say unto him “what doest thou”.

Also of Eleanor , wife of the above Died at Ealing, November 28th 1928 . Aged 77 Years (large square monument).

And of John his eldest son: who died June 15th 1906 . Aged 26 Years.

Also of Richard Bennett beloved husband of Emma Rosamond Berry . Born Jan 1879. Died Feb 1941

 

 

 

 

 

In memory of

John Berry

husband of Eileen,

eldest son of the above. Died January 8th 1976 in Sydney , Australia

(inscription on right side).

In loving memory of John Berry woollen manufacturer of this Town who died March 27th 1889. Aged 59 Years. And of Robert Dobell dearly loved youngest son who died January 9th 1890 . Aged 4 years. Behold he taketh away, who can hinder / him: who will say unto him “what doest thou”. Also of Eleanor , wife of the above Died at Ealing, November 28th 1928 . Aged 77 Years (large square monument). And of John his eldest son: who died June 15th 1906 . Aged 26 Years. Also of Richard Bennett beloved husband of Emma Rosamond Berry . Born Jan 1879. Died Feb 1941. In memory of John Berry husband of Eileen, eldest son of the above. Died January 8th 1976 in Sydney , Australia (inscription on right side). Emma Rosamond Berry , Born January 1878, Died June 27th 1961 . Also of Major George Edward Berry , Devon Regt. dearly beloved husband of Peg. Died Dec 20th 1971 . Aged 57. Also Mary Margaret beloved wife of George died March 2nd 1980 . Aged 65 years (inscription to the left)

John Berry Westaway the twin of Simeon was bp Ashburton 29 Jan 1830 the son of Susan Westaway and John Berry.

  • 1841 Jn Berry (10) living North Street with mother Susan Westaway (35) shopkeeper, siblings Susan Westaway (13), Mary Berry (7), Ann Berry (4), Simeon Berry (10), Rd Berry (1) & Elizabeth Emmett (55) F.S.
  • 1851 Jn Berry Westaway (21) wool stapler living North Street with unmarried mother Susan Westaway (46) grocer, sisters Susan (24), Mary (17), Ann (14) & Elizabeth (6) all born Ashburton. Jn's parents Susan Westaway & Jn Berry married June 1851 & the name Westaway was dropped.
  • 1861 Jn Berry (30) wool stapler living North Street, Ashburton with parents Jn (65) wool stapler for the firm employing 200 hands, Susan (56), siblings Simeon (30), Susan (32), Mary (22) & Elizabeth (16) all born Ashburton.
  • 1871 Jn (40) woollen manufacturer living St. Lawrence's Lane with parents Jn Berry (75) woollen manufacturer, Susan (67), siblings Susan (42), Simeon (40) & Mary (35). Jn married Eleanor Dobell (daughter of Robert & Rebecca) March quarter 1876 Truro 5c 225.
  • 1881 Jn (51) woollen manufacturer living East Street with Eleanor (31), children Jn (3), Rd B (2), Eleanor (6 mths) all born Ashburton, Mary G. Hamlyn (18) nurse born Widecombe & Eliza Leaman (18) general servant born Ilsington.
  • 1891 Eleanor (41) widow living on own means at Kenwyn House with children Eleanor (10), Horace Simeon (9), Mary Ann Beckley (25) cook & Ellen Emma Hales (17) housemaid. Jn's brother Simeon had married Jessie Emma Hern in June 1876. Simeon was also a woollen manufacturer & in 1881 was living at East Street .
  • 1891 he was living at Waverley House.
  • 1901 Simeon (71) woollen manufacturer & JP living Waverley House with Jessie (47), daughter Winifred J. Berry (8), Lillie Burch (17) general servant & Blanche Skinner (14) general servant all born Ashburton. Simeon died 8 March 1908 . Both John and Simeon were extremely rich when they died. John leaving over £55,000 & Simeon leaving £126,000

In loving memory of

Susan Berry

who entered into rest November 5th 1900 .

Aged 74 Years.

She trusted in Jesus / Her End was Peace.

Also Mary Berry , sister of the above who died December 27th 1912 ,

Aged 77 years

 

 
   

Susan Searle Westaway baptized 17 January 1827 and Mary Berry Westaway baptized 8 October 1834 daughters of Susan Westaway (probable daughter of Benjamin Westaway & Susan Searle).

  • 1841 Susan (13) living at North Street with unmarried mother Susan Westaway (35) shopkeeper, siblings Jn (10), Simeon (10), Mary (7), Ann (4), Richard (1) & Elizabeth Emmett (55). F.S.
  • 1851 Susan (24) living at North Street with unmarried mother Susan Westaway (46) grocer, brother John (21), sisters Mary (17), Ann (14) & Elizabeth (6) all born Ashburton. Susan Westaway and John Berry married June 1851, when the Westaway surname was dropped.
  • 1861 Susan (32) living North Street, Ashburton with parents John Berry (65) wool stapler for the firm employing 200 hands men women & children, Susan (56), brothers John (30), Simeon (30) both wool staplers, sisters Mary (22) & Elizabeth (16) all born Ashburton.
  • 1871 Susan (42) living at St. Lawrence' s Lane with parents John (75) woollen manufacturer, Susan (67), brothers John (40), Simeon (40) & sister Mary (35).
  • 1881 Susan (48) annuitant living at East Street with sister Mary (38) & Clara Walrond (14) general servant.
  • 1891 Susan (64) living on own means at East Street with sister Mary (43) & Kate Tremery (15) general servant all born Ashburton.
  • 1901 Mary Berry (59) born Ashburton living on own means in East Street Ashburton with Edith Tanton? (16) general servant born Canton ? Susan left a will with probate granted to her nephew John Berry Honywill woollen manufacturer & Joseph Fitze Baker accountant. £709-4s
 

Sacred to the memory of

John Hannaford Honeywill who departed this life 1st Dec 1881 Aged 39 Years.

Also Elizabeth , his wife who entered into rest 26th July 1912 . Aged 68 Years.

“For so he giveth his beloved sleep.”

Also Frank who was killed Nr. Reitz, S. Africa 13 Oct 1900 Aged 22 years.

And Charles Born 27 Aug 1873 . Died 23 Oct 1874 .

Sons of the above

   

John Hannaford Honeywill's wife was Elizabeth Berry Westaway, born 1844 the daughter of Susan Searle Westaway (John Berry presumed & probable father).

  • 1851 Elizabeth Berry Westaway (6) scholar is living in North Street with unmarried mother Susan Westaway (46) grocer, brother John (21), sisters Susan (24), Mary (17) & Ann (14) all born Ashburton. Elizabeth 's father John Berry is also in Ashburton living with his other son Simeon Berry . Susan Westaway & John Berry married soon after this census and the Westaway name was then dropped.
  • 1861 Elizabeth (16) is living North Street with parents John Berry (65) wool stapler for firm employing 200, Susan (56), siblings Susan (32), John (30), Simeon (30) & Mary (22) all born Ashburton. Elizabeth Berry & John Hannaford Honeywill (son of Jonas & Dinah) were married Jul-Sep 1869.
  • 1871 Elizabeth (26) living Stone Park House with husband John H Honeywill (28) maltster & brewer, son John B (11 mths) & Elizabeth Hannaford (14) all born Ashburton.
  • 1881 Elizabeth (36) living Commercial Inn, North Street with husband John Honeywill (38) malster, brewer, children John B (10), Florence M (4), Frank (2) all born Ashburton & Mary E. Easterbrook (21) general servant born Buckfastleigh.
  • 1891 Elizabeth Honeywill (46) widow living on own means at East Street with children John (20) woollen merchant's apprentice, Florence M (14) & Frank (12) all born Ashburton. When sister Susan Berry died 5 November 1900 one of the executors was her nephew John Berry Honywill.
  • 1901 Elizabeth (56) living on own means born Ashburton livingnée East Street either in the same house or next door to her sister Mary Berry. Elizabeth 's son John Berry Honeywill was one of the Executors when his aunt Susan [Westaway] Berry died

John Westaway 1770 - 1847, wife Ann (née Woolicott) son John and daughter Ann (Back to top)

 

 

Sacred to the memory of

John Westaway

who died May 31st 1847 . Aged 77 Years.

Also of Ann Westaway his wife who died May 26th 1848. Aged 81 Years

Also of John Westaway their son who died March 27th 1858. Aged 59 Years.

Also of Ann Westaway Daughter of the above who departed this life January 26th 1869 . Aged 64 Years.

 

 
     

John bp 27 Sep 1770 Kingsteignton son of John & Johanna (née Miller). Married Ann Whiddon 19 November 1798 at Ashburton. Ann (née Woolicott baptized at Ashburton 30 November 1766 daughter of John & Sarah) had married William Whiddon 16 January 1793 and he must have died before her subsequent marriage to John Westaway. John & Ann's daughter Ann was baptized at Ashburton 23 June 1805 . Settlement & relief dated 1817: John Westaway born in Kingsteignton and was apprenticed to Wm Waye there, he then worked for Mr. Palk of Wolborough, innkeeper, he then worked for Matthew Ham of the 7 Stars in Totnes & then for Mr. Brown of the Golden Lion in Ashburton. He got married in Ashburton.

  • 1841 John (70) ag lab living at Cad Lane with Ann (75) & Margaret Webber (55).

    • 1851 son John was aged 50 ag. lab born Ashburton living at Providence Place , Tormoham. His wife Joanna (née Plimsaul) was working as a chambermaid at Victoria Parade, Tormoham.

      • 1851 daughter Ann was aged 43 a housekeeper living at the Vicarage the home of the Vicar of Halberton.

        • 1861 Ann was 56 a lodging housekeeper born Ashburton living at Southernhay, Exeter St. Sidwell with Jane Taylor (40) cook born Cadeleigh & Matilda Haynes (21) housemaid born Topsham.

 

Ann died at 24 East Southernhay Street, Exeter St. Sidwell. Her nephew William Whiddon of Ashburton proved her will on 5 April 1869 .

This is the last Will and Testament of me Anne Westaway of the parish of Saint Sidwells in the City of Exeter Spinster . I direct that my household goods and Furniture, Plate, Linen, China and all other my Estate and Effects (except such articles as I may hereafter specifically bequeath) be converted into money as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, and after payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the expenses of proving my Will, I direct that my Executor, hereinafter named do and shall pay therout the following Legacies namely -To my sister in law Joanna Westaway of Torquay widow of my late brother  John Westaway the sum of Ten pounds. To the three sons of my nephew William Whiddon of Ashburton Devon Coach Builder namely William Whiddon the younger, John Westaway Whiddon and George Henry Whiddon the sum of Five pounds each and to his daughter  Ann Whiddon the sum of ten pounds. To my half brother William Whiddon of Ashburton aforesaid the sum of Twenty pounds. And I direct that my said Nephew William Whiddon shall stand possessed of the sum of Ten pounds, part of the proceeds of my said Estate and effects, and deposit the same in the Devon and Exeter Savings Bank as a Trustee for and on behalf of the two daughters of my late Nephew George Henry Westaway as to five pounds part thereof In trust for Georgina Westaway until she shall attain the age of Twenty one years, and on her attaining that age then I direct that the said sum of Five pounds and its accumulations shall be paid to the said Georgina Westaway. And as to Five pounds the remainder thereof in trust for Sarah Ann Westaway until she shall attain the age of Twenty one years, and on her attaining that age then I direct that the said sum of Five pounds and its accumulations shall be paid to the said Sarah Ann Westaway And if either of them the said Georgina Westaway and Sarah Ann Westaway shall depart this life before becoming entitled as aforesaid then I direct that the said sum of Ten pounds and its accumulations shall be paid to the survivor of them on her attaining the said age of twenty one years. I give the following specific Legacies To my said sister in law Joanna Westaway my ring containing her late husband's hair. To the said Ann Whiddon my Gold Brooch with family hair in it, ten silver teaspoons, six Electro-plated tablespoons and six forks, six dessert spoons and Forks and my silver mounted Coffee-pot. To the said John Westaway Whiddon my Silver Watch. To the said Georgina Westaway my Gold Brooch, enamelled centre, containing her Grand father's hair and my Bible and Prayer Book. To the said Sarah Ann Westaway the book called the Young womans companion and to Ellen Felton spinster of No. 243 High St. Exeter my time piece in the Drawing room. I appoint my said Nephew the said William Whiddon sole Executor and residuary Legatee under this my Will. In Witness whereof I have hereto subscribed my name this twenty fourth day of June One thousand eight hundred and sixty eight - Ann Westaway

(Many thanks to Mrs N Aldridge for sharing for all this work and information with us )

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