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Henry & Ann Coombe of Belstone, Devon

1 John Westaway b: in Belstone, Devon
.. 2 Henry Westaway
...... 3 Lawrence Westaway - 1595 b: in Belstone, Devon
........... 4 Henry Westaway 1559 - b: 20 May 1559 in Sampford Courtenay
.............. +Arminell Underhill m: 10 Jun 1588 in Sampford Courtenay
............... 5 Lawrence Westaway - 1664
................... +Typhanie Lashbrook m: 1619
................... 6 Henry Westaway 1624 - b: 06 Jul 1624 in Sampford Courtenay
....................... +Elinor Reddaway
........................ 7 William Westaway 1665/66 - b: 04 Feb 1665/66 in Sampford Courtenay
........................... +Dorothy Gill b: in Bridestowe m: 02 Aug 1698 in Sampford Courtenay
............................ 8 Henry Westaway 1699 - b: 19 Jul 1699 in Sampford Courtenay
................................ +Ann Coombe m: 05 Jun 1734 in Exeter St Petrock
................................ 9 John Westaway 1743 - 1828 b: 07 Dec 1743 in Sampford Courtenay

Henry was the eldest son of William and Dorothy Gill, baptised 19th July 1699 at Sampford Courtenay. He married Ann Coombe. His brother John baptised 10th June 1710 married Mary Celly, and his youngest brother William married Mary Drew. Sister Elizabeth married George Lacey and sister Mary married John Damerel.

John, who married Mary Celly, did not have any children and his will, dated 1782 is very informative, as is his wife`s who died in 1795. The property Higher and Lower Corscombe passes on to William, eldest son of Henry and he mentions William of Priestacott. This would be William, son of Laurence, his uncle.

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Henry`s children were Ann who died young, William baptised 1741 who married Elizabeth Newcombe and it is through him the property Corscombe passes to the Amery family. John, baptised 1743 who married Dorothy Snell and started the Snell Westaway clan. Ann baptised 1747 who married George Lacey (first cousins). Sarah who married John Ellis. Mary who married Richard Hill. Simon baptised 1749, who married Elizabeth Lacey.

John and Dorothy Snell

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John had four daughters, Mary who married Thomas Powlesland, Ann who married a Buckingham, Dorothy and Harriett who probably died young. He had five sons, John who married Elizabeth Mallet, Henry who went to Ceylon, and his descendants were in London in the 1800`s,

Thanks to Nicola Aldridge for kindly sending this beautiful photograph  

William who married Mary Mason and farmed at Wickington in South Tawton until 1836, Andrew Snell who married Elizabeth Coombe, George who married Elizabeth Youlden and Richard Snell whose descendents were in Newton Abbot in 1891. John`s will in 1828, was very detailed and rather contentious. Whilst he leaves different properties to his children, the majority of his estate, including Reddaway appears to have been left to his son George. He states that if any of his other sons shall attempt to go to law with his son George, that their legacy shall be absolutely void. However, John appears to have had many debts, and used his aunt Ann Snell, a spinster, as a bond creditor. In the inventory for John, dated 1833-4, it clearly shows that once these debts were paid there was little left. This had a disastrous effect on all the sons, William loses Wickington and Bridestow properties and in 1851 is living with his son in law in Okehampton. Richard Snell and Andrew Snell moved to the Tavistoke area and died young. Henry died in the 1840`s in London and George emigrated to Australia, although in 1841 his two daughters are still in Sampford Courtenay at Reddaway Farm. Two of William`s sons seem to have joined their Uncle George in Australia. They could have sailed together as certainly they are not in Devon in 1841. John married Jane Sloggett and Richard Mount Edgecombe married Barbara Huggard and from these two brothers came many Australian descendants.


(Left is the headstone of Mary ne Mason wife of William of Wickington, taken in Milton Abbot Churchyard

Sacred to the Memory of Mary , wife of William Westaway, of Wickinton in the Parish of South Tawton, Devon, Yeoman, who departed this life the 14th day of Aug. 1839, Aged 51 years (Photograph June 2002 by Nicola)


Simon and Elizabeth Lacey

Simon, baptised 1749, married Elizabeth Lacey at Belstone on the 4th February, 1770. Their children were all baptised in Belstone Mary, 1772, Dorothy- 1775, John - 1777 (He married Mary Lacey ), Henry - 1780 (unmarried), William - 1783 (he married Mary Rowden) and George - 1786 (unmarried). Elizabeth`s father John Lacey, in his will of 1799 left an annuity to his said daughter, who married Simon Westaway, out of Tucker`s Park, alias Dornaford Park and Bullacroft in Sampford Courtenay and Exbourne parishes. John the eldest son, married Mary Lacey and his son John, who married Elizabeth Holloway, mentions in his will the properties Bulacroft and Tuckers Park. William Lacey Westaway, the brother of John also mentioned in the will, married Elizabeth Fairchild and moved to Torquay, and there are still descendents living in that area. Simon`s son William married Mary Rowden, and their only son Henry married Eliza Lang in 1858. Henry, bpt 1780, (brother to William) , was a farmer at Priestacott, and when he died unmarried he left the farm to his nephew Henry. Descendents of Henry are living in the Okehampton area and Australia.

Sheila Yeo 1997

(Thanks to Nicola for sharing the photograph of Mary's headstone)

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