Early Founder Members & Other Westaway Researchers
(If anyone would like to be added to the list or have their e-mail included on the site - please contact me)
In 1989 Bob Westaway published the Westaway Chronicle, a brilliant base for all our Westaway research. This was compiled by Bob, with the help of Ron and Marianne Upham and Loveday Coombes. Unfortunately Bob has since died and both Ron and Loveday are unwell so it is vitally important we preserve all their hard work and this site is a dedication to their contribution. Also to Averil Adlam who descended from John Westaway & Ann Yeo of Bradworthy and had us all enthralled with the research on her great grandmother, Athalia. but sadly died last August.
They were not the first Westaway researchers, as one John Took Westaway started his research in the early 1900's and transcribed many early Devon wills. Someone in his family had the foresight to have these filmed and placed with the Mormons in Salt Lake City and without this we would never have discovered so much about the early Westaways.
Ed Somers - Ed had been researching mainly the Bradworthy Westaways for many years and has accumulated masses of information on this branch, including personal letters etc. Four years ago he put it all on to disk, and circulated copies so the research could be shared.
Nicola Aldridge - Nicola probably has the most indepth knowledge of the Bradworthy Westaway family and many other branches. She is a very thorough historian and is the On-Line clerk for Bradworthy. A few years ago Nicola initiated and produced The Westaway Jigsaw, which has numerous issues.. The Westaway Jigsaw, which can be viewed at the Devon Family History Society, has a combination of different Westaway researchers' biographies and Westaway articles which are well worth reading.
Paul Ashton- Paul has made numerous visits to Devon from New Zealand and he descends from the Cornworthy Westaways.
Shirley Westaway - Shirley is the main person to contact for all the Australian Westaway Research. She has accumulated alot of detailed material and is still a very active researcher.
Michael McCue - Michael's research centred on the Westaway family from Winkleigh, (Richard & Temperance Dart). His family emigrated to Prince Edward Island and Canada and he has his own website Westaway/McCue. Mike can be contacted by e-mail at
Elaine Westaway daughter of Bob Westaway, who has carried on her father's research
Mary Westaway - descends from Henry Westaway & Elinor Reddiway and lives in Australia
Denise Hunt - Henry & Elinor Reddaway through Simon Westaway & Elizabeth Lacey. Denise is the on-line parish clerk for Sampford Courtenay
Sue Stead - descends from William Westaway & Elizabeth Yeo of Poughill, Cornwall, the same branch as Loveday Coombe
Tom Westaway - descends from William & Elizabeth Yeo, via William Westaway & Charity Badge of Canada. Tom can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Heard descends from William Westaway & Elizabeth Yeo of Poughill, Cornwall
Dennis & Dorothy West descend from William Westaway & Elizabeth Yeo of Poughill, Cornwall
Sean Westaway - descends from William Westaway & Elizabeth Yeo of Poughill, Cornwall
David Holland - The Tavistock Westaway Family
Liz Langley - descends from Mark Alpheus Westaway & Elizabeth Coombes
Jack Westaway - descends from John Trewin Westaway, the same branch as Ed Somers
Jack Merrifield - descends from John Trewin Westaway, the same branch as Ed Somers
Pam Meers, lives in Plymouth and descends from John Westaway & Elizabeth Yeo.
Joanne Adderley - descends from Benjamin Westaway and Susanna Searle, of Ashburton, and lives in New Zealand.
Nancy Praetzel - lives in America and descends from Benjamin & Susanna Searle
Margaret Pearson of Okehampton, Devon, descends from Benjamin Westaway & Susannah Searle, and her daughter Ruth Clarke who kindly copied all the early wills for me.
Paul Hayes and Rita, his mother- descends from Benjamin Westaway & Susannah Searle through William Westaway & Mary Trace of South Tawton (Rita kindly extracted some of the later BMD's for the Westaway clan..
Don Pinkstone - lives in NSW, Australia and descends from Benjamin Westaway & Susannah Searle through William Westaway & Mary Trace of South Tawton
Jennifer Pain of Hastings, descends from William Westaway & Elizabeth Stoneman
Judy Grant - descends from George Youlden Westaway son of John Westaway & Dorothy Snell and has researched many original records for everyone in Australia.
Yvonne Westaway - descends from John & Jane Sloggett grandson of John Westaway & Dorothy Snell.
Rosemary Stapleton - Jeremiah Westaway son of Mark Westaway & Elizabeth Parr and still lives in the Okehampton area
David Westaway - descends from Jeremiah Westaway son of Mark Westaway * Elizabeth Parr and lives in Canada
Keith and Evelyn Baigrie - William Westaway & Sarah of South Tawton, Devon
Margaret Barlow - descends from Samuel & Hamey Mincard, Samuel was one of the sons of Mark & Elizabeth Parr.
Julie Scoines - Richard & Ann Sansbear, (another son of Mark & Elizabeth Parr)and lives in Totnes, Devon. This is the same branch as Shirley & Ron.
Bridget Jay - descends from Thomas & Elizabeth Madge from Dartington, Devon
Ron Patrick of Ontario, Canada - Samuel Westaway & Ann Brook Whitlock ( John Westaway & Ann Yeo branch)
Sandy Pestill lives in Canada and descends from John Westaway & Ann Yeo of Bradworthy, Devon
Barbara Westaway lives in Barnes, London and descends from William Mallettt Westaway & Eliza Westaway of South Tawton, Devon
Many of these researchers can be contacted through the Westaway Mailing Group or by e-mailing them direct.
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