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Devon Genealogy

A group for anyone with an interest in the English county of Devon. It will be a place where we can share news, links, research interests and problems.

Location: England
Members: 173
Latest Activity: Dec 21, 2014


Welcome to the Devon Genealogy group on Genealogy Wise. Please share with us your interests and your problems on the discussion board so that all related discussions are kept in one place where they can easily be found. It is also very easy to go back and edit your discussion posts if you make a mistake. This is intended as a friendly open forum for the discussion of any Devon-related matters.

Genealogy Wise is growing at such a rate that it is difficult to keep up with everything. If you know of any other Devon-related groups please let me know so that I can add a link below. It won't be possible to list surname groups as there will be too many, unless of course someone wants to offer to co-ordinate a new group to list all the Devon surname groups!

Devon has a strong maritime tradition and the photo I have chosen to represent the group is a picture of the sea taken from Hartland Quay on the North Devon coast. The coastline here is particularly treacherous and has been the scene of many shipwrecks. You can share your photos with us on the discussion board. Simply click on the camera symbol in the editing toolbar and your photo will be added to your posting.

Genuki Devon
Devon Family History Society official website
Devon Family History Society on Facebook
Devon Record Office
Devon Rootsweb mailing list
Friends of Devon Archives
The Devon DNA Project
Devon GenWeb
History pages on BBC Devon
Devon Heritage website

Devon parish groups on Genealogy Wise
Bishops Nympton
Buckland Brewer
Bucks Mills
Cruwys Morchard

Related groups on Genealogy Wise
North Devon emigrants
The Lost Colonists of Roanoke, North Carolina. Many of the Lost Colonists came from Devon. Is your surname included?
The England Family History page has a list of all the English county groups.
Medieval English Genealogy

Discussion Forum


Started by Debbie Kennett Apr 4, 2011.

Budget cuts at Devon and North Devon Record Offices

Started by Debbie Kennett Feb 13, 2011.

Reasons for leaving Devon to America 5 Replies

Started by E Frye. Last reply by Dianne Reuby Jan 23, 2011.


Started by Jackie Bidgood-Owen Aug 22, 2010.

Wood family in Bishopsteignton

Started by Malvary Cole Jun 12, 2010.

Radford family of Silforton/Silverton, Devon, England 2 Replies

Started by Charles Edward Radford II. Last reply by Charles Edward Radford II May 27, 2010.

"Moor Veiw" Yelverton & other Guest Houses

Started by John Laws May 24, 2010.

Church Monuments

Started by Christine Gibbins May 12, 2010.


Started by Jackie Bidgood-Owen May 6, 2010.


Started by Jane Andrews Apr 15, 2010.

I received Certificates of Liliy ConyBeare 12 Replies

Started by Shawn Borg. Last reply by Shawn Borg Mar 10, 2010.

Devon books on Google Books 5 Replies

Started by Debbie Kennett. Last reply by Debbie Kennett Mar 9, 2010.

Family names

Started by steve welling Jan 15, 2010.

Free DNA testing for Pearse (and variant) surnames in UK 6 Replies

Started by Cecil D Pearse. Last reply by Tasmin Louise Clement Jan 2, 2010.

James Vicary of Great Torrington 1 Reply

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Sesen Sep 4, 2009.

Brock and Medland families in Exbourne area

Started by Bob Brock Aug 19, 2009.

Hooper and Jefford Families 2 Replies

Started by Christine Muhling. Last reply by Christine Muhling Aug 17, 2009.

Fatal Shooting in Dartmouth

Started by Colin Withall Aug 16, 2009.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Debbie Kennett on July 15, 2009 at 3:29am
Hi Janet, You need to use the group text box. Highlight the words you want to link and then click on the reel symbol in the editing toolbar. There seem to be an annoying pop-up that you have to clear before you can add the URL.
Comment by Janet Few on July 15, 2009 at 2:31am
I'll attempt to work out how to do the same!!
Comment by Debbie Kennett on July 15, 2009 at 2:24am

I'll add links to your new groups when they're set up. If anyone else finds any other Devon groups let me know so that I can add them too.
Comment by Janet Few on July 15, 2009 at 2:10am
I have just created a group for the parish of Buckland Brewer. I'll be doing the same for Bulkworthy and Bucks Mills shortly.
I would like to get in touch with anyone with ancestry in those areas.
Comment by Debbie Kennett on July 12, 2009 at 4:09am
I think it might work best if people started new discussions in the discussion forum. All the discussions on one topic or surname will then all be kept in the same place and will be easier to find.
Comment by Maureen Kenchington on July 11, 2009 at 11:23pm
There doesn't seem to be any way to reply to a specific Comment - maybe queries about Devon ancestors should be posted under Discussions? I don't know if 'Discussions' allows for replies - we're all stumbling round in the dark in this new place!

Anyway, to answer Janice Marie Hartman:

To be sure of their parentage, you need their marriage certificate which should give the names and occupations of their fathers. FreeBMD ( has the following entry:

Marriages Sep 1844
HAWKINS James Stoke Daml 9 473
ROBINSON Jane Stoke Damarel 9 473

An unattributed 'postem' attached to the entry dated 08/07/2007 says 'James Hawkins married Jane Robinson on 21 Jul 1844 per marriage paper'.

To get the certificate go to the General Register Office ( and follow the instructions to order online. It costs 7GBP wherever you are in the world. When you have the names of the fathers, you may be able to identify James and Jane in the 1841 census and trace their baptisms.
Comment by Sheila Stewart-Lafleur on July 11, 2009 at 6:34pm
Greetings from Canada
My grandfather was James Henry Wills b. Sept. 25 1890 in Ashburton, Devon. sp. Nellie Edwards born Sept 8 1890 Wrexham,
Wales. They married Oct 11 1917 in Nairn Centre , Ontairo

His father was James Henry Wills b. Oct 23 1865 Ashburton, sp Susan Ann Eales b. July 17 1865 Ashburton.
They married Aug. 25 1887 Teignmouth Wesleyan Chapel

His father James Henry Wills born 1834 unknown died Dec 13 1890 Ashburton sp. Lavinia Gillett Conibear b. July 28 1832 Southwark Surrey. They married March 28, 1857 St. Mary's Church, Kooringa, Burra, S. Australia. I have yet found either of them on a passenger list to Australia or on one returning back to England They were back in England between 1861 and 1863 because daughter Sarah Ann Wills was born April 20 1863 in Torquay. I would love to learn more
Comment by Janice Marie Hartman on July 11, 2009 at 10:44am
I am looking for information on my Hawkins family. From 1851 thru 1881 I can find James and Jane Hawkins with their children (Thomas James Robinson, Charlotte, Clara and John) living in Devonport. After that time James and Jane Hawkins came to St. Louis, Mo USA. I believe Thomas died in Austrailia, Charlotte in Plymouth and Clara in Somerset. Charlotte married Thomas Leaman, Clara married John Weatherdon, Thomas married ? and all died young. John came to Missouri and married Lillie Coghill and died young but with one child where I have picked up the genealogy and I come through. Need help on finding the parents on James Hawkins and his wife Jane Robinson Hawkins. Hope this group can give me some ideas where to go next with research in Devon.
Comment by Debbie Kennett on July 11, 2009 at 10:29am
In case anyone was wondering the picture is of the North Devon coast at Hartland Quay, a treacherous spot and the scene of many shipwrecks!

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