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North Devon Emigrants


North Devon Emigrants

This group is for all those interested in emigration from North Devon. Many left this area, particularly between 1830 and 1860, frequently heading for Canada. Large numbers of these people have been shown to be members of the Bible Christian Church.

Location: North Devon
Members: 17
Latest Activity: Jan 26, 2015

Bible Christians

Many emigrants from North Devon and beyond were Bible Christians, an offshoot of Methodism. Most settled in what is now Ontario,
More information can be found at
The standard work on The Bible Christians by F W Bourne has recently been reprinted by Tentmaker Publications. There are also three good books by Sher Leetooze about the movement, largely in Canada
Some copies of the Bible Christian Magazine are available at
they are full of biographical information, all they need is someone to index them!

Discussion Forum

Taylor Family

Started by Victor Taylor. Last reply by Victor Taylor Dec 10, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by Jim Bowen on January 8, 2015 at 8:52pm

For those individuals that are looking for information concerning Bible Christian Relatives selected copies of the Bible Christian Magazine are available via Google Books or at the following URL from Oxford University.

Obituaries from the Bible Christian Observer in Canada have been abstracted by Donald A. McKenzie in Volume 6: More Notices from Ontario's Methodist Papers 1858-1872 and Volume 9: More Obituaries from Ontario's Methodist Papers 1873-1884.  These texts have been republished by Global Heritage Press and are available via Global Genealogy or at public libraries.  I would recommend however that you seek the original document once you have identified that an obituary exists in the BCO, as further information is available.  The Bible Christian Observer is available at the United Church of Canada Archives in Toronto. 

Comment by Janet Few on January 7, 2015 at 7:53am

For those interested in the history of the Bible Christians see

Comment by Jeff Cooper on October 9, 2012 at 6:27am

looking for ships name john Bridgeman from Buckland Brewer area emmigrated to Montreal ? about 1850

Comment by Janet Few on March 11, 2012 at 3:37am

Any information on the Tantons greatfully received - I have already recieved a great deal of help from Mr Cooke in Canada. My e,mail is

Pictures would be brilliant. I'm happy to share what I have. I do also know a little about the Pengillys.

Comment by Marjorie Wilson on March 10, 2012 at 5:33pm

I have quite a bit of info on the Tanton family of London Ontario from St. Giles in the Wood.  They are related to my Pengilly family, originally from Clovelly, but moved to Yarnscombe.

Comment by James Halls on March 10, 2012 at 3:38pm

My gg grandmother was Susan Tanton from St Giles in the Wood.  She was born in 1843 and died in 1933 in Toronto.  I have pictures of her and her family if you are interested.

Comment by Janet Few on March 10, 2012 at 2:12pm

Just been working on the following emigrants from North Devon:-

Tanton from St Giles in the Wood and Bideford to PEI and London Ontario

Rouse from Torrington to Philadelphia

Stoneman and Braund from Frithelstock and West Putford to Bradford, Pennsylvannia

Cavenett from Instow to South Australia

Braund and Elliott from Bucks Mills to Port Hope, Ontario

Cole from Buckland Brewer to Norfolk County, Ontario

Williams from Torrington to Clinton, Ontario

Hooper from Bulkworthy to Wisconsin USA and Perterborough Ontario

Comment by Janet Few on June 5, 2010 at 1:43am
Before the Yeos it was the Burnard and Chanter families but as you say, not everyone was associated
Comment by Dawn Ellis on June 3, 2010 at 4:57pm
Not this Robert...William Ellis (well known shipbuilder of PEI) was associated with the Yeo family, but my Robert is William Ellis's 1c1r and was not connected with William's business or Yeo. for that matter.

My Robert Ellis was connected with the Peacock Inn in Bideford. I believe he was the brother of William Ellis who ran the Peacock.
Comment by Janet Few on June 3, 2010 at 2:57am
Robert Ellis is likely to have been associated with the Yeo family who had shipbuilding yards in both Bideford and PEI. Many people crossed the Atlantic not intending to emigrate permanently but later went to stay.

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