I was at the United Church Archives last week and was looking at the microfilm of the Bible Christian Observer which was published from 1867-1884. If there is an obituary for one of your family members or what was called a Memoir then you may find information regarding their immigration in greater detail. As you mentioned in your Buckland Brewer note the online services of the Archives is limited (this seems to be due to limited funding). It is best you call ahead to let them know you are coming. The UC Archives is closing in May to relocate back to downtown Toronto and will not reopen until September so a summer trip will not be possible. My children are descendants of three Bible Christian families who came to Canada in 1831, 1848 or so and 1875 and I agree that finding information about the early immigration is a challenge, especially ship records. I am not sure if there would be any records of this nature at the UC Archives.
More research John Fulford my g/g/g/g/grandfather b1757 had a sister Elizabeth Fulford b1759 and she married Henry Cole [b1754] m 1779 in Buckland Brewer.
Are we on the right track?
Regards Ron How.
John cannot go further John Fulford married twice and his son Philip from the first marriage was my g/g/g grandfather.
During my recent visit I found agrave near the fulford and Kelly graves of the Cole family hope this helps. Ron How.
Ancestry.com send me HINTS on the family and in the case of John Fulford 12 family trees and in 4 of these mary cole appears birth 1771 or 1774.
Look at MATTHEW tree and BROMLEY tree parents are George Cole and Elizabeth Maddick.
Will be in Buckland Brewer on 29th of this month.
Recent activity my Phillip Fulford was the son of John Fulford andChristian Stapledon and one of ten children.Christian died and he married Mary Cole in 1803 and they had five childen Grace.Elizabeth.Jane.James[twins] and Maria.
Have I complicated matters or does this help ?