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Contents of this page: [Introduction] [Apprentices] [Masters] [Accessing the records] [Colour Coding]

About these records

They say that your ancestors needed to be very rich or very poor if you want to explore your family history back much before the first useful census in 1841 and the start of civil registration in 1837.  

Families who could afford to pay to apprentice their children to a trade did not have to keep records which means that few survive. Children of poor families, however, were farmed out as apprentices at a very young age (nine or ten) and the parish concerned kept records.  These records are valuable source of family history information both about the children who were apprenticed and also about the Masters who employed them.

There is a very good introduction to the subject on the Devon Record Office website:

The lists below have been transcribed from the catalogue of holdings of the Devon Record Office and the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office.  As with all indexes the original source needs to be checked.  To do this you need to contact the respective record office and ask for photocopies.  I have included some instructions and links to the respective record offices at the end of the page.


Apprentices

Here is an index list of the WINGEAT apprentices that I have found so far:

Date Parish Name Reference Office Details
1700 St Mary Major, Exeter John Windom 51/1/16/50 DRO item: John Windom, apprenticed to John Grenter & Susannah bricklayer bricklayer St. Sidwell
1720 Ugborough Lawrance Windiate 884/268/1 DRO item: Windiate, Lawrance, apprenticed to Edgcumbe, Thomas
1722 Ugborough Robert Windiat Ugborough 884/268/7 PWDRO item: Windiat, Robert, apprenticed to Long, Ralph
1725 Ugborough John Windgate Ugborough 884/268/11 DRO item: Windgate, John, apprenticed to Cole, Richard
1745 Ugborough John Windgate Ugborough 884/268/68 PWDRO item: Windeat, John, apprenticed to Cowle, William
1749 Ugborough John Windeat Ugborough 884/268/84 PWDRO item: Windeat, John apprenticed to Stentaford, John
1753 St John's, Paignton Susanna Windeatt 3134A-1/PO 47/43 DRO FILE - Susanna Windeatt, apprenticed to Henry Furneaux, yeoman
1757 Ashprington James Windeatt 2027A-2/PO1/33 DRO FILE - James Windeatt apprenticed to William Gill, Yeoman
1758 Ugborough Susanna Windeatt Ugborough 884/269/36 PWDRO item: Windeatt, Susanna, apprenticed to Shute, Francis
1759 Tavistock Thomas Windeatt Bayly-Bartlett Papers 242/5/14   Apprenticeship Indenture
see details below
1. Thomas Windeatt the younger, son of Thomas Windeatt the elder, 2.Thomas Windeatt the elder of Tavistock, vellmonger and serge maker, 3. Mary Cake of Tavistock, widow. To learn the trades of vellmonger, woolcomber and serge maker
1764 Ashprington Mary Windeat 2027A-2/PO1/42 DRO FILE - Mary Windeat apprenticed to Samuel Widdicombe, Yeoman
1764 Ugborough Richard Windeat Ugborough 884/269/61 PWDRO item: Windeat, Richard, apprenticed to Norman, Matthew
1766 Ermington Sarah Wingyet 909/246 PWDRO FILE: Apprentice: Wingyet, Sarah; Master: Easton, William
1768 Littlehempston William Wingeatt 2217A/PO 16/25 DRO FILE - William Wingeatt of B. Pomery apprenticed to Jane Cole
1771 Ashprington Susanna Windect 2027A-2/PO1/54 DRO FILE - Susanna Windect apprenticed to Peter Brooking of Ugborough
1771 Emington John Wyndeat 909/249 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Wyndeat, John; Master: Nelder, Peter
1772 Totnes Borough James Windeat 1579A-0/24/64/61  DRO James Windeat to Robert Lampen, carrier
1776 Emington Richard Wyndeat 909/262 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Wyndeat, Richard; Master: Butland, John
1778 Ilsington John Wingett 122 A/PO 510 DRO FILE - John Wingett apprenticed to James Templer Esq., of Teigngrace for Lower Gaverich
1778 Ugborough Ann Windcat Ugborough 884/270/73 PWDRO item: Windcat, Ann, apprenticed to Byrd, Thomas
1778 Emington Grace Wingyet 909/244 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Wingyet, Grace; Master: Nelder, Joseph
1779 Emington Henry Windeatt 909/287 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, Henry; Master: Lakeman, Thomas
1781 Dean Prior William Windeatt 4567A-99/PO 54/99 DRO FILE -  William Windeatt apprenticed to Mathew Hill, Labourer
1786 Emington Grace Windeat 909/317 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, Grace; Master: Nelder, Peter
1787 Dean Prior Jane Windeatt 4567A-99/PO 54/96 DRO FILE - Jane Windeatt apprenticed to John Hewett, Yeoman
1787 Dean Prior Jane Windeatt 4567A-99/PO 54/97 DRO FILE - Jane Windeatt apprenticed to Cristopher Hoar, Yeoman
1787 Dean Prior John Windeatt 4567A-99/PO 54/98 DRO FILE - John Windeatt apprenticed to Cristopher Hoar, Yeoman
1787 Dean Prior John Windeatt 4567A-99/PO 54/98 DRO FILE - John Windeatt apprenticed to Cristopher Hoar, Yeoman
1788 Diptford Mary Ann Windeat 3095 A-2/PO 8/73 DRO item: Mary Ann Windeat apprenticed to John Parnell of Moreleigh, yeoman
1792 Halwell Jacob Phillips Windeate 3095 A-2/PO 8/73 DRO FILE - Jacob Phillips Windeate, apprenticed to Nicholas Hoping, yeoman, for Mr. John Pope's Rowdon
1790 Dean Prior James Windeatt 4567A-99/PO 54/95 DRO FILE - James Windeatt apprenticed to George Furneaux, Yeoman
1791 Emington Philip Windeatt 909/350 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, Philip; Master: Fice, John
1793 Totnes Borough Elizabeth Windeatt 1579A-0/24/66/104 DRO Elizabeth Windeatt to Andrew Howard of Manaton, yeoman on Henry Cross estate
1794 Ilsington William Wingate 122 A/PO 624 DRO FILE - William Wingate apprenticed to Charles Hale, esq. for Ingston Barton
1795 Emington Elizabeth Windeatt 909/375 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, Elizabeth; Master: Hart, Robert
1795 West Alvington John Whingate 818A/PO 446 DRO FILE - John Whingate apprenticed to Nicholas Crimp, Yeoman
1798 Emington John Windeatt 909/375 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, John; Master: Prideaux, William
1800 West Alvington Robert Whynyate 818A/PO 482 DRO FILE - Robert Whynyate apprenticed to George Foale of Churston Ferris, Yeoman
1802 Emington Richard Windeatt 909/418 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, Richard; Master: Splatt, Thomas
1808 Emington Grace Windeat 909/457 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeat, Grace; Master: Jenkins, William
1815 Emington William Windeatt 909/515  PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, William; Master: Toms, Philip
1815 Emington Sarah Windeat 909/524 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeat, Sarah; Master: Pearse, Samuel
1817 Emington Jane Windeatt 909/535 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, Jane; Master: Barons, Richard
1818 Emington John Windeatt 909/542 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, John; Master: Pinn, William
1819 West Alvington Sarah Wingett 818A/PO 716&717 DRO FILE - Sarah Wingett apprenticed to Peter Lakeman of Dodbrooke, Yeoman
1820 Churston Ferrers John Winget 1235 A - 2/PO 183/49 DRO FILE - John Winget, 10 yrs apprenticed to Susan pearce, widow
1821 Tavistock John  Windeatt 242/11/20   Apprenticeship Indenture
see details below
1. Thomas Windeatt of Tavistock, woollen manufacturer; 2 John Windeatt his son; 3 Richard Evans of Exeter, chymist [sic] & druggist ; Term: 5 years
1823 Churston Ferrers Mary Ann Wingeatt 1235 A - 2/PO 183/59 DRO FILE - Mary Ann Wingeatt, 10 yrs apprenticed to William Evens, esq
1824 Churston Ferrers Sarah Wingealt 1235 A - 2/PO 183/71 DRO FILE - Sarah Wingealt, 10 yrs apprenticed to John Hannaford, overseer, yeoman
1824 Diptford Richard Windeatt 3095 A-2/PO 10/7 DRO item: Richard Windeatt, aged 9, apprenticed to John Woodley, yeoman
1825 West Alvington John Wingeat 818A/PO 781&782 DRO FILE - John Wingeat apprenticed to John Edwards, Yeoman
1826 Emington Windeatt, Henry 909/602 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, Henry; Master: Blackmore, Thomas
1827 Churston Ferrers Tabitha Winget 1235 A - 2/PO 184/9 DRO FILE - Tabitha Winget, 10 yrs apprenticed to Robert Grant, yeoman
1831 Emington Windeatt, Jane 909/662 PWDRO FILE - Apprentice: Windeatt, Jane; Master: Sparrow, Benjamin
1838 Churston Ferrers Robert Windett 1235 A - 2/PO 184/43 DRO FILE - Robert Windett, 12 yrs apprenticed to Nicholas Grant, yeoman
1843 Dean Prior John French Windeatt 4567A-99/PO 54/100 DRO FILE - John French Windeatt apprenticed to Nathaniel Edmonds, Yeoman
1843 Dean Prior John French Windeatt 4567A-99/PO 54/101 DRO FILE - John French Windeatt apprenticed to Nathaniel Edmonds Yeoman (Justices' order attached)

DRO = Devon Record Office    PWDRO=Plymouth & West Devon Record Office

To find out how to access these records please see the instructions at the bottom of the page.


Masters

Here is a list of WINGEATs who employed apprentices.  Most of these files are Apprenticeship Indentures  but I have also included files where there is evidence that the person worked for a WINGEAT in previous years.  This evidence appears in the files called Settlement Examinations.  But, if you are going to request a photocopy,  check the A2A search site first to be absolutely sure of the type of file you need.

Date Parish Name Reference Office Details
1630 Totnes Borough James Wyndiett 1579A-0/24/60/17 DRO Johan CLACE daughter of John CLACE, cordwainer to James Wyndiett and Judith his wife
1657 Totnes Borough John Wyndeatt 1579A-0/24/60/91 DRO Hester PARKER daughter of John PARKER to John Wyndeatt of Newton Abbot, currier
1679 Okehampton Richard Windieat 3210 A/PO 10/24 DRO Pazcone READAWAY apprenticed to Richard WINDIEAT of Okehampton
1685 Okehampton Richard Windiett 3210 A/PO 10/44 DRO William PAINTER apprenticed in husbandry to Richard WINDIETT of Okehampton, innholder
1690 Okehampton Richard Windeatt 3210 A/PO 10/59 DRO Alexander BICKELL, son of Austin BICKELL, apprenticed in husbandry to Richard WINDEATT of Okehampton, carpenter
1697 Totnes Borough John Windeate 1579A-0/24/61/23 DRO Henry HAWKINGS son of Edward HAWKINGS, decd. to John Windeate of Bridgetown Pomeroy in Berry Pomeroy, tailor, tailoring
1744 Ugborough John Windate Ugborough 884/268/63 PWDRO PARSONS, Thomas, apprenticed to WINDATE, John
1759 Tavistock Thomas Windeatt Bayly-Bartlett Papers 242/5/14   Apprenticeship Indenture
see details below
1. Thomas Windeatt the younger, son of Thomas Windeatt the elder, 2.Thomas Windeatt the elder of Tavistock, vellmonger and serge maker, 3. Mary Cake of Tavistock, widow. To learn the trades of vellmonger, woolcomber and serge maker
1767 Diptford Thomas Windeatt 3095 A-2/PO 8/26 DRO Elizabeth CAREW apprenticed to Thomas WINDEATT of Berry Pomeroy, fellmonger
1772 Chudleigh William Wingate 3009A-99/PO23/1131 DRO Mary WYATT apprenticed to William WINGATE of Kingsteignton, yeoman
1778 Totnes Borough Samuel Windeatt 1579A-0/24/65/31 DRO Sarah HEATH to Samuel Windeat the younger, grocer, for Mr Windeat's house
1783 Ugborough Charles Windeatt 884/271/33 PWDRO LANG, Susanna, apprenticed to WINDEATT, Charles
1783 Totnes Borough Samuel Windeatt 1579A-0/24/65/86 DRO Susanna COOKE to John CUMING, ironmonger for Mr Samuel Windeatt's Mount Lion
1791 Totnes Borough Samuel Windeatt 1579A-0/24/66/89 DRO Samuel MORRIS to Samuel HEATH of East Allington, yeoman for Mr Samuel Windeatt's estate called Parkers
1793 Modbury Richard Windeat 269A/PO 952  DRO John TIPPETT apprenticed to Richard WINDEATT, yeoman
1798 Totnes Borough Samuel WINDEATT 1579A-0/24/67/41 DRO Nanny Gould WARREN to Samuel Windeatt, clothier, on the dwellinghouse late Cockey's
1798 Modbury Richard Windeat 269A/PO 1027-1028 DRO Ann STEPHENS and duplicate apprenticed to Richard WINDEAT, yeoman [from Scope and Content] Endorsed, assignment to Dorothy WINDEAT, widow and administratrix, 1814
1799 Ilsington Mary Wingate 122 A/PO 678-9 DRO Richard WHITEWAY, 11 apprenticed to Mary WINGATE, junior
1799 Tavistock Thomas Windeatt 242/5/15 DRO James BRAUND a poor child of the parish of Tavistock 2 Thomas Windeatt 3 Churchwardens & Overseers of the Poor of the parish of Tavistock To learn the skill of husbandry - ref. no. 242/5/15
1801 Diptford Thomas Windeatt 3095 A-2/PO 9/7 DRO Mary OSBORNE, apprenticed to Thomas WINDEATT of Berry Pomeroy
n.d. Totnes Borough Thomas Windeatt 1579A-0/24/67/77 DRO Assignment to Thomas Wyndeatt of Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, merchant, endorsed 1802
1806 Totnes Borough John Windeatt 1579A-0/24/68/42 DRO Elizabeth ROGERS, 12 to John Windeatt of Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, tanner, on his 2 fields called Neathaton's in Totnes
1807 St John's, Paignton Thomas Wyndeatt 3134A-1/PO 51/111 DRO Elizabeth ANNIS, 10, apprenticed to Thomas WINDEATT of Berry Pomeroy
1808 Totnes Borough Thomas Windeatt 1579A-0/24/68/28 DRO Ann BROWN, 10 to assignment to Thomas Windeatt of Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy endorsed (see 1579A-0/24/68/20)
1808 Totnes Borough Thomas Windeatt 1579A-0/24/68/42 DRO Mary RODGERS, 10 to Thomas Windeatt of Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, merchant, on Mrs DERRY's house were she lives
1808 Diptford Thomas Windeatt 3095 A-2/PO 9/21 DRO Elizabeth OSBORN, aged 9, apprenticed to Thomas WINDEATT of Berry Pomeroy
1808 Kingsteignton William Wingate 2565 A/PO 51/35  DRO John FOLAR - Settlement Examination
1809 Modbury Dorothy Windeat 269A/PO 1223 DRO Mary LUSCOMBE, 10 apprenticed to William WILLIAMS, yeoman -  [from Scope and Content] Endorsed, assignment to Dorothy Windeat, widow and administratrix, 1814
1809 Modbury Richard Windeat  269A/PO 1224  DRO Mary MORTIMORE, 10 apprenticed to Richard WINDEAT, yeoman. [from Scope and Content] Endorsed: assignment to Dorothy WINDEAT, widow and administratrix, 1814
1809 Totnes Borough Thomas WINDEATT 1579A-0/24/68/62 DRO Sarah HELMAN, 12 to Thomas Windeatt of Berry Pomeroy, merchant for Mr Andrews taking an out apprentice
1809 Totnes Borough Thomas WINDEATT 1579A-0/24/68/70 DRO Eleanor SATCHWELL, 11 to Thomas Windeatt of Bery Pomeroy, sergemaker, voluntary
1809 St John's, Paignton Thomas Windeatt 3134A-1/PO 51/151 DRO Ann ANDREWS, 7, apprenticed to Thomas WINDEATT of Berry Pomeroy
1812 Modbury Richard Windeat 269A/PO 1259 DRO William BOLT, 10 apprenticed to Richard WINDEAT, yeoman
1813 St John's, Paignton Thomas Windeatt 3134A-1/PO 52/38 DRO Rebecca ANDREWS, 8, apprenticed to Thomas WINDEAT of Harberton, merchant
1813 St John's, Paignton Thomas Windeatt 3134A - 8/PO 169 DRO Betsy ANDREWS, 11 apprentice to Thomas WINDEATT of Harberton, merchant
1816 Totnes Borough John WINDEATT 1579A-0/24/69/46 DRO John KINDON, 8 to John Windeatt on Totnes Down field
1819 Chagford John WINDEATT 3212A/PO 106/1/43 DRO John JEFFERYS - Settlement Examination
1821 Drewsteignton John Windeat 2165 A/PO 1031 DRO George HOWARD, 9 apprenticed to John WINDEAT of North Bovey, farmer, for Lower Parford estate
1821 Modbury Dorothy Windeatt 269A/PO 1555-1556 DRO Thomas WINSOR, 13 Dorothy WINDEATT
1821 Tavistock Thomas Windeatt 242/11/20   Apprenticeship Indenture
see details below
1 Thomas Windeatt of Tavistock, woollen manufacturer; 2 John Windeatt his son; 3 Richard Evans of Exeter, chymist [sic] & druggist ; Term: 5 years
1826 Chagford Mary Ann Windeat 1429A-99/PO 148/521-522  DRO Martha OSBURN, 9, apprenticed to Mary Ann WINDEAT of North Bovey for Lower? Venn?
1836 Totnes Borough John Windeatt 1579A-0/24/71/31 DRO Assignment of apprenticeship for Thomas DREW to John Windeatt, gent. now to Samuel HILL, mason
1840 Ilsington George Windeatt 122 A/PO 249 DRO Richard WHITEWAY - Settlement Examination - apprenticed to George WINDEATT
1919 Kenton John Windeat 70 A/PO 6220 DRO Robert CLIST, labourer - Settlement Examination - apprenticed to John WINDEAT, Moretonhampstead years before
n.d. Kenton George WYNGYT 70 A/PO 6319  DRO John BUCKINGHAM - Settlement Examination - worked for George WYNGYT at Shaldon years before

DRO = Devon Record Office    PWDRO=Plymouth & West Devon Record Office

To find out how to access these records please see the instructions below.


Accessing the Original Records

These records are held either at the Devon Record Office (DRO) or the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (PWDRO).  Both provide a photocopying service which costs 30p for an A4 sheet at the time of writing (August, 2003).

If you want to get copies, you should:

  1. Check with me that we don't already have it.  Currently we don't have any I'm afraid but I hope to get some soon when time and money permit. 
  2. Check that the details are correct (I may have made a mistake!) by searching the A2A site for the name of the person you are interested in.
  3. Contact the relevant Record Office giving the full details of the file and ask for photocopies or an estimate for the cost of photocopying.  Instructions are on the relevant web sites:

If you do get any of these photocopies we'd be grateful if you could let us know if there is any more detail in the contents.


Colour Coding

Where a record is believed to relate to a person on a particular tree (see Trees page for a brief explanation of each tree) then the record is shaded as follows:

yellow
Totnes
green
Staverton
turquoise
Horrabridge
blue
Kingsbridge
lavender Torquay  lavender
Ughborough 

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