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There is quite a bit of information available about this family but I haven't seen it all and haven't put together anything much of the bits that are. I will try and make some sense of it as and when.
Moretonhampstead - where is it?
It's in Devon, England. Link to the England Map
More specifically it's on the north east edge of Daartmoor
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.
BITS AND PIECES
History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, 1878-79: North Bovey, Jno WINDEATT, Farmer, Middle Luckdon
- Link to a page of data about Moretonhampstead parish - also under construction.
- Link to the start of a page of census data for the area
1839, Arson at Wooston?
On Monday last the workmen in the employ of Mr. John Windeatt, of Wooston Farm, in the parish of Moretonhampstead, about two miles on the Crediton-road, had been employed in taking in a rick of wheat, containing about 40 bushels, and putting it into a barn, situate on a distance part of the estate, about half a mile from the dwelling-house. Upon reaching it, however, one of them by chance turning round and looking in the direction by which they had come, he, to his surprise, saw the barn was on fire. An alarm was immediately given, and all hands, with the utmost expedition, repaired to the spot; but so powerful were the flames, that all efforts to save the building and its valuable contents from the devouring element were unavailing, the bar, the wheat just lodged in it, a quantity of barley previously there, and a thrashing machine attached to the barn being totally destroyed. The workmen had no candle, and it is feared that this is the work of an incendiary - an idea that is but too strongly confirmed by an investigation that took place on Tuesday afternoon. What adds to the calamity is, that the property was not insured, and that both Mr. and Mrs. WINDEATT were confined to their beds by illness, the latter we regret to hear, seriously so. - Exeter Gazette
- The Times, Saturday,
Dec 28, 1839; pg. 5; Issue 17237; col F