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Families descended from this branch of WINDGEAT families have traced their roots back to Staverton in Devon.  This branch has a large number of descendants and has been carefully  researched by Peter Windeatt.  There were Windeatts in Staverton in 1620 and possibly earlier but linking the records into a tree is difficult for the same reasons as with the Horrabridge tree.

There could also be links with other Windeatts in nearby parishes of Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton or Totnes.  One  distinguishing feature of this tree is the use of the Christian name, James.  This is shared with the family of WINDEATs who were farmers a little further north in the Manaton-Moretonhampstead area of Dartmoor.  It may indicate a connection?


Top of the tree

This tree starts with  William WINDETT who married three times in Staverton in the early eighteenth century (Mary HEARNEMAN in 1725, Elizabeth COKER in 1727 and Mary CALLARD in 1733). 


Translantic Connection 

This large tree has not yet been transcribed for the web but a fragment of it can be found starting with John WINDETT, a grandson of the William mentioned above.  This section of tree shows the ancestors of emigrants to Canada and the United States. 


Staverton - where is it?

It's in Devon, England. 

More specifically it's in South Devon on the south-eastern edge of Dartmoor Forest.

You can see from detailed map on the right that Staverton is very near Totnes, Buckfastleigh, Dean Prior, Rattery, Ashburton and Holne.  All these parishes have lots of early WINDGEAT records.

Please wait for this map of Staverton & District to download
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey  and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Where did they go from Staverton?

The family moved on to Plymouth in the first decade of the nineteenth century and some branches moved on to London, Canada, the US and Australia.  This is a very large and extensive tree and a lot of research has been done into the nineteenth century records.  Most descendants in the UK spell their name WINDEATT, while the Canadian/US descendants spell it WINGET.
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