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Mary Windeatt, née KNOWLES (1811-1873)

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This relatively well off branch of the WINDEATTs has left quite a lot of documentary evidence behind.  There is a whole file in the Devon Record Office as well as documents held by the Totnes Museum and by surviving members of the family.  Some time or other, transcriptions of the publicly available information will be uploaded to these web pages.

There is already a transcription of a short biography of Mary Windeatt on my transcription of West Country Poets pages now on the Genuki website:

I have also transcribed an inventory of her goods and chattels made in 1873 which must have been attached at some time to the probate of her will: 

Mary was the wife of William Fabyan WINDEATT, of whom there is a lot of documentary evidence and various newspaper reports.  He seems to have been a bit of a mover and shaker around Totnes and held various local public offices, including that of Mayor. 

Census Transcriptions

In 1841: I haven't found this yet.

In 1851 - see below BUT NOTE:  This information is taken from a transcription (hence the spelling!) - I haven't seen the original image. 

Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace Possible DOB
William F. WINDCOTT Head M 43 M Attorney At Law In Practice Totnes-DEV 1807
Mary WINDCOTT Wife M 40 F --- Deptford-KEN 1810
Mary F. WINDCOTT Daur - 10 F Scholar Totnes-DEV 1840
Thomas W. WINDCOTT Son - 6 M Scholar Totnes-DEV 1844
Edward WINDCOTT Son - 4 M Scholar Totnes-DEV 1846
Elizabeth W. KNOWLES Vist U 41 F Proprietor Of Bond Shares (Capitalist) Deptford-KEN 1809
Martha CURYER Serv U 22 F House Serv Harberton-DEV 1828

Elizabeth KNOWLES must be Mary's sister.  Free BMD has an Elizabeth Witheare KNOWLES marrying a William LOVECRAFT in the  Greenwich Register Office District in the September quarter of 1862 [GRO Ref: 1d 952].  And we know, from an OLd Bailey witness report, that Mary Fabyan Windeatt was visiting her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth & William LOVECRAFT in London in 1864.  Elizabeth KNOWLES must have been 51 when she married for the first time - which is interesting!

In 1861, Living at Plymouth Road, Totnes [RG9/1417, 46, 1, 134]

Surname First name(s) Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Where Born
WINDEATT W.C. Head M M 53 Mayor of Totnes Devon, Totnes
WINDEATT Mary Wife M F 50 Attorney's Wife London - Deptford (Originally: Kent- Deptford
WINDEATT Mary Dau U F 20 Attorney's Daughter Devon - Totnes
WINDEATT William Son U M 19 General Clerk Devon - Totnes
WINDEATT Thomas White Son U M 16 Articled Clerk Devon - Totnes
WINDEATT Edward Son UU M 14 Scholar Devon - Totnes
YEOMAN Ann Maria Servant U F 21 House Servant Devon - Harberton

1871 - haven't found her yet . . .


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