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This family is a branch of the Totnes tree. We know this from the information in the Family Legends Notebook written by Frances AMERY (neé WINDEATT) in 1865. The relevant section is:
Samuel WINDEATT, my grandfather's father, was the eldest of three brothers, the second went to Tavistock and settled and his descendants are still there, the youngest who was by another wife was the ancestor of John WINDEATT'S family of whom Mrs KING and her sisters are the descendants.
We don't know who this youngest son was nor the actual line of descent to Mrs. King and her sisters, but we do know quite a lot about Mrs. King and her sisters from the wills of their father, mother and aunts, not to mention various newspaper reports of the time.
We also now know that the WINDEATT family which can be found in Tasmania from 1831 is descended from John (1793-1867) below. A John WINDEATT, son of John and Elizabeth was baptised on 2nd January 1793, in Berry Pomoroy parish (source: IGI). Berry Pomoroy was the parish for the suburb of Bridgetown, Totnes where this branch of WINDEATTs lived. According to the same source his brother, William Browne WINDEATT and two sisters Caroline and Mary Grace WINDEATT were all baptised on 31st December 1798 while his third sister, Harriet, was christened on 20th January, 1801 and a fourth sister, Elizabeth on 28th July 1806. This branch of WINDEATTs were famously non-conformist and the reason for the bulk baptism in 1798 may have been an understandable reluctance to baptise the children in the Anglican parish church. The dates of birth could, therefore be a little different from the baptismal dates.
Below is the tree that I have created from the information in the wills and other data. John's children, listed on the tree below, also benefited from the Wills of his sisters, Elizabeth and Mary. These unmarried sisters both made Wills leaving money to all or some of their nieces and nephews. John's wife, also called Elizabeth, left her estate to Caroline (presumably because the other children were already provided for). Transcriptions of these wills have been uploaded to my WILLS pages and links are provided in the links section below.
?John WINDEATT m ?Grace? - this is very speculative ___________|_______________________________________________________ | | | | | Elizabeth JOHN WINDEATT Grace Thomas Mary ch 27.01.1760 ch 06.05.1761 ch 31.01.1762 ch 18.07.1765 ch 09.09.1766 bd 13.09.1836 bd 31.01.1826 d.?1852 m. Elizabeth ?BROWNE d.1855 ____________|_______________________________________________________________ | | | | | | John Mary Grace Caroline William Browne Harriet Elizabeth ?1793-1867 cd.1798-? cd.1798 cd.1798 cd.1801 (1806-?1838) m.1816 Richard KING m.1825 John COLLIER m.1833 William Fox
In 1828 there was a scandal concerning John WINDEATT's two daughters Caroline and Elizabeth - who it seems may not have been better than they should be. Details are on separate pages.
Here's John's widow, Elizabeth WINDEATT, née BROWNE, living with her two daughters, Caroline WINDEATTand Mary (now KING) and her grandchildren, Richard John KING, Mary Grace KING and Frances COLLIER.
|Richard J. KING||Head||U||31||M||Landed Proprietor||Plymouth-Dev||1819|
|Mary G. KING||Moth||W||53||F||Landed Proprietor||Totnes-Dev||1797|
|Mary G. (Junr) KING||Sis||U||21||F||---||Plymouth-Dev||1829|
|Mary TOLL||Serv||U||25||F||Dairy Woman||Bickleigh-Dev||1825|
|Elizabeth ELLIOTT||Serv||U||45||F||House Serv||Totnes-Dev||1805|
|Mary Ann SKINNER||Serv||U||28||F||Cook||Staverton-Dev||1822|
|Elizabeth SMITH||Serv||U||21||F||House Serv||Dean-Dev||1829|
|Address:||Bigadon, Buckfastleigh, Devonshire|
and here is her other daughter, Harriet COLLIER, living more modestly at 16 Fore Street, Totnes:
|M.G. COLLIER||Daur||U||25||F||At Home||Chas Plymh-DEV||1825|
|Emily COLLIER||Daur||U||24||F||At Home||Chas Plymh-DEV||1826|
|John WINDCOTT||Cous||U||69||M||Landed Proprietor||Totnes-DEV||1781|
|Address:||16 Fore Street, Totnes|
- John WINDEATT, will proved 1826 - the John in bold capitals on the tree above
- Elizabeth Windeatt, will proved 1836 - John's elder sister.
- Mary Windeatt, will proved 1852 - John's younger sister.
- Elizabeth WINDEATT, will proved 1855 - John's widow
- John (1793-1867) - founder of the Tasmania tree - WARNING: page under reconstruction
- Richard John KING (Mary Grace WINDEATT's son)
- biography from the Devon Poets pages - transcribed by myself
- "a graceful writer" - appreciation from the Longmarsh Press
- The Limes, Crediton - British Listed Buildings