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WINDGEATs - Torquay tree

STOP PRESS:  We are now fairly certain that Robert WINGET at the top of this tree was born in UGBOROUGH - so it looks like the Torquay tree is actually a sub-branch of the UGBOROUGH tree.   I'll be updating this information when I can get the time.  

Torquay - where is it?


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and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.


There were Windeatts in Tormoham (an earlier name for part of Torquay) as long ago as 1524 and a field beside the A380 is called Great Windeatts.  The greatest concentration of present-day Windeatts is in the area of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham which could suggest that this is the origin of this rare locative surname (see the origins page).

Where did they go from Torquay?

Many of the people on this tree have stayed in the area, a few moved on north round the bay to  Babbacombe.  One branch moved to Exeter early in the nineteenth century and from there to London.  Some branches  were fishermen and moved on to Hull and Grimsby.  Others went even further afield to Australia and New Zealand.

Erstwhile Top of the Torquay tree

This is  the erstwhile top of the tree showing Robert WINGET who married in Churston Ferrers in 1810.   We are now pretty sure that he was born in Ugborough and was apprenticed to John Foale, a yeoman of Churston Ferrers in 1800.  Churston Ferrers is a hamlet just west of  Galmpton and is now part of Brixham.   

Notice the changes in the spelling of the surname. Please wait while the picture downloads.   You will probably  need to scroll to the right to see all twelve children.


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John WINDEATT and Maria (Davey)

Marriage solemnized at the Church, Parish of Churston Ferrers, County of Devon

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Date Name & Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of Marriage Father's Name and Forename Rank or profession of Father Witnesses
11/08/1845 John WINDEATT full Bachelor Miller Churston Ferrers Robert WINDEATT Labourer Wm DAVEY

Mary SKINNER

Maria DAVEY full Spinster Servant St. David's Hill Richard DAVEY Waggoner

Both bride and groom and both witnesses signed the certificate.

Here they are in the 1851 Census. 

while John is still living with his mother and sister in Galmpton, Churston Ferrers while Maria is living with her own mother and a son of four in Dawlish and working as a nurse, .  Was this just a temporary separation for occupational reasons?  Or had they permanently separated?  They don't appear to have had any more children.  Maria hit the headlines in 1856 where she was described as "a fat nurse" (see court report).  

Living at Galmpton, Churston Ferrers
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace Possible DOB
Elizabeth WINDITT Head W 63 F (Ag Lab Wid) None Little Ampson-DEV 1787
John WINDITT Son M 40 M Quarry Lab Galmpton-DEV 1810
Harriett WINDITT DauL M 22 F Farm Serv ((None)) Galmpton-DEV 1828


Living at Manor Place, Dawlish
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace Possible DOB
Maria WINDEATT Head M 43 F Nurse Exeter-Devon 1807
William Henry WINDEATT Son - 4 M --- Dawlish-Devon 1846
Sarah DAVEY Vist W 68 F Visitor Bow North Dev.-Devon 1782

1861 Census (taken 7th April) © Crown Copyright >

Ten years later little William is still at Manor Place and living with his grandma, Sarah DAVEY, and a Fanny SKINNER (who is probably related to the Mary SKINNER who signed his parents' marriage certificate).  He is now working as a Groom.

Surname First name(s) Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Where Born
DAVEY Sarah Head W F 78 Formerly Servant  Devon - Bow
WINDEATT William Grson S M 14 Groom  Devon - Dawlish
SKINNER Fanny Lodger W F 63 Formerly Serge Weaver  Devon - Colebrooke

Where are his parents?

This could be them living quite a distance away in the Cadbury area.  John is recorded as a gardener which would mean he has had a change of occupation and his birthplace is given as Crediton rather than Galmpton.  But possibly Crediton was a misinterpretation on the part of the enumerator?  A possible link, however, is that a William Henry WINDEATT, married a Sarah Annie DISCOMBE in Kensington, London in 1872 and this might have been son, William, and the bride could have been a sister of the Samuel lodging with them below (but of course we can't know unless the marriage certificate is inspected.)

Living at Fursdon, Silverton, Cadbury
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
John WINDIETT Head M 50 M Gardener Devon, Crediton
Maria WINDIETT Wife M 51 F Devon, Exeter
Samuel DISCOMBE Servnt - M 15 Page Devon, Cadbury

RG9/126/7


Marriage solemnized at the Church, Parish of Churston Ferrers, County of Devon

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Date Name & Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of Marriage Father's Name and Forename Rank or profession of Father Witnesses
8/08/1848 Robert WINDEATT full Bachelor Miller Galmpton Robert WINDEATT Labourer R A Burgoyne

Thomas Wakeham

Rachel HEAD full Spinster Servant Galmpton Walter HEAD Labourer

Both bride and groom made their mark but the witnesses both signed.


Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Brixham in the County of Devon

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Date Name & Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of Marriage Father's Name and Forename Rank or profession of Father Witnesses
31/08/1865 John HAMLYN 26 Bachelor Labourer Galmpton in Churston Ferrers William HAMLYN Miller Robert WINDEATT (Mark)

Susan Latina TUCKER

Jane Dart WINDEATT6 17 Spinster - Galmpton in Churston Ferrers Robert WINDEATT Labourer

The two men made their marks but Jane and Susan signed.  This Jane appears to be the daughter of the Robert above but it is strange that he signed his own marriage certificate but made a mark when his daughter married (unless, as sometimes happened, he practised hard for his own marriage but had forgotten how twenty-odd years later).


Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church, in the Parish of Great Grimsby in the County of Lincoln

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Date Name & Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of Marriage Father's Name and Forename Rank or profession of Father Witnesses
9/05/1884 Robert Walter  WINDEATT 23 Bachelor Fisherman 2 Fotherby Street Robert William WINDEATT Labourer David KEAY

Olive CREESE

Lucy Ann RHOADES 23 Spinster - 2 Fotherby Street Thomas RHOADES Labourer

All signed.


1861 Census (taken 7th April) © Crown Copyright >

Here are three of the girls in the 1861 Census, two of them still single and living with the married sister Tabitha FOGWELL.   

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Name First Name Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Birthplace
FOGWELL William Head M M 36 Labourer  Devon - Berry Pomeroy
FOGWELL Tabitha Wife M F 44 Laundress  Devon - Churston
FOGWELL William Son - M 11 Scholar  Devon - Berry Pomeroy
FOGWELL Robert Son - M 9 Scholar  Devon - Berry Pomeroy
FOGWELL John Son - M 7 Scholar  Devon - Berry Pomeroy
FOGWELL Mary Ann Dau - F 4 Scholar  Devon - Berry Pomeroy
WINDEATT Sarah Sislaw U F 45 Laundress  Devon - Churston
WINDEATT Elizabeth Sislaw U F 35 Dress Maker  Devon - Churston

 

 

Piece: RG9/1415 Place: Totnes -Devon Enumeration District: 9
Civil Parish: Churston Ferrers Ecclesiastical Parish: Churston Ferrers
Folio: 179 Page: 14 Schedule: 84
Address: -

 

    Surname   First name(s)   Rel   Status   Sex   Age   Occupation   Where Born   Remarks  
    DIUDEAT   Elizabeth   Head   W   F   78   Alms Woman    Devon - Little Hempston      
    DIUDEAT   Harriet   Dau   U   F   52   Out Farm Servant    Devon - Galmpton      
    DIUDEAT   Elizabeth   Grndau   -   F   9       Devon - Galmpton      
    DIUDEAT   William   Grnson   -   M   5       Devon - Galmpton      
    DIUDEAT   Robert   Grnson   -   M   8m       Devon - Galmpton

 

 


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last updated: 21 May 2001