photo by Steve Potter (who also has accommodation if you wish to visit
The village lies on the disused
canal just two miles south-east of Bude. It was founded as a monastic
settlement by St. Morwenna - 'Church of St Marwen'. This saint could
be one of the children of King Broccanor and could be St Merwenn,
the 10th century abbess of Romsey in Hampshire. The parish is in the north-east
corner of Cornwall near the Devon border, which may explain the English
sounding name. Every year, on the Monday after 12th August, the ancient
Marhamchurch Revel is held to celebrate the Saint's good works. A Queen
of the Revel is elected from among the village schoolgirls and crowned
by Father Time on the spot in front of the church where St. Morwenna's
cells once stood. A procession, led by the local band and the newly crowned
Queen riding on horseback, then passes through the village to the Revel
The old Bude
canal, built in the 19th century, which connected Launceston and Holsworthy
to the port of Bude. In 1888 the railways made the canal obsolete.
acres of land, 13 acres of water and 92 acres of foreshore.
only just south of Bude.
1. The whole of
2. Here is a map
to get you to Marhamchurch - you can change the scale as well as get the
local weather and cinema listings!
All living Uglows will find
their roots in Marhamchurch. The evidence for this is substantial
- the village contains a number of records from the mid-16th
century to the 19th century, significantly more than any other
Cornish parish. For over 100 years, IGI gives us no records of Uglows
away from Marhamchurch except ones that appear to have moved from the
village to Bodmin, Kilkhampton, Holworthy and Okehampton. Of course IGI
records are far from complete but it is possible that we all derive from
Marhamchurch, perhaps even a single family that adopted the surname in
the 15th? century.
There are some early occurrences
elsewhere - just to the west we have Alexander in St Gennys in the late 16th century and around 1614 we have the will of Anastatius 1550 from Lewannick
(west of Launceston).
The early records provide us
with problems - in the 3rd quarter of the 16th century, there are at least
two Uglow families, one headed by Thomas and the other by John.
Was there just one Thomas Uglow and one John Uglow? Without mothers' names
on the IGI at this point, we can't answer this question definitely.
IGI helps us identify 3 mid-16th
century families from whom most of us are probably descended:
Thomas and Joan
Thomas was born in 1537 - IGI gives his parents as 'Mr and Mrs Uglow' born 1516 and 1518. Perhaps we can reconstruct his parentage from three burials of Thomases in 1566, 1568 and 1580
1. Thomas marries Agnes circa 1515 - they have a son, Thomas, born 1516. Thomas dies in August 1580 in Marhamchurch and Agnes in January 1586.[ I have a note that there was a will?]
2. Thomas 1516 marries and has a son, Thomas 1537. Thomas dies in January 1566 - John1921 has him as the son of Agnes
3. Thomas 1537
married Joan in 1557. There are a batch of births
from 1559 to 1567 with Thomas as father. It seems reasonable to treat
this as a single family.
There are no further IGI records
after 1567 for children with 'father Thomas' and, assuming this is one
family, Thomas dies in 1568. Joan's will in 1607 has been transcribed by Charlou Dolan. It gives £5 to sons John and Nicholas ''which was given to [them] by [their] father Thomas'. The odd thing here is that this is 40 years after Thomas's death? Son Thomas gets 50s. She gives daughter Mary, the wife of John Netherton
the best feather bed with the bolsters. There are a couple of bequests - the middle black work pan goes to John Gibbens. The residue goes to son Richard as executor
- daughter Charytie 1559
is born in Marhamchurch. She dies in 1560
- son John 1559 is born
in Marhamchurch. He marries cousin Elizabeth Uglow - Family
- son Thomas 1560
is born in Marhamchurch. He marries Lowdie Couch in 1592 and moves
to Bodmin - Family 1a
- daughter Mary 1561 is
born in Marhamchurch. She marries John Netherton in the village in
1593 and is mentioned in her mother's will as this. She and John have
at least 2 children, Elizabeth 1600, John 1603
- son Richard 1563 is born
in Marhamchurch but, assuming this is one family, dies young.
- son Richard 1565 is born
in Marhamchurch - he inherits the remainder and is executor of
his mother's will in 1607. In 1599 in Braunton, North Devon, he marries Margaret Berry, born in 1581 in Braunton, daughter of Thomas Berry and Joan Lewis. Richard dies in 1632 in Marhamchurch. Margaret dies in the village in 1669.
- daughter Mary 1607 is born in Marhamchurch - she marries Thomas Piers in Boyton in 1638
- son Nicholas 1567 is born
in Marhamchurch. As to his death, there
are wills for 2 Nicholases - one in 1630 and one in 1647
John and Elizabeth
John, provenance unknown,
marries Elizabeth, who
dies in April, 1564. John might die in 1571 in Marhamchurch or in 1581 in Stratton. The last four children of this family are almost identical to that of John and Frances Lamerton - this might sound unbelievable but there appear to be 2 Johns (as we've got two marriages) and 2 Elizabeths (one dies in infancy). So we will assume that there are two of each - until we can prove otherwise!
- son William 1559 is born
in Marhamchurch. This is probably William who is church warden in 1610.
William dies in 1622 and was buried in Bodmin. His will (transcribed by Charlou Dolan) is proved in September 1622. It does not mention any wife or children. Brother Nicholas
is left 50s and there are legacies for Nicholas's son and grandson. Brother John (of Bodmin) is left the residue
- daughter Amye 1561 is born
in Marhamchurch. She dies in 1592
- son John 1563 is born in
Marhamchurch - probably moves to Bodmin as he is described as John Uglow
of Bodmin in his brother William's will -marries Alice Dyer - Bodmin
- son Nicholas 1566 born in Marhamchurch - named in
his brother William's will. That will also mentions Nicholas Ugler the
Younger, presumably a son. This makes it very likely that he marries Elizabeth Whitford - Family 1biv (as opposed to Nicholas 1567). As
to his death, there are wills for 2 Nicholases - one in 1630 and one
- daughter Elizabeth 1568 is born in Marhamchurch. IGI shows her dying in 1569.
John and Frances Lamerton
Another John marries Frances
Lamerton in Marhamchurch in 1563. John might die in 1571 in Marhamchurch or in 1581 in Stratton. The last four children of this family are almost identical to that of John and Elizabeth - this might sound unbelievable but there appear to be 2 Johns (as we've got two marriages), 2 Elizabeths (one dies in infancy), 2 Nicholases (we appear to have 2 wills). So we will assume that there are two of each - until we can prove otherwise!
- son John 1564 is born
in Marhamchurch. He marries Joan Cottell in St Andrews, Plymouth in
1594. This looks very strange - there is a Joan Cottell born
in Morwenstow (just a few miles north of the village) in 1566 - but
why go to Plymouth to get married? The church weren't that fussy about
- daughter Joan - she marries Digery Lamerton
in 1609 in the village. There is record for June 20th, 7th year of James I : Feoffment by William Lamerton of Marhamchurch, yeoman, to John Uglow the younger and John Shipherd, both of the same, yeomen, in consideration of a marriage to be solemnised between Degorie Lamerton, son and heir of the aforesaid William Lamerton, and Johan Uglowe, daughter of the aforesaid John Uglow; concerning messuages called Woodknowle, Woodknowle Parkes and Whorelake alias Horelake, all in Marhamchurch. There is a bond at the same date, ... binding John Uglow, son of John Uglow, of Marhamchurch, yeoman, in £200, to Degory Lamerton of Wodknole in Marhamchurch, yeoman; concerning lands known as Woodknole, Woodknole Parkes, Whorelake alias Horrylake, all in Marhamchurch. The only John, son of John, of this date is the son of John and Frances Lamerton. But Joan looks very young to be married, although she might be John's daughter by an earlier marriage? The only IGI Degory Lamerton, son of William is born in 1567, is much older. Is this an arranged marriage? - there seem to be substantial property dealings around it.
This is not the end of the story - there is clearly a law suit in 1636 over this property, Nathaniel Gyst and John Uglowe, querents, and Thomas Uglowe, deforciant; concerning lands called Woodknoll alias Woodknoll Parkes, Whorelake alias Horelake, all in Marhamchurch. This probably arises from the death of John 1564 - does the property go to sister Elizabeth (married to John Uglow 1559) or to brother Thomas? This may have been an actual disagreement or, as Charlou Dolan has pointed out, a collusive suit undertaken to have the legal title to the land recorded in the court records.
The reference to Nathaniel Geest is probably to the son in law of John 1559. It appears that Thomas won as
next year we find, Lease for lives by Thomas Uglowe the younger of Marhamchurch, yeoman, to William Lamerton of the same, yeoman, and Grace, his wife; concerning Woodknole, Woodknole Parkes and Whorelake alias Horlake in Marhamchurch
(Woodknowle was in the hands of the Coumb family in the 17th century and later farmed by the Edmonds and later the Yeos in the 19th century - Martyn Yeo [email available on request] is actively seeking information about this farm)
- son Nicholas 1566 is born in Marhamchurch
- daughter Elizabeth 1568
is born in Marhamchurch. She marries cousin John 1559 - Family
- son Thomas 1570 is born
in Marhamchurch. He marries Mary Piper - Family 2bi
John and Elizabeth Uglow
John 1559 is the son of Thomas
1537 and Joan.
He marries his cousin, Elizabeth
1568, daughter of John and Frances Lamerton, in 1584
in the village. Elizabeth is only 16 but note that daughter Ales is probably
born before her parents marry.
In 1607, his mother, Joan, dies and leaves him £5 'which was given by his father Thomas'. Their children were:
- daughter Alice 1584 is
born in Marhamchurch, possibly a couple of months before her parents
marry. She marries William Dennis in 1608 in Marhamchurch and they
have five children. Alice and the children are mentioned in her father's will.
- son Thomas 1585 is born
in Marhamchurch. He marries Phillipe Jule - Family
- daughter Jane 1587 is
born in Marhamchurch.She is not mentioned in her father's will and
may well have died young.
- son William 1590 is born
in Marhamchurch. His father's will mentions the children and his wife, Johann who
must be Johann Lamerton - Family 4a
- daughter Elizabeth 1592
is born in Marhamchurch. She marries Nathaniel Geeste in 1617. They
have six children. She is mentioned in her father's will as well as
- son John 1594. He is mentioned
in her father's will, along with wife Mary but there is little further
We have some further evidence
about this family from the wills of John and Elizabeth. John's will clearly shows that he was a successful farmer (he leaves at least 4 cows and 16 sheep). In his will in 1621 (transcribed by Charlou Dolan), John bequeaths:
- 3 silver spoons, a cow and half his household goods to John Uglow, the son
of 'Thomas the elder'. This must be John's grandson, son of Thomas and Philippe Jule. I have no record of a John and he's not mentioned in his grandmother's will - perhaps this is James.
- but the 3 silver spoons, a cow and half his household goods are for the use of his eldest son Thomas during his lifetime! Thomas is also his executor.
- Thomas's other five children are left a sheep apiece
- son William
gets £20 and a heifer while his wife Johann and their five children are left a sheep apiece
- his daughter Alice Dennis is left a cow and her five children are left a sheep apiece
- son John gets £10 but only if he comes personally to claim it from the executor (brother Thomas). This suggests that John has gone walkabout and left his wife Mary (who is left a sheep).
- there are bequests to several grandchildren and household servants
- there is a small bequest to his daughter Elizabeth Geeste but no sheep for her children, although her husband Nathaniel is a witness to the will
What is missing in John's will is any mention of his wife, Elizabeth.However she is not left in the workhouse as we can see from her will in 1639 (transcribed by Charlou Dolan). The executor is Gabriel Geeste, her grandson. It mentions
- cows to brothers Degory and Thomas Lamerton, yearlings to John, Richard and Elizabeth Lamerton, my 'great bed', 'my great crock' and 'my middle pan' to Nathaniel Lamerton and 3 shillings to William Lamerton. These must all be cousins from
her mother's family - NB Degory married Joan Uglow in Marhamchurch
- her daughter Elizabeth (Geeste) gets her best bed and coverlet, Elizabeth's daughters (Elizabeth and Alice) get the 'red cow'
- other Geestes (Mary, John, Nathaniel and Bernard) are her
- James 1612 is presumably her grandson and is left her little round table
- her kinsman, Thomas Uglow, is left one 'old cloak and my worst coverlet' and his two children get one shilling apiece. This may be brother Thomas 1570
who married Mary Piper - Family 2bi or alternatively her eldest grandchild, Thomas.
Again it is interesting who is not mentioned by Elizabeth. Of all her children, only the Geestes play a signficant role. There are no bequests, even of a shilling, to Alice, Thomas or William's children (with the sole exception of James). These two wills suggest a very split family with John and Elizabeth not ackowledging each other and with Alice, Thomas and William on their father's side while Elizabeth lines up alongside her mother's other Lamerton relations.
Thomas and Phillipe Jule
Thomas 1585 is the son of John
and Elizabeth Uglow and the grandson of Thomas 1537.
He marries Phillipe Jule in Marhamchurch in June, 1609 - Thomas is born
- son Thomas 1609 born in
Marhamchurch - marries Katherine Furze - Family
- son James 1612 born in Marhamchurch.
He is mentioned (but not his parents) in his grandmother Elizabeth's
will. We have the will of James Uglow who dies in 1644. There are no
other records of James around this date. Also the inventory is taken
by Richard (his brother?) and George (perhaps his first cousin George
1612). The total value is £4 5s
- son Richard 1615 born in
Marhamchurch but dies in infancy
- son Benjamine 1616 born
in Marhamchurch- in 1658 he marries Margaret Yemond - Family
- son William - marries Em
- Family 1cia
- son George - suggested by
brother William's will
Thomas may have been a cleric, the schoolmaster at Marhamchurch parish school from 1622. he is described as 'literatus', without a degree but sufficiently literate to be ordained. He was later appointed as a curate at Welcombe parish, Hartland in 1641 - Welcombe is 3 miles south of Hartland, on the border of Devon with Cornwall. Probably from Marhamchurch, this Thomas dies in Marhamchurch in 1646 and is described at his death as 'clericus' . Alternatively he may be the son of Thomas and Lowdie Couch
William and Em
William's will tells us that
he is one of four brothers
- the others are Thomas who has 5 children, Benjamin who has 2 children
and George who has 3 children. This suggests that William is the son of
Thomas and Phillipe Jule and the grandson of John
and Elizabeth Uglow.
William is married to Em -
he dies in 1662 and there is a record of Em Uglow who dies in Marhamchurch
- daughter - she marries Thomas
Congdon who is named as a son-in-law in William's will in 1662 .
[There is an IGI record of Thomas1613 who marries 'Emmie' in 1644 -
if this is correct, then this suggests that William must be too old
to be the son of Thomas 1585?]
Thomas and Katherine Furze
Thomas 1609 born in Marhamchurch
is the son of Thomas and Phillipe Jule and the grandson
of John and Elizabeth Uglow. He marries Katherine Furze,
born about 1611, in Marhamchurch in 1632. He receives a tenement in Great
Torrington under his brother William's will in 1662 - but this will says
that he has five children:
- daughter Jane 1632 born
- daughter Abigail 1634 born
in Marhamchurch - marries William Galsworthy
in Poundstock in 1663
- son Richard 1637 born in
Marhamchurch - marries Elizabeth Braund - Family 1ei
- daughter Bridget 1647 born
in Marhamchurch. She dies unmarried in 1676
Richard and Elizabeth Braund
Richard 1637 is the son
of Thomas and Katherine Furze and the grandson of Thomas
and Phillipe Jule. He marries Elizabeth
Braund, born in Bridgerule, Devon, in January 1655 in Launcells.
(It is possible that
Richard 1637 married Jane Tuke in 1665,
also in Launcells and that it is Robert 1634
from Bodmin who marries Elizabeth and moves to Marhamchurch)
Richard and Mary Jewel
- daughter Mary 1656 - marries
John Dayman in Launcells in 1693.
There are sons John 1691 and William 1696 and a Dayman chest tomb
in Poughill graveyard. ( NB Mary 1640 is an alternative
- daughter Elizabeth 1661
- we have several Marhamchurch Elizabeths and five weddings
involving Elizabeths but this can be whittled down:
- 1678 to John Ebbott - probably Elizabeth 1638
- 1694 to Robert Webb
- Stratton [but referred to as widowed so not Elizabeth 1661] ]
- 1705 to Pierce Manaton - probably Elizabeth 1676
- 1706 to Thomas Stacey - marries Elizabeth 1673 in St Gennys
- 1706 to Richard Blake in Marhamchurch - perhaps too old?
- son Nicholas 1664 - this
is Nicholas who marries Elizabeth Short and moves to St Gennys - Family
2a. However IGI gives Nicholas's birth date as 'about 1670' on
the marriage certificate.
- son John 1666 born in
Marhamchurch - IGI record says father is 'Leonard' and mother is Elizabeth
but this seems unlikely. Leonard is not a 17th century name and seems
a misreading of Richard? - see Family 7. John may well marry Joan Andrew in Alwington in 1705
Richard marries Mary Jewel
in the village in July 1676. Who is this Richard? IGI gives his date of
birth on the marriage record as 1651. Mary dies in Marhamchurch in 1678.
: Benjamin and Margaret Yemond
Benjamine 1616 is the son of Thomas
and Phillipe Jule and the grandson of John and Elizabeth
- son Richard 1678 but dies in 1699
He marries Margaret Yemond
in 1658. She was born in 1625. Benjamin dies in 1686 and Margaret in 1697:
- son Benjamin 1658 - marries
Joan Brown in 1688 and Grace Lamerton in 1706 in Marhamchurch - Family
- daughter Mary 1660 - marries
John Dayman in the village in 1682. She dies before 1714 as her brother,
Benjamin, mentions his sister, Mary Dayman deceased, in his will in
- daughter Margaret 1664
- marries John Dart in the village in 1690. Her brother, Benjamin,
mentions his sister, Margaret Dart, in his will in 1714.
- son William 1666 - a bit
old but possibly marries Elizabeth Balachet in Stratton in 1711? -
Stratton Family 3 - against this is the
fact that he is not mentioned in his brother's will...
: Benjamin and Joan Browne and Grace Lamerton
Benjamine 1658 is the son of Benjamin
and Margaret Yemond and the grandson of Thomas and Phillipe
He marries Joane Browne in
November 1688 in the village - Joane dies in Marhamchurch in 1689, presumably following the birth of her daughter.
- daughter Joane1689 born
in Marhamchurch. She marries James Tuke in Stratton in 1706 - their
son Benjamin is born there in 1707. He marries Mary 1703, the daughter
of Benjamin and Ann Buckinham. There is another
son, James. Both Benjamin and James are beneficiaries in their grandfather's will. Joane dies before 1714
This is deduced from Benjamin's will in 1714, transcribed by Charlou Dolan. Benjamin is a yeoman and on his death is in possession of two tenements, Lams (?Hams) and New Park in Marhamchurch. He holds these for a period of years and he leaves that remainder of the lease first to his wife Grace, then to the eldest grandson, Benjamin, and finally to the younger Grandson, James. If they both die early, then the estate reverts to his nephews and nieces, the children of his deceased sister, Margaret Dayman. He also mentions his son-in-law, James Tuke and his wife Ann. Ann must
be James second wife - if Benjamin had another daughter called Ann, he
would have referred to her as a daughter rather than as a son-in-law's
In his will, Benjamin talks
of his wife, Grace - in 1706 Benjamin marries Grace Lamerton in Marhamchurch.
Grace is the daughter of Richard and Grace Lamerton and is the same age as Benjamin, born in November 1658 in Marhamchurch. In her will (thanks to Charlou Dolan for transcribing this), Grace talks of her brothers, William (rector of Bodenham) and Richard, and her sister and executor Mary Bray. Grace is the eldest of the four and there are IGI records for all four siblings, designating them as the children of Richard and Grace. Simon Uglow 1688 is a witness.
Thomas and Athalia Bond
Thomas 1599 is born in Bodmin,
the son of Thomas and Lowdie Couch and the
grandson of Thomas 1537 and Joan of Marhamchurch. He
marries Athalia Bond in 1632 in Marhamchurch:
- son Jasper 1638 is born
in Marhamchurch. He marries Priscilla Philips of Poughill in
1673 - Family 1dii
Possibly this Thomas was a cleric - appointed as a curate at Welcombe parish, Hartland in 1641 - Welcombe is 3 miles south of Hartland, on the border of Devon with Cornwall. Probably from Marhamchurch, he dies in Marhamchurch in 1646 and is described at his death as 'clericus'. Alternatively he may be the son of John and Elizabeth Uglow
Jasper and Priscilla Philips
is born in Marhamchurch, the son of Thomas 1599 and Athalia
Bond and the grandson of Thomas and Lowdie
Couch . He marries Priscilla Philips of Poughill in 1673. Jasper
dies in Marhamchurch in 1689.
- daughter Ulalia 1673 born
in Marhamchurch. She marries John Hamlyn
in Poughill in 1702.
- daughter Elizabeth 1676
born in Marhamchurch. She marries Pierce Manaton
in 1705 in Poughill
- daughter Mary 1681 born
in Marhamchurch. She marries Andrew Martin
in Launcells in 1715
- son Thomas 1685 born in
Marhamchurch. He marries Elizabeth Bligh in Poundstock in 1704
- Family 1
- daughter Sapience 1689
born in Marhamchurch. She dies in 1692
Richard and Blanche Walkye
We have no provenance for
Richard (who might be a son of John and
Elizabeth) who marries Blanche Walkye in 1578, in Marhamchurch.
There is a will for Blanche in 1612.
The following are a close group
who have a Richard as their father:
- son Nicholas is born in
- daughter Katheren 1585 is
born in Marhamchurch.
- daughter Francis 1603 is
born in Marhamchurch.
Nicholas and Elizabeth Whitford
1566 is the son of John and Elizabeth. He marries Elizabeth Whitford
in Marhamchurch in 1595 There are wills for Nicholases in Marhamchurch
in 1630 and 1643.
[It is the will of Nicholas's brother, William, that makes it probable that Nicholas 1566 marries Elizabeth rather than
Nicholas 1567. William leaves five pounds to Nicholas's son, Nicholas and a further legacy to Nicholas's grandson, Nicholas 1623.
- son Nicholas 1599 - marries
Elizabeth Smale in St Gennys in 1625 -
St Gennys Family 8
- daughter Joan 1599 - dies
- daughter Margarett 1601
- son Richard 1604 - may marry
Elizabeth Sampson in Kilkhampton in 1622 - Kilkhampton Family
- daughter Johan 1606 - dies
- daughter Alice 1607 - dies
Thomas and Mary Piper
Thomas 1570 is the son of John
and Frances Lamerton. He marries Mary Piper in 1600 in the village.
His sister Elizabeth's
will in 1639 talks of her kinsman, Thomas Uglow and his two children.
This probably means that only George and William survive?
- son John 1600
- son George 1603 - marries
Grace Lammerton in 1633 in the village - Family 2ci- and later marries Margaret Clarke
- son William 1606 - marries
Agnes Heddon 1637 - Family 2cii
George and Grace Lammerton and Margaret Clarke
George 1603 is the son of Thomas
and Mary Piper and the grandson of John
and Frances Lamerton. He marries Grace Lammerton
in 1633 in the village.
Grace also dies in 1634 and
in 1653 George remarries, to Margaret Clarke in Marhamchurch - see Launcells
- daughter Marie 1634 -
she dies in infancy
[It is possible that George is George 1612, the son of William and Johan Lamerton and the grandson of John Uglow and Elizabeth Uglow. Also these two marriages
might be separate - George 1603 marrying Grace and George 1612 marrying
Margaret. Doug Hooper's entry on Rootsweb adopts the George 1603 solution ]
William and Agnes Heddon
William 1606 is the son of
and Mary Piper and the grandson of John and Frances
He marries Agnes Heddon in
the village in October 1637:
- daughter Elizabeth 1638
marries John Ebbott in Marhamchurch in 1678
- daughter Mary 1640
Family 3 deleted
William and Johan Lamerton
William is born in Marhamchurch
in 1590, son of John Uglow and Elizabeth
Uglow and grandson of Thomas 1537. He marries Johan
Lamerton in 1611. William and Johan are mentioned in his father's will
- son George 1612 - possibly
marries Grace Lamerton and later Margaret Clarke in1653 in Marhamchurch
- Family 2ci and Launcells
- son Digory 1618 - marries
Margery - St Gennys Family 0.
- son William 1621 - marries
Elizabeth Wills in the village in 1644 (NB uncertain on date - another
record says 1664)
- son Jasper 1623 born in
Marhamchurch. He marries Mary Sheere and moves to Holsworthy, Devon
- Family 1
- daughter Agnes 1626 -
she dies young in June 1643
- daughter Agnes 1649? - speculative as there is a record for Agnes who marries Laurence Mussell in Holsworthy. Either the death record is wrong or William has another daughter, Agnes. She lives with or visits her brother, Jasper, in Holsworthy and meets her husband?
John and Martha Shepperd
John 1651 is the son of Thomas
and Jane Payne. Thomas' will in 1664, mentions his young son, John.
John marries Martha Shepperd - we know this as his will mentions Simon Shepperd, his brother in law. Martha 1656 and her brother are probably born in the village, the children of Simon and Hetty Shepperd.
John's will in 1691 states that he is a husbandman and mentions
his wife and children - including Mary, the child that is in the womb
as well as his brothers, Thomas and Gerrence. The will is complex as it appears that, just before his death, John purchased a tenement, Higher Hilton Park, from Sir John Rolle for £170, perhaps worth £15,000 today. If Rolle were to enforce this contract, John asked his brothers and brother in law to farm the fields for the benefit of his wife and children. If Rolle did the decent thing, then the residue of the estate went to Martha.
Martha may die in 1720 - the grave of her son, Simon, includes a Martha, died 1720 but an alternative scenario is that Martha re-marries, after the death of John in 1691. This time it is to Samuel Rulland
in 1692 in Marhamchurch - the couple live in the village where son Samuel is born
in 1696, Martha in 1699 and Christian in 1703
- son Thomas 1686 born in
Marhamchurch. He marries Elizabeth Dayman [1726-1815] in 1765.
This seems absurdly late but Thomas dies in 1778 and leaves a will
in which he mentions his wife Elizabeth and his brother in law, John
Dayman. There are also mentions for his [now dead] brother Simon
and all Simon's sons and daughters. Great niece, Thomasin
1754, also merits a mention. He also talks of brother in law,
Samuel Parsons, husband of Margaret Dayman.
Elizabeth dies in 1815 and her will mentions her brother, John Dayman,
her sister, Margaret Parsons [who gets a life interest in the estate
in which she is living], John Parsons [who gets a legacy of £100],
Elizabeth and Digory Marshall, Thomasin and Daniel Skinner. There
are also legacies for brother Simon's widow, called
Mary, and all their children
- son Simon 1688 born
in Marhamchurch. He marries Martha Mountjoy - Family
- daughter Jane 1690 born
in Marhamchurch. She marries William Symons of Poundstock in
1720 in Marhamchurch. He is a yeoman in Poundstock. He is mentioned in his cousin, Richard's, will. He dies in 1743
and his will is here,
witnessed by Jane's brother, Simon.
- daughter Mary 1692 born
Simon and Martha Mountjoy
Simon 1688 is the son of John
and Martha and the grandson of Thomas and Jane Payne.
He was born in Marhamchurch and marries Martha Mountjoy in Pancrasweek, Devon
in 1714. Martha dies in 1728 in Marhamchurch. In 1730, Simon is a witness to the will of Grace, wife of Benjamin.
Simon 1688 dies in 1754
and is buried in Marhamchurch - there is an MI with infant son, John but also Martha 1720 - this could be his mother or, more likely, another infant death. His will states that he was a yeoman and
mentions his children, Simon and Martha but not Mary or Elizabeth
- son Simon 1716 born in Marhamchurch.
One complication is the IGI birth record which has Simon dying in 1720
- this is not the case as his father mentions Simon in his will in 1754.
It is possible that SImon 1716 does die and that there is a later Simon.
He marries Mary Dayman - Family 4ei
- daughter Mary 1717 born
- son John 1720 born
in Marhamchurch. He dies in 1721
- daughter Martha 1722 born
in Marhamchurch. She is mentioned in her father's will in 1754.
It is likely that she is the Martha who dies in Marhamchurch in 1775.
- daughter Elizabeth 1726
- mentioned in her niece, Elizabeth's, will in 1798
Simon and Mary Dayman
Simon 1716 is born in Marhamchurch
and is the son of Simon and Martha Mountjoy and the
grandson of John and Martha.
He marries Mary Dayman in Poughill
in 1747. Her grave says she is 'of Harlake, Mar.' or 'of Rattenbury'.
Simon dies in 1764 and Mary may well die in 1790. Both are buried in Marhamchurch.
- daughter Mary 1748 born
in Marhamchurch. She marries Peter Parsons in the village in 1779 -
this is confirmed by her sister, Elizabeth's, will in 1798
- son Simon 1750 born in Marhamchurch.
He marries Elizabeth Oliver - Family 4fi
- daughter Martha 1751 born
in Marhamchurch - she is not married when her sister Elizabeth writes
her will but it is likely that she is the Martha who marries Edward
Shearme, Rector of Morwenstow in 1797. Elizabeth's will talks of John Shearme
who is Edward's brother.
There is a further twist - in Marhamchurch graveyard lies Mary Uglow
Shearme 1810-1852 whose father was Edward but whose mother was Thomasin.
Martha dies before 1806 and Edward marries her niece Thomasin Marshall, daughter of her sister Thomasin.
- daughter Thomasin 1754 born
in Marhamchurch. She marries Edward Marshall in the village in 1775. Their children include William and Thomasin Marshall who receive
bequests from Aunt Elizabeth's will in 1798. Edward dies in 1827.
Their daughter, Thomasin Marshall,
marries Edward Shearm in 1806 in Stoke Damerel - there is an IGI
record. They have 3 children, one of whom is Mary Uglow Shearme, born 1810 in Morwenstow and who dies in 1852 and is buried in Marhamchurch graveyard. In the 1841 census,
they are at Hackthorn - this had been the farm of Simon
1750 and he left the administration of the estate to Thomasin's
first cousin, Ann 1796. Ann is also recorded in the census as being there.
[Thanks to Sue Collings for unravelling this story]
- son John 1756 born in Marhamchurch.
He possibly marries Frances Rundle in Poundstock in 1778 - Family
4 - but is dead by the time of his sister, Elizabeth's, will in
1798. He is likely to have died by the time of his mother's death in
- daughter Elizabeth 1758
born in Marhamchurch. She dies in 1798 and is buried in Marhamchurch.
She was unmarried and her will shows that this was a well to do family.
The Reverend Charles Dayman, perhaps an uncle, is the executor. Thomas
Skinner and Elizabeth and John Sheame are also named. In the will, Elizabeth
talks of at least 8 estates or parcels of land in which she has a fifth
part. This suggests that the children each inherited a fifth on the
death of their mother, Mary in 1790 - this in turn suggests that one
of the children, probably John, is dead by 1790.
Simon and Elizabeth Oliver
Simon 1750 is born in Marhamchurch
and is the son of Simon and Mary Dayman
and the grandson of Simon and Martha Mountjoy.
He marries Elizabeth Oliver
of Hackthorne [1753-1819] in Stratton in 1795. They may well have
lived in Hackthorne, a hamlet just outside Marhamchurch. Elizabeth was born a Marshall and had previously been married to a John Oliver - they married in 1778 but John died, aged 27, in 1781. (Intriguingly their daughter, Jane Oliver, married William John Knighton Bredall (a surgeon from Tavistock) in Marhamchurch 1804 and they named o ne of their children, Elizabeth Ann Uglow Bredall 1807-1866.)
in Marhamchurch in 1819, MI in Marhamchurch. Simon dies in 1836 aged 85
and is buried in the village - administration of the estate is granted
to daughter Ann.
- daughter Ann 1796 born
in Marhamchurch. In 1841, she is at Hackthorn - on her father's death,
Ann was the administrator of the estate and presumably, rather than
run the farm herself, it is leased out. In 1841 the farm is being
run by James Bayley. Ann is living there as is Aunt Thomasin
Shearm and her daughter, Mary Uglow Shearm, born 1810 in Morwenstow.
In 1851, Ann and cousin Mary have moved to Falcon Terrace, Budehaven
- Ann is described as a 'landed proprietor' and Mary as an annuitatn.
Ann dies unmarried and is buried in Marhamchurch in 1881.
- daughter Mary 1810 born
in Marhamchurch. She dies and is buried in Marhamchurch in 1852
and Grace Wells
John and Grace Wells
are married in Jacobstow in 1752. They moved around and some of their
children are born in Marhamchurch but see Jacobstow
Family 2 for details
Thomas and Jane Payne
Thomas' will tells us that
he is a cordwainer in Marhamchurch. He is relatively wealthy as his will
talks of a tenement recently bought from Shertor? Cory, another one in
Great Torrington and the tenement 'wherein I now dwell'.
The clues to his provenance
are his brothers, John and Benjamin and his brother in law, Richard Sheaind?
The only obvious parents are Thomas and Phillipe Jule
but their son, Thomas 1609, marries Katherine Furze.
He marries Jane Payne in the
village in 1648 and his will talks of his wife, Jane. This and the fact
that he names 5 sons, 4 of whom are IGI-recorded as their offspring, makes
it likely that this is the correct family for the will.
He dies in 1664 and is buried
- son Thomas 1649 born in
Marhamchurch. He is mentioned in his father's and brothers' (John and Richard) wills;
he possibly marries Ann - Family 8a.
Thomas dies in 1743 and is buried in Marhamchurch
- son John 1651 born in Marhamchurch.
He is mentioned in his father's will; marries Martha Shepperd - Family
- son Gerence prob 1653 -no
IGI record of birth but he is mentioned in his father's and brothers' (John and Richard) wills.
(However, see Family 6a where
IGI gives Gerence 1653 as the son of Thomas and Grace. My suspicion is that that Gerence
is in fact the son of Thomas and Jane Payne - 1653 is just the right date. There
is no record for a wedding between a Thomas and a Grace at this point
- has someone misread the mother's name?)
- son James 1656 born in Marhamchurch.
He is mentioned in his father's will - marries Elizabeth Bryant - Family
- son Richard 1661 born in
Marhamchurch. He is mentioned in his father's will - marries Susanna
Cole - Family 5bii
James and Elizabeth Bryant
James 1656 is the son of Thomas
and Jane Payne. He marries Elizabeth Bryant in Stratton in 1689. He is mentioned in his father's will and we find in 1686 a lease of Hilton Wood from Edmund Spoure of Trebarth to John Preston of Stratton, tanner, and Jas Uglow of Marhamchurch, tanner. James dies in December 1691 - there is a 1692 will which mentions his occupation as tanner. It is likely that Elizabeth marries again - to Robert Webb in Stratton in 1694
- son Thomas 1690 born in
Marhamchurch. He marries Phillippa Cory in Marhamchurch in 1713. We
have a Phillippa Cory born in Stratton in 1686 and they live Stratton
- Family 4
Richard and Susanna Cole and Charity Orchard
Richard 1661 is the son of
Thomas and Jane Payne. He marries Susanna
Cole in Marhamchurch in 1698.
- son Richard 1699 - he dies in 1720. There is an inventory of his goods taken on 27th February 1720 amounting to £100
Susanna dies shortly after her son's birth. Richard marries again, this time to Charity Orchard in the village in 1708. This is Charity, daughter of John and Charity Orchard born in Marhamchurch
in 1667. She has a sister, Beaton. Charity may well have given birth to a daughter, Cherish, in 1695.
- daughter Martha 1711, born
in Marhamchurch but dies in infancy
Richard dies in 1713, leaving a will (thanks, Charlou Dolan) . In it, he talks of his brothers, Thomas and Gerence, and his cousin, SImon. He leaves property to his wife, Charity, and also a guinea to her sister, Beaton. The residue goes to his son, Richard, who is named as executor (although brothers, Thomas and Gerence, and his cousin, SImon act as trustees during Richard's minority).
Thomas and Grace
IGI records tell us that Thomas
marries Grace and they have one child:
- son Gerence 1653 born in
Marhamchurch who marries Sapience Hellat in Marhamchurch in 1685. Sapience
dies after childbirth and Gerence moves to Stratton and marries Margaret
Heale in 1691 - Family 2a
- son Gerence 1687 who
dies in infancy
However my suspicion is that
Gerence is the son of Thomas and Jane Payne
- Thomas's will tells us that he has a son Gerence and 1653 is just the
right date. There is no record for a wedding between a Thomas and a Grace
at this point - has someone misread the mother's name?
Leonard and Elizabeth
Lenard marries Elizabeth:
IGI record says father is
'Leonard' and mother is Elizabeth but this seems unlikely. Leonard is
not a 17th century name and there's no record of a marriage. Is this a
misreading of Richard? - see Richard and Elizabeth Braund - Family
Thomas and Anne
Thomas may be:
- Thomas 1649 Marhamchurch
- son of Thomas and Jayne Payne
- Thomas 1668 St Gennys -
son of Thomas 1626
Perhaps the younger Thomas
is more likely - he marries Anne in 1692 in Marhamchurch. Thomas dies
in 1743 and Anne in 1725.
There is a clear group of siblings
from 1693-1707. We get insight into the family from son John and daughter
Susanna who die, leaving wills, in 1736 and 1741.
- daughter Jane 1693 - marries
George 1693 in 1727 in Marhamchurch.
They raise a family in Launcells - Family
1b. We know this is the right Jane as she dies, aged 53, in 1746
and is buried in Launcells. Also the will of her sister Susanna mentions her husband
George and their two son, George and John by name.
- daughter Anne 1695 - she
marries late and to the local vicar, John Shepheard, in 1732 in Marhamchurch.
Her sister Susanna mentions her by her married name
- son Thomas 1697 - marries
Elizabeth - Family 8b. His sister Susanna mentions
him and his daughter, Elizabeth
- son John 1700 - he marries
Margaret Earle in 1735 in Launcells but dies young in 1736. He leaves a will (transcribed by Charlou Dolan). He describes himself as a yeoman and appears to have substantial assets:
- this gives Margaret 1 guinea in gold and 'the pewter which hath been brought her by her own relatives' and alluding to the fact that she '... may be with child.' If she is, then all the property goes to the child but if she isn't pregnant, his property goes to his brother and sisters. Apart from the guinea, he makes no further provision for Margaret .
- it gives sisters Jane, Susannah and brother Thomas equal shares in any residue along with Ann's two sons.
- it also gives Anne (if she is widowed) and Susannah the right to live in the dwelling house attached to Will's Tenement, probably in Bridgerule, a few miles east.
- son Benjamin 1704 - born and christened in January 1704, he dies in February 1704. There is a little confusion over dates here but the wills of neither
brother John or his sister Susanna mention him which suggests that
he has died young
- daughter Susanna 1707
- dies in 1741, unmarried but leaves a will mentioning her sisters and brother.
Thomas and Elizabeth
Thomas 1697 is the son of Thomas
and Ann. His sister's will tells us that he marries Elizabeth and
that they have a daughter:
- daughter Elizabeth 1732 - probably dies unmarried in Marhamchurch in 1761
Benjamin and Hannah
There's no provenance for Benjamin
at all - unless this is a third wife for Benjamin
1658, in between Joan Browne and Grace Lamerton? One flimsy piece
of evidence is that his daughter is named Margaret, like his mother, margaret
IGI tells us that Benjamin
and Hannah have a daughter:
Richard and Mary Smetham
Richard 1757 is the son of
John and Grace Wells.
He and Mary Smetham marry in
Bodmin in 1785 - a year later twins(?) arrives:
- daughter Susanna 1786
born in Marhamchurch - dies within days
- daughter Jemima 1786 born
William and Mary Jenkin
William 1770 is born in Jacobstow,
the son of John and Grace Wells.
He marries Mary Jenkin in Marhamchurch in 1792.
We also have a burial in 1830
in Marhamchurch of William aged 59. This fits nicely and therefore it
is possible that this is William 1770 who marries Mary.
[But sensible to be cautious
here - there are a lot of births of Williams around this date and several
relevant marriage records involving Williams in 1790s]
- daughter Mary 1792 born
in Marhamchurch. In Launcells in 1815 she marries William Goodman, a farm labourer born in Egloskerry in 1789. They have a large family, including Fanny Uglow Goodman, christened in 1832 in Holsworthy. But by the censuses in 1841 and 1851, they are in Bude. One of their children may be Abel Uglow Goodman who died in Yorkville, Racine county, Wisconsin on 17/2/1883. Mary herself dies in the 1850s in Stratton RD, probably Poughill.
- son James 1795 born in
Marhamchurch. He possibly marries Ann Cornish in London - Family
- son Richard 1798 born
in Marhamchurch. There is a record that he becomes a Methodist minister in 1824. If so, Richard may well be an active Bible Christian member - we have a report on recruitment that "By 1826 Richard Uglow returns fifty-two members in Guernsey". [This may be Richard Cory 1785.] He dies in 1828 and buried in the village.
- son William 1800 born
- daughter Elizabeth Chilstone
1803 - she dies in 1830, aged 27 and is buried in Marhamchurch
- daughter Grace 1805 born
in Marhamchurch. She possibly marries Richard
Chapman in 1822 - he is a farmer of 230 acres by 1851 and
over 500 acres in 1871. But if this is the same family, Grace has
died by the early 1840s and Richard has married again as his wife
(still called Grace) was born in 1824 in Warbstow. She may be another
Uglow because in 1851 they employ Mary J. Uglow as a servant
- daughter Alice 1808 born
in Marhamchurch - possibly marries William Short in Stratton in 1835
- twin son Thomas 1810 born
in Marhamchurch - marries Grace Medland in Stratton - Family
- twin son Nathaniel 1810
born in Marhamchurch. He dies in 1811.
- daughter Frances 1813
born in Marhamchurch - she marries William Cole, a farmer, (born
1797 in Stratton) in 1834 in Stratton. In 1841 they are farming in Poughill but they emigrate to the USA and by 1862, they are in Clinton, Wayne County, Pennsylvania [source: will of nephew James 1828]
John and Thomazine Cowling
1771 from Warbstow is the son of William
and Elizabeth Hobbs and the grandson of William
and Agnes Hobb.
17, John 1771 marries Ann Buckingham. Ann is ten years older, born
in Jacobstow in 1761, probably the daughter of James Buckingham and Thomasine Bath. Ann is pregnant with Thomas and they first try to marry in Jacobstow on July 26th 1788. John is described as 'of Marhamchurch' and Ann, oddly, as a sojourner. But the marriage ceremony, conducted by Charles Dayman, the curate, is a fiasco and is struck out on account of the "blasphemous and profane conduct" of John and the solemnisation is withheld.
The couple flee to Bodmin. Thomas is born in September 1788 and John and Ann marry in Bodmin on 110th October 1788 by special licence on the same day as
Thomas is christened. John's residence is given asa Bodmin and Ann's as Jacobstow.
The day before on 9th October 1788 there had been an application
at Bodmin Sessions by Week St Mary parish relating
to the '...bastard born in Bodmin on 11 Sept. 1788, mother Ann Buckingham,
single woman, father John Uglow of Marhamchurch, cooper: John Uglow to
pay Week St Mary 16d. and Ann Buckingham 8d. weekly; also J. U. to pay
£6 lying-in charges..' (Unclear why Week St Mary parish has incurred expense?)
Probably they didn't stay long
in Bodmin. Ann dies in August 1789 and is buried in Jacobstow.
- son Thomas 1788 - marries Elizabeth Barden in Week St Mary in 1813 - Clawton Family 2
After Ann's death, John marries Thomazine Cowling
in St Gennys in 1792. There is a Tamsin Cowling born in 1765 in the
village, the daughter of William and Tamsin Cowling. Thomasin dies in 1830 in Marhamchurch. John dies in 1832 - he is buried in Whitstone with a MI with his brother Nicholas and nephew John.
- daughter Thomazine 1793
born in St Gennys. Although she's a little old, it is possible that
she marries William Rowe in Marhamchurch in 1835. They are in Launcells (as is daughter Mary) in 1841 with their young son, John. There is a Thomasine
Rowe who dies in St Gennys in 1851
- illegitimate daughter Mary 1825 born in Marhamchurch (Launcells on the 1881 census). In 1841 she is working at 1 West Leigh Launcells with farmer Thomas Trewin as her employer. In 1853 she marries Arscott Carwithen, a carpenter born in 1828 in Pyworthy in Devon. The wedding is in Holsworthy. They have a daughter, Eliza, in 1859. The family is living at Bounds Cross, Pyworthy in 1881.
- daughter Mary 1796 born
- son John 1798 born in Marhamchurch.
There is an IGI record which suggests that he emigrates to Perth, Australia
where a John, born 1799, marries Sophie Baker in Perth in 1845. Inquiries
in Australia discover that their Marriage Certificate was no. 137, dated
19 March 1845, at Wesleyan Chapel, Perth. John Uglow was a bachelor,
a yeoman, or farmer, in Perth in the 1840's, and Albany storekeeper, 40 years
old (?) when married, born 1805. Both he and his wife were leaders in
the Wesleyan Church. They had two children George born 1845, William
John born 1849, died 1850. Sophia Baker was a widow (nee Points) and
was 36 years old when married to John Uglow. The witnesses were William
and Henrietta Barker, and John Smithies. Sophia had 3 daughters from
her previous marriage to Baker. She visited the Eastern colonies (of
Australia) per "Chusan" 25/11/1852. John dies in Australia
in 1880. Their son, George, marries Marion Hellen Earnshaw in West Australia in 1887.
Richard Cory and Thomasin Grigg
Cory 1785 is born in Week St Mary, the son of John
and Margaret Cory and the grandson of George and Elizabeth
Mark. He marries Thomasin Grigg in Jacobstow in 1812. She was born
in Jacobstow in 1788. Richard was initially a farmer, probably close to Marhamchurch, where the majority of their children were born. But there seems to be quite a lot of movement: 1830 Pigot's Directory he is a baker at 44 Cornwall St, Devonport [here is an article about the business]
But by 1846, they are established in Cambridge Street where the family bakery business is to flourish over the next 100 years - in 1846 Richard is witness to the marriage of William Box, the son of his first cousin, Elizabeth Box. His daughter in law, Sarah, is the other witness.
In the1851 census he is in the Plymouth St Andrews district; 1852 Slaters Directory has him as a shopkeeper at 37 Cambridge St Plymouth. [However, around 1850, Richard may have also been farming at Marystow, between Launceston and Tavistock (source: 1850 trade directory).]
He dies in Plymouth in 1859. Thomasin survives him
and is a widow in Plymouth at the time of the 1861 census - being helped
by her son, William. She dies in Plymouth in 1864.
Richard may well be an active Bible Christian member - we have a report on recruitment that "By 1826 Richard Uglow returns fifty-two members in Guernsey" [This may be Richard 1798.] But note that Richard Cory's granddaughter, Ophelia, marries a Bible Christian minister and moves to Jersey.
- son Richard 1814 born in
Week St Mary. He marries Sarah Holman in Launceston in 1837. Sarah was
born in 1813 on Dartmoor. He works in the bakery business but is also a farmer at Marystowe. Things do not go well for him - in 1838, he is insolvent: 'Richard Uglow the younger, heretofore of Morice-street, afterwards of Catherine-street, Devonport, Devonshire, in partnership with Richard Uglow, of Cambridge-street, Plymouth, as Bread and Biscuit Bakers, under the firm of Richard Uglow and Son, then of New York, America, afterwards of Cambridge-street, Plymouth aforesaid, Journeyman Baker, and late of Modley-street, Plymouth, Baker.' Richard dies young
in Falmouth in 1848. In 1881, Sarah is a grocer in Cambridge St, Plymouth,
close to her brother in law, William
- daughter Edna 1839 born
in Launceston. At the time of the 1861 census she is in Plymouth
where she marries in 1862, probably James Walter.
- daughter Elizabeth 1841
born in Launceston. In 1851 she is with her Holman grandparents
in Bodmin. By 1861 she is working as a seamstress in Plymouth St
Andrews. In 1881, she is a domestic servant to 86 year old Mary
Widger in Cambridge St., Plymouth, close to her uncle, William -
very probably her sister Selina's mother in law. She is dressmaking
again in the 1891 and 1901 censuses. She dies in 1930.
- daughter Selina 1848
born in Falmouth. She is in Plymouth in 1861 and marries Mr Widger
in 1874. They are shopkeepers in Cambridge St., Plymouth - close
to her uncle, William. She is widowed by 1881 and living with her
mother and her son, Albert Widger, born 1875. She dies in Plymouth
- son William 1816 born in
Whitstone. In 1847 he marries Ophelia in Plymouth - Devonport
- daughter Betsy Quick 1819
born in Marhamchurch. In 1841, she's a servant at the King's Arms in
High St, Stratton where the family head is William Daws, a joiner. She
marries in 1848 in Stoke Damerel - possibly to John Brown as in 1881
we find them at 24 Mutton Cove, Stoke Damerel. John is a Greenwich pensioner.
- Thomas marries Mary Pearse
in Marhamchurch in 1636 - possibly the son of Thomas
and Mary Piper?
- Arthur marries Ann Trick
in 1656 in Marhamchurch
- Priscilla marries John Priest
in Marhamchurch in 1709
- Lucy Edith, wife of Samuel,
dies in 1947 and is buried in Marhamchurch
It is interesting to see that
the Uglow familes appear to abandon Marhamchurch in the 1820s - by the
time of the 1871 census, there do not appear to be any families living
there - nor indeed anyone alive in Cornwall who was born in the village.
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