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red mail Thomas William Huggins
I have information about my father Thomas William Huggins, born 09 march 1896. He lived in Torquay and was a musician playing timpani and xylophone in the municipal orchestra. Prior to 1926 he lived with his wife and children around Surrey Kent and Suffolk. He separated from his wife in 1926. Colin.
red mail ROGERS Steven
I am looking for Steven who was born in Bury, Lancashire in 1951. His parents names were Jack & Sheila. I am his cousin. Not seen him (or his sister) since my father's funeral in 2000. Think he was living in or near Torquay. If I can find them, I have a lot of info on their family tree to share.
red mail Any information on the Palk, Cary or Mallock family
Hi, I am trying to collate a more in depth information about the above families for my book. I would be very interested in any information on property owned by the families, people that worked with or for them. I would love to hear from you. Thank you
red mail Wanting to find a Dancer Please
I am trying to find my great aunt Elsie as she was a dancer and she used to live at 7 Upton Road,Torquay around 1916/1918. My Aunt may also have been known as Jessie. She may have entertained the troops at some stage(unknown just hearsay) She married a man from the NZEF (New Zealand Expeditory Forces.)and they were married in 1918. My aunt came to New Zealand but she was here for only 5 months and then returned home to England im sorry her name was Jessie Elsie Stapples or Staples not sure of exact spelling,she returned to England as its believed that she was homesick as she didnt have any family here apart from her husband,my great uncle Harry. His name was a real weird one as i thought it sounded like a girls name when i first heard it when younger as Harries thinking it was Harriet but it wasnt but he was known by that name(Harries Wade Brown) My aunt was said to be a wonderful dancer in her time i would love to know what she was all about ,her family,siblings.parents etc. I have a bit of information from family members about Uncle Harry so please if anyone can help me to find anything out about my great aunt i would love to know(there could be cousins i never heard of etc) Thanks
red mail Hardingham
Has anybody got any information on Derek and Panela Hardingham they lived in Torquay about 1950 they had a daughter.
red mail Torbay Dispensary and infirmary
Looking for information on Torbay Infirmary Union Street. Staff records etc. Possible relative Ann Elizabeth Schofield dob 1840 Yorkshire , she was Matron for about 12yrs Listed in 1881 census.
red mail Our families and pubs in Torquay area
Just starting this research, and interested in the following surnames which all come from the Torquay area: Jarvis/Matthews; Jarvis/Potter; Pearce/Reid; Pearce Townsend.The Pearce family were publicans, running the London Inn and later the Bunch of Grapes in the Pimlico area and also the Royal Oak in Torquay, We are still in the Torquay area. Thanks for any help.
red mail Vernon Court Hotel
Hi, I would like to know more information about Vernon Court, a hotel in Torquay, if anyone knows. It belonged to my family years ago. I see online that it has now been converted into condominiums. Thanks.
red mail John March born 1782 torquay
The only information I have found about John,s birth is a listing in the archives in Exeter. He immigrated to Old Perlican, Newfoundland Canada. He married an Ann ??and is at the head of a large family of Canadian Marches Question Who is his wife Ann ? who are his parents ? Does he descend from Stephen or William of Dorset circa 1710-1730?
Cyril Seymour Hibernia Harvey
Any persons with Cyril who was captured by the Japanese in Hong Kong and subsequently put on board the POW ship ' THE LISBON MARU' which was sunk by the US Submarine 'SS GROUPER' in the South China Sea in their Family Tree please contact me. Martin
If there are any decendents of the Cary Family once owners of Torre Abbey would they please get in touch with me. My family actually lived in the Abbey for more than 30 years, Dad was the caretaker/guide. I am particulary interested in the military history of Colonel Cary late of the Rifle Brigade and Commodore Cary RN. Martin
Cyril Seymour Harvey
Before my Mum married my Dad she was engaged to the above mentioned who whilst serving with the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment in Hong Kong during WW2 was captured by the Japanese and out aboard one of their so callede " HELL SHIPS", The Lisbon Maru, bound for a POW Camp either in that country or on one of their neighborring islands. Unfortunately en route it was spotted by an American submarine "THE SS GROUPER " who attacked it with a torpedo and subsequently sinking it not knowing there were some 2,000 POW's on board. When attacked the Japanese captain ordered the holds to be fastened down and locked with the POW's inside. If any of Cyril's family or relatives are still alive I would be most grateful if they could contact me through Curious Fox.
red mail David D Reux
Looking for any information with David D Reux, from Plymouth and moved to Torquay. 1920 - 1960.
red mail Barbara Hogan / Faye Simpson
Would welcome above as participants connecting to "Beryl" and relevant history. D.o.b. 12/6/1922.B
red mail ANDREWS
I am looking for any information about ROBERT ANDREWS born 23rd December 1874 Mount Pleasant Cottages, Torquay. Thanks.
Looking for Douglas Bishop, Torquay Devon
Looking for a Douglas Bishop who died some time after the 2nd world war and reportedly lived in Torquay possibly after the war until his death.
red mail Fontes - Mrs M.). Froyle House, Torquay
I'm trying to trace the history of my car - a 2-seat RILEY tourer, number OD 1857. It was supplied new (March 1932) to Mrs M FONTES who, I now know, was a widow who lived at Froyle House in Chelston, Torquay, with her son Luis and daughter Ruth. In 1932 she may have been resident in Torquay for nearly 20 years. Luis became 21 in 1933 and, inheriting, left for Reading to take up motor racing. I do not know whether Ruth left at the same time, or whether Mrs Fontes (Maria?) also left Torquay then. In 1942 she seemed to be resident at the TORBAY RISE HOTEL. As this is in Burridge Road, this would have been very close to her old address at Froyle House. She may have died in London in or about 1951. Does anybody have any information on this lady? I'd like to know how long she kept the car and when and where she disposed of it. Any recollections would be nice to hear!
red mail Barnes,'Orangeville' , St.Lawrence
Lizzie Barnes, Queenie Evans, Mary Roberts, Kitt Barnes/Watson anyone who knew these people. they all worked at a guest house called 'Orangeville'. Lizzie and Queenie lived at a house called St.Lawrence on Walnut Road after they retired.This would be in the 30s and 40s. Kit died in 1940 and Mary Roberts Married about the same time.
red mail BOYCE Family Som/Devon/Wilts
Seeking descendants of a William Boyce Born 1841 who wed Eliza & had 10 children who all dispersed from Bridgwater except for my grandfather Fred Boyce born 1880 wed to "Eleanor"? Strong. I met a "Boyce" in Torquay approx: 1964 who had traced family back to 1066! Keen to make contact with this family line.
red mail Thomas William Huggins
Anybody have any information on my Grandfather Thomas Huggins, He played for the Torquay Municipal Orchestra and played the Xylaphone and Drums, He was originaly from Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey Kent. I think he played before and during the Second World war and died in the 70s. He was buried by a Mrs Huggins who was not his wife as he never divorced my Grandmother, this is not an issue and he is forgiven. I am looking for his history as a muscitian and a lost Grandfather.
red mail Metherall/Metheral/Metherell/Veale
I have a Frederick (1877) and Maud Metherall (1876) who were born in Torquay, their father was John Veale Metheral b1849 in Virginstow and the mother was Maria Chowen b1848 in Callington, Cornwall. They lived 60 Belgrave Road in 1901. I am interested in finding out more about children Frederick or Maud may have had.
red mail Thomas Dunning Cross
We've come across what we think is a family bible insert amongst some old papers for the Cross family - originating in Camborne but later moving up to Torquay in Devon. We'd love to give it back to the original family if possible. Thomas Dunning Cross - b1844 Camborne, Sarah Anne Lock b. 1849 Kingskerswell Devon, Thomas Dunning Cross b. 1874 Torquay, Eliza Nancy Cross b.1876 Torquay, Ethyl Nelly Cross b.1880 Torquay, Edith Naomi Cross b.1882, Tom Disraeli Cross b. 1884 Torquay
red mail Melville
Is there anyone who may have known Joan Melville in the 50's She was from London/Essex area and visited Devon about that time.I am trying to trace my Father.Thank You.
red mail Richard Winsor/Mary Read
Trying to trace details of the marriage of Richard Winsor b.1811 in Totnes/Mary Read b.1822 Middlesex, London. Married in TorMoham, Torquay in 1850. I am very interested in tracing Mary Read's Family, but any info is most welcome. I know that they had a son Alfred Frederick,who married Mary Ann Caroline Bates from Chelsea, but I am unaware of any other children. regards Caroline
red mail norris/penny/sommerfield/summerfield/bunn
i am trying to trace any relatives of a wiiliam henry norris born in gloucestershire in 1839 and his wife elizabeth ann norris nee penny born in eastalington, devon in 1841. one of their children emma norris born 2 may 1867 and theylived at 43 higher ellacombe road torquay. emma became sommerfield when she married my great grandad samuel bunn sommerfield. other members of the norris family include bertram, elizabeth, frederick william, george and lillium. hope ther is somebody out there who can help me. thanks
red mail Villa Languard
As a child,in the early 50's i stayed in a childrens home called Villa Languard.It was in Middle Warberry Rd,Torquay.Does anyone have any knowledge or memories they wish to share with me? Thanks.
red mail Burch/Badcock/Rowe
Looking for relatives of Frederick Edward Burch b.c.1859 Dawlish, son of John & Grace, he was married to Sarah Jane the widow of Robert Rowe, her maiden name Badcock from Lympstone b1853, their children Frederisk W b.1890 Mabel b1892, in 1901 they living were at 6 Madrepore Road Torquay, Frederick stating his trade as a Beer House Keeper.
red mail Harvey Family History
I am trying to trace my fathers family history. Looking for information on John Francis and Mary Harvey who had a son Robert born 7 November 1855 and baptised at Saint Mary le Strand on 13 January 1856 by Joshua Frederick Denham, have copy of Parish entry for baptisimal register. Also looking for John Francis Harvey married to Sophia of Earlham Saint MaryChurch Torquay Devon. Children were Jane Nind, Robert Harvey, Francis John Harvey & Emily Mary Harvey. Have copy of his last will and also copy of accounts annexed to probate affidavit dated March 1895 prepared by GK Wright London. All dates and names are accurate as they are original documents.
red mail Gwendoline Jarvis
I am seeking information on Gwendoline (Gwenie) Jarvis who I believe was born in Torquay or thereabouts circa 1913. Mother was Beatrice Jarvis, probably lived with her Grandmother - Alice Jarvis. Lived in Salisbury Southern Rhodesia in the 60s. Emigrated to Australia. Married name not known.
red mail Jarvis Family
I am seeking information on the Jarvis family who moved to Torquay from East Allington, Devon mid 1850's.Family still resides in Torquay today.
red mail Mary Jane Coombe
I am searching for information on Mary Jane Coombe born in Torquay circa 1827. She Married James Blaker at Southampton in 2nd Qrt 1853.Trying to ascertain name of her parents.
red mail West (Canadian division)
Harold Benjamin Brace West, Born Dec. 23 1883 in Torquay, he is my grandfather. He married Eleanor Barnard (English, her father was a publisher)they moved to Montreal,Que. Canada. They had 6 children. Coralee (deceased)Eric (deceased) Laurence (laurie/deceased) Gerald (Jerry/deceased) John Barrymore (Barry/deceased my father) and Pamela (still living) Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Lost village in or near Torquay
Dr Charles Nankivell M.D. lived at worked in Tormorham ?? in or near Torquay. His practice was at Layton House, Abbey Road where he died in 1886. His wife was Margaret Atkinson. Does anyone know of this place? Has anyone ever noticed monumental inscriptions or gravestones in any church in Torquay. Dr Nankivell was in practice there for many years Help much appreciated.
red mail Cox families in Torquay
I wouold like to find out more about various Cox families in Torquay, particularly those of Cox & Co, Estate agents on the Strand and Cox & Durrant, photographers, and WD Cox & sons, ship chandlers in Victoria parade. Any help appreciated, thanks
red mail Land family
Looking for any information on William Henry Land born Nov 11th 1836 in St Thomas, Devon and his father Thomas Raddon Land who was married to Charlotte Bradford. Thomas Raddon left William Henry in the care of Emily Pomeroy when he went to America after Charlotte died 10 days after he was born. Does any body recognise these names - Thanks Sue
red mail karen bailey
looking for karen bailey, most likely living in torbay area of devon. bailey is believed to be married name, maiden name unknown. has 2 children called kameron and hannah. maybe living with a man called jamie price.
red mail james (jamie) price
Does anyone know where jamie price is living now? Last known to be moving frequently to different addresses in Torbay area of Devon. may be in shared accomodation. may be working as a care assistant.
red mail vango moved from bethnal green
Henry Vango, known as Harry, born bethnal green 1885. Married Lily Jones 1913, daughter phyllis b.1922. Also an older son, Jack? Harry was in the navy many years, died in 1947. Looking for any info on him or his descendants.
red mail Courtneay Lodge
My grandparents (Beazley/Allport) were married from Courtenay Lodge, Braddons Hills Road, Torquay in 1925. Does anyone know what this establishment was at this time?
red mail Jack Green Elizabeth Smith
Looking for a Jack Green born Blackpool November 1905. He was a house decorator and was living in Marlborough Mansions,Cannon Hill, Hampstead in 1947.Moved to Westward Ho.Died 1971 in Torquay.
red mail Descendants of Jack Exton
I am looking for any descendants of Jack Exton who is also known as John may be living in Yorkshire, England. My Great-Grandfather, Jack Exton came to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea possibly in the 1800s or 1900s. Jack Exton was a Gaoler who settled in Port Moresby and married a local woman Ms Busina Daura from Porebada Village, Port Moresby. My Paternal Grandfather is Henry Sebastian Exton who had one brother, William Exton and a sister, Rosie Exton.
red mail Descendants of Arthur Ezard
I am looking for any descendants of Arthur Ezard who may be living in Yorkshire, England. My Great-Grandfather, Arthur Ezard came to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea possibly in the 1800s or 1900s. Arthur Ezard settled in Port Moresby and married a local woman Ms Maraira Vedeo from Tatana Village, Port Moresby. My Paternal Grandmother is Eleonora Ezard; Arthur Ezard's only daughter who also had one son Arthur Ezard (Jnr).
red mail HANNAFORD / WEEKES / Maidencombe / St. Marychurch
Richard HANNAFORD married Emily WEEKES in 1883. Children born in Maidencombe and St. Marychurch : Mary Ellen 1883 / Ellen Louisa 1884 / William J.R 1886 / Alica Maud 1888 / George Henry 1890 / May E. c.1893 / Federick Richard 1899. Is anyone connected to this branch of Hannafords please?
Richard Jenkins ( a plumber) married Mary Ann Cornhill in 1874. Children born over the next 20 years : William / Martha Maria / Florence Alice / Maud Mary / Ethel Louise / Richard / John / Rosie Ellen. They lived at Ellacombe in 1891 and 1901. Is anyone connected to any of these people please?
Winnifred Foxlow was born about 1897 in Torquay. Father was William (born around 1872 in Evesham, Worcs.) and mother was Sarah (nee PAY). They lived in Orchard Road, Hele around 1919. Anybody related ? Unusual surname so if you share it (especially in Devon) you are proably related.
red mail Melville,Wolton,Osborne
Are there any links in Devon to my descendants of Joseph Melville and wife Sarah Woodger b 1792 &1794 of London,also John Wolton born 1806 in Ufford Suffolk and wife Ann Curtis born 1807 in Hollesley Suffolk,also Amelia Osborne b 1842 in Ramsholt Suffolk who married Noah Wolton?I am trying to find out why i feel so drawn to Devon apart from the scenery,Torquay in particular!!Thank You.
red mail HAWKE / PAY families of St. Marychurch / Babbacombe
Anyone connected to Frank & Annie HAWKE of St. Marychurch? Only daughter I know of was Harriet Minnie Louisa HAWKE born 1899. Their son, Frank was killed at Jutland on H.M.S Defence in 1916 (and is on St. Marychurch war memorial). Other children I believe are from this family (but not certain) are Edwin, 1902 ; Francis Richard, 1904 ; Marjorie Helen, 1906 ; William Henry, 1908. I have a double-connection to the family. Annie's maiden name was PAY. I am descended from her sister Minnie. Frank Hawke Sr. is also related, to my great-grandfather. Loads of information if anyone is connected.
red mail PAY family / Torquay / St. Marychurch
Anyone descended from the PAY family from Torquay / St. Marychurch? Edwin Thomas PAY was born 1842. Married Thirza Freer Cornhill. Their children (surviving) were Henry, BORN 1865 ; Annie, 1870 (married name HAWKE); Sarah Ann, 1872(married name FOXLOW) ; Frank, 1875 ; Minnie Maria W. , 1877 (married name HANNAFORD); Gertrude, 1882 (married name BROWN).
red mail deakin in torquay
I'm looking for Muriel Deakin or relatives. My grandfather stayed with her during WWII. She wrote letters to my great aunt. My mother now has those letters and would like to locate this family.
red mail IRELAND-FAMILY of Kenton, Devon.UK
Looking from Australia, for details of siblings of Henry Thomas Ireland, born 1837, Kenton, Devon, who later migrated to Australia, approx. 1868. Father George Ireland of Kenton, Devon. Mother Mary Pugsley. Interested to know whether there is a relationship with Patrick Ireland, born in 1822 in Kentucky USA, who was the father of John Ireland, later Governor of Texas, in 1882 and 1884.
red mail Knapman Soper
I am looking for the mother of Elizabeth Jemima Soper Knapman 25 Nov 1839 Ugborough, Devon, England. Her mother is Jimima but I do not have a surname. Elizabeth married Henry Joint. I am also interested in the Chalk family Thyrza Chalk was marrried to William John Veale they had 8 children. Also Alice Maude Edwards who married William Lewis Broom from Teignmouth Devon England.
red mail Chalk,Torquay
Trying to find details of Charles Chalk born in Torquay 1854,lived in Plymouth in Plym Street working as a plasterer,married Eliza, daughter called Bessie.
red mail Burgess family search
Seeking information on Miss Edith Louise Burgess,last known at Torquay, Devon, 1960's. Relative from America seeking family information.
red mail Marshall
Researching James Reason Marshall born 1844 in Tormaham, Torquay, the son of William Bindon Marshall and Elizabeth Reason.
red mail Harper and Boult - from Peckham
I'm trying to contact the descendants of William James Harper b 1881 in Surrey, but who was brought up in Jersey, Channel Islands, and Rose Boult bc 1876 in Peckham. William and Rose lived in Pitt Street in Peckham, and some of their children may have moved to Torquay, Devon in the 30s/40s perhaps? Their children include: Beattie bc 1903, Jessie bc 1906, Flora b 1909, William J b 1912, Rosie b 1914, Marie E b 1918 and Lawrence Harper b 1921. My Nan is William's niece and remembers the family and would like to find them.
red mail Torquay victorian rubbish c.1860-1920
im trying to track down victorian rubbish tips for a college history project. i need to find out how they disposed of rubbish and where. i also need to get photographs then and present to compare. if you have any elderly family of friends that may know please contact me. many thanks
red mail Crocker
Crocker George Edward. 1909-2001
red mail Mary Brin Lear
Paternal Grandmother, born 1873 in Brixham, shown in the 1881 census as a 9 year old in Totnes Work House. No other relatives are known of, but she is reputed to have said on umpteen occasions that she was the daughter of a titled gentleman (as one might!). The name "Brin" is a bit puzzling as well since it is not known in the family, but in Welsh means, I believe, "hill". Has anyone anything in their family tree which might throw some light on this matter, please.
red mail Price/Gibbings c 1840 - Torquay
Searching for any details of George Thomas PRICE b. c 1813 married Sarah/Mary Ann/Sally GIBBINGS. They had 5 children: John Thomas Potter Gibbings Price c1840, Anna Maria Price c1843,Sarah Price c1845,Emma Louisa Jane Price 23 Nov 1850 and George Price c1853. They emigrated to South Australia 1855/1856 aboard the Magdalena. any information on George or Sally appreciated.
red mail MARTIN family of Torquay
Looking for parents and ancestors of these Martin siblings, born in Torquay between 1880 and 1900: Wilhelmina (married name Chambers), Maria (married name Hayward), Francis, Cecilia (married name Cox), George, Ben and Raymond.
red mail Bowden
Looking for the family of Blanche Bowden, born about 1877 and her daughter Ivy D. Bowden born July 1911, in Great Torrington, Devon.
Mary Ann Coysh born abt 1820 Torquay, Devon father Edward. Mary Ann married James Hill 1850 Torquay and died 1902 Torquay. Any information on her parents appreciated.
Still on the search for any news on my family.I am searching for info on my Grandmother who was Bessie Mary Cook, born I believe in Torquay around 1875. Her Mother was Elizabeth Hubbard Kidd and father Louis Richards Cooke, they lived at Lauriston Hall, Tormohan Devon. They moved to Kensington, London, and my Granmother married a Oliver Caton Sherwood who was in the Army, they had six children.Bessie had two Step Brothers, Percy and George Seymour, I believe. Anyone out there tracing the same family, I would like to hear from you. Still hoping. Photos would be a great bonus. Thank you
red mail Stoyles in Torquay
I'm interesting in contacting anyone who has relatives named Stoyles in the Torquay area as I am in the process of doing my family tree.
I am trying to track my family back and have got as far as William Westcott born Torquay 1843. His father was John but I've not been able to get down there to check any further details. Can anyone link into these?
Belgrave Cres. Torquay. TUCKER
I have in my postcard collection a vintage postcard of a Mr and Mrs Tucker standing on a balcony in Belgrave Cres. Torquay around 1910-1920 I would love to tie it in to someones family or local history. Anyone interested?
red mail Lighthouse, Parkhill Road
Seeking any historical information about the Lighthouse, 35 Parkhill Rd Torquay. When built, original design, use as a lighthouse, photos, anything. Also personal memories of anyone who has lived there. H Ryder-Haggard's sister is said to have lived there - any evidence or information would be welcome.
red mail Villa Languard, Mid-warberry Road
I am looking for information about Villa Languard, Mid-Warberry Road, Torquay. I stayed there when it was an ophanage.
red mail Rossiter
I'm looking for help with a family tree for John Rossiter and Mary Elizabeth Pope, married on 10 March 1850 at the Parish Church of Upton. The family lived for many years at 3 Lower Union Street, Torquay and apparently had about five children. Any help will be appreciated. In particular. I need Rossiter's date and place of birth and the names of his parents.
red mail Channing, John
Looking for a John Channing born 1841 in Torquay, Devon England was a seaman on a timbers ship he broke his leg and was put on the beach in St Johns Newfoundland about 1862 Parents were Anglican religion. Looking for his parents or any channing living or dead.
red mail Ernest James Tanner
Looking for any info/sharing on Ernest James Tanner born 1847 and who I believe married Charlotte ? born 1853.

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