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Dommett Family of Churchstanton

DOMMETT FAMILY OF CHURCHSTANTON


Thomas Dommett and Joan Stone

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James Dommett (1706-1789) and Christian Dyer (1705-1791)

of Churchstanton

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 Robert Dommett (1740-) and Hannah Pym (1740c-1818)

of Churchstanton

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 William Dommett (1766-1847) and Mary Trood (1764c-1821)

Yeoman of Churchstanton

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 Mary Dommett (1789-1870) and William Barton I (1784-1842)

Farmer and Butcher of Churchstanton, Woodford, Easton-in-Gordano

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 John Barton III (1818-1878) and Sarah Perrott (1820c-1909)

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William Barton and Ellen Pick

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Edward Percy Barton and Florence Noad


“CHURCH-STANTON, or Church-Staunton, a scattered village, on an eminence near the Black Down Hills, and the borders of Somersetshire, and the sources of the river Culm, 10 miles N. by E. of Honiton, and 8 miles S. of Taunton, has in its parish 1086 inhabitants, and 4980 acres of freehold land. The village is in four portions called Churchinford, Stapley, Red Lane, and Burnworthy. . . . . The Church (St. Paul,) is a fine Gothic structure, with a tower and five bells. . . . ” [From White’s Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Churchstanton transferred from Devon to Somerset and from the diocese of Exeter to that of Bath & Wells in 1896.

 


JAMES DOMMETT, Great VI Grandfather of Richard Barton

Son of Thomas Dommett and Joane (nee Stone)

Husband of Christian Dyer

Father of Robert Dommett

Also Father of James

James Dommett was probably the son of Thomas and Joane Dommett who was baptised at Churchstanton on 30th June 1706 (Baptism Book 1, Entry No 760). James Dummett (sic) married Christian Dyer on 11th April 1732 at Churchstanton (Marriage Book 1, Entry No 742). Parkhouse in his internet transcript of the Churchstanton Registers has Christian Tozer rather than Dyer!

Christian (Chritian sic) was probably the daughter of John and Elizabeth Dyer who was baptised on 9th April 1705 at Churchstanton (Baptism Book 1, Entry No 742).

The Dommett children included James who was baptised on 13th April 1735 and Robert who was baptised on 11th May 1740 both at Churchstanton.

In Burial Book 2 we find the following entries:

No 423 for 22nd February 1789 James Dommett

No 437 for 27th March 1791 Christian Dommett (pauper)


Their children were Great VI Aunts and Uncles:

 

JAMES DOMMETT, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton

 

James Dommett was baptised on 13th April1735. He married Anna Bidgood. He was buried on 17th July 1814 aged seventy-nine-years and was described as of Burnworthy. His widow was buried on 5th June 1814 aged eighty-seven-years, also of Burnworthy.

Their children were cousins of William Dommett, Great IV Grandfather:

 

SARAH DOMMETT, cousin of William Dommett

 

Sarah was baptised on 9th May 1762

 

JOHN DOMMETT, cousin of William Dommett

 

John was baptised on 22nd May 1763. He probably married Susannah Coles on 4th April 1790 at Churchstanton. John of Burnworthy was buried on 13th November 1825 aged sixty-two-years-old.

Their children were second cousins of Mary Barton, Great III Grandmother:

 

William Dommett was baptised on 30th September 1792. In the 1841 census there is a William Dommett, aged forty-five-years, an agricultural labourer of Churchstanton with his wife Sarah aged forty-five-years and children Sarah aged twenty, Charles aged eleven, Susana aged nine years and Hannah aged five years.

John Dommett was baptised on 7th December 1794. In the 1841 census there is a John Dommett, a forty-six-year-old carpenter of Churchstanton. With him was his wife Jane aged forty-five and children – Matilda aged fifteen, James aged nine, John aged seven, Dinah aged four and Samuel aged one year. Six-year-old James Wyatt was also in residence.

Joan Dommett was baptised on 18th December 1796

Mary Dommett was baptised on 24th March 1799

Robert Dommett was baptised on 13th September 1801

Hannah Dommett was baptised on 26th August 1804

Thomas Dommett was baptised on 11th October 1807

Simon Dommett was baptised on 24th September 1809. In 1851 he was a carpenter of Curry Mallett aged forty-two-years and born at Church Taunton (sic). His wife Ann M. Dommett was also aged forty-two-years and a native of Bradford. Their children included Edward aged ten and born at Isle Abbots and the younger ones who were all born at Curry Mallett namely James aged six years, Charlotte aged three years, Elizabeth aged one and Jane aged two months.

BETTY DOMMETT, cousin of William Dommett

 

Betty was baptised on 5th August 1764 at Churchstanton.

Betty had a first cousin who was baptised at Churchstanton on 5th May 1763. She may have been the Betty Dommett who married William Clarke at Churchstanton on 19th December 1784. Alternatively she may have been the Betty who gave birth to a natural son Robert and remained single:-

On 9th October 1803 a natural son, Robert, was baptised at Churchstanton, child of Betty Dommett. A Betty Dommett, aged seventy-five-years, was living with her son Robert Dommett (1809-) at Hemyock in 1841.

Her son may have been a second cousin of Mary Barton, Great III

Grandmother:

 

(?) Robert Dommett. On 9th October 1803 a natural son, Robert, was baptised at Churchstanton. He was the child of a Betty Dommett. We know that a Betty Dommett, aged seventy-five-years, was living with her son Robert Dommett (1809-) at Hemyock in 1841.

According to various websites Robert married Mary Clist (or Clarke) at Hemyock in 1835. In the 1841 census Robert was aged thirty-five-years and his wife, Mary, was aged twenty-five-years. Their children included George aged five years, Robert aged three years and John aged one year.

In 1851 the family was living at Millhouse, Hemyock. He was described as a forty-six-year-old agricultural labourer who was born at Churchstanton. His wife Mary was described as a thirty-six-year-old laundress who was born at Hemyock. Their children included John aged eleven years, William aged nine years, Charles aged six years, Hester aged three years and Richard aged one year. All the children were born at Hemyock.

At the time of the 1861 census Robert Dommett and his family were living at High Street, Hemyock. He was described as a fifty-four-year-old agricultural labourer born at Churchstanton. His wife, Mary, was now forty-seven-years-old, a laundress, born at Hemyock. Their children included William aged nineteen an agricultural labourer; Charles aged sixteen an agricultural labourer; Mary-Ann a nine-year-old scholar and Lewis who was aged only three years. All of these children were born at Hemyock.

In 1871 Robert Dommett was still working as a farm labourer and living in the High Street at Hemyock. He was described as being aged sixty-five-years and a native of Churchstanton. His wife, Mary Dommett, was aged fifty-six-years-old and was working as a laundress. Lewis was by now a thirteen-year-old servant living at home.

JOAN DOMMETT, cousin of William Dommett

 

Joan was baptised on 9th February 1766. She probably had a natural child, Mary, baptised on 3rd August 1789 at Churchstanton. Baptism Book 2, Entry 876, records: ‘Mary Bowerman bastard daughter of Joan Domatt’

Her child was a second cousin of Mary Barton, Great III Grandmother:

 

Mary Bowerman, natural child of Joan Domatt was baptised on 3rd August 1789 at Churchstanton. Baptism Book 2, Entry 876, records: ‘Mary Bowerman bastard daughter of Joan Domatt’

A Mary Bowerman married Richard Wyatt at Upottery on 13th February 1810 (with banns called on 21st January).

JAMES DOMMETT, cousin of William Dommett

 

James was baptised on 17th May 1767.

THOMAS DOMMETT, cousin of William Dommett

 

Thomas was baptised on 3rd February 1769 and was possibly buried on 3rd June 1770.

 

 


 

ROBERT DOMMETT, Great V Grandfather of Richard Barton

Son of James Dommett and Christian Dyer

Husband of Hannah Pym

Father of William Dommett

Also Father of Betty and Robert

Robert was baptised on 11th May 1740. He married Hannah Pym on 5th May 1762 at Churchstanton. She may have been the daughter of Robert and Hannah Pym (nee Snook) of Pitminster who married on 1st (10th) April 1731. If her burial details are correct she may have been born in 1741.

Robert may have been Churchwarden of Churchstanton in 1761 and again in 1769-70.

Robert was possibly buried on 31st March 1775 or 28th October 1779.

Hannah, his widow, was buried from Buckland St Mary at Churchstanton on 28th April 1818 aged seventy-seven-years.


HANNAH DOMMETT, Great V Grandmother of Richard Barton

Daughter of Robert Pym and Hannah (nee Snook)

Wife of Robert Dommett

Mother of William Dommett

Also Mother of Betty and Robert

Hannah was born in about 1740 the daughter of Robert Pym and his wife Hannah Snook of Pitminster who were married on 10th April 1731 at Churchstanton.

Her husband Robert Dommett was baptised on 11th May 1740. He married Hannah Pym on 5th May 1762 at Churchstanton. Robert was possibly buried on 31st March 1775 or 28th October 1779.

Hannah, his widow, was buried from Buckland St Mary at Churchstanton on 28th April 1818 aged seventy-seven-years.


Their children were Great V Aunts and Uncles:

 

BETTY DOMMETT, Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Betty was baptised at Churchstanton on 5th May 1763. She may have married William Clarke on 19th December 1784.

Betty had a first cousin who was baptised at Churchstanton on 5th August 1764. She may have been the Betty Dommett who married William Clarke at Churchstanton on 19th December 1784. Alternatively she may have been the Betty who gave birth to a natural son Robert and remained single but this is less likely:-

(?) On 9th October 1803 a natural son, Robert, was baptised at Churchstanton, child of Betty Dommett. A Betty Dommett, aged seventy-five-years, was living with her son Robert Dommett (1809-) at Hemyock in 1841.

(?) Her son may have been a second cousin of Mary Barton, Great III

Grandmother:

 

(?) ROBERT DOMMETT, cousin of Mary Barton

 

 On 9th October 1803 a natural son, Robert, was baptised at Churchstanton. He was the child of a Betty Dommett. We know that a Betty Dommett, aged seventy-five-years, was living with her son Robert Dommett (1809-) at Hemyock in 1841.

According to various websites Robert married Mary Clist (or Clarke) at Hemyock in 1835. In the 1841 census Robert was aged thirty-five-years and his wife, Mary, was aged twenty-five-years. Their children included George aged five years, Robert aged three years and John aged one year.

In 1851 the family was living at Millhouse, Hemyock. He was described as a forty-six-year-old agricultural labourer who was born at Churchstanton. His wife Mary was described as a thirty-six-year-old laundress who was born at Hemyock. Their children included John aged eleven years, William aged nine years, Charles aged six years, Hester aged three years and Richard aged one year. All the children were born at Hemyock.

At the time of the 1861 census Robert Dommett and his family were living at High Street, Hemyock. He was described as a fifty-four-year-old agricultural labourer born at Churchstanton. His wife, Mary, was now forty-seven-years-old, a laundress, born at Hemyock. Their children included William aged nineteen an agricultural labourer; Charles aged sixteen an agricultural labourer; Mary-Ann a nine-year-old scholar and Lewis who was aged only three years. All of these children were born at Hemyock.

In 1871 Robert Dommett was still working as a farm labourer and living in the High Street at Hemyock. He was described as being aged sixty-five-years and a native of Churchstanton. His wife, Mary Dommett, was aged fifty-six-years-old and was working as a laundress. Lewis was by now a thirteen-year-old servant living at home.

Their children may possibly have been the second cousins of John Barton III

 

George Dommett was born in about 1835 at Hemyock. He was aged five years and at home at the time of the 1841 census.

Robert Dommett was born in about 1837 at Hemyock. He was aged three years and at home at the time of the 1841 census.

John Dommett was born in about 1840 at Hemyock. He was aged one year and at home at the time of the 1841 census.

William Clarke Dommett was born in about 1841 at Hemyock. He was aged nine years at the time of the 1851 census and living at home. At the time of the 1861 census he was at home aged nineteen years and was described as an agricultural labourer. William Clarke Dommett later married Susan Alice Griffin at Axminster in 1870. They emigrated to Queensland and he was buried in 1871 at Brisbane Toowong Cemetery.

Charles Dommett was born in about 1844 at Hemyock. He was aged six years at the time of the 1851 census and living at home. The 1861 census return reveals that he was still living at home then and was a sixteen-year-old agricultural labourer.

Hester Dommett was born in Hemyock in about 1847 and was living at home, aged three years, at the time of the 1851 census.

Richard Dommett was born in about 1849 and he was living at home aged one year at the time of the 1851 census.

Mary-Ann Dommett was born in about 1851 at Hemyock. At the time of the 1861 census she was living at home aged nine years and described as a scholar.

Lewis Dommett was born in about 1857 at Hemyock. At the time of the 1861 census he was at home aged three years. By 1871 he was still living at home and described as a thirteen-year-old servant.


ROBERT DOMMETT, Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Robert was baptised on 3rd February 1771 at Churchstanton

Robert married Joan Hawkins at Churchstanton on 16th April 1799. Both were described as of that parish. They had children – namely Hannah who was baptised in 1801, William baptised in 1804, Alice baptised in 1807, Robert baptised in 1809 and Elizabeth in 1811.

Robert and Joan Dommett witnessed the wedding of Richard Gillard and Betty Manley on 9th June 1812 at Churchstanton and Robert also witnessed another on the same day as well as witnessing his own niece’s wedding in November 1811.He may have been Churchwarden of Churchstanton in 1799 and again from 1810-11.

When his nephew Robert Dommett made his will on 10th October 1840, he mentioned his uncle, Robert Dommett of Otterford, a yeoman,

In 1841 Robert Dummett (sic), aged seventy years, was farming at Yalham Farm, Otterford. His wife, Joan, was by this time sixty-five-years-old and their son, Robert, was aged twenty-five-years. They were assisted by two agricultural labourers and two farm servants.

Joan was buried at Churchstanton from Yalham Farm, Otterford, on 24th August 1843, aged sixty-eight-years.

Robert Dommett who was buried at Churchstanton on 3rd February 1854 and was described in the Register as ‘of Willand, Devon’ and he aged eighty-three years at the time of his death. We know that his son Robert was living in that parish between the years 1850 and 1852.

Their children were first cousins of Mary Barton, Great III Grandmother:

 

HANNAH DOMMETT

 

Hannah Dommett was baptised on 25th January 1801 at Churchstanton. A Hannah Dommett was buried at Churchstanton on 8th November 1807, aged seven years.

WILLIAM DOMMETT

 

William Dommett was baptised on 9th September 1804 at Churchstanton. At the time of the 1841 census he was aged thirty-five-years and farming Thornwater Farm at Henlade, near Taunton. His wife, Ann, was aged thirty-five-years and was born in Somerset. Living with them was their daughter Jane (sic) whose age was given as six years.

In 1851 William Dommett was still living at Henlade and farming 150 acres with the help of four labourers. By this time he was a widower and looking after his two daughters. They were described in the census return as Joan, aged sixteen years, and Emily, aged fourteen years. Living with them was their housekeeper, Mary Dommett, aged twenty years, who was born at Churchstanton. This Mary was probably the daughter of William’s first cousin Robert Dommett and his wife, Mary (nee Blackmore), and she later married George Bond on 11th May 1851.

In 1861 William Dommett was living in Creeech Village, Creech St Michael, and he was described in the census return as a fifty-six-year-old land proprietor and widower, born at Churchstanton. Living with him was his twenty-four-year-old daughter, Emily, who was listed as born at Ruishton.

By the time of the 1871 census William had returned to Henlade, Ruishton. He was recorded as a sixty-six-year-old farmer of 100 acres who was assisted in his task by three men and a boy. In residence with him was his daughter, Joan, aged thirty-six-years, and born at Ruishton.

It is probably that William Dommett died within the Taunton Registration District during the year 1873.

Their children were second cousins of John Barton III, Great II Grandfather:

 

Joan Dommett was born in about 1834 at Henlade, Ruishton. She was at home with her father for the censuses of 1841, 1851 and 1871.

Emily Dommett was born at Henlade, Ruishton, in about 1836. She was at home with her father on the nights of the 1851 and 1861 censuses.

ALICE DOMMETT

 

Alice Dommett was baptised on 12th April 1807 at Churchstanton. She was probably buried there on 6th December that year.

ROBERT DOMMETT

 

Robert Dommett was baptised on 22nd October 1809 at Churchstanton.

At the time of the 1841 census we find Robert living at Yalham Farm, Otterford, and he was described as twenty-five-years-old.

Robert married Jane Paul at Churchstanton on 19th March 1846. He was described as the son of Robert Dommett and she as the daughter of Joseph Paul. Their eldest child died at Yalham Farm, Otterford, and was buried at Churchstanton on 26th December 1846, having died an infant.

The family was still residing at Otterford in the year 1848. However, between the years 1850 and 1852 Robert Dommett was living at Willand Parish, in Devon, as we know that two of his children were born there.

 In 1861 we find Robert Dommett was farming at Chapple, St Dominick, Callington, Liskeard, Cornwall. He was described as a fifty-one-year-old farmer of 136 acres who was assisted by four men. Robert’s place-of-birth was given as Churchstanton. His wife, Jane, was described as forty-eight-years-old and as born at Hartlebeauchamp in Somerset. Their children included Robert, aged thirteen who was born at Otterford, Joan aged eleven years and born at Willand and Joseph aged eight years who was also born at Willand. Living with them at Chapple were Robert’s brothers-in-law, namely Robert Paul, aged fifty-eight-years, a retired miller, and John Paul who was listed as a fifty-four-year-old farmer.

In 1871 Robert Dommett was living at Munty House, Churchstanton. By now he was a sixty-one-year-old retired farmer who had been born in Churchstanton. Residing with him were his children Robert, a twenty-three-year-old miller and baker who was born at Otterford; Joan, a twenty-one-year-old farmer’s daughter who was born at Willand and Joseph, an eighteen-year-old farmer’s son who was also born at Willand.

Ten years later in 1881 we find Robert Dommett living at Hunters Lodge, Churchstanton, together with his sister Elizabeth North. Elizabeth was described as a seventy-year-old farmer and living in the same house was her son John North, a forty-seven-year-old bailiff. Robert Dommett, himself, was listed as a seventy-one-year-old widower and former farmer.

In 1891 Robert was boarding at Blagdon Hill, Pitminter. The census return informs us that he was an eighty-one-year-old widower and retired farmer who had been born at Churchstanton. Robert died at Blagdon and was buried at Churchstanton on 9th April 1892 aged eighty-to-years.

Their children were second cousins of John Barton III, Great II Grandfather:

 

Robert Dommett was buried at Churchstanton on 26th December 1846 having died as an infant at Yalham Farm, Otterford.

Robert Dommett was born in about 1848 at Otterford. We find him mentioned in the 1861 census as living at home, aged thirteen years, and born at Otterford. In 1871 Robert was still at home but by now was a twenty-three-year-old miller and baker listed as born at Otterford.

Joan Dommett was born at Willand, Devon, in about 1850. In the 1861 census return we find her at home aged eleven years and born at Willand, Devon. Ten years later in 1871 Joan was still at home aged twenty-one-years and described as a farmer’s daughter who was born in Willand

Joseph Dommett was born in about 1852 at Willand, Devon. The 1861 census finds him at home, aged eight years, and described as born at Willand, Devon. Ten years later, in 1871, Joseph was still at home and was described as an eighteen-year-old farmer’s son who was born at Willand.

ELIZABETH NORTH

 

Elizabeth Dommett was baptised on 3rd June 1811 at Churchstanton. She married John North at Churchstanton on 18th October 1831. From at least January 1834 we find that John North was described as being a Yeoman. From June 1836 until January 1840 John and Elizabeth appear in the parish registers as farming at Trickey Warren Farm at Churchstanton. In 1844 this source refers to John North as a farmer of Yeohill.

Churchstanton church records also reveal that a John North of Clayhidon was buried there on 2nd April 1853, aged fifty-six-years.

In 1861 Elizabeth North was farming forty acres at North Down, Churchstanton, assisted by one man. Living in her household were her sons, John, aged twenty-seven-years, and Robert, aged twenty-one-years. Her third child at home was Rebecca, who was aged sixteen years and all three of them were born at Churchstanton.

Ten years later, in 1871, Elizabeth North was living at Hunters Lodge, Roystone House, Churchstanton. She was now farming fourteen acres and living with her was her thirty-seven-year-old son, John North.

The 1881 census return for Churchstanton finds Elizabeth North still living at Hunters Lodge, Churchstanton. She was described as a seventy-year-old farmer and her son, John North, was a forty-seven-year-old bailiff. Her brother Robert Dommett, who was also staying at Hunters Lodge was described as a seventy-one-year-old former farmer and widower.

Their children were second cousins of John Barton III, Great II Grandfather:

 

John North was born in about 1833 at Churchstanton and baptised there on 2nd January 1834. In 1861 John, aged twenty-seven-years, was living at home with his mother at North Down and ten years later in 1871 we find him still living with her but now at Hunters Lodge, aged thirty-seven-years-old. The 1881 census return for Churchstanton finds John North, a forty-seven-year-old bailiff, living with is mother and uncle still at Hunters Lodge. Aged fifty-one-years, he was buried from Hunter’s Lodge at Churchstanton on 21st July 1884.

Mary North was baptised at Churchstanton on 28th June 1836 and her place-of-abode was given in the register as Trickey Warren Farm.

Elizabeth North was baptised at Churchstanton on 14th October 1837 and her place-of-abode was given as Trickey Warren.

Robert North was baptised at Churchstanton on 2nd January 1840 and his place-of-abode was given as Trickey Warren Farm. At the time of the 1861 census he was described as a twenty-one-year-old farmer’s son, born at Churchstanton, and living at home with his mother at North Down.

Ann North was baptised at Churchstanton on 2nd January 1844 and her place-of-abode was given as Yeohill.

Rebecca North was born in about 1844 at Churchstanton. At the time of the 1861 census she was described as being a sixteen-year-old farmer’s daughter and living at home with her mother at North Down. Aged nineteen years, she was buried from Hunter’s Lodge at Churchstanton on 29th April 1864.

(?) William Dommett North, an infant, was buried from Hemyock at Churchstanton on 17th April 1847.

 

 


WILLIAM DOMMETT, Great IV Grandfather  of Richard Barton

 Son of Robert Dommett and Hannah (nee Pym)

Husband of Mary Trood

Father of Mary Barton

 Also Father of Robert and Joan

 William Dommett was baptised on 21st January 1766 at Churchstanton in the Blackdown Hills on the Devon/Somerset border. He was the second child of Robert and Hannah Dommett.

His father may have been buried on either 31st March 1775 or 28th October 1779 at Churchstanton.

William married Mary Trood at Churchstanton on 20th June 1787. They were both of Churchstanton parish, banns having been called on 22nd April. They lived at Willand in the Parish of Churchstanton.

William and Mary Dommett had at least three children – Mary who was baptised on 19th July 1789 at Churchstanton and Robert who was born in July 1790 and baptised on 21st October 1792. Joan was also baptised on 21st October 1792 with her brother at Churchstanton.

William may have been Churchwarden of Churchstanton in 1821.

Mary died on 18th June 1821 aged fifty-seven-years and was buried at Churchstanton and her husband, William, died on 12th May 1847 aged eighty-one-years. A gravestone was erected in their memory.

His death certificate records that he died on 12th May 1847 at Churchstanton aged eighty years. He was described as a farmer and the cause of death was given as ‘old age and cancer of the face’. The informant was Mary Dommett of Churchstanton who was present at the death. The death was registered on 14th May at Taunton.


ROBERT DOMMETT, Great IV Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Robert Dommett was born in July 1790 and baptised on 21st October 1792 at Churchstanton. He married Mary Blackmore of Up Ottery, Devon, on 19th December 1822 at Churchstanton.

Robert was a Yeoman of Willand.

Robert and Mary had at least seven children who were baptised at Churchstanton between 1823 and 1838.

Robert Dommett made his will on 10th October 1840. He was described as a Yeoman of Willand, Churchstanton. He made provision for his wife Mary including a parcel of land, £5, a bed, bedstead, bedding and furniture. He mentioned his uncle, Robert Dommett of Otterford, a yeoman, his father William, and his two brothers-in-law James Troake of West Worlington and Henry Smith of Churchstanton, both yeomen. His sons William and Robert and daughters Joan, Mary and Jane were to receive £250 each. He also refers to ‘my estate called Higher Willand and Ven.’

James Troake was the husband of Jane Blackmore. They married on 14th April 1825 by Licence at Upottery. Jane later died in 1844 and James then married Elizabeth Gater in 1850. He was a farmer of After Barton, West Worlington. In 1841 he was a farmer, aged about forty years, and had eight children.

Henry Smith married Elizabeth Blackmore at Churchstanton. In 1851 Henry (53 years) and Elizabeth (48 years) were farming 320 acres at Churchstanton with ten labourers. He was born on Otterford as was his father, eighty-six-year-old Thomas Smith, a Proprietor of land. Henry Smith was mentioned in White’s Devonshire Directory of 1850:

“CHURCH-STANTON, or Church-Staunton, a scattered village, on an eminence near the Black Down Hills, and the borders of Somersetshire, and the sources of the river Culm, 10 miles N. by E. of Honiton, and 8 miles S. of Taunton, has in its parish 1086 inhabitants, and 4980 acres of freehold land. The village is in four portions called Churchinford, Stapley, Red Lane, and Burnworthy. . . . Messrs. Bush are lords of the manor, but the greater part of the soil belongs to Wm. Beadon, Jun., Esq., Capt. White, the Earl of Devon, Mr. Richd. Blackmore, Mr. Henry Smith, and several smaller freeholders. Roystone House is the pleasant seat of Capt. John White. The manor anciently belonged to the Tudenham family, and afterwards to the Damarell, Bonville, Clifton, Clarke, Popham and Southwood families. . . . The Church (St. Paul,) is a fine Gothic structure, with a tower and five bells. . . . In the parish are two chapels, belonging to the Baptists and the Wesleyans. . . .” [From White’s Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Churchstanton transferred from Devon to Somerset and from the diocese of Exeter to that of Bath & Wells in 1896.

Pamela Hull wrote on 29th June 2009:

‘Blackmore is another name found frequently in the Churchstanton area. This Robert farmed at High Willand and Ven. Higher Willand is in the area near the school while Ven is about a mile and a half away, down the road straight below the church and which goes down a steep hill, leaving the former public house on the left.’

Robert Dommett died at Willand Farm and was buried at Churchstanton on 5th February 1847. According to his gravestone ‘Robert Dommett, departed this life January 29th 1847 in the 56th year of his life, leaving a wife and six children’

His death certificate records that he died on 29th January 1847 at Churchstanton. He was described as a fifty-six-year-old farmer and the informant was George Pitts who was present at the death and made his mark. No cause of death was stated when it was registered on 5th February.

At the time of the 1851 census Mary and her family were farming sixty-nine-acres with two labourers at Venns. Her son Robert was described as a twenty-one-year-old farmer and born at Churchstanton. Living with him, were his mother, Mary, aged fifty-six-years, born at Clayhidon and his sisters Joan aged sixteen years and Jane aged thirteen years. Both were born at Churchstanton. Living with Robert Dommett jnr. was William Collings a farm servant.

His widow, Mary, ‘of Willand’, died on 3rd October and was buried on 9th October 1877 aged eighty-two-years. Buried with them was their son Thomas who died on 7th January (December?) 1833 aged ten months. Further inscriptions on Robert Dommett’s gravestone read: ‘Also Thomas, son of the above Robert Dommett and Mary his wife, died December 7th 1833 aged 10 months. Also Mary Dommett died 1877 aged 82 years.’

Mary his wife, died December 7th 1833 aged 10 months. Also Mary Dommett died 1877 aged 82 years.’

Mary Dommett left under £100 in her estate. Probate was granted on 13th September 1878 for the will of Mary Dommett, late of Churchstanton in Devon, widow, who died on 3rd October 1877 at Willand in Churchstanton. Proved at Exeter by Robert Dommett, of Churchstanton, Yeoman and sole executor.


 

JOAN DOMMETT, Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Joan Dommett was baptised on 21st October 1792 at Churchstanton. (?) A Joan was buried at Churchstanton on 5th February 1794


MARY BARTON, Great III Grandmother of Richard Barton

Daughter of William Dommett and Mary (nee Trood)

Wife of William Barton I

Mother of John Barton III

Also Mother of William, Elizabeth, George, Elizabeth, Eliza, Henry and Richard

Mary Dommett, was born in about 1788 (death certificate). She was almost certainly the daughter of William and Mary Dommett and if so was baptised on 19th July 1789 at Churchstanton. Baptism Book 2, Entry 874: ‘Mary Dommett daughter of William and Mary’.

William and Mary Dommett also had a son, Robert Dommett, who was born in July 1790 and later became a Yeoman of Willand, Churchstanton. Both William and his son, Robert Dommett, died in 1847.

Another Mary was baptised at Churchstanton on 30th August 1789. Baptism Book 2, Entry 876: Mary Bowerman, bastard daughter of Joan Domatt. A Mary Bowerman married Richard Wyatt on 13th February 1810 (banns 21st January) at Upottery.

On 12th November 1811 Mary Dommett, married William Barton, by now a twenty-six-year-old farmer at Churchstanton, Devon (now Somerset). The Rector, Buckland Bluet married the couple by licence and both of them signed their names and were described as of the parish. One of the witnesses was a Robert Dommett but this may not be significant as Robert Dommett and Joan Dommett witnessed other Churchstanton weddings at this time.

The couple had at least seven children between about 1812 and 1831. By 1818 her husband was a farmer and later a butcher of Woodford, Berkeley, but there is no further reference to Mary (except for her death) or her family in Gloucestershire after the burial at North Nibley of her son, Richard, on 16th December 1835, aged four years.

In the 1841 census return Mary was living with her husband and son, Henry, at Easton-in-Gordano. She was described as fifty-years-old. During the following year she is mentioned in relation to her husband’s tragic death.

In the 1851 census return we find a Mary Barton, a widow and servant, living at Blindmore, Buckland St Mary, Somerset. She was described as fifty-eight-years-old and born in Church Stanton, Devon. Her employer was Samuel Pym, aged thirty-eight-years, who was farming sixty-eight acres.

In 1861 Mary was still at Buckland St Mary. She was described as a sixty-three-year-old housekeeper to Samuel Pym who farmed fifty acres at North Blindmore. His age was given as forty-four-years-old. By 1871 Samuel Pym had married Lucy. By then Mary had left the farm and returned to Gloucestershire. Samuel was described in the 1871 census return as a fifty-four-year-old farmer of Little Blindmore with sixty acres, and his wife was shown as two years older and born at Pitminster.

Samuel Pym was born in about 1817, son of Robert Pym who was born at Buckland St Mary in 1777.

From Pamela Hull, 9th May 2009:

 ‘I can, however, enlarge a little on Samuel Pym of North Blindmoor Farm, where Mary was living as housekeeper after her husband’s death. Now known as Blindmoor Farm, it is right next to us so I have quite an interest in it!

Samuel Pym was baptised at Buckland St Mary on July 7th 1816. He was the son of Robert and Betty Pym of Westcombeland, an old name for this area of B.S.M. He had, I think, several brothers and sisters, mostly older than himself. A Robert Pym, from B.S.M. married Betty Middleton at Pitminster on 27th June 1799 and some of the older children were born in the early 1800s (providing I have the right couple as so many of the family share Christian names.) so this could be the right ones.

The Pyms appear to have been ambitious business men purchasing large amounts of land in B.S.M. parish, some of which was let. We have a family named Pym here now at Higher Blindmoor Farm but there appears to be no connection with Samuel’s family.

My notes say that Samuel married Mary (possibly Wyatt) in June 1869 but I have, as yet, no evidence of this or to where or when she died. There was a very large family of Wyatts in B.S.M. around this time, some of them were also at Churchstanton and there was doubtless some intermarriage.

Samuel moved to Taunton at some stage and died at 3 Park Street on 23rd November 1895 and buried at B.S.M. on 29th November. He had no children and his property was inherited by his brothers’ descendents. Samuel Wyatt Pym inherited Shires Farm (just up the road from us).

Robert Pym had Whitlands, or Wheatlands Farm, now included in Blindmoor Farm. Daniel Pym had Court Farm at Churchstanton.

This Samuel Pym died at Staple Fitzpaine in 1913 and left Shires Farm to his wife Elizabeth. The Board family bought it from the Pym family when Elizabeth died in 1932 and their descendant still lives there and his brother lives at (North) Blindmoor, (their fields adjoin) and which the family bought in 1957. The Pym family sold (North) Blindmoor early in the 1900s, I think. The last member of this Pym family, another Samuel, (maybe son to the Samuel who died in 1913 – I haven’t checked this) died within the memory of some of our older inhabitants, having lived in a cottage about a mile from here’

Mary Barton died, aged eighty-two-years, on 16th September 1870 at Slimbridge. The death certificate described her as the eighty-two-year-old Widow of William Barton, Butcher. The cause of death was given as ‘Gangrena Senilis and this was certified. George Leonard, Registrar, registered the death on 19th September and the informant was (her daughter-in-law), Sarah Barton of Slimbridge, who was present at the time of the death.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FAMILY CONTACT: btsarnia@gmail.com

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