A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode
With thanks to Geoff Whitton, a descendent of Robert and Hannah Pym
(?) William Pym ( -1699) and Joane ( -1705)
(?) James Pym or Pim
Husbandman of Pitminster
Robert Pym (1701-1787) and Hannah Snook
of Pitminster and Upottery
Hannah Pym (1740c-1818) and Robert Dommett (1740-)
William Dommett (1766-) and Mary Trood
Mary Dommett (1789-1870) and William Barton I (1784-1842)
Farmer and Butcher of Churchstanton, Woodford, Easton-in-Gordano
John Barton III (1818-1878) and Sarah Perrott (1820c-1909)
William Barton II (1854-1936) and Ellen Pick (1857-1930)
Edward Percy Barton (1891-1977) and Florence Noad (1891-1969)
(?) Son of James Pym
Husband of Hannah Snook
Father of Hannah Dommett
Also Father of William Pym, James Pym and Rachel Mockeridge
Robert Pym was born in about 1701 at Pitminster.
Robert Pym was buried at Upottery on the 11th December 1787.
152M Box 53 Will of Robert Pym 25th April 1784 (From Geoff Whitton)
Be it remembered that this is the last will and testament of I Robert Pym of the parish of Upottery in the County of Devon being of a perfect and sound mind and memory as followeth.
First I give and bequeath unto my grandson Robert Pym son of my son William Pym the sum of Thirty pounds of lawful British money to be paid him by my executrix hereinafter named out of my lands lying in the Parish of Upottery in manner following (that is to say) Ten Pounds at the expiration of One Year next after my decease Ten Pounds at the expiration of Two Years next after my decease and the remainder Ten Pounds at the expiration of three years next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Dommett my little cheese pan and my largest pewter dish – also I give or otherwise forgive unto my daughter Hannah Dommett all interest due to me at the time of my death my daughter Hannah Dommett paying to each of her children the sum of Three Pounds as they shall severally attain the age of twenty two years.
I give and bequeath unto my son in law Anthony Mogridge the sum of Ten Shillings I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Hannah Warren the sum of Twenty Shillings. I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Mary Mogridge the sum of Two Pounds and the sum of Two shillings Twenty shillings and Two pounds before given to be paid by my executor hereinafter named at the expiration of one year next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my grandson John Mogridge the sum of Four Pounds to be paid to him by my executors herinafter named when he attains the age of twenty one years. I give and bequeath unto my grandsons James Mogridge and William Mogridge to each of them the sum of Two Pounds to be paid them by my executor herinafter named when they shall severally attain the age of twenty two years
I give devise and bequeath unto my son James Pym all my freehold estate lying in the Parish of Upottery with all and singular appurtenances thereto belonging and to his assignees forever my son James Pym paying out of the said estate unto each of his children born or unborn of the body of Betty Pym his now wife the sum of Ten Pounds as they shall severally attain the age of twenty two years of age.
All the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Chattels, Credits and Effects whatsoever after my just debts and funeral expenses are satisfied and I give and bequeath unto my son James Pym and the said James Pym my son I make and order my whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament set my hand this 25 th day of April 1784.
Document sealed and signed in the presence of
Will was proved 7 th May 1788
Additional words on that document as follows:
Received of James Pym the sum of £2 in full for a legacy given to me by my grandfather
Witnessed Mary Woftorm? And Robert Pym
Their children were Great VI Aunts and Uncles:
WILLIAM PYM, Great VI Uncle
According to the Fulwood records William Pym was born (or baptised) on 9th May 1733.
The first child, William Pym (1733), is proving elusive. I have been unable to find a marriage or a death for him, however, the will refers to “Robert Pym son of my son William Pym”. I have also been unable to find the birth of this son Robert Pym. What I have done, however, is to make a leap of faith to the Robert Pym who married Elizabeth (Betty) Wyatt on the 6 Jul 1773 at Buckland St Mary. This then links directly to many of the later Pym families at Buckland St Mary.
His child was a cousin of William Dommett, Great IV Grandfather
He is a beneficiary in his grandfather’s will
He probably married Elizabeth (Betty) Wyatt. Their son, Robert, married Betty Middleton and, in the next generation, their son, Samuel Pym, was baptised on 7th July 1816.
In the 1851 census return we find a probable reference to my Great Great Great Grandmother, Mary Barton, working as a widow and servant, at Blindmore, Buckland St Mary, Somerset. She was described as fifty-eight-years-old and born in Church Stanton, Devon. Her employer was this Samuel Pym, aged thirty-eight-years, who was described as farming sixty-eight acres. This would make Mary Dommett and Samuel Pym second cousins, once removed.
JAMES PYM, Great VI Uncle
According to the Fulwood records James Pym was born (or baptised) on 27th February 1734. He married Betty Vincent on 29th May 1765 at Yarcombe and had at least nine children. He may have died at Upottery in March 1816 aged eighty-two-years.
The second child, James Pym (1734), is my 4G Grandfather; and he did, as you say, marry Betty Vincent at Yarcombe on the 29 May 1765. I have 9 children for James Pym (1734 – 1816), you have it as 10, either way this led to very many descendants living at Upottery, and a lot of gravestones in the churchyard.
Much of my research over the years has been into the descendants of James Pym & Betty Vincent and it is only in recent years that I made progress to earlier generations.
The will of Betty Pym of Upottery in the County of Devon, Yeoman, being of sound mind memory and understanding:
I give unto Robert Pym my son the sum of five pounds
I give unto Robert Pym, my grandson, son of the above the sum of five pounds
I give unto James Pym, my grandson, son of the above Robert Pym my son, the sum of five pounds together with items – arm chair (?)
I give unto John Pym, my grandson, son of the above Robert Pym my son the sum of five pounds with items – bed and chair (?)
I give to the four eldest children of John and Alice Farmer ten pounds in equal share and twenty pounds to four youngest children in equal share
I give unto James Pym my son one large brass cheese pan
I give unto Hannah Pym, wife of James Pym my son, other items
I give to William Pym, my son, Hannah Burrough my daughter, Betty Farmer my daughter, Martha Coles my daughter
Signed with mark of Hannah Pym 22nd November 1823
Proved at London 5th July 1823. Hannah Burrough widow (?), Betty Farmer wife of Christopher Farmer and Martha Coles, wife of Henry Coles.
Their children were cousins of William Dommett, Great IV Grandfather
Robert was born in about 1766 at Upottery and died in 1853 at Chard. He married Eleanor Farmer at Cotleigh, Devon, on 26th May 1795. His wife Eleanor was born in Offwell, Devon in 1772 and was buried at Weston, Devon in 1880 aged 108. He was mentioned in his mother’s will of 1822 and three of his children were beneficiaries.
Their children were second cousins of Mary Barton, Great III Grandmother
James Pym lived from 1795 until 1853. He married Amy Dimond (1803-1901)
Robert Pym lived from 1797 until 1858
John Pym lived from 1797
Joseph Pym lived and died in 1800
Joint Executrix of her mother’s will in 1823
James lived from 1769 to 1837. He married Hannah who was a beneficiary in her mother-in-law’s will of 1822.
William lived from 1773 to 1850. He was mentioned in his mother’s will of 1822.
ALICE AKEY FARMER
Alice lived from 1774. Her mother’s will of 1822 refers to the eight children of John and Alice Farmer
Elizabeth lived from 1776 until 1836. Betty Farmer, wife of Christopher Farmer, was joint executrix of her mother’s will in 1823.
Joseph lived from 1779
Martha Coles, wife of Henry Coles, was joint executrix of her mother’s will in 1823.
|From Denis Allan Coles of New Zealand:|
Henry Coles & Martha Pym had 2 sons: William in 1813 and Thomas in 1814?
William married Elizabeth Loosemore and they had 4 children:
Francis Harriet in 1842, Gauis in 1844, Hannah in 1848 and Henry in 1854
Henry came to New Zealand in 1874 and married Martha Hayden in N Z
Henry had 3 children Elizabeth in 1883, Ada in 1888 and William Henry in 1886
William married Dorothy Gayton & had 3 children Henry Albert Coles in 1911 (my dad) – Iris in 1915 Ken in 1917
We have always lived in the Palmerston North area.
RACHEL MOCKERIDGE, Great VI Aunt
According to the Fulwood records Rachel was born (or baptised) on 8th April 1737. She married Anthony Mockeridge at Pitminster on 6thAugust 1758.
The third child is Rachel Pym (1737). I have her as marrying Anthony Mockridge at Pitminster on the 6 Aug 1758. In the will 5 children are mentioned, Hannah, Mary, John, James & William. I have not researched this further. Research is not helped by the many different spellings of Mockridge.
Also Mother of Betty and Robert
According to the Fulwood records Hannah was born (or baptised) on 28th September 1740 the daughter of Robert Pym and his wife Hannah Snook 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 may have been Churchwarden of Churchstanton in 1761 and 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.
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