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Re: Banfield - Stoke Damerel, Devon
Posted by: Stephen Weeks (ID *****2804) Date: August 21, 2002 at 17:00:56
In Reply to: Re: Banfield - Stoke Damerel, Devon by Roger Banfield (MONMOUTH) of 614

Thank you Roger.

From information in a family bible:-

George Weeks married (his second marriage)Sarah Sheppard in St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol on 5th August 1807. She was the daughter of Samuel Sheppard of Pill, a ship's pilot.

Their son John Sheppard Weeks drowned between Lundy and Ilfracombe on 2 October 1846 aged about 30 leaving 6 children;

George died 27 July 1831 aged 57. There were 3 daughters of his 2nd marriage, Elizabeth Weeks d. 28 October 1832 aged 22; Georgiana Short d. 19 April 1836 aged 24; Ann Banfield d.3 March 1840 aged 26. Elizabeth, daughter of Ann died 1 June 1852 aged 18.

This is the only information I have on Ann and Elizabeth.

From the same bible and parish records George's background is as follows:

Brothers: Jonas (my ggggrandfather)1776-1861 married to Ann Coombs 1764-1829. He farmed at Ivy House, Hallatrow; Elijah 1779-1812 'died of an abcess on the thigh after many years of suffering' (presumably cancer)and is buried with his infant child by a yew tree in Paulton churchyard. He was married to Zeporah 1781-1855.

If you visit High Littleton chuch again, there is a plaque in the church tower re Jonas/Ann and their son James and daughter-in-law Elizabeth (my gggrandparents).

Parents:James Weeks born 1739 married Jane Carter 6 April 1768. They both came from Radstock as did James' various siblings. If you want details of them I have them here. I can also give you connections with the 'Journal of a Somerset Rector' ( Rev. Skinner ) if that book is known to you.

Grandparents; William and Mary who may be the W&M married in Bath Abbey in 1726 although I do not have proof of this.

That should give you a number of potential cousins to discover! Indeed we must be 6th(?) cousins ourselves. To come back to Ann Banfield, Wicks is one of the alternative spellings of Weeks and it was possibly her mother at her death. Regarding marriages, the nonconformist chapels were very strong in that area especially amongst mining families and it would be worth checking their records, probably starting at Paulton. The farmers tended to stick to the C of E.

kind regards

Stephen Weeks


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