Mr Rexford, grocer etc., was the agent for Ashburton.
North Devon Journal 10th March 1836, p1 col3
Dorset County Chronicle 17 November 1836, p3 col6
This is probably the R W Rexford who in 1837 warned purchasers of Devonshire Sauce to make sure that the article was the genuine Rexford article: they had to check that the cork was sealed with the impression Rexford, chemist, Ashburton, and that the label had his signature.
Western Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser, 22 March 1837, p1 col3
By 1841 Rd, Elizabeth and 2 year old Elizabeth were living in East Street, Wolborough, Newton Abbot. Richard was a chemist
1841 census HO107, piece no 229, folio 12, p19
Thomas Tout, an Ashburton grocer and draper, underwent his last examination for bankruptcy in 1846.
Western Times 5 September 1846, p7 col3
Thomas Norris married Mary Baker at Ashburton in January 1815
William Baker Norris, the son of Thomas and Mary, was baptized in February 1819 in Ashburton.
Mary Norris, a grocer aged about 50, was living in West Street at the time of the 1841 census.
1841 census HO107, piece no 253, folio 17, p29
In August 1846 Mrs Norris, a grocer in West Street, was woken by the door handle being rattled. William Norris went to see what the commotion was about, and found an old woman outside, dressed in her nightclothes. Named Ford, she lived in Back Lane, but whether they knew her identity is uncertain. She was convinced that she should be sleeping at the grocer's, saying that she had been told to sleep there, and eventually the Norris family concluded that she thought she should be at Dr Soper's house next door. She went to work there at a very early hour, and apparently the Doctor had told her that she could sleep there.
Several men who had emerged from public houses were alarmed by the appearance of Ms Ford, including one who 'screamed out "The Ghost!" and bolted'.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 29 August 1846 p3 col6
Presumably it was the same Mary Norris who was buried, aged 59, in September 1848
William Baker Norris, West Street, Ashburton, Grocer, pork dealer, china and glass dealer, insolvent debtor
London Gazette Issue 22009 9 June 1857, p2046
1851 census HO107, piece no 1871, folio 296, p20
London Gazette Issue 21632 24 November 1854, p3807
1856. George Gould Vanstone, a grocer and draper of Ashburton, was discharged from insolvency. He had been supported by Mr Laidman, and was unopposed.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 4 October 1856, p6 col5
There was some confusion over the insolvency case of Mr John Westaway, an Ashburton grocer, in 1859. Mr Westaway was accused of vexatiously defending an action against a Mr Cooper, but he claimed that he had never instructed anyone to do so. The case was adjourned for a week, even though Mr Floud, who was supporting Mr Westaway, said that it would be 'very hard for his client to be sent back to starve in prison.' He added that Mr Westaway had a large family 'almost without means of sustinence'.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 19 November 1859, p6 col1
Forty year old John Westaway was a baker and grocer in the 1861 census. Born in Ashburton and living in North Street, John had a wife, Mary, and 7 children.
1861 census RG09, piece no. 1405, folio 54, p18
In 1861 twenty year old Robert Aplin, baker and confectioner, was living in North Street with his wife Dinah.
1861 census RG09, piece no 1405, folio 53, p16
Robert Aplin, North Street, Baker and grocer, declared bankrupt
London Gazette Issue 22981 published on the 16 June 1865, p3077
By the time of the 1891 census Robert and his wife were living in Ilsington. Robert, 50, was a retired police sergeant, living on a pension.
1891 census RG12, piece no 1698, folio 122, p3
In 1876 a case came to Newton County Court involving two Ashburton residents: Beauretuer v Daniels. Mrs Beauretuer was a grocer and herbalist, and Mr Daniels was a tailor. Each claimed money from the other, Mrs Beauretuer's claim being for payment for curing Mr Daniels's gout. Mr. Creed, questioning Mrs Beauretuer, caused considerable laughter when he asked whether her treatment consisted of having her palm crossed with money and her muttering a charm. She denied this and said that she had rubbed something onto the defendant's leg.
Mr Creed persisted in asking her where she got her knowledge of charms, and Mrs Beauretuer retorted by asking him where he got his knowledge. When he replied that he got it from books, she said that she did the same.
Mrs Beauretuer was apparently in the habit of bringing cases to court, and the judge suggested that in this one the plaintiff and defendant should call it quits. The plaintiff was unhappy with this suggestion, and the case was adjourned.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 18 August 1876 p7 col5
1901 census RG13, piece no. 2053, folio 35, p1
He was still in East St in 1911, and he and his wife were in East Street on the 1931 electoral roll.
Ashburton Urban District Council, undated, but between 1930 and 1935