The Edgecombe family

'William Edgecombe was descended from the ancient family in Devonshire, now represented at Old Edgcombe and Mount Edgcombe. He resided at Ashburton, England, where he died, November 21st 1866, aged 83 years. His wife, Joan Edgecombe, died February 26th, 1867, aged 83 years. Five sons and one daughter, all born at Ashburton. The sons were 1 William. 2 Samuel. 3 George and

4 John, born in Ashburton, Devonshire, October 1809; emigrated to America the 24th March 1833, arriving at St Andrews, New Brunswick, where he was m. in 1835 to Elizabeth Carter, who was born July 16 1815, in Ashburton, being a daughter of William and Mary Carter.....The family removed to St John in 1838; thence to Frederickton in May 1840, where the father engaged in the manufacturing of carriages. On Friday morning, July 17 1840, his wife died, leaving two babes. He m. second April 1 1841, Miss Ann J Wildman, b in County Tyrone, Ireland, Oct 23 1817, and by her had nine sons, born in Frederickton. He died Dec 18 1890, in the 81st year of his age.'
Gideon Tibbetts Ridlon, Saco Valley Settlements and Families, 1895, Published by the author, Portland ME, p641 


William Edgecombe married Joan Small in Ashburton in December 1806. Both were sojourners in the parish.
Transcript of marriage from the Devon Family History Society

William Edgecombe, the son of William and Joan, was baptised in Ashburton in May 1807
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John Edgecombe, the son of William and Joan, was baptised on October 22nd, 1809 at Ashburton.
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Mary, the daughter of William and Jane Edgecombe, was born in September 1812 in the parish of Moretonhampstead and baptised in Ashburton (?) in November of the same year.
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George, the son of Wm and Jane Edgecombe of Ashburton was born in September and baptized in October 1814.
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Richard, the son of William and Jane Edgecombe, was baptised in Ashburton in May 1822.
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Sarah Jane Bale Edgecombe, the base daughter of Mary, was baptised at Ashburton in June 1832
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Mary Edgecombe married Henry Tucker in Ashburton in November 1836. Witnesses to the marriage were William Edgecombe and Jemima Edgecombe.
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William and Jane Edgcombe were living in Cad Lane at the time of the 1841 census. With them in the household were George and Samuel, both aged about 20, Richard, aged about 15 and Sarah, 9. William was a stage carrier.
1841 census, HO107, piece no.253, folio 16, p 26

In November 1841 a horse pulling a waggon took fright and bolted. The owner, Mr Edgecombe, carrier, was thrown from the shafts and was seriously injured.
Western Times 20 November 1841, p2 col6

William and Jane Edgcombe were living in Cad Lane at the time of the 1851 census. William, a carrier, was 66, his wife 67. William had been born in Moretonhampstead, and Jane in Staverton. Allso in the household was their 19 year old granddaughter, Sarah Jane, and their daughter Mary Tucker,  the 38 year old wife of a tailor.
1851 census HO107, piece no. 1871, folio 308, p44

41 year old Samuel Edgcombe, a carrier, was living in Back Lane, next door but one to William Edgecombe in the 1861 census. With him was his wife Elizabeth and their 5 children.
1861 census RG09, piece no. 1405, folio 41, p 32

William Edgecombe died in the fourth quarter of 1866, aged 83. His death was registered in the Newton Abbot district.
He was buried on November 24th 1866; his age in the parish register is given as 73 - accessed 30-04-2021
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A Jane Edgecombe died in the first quarter of the same year, aged 83. She was buried on March 2nd, so is possibly the Joan referred to above. - accessed 30-04-2021
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William Edgecombe [jnr.] married Jemima Kingwill in June 1829.
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In 1851 William Kingwill and his wife were living in North Street. With them on census night was their 43 year old son-in-law, William Edgecombe, their daughter, Jemima, and 14 year old William their daughter's son.
1851 census HO107, piece no. 1871, folio 300, p28

William Kingwill Edgecombe married Faith Chubb in October 1860. He was a tailor residing in Ashburton; his father, William Edgecombe, was a carrier.
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February 1863 saw the first meeting of the creditors of William Kingwell Edgecombe, of Ashburton, a draper. Edgecombe was bankrupt, but had absconded to America.
He seems to have returned by 1911, where he appears on the census in the household of his son, John Chubb Edgecombe, who was a licensed victualler at the Haytor Rock Hotel, Ilsington. William was a retired tailor aged 73.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 20 February 1863, p3 col5
1911 census RG14, piece no. 12734

See also Tailors and Drapers, under Banks and Businesses

John Edgecombe, the son of Richard and Charlotte, was 3 weeks old when he was baptised at the Methodist Church in March 1843.
Transcription from Devon Family History Society

Richard and Charlotte Edgecombe were living in East Street in 1851. They had five children, including John, aged 8
1851 census HO107, piece no. 1871, folio 290, p8

In the 1871 census, Richard Edgecombe, a master tailor, and his wife Charlotte were living in East Street. Six sons and daughters were with them, the eldest being 26 year old William H Edgecombe, a solicitor's managing clerk.
1871 census RG10, piece no. 2080, folio 27, p5

Frank Edgecombe, the son of William Henry and Catherine Edgecombe, was baptised at Ashburton in December 1873. William Henry was a postmaster.
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Frank married Susan Ann Hawken in 1901. Frank was a post office clerk living at the Post Office at the time of his marriage; Susan was at Clitheroe.
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66 year old William Henry Edgecombe was a sub-postmaster in the 1911 census. With him on census night was his wife Catherine, his son William John, daughter-in-law Ruby Harriet, son George and daughter Alice. Alice was a telegraphist at the Post Office. William's grandson, 4 year old Roy James Edgecombe Waye, was also with him.
1911 census RG14, piece no. 12725

In 1921 the Western Times reported that Mr John Edgecombe, who had died in St John's, New Brunswick, had left estate worth £4000. Formerly an Ashburton outfitter, he was a brother of W H Edgecombe, the Ashburton postmaster.
Western Times 15 April 1921, p10 col3

Mr and Mrs W H Edgecombe celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in October 1921. Mr Edgecombe had been the postmaster at Ashburton for 49 years.
Western Morning News 2 November 1921, p7, col2