The Palk family

I have added numbers to the various Walter Palks in this account. The first Walter names his 'cousin' Walter [2], son of Thomas Palke deceased, in his will.

From Charles Worthy's 'Devon Parishes': 'Walter Palke was buried at Ashburton in 1679, and he is the first I find mentioned in connection with this parish. He appears to have had a brother Thomas and a sister Dionysia, who married Townsend, to her he leaves £10 by his will, dated 5th November 1677, and proved in the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, 19th December 1679, and of which the following is an extract.
5th November, 1677 - Walter Palke of the towne of Ashburton, yeoman. To my sister Dionis Townsend, £10, and her life in all my lands lying in Ashburton, after the death of my wife Agnes. To my cousin Margaret, daughter of Dionis Townsend, Joan and John Townsend, £10 to the first and 50s each to the two last.
To my cousin Walter, the son of Thomas Palke, deceased, reversion of the lands aforesaid, charged with 20s a year to my cousin Dionis; residue to Agnes my wife, who is sole executrix. Witnesses: Thomas Palke, Agnes, William and Mary Hannaford. Proved 19th December, 1679.
The inventory of the effects of the deceased, mentions inter aliis the value of his wearing apparel, £1; money in his purse, 13s 6d; one pair of looms, 10s; ten pewter dishes, 16s. The total of the personal effects amounted to £65 7s 6d...'
Devonshire Parishes, Charles Worthy, vol 2, Exeter and London 1889, p326ff

'The agreement of marriage between Stephen Townsend of this pish and Dewnes Palke daug of Dewnes Palke widowe, also of this pish, was delivered unto the Register the 5th day Ap 1656, and published three Lord's Daies following.
12 May 1656 The said Stephen Townsend and Dewnes Palke the young were married before Thomas Reynell Esq Justice of the Peace.'
Devon Banns registers

Walter Palke [1], yeoman, was buried at Ashburton 9th November 1679, affidavit made by Thomasin Robins jnr., witnessed by Agnis Palke and Joan Rowe.
Parish records

Walter Palke [2], son of Thomas Palke deceased. 'The will of this Walter is dated February 22nd, 1705; he describes himself as Walter Palk senr. of Ashburton, and leaves to Walter "Paulk my eldest son, all my lands after the decease of his mother", charged with the following payments, £40 to Jonathan my second son, £30 to Thomas my third son, £30 to Grace Palke my daughter. Residue to Grace my wife who is sole executrix. Witnesses: John Smerdon, John Furseman, Robert Jerman. Proved, Peculiar Court, Dean and Chapter, Exeter, 22nd May, 1707. Personal estate £160 10s 5½d.
The maiden name of his wife was Ryder, and in her right he acquired a small farm, called Lower Headborough, close to Ashburton. Her eldest son Walter [3], is described as of Headborough. He married Frances, fifth daughter of Robert Abraham, yeoman, of Gurrington, in the adjoining parish of Woodland...
Devonshire Parishes, Charles Worthy, vol 2, Exeter and London 1889, p326ff

A Walter Palke, possibly Walter [2],  was baptised at Ashburton 27th May 1660, the son of Thomas.
Walter Palke was buried on the 4th March 1705/06 (the new year then began on March 25th, so we would now say 4th March 1706 -
Parish records

'Walter Palk [3], of Headborough, had two sons, first, Walter of Headborough and of Yolland Hill [4], born 1714, died 1801; second Robert Palk, born 1717, created a baronet, 1782. He also had a daugher Grace, who married Richard Welland, and had a son, Robert Palk Welland...

Walter Palk [4] born 1714 had a son Jonathan who became Vicar of Ilsington, and wrote*, ' "My father [Walter Palk 4] was a little farmer with a large family; for him my uncle bought an estate which enabled him to live a credit to his brother and respected by his neighbours...He was of Headborough and Yolland Hill, the latter property being also in Ashburton parish...He married when twenty years of age at St Martin's Church, Exeter, Thomasine Withecombe of Priestaford, another farm close to Ashburton, and in his marriage licence he is described as of "Ashburton, clothier"...He married secondly, Mary Mugford, who died in May, 1793, he himself surviving until 1801.
Devonshire Parishes, Charles Worthy, vol 2, Exeter and London 1889, p326ff

Walter Palke [4] married Thomazin Withecombe 3rd July 1733, at St Martin, Exeter, Devon
Walter Palk [4] married Mary Mugford 13th June 1749, at Ashburton.
Walter Palk [4] the elder was buried on October 14th, 1801, at Ashburton.
Parish records

Settlement of lands at Widecombe in the Moor, dated 1801, names Thomas Palk of the City of Bath, one of the sons of Walter Palk late of Ashburton, decd. and Walter Palk of Marley House, together with William Fabyan of Ashburton, sergemaker; James Mogridge of Ashburton, surgeon; and David Bristow Baker of Newtington Butts, Surrey. ref 74/9/9/15a-b

'[Walter Palk 4] had four sons, who all owed their success in life to their uncle's care and liberality, and two daughters, viz., Frances, who married William Fabyan of Ashburton, and Grace, who was the wife of James Mogridge. His eldest son, Walter Palk [5], was born in 1742. In his [Walter 5] marriage licence, dated 15th February 1782, he is described as of "Ashburton, Serge Maker." He represented Ashburton in Parliament from 1802 to 1807, died 19th February, 1819, and was buried 2nd of the following March, at Rattery...'

Devonshire Parishes, Charles Worthy, vol 2, Exeter and London 1889, p326ff

Frances Palk married William Fabyan at Ashburton 21st March 1774.
Walter Palk [5] married Elizabeth Lyde by licence at Ashburton 18th February 1782. Robert Palk Welland was the officiating minister.
Parish records

'The second son [of Walter 4], Robert Palk, born 1744, died on his way home from India...
The third Thomas Palk of Butterford, returned from India in 1788, when one of his native Indian servants was burnt to death at Ashburton. A full account of the accident was given in Trewman's Flying Post, 27th November of that year...
The fourth son, Jonathan Palk...was born 1761, and was baptised, according to a private N.C. Register kept by My Peter Fabyan of Newton Abbot, November 9th in that year. His mother was Mary Mugford, his father's second wife. He was instituted to the Vicarage of Ilsington, near Ashburton, 1787, and died 1828.'

Devonshire Parishes, Charles Worthy, vol 2, Exeter and London 1889, p326ff
*It is not clear where the Rev Jonathan Palk's account finishes and Charles Worthy's resumes.

Robert Palk born 1717. 'Robert Palk, second son of Walter Palk [3] of Headborough, in the parish of Ashburton, and Frances Abraham, his wife, was baptized at the old Meeting House at Ashburton, 10th December, 1717...He was sent to the ancient Grammar School of his native town, and educated by the Rev. John Bayly, whose Episcopal licence, as Head Master there, is dated 13th January, 1728...Upon leaving the Grammar School he went to reside with a maternal uncle,a clergyman called Blatchford, who resided in Fowey in Cornwall. Ultimately another uncle, Mr Abraham of Gurrington, undertook the cost of sending him to Oxford...He was subsequently ordained Deacon, by Bishop Weston in Exeter Cathedral, and was afterwards for two years Curate of Egloskerry and Lanelly in Cornwall; he then went to India, as Chaplain on board the Stirling Castle, and during his clerical service in that country attracted the notice of General Lawrence, who in 1752 obtained an appointment for him as Paymaster and Commissary to the Army of which he had then assumed the command. But previously to this Mr. Palk had realized a considerable sum of money by judicious speculations, and he was now in a position which enabled him to save more; so that when he reached the age of forty he found that he had acquired a fortune...He came back to England for the first time in 1759, and in 1763, was appointed Governor of Madras. About this time he purchased Haldon house in the parish of Kenn, and on 7th December, 1767, was returned one of the Members of Parliament for his native town...Mr Palk retained his seat for Ashburton in successive Parliaments until 18th June, 1790, when his son Lawrence was elected in his stead.'
Ibid p330ff