Small talk at Wreyland, Cecil Torr, Cambridge, 1932, p51
The property is between the lands of Thomas Ford Esq. on the east part, the lands of Christopher Bond on the north and west parts and the 'said street called the East Street on the south part'. The property had been in the occupation of one John Hurst or his under tenants, and at the time of this indenture was occupied by Richard Adams, his under tenants or assigns. Richard Adams is to have the property for one whole year, and is to pay 'the rent of one peppercorn on the feast day of the Birth of our Lord Christ'. My reading of it is that these conditions will continue 'forever'.
* From the later conditions, this appears to be leasehold. A ground rent had to be set so that the terms of a lease could be enforced, but sometimes these were tiny amounts. A peppercorn (ie the same thing that is put in pepper grinders) or other token was sometimes set as the rent, to save the freeholder having to collect the money.
'Ashburton 3rd 7ber 1712
Sirs, May it please yr Honrs
We humbly take leave to trouble you in behalf of ye Widdow Spreat, in opposition to those that seeke so earnestly to displace her from Yor Honrs Service and all we have to say in adition to what you have already been informed is that whereas it is given out that the person that endeavours her discharge has been a great Sufferer in promoting the interest of the party he is of. We doe assure yr Honrs that we believe it to be truth and Mrs Spreat dos averr it to be so, that her late husband brought himself & family to ruin by his being so zealous and indefatigable in advancing ye interest of the very same party, And we further prsume to add that we do not appear for the Widdow for any personal ill Will we bear to him that opposed her, But out of pure Charity to a poor Woman & three helpless Children who will be destitute of all meanes of Support if your Honours should dismiss her your Service, Wheras her p sent apponent wants it not, having a good livelihood from his present calling & business. We beg y honrs pardon & presume to subscribe ourselves.
May it please Yr honrs
Yor most obedt humble Servts
[signed] Ben: Alexander, Geo: ffabyan, Giles Risdon, Moses Tozer, George Cockings, Jno: Eales Jnr, Jno. Sowter, Barth: Eales, John Eales Sen, William Atwill, Samll Eales, Sol. Tozer Junr, Merttms Sowter, Thomas Carlile, John Bastard, Vicar, Walter Palk, Portreeve, Sam: Tozer, Constable, Alex: Lightfoot, Churchwarden, Thomas Lee, Richd Muttis.
To the Honble Sr Thomas Frankland & John Evelyn Esqr, Her Maties Com for executing ye the Office of postmr Generall at their office. London. H. Tapley-Soper.'
Document added to the MSS department of Exeter City Library, transcribed in Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries vol 11, January 1920-October 1921, Exeter 1921, p30
The General Evening Post 1756, p348
'Gentlemen' from the Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce and Manufacture, Vol 2, late 1700s. For other entries see clergy on the Churches and Memorials page, and trades and professions on the Banks and Business page.Solomon Earle Esq.
Walter Palk Esq.
The General Evening Post 6-8 January 1756, p45 col1
Note. Rebekkah, widow of the Rev. Alexander Laskey, curate of Ashburton, died there, 3rd Nov., 1777, and was buried in the church.
Certificates of Settlement in Ashburton.
David Cloak of Ashburton, woolcomber, Jane his wife and Joan their daughter 1710
Samuel Caunter, Joan his wife and Mary their daughter 1727
Removals to Ashburton:
William May and Elizabeth his wife 1740
William Hoppings and Sarah his wife 1769
Jane Murch apprenticed to Henry Emmett of Ashburton, weaver 1737
Thomas Wills 1764
Now in Chudleigh, born there........ went to Ashburton and spent 6 months with Thomas Searle and 13 weeks with Richard Pilchard.........
Born in Chudleigh........ went to work for Thomas Widdecombe in Ashburton..... stayed 8 years, soon after she married in Ashburton.......
Ashburton subscribers to Moor's Indian Charity School.
In 1754 Eleazar Wheelock set up a school in Lebanon, Connecticut, for native Americans. Named after its chief benefactor, Joshua Moor, the aim of the school was to teach native Americans about Christianity; they could then convert their own communities. An enormously successful fund raising mission was sent to Great Britain in 1765.
http://nativeamericannetroots.net/diary/840 - Accessed 22-06-2015
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2536600525.html - Accessed 22-06-2015
Mrs Mary Berry
Mrs Susanna Bennett
Rev. Mr Naylor, Vicar of Ashburton
Walter Palk and family
Mrs Mary Rennell
Miss Soper's sister
Mssrs John Richard and Moses Tozer
The Rev. Mr Waters
A Continuation of the Narrative of the Indian Charity School, in Lebanon, in Connecticut, in New England, Oliver, London, 1769, p91
Tenements mentioned in Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives
1703 Richard Knowling granted new lease of tenement D&C3563 PP360-361
1710 Richard Knowling granted new lease of tenement D&C3564 PP144-145
1717 Richard Knowling granted new lease of tenement D&C3565 PP32-33
1718 Confirmation of lease by John Bastard, vicar of Ashburton, of tenement belonging to the vicarage to William Knowling D&C3565 P108
1724 Rowland Whiddon granted lease of tenement at present held by Richard Knowling jun. D&C3565 PP357-358
1725 Margaret Bennet, widow, granted lease of Knowlings tenement, originally intended to be surrendered to Rowland Whiddon by her late husband Henry Bennet D&C3565 PP405-406
1733 William Furlong granted new lease of tenement formerly held by Margaret Bennet D&C3566 P252
1740 William Furlong granted new lease of tenement D&C3567 PP30-31
1747 William Furlong granted new lease of tenement at Ashburton D&C3568 PP124-125
1754 Mr Furlong granted new lease of tenemen D&C3569 PP56-57
1768 Susanna Dolbear granted lease of messuages by Thomas Naylor, vicar of Ashburton D&C3570 P362
1768 Mr Hern granted new lease of tenement at Ashburton D&C3563 PP360-361
1773 Confirmation of lease of messuages and tenements granted by Thomas Naylor, vicar of Ashburton, to John Dolbeare, pewterer D&C3571 P235
1775 William Hern granted new lease of tenement D&C3571 PP382-383
1782 Hern's tenement to be re-let D&C3572 PP416-417
1789 New lease granted for Chuleigh tenement D&C3573 PP485-486
1790 Confirmation of lease by Thomas Naylor, vicar of Ashburton to John Dolbeare D&C3573 PP603-604
1797 New lease granted for Hern's tenement D&C3574 P487
1798 Confirmation of lease of cottage and tenement granted by Thomas Naylor, vicar of Ashburton to John Way and Henry Bowden, executors of will of John Dolbeare D&C3574 P578
1799 New lease granted for Chuleigh tenement in Ashburton D&C3575
http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/learning/library-and-archives1/library-and-archives.ashx - Accessed 16-2-2016