WILLIAM DUNN (Junior)
William Dunn was born about 1802 at Little Bray, in the Parish of Charles in North Devon.
|The IGI's for Devon, show a William Dunn
baptised on 30 January 1803 at Charles which is very close to Little Bray.
The parents are shown as William and Susannah Dunn.
the Baptist Parish Church
The Devon Family History Society Marriage Index shows that William Dunn of Filleigh, bachelor and Jane Huxtable, of this Parish, married at West Buckland on 26 December 1829.
1841 Census for Parish of Chittlehampton
NOTE: Willam and Jane Dunn's eldest son Joseph Dunn does not appear below:-
|William DUNN||35 yrs||Agricultural Labourer||Cottage at Leary|
|Jane DUNN||35 yrs||Cottage at Leary|
|William DUNN||9 yrs||Cottage at Leary|
|George DUNN||6 yrs||Cottage at Leary|
|John DUNN||4 yrs||Cottage at Leary|
|Mary DUNN||2 yrs||Cottage at Leary|
|Henry DUNN||1 month||Cottage at Leary|
|Henry DUNN *||30 yrs||Farmer||Huxtable's Leary|
|Ann DUNN||30 yrs||Wife||Huxtable's Leary|
|George DUNN||10 yrs||Huxtable's Leary|
|Elizabeth DUNN||8 yrs||Huxtable's Leary|
|Maria DUNN||5 yrs||Huxtable's Leary|
|Mary DUNN||1 yr||Huxtable's Leary|
* Perhaps Henry is William's brother.
|John HUXTABLE||70 yrs||Yeoman||Leary Cottage|
|Sarah HUXTABLE||23 yrs||Leary Cottage|
1841 Census for Parish of Filleigh HO 107/204/6, Folio 11, Page 17
|Joseph DUNN *||?||?||Lower Beer|
|John DYER||?||?||Lower Beer|
|Ann Dyer||?||?||Lower Beer|
|Richard CLARKE||?||?||Lower Beer|
* Could this Joseph Dunn be the son of William and Jane Dunn?
1851 Census for Parish of Chittlehampton H107/1891, Folio 787
Hamlet of LEARY
|William DUNN||Head, m, 49 yrs||Agricultural labourer||Devon, Little Bray|
|Jane DUNN||Wife, m, 43 yrs||-||Devon, Swimbridge|
|William DUNN||-, -, 19 yrs||-||Devon, Chittlehampton|
|George DUNN||Son, u, 16 yrs||Drainer||Devon, Chittlehampton|
|Mary DUNN||Dau, -, 10 yrs||Scholar||Devon, Chittlehampton|
|Henry DUNN||Son, -, 8 yrs||Scholar||Devon, Chittlehampton|
|Jeremiah DUNN||Son, -, 6 yrs||Scholar||Devon, Chittlehampton|
|James DUNN||Son, -, 2 yrs||-||Devon, Chittlehampton|
|Alexander FISHER||Vr, u, 16 yrs||Agricultural labourer||Devon, Yarnscombe|
William and Jane Dunn's other son Joseph Dunn, must have left home prior to 1841.
|William DUNN||Head, m, 27 yrs||Agricultural labourer||Devon, Swimbridge|
|Catherine DUNN||Wife, m, 27 yrs||Devon, Chittlehampton|
|Joseph DUNN||Father, w, 61 yrs||Agricultural labourer||Devon, West Buckland|
|John DUNN||Brother, u, 29 yrs||Agricultural labourer||Devon, East Buckland|
|Henry DUNN||Brother, u, 22 yrs||Agricultural labourer||Devon, Swimbridge|
1851 Census for Parish of South Molton
|John DUNN||Servant Boy, 13 yrs||works on farm of Henry Manning||Devon, Chittlehampton|
1861 Census for Parish of West Buckland RG 9/1487, Folio 59, Page 4
|Jeremiah DUNN *||16 yrs||servant, farm labourer||Devon, Chittlehampton|
* Jeremiah Dunn may be the son of William and Jane Dunn.
I believe that the following details are from the headstone of my great great grandmother:-
|ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD, FILLEIGH
Sacred to the memory of Jane Dunn, who died April 30th, 1870, aged 61 yrs,
'As for me I will be hold thy face in righteousness.' 'I shall be satisfied when I wake with thy likeness'
PSALMS XVII 15
Erected by her son Jerry
Leary is a hamlet which used to be within the ecclesiastical Parish of Chittlehampton but is now in the Parish of West Buckland. Leary and Chittlehamholt were originally detached parts of the Parish.
Along the narrow winding lane through the hamlet of Leary, there are a number of farmhouses with a cottage or two adjacent. Names of these cottages are as follows:- Buckingham's Leary, Bright's Leary, Melhuishes' Leary, May's Leary, Huxtable's Leary, and Gould's Leary. They are all named after an occupant in the past.
Huxtable's Leary, 68 acres, was owned by Earl Fortescue. The land was purchased by Arthur Fortescue in 1686. The 1842 tithe map shows Huxtable's Leary occupied by a Henry Dunn.
Earl Fortescue lived in the Filleigh area at Castle Hill, the large stately home not far away. He was a large land owner in the 1800's.
|OLD VIADUCT AT FILLEIGH ON THE FORTESCUE ESTATE NOW USED FOR FREEWAY|
The following map is not to scale. I would love to hear from anyone related to the Dunns or Huxtables from the areas shown on this map. I would also love to hear from anyone who has any history on the houses at Leary or Huxtable Farm.
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will show you who lived there in 1851.
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