Samuel SPURRELL

Male Abt 1742 - 1831  (~ 89 years)    Has 8 ancestors and 642 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Samuel SPURRELL 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1742  Meavy, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Based on age at death being given as 88 Samuel was born late 1742 or in 1743 - bapt date agrees with this. Place assumed from baptism.
    Baptised 18 Dec 1742  St. Peter’s Church, Meavy, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 18 Aug 2012):
      "Sam.el, Son of Thos and Mary Spurrell was baptized Decemb 18th"
    Gender Male 
    Occupation From 1780 to 1799  Old Mead Minor and other land, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Farmer 
    • The land tax records show that in 1780 Samuel was the occupier of two parts of a land holding known as Old Mead Minor in Sheepstor (the tax being £2/8/8 in total, £1/3/8 on 'Ould Mead Minor' and £1/5/0 on another part of mead minor). Walter Northmore paid the tax on 3 parts that year. By 1789 he was still liable to the same tax on the above, and now also another part of mead minor, on which the tax was 10/7. Church rates show that he (presumably still) held this land in 1791, as he is shown as paying the rates on both Old Mead Minor and Old Mead Major. He remained liable to the rates through to 1799; in 1800 these were paid by Richard Northmore. I guess this was the unnamed land on which Samuel paid land tax in 1798.
      Other entries show a connection with other Sheepstor land: Crebers Torr (Samuel was liable to land tax, 5/3, in 1789) and Easter Burland (Church rates, 1791).
      None of these locations is readily identified on a modern map, nor are any of them listed as holdings in the tithe apportionments records.
      It seems that "Old Mead" may be an alternative name for "Yellowmead" which can be found on modern maps.
      Apparently the prefix 'yellow' in Dartmoor placenames can sometimes be derived from the word 'old'; Glover et al make this claim for Yellowmead in Sheepstor (Gover, J. E.B, Mawer, A. & Stenton, F.M. (1931-2) The Place-Names of Devon (C.U.P.), quoted by this paper about a different Yellowmead - one in Peter Tavy Parish).
      In addition, when the tithes were commuted holdings named "Little Yellowmead" and "Great Yellowmead" were listed which could correspond to Old Mead Minor and Old Mead Major (slightly oddly, Little Yellowmead is shown as 125 acres, 3 rods and 39 perches; Great Yellowmead as only 74 acres, 3 rods and 9 perches; perhaps Little Yellowmead had grown in size due to open moorland being enclose and cultivated over the years).
    Occupation From 1798 to 1831  Hall Farm, Sampford Spiney, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Farmer 
    • The 1798 land tax shows Samuel had now taken occupation of a significant holding in Sampford Spiney parish - large enough for almost 10% of the total land tax of £59/9/-  paid on land in the parish being paid by him. His tax assessment of £5-12-10 was the second largest for any non landowner, most of whom paid less than £3 (although the one to pay more, Richard Andrews, paid almost twice as much: £11/4/-). The "proprietor" of the land Samuel farmed was one Humphrey Hall Esquire, the largest landowner in the parish, who also owned most of the land farmed by Richard Andrews and the tax on whose land came to about £20. Henry Tolcher Esquire was another large landowner (tax on his land amounting to about £14); the land on which the remaining £25 was due was owned by quite a number of small landowners.
      Although Richard Andrews was paying more tax, this was on several different pieces of land and Samuel was paying the largest sum of anyone in the parish for a single holding. It was over 30 years later that Samuel died and is recorded as "of Hall" but it seems reasonable to suppose that it was Hall Farm, that associated with the manor, that Samuel was farming - and that he and his family were living in the farmhouse.
    Hall Farm - Sampford Manor
    Hall Farm - Sampford Manor
    The home of 4 generations of the Spurrell family, c. 1798-1898:
    Generation 1: Samuel and Patty and their family, c. 1798-1831
    Generation 2: their 3rd son (8th child) Thomas and his family, c. 1841-1868
    Generation 3:Thomas's 4th son (5th child) William and his wife Eliza Northmore and their daughter (Eliza being also daughter of Samuel and Patty's grandson Peter, by their dau Ann, and of their granddaughter Mary nee Spurrell, by their son John), c. 1868-1896
    Generation 4:Fanny, daughter of…
    Died 28 Oct 1831  Hall Farm, Sampford Spiney, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 2 Nov 1831  St. Mary’s Church, Sampford Spiney, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP):
      "Samuel Spurrell, abode Hall, buried Nov.r 2, aged 88, ceremony performed by S. W. Pearse Minister"
    Samuel and Patty Spurrell
    Samuel and Patty Spurrell
    The headstone is inscribed:
    Sacred
    To the Memory
    of
    Samuel Spurrell
    who departed this Life the 28th of October 1831
    aged 88 years.
    Also To the Memory of
    Patty Spurrell Wife of the above
    who departed this Life the 27th of July 1837
    aged 90 years.
    -*-
    Exemplary in all the pursuits
    and domestic duties of life
    They were respected and esteemed
    by a large circle of Relatives and Friends

    J Toop
    Whitchurch

    (also has the initials SS and PS in the roundels at the top of the…
    Samuel and Patty Spurrell - back of gravestone
    Samuel and Patty Spurrell - back of gravestone
    Although the stone has a large crack it has been mended at some time. I don't know how long this will last ...
    Person ID I10522  Teresa's tree | Teresa's direct ancestor
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2018 

    Father Thomas SPURRELL,   b. 1718, Meavy, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1772, Meavy, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Mary CUDLIP,   b. Abt 1718, Bickleigh, nr Plymth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1781, Bickleigh, nr Plymth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 29 Apr 1741  St. Peter’s Church, Meavy, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 29 Aug 2012):
      Under 1741: "Thos. Spurrell and Mary Cudlip were married April 29th"
    Children 10 children 
    Family ID F4974    |  Family Chart

    Family Patty REED,   b. Abt 1747, Walkhampton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1837, Holetown, Sampford Spiney, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Banns of marriage 22 Mar 1772 to 5 Apr 1772  Walkhampton Church, Walkhampton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Samuel Spurrill otp and Patty Reed of the parish of Sheepstor, no additional info. (from Banns / marriages register, image on FMP, viewed 18 Aug 2012)
    Banns of marriage 8 Mar 1772, 29 Mar 1772, 19 Apr 1772  St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • PR with combined banns / marriage entry - shows banns unusually (in my experience) being read at 3 weekly intervals - because in this tiny place, which was not then a parish in its own right, there was only a service every 3 weeks.
      No info. given as to marital status etc.
      (from Banns / marriages register, image on FMP, viewed 18 Aug 2012)
    Married 22 Apr 1772  St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • The marriage part of the combined banns / marriage entry shows that Samuel and Patty both made their marks, while Alice Reed and Peter Reed Junr. (both appear to be siblings of Patty's) signed. It would seem strange if they could write and Patty couldn't - but Samuel seems to have signed plenty of documents in Sheepstor, so I guess both could write but didn't on this occasion.
      (image on FMP, viewed 18 Aug 2012)
    Children 10 children 
    Headstones
    The positions of the Spurrell graves in Sampford Spiney
    The positions of the Spurrell graves in Sampford Spiney
    Showing where the graves of Samuel and Patty Spurrell and several of their descendants are positioned, in relation both to each other and to the Church.
    Some other descendants of theirs, including two, daughters, one being my ancestor Mary, are also buried in this churchyard, but the graves appear to be unmarked.
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F4972    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1742 - Meavy, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 18 Dec 1742 - St. Peter’s Church, Meavy, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBanns of marriage - 22 Mar 1772 to 5 Apr 1772 - Walkhampton Church, Walkhampton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBanns of marriage - 8 Mar 1772, 29 Mar 1772, 19 Apr 1772 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Apr 1772 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Samuel SPURRELL - 12 Feb 1773 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth SPURRELL - 14 Oct 1774 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mary SPURRELL - Abt 1776 - Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ann SPURRELL - 1777 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - John SPURRELL - Jun 1779 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Gatty SPURRELL - 1781 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Alice SPURRELL - 1782 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas SPURRELL - Abt 1784 - Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - William SPURRELL - 5 Apr 1786 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Jemima SPURRELL - 23 Aug 1793 - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - From 1798 to 1831 - Hall Farm, Sampford Spiney, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Oct 1831 - Hall Farm, Sampford Spiney, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Nov 1831 - St. Mary’s Church, Sampford Spiney, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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