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PIDGEONs of Cotleigh, Devon

Pidgeons appear to have lived at Cotleigh from the end of the 16th century until the end of the 18th century. A Devon Muster Roll of 1569 lists able-bodied men only at Sidbury, and none at Cotleigh. It is probable, therefore, that the Pidgeons for Cotleigh came from Sidbury. Two wills of John Pidgeons, proved in 1606 and 1613, show that these men (probably father and son) were living at Cotleigh at the turn of the 16th century.

Unfortunately, the existing parish records of Cotleigh start only in 1653, and only a few bishop’s transcripts exist from before this date, so there are many gaps in the early records. Consequently, some of the earlier relationships of this tree are based on conjecture, but are shown in order to illustrate how the Pidgeons of Cotleigh may have developed. Where a marriage is shown in red as m? it is not certain that the person baptised was the same person who married. Some of the assumptions are supported by evidence from wills, and others by DNA.

Descendants of these Cotleigh Pidgeons who moved away from the village can be found on the following trees (click to jump down):

Branscombe & Sidbury
Cullompton
Thorncombe
Taunton & Cardiff
Honiton (William)
Awliscombe

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   (+) = extra-marital relationship
? PIDGEON (of Sidbury?)
   m.() ? ?
    |                                                         [Tristam, Elinor & John were probably born about 1550-1560 at Sidbury]
    |– Tristam PIDGEON [brother of John – from his will]
    |
    |– Elinor PIDGEON [sister of John – from his will]
    |
   └  John PIDGEON (bp. – d.1605/6, Cotleigh)                [Will of 1/3/1603/4, proved 7/5/1606 (Moger abs.5332)]
           m. Richaud ? [wife & executrix of John – from his will]
            |
            |– John PIDGEON (b. – d.1613)               [Will of 6/6/1612, proved 7/4/1613, Honiton (Moger abs.5333)]
            |      m.(16/9/1609, Cotleigh) Marie HARDINGE
            |       |
            |       |        [John the younger and his siblings Richard, William, Tristam, Thomas, Elinor and Deborah (all
            |       |        mentioned in his will of 1612) were probably born about 1580 to 1600, possibly at Sidbury.]
            |       |
            |       |– William PIDGEON (bp.4/3/1609/10, Cotleigh – d.)      [son of John – from his will]
            |       |
            |       |– Jane PIDGEON (bp. – d.)          [daughter of John – from his will]
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            |      └  Richard PIDGEON (bp.1/1/1612/3, Cotleigh – bu?15/4/1656, Cotleigh)
            |              m?() Anna ? (bp. – d.)
            |               |
            |               |– Sarah PIDGEON (bp.11/4/1642, Honiton – d.)
            |               |
            |              └  John PIDGEON (bp.24/12/1643, Honiton – bu.16/12/1730, Cotleigh)
            |                      m?() Rebecca ? (b.– bu.8/6/1736, Cotleigh)
            |                       |
            |                       |– Susanna PIDGEON (bp.19/12/1672, Upottery – bu.3/12/1675, 3y, Cotleigh)
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            |                       |– Richard PIDGEON (bp.2/7/1676, Cotleigh – bu.7/1/1759, Cotleigh)
            |                       |      m.(7/7/1700, Chardstock) Honor SAVORY (bp.9/2/1670/1, Chardstock – bu.2/1/1745/6,
            |                       |       |                                                                                                                           Cotleigh)
            |                       |       |– John PIDGEON (bp.10/11/1700, Cotleigh – bu.7/12/1778, Cotleigh)
            |                       |       |      m.(4/10/1731, Cotleigh) Mary DOWN (bp. – bu.3/5/1767, Cotleigh)
            |                       |       |       |
            |                       |       |       |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.17/9/1732, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |       |      m.(17/7/1755, Cotleigh) Robert MANLEY
            |                       |       |       |       |
            |                       |       |       |       |– John MANLEY (bp.30/10/1758, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |       |       |– William MANLEY (bp.10/6/1760, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |       |       |– Robert MANLEY (bp.5/3/1765, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |       |       |– Thomas MANLEY (bp.4/7/1769, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |       |       |– Richard MANLEY (bp.22/6/1776, Cotleigh – bu.24/11/1776, Cotleigh)
            |                       |       |       |      └  Mary MANLEY (bp.22/6/1776, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |       |
            |                       |       |       |– Honor PIDGEON (bp.5/1/1735/6, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |       |      m.(22/4/1772, Ottery St Mary) Francis HALSE (bp.18/11/1741, Ottery
            |                       |       |       |                                                                                                           St Mary – d.)
            |                       |       |       |– Dorothy PIDGEON (bp.25/3/1739, Cotleigh – d.)
            |                       |       |       |      m.(9/5/1763, Ottery St Mary) John HALSE (b. – d.)
            |                       |       |       |
            |                       |       |      └  Jinny PIDGEON (bp.6/11/1749, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |             (+) ? ?
            |                       |       |               |– James Manley PIDGEON (bp.6/6/1774, Cotleigh – bu?24/1/1802,
            |                       |       |               |                                                                                                          Cotleigh)
            |                       |       |               |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.11/8/1776, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |               |
            |                       |       |              └  Deborah Stokes PIDGEON (bp.12/3/1780, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |
            |                       |       |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.4/5/1707, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |
            |                       |       |– Jane PIDGEON (bp.4/5/1707, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |       |
            |                       |      └  William PIDGEON (bp.15/5/1709, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |                       |              m?(8/6/1732, Branscombe) Susanna BOYLING (b.1/1703, Branscombe – bu.)
            |                       |               |
            |                       |              └  →  See the PIDGEONS of BRANSCOMBE & SIDBURY family tree
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            |                       |– Jane PIDGEON (bp.20/8/1678, Cotleigh – bu?11/3/1704/5, Cotleigh)
            |                       |     (+) ? ?
            |                       |      └  Robert PIDGEON (bp.25/2/1704/5, Cotleigh – bu.8/7/1705, 4m, Cotleigh)
            |                       |
            |                       |– William PIDGEON (bp.7/12/1680, Cotleigh – bu?1680-81, Cotleigh)
            |                       |
            |                      └  William PIDGEON (bp29/12/1681, Cotleigh. – bu.26/4/1732, Cotleigh)
            |                              m.(17/5/1708, Cotleigh) Mary BAT (bp.7/10/1685, Cotleigh – bu.8/9/1732, Cotleigh)
            |                               |
            |                               |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.16/3/1708/9, Cotleigh – bu?4/11/1739, Cotleigh)
            |                               |
            |                              └  Jane PIDGEON (bp.18/3/1712/3, Cotleigh – bu.1/1/1726/7, Cotleigh)
            |
            |– Richard PIDGEON (b. – d.ab.1639)  [brother of John – from his will]
            |      m. ? ?
            |       |
            |       |– Elizabeth PIDGEON (bp.6/1/1612/3, Cotleigh – d.)
            |       |
            |      └  Christopher PIDGEON (bp.16/6/1620, Cotleigh – bu.27/8/1620, Cotleigh)
            |
            |– William PIDGEON (b. – bu?30/6/1612)  [will proved 1612 – no details]
            |      m. ? ?
            |       |
            |      └  Jane PIDGEON (bp.18/3/1608/9, Cotleigh – bu?11/9/1673, Cotleigh)
            |
            |– Tristam PIDGEON (b. – d.)    [brother of John – from John’s Will]
            |
            |– Thomas PIDGEON (b. – d.ab.1661)    [brother of John – from John’s Will]
            |      m?() ? ? (b.– d.)                                                          [Thomas’s Will proved 1661 – no details]
            |       |
            |       |– ? PIDGEON (b. – d.)
            |       |      m?() ? ? (b.– d.)
            |       |       |
            |       |      └  Thomas PIDGEON (bp.ab.1649 – d.)
            |       |              m.(ab.1675) Prudence ? (b.ab.1653 – d.)
            |       |               |
            |       |               |– John PIDGEON (bp.1/12/1675, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |       |               |– Grace PIDGEON (bp.4/2/1677/8, Cotleigh – bu?5/6/1705, Cotleigh)
            |       |               |
            |       |               |– William PIDGEON (bp.2/5/1680, Cotleigh – d.)
            |       |               |
            |       |               |– Prudence PIDGEON (bp.20/1/1686/7, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |       |              └  Margaret PIDGEON (bp13/11/1690, Cotleigh. – d.)
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            |       |-? William PIDGEON (b. – d.)
            |       |      m.() Grace ? (bp. – bu.10/12/1721, Cotleigh)
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            |       |       |-? Mary PIDGEON
            |       |       |      m.(15/7/1686, Cotleigh) John BERRY (b. – d.)
            |       |       |
            |       |      └? Bennet PIDGEON
            |       |              m.(26/12/1686, Cotleigh) Grace SUMMERS (bp. – d.)
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            |       |-? Thomas PIDGEON (bp. – bu.22/5/1687, Cotleigh)
            |       |      m.() Joahne ? (b.– d.)
            |       ?      |
            |               |– John PIDGEON (b.ab.1654, Cotleigh – bu.2/11/1740, Cotleigh)
            |               |       :    1730:  Inherited 20 shillings from brother James – his will
            |               |      m?() Alice STYLES (bp? 8/3/1660/1, Offwell – d.)
            |               |       |
            |               |       |– Elizabeth PIDGEON (bp.7/2/1683/4, Cotleigh – bu?3/9/1732, Cotleigh)
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            |               |       |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.11/9/1685, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |– Henry PIDGEON (bp.13/1/1688/9, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |– Richard PIDGEON (bp.15/3/1690/1, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |– Richard PIDGEON (bp.1/5/1692, Cotleigh – bu?31/5/1747, Cotleigh)
            |               |       |      m.() ? ?
            |               |       |       |
            |               |       |       |– Henry PIDGEON (bp.18/1/1717/8, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |               |       |       |
            |               |       |       |– Jane PIDGEON (bp.7/2/1719/20, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |               |       |       |      m.(1/4/1746, Yarcombe) John CLARKE (bp. – bu.)
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            |               |       |       |– John PIDGEON (bp.16/11/1723, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |               |       |       |      m?(2/6/1748, Cullompton) Joan BOWER (bp.12/5/1728, Silverton – bu.14/4/1774,
            |               |       |       |       |                                                                                                           45y, Cullompton)
            |               |       |       |      └  →   See the PIDGEONs of CULLOMPTON family tree
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            |               |       |       |– Joseph PIDGEON (bp.30/1/1726/7, Cotleigh – bu.6/3/1747/8, Cotleigh)
            |               |       |       |      m?(3/10/1759, Stockland) Margaret HUSSEY (bp. – d.)
            |               |       |       |       |
            |               |       |       |       |– Betty PIDGEON (bp.6/1/1760, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |               |       |       |       |      m.(14/2/1785, Stockland) John RIDDLE (bp. – d.)
            |               |       |       |       |
            |               |       |       |       |– Joseph PIDGEON (bp.25/12/1765, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |               |       |       |       |
            |               |       |       |       |– Peggy PIDGEON (bp.2/10/1768, Cotleigh – bu.)
            |               |       |       |       |
            |               |       |       |       |– Mary PIDGEON (b.Stockland, bp.5/9/1773, Cotleigh – d.20/3/1856, Yarcombe)
            |               |       |       |       |      m.(4/5/1802, Membury) Simon PAVEY (bp.20/2/1774, Buckerell – d.1866,
            |               |       |       |       |       |                                                                               92y, Yarcombe) Carpenter
            |               |       |       |       |       |    1841:  at Growell Cott, Yarcombe – Simon & Mary;  Mary
            |               |       |       |       |       |    1851:  at Grovewell, Yarcombe – Simon & Mary;  Mary
            |               |       |       |       |       |    1861:  at Growell Cottage, Yarcombe – Simon (wid):  Mary (dau)
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            |               |       |       |       |      └  →   See PAVEYs of STOCKLAND family tree
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            |               |       |       |      └  William PIDGEON (bp.16/3/1777, Cotleigh – bu.19/7/1834, 73y, Stockland)
            |               |       |       |              m.(25/11/1801, Stockland) Eleanor TURNER (b.ab.1775 – d.1843)
            |               |       |       |                    1841:  at Shore, Stockland – Eleanor (65)
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            |               |       |       |– Richard PIDGEON (bp.3/5/1730, Cotleigh – bu.20/3/1794, 65y, Membury)
            |               |       |       |      m.(28/3/1758, Cotleigh) Hannah PARSONS (b.ab.1730 – bu.)
            |               |       |       |       |
            |               |       |       |      └  →   See the PIDGEONs of THORNCOMBE family tree
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            |               |       |      └  Joan PIDGEON (bp.31/3/1734, Cotleigh – bu?6/1/1760, Cotleigh)
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            |               |       |– William PIDGEON (bp.28/11/1694, Cotleigh – d.)
            |               |       |      m?(4/3/1727/8, Cotleigh) Elizabeth COLLINS (bp. – d.)
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            |               |       |       |– John PIDGEON (bp.16/5/1732, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |       |– William PIDGEON (bp.6/8/1737, Cotleigh – d.)
            |               |       |       |      m.(26/9/1759, Cotleigh) Betty LIPPINCOTT (bp.1738, Dalwood – d.)
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            |               |       |       |       |– Sarah PIDGEON (bp.16/12/1759, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |       |       |– Betty PIDGEON (bp.27/9/1761, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |       |       |– Eleanor PIDGEON (bp.11/9/1763, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |       |       |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.22/11/1767, Cotleigh – d.)
            |               |       |       |       |     (+) ? ?
            |               |       |       |       |       |– Richard PIDGEON (bp.5/12/1793, Upottery – d.)
            |               |       |       |       |       |      m1.(29/3/1824, Churchstanton) Ann LANGFORD (bp. – d.)
            |               |       |       |       |       |      m2.(19/6/1827, Gittisham) Fanny WOODMAN (b.ab.1798, Som – d.)
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            |               |       |       |       |       |      └  →   See the PIDGEONs of TAUNTON & CARDIFF family tree
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            |               |       |       |       |       |– Joseph PIDGEON (bp.17/4/1796, Upottery – d.)
            |               |       |       |       |       :
            |               |       |       |       |      m.(16/1/1804, Gittisham) Thomas BASTIN (bp. – d.)
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            |               |       |       |       |– Honor PIDGEON (bp.14/10/1770, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |       |       |– William PIDGEON (bp.13/11/1774, Cotleigh – bu.13/2/1812, Gittisham)
            |               |       |       |       |      m(5/11/1798, Cotleigh) Ann CAWLEY (bp.22/1/1775, Monkton
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            |               |       |       |       |      └  →   See the PIDGEONs of HONITON (William) family tree
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            |               |       |       |      └  Hannah PIDGEON (bp.3/11/1777, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |       |– Betty PIDGEON (bp.27/5/1740, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |      └  Joel PIDGEON (bp.11/8/1745, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |– James PIDGEON (bp.13/9/1696, Cotleigh – bu.7/9/1766, Cotleigh)
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            |               |       |– Nicolas PIDGEON (bp.4/12/1698, Cotleigh – bu.24/8/1752, Awliscombe)
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            |               |       |– Sarah PIDGEON (bp.2/2/1700/1, Cotleigh – d.)
            |               |       |      m.(18/8/1726, Cotleigh) John SMITH (b. – d.)
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            |               |      └  Joseph PIDGEON (bp.27/2/1703/4 – bu?6/3/1747/8, Cotleigh)
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            |               |– Henry PIDGEON (bp.5/2/1655/6, Cotleigh – bu.19/10/1740, Cotleigh)
            |               |       :    1730:  Inherited 10 pounds from brother James – his will
            |               |      m.(?1/1685/6) Patience SEARLE (bp.21/3/1665/6, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |– William PIDGEON (bp.8/9/1686, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |– William PIDGEON (bp.1/3/1687/8, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |– Henry PIDGEON (bp.1/10/1690, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |       |– John PIDGEON (bp.16/4/1693, Cotleigh – d.)
            |               |       |      m?(19/5/1720, Cotleigh) Jane DUNSCOMBE (bp. – d.)
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            |               |       |– James PIDGEON (bp.20/5/1705, Cotleigh – bu?24/1/1802, Cotleigh)
            |               |       |      m.(10/4/1732, Awliscombe) Betty DRUMMET (b.– bu.4/9/1774, Cotleigh)
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            |               |       |      └ →         See the PIDGEONS of AWLISCOMBE family tree
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            |               |      └  Mary PIDGEON (bp.15/2/1707/8, Cotleigh – d.)
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            |               |– Elizabeth PIDGEON (bp.3/1/1661/2, Cotleigh – bu?18/1/1701/2, Cotleigh)
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            |               |– William PIDGEON (bp.23/3/1663/4, Cotleigh – bu.26/3/1664, Cotleigh)
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            |               |– Joahne PIDGEON (bp.20/7/1665, Cotleigh – bu?15/2/1673, Cotleigh)
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            |               |– William PIDGEON (bp.4/6/1668, Cotleigh – d.)
            |               |
            |               |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.22/12/1670, Cotleigh – bu.2/5/1674)
            |               |
            |              └  James PIDGEON (bp.12/7/1676, Cotleigh – bu.ab.1730) Salter
            |                      :     Lived in Bristol                    [Will (15/3/1727/8, PCC.1730,Fo.221) proved Canterbury,1730]
            |                      m.() Martha ? (b.– d.)
            |
            |– Elinor PIDGEON (b. – d.)    [sister of John - from his will]
            |      m.(?) John CLARKE or William PECKETT
            |
           └  Debora PIDGEON (b. – d.)    [sister of John - from his will]
                   m.(?) William PECKETT or John CLARKE
                    |
                    |        [Both John Clarke & William Peckett were mentioned in John's will of 1612 as his brothers-in-law.
                    |         Which married which sister is not known, nor is who the parents of Thomasine were.]
                    |
                   └  Thomasine ? (grand-daughter of John PIDGEON – from his will)
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