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PIDGEONs of Sidmouth, Devon (James)

James Pidgeon and Ann Hoar were married at Broadhembury (possibly Ann’s birthplace) in 1773. All their children were baptised at Sidmouth, and both James and Ann were buried there, although when James wrote his will in 1814, he claimed to be of the parish of Venn Ottery.

At the age of 61, one of their daughters Mary married a farmer Charles Fayter. In spite of her mature years, the marriage cannot have been a happy one. Within 15 months of the wedding Mary left Charles and went to live with her brother John. A year later, the farmhouse in which John and Mary were living was blown up by dynamite. Charles was accused of arson and attempted murder, but was found not guilty. (See Pidgeon Post no. 1)

Contributors: Basil Pidgeon, Jean Harris

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   Places in italics = Registration districts
   Sal-Reg = Salcombe Regis, Devon
James PIDGEON (b.ab.1742 – d.16/12/1814, 72y, Sidmouth) Yeoman                                                  [See Will]
   m.(20/4/1773, Broadhembury) Ann HOAR (b.ab.1745 – d.6/2/1829, 84y, Sidmouth)
    |    1814:  “of Venn Ottery” when James’ will was written
    |
    |– James PIDGEON (bp.11/7/1773, Sidmouth – bu.1/8/1821, 48y, Sidmouth) Coal Merchant               [See Will]
    |
    |– Susannah PIDGEON (bp.7/11/1774, Sidmouth – d.)
    |      m.(1/1/1805, Venn Ottery) Joseph THORNE (b. – d.)
    |
    |– John PIDGEON (bp.29/4/1776, Sidmouth – d.6/12/1854, 78y, Newton Poppleford) Farmer
    |            1841:  at Southern Town, Venn Ottery – John (60), Mary (45)
    |            1851:  at Aylesbeare – John (75, U), Mary FAYTER (sister – wife of Charles FAYTER)
    |            1852, Apr 26:  at Aylesbeare – farmhouse of John & Mary blown up by dynamite
    |
    |– William PIDGEON (bp.3/11/1777, Sidmouth – d.26/7/1846, 70y, Sidmouth) Butcher
    |      m.(8/4/1803, Farringdon) Ann PASSMORE (b.ab.1773, Farringdon – d.8/6/1857, 84y, Sidmouth)
    |       |    1841:  at Back St, Sidmouth – William & Ann;  James (35)
    |       |    1851:  at Old Fore St, Sidmouth – Ann (wid, 76, grocer);  Maryann (41)
    |       |
    |       |– James PIDGEON (bp.10/7/1803 – d.8/3/1845, 41y, Sidmouth) Butcher
    |       |      m?(3/6/1825, Exeter) Charlotte LOVE (b. – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– Mary Ann PIDGEON (bp.10/1/1806, Sidmouth – d.15/2/1863, 56y, Sidmouth) Grocer
    |       |            1861:  at Market Place, Sidmouth – Maryanne, Sarah (sister)
    |       |            1863:  at Old Fore St, Sidmouth – Miss Mary Ann died
    |       |
    |       |– WIlliam PIDGEON (bp.23/10/1808, Sidmouth – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– Sarah PIDGEON (bp.1/1/1811, Sidmouth – d.30/10/1866, 55y, Sidmouth) Lady’s maid
    |       |            1841:  at Gloster Row, Clifton, Bristol – Sarah (FS)
    |       |            1851:  at 13 St James’ Square, Walcot, Bath – Sarah (lady’s maid to Jane BIRCH)
    |       |            1861:  at Market Place, Sidmouth – Maryanne, Sarah (sister)
    |       |
    |       |– Harriet PIDGEON (bp.23/5/1813, Sal-Reg – d.24/9/1856, 43y, Lyme Regis)
    |       |      m.() Robert Cox WALKER (b.ab.1812, Lyme Regis – d.1885, 74y, Camberwell) Baker, Coal merchant
    |       |       |        m2.(1/3/1857, Aldersgate, London)Laura Mary PENNY (b.ab.1832 – d.1859, Axminster)
    |       |       |          |
    |       |       |          |– Harriet WALKER (b.1858, Lyme Regis – d.)
    |       |       |          |– Laura Mary WALKER (b.1859, Lyme Regis – d.1859, Lyme Regis)
    |       |       |         └  Eva Mary WALKER (b.1860, Lyme Regis – d.)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |    1841:  at Bridge St, Lyme Regis, Dor – Robert & Harriet;  George, Charles, Robert, Jane
    |       |       |    1851:  at Cobb, Lyme Regis – Robert Cox & Harriet;  Sarah, Thomas  + servt
    |       |       |               at New St, Honiton – Robert (pupil at Allhallows Grammar School)
    |       |       |    1861:  at Cobb, Lyme Regis – Laura M;  Sarah P, Harriet, Eva
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– George WALKER (b.ab.1833, Lyme Regis – d.)
    |       |       |– Charles WALKER (b.ab.1834, Lyme Regis – d.1843, Axminster)
    |       |       |– Robert WALKER (b.ab.1836, Lyme Regis – d.)
    |       |       |– Jane WALKER (b.1840, Lyme Regis – d.)
    |       |       |– Sarah Pidgeon WALKER (b.1846, Lyme Regis – d.)
    |       |      └  Thomas WALKER (b.ab.1848, Lyme Regis – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– Robert PIDGEON (bp.27/8/1815, Sal-Reg – d.1867, 50y, Axminster) Baker, Grocer & Town Councillor
    |       |      m.(13/6/1848, Sidmouth) Mary Ann FARANT (b.ab.1818, Sidmouth – d.1882, 66y, Honiton) Dressm’kr
    |       |                                                 m2.(1872, Axminster) William Puttam HOLMES (wid) (b.ab.1818, Beer –
    |       |                                                                                                        d.1875, 57y, Bridport) Master Mariner
    |       |                                                       1881:  at Salcombe Rd, Sidmouth – Mary Ann HOLMES (wid)
    |       |            1851:  at Silver St, Lyme Regis – Robert & Mary Ann  + George BRADFORD (apprentice)
    |       |            1861:  at Silver St, Lyme Regis – Robert & Mary  + Elizabeth COX (servant)
    |       |            1871:  at Silver St, Lyme Regis – Mary Ann (wid)  + Charlotte FARRANT (niece)  + lodger
    |       |
    |       |– William PIDGEON (bp.22/11/1818, Sal-Reg – d.25/5/1864, Coventry) Engineer
    |       |      m.(1849, Coventry) Harriett HEWITT (b.ab.1823, Coventry – d.1910, 85, Cov’try) Silk Ribbon Weaver
    |       |                                         m2.(1866, Coventry) Charles LEA (b.ab.1811, Coventry – d.1875, 63y,
    |       |                                          :                                                                         Coventry) Boot & shoe maker
    |       |                                          :   1871:  18 Bishop St, Coventry – Charles & Harriett LEA
    |       |                                          :   1881:  2 Cook St, Coventry – Marie HEWITT (wid, 79);  Harriet LEA (dau,
    |       |                                          :                                                                                                          wid, 59)
    |       |                                         m3 (1886, Coventry) James MANN (b.ab.1825 – d.1891, 65y, Coventry)
    |       |                                               1891:  86 William St, Coventry – Harriett MANN (wid, with HEWITT family)
    |       |                                               1901:  248 Foleshill Rd, Coventry – Harriett (wid, companion to Kezia PAGE)
    |       |
    |       |            1851:  at 6 Chauntry Place, Coventry – William & Harriett
    |       |            1861:  at 5 Bishop St, Coventry – William & Harriett
    |       |                       at 6 Bishop St, Coventry – Charles (51) & Esther;  Charles, Henry LEA
    |       |
    |      └  Henry PIDGEON (bp.18/11/1821, Sal-Reg – d.1875, 52y, Lyme Regis)
    |              m.(1850, Lyme Regis) Lucretia SPRAGUE (b.ab.1813, Yealhampton – d.1870, 57y, Lyme Regis)
    |               |    1851:  at Bridge St, Lyme Regis – Henry & Lucretia;  Henrietta  + Mary SPRAGUE (sis-law)  + 2 servts
    |               |                                                                                                                                                
    |               |    1861:  at Bridge St, Lyme Regis – Henry & Lucretia;  Henrietta, James  + Mary SPRAGUE (visitor)
    |               |                                                                                                    + Ugnie DUNN (apprentice)  + servt
    |               |    1871:  at Bridge St, Lyme Regis – Henry (wid);  Henrietta  + Mary SPRAGUE (sis-law)
    |               |
    |               |– Henrietta PIDGEON (b.1851, Lyme – d.1927, 76y, Birkenhead)
    |               |      m.(28/10/1872, Stepney, London) Eugène Henri DUNN (b.ab.1844, St Malo, France – d.1906,
    |               |       |                                                                                                 59y, Birkenhead) Master mariner
    |               |       |    1881:  at 23 Churchill St, Toxteth Park, Liverpool – Henrietta (mar);  Henrietta L, Bertha A E,
    |               |       |                         Eugene R, Harold T  + Mary SPRAGUE (aunt)  + James PIDGEON (bro)  + servt
    |               |       |    1891:  at 31 Green Lawn, Tranmere, Ches – Henrietta (mar);  Bertha, Reginald, Towers,
    |               |       |                                                    Raymond, Nellie, Kate, Cyril   + James PIDGEON (bro)  + servt
    |               |       |    1901:  at 31 Green Lawn, Tranmere, Ches – Henrietta (mar);  Bertha, Nellie, Katie, Cyril  + servt
    |               |       |    1911:  at 31 Green Lawn, Tranmere, Ches – Henrietta (wid);  Bertha, Nellie, Katie, Cyril  + servt
    |               |       |                                                                            [8/9 ch alive]           + James PIDGEON (visitor) 
    |               |       |
    |               |       |– Henrietta Lucretia DUNN (b.1873, Barnstaple – d.1961, 87y, Birkenhead)
    |               |       |      m.(1899, Birkenhead) George H STAFFORD (b.ab.1872, Birkenhead – d.) Naval Architect
    |               |       |       |    1901:  at 42 Euston Grove, Birkenhead – George H & Henrietta L;  Roy  + servt
    |               |       |       |    1911:  at 18 Tanner Rd, Birkenhead – George Herbert & Henrietta Lucretia;  Roy  + servt
    |               |       |       |                                                                                 [1/1 ch alive]
    |               |       |      └  Roy STAFFORD (b.1901, Birkenhead – d.)
    |               |       |
    |               |       |– Bertha Annie E DUNN (b.1877, Liverpool – d.1964, 86y, Birkenhead) High school mistress
    |               |       |– Eugene Reginald DUNN (b.1879, Liverpool – d.)
    |               |       |– Harold  Towers DUNN (b.1881, Liverpool – d.1933, 52y, Liverpool)
    |               |       |– Raymond Horace A DUNN (b.1884, Tranmere – d.1951, 67y, North Walsham)
    |               |       |      m?(1931, Erpingham)Frances Mary CHAMBERS (b?1903, Lincoln – d?1986, 83y, Norwich)
    |               |       |       |
    |               |       |
    |               |       |– Ellen Mabel DUNN (b.1885, Tranmere – d.1959, 74y, Birkenhead)
    |               |       |– Louisa Kate DUNN (b.1887, Tranmere – d.) Governess
    |               |       |      m.(1913, Birkenhead) Bertram H OWEN (b. – d.)
    |               |       |       |
    |               |       |       |– Catherine H OWEN (b.1920, Birkenhead – d.)
    |               |       |      └  Mary H OWEN (b.1924, Birkenhead – d.)
    |               |       |
    |               |      └  Cyril Charles DUNN (b.1889, Tranmere – d.1919, 28y, Toxteth Park) Engineering draughtsman
    |               |
    |              └  James PIDGEON (b.1853, Lyme – d.1916, 63y, Liverpool) Mariner
    |                            1881:  at 23 Churchill St, Toxteth Park, Liverpool – James (with DUNN family, see above)
    |                            1891:  at 31 Green Lawn, Tranmere, Ches – James (with DUNN family, see above)
    |                            1911:  at 31 Green Lawn, Tranmere, Ches – James (with DUNN family, see above)
    |
    |– Ann PIDGEON (b.26/3/1779, Sidmouth – bu.4/3/1781, 23m, Sidmouth)
    |
    |– Elizabeth PIDGEON (b.11/10/1780, Sidmouth – d).            [Mentioned as unmarried in wills of father, 1814
    |                                                                                                                                     and brother James, 1821]
    |– Ann PIDGEON (b.26/11/1781, Sidmouth – bu.13/6/1824, 43y, Aylesbeare)
    |      m.(26/6/1806, Venn Ottery) Philip WHEATON (b.ab.1785 – d.1843 or 1846, St Thomas) Carpenter
    |       |                                             m2.(22/12/1824, Venn Ottery) Susan SUMPTION (bp.25/12/1799, Stockland
    |       |                                              |                                             – d.1856, St Thomas) Lace maker, Laundress
    |       |                                              |    1841:  at Newton Poppleford – Phillip & Susan;  John, Susan, George,
    |       |                                              |                                                                                        Dinnia, Jonathan
    |       |                                              |    1851:  at Aylesbeare – Susan (wid);  George, Dinah, Jonathan + 2 lodgers
    |       |                                              |    1861:  at Main Street, Aylesbeare – Susan (wid);  Jonathan  + boarder
    |       |                                              |                                                                                               
    |       |                                              |–George WHEATON (bp.23/12/1832, Aylesbeare – d.)
    |       |                                              |–Emma WHEATON (bp.26/4/1835, Aylesbeare – d.)
    |       |                                              |–Dinah WHEATON (bp.4/2/1838, Aylesbeare – d.)
    |       |                                             └ Jonathon WHEATON (bp.23/8/1840, Aylesbeare – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– William WHEATON (b.ab.1806, Venn Ottery – d.1870, 64y, Exeter)
    |       |      m.() Mary ? (b.ab.1795, Venn Ottery – d?1862-1864, St Thomas)
    |       |       |    1841:  at Aylesbeare – William & Mary;  William, Arthur, Charles  + Robert (20)
    |       |       |    1851:  at Aylesbeare – William & Mary;  William, Authur, Charles
    |       |       |    1861:  at Main St, Aylesbeare – William & Mary;  Charles  + servt + apprentice
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– William WHEATON (b.ab.1830, Newton Poppleford – d.) Carpenter, wheelwright & innkeeper
    |       |       |– Arthur WHEATON (b.ab.1832, Newton Poppleford – d.) Builder
    |       |      └  Charles WHEATON (b.ab.1834, Newton Poppleford – d.) Carpenter
    |       |
    |       |– James WHEATON (bp.31/7/1808, Venn Ottery – d?1851, Honiton) Ag Lab
    |       |      m.() Ann ? (b.ab.1805, Nailsworth, Glos – d.) Lace maker, silk throwster
    |       |       |    1841:  at Town Court, Aylesbeare – James & Ann;  William, Sarah, Thomas, Nancy
    |       |       |    1851:  at Aylesbeare – Ann (mar);  Sarah, Nancy, Mary Ann, Phillip
    |       |       |    1861:  at Mill Lane, Aylesbeare – Ann (wid);  Sarah, Mary Ann, Eva  + boarder
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– William WHEATON (b.ab.1829 – d.)
    |       |       |– Thomas WHEATON (b.ab.1831 – d.)
    |       |       |– Sarah WHEATON (b.ab.1835, Aylesbeare – d.) Lace maker, silk throwster
    |       |       |– Nancy WHEATON (b.1838, Aylesbeare – d.) Lace maker
    |       |       |– Mary Ann WHEATON (b.1841, Aylesbeare – d.) Silk throwster
    |       |       |– Phillip WHEATON (b.1843, Aylesbeare d.)
    |       |      └  Eve Kerswill WHEATON (b.1858 Aylesbeare – d.) Silk throwster
    |       |
    |       |– Ann WHEATON (bp.17/7/1813, Newton Poppleford – d.1873, 58y, Islington) Glove cleaner
    |       |      m.(16/6/1834, Aylesbeare) Samuel GROSVENOR (b.ab.1811, Aldgate, London – d.1890, 78y, Islington)
    |       |       |                                                                                                                              Printer compositor
    |       |       |    1841:  at Tomlinson Bgs, St Luke’s, London – Samuel & Ann;  Mary, Edward, Emily
    |       |       |    1851:  at 8 Up Providence Place, Islington – Samuel & Ann;  Edward, Emily, Elizabeth, Harriet
    |       |       |    1861:  at 5 Elizabeth Ter, Islington – Samuel & Ann;  Mary A, Edward, Emily, Harriet, Charles,
    |       |       |                                                          George  + William(17), Charles(9) GOULD (visitors from Devon)
    |       |       |    1871:  at 76 Queens Head St, Islington – Samuel & Ann;  Edward, Elizabeth, Harriet
    |       |       |                                                                                                                  + Frederick ROW (g-son)
    |       |       |    1881:  at 324 Upper St, Islington – Samuel (wid);  Elizabeth  + servt + lodger
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Mary Ann GROSVENOR (b.ab.1836, St Luke’s – d.)
    |       |       |– Edward GROSVENOR (b.1838, St Luke’s – d.) Printer
    |       |       |– Emily GROSVENOR (b.1840, St Luke’s – d.)
    |       |       |– Elizabeth GROSVENOR (b.1842, St Luke’s – d.) Authoress
    |       |       |– Harriet GROSVENOR (b.1849, St Luke’s – d.) School mistress
    |       |       |– Charles Philip GROSVENOR (b.1851, Islington – d.)
    |       |      └  George Robert GROSVENOR (b.1855, Islington – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– Harriet WHEATON (b.ab.1814, Newton Poppleford – d.1852, St Thomas) Lace maker
    |       |      m.(23/3/1836, Aylesbeare) John BISHOP (b.ab.1815, Ottery St Mary – d.1864, St Thomas) Ag lab
    |       |       |    1841:  at Burrow, Aylesbeare – John & Harriet;  Ann, Mary, Eliza
    |       |       |    1851:  at Newton P, Aylesbeare – John & Harriet;  Ann, Mary, Eliza, Noah, Louisa, Ellen, John
    |       |       |    1861:  at Ide Village – John
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Ann BISHOP (b.1836, Newton Poppleford – d.)
    |       |       |– Mary BISHOP (b.1838, Newton Poppleford – d.) Lace maker
    |       |       |– Elizabeth BISHOP (b.1839, Newton Poppleford – d.) Lace maker
    |       |       |– Noah BISHOP (b.1842, Newton Poppleford – d.)
    |       |       |– Louisa BISHOP (b.1844, Newton Poppleford – d.)
    |       |       |– Ellen BISHOP (b.1846, Newton Poppleford – d.)
    |       |       |– John BISHOP (b.1848, Newton Poppleford – d.)
    |       |      └  Frances BISHOP (b.1851, Newton Poppleford – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– Philip WHEATON (bp.1/3/1818, Aylesbeare – d?1846) Ag lab
    |       |            1841:  at Dinoh, Sidbury - Phillip
    |       |
    |       |– Mary WHEATON (bp.13/2/1819, Aylesbeare – d.)
    |       |      m?(25/12/1851, Honiton) Joseph CONNETT (b.ab.1820, Honiton – d.) Painter & Glazier
    |       |            1861:  at New St, Honiton – Joseph & Mary (with father Nicholas CONNETT, grocer)
    |       |            1871:  at New St, Honiton – Mary (wid)  + boarder
    |       |
    |       |– Robert WHEATON (bp.15/7/1821, Aylesbeare – d.1900, St Thomas) Ag Lab, Carpenter
    |       |       :    1841:  at Aylesbeare – Robert (with brother William & family)
    |       |      m1.(1846, St Thomas) Maria HORSFORD (b.ab.1813, Merton, Dev – d.1888, 73y, St Thomas)
    |       |       :    1851:  at Aylesbeare – Robert & Maria
    |       |       :    1861:  at Under Way, Topsham – Robert & Maria
    |       |       :    1881:  at 11 Monmouth Hill, Topsham – Robert & Maria  + Isaac A (nephew, 17, appr)
    |       |      m2.(1889, St Thomas) Emily Maria PRATT (b.ab.1830, Topsham – d.1916, 85y, St Thomas)
    |       |            1891:  at Strand, Topsham – Robert & Emily
    |       |            1901:  at Underway, Topsham – Emily Maria (wid)
    |       |            1911:  at Monmouth Hill, Topsham – Emily (wid)
    |       |
    |      └  John WHEATON (b.27/6/1824, Aylesbeare – bu.8/4/1825, 10m, Newton Poppleford)
    |
    |– Henry PIDGEON (bp.24/12/1783, Sidmouth – bu.4/1/1784, Sidmouth)
    |
    |– Henry PIDGEON (bp.20/3/1787, Sidmouth – d.) Coal Merchant
    |      m.(17/11/1830, Trull, Som) Mary KNIGHT (wid) (b. – d.)
    |
    |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.25/12/1788, Sidmouth – d.1868, 78y, St Thomas)
    |       :    1841:  at Southern Town, Venn Ottery – John (60), Mary (45)
    |      m.(26/12/1849) Charles FAYTER (b.ab.1792, Aylesbeare – d.1861, Honiton) Yeoman
    |            1851:  at Aylesbeare – John PIDGEON (75, Un), Mary FAYTER (sister – wife of Charles FAYTER)
    |                       at Burrow, Harpford – Charles (Ind Gent)
    |            1861:  at Mill Lane, Aylesbeare – Mary  + Mary CAUSA (?) (10, boarder)
    |
   └  Robert PIDGEON (bp.25/5/1795, Sidmouth – d.5/2/1855, 60y, Aylesbeare) Coal merchant
           m.() Mary ? (b. – d.)
                 1841:  at Marsh, Sidmouth – Robert (with William, gardener & Ann;  William BEER)
                 1851:  at Theaton Lane, Sidmouth – Robert (wid, lodger with Elizabeth BRIDGEMAN & family)
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