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Richard Wilkin HORSWILL

Male Bef 1769 - Bef 1826  (~ 56 years)


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  • Name Richard Wilkin HORSWILL  [1
    Born Bef 23 Jul 1769 
    Christened 23 Jul 1769  Ashprington, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Richard Wilkin, son of Thomas and Elizabeth HORSWELL.
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 9 Mar 1826  Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 9 Mar 1826  Plymouth Charles, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Richd HORSEWELL, age 55, abode South Side St., was buried on 9 March 1826. Plymouth Charles.
    Notes 
    • After almost 14 years of searching, assessing, and discarding possible parents for Thomas HORSWILL, born ca 1806 in Ashprington, Devon, it appears we can say that the "most likely" are Richard Wilkin HORSWILL and Elizabeth WIDGER. Although a baptism existed for Thomas, son of Richard and Elizabeth HORSWILL, at Cornworthy on 31 August 1806, no marriage of this couple had ever been found prior to 2014. The discovery of a marriage between Richard Wilkin HORSWILL and Elizabeth WIDGER in Plymouth Charles on 21 September 1793 provided some glint of hope that they are his parents. It is supported only by the following:

      Richard Wilkin, born in Ashprington, was the son of Thomas HORSWILL, thus naming his first son after his father as was often customary. Also it is believed Richard's brother and sister in law, Thomas and Margaret, had just lost their son, also named Thomas, in 1804, and so perhaps he also named his son in recognition of his deceased nephew.

      Richard Wilkin HORSWILL's eventual move to Plymouth, thereby establishing this Horswill line in that area until present day, might be explained by this document in which it is presumed Richard HORSWILL has returned to his home parish to seek monetary assistance:

      Settlement Examination for Richard HORSWILL - 1822. "Richard HORSWILL now in Ashprington where he was born and his parents belonged, when he was 10 he was privately apprenticed to John PEEKE of Yetson, Yeoman, until he was 21, he served his time and then 2 years as a servant at 5 a year, he then worked occasionally for John PHILLIPS for 2 or 3 years and then went to Plymouth and worked ever since as a maltman with Messrs LANGMEAD and ELLIOT by the week."

      Both deaths of Richard and Elizabeth occured in Plymouth Charles but at different addresses; Elizabeth dying last, her address being that of the same street where Thomas HORSWILL (born ca 1806) and his family lived.

      Nevertheless this rationale is not without problem. No other children have yet been found baptised to Richard and Elizabeth in either Ashprington, Cornworthy, or Plymouth, making the birth of Thomas in 1806, after a gap of almost 13 years from their marriage in 1793, highly uncommon, but certainly not impossible. Elizabeth was only about 15 years old when she married, if her age at death was correct; she might have had difficulty conceiving or continuing a pregnancy. Regardless, she would still have been only about 28 years of age when Thomas was born.

      Given the above disclaimers I will attach Thomas HORSWILL to these parents until further evidence can prove differently.

      Anne Brooks, direct descendant, 2014. [4]
    Person ID I4818  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2021 

    Father Thomas HORSWILL,   b. Bef 11 Feb 1735, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth WILLKIN,   b. Abt 1734,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 4 Apr 1763  Ashprington, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Banns of Marriage between Thomas HORSEWELL and Elizabeth WILLKIN, both of this parish, were published March 20th., 27th., April 3rd, 1763. Thomas HORSEWELL of this parish, and Elizabeth WILLKIN, Spinster, of this parish, were married by Banns on 4 April 1763. Both made their mark. Witnessed by Stephen LANE and Henry LEE. [2]
    Family ID F3220  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth WIDGER,   b. Abt 1778,   d. Bef 13 Apr 1838  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 21 Sep 1793  Plymouth Charles, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Richard Wilkin HORSEWELL of this Parish and Elizabeth WIDGER of the same Parish, Spinster, were married in this Church by Banns this twenty first day of September in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety three by me, Robert Hawker, Vicar. Both made their mark. Witnessed by Charles HAWKER, Zachary TURNER, and J. RASSY? (signed others). [3]
    Children 
     1. Thomas HORSWILL,   b. Abt 1806, Ashprington, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1871  (Age ~ 64 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F1225  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] One Name Study: HORSWILL, Margaret Phillips, (Letter and documents received from Margaret Phillips, June 2000.).

    2. [S1050] Parish Register, Ashprington, Devon.

    3. [S955] Parish Register, Plymouth Charles, Devon.

    4. [S259] Archives: The National Archives of Great Britain.

    5. [S242] Devon Family History Society.