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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Frederick James Stone and Loveday Jane Land

Bampton (Devon), Church of St Michael & All Angels
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Ben Brooksbank - geograph.org.uk/p/5006885

Frederick James Stone (b. 1854 in Stawley, Somerset), the eldest child of Henry Stone and Mary Ridgeway, married the delightfully-named, Loveday Jane Land (b. 1864), daughter of James Land and Rose Anna Beamer. 

Loveday is the Middle English form of the Anglo-Saxon name Léofdæg, derived from the Old English lēof ' "dear, loved"+ dæġ 'day'. Loveday was used as a given name during the Middle Ages in England, which has now become confined to Cornwall.

In 1871, Frederick (16) was already working, as a servant, described as an 'Ag Lab Indoor', for Henry Oxenham at Chevithorne, Tiverton. The mind boggles at how you do agricultural labour indoors, but I think they probably mean lives in the farmer's main accommodation, rather than outside in a cottage. Loveday was then at home with her parents in High StreetBampton, Devon.

Frederick (26) and Loveday (17) were married on 10 Oct 1881 at her Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, Bampton in the County of Devon. At this marriage, Loveday's father, James Land, added his mark as one of the witnesses and I have a feeling he was carrying a shotgun too.

Farm buildings, Sellake
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In 1891, Frederick James (36) and Loveday (27) are living at Noblelimdrance, Rock, Halberton. Listed next on the census is Thomas Chave at West Sellake - Sellake farm, previously owned by Richard Chave, is a 16th Century Grade II* Listed Building in Halberton, Devon. Frederick's father worked for the Chave family at Widhayes in Uplowman, so I think we should entertain the possibility that this was the farm at which Frederick then worked as an Agricultural Labourer. And they've begun to acquire quite a brood: 

  1. Rose Anna Stone born 1881, bap. 13 Aug 1882 in Uplowman
  2. Bessy Ann Stone born 18 Jul 1882 in Uffculme, bap. 1882 in Uplowman
  3. Loveday Jane Stone born 1885 in Uffculme
  4. Mary Ann Stone born 1887 in Uffculme
  5. Frederick James Stone born 27 Mar 1888 in Uffculme
  6. John Charles Stone born 1890 in Uffculme, bap. 27 Jul 1890
  7. Florence May Stone born 1894 in Halberton
  8. Laura Alice Stone born 1898 in Uplowman
  9. Irene Venetta Stone born 1900 in Uplowman
  10. Stanley William Stone born 1903 in Uplowman
  11. Phillip Alfred Stone born 1909 in Uplowman
Bridge over the River Lowman on the road to Chevithorne from Stagg Mill.
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Lewis Clarke - geograph.org.uk/p/1800621

In 1901, Frederick (46), Carter on Farm, and Loveday (37) with John Charles (10), Florence May (6), Laura Alice (2) and Irene Venetta (0) are living at Stagg MillUplowman. It is from here their older daughters marry.

By 1911, full circle back to Berry, Chevithorne. Along with Frederick (56), Farm Labourer, and Loveday (47), are Frederick James (23), Florence May (16), Irene Venetta (Minnie) (10), Stanley William (8) and Phillip Alfred (1).

Frederick James Stone died on 21 Sep 1916, aged 62. Loveday Jane Stone died, on 21 Apr 1938, aged 74, in Bishops Lydeard, Somerset.

Mid Devon : Entrance to Berry Farm
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