Friday, 19 February 2021

Thomas Stone and Dolly Carpenter

View from the village, Kentisbeare
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The earliest Stone ancestor who I can document my connection to in Devon is Thomas Stone (b. 1766) who married Dolly Carpenter (daughter of Edward Carpenter and Mary Winter, bap. 15 July 1764, at St Mary'sKentisbeare, Devon) on 5 Sep 1787. These were a pair of my 4th great-grandparents. 

There are records for nine children, all baptised in Kentisbeare: 

  1. Sally Stone baptised on 20 Apr 1788
  2. John Stone, born 6 Jan 1790, baptised 22 Jan 1792
  3. Henry Stone baptised 22 Jan 1792
  4. Hugh Stone baptised 25 Jul 1793 (buried 19 Nov 1802)
  5. William Stone baptised 26 Apr 1795 (buried 4 Apr 1796)
  6. Mary Stone baptised 2 Apr 1797 (buried 11 Apr 1813)
  7. William Stone baptised 3 Nov 1799
  8. Hugh Stone baptised 15 Feb 1803 (buried 13 Jan 1804)
  9. Elizabeth Stone baptised 7 Sep 1806

Dorothy Stone died, aged 49, and was buried at Kentisbeare on 9 May 1813. 

Thomas Stone remarried, also in Kentisbeare, on 17 Apr 1814 to Mary Hill (probably born around 1773-6). Witnesses to this marriage were Thomas Farnell and Elizabeth Hill. Thomas and Mary had three more children.

  1. Robert Stone baptised 16 Oct 1814
  2. John Stone baptised 10 Mar 1816
  3. Thomas Stone baptised 13 Sep 1818

Thomas Stone Sr died in 1838, aged 72 (from exhaustion, I shouldn't be surprised), and was buried in Kentisbeare on 26 Jan 1838.

In 1841, Mary Stone (65) is living in "Kentisbeer Village" with her sons Robert (30), John (26) and Thomas (23). And Mary Stone (78), Widow, Pauper, is still living in the village in 1851, but disappears after that.

Parish Church of St Mary, Kentisbeare
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In 1799, the year my 3rd great-grandfather, William Stone, was born in the village, Betty Limpany was executed in Exeter for burning down the house of her master, William Leech of Kentisbeare. According to Trewman's Exeter Flying Post of April 11th 1799, "She acknowledged her guilt, was very penitent, and behaved in a manner becoming her unhappy situation." 

But the film, Betty Limpany (1997), claims "Betty was said to be pregnant with the master's child and framed for a crime she didn't commit ..." It's also said that she was the last girl (at around 17) to be hanged in England.

It's a small enough village, so the Stones must have known about the house fire. Could they even have known Betty Limpany? Was she seduced by her master? Was she framed, or was she guilty? We'll never know, but for the people of Kentisbeare, it must have been the talk of village for a long time.

The film of the story has a character named "Village Idiot". Gotta wonder which family member was the inspiration for that important role? 😀

Fore Street, Kentisbeare
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