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Monday, 9 August 2021

James Wood and Harriet Gollop

Kentisbeare: village stores and Post Office
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James Wood (b. 1814), son of Henry Wood, Shoemaker, with residence in Bathwick, Somerset, married Harriet Gollop, daughter of Robert Gollop and Jane Horton on 19 Feb 1840 at St. Mary’sKentisbeare Devon. 

Records suggest that James and Harriet had at least seven children: 
  1. Mary Jane Wood born 1840, bap. 14 Jun 1840 in Widworthy
  2. Henry Wood born 1842, bap. 30 Oct 1842 in Kentisbeare
  3. Ann Wood born 1845 and/or 1854 (see below)
  4. Charles Wood bap. 9 Sep 1849 in Kentisbeare
  5. Emma Wood born 1852, bap. 4 May 1856 in Kentisbeare
  6. James Wood born 1857, bap. 2 Aug 1857 in Kentisbeare
  7. Sarah Ann Wood bap. 5 Oct 1862 in Kentisbeare
In 1841, Harriet Wood (20) and her daughter Mary (1) were living in Harriet's mother's household at Lusehayne, Widworthy. It was quite common for women to go back to their mother's home to give birth to first babies. James, presumably, was away working, but I've not found where.  

In 1851, James Wood (37), wife Harriet (32), Mary (9), Henry (8), Ann (5) and Charles (2) were living at Lower Croyle, Kentisbeare. Mary J (10) was also once again listed as staying with her grandmother in Widworthy.

In 1861, living in North Street, Kentisbeare, were James Wood (47), Harriet (43), Charles (10), Ann (7) and James (4). NB: Ann's age just doesn't stack up. She should either have been 15, or this is a different child, but I can find neither birth or death registrations, nor baptisms around either date to clarify.

In 1871, James Wood (57), Harriet (51), James (12) and Sarah (8) were living with son Henry Wood and his family in Kentisbeare Village.

James Wood died in 1880, aged 65. 

In 1881, Harriet Wood (64) Widow, Unemployed, was living in Kentisbeare Village with son James (23) and granddaughter, Emma (9) [Henry's daughter].

Harriet Wood died and was buried on 3 Jan 1889, in Kentisbeare.

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