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William VOGWELL

William VOGWELL

Male Est 1720 - 1789  (~ 69 years)    Has no ancestors but 530 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name William VOGWELL 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Est 1720 
    • From one IGI entry; abt 1723, diff IGI entry - may just be guesses based on date of marriage. Both seem in any case reasonable estimates from date of marriage.
      "Of Widecombe In The Moor" when marriage but baptism not found there so looks like he may have moved there before marriage.
    Gender Male 
    Civic duty Overseer of the Poor  [1
    1759  Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • To distribute the work of being a Churchwarden or Overseer of the poor many parishes allocated the role to those occupying different property in different years. Widecombe appears to have operated this system, and at the end of the accounts for the year 1758/9 we read in the nominations for the following year "We nominate ... Overseers of the poor ... Wm. Vogel for Lt. John Beards Tenmt[Tenement] in Hexworthy".

      A William Vogwell was overseer again in 1775; his son with the name was too young in 1759 but could have been the overseer in 1775.
      In the overseers accounts he is described as "William Vogwill for one of the Tenements in Sherbourn"
    Indenture naming William as one of the overseers
    Indenture naming William as one of the overseers
    Residence 1759  Hexworthy, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • As William was appointed overseer "for Lt. John Beards Tenmt[Tenement] in Hexworthy" I think that that was where he was living / farming.
      The 1839 titthe apportionment shows a number of tenements at Widecombe of various sizes, not only do I not know which was William's, but neither do I know if any had increased in size due to newtake since his time. One entry is for "The Bearas near Hexworthy" (transcription on FODA website) I wonder if this should be Beards? (in 1839 it was 36½ acres).
    Died Nov 1789  Whitchurch, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 26 Nov 1789  St. Andrew’s Church, Whitchurch, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR (seen image)
      'William Vogwell', unfortunately age not given.
    Notes 
    • I don't know for certain that the William who was married to Catherine was the same one who married Joan, but it seems most likely. If Catherine had died soon after giving birth William might have felt the need  to find a new wife quickly to care for his children. More research  / evidence needed.
    • (Research):The Dartmoor Press transcripts do not contain alll of the baptisms and burial for Widecombe, though they do contain all of the marriages for 1573 to 1753. The absence of Vogwell marriages prior to William's may imply that he moved to Widecombe from elsewhere.

      Does his first marriage being in Teigngrace (a few miles east of Widecombe) give a clue?

      and Probate index (on Ancestry) shows quite a few Vogwells in Gidleigh, Chagford etc as shown below. Might be worth pursuing research in these parishes.
      John 1586 - Throwleigh (north of Gidleigh)
      Thomazine 1610 - Chagford (a little north of Widecombe)
      Henry 1691 - Chagford
      Richard 1736 - Bradninch (some miles NW of the other locations)
      Richard 1739 - Shipwash [Sheepwash] (some miles NW of the other locations)
      William 1748 - Gidley [Gidleigh] (west of Chagford)
      Henry 1770 - Bradninch
      Sara 1770 - Bradninch
      (collection: "Wills and Administrations Proved in The Bishop of Exeter [sic], 1559-1799" - I think this must be the calendar described here or the calendar described here - both of which are online )
      Fry, Principal Registry etc.: (no F/Vogwells in CC volume)

      Jn. 195 Vugwell, John of Exeter, 1613 will
      Wm. 196 Vogwell, William of Gidleigh, 1680 (admin)
      Ric. 198 Vogwill, Richard of Shipwash [Sheepwash] 1739 (will)
      (p. 216 on: Archdeaconry Court)
      Fogwell Wm 347 Fogwell, William - Chagford 1583 c.t. 68
      Joane 630 Vogwell, Joane [ no place shown none shown for nearly all entries, 1590 - 1608 ] 1592 m.a.
      Jn. 630 Vogwell, John - Throwleigh 1586 c.t. 236
      Thomazine 630 Vogwill, Thomazine - Chagford 1610 m.t.
      Wm. 630 Vogwell, William - [no place] 1596 m.t.
      Wm. 630 Vogwell, William - [no place] 1591 m.a.
                   Vugwell, Margaret - Exeter 1631 will
      Wm. 631 Vogwell, William - Gidleigh 1635 will
      Wm. 631 Vogwell, Willyam - Gidleigh 1638 will
      Hy. 632 Vogwell, Henry - Throwley 1663 will
      Jn. 633 Vogwell, John - Chagford 1678 will
      Hy. 633 Vogwill, Henry - Chagford 1691 admin
      Eliz. 633 Vogwell, Elizabeth - Chagford 1684 will
      Wm. 633 Vogwell, William - Gidleigh 1683 will
      Jas. 633 Vogwell, James - Gidleigh 1687 will
      Jas. 634 Vogwell, James - Gidleigh 1696 will
      Maud 634 Vogwell, Maud - Throwleigh 1711 will
      Alex. 634 Vogwell, Alexander - Gidleigh 1706 will
      Sus. 634 Vogwell, Susanna - Chagford 1702 will
      Edw. 635 Vogwell, Edward - Gidleigh 1730 admin
      Ric. 635 Vogwell, Richard - Bradninch 1734 will
      Ric. 635 Vogwill, Richard - Bradninch 1736 admin & will
      Sar. 636 Vogwill, Sara - Bradninch 1770 admin
      Hy. 636 Vogwill, Henry - Bradninch 1770 will
      Wm. 636 Vogwill, William - Gidley 1748 admin

      (also entries for Foxwell and Vexwyll in Combraleigh in Frys)

      Frogwell Jn 66 - 1649 - Countisbury - will
      Frogwell als Awton, Ric 348 - Frogwell als Awton Richard [no place] 1606 m.a.




      In addition, the FODA website shows a William Vogwill is listed in the Devon Freeholders Book under Gidley in 1721, 1733 and 1741 (they have transcribed the names from one book per decade). In 1741 he is shown as a yeoman. This is most likely the William with an entry in the calendar of wills and administrations in 1748.

      Out of 33 names listed in the Parish Return towards the Rebuilding of St. Paul's Cathedral for Gidleigh in 1678 seven were Vogwells.
    Person ID I1039  All | Teresa's direct ancestors
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2020 

    Family 1 Catherine GIDLEY,   bur. 1 May 1748, Holy Trinity Church, Buckfastleigh, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 6 May 1745  St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Teigngrace, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 11 Mar 2015):
      "William Fogwell and Catherine Gidley of Staverton ware Married May the 6th. 1745./"
    Children 2 children 
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F4343    |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joan WHITE,   b. Est 1727, (probably), Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 3 Jan 1792, St. Andrew’s Church, Whitchurch, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 3 Jul 1748  St. Pancras’ Church, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 11 Mar 2015):
      "July 3 William Fogwell & Joan White" - under heading 'Anno Domini 1748'
    Children 3 children 
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F804    |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S184] Widecombe Digital Archive - poor law records, Widecombe History Group, ((http://www.widecombearchive.org.uk/ : 2013)), accessed 24 Sep 2013), Indenture of Henry Smerdon, to be Parish Apprentice from 15 Dec 1759; Catalogue Number: A052.157. (Reliability: 3).