Bevill BASTARD

Male Abt 1646 - 1720  (~ 74 years)    Has 318 ancestors and 268 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Bevill BASTARD 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1646  Gerston, West Alvington, 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 
    • (assumed from baptism and Gerston being the Bastard family home)
    Baptised 29 Nov 1646  All Saints’ Church, West Alvington, 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 29 Jan 2016)
      "November the 29th Bevell the sonn of william Bastard ^ Esqr and Joane his wife" - under heading (on previous page) 'Ano Dom 1646'
    Gender Male 
    Miscellaneous 1672 
    Persecution of Non-Conformists 
    • Although it is not clear that Bevill was himself a non-conformist, he was clearly sympathetic with them and present when one Mr. Hicks house was besieged.
      Of the 4 local JPs two were sympathetic to the non-conformist cause, themselves getting into trouble for their leniancy (one of these was the brother or father or Bevill), whilst the ohter two were harsh in their persecution of the non-conformists. One of the latter was George Reynell, I think the George who was 2nd cousin of Bevill.   
    Residence From 1674 to 1720  Manor House, Norton, Churchstow, 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 
    • The remains of a mansion at Norton do survive, a much earlier building was rebuilt in the C18th, so it seems nothing of the house Bevill and his family lived in can be seen.
      Prior to the reformation the manor of Norton, called Notone in the Domesday Book, was a possession of Buckfast Abbey.
      (source: Pastscape website)
      Date: I am assuming Bevill moved in when he leased the property and remained there until his death.
    Land 19 Oct 1674  Norton, Churchstow, 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 
    Lease 
    • In 1674 Bevill leased the manor house (or capital messuage) of Norton in Churchstow, together with a number of closes of land and pasture in the area (some in Churchstow manor).
      The annual rent was £14, and the heriot the best beast or £6 13s 4d.
      The land was described as
      "closes called Higher Hayes, Tong park, West park, lower Will park alias Higher Redfords and Sempark, close now divided called lower Hayes and Broomhill, close now divided called Norton ?ball, Great, little and Midle Fursley Closes, pasture grounds called Bickley grounds and East pasture, in manor of Churchstow"

      It was as was the norm a 99 years or 3 lives lease; the lives besides Bevill were those of his wife and his brother Wiliam. The original lease appears not to have survived, but an assignment to Elizabeth after Bevill's death does survive, from which the above information comes.
      (catalogue entry)

      Most but not all of the hearth tax entries for Churchstow were found legible by Stoate when he transcribed them, but there is no entry for Bevill, probably because the lease was too late in the year. Unfortunately no hearth tax records later than this seem to have survived, so it is not possible to get an idea of the size of the house from them, unless the previous occupant can be identified. Was it Mr Phil Harris? He was in the house in Churchstow with the greatest number of hearths (six), and when Bevill leased land that had been part of the manor farm in 1682 it was following the death of one William Harris, so I think it quite likely that this house with 6 hearths was the manor house.
    Land 6 Oct 1682  Norton, Churchstow, 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 
    Lease 
    • Bevill leased 32 acres, formerly part of the barton of Norton (i.e. of the home farm of the manor of Norton in Churchstow Parish). It was described as "close of pasture now divided into several closes, called lower Redford with a barn built on it, with a meadow and a piece of mooreish ground adjoining".

      As with most Devon leases it was for 99 years or 3 lives, and the 2 other than Bevill were his young nephews, William and Coplestone, sons of his brother William.

      The fine was £380, the rent £4, the heriot to be paid when one of the named lives died the best beast or £4, and there was a requirement to plant 3 oak, ash or elm trees annually or to forfeit 3s 4d for each tree not planted.

      (Information here from catalogue entry, actual document to be seen)

      In 1714 this same land was leased to Richard Hawkins, a dyer of Kingsbridge, in reversion on the death of Bevill, the land being shown to be in his tenure.
      I think this probably means the 3 lives named in Bevill's lease would be up. Certainly his nephew William had died (1703/4). Coplestone, bap 1670, was still living when his father wrote his will in 1688, but I don't currently know what became of him after that. In 1714 Bevill was 68 and so the lord of the manor must have seen that before too many years were up he was likely to need a new tenant.  
    Land 28 Feb 1683/84  Norton, Churchstow, 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 
    Lease 
    • Bevill leased Wester Norden, 26 or 7 acres, formerly part of the barton of Norton (i.e. of the home farm of the manor of Norton in Churchstow Parish). He entered into a contract concerning this land on 6 Oct 1682, the same date that he leased other land at Norden, and a lease was arranged on 28 Feb 1683/4 to make good the contract.

      As with most Devon leases it was for 99 years or 3 lives, and the 2 other than Bevill were his daughters, Johana and Alice.

      The fine was £300, the rent £3, the heriot to be paid when one of the named lives died the best beast or £3, and there was a requirement to plant 3 oak, ash or elm trees annually or to forfeit 3s 4d for each tree not planted.
      However, less than 3 months later Bevill surrendered this and it was leased to Richard Gilberd, a mercer of Kingsbridge. It appears that Bevill had only paid £100 of the £300 fine, perhaps it was his inability to raise the other £200 that led to the surrender.  

      (Information here from catalogue entry, actual document to be seen)

      In 1714 this same land was leased to Richard Hawkins, a dyer of Kingsbridge, in reversion on the death of Bevill, the land being shown to be in his tenure.
      I think this probably means the 3 lives named in Bevill's lease would be up. Certainly his nephew William had died (1703/4). Coplestone, bap 1670, was still living when his father wrote his will in 1688, but I don't currently know what became of him after that. In 1714 Bevill was 68 and so the lord of the manor must have seen that before too many years were up he was likely to need a new tenant.  
    Died Jun 1720  Churchstow, 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 
    • Before 1723; assumed from burial
    Buried 13 Jun 1720  St. Mary’s Church, Churchstow, 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 29 Jan 2016)
      "M Bevil Bastard was buryed June the 13" - under heading 'the year 1720'
    Notes 
    • Clearly Bevill is an unusual Christian name and it suggests a linke with a family with the name as a surname. It is a name found more in Cornwall than Devon, though there were Bevills in Churchstow, where Bevill spent most of his adult life.
      I have not so far discovered a link that would be likely to have led to Bevill's parents giving him this name.
      The links I have found are links between the KILLYOW family (Bevill's great grandmother, wife of his great grandfather Joseph BASTARD, was Anne KILLYOW) and the Bevills. More specifically they are between sons of John BEVILL, Sheriff of Cornwall in 1575, and his wife Elizabeth MILLITON.

      Son and heir was Sir William Bevill: during the reign of Elizabeth I there was a Chancery Court case between Joseph Bastard and Sir William Bevill and others, concerning property in Duloe.

      Second son Peter Bevill left a will in which he refers to a son-in-law Thomas Killowe. Since he mentions no children I think it means a son of his wife, i.e. what we would call a stepson.

      Fourth son John is shown by Vivian to have married a Johanna, daughter of Thomas Killiow.
    • (Research):Bevill appears to be from a surname used as a Christian name, a surname particularly found in Cornwall though also to a lesser extent in Devon. I suspect, therefore, a link to a Beville family, although I think it is possible the name was after another Beville who was not a relative. For example, could Beville have been named after Royalist Sir Bevil Grenville, who list his life in the Battle of Lansdowne (a Civil Wars battle) some three years before this Bevill was born?
      However, while this Bevill's grandfather Sampson Hele was a Royalist as were his Glanville relations, his father is said to have suffered at the hands of the Royalists as a county committeeman, according to the History of Parliament entry for Bevill's brother William Bastard.
    Person ID I20006  Teresa's tree | Teresa's direct ancestor
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2019 

    Father William BASTARD,   b. Abt 1616, Gerston, West Alvington, 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,   d. Feb 1663/64, Gerston, West Alvington, 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 ~ 48 years) 
    Mother Johanna HELE,   b. Abt 1618,   d. Jul 1669, South Pool, 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 ~ 51 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1634  St. Nicholas’ and St. Cyriac’s Church, South Pool, 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 
    • Now South Pool PRs only survive from 1664/5; Vivian cites the PRs, presumably in his day they did survive, giving the date of the marriage as 21 Apr 1635. Only about a quarter of the BTs survive and these do not include 1634 or 5.
      Fortunately a contempory record concerning the marriage does survive in a marriage settlement which is accompanied by various documents, mainly letters between William's great uncle William Bastard (to whom this younger William was heir) and Johanna's father Sampson.  
      Children
      An entry was slipped in in the PR amongst records of 1657 births, recording an Agnis daughter of William on 17 Oct 1657 - this William or another? Not looked thoroughly at what Williams there were at the same time, but a Joan buried in 1662 was shown as the daughter of William Bastard Glover; this could well be Agnis' father.

      Were there really two sons called Julius? Vivian shows 2, but only has a baptism for one, and I haven't found a second baptism either. So I'm not sure, though there clearly were 2 Juliuses. If they were brothers they must both have been living at the same time; not unknown at this time but not common. The will of the one for whom probate was granted in 1692 is said to have been brother of Walter; since this will appears not to survive we can't check this. Although there were several Bastard families in West Alvington at this time only the Garston clang were referred to as gentry etc. The 1665 burial of a Julius does describe him as 'gent' - I wonder if he could have been a young son of William, the son of William and Johane? On the other hand perhaps they did give the name to two sons, perhaps because the first was sickly and not expected to survive.
    Marriage Settlement 3 May 1634 
    • Catalogue entry shows the Marriage settlement was for the marriage of William Bastard to Johan Hele, for lands in Stockingham.
      The parties to the settlement were:

      1 William Bastard of Gerston, West Alvington, esq, Nicholas Gilferd of Bowringsleigh, esq and William Bastard of West North, Cornwall, esq

      and

      2 Sir Francis Glanville of Tavistock and Sampson Hele of Gnaton
    Children 15 children 
    Family ID F7812    |  Family Chart

    Family Mrs. Elizabeth ROSE,   b. Between 1646 and 1655,   d. Oct 1725, Churchstow, 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 ~ 79 years) 
    Married Est 1674 
    • I suspect Bevill and Elizabeth married in about 1674. On 19 October that year Bevill, his brother William and Elizabeth were the 3 lives on a lease of land in Churchstow, as described in a draft licence to assign the lease after Bevill's death (catalogue entry). These arrangements were often made in preparation for marriage, and the lack of a child of Bevill and Elizabeth as one of the lives suggests this was one such.

      Although the earliest surviving Churchstow PR dates from 1543, there is a large gap in the C17th, from 1653 or 4 to 1694 for baptisms and marriages. At first when I could not find their marriage I thought that Bevill had probably married 'Elizabeth' in Churchstow and that gap in the PRs explained the lack of a record. Now knowing she was from Dorset, and a bit about the family, the most likely marriage place would be Wootton Fitzpaine. The marriage PRs there only survive from 1677 and BTs from 1731, so if they were married there the only hope of evidence is a marriage licence.

      Churchstow missing years probably include the baptisms of most of the children of Bevill and Elizabeth. I have looked at the surviving BTs but these cover only 5 of the missing years and neither their marriage nor a child's baptism is in those few surviving BTs.

      The lack of children named in a lease of 1682 suggests that any children born by then had not survived, or maybe were so young that the period of high mortality had not passed (I'm not sure if people took this into account when choosing the lives for leases),
      I have identified 5 children from this marriage, a son baptized in 1696, i.e. in the period for which the PRs do survive and 4 daughters, two named in a lease some 12 years earlier, the third left a bequest by her mother's brother Richard in a will written in 1708 and the 4th, Ann, from a combination of events. It seems highly likely that other children were born in the intervening years. One or two burials in Churchstow could be children of Bevill and Elizabeth (a William Bastard was buried 18 Aug 1698, Sarah 29 May 1699).
      Although I appear to show a 6th child, without a Christian name, she could be one of the children I do know of.
    Children 6 children 
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F7836    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 29 Nov 1646 - All Saints’ Church, West Alvington, 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 Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - From 1674 to 1720 - Manor House, Norton, Churchstow, 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 Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsLand - Lease - 19 Oct 1674 - Norton, Churchstow, 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 Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsLand - Lease - 6 Oct 1682 - Norton, Churchstow, 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 Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsLand - Lease - 28 Feb 1683/84 - Norton, Churchstow, 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 Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jun 1720 - Churchstow, 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 Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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