The Devon Brinsmeads decade by decade  



The British establish their sovereignty in India when they defeat the Bengalese nabob at the Battle of Nabob in 1757. Robert Clive led the British force. The British were avenging an attach from the year before in Calcutta when, overnight, about 100 Europeans died in the heat in what became known as the "Black hole of Calcutta"

During this decade, Robert Brinsmead married Jane Bennett of St. Giles. He was a Cooper by trade. Soon after they married they moved to Huntshaw, a village a few miles to the North of St. Giles, just South of Alverdiscott. There they had a son John, born in 1757. (John's parentage is not listed in our transcription of his baptism record. However, it is listed in his burial record three years later.)

On April 21, 1750, Grace Brinsmead married Thomas Barns at Dolton, a village a few miles south-east of St. Giles in the Wood. In 1751, on about April 21, they has a daughter Ann.

In 1754 Margaret Brinsmead had an illegitimate child Thomas Clarke. He died the next summer.

In 1756, Henry Brinsmead (no wife listed) is recorded in Huntshaw as having a son Robert baptized June 13, 1756. We presume this must be the son of Henry and Ann, although from the location it may have been an incorrect entry for a first son of Robert and Jane.

By 1760, the family looked like this:

Robert and Grace's line

Robert (age 64) and Grace (age 59)

Thomas Barns (age 40) and Grace (age 37), living in Dalton, Devon
  • Ann Dalton (age 9)

Henry (age 40) and Ann

  • Mary (age 17)
  • Unknown daughter (age 16)
  • Elizabeth (age 13)
  • Ann (age 11)
  • Robert (age 4)

Robert (age 33) and Jane (of Huntshaw)

  • John (age 3)

Margaret (age 27)

Henry and Francis' line

Francis (Henry's widow)

  • Francis (age 26)
  • Henry (age 24)
  • Thomas (age 20)



In 1754 the British parliament passed Lord Hardwicke's Act which required banns of marriage to be read in  church and printed registers to be used for marriage records which included witnesses and signatures.

On Sept. 3rd. in 1752, England dropped the Julian Calendar in favour of the Gregorian Calendar making it Sep 14 "Give us back our 11 days!" The year was standardized to end Dec 31 (previously Mar 24), making 1752 a very short year.


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