|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"
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
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
Henry (age 40) and Ann
Robert (age 33) and Jane (of Huntshaw)
Margaret (age 27)
Henry and Francis' line
Francis (Henry's widow)
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.