The Devon Brinsmeads decade by decade  




In 1782 James Watt obtained a patent on his newly invented steam engine. 

Robert and Grace's line

On November 15, 1782, Robert (Jnr.)'s daughter Mary married William Hookway, listed as a sojourner in St. Giles in the Wood.

In April 1786 banns of marriage are read for the marriage of their son John (a Cooper) to Grace Judd. In August, 1786 John and Grace had a daughter Grace. In 1789 they had a second daughter Mary born December 18, 1788. However, Grace the mother died about 10 days after childbirth and Mary the daughter another 10 days or so after that, leaving John a widower with a young daughter Grace. In 1790, John remarried, this time to Mary Blackmore of St. Giles in the Wood.

This branch of the family in 1790 looked like this:

Grace (age 89)

Henry (age 70) and Ann

  • Mary (age 47)
  • Elizabeth (age 43)
  • Ann (age 41)
  • Robert (age 34)

Robert (age 63) and Jane (by 1780 they are renting the "Town Tenement" farm from Dennis Rolle Esq. for the entire decade)

Mary (age 30) and William Hookway

John (age 25) and Mary (nee Blackmore)

  • Grace (age 4, daughter of John and Grace Judd)

Margaret (age 57)

Henry and Francis' line

In 1784 Thomas and Susannah have a son William and in 1788 another son Hugh.  

This side of the family in 1790 looked like this:

Richard Budd (widower, spouse of Francis) 

  • Mary Budd (age 29)

Henry (age 54) and Elizabeth. Henry and Elizabeth live in Alverdiscott throughout the decade, where he is the village blacksmith.

  • Mary (age 14)

Thomas (age 50) and Susannah (age 36). Thomas and Susannah live at Clarke's Dodscott farm throughout the decade. Thomas owns the farm jointly with his brother Henry of Alverdiscott. In addition, Thomas rented Beers from 1782-1789.

  • Henry (age 17)
  • Thomas (age 13)
  • Robert (age 10)
  • William (age 6)
  • Hugh (age 2)

On the other side of Great Torrington, in the village of Weare Giffard, the local blacksmith John Beer and his wife Elizabeth had a daughter Elizabeth in 1781.


The French Revolution took place in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille, shown in the picture


The Times of London first began publication in 1784. It was called the Daily Universal Register for three years.

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