Silvester Treleavens Diary 1807


[undated]  Died aged 84 Sarah Berry

Jan. 23rd.  A French Officer came here on parole. The first Prisoner ever known on parole here. Mr. John Ponsford Surgeon appointed Commisary.

Tues. Feb 17th.  Married Mr John Laskey of Beeland, in this Parish to Miss Ann Piller daughter of Mr Wm Piller.

Sun. Feb 22nd.  A Spanish Officer came here on parole.

Fri. Feb. 27th. was married at Sherborne Dorset, The Rev Mr. Dinney, minister of the Methodist Congregation in this place, to Miss Porter of Sherborne, and this day they arrived here and have takcn the late Mr Niall’s house adjoining the Dolphin Inn.

Sat. Feb. 28th.  Farmer Saml Potter appeared (by summons) before Justice Roberts, for aiding the French officer on Sunday last in breaking his parole for which offence he was reprimanded, and on his promising not to do the like again was dismissed without any further punishment.

Wed. Mar. 4th.  A French Officer came here on parole. Died aged 83 (?) Mrs Priscilla Germon mother of Mr Nicholas Germon of Leign, in this Parish.

A French officer, and a French boy came here on parole.

Tue. Mar. 24th.  Died aged 84 Mrs Jane Miller, widow of the late Mr Richard Miller.

Sun. Mar. 29th.  Another French officer came here on parole.

Tue. Mar. 31st.  This afternoon a fire broke out at Mr. Periman’s at South-Moor, in this Parish, which in a short time consumed the same with all the out houses adjoining, part of the household goods and furniture were saved, but as neither the buildings or stock were insured the loss was very considerable. Two horses, a Colt, two Lambs, with some poultry were burnt to death. (The House and Farm the property of Sir Lawrance Palk) .

Tue. Apr. 7th.  Jonathan Guy son of Mr John Guy, had been ill a few days, terminated in the small pox, ‘tis supposed he caught the infection at Exeter, in consequence most of the children in the Town and Neighbourhood were inoculated either for the small pox or Cow Pox.

Died aged       Ann Howe, daughter of James Howe husbandman.

Mon. Apr. 27th.  This day the constable of this Parish, attended at the Castle of Exeter to draw the quota of 37 men, under the training Act.

Mon. May 4th.  A company of the 1st Royal Lancashire militia, came here from Exeter, to remain during the election.

Sat. May 16th.  Great Market, a great shew of cattle, but little selling.

Sun. May 17th.  Married at North Bovey, Mr. Thos. Neck of this place Grocer, to Miss Mary Mann daughter of Farmer Mann of Week in the parish of North Bovey

Mon. May 18th.  This morning the company of the Royal Lancashire militia, who have been quartered here during the Election, returned to Exeter.

Fri. May 22nd.  This morning about 11 O’Clock a fire broke out at a Bake-house, near the centre of the Town of Chudleigh, which in a few hours destroyed 180 dwelling houses, besides outhouses, many of which were of greater value than the dwelling houses; and that the total loss, including furniture &c. as nearly as can be at present ascertained, exceeds the sum of Seventy Thousand Pounds.

Wed. June 24th.  The first division of the Royal Carmarthenshire militia marched in here from Bow and North-Tawton in their way to Kingsbridge Barracks.

4 French officers came here from Plymouth on their parole.

Thur. June 25th.  The first division of the Royal Carmarthenshire militia march’d for Ashburton. The second division march’d in here.

Fri. June 26th.  The second division march’d for Ashburton.

Thur. July 9th.  Married Mr Wm Taverner, son of Mr. Taverner of Dockham to Miss Grace Laskey..

Thur. July 16th.  Fair Day, the shew of cattle rather small, and selling rather dull . Mr . Seyward with Punch’s opera, and a man with a penny peep, were the only amusements .

Fri. July 17th.  2 French officers came here on parole from Crediton.

Sat. July 18th.  (General Rochambeau) a French officer, with a Black servant, came here on parole from Wincanton, Somersetshire.

Wed. July 29th.  Charlotte Hutchings, daughter of Thomas Hutchings, departed this life at Exeter on Monday last, and this day her remains were brought here and Interred.

Fri. Aug. 9th.  A Company of Comedians, just arrived here, who intend to perform a few nights provided they can get a conveniant room for that purpose.

Wed. Aug. 12th.  The Theatre open’d (at the House late the old swan) with George Barnwall.

Sat. Aug. 15th.  Died aged 88 Mrs. Jane Mardon

This being the birth day of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, who was born in the Town of Ajaccio in Corsica, August 15th 1769. The day was celebrated here by the French Officers on Parole, with great festivity, but in such a manner as not to give offence the Inhabitants of the Town.

Wed. Aug. 19th.  About 8 O’Clock in the evening a Wesleyan Itinerant mounted the alighting stone at the end of the Shambles and bellowed for about half an hour to a confused rabble who kept themselves in tolerable order, but the neighbours hoped that this mountebank preacher would take himself to a room to exhibit when he visited Moreton again.

Wed. Aug. 19th.  This night the French Officers assembled on the Cross Tree, with their band of music, they performed several airs with great taste and precision.

Thur. Aug. 20th.  The Comedians performed for the first time at Mr. Hancock’s. The play “John Bull” by desire of the young Gentlemen of Messrs Tuckers Grammar school. They had a full house and the play went off with great eclat.

Sat. Aug. 29th.  Seven Spanish Officers, one of them a General arrived here from Plymouth, to remain on parole.

Mon. Aug. 31st.  Died aged 10, John the son, and only child of Mrs Jane Fry, widow.

Fri. Sep. 4th.  200 Men late of the Worcester Militia that have volunteered into the 7th Regiment march’d in here from Tavistock.

Sat. Sep. 5th.  The above men march’d for Exeter, in their way to Chelmsford Barracks.

Fri. Sep. 11th.  This night the Comedians concluded their performances here with the Tragedy of the Orphan, or the Unhappy Marriage. An overflowing House, which enabled the manager to discharge all their bills and leave the Town with credit.

Sat. Sep. 12th.  The remains of James Potter aged 82(?) brought here and interred, he died at Teignmouth a few days since, where he had resided for some years, and supported by Charity.

Mon. Sep. 14th.  The Theatrical Ladies and Gentlemen left Moreton for Ilfracombe.

Tue. Sep. 15th.  This being the day appointed for the Victuallers of this town to renew their Licences, Mr. Wm. South of Senthill in this Parish recommended by the Minister Churchwardens and overseers, applied for a Public House formerly the (Swan) which was granted him. Sign to be the Union Inn

Sun. Sep. 20th.  Banns of marriage published for the first time between William Collins, Stone-Cutter, and Ann Snow daughter of Mr. Richard Snow Thatcher.

Banns of Marriage published for the first time between James Collins, Miller, and Sally Snow daughter of Farmer Snow.

Tue. Sep. 22nd.  in honour of his Majesty’s Coronation several peals were rung.

Mon. Sep. 28th.  This morning it was found that four of the French Officers had broke parole and supposed they were gone for the sea-coast, which proved to be true, for in the evening all four of them were brought back again by the officers of the Gang at Teignmouth, they had taken a pleasure Yacht, and were making out of the Harbour  when the alarm was given, an armed boat got off, fired several shot at them, surrendered. They were kept under a guard of our Volunteers, at the Bell Inn all night .

Tue. Sep. 29th.  This day the aforesaid French officers were conveyed in a post  chaise to Drewsteignton before Justice Roberts, who committed them to High Gaol.

Fri. Oct. 16th.  Died in the 70th year of his age John Lang, Clock-maker and Gunsmith.

Sun. Oct. 25th.  A few peals were rung to commemorate his majesty’s accession to the Throne .

Thur. Oct. 29th.  This afternoon the Spanish General and six other Spanish officers left Moreton for Plymouth, from which place they are going to embark for Spain.

Tue. Nov. 3rd.  Lord Courtenay’s Court for this Manor and Borough, held at the White Hart, were the usual business was transacted.

Thur. Nov 5th.  The anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. Ringing, Bonfire, and a few squibs

Tue. Nov. 17th.  Died aged 77 Mrs Joannah Heard.

Wed. Nov. 25th.  Died aged 74 Mr. Wm. Oxenham of Yalworthy in this Parish.

Died at an advanced age Sarah Gay, who got her living for many years by carrying water.

Thur. Nov. 26th.  Fair Day, No.     Sheep produced for sale out of which       were sold.

Fri. Dec 25th.  Christmas-Day, the morning was ushered in with Charols by the Church and Meeting Choirs.

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