FEATHERSTONE OF WEEK ST MARY

 

Mary (Featherstone) (Symons) Horrell is stated to be of the parish of Week St Mary in the 1756 record of her first marriage to Philip Symons at Poundstock, and her 1817 burial entry gives her age as 81. She was therefore evidently the Mary Featherstone baptised on 6 February 1736/37 at Week St Mary, daughter of Richard Featherstone. Another Mary Featherstone married Jonathan Stacey at Week St Mary on 2 April 1766 but their first daughter was called Patience, so that Mary was apparently the one baptised at Week St Mary on 10 July 1744, daughter of John and Patience (Clifton) Featherstone.

 

Richard Featherstone married Mary Badcock at Week St Mary in 1718. There were two other Richard Featherstones having children baptised in nearby parishes in the 1720s and 1730s, both with a wife named Mary, but those couples can be distinguished from Richard and Mary (Badcock) Featherstone:

 

Richard Featherstone and Mary Chapman were married in 1727 at Werrington. They had children baptised at Werrington between 1727 and 1733 and appear to have subsequently resided at Penzance.

 

Richard Featherstone and Mary Pearce were married in 1729 at St Gennys. Mary was a daughter of William Pearce of Jacobstow and she is known to have been living in Jacobstow in 1748.[1] Richard and Mary (Pearce) Featherstone can hence be identified as a couple who had children baptised at Jacobstow in the 1730s.

 

There is strong evidence of connections between the Badcock, Featherstone and Symons families to support Mary (Featherstone) Symons being a daughter of Richard and Mary (Badcock) Featherstone. The will of Ann (Martin) Badcock, written in 1726/27, mentions her daughter Mary Featherstone and grandchildren John Featherstone, Ann Featherstone and Thomas Badcock Featherstone.[2] The probate record of John Badcock of Week St Mary, written in 1750, mentions John Featherstone, Ann Orchard, Mary Featherstone and Elizabeth Featherstone, all stated in the will to be children of Richard Featherstone.[3] Ann (Featherstone) Orchard later married William Marks[4] and the latter’s will mentions his wife’s children Prudence Spry, Mary Hacker, Richard Orchard and Elizabeth Gubbins.[5] The marriages of Mary Orchard to Thomas Hacker[6] and Prudence Orchard to Richard Spry[7] were each witnessed by a Philip Symons. William Marks and Thomas Hacker were both parties in the administration record for Philip Symons of Poundstock in 1775.[8] The will of William Marks was witnessed by James Symons. The testator also mentions his wife’s granddaughter Mary Marks. Mary was evidently a daughter of another William Marks who married Anna Orchard, spinster, at Week St Mary in 1781.[9] There were two administration grants for the estate of the latter William Marks, the first in 1783 to his widow Anna,[10] and the second in 1794 after her death when the parties included Henry Badcock of Marhamchurch and James Symons of Poundstock.[11]

 

John Featherstone was baptised in 1718/19, as a son of “Richard Featherstone Junr”, suggesting that Richard’s father may have been another Richard, and indeed there was one of that name buried in 1734 at Week St Mary. A Richard, son of Richard Featherstone, was baptised at Jacobstow in 1691. As noted above, there was a Richard Featherstone having children baptised at Jacobstow in the 1730s, but that Richard was married at St Gennys in 1729 and had a son called Faithful so he appears to be the Richard baptised at St Gennys in 1707, son of Faithful and Christian Featherstone.

 

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FEATHERSTONE

 

1          JOHN FEATHERSTONE married PATIENCE.

 

Child of John and Patience Featherstone:

2              i               RICHARD FEATHERSTONE (bap 1629/30).

 

2          RICHARD FEATHERSTONE of Jacobstow was baptised on 19 March 1629/30 at Jacobstow.[12]

 

Children of Richard Featherstone:

i               MARY FEATHERSTONE, bap 12 Dec 1652, Week St Mary.[13]

ii              PATIENCE FEATHERSTONE, bap 22 Apr 1655, Week St Mary,[14] bur 22 Mar 1730/31, Week St Mary.[15]

3              iii             RICHARD FEATHERSTONE (1660-1734).

 

3          RICHARD FEATHERSTONE of Week St Mary, gentleman, was baptised on 30 July 1660 at Week St Mary[16] and buried on 30 December 1734 at Week St Mary.[17]

 

Children of Richard Featherstone:

i               PATIENCE FEATHERSTONE, bap 25 Jan 1684/85, Jacobstow;[18] m(1) 15 Jun 1704, Week St Mary, ABRAHAM RATTENBURY;[19] m(2) 14 Oct 1738, Poundstock, DIGORY PENWARDEN.[20]

ii              LYDIA FEATHERSTONE, bap 18 Nov 1686, Jacobstow,[21] bur 4 Sep 1751, Week St Mary;[22] m 26 May 1712, Week St Mary, JOHN HERD.[23]

4              iii             RICHARD FEATHERSTONE (1691-ca 1748); m MARY BADCOCK.

 

4          RICHARD FEATHERSTONE of Week St Mary, yeoman, was baptised on 20 May 1691 at Jacobstow[24] and died ca 1748.[25] He married on 9 June 1718 at Week St Mary, MARY BADCOCK,[26] daughter of Thomas and Ann (Martin) Badcock (see here). She was baptised on 28 February 1695/96 at Week St Mary and buried on 15 June 1740 at Week St Mary.

 

Children of Richard and Mary (Badcock) Featherstone:

i               JOHN FEATHERSTONE of Week St Mary, yeoman, bap 19 Mar 1718/19, Week St. Mary,[27] bur 25 Apr 1763, Week St Mary;[28] m 24 Jul 1743, Poundstock, PATIENCE CLIFTON.[29]

ii              ANN FEATHERSTONE, b ca 1722;[30] m(1) 23 Jun 1744, Week St Mary, WILLIAM ORCHARD;[31] m(2) 15 Feb 1763, Week St Mary, WILLIAM MARKS.[32]

iii             THOMAS BADCOCK FEATHERSTONE, bap 9 Sep 1726, Week St Mary,[33] bur 6 Mar 1727/28, Week St Mary.[34]

iv             ELIZABETH FEATHERSTONE, bap 16 Jun 1729, Week St Mary,[35] bur 30 Jul 1816, Poundstock;[36] m 5 Nov 1753, Poundstock, NICHOLAS PENFOUND.[37]

v              WILLIAM FEATHERSTONE, bap 15 Mar 1731/32, Week St Mary,[38] bur 29 Mar 1735, Week St Mary.[39]

vi             ROBERT FEATHERSTONE, bap 23 Dec 1734, Week St Mary,[40] bur 27 Dec 1735, Week St Mary.[41]

vii            MARY FEATHERSTONE, bap 6 Feb 1736/37, Week St Mary,[42] bur 2 Nov 1817, Week St Mary;[43] m(1) 3 May 1756, Poundstock, PHILIP SYMONS[44] (see here); m(2) 23 November 1783, Poundstock, THOMAS HORRELL.[45]



[1] Ronald A. Hill, “The Pearce Families of Plymswood and Kerley in Jacobstow, Cornwall”, The Genealogist, 22(2008):32-58, 192-211, at 192-96.

[2] Kresen Kernow, AP/B/3214.

[3] Kresen Kernow, AP/B/3905.

[4] Olive Moger’s abstracts of testamentary causes, series 2, 2023 (Devon Archives) mention a citation of 1791 for “Ann Marks wife of William Marks formerly Ann Orchard the widow & administr[atr]ix of William Orchard, deceased, who whilst living was one of the executors named in the will of Richard Featherstone late of Week St Mary, deceased”.

[5] Kresen Kernow, AP/M/3028.

[6] Poundstock parish registers.

[7] Week St Mary parish registers.

[8] Kresen Kernow, AP/S/3554.

[9] Week St Mary parish registers.

[10] Kresen Kernow, AP/M/2878.

[11] Kresen Kernow, AP/M/3018.

[12] Jacobstow bishop’s transcripts. Although Richard’s children were baptised at Week St Mary, he is said to be of Jacobstow in the entries for Patience and Richard.

[13] Week St Mary parish registers.

[14] Week St Mary parish registers.

[15] Week St Mary bishop’s transcripts.

[16] Week St Mary parish registers. In a deposition of Apr 1724, the age of Richard Featherstone of Week St Mary was given as 63: Ronald Ames Hill, The Colwill/Colwell Families of North Cornwall and Northwest Devon (Star, Idaho, 2005; second printing 2014), 182.

[17] Week St Mary parish registers.

[18] Jacobstow parish registers; Jacobstow bishop’s transcripts.

[19] Week St Mary parish registers; marriage bond.

[20] Poundstock parish registers. This appears to be a remarriage of Patience (Featherstone) Rattenbury rather than a marriage of her daughter Patience, as Patience Rattenbury the “younger” was buried at Week St Mary on 28 Mar 1736.

[21] Jacobstow parish registers.

[22] Week St Mary parish registers.

[23] Week St Mary bishop’s transcripts.

[24] Jacobstow parish registers.

[25] E.A. Fry, Calendars of Wills and Administrations Relating to the Counties of Devon and Cornwall (Plymouth, 1908), 69; Olive Moger’s abstracts of testamentary causes, series 2, 2023 (Devon Archives).

[26] Week St Mary parish registers.

[27] Week St Mary parish registers.

[28] Week St Mary parish registers.

[29] Abstracts of Poundstock parish registers.

[30] Ann is mentioned as a granddaughter in the will of Ann (Martin) Badcock in 1726/27 (Kresen Kernow, AP/B/3214) and as Ann Orchard, daughter of Richard Featherstone, in the will of John Badcock in 1750 (Kresen Kernow, AP/B/3905).

[31] Week St Mary parish registers. The administration record for William Orchard is Kresen Kernow, AP/O/526.

[32] Week St Mary parish registers.

[33] Week St Mary parish registers.

[34] Week St Mary parish registers.

[35] Week St Mary parish registers.

[36] Poundstock parish registers; Kresen Kernow, AP/P/4430.

[37] Abstracts of Poundstock parish registers; Olive Moger’s abstracts of testamentary causes, series 2, 2023 (Devon Archives).

[38] Week St Mary parish registers.

[39] Week St Mary parish registers.

[40] Week St Mary parish registers.

[41] Week St Mary bishop’s transcripts.

[42] Week St Mary parish registers; Week St Mary bishop’s transcripts.

[43] Week St Mary parish registers; Kresen Kernow, AP/H/7539.

[44] Poundstock parish registers.

[45] Poundstock parish registers.