STRANGER OF HOLNE
Jane Stranger, wife of Henry Daniels, is shown by the 1851 census returns to have been born about 1817 at Bovey Tracey, Devon. The entry for her marriage in 1841 in the Christow parish registers shows that she was a daughter of Richard Stranger and was living at Shutamor. The census returns for that year show the Stranger family at Shutamor with Richard and his apparent children Jane, George, Sarah and Jabez. The baptism record of Jabez in the Bovey Tracey Methodist registers gives his father as Richard Stranger and his mother as Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth Sercombe.
The will and grant of probate of Richard Stranger (father of Jane, wife of Henry Daniels), shows that by 1856 he had married a woman named Sally. A search for the marriage reveals that Richard Stranger, widower, married Sally Taylor, widow, in 1849 at the register office in the district of St. Thomas, Devon. The certificate gives Richard’s residence as Shutamore, Christow, providing further confirmation of the identity. His father is named as Elias Stranger, yeoman. The 1861 census returns show that Richard was born at Holne about 1787 and the Holne parish registers record the baptism of Richard, son of Elias and Joan Stranger, on 18 September 1787. Elias Stranger of Holne and Joan Winsor of Staverton were married at Staverton in 1773.
Elias Stranger is recorded as aged seventy-nine at his burial in August 1828 and the baptism of Elias, son of Richard and Joan Stranger, is recorded at Holne in late 1748.
The Richard Stranger who married Joan Ford in 1731 may have been the Richard, son of Richard and Mary Stranger, who was baptised at Holne in 1712. He may also have been the Richard Stranger buried at Holne in 1749, or the one buried there in 1792.
Some years ago I spent a considerable amount of time compiling a more extensive account of various lines of descendants of Richard and Joan (Ford) Stranger. I have not worked on it recently and the account does not include documentation but as it may still be of some use, it is available here.
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Children of Richard and Joan (Ford) Stranger:
ii JOAN STRANGER, b 26 Mar 1734, bap 23 Apr 1734, Holne.
iii RICHARD STRANGER, b 13 Feb 1735/36, bap 2 Mar 1735/36, Holne.
v MARY STRANGER, b 6 May 1740, bap 22 May 1740, Holne.
vi JOHN STRANGER, b 7 Apr 1743, bap 25 Apr 1743, Holne.
2 viii ELIAS STRANGER (1748-1828); m(1) JOAN WINSOR; m(2) MARY (FORD) WAYCOTT.
2 ELIAS STRANGER of Holne, farmer, was born on 28 November 1748, baptised on 14 December 1748 at Holne, died on 15 August 1828 and was buried on 18 August 1828 at Holne. He married first, on 22 February 1773 at Staverton, JOAN WINSOR, daughter of George and Mary (Ford) Winsor (see here). Joan was baptised on 6 July 1752 at Staverton and buried on 22 September 1800 at Holne. Elias married second, on 6 May 1804 at Holne, MARY (FORD) WAYCOTT, widow of Edward Waycott.
Children of Elias and Joan (Winsor) Stranger:
iv ELIAS STRANGER of Buckfastleigh and Ridgeway, gentleman, b Holne, bap 11 Feb 1779, Holne, d 20 Mar 1858, Ridgeway; m(1) 8 May 1804, Holne, MARY HAMLYN; m(2) 22 Sep 1814, Tormoham, SARAH (VAGE) FRANCIS; m(3) 27 Jul 1837, Southwark, SARAH (OWEN) SHACKELL.
3 viii RICHARD STRANGER (1787-1863); m(1) ELIZABETH SERCOMBE; m(2) SALLY (ROLSTONE) TAYLOR.
xi EDWARD STRANGER, bap 10 May 1795, Holne.
Children of Elias and Mary (Ford) (Waycott) Stranger:
xiv JOSEPH STRANGER, bap 19 Aug 1810, Holne.
3 RICHARD STRANGER of Christow, farmer, was born at Holne, baptised on 18 September 1787 at Holne, and died on 4 June 1863 at Kenton. He married first, on 11 August 1814 at Bovey Tracey, ELIZABETH SERCOMBE, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Clampitt) (Bastard) Sercombe (see here). Elizabeth was born on 3 December 1790, baptised on 6 January 1791 at Bovey Tracey, and died on 27 February 1847 at Christow. Richard married second, on 26 February 1849 at St. Thomas, Devon, SALLY (ROLSTONE) TAYLOR, widow of Thomas Taylor and daughter of William and Mary (Sercombe) Rolstone. Sally was born at Bridford, baptised on 30 October 1791 at Bridford, and died on 27 July 1877 at Kenton.
Children of Richard and Elizabeth (Sercombe) Stranger:
 Holne parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). There was also a Joan, daughter of William Ford, baptised at Holne on 1 Nov 1715, but that Joan would probably be rather young to marry in Sep 1731, and the name of Richard and Joan (Ford) Stranger’s son Richard Ford Stranger is suggestive that Joan was a daughter of Richard Ford. Furthermore, the marriage of Margery Ford and William Heyward at Holne on 4 Jan 1762 was witnessed by a Richard Stranger, and Margery appears to have been a younger daughter of Richard Ford.
 Death duty registers (National Archives).
 Staverton parish registers (Society of Genealogists, DE/REG/117501).
 Elias Stranger’s will, dated 8 Feb 1823 and proved 14 Feb 1829 (estate duty copy, Devon Record Office, S1599) mentions his son John Stranger, daughters Mary wife of Christopher Furneaux, Ann wife of James Hamlyn and Margaret wife of Elias Stranger, sons Elias Stranger, Richard Stranger and Edward Stranger, daughter Elizabeth Stranger, the marriage portion of Joan the wife of Elias Easterbrook, son Thomas Stranger (under 21), son Joseph Stranger (under 21), wife Mary Stranger, and son George Stranger. A transcription of a letter from James Stancombe (son of William Stancombe and Elizabeth Stranger) to his daughter also confirms many of these details, including that Elias’s daughter Joan married an Easterbrook (transcription courtesy of David Hannaford).
 The Western Times, 14 Jun 1845; National Archives, PROB 11/2022/14.
 Buckfastleigh parish registers (Society of Genealogists, DE/REG/107058).
 National probate calendars. Will dated 25 Oct 1849, proved 25 Jun 1859.
 J.L. Vivian, The Visitations of the County of Devon (Exeter, 1895), 483.
 Death certificate. In addition, a transcription of a letter from James Stancombe (son of William Stancombe and Elizabeth Stranger) to his daughter states that James’s mother died on 6 Oct 1844 (transcription courtesy of David Hannaford).
 East Stonehouse Marriages, 1824-1830, Devon Family History Society (2000), 18.
 Grant of probate.
 Plymouth St Andrew Marriages, 1825-1830, Devon Family History Society (2000), 15.
 They may also have had a daughter Margery Ford Stranger, baptised on 16 Jan 1805 at Holne, though she may instead have been a daughter of Elias and Mary (Hamlyn) Stranger.
 1851 census returns, Dodbrooke (National Archives, HO 107/1876, fol. 74).
 Grant of probate (will dated 8 Jul 1856, proved 30 Jun 1863).
 Bovey Tracey parish registers (Society of Genealogists, DE/REG/57871).
 Marriage certificate.
 Grant of probate.
 The will and grant of probate of Richard Stranger (will dated 8 Jul 1856, proved 30 Jun 1863) mention his son John “Seccombe” Stranger, son George Stranger, wife Sally Stranger, and daughters Jane, wife of Henry Daniels, Elizabeth Bray, widow, and Sarah Ann, wife of Thomas Bickle.
 Grant of probate.
 Marriage certificate.
 Ashburton Wesleyan circuit registers (National Archives, RG 4/1763); 1851 census returns, Ashburton (National Archives, HO 107/1871, fol. 289).
 Death certificate. Will dated 27 Jul 1892, proved 14 Jan 1897.
 Christow parish registers (Devon Record Office).
 Ashburton Wesleyan circuit registers (National Archives, RG 4/1763).
 Bovey Tracey parish registers (Society of Genealogists).
 Ashburton Wesleyan circuit registers (National Archives, RG 4/840); 1851 census returns, Christow (National Archives, HO 107/1867, fol. 420). The 1901 census returns for Nassagaweya, 8, show George Stranger there being born in England on 1 Feb 1823, exactly matching the date of birth given for George in the Ashburton Wesleyan circuit registers. The household of Henry Daniels, George’s nephew, was enumerated adjacently to that of George in 1901, with the date of birth for Henry exactly matching that given in English records for the son of Henry and Jane (Stranger) Daniels.
 Ontario Marriage Index, 1858-1869 (online at www.ancestry.com); 1901 census returns for Nassagaweya, 8. The marriage record confirms that George’s parents were called Richard and Betsy. The Ontario marriage records (Archives of Ontario, Series MS248, Reel 1) show the marriage of John Youart and Ann Easterbrook of Nassagaweya in 1846. The 1901 census returns give the date of birth of George Stranger’s wife as 4 Nov 1826 and their 1863 marriage record names her parents as Elias and Joan. The Holne parish registers show the baptism on 30 Nov 1826 of Ann, daughter of Elias and Joan Easterbrook.
 Ashburton Wesleyan circuit registers (National Archives, RG 4/840); 1851 census returns, Christow (National Archives, HO 107/1867, fol. 420).
 Platteville Journal, 8 Dec 1909.
 Marriage certificate.
 Will of Richard Stranger.
 Dwelly parish records, vol. 6 (Society of Genealogists, DE/M3).