WINSOR OF STAVERTON
Elias Stranger and Joan Winsor were married at Staverton in 1773, when Joan was said to be of that parish. Joan, daughter of George Winsor, was baptised there in 1752. There was also a Joan Winsor who married John Dolbeare at Ashburton in 1770, but she was the Joan Winsor baptised on 22 March 1736/37 at Ashburton, daughter of John Winsor.
George Winsor of Staverton married Mary Ford of Holne at Totnes in 1751. A party to the marriage bond was Thomas Winsor of Staverton, yeoman, who was also a party to another bond on the same day, for the marriage of Thomas Whiteway of Staverton, bachelor, and Elizabeth Scoble of the same place, spinster. This link with the Scobles strengthens the proposition that Thomas Winsor and Joan Scoble, married at Staverton in 1725, were the parents of the George Winsor who married Mary Ford, and this fits with the baptism of George, son of Thomas Winsor, in 1728. The connection is supported by information from the 1759 will and codicil of George Winsor of Staverton which mentioned (among others) his brother Thomas Winsor, nephew George Winsor, and the latter’s daughter Joan Winsor, who was to receive £50 when she reached the age of twenty-one.
Thomas and George’s father, another George Winsor, wrote his will in 1706. It helps to elucidate his own parentage, as he left to his son Richard “the great crock which came from my grandmother Tolcher”. It is therefore apparent that the testator was a son of George Winsor and Joan Tolcher who were married at Staverton in 1627.
The testator of 1706 clearly married Margaret Whiteway in 1678/79 and had several children with her. However, his will also mentions his daughter Joan Tozer, her four children and her husband James. This Joan was a different individual from George’s daughter Joan who was baptised in 1688 and who is also mentioned in the will as his daughter Joan Winsor who was to receive £50 when she reached twenty-one years from her baptising. It was rare but not unknown for two surviving siblings or half-siblings to have the same name. The older Joan may be the Joan, daughter of George and Susan Winsor, baptised at Staverton on 6 December 1663. I have not found a marriage record for George and Susan but the Staverton parish registers show the marriage of George Winsor and Joan Gould on 28 November 1659.
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1 GEORGE WINSOR of Staverton, Devon, was buried on 1 November 1643 at Staverton. He married on 28 July 1627 at Staverton, JOAN TOLCHER, daughter of William Tolcher. Joan was baptised on 9 March 1607/08 at Ashburton.
Children of George and Joan (Tolcher) Winsor:
i KATHERINE WINSOR, bap 6 Jul 1628, Staverton.
ii MARY WINSOR, bap 23 May 1630, Staverton.
2 iii GEORGE WINSOR (1632-1711); m MARGARET WHITEWAY.
iv WILLIAM WINSOR, bap 5 Dec 1634, Staverton.
vii JANE WINSOR, bap 21 Apr 1641, Staverton.
2 GEORGE WINSOR of Staverton, yeoman, was baptised on 21 May 1632 at Staverton and buried on 3 April 1711 at Staverton. He married on 4 March 1678/79 at Staverton, MARGARET WHITEWAY, daughter of William and Joan (Caunter) Whiteway. Margaret was baptised on 22 March 1652/53 at Staverton and buried on 16 June 1715 at Staverton.
Child of George Winsor:
i JOAN WINSOR; m JAMES TOZER.
Children of George and Margaret (Whiteway) Winsor:
ii RICHARD WINSOR, bap 7 Sep 1679, Staverton.
iv WILLIAM WINSOR, bap 8 Apr 1683, Staverton.
3 vii THOMAS WINSOR (1696/97-1765); m JOAN SCOBLE.
3 THOMAS WINSOR of Staverton was baptised on 16 February 1696/97 at Staverton and buried on 16 April 1765 at Staverton. He married on 27 May 1725 at Staverton, JOAN SCOBLE, daughter of Jeffrey and Ann (Palk) Scoble. Joan was born on 19 May 1703 and buried on 1 August 1775 at Staverton.
Children of Thomas and Joan (Scoble) Winsor:
4 ii GEORGE WINSOR (1728-1766); m MARY FORD.
iii MARGARET WINSOR, bap 25 Jun 1730, Staverton.
4 GEORGE WINSOR of Staverton was born on 27 June 1728, baptised on 15 July 1728 at Staverton, and buried on 18 September 1766 at Staverton. He married on 24 July 1751 at Totnes, MARY FORD, daughter of Richard and Joan Ford. Mary was baptised on 9 March 1723/24 at Holne.
Children of George and Mary (Ford) Winsor:
 Will of William Tolchard or Tolcheard (National Archives, PROB 11/174/338).
 Staverton parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). The will of George Winsor mentioned his wife Margaret and his “brother” Thomas Whiteway (Olive Moger’s will abstracts, Devon Archives, vol. 22, 7893-94).
 For the will of William Whiteway, see Olive Moger’s will abstracts, Devon Archives, vol. 21, 7812.
 See the discussion above. The 1759 will of George Winsor mentions his “cousin James Tozer of Ashburton”.
 Staverton parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). Will dated 31 Aug 1759, with a codicil dated 2 Sep 1759, proved 9 May 1761 (Olive Moger’s will abstracts, Devon Archives, vol. 22, 7900-01).
 Buckfastleigh parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk), where Ann is described as a daughter of Thomas and Joan Winsor of Staverton. The baptism is also recorded under the same date in the Staverton parish registers.
 Staverton parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). Jeffery Scobell and Thomas Winsor were the witnesses. John Rowe in turn was a witness at the marriage of John Moysey and Joan (Winsor) Whiteway in 1763.
 Staverton parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). There was also an Elizabeth Winsor who married Thomas Kingwill at Staverton on 27 Apr 1772. However, that Elizabeth appears, from the brides, bridegrooms and witnesses in various marriage entries in the Staverton registers, to be from the same family as George Winsor, bachelor, who married Elizabeth Wills in 1778, and not a member of the immediate family of George and Mary (Ford) Winsor.
 Staverton parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). There was also a Margaret Winsor who married Henry Wills at Staverton in 1779, but the existing link with the Stranger family through Joan (Winsor) Stranger points towards the Margaret Winsor who married Robert Stranger being the daughter of George and Mary (Ford) Winsor. From the combination of brides, bridegrooms and witnesses in various marriage entries in the Staverton registers, it seems that Margaret (Winsor) Wills was a member of the same family as George Winsor, bachelor, who married Elizabeth Wills in 1778. They do not appear to have been from the immediate family of George and Mary (Ford) Winsor.