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Location: Paignton - Posted April 18, 2017 12:43 pm
Email: Shirleywhaley55 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Shirley Whaley

My name is Shirley Whaley nee Bird. My father Cyril James Bird was borne 1914 in Winkleigh and lived in Beaford until 1961.
Francis Bird and his wife Ellen are buried in Dolton Churchyard with two daughters Ruth Baker,husband. William, and Emily and Thomas Pickard with their son Harold.

Francis was my fathers uncle and therefore he was cousin to Ruth and Emily's dad.
We have visited the graves a couple of times and noticed fresh posies of flowers on the grave of Ruth and William
I wonder if there are relatives of Ruth or Emily who would be interested in contacting me with information regarding the family history there.

Shirley Whaley
67 Berry Road
Paignton TQ3 3 QL

Location: Dowland - Posted December 29, 2016 11:26 am

Jean folland

Jane Phipps. Do you remember helping in the village shop at weekends,? I remember your mum and dad well. Happy times!!

Location: East Yorks - Posted September 26, 2016 8:48 pm
Email: RJHeard [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

John Heard

Glenda McPhadden Franklin Wrote:

I am researching the Hackwill family name. There is a cottage named "Hackwill's Cottage". Do you know its history?


Can`t add much but from a little booklet entitled "Dolton Glimpses" I quote:

NORTH STREET. Immediately on your left is another row of thatched cottages dating from the 16th of 17th Centuary.

1-2 HACKWELLS (spelling in document), once two Labourers cottages for HACKWELLS FARM which lies behind. One of the outbuildings was then the Slaughterhouse, while the local Candlemaker plied his trade at the back of the other" Unquote.

Sorry it`s not much but I hope it helps a little.


Location: Nanaimo, BC Canada - Posted September 8, 2016 10:26 pm
Email: mcphadden [at] gmail [dot] com

Glenda McPhadden Franklin

I am researching the Hackwill family name. There is a cottage named "Hackwill's Cottage". Do you know its history?

Location: Dolton - Posted April 22, 2016 9:00 am
Email: colin [at] cjonesdesign [dot] co [dot] uk

Colin Jones

Great to see the village come together for Her Majesty's birthday. Tea, cakes, a gun salute, the fantastic beacon and free bubbly! Well done Dolton.

Location: Okemos Michigan USA - Posted December 24, 2015 4:27 am
Email: Grannylockrocks [at] gmail [dot] com

Rosemary Lock

Happy Xmas and New Year to all our friends and relations in Dolton
From Rosemsry and John Lock
and Adam Lock and family

Location: Perth, Scotland - Posted September 15, 2015 9:23 pm
Email: Richardmchodge [at] hotmail [dot] com

Richard Hodge

I have come across photos of some of my distant relatives, namely Thomas & Grace Heard, on your website. It may also be of interest that my 3 x G Grandfather was Thomas Hodge who farmed Stafford Barton from around 1783 until his death in 1806. His family continued to live there until the 1850's. My grandfather, James Hodge was also born in Dolton but became a teacher and moved to London and married a fellow teacher from the Bristol area. The rest, as they say, is history. I have never been to Dolton, the closest having been Bideford and it is only recently that I have discovered the family links to Dolton. This is despite the fact that I lived for many years in my youth, in Dorset. Family history can be most revealing.

Location: Exmouth - Posted August 15, 2015 11:24 pm
Email: jensenmike [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Mike Chapman

We have recently purchased Dolton Mill and would be very interested to hear from anyone who has any information about the mill or its past occupants.

Posted July 20, 2015 7:12 am
Email: kayshepherd [at] sky [dot] com

kay shepherd

I have since found out that my great great great great grandfather was christopher kemp who married ann budd any more information on ann budd and any information if they are all buried in dolton church yard please

Location: stafforshire - Posted July 10, 2015 10:45 am
Email: kayshepherd [at] sky [dot] com

kay shepherd

My great great great grandfather lived here his name was William Kemp and his wife was Ann he was a stone mason and lived here about 1851 when my great great grandfather was born who became a teacher he was Christopher Kemp

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