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Mary Speare 1802-1871

Mary is the oldest child of Richard Speare & Mary Ward.  Mary was baptised in Inwardleigh, Devon on 17th January 1802.  Mary was married to Joseph Roberts a farmer in Whitestone, Devon.

Mary & Joseph appear on the 1841 census in Whitestone with son Joseph & daughter Mary Ann. On the same census page are Mary's sister Grace Speare now married to John Gidley & Mary's brother Richard Speare now married to Anne Joslin. 

1841 Whitestone census image

10 Years later in 1851 Joseph & Mary Roberts are at East Rowhorn Farm.  Joseph is a farmer of 110 acres employing 6 labourers.  the 2 children Joseph & Mary Ann are still living at home.  Charles Gidley son of Mary's sister Grace is also working on the farm.

1851 Whitestone census image 

Another 10 years later in 1861 Joseph & Mary are still living at East Rowhorn Farm this time living next to Marys sister Eliza & her husband George Finnimore and Mary's mother Mary Speare.

1861 Whitestone census image

Joseph & Mary do not appear on another census.  I believe Mary died in the 1st Qtr of 1871.


Children of Joseph & Mary Roberts


In the 1871 Census image Joseph Roberts the son was married to Agnes with 2 children Laura & Effie they were still living at East Rowhorn Farm which was now 217 Acres in size.  Joseph's Aunt & Uncle George & Eliza Finnimore were living in the neighbouring cottage.

1871 Whitestone, Devon census image

Mary Anne Roberts daughter of Joseph & Mary was living in Little Log Cottage, Upton Pyne at the time of the 1871 Census.  She is shown as a "Lady" and had a general servant.  She is living close to her Uncle Daniel Speare and his family.

1871 Upton Pyne census image


Below is all that I currently know about the family of Joseph Speare & Mary Roberts




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