This page is about Richard Speare & Mary Ward my 5th
Great grandparents and their family. The current day family is
spread out around the world. The key locations for Richard &
Mary are Inwardleigh, Upton Pyne & Whitestone.
I will start with Richard Speare who I expect was born
in late 1877 son of Richard Speare & Mary Carpenter. He was
baptised in the village of Inwardleigh, Devon on 12th January
1778. Richard was born into a farming family and had the following
siblings that I currently know of. Johanna, Mary &
The next record for Richard is his marriage to Mary Ward
daughter of Ralph Ward & Grace Sprey another local farming
family. They were married in Inwardleigh on 31st December
Richard & Mary had 10 children all bar one I have
been able to find baptism records for and are listed below
||17th January 1802
||2nd March 1808
||3rd July 1808
||11th February 1811
||18th July 1813
||15th October 1815
||4th October 1818
||24th August 1823
||11th September 1826
We know from the Inwardleigh parish records that Richard
& Mary were based in the Inwardleigh area up until 1826 when they
appear in Upton Pyne near Exeter. Whilst in the Inwardleigh
area Richard was working as an Agricultural labourer /
Farmer. Rosencombe in Folly Gate the neighbouring village to
Inwardleigh is where the family were living for several years.
Above is a photo of Rosencombe taken
by Paul Speare 3rd Gt Grandson of Richard & Mary.
Richard only appears on the 1841 Census, he is living at
Lower Ley Farm in Upton Pyne, Devon with his wife Mary and sons Samuel,
John, Daniel & Emanuel & daughter Eliza. Richards
occupation was shown as an Agricultural Labourer.
Above is an extract from the 1841
Upton Pyne Census image.
Richard Speare came to a somewhat tragic end dieing as
the result of injuries inflicted after being attacked by a
Bull. His death certificate was signed by the Coroner of
Devon at the time. He died on 10th October 1848 in Upton
Copy of Richards death certificate
Mary Speare wife of Richard next appears in the 1851
Census living in Finnimore Cottage, Whitestone, Devon with her daughter
Eliza now married to George Finnimore. Also living in the house is
Daniel Speare son of Richard & Mary's oldest son Richard.
Above is the 1851 Whitestone Census
10 years later in 1861 Mary is still living with her
daughter Eliza & her husband George Finnimore. Mary's grandson
Daniel Speare is still living with them. They are now living in
Rowhorn Cottage in Whitestone. The next entry on the census
image is for Joseph & Mary Roberts who are living at East Rowhorn
Farm. Mary is the oldest daughter of Richard & Mary Speare.
1861 Whitestone, Devon Census Image.
Mary Speare passes away on 15th September 1870 at the
age of 88 in Whitestone, Devon
Copy of Mary Speare death
All of Richard & Mary's children lived to
adulthood. You can find out more about them and their families by
clicking on the names at the side of the page