Happy Xmas and New Year to all our friends and relations in Dolton
From Rosemsry and John Lock
and Adam Lock and family
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.
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.
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
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
Occasionally there would be an auction in the village; people would donate unwanted articles like pieces of furniture etc. others in the small crowd gathered would bid for them the money going to help the Red Cross, one farmer, I think it was farmer Webber, gave an eight week old puppy, it was a welsh collie bitch, people started to bid for it, my sister Betty and I were standing at the back watching this with interest and when it got to two shillings and three pence I called out “half-crown”, thinking that the bidding would continue, everyone turned to see who had made the bid and seeing it was a nine year old boy and his seven year old sister everyone else stopped bidding, there was some giggling and a few smiles among those watching as Charlie Fishleigh the auctioneer said “sold!” and handed me the puppy, neither Betty or I had any money to pay for the puppy so Mr Fishleigh who was also the village butcher and a friend of Jack Sanders told us not to worry as he would get the half-crown later from Jack, we walked the mile home from school carrying the puppy inside my coat and wondered how the heck we would explain this new addition to the family to Aunt and Jack, as we already had two cats, a third additional cat was to come later, we were allowed to keep the puppy which we named ‘Pup’, (very original).
I just wanted to give you a little update with regard to the auction that we held at the hall on Sunday 22nd February.
We would like to thank the residents of Dolton for making us feel most welcome and are pleased to report that the auction was a great success despite the atrocious weather!
Just under 500 lots went under the hammer and we estimate that we had almost 150 people through the door. We very much hope to hold another similar event in the hall late summer/early autumn and will be on the hunt for more items to auction.
Thank you for supporting our event.
I am descended from Richard & Elizabeth Baker who had their children in Dolton/Dowland area from 1740- 1757. I welcome any contact from anyone who is also connected to this family with a view to exchanging family information; email@example.com
I created and maintain the Website on the Exeter Business of Garton & King Ltd. www.exeterfoundry.org.uk I am constantly on the search for examples of the Company's Products that still exist today with the possibility of adding Images and information onto the website of this 330 year old business. In Victorian times many Devon Churches, Mansions and Stately Homes were customers of the Company. Heated Vine & Melon Pits, Church and House Heating and Hot Water Systems, Iron Gates, Railings Stoves and Ranges etc etc. Winkleigh, Dolton and Romansleigh Churches (Heating)and Lady Exmouth and Lord Portsmouth were customers as was DOLTON RECTORY. It is possible this property has not been extensively modernised and that examples therefore of the work carried out may still exist. If anyone can advise me of Mrs Vizer's Solicitors Name & Address or anyone acting on her behalf I would be obliged. ALL and FULL DETAILS about me are on the About Me page on the Exeter Foundry Website.
Help and assistance appreciated (PS I give TALKS!!)
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