William Stentiford and Emma Mogford

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Reg Hubber writes about the grandparents of his late wife, Heather Eveleigh - we've met William and Emma before in Issue 14 when Janet Hiscocks  wrote about her "Uncle Bill":

William Stentiford was born at Zeal Monachorum, Devon on 6 March 1870, the eldest son of James and Mahala Stentiford whose story was told in Issues 4 and 14. William's father, James Stentiford, took care of the Rectory gardens for more than 35 years and his mother, Mahala, also spent much of her life working in the same garden.

The Rectory, Zeal Monachorum

The Rectory, Zeal Monachorum

 

Zeal Monachorum School

The school at Zeal Monachorum opened in 1876 and is just across the lane from Glebe Cottage where William lived. I know nothing of his childhood but his education would not have been long. He was aged 6 when the school opened and by the time he was 11, can be found in the 1881 Census living in the household of John Raymont, aged 66, at Higher Week, a 168 acre farm in Zeal.

Zeal Monachorum School

 

The census describes William as a "Farmer's Servant (domestic) which meant that he lived among the family and spent some of his time working indoors. The rest of the household consisted of John Raymont's wife Mary (54) and their three sons and two daughters, all of whom were unmarried and ranged in age from 16 to 30. William would have been expected to do a variety of tasks from lighting fires and cleaning floors to feeding pigs and poultry and rearing calves and we can imagine that he would have been worked very hard.

 

The 1891 Census shows William lodging in Morgan's Square in St. Sidwell, Exeter at the home of James and Rhoda Pester. James Pester, like William was a shoeing smith and probably both were employed at the same place. St. Sidwell was one of two hubs of the coach trade in Exeter and was full of blacksmith's shops, stables and coach building works at that time.

The next we know of him was his marriage to Emma Mogford (born in 1868 at George Nympton) which took place on 16 Sep 1893 at St.David's Church, Exeter.

St.David's Church, Exeter

St.David's Church, Exeter

 

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