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A will and a secret

The Hiscocks of Bell Island

 

Now we're in  the holiday season, it seems only right to pay a visit to the seaside - not in Devon for once but , instead,  a return trip to the Islands of Scilly to discover a secret revealed by the will of John Stedeford, a Master Mariner in the Royal Navy, turned pilot on the treacherous coasts around the Scilly Islands. We've included another link to Richard Pearce's wonderful webcam on the islands to set the scene - thank you Richard, once again.

From those sunny islands, we move to one that is a little cooler - Bell Island off the Newfoundland coast. There, we follow Maggie Silver's impressive and persistent voyage of discovery in search of the story of  Harriet Hiscock, ancestor of the many Stentifords who  descend from her marriage to Owen Stentiford. We've seen in the last two Issues how the family of Robert and Elizabeth Stentiford came to be dispersed all over the world. The story of their son Owen has one striking difference to those of his siblings in that he and his wife Harriet came back to England from the other side of the world to settle with their children in Devon. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those Newfoundlanders whose generous assistance has enabled us to tell the story of Harriet's family - most especially Donna Hiscock, Jennifer Nash, Patricia Byrne, Ruth Archibald and Lloyd C. Rees - and special thanks to Maggie who never gave up on the story.

 

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

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A will and a secret

The Hiscocks of Bell Island

 

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