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|The pictures show Tom Havill my Great Grandfather with wife Annie Bovett and daughters Clara, Emma and Winifred. They are thought to have been taken in Wimbledon, shortly after the family's move from Devon.|
|My co-researcher on these pages is George
Riley. A great deal of the commentary and details on the early Havills
are the result of his work. George has visited the descendents of
Richard 1800 at Havill Farm in Canada.
The page map below links to pages for later families and locations for earlier records. It covers what we think is the main line of our descent. We have come to refer to them as the 'St Thomas Havills' as most of their records are in that registration district of Devon.
There is another group of Havill families that we have come to term the 'Exeter Havills'. There is a link to their own page map at the bottom of this page.
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|The origins of the Havill family are to be
found in Devon, where the early pre-18th century records confirm the
Havills` were few in number and widely dispersed across the southern and
eastern areas of the county.
Parish records, where they exist, usually record events with the minimum of detail, but some early wills give a tantalising glimpse into early Havill mill families and how for one such family the Havill name died out.
The records from the late 17th century to the 19th century show that for this period most of the Havills` were born and lived within an area formed from several contiguous parishes roughly centred on and around an area to the east of Exeter, identified as St Thomas. The 1851 census confirms this concentration by listing a total of 104 Havills resident in Devon, almost all living within the St Thomas area. Their occupations reflected the nature of a predominately rural society, and included farmers, butchers, gardeners, blacksmiths, masons, carpenters, cordwainers, and labourers, with some women working from home in the lace industry.
In the 19th century the development of the railways accelerated the migration of Havills from the area, many of whom made their way to London to ply their trade. In the 1881 census out of a total of 364 recorded Havills, 104 were living in Devon, whilst many of those born in the greater London area were descended from Devonian Havills. Many of our more recent Havill forebears can be found from within the Devon migrants.
|The 'St Thomas' Havills|
|Click on the underlined names to open the detailed page.|
Ottery St Mary
|John 1709||Henry 1719||-||----||-||-----||-||-----||-||Anthony 1726|
|Anthony 1743||-||------||-||John 1736||-||Henry 1757||John 1754||-||George 1762||-||Henry 1750||-||William 1769||Henry 1762||-||----||-||----||-||John 1753|
|Richard 1765||-||------||-||------||-||-------||-||------||-||------||-||John 1769||-||Gilbert 1771||Mary 1793||John 1777||George 1786||-||George 1810||Paul 1810||Henry 1787||-||Anthony 1788||-||John 1802||William 1801||-||Henry 1799||-||John 1811|
|Richard 1800||-||?John 1798||-||Elizabeth 1802||John 1798||-||Richard 1789||William 1810||-||John 1817||John 1821||John 1805||George 1837||-||William 1838||-||Henry 1841||-||Albert 1849||-||Frederick 1855||Abraham 1842||Thomas 1818|
|Richard 1833||-||William 1835||Elizabeth Esther||William 1824||-||Joseph 1826||-||Richard 1816||-||Thomas 1819||John 1839||-||Edward 1845||George 1865||Frank 1883||Henry 1845|
|¦||¦||¦||William 1853||Ernest 1873||¦||¦||-||Henry 1843||-||Hannah 1848||-||Dorcas 1852||¦||¦|
|Albert 1867||Oliver 1860||John 1853||Frederick 1856||Francis 1855||Sarah Ann 1848||Thomas 1861||-||David 1853||-||Bessie 1856||-||Elizabeth 1858||William||Clifford Havill|
|Richard 1895||Sylvia Bertha 1893||Florence Louisa 1880||Emily C 1869||Emma 1892||Peter|
|George Riley 1910||Vera Collier 1899||Patricia
|-||The Walder Family Link is on the site Home Page||David|
|Don Patterson||George Riley||Gerald Webber||Geoff Nutting||Paul Couper|
|The 'Exeter' Havills|
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