I am trying to unravel the life of Ann TARR born Woodbury, Devon about
In 1851 she is an unmarried servant in Kenton, Starcross, Devon.
In 1861 she is an unmarried housekeeper to John MOORE, a widower Ag Lab in
However, there are 3 children all named TARR listed as lodgers. Were they
Ann's illegitimate children?
By 1871, if I have the correct person she is now Ann MOORE, a widowed
laundress with 3 children all named MOORE.
There is no sign of the 3 TARR children from 1861. Critically, Ann MOORE has
a lodger, an unmarried Ag Lab
named Richard CHALLICE, born Lapford, Devon about 1827.
The distant relative I am really interested in is William CHALLICE whose
birth certificate shows he was born in Bampton 03 April 1873
to Richard CHALLICE, excavator on the railway, and Ann CHALLICE formerly
In 1881 Richard and Ann CHALLICE are shown as husband and wife in Bampton,
but by 1891
Richard CHALLICE is head of the household with Anne MOORE as his widowed
Richard CHALLICE was buried in Bampton just before the 1901 census and Ann
MOORE is a 69 year old widow.
As I said, my interest is William Challice born Bampton 1873. He joined the
Militia in 1891 and then the South Wales Borderers in 1895.
His military disciplinary record showed many occurrences of drunkenness,
dirty kit and late on duty etc. and in 1896 William CHALLICE deserted.
The following year, 1897, he joined the Welch Regiment using the name
William MOORE and giving his birthplace as Dulverton, less than 5 miles from
He was found out, sentenced to 84 days Hard Labour and discharged, with his
record marked 'Discharged 12.5.98 Incor(rigible?) & Worthless.'
I have no doubt William CHALLICE and William MOORE are the same man as the
descriptions on the attestation forms match, even down to a scar on the left
After the army William lived as William MOORE in Cardiff.
As I have been unable to find any marriages for Ann TARR/MOORE/CHALLICE I
suspect she (and her children) used the name of the man she was currently
I have a copy of the birth certificate of William CHALLICE born 1873 but
don't really want to spend my pension on possible certificates of Ann's
Does anyone have any information to add about this 'family'?