There were CANNs in Morchard Bishop for several generations. Here are the dates of the
marriages you mention (see IGI)
John CANN married Sarah BOLT at Morchard Bishop 17 Jun 1834.
John CANN married Frances CHAMPION at Morchard Bishop 14 Feb 1803.
There are two earlier John CANN baptisms at Morchard Bishop on the IGI:
18 Aug 1756, parents John and Elizabeth.
01 Mar 1757, parents Peter and Mary.
These both seem too early to be the John Cann who married in 1803 but there are
several trees on Rootsweb World Connect that have a baptism of a John Cann at Morchard
Bishop 10 Nov 1782 which I can't see on the IGI. You can try contacting the tree
owners to find out the source of their information. Just put John Cann, Morchard Bishop
in the relevant search fields:
Alternatively, try contacting Elsie Person who offers lookups of Morchard Bishop PRs (link
A John CANN is listed under Morchard Bishop in the 1771 Devon Freeholders Book on the
Friends of Devon Archives website.
On Access to Archives there is a settlement examination dated 1787:
Mary Cann 1660 A/A 62/30 1787
These documents are held at Devon Record Office
About 40 yrs since, she was married in Morchard Bishop to Peter Cann of that Parish. Her
husband often told her that his settlement was in Morchard Bishop, by living as a Covenant
servant with Mr Tucker, for three or four years.
Indexed on A2A are the following wills relating to John Cann of Morchard Bishop (documents
held at Devon Record Office) :
1078/IRW/C/62 1821 John Cann of Morchard Bishop, Devon
1078/IRW/C/66 1846 John Cann of Morchard Bishop, Devon
From: David E. Cann <decann(a)infionline.net>
Sent: Saturday, 28 July 2012, 21:03
Subject: [DEV] John Cann (1812-95) m. Sarah Bolt (1815-1864)
I have just subscribed to the list once
again, so I hope this will serve as another “introductory” post as suggested in the
welcome information. I have subscribed before for quite some time, but unsubbed from this
and a number of lists when I realized what was causing my inbox to fill up so quickly
every day. ☺ I am back once again, and this time intend to stay for the indefinite
If you note my surname below, then you pretty much have my connection and main interest in
Devon. My primary goal is finding the ancestry of the following individual:
John Cann (s/o John Cann & Fancis Champion)
born: 1812 in Morchard Bishop, Devon
married: Sarah Bolt (1815-64) at unknown date or location
death: ca. 1895
What you are reading above is essentially all of the documented information that I have on
him, and I have been trying for over two decades to reach back and find his ancestry. I
have located his parents as
noted above, but NAME ONLY and not even that much on anyone else in his ancestry.
Additionally, I have another well documented Cann line going back to Sir Thomas Cann in
16th century Bristol, and for several reasons I strongly feel that the above John
Cann's ancestry will lead to that line of Canns but I cannot reliably document such a
connection, at least not with the information that I have. In short, I am convinced they
do connect, but cannot prove (or disprove) it without pushing John's ancestry back a
few generations. Based on the 1851 census, John lived in Wallsworth, Gloucestershire not
very far Bristol and among my Bristol ancestors who were by then scattered all over
Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and the area, but this does not prove a family
If anyone can provide any information or leads on pushing John's ancestry back a
generation or two, I would be most grateful. This has become one of my
"brick walls" after twenty years or so, and even if it DISproves his connection
to what I call the "Bristol Canns" I would still love to go back another
generation or two (or more?) if it is possible. I thank you in advance for any help or
direction that is available out there.
David E. Cann
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