Hello Chris and others,
I've just joined the Rootsweb DEVON mailing list because I'm trying to find out
about my ancestors who lived in Stonehouse in the 1830s. Their surname was RICHARDS.
I've received some helpful replies from Elizabeth Howard and Deborah O'Brien which
have led me a bit further. I'm writing to you because I found a message from 2003
about Discovering East Stonehouse.
Family stories say that John Jacob Lavers RiCHARDS was an architect and civil engineer who
was Superintending Engineer of Royal William Victualling Yard and that he died from
pneumonia in 1834 after getting a chill while inspecting the construction works. I Googled
the Royal William Victualling Yard and found that it was constructed by Sir John Rennie
and Mr Phillip Richards around that time. John Jacob Lavers RICHARDS' father was
called Phillip. Maybe the family story was mixed up and the title of Superintending
Engineer really belonged to the father. However, I think John did die in 1834. I
haven't been able to find the death record but there is a will for him in the Devon
Wills Project under 1834. His widow, Isabinda, and daughters who were Wards in Chancery,
came to Australia in 1853 supposedly to find their son and brother, Phillip, whose
signature they needed to release funds from the Chancery Court (more of the family
I'd appreciate any information you or other readers have on these people.
Jenny North QueenslandAustralia