In all the years of researching the SMERDONs of Devon, I had never become
aware of a SMERDON family group in the area of Harpford and Venn Ottery.
I have become aware of a Thomas SMERDON born c1755 in Venn Ottery who
married Martha JUDE on 7 August 1780 in Venn Ottery. It is believed she was
born c1759 in Venn Ottery. They had four children that I am aware of:
1. Martha SMERDON bp 19 October 1783 in Harpford.
2. Richard SMERDON bp 14 September 1785 in Harpford I am particularly
interested in this Richard, and he married an Am(e)y c1806. It is believed
Am(e)y was born in Harpford and died in Otterton, the first of two marriages
3. Mary SMERDON bp 7 March 1790 in Harpford
4. Ann SMERDON bp 10 May 1795 in Harpford. She married somebody by the
last name of KNOWLES.
This info seems so far out of the 'normal' SMERDON area of around Dartmoor,
and has sprung up in east Devon.
Is there anybody on the List who has any knowledge of this line who could
pass on any information, clues, ideas or suggestions, that may assist in
fitting this tree together? It is way outside my usual area of involvement.
Any assistance appreciated.