Thank you all for your comments. My Richard must have had quite a thick
accent for the navy to write down Hallet instead of Elliot.
I have his whole navy record from research at the National Archives. He
"volunteered" in 1810, accepting the five pound bounty. He was a mariner
(merchant seaman) before that, being impressed in Port Mahon, Menorca, to
serve on HMS Invincible. On this ship under "Whence" is listed Bideford. On
the musters of the next three ships Richard is from Cornwall, one
mentioning Morwenstow (spelled Mawinster).
On most of the later ships' musters Richard says he is from Bideford or
Barnstaple, Devon. He married in Northam parish in 1800 and his family was
living in Appledore at least until 1821.
His son Henry Vaughan tried to unsuccessfully claim wages/prize money owing
to his father whom the family had lost track of, giving Elliot and Vaughan
as possible surnames. His daughter knew Richard's pension number which was
granted under the name Hallet. No one could produce evidence of Richard's
Although I have Richard's navy record I am trying to definitively establish
his birth/baptism and also his death. There was a death of a Richard Hallet
(correct age) by a boating accident on the Thames on 21 November 1835,
buried at Woolwich, but I can't be sure whether this is my Richard.
If the Richard FOUND, foundling, bap Morwenstow 1 Nov 1719 is truly my
ancestor, I guess I won't be going back any further in that line!
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:51:27 -0000
From: "Martin Beavis" <beavis.history(a)yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [DEV] North Devon/Cornwall pronunciation
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Heather -- I think you might well be right about variant spellings arising
from F being pronounced as V. I recently posted that in the mid-1400s the
Anglo-Norman surname BEAUFITZ was once recorded as BEVYCE "because that
represents the Devonshire pronunciation" before the spelling morphed into
BEAFICE and BEVYS. So the spelling of your ancestor's surname may well have
changed from FOUND to VONE to VAUGHAN, depending on who heard it, while his
own North Cornish pronunciation of it did not.
Paul was evidently right about the Richard FOUND, baptised Morwenstow
1/11/1719, being a foundling. The Cornwall OPC Database has two duplicate
records of his baptism, one of which states "Transcriber Notes: BTs. He was
a foundling hence the surname and lack of parents". Searching more widely,
it looks like he was the progenitor of the FOUND family of Morwenstow. That
Richard is probably the father of the John that you mention, and grandfather
of Richard FOUND/VONE.
From: Paul Hockie
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: [DEV] North Devon/Cornwall pronunciation
There is something that does not ring quite true. . The navy recruited using
shore patrols for both pressed men and volunteers. These men were then taken
to a port where they were assigned to a ship. At this point their details
were taken, including name, age and place of birth and they were entered on
the musters. The musters were sent to the Admiralty on a regular basis and
were summarised on to a service record (TNA ADM29) until 1855. A sailor
could also authorise a deduction to be paid to family at home. He may also
be awarded prize money from time to time. There was no real check on
identity but once signed up
A pressed man served for 7 years and a volunteer 21. Volunteers qualified
for a pension and other benefits so pressed men often suddenly became
volunteers. From time to time ships went in for refit, were decommissioned
or were lost. When a man changed ship he was given a certificate of
discharge to present to his next ship and the discharge was noted in the
muster. This way his total service was built up and was a record to show his
qualification for a pension. It is unlikely that a man served under 3 names.
. In the musters of one of his navy ships my ancestor Richard
VAUGHAN gave his origin as Morwenstow in Cornwall
. He used his mother's maiden name ELLIOT in the navy
. The navy heard and recorded him under the surname HALLET
throughout his career to pension days
Ancestry has an index and images for ADM29, but I cannot find a record for
any of the above. You can search by ship.
The name Found often means just that - a child of unknown parentage who was
abandoned in the parish. This could be Richard Found chr 1/11/1719 with no
parents given in Familysearch. I would check the actual registers for Found
in Morwenstow for comments.
From: DEVON [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of Heather Stootman
Sent: 22 January 2017 11:48
Subject: [DEV] North Devon/Cornwall pronunciation
In the musters of one of his navy ships my ancestor Richard VAUGHAN gave his
origin as Morwenstow in Cornwall. He married in Northam parish in Devon on
28 Dec1800, the register entry is VONE.
He used his mother's maiden name ELLIOT in the navy (I have a copy of a
letter to his son where he requests the answer to be sent to Richard
ELLIOT). The navy heard and recorded him under the surname HALLET throughout
his career to pension days. This I have proof of, after years of work.
The only entry in Morwenstow baptisms which fits the correct age and
mother's maiden surname is for a Richard FOUND, baptised 4 Jan 1778, son of
John FOUND and Elizabeth. There is a marriage of John FOUND to Elizabeth
ELLIOT on 23 Jan 1768, also in Morwenstow.
My question is whether FOUND is a close pronunciation of VAUGHAN in
Heather Stootman, Sydney