You may have to take a broader approach to identifying Richard Full. A
search of Findmypast for the name Full set it include "name variants" in the
latter part of the 17th century throws up 100 births with a wide variety of
spelling alternatives and there is still a large number of parishes not
online for this period in Devon. Unfortunately any way forward will end up
paper or microfilm based, which, I appreciate, is a problem.
My first suggestion is to use a tool like Parloc (Google it) or Philimore's
Atlas and establish which parishes are in a 5 to ten mile radius of
Woodlands. The custom was that the marriage was in the brides parish and the
husband took her off to his parish where she acquired "citizenship". 5-10
miles is my estimate of how far it's worth walking for a date. Also take
into account the nearest marked town as a place where everyone visited and
that those with money arranged marriages. Once you have a hit list of
parishes then work your way through them. Your nearest LDS library can order
many of these in microform but it may leave some that are only available in
Next use the various rolls of taxes, oaths and similar such as the Hearth
Tax, Windows Tax and Association Rolls. Some of these have been transcribed
and are on line and some in book form by the Devon and Cornwall Record
Society. which you may be able to find via interlibrary loans. Again, you
will end up with a list of parishes to check in details.
With regard to Thomas and Joan I would just keep this in mind. The names
were very common at this time and most families I have in my ancestry from
this time have Thomas and or a Joan.
As well as the surname variations there were fore name variations,
nicknames and abbreviations.
It is now a process of eliminating the suspects starting with those you can
find married and/or buried in the town they were born.. I did notice Richard
was buried in Woodland and that the registers begin in 1560.
From: devon-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of norman full via
Sent: 06 April 2015 07:39
Subject: [DEV] Richard Full, parents &birth
I have been trying for some time to find the parents & birth of Richard
Full. He married Susanna Crossing in 1700 at Woodland & was the earliest of
my Full ancestors I could find. In spite of help from listers, the Devon
Family history Society & a professional researcher, no records could be
found. One possibility raised was that his parents were Thomas & Joan Full,
on the grounds Richard named two of his children Thomas & Joane. No details
of these people have been found.
I am about to compile some family stories, so I thought I would try just
once more. I would be grateful for any help &,failing a miraculous
breakthrough, It would help me if someone could explain the range of reasons
his record is not available.
Norman Full Australia
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