In answer to Jack's queries of 28 January
The copy of Susanna's will of 1836 that I have has R Buse and Betsy Cook as
winesses with Susanna signing with a mark. The signatures of sons John and
Peter are on the Archidiaconal (spelling is correct!) Court of Barnstaple record
that they had done a proper job as Executors.
Peter also witnessed Susannah's death certificate.
There were two pubs in Abbotsham that the Steers were involved with - the
Merry Harrier and the Heart of Oak (the Merry Harrier is best known today as a
favoured haunt of the Braund Society in Woolsfardisworthy or Woolsery for
short). I now believe the aforesaid John had one pub (likely MH 1828) and his son,
also John, had the other but which was which will require research into the
licensing (it does exist but exactly where in my records?).
Thomas Heddon married Mary Steer in 1813 and was for many years the parish
clerk of Parkham. By 1816 when son Richard Headon was born the surname had
changed! The records show Richard buried at Hoops which is an area between Horns
Cross and Bucks Cross - a short walk from Bucks Mills. This part of the Parkham
parish was also known as Northway. Today it is best recognised by the ancient,
quaint, thatched Hoops Inn on the A39 (well worth a visit) with Hoops itself
(grid ref 23720 12330) just a few yards closer to the sea.
Thank you Jack I had not picked up Mary d Richard and Mary. Richard's
headstone in Huntshaw churchyard is unique in my experience as it is less than one
inch thick slate inscribed on both sides with Richard's name and children Thomas
and Susan, all three going between July and September 1822.
So now to the Devon Record Office Ships Crew Lists looking for Vicki's John
Steer. John is on the 1841 Census but not the 1851 Devon so there is a good
chance he was blue water before 1851.