Ruth's DOVASTON Family Tree


Visit to Ruyton XI Towns, Wigmarsh and Weirbrook, Shropshire
Warmest Greetings from Ruth DOVASTON STANT in England. This is me photographed at Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire with St Johns Church in the background. I am researching my DOVASTON family from 15th-19thC Kinnerley, Twyford, West Felton, Weirbrook, Wigmarsh, Eardiston, and Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire, and connections with MILLINGTON, WILLIAMS, BROWN[E], DAVIES, STANT, EVANS, JONES, DAVIES families at Shrewsbury, Twyford, Sweeney, Ellesmere, St Martin, West Felton, Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire.
In the cemetery at St Johns I found a headstone for Sarah DOVASTON [MI237] [the one photographed in the foreground, laid flat, behind which I'm inspecting unknown graves overgrown with ivy]. Sarah was born 5th August 1782 at The Nursery, Twyford, and died 30th June 1860. Her parents were John DOVASTON and Ann [nee HOOPER]. She was the sister of John Freeman Milward DOVASTON [see Hall of Fame] and never married. She is not my direct kin, being my half second cousin, five times removed.
A headstone [MI245] next to Sarah's belongs to my 4th great grandfather, John
DOVASTON [1755-1841] and his wife, Ann [nee PRICE] [1758-1833], two sons, John [1792-1824] and Thomas [1789-1807], and a nephew William DOVASTON [1789-1828].  There's a familiar DOVASTON inscription: "They ran their course in lowly lot, just streaked the stream and were forgot". William was born at Littleness, the son of John DOVASTON and Ann [nee BROWN]. He was a Stonemason and married his cousin, Sarah DOVASTON, daughter of John DOVASTON and Ann [nee PRICE] from The Nursery, Twyford.
Some distance away from Sarah's headstone at St Johns is a headstone for Thomas
STANT, my 3rd great grandfather, a Slater born at Ifton Heath, St Martins on 11th May 1812. Thomas died 6th May 1853 aged just 42. With him is buried his wife Jane [nee EVANS] who died 30th July 1854 aged 46 and a daughter, Ann, who died 23rd August 1844 aged 5. Thomas and Jane were married at St Johns on 31st December 1835. Their children included Thomas, Ann, Jane, Emma, Joseph and Miriam, all born between 1838 and 1849. What happened to the children after their parents both died so young? Thomas, the eldest, was then only 16 and the youngest was just 5. When Thomas, the son, married Sarah DOVASTON on 22nd December 1863 his address was Wigmarsh so I suspect he and his siblings may have been 'adopted' by a relation at Wigmarsh or maybe the family was split between relations? 
There's one more DOVASTON grave [MI412] at St Johns, a recent one belonging to Tom and Annie who died 1967 and 1972 aged 72 and 73.
This is Yew Tree Cottage, Wigmarsh, just north of Ruyton XI Towns where William DOVASTON [b.1793] and Jane [nee DAVIES] lived all their married lives. William, my 3rd great grandfather, was a son of the above mentioned John DOVASTON and Ann [nee PRICE].  John was born at The Nursery, Twyford and died at Wigmarsh in October 1841. He married Ann on 15th December 1780 and they lived at Wigmarsh, but I'm not sure which cottage they lived at.

1851 Census:
HO107/1993 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
Sarah Dovaston [nee DOVASTON] c 1782 West Felton, Shropshire Head / Widow Eardiston Shropshire
Anne Dovaston c 1823 Ruyton, Shropshire Daughter Eardiston Shropshire
John Dovaston c 1825 Ruyton, Shropshire Son [Husband of Sarah Anne b. c1822] Eardiston Shropshire
HO107/1993 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
John Freeman Milward Dovaston c 1783 West Felton, Shropshire Head Twyford Shropshire
Edward Dovaston c 1800 Woolton, Shropshire Cousin Twyford Shropshire
Sarah Dovaston [nee DOVASTON] c 1796 Cliff, Shropshire Cousin [and Wife to Edward DOVASTON] Twyford Shropshire
Ann Duckett [nee DOVASTON] c 1782 Cliff, Shropshire Cousin Twyford Shropshire
John Povey c 1841 Nescliff, Shropshire Sisters Child [Son of Ellen DOVASTON nee HOPE, Sister-in-Law to Ann DUCKETT] Twyford Shropshire
HO107/1993 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
William DOVASTON c 1794 Ruyton, Shropshire Head Eardiston Shropshire
Jane DOVASTON c 1805 West Felton, Shropshire Wife Eardiston Shropshire
Naomi DOVASTON c 1843 Ruyton, Shropshire Daughter Eardiston Shropshire
*Sarah DOVASTON c 1844 Ruyton, Shropshire Daughter Eardiston Shropshire
Margaret Elizabeth DOVASTON c 1846 Ruyton, Shropshire Daughter Eardiston Shropshire

HO107/1993 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
Margaret Devuston [nee ROBERTS] c 1762 West Felton, Shropshire Head / Widow [of William DOVASTON b.1761] Sutton Shropshire
Mary Devuston c 1784 West Felton, Shropshire Daughter Sutton Shropshire
Ann Devuston c 1792 West Felton, Shropshire Daughter Sutton Shropshire
Thomas Devuston c 1801 West Felton, Shropshire Son Sutton Shropshire
HO107/1993 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
Mary Dovaston c 1829 Ruyton, Shropshire Servant Chirk Denbighshire

1861 Census:
RG9/1875 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
John Dovaston c 1825 Ruyton, Shropshire Head Twyford Shropshire
Sarah A Dovaston c 1821 London Wife Twyford Shropshire
Jane E Dovaston c 1852 London Daughter Twyford Shropshire
John F E Dovaston c 1853 London Son Twyford Shropshire
Ada Dovaston c 1854 London Daughter Twyford Shropshire
William D Dovaston c 1856 Felton, Shropshire Son Twyford Shropshire
Milward E Dovaston c 1857 Felton, Shropshire Son Twyford Shropshire
Adolphus Dovaston c 1859 Felton, Shropshire Son Twyford Shropshire
RG9/1875 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
Ann Duckett [nee DOVASTON] c 1781 Kinnerley, Shropshire Head West Felton Shropshire
Sarah Dovaston [nee DOVASTON] c 1796 Little Ness, Shropshire Sister West Felton Shropshire
RG9/1875 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
Thomas Dovaston c 1801 West Felton, Shropshire Servant West Felton Shropshire
RG9/1875 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
Samuel Fowles c 1835 Cratherbury, Flintshire, Wales Head Rednall West Felton Shropshire
Rachael Fowles [nee DOVASTON] c 1833 Ruyton, Shropshire Wife Rednall West Felton Shropshire
Mary Fowles c 1854 Ruyton, Shropshire Daughter Rednall West Felton Shropshire
Alfred C Fowles c 1856 West Felton, Shropshire Son Rednall West Felton Shropshire
Louisa J Fowles c 1860 West Felton, Shropshire Daughter Rednall West Felton Shropshire
RG9/1875 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
William DOVASTON c 1794 Ruyton, Shropshire Head Eardiston Shropshire
Jane DOVASTON c 1805 West Felton, Shropshire Wife Eardiston Shropshire
*Sarah DOVASTON c 1844 Ruyton, Shropshire Daughter Eardiston Shropshire
Margaret Elizabeth DOVASTON c 1846 Ruyton, Shropshire Daughter Eardiston Shropshire

RG9/1875 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
John Dovaston c 1792 West Felton, Shropshire Boarder Eardiston Shropshire
RG9/1875 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
Thomas Thomas c 1798 Kinnerley, Shropshire Head Cotton Shropshire
Laura A Thomas [nee DOVASTON] c 1804 Kinnerley, Shropshire Wife Cotton Shropshire
Fredrick Thomas c 1831 Ruyton, Shropshire Son Cotton Shropshire
Ellen Thomas c 1837 Ruyton, Shropshire Daughter Cotton Shropshire
Edward Thomas c 1839 Ruyton, Shropshire Son Cotton Shropshire
John Thomas c 1842 Ruyton, Shropshire Son Cotton Shropshire
George Thomas c 1797 Kinnerley, Shropshire Visitor Cotton Shropshire
Eleanor Dovaston [nee WILDE] c 1781 Alberbury, Shropshire Visitor Cotton Shropshire
Thomas Stant c 1839 Ruyton, Shropshire Servant Cotton Shropshire

1871 Census:
RG10/2778 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
John Dovaston c 1825 Ruyton of the Eleven Towns, Shropshire Head Twyford Shropshire
Sarah Dovaston c 1822 St. Pancras, Middlesex Wife Twyford Shropshire
Jane Ebrey Dovaston c 1852 St. Pancras, Middlesex Daughter Twyford Shropshire
Ada Dovaston c 1854 St. Pancras, Middlesex Daughter Twyford Shropshire
Sarah Anne Dovaston c 1863 West Felton, Shropshire Daughter Twyford Shropshire
Albert Dovaston c 1865 West Felton, Shropshire Son Twyford Shropshire
RG10/2778 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
William DOVASTON c 1794 Ruyton, Shropshire Head Eardiston Shropshire
Jane DOVASTON c 1804 West Felton, Shropshire Wife Eardiston Shropshire
Thomas DOVASTON c 1801 West Felton, Shropshire [Cousin] Eardiston Shropshire

RG10/2778 Registration district: Oswestry Sub-registration district: Knockin
Sarah Dovaston c 1796 Chapelry Little Ness, Shropshire Head West Felton Shropshire

William and Jane's children were Mary, Rachel, Hannah, William, Alfred, Anne, Naome, *Sarah and Margaret Elizabeth, all born between 1828 and 1846. William's occupation, like his father's, was a Tailor. He died 11th August 1879. In the 1881 Census, Jane [nee DAVIES] was a widow, an Annuitant. 
Thomas
STANT, my 2nd great grandfather, a Stonemason [the son of Thomas and Jane, mentioned above] and *Sarah [nee DOVASTON, the daughter of William and Jane] and their children, Naomi J, Margaret E, Thomas Dovaston, John H, William Alfred, Martin Edward, born between 1867 and 1881 had moved from Weirbrook to live with Sarah's widowed mother. [Sarah M and Phyllis Violet STANT were born later]. 
Today,
Wigmarsh is still a very small hamlet consisting of just the same half a dozen cottages. 
Still at
Wigmarsh, I'm approaching a sandstone cottage likely built by one of my Stonemason ancestors, maybe Thomas STANT [the son] or William DOVASTON from Littleness. Similar distinctive sandstone cottages are found at Weirbrook.
Thomas DOVASTON STANT As mentioned above, my great great grandfather, Thomas DOVASTON STANT [pictured here at the Jaguar factory in Coventry, Warwickshire where he was a Draughtsman] was born to Thomas and *Sarah, at Weirbrook on 20th February 1871. He left Shropshire before 1891 ... he married Mary DONAHUE, a Cloth Weaver, [born Glossop, Derbyshire 3rd June 1876] in 1902 at Bolton, Lancashire ... I'm not sure where he served his Apprenticeship, it could have been at Newton In Makerfield, Lancashire. I know he spent some time outside of England, at Dublin, Ireland. Thomas and Mary eventually settled in Coventry and lived there at least between 1912 and 1939, the year Thomas died. Mary died in 1954. Their children were Doris, Harold and Margaret DOVASTON STANT, all now deceased.
Ryhall Village nr Rutland Waters [1924] Ryhall Village nr Rutland Waters [1924]
painted by Thomas DOVASTON STANT - one of hundreds of scenes of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Wiltshire, Devonshire and Cornwall he sketched and watercoloured during the 1920's and1930's. go to: Thomas DOVASTON STANT's page
Thomas DOVASTON STANT and Mary DONAHUE Thomas [with his pipe] and Mary went everywhere on a motorbike and sidecar. Unfortunately the sketches/watercolour collection was broken up and pictures are now scattered between
England, Australia and Canada.   


I'm pretty certain my STANT family came to the British Isles before or during the 15thC, probably from South West Germany; male-male Y-DNA would prove the line and geographic location but so far no male STANTs have had their DNA tested and published. A lot of STANTs were Bakers and Provision Dealers, but my family were mostly Stonemasons, Brick Layers and Builders. A branch of my STANT family [Joseph STANT and Sons] were builders who built much of Shewsbury, Shropshire.

Other surnames on my father's side include: Callaghan Glossop Derbyshire England/Ireland; Clewes Coventry & Foleshill Warwickshire England; Davies Shropshire England/Border with Wales; Donahue Glossop Derbyshire England/Ireland; Dovaston Shropshire England; Evans Shropshire England/Border with Wales; Franklin Somerton & Bicester Oxfordshire England; Freeman Coventry, Knightcote & Chesterton Warwickshire & Worcester England; Gibbard Somerton & Bicester Oxfordshire England; Jones Shropshire England/Border with Wales; Judge Burton Dassett Warwickshire England; Mainwood Wardington Oxfordshire England; Mander Somerton & Bicester Oxfordshire England; Matthews Coventry Warwickshire; Nix Daventry Oxfordshire England; Price Shropshire England/Border with Wales; Rogers Shropshire England/Border with Wales; Stant Coventry Warwickshire & Shropshire England; Wells Coventry Warwickshire; Wilkins Coventry & Foleshill Warwickshire England.


My Mum's Family

To look at my mt-DNA we have to go through the female line, starting with my mum's mum ... Elizabeth May ROLLASON. She lived all her life in Coventry, Warwickshire. Her mother was Annie Elizabeth PRICE, also from Coventry. Before that was Mary Ann JENNINGS who lived in Little Park Street, Coventry. Mary Ann's mother was Ann DUFFY who came from Co.Mayo, Ireland c.1845-1850 during the Irish Potato Famine. Ann married Martin JENNINGS, also from Co.Mayo Ireland. They lived at Much Park Street and Well Street, Coventry.

As far as I can make out, my mt-DNA means my mum's lineage, before Ireland, originated in the Denmark - Germany area, so they would likely have been Germanic people who came to the British Isles after the Last Great Ice Age [ie during the past 10,000 years ago].

Other surnames on my mum's side include: Beeby Brigstock Northamptonshire England; Bond Diss Norfolk England; Bromfield Coventry Warwickshire England; Duffy Coventry Warwickshire England/Co.Mayo Ireland; Fellows Coventry Warwickshire England; Godfrey Coventry Warwickshire England; Hales Shawell Leicestershire England; Holt Diss Norfolk England; Hood Thrigby Norfolk England; Jennings Coventry Warwickshire England/Co.Mayo Ireland; Molesworth Coventry Warwickshire England; Osborne Ashfield Suffolk England; Pettit Northampton England; Price Coventry Warwickshire England/Dublin Ireland; Reed Coventry Warwickshire & Northampton & Lewes Sussex; Rogers Brandeston Suffolk England; Rollason Coventry & Kenilworth Warwickshire England; Spendlove Ashfield Suffolk England; Tandy Coventry & Kenilworth Warwickshire England; Taylor Kenilworth Warwickshire England


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