south molton is approx. 28 miles north of pyworthy and has a direct connection by road so a fair chance we are related, unfortunatey i have just started researching and have little information. my late father told me that his grandfather left home to become a sailor out of barnstaple which is only 10 miles east of south molton, i am guessing this would be about 1850 to 1865.
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