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Clue for Co. Tipperary Purefoy Researchers - London's Daniel Benham's Diary (Ilfracombe, Devon 1852)

Clue for Co. Tipperary Purefoy Researchers - London's Daniel Benham's Diary (Ilfracombe, Devon 1852)

Posted: 12 May 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 22 Jun 2001 5:38PM GMT
Surnames: Purefoy, Rudd, Benham, Lamplugh, Palmer
In the Feb. 1995 issue of "Family Tree Magazine," published in England, I noted that a Daniel Benham, London businessman, suffered some ill health and spent two long summer holidays in Ilfracombe, Devonshire, England, in 1849 and 1852, with his wife and daughter. Mr. Benham subsequently keep diaries that included descriptions of people, places and walks around the town. He also recorded the memorial inscriptions he found at that time in the Holy Trinity churchyard.

A book has been written about this, "A History of Ilfracombe," by Lois Lamplugh, pub. by Phillimore and Co. in 1984. The "notes" at the end of her book are said to contain a great deal of information.

The original diary is in the Ilfracombe Museum, and Mervyn Palmer, the museum's first curator, had transcribed it for publication in the Transactions of the Devonshire Association, Vol. 75 pp 211-243 and Vol 76 pp 215-247.

A few years ago researcher Phyllis Matthews, Whittingham Road, Ilfracombe(who found information on her Thomas and Mary Rudd ancestors in Mr. Benham's information) subsequently checked the memorial inscriptions against the original diaries. While there were a few errors and some omissions, Daniel Benham had managed to transcribe data from more than 200 tombstones at Holy Trinity, Ilfracombe, Devonshire in 1849 and 1852 and six recorded at Braunton in 1852 and another six recorded at the Independents' Chapel, Ilfracombe in 1852, for a grand total of 246.

Ms. Matthews stated that a great value lies in Mr. Benham's records as many of the tombstones are unreadable or missing at this time. Forty-three of the inscriptions related to people from specific areas outside Devon and it is, perhaps, unlikely that their descendants would look for them in Devon. Also, some dates are from the period before civil registration.

I noted one inscription with a reference to Ireland:

Lt. Col. Thomas Purefoy of Ballysheeda Castle, Tipperary, died 1817, buried Holy Trinity Churchyard, Ilfracombe.

Re: Clue for Co. Tipperary Purefoy Researchers - London's Daniel Benham's Diary (Ilfracombe, Devon 1852)

John (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jan 2002 12:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
There is an old family who were land lords in Ireland called Purefoy's and they lived in Greenfields Cappawhite Co. Tipperary. one of them was a collector of buttrflies and adopted about 40 hectares of his farm to woodland and lakes and brough in rare plants for the Butterflies to live on
John

Re: Clue for Co. Tipperary Purefoy Researchers - London's Daniel Benham's Diary (Ilfracombe, Devon 1852)

Posted: 9 Jun 2002 7:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: GRANT PUREFOY SANDFORD
Dear John
Any further details of Irish (incl. Tipperary) Purefoys would be appreciated. Please contact me if you are interested in Irish Purefoys. Best wishes Roger Grant

Re: Clue for Co. Tipperary Purefoy Researchers - London's Daniel Benham's Diary (Ilfracombe, Devon 1852)

John Kelly (View posts)
Posted: 10 Jun 2002 11:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Rodger. Always interested in Purefoy the local landlord. he was also a member of the famous racing cue in England about the early 1900's Drewer's Lane i think it was from memory and there was a book written about it
Chat in more detail later
you can e-mail at my no.
Best wishes John

Re: Clue for Co. Tipperary Purefoy Researchers - London's Daniel Benham's Diary (Ilfracombe, Devon 1852)

Posted: 25 Jul 2004 12:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ryan, Breen, Davern, Collins
My ancestors were Ryans, Daverns and Breens from Co. Tipperary, residing in various small townlands, including Ballybrack. The landlord for many of them, before the Famine, was Edward Bagwell-Purefoy. I did a little bit of research on him (I kept no notes, unfortunately, but it would have all been on the internet, mostly through ancestry.com) and found the following:

Edward Bagwell was born about 1816 at Greenfields, Tipperary, to a landed gentry family. He was educated at Harrow. He obtained a commission as a lieutenant in the 3rd Dragoon Guards, then as a captain in the 4th Hussars, and finally as Lieutenant Colonel of the Tipperary Artillery Militia. He assumed the additional surname of Purefoy by royal license in 1847 “in compliance with the will of William Purefoy, Esq. Of Greenfield.” He was appointed High Sheriff in 1856, and later was appointed Vice Lieutenant of the County. He was a member of the Kildare Street Club, Dublin.

Good luck!

Re: Clue for Co. Tipperary Purefoy Researchers - London's Daniel Benham's Diary (Ilfracombe, Devon 1852)

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 7:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
My great great grand mother Grace Breen (b.1816)and her daughter Jane Barragry, Ballysheedy, Annacarty were my ancestors. I was born in Glebe Donohill 3 miles away. My brother Michael farms there. Seamus Fox
foxseamus@gmail.com
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