Dunsford ~ Fifth Generation

    Issue of Thomas Dunsford and Sarah Anning  
1.   Mary DUNSFORD
Identified in an Ancestry Public Tree.
Born c1792 at Mamhead, Devon (APT)

Marr 26 Nov 1820 at Saint Katherine Cree Church, London to George STANNARD. He was a Widower, she a Spinster, both of the parish, married by Banns; witnesses were Benjamin Tyrrell & Harriet Conbyn (?) (ref Ancestry London Marriages). George was born c1783. His first marriage was 17 Mar 1816 at St Dionis Backchurch, London (where William Lightfoot was married), to Mary BOWLES; bachelor and spinster of this parish, witnesses William Marham and Hannah (?) Bowles (ref Ancestry London Marriages). Mary Stannard buried 24 Feb 1818 aged 32, abode 46 Lime Street (ref Ancestry London Burials). George married (2) 27 Sep 1818 at All Saints Kingston upon Thames to Susannah MARSHALL; widower and spinster of this parish; witnesses John Marshall and E. Frash (ref Ancestry London Marriages). Susannah Stannard buried 12 Apr 1820 aged 35, abode Lime Street (ref Ancestry London Burials).

George was a witness at marriage of William Lightfoot and Harriet Beach in 1822.
George was buried 15 May 1836 at St Andrew Undershaft, London, aged 53, his abode 46 Lime St (ref Ancestry London Burials).

Ref 1841 census. Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of St Andrew Undershaft. Registration district of London. Address: Lime Street, St Andrew Undershaft, London.
Together with sons George (18), Chas (9), Henry (7), sister Sarah (38), mother Sarah (75) and others:
Mary Stannard. Age 49. Countinghouse Keeper (?). Not born in Middlesex.

Notes on 46 Lime Street: The street can be seen in the Richard Horwood maps of London 1792-1799 (www.oldlondonmaps.com) and the house may have been there then. At a later time it was owned by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers and leased to George and Mary Stannard. From the National Archives there are records showing George (identified as a Gent) having Fire Insurance in 1819 (prior to his marriage) and again in 1830; also there are copies of adverts in the London Times for various office accommodation, space etc contact Mr and Mrs Stannard at 46 Lime St. The companies that had office space in 46 Lime St ranged from Shipping Agents to Wine Importers and in the 1841 Post Office London Directory (www.historicaldirectories.org) there are at least 14 business with offices at 46 Lime Street (ref Bob Dunn 2011).

Mary's death reg Mar qtr 1844 at London dist (ref FreeBMD).
Mary was buried 25 Feb 1844 at St Andrew Undershaft, London, aged 52, of 46 Lime St (ref Ancestry London Burials).
Mary's Will is available at the National Archives, Kew. Particular points from the Will are as follows. Executors and trustees of the Will were Robert Ableton of Mark Lane London, Baker, William Lightfoot of Row 18 Adam Street Adelphi, Gentleman [see below], and Richard Harris of Ring Street Westminster, Carpenter. All of Mary's effects were place in trust for her four living children, George, Elizabeth, Charles and Henry, with a large degree of complexity in the wording. The Will was proved at London 21 Mar 1844 (transcription courtesy Bob Dunn 2011).

George (deceased) was described as Office Keeper at the marriage of son George in 1846.














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    Children:  
  1. Mary Ann STANNARD born 1821 in London  
  2. George STANNARD born 1823 in London  
  3. Elizabeth STANNARD born 1826 in London  
  4. Charles Dunsford STANNARD born 1831 in London  
  5. Henry William STANNARD born 1833 in London
 
2.   Richard DUNSFORD
Bap 1 Jan 1794 at Mamhead, Devon (ref IGI).

(Possibly, although there is a large discrepancy in his age)
Married 23 Aug 1815 at Broad Clyst, Devon to Mary NEWTON (ref IGI). She was bap 4 Sep 1783 at Broad Clyst, dau of John Newton (ref IGI).

Ref 1841 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Broadclist. Registration district of St Thomas. Address: Burraton, Broadclist.
Together with son John (24):
Richard Dunsford. Age 55. Ag Lab. Born in Devon.
Mary Dunsford. Age 55. Born in Devon.
[indexed in findmypast as Dansford]

Richard's death reg Mar qtr 1843 at St Thomas dist (ref FreeBMD).

Ref 1851 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Broad Clist. Registration District of Saint Thomas. Address: Burraton, Broad Clist.
Together with son John (33):
Mary Dunsford. Head. W. Age 67. Born Broadclist, Devonshire.

Mary's death reg Dec qtr 1858 at St Thomas dist (ref FreeBMD).

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    Children:  
  1. John DUNSFORD bap 1816 at Broad Clyst, Devon  
  2. Mary DUNSFORD bap 1819 at Broad Clyst, Devon
 
3.   Anne DUNSFORD
Bap 20 Aug 1795 at Mamhead, Devon (ref IGI).

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4.   William DUNSFORD
Bap 6 Apr 1797 at Mamhead, Devon (ref IGI).
Further details obtained from Ancestry Public Tree.

Married in England to Catharine (or Catherine) KING (her name given in death of daughter Mary in Canada in 1917), probably about 1833. She was born c1799 in England (ref her death certificate).

Catharine was a Bible Christian, and the church sent missionaries and emigrants in particular to Ontario, Canada, see notes below. The family migrated between 1834 and 1836.

Ref 1851 census of Canada West (Ontario) / Huron County / Hay (Ancestry 1851 Canada census)
Together with children Mary (17), Elizabeth (15), Sarah (13), Ann (12), William (9), Catharine (7), John (6), Thomas (4):
William Dunsford. Farmer. Born England. Ch of Eng. Age 54.
Catharine Dunsford. Born England. Bib. Chris. Age 54.

Ref 1861 census of Canada West / Huron (Ancestry 1861 Canada census)
Together with children Anne, William, Catharine, Thomas:
William Dunsford. Farmer. Age covered up. Log house built in 1850.
Catharine Dunsford. Age covered up.

William died 21 Sep 1864 in Ontario (ref APT).

Ref 1871 census of Canada (Ancestry)
Hay, Huron South, Ontario.
Together with son Thomas (22) and wife, and son William (27) and wife and son:
Catherine Dunsford. Age 66. Born England. Bible Christian.

Catherine died 16 Oct 1874 at Huron, Ontario, Canada; aged 75 years; widow; born England; Bible Christian (ref Ancestry Ontario Deaths).

"The Bible Christian Church was a Methodist church. It was founded by William O'Bryan, a Wesleyan Methodist local preacher, on 18 October 1815 in North Cornwall.... Primarily concentrated in Cornwall and Devon, the church sent missionaries all over England. By 1820, missions had been established in the Channel Islands and in Kent. ... By 1831, ministers were being sent to Prince Edward Island and Ontario, and a mission was established in Canada in 1845. Many of the emigrants from Devon and Cornwall to Canada and the United States in the 1830s were 'Bible Christians', further encouraging the spread of the church in those countries. ....Members of the Bible Christian Church were sometimes known as Bryanites after their founder. The church made extensive use of female preachers. ... In Canada the Bible Christian Church was amalgamated in 1884 into the Methodist Church of Canada, which later became part of the United Church of Canada." (Ref Wikipedia article, Bible Christian Church)

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    Children:  
  1. Mary Ann DUNSFORD born 1835 in England  
  2. Elizabeth DUNSFORD born c1837 in Ontario, Canada  
  3. Sarah DUNSFORD born 1839 in Ontario, Canada  
  4. Ann DUNSFORD born 1840 in Ontario, Canada  
  5. William DUNSFORD born 1843 in Ontario, Canada  
  6. Catharine DUNSFORD born 1845 in Ontario, Canada  
  7. John DUNSFORD born c1845 in Upper Canada  
  8. Thomas DUNSFORD born 1848 in Ontario, Canada
 
5.   Thomas DUNSFORD
Bap 30 Jan 1799 at Mamhead, Devon (ref IGI).

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6.   Sarah DUNSFORD
Bap 12 Oct 1802 at Mamhead, Devon (ref IGI).

Sarah was a witness at marriage of William Lightfoot and Harriet Beach in 1822.

Sarah's address at the bap of son James in 1826 was Tipple's Farm House, London; she was a spinster and no father was given on the record (ref Ancestry London Baptisms). However the baby was re-baptised in 1827 as James Hair and the father was named as James HAIR.
Her address at his burial was 46 Lime St, London, together with sister Mary Stannard and family.

Ref 1841 census. Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of St Andrew Undershaft. Registration district of London. Address: Lime Street, St Andrew Undershaft, London.
Together with her sister Mary and family, and their mother:
Sarah Dansford. Age 38. F.S. Born in Middlesex.

In 1844 she received a bequest of 'nineteen guineas for Mourning' from her sister Mary.

Ref 1851 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Dawlish. Registration District of Newton Abbot. Address: Easdon, Dawlish.
Together with her brother Robert and family and others:
Sarah Dunsford. Sister. Unm. Age 48. Annuitant. Born Mamhead Devonshire.

Sarah not found in 1861.

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    Child of Sarah and James:  
  1. James Hair DUNSFORD bap 1826 at Saint Leonards, Shoreditch  
7.   Rebecca DUNSFORD
Bap 2 Dec 1804 at Mamhead, Devon (ref IGI).

Not found in 1841, but a possible death reg Mar qtr 1845 at St Thomas dist (ref FreeBMD).

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8.   John DUNSFORD
Bap 25 Feb 1807 at Kenton, Devon (ref IGI).

Marr 1836 at St Marylebone, Middlesex to Edith KEWER. The marriage was 14 Apr 1836 at St Marylebone, Middlesex; the groom was of this parish, bachelor; the bride was of this parish, spinster; witnesses were William Walker and Martha Kewer [indexed as HEWER but the 2 occurrences of the name read as Kewer] (ref Ancestry London Marriages). She was born c1811 at North Curry, Somersetshire (ref census).

Ref 1841 census. Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of St Anne Limehouse. Registration district of Stepney. Address: Salmon Lane, North Side, St Anne Limehouse, Tower Hamlets.
Together with children Frank (3), Emma (7 mths) and 3 others:
John Dunsford. Age 33. Victualler. Not born in Middlesex.
Edith Dunsford. Age 28. Not born in Middlesex.

Death reg of John Dunsford Mar qtr 1848 at Bethnal Gn dist (ref FreeBMD).
Buried 12 Jan 1848 at St Andrew Undershaft, City of London, aged 40, abode 46 Lime St, with many other Dunsford family members (ref Ancestry London Burials).
In his Will he appointed his wife Edith and his friend William Trowery as Executors. Witnesses were Edw. L Hintle 12 Providence Place Frinsbury & Robt Abelton 3 Mark Lane. The Will was proved at London 25 Oct 1845 (transcription courtesy Bob Dunn 2011).

Ref 1851 census. Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of St Andrew Undershaft. Registration District of City of London. Address: 46 Lime Street, St Andrew Undershaft, Ward of Aldgate, London.
Together with children Frank (12), Emma (10), William (7):
Edith Dunsford. Head. Widow. Age 40. Office Keeper. Born North Curry Somersetshire.
Elizabeth Kewer. Sister. Unm. Age 35. Visitor Schoolmistress. Born North Curry Somersetshire.
Mary Kewer. Sister. Age 33. Born North Curry Somersetshire.
Elizabeth Hellery. Niece. Age 12. Scholar. Born Moorlinch Somersetshire.
Together with a servant and a lodger.

Ref 1861 census. London, Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of St Andrews Undershaft. Registration District of London City. Address: 46 Lime Street, St Andrews Undershaft, London.
Together with children Emma Jane (20), William George (18), her sister Mary Kewer (47) and a servant:
Edith Dunsford. Head. W. Age 45. Householder (Letting Offices). Born Somerset North Curry.

Ref 1871 census. Somersetshire, England. Civil Parish of St Mary. Registration district of Bridgwater. Address: Salmon Parade, St Mary, Bridgwater.
Mary Kewer. Head. Unm. Age 61. Born Somerset North Curry.
Edith Dunsford. Sister. W. Age 60. Born Somerset North Curry.
Albert O Roeber. Nephew. Age 5. Born Middlesex South Hackney. [Great-nephew]

Ref 1881 census. Somersetshire, England. Civil Parish of Bridgwater. Registration district of Bridgwater. Address: 23 Edward Street, Bridgwater.
Mary Kewer. Head. Single. Age 72. Born North Curry Somerset.
Edith Dunsford. Sister. Widow. Age 70. Born North Curry Somerset.

Ref 1891 census. Essex, England. Civil Parish of West Ham. Registration district of West Ham. Address: 13 Ismailia Road, West Ham.
Together with dau Emma J Roeber (50) and her husband and family:
Edith Dunsford. Mother In Law. Widow. Age 80. Born Germany. [Error]

Death reg of Edith Dunsford Dec qtr 1893 at W. Ham dist aged 83 (ref FreeBMD).

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    Children:  
  1. Frank John Kewer DUNSFORD born 1838 at Limehouse, Middlesex  
  2. Emma Jane DUNSFORD born 1840 at Limehouse, Middlesex  
  3. William George DUNSFORD born 1843 at St Pancras, Middlesex
 
9.   Robert Anning DUNSFORD
Bap 15 Nov 1809 at Kenton, Devon (ref IGI).

Married 15 Jun 1832 at Starcross, Devon to Sarah MILVERTON (ref LDS member in IGI). She was born c1810 at Chard, Somerset (ref census).

Ref 1841 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Dawlish. Registration district of Newton Abbot. Address: Eastdon Estate, Dawlish.
Together with children Richard (8), Thomas (4), Mary (2) and 4 servants:
Robert Dunsford. Age 30. Farmer. Born in Devon.
Sarah Dunsford. Age 30. Born in Devon. [not]

Ref 1851 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Dawlish. Registration District of Newton Abbot. Address: Easdon, Dawlish.
Together with children Richard (18), Thomas (13), Mary (11), Henry (4), Robert (2), sister Sarah Dunsford (48), nephew Henry Stannard (17), and 2 servants:
Robert Dunsford. Head. Mar. Age 41. Farmer of 80 acres 3 labourers. Born Kenton Devonshire.
Sarah Dunsford. Wife. Mar. Age 41. Wife. Born Chard Somerset.

Ref 1861 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Dawlish. Registration District of Newton Abbot. Address: Eastdon Hamlet, Dawlish.
Together with children Mary (21), Henry (14), Robert (12), William (9), John (6) and 4 farm servants:
Robert Dunsford. Head. Mar. Age 51. Farming 120 acres 2 labourers. Born Kenton Devon.
Sarah Dunsford. Wife. Mar. Age 51. Born Chard Somerset.

Robert died 1 March 1863 (ref Ancestry Probate). His death was reg Mar qtr 1863 at Newton A. dist (ref FreeBMD).
"DUNSFORD Robert Anning. Effects under 3 000. 24 July 1863. The Will of Robert Anning Dunsford late of Cockwood in the Parish of Dawlish in the County of Devon Yeoman deceased who died 1 March 1863 at Cockwood aforesaid was proved at Exeter by the oaths of John Southwood of Starcross in the Parish of Kenton in the County aforesaid Butcher and William Pitts of Dawlish aforesaid Yeoman the Executors." (ref Ancestry Probate).

Ref 1871 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Dawlish. Registration district of Newton Abbot. Address: Eastdon, Dawlish.
Together with sons Henry (25), Robert (23) and 4 servants:
Sarah Dunsford. Head. W. Age 61. Farmer of 130 acres employing 3 men and 2 boys. Born Somerset Chard.

Sarah died 29 Oct 1877 (ref Ancestry Probate). Sarah's death reg Dec qtr 1877 at Newton A. dist aged 68 (ref FreeBMD).
"DUNSFORD Sarah. Personal estate under 2,000. 29 January 1878. Administration of the Personal Estate of Sarah Dunsford late of Cockwood in the Parish of Dawlish in the County of Devon Widow who died 29 October 1877 at Cockwood was granted at Exeter to Richard Dunsford of Coombe Farm in the Parish of Moretonhampstead in the said County Yeoman the Son and one of the Next of Kin." (ref Ancestry Probate).

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    Children:  
  1. Richard DUNSFORD bap 1832 at Starcross, Devon  
  2. Elizabeth DUNSFORD bap 1835 at Starcross, Devon  
  3. Thomas DUNSFORD born c1837 at Dawlish, Devon  
  4. Mary DUNSFORD born 1840 at Dawlish, Devon  
  5. Henry Milverton DUNSFORD born 1847 at Dawlish, Devon  
  6. Robert DUNSFORD born 1849 at Dawlish, Devon  
  7. William John DUNSFORD born 1852 at Dawlish, Devon  
  8. John DUNSFORD born 1854 at Dawlish, Devon
 
    Issue of Mary Dunsford and Joseph or Joshua Lightfoot  
1.   Mary LIGHTFOOT
Bap 27 Sep 1789 at St Gregorys, Dawlish, Devon, dau of Joshua and Mary (ref LDS Member).
 
2.   William LIGHTFOOT
Born 18 Feb 1796; bap 13 Mar 1796 at Westminster, London, son of Joseph & Mary Lightfoot (Ancestry England & Wales Christening Records).

Marr 30 Aug 1822 at Saint Dionis Backchurch, London to Harriet BEACH (ref IGI); he was a bachelor of this parish; she was a spinster of this parish; witnesses were George Stannard [married to his cousin Mary] and Sarah Dunsford [cousin]. (ref Ancestry London marriages)

Ref 1841 census. Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of St Martin in the Fields. Registration district of St Martin in the Fields. Address: Adam Street, St Martin in the Fields, Strand, Westminster.
William Lightfoot. Age 45. Furniture Trim Mfr. Born in Middlesex.
Harriet Lightfoot. Age 40. Not born in Middlesex.
Caroline Beach. Age 20. F.S. Not born in Middlesex.
Harriet Beach. Age 60. Ind. Not born in Middlesex.
Together with 2 others.

In 1844 William was an Executor of the estate of Mary Stannard (see above).

In 1851 William Lightfoot is listed as licencee of the Prince Regent hotel, 81 Salmon Lane, Limehouse, in the website
http://deadpubs.co.uk/LondonPubs/Limehouse/PrinceRegent.shtml. His cousin John Dunsford was living in Salmon Lane in 1841 (details from Bob Dunn 2011).

Ref 1851 census. Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of Saint Pancras. Registration District of Saint Pancras. Address: 21 Grafton Street, Saint Pancras, Marylebone.
William Lightfoot. Head. Mar. Age 55. Victualler. Born Middlesex.
Harriet Lightfoot. Wife. Mar. Age 49. Born Croydon.
Caroline Lightfoot. Niece. Age 12. Born Croydon. [Not identified]
Together with 2 servants and 3 visitors.

Death reg of Harriet Lightfoot Sep qtr 1858 at Camberwell dist (ref FreeBMD).

Ref 1861 census. London, Surrey. Civil Parish of Camberwell. Registration District of Camberwell. Address: Lord Nelson Public House, Nelson Street East Side, Camberwell.
Together with niece Mary Lightfoot (25) and a servant:
William Lightfoot. Head. Widower. Age 64. Licensed Victualler. Born Middlesex St James Westminster.

Ref 1871 census. London, Surrey. Civil Parish of Lambeth. Registration district of Lambeth. Address: Montford Place, Lambeth.
In the home of Daniel Wilkins (35), Warehouseman:
William Lightfoot. Boarder. Wid. Age 74. Retired Publican. Born St James Middlesex.

Death reg of William Lightfoot Mar qtr 1879 at Lambeth dist aged 85 (ref FreeBMD).
"LIGHTFOOT William. Personal Estate under 1,000. Resworn September 1879 under 450. 2 May. The Will of William Lightfoot formerly of Monford-place Kennington Green Lambeth but late of 6 Warwick-street Lambeth in the County of Surrey Gentleman who died 22 March 1879 at 6 Warwick-street was proved at the Principal Registry by Richard Henry Rogers of 124 Goldhawk-road Shepherd's Bush in the County of Middlesex Music Dealer the surviving Executor." (ref Ancestry National Probate). [There was a Richard Rogers aged 14 living with William & Harriet in 1841]



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3.   Ann Maria LIGHTFOOT
Born 21 Mar 1799; bap 21 Apr 1799 at Saint Mary - St Marylebone Road, St Marylebone, London, dau of Joshua & Mary Lightfoot (ref IGI).
 
4.   John LIGHTFOOT
Born 7 Nov 1801; bap 13 Dec 1801 at Saint Mary - St Marylebone Road, St Marylebone, London, son of Joshua & Mary Lightfoot (ref IGI).

Marr 28 Oct 1832 at Saint David, Exeter, Devon to Elizabeth TOWELL (ref IGI). She was born c1811 possibly at Dublin, Ireland (ref census).

Ref 1841 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Holy Trinity. Registration district of Exeter. Address: Magdalen St, Holy Trinity, Exeter.
Together with children Charles (7), Mary (6), Maria (5), William (1):
John Lightfoot. Age 40. Laborer. Not born in Devon.
Elizabeth Lightfoot. Age 28. Not born in Devon.

Ref 1851 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Holy Trinity. Registration District of Exeter. Address: Barratts Court, Magdalen Street, Holy Trinity, Exeter.
Together with children Charles (17), Maria (13), William (11), Harriet (2):
John Lightfoot. Head. Mar. Age 50. Coachman. Born St Marylebone Middlesex.
Elizabeth Lightfoot. Wife. Age 40. Born Exeter.

Ref 1861 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Holy Trinity. Registration District of Exeter. Address: 3 Barretts Court, Holy Trinity, Exeter.
John Lightfoot. Head. Mar. Age 50. Fly Driver. Born Marylebone London.
Elizabeth Lightfoot. Wife. Age 49. Laundress. Born Dublin, Ireland.
Harriett Lightfoot. Dau. Age 12. Scholar. Born Exeter.
In the same house was Charles Towill (50), his wife and many children; presumably he was a relation of Elizabeth.

Death reg of John Lightfoot Sep qtr 1866 at Exeter dist aged 65 (ref FreeBMD).
Death reg of Elizabeth Lightfoot Mar qtr 1867 at Exeter dist aged 64 (ref FreeBMD, age is wrong for her).

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    Children:  
  1. Charles Robert Towell LIGHTFOOT bap 1834 at Holy Trinity, Exeter, Devon  
  2. Mary LIGHTFOOT born 1835; bap 1836 at Holy Trinity, Exeter, Devon  
  3. William LIGHTFOOT (1) bap 1836 at Holy Trinity, Exeter, Devon  
  4. Maria LIGHTFOOT born c1836 at Kenton, Devon  
  5. William LIGHTFOOT (2) born c1840 at Exeter, Devon  
  6. Harriet LIGHTFOOT born c1849 at Exeter, Devon
 
5.   Charles LIGHTFOOT
This entry has a cross against it (in Ancestry London Baptisms) - perhaps a recognition of wrong parents.
Born 4 Nov 1803; bap 27 Nov 1803 at Saint Mary, St Marylebone Road, St Marylebone, London, son of Joseph & Ann Lightfoot (ref IGI).

Marr reg Dec qtr 1838 at Exeter dist (ref FreeBMD). Married 25 Nov 1838 to Elizabeth HANCOCK. She was dau of John Hancock, Chief Clerk of Devonport Dockyard and his wife, Deborah Just Courtis. On his marriage certificate, Charles is described as a Coachman, residing at East Gate, St David, Exeter, and the son of Joshua Lightfoot, a Confectioner. (All notes ref Elizabeth Dunlop)

Ref 1841 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of St Sidwell. Registration district of Exeter. Address: Hampton B, St Sidwell, Exeter.
Together with children Thos (18 mths), Elizabeth (2 mths) and a female servant:
Charles Lightford. Age 30. Not born in Devon.
Elizabeth Lightford. Age 25. Born in Devon.

Ref 1851 census. Devonshire, England. Civil Parish of Tormoham. Registration District of Newton Abbot. Address: Mews, Tormoham, Torquay.
Together with children Thomas (11), Elizabeth (10), Mary (8), Harriott(7):
Charles Lightfoot. Head. Mar. Age 44. Annuitent. Born Middlesex Marulebone.
Elizabeth Lightfoot. Wife. Mar. Age 37. Born Devon Devonport.

Charles is believed to have migrated to Melbourne, Australia in about 1853 (ref Elizabeth Dunlop). He was granted a license to operate a hackney carriage in the city in 1856 (ref The Argus Tue 29 Jan 1856, Trove).

In 1858, Elizabeth (47) and the children Thomas (18), Elizabeth (16), Mary H. (15) and Harriet H. (14) migrated to Melbourne, Australia as assisted British immigrants on the ship Caractacus (ref Victorian shipping records online).

In 1859 - 1861 Charles was the resident Toll Keeper on the bridge between Church Street, Collingwood, and Studley Park, Kew, over the Yarra River. There are many newspaper articles about this in the Argus (Trove).

On 27 Dec 1855 in The Argus, there is a report of the Collingwood Bridge Company and the project of erecting a bridge across the Yarra at the north end of Church street, Collingwood, across the Yarra to Studley Park, Kew. This was achieved and was operated as a Toll Bridge.

In The Argus 11 May 1859, an inquest upon the body of a Mr Barber which had been found in the Yarra had the testimony of Elizabeth Lightfoot: "My husband, Charles Lightfoot, keeps the Studley Park toll-gate. I remember last Friday evening I was attending to the toll-gate." Also in The Argus of 21 Sep 1859, Charles and Elizabeth were called upon to give evidence in the Court of Criminal Sessions regarding an assault case.

The bridge use was overtaken by the free bridge further up the Yarra from Johnston Street. It fell into disrepair and a report on 21 Apr 1896 in The Argus described Council discussion of its dangers.

Elizabeth died at the Post Office, Daylesford in 1874 at the home of their son-in-law, John Nicol, buried Daylesford Cem (ref Elizabeth Dunlop).
Elizabeth's death reg 1874 in Victoria, age 69, dau of John Hancock and Deborah Just Courtis (Vic reg 4537, index in Ancestry).
Charles' death reg 1876 in Victoria, age 73, son of Joseph Lightfoot and Ann Dunsford (Vic reg 6903, index in Ancestry). He was buried in Melbourne Cemetery (ref Elizabeth Dunlop).

[An article entitled "Charles Lightfoot Tollgate Keeper" was published in Ancestor, the magazine of the Genealogical Society of Victoria, Volume 30 Issue 4 of December 2010-Feb 2011, which is in my possession. The author is a descendant and fellow member of the GSV, Elizabeth Dunlop of Scotland.]


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    Children:  
  1. Thomas Hancock LIGHTFOOT born 1839 at Exeter, Devon  
  2. Elizabeth Deborah Courtis LIGHTFOOT born 1841 at Exeter, Devon  
  3. Mary Dunsford LIGHTFOOT born 1842 at Exeter, Devon  
  4. Harriett Hancock LIGHTFOOT born 1844 at Exeter, Devon  

Updated 24 Jun 2013