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Samantha Report 15 Apr 2011 22:14

My grandfather was an Ebdon from Devon and was put into a childs home by his mother, his older brother was given up for adoption, however his mother did take my grandfather back some years later but never his brother. i was wanting to find more information about the Ebdons.
My grandfathers name was Leonard Charles Ebdon born 1918 Devon, hie mothers name was Elizabeth Ebdon she was never married when she had either of the boys.



Flick Report 15 Apr 2011 22:18

As both sons were born after 1911 census, I don't know how you could trace the mother and her antecedents.

Do you have either of the birth certs? If you do, who registered the births?

Had the mother married when she took your grandfather back to live with her?


brummiejan Report 15 Apr 2011 22:21

Are these all brothers, or just a co-incidence do you think?

Births Jun 1915 (>99%)
Ebdon Ivan J G Ebdon St.Thomas 5b 88

Births Dec 1916 (>99%)
Ebdon Douglas R Ebdon St.Thomas 5b 45

Births Dec 1918 (98%)
Ebdon Leonard C G Ebdon Exeter 5b 103

Births Dec 1919 (>99%)
Ebdon Frederick J Ebdon St.Thomas 5b 83



patchem Report 15 Apr 2011 22:22

Do you know when your grandfather's mother died, or where?


brummiejan Report 15 Apr 2011 22:24

Have you got an address on a birth cert? There are very few Elizabeth Ebdon's in Devon 1911, but of course she might have come from elsewhere.


Samantha Report 15 Apr 2011 22:40

The boys wre born before 1911 one in 1915 and the other in 1918, are we sure that Douglas Ebdon & Frederick Ebdon are also related as i only know of two brothers Leonard & Ivan.
The mother Elizabeth was born in 1898 im not to sure where she was in 1911, she died in 1987/9 in maidenhead Berkshire.


Samantha Report 15 Apr 2011 22:42

Could Douglas & Frederick been cousins to Ivan & Leonard by any chance.


brummiejan Report 15 Apr 2011 22:49

Samantha, it's important to answer queries as they help in the search.
We need to know if she ever married, and if you have any addresses at all.
Impossible for us to say if the above births are yours or not, and doesn't matter for the time being really.


brummiejan Report 15 Apr 2011 22:52

Are you certain of her birth year? Where is this from?

Possibility only:

EBDON, Walter Head Married M 56 1855 Farm Labourer Tipton St Johns London VIEW
EBDON, Edith Wife Married
31 years F 53 1858 Whimple Devon VIEW
EBDON, Henry Charles Son Single M 18 1893 Horseman On Farm Payhembury Devon VIEW
EBDON, Elizabeth Annie Daughter F 13 1898 School Buckerell Devon VIEW
RG number:
RG14 Piece:
12525 Reference:
RG14PN12525 RG78PN720 RD269 SD1 ED1 SN80

Registration District:
Honiton Sub District:
Honiton Enumeration District:
1 Parish:

Knowle Cottage Awliscombe Honiton County:


Samantha Report 15 Apr 2011 22:56

Yes she did marry later and her surname changed to Sellers.

When she lived in devon the address was 28 Alfington Road, Ottery St Mary, Devon.

I remember as a child going to visit her on a sunday afternoon and she lived in Maidenhead but i was only small at the time.


Samantha Report 15 Apr 2011 22:59

I do remember my mum saying something about her father being called Walter so this could be a good start.


patchem Report 15 Apr 2011 22:59

Bessie Ebdon
Spouse Surname: Seller
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1921
Registration district: Maidenhead
Registration county (inferred): Berkshire
Volume Number: 2c
Page Number: 983
Reginald Seller Ebdon Jan-Feb-Mar 1921 Maidenhead Berkshire


brummiejan Report 15 Apr 2011 23:00

Well, if you wish to pursue this line you need her marriage cert. What was her husband's first name?


brummiejan Report 15 Apr 2011 23:01

Patchem, I think that's actually a pretty good find!


patchem Report 15 Apr 2011 23:03

Bessie Seller
Birth Date: 12 Dec 1894
Death Registration Month/Year: Apr 1987
Age at death (estimated): 92
Registration district: Windsor and Maidenhead
Inferred County: Berkshire
Volume: 19
Page: 648


patchem Report 15 Apr 2011 23:05

NEWMAN, Fanny Maria Head Widow F 62 1849 Gentlewoman Plymouth
ROWE, Charlotte Elizabeth Visitor Spinster F 72 1839 Gentlewoman Plymstock
PODEINHORNE, Blanch Mary Visitor Married F 48 1863 None Plymstock
SEUGE, Dora Elizabeth Servant Single F 22 1889 Barnstaple
EBDEN, Bessie Servant Single F 16 1895 Domestic Servant Exeter

RG number: RG14 Piece: 12670 Reference: RG14PN12670 RG78PN728 RD271 SD1 ED2 SN122
Registration District: Exeter Sub District: Exeter Enumeration District: 2 Parish: Exeter Address: 6 Queen's Crescent York Road Exeter County: Devonshire


Samantha Report 15 Apr 2011 23:07

His first name was Reginald, mum said he wasnt a very nice man.


brummiejan Report 15 Apr 2011 23:07


Births Mar 1895 (>99%)
Ebdon Bessie Exeter 5b 75


patchem Report 15 Apr 2011 23:12

1901 England Census
Bessie Elsdon
Age: 6 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
Relation: Daughter Father's name: John Elsdon Mother's name: Bessie Elsdon Gender: Female Where born: Exeter, Devon, England Civil parish: Exeter Ecclesiastical parish: St Sidwell County/Island: Devon Country: England registration district: Exeter Sub-registration district: Exeter ED, institution, or vessel: 8 Household schedule number: 395 Piece: 2042 Folio: 58 Page Number: 58

John Elsdon 40 bricklayer Exmouth
Bessie Elsdon 38 Barnstable
Mark Elsdon 11
Bessie Elsdon 6
Danforth Elsdon 2
Frederich Elsdon 5 Months

Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 2042; Folio: 58; Page: 58.


Samantha Report 15 Apr 2011 23:22

No her father was called Walter not John, she was known as Bessie but her name was Elizabeth.