General Chat

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

New Military Records

New military records

Was your ancestor a war hero?

View thousands of brand new military records, including Chelsea Pensioner records, Military Nurses, Prisoners of war and much more.

View military records today


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

rose ash devon to totnes

ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


sandra Report 19 Oct 2017 20:51

A friend's ancestor, Esther Ann Pester, b. 1862, Rose Ash (Also known as Hester and Hettie) was still living there on the 1881 census, as a Domestic Servant.
In 1890 she married harry Frank Palk (widower since 1889) at Ashprington, Totnes - 70 miles away. I cannot find why she would make the journey. Her employer in 1881 was still in South Molton in 1891, so she didn't move because her employer(Farmer), did. Harry Frank Palk had been living at Ashprington area since birth. Also a farmer.
Thought she might have moved the 70 miles north with a family member, but there are no siblings around Totnes by 1891. Am open to suggestions!


maggiewinchester Report 19 Oct 2017 21:20

Perhaps she changed job!

Or - this scenario:

My great grandmother lived in a small village in Suffolk.
In 1891, she is in Suffolk, aged 12.
In 1901, aged 22, she is in Bournemouth, working in a hotel (live in).
In Suffolk, there is a little girl, (Maud) living with her grandparents.
Research shows Maud is great grandmother's child.
Scandal? Move away!

As it happens, in Bournemouth, working in the same hotel, but living a street away, is the man who was to become my g granddad.
Later on, in 1901, they moved to Southampton.


patchem Report 19 Oct 2017 22:56

To go with maggiewinchester's suggestion, there are several illegitimate births in South Molton from 1881 to 1891. This one looks interesting, but will take time to research all of them:

GRO Reference: 1883 S Quarter in SOUTH MOLTON Volume 05B Page 425

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 20 Oct 2017 07:26

Saw below...

Chris :)

05 September 1889 - North Devon Journal - Barnstaple, Devon, England

Wm. Edgar Underhays, Totnes, was summoned by Esther Ann Pester, of Barnstaple, to show cause, &c. Mr. J. Bosson appeared for the complainant, and Mr. J. F. Bromham for the defendant. An order for the payment of half a crown a week and costs was made.


bob Report 20 Oct 2017 18:45

Esther Pester. I love that name.


patchem Report 20 Oct 2017 23:45

So are we looking for an illegitimate birth in1888/1889, or before that time?

GRO Reference: 1887 M Quarter in SOUTH MOLTON Volume 05B Page 439

As a 'lodger' in 1891 and 1901 with the Huxtables.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 21 Oct 2017 06:47

Would seem so for above...

Chris :)

Devon Baptisms Transcription (Find My Past)

First name(s)
Ethel Kate
Last name Pester
Baptism year 1887
Baptism date 30 Mar 1887
Denomination Anglican
Baptism place Chittlehampton
Father's first name(s)
Mother's first name(s) Hester Ann (occ. Housekeeper)
County Devon
(Abode, Blackmett?)

Devon Marriages Transcription (Find My Past)

First name(s) Ethel Kate
Last name Pester
Age 22
Birth year 1887
Residence North Molton
Denomination Anglican
Marriage year 1909
Marriage date 12 Apr 1909
Place North Molton
Spouse's first name(s) Henry (occ. Gardener)
Spouse's last name Rashley
Spouse age 25
Spouse's residence North Molton
Father's last name (Hester Pester. Mother)
Spouse's father's first name(s) John (occ. Labourer. Deceased)
Spouse's father's last name Rashleigh
(witnesses, George Rashley, Mary Ann Holloway)

1911 (Find My Past)
Henry Rashley Head Married Male Gardener Domestic (Manor Estate) 27 1884 Devon North Molton
Ethel Kate Rashley Wife Married Female - 24 1887 Devon Chittlehampton
Dorothy Elizabeth Baker Pester Daughter Illegitimate Female - 56 1855 Devon North Molton (age 6 on image)
Edith Mary Rashley Daughter - Female - 1 1910 Devon North Molton
Address Poole Gate North Molton
Parish North Molton
County Devon
Census reference RG14 PN13280 RG78 PN770 RD283 SD1 ED12 SN44

GRO Reference: 1904 S Quarter in SOUTH MOLTON Volume 05B Page 391

Devon Baptisms Transcription (Find My Past)

First name(s) Dorothy Elizabeth Huxtable Baker
Last name Pester
Baptism year 1906
Baptism date 20 Mar 1906
Denomination Anglican
Baptism place North Molton
Father's first name(s)
Mother's first name(s) Ethel Kate
(Abode, Oakford Rd. North Molton)

18 August 1905 - Western Times - Exeter, Devon, England

Gordon Sellick Baker was summoned by Ethel Kate Pester, for the maintenance of her illegitimate female child, of which alleged he was the father. Mr. J. F. Sanders appeared for the claimant. The paternity was admitted, and an order made for 2s 6d a week until the child attained the age of 14.


patchem Report 21 Oct 2017 08:49

So that the illegitimate daughter had an illegitimate daughter?

And my guess for the Huxtable Ethel was correct, and she was using their surname in the mixture for her daughter?

And I also think the name Est(h)er Pester is brilliant, if inadvisable.