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With rugged Decon cliffs, hiking trails and beaches galore, a brilliant food scene and epic history, Devon is a wild and wonderful slice of England. Situated in the southwest, the county is straddled by three Celtic nations – Cornwall to the west, Wales to the north and Brittany to the south, but retains its own distinct identity.

Historic sites

First stop: Plymouth. Packed with Mayflower connections and seafaring history, Devon’s largest city is an ideal base for exploring the south coast. Further north, Exeter Cathedral is a worthy detour for fans of beautiful Gothic architecture and sweeping rooftop views. Watch out for the monument to John Graves Simcoe, the local man who went on to fight in the American War of Independence and found the city which eventually became Toronto.

Spare some time for Dartmoor Prison; the museum at this working facility outlines the site’s fascinating history of escaped convicts, mass riots and American prisoners of war. At Slapton Sands in Torcross, a Sherman tank stands as a memorial to Exercise Tiger, the disastrous D-Day rehearsal where over 600 American soldiers and sailors died. The tank wasn’t recovered from the ocean until 1984.

Buckfast Abbey and Buckland Abbey flank the southern edges of Dartmoor National Park. The former boasts tranquil gardens and an onsite restaurant while the latter, once owned by explorer Sir Francis Drake, has numerous estate trails to explore.

Things to do in Devon

In Devon, the outdoors is always calling. Ramble through Dartmoor National Park, where D-Day soldiers trained, before taking in a portion of the World Heritage-listed Jurassic Coast, or ogling at dramatic cliff edges in Exmoor National Park.

Fancy a day at the beach? Take your pick! Choose Broadsands (on the north coast) for secret cove swimming, Woolacombe for long sandy walks or Bantham for surfing. For a taste of adventure, spot seals and seabirds or go climbing on Lundy Island, in the Bristol Channel.

Bookworms will enjoy Greenway on the banks of the River Dart. The National Trust attraction was the summer home of mystery writer Agatha Christie. Today visitors can browse the grounds – highlights include the library, with its elegant frieze, and the second-hand bookstore in the old stables.

The exhibits at Exeter’s award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) span centuries of global events, with plenty of Devonshire history to boot.

Clovely Village, Devon

 

Best Restaurants in Devon

From the super fresh fish to the scrumpiest of ciders, there’s no shortage of delectable delights in Devon. Try fantastic seafood at The Elephant in Torquay – the county’s most affordable Michelin star restaurant – or opt for a casual crab lunch at the Oyster Shack in Bigbury. Devon is famed for its cream tea (put cream on your scone first, followed by jam – the order is hotly contested in neighbouring Cornwall); pick from a wide selection of teas and sweet treats at Taylors in Ashburton, a quirky tearoom on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

In the mood for something a little stronger? Tour the oldest working gin distillery in England, Plymouth Gin, or sample fantastic local wine and cheese at Sharpham Vineyard and Dairy in Totnes.

Torcross Devon

Credit - Ian Woolcock

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Beverly Rice

Searching for the correct parents of William Saunders/Sanders b.c .1720 Married in St. Neot. Cornwall on 20th April, 1746 to Elizabeth Skineard b. 7/08/1723. Her parents were Benjamin Skinner & Mary Rundle m: 8/5/1722 in St. Neot, Cornwall .Elizabeth had a sister Grace Skineard/Skinner. William Saunders children were: Mary1746, William 1749, Elizabeth 1752, John 1754, Benjamin 1757, Ann 1760, Grace 1765, Charles 1767 [?] William Saunders father may have been William, John. I do not believe it was "Shadrak" as some researchers have suggested.
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Sanders

I am looking for English relatives of Richard Sanders/Saunders who immigrated to the Jamestown Virginia colony in 1624. Information I have indicates he was born in Coxsom, Surrey England in 1598 and died in James City, Jamestown, VA in 1636. Any information would be appreciated.
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Gorman

Wanting to connect with living relatives of Sanders family. My gggggrandmother, Eliza Sanders married Patrick Gorman, April 1834 at St Pauls, Arran Quay, Dublin. They emigrated to New South Wales, Australia in 1834 and had 4 children - Patrick b 1835, John b 1836, Mary b 1839 and Bridget b 1841. I do not know place of birth for either Eliza or Patrick. Can anyone help please? Jill
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Sanders

My ancestor George Sanders left County Antrim about 1740 for Virginia. My guess is his family were a sept of Clan McAllister in Antrim. Does anyone know how to trace his family in Antrim?
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Cole

Has anybody been using this chat recently? Anyways, I'm looking for Robert from Cork or Tip- don't know which cause all we have are his shillelagh, his death certificate, and his wife's stuff. We visited her family in Ireland and even they don't know squat about Rob.
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Andy cole

Hi all,my grandfather's family where from Co cavan.he moved to meath and married my grandmother where they later lived in Tullyallen co Louth.look forward to hearing from other Cole clan members
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arlene

looking for christopher robert tucker from dublin married in 1913 in england his father patrick tucker or thomas
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Stone name has a long history in the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the south-west region of the Emerald Island. The Stone story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup M] can trace their beginnings to what is now County Kerry from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Stone surname origin is possibly a branch of what will become the Dáirine [R1b-L513] who are found in south Ireland around 300 CE.
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Stone story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207
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jennifer leslie

I'm interested in Henry Warren's biography: his origins.
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Paul Galloway

Warren I am looking for descendants of George Warren and Rebecca Amy Young. They were born in the 1790's and lived around Ardstrasna and Carney (near Lissadel) as farmers. They had eleven children. There many named Young Warren, taking Rebecca's maiden as their first, in honour of her. The three youngest moved to New Zealand.My line comes down through their son Francis. He named a son Young who Married Jane Johnston. My grandmother was their daughter: Susan Beattie Warren. She married my Grandfather Alexander Davis Galloway and they emigrated to Canada.
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Jennifer Leslie

Henry Warren had a child in 1870 with Eliza Brett. She had been married to Noah Lambert from the mid 1840s. They were agricultural workers from Norfolk and Suffolk. They came to Tasmania in 1848. There are no records of Noah Lambert after arrival in 1848. Henry Warren and Eliza Brett (Lambert) had 2 children —Charles Warren and Eliza Warren. Both lived in Tasmania. I would appreciate knowing information about Henry Warren's origins.
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Warren

Charles William Warren born 1862 (approx) at Longford Tasmania. Married Annie Salisbury at Longford Tasmania Son Charles William Warren born 1896 Longford Tasmania.
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Warren

I want to see I will I will I got any relation to the people my name is Kenneth Aaron Warren
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Warren

My grandmother settled in Australia near the turn of the 19th century. She lived in Eden and the family were whalers. Here name was Josephine Warren and she came from count Cork, Ireland. Any information on her heritage would be appreciated. Cheers, Eden.
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Warren

My grandmother Josephine Warren came to Australia with her mother, Josephine and father Joseph in the late 1800s. Her father was a boat builder and they first arrived in Perth, Western Australia. They originated from County Cork. I would appreciate any information on their history. Cheers, Eden.
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May

Arthur may that went down on the titanic 1012
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May

Family is from Newfoundland
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Brandy Marie Warren

When Mary Abbie Hooper married Henry Whalen in 1889, my family name changed. I have traced my genealogy back to Joshua Thomas Hooper born 4-7-1703 and died in October 1763. He was born in Kittery point, York Maine. I am unable to go further back as I cannot find his parents names. I am interested to see what area we come from, and possibly find relatives with stories they maybe willing to share.
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Buddy Hooper

just part of the Tribe trying to learn more about family history.
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Pat Favier

I am not a Hooper, but I have a book titled 'Dublin Castle and the Irish People' [R. Barry O'Brien] with the inscription, 'P.J. Hooper with the authors kind regards, 2 April 1912'.You are welcome to it if interested.
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Paul Hooper

Hi i would love to find out more about my ancestors.
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Renee Alford DeBose

My 2nd great grandfather was Warren Alford o Morehouse Parish Louisiana. He was born in Yazoo, Mississippi. It is believed that his parents may have been from Georgia.My Mother was an aAlford.
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Renee Alford DeBose

My 2nd great grandfather was Warren Alford o Morehouse Parish Louisiana. He was born in Yazoo, Mississippi. It is believed that his parents may have been from Georgia.My Mother was an aAlford.
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Steven Alford

I am part of the Alford branch in Texas - My great-grandparents were from Baytown and my Grandparents settles in Houston - Jack Alford being a longtime Doctor in the Houston area. We have relatives stretching through East Texas.
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mark e alford

I am an Oregon Alford... making random Alford calls over the years I am lead to believe there was is a family of Alford in Texas who have the Names John, Mark, and Rex - apparently there is a sister who may live in Florida ? lost track of everyone. Apparently we are Alford from - through Indianan and nor related to the Alfords at Alford Massachusetts or the Alfords at Alford Florida... somewhere i probably have more precise information, but right now my time is limited by the after math of the recent oregon fires. drop me a line when you may - enjoy the Day, Mark Alford
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Kenneth S Culpepper

My aunt Minnie Lee Alford Passed away this year at 102 years old. Pickton, Tx.. We are looking for any information on the Alford family beyond Pickton TX, we are having a family reunion and would love some information on what clan we belong too.
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Meg Bowden Wolf

Generations of Bowdens were born in Balleen Freshford, Kilkenny, Ireland. My cousin, Betty Bowden, lives on the farm now. My grandfather and his brother arrived in the States. My grandfather, John, was a horse trainer and built the family home in Binghamton, NY. John married Delia Driscoll (from County Clare) in the U. S. and they had six very smart children!
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Donald Bowden

My great great grandfather, Miles Bowden, came to the U.S.A. from Ireland in 1851. I don’t have any information prior to that. Any information about Bowden’s in Ireland would be helpful
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James Bowden

My father and grandfather were James Bowden from Drogheda, Ireland. Any relatives still there?
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CAREW

William Carew BD 1818, Son of Thomas H Carew and Bridget Darcy
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Orla Carew

Hi! I am looking for Carew's from Waterford. It appears my great grandfather John Carew joined the RIC in 1847 at the age of 21. If the age on was correct, he would have been born around 1826. He was stationed in Ballyfarnon, Co Roscommon. He married a Jane Phibbs from Ballyfarnon and they had two sons as far as I know. On his service records I see Wat which I'm told stands for Waterford. There are no parents names on record. His eldest son was called Thomas and I can see on the Griffiths valuation there were a number of Thomas Carew renting land in the mid 1800's but can't be sure....Anybody......
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Kathleen Carew

Hello I'm looking for my uncle his name is John James born in Galway around 1926. Has 2 brother.
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Kathleen Carew

Hello I'm looking for my uncle his name is John James born in Galway around 1926. Has 2 brother.
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John Paul Bradford

I descend from Redmond Carey/Carew of Otonabee Township, Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada and he is descended from the Woodinstown, Co. Tipperary. The Woodinstown Carews are related to the family of Lord Carew but are not descended from that line. They have a common ancestor. I've been probing into this Carew family which was centred on Waterford City. Very difficult to figure out their origins. Are they New English settlers from Devonshire who arrived in early Stuart times, or with Cromwell or in his wake. Are they Old English (Norman) settlers with ties to the great English Carews? Are they Gaelic in origin, linked to the Mobarnan Townland, Co. Tipperary? Fascinating questions. Anyone interested in these Carews, I would love to hear from you. My email is johnpaul.bradford@gmail.com
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Gary Little

Ellen Carew (gg-gmother) arr. Sydney (AUS) on SIMONDS on 12 April 1855, Botany Bay (departed 13 Jan, Liverpool). Stated parents were Thomas/Mary deceased from Cahir and she was aged 26y. On death cert. father named as Edward Keary. Ellen was aged (on d. cert) 38yrs in 1877. Means that b. 1839. It also states she was 17yrs age on date of marriage (1856) also indicates b. 1839. My grandmother stated Ellen was granddaughter of Lord & Lady Carew.
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Janine Delport

@P Carew, I'm from Jeremiah's line. How can I contact you?
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Carew

Hello Wondering wich carews we derive from. My grandfather Jack(john ) carew welsh was born on Catalina island Ca USA. Feb. 13 1913. Carew was his mothers maiden name.
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P Carew

Trying to find out about Jeremiah Carew abt1760 and Julia Quinn, Tipperary co
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Joan Mary

Hi: I'm looking for Carew ancestors of mine who went to Canada in 1825 with Peter Robinson. They settled in Ennismore, Peterborough. Eventually many of them went to Waupaca County in Wisconsin where they farmed among other things. I grew up in Waupaca Co. and my paternal grandmother's surname was Carew. I would be happy to hear from anyone who may know of my ancestors.
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Thomas James Patrick Care

Trying to find any record of birth etc in Tipperary of Redmond Moncrief Carew who was born in 1822 in Tipperary with a believed connection to Woodinston near New Inn. He is believed to have emigrated as a single man to Ottonabee Township,Peterborough County Ontario, Canada ca 1840 He died a Catholic in 1905 with the family name changed to Carey c.a 1860s. It is likely he converted from the Anglican/ Church of Ireland He is buried in St. Peter's cemetary, Peterbrough with his wife Annie Logan. Family folk lore includes belief that he was connected to the Woodinston estate where a ruined Tower house still stands. Lore includes him being a younger son of a a titled family sent with some money with Peter Robinson who brought aprox. 2500 Cathol
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Christine Perkins

The earliest Perkins I can find were living in Monktown, Ireland. My great, great grandfather Samuel Perkins left Dun Loaghaire as a sailor in 1852. He arrived in Australia at the time of the gold rush, married a Scotswoman and settled in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
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Adrian Perkins

Any Perkins from Hastings in Sussex.
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Christine Perkins

The earliest Perkins I can find were living in Monktown, Ireland. My great, great grandfather Samuel Perkins left Dun Loaghaire as a sailor in 1852. He arrived in Australia at the time of the gold rush, married a Scotswoman and settled in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
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Adrian Perkins

Any Perkins from Hastings in Sussex.
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Tracy R Willis

My name is Tracy Royce Willis and I live in the Atlanta, GA, USA area. I am trying to trace my English family roots and have hit a snag. I believe that my ancestors cane from Devonshire and settled in Isle of Wright, VA, USA. This is a link that a distant relative posted. Can someone please tell me how I might verify this information. https://www.ncgenweb.us/cumberland/rwillis.htm Many Thanks!
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