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History Society - April 10 
Hatherleigh History Society At the March meeting Brian Abell spoke to us about the ?History of the Abell Family in Hatherleigh?. It was interesting to hear that the first mention was made in 1641-42 when Henry Abell made a declaration of loyalty to Charles 1st in front of the Rector, Henry who was a Churchwarden was one of the 200 men in the parish to swear an oath of allegiance. Many familiar family names cropped up in the union of marriages with the Abell`s, Ellacott`s, Bowden`s Luxton`s to name a few. Living in a two bedroomed house in Buddle Lane and one of ten children, Brian`s grandfather who became a wheelwright, lived in Hatherleigh until his death in 1922. An account by a great uncle, also one of the ten children, told of the life of a young boy who from the age of eight worked on the farms around Hatherleigh, through his apprenticeship then working as a glazier and painter in America, meeting up with other Hatherleigh people who had moved to Canada some years before and onto a very successful working life in Exmouth as a builder. There was certainly plenty in these stories and the photographs that Brian brought along to keep our members and visitors interested in this family history. The next meeting is on 10th April in Old Schools when the President of `The Devonshire Association`, Dr Todd Gray, will be speaking about ?Elizabethan Insults in Devon?. Monica Jones 01837 811293.
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