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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    Can anyone read the occupation of Elias Devenish in the baptism record of Isabella Barbara (it's the middle record of the image); at the baptism of the previous child he was a game keeper and now appears to be a 'huxster' (? = huckster) or a 'flexster' (? = fletcher). Not sure, would like your views please ... baptism isabella barbara devenish.jpg
     
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    It looks very much like Huxter to me, which could be an alternative spelling for Huckster.

    From the OED: Huckster - A retailer of small goods, in a petty shop or booth, or at a stall; a pedlar, a hawker.

    Does this fit with what you have found out from censuses?
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    this image has a couple of Hs in it, the original has an F or three as the curate's name is George Feaver

    hannah at hilfield.jpg
     
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    Flook A True Gentleman. Rest in Peace.

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    I agree with Jan - Huxter.
     
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    Thanks Jan [edit: and Flook],

    I'm sorry I hadn't looked at the census -- I was just trying to transcribe some baptisms and have no particular interest in Elias (except I do have an interest in Sydling St Nicholas). But you are right digging around might help, so I found a few things out ...

    There is an Elias Devenish in Sydling St Nicholas in the 1841 census born c 1791 who is a farmer -- if it is the same Elias, which seems likely, he possibly has a new wife and young family. But as you know interpreting relationships on the 1841 can be tricky, unfortunately he died in 1843.

    The next child I can find for Elias and Isabella was baptised in Chilfrome in 1820, and he is a shopkeeper -- so huxter/huxster/huckster it is
     
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    Yay! That is looking good. :D
     
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    rather than start a new thread I just thought I'd add to this one, although now I want advice regarding a placename. I think this says "Vass in the Parish of Yeovil", the only problem is that I cannot find a place called Vass, either online or in Bartholomew's Gazetteer -- or even anything similar. Help!

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    Could it be Vagg? - just to the NW of Yeovil.
     
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    Methinks that it reads Vagg.

    See: www.
    genuki.org.uk/cgi-bin/maplink?CCC=SOM,GR=ST520180,PLACE=VAGG
    :)

    Edited to say: Great minds, Grizel!
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    Oh blimey, see I knew you lot were good, either that or I am a complete fool ;).

    gg didn't occur to me, I kept thinking it looked like the ss in Russel but that was about 5 pages ago, even so something was niggling that it wasn't quite right.

    It's not in my Gazetteer :(, and I did look on Genuki but thought to find it within the description of Yeovil, which it wasn't o_O

    Thank you Jan and Grizel!
     
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    I looked at the OS map for Yeovil on Bing maps - even though they are modern maps they show farm names and hamlets at the larger scale so often worth checking.:)
     
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    Yes, that is a good idea. When I remember to I use Streetmap for the same reason. I did try looking on some maps on A Vision of Britain but got frustrated.
     
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    How's this for extra detail found in actual parish registers?

    the Abode (in his son William Henry's baptism) for the shepherd William Smith is given as "Transported to Botany Bay -- His wife resident in Sydling"
     

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