THE WOLCOTT/WOOLCOTT FAMILY OF DEVONSHIRE, ENGLAND
Revised - January 2017
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Two major sources for the genealogy presented here are a genealogy of descendants of Ralph Wolcott of Thrushelton found in a collection of documents called the Wollocomb Mss. from Stowford, now at the Devon Record Office, and a genealogy recorded by the English heralds during the Visitation of Devonshire in 1620. Names listed in those two documents will be given below in italics.
(1) John de Wollecote, c.1300-c.1350, is listed on the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1332 as one of the ten residents of the manor of Thrushelton who were freemen with property to be taxed. He paid a tax of 12d, the amount paid by most of the freemen of this manor. By this time, family names were becoming fairly well fixed, so although the "de" only indicates that John held the farm in Thrushelton known as Wollecote, it is also likely that he was the earliest known ancestor of those who later bore the family name of Wolcott or Woolcott. No other Wolcotts are found on this 1332 tax roll that lists all of the tax paying residents of the county of Devon. The next Wolcotts that we have record of were a Ralph and a Richard Wolcott. They were contemporaries and were probably born about 1330. They may have been sons of John, but there is no evidence one way or the other. Ralph held the land called Wollecote, and was the ancestor of most, if not all, Devonshire Wolcotts.
(2?) Richard Wollecote, c.1330-c.1390. According to documents of the Cary family, Richard Wollocote and his wife, Sarah, granted their estate in Westmonaton, in the manor of Mormalherbe, to Thomas Carey, rector of Ashwater, in 1380. It appears that Richard and Sarah had no children to inheirit their land. Possibly Sarah was a Cary and the land was a marriage portion which was returned to the Cary family because of a childless marriage. Moor Malherbe, also known as Moor Vipont, was a manor in Broadwoodwidger parish, Lifton Hundred, near Thrushelton.
(2) Ralph Wollecott, c.1330-c.1400, and his wife, Meliora, are mentioned in several documents in a collection of legal papers called the Wollocombe Manuscripts from Stowford. There may have been other Wolcotts who died out in the plague years of the 14th century. This disease reached Devon in the winter of 1348-9, and nearly half the population of England were killed by it. Ralph and Meliora seem to have been the ancestors of all later Wolcotts. Four of Ralph's children are named in the Wollocombe documents.
(3) Thomas Wollecote , c.1355-c.1420. Thomas is mentioned in several of the Wollocombe documents as the son and heir of Ralph and Meliora. He resided at Wyke in Sourton. Meliora may have been a member of the Wyke family that lived at Sourton. According to the Wollocombe documents, Thomas was the father of John Wolcott, and grandfather of Joan Wolcott who married John Bidlake.
(4) John Wollecote, c.1385-c.1440. John is mentioned both in the Wollocombe Mss. and in the 1620 Visitation of Devon. The Visitation gives his father as Walter Wolcott, in error. In 1431 John Bidlake signed a conveyance to John Wollecote, son of Thomas Wollecote of Wyke, of lands called Wollecote and Blakeland in the manor of Thrushelton, conveyed to him by Meliora Wolcott, and lands called Wyke and Southedon in the manor of Sourton that had been conveyed to him by the aforesaid John Wolcott. These lands were probably settled on John Bidlake and and Joan Wolcott at the time of their marriage. There are other charters among the Wollocombe papers, dated 1433, and signed by John Wollecote at Wyke where he was apparently living. In these deeds John Wolcott released his claim to the Wolcott lands at Thrushelton and Sourton to John Bidlake. Descendants of his brother, Henry, later challenged this gift of land in court, apparently successfully. The 1433 deed gives John's wife's name as Margery. John was probably the person named in the Calendar of Patent Rolls for 1416-22, p. 76: "John Wolcotes, Robert Carey, Henry Foleford, John Jaysen, and Roger Wyke to inquire about tresspass in Dartmoor.
(5) Joan Wolcott, c.1405-c.1431; m. John Bidlake c.1425. A notation on the 1620 Herald's Visitation of Devon relates: "Joan, daughter and heiress of John Wolcott was married to John Bidlake and by him had issue two sons and two daughters, and conveyed the lands of Wolcote to the use of the said John and Joan and the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten, and for default of such issue, to the heirs of the same John Bidlake forever; and afterwards the same Joan and all her children died of the plague without issue, whereby Bidlake and his heirs had the lands of Wolecot." After the death of Joan and her children, John Bidlake married Joan Combe and had other children. A document of 1454 in the Wollocombe manuscript collection pardons them for marrying in ignorance of a bar of sanguinuity. John Bidlake must have been born about 1405 and probably married Joan Wolcott about 1425. John Bidelake of Bidelake was Collector of Devon in 1442.
(3) Joan Wolcott, c.1365-. Joan, is identified in the Wollocombe documents as a sister of Henry Wolcott, and wife of Jordan Langston.
(3) Alice Wolcott, c.1365-. Alice is identified in the Wollocombe documents as another sister of Henry Wolcott, and wife of John Cranford.
(3) Henry Wolcott, c.1365-c.1440. Henry is shown in the Wollocombe documents to be son of Ralph Wolcott and brother of Thomas, above . Following the great plague years, many of the great English landowners found it difficult to find people to work their lands, so they often found it easier to just sell it. Often the land was sold to people who were their tenants, as seems to have been the case with Thrushelton. A survey of 1428 shows that in that year Thomas Wrey, John atte Mill, Henry Wolcote, and Thomas Lucas were tenants in chief at Thrushelton of one half a knight's fee, formerly held by Henry de la Pomeroy, with the land divided among them. These men had bought the manor of Thrushelton, and had become freeholders, holding their land directly from the King. Henry's nephew, John, and John Bidlake, probably held their land at Thrushelton as their tenants. Henry is named as residual heir to the Wolcott properties at Thrushelton and Sourton in the deed of 1431. In 1506, Henry Wolcott's descendant, Nicholas Stapilhill, brought suit against John Bidlake's son or grandson, Thomas Bidlake, claiming the Wolcott properties as Henry's heir. A genealogy was attached to this claim showing: "Ralph Wolocott, held lands - Meliora, mother of Henry; Thomas Wolocot who had issue John Wolocott the said donor that died without issue & children & heirs; Henry Wolocott brother of Thomas, who had issue John Wolocott, who had issue John Wolocott, who had issue Ri. Wolocott who had issue Marjorie who had issue Nicholas Staplehill that dd." Nicholas' claim appears to have prevailed because there is a deed conveying the lands in question to him. The Bidlakes seem to have retained the land, however, possibly through a cash settlement.
(4) John Wolcott, c.1385-c.1460. According to the above deed, Henry's eldest son was named John. Twelve miles east of Thrushelton lays the city of Okehampton, and in 1436 we find a John Wolcote established there. It is probable that this was Henry's son. At this time people were begining to leave the country manors and take up trades in the larger towns. Okehampton had grown up next to the castle of the Earls of Devon. The town became a center of trade for the western half of the county of Devon. In 1436, William Denbold, John Rysdon, Jr., John Wolcote, and three others, acting as trustees for the church lands at Okehampton, granted a parcel of land known as "le hammede" to William Furse in exchange for an acre of land which lay within land belonging to St. James Chapel. This indicates that John Wolcott had lived at Okehampton for some time.
(5) John Wolcott, c.1410-. John is shown in the Wollocomb Mss. as son and heir of John, above. It is possible that John did business at Exeter, for J. Wolcok is listed on the Mayor's Court Roll of Exeter in 1436, and J. Wylcot in 1437. There was also a J. Wylcot who was a member of the Exeter Common Council in 1445, and in 1450-53.
(6) Richard or Robert Wolcott, c.1435-. According to the above documents, John's son and heir was apparently named Richard or Robert. The name is written in an abbreviated form and looks like Ri., Rd. or Ro.
(7) Margery Wolcott, c.1455-c.1500; m. John Staplehill. Richard must have had no sons, for the Bidlake-Wolcott deeds say that his daughter, Margery, was his heiress and that in 1506 her son, Nicholas Staplehill, was heir to the Wolcott property at Thrushelton and Sourton. The Staplehills were a prominent Devonshire family. William Staplehill of Devon, and John Staplehill of Wiltshire and Devon, both died in 1436, and their considerable lands, held directly from the King, were taken by the Crown until John's son, John, came of age in 1444. In 1461 and 1463 John Staplehill was given additional lands at Donsford, Fulford, Melhewysh and in other parishes in Devonshire which had been taken from Baldwin Fulford who was attainted for treason. It was apparently this John's son, John, who married Margery Wolcott.
(8) Nicholas Staplehill, c.1480-1517. When the Bidlakes were sued in 1506 over the property deeded to them by John Wolcott, Margery's son, Nicholas Staplehill was the heir to the Wolcott and Wyke properties. Nicholas lived at Exeter in the parish of St. Petrox. The parish records of St. Petrox show that Nicholas Stalplehill, gent., was a churchwarden there for 1515 and 1516, and a bayliff when he died there in 1517. There are no further records of Staplehills in that parish, and Nicholas' heirs are unknown, but John Wolcott, who appears in this parish about this time, may have been his heir.
(5?) Thomas Wolcott, c. 1430-. There is no record of this man, except that he is said to have been the father of Thomasine Wolcott, below.
(6) Thomasine, c.1465-c.1550; m. John Cole. Thomasine Wolcott is mentioned in a pedigree registered by the Cole family in the 1620 Visitation of Devon. Here it is recorded that John Cole of Slade married "Thomasine, daughter of Wallcott of Devon." Someone has added to the original document the name of her father as Thomas Wallcott and the arms for her family as: "Azure, a cross patonce charged with 5 fleur de lis or". A similar coat of arms was recorded as alternate arms for the Devonshire Wolcotts in the 1620 Visitation. Although the name is spelt with an "a", and the arms given are those once used by the Walcott family of Shropshire, there seems little question that this must have been a member of the Devonshire Wolcott family. John Cole of Slade, in the parish of Cornwood, was a large landholder and one of the wealthiest men in Devon. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1514, and was one of the two High Collectors for Devon of the Great Lay Subsidy collected in 1524. John died in 1543, but his widow, Thomasine was still alive in 1547, named in the will of her son, Thomas Cole. To have made such a marriage, Thomasine must have come from a comparatively affluent family. She is placed here as a possible descendant of John Wolcott of Okehampton, but the relationship is uncertain.
(6?) John Wolcott, c. 1440-c.1520. There were later Wolcotts living at Okehampton so Richard/Robert, who had no sons, may have had one or more brothers. In 1486 John Wolcote was a borough feoffee at Okehampton, and in 1486 and 1487 he was a witness to deeds there. In 1500, John Wolcote was a witness at Okehampton. In 1501 and 1512, he was one of several men named as making a grant of land at Okehampton on behalf of the Chapel of St. James.
(7?) Nicholas Wolcott, c.1475-1530. In 1524/5, Nicholas Wolcott of Lympstone was taxed on 10 pounds in goods, making him one of the wealthier Wolcotts. He died before 1543. There is no proof of his parentage, but he seems likely to have been a son of John Wolcote of Okehampton, and perhaps the namesake of Nicholas Staplehill.
(8) John Wolcott, c.1495-c.1550. John Wolcott lived at Littleham, three miles from Lympstone where Nicholas lived. He was taxed on 4L in goods in 1524/5, and was a subcollector of the subsidy for East Budleigh Hundred, a position given to relatively prominent men. John Cole, husband of Thomasine Wolcott, above, was one of the two Collectors of this subsidy, and would have assigned the sub-collectors, so it seems probable that there was a relationship between them. On the Subsidy Roll of 1543-4, John of Littleham paid a tax of 20 pounds, one of the largest amounts paid by any Wolcott, apparently as heir to Nicholas who is no longer on the rolls.
(7?) John Wolcott, c.1480-c.1570. This John was the wealthiest Wolcott on the subsidy roll of 1524-5. It is likely that he belonged to the Okehampton branch of the family, and we have placed him here as a probable brother of Nicholas. John became a citizen of Exeter in 1517, the very same year that Nicholas Staplehill died, and he resided in St. Petrox parish, where Nicholas had lived. It seems likely that he was a cousin of Nicholas Staplehill, and possibly Nicholas' heir.
In 1517, John was admitted as a freeman of that city by payment of a fine "above all such ware as he has charged in the Germyn". The Germyn was a trading ship out of Exeter, so John must have been involved in trade. Okehampton was an important center of the cloth trade, and John's trade seems to have been in wool cloth. A military survey taken at Exeter in 1522, published in the book, Tudor Exeter, shows that John Wollecote was enrolled then as a billman, ready for fighting. It also shows that he then had property worth more than 10L per year, was required to provide a harness for military purposes, and lived in St. Petrox parish. By 1524, according to Izacke's Antiquities, John Woolcott became the Receiver of the City of Exeter. The Receiver was one of the most important men of the city and a member of the Common Council, a self-perpetuating body of 18 men, who ran the city. The Receiver had the responsibility of seeing that taxes were collected. The subsidy roll for 1524 shows that John Wolcott of St. Petrox parish paid a tax of 40s on goods valued at 40L per year, considerable wealth for the time. In 1529, John Wolcote was serving as Constable of the Exeter Staple, responsible for enforcing the trade ordinances of the city. R. Dymond's Early History of Exeter, tells us that John Wolcote was one of the church wardens of St. Petrox church from 1531 to 1536. In 1542, John Wolcot was the City Treasurer of Exeter, responsible for all of the city's funds. John again served as Reciever in 1543, and in 1545 was Sheriff of the city. In 1544, John Wolcott, merchant, was assessed 20s tax on goods valued at 30L, somewhat less than he was taxed on in 1524, but still a substantial amount.
John got himself in trouble during the seige of Exeter in 1549, when Catholic forces surrounded the city. Hooker's History of Exeter records: "And among sundrie some one of theme beinge one of good credyte and countenaunce and of the nomber of the common counsell whose name was John Wolcot a merchaunte was so faire inchaunted herein that upon a certeyne daye he beinge as the course came apointed a capeteyne for the daye and to warde the gates presumynge that partlie by reason of his chardge that daie and partlie for that he was of the common counsell he might doe more thenn in deede aperteygne to him dyd upon his firste communge to the westgate in the mornynge meete with certeyne of his confederates and after conference had with theime wente sodenlie oute of the wicket of the gate and carienge the keyes with him wente unto the rebells and had a longe conference with theyme but it took small effecte for he promysed as it appeared more than he coulde performe whc turned to his great discredyt bothe for that he himselfe verye hardelye escaped theire handes who were bente to have kepte and reteyned hym as also when he came in was both checked and blamed for his doings".
When the subsidy roll of 1557-8 was drawn up, John Wolcote had again less wealth. He was assessed 35s 7d on goods valued at 13L 6s 9d. He was apparently still considered one of the leading merchants of the city, however, for he was one of the 16 original members of the Merchant Adventurers of Exeter, a group chartered by the Crown to engage in foreign trade at about this time. The subsidy roll also shows that John had moved to St. Kerrian parish, possibly due to his declining finances. John apparently turned innkeeper. During the period between 1549 and 1555 church lands were appropriated by the Crown and sold. John purchased such property located in Exeter from Sir John Williams and Mr. Morris. The property appears to have been an inn in St. John Bows parish, formerly owned by the Priory of Totnes. A decree of the city of Exeter dated 1561 required that every "innholder, taverner, and keeper of a victualinge house" maintain lighted lanterns outside from dark until 11PM. It named the individuals, days, and locations required for this. "John Ulcot, alderman, West Quarter, every night", is one of those named. John's grandson, John apparently owned such an inn in 1584.
Hooker's Commonplace Book records: "In 1565 John Wolcot was mayor. This mayor had passed all the offices towardes the mayroltie for about XXII yeres paste and by reason of his age and his small welthe it was not thought nor ment that ever the office of the mayroltie shold have fallen unto his lott. Nevertheless when the matter so fell out and no meanes founde how the same might be avoyded order was taken bothe that his howse shold be prepared and also he to be furnyshed with money for his dyet which lyberally the chamber dyd consyder. He was in tymes past a great merchant and adventured verie mich wherby he had greate welth but yn the ende his losses were so greate that he was verie poore and lyved yn very meane estate. He was a zelose man yn the Romyshe religion and to mich addicted unto papistrie. And in the commocion tyme when the commons of Devon and Cornwall wer yn rebellion and he was within the Citye the tyme of the beseging of the same yet his affection was suche towards theym that upon a daye when he as capteyn of the ward had the chardge of the westgate of this citie he went out at westgate to the rebells without any commyssion and had conferens with them which was not after forgotten but turned hym to dyspleasure."
Each year, two members of the Common Council were selected as candidates for mayor, and the freemen of the city of Exeter would then vote for their choice. The freemen seem to have preferred John, even though John was elderly and poor. It would seem that John's selection as a candidate was done as an honor, and that the council was greatly surprised when he received the majority of the votes. Maurice Levermore, who had been admitted freeman of the city in 1529 as John Wolcott's apprentice, was elected mayor of Exeter in 1564, the year prior to John's election. John was probably responsible for having Maurice appointed to the Common Council, and Maurice may have been instrumental in getting John selected as a candidate for mayor. John married Agnes. In 1553, John Wolcott, his wife, Agnes, and their son, Henry, were plaintiffs in a Chancery suit, recorded as 8 Mary 1480-53-57. They filed suit against Sir Gawen Crowe, steward of the manor of Exminster, regarding a meadow that the Wolcotts held there.
(8) Elizabeth Wolcott, c.1520-. Elizabeth Ulcot married William Tuckfield at St. Petrox 1542.
(8) Alice Wolcott, c. 1525-. Alice Ulcot married John Michael at St. Petrox on 1545.
(8) Henry Wolcott, c.1530-c.1575. In 1557, Henry Wolcote was admitted as a freeman of Exeter, by succession. This was usually done for a son when his father died. It seems to have been done for Henry because his father was a member of the Common Council. Henry, may have lived with his father, for he seems to have moved from St. Petrox parish to St. Kerrian parish when his father did, as shown in the baptismal records of his nine children.
(9) John Wolcott, 1556-. John, son of Henry Wollcote, was baptized at St. Petrox 1556. John Woolcott, merchant, was admitted as a freeman of Exeter in 1584, having served as an apprentice to Alderman Thomas Martin, merchant. Most apprenticeships were for a period of seven years, so he probably began his apprenticeship in 1577. The tax rolls of 1584-5 show that John Wolcot, merchant, paid yearly 12d tax on a tenement in St. John Bows parish, once belonging to the Prior of Totnes and in 1584 in the possession of John Howell, the elder. John Howell's name appears on the subsidy rolls for St. John Bows parish in 1544, 1557, 1577, 1586 and 1593. In 1671, the "heirs of John Wolcott" still held one tenement in St. John Bows, "sometimes belonging to the Prior of Totnes, on the north side of High Street, being an inn, late in the possession of John Howell, rent 12d". This was probaby the inn known as the old "Totnes Tavern", discussed in Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Volume XII, p.80.
(9) Alice Wolcott, 1558-. Alce, daughter of Henry Wollcote, was baptized at St. Kerrian church 1558.
(9) Thomas Wolcott, 1561-. Thomas, son of Henry Wollcote, was baptized on 1561 at St. Kerrian.
(9) Henry Wolcott, 1562-. Hary, son of Hary Wollcote, was baptized at St. Kerrian 1562.
(9) Mary Wolcott, 1564-. Mary, daughter of Henry Wollcote, was baptized 1564 at St. Kerrian.
(9) Henry Wolcott, 1567-. Hary, son of Hary Wollcote, was baptized 1567 at St. Kerrian.
(9) Agnes Wolcott, 1568-. Agnes, daughter of Henry Wollcote, was baptized at St. Kerrian1568.
(9) Hugh Wolcott, 1570-, son of Hary Wollcote, was baptized at St. Kerrian 1570.
(9) Edward Wolcott, 1573-. Edward, son of Henry Wolcote, was baptized at Exeter St. Paul parish in 1573 and died there 1573.
(9?) Possibly Edward, b, c.1580. Edward Wollocott married Mary Courtis at Berry Pomeroy 1612. Edward Woolcott was buried at Exeter St. Paul's on 4 1666.
(10?) Edward Wolcott, c. 1600-c.1650; probably son of the above. Edward Wolcot married Grace Wilkins 1625 at Exeter St. Sidwell. The Protestation Return of 1641 lists Edward Woollcot at St. Sidwell. Grace was probably the Grace Wollacott who is listed on the subsidy roll of 1660 residing in Exeter St. Mary Stepps parish.
(11) William Wolcott, 1623-. William, son of Edward Wollcote, was baptized at Exeter St. Mary Major 1623.
(11) William Wolcott, 1630-. William, son of Edward Wolcot, was baptized at St. Sidwell's 1630. William Wolcott is found on the hearth tax rolls for 1671 at St. Sidwell parish.
(12) A daughter of William Woolcot, unnamed, was baptized 1658 at Exeter St. David.
(12) Ann Wolcott. Ann, daughter of William Woolcot, was buried at St. Paul's 1665.
(12) Elizabeth Wolcott, 1669-. Elizabeth, daughter of William Woolcott, was baptized at Exeter St. Paul 1669.
(11) Robert Wolcott, 1633-. Robert, son of Edward Woolcot, was baptized at Exeter St. Sidwell in 1633. Robert Woolcott married Sarah Trueman at St. Sidwell 1648. Robert Wollcott of Exeter St. Paul's parish married Ann Teddar of Exeter St. David at St. David's 1655. Robert, like others in his family, was in the cloth trade for the name of Robert and Edward Wolcot are found as petitioners in the Exeter cloth market in 1660. The Poll tax of 1660 shows at Exeter St. David: Robert Woolcot and wife. Robert Wolcott's name is found on the 1671 Hearth Tax rolls, residing in Exeter St. David parish.
(12) Ann Wolcott, 1655-. Ann, daughter of Robert Wollcot, was baptized at Exeter St. David 1655.
(12) Grace Wolcott, 1664-. Grace, daughter of Robert Woolcot, was baptized at Exeter St. David 1664.
(11) Edward Wolcott, 1636-c.1680. Edward, son of Edward Woolcot, was baptized 1636 at Exeter St. Sidwell. Edward Woulcote was a petitioner at the Exeter Cloth Market in 1660. The Poll tax of 1660 for Exeter St. Paul shows Edward Woolcott, Jr. Edward Wolcott of St. Paul's was listed on the Hearth Tax rolls of 1671.
(12) Elizabeth Wolcott, 1666-. Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Woolcot, was baptized 1666 at Exeter St. Paul.
(12) Elinore Wolcott, 1668-. Elinore, daughter of Edward Woolcott, was baptized at Exeter St. Paul 1668.
(11) Sarah Wolcott, daughter of Edward Woolcot, was baptized at Exeter St. Sidwell 1640, and Sarah Woolcot married Edward Norton there in 1660.
(11) Jane Wolcott, 1644-. Jane, daughter of Edward Woolcott, was baptized at Exeter St. Sidwell 1644.
(8?) John Wolcott, c.1530-. He lived at Exeter and was a contemporary of Henry Wolcott of Exeter, probably his brother.
(9) Humphrey Wolcott, 1558-. Humphrey, son of John Wolcott, was baptized at Exeter St. Thomas church 1558. Humphrey Wolcott married Elizabeth Veysey at Exeter St. Mary Major 1581. In 1585, Humphrey Woolcott, haberdasher, was admitted as a freeman of the city Exeter.
(10) Joan Wolcott, 1582-. Joan, daughter of Humphrey Wolcott, was baptized at Exeter St. Mary Major 1582.
(9) Robert Wolcott, 1561-. Robert and Elizabeth, son and daughter of John Wolcot, were baptized together at Exeter St. David church 1561. They were apparently twins.
(9) Elizabeth Wolcott, 1561-.
(9) William Wolcott, 1568-. William, son of John Woolcot, was baptized at Exeter St. Paul church 1568.
(10?) William Wolcott, c. 1590-. Probably son of the above William Woolcott married Isott Darte at Exeter St. Paul 1619. William Woolcott signed the Protestation Return of 1641 at St. Paul parish. Isaac Woolcott, wife of William Woolcott, was buried at St. Paul 1650. The Poll tax of 1660 shows William Wollcot at Exeter St. Paul.
(11) Grace, daughter of William Wulcot, was baptized at Exeter St. Mary Major 1626. Grace Woollcott married William Binmore at Exeter St. Paul 1650.
In 1564, a survey was taken in Devon by the King's heralds, for the purpose of recording families' right to use coats of arms. This visitation records arms of Wolcote: per pale azure and gules, a cross flory with 5 Cornish choughs proper, on a chief or, a fleur de lis between 2 annulets of the second, for John Wolcote of Exeter and wife Jane, daughter of John Foxley of Blakeslyn, Co. Northampton, parents of Thomas, and Katherine Wolcote.(3?) Walter Wolecot. A pedigree of the Devonshire Wolcott family was recorded in 1620 in the second Herald's Visitation of Devon. This pedigree begins with Walter Wolecot of Wolecot in the parish of Thrustelton with two wives, the first unnamed, and the second shown as Alicia, daughter and heiress of Hugh Skerret of Chagford. By the first wife he is shown to have had John Wolcott, who had a daughter, Joan, who married John Bidlake. We know this to be in error, as this John was the son of Thomas, son of Ralph and Meliora Wolcott. By his second wife, Walter is shown to have had a son, John Wolcott of Chagford. Whether Walter ever existed is unknown. It is unlikely that John of Wyke had a half-brother, because his property was claimed by the heirs of his uncle, Henry. John of Chagford is said to have been a "cousin" of Joan Bidlake Wolcott. Perhaps Walter was a younger brother of Thomas and Henry, or John of Chagford a younger son of Henry. At present there is no way of knowing.
Beneath the pedigree is recorded the family arms: "Wolcot ? Ar. on a cross flory sa. 5 lis Or, the crest a faulcons hed arashed Ar. gutty Gu. quere. P. pale b.gu. on a cross florie Or 5 martletts Sa. le crest a griffins hed arashed Ar. gutty Gu. in the beck a fower de lis B. bezante. quere." Two different coats of arms are thus recorded. The first one is the early arms of the Walcott family of Shropshire, used before they acquired the arms with chess rooks. The second appears to be a variation of it. Both are followed by the word "quere" indicating that there was some question about them. One copy of the visitation bears the note that John Wolcott of Chudley, eldest son of John Wolcott of Chagford, and his son, John, "did commonly bear the arms of Skerret with his father's crest".
(4) John Wolcott of Chagford, c.1420-c.1505. The 1620 Visitation states that "John of Chagford, who for his good services in yee warres, had an addition given him to his armes, on chief or, with a lis ent.2 annulets." Such an addition to a coat of arms was called an "augmentation of honor" and was a rare distinction, usually given by the King, himself. This implies that John must have already been the acknowleged bearer of a coat of arms. Based on the fact that John was probably born about 1420, and the presence of the fleur de lis on the augmentation, we can assume that this award was made for extraordinary service on the battlefields of France during the Hundred Years' War (1339-1453). The manor of Sourton, where the Wolcott family held the farms of Wyke and Southdown, was held by William Talbot in 1428. The Wolcotts may well have owed military service to the Talbots as a requirement for holding their land. He, or another William Talbot was knighted in 1437. It seems likely that William Talbot served in France and that John Wolcott served there with him and was rewarded with the augmentation of honor. It may have been at this time that the Wolcotts began using the arms of "five martlets on a cross flory" given on the 1620 Visitation of Devon.
With the end of the wars in France, John Wolcott settled at Chagford where John's mother, Alice Skerret, is said to have come from. The stannary town of Chagford was a center for the tin trade. John's eldest son, John Wolcott of Chudleigh, was involved in this enterprise, so perhaps his father was also. He was probably the John Wolcott whose name appears as churchwarden of St. Mary's Chapel at Chagford in 1482. He and/or his son, John, was probably the John Wolcott who was the patron of the church at Ashton from 1498 to 1516 according to Oliver's Ecclesiastical Antiquities. He may also have been the person named in a deed of 1501, where James Chudley, John Kyrton, and John Wolcote of Chagford granted land in the manor of Exborne to William Chudleigh. He may have been the John Wolcotte who, in 1502, serving as Coroner of the King in Devon, held an inquest at Plymouth into the death of Robert Matthew, Jr., fisherman.
(5) John Wolcott of Chudleigh, c.1450-1523. The Visitation pedigree shows John Wolcott of Chagford's eldest son as John Wolcott of Chudley. Chudleigh is a town about ten miles southeast of Chagford. It was this John who, according to the Visitation pedigree "did commonly beare but only the armes of Skerret with his fathers crest". About 1482 he married Margaret Bozom, a twice-widowed heiress with many children. By this marriage he became related to several prominent Devonshire families. Margaret and her sister, Elizabeth, were daughters and co-heiresses of John Bozom of Bozomhele and his wife, Jane Fortesque of Wood. John Bozom's sister, Joan, was the wife of Sir Henry Fortesque, Chief Justice of Common Pleas for Ireland. John Bozom's eldest daughter, Elizabeth, married Sir Baldwin Fulford, and, after his death, Sir William Hadesfield. Margaret Bozom, born about 1450, first married John Herte of Chudleigh and Bovey Tracy, by whom she had a son, John Herte. Next, in 1475, Margaret Bozom married Nicholas Southcott of Winkley in North Tawton, son of Nicholas Southcott and Jane Pury. They had children, Thomas Southcott of Winkley, William Southcott of Chudleigh, Walter Southcott who became a priest, James Southcott who died young, and John Southcott of Indio in Bovey Tracy. Thomas Southcott married Margaret, daughter of Thomas Cole of Slade, the grandaughter of Thomasine Wolcott. John Southcott was the second wealthiest man in Bovey Tracy in 1525, taxed on 40L in goods. Nicholas Southcott died about 1480, and Margaret, a widow with six or more young children, married John Wolcott, by whom she had another son, John Wolcott, and possibly a daughter, Alice.
This is apparently the John Wolcott who was enrolled as a freeman of Exeter in 1481. His principal residence, however, must have been at Chudleigh until his eldest stepson, John Herte, came of age about 1490. John Herte would have then taken over his inheritance, which must have been considerable, for in 1525 "John Hart" is the wealthiest individual in Chudleigh, taxed on 50L in goods. His stepfather, although he maintained a house at Chudleigh, seems to have moved to Exeter about 1511, the year in which he was admitted as a freeman of the city, and was then described as a "gentleman". John, was a candidate in 1512 to represent Exeter in Parliament, but was defeated. He may have also been the John Wolcote who was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Devon in 1514. He was probably the John Woolcott listed in Izacke's Antiquities as bayliff of the city of Exeter in 1516, for the John Wolcott who was later to be mayor was not admitted as a citizen of Exeter until the following year. His name appears on the military survey of Exeter in 1522 residing in the parish of St. Mary Major.
The family's involvement in the tin mining trade of western Devonshire is shown in the records of the Stannary Courts that controlled this trade. In 1520 John Wolcot of Chudleigh is listed as one of the Jurates of the Stannary Court of Chagford, and in that year both he and his stepson, John Herte, paid taxes at the same court. Chagford was one of the four towns where tin miners could bring their metal for assay and stamping. Records for stamping duties paid in 1523, show that John Wolcott, presumably John of Chudleigh, John Wolcott of Pulbrooke, Peter Wolcott, John Herte, and John Southcott all paid tinning taxes at Chagford, and a John Wolcott, possibly John of Chudleigh again, paid the tax at Tavistock.
John was involved in a number of Chancery proceedings regarding land disputes. The first of these occured about 1490, when Joan Teyngcomb, daughter and heiress of John Teygncomb of Teygncomb, brought suit against John Wolcote and others to obtain possession of houses and land at Chagford. Apparently the problem was not resolved, for again in 1505, Joan and her husband, John Wyll, and Joan's sister, Marjorie and her husband, Harry Barar, daughters of John Teyngcomb of Teyngcomb, brought suit against John Wolcote, John Wyll of Hill, and Michael Lackey, feoffees to uses in houses and land at Chagford. "Feoffees to uses" are trustees managing lands for another person or organization, such as a church. John was involved in another Chancery proceeding in 1495, when John Throwston, grandson of Thomas Throwston, took John Wolcote of Chudley and John Wyll, feoffees to use, again, in a house and land at Chagford, to court in a dispute over these lands. Richard Whyte took John Wolcott to Chancery court for detaining deeds to lands at Throwleigh about 1505, and Richard Forde appealed to the Chancery Court around 1520 to make John Wolcote give him the deeds to a house and lands at Chagford that John had wrongly detained. John became the plaitiff in another Chancery hearing which was held about 1510, when John Wolcote of Chudleigh took Richard Wykys, clerk, Robert Wythebroke, chaplain, and others to court for wrongful detention of deeds to a house and land at Stinial (Stenehalle) in Chagford.
John died at Exeter in 1523, by which time he had accumulated substantial property, either through inheiritance from his father, marriage to Margaret Bozom, or from the tin trade. An inquest taken at Ashburton at the time of his death, states that John Wulcote, Senior, died at Exeter in 1523, and that John Wulcote, his son and heir, was age 42 years and more. John died seized of five houses and 140 acres of land at Chagford, 20 acres of pasture in Southteign Manor at Chagford, three houses and 130 acres of land at Moreton Hampstead, 20 acres of land at Little Bovey, 4 acres of land at Newton Bushel in Highweek, a cottage with one acre of land at Chudleigh, 170 acres of land at Ashbury, 120 acres of land at Hollocomb Purramore in Winkley, a house with 120 acres of land at Exbourne, a house with 160 acres of land at Throughleigh, and a house with 100 acres of land at Hawkdown in Dowland.
(6) Alice, daughter of John Wolcot of Chudley married John Charles, son of William Charles of Morton and his wife, Elizabeth Chaldon.
(6) John Wolcott of Chudley, 1481-1548. In the military survey of 1522, John is listed residing in the parish of St. Mary Major, as is his father, and is described as "not ready for war", which might mean that he had some physical disability. He inheirited his father's property in 1524, and on the Subsidy Roll of 1524-5 he is shown as residing in Holy Trinity parish. His descendants continued to reside in Holy Trinity parish for several generations. The Subsidy Roll of 1544 lists him at Holy Trinity, and refers to him as "gent.".
The earliest Visitation of Devon, dated 1565, says that John Wolcote of Exeter married Jane, daughter of John Foxley of Blakesley, Northampton, and by her had children, Thomas and Catherine. In 1523, pardons were granted to John Wolcote of Exeter, and Joan, his wife, for having stolen 55L belonging to his father, John Wolcote, Sr. This is found in State Papers, Domestic, 15 Henry 8, p1, m16. This must have been discovered right after the death of John's father. This was not John's only embarrassment. According to Chancery Proceedings 565/42-3, for the period 1515-1529, John Ripley of Exeter, tailor, was refused bond by the Mayor and Bayliff of Exeter on an action of tresspass demanded by John Wolcott against Ripley and his wife, Joan, for hanging "a ram's horne in a rynge of the outer doore of the said John Wolcott to the defame & hurte of his name and honeste", damages being laid at 1000L. John Wolcott agreed to abide the arbitration of Roger Cholmeley and Robert Chidleigh of London, gentlemen, whose award was fulfilled by Joan Ripley "in the parish church called Saint Marie the More within the said city personally knelying on both her kneyes bifore the sete where oon Johanne wife of the said John Wolcote most usually did sitte and asking the said Johanne Wolcote forgeveness". The ram's horn would have suggested cuckoldry.
In 1541, according to J.C.Tingey's Calendar, fol. 37, John Woolcote, gent., sold to William Saxssen a house in Chudleigh in which William dwelt. This sale seems to end the family's connections with the village of Chudleigh. The deed for this sale mentions Thomas Woolcote, son and heir of John, who probably had to agree to the sale because the property was entailed. This was the only property named in the inquest taken at the death of John's father that did not descend to Thomas. An Inquisition Post Mortem was taken in 1549, shows that John left the lands inherited from his father, except the above house at Chudley and also the following properties which he had acquired: 2 tenements and 6 acres of meadow in Alphington; 1 tenement and 60 acres of pasture in Dawlish; 2 tenements, 6 acres of meadow and 100 acres of pasture at Doddiscombleigh; 40s annual rent from land at Cheriton; 1 messuage in Holsworthy; 13s 4d annual rent from land and tenements in Werrington; 13s 4d annual rent from land and tenements in Hatherleigh; 6s 8d annual rent from land and tenements in High Bickington; 1 messuage, 6 acres of meadow and 70 acres of pasture in Nymet Roland; 2 acres of meadow in Bow and 1 tenement, 10 acres of meadow and 50 acres of pasture in Witheridge. John had neary doubled the property that his father had left him. The Inquisition Post Mortem taken at his death says that he died 2 Edw 6, and that his son, Thomas Wolcote, was 34 years of age and more at the time of his father's death.
(7) Catherine, c.1520-. John's daughter, Catherine, married John Wood at Holy Trinity Church, Exeter in 1546. The 1620 Visitation shows that John Wood, son of Edmund Wood of Orchard in Lewtrenchard, and his wife, Jane Franklyn of Tudlake, married Catherine, daughter of John Wolcott of Exeter and had five children, Thomas, William, Elizabeth, Alice and Phillipa. John Wood died in 1586.
(7) Thomas Wolcott of Southcott, 1516-1555. Thomas was born about 1516, according to the Inquisition Post Mortem taken at the time of his father's death. He married Jane Wrey about 1548. She was the daughter of Walter Wrey of North Russell and Bridget, daughter of Robert Shilstone. Thomas Wolcott held several positions of responsibilty. In 1550, Hugh Scafford acknowleged a deed before Thomas Wolcote, Justice of the Peace, and in 1551 a case regarding John Sampford was handled by Thomas Wolcote, Justice of the Peace. In 1553, Thomas Wolcott was listed on the Calendar of Patent Rolls as a member of the Subsidy Commission. The name of Thomas Wolcote, gent., is also found on a list of the people who paid annuities to Simon Rede, the last abbot of Tor Abbey. Thomas died in 1555. At the time of his death he held most of the property that his father and grandfather had held. According to an Inquisition Post Mortem taken at the time of his death, Thomas held: 10 messuages, 40 acres of meadow, and 200 acres of pasture at Chagford; 1 messuage, 10 acres of meadow and 100 acres at Fen and Kenworthy in Chagford; 2 tenements and 6 acres of meadow in Newton Bushel; ˝ of a messuage, 4 acres of meadow and 40 acres of pasture at Ashbury; ˝ of a messuage, 6 acres of meadow and 60 acres of pasture at Winkleigh Keynes; 2 messuages, 20 acres of land, and 100 acres of pasture at Exbourne; 2 messuages, 20 acres of meadow, and 80 acres of pasture at Dowland; 2 tenements and 6 acres of meadow in Alphington; 2 tenements with 20 acres of pasture in Dawlish; 2 tenements, 6 acres of meadow, and 100 acres of pasture at Doddiscomb; 1 messuage in Holsworthy; 13s 4d annual rent from land and tenements at Werrington; 13s 4d annual rent from land and tenements in Hatherleigh; 6s 8d annual rent from land and tenements in High Bickington; 1 messuage, 6 acres of meadow and 70 acres of pasture at Nymet Rowland; 2 acres of meadow at Bow; and 1 tenement, 10 acres of meadow, and 50 acres of pasture at Witheridge. The properties that his father had left him at Moreton Hampstead, Throwleigh and Cheriton had been disposed of, but Thomas had acquired an additional tenement with 4 acres of meadow and 40 acres of pasture at Shapleigh Hilling in Chagford; 10s annual rent from land and tenements at Barchworthy in Chagford; 42s 6d annual rent from land and tenements at Hurston in Chagford; and 2s 4d annual rent from land at Willhead in Chagford. The inquest makes no mention of land held at Exeter, a free city apparently excluded from the Crown's purview. A document dated 1576, however, sets forth the boundaries of lands which funded Exeter charities. One of these pieces of land, located in St. Sidwell parish, is described as being bounded on one side by Thomas Woolcote's land, probably a description that had been written in Thomas' lifetime. Following Thomas' death, his widow married Robert Fry, 4th son of William Fry of Yerty. They apparently lived in the Wolcott house in Holy Trinity parish, for Robert Fry paid a tax on land valued at 10L per year in Holy Trinity in 1557. The second half of the subsidy was collected later that year, and this time Robert paid a tax on land valued at 3L per year, and his name is followed by that of his stepson, Peter Wolcott, who had come of age.
(8) Peter Wolcott, 1540-c.1605. This may be the Peter Wulcote mentioned in the South Tawton Court Rolls of 1572. In 1577 Peter paid a tax on land in Holy Trinity parish valued at 5L per year. In 1581, Peter Wollcott, gent., of Holy Trinity parish, was also taxed on land valued at 5L per year. The tax rolls for Exeter for 1584 state that Peter Wolcot paid a tax of 22d on the barbigan within the walls, between the Southgate and the tenement next to the watergate built by Geoffrey Thomas in Holy Trinity parish. This was later crossed out and the inscription added, "The heirs of Wolcott hold the barbigan on the West of Southgate at 16d tax". A barbigan is a defensive tower built into a gate or bridge, and apparently the Wolcott's Exeter residence was built into this tower. This same tax roll states that Peter Wolcot and Edward Wolcot held land in St Mary More parish in Exeter. Also in 1584, Peter Wolcot was one of a number of prominent citizens of Exeter who signed a document entitled "The Exeter Bond of Association for the Protection of Queen Elizabeth". This indicates that Peter was of the Protestant faith. On the Subsidy Roll of 1586, Peter Woolcott paid a tax on land in Holy Trinity valued at 4L per year, and in 1593, Mr. Peter Wollcote was taxed on land with the same value in the same parish. Then, in 1602, Peter Wolcott, gent., paid a tax of 5s 4d on land in Holy Trinity valued at 4L per annum and Edward Wolcott, gent., paid the tax on land in the same parish valued at 2L. Peter married Alice Mitchell, daughter of John Mitchell of Truro, Cornwall, and his wife, Jane, daughter of John Killigrew. The Visitation of Devonshire of 1620 gives only the name of his son, John, but he had a number of other children.
(9) Dorothy, b. c.1575 at Exeter; m. Thomas Drew 1604 at Wolborow and Newton Abbot. Thomas Drew of Exeter registered his family pedigree in 1620, recorded in the Visitation of Devon. In it he stated that he had married Dorothy, daughter of Peter Wolcott of Exeter, and by her had children, Henry age 5, Thomas, George and Susan. Thomas Drew was the son of John Drew of St. Leonards, and Susan, daughter and co-heiress of John Gaverick or Gavercock of Ford, who were married at Wolborough and Newton Abbott in 1573. Their son, Thomas Drew, Jr., is thought to have been the Thomas Drew that immigrated to Virginia and was at Charles City in 1650. His will mentioned his daughter, Dorothy, and brother, George. Dorothy married Capt. Hubert Farrell in Virginia. The same parish records show that just a month earlier in 1604, Elizabeth Drew, apparently Thomas Drew's sister, had married a Simon Wolcott. Elizabeth was the widow of William Strode, whom she had married at Wolborough and Newton Abbot 1601. Simon must have been related to Dorothy, possibly the son of her uncle, Edward.
(9) Florence, daughter of Peter Wolcote was baptized at Exeter Holy Trinity in 1581. The wedding of Florence to William Saunder was recorded at Alphington in 1607.
(9) Margaret, daughter of Peter Wolcote, was baptized at Holy Trinity in 1582.
(9) Katherine, daughter of Peter Wollkott, was baptized at Holy Trinity in 1585.
(9) Mary, daughter of Peter Wolcot was baptized at Holy Trinity in 1589. Mary was married to John Coplestone in 1611.
(9) John Wolcote, son of Peter Wollcot, was baptized at Holy Trinity in 1591. John married Dorothy Bampfield about 1615. She was the daughter of Giles Bampfield, a member of one of the leading families in the county. Giles was the eldest son of Richard Bampfield of Poltimore (1526-1594), Sheriff of Devonshire in 1594, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Sydenham. He is listed as Giles Bampfield, gent., light horseman, on a muster roll of 1569. Giles died prior to 1594 on a voyage to Ireland. Giles' younger brother, Sir Amyas Bampfield, was his father's heir and "30 years of age and more" when his father died in 1594, and was Sheriff of Devon in 1603, the year in which he was knighted. The Wolcotts may have alienated their land holdings in order to arrange this marriage, for this seems to be the last time that this branch of the family had wealth. Dorothy died 1617, apparently childless. A memorial tablet in the church at Huxam reads, "The remains of Dorothy Wolcott wife of John Wolcott gent. The lady was the daughter of Giles Bampfield esq. and paid the debt of nature on 5 Nov 1617". John then married Joan Headland at Alphington in 1619. Either John or his son signed the 1641 Protestation Return at Alphington
(10) John, son of John Woolcott, b. 1620 Alphington.
(11) William, son of John Woolcott b. 1654 Alphington. He would have been the eldest male in the male line, and eligible to use the coat-of-arms of John Wolcott of Chagford.
(11) Damaris, daughter of John Woolcott, b. 1657 Alphington.
(11) Robert, son of John Woolcott, b. 1660 Alphington.
(10) Michael, 1621-. Michael Wolcott was baptized at Alphington in 1621.
(10) Agnes, 1624-. Agnes Wolcot was baptized at Alphington in 1624.
(10) Joan Wolcott, 1626-. Joan Woolcott was baptized at Alphington in 1626.
(10) Agnes Wolcott, 1629-. Agnes Wolcot was baptized at Alphington in 1629.
(10) Thomasine Wolcott, 1632-. Thomasine Woolcot was baptized at Alphington in 1632.
(9) Thomas Wolcott, 1594-. Thomas, son of Peter Woulcot, was baptized at Exeter Holy Trinity in 1594.
(9?) William Wolcott, 1597-1646. Burke, in his Landed Gentry, gives a genealogy of the Wolcott family of Sidbury. The pedigree is registered at the College of Arms, Vol. XV, folio 239. Burke says that this family was descended from Peter Wolcott, son of John Wolcott of Chudley, who had a son, William, who settled at Sidbury. If William was, indeed, a son of a Peter Wolcott, it is more likely that he was Peter, the grandson of John Wolcott of Chudleigh. Records of Exeter College, Oxford University, say that William Wolcot of Devon, pleb., graduated in 1615, age 18; born, therefore, in 1597. William Woolcott married Laurell Street, daughter of John Street of Dartmouth at St. Martins Church, Exeter, on in 1618. He was a churchwarden at Sidbury in 1623. In 1646, probate of William's will was granted was granted to his widow, Laurell, with William named as his father's son and heir.
(10) Peter Wolcott, 1619-. Peter, son of William Wolcot, was baptized at Dartmouth St. Savior's in 1619
(10) Hannah Wolcott, 1621-. Hannah, daughter of William Wolkot, was baptized at Dartmouth St. Savior's in 1621.
(10) Peter Wolcott, 1624-. Peter, son of William Wolcot, was baptized at St. Savior's in 1624. Peter must have died young for his brother, William, was their father's heir.
(10) William Wolcott, c.1625-. William was his father's heir in 1646. Chancery proceedings say that William Woolcott of Sidford, gent., and William, his son, had held the premises known as "ye Gardonio" in Sidford, and that Sir John Pole, bart., had claimed a right of way through the Wolcott's garden to his dwelling house. The Wolcotts said that they had held the land for 60 years and more, and had paid the fines and heriots to the old lord of the manor, and that there were witnesses to this, but they were old and unable to travel to the assize. Sir John Pole claimed that the Wolcotts had not held the land for 60 years, and if they had, they shouldn't have for the land was common land belonging to the manor of Stone. He had instructed his steward to find out if John Lide had driven his cattle across the land, and when Lide had admitted that this was so, Sir John began driving his horses and carriages over it, until the Wolcotts stopped up the road.
(11) Rev. Maximillian Wolcott, c. 1645-1720. Maximilliam Woolcott of Sidbury was a student at Exeter College, Oxford, in 1661. Maximillian received his BA degree from Oxford in 1665, and was rector at Cotleigh from 1689 to 1720 and rector at Feniton from 1690 to 1720. He married Susanna Churchill, daughter of Rev. Charles Churchill, his predecessor at Feniton in 1675. Maximillian died at Feniton in 1720, and was succeeded as rector of Cotleigh by his cousin's son, Maximillian Woolcott. This information is given in J.R. Coxhead's Honiton and the Vale of Ottery.
(10) John Wolcott, 1630-. John, son of William Woolcot, baptized at Sidbury in 1630. John Wollkott, gent., son of Mrs. Larrell Woolkot of Sidbury, widow, married Mrs. Mary Bennet of Rosemont Ford at Aylesbury in 1654. Mary, wife of John Wollcott, was buried at Aylesbury in the same year. The parish records for Colyton show that John Wolcott of Sidbury, gent., married Margaret, daughter of Thomas and Mary Holmes of Colyton in 1657. Margaret was baptized at Colyton in 1631, and was buried there in 1665.
(11) Thomas Wolcott, 1659-. Thomas, son of John Wolcott, was baptized at Colyton in 1659.
(11) John Wolcott, 1660-; m. Jane Moxam, or Mocomb, of Seaton, in 1684. John, son of John Wolcott, was baptized at Colyton in 1660. John's grandfather, Thomas Holmes, died on 1670. In his will, Thomas Holmes of Colyton, merchant, left 10 shillings to his son-in-law, John Wolcott, to buy a ring "and in full satisfaction of my daughters portion", and "one close of freelande called Gatcombe which I give to my dear grandson John Wollcott". John was churchwarden at Sidbury in 1716 and 1720.
(12) William Wolcott, 1685-.
(12) Jinny Wolcott, 1686-.
(12) Joan Wolcott, 1687-.
(12) John Wolcott, 1688-, of Boswell. John, married Deborah Huyshe of Sand 1714, she b. 1685, d. 1748, through whom their descendants claim scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge established by Richard Huyshe in 1615.
(12) Maximilliam Wolcott, born in 1689. Maximilliam graduated from Oxford in 1708 and succeeded his father's uncle, Maximillian Wolcott, as rector at Cotleigh. The will of Maximillian Wolcott of Cotleigh, clerk, leaves his property to his wife, and mentions his daughter, Polly, wife of James Mitchell, his nephew Maximillian Wolcott of Sidbury, and his brother, James.
(11) Peter Wolcott, 1662-. Peter, son of John Wolcott, was baptized at Colyton in 1662.
(11) Margaret Wolcott, 1665-1665. Margaret, daughter of John Wolcott, was baptized and buried at Colyton in 1665.
(8) Edward, c.1545-. The 1584 Exeter tax roll states that Peter Wolcot and Edward Wolcot held land in St Mary More parish in Exeter. Then, in 1602, Peter Wolcott, gent., paid a tax of 5s4d on land in Holy Trinity valued at 4L per annum and Edward Wolcott, gent., paid the tax on land in the same parish valued at 2L. Edward was apparently Peter's younger brother.
(9?) Simon, c.1580-. In 1604 Simon Wolcott married Elizabeth Drew, the sister of Thomas Drew who married Peter Wolcott's daughter, Dorothy, a month later of the same year. Simon was probably not Peter's son, for John born in 1594 was Peter's heir, so Simon may have been the son of Peter's brother, Edward. The will of Hercules Pyne of Axmouth, gent., dated 1610, printed in Devonshire Wills, leaves bequests to his sisters-in-law, Alice Young, Ellen (Helen) Snow and Elizabeth Woollcott, to his brother-in-law John Young, and to his cousin, Walter Young. Hercules was married to Margery, daughter of John Young of Axminster, MP for Plymouth. None of his brothers married an Elizabeth, and his wife had no sister, Elizabeth. Elizabeth must have been the widow of Margery's eldest brother, Walter Young, who married Elizabeth Drew.
(10) John Wolcott, 1605-1605. John, son of Simon Wolcott, baptized 1605 at Exeter Holy Trinity and buried the same year.
(10) George Wolcott, 1606-. George, son of Simon Wolcot, baptized 1606 at Exeter Holy Trinity.
(10) John Wolcott, 1607-. John, son of Simon Wolcot, baptized 1607 at Exeter Holy Trinity.
(10) Hester Wolcott, 1609-. Hester, daughter of Simon Wolcott, baptized 1609 at Exeter St Mary Major.
(10) Grace Wolcott, 1613-. Grace, daughter of Simon Wolcott, baptized 1613 at Exeter Holy Trinity.
(8?) William, c. 1550-c.1600. One other Wolcott, William, lived in Holy Trinity parish at Exeter and was a contemporary of Peter and Edward. He may have been their younger brother. William Walcot married Anstis Smith, probably his second wife, in 1587 at Exeter Holy Trinity. Anstice Wolcott married John Pallens in 1602. William must have died about 1600.
(9) Ellen, 1577-. Ellen, daughter of William Woolcot, was baptized 1577 at Exeter Holy Trinity and died young.
(9) Agnes, 1579-. Agnes, daughter of William Woollcott, was baptized 1579 at Exeter Holy Trinity.
(5) Richard Wolecot 2 filius, b. c.1425, second son of John of Chagford, is named in the Visitation of 1620.
(6) John Wolcote de Lisleigh, b. c.1445. Described in the 1620 Visitation as "John of Listleigh, married "Maude relicta Wi. Wescote of Wescote in North Tawton", according to the Visitation document. Maude was the widow of William Westcote of Westcote in North Tawton, a village 8 miles northeast of Okehampton. A Chancery proceeding concerning John and Maude Wolcott was addressed to the Lord Chancellor Archbishop of York. This can only refer to George Neville who became Chancellor in 1460 and was made Archbishop of York in 1464, so the document must have been written shortly after 1464. In the Chancery Proceeding, John Woolcote and Maude, his wife, late the wife of William Westcote, state that William Westcote died enfeeoffed of two messuages, 100 acres of heath land, 12 acres of meadow, 4 acres of wood, and twenty acres of furse and heath at Withecomb and Westcote, and that William Westcote had enfeeoffed the land to Thomas Throwston and Simon Whyddon of Chagford as an estate for the said William and Maude and the heirs of their bodies, and that Thomas and Simon had refused to give the land to John and Maude Woolcote when they requested it. Thomas and Simon replied that the 100 acres was arrable land, not heath land, and that William Westcote's intent, expressed in his last will, was that his wife, Maude, should receive the proceeds of the land until the time that Joan, daughter and heiress of William Westcote, should come of age, at which time the land was to be given to Joan and her heirs. They had allowed Maude the proceeds of the land, but would not give the land to her and her husband, John Wolcott. This may be the Joan Tregore, widow, who in 1510 took Walter Wray to Chancery court. She claimed that her father, John Wolcote had held a house and land at Manaton, a parish 3 miles west of Lustleigh. When he died, Joan claimed these lands as his daughter and heiress, but Walter had refused to hand over the deed to these lands to her. Walter Wrey was apparently the father of Jane Wrey, who married Thomas, grandson of John Wolcott of Chudleigh. This Joan Tregore may be John's step-daughter, Joan Westcote.
(7) Richard Wolecote filius et haeres Johis, c.1470-c.1495. Julian Wolcott who died at Staverton in 1524 may have been his wife. A Gregory Wolcott was at Lustleigh in 1524 and took over the property of Julian at Staverton in 1525.
(8) Peter Wolcote of Lisley purchased Buterstowe in Hemiock, c.1490-c.1540. An entry in the records of Wreyland Manor for 1501 says that Peter Wolcote was with Thomas Wolcote, out of the King's assize. Wreyland manor was mostly within the parish of Bovey Tracy, but the inhabitants of the manor were often registered in the neighboring parish of Lustleigh. The King's assize was a legal hearing for such matters as criminal cases and land ownerships disputes. This Peter is the only known Peter living in 1501, and he was definately a minor, so it appears that the assize may have been hearing an inheiritance dispute in which Peter was involved, and that Peter was then living with Thomas Wolcott. It seems likely that Peter's father, Richard Wolcott, died in that year and that Thomas was acting as his guardian. Unfortunately the Wreyland Manor records end in 1501. The Visitation of 1620 states that Peter Wolcot of Lustleigh purchased Buterstowe in Hemiock, or Hennock, a village 2 miles north of Bovey Tracy. In 1524 Peter was listed on the subsidy rolls as living at Lustleigh.
(9) John Wolcott of Buttorstowe, c.1525-c.1585; m. Joan. On the military muster roll of 1569, John Wolcott is listed as a presenter at Hennock, one who made a deposition on behalf of the parish. John deposed that everyone presented in the parish came under the jurisdiction of the tinners court of Chagford, indicating that he may have been involved in the tin trade. In 1573, John Wolcot of Henycke, yeoman, purchased land at Bovey Tracy from Edward Collyns, merchant, of Great Totnes. Richard Wolcot, possibly John's uncle, is mentioned in this deed. The tax rolls of 1581 show John Wolcott, Sr. of Hennock assessed on 10L of goods, and John Wolcott, Jr. assessed on 5L of goods.
(10) John, 1548-. John, son of John Wulcote was baptized 1548 at Hennock. He apparently died young.
(10) Richarda, 1550-. Richarda, daughter of John Wulcote was baptized 1550 at Hennock. Richarda Wolcott married Richard Laye at Hennock in 1572. Parish records at Bovey Tracy show that a Richarda Laye married William Bound in 1583, probably Richarda Wolcott's second marriage. In 1603 there was a dispute over the will of Joan Woolcott of Salcombe Regis, a village 2 miles southeast of Sidmouth, between her daughter Richarda Sweete and John Wolcott. This must have been Richarda's third marriage. Her nephew, Hugh Wolcott, married Agnes Sweet about 1597.
(10) John Wolecote of Boterstow, 1553-c.1612. John, son of John Wolcott, was baptized at Hennock in 1553. John, Jr. is listed on the Hennock tax rolls of 1581. Hooker's list of the "Principal Gentry of Queen Elizabeth's Time", states, "Hennock; in this parish dwelleth Wolcott of Buttor", the only Wolcotts named on this list. John probably married Joan, for Joan Wolcott, widow, in named in a suit brought by John's grandchildren Peter Wolcott and his sister Joan some time between 1612 and 1633. In this suit Joan was awarded the house in Hennock in which Joan Wolcott, widow, then resided. John inheirited Buttor from his father. In 1602, Anne Blackslade, servant of John Wolcott, was buried at Hennock. John died about 1612, after apparently having dissipated much of his wealth.
(11) Hugh Wolcott, 1576-c.1640. Hugh, son of John Wolcote, was baptized 1576 at Hennock. Hugh Wolcott, married Agnes Sweet about 1597. Agnes was the daughter of John Sweet of Traine, in Modbury, and his wife, Margaret Perriam. Margaret Perriam was from an influential family. Her father was mayor of Exeter in 1563 and 1572, and her brothers were Sir William Perriam (1534-1604), Lord Chief Justice of England, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchecquer, and MP for Plymouth in 1563, and Sir John Perriam. Hugh Wolcott was churchwarden at Hennock in 1602, and moved to Bovey Tracy about 1604. Hugh's wife, Agnes, was buried at Bovey Tracy in 1635.
Debts incurred by John Wolcott and his son, Hugh, form the basis of several legal disputes brought by Hugh's son, Peter, against George Cruse, who had been the executor of the will of Hugh's father-in-law, John Sweet, who died in 1613. In 1626, John's grandson, Peter Wolcott, stated that in 1598 Hugh, son of John Wolcott, gent., of Buttor, West Pyehill, Hemiocke, Ilsington, Bovey Tracy and elsewhere in Devon, married Agnes, daughter of John Sweete, gent., of Modbury. In exchange for a large sum of money, John Wolcott had entailed his estates upon Hugh and Agnes, and their heirs. In a few years, John had spent the money, and decided to break the entail and sell some of the estate. George Cruse, a friend and sometimes man of business of John Sweete, bought the land at Bovey Tracy for a large sum of money in 1612. John Sweete died in 1613 , leaving a large estate. He left two sons, John, a Jesuit in Italy, and Adrian, and two daughters, Alice, wife of John Neele, with six children, and Agnes wife of Hugh Wolcott, with sons Peter and Bartholomew, and daughters, Joan and two others, one now dead. John Sweete left 50L to each child and grandchild. The bulk of the estate had been entailed upon Adrian upon his marriage in 1612 to Judith, daughter of John Mayne of Ermington. In a statement made in 1626, Peter Wolcott of Exeter, goldsmith, stated that when his grandfather, John Wolcott, wanted to sell the entailed estates, John's son, Hugh, told his father-in-law, John Sweete, who commissioned George Cruse to purchase them with money provided by John Sweete and his brother-in-law, John Perriam. The lands were to be purchased for the benefit of John Sweete, for life, and afterwards for the benefit of his grandson, Peter, son and heir of Hugh Wolcott. The 550L bonds were taken from Adrian were for the benefit of Adrian's brother, John, if he ever returned to the allegiance of the Crown, and if not, it was to go to Hugh's children. These arrangements were the reason that Hugh had agreed to the sale of the land. Peter claimed that George Cruse had never paid back the money he had been given to purchase the land, and had kept the land, as well as the 500L bonds that had been given by Adrian. Hugh Wolcott had recently put in a bill of complaint, but was forced to desist for lack of money, and had fled the country for debt. When Peter was 21 years old, he had gone to George about the land. George had said that he had paid 400L for the land, and Peter could buy it from him for 418L, in installments. Peter had paid 150L, but got into difficulties and wanted to sell part of the land. George refused to allow this, and wanted to cancel the agreement. George Cruse replied that the land was leased in 1598 to provide a jointure for Agnes, and that she had given him the deed when he bought the land in 1612. He had paid for it with money that he had borrowed and repaid by 1624. By the deed of sale to Peter Wolcott, Peter was to have had the profits from the land of 18L per year as long as he kept up the payments, but was not to get the land until it was paid for. In 1632 Peter Wolcott stated that John Sweete had given a note to William Bastard, saying that the bonds entrusted to John Langbeare were to remain in his hands until they were needed to supply the want of any child or grandchild of John Sweete. John Sweete's will left the residue of his estate "to be divided and distributed among my children and grandchildren by my executors". The personal estate should have been worth 2000L and the landed estate 300L, but George Cruse, executor of the estate, had concealed some of it. Peter charged that George and Adrian had combined to cheat the other heirs out of their share of John Sweete's estate. George Cruse replied that Peter had produced the same complaint before, and last time obtained a judgement that George must divide the 100L bond that Adrian had redeemed, among the children and grandchildren of John Sweete. The other 400L was being held in trust for John Sweete, should he ever return, and was never intended for Peter. Adrian stated that the statute of 1606 made it unlawful for Catholics to inheirit and that he claimed the 400L as next of kin of his brother, John. Bartholomew and Joan Wolcott, Peter's sister and brother, also made statements. George Cruse brought suit against Peter Wolcott in 1633. He stated that in 1611, John Wolcott held two messuages in Bovey Tracy, occupied by Richard Newcomb, and Margaret Elliot, widow. George bought them from John and his heir, Hugh Wolcott, in 1612. Later Peter Wolcott and his sister, Joan, claimed them, and after much litigation, Peter got Richard Newcomb to take a lease for three lives, his and his sons, for 99 years if they lived that long, and inserted his own name as grantor. Peter registered the deed in the manorial court for 25L. When the suit went to arbitration, it was ruled that George must give Peter the tenement in Bovey Tracy called Farwells, and Joan the tenement in Hennock where Joan Wolcott, widow, lived, and pay Peter 60L. In return Peter was to withdraw all claim to the rest. George states that Peter, Joan and Richard Newcomb now claim that George gave Newcomb's tenement to Peter, and they are letting it decay.
(12) Margery Wolcott, 1598-. Margery, was baptized at Hennock in 1598, and married Henry Pregg at Bovey Tracy in 1629. Henry Pregg, or Prigg, was a woolen draper of London. The Preggs had children, Elizabeth, Mary, Joshua and Margery. Elizabeth was the principal heiress of her uncle, Peter Wolcott. Peter refused to pay a dowry demanded by his brother-in-law, Henry Prigg. Peter stated that his sister, Margery, was never worth the 100L that Henry was claiming, and that he had never promised such a dowry with his sister. He said she had 25L from her grandfather and no other jointure. Peter added that he was dragged into Prigg's house at Exeter at 11PM by a Sergeant of the Mace, and forced to sign a bond for 200L, which Prigg claimed he had promised with his sister. He had given her 20L in money, and hose worth 5L, as well as her legacy of 25L from her grandfather, but the Priggs still wanted the bond paid.
(12) Peter Wolcott, 1600-1655. Peter, son of Hugh Woolcott, was baptized at Hennock in 1600. William Hore and his wife and Bartholomew Gale and his wife loaned money to Peter in 1626 to buy lands at Bovey Tracy. Both of these couples were Peter's aunts and uncles. In 1641 Peter Wolcott signed the Protestation Return at Bovey Tracy. Peter's will, dated and proved 1655, requests he be buried in the churchyard at Bovey Tracy; leaves 10 shillings to the poor of Bovey Tracy; gives to Bartholomew Wollcot, his brother, his house and appurtenances and for default of issue the said land to go to Elizabeth Prigg the eldest daughter of Henry Prigge of Exeter, woolen draper; to the said Bartholomew Wollcot four pounds yearly to be paid out of the rents of his lands; to Bartholomew Wollcot or Agnes Wollcott his daughter the sum of 10 pounds which is in full satisfaction of all debts; to Joan Geale my kinswoman 10 pounds; to the foresaid Elizabeth Prigge all his lands in Bovitracy Henniocke Ilsington and Ogwell except the house bequeathed to Bartholomew Wollcott, and if Elizabeth have no issue, it was to go to her sister, Mary Prigge, and then to her brother, Joshua Prigge, then to Margery and then to the heirs of the said Peter Wollcot; to Mary Curtis of Bovitracy one silver spoon and 10 shillings; and the remainder to Elizabeth Prigg with Henry Prigg as overseer.
(12) Phillipa, daughter of Hugh Wolcot, was baptized 1603 at Hennock, and was buried at Bovey Tracy 1616.
(12) Joan Wolcott, 1605-. Joan, daughter of Hugh Wolcott, was baptized at Bovey Tracy 1605.
(12) Bartholomew Wolcott, 1608-. Bartholomew, son of Hugh Wolcott was baptized at Bovey Tracy 1608, and married Joan Prowse at Bovey Tracy 1636. A Bartholomew Woolcott signed the Protestation Return of 1641 at East Portsmouth, a village south of Kingsbridge. Bartholomew, and Agnes, his daughter, are both mentioned in the will of Bartholomew's brother, Peter, in 1655, where he was bequeathed the house in Bovy Tracy in which Bartholomew then lived, and 4L a year for life.
(13) Agnes, 1637-. Agnes, daughter of Bartholomew Wollcott, was baptized at Bovey Tracy 1637, and married Nicholas Sarell at Bovey Tracy 1655.
(11) Susan, 1578-. Susan, daughter of John Wolcot, baptized 1578 at Hennock.
(11) Julian, 1583-. Julian, daughter of John Wolcott, baptized 1583 at Hennock.
(11) Martha, 1586-. Martha, daughter of John Wolcott, baptized 1586 at Hennock. Martha married Bartholomew Geale at Hennock 1604. Bartholomew Gale of Knighton, yeoman, was buried at Hennock in 164_, age 74.
(12) Joan Gale. Joan was living with her cousin, Peter Wolcott, son of Hugh, in 1655.
(11) Joan, 1590-1590. Joan, daughter of John Wolcott, baptized 1590 at Hennock, and probably died in infancy.
(11) Joan, 1591-. Joan, daughter of John, baptized 1591 at Hennock. Joan Wollacott married William Hoare at Hennock 1616.
(11) Elizabeth, 1595-. Elizabeth, daughter of John Wolcott, baptized1595 at Hennock.
(11) Martin, 1602-. Martin, son of John Walcot, Jr., baptized 1602 at Hennock, and died in infancy.
(10) Allison, 1555-. Alson Wolcot was baptized at Hennock 1555. This was probably the Alce Wolcott who married Arthur Cruse at Hennock in 1580. Arthur was the second son of John Cruse of Morchard, a member of a prominent county family.
(10) Stephen, 1558-. Stephen Wolcote was baptized at Hennock 1558.
(11) Charity, 1582-. Charity, daughter of Stephen Wulcott, baptized1582 at Ilsington.
(10) Richard, 1559-. Richard Wolcott was baptized in 1559 at Hennock.
(11?) John, c.1590-. John was most likely a nephew of John Wolcott of Buttor, possibly Richard's son. John married Joan Alforde at Hennock 1619. Then a John Wollacott married Alice Jorden at Hennock 1621, probably the same John with his second wife. John Woolcott of Hennock signed the Protestation Return of 1641.
(12?) Hugh, c. 1620-. Hugh married Mary.
(13) John, 1650-. John, son of Hugh and Mary Woollcott, baptized 1650 at Hennock. The will of Zachary Connant of Hennock, dated 1657, leaves a bequest to John Woolcott, possibly Hugh's son.
(13) William, 1652-. William, son of Hugh and Mary Woollcott, baptized 1652 at Hennock.
(13) Honor, 1654-1654. Honor, daughter of Hugh and Mary Woollcott, baptized 1654 at Hennock and buried the same year.
(13) Mary, 1656-. Mary, daughter of Hugh and Mary Woollcott, baptized in 1656 at Hennock.
(13) Thomasine, 1658-. Thomasine, daughter of Hugh and Mary Woollcott, baptized 1658 at Hennock.
(13) Ann, 1661-. Ann, daughter of Hugh and Mary Woollcott, baptized 1661 at Hennock.
(13) Hugh, 1665-. Hugh, son of Hugh and Mary Woollcott, baptized 1665.
(12) John, 1622-. John, son of John and Alice Wolcott Wolcott, was baptized at Hennock 1622.
(12) Nicholas, 1624-. Nicholas, son of John and Alice Wolcott, was baptized 1624 at Hennock.
(12) George, 1627-. George, son of John and Alice Wolcott, was baptized 1627 at Hennock.
(12) Josiah, 1630-. Josiah, son of John and Alice Wolcott, was baptized 1630 at Hennock.
(12) Grace, 1635-. Grace, daughter of John and Alice Woolcott, was baptized 1635 at Hennock.
(10) Avis, 1565-. Avys Wolcote was baptized 1565 at Hennock.
(9?) Giles, c.1530-1585. A Giles Wolcot of "Hemicock" left a will dated 1585, recorded in Perrogative Court of Canterbury wills, folio 157. It is now missing and its' contents unknown. He might have been John's brother.
(9) Peter, c.1530-1615. The Visitation of 1620 states that Peter Wolcott of Lustleigh was the father of both John Wolcott of Hennock, and of John Wolcott of Mowston als. Moreston in Haberton, his second son. This must be in error, for the first Wolcott known to be at Halberton was named Peter. The land called Morston, or Morston Barton had been owned by the Sydenham and Windham families, and must have been obtained from them. In 1565, Peter Woulcote of Halberton, yeoman, purchased a moiety of a tenement in Halberton called Lake, in the tenure of Phillip Berye, from John Prouse of Combe Martin, esq. Peter Wolcotte is listed on the 1569 Halberton muster rolls as providing 1 corslet, 1 pike, 1 bow, 1 sheaf of arrows, and 1 steel cap, an as serving as a billman. Peter Wulcott was at the South Tawton Manor Court in 1572. Peter Wolcott served as churchwarden at Halberton in 1584, and in 1591 he paid for his wife's grave. Overseer of the will of brother-in-law Thomas Tanner in 1589. Halberton parish records inventory a gift of Peter Wolcott in 1612, and record that Alexander Ulcott paid for burying his father in the church in 1615. Peter m. Elinore Tanner.
(10) Hugh, 1566-1643. Hugh Wolcott of Halberton appears to have been Peter's eldest son, born in 1566. In 1583, Hugh Woolcott, age 17, graduated from Exeter College, Oxford University. University records state that his father was a gentleman. A coat of arms, designated "Wolcott of Oxford",was probably used by him. In 1598, a license to marry was granted to Hugh Woolcott of Halberton, gent., and Jocust Hyscombe of Exeter, widow. Hugh Wolcott served as a churchwarden at Halberton in 1602. In 1620, Hugh Woolcott of Halberton attempted to register his family pedigree at the Herald's Visitation. The records state that he was disclaimed at Tiverton, that is he was not allowed to register a coat of arms, even though his relative, John Wolcott of High Bickington, was allowed to register a pedigree that included Hugh's grandfather. Even though he was not allowed to register arms with the heralds, he still seems to have been regarded as a gentleman at Halberton. Joice, wife of Hugh Wolcott, was buried at Halberton in 1628, and Hugh paid for her grave in the church. Hugh Woolcott, gent., was buried at Halberton in 1643. The name of Hugh Wolcott, gent., of Moreston, Halberton, is recorded in the Protestation Returns of 1641, as is the name of Abraham Wolcott, who may have been his son.
(11) Abraham, c. 1600. Abraham Woolcott married Mary Stone at Halberton 1638. His name appears on the Protestation Return of 1641.
(12) A son of Abraham Woolcot was baptized 1642 at Halberton, unamed, and apparently died young. This seems to be the last record of Wolcotts in this parish.
(10) George Wolcott, b. c.1570; mentioned in the will of his uncle Thomas Tanner in 1589.
(10) Alexander, b. c.1575, d.1653 Kingsbridge, Devon; m. Jane. The Alexander Ulcott who paid for Peter Wolcott's burial in 1615 at Halberton was probably Alexander Wolcott of Kingsbridge. Alexander was involved in a number of legal proceedings. In Chancery Proceedings C96/49 dated 1620, Richard Collins of Aveton Giffard, complained that Alexander Wolcott and George Lappe of Kingsbridge had loaned him money and were charging him too much interest. Alexander Woolcot, merchant, John Lapp, and John Kendall, all of Kingsbridge, were co-feeofees of all the land belonging to the town and parish of Kingsbridge, in 1626. In another Chancery proceeding, Lord Petre v. Alexander Wolcott and others, P58/45, dated 1637, Alexander was the spokesperson for the town of Kingsbridge in a dispute over the ownership of land at Kingsbridge and a grist mill built upon it, called Farthing Mead. The townspeople claimed that the mill had been built on town property. John Wolcott was also named in this case as one of the townspeople who supported this claim.
Alexander Wolcott the elder of Kingsbridge, in his will dated and proved 1635 gives "to the poore people of the town of Kingsbridge aforesaid ffortie shillings of lawfull money of England to be distributed by the Collector for the poore for the time beinge at my death to such poore people as they with my Executor shall thinke to have most need. Item I give to Samuell Wolcott my grandchild ffortie shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid within one year after my decease Item I give and bequeathe to both my grandchildrn John Wolcott and Thomas Wolcott ffortie shillings likewise a peece of lawful money of England to be paid them within one yeare next after my decease. Item I give unto my Cosen Dorothie Newman twentie shillings of lawfull money of England to make her a gould ringe for a remembrance of me. Item I give to Agnes my maid servant five shillings Item I give unto Daniell Hodge at the end of his apprenticeshippe ffive shillings Item my will is that my wife Jane shall have the use and occupation of all my goods and chattells moveable and unmoveable whatsoever dureing her naturall life but not to lett sell or dispose all or anie parte of the said goods or chattells to anie person or persons whatsoever without the consent and assent of my Executor and Overseers hereafter named ffurther ny will and meameinge is that my said wife shall leave all my said goods and chattells to my Executor at the time of her death save onlie the value of twentie pounds in goods and all her Rings Jewells and apparell which she shall or may dispose or give to anie person or persons whatsoever and in lew of the use and occupation of the said goods and chattells my will and meaneinge and desire is that my said wife shall mainteyne my sonne John Wolcott his wife and children and one maid servant sufficient meate drinke and lodgeinge in the house wherein I now dwell dureing her life if they please to remayne and dwell with her they behaveinge themselves as dutifull children towards her Or else my will is my said wife shall put them out of her howse and be freed from mainteyneing them as above said Item I doe give will and devise unto my said sonne John Wolcott his heirs and Assignes forever all my Lands and Tenements situate lyeing and beinge within the Burrough and parish of Dodbrooke in the Countie of Devon to have and to hould all the said Lands and Tenements unto my said sonne John Wolcott his heirs and assignes for ever more The rest of all my said Goods and Chattells not before given or bequeathed I give and bequeathe unto my said sonne John Wolcott whome I make my Executor.... Jane, wife of Alexander Wolcott, Sr., was buried at Kingsbridge 1636.
(11) Alexander Wolcott b. c.1600 Kingsbridge, d.1636; married Elizabeth Pearse 1633 at Exeter. Alexander Wolcott, Jr., was buried at Kingsbridge 1636. In 1636, following the death of her husband, Elizabeth brought suit against her father-in-law, recorded in Chancery proceedings W48/53, W124/13 and W116/3. Elizabeth claimed that when she married Alexander Wolcott, Jr., in 1633, an agreement was made with her father, John Pearse of Exeter, merchant, who was to pay to Alexander Wolcott, Sr., 300L in money, for which Alexander was to settle on the young couple his shop, warehouse, rooms and cellars, and all his mercery, silk goods, grocery, haberdashery and drapery. He and his wife, Jane, were to provide meat, drink, and lodging for the couple and their children, a man servant and a maid servant, and fodder for one horse. If the young couple, or Elizabeth, if a widow and unmarried, chose to move from the house of Alexander, the elder, he was to pay them an annuity of 30L in quarterly installments. The 300L was paid and the marriage agreement signed in 1634. Elizabeth stated that before she had been married a quarter of a year, Alexander, Sr., and his wife, Jane, moved out and left the young couple to fend for themselves. She said that Alexander, Sr., had forced them to buy household goods from him at inflated prices, and to buy stock in the store for 720L, when it was only worth 600L. Alexander, Jr., borrowed 300L from John Pearse for this purpose, and paid the rest in installments. She stated that Alexander, Sr., had never paid them the 30L annuity, meddled in the business, and sold their stock and kept the money. Alexander, Jr., died intestate and Elizabeth, his executrix, was willing to pay his debts, but due to a conspiracy between Alexander Wolcott, Sr., Tristram Mitchell, Elias Trouete, Henry Goulde, William Blackaller, John Pinhey and John Pearse, all of Exeter, and Davit Woodroffe. Francis West, Matthew Sharocke, Francis Pratt and Henry Towley, all of London, she is being dunned for debts of more that 1000L. The stock in the store is valued at 410L and her personal goods at 70L, so she has offered her creditors a composition for the debts by which they would get a portion of their demands, but they refuse to accept this. Also Alexander, Sr., owns a bakehouse and land called Cattispath in Kingsbridge which should have come to the young couple under the marriage agreement, but from which he continues to take the profits of 20L per annum. Elizabeth requests this money, plus the arears of the 30L, and requests that the creditors make a realistic account of Alexander. Jr.'s, debts. The creditors presented their accounts, most of 20 to 30L and long in arrears. John Pearse confirmed his daughter's story but still requested the 31L due him. Alexander Wolcott, Sr., stated that the property was to go to his son, Alexander, after the decease of Alexander, Sr., and Jane, his wife, and was worth 1000L. The bakehouse had been intended for his son, John, but Alexander, Jr., had asked that it be included in his portion, in return for which Alexander Jr. would pay John 100L at the time of his father and mother's death. This property was to remain his parent's until their death. He said that he and his wife, Jane, had wished to live peaceably with the young couple, but had been forced to depart by the dissolute, disobedient and violent course that Elizabeth led Alexander, Jr., into. He beat the father's servants and threatened his father or anyone else who came into the kitchen to "thrust him through the cheeks" with a pronged staff he had, and refused to eat at the same table with his parents. In the interest of peace, Alexander and Jane moved out. The 30L was not due unless Alexander, Jr., and Elizabeth moved from the shop premises, which Elizabeth had just done in 1636. Alexander and Elizabeth had kept a large portion of his father's household stuff, and had certainly never bought any of it. The shop goods were meant to have gone to Alexander, Jr., at a fair valuation and Alexander, Jr., had agreed that they were worth 50L more than the 720L they had valued them at. The 300L from John Pearce had gone toward the purchase of the goods, but the 420L balance had never been paid. Alexander said he had tried to assist his son with the store and had sold 200L of goods and had given it all to his son. Elizabeth was not admitting the full value of the goods currently in stock in order to avoid payment of her debts. Matthew Sharrocke of London, vintner, made a statement in 1637, confirming that he had heard that the stock had been grossly undervalued for probate. In Chancery Proceedings of 1638 Elizabeth Wolcott, widow, brought suit against John Wolcott and Elizabeth, his wife, claiming the household goods due her under her marriage settlement. She stated that Alexander, Jr., had been forced by his father to take out a bond of 420L, which he had repaid by installments. She claimed that Alexander, Sr., had given most of his household goods to his second son, John. John was named executor of his father's estate, valued at about 1000L, and was holding the household goods, worth 300L or more, and demanding full payment of the 420L bond. John Wolcott responded saying that his father had never taken anything that wasn't his. All his household goods were worth no more than 60L. His father was a very poor man with a mean estate, scarcely enough to pay his debts. He had been impoverished and his credit ruined by the bad behavior and poor business sense of his eldest son, Alexander, Jr., to the ruin of John's own prospects. Their father's death had been hastened by all this worry. John said that he would give his sister-in-law her household goods when she paid what she owed him. In 1639, in Chancery Proceeding W98/11, the household items were divided between John and Elizabeth, with John receiving the larger portion.
(12) Samuel Wolcott, b. 1635 Kingsbridge, d. y..
(11) John Wolcott, c.1605 Kingsbridge, d. c.1650, m. Elizabeth Hooper, daughter of Crispin and Elizabeth Hooper of West Alvington 1632. By the marriage, land at Dodbrooke, part of her mother's jointure, came to John. Held land in Churchstow manor in 1639
(12) John Wolcott, b. c.1633, d. 1699 Dodbrooke. The will of his uncle, Crispin Hooper, Jr., includes bequests: "To my eldest sister, Elizabeth Wolcott of Kingsbridge Devon an annuity of 25L. To John Woolcot son of my said sister 50L and 100L to be divided among his children".
(13) Dr. William Woolcott, b. c.1660 Kingsbridge, d. Dodbrook, surgeon; heir and executor of his great- uncle, William Hooper,
whose will includes bequests "to my sister Elizabeth an annuity of 6L. To William
Woolcot son of John Woolcot of Dadbrooke Devon all my lands in Dadbrooke"; m. Grace ___, d. 1740 Dodbrook.
(14) Dr. Alexander Woolcott, b. c.1695, d. 1751 Dodbrook, Devon; surgeon at Fowey 1712-27, then moved to Lansolot, Cornwall; m. Mary Ryder 1732 Marlborough, Devon.
(15) Amy Woolcott, b. c.1735 ; m. Robert Stephens 1764 Fowey, Cornwall.
(15) Dr. John Woolcott (Wolcot), b. 1738 Dodbrooke, Devon, d. 1819 London; raised at Fowey by his uncle John Wolcott, trained as a surgeon in London under his uncle, Thomas Giddy, obtained MD license at Aberdeen 1767, to Jamaica 1768, returned to England and was ordained, practiced medicine at Truro until his uncle died leaving him 2,000L, moved to London about 1778 where he was patron of artist John Opie, the famous artist, and became a writer and satirist known as "Peter Pindar".
(15) Ann Woolcott, b. 1742 Dodbrook, d. 1820 Dodbrook.
(14) Dr. William Woolcott, b. 1710, d. 1798 Kingsbridge, surgeon and apothecary at Dartmouth; m. Hannah Newcomen 1742 Dartmouth.
(13) Crispin Woolcott, b.1680; signed oath of allegience at Stoke Damerel 1723; m. Ann ____.
(14) Mary Woolcott, b. 1708.
(14) John Woolcott, b. 1710 Stoke Damerel.
(15) John Woolcott, b. c.1750 Stoke Damerel, m. Ann ____.
(16 Grace Woolcott, b. 1781 Stoke Damerel.
(16) John Woolcott, b. 1786 Stoke Damerel, d.y..
(16 ) John Woolcott, b. 1789 Stoke Damerel, d. 1791.
(16) John William David Woolcott, b. 1791 Stoke Damerel; m. (1) Jane Blatchford 1810 Stoke Damerel, m. (2) Elizabeth Coffin 1818 Stoke Damerel.
(13) Mary Woolcott, b. c.1680.
(13) Grace Woolcott.
(12) Thomas Woolcott, named in the will of Alexander Wolcott, Sr.
(12) Jane Wolcott, 1636-. Jane, daughter of John and Elizabeth Wolcott, was baptized 1636 at Kingsbridge.
(12) Dorothy Woolcott, 1638-. Dorothy, daughter of John and Elizabeth Wolcott, was baptized 1638 at Kingsbridge.
(8?) Richard Wolcott of Staverton, c. 1500-c.1560?, probably a brother of Peter of Lustleigh. In 1524 and 1525, the names of several Wolcotts appear on the Lay Subsidy Roll for Staverton: Richard Wolcote, taxed on goods valued at 2 1/3L per year; Julian Wolcote, taxed on goods valued at 2L per year in 1524, but whose name is replaced by the name of Gregory Wolcote in 1525, with goods also valued at 2L per year. Gregory was at Lustleigh in 1524 and was probably related to Peter Wolcott of Lustleigh. At this time Julian was a woman's name. It seems likely that Julian was the widowed mother of Richard and Gregory.
(8?) Thomas Wolcott, c. 1530-. Two Wolcotts appear at Staverton on the Muster Roll of 1569. Both Thomas Wolcot and Ellice Wolcaut are listed to serve as harquibusiers. An Alice Wolcott is listed at Staverton on the Subsidy Roll of 1588, paying a tax of 7 shillings. This may have been Thomas' widow, or possibly a misreading of Ellice.
(8?) Ellice Wolcott, c. 1530-.
(8) Gregory Wolcott, c.1495-c.1560. The Wolcotts of Bridford, a village 6 miles north of Lustleigh, seem to be descended from Gregory Wolcott, who may have been another younger brother of Peter. Peter and Gregory were living at Lustleigh in 1524, according to the Lay Subsidy roll of that year, and the following year, 1525, Gregory's name is listed at Staverton, where it replaced the name of Julian who was listed there in 1524. Presumably Julian had died and Gregory took over her property. It seems likely that she had been his mother. Gregory's name next appears in the Bridford parish records. Gregory Wollacote paid a tax on 15L on the 1543-5 Subsidy Roll.
(9?) John Wolcott, c.1530-1614. John Wolcott of Bridford was probably Gregory's eldest son, baptized before the parish registers begin in 1537, although Gregory also had another younger son with the name of John. There may have even been two Gregories, father and son, for otherwise Gregory's youngest child would have been born when he was 62 years old. John Wolcott of Bridford is listed on the military muster roll of 1569 as a pikeman, and in 1581 John Woulcot of Bridford was assessed taxes on 3L of goods. He is probably the John Woolcot, Sr. of Bridford whose will was proved at the Exeter Principal Probate Registry in 1614.
(10) Joan, daughter of John Woulcot, baptized 1554 at Bridford.
(10) Richard, son of John Woulcot, baptized 1556 at Bridford.
(10) Syslie, daughter of John Woulcot, baptized 1561 at Bridford.
(10) Susan, daughter of John Woulcot, baptized 1565 at Bridford. She married Richard Venscombe on 1589 at Bridford.
(10) Joan, daughter of John Woulcot, baptized 1567 at Bridford. She married Edward Grosse 1592 at Bridford.
(10) John, son of John Woulcot, baptized 1570 at Bridford. This is probably the John Woulcot who married Joan on 1600 at Bridford. John Wolcott of Bridford's will was proved at Exeter in 1638.
(11) Joan, daughter of John Woulcot, baptized 1602 at Bridford.
(10) Terphine and Annes, daughters of John Woulcot. baptized 1573 at Bridford.
(10) Pascow, daughter of John Woulcot, baptized 1574 at Bridford and married to Arthur Cruse 1609 at Bridford.
(10) Jane, daughter of John Woulcot, baptized 1576 at Bridford.
In 1579 the church wardens of Ashburton parish paid John Wolcott 3s 8d for making beams for the Lemmynford bridge. There are no Wolcotts listed on the muster rolls for Ashburton in 1569. In 1599, John Woolcott was on the subsidy rolls at Ashburton, paying a tax of 16d. Ashburton is a town 3 miles north of Buckfastleigh and five miles north of Staverton.
(10?) Hugh Woolcott, b. c. 1580, l. Ashburton
(2) Joan Woolcott, daughter of Hugh Woolcott, was baptized 1603 at Ashburton.
(2) Phillip Woolcott , son of Hugh Wolcot, was baptized here 1606. Phillip Woolcott married Wilmot Peake in 1633 at Ashburton.
(3) Phillip, 1639-. Phillip, son of Phillip Woolcott, baptized in 1639 Ashburton.
(3) Richard, son of Phillip Woolcott, baptized 1645 Ashburton.
(3) John, son of Phillip Woolcot, baptized 1649 Ashburton.
(9) Joan, daughter of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1538 Bridford.
(9) Edward Woulcot, son of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1541 Bridford; m. Elizabeth ____.
(10) Robert, son of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1564 Bridford, and died young.
(10) Jane, daughter of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1565 Bridford.
(10) Margery, daughter of Edward Woulcott, baptized 1572 Bridford.
(10) Joan, daughter of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1575 Bridford.
(10) Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1577 Bridford.
(10) Jane, daughter of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1579 Bridford.
(10) George, son of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1581 Bridford.
(10) John, son of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1584 Bridford.
(10) Joan, daughter of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1586 Bridford.
(10?) James, c. 1585-1628. A James Wolcott who lived at Bridford must be part of this family, but there is no record of his baptism. He was probably a son of one of Gregory's younger sons, Steven, Peter, Michael or John. James Woulcot married Jane Watts at Bridford 1607. The will of James Woolcot of Bridford was proved in 1628.
(11) Nicholas, 1611-c.1660. Nicholas, son of James Woulcot, was baptized 1611 at Bridford. Nicholas Woolicot, married Elizabeth Holman at Bridford in 1637.
(12) Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Woolcot, baptized 1638 at Bridford.
(12) Martha, daughter of Elizabeth and Nicholas Wolcot, baptized 1640 at Bridford.
(12) Nicholas, son of Nicholas Wolcot, baptized 1642 at Bridford.
(12) Jane, daughter of Nicholas Wollacot, baptized 1644 at Bridford.
(12) James, son of Nicholas Woolcote, baptized 1649 at Bridford.
(12) Alice, daughter of Nicholas Wollcot, baptized 1653 at Bridford.
(11) William, c. 1600-. There was also a William Wolcott at Bridford whose relation to this branch of the family is unknown, but he was probably a grandson of one of Gregory's younger sons. William Wolcott is the only Wolcott at Bridford who signed the Protestation Return of 1641. William Woollicott married Joan Dod at Bridford in 1636.
(12) Henry, son of William and Joane Wollicot, b. 1637 at Bridford.
(12) Marie, daughter of William and Jone Wollcot, b. 1639 at Bridford.
(12) William, son of William Wolcot, b. 1642 at Bridford.
(12) Thomas, son of William Woolecot, b. in 1644 at Bridford.
(12) Joan, daughter of William Woolcott. b. 1646 at Bridford.
(12) John, son of William Woolcote, b. 1647 at Bridford.
(12) Simon, son of William Woolcot, b. 1649 at Bridford.
(12) Elias, son of William Woolcott, b. 1651 at Bridford.
(12) Susan, daughter of William Wollcot, b. 1653 at Bridford.
(10) George, son of Edward Woulcot, 1581-1628 Bridford. A George Wolcott also had a family at Bridford. He seems too young to have been the son of Edward Wolcott baptized in 1581, so must have been the child of one of Gregory's younger sons. Bridford parish registers show that George Woulcot m. Tamsin Mounsden als. Will 1595 Bridford; George Woulcot m. (2) Margaret Murche 1602 Bridford. The will of George Woolcot of Bridford was proved at Exeter in 1628.
(11) Margaret, daughter of George Woulcot was baptized 1605 at Bridford; m. Ambrose Wills 1628 Bridford.
Other unidentified Wolcotts listed in the Bridford parish records are: Humphrey Woulcot who had a daughter, Joan, baptized 1646 at Bridford. Jane Woulcot who married John Moore 1612 at Bridford. Jane who married Robert Skinner 1624 at Bridford. Jone Woulcot who had a son, Valentine, baptized 1606 at Bridford. Jone Woulcot who had a son, William, baptized 1613 at Bridford. Jone Woulcot who married Henry Luce on 1620 at Bridford and Nicholas Murch 1621 at Bridford. Mary Woulcot who had a son, William, baptized 1618 and another son, William, baptized 1622, as well as daughter, Wilmot, baptized 1630, all at Bridford. Melony Wolcot who married John Valence 1641 at Bridford.
(10) Marie, daughter of Edward Woulcot, baptized 1594 Bridford.
(9) Stephen Woulcot, son of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1543 Bridford.
(9) Ann, daughter of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1545 Bridford.
(9) Peter, son of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1548 Bridford.
(9) Marie, daughter of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1551 Bridford.
(9) John, son of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1554.
(9) Michael and Margery Woulcot, son and daughter of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1559 Bridford.
(9) Peter, son of Gregorie Woulcot, baptized 1563 Bridford.
(8) John, c.1500-. John Wolcott, who is listed on the Subsidy Roll of 1525 at Ilsington may also have been another brother of Peter, for his son was baptized at Hennock where Peter lived. Ilsington is a village 3 miles southwest of Bovey Tracy and about 5 miles from Hennock.
(9) William, 1543-. William, son of John Wulcote, was baptized 1543 at Hennock, where Peter Wolcott of Lustleigh had recently purchased the property called Buttor. William Wulcot married Joan Weger at Ilsington1565. Joan must have died, for in 1577, William married Elizabeth Cose at Ilsington. William then married Joan Prowse in 1588 at Ilsington. William appears to have had three wives and eleven children.
(10) Alice, daughter of William Wollcote was baptized at Ilsington 1565.
(10) John, son of William Wulcot was baptized 1569 at Ilsington.
(10) Margaret, daughter of William Wulcot was baptized 1571 at Ilsington.
(10) Anne, daughter of William Wulcote, baptized 1578 at Ilsington.
(10) Joan, daughter of William Wulcot, baptized 1579 at Ilsington. Joan married Francis Gunston 1608 at Ilsington.
(10) Agnes, daughter of William Wulcot, baptized at Ilsington. Agnes married John Castle 1608 at Ilsington.
(10) Richard, son of William Wulcot, baptized 1584 at Ilsington. Richard, married Mary Weger 1607, and Joan Archer 1608. Richard Woollcot, and John Woolcott, probably Richard's nephew, signed the Protestation Return at Ilsington in 1641.
(11) Alexander, son of Richard Wolcott baptized 1610 at Ilsington.
(11) Joan, daughter of Richard Wolcott, baptized 1613 at Ilsington.
(11) John son of Richard Woolcott, baptized 1616 at Ilsington.
(11) Agnes, daughter of Richard Wolcott, baptized 1620 at Ilsington.
(11) Edward, son of Richard Wollcote, baptized 1620 at Ilsington.
(11) Rawlyn, daughter of Richard Wolcott, baptized 1630 at Ilsington. Rawline Woolcot married George Goose in 1656.
(10) Henry, son of William Wulcot, baptized 1586 at Ilsington. Henry married Hannah Wethicomb 1623 at Ilsington. Henry then married Jecholiah Foster on 2 1627 at Ilsington.
(11) John, son of Henry Wolcott. baptized 1624 at Ilsington.
(11) Wilmot, daughter of Henry Wolcott, baptized 1629 at Ilsington. Wilmot died in infancy.
(10) Mote, daughter of William Woolcot, baptized 1592 at Ilsington.
(10) Beaton, daughter of William Wulcot, baptized 1594 at Ilsington and died the same year.
(10) Jane, daughter of William Wulcot, baptized 1595. William had a total of 11 children.
(6) Thomas Wolcott, c.1455-c.1520. The Wreyland Manor records show that in 1501 Peter Wolcott, presumably the Peter of Lustleigh listed in the 1620 Visitation, was "with Thomas Wolcott out of the king's assize", that is, not registered in frankpledge. Thomas appears to have been his guardian after the death of Peter's father, Richard Wolcott, and must have been a close relative. Thomas was probably a younger son of Richard Wolcott of Lustleigh. Wrey Manor, later called Wreyland Manor, was located mostly in the parish of Bovey Tracy, but was directly across the Wrey River from the village of Lustleigh. In 1497, John, Lord Dynham, was lord of Wrey Manor, which then consisted of 200 acres divided into nine "messuages", or farms, which were all leased to tenants. Thomas Wolcotts' name is found in the surviving records of this manor that cover the last quarter of the fifteenth century. In the Wreyland manorial accounts we find a record of a Thomas Wollecote taking up tenancy in land there in 1480. At the manor court held in 1480, the tithingman presented that "Henry Wreyford who held of the lord of the manor according to the custom of the manor a tenement and a close of land has died since the last court whereby two cows worth thirteen shillings and four pence have fallen to the lord of the manor as a heriot, and the tenement is sufficiently in repair. And hereupon came Thomas Wollecote and prayed that he should be admitted to be a tenant of the manor for the tenement and close aforesaid by virtue of his copy of Court Roll which he produces, the date of which is Monday the seventeenth day of January in the nineteenth year of the reign of King Edward the Dourth, and so he was admitted as a tenant and did his fealty to the lord of the manor." Thomas may have been related to Henry Wreyford whose property he took over. One of the Wreyfords registered their family pedigree in the Visitation of 1620, beginning with John Wreyford of Hennock and his sons, Roger of Hennock b.1465, Peter b. 1468, and John b. 1470. It is of interest that the family crest of the Wreyford family was "a griffin's head erased", similar to the crest used by the Wolcott family, and that the name, Peter, is first found in the Wolcott family in Peter of Lustleigh, born about 1490. Thomas' land is believed to be the farm referred to as Forder Wreyford or Lower Wreyford, and was located next to the ford over the river. Part of this land was later called "Milland" because it was located on the Wrey River, adjascent to Lustleigh mill. Thomas Wolcott's name appears quite often in the manorial accounts. At the court held in 1481, the tithingman presented that "Thomas Wolcote has made a brew of ale and thereby broken the assize; therefore he is at mercy; three pence." At the next assize, heldin 1481, the tithingman presented that "Thomas Wolcote has made an assault on Peter Wilmede with a pole against the peace; therefore is he in mercy; three pence. And that the same Thomas has made an assault on the same Peter with a pole against the peace; therefore he is at mercy; three pence. And that the same Thomas has made an assault on the same peter with a plank against the peace; therefore he is at mercy; three pence. Altogether, nine pence. Let him be distrained. He has tendered the money." Peter Wilmede held the tenement called Wreyford, located next to Thomas' home at Forder Wreyford. He died in 1482, hopefully not as a result of Thomas' beatings. At the manor court held in 1482, Thomas was again cited for making ale and was fined three pence. Nevertheless, he was appointed reeve for the following year. Thomas Ollesbrome took over the tenement called Wreyford in 1483. At the court held 1484, the tithingman presented that "Thomas Wolcote has made an assault on John Walling with a stone against the peace; therefore he is mercy; three pence." Thomas turns up again in the court held in 1489. The tithingman presented that "Thomas Wolcote, Thomas Ollesbrome, and Thomas Merdon have permitted the Rive Wrey to be choked up with gravel and timber to the anusance of the country; therefore they are in mercy, one penny each. They have repaired it." "Also he presents that Thomas Wolcote has made an assault on Joan Merdon with a switch against the peace; therefore he is in mercy; three pence. And let him be distrained." At the courts held in 1489, 1490, 1492, 1493, 1494, 1495, and 1496, Thomas Wolcote again paid three pence each for brewing ale. At the May 1493 court he was sworn in as reeve and tithingman for the coming year. At the court held in 1495, "the tithingman comes there and presents that John Boudon has made an assault on Thomas Wollecote with a hanger against the peace and has drawn blood. Therefore he is in mercy; nine pence. He has tendered the money. And that Thomas Wollecote has made an assault on John Boudon with a staff against the peace and has drawn blood. Therefore he is in mercy; nine pence. He has tendered the money." At the same court, "Thomas Wolcote complains of Thomas Ollesbrome in a plea of trespass in two complaints…that he did not accept twenty bushels of apples at Northmyllehill as is imputed to him. William Gold is his pledge for three mark. Issue: that he did kill his pig at Wreyford as is imputed to him. William Gold is his pledge for three mark." Apparently some sort of a deal was worked out, for at the next court held in 1496, John Ollesbrome claimed that he did accept twenty bushels of apples at Northmyllehille and did not kill Thomas Wollecote's pig, and that Thomas' complaint was false. At the same court, John Wollecote, Thomas' son, requested and was given the reversion of Ollesbrome's tenement "when they shall have fallen in through the aforesaid Thomas' death or surrender." The following court held in 1496, held that "Thomas Wollecote is in mercy for his false complaint against Thomas Ollesbrome in a plea of trespass whereon there was an issue," and Thomas Ollmesbrome surrendered his tenement to the lord of the manor and it was granted to John Wolcott. John Ollesbrome moved out of the manor, and Thomas Wolcott had his son, John, as a neighbor instead. After this, other than a few more fines for brewing without a license, Thomas seems to have kept the peace. An entry for 1501 says that Peter Wolcote was with Thomas Wolcote, out of the King's assize. This sounds as if Thomas was then serving as foster father for Peter Wolcott of Lustleigh. Unfortunately the Wreyland Manor records end at this point.
(7) John, c.1476-1554. The names of other Wolcotts begin to appear toward the end of the Wreyland Manor records. In 1488 John Wolcote was assigned with John Merdon as a pledge. This refers to the system of frankpledge, where adult males were assigned to a group who were held responsible for each other's good behavior. Men were usually assigned to such a group when they were about twelve or thirteen years old, so John was probably born about 1476. This was the right age to have been a son of Thomas. John took over the tenement called Wreyford, located next to his father's tenement, in 1496. He would have then been 20years old. Wreyland Manor records for 1501 show that both John Wolcott and Thomas Wolcott were fined for making ale, indicating that John was then considered an independent adult and not Thomas' dependant, so this was probably the John who was in frankpledge in 1488. Unfortunately, he records of Wreyland Manor terminate in 1502. This is apparently the same John, described as "of Pullobrook" that paid a tinning tax at Ashburton in 1523. Asburton is one of the four stannary towns where such tax was paid, so he was apparently involved in the tin trade in that area. Pullobrook is farm in the parish of Bovey Tracy, a few miles from Wreyland. Pullobrook is mentioned in Domesday. The name is derived from its location on Yarrow Brook and the Anglo-Saxon "Pul" meaning a steep hill. The farm is now owned by Henry Bond, a sheep and cattle grower. The house and several neighboring houses were renovated in 1896, but in 2002 still had no inside electricity. In 1524 John Wolcott of Bovey Tracy was listed on the Lay Subsidy Roll paying a tax on 18L in goods. He was then the third wealthiest Wolcott in Devonshire, so he must have prospered in the tin business. John also paid a tax on 12L in the lay subsidy of 1543-5, again indicating that he was fairly wealthy. A John Wolcot held land in Newton Abbot, a village 7 miles south of Chudleigh. The land bordered property that John Gavercock sold to John Wyle in 1547. John Wolcott of Chudleigh did not hold land here when he died in 1549, so the land may have belonged to John Wolcott of Pullobrook. John of Pullbrook married Margery. Parish records show that Margery Ulcot was buried at Pullobrooke, Bovey Tracy 1549 and John Wolcott of Pullobrooke was buried 1554.
(8) Richard of Shute, c.1510-1552. There were two Richard Wolcotts who lived in the parish of Bovey Tracy. One lived at the farm called "Shute", immediately adjacent to Pullobrook, and is therefore probably the son of John of Pullbrook. Shute means "water source". Bovey Tracy parish registers show that Richard Wolcott married Margaret, whose last name is not given, on the first week of All Saints, 1538. When John Herte granted a tenement to John Southcott of Bovey Tracy in 1537, Richard Wulcote and John Bucke served as attorneys for the transaction, according to Tingey's Calendar, folio 14. Richard Wolcott paid a tax on 3L on the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1543-5. Folio 252 of that calendar shows that Richard Wolcote of Shute, Bovey Tracy, yeoman, purchased land from John Herte's son, Robert, in 1552. Richard Ulcot of Showt was buried at Bovey Tracyin 1552. Apparently Richard's widow, married William Quicke 1553 at Bovey Tracy.
(9) Welthian, daughter of Richard and Margaret Wolcott, was baptized 1539 at Bovey Tracy, and buried 1540.
(9) John, son of Richard and Margaret Wolcott, was baptized 1541 at Bovey Tracy. He is probably the John Wolcott who was buried at Bovey Tracy 1591. John Wolcot married Joan, daughter of Andrew Underhay 1565 at Bovey Tracy. Joan Wolcott, widow, was buried at Bovey Tracy 1609. For 1567, Tingey's Exeter Castle Mss., folio 252 records: "John Woolcot, husbandman of Bovey Tracy, bargain and sale to Gregory (or Henry) Ley of Bovey Tracy, merchant, lands there which John Mannvile (or Mannynge) holds; boundents, heirs of Clysthanger, heirs of Edward Collyns, and the way towards Liseleghe." This may have been the John Wolcott who was at Ashburton in 1579 of whom the parish records show that in that year the church wardens of Ashburton parish paid John Wolcott 3s 8d for making beams for the Lemmynford bridge. There are no Wolcotts listed on the muster rolls for Ashburton in 1569. In 1599, John Woolcott's name is found on the subsidy rolls at Ashburton, paying a tax of 16d. In 1596, one of the two Wolcotts who paid the Bovey Tracy Church Rate Tax was Joan Wolcott, who paid a tax of 10d for a tenement at Pludde, a hamlet in Bovey Tracy. This Joan was probably John's widow
(10) Peter, son of John and Joan Wolcot, baptized 1565 at Bovey Tracy. Peter Wulcott married Wilmott Weger at Ilsington, a village three miles south of Bovey Tracy 1593. Peter Wullcott also married Ann Jewell at Ilsington 1611, probably Peter's second marriage.
(11) Thomas, 1594-. Thomas, son of Peter Wulcot, was baptized at Ilsington in 1594. This may be the Thomas Wollcotte who married Ellen Bowden at Ashburton 1630.
(12) Gregory, son of Thomas Woolcott, was baptized 1631 at Ashburton, and married Joan Hodge there in 1656.
(13) Henry, 1661-1661. Henry, son of Gregory Wolcott, baptized 1661 at Ashburton.
(13) Henry, 1662-. Henry, son of Gregory Woolcott, baptized 1662 at Ashburton.
(13) Dorothy, daughter of Gregory Woolcott, baptized 1663 at Ashburton.
(12) Henry, son of Thomas Wolcott, was baptized at Ashburton 1634.
(12) Thomas, son of Thomas Wolcott, was baptized 1636 at Ashburton.
(12) Mary, daughter of Thomas Woolcott, was baptized 1638 at Ashburton.
(12) Joan, daughter of Thomas Wolcott, was baptized 1641 at Ashburton.
(10) John, 1567-1630. John, son of John and Joane Wolcott, was baptized 1567 at Bovey Tracy. John Wolcott was buried at Bovey Tracy in 1630. This may have been the John who married Margaret Furse at Bovey Tracy in 1600. In 1596, one of the two Wolcotts who paid the Bovey Tracy Church Rate Tax was John Woolcott, who paid 20d for a tenement in Elsford, a hamlet in Bovey Tracy parish. It is difficult to distinguish this John from his second cousin, John Wolcott, son of John and Joan, born at Bovey Tracy in 1569. In 1596, John Bearde held Shute.
(11) Agnes, daughter of John Woolcott, baptized 1601 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Cicely, daughter of John Woolcott, baptized 1603 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Thomas, son of John Wolcott, baptized 1605 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Grace, daughter of John Wolcott, baptized 1608 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) John, son of John Wolcott, baptized 1612 and buried 1613 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) William, son of John Wolcott, baptized 1614 and buried 1614 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Margaret, daughter of John Wolcot, baptized 1615 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) John, son of John Wolcott, baptized 1618 and buried 1629 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Katherine, daughter of John Wolcott, baptized 1622 at Bovey Tracy
(11) Jonas, son of John Wolcott, baptized 1626 at Bovey Tracy.
(10) Ambrose, son of John and Joan Wolcote, baptized 1570 at Bovey Tracy. Ambrose Wolcot married Thomasine Lee at Bovey Tracy 1598. Ambrose died in 1608 for a daughter of Tamsin Wolcott, widow, was baptized at Bovey Tracy in 1608. Thomasine Wolcott, probably Ambrose's widow, married Thomas Tailor in 1611.
(11) William, son of Ambrose Wolcott, baptized 1599 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Thomas, son of Ambrose Wolcott, baptized 1602 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Henry, son of Ambrose Wolcott, baptized 1604 and buried 1604 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Andrew, son of Ambrose Wolcott, baptized 1605 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) David, 1606-c.1650. David, son of Ambrose Wolcott, was baptized 1606 at Bovey Tracy. David Wolcott married Elizabeth Tavernor there in 1627. In 1633, David Wolcot married Wilmot Austin at Bovey Tracy. Wilmot, wife of David Wolcot, was buried 1633. David Wolcot married once more, this time to Joan Smyth. David Wolcott of Bovey Tracy signed the Protestation Return of 1641.
(12) Elizabeth, daughter of David Wolcott, was baptized 1628 and buried 1628 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) Edward, son of David Wolcott, was baptized 1629 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) Alice, daughter of David Wollcott, was baptized 1637 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) David, son of David Wollcot, was baptized 1639 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) Lawrence, son of David Wollcot, was baptized 1641 and buried 1643 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) William, son of David Wollcott, was baptized 1644 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) John, son of David Wollcott, was baptized 1647 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) Mathias, son of David Wollcot, was baptized 1651 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Tamsin, daughter of Tamsin Wolcott, widow, was baptized at Bovey Tracy on 1608.
(10) A child of John and Joan Wolcot was baptized 1572 at Bovey Tracy
(10) George, son of John and Joan Wolcot, was baptized 1574 at Bovey Tracy.
(10?) Hugh, 1577-. Hugh, son of John Ulcote, was baptized 1577 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Joan, 1603-. Joan, daughter of Hugh Woolcott, was baptized 1603 at Ashburton.
(11) Phillip, son of Hugh Wolcot, was baptized on 1606 at Asburton. Phillip Woolcott married Wilmot Peake in 1633 at Ashburton.
(12) Phillip, son of Phillip Woolcott, was baptized in 1639 at Ashburton.
(12) Richard, 1645-. Richard, son of Phillip Woolcott, was baptized 1645 at Ashburton
(12) John, 1649-. John, son of Phillip Woolcot, was baptized 1649 at Ashburton. In 1599, John Woolcott's name is found on the subsidy rolls at Ashburton, paying a tax of 16d.
(10?) Robert, son of John Wolcott, was baptized 1580 at Bovey Tracy.
(10?) William, son of John Wolcot, was baptized 1583 at Bovey Tracy.
(9) Joan, 1542-1569. Joan, daughter of Richard Wolcote of Shute and Margaret, was baptized 1542 at Bovey Tracy and buried there 1569.
(9) Richard, 1546-. Richard, son of Richard and Margaret Ulcot, was baptized 1546 at Bovey Tracy. This may be the Richard Wolcott, carpenter, who was buried at Bovey Tracy 1570, and brother of the John Wolcot who built the bridge at Ashburton in 1579.
(9) William, 1549-1551. William, son of Richard Ulcot of Shut and Margaret, was baptized 1549 at Bovey Tracy and buried there in 1551.
(8?) Margery, c.1520-. Margery Wolcott married John Rowland at Bovey Tracy 1543.
(7) William, c.1480-1550?. An entry in the Wreyland Manor accounts for 1500, says that William Wolcott was assigned with John Merdon, Sr., as pledge. William would have been born some time before 1486, and was probably the son of Thomas of Wreyland. An entry for 1501 again says that William Wolcote was with John Merdon, Sr., as pledge.
This is probably the William Wolcott was involved in a Chancery hearing about 1520. In this dispute, John Dawe, son and heir of John Dawe of Newton Abbot complained that his father had held half a tenement in Moreton Sampford which he had enfeeoffed to John Paynter and John Webber and their heirs, after which both John Dawe and John Webber died. John Dawe, the son, then claimed the land as his inheritance and John Paynter released all of his interest in these lands to him. William Wolcott and John at Wylle, however, entered upon the land claiming title to it, a claim which John Dawe, the younger, disputed. It apears that William Wolcott and John Atwell claimed the land as heirs of John Webber, so they may have been his son-in-laws.
The death of this or another William Wolcott was recorded at Bovey Tracy as: "1550 - William Ulcot de Crowd Subito obit in via Newton", that is, he died on the road to Newton. There is a Crowde in the parish of Harberton, 15 miles south of Bovey Tracy. Newton was probably Newton Abbot, the town 7 miles southeast of Bovey Tracy where the John Dawe lived who brought suit against William Wolcott in 1520.
(8) Richard, c. 1505-. William also seems to have the father of one of the two Richard Wolcotts who lived Bovey Tracy, probably the one who married Thomasina. Richard Wolcote of South Tawton is listed on the 1525 Subsidy Roll, paying a tax on 1L in wages. Richard Wolcot, "maritq", of Spreyton, a village 3 miles northeast of South Tawton, was buried 1558 at Bovey Tracy. This was probably this Richard because his youngest son was born in 1559. "Maritus" is Latin for husband, and "marinus" for mariner, but neither seems to make sense. Thomasina Wolcott was buried at Bovey Tracy 1572.
(9) John, c. 1530-1569. The Bovey Tracy parish records begin in 1539, before a John Wolcott, who seems to have been Richard's eldest son, was born. John married Agnes and had a number of children who were baptized at Bovey Tracy. In 1569, John Wolcott, "the caryer", was buried at Bovey Tracy. A carrier was a person who made regular trips to larger cities to make purchases or deliveries for the villagers. Agnes Wolcote, probably John's widow, married Jordan Langdon at Bovey Tracy 1571.
(10) Grace, daughter of John and Agnes Wolcott, was baptized 1555 at Bovey Tracy and buried 1556.
(10) Michael, 1558-1628. Michael, son of John and Agnes Wolcott, was baptized 1558 at Bovey Tracy. Michael Wollcott was buried there 1628. Michael Wolcott married Agnes Heyman at Plymouth in 1604. Agnes, wife of Michael Wolcott, was buried at Bovey Tracy 1625.
(11) Judith, 1605-. Judith, daughter of Michill Wolcote, was baptized at Plympton St. Mary 1605.
(12) Margaret, 1631-2. Margaret, illegitimate daughter of Judith Wolcot, was baptized at Bovey Tracy 1631, and buried there 1632.
(10) Joan, daughter of John Wolcot, was baptized at Bovey Tracy 1562, and was probably a daughter of John and Agnes.
(10) Andrew, 1566-1613-17. Andrew, son of John and Agnes Wolcott was baptized 1566 at Bovey Tracy. Andrew Wolcott married Joan Boben at Bovey Tracy 1594. Andrew Woulcote buried at Bovey Tracy 1613. Andrew Wolcot was buried at Bovey Tracy 1617. Joan Wollcott, widow, probably Andrew's wife, was buried there 1645.
(11) Pascall or Pascoe, 1595-1600. Pascoe, daughter of Andrew Wolcot was baptized 1595 at Bovey Tracy. Pascall, daughter of Andrew Wolcott was buried there on 1600.
(11) William, son of Andrew Wolcott, was baptized 1599 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) John, son of Andrew Wolcott, was buried 1603 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Andrew, son of Andrew Wolcott, possibly John's twin, was buried 1603 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Tamsin, daughter of Andrew Wolcott, was baptized 1604 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Emanuel, son of Andrew Wolcott, was baptized on 1606 at Bovey Tracy. Emanuel signed the Protestation Return of 1641 at Bovey Tracy as "Manuel" Wolcott. He married Alice Lamblead at Bovey Tracy 1641.
(12) Elizabeth, daughter of Emanuel Wolcott, baptized1642.
(12) Thomas, son of Emanuel Wollcot, baptized 1645 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) John, son of Emanuel Wollcot, baptized 1649 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) William, son of Andrew Wolcott, was baptized 1610 at Bovey Tracy. William Wolcott signed the Protestation Return of 1641 at Bovey Tracy. He married Adria Pooke at Bovey Tracy 1635. Adria, wife of William Wolcott, was buried at Bovey Tracy 1641.
(12) Simon, son of William Wolcott, baptized 1636 at Bovey Tracy.
(12) William, son of William Wolcott, baptized 1639 at Bovey Tracy.
(10) John, son of John and Agnes Wolcott, was baptized at Bovey Tracy 1569. Because his brother, Michael, apparently lived at Plympton where Duens Wolcott's first child was born, he may possibly have been the John Wolcott, mariner who lived at Stokeinteignhead, presumed to be Duen's husband.
(9) Hugh, 1539-c.1600. Hugh, son of Richard and Tamsin Wolcott, was baptized 1539 at Bovey Tracy. Hugh Wolcott married Grace Lake there 1563. Grace Woolcott, widow, probably Hugh's wife, was buried at Bovey Tracy 1626.
(10) Joan, daughter of Hugh and Grace Wolcote, buried 1564 at Bovey Tracy.
(10) Grace, daughter of Hugh and Grace Wolcot, baptized 1566 at Bovey Tracy.
(10) Alice, daughter of Hugh and Grace Wolcot, baptized 1568 at Bovey Tracy. This is probably the Alice Wolcot who married Thomas Soper at Bovey Tracy 1596.
(10) Ambrose, 1576-1652. Ambrose, son of Hugh and Grace Wolcot, baptized 1576 at Bovey Tracy. Ambrose Wolcott was buried at Bovey Tracy 1652.
(11) Roger, son of Ambrose Woulcot, baptized 1613 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Richard, son of Ambrose Woulcot, buried 1615 at Bovey Tracy. (11) Mary, probably Richard's twin, buried 1615 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) Mary, daughter of Ambrose Woolcot, baptized 1616 at Bovey Tracy and buried 1621.
(11) Hugh, son of Ambrose Wolcot, baptized 1618 at Bovey Tracy. Hugh Wolcott signed the Protestation Return of 1641 at Bovey Tracy.
(11) John, son of Ambrose Woolcott, baptized 1622 at Bovey Tracy.
(9) Thomas, son of Richard and Tamsin Ulcot, baptized 1545 at Bovey Tracy, and buried 1546.
(9) Matthew, son of Richard and Thomasine Wolcote, buried 1546 at Bovey Tracy.
(9) Elizabeth, daughter of Richard and Tamsin Wolcot, baptized 1547 at Bovey Tracy.
(9) Alson, daughter of Richard and Wolcot, baptized 1549 at Bovey Tracy, probably the same as Alice, daughter of Richard Ulcot, carpenter, and Alson, buried 1552.
(9) William, son of Richard and Tamsin Wolcott, baptized 1556 at Bovey Tracy and buried 1559.
In addition to the Wolcott families previously mentioned, there are a few other Wolcotts mentioned in the parish records of Bovey Tracy whose relationship to the others has not been determined. Bovey Tracy parish records record: Willaim Wolcott of Dawlish was buried at Bovey Tracy 1593. Elizabeth Wolcott married William Hull 1593 at Bovey Tracy. Joan Wolcott married William Sprye 1594 at Bovey Tracy. Agnes Wolcott married Egidius Moore 1605 at Bovey Tracy. Christiane Wolcott married Anthony Tapper 1627 at Bovey Tracy. Benjamin Wollcott married Tabith Row 1643 at Bovey Tracy. Mary, daughter of Benjamin Wolcott, was baptized 1644. Joan Willcott, widow, was buried at Bovey Tracy 1652.
(6?) William Wolcott, c.1480-c.1540. Thomas Wolcott took up land in Wreyland manor in Bovey Tracy, Devonshire in 1479. William Wolcott presumably his son, is first mentioned in the Wreyland Manor records of 1500 as being in frankpledge there. Part of Thomas' land was called Milland and was located on the Wrey River adjascent to Lustleigh Mill. Thomas may have been the miller there or may have worked at the mill. Thomas Wolcott of Tolland and his sons and grandsons operated the tucking mill and the grist mill at Tolland, so there seem to be both names and occupations in common. If William Wolcott of Wreyland Manor was the William who was engaged in a dispute with John Dawe, Jr. of Newton Abbot in 1520 concerning land at Moreton Hampstead that his father had leased to John Seller it may tie in with the fact that the Dawes were related to the Tolland Wolcott family. The will of Thomas Wolcott, Jr. of Tolland, dated 1572, names his wife, Alice, and brother-in-law John Dawe. The will of John Seller of Tolland, dated 1572, has John Wolcott, Sr. and John Dawe as overseers. The will of John Seller of Tolland, dated 1581, has Thomas Dawe and John Wolcott the elder, both of Tolland, as overseers. William Wolcott appears on the 1524 tax roll at Bovey Tracy, taxed on 3L of goods. His name is not on the 1525 Bovey Tracy tax roll, so he must have died or moved from there at that time. In 1525, William and Thomas Wolcott were taxed on land at Tolland, Somersetshire, valued at 3L each. If William had moved from Bovey Tracy to Tolland in 1525, this might explain why his name was added to top of the list when there was no room at the bottom.
(5) Thomas Wolecote, c.1440-. The Visitation of Devon of 1620 says that Thomas, son of John Wolcott of Chagford, married Joan, daughter of William Colbrooke of Chittlehampton, a town about 2 miles northeast of High Bickington. Thomas is shown as father of Walter, who was father of Thomas, whose sons were born in 1544. There are three Wolcotts at High Bickington in 1525: Walter, Thomas, and John, and four in 1543: Walter, Thomas Sr., Thomas Jr., and Emota, widow. This Thomas might have still been alive in 1525, but it is highly unlikely that he could have been alive in 1543. It seems most likely that Walter, Thomas, and John were all his sons.
(6) Walter Wolcott, c.1480-c.1550. The 1620 Visitation says that he married Elizabeth, daughter of William Lampry and Elizabeth, daughter of Walter Baghell or Beale of High Bickington. Walter was taxed on 3L in goods at High Bickington on the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1524. Thomas and John, presumably his brothers are also listed as paying similar amounts. Walter was taxed on 8L on the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1543.
(7) Thomas Wolcot fil et haer, c.1510 -1546. According to the Visitation, Thomas married, Margery, daughter and coheiress of John Davy and Margery Eston, daughter and coheiress of Thomas Eston of Morchard Bishop. A Hugh Prust, age 36 in 1550, married Honor, daughter of John Davy of Bickington, gent., who was apparently Margery's sister and coheiress. This was apparently the John Davy who died in 1553 leaving several daughters but no sons. The Davys were a prominent Devonshire family, living at Crediton and Morchard Bishop. Thomas' father-in-law, John Davy, was probably the brother of Robert Davy of Crediton, whose son, John Davy, was mayor of Exeter in 1590, and married Margaret, daughter of George Southcott of Calverly, step-son of John Wolcott of Chudleigh. John and Margaret Davy were the parents of Sir John Davy of Sandford who married Julian, daughter of Sir William Strode of Newham. The Estons of Morchard Bishop were another prominent Devonshire family whose pedigree was recorded in the 1620 Visitation Thomas Wollacott Sr. was taxed on 4L on the Lay Subsidy roll of 1543-5. The will of Thomas Wollacott of High Bickington dated 1546 was proved at Exeter, but was destroyed in the bombing of Exeter in World War II. Apparently Thomas died when his sons were infants. According to the Visitation, Thomas Wollacott had three sons, John and Thomas, twins born in 1544, and John, the younger. The Wolcotts of High Bickington nearly always spelled their name "Wollacott", a spelling which helps distinguish this branch of the family from other Wolcott families who did not use the "a" between the sylables. The tax assessment rolls of 1581 shows five men with the name spelled this way. Thomas Wollacotte of High Bickington, who was assessed on 7L of goods, must have been the twin born in 1544. He would have been 37 years old at the time of this tax. John Wollacotte of High Bickington, assessed on 3L of goods, must have been his brother. George Wollacotte of High Bickington, assessed on land valued at 1L per year, was probably the George who was on the High Bickington muster rolls in 1569 and probably an uncle of the twins. The John Wollacote of Crediton, assessed on 8L of goods, and Nicholas Wollacote of Merton, assessed on 7L of goods, also appear to have been uncles.
Note: Two Wollacotts have participated in the Wolcott/Walcott DNA projects, and neither showed DNA similar to Wolcott/Woolcott participants. Further participants are desired for this project
(8) John Wolcott the elder, geminus, aetat 76, superstes 1620, 1544-1627. John was the person who registered the family pedigree during the heralds visitation in 1620. John was born in 1544, and was probably the John Wolcott of High Bickington who was listed to serve as a pikeman on the muster rolls of 1569. John Wollacotte of High Bickington, was assessed on 3L of goods on the tax roll of 1581. He was probably the John Wollacott, Sr., who was buried at High Bickington in 1627. John would have then been 83 years old at the time of his death.
(9) John, c.1570-1633. John must have had a son named John, for the High Bickington parish records, of which only a few years during this period still exist, show the names of John Sr. and John Jr. The younger John was probably the John Wollacot who married Joan Ball at Mamhead in 1593. Mamhead is 8 miles south of Exeter. Joan was baptized at Chudleigh 1561, and was the daughter of Egidius Ball of Chudleigh who died in 1595, and Thomasine, daughter and heiress of Potter of Cristow. Her grandparents were John Ball of Mamhead, who died in 1570, and his wife, Joan Whitehasle. John Wollacott was a church warden at High Bickington in 1614, and in 1616 John Wollacott, Jr. signed the parish records as "guardian". An Inquest Post Mortem taken at Torrington 1639 states that John Wollacott died at High Bickington 1633 siezed of one third part of a tenement of 120 acres at Grattercliffe in High Bickington, one third of the rents from a tenement called Shuttleigh in High Bickington, one third of a tenement with 48 acres of land in Northeale in High Bickington, one third of a tenement with 98 acres of land in Eastacombe in Addrington, one third part of two tenements with 38 acres of land in W'ton and Wenneytottburne in Crediton, one third of a tenement with 37 acres of land at Millford in Frithelstock, and one third of 4 acres in Littlehaselwood in Sampford Peverell; and that John Wollacott, his son and heir, is 30 years of age and over, that is, born prior to 1606. Thomas, the other twin son of John, Jr., may have died.
(10) Katherine Wollacott, c.1597-1597. John and Joan seem to have been the parents of Katherine, daughter of John Wollacott, Jr., who was buried at High Bickington 1597, the earliest year that any parish records from High Bickington survive.
(10) John Wollacott, 1601-. John and Thomas, sons of John Wollacott of Yoeland, were baptized 1601, and were probably twins. John Wollacott, who lived at Atherington may have been the John who inheirited one third of the Wollacott property in 1639. John Wolacotte married Mary Rogers at Atherington 1634. John Woolacottt signed the 1641 Protestation Return at Atherington.
(11) Mary Wollacott. Mary, daughter of John and Mary Wollacot, baptized 1642 at Atherington.
(11) Joan Wollacott. Joan, daughter of John and Mary Wollacott, baptized 1644 at Atherington.
(11) Margaret Wollacott. Mary, daughter of John and Mary Wollacott, baptized 1646 at Atherington.
(11) William Wollacott. William, son of John and Mary Wollacott, baptized 1649 at Atherington.
(10) Thomas Wollacott, 1601-, Parish records show that John and Thomas, the sons of John Wollocott of Yoeland, were baptized at High Bickington in 1601. They were probably twins, like their grandfather. In the Visitation pedigree of 1620, John Wolcott, the twin, stated that his great grandfather was Walter Beale of Yooland in High Bickington, property which John apparently inheirited. At a later date, a George Downe of Pilton, sailor left a bequest to "my tennant Thomas Wollacott of Yolland in High Bickington." Thomas Wollacott signed the 1641 Protestation Return at High Bickington.
(8) Thomas Wolcot, geminus, 1544-1615. Thomas is shown as twin of John Wolcott, above. In 1569, a muster of able bodied men at High Bickington lists Thomas Wollacot as one of the four presenters in charge of the muster, and states that he had goods valued at between 20 and 30L per year and therefore was required to provide a bow, a sheaf of arrows, a steel cap, a bill and a harquebus. He was also mustered as an archer, as was George Wolcot, who was probably his uncle. The tax assessment rolls of 1581 shows Thomas Wollacotte of High Bickington assessed on 7L of goods. He would have been 37 years old at the time of this tax. In 1570 Thomas Woullacott of High Bickington, yeoman, conveyed to Anthony Coplestone of Weke, gent., ˝ of 3 tenements called Southworthe and Durdon in Bradworthy and Woolfardisworthy which were in the tenure of Richard Woode, John Jorye and John Cleverton. Thomas Wollacott married Joan Penecott in 1585, at Black Torrington, a village 15 miles south of High Bickington. If this is the same Thomas he would have been 41 years old, so this may be his second marriage. Thomas' two daughters were baptized at Great Torrington in 1586 and 1587. There is a Wollacott memorial in the parish church of Black Torrington. In 1609, Hugh Speke of Hazelbury, Wilts., Thomas Wollacott, gent., and William Wollacott, esq., purchased the manor of Box and Wadswick in the parish of Batheaston, a village in Somerset 3 mi. south of Wivilscomb. Thomas apparently died shortly thereafter. From the spelling of the name, these appear to have been members of the High Bickington branch of the Devonshire Wolcott family. There seems to have been no other Thomas alive at this time who might be described as gentleman. Hugh Speke was the second son of Sir George Speke and Dorothy Gilbert of Whitlackington, Somerset. Hugh married Anne, daughter and heiress of John Mayne of Staplehurst. In 1630, Hugh had the gift of the vicarage of Box, formerly held of Sir John Young of Bristol. Hugh Speke was made a baronet in 1669 and died in 1661.
(9?) William Wollacott, c.1575-. A William Wollicott married Mary Wilmot on 1600 at Merton, a village 8 miles souuthwest of High Bickington. He may be the William Wollacott, esq., named with Thomas, above, in the purchase of the manor of Box in 1609.
(10) Joan Wollacott, 1601-. Joan, daughter of William Wollicott, was baptized 1601 at Merton.
(9?) Mary Wollacott, c. 1580-. Mary Wollicott, possibly William's sister, married John Hatherleigh 1601 at Merton.
(9) Sarah Wollacott, 1586-. Sarah, daughter of Thomas Wollacott, was baptized 1586 at Black Torrington.
(9) Anstis Wollacott. Anstys, daughter of Thomas Wollacott was baptized in 1587 at Black Torrington.
(9?) Thomas Wollacot married at Winkley, a village 8 miles northwest of North Tawton in 1600. Mary, daughter of Anstis Woolacott, was baptized here in 1619. These may perhaps have been related to the Anstis who was born at Black Torrington, daughter of Thomas Woolacott of High Bickington.
(8) John the younger. John, born about 1550, is named in the 1620 Visitation.
(7) John Wollacott, c.1530-87. A John Wollacot married Mary Preston at Crediton in 1558. This is too old to be John, the eldest twin born in 1544, and was probably his uncle, born about 1530. John Wollacott is listed on the Crediton muster roll of 1569 to serve as an archer and the tax roll of 1581 shows John Wollacote of Crediton taxed on goods valued at 8L per year. John Wollacote was buried at Crediton 1587. The will of a John Woolcott of Crediton was recorded at the Exeter Principal Probate Registry, number 2380, in 1587. A will of Joan Woolacott of Crediton was proved at the Exeter Probate Registry in 1602. This was probably the "Widow Woollacott" who was buried at Crediton 1602. She may have been John's second wife for this seems the only Wolcott widow expected to be found at Crediton in 1602.
(8?) Nicholas Wollacott, c.1545-c.1590. Nicholas was about the same age as the John Wollacot who registered the family pedigree in 1620, and may have been his cousin. Nicholas Wollacott is listed on the Merton muster rolls of 1569, and on the Merton tax rolls of 1581 taxed on 7L in goods. Merton is a village 3 miles southwest of High Bickington. He is listed in 1569 to serve as an archer, and also as one of the presenters, usually leading citizens of the parish who certified that the muster list was correct. Nicholas is also listed as having to furnish arms because he had goods valued at between 10 and 20L per year, the same value as Thomas Wollacott of High Bickington. This may be the Nicholas Wullacott who, according to the Burnet-Morris Index, served as an attorney for William Way in 1569.
(8) George Wollacott, 1564-1634. George, son of John Wolcot, was baptized at Crediton in 1564. This was probably the George Woolacott who married Thomasine Provess at Exeter in 1597. Grace, wife of George Wollacott died 1631 at Crediton. In Chancery Proceedings in 1626, Wolcott v. Hele, W48/19, and Wolcott v. Rowe, W16/22, it is recorded that George Wolcott of Crediton, yeoman, claimed that he had borrowed various sums of money fron Gregory Hele of Crediton, yeoman, and had paid them all back. George was requesting the assistance of the court to obtain his bond, and to make th Heles admit the payment to them and release him and his son, Walter. Crediton parish records show the burial of one Henry Barrents, "at George Wolcotes" in 1631. Crediton parish records also records the burial of Grace, wife of George Woolcot in 1631, and the burial of George Woolcott of Woodland in 1634. Woodland must have been George's farm. The will of George Woolcott of Crediton, widower, was proved in 1638.
(9) Walter Wollacott, c.1598-1649. George' son, Walter, was named in the Chancery Proceedings of 1626. Walter was also involved in another Chancery Proceeding in 1637. In this case, numbered W48/53 and W109/21, Walter Wollacott, son of George Wollacott of Crediton, yeoman, deceased, stated that his father had held a tenement and land known as Cadworthy, in Crediton Manor, copyhold. In about 1634 George had leased this land to William Perry, husbandman, of Crediton, on a full repairing lease. With the lease expiring the next month, Perry had been cutting the trees to sell, not to repair the house, which was in ruins. He had cut down 100, and threatened not to leave one standing on the Cleeve. Per mry, in reply, said that he had cut no more than 40 trees, all for firewood and repairing, though he admitted that he had sold some firewood. He said that there were 460 trees left. Walter Wolcott signed the Protestation Return at Crediton in 1641. The will of Walter Woolcott, yeoman of Crediton, dated and proved 1649, leaves 20 shillings to the poor of Crediton; 50 pounds to his son, John, a minor; 60 pounds to his daughters, Alice, Thomasine, and Joan, all minors; and the remainder to Joane Woolcott his wife who he makes executrix; with John Bornell and Richard Skinner as overseers.
(10) Elizabeth Wollacott. Elizabeth, daughter of Walter Wollacott, buried at Crediton 1645.
(10) John Wollacott, c.1620-. The will of a John Woollcott of Crediton, #973, was proved at Exeter some time between 1600 and 1700.
(10) Alice Wollacott, c.1623-.
(10) Thomasine Wollacott, c.1625-.
(10) Joan Wollacott, c.1627-.
(9) George Wollacott, c. 1595-. The George Wollacott who signed the Protestation Return at Crediton in 1641 was probably another son of George. George Wolcot married Elizabeth Lyne at Crediton 1633. A George Wollacott married Agnes Harris at Crediton in 1654, and a George Wollacott married Margery Tackfield there in 1665.
(9) Joan Wollacott, Joan, daughter of George Wollacote, was baptized at Crediton 1598.
(9) Andrew Wollacott was buried at Crediton 1601. He may have been an infant son of George.
(9) John Wollacott, 1605-. John and Robert, sons of George Wollacot, were baptized in 1605 at Crediton, and probably were twins.
(10?) Joan Wollacott, dau. of John Wollacott d. 1631 at Crediton.
(9) Robert Wollacott, 1605-1643. Robert married a Catherine. Robert Wollacott signed the Protestation Return at Crediton in 1641. Robert Wolcott was buried at Crediton 1643. Catherine Woolcot, probably Robert's widow, married Peter Pease at Crediton 1645.
(10) Robert Wolcott. Robert, son of Robert Woolcott, baptized 1633 at Crediton.
(10) Catherine Wolcott. Catherine, daughter of Robert and Catherine Woolcot, baptized 1636 at Crediton.
(10) Margery Wolcott. Margery, daughter of Robert and Catherine Woolcot, baptized 1639 at Crediton.
(8?) John Wolcott. The will of a John Woolcot of Crediton, #342, was proved in 1622. This may be the John Wolcott, fuller, who was buried at Crediton in 1622.
(?) Luce, daughter of Isott Wolcot, was baptized at Crediton in 1626, and was buried 1626.
(?) The will of Margaret Woolcott alias Aschan of Crediton was proved at Exeter some time in the 1600's. Margaret Wolcott who married Arthur Aschan at Exeter in 1622.
(7) George Wollacott, c.1535-. George Wolcot of High Bickington, listed to serve as an archer on the muster rolls of 1569, was probably another son of Walter Wollacott.
(8) Emma Wollacott. Emma, daughter of George Wollacott. bapt. at Bishops Tawton, 2 miles north of High Bickington 1559.
(8) Elizabeth Wollacott. Elizabeth, daughter of George Wollacott, was baptized in 1560, at Atherington a village one mile northwest of High Bickington. There is no record of either of these girls marrying, so George's property at Atherington may have passed to the heirs of his brother, Thomas, for Thomas' descendants owned property there.
(8?) Thomas Wollacott, c. 1570-. Thomas Wollacott who lived at High Bickington may have be another son of one of the twins. This Thomas Wollacott married a Joan, and had children baptized at High Bickington. He was probably one of the two Thomas Wollacotts who signed the 1641 Protestation Return at High Bickington.
(9) Joan, daughter of Thomas Wollocott of Middlewood, was baptized at High Bickington 1601.
(9) George Wollacott. George, son of Thomas and Joan Wollacott, was baptized 1607 at High Bickington.
(9) Simon Wollacott. Simon, son of Thomas and Joan Wollacott, was baptized 1616.
(8?) Simon Wollacott, c. 1575-. Simon Wollacott of High Bickington may was probably Thomas' brother because Thomas named a son, Simon, in 1616. Simon Wollacott married Katherine Pawe in 1602 at High Bickington, and Simon Wollacot of High Bickington married Anne Saunder of Chittlehampton at High Bickington in 1616. The will of Henry Saunders of Chittlehampton, dated 1642, and proved in 1645, leaves bequests to his wife, Mary: his son, Arthur Saunder and Arthur's daughter, Elizabeth; his daughter Ann, wife of Simon Wollacot, and their children Henry and Ann; his daughter Joanna Ley; and his daughter Agnes, wife of Phillip Wollacott, and their son, Arthur.
The will of Simon Wollacott of High Bickington, husbandman, leaves to his son Simon "the Chattle lease which I have of my home Tenement called Southwood my said sonne Symon paying thereof unto my two youngeast daughters Elizabeth and Anne tenne pounds a piece to be paid within one whole yeare next after he shall have possession in fore said Tenement and ... he shall have after his mother deceaseth all my Ploughstuffs belonging to the Tenement. I give unto my sonne Henry all that terme and interest of that parcell of ground which I have by a chattel lease called Berkingholt after the decease of his Mother Item my will is to give my daughter Mary tenne poundes to be paid within one whole yeare after my decease All the rest... I give and bequeath to my Wife Anne whome I make my sole Executrix to this my last Will and testament and I make my trusty and well beloved ffreinds and brothers in Lawe Arthur Saunders of Chittlehampton and Phillip Wollocott of Borrington whome I doe entreate to be my Overseers ....
(9) Simon Wollacott, c.1610-c.1660; inherited his father's farm called Southwood. Simon Wollacott signed the 1641 Protestation Return at High Bickington; m. Elizabeth.
(10) Augustine, son of Simon and Elizabeth Wollacott, bapt. 1644, buried 1644 at High Bickington.
(9) Elizabeth Wollacott, b. c. 1615; named in her father's will.
(9) Henry Wollacott, b.c.1620; named in his father and grandfather's wills.
(9) Anne Wollacot, b. c.1625; named in her father and grandfather's wills. Possibly the Anne Wollacott whommarried Lewis Snow 1648 at Bishops Tawton, 2 miles north of High Bickington.
(7?) Robert Wollacott. Simon's brother-in-law, Phillip Wollacott, was probably the grandson of Robert Wollacot, who lived at Heavytree, a village just outside of Exeter.
(8) Richard Wollacott, 1584-. Richard, son of Robert Wollacot, was baptized at Heavytree 1584. Richard was probably the Richard Wollacott of High Bickington who married Joan Sheaf of Clovelly 1616 at High Bickington, and also the Richard Wollacott who married Agnes Eyre at Roborough by Torrington, a village 3 miles southwest of High Bickington 1618. A Richard Wollacott signed the 1641 Protestation Reurn at High Bickington.
(9) Joseph Wollacott. Joseph, son of Richard Wolecott, was baptized at High Bickington 1619. Joseph signed the 1641 Protestation Return at High Bickington
(9) Hugh Wollacott. Hugh, son of Richard Wollacote, was baptized at Bishops Tawton, a village 2 miles northwest of High Bickington 1623. He was probably the Hugh Wollacot who signed the 1641 Protestation Return at Chittlehampton.
(8) Phillip Wollacott, 1586-. Phillip, son of Robert Wollocott, was baptized1586 at Heavytree. Phillip Wollacott married Mote Rudgman at Burrington in 1603. Burrington is a village 3 miles southeast of High Bickington.
(9) Phillip Wollacott, c. 1601-. Phillip Wollacott alias Ridgman was living at Burrington in 1650. This Phillip married Agnes, daughter of Henry Saunders of Chittlehampton, whose will, dated 1642, mentions Phillip and Agnes, and their son, Arthur.
(10) Arthur Wollacott. Arthur is mentioned in his grandfather's will.
(10) Phillip Wollacott, c. 1625-. Phillip Wollacott married Elizabeth Dob at Burrington 1654.
(11) Phillip Wollacott, son of Phillip and Elizabeth Wollacott was baptized in 1655 at Burrington.
(11) Elizabeth Wollacott. Elizabeth, daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth Wollocott, was baptized 1658 at Burrington.
(10) Thomasine, daughter of Phillip and Agnes Wollacott, was baptized at Burrington 1639.
(10) John Wollacott. John, son of Phillip Wollacott, was baptized at Burrington 1640.
(8?) William Wollacott, c. 1590-1656. Robert may have been the father, also, of William Woollacott of Slade, Clovelly, yecoman, whose will was written in 1654 and proved 1656. It leaves to the church and the poor of the parish of Clovelly 3 shillings 4 pence each;" to each of my God Children two shillings a peece if they come for it Also my will is that my Executrix hereafter in this Will named shall after my death deliver unto my sonne Robert Wollacot my best brasen crock and my best brasen pann which I gave to him in marriage Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild Joahne Wollacot daughter of my said sonne Robert Wollacott five shillings Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Prush five shillings Also I give and bequeath unto my sonne Robert Wollacot five shillings Also I give and bequeath unto Joane Woollacot the Wife of my said sonne Robert five shillings Alsoe I give and bequeath unto Gideon Littlejohn sometyme my servant tenne shillings Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild William Woollacot sonne of my said Sonne Robert all my household goods Waines Ploughstuffe of all sorts and Implements of household and husbandrie whatsoever after my death But my will is that my Executrix hereinafter named shall have the use of the same during her life att her Will and pleasure All the rest of my goods and chattles not herein given or bequeathed my ffunerall expences discharged and my debts and Legacies paid I doe wholie give and bequeath unto Mary Woollacott my daughter whom I doe make and ordaine my sole and onlie Executrix...." and "... I William Wollacott doe intreat my Sonn Robert Wollacot to stand in a Gardien to this my last Will with the other two to see my Will fulfilled and if he please to hould the Tenement in Slad of my daughter Mary during her life paying her eight poundes a yeare Quarterlie by equall portions and paying all dues belonging to the same and leeve it in good repaire providing her Wood to make fyre in the hall for her necessarie use and to have her chamber to her owne use quietlie he may hould it during my daughters life...."
(9) Robert Wollacott, c.1620-; m. Joan
(10) Joan Wollacott, c.1645
(10) William Wollacott, c.1650-
(9) Elizabeth Wollacott, c.1620-; m. ____Prush
(9) Mary Wollacott; unm.
(9?) William Wollacott, c.1615-. Another Wolcott at High Bickington was William Wollacott who married Joan Fewen 1643 at High Bickington. William Wollacot signed the 1641 Protestation Return at High Bickington. If he was William's son, he must have died before his father.
(8?) Samuel Wollacott, c.1580-; m. Dorothy. Samuel signed the 1641 Protestation at High Bickington.
(9) Katherine Wollacott. Katherine, daughter of Samuel and Dorothy Wollacott, was baptized 1610 at High Bickington.
(9) Joan Wollacott. Joan, daughter of Samuel and Dorothy Wollacott, was baptized 1616 at High Bickington.
(6) John Wollacott, c.1495-1543. John is listed on the 1524/5 Lay Subsidy Roll living at High Bickington, probably the brother of Walter and Thomas. He is probably the John Wolcott of High Bickington, servant of Sir John Bassett, who sent the letter to Lady Lisle dated 1533. Sir John Bassett lived during the reign of Henry VII, married Jane Beaumont, heiress of land at Atherington, and is buried in Atherington Church. John Wollacott's will, proved in 1545, states that he was to be buried in the churchyard of the Church of St. Nicholas at Bickington, with his entire estate going to John Shaptor, he to provide for John Wolcott's wife as long as she lived. This indicates that he probably had no children who survived. The Emota Wolcot, widow, who is on the 1543 Subsidy Roll at High Bickington may be his widow.
(6) Thomas Wollacott, c.1495-c.1550. He is taxed on 4L in goods on the 1524/5 Lay Subsidy Roll, living at High Bickington. Among the correspondence of the Lisle family is a letter to Lady Lisle dated 1533, from John Wolcott of High Bickington, servant of Sir John Bassett, saying that goods belonging to Richard Edward had been sold to Thomas Wollecott. He is probably also the Thomas Wollacott Sr. of High Bickington named on the 1543-5 Subsidy Roll, and uncle to the son of Walter, listed as Thomas Wulacott Jr.
Another Wollacott who lived at High Bickington was: Avys Wollacott, widow, buried 1643, re;lationship unknown.
A Wollacott family lived at Bideford, a village about 8 miles southwest of Barnstable, near the coast. From the spelling, they were probably related to the High Bickington Wolcotts. They may have been descendants of Thomas.
(7?) John Wollacott, c.1530-. John Wollecott married Phillis Weche alias Ossell at Westleigh by Bideford 1565. The muster rolls of 1569 shows that a John Wiche of Bideford was assessed on goods valued at 10L per year, comparative wealthy for the time. Simon Weche of Bideford is listed on the same muster roll to serve as a pikeman. These were probably Phillis' realtives, and Ossell may have been her first husband. John probably settled at Bideford at the time of his marriage to her. His wife may have been the Phillipa Wollacott, widow, who was buried at High Bickington 1610.
(8) William Wollacott, c. 1550-. Also on the 1569 Bideford muster roll of 1569 is a William Wollacott of Westleigh. William was too old to have been the son of John Wollacott and Phillis Weche, but he may have been John's son by a previous marriage. William Wolecot married Elizabeth Laerey, or Laverney, at Westleigh by Bideford 1576.
(9) Joan Wollacott. Joan, daughter of William Wollcott, was baptized at Westleigh 1577. Joan Wollacot married Patrick Derring, or Denning, there on 1600.
(9) Mary, daughter of William Wollcot, was baptized at Westleigh 1578.
(9) John, son of William Wollacot, was baptized at Westleigh 1580.
(9) Mary, daughter of William Wollocott, was baptized at Westleigh 1591. Mary Wollacot married Thomas Southcott there 1613.
(9) John, son of William Wollocott, was baptized at Westleigh1595.
(9) Thomas, son of William Wolecot, was baptized at Westleigh 1598.
(8?) Joan. A Joan Wollacot, who may have been William's sister, married Emanuel Madford at Bideford in 1572.
(8?) Roland, c.1560-. A Roland Wollacott married Christine Pine at Bideford 1591.
(9) John, son of Rolland Wollacot, baptized 1598 at Bideford.
(9) Thomas, son of Rowland Wollacot, baptized 1600 at Bideford.
(8?) John, c.1565-1614. John Wolcott, Sr., of Bideford, whose will was proved at the Exeter Probate Registry in 1614, may have been a son of John Wolcott and Phillis Weche, who married at Bideford in 1565. He may be the ancestor of some of the other Wolcotts who lived at Bideford:
(9) John. He may have been the John Wollacott who signed the Protestation Return at Northam in 1641.
(9?) Thomas Wollocott married Alice Kelly at Westleigh 1602.
(9?) Elizabeth Wollacot married Mylchard Berry at Westleigh 1615.
(9?) Leonard Wollacotte married Edie Bear at Bideford 1616
(10) Susan, daughter of Leonard Wollacot baptized at Bideford 1618.
(9?) Mary Wolcott, who had a daughter, Wilmot who was baptized at Bideford 1630.
(9?) William Wolacot, whose son, Thomas, was baptized at Bideford 1644. A Samuel Woollacott who came to Bideford from Wexford, Ireland, during the Irish Rebellion of 1688 may be a descendant of the above family. Samuel was a member of the Great Meeting Independent Church at Bideford in 1700. He had sons Samuel and John. Samuel was the father of Elizabeth who d. 1810, and Samuel, 1732-1804.
Quite a number of Wollacotts signed the Protestation Return in 1641. They were: High Bickington: John Woolacott, John, Joseph, Richard, Samuel, Simon, Thomas, Thomas, and William Wollacott; Crediton: Walter Wolcott, George Wollacott, Robert Wollacott; Northam: John Wollacott; Oakford: William Wollacott; North Tawton: John Wollacott; Atherington: John Woolacott; Chittlehampton: Hugh Wollacott
(5?) another possible son of John of Chagford, b. c.1430?-
(6?) Mantell, c.1460-?. The Subsidy Rolls for 1524 and 1525 give the name of three Wolcotts at Moreton Hampstead: Mantell Wolcott (2L), Henry Wolcott (1L), and John Wolcott (1L). It is uncertain who these men were, but because this village is just one mile east of Chagford it seems likely that they were related to John Wolcott of Chagford. When John's eldest son, John Wolcott of Chuleigh, died in 1523 he held 3 houses and 130 acres of land in Moreton Hampstead; his son, John of Exeter, held 2 houses and 48 acres there, and when his son died in 1555 he held none at all. Mantel, Henry, and John may have lived on the Wolcott property there. Mantell is a very strange name and perhaps it is a misreading for Walter. As Mantell had a bit more property than the other two men, he may have been their father and Henry and John his sons.
(7?) Henry, c. 1500-1565?. An adult resident of Moreton Hampstead 1524-5. Henry Wolcott of Drewsteignton was taxed on 8L on the Lay Subsidy roll of 1543-5. The will of Henry Woollcott of Drewsteignton, a village 6 miles east of Chagford, dated 1565, was filed at the Exeter Probate Registry. This may have been the Henry Wolcott living at Moretonhampstead in 1525.
(7?) John, c.1500-. An adult resident of Moreton Hampstead 1524-5.
AYLSBERE, a village 6 miles east of Exeter: John Wollcote married Mary Bennet here 1654.
BERRY POMEROY, a village 2 miles east of Totnes:
(1) Edward, c. 1585-. Edward Wollcott married Mary Courtis 1612 at Berry Pomeroy.
(2?) James, c.1615-. He was probably Edward's son because he named his second son, Edward. James Wellcott married Elizabeth Cooke 1634 at Berry Pomeroy, and in 1647, James Wollcott married Joan Howe, probably his second marriage. James Woolcott signed the 1641 Protestation Return at Berry Pomeroy.
(3) James, 1651-. James, son of James Woolcott was baptized here 1651.
(3) Mary, daughter of James and Joan Wilcott, was baptized 1658.
(3) Edward, son of James and Joan Woolcott, b. 1664 South Molton.
BISHOPS NYMPTON, a village 4 miles east of South Molton:
Joan Wallscott married Robert Heale here in 1600.
BRADNINCH: a village 8 miles northeast of Exeter:
A Robert Woolcott lived at Colebrook, Bradninch, according to Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 20, p.337.
BRIXHAM, a village 5 miles northeast of Dartmouth:
Roger Wolcot married Joan here in 1567.Johan Wolcott died 1567, two days after the above marriage . This may be Joan, above, or perhaps Roger's father or mother.
William, son of Roger and Johne born (no date).
Roger, son of Roger Ulcote, born (no date).
BROADCLYST, a village just north of Exeter:
Nicholas Woolcote, tucker, appears on the lay subsidy rolls of 1525. The Wolcotts of Tolland, Somerset, who were also tuckers.
The will of Thomas Woolcote of Broadclyst was proved in 1651 and recorded in Perrogative Court of Canterbury Abstracts, #425.
BROADWOOD KELLY, a parish 8 miles north of Okehampton:
Robert Wollacott is listed on the 1642 Subsidy Roll at Broadwood Kelly, paying a tax of 5 shillings.
BUCKFASTLEIGH, a village 5 miles west of Staverton:
(1) Nicholas, c. 1580-c.1630. Nicholas Woolcott married Rebecca Davye 1603 at Buckfastleigh. According to the Burnett?Morris Index, Nicholas Wolcott of Buckfastleigh was a witness to the will of one John Sanger in 1626.
(2) Rebecca, 1604-. Rebecca, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Wolcott, was baptized here 1604. This seems to be in error; perhaps Elizabeth was the child.
(2) Samuel, 1604-. Samuel, son of Nicholas Wolcott, was baptized1604 at Buckfastleigh. This is probably the Samuel Wolcott who lived at Plymouth and had sons Phillip and Samuel.
(2) Phillip, 1608-. Phillip, son of Nicholas Wolcott, was baptized here on 1608.
(?) Susanna, daughter of Henry Willcott, was baptized here 1653.
John Wolcote of Southteign Manor, Chagford, who lived here in 1524 was taxed on 1L in wages, typically that of a young man. The name , John, appears twice on the Chagford list in 1524 but only once on the 1525 list, so it is possible that there was only one John here. In 1542, John Wolcote and Alice, his wife, were tenants in land in Southteign Manor at Chagford which was conveyed by John Seyntill to John Comyng of Horselake and John Smyth, tinners. Allerpark, Wallake, and tinworks in the jurisdiction of the Chagford Tin Court are mentioned in this deed, which is listed in Tingey's Calendar, pages 39-40. John Seynthil was the primary landowner here in 1525 when John was a tenant. This may be the same John who was at North Tawton in 1567. John and Alice Wolcott both died at North Tawton in 1580.
Tiphania Wolcot married Francis Glandfield 1599 at Chagford.
William Wollacott married Jane Vogwell 1633 at Chagford. Probably the same William Wollacott married Alice Tincombe here in 1642. William Wolcott signed the 1641 Protestation Return at Chagford. The will of William Wollacott of Chagford was proved in 1661, and the will of Alice Woolcot of Chagford, probably his widow, was proved in 1697, both at the Exeter Probate Registry.
CLYSTWICK, als. CLYST ST. GEORGE, a village 5 miles southeast of Exeter:
John, son of William Wolcott, was baptized here 1568, and buried here in 1569.
George, son of William Wolcott, was baptized here 1570.
DARTMOUTH: a seaport on the southeast coast of Devon:
Thomas, son of Agnes Wolcot, was baptized here at St. Savior's in 1610.
Henry Woolcot married Margery Barrett at Dartmouth St. Petrox in 1614.
Peter, son of William Wolcot, was baptized at St. Savior's 1619.
Hannah, daughter of William Wolkot, was baptized at St. Savior's 1621.
Peter, son of William Wolcot, was baptized at St. Savior's 1624.
Christian Wolcot married Edward Elliot at Dartmouth St. Savior's 1633.
John Wollcot, b. c.1630; m. Julian Bearde 1650 Dartmouth.
John, son of John Wolcot, b.1651 Dartmouth; m. Mary Soper 1680 Dartmouth.
Barbara, daughter of John Woolcott, b. 1664 Dartmouth.
Edward Woolcott, master of the ship, Charming Molly, berthed at Dartmouth, was issued an embarkation document in 1739.
Sarah, daughter of William Woolcott, b. 1786 Dartmouth, d. 1828 Dartmouth.
Michael Woolcott, b. 1756 Stoke Fleming, d. 1830 Dartmouth; m. Ann Call 1783 Stoke Damerel.
Ann, daughter of Michael and Ann Woolcot, b. 1783 Dartmouth; m. Philip Pike 1807 Dartmouth.
Michael, son of Michael and Ann Woolcot, b. 1787 Dartmouth
William, son of Michael and Ann Woolcott, b.1790 Dartmouth; m. Mary Wallins Allason 1807 Dartmouth.
Elizabeth, daughter of Michael and Ann, b. 1794, bapt. 1802 Dartmouth.
John, son of John Woolcott and Elizabeth Davis, b. 1804 Dartmouth
DAWLISH: a village on the coast, 3 miles north of Teignmouth,
Thomas Wolcot of Dawlish was taxed on 4L on the Lay Subsidy of 1543-5
William Wolcott of Dawlish was buried at Bovey Tracy 1593. He may be the ancestor of the Wolcotts of Stokeinteignhead.
Graciosum Serle of Teington Bishop m. Agnes Wolcott of Dawlishe 1615 Exeter.
DREWSTEIGNTON, a village 6 miles east of Chagford:
The will of Henry Woollcott of Drewsteignton, dated 1565, was filed at the Exeter Probate Registry. This may have been the Henry Wolcott living at Moretonhampstead in 1525.
EXETER: In addition to John Wolcott of Chudleigh and his son, Thomas, and grandson, Peter; and John Wolcott, Mayor of Exeter, and his son, Henry, and grandson, John, there were a number of other Wolcotts whose names appear in the records of Exeter.
It is even possible that there was one there in the 15th century: J. Wolcok is listed on the Mayor's Court Roll in 1436, and J. Wylcot in 1437. There was also a J. Wylcot who was a member of the Common Council in 1445, and in 1450-53.
Christopher Wolcott was a Franciscan monk at St. Michael's Priory at Exeter. In 1507 Christopher Wollecott, Warden of the Gray Friars, conveyed to the Mayor and Council of Exeter the area called Frerenhay, situated at the back of the house and church of St. Nicholas, which land was formerly the dwelling place of the said brethren. Records of the Grey Friars Church in London (pub. A. G. Little, p. 29) state that Father Christopher Wolcote died in 1527, and was buried there in the church. He seems to have been about the age of the sons of John Wolcott of Chagford.
Tamsin Wilkott m. Richard Southwood at Exeter St. Edmunds 1589.
Barbara Wollcot married John Prideau at St. Thomas' church 1596.
Gregory Wolcott, b. c.1580, married Thomasine Prowse of Sowton at St. Thomas' in 1597. This was probably the same Gregory Wollcott who was admitted as a freeman of Exeter in 1612, after apprenticeship to John Cotton, cooper, who became a freeman in 1587. William Woolcott, cooper, was admitted as freeman in 1629, having served his apprenticeship to Gregory Woolcott. The Protestation Return of 1641 shows Gregory Woolcot in St. George parish, and also William Wolcott.
William Wolcot of Exeter was an apprentice barber at Bristol in 1604.
Agnes Wolcott married Graciousun Serl in 1615. Dorothy Wollacott married John Brown at St. Martin's
1615. Elizabeth Wolcott married Peter Lutton in 1617.
Richard Wollacott married Catherine Heal in 1619.
Elinore Wolcott married Humphrey Ley in 1620.
Margaret Wolcott married Arthur Ashcam in 1622. Margaret was probably from Crediton.
Mary Woulcott married John Way at St. David's 1623.
Sarah, daughter of Margery Wolcot, was baptized at St. Petrox 1623.
Robert Willcott married Katherine Dannys at St. Martin's 1632. Robert Wolcot married Martha May at St. Mary Major 1636.
Mary Woolacott married Thomas Rustone at St. Pauls' 1638.
Elizabeth Woolcott married John Berry at Holy Trinity 1641.
Jeffrey, son of Thomas Wollacot was baptized at St. Thomas 1646.
Robert Woolcott married Sarah Trueman at St. Sidwells l 1648.
John Woolcott married Mary Hawkes at St. Sidwell 1649.
Josias Wollacot of St. Edmonds married Priscilla Gale, widow, of St. Edmonds at St. Paul's 1655. Alice, daughter of Josias Wollacott, was baptized at St. Edmond's 1656.
Joan Wolcot appears on the 1660 Poll tax at Exeter St. Thomas.
Elizabeth Woollcot, widow, appears on the Poll tax of 1660 at Exeter St. John Bows.
Gregory Woolcott married Sarah Ferris at St. David's 1663. Benedict, son of Gregory Wollcott, was baptized at St. David's 1665.
John Woolcott married Mary Hawkes at Exeter St. Sidwell 1649.
EXMINSTER, a village 5 miles south of Exeter:
(1) George Wolcot married Isaac or Isot Hext here 1615. Five of their children were baptized here:
(2) Agnes Tansome, daughter of George Wolcot, b. 1616 Exminster; m. George Grinslade 1640 Exminster.
(2) Jane, daughter of George Wolcot, was baptized 1618.
(2) Elizabeth, daughter of George Wolcot, was baptized 1620.
(2) George, son of George Wolcott, was baptized 1621.
(2) James, son of George Wolcott, was baptized 1626.
(1) Robert Woolcott; b. c.1670, d. 1740 Exminster; m. (1) ____; m. (2) Elizabeth Wood 1713 Exminster; m. (3) Joan Trencher 1723 Exminster.
(2) Mary Woolcott, b. 1693 Exminster; m. Abraham Pulford 1715 Exminster
(2) Robert, son of Robert Woolcott, b. 1696 Exminster.
(3) Mary, daughter of Robert Woolcott, b. 1724 Exminster; m. Joseph Channon 1747 Exminster.
(3) Robert, son of Robert and Joan Wilcott, b. 1728 Exminster.
(2) Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Woolcott, b. 1704 Exminster.
FARRINGDON: a village 8 miles east of Exeter: A Woolacott girl married Lancelot Cooper here 1632.
FREMINGTON, a village 4 miles east of Barnstaple: John Wolcot married Jane Nethercote 1608.
HARTLAND: a village on the Devon/Cornwall border, 12 miles west of Bideford.
Joanna Wilcot m. John Cam 1558 at Hartland.
Anne Wollcott married Thomas Davy 1635 at Hartland.
HEAVYTREE, a suburb of Exeter: Robert Wollacott's children, Richard and Phillip, were baptized her in 1584 and 1586. See Wolcott of High Bickington.
HIGHHAMPTON, a village 2 miles east of Black Torrington:
The Will of John Wollacott of Highampton, dated or proved in 1627, was proved at the Exeter Principal Probate Registry.
HOLNE, a village 4 miles west of Ashburton: In 1552, John Burde als. Berd, filed a complaint against John Wolcott, Reeve of the manor of Holne for John, Earl of Bath, and John Reynolds and John Shapnor als. Butler for wrongful seizure of Burde's property, claimed for the Earl of Bath. This is reported in Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Volume VI.
ILFRACOMB, a village on the coast, 8 miles north of Barnstaple: Jenkin Woolcott married Alice Scamp here 1629.
KENN, a village 6 miles south of Exeter: Robert, c. 1490-.
Robert Wolcott was assessed on 2L in goods on the Lay Subsidy of 1524-5. Because his apparent daughter was named Nichole, it is possible that he was related to Nicholas of Lympestone or Nicholas of Broadclyst, whose names also appear on the Lay Subsidy Roll. Nicole, c. 1515-.
Nycholle Wolcott married John West 1541 at Kenn, and was probably Robert's daughter. Margaret, c. 1520-.
Margarette Woulcotte married William Posse 1544 at Kenn and was probably another daughter. Robert, c.1520.
Robert Wollcott who married Joan Dyare at Kenn 1553, was probably his son. A Robert Wulcott appears on the muster rolls for Alphington, a village 2 miles south of Exeter, and three miles north of Kenn in 1569. He is the first listed of 20 able-bodied pikemen for this parish, so may have been the leader of the group.
Jane Woolcott married Richard Bliss at Kenn 1643.
KNOWSTONE: Elizabeth White m. ______ Wilcott 1630.
LAPFORD, a village located between High Bickington and Crediton: George, son of William Woolcott, was baptized here 1600.
MEAVY, near Plymouth: Henry and John Wollacott signed the 1641 Protestation Return at Meavy.
MONKLEIGH: a village 3 miles south of Littleham by Bideford: Joan Wollacott married Amos Lamprey here 1637.
MOOREBATH, a village 8 miles north of Tiverton: In 1626, Richard Woolcotte and others took inventory of the estate of John Goodyn of Moorebath.
MORETON HAMPSTEAD, a village 1 mi. east of Chagford:
In 1524 and 1625, the names of Mantell, Henry and John Wolcott are found on the subsidy rolls. Not until after 1600 are there records of other Wolcotts living here, although this may be because the records for this parish were destroyed.
(1) Susan Wolcot, b. c.1585married Anthony Berry 1607 at Moreton Hampstead. Thomas, c. 1590-c.1622.
(1) Thomas Wolcott b. c. 1590, perhaps Susan's brother.
(2) Wilmot, daughter of Thomas Wolcot, was b. 1610 Moreton Hampstead.
(2) John, son of Thomas Woolacott b. 1612 Moreton Hampstead.
(2) Joan, daughter of Thomas Wollicott, b. 1614 Moreton Hampstead. Joan Wolcot married Matthew Lightfoot 1636 at Moreton Hampstead.
(2) Thomas, son of Thomas Wolcott, b. 1617 Moreton Hampstead.
(2) Elinore, daughter of Joan Wolcott, b. 1622. Joan may have been Thomas' widow. Joan Wolcott married Peter Martin 1628.
Wilmot Wolcott married John Cumming here 1620.
Robert Wellacott lived at Moreton Hampstead. His daughter, Tamsin, dau. of Robert Wellacott, was baptized 1661 at Moreton Hampstead. Robert, son of Robert Wellacott, was baptized here 1663.
NORTHAM, a village 3 miles north of Bideford: Ann Wollacott married John Shurt here 1619. John Wollacott signed the Protestation Return here in 1641.
NORTH TAWTON: (?) John, c.1475-; m. Alice. Possibly a descendant of John of Lustleigh who m. Maude Westcote of North Tawton in 1467. John was living at North Tawton in 1567 when Thomas Inkledon of Georgeham, gent., sold a moiety of land in Talbot's Weke in North Tawton, in the tenure of Robert Haywoode, John Woullcot als. Wullacott, and others. This was recorded in Exeter Castle Mss., folio 277. The following year, in 1568, John Paddon of Burrington, servingman, sold to Valentine Roll, gent., a reversion after the death of James Talbot, gent., and Cicely Pope, Paddon's mother, of a moiety of land in Talbot's Wike in North Tawton, leased to Thomas Inkledon, in the tenure of John Woulcott als. Wollacott and others. This is recorded in the same Mss. collection, folio 288-9. The muster roll for North Tawton of 1569 shows that John Wolcot was enrolled there to serve as an archer. Then in 1571, Valentine Rolle, gent., sold to Henry Rolle of Staverton, his brother, the reversion of a moiety of land in Talbot's Weke in North Tawton, in the tenure of John Woulcott and others, recorded in folio 304. All of these seem to refer to the same land and to John Wolcott who was a tenant there from 1567 to 1571. Talbot's Weke had been held by William Talbot of Talbot's Weke, son of William Talbot of Spreyton who held the manor of Sourton where the Thrushelton Wolcotts had held property. The muster roll for North Tawton of 1569 shows that John Wolcot was enrolled there to serve as an archer. In 1580, the will of Alice Wolcott of North Tawton and the will of John Wolcott of North Tawton were proved at Barnstaple. These wills have since been destroyed. Agnes Woolcott appears on the North Tawton tax rolls of 1581, taxed on 4L of goods, so she was apparently John and Alice's heiress. A John Wolcott and his wife, Alice, were living at Chagford in 1542. If these are the same John and Alice, John, the archer, may have been their son.
In 1638, a John (possibly Thomas) Wollacott is mentioned in the will of Wilmot Rowe of North Tawton. John Wollacott signed the 1641 Protestation Return at North Tawton.
PARKHAM, a village 8 miles southwest of Bideford: Elizabeth Wolacot married Robert Horn 1629 at Parkham.
PLYMPTON, a village 5 miles east of Plymouth:
In 1604, Michill Wolcote married Agnes Heyman of Plympton. Agnes, wife of Michael Wolcott was buried at Bovey Tracy in 1626, and Michael Wolcott was buried there the same year. Judith, daughter of Michael Wolcote, was baptized at St. Mary's in Plympton 1605.
Mary, daughter of Duens Wallecott, was baptized at Plympton Earle in 1618. They may be related to the Duens, son of John Wolcott, baptized at Stokeinteignhead in 1626, and to the Duens, son of Richard Woolcome (?) baptized at Stoke Gabriel in 1578.
PLYMOUTH, a large seaport on the south coast of Devon:
(1) Samuel Wolcott, c.1600-c.1650. Samuel Wollcott married Charity Bake here 1627. This may have been the Samuel, son of Nicholas Wolcott and brother of Phillip Wolcott, who was baptized 1604 at Buckfastleigh. Samuel Wolcott signed the 1641 Protestation Return at Plymouth.
(2) Phillip, son of Samuel Wolcot, was baptized at St. Andrew's church on 25 May 1628.
(2) Samuel, son of Samuel Wolcot was baptized at Plymouth 1630. This was probably the Samuel found on the Bristol passenger list: " 1660: Samuell Wilcott of Plymouth Devon bound to John Templeman, mariner, to serve 4 years." He may have been the Samuel Wolcott who settled in Monmouth NJ in 1670.
(2) Hannah, daughter of Samuel Wolcott, was baptized at St. Andrew's, Plymouth 1632.
Jane Woolacott married William Redmore at St. Andrew's 1655.
Ann Willcott m. John Prideaux 1666 at St. Andrew's.
SHERWELL: Ann, daughter of John and Margery Wellacott, was baptized here 1630.
SHILLINGFORD, a village 8 miles north of Tiverton, near Moorebath: George, son of George Woolcott, was baptized at St. George's 1633.
SOUTH MOLTON, a village 10 miles southeast of Barnstaple:
(1) Roger. The name of a Roger Wallescott appears on the South Molton muster roll of 1569, taxed on 7L in goods, and indication of comparative affluence.
(2?) Andrew, c.1580-c.1657, barber. Andrew Wollocott married Sara Chappington 1610 at South Molton. Andrew Woolcott is listed at South Molton on the 1641 Protestation Return. Andrew Wolcott, the elder, was involved in Chancery Proceeding 56/24 in 1641, in a suit brought by his brother-in-law, Matthias Chappington, gent., of South Molton. Matthias stated that he had planned to sail to Brazil, and having no wife or children, he wished to leave his house and land at South Molton to his sister, Sarah, and her children in case he did not return. The land was put in trust in 1623 for himself and his heirs, with reversion to Sarah and her children. In 1625 he gave Henry Hill a 99 year lease on the property. Henry died the next year, and his widow, Joan Hill, soon after, so the property came to their son-in-law, Henry Hearder. Matthias went to Brazil where he stayed for 11 or 12 years. While he was gone, Henry Hearder and Andrew Wolcott, barber, announced that he was presumed to be dead and Andrew the sole owner. Two years past they entered into an agreement whereby Henry was to pay Andrew 60L for the land and another 50L in three years if Matthias did not return, and Andrew gave Henry a trust deed as security. Matthias then returned and tried to reclaim his land, but Andrew and Henry charged him with breech of contract.
(3) Robert, son of Andrew Wolcot, b. 1611 South Molton, and died in infancy.
(3) Susan Wolcott b. c.1613; m. Lewis Dunn 1635 South Molton.
(3) Robert, son of Andrew Woolcot, 1614-1685 South Molton. Robert Woolcott signed the 1641 Protestation return at South Molton; m. Martha May 1636 Exeter's St. Mary Major.
(4) William, son of Robert and Martha Wolcot, b. 1637 South Moulton.
(5) Robert Woolcott, b. 1676 South Molton
(5) Mary, daughter of William Woolcott, b. 1687 South Molton.
(4) Ursula, daughter of Robert Wolcott, b.1640 South Molton.
(4) Robert, son of Robert Wolcott, b. 1647 South Molton.
(4) Christopher, son of Robert Woolcot, b. 1650 South Molton.
(4) Henry Woolcott, c.1652, weaver; m. (1) Ann Thorne 1673 South Molton, m. (2) Judah Lake 1674 South Molton.
(5) Robert, son of Henry Woolcott, b. 1674 South Molton.
(5) Henry, son of Henry Woollcott, b. 1675 South Molton.
(5) Agnes, dau of Henry Woolcott, b. 1677 South Molton.
(5) Samuel, son of Henry Woolcott b. 1678 South Molton; m. Joan Mogford 1707 Poughill, Devon.
(6) Samuel, son of Samuel and Jone Woolcot, b. 1708 Stockleigh Pomeroy, Devon; probably the Samuel who m. Elizabeth Clarke 1739 Stockleigh Pomeroy.
(7) Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Woolcot, b. 1739 Stockleigh Pomeroy.
(7) Samuel, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Woolcot, b. 1744 Exeter, St. David.
(7) Ann, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Woolcot, b. 1746 Exeter, St. David.
(7) Robert, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Woolcott, 1748-1809 Exeter, cordwainer/shoemaker, appointed inspector of hides and skins 1800; in Exeter militia 1803; his business continued by sons William and Henry; m. Elizabeth Cocker 1773 Ilsington.
(8) Samuel, son of Robert and Elizabeth, b. 1774 Exeter St. David; in Exeter militia 1803; m. Elizabeth Southcott 1802 Exeter St. David. Whereas, Samuel Woolcott of the parish of Kerrian, brushmaker, age 45 ... has absconded and left his wife and family ... a reward of five guineas will be given ....
(9) Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Woolcott b. 1801 Exeter St. David.
(9) Robert Southcott, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1805 Exeter St. David.
(9) George, son of Samuel Woolacott, brushmaker, and Elizabeth, 1815-1887 Exeter, master template maker and tin plate worker; m. (1) Louisa Giles 1836 Exeter, m. (2) Margaret Leave 1784 Exeter St Paul.
(8) Ann, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1777 Exeter St. David.
(8) Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1779 Exeter St. David.
(8) Mary, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1781 Exeter St. David.
(8) William, son of Robert and Margaret Woolcott, b. 1784 Exeter St. Paul, d. 1862 Redfern, New South Wales, Australia; apprentice to to John Yeo, cordwainer c. 1800; shoemaker and bootmaker at Exeter c.1805-1831, immigrated to Australia 1831 with wife and four children, where he had two shoe shops in Sydney; m. Mary Prout 1819 Exeter St. Thomas. Mary's brother, Samuel Prout, was a prominent water color artist who held the position of Painter in Water Color in Ordinary to King George IV and Queen Victoria. Samuel Prout was painting in Devonshire in 1819 where one specific painting is named "Cottage Near Exeter".
(9) Mary Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary Woolcott, b. 1820 Exeter St. Olave, d. 1886 Redfern, Australia, unm..
(9) Charles Henry, son of William and Mary Woolcott, b. 1821 Exeter St. Olave, d. 1905, North Sydney, Australia. He moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia in 1832. He became a clerk in the City Treasurer's office in 1843, secretary to the City Comissioners 1853, and town clerk 1857-87. Woolcott St. there is named for him. Charles and J.R. Clarke leased 22 acres at Robertson Point and turned it into an amusement park. He and his brother, William Prout Woolcott, were partners in the publishers Woolcott and Clarke at Sydney, which published some significant and historic music sheets. He was a talented amateur artist; m. Helen Inder 1862 Chippendale, Australia.
(9) Lydia Hannah, daughter of William and Mary Woolcott, b. 1823 Exeter St. Olave, d. 1886 Redfern, Australia.
(9) William Prout, son of William and Mary Woolcott, b. 1825 Exeter St. Olave, d. 1887 Sydney, Australia; he and his brother, Charles, were partners in the stationery and publishers Woolcott and Clarke, which published some significant and historic music sheets; he also was a house and estate agent at Sydney; m. Lucy Keppel c.1860.
(9) Jane Eckford, daughter of William and Mary Woolcott, b. 1828 Exeter St. Stephen.
(8) Charles, son of Robert and Margaret Woolcott, 1788-c.1788 Exeter St. George.
(8) Henry, son of Robert and Margaret Woolcott, b. 1784 Exeter St. George; continued his father's Exeter shoe business with his brother, William; m. Ann Chapman 1810 Westminster St. James, London.
(9) Henry, son of Henry and Ann Woolcott, b. 1811 London, St. James; shoemaker; m. Sarah Catherine Dunn 1835 London St. Clement; widower and boot closer at Eton, Buckinghamshire 1851.
(9) Alfred, son of Henry and Ann Woolcott, b. 1811 London, St. James; house painter, m. Sabina Clowes 1856 London, St. James.
(9) James John, son of Henry Woolcot, shoemaker, and Ann, b. 1811 London, St. James.
(8) Charles Woolcott, b. 1793 Exeter St. George, d. 1847 Brighton, Sussex; artist; he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1815 and 1820, and was a drawing teacher at Brighton in 1828 and a portrait painter at Brighton in 1841; his obituary says he was the second son of the late Robert Woolcott, bootmaker of Exeter; m. (1) Mary ____, m. (2) Ann Tuppen 1827 Brighton, Sussex.
(9) Charles, son of Charles and Mary Woolcott, b. 1812 Exeter St. David.
(9) Charles, son of Charles and Ann Woolcott, b. 1828 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1893 Leamington, Warwick; attended Montpelier Terrace School in 1841, became a homeopathic chemist, lived with his sister Margaret at Lemington, Warwick 1859-1881, will dated 1888 names his brother, William Woolcott of Croydon, warehouseman, as executor and sole heir.
(9) Margaret, daughter of Charles and Ann Woolcott, b. 1831 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1887 Leamington, Warwick; will names brother, Charles Woolcott of Leamington, chemist, executor, d. unm..
(9) William, son of Charles and Ann Woolcott, b. 1832 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1919 Croydon, Surrey; warehouseman, leather glove buyer, manager of hosier and shirt maker shop at Croydon 1863-1900; m. Ellen Tremblett 1863 Bayswater, Middlesex
(7) Samuel, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1744 Exeter, St. David.
(6) Agnes, daughter of Samuel and Jone Woolcot, b. 1709 Stockleigh Pomeroy.
(6) Robert Woolcott b. 1711 Stockleigh Pomeroy.
(5) Hugh, son of Henry Woollcott b. 1680 South Molton. Hugh, son of Henry Woolcott,weaver, apprenticed to Lewis Southcombe clerk 1688.
(5) John, son of Henry Woollcott b. 1682 South Molton; m. Ellen Davy.
(6) John, son of John Woolcot, b. 1715 South Molton, writing master at Squire's School at South Molton 1750; m. Mary Lake 1743 South Molton.
(7) John, son of John Woolcott, 1743-1830 South Molton, sergeweaver, as was his mother's family; John Woolcott of South Molton, sergeweaver, fined 1d for a Riot and Assault upon John Horne 1769. He paid tax as a land tenant in South Molton in 1798. Will of John Woolcott, Woolcomber, of South Molton 1799, but South Molton death records say John Woolcott, age 86, died 1830 South Molton; m. Grace _____.
(8) Mary, daughter of John and Grace Woolcott 1798-1845 South Molton. Administration of the will of Mary Woolcott of South Molton, spinster, who died 1845, left unadministered by William Woolcot her nephew and only next of kin, granted to George Woolcot of Stockwell, Surrey, law clerk, the son and one of the executors of the will of the said William Woolcott granted 1845.
(8) John, son of John and Grace Wollcott, b. 1801 South Molton.
(9) William Woolcott, b. 1788-91 South Molton, d.1874 Stockwell, Surrey, bartender, leased the Wheatsheaf Public House in Lambeth, London, in 1815; administrator of will of aunt Mary Woolcott 1845. Will of William Woolcott, late of Stockwell, Surrey, proved by Mary Woolcott, spinster, and George Woolcott, law clerk, his children, both of Stockwell; m. Elizabeth Boutall 1811 St. Martin in the Field, London, m. (2) Rose Mary Drew 1836 St. Martin in the Field.
(10) Mary Woolcott, b. 1837; lived with her parents at Lambeth 1840-70.
(10) Elizabeth Woolcot b. 1838-1850 Lambeth, Surrey; lived with her parents at Lambeth 1840-70.
(10) George, son of William and Rosemary Woolcott b. 1840 Lambeth. In 1861 he was a solicitors clerk at Lambeth. In 1891 he rented rooms from Mary Woolcott.
(6) Henry, son of John Woollcott, b. 1720; ; m. (1) Christian Tapp 1755 South Molton, m. (2) Elizabeth Hooper 1783 South Molton.
(7) Henry, son of Henry and Christian, b. 1756 South Molton; apprenticed to Roger Cock 1768; m. Mary ____. Possibly Henry Woolcot, gent., of South Moulton, Devon, will 1836; m. (2) .
(8) John, son of Henry and Mary Woolcot, b. 1782 South Molton.
(8) Thomas son of Henry and Mary Woolcott, b. 1790 South Molton.
(7) Richard, son of Henry and Christian Woolcott, b. 1759 South Molton; m. Mary Bond 1789 South Molton.
(8) Richard, son of Richard and Mary Woolcott, 1798-1813 South Molton.
(7) Jane, daughter of Henry and Christian Woolcott, b. 1762 South Molton.
(7) Betty, daughter of Henry and Christian Woolcott, 1764-1770 South Molton.
(6) Thomas Woolcott, b. c.1722; m. Ann Lavercam 1746 South Molton.
(7) Richard, son of Thomas Woolcott, b. 1748 South Molton; apprenticed to a clockmaker and whitesmith at South Molton 1756; Richard Woolcott paid for work on town clock; m. (1) Susanna Scamp 1784 South Molton, m. (2) Mary Bond 1790 South Molton.
(8) Mary, daughter of Richard and Susanna Woolcott, b. 1787 South Molton.
(8) William, son of Richard and Mary Woolcott, b. 1791 South Molton.
(8) Richard, son of Richard and Mary Woolcott, b. 1791 South Molton.
(8) Mary, daughter of Richard and Mary Woolcott, b. 1793 South Molton.
(8) Richard, son of Richard and Mary Woolcott, b. 1798 South Molton.
(5) Joan, daughter of John Wollacot, b. 1731 South Molton.
(5) Thomas, son of Henry Woolcott, b. 1688 South Molton.
(4) Penelope, daughter of Robert Woollcott b. 1656 South Molton.
(3) Katherine, daughter of Andrew Wolkett and Sara, b. 1620 South Molton.
(3) Margaret, daughter of Andrew Wollcot, b.1623 South Molton.
(3) Hugh Woolcott, c.1625- 1667 South Molton.
(4) Hugh, son of Hugh Woolcot, b. 1648 South Molton, d. young.
(4) Sarah, daughter of Hugh Woolcott, b. 1651 South Molton; m. John Thomas 1675 South Molton.
(4) William, son of Hugh Woollcott, b. 1654 South Molton; m. Ann Davy 1680 South Molton.
(5) William, son of William Woollcott, b. 1681 South Molton.
(6) Ann, daughter of William Woolcott, b. 1698 South Molton.
(5) John Woolcott, d. 1683 South Molton.
(5) Sarah Woolcott, b. c.1685; m. William Upham 1708 South Molton
(5) John Woolcott d. 1688 South Molton.
(5) John, son of William Woolcott, b. 1690 South Molton.
(5) Henry, son of Will Woolcot, b. 1692 South Molton; m. Elizabeth Weeks 1724 Plymtree.
(6) Mary, daughter of Henry Woolcott, b.1725 Plymtree.
(6) James, son of Henry Woolcot, b. 1728 Plymtre.
(5) John, son of William Woollcot, b. 1694 South Molton.
(6) John, son of John Woollcott, b., d. 1711 South Molton.
(6) John, son of John Woolcott, b. 1715 South Molton; writing master at Squire's School in South Molton 1750; subscribed to "Antiquity of the Wise Instructor 1770; m. Mary Lake 1743 South Molton.
(7) John, son of John Woolcott, 1743-1830 South Molton, serge weaver as were his mother's family; paid land tax at South Molton 1798. In his 1830 will he calls himself a "woolcomber"; m. Grace ____.
(8) William Woolcott, b. 1787 South Molton, d. 1874 Stockwell, Surrey; leased Wheatsheaf Public House in Lambeth 1818; lived Lambeth 1841-1861; will of William Woolcott of Stockwell, Surrey, proved by his children, Mary Woolcott, spinster, and George Woolcott, law clerk; m. (1) Elizabeth Boutal 1811 St. Martin in the Field, London, m. (2) Rosemary Drew 1836 St. Martin in the Field.
(9) Mary Woolcott, b. 1837 Lambeth, Surrey, with parents 1841-1861.
(9) Elizabeth Woolcott, 1838-1850 Lambeth Surrey, with parents 1841.
(9) George Woolcott, b. 1840 Lambeth, Surrey; with parents 1841-61; solicitor's clerk 1861, administrator of the wills of his uncle William and aunt Mary Woolcott.
(8) Mary, daughter of John and Grace Woolcott, 1798 South Molton.
(8) John, son of John and Grace Wollacott, b. 1801 South Molton.
(7) Mary, daughter of John Woolcott, b. 1745 South Molton.
(7) Henry, son of John Woolcott, b. 1748 South Molton.
(7) Simon, son of John and Mary Woollcott, b. 1750-1757 South Molton.
(7) Mary, daughter of John and Mary Woollcott, b.1753 South Molton. Administration of the will of Mary Woolcot, spinster, of South Molton, had administration granted to her nephew and only next of kin William Woolcot, later granted to his son, George Woolcott of Southwell Surrey, law clerk..
(7) Eleanor, daughter of John and Mary Woollcott, b.1756 South Molton.
(6) Simon, son of John and Mary Woollcott, 1759-1819 South Molton; mathematician and surveyor; one of the surveyors for the Ordnance Survey of Devon, begun 1791; schoolmaster in 1797.
(7) William, son of John and Mary Woollcott, b.1764-1845 South Molton; Royal Military Surveyor and Draftsman for which he was pentioned, poet; his book of poetry, "A Few Leaves From my Field Books" was privately printed. He lived with his sister, Mary, at South Molton where he died 1845 age 81, his sister his sole legatee and administrator. Administration of the will of of the effects of William Woolcott of Southmolton, Devon, gent., who died 15 April 1845 at Southmolton, left unadministered by William Woolcott, the nephew and administrator of the will of the effects of Mary Wolcott, spinster, the sister, the sole executrix and residuary legatee, was granted to George Woolcott of 26 Lingham St., Stockwell, Surrey, clerk, the administrator of the unadminisered effects of the said Mary Woolcott; former grant of Perogatory Court of Canterbury Nov. 1845.
(4) Elizabeth, daughter of Hugh Woollcott, b. 1656 South Molton.
(4) Hugh, son of Hugh Woollcott, 1660-1667 South Molton.
(4) John, son of Hugh Woollcott b. 1664 South Molton.
(3) Andrew, son of Andrew Woolcott, 1627-1627 South Molton.
(3) Andrew, 1630-1658. Andrew, son of Andrew Wulcot, baptized 1630 at South Molton; m. dau. of John Blackmore. Andrew Wolcott the younger, died in 1658 at South Moulton. His will, dated1657, requests "that the Testament and last Will of my ffather Andrew Woolcott deceased whereof I am Executor shall be observed and performed And my will and meaning is that my sonne Andrew Woolcott shall have and injoy whilst that and soe long as he or anie his child shall joyntly live with my Sister Margarett Quantock That my house with Those appurtenances in Barnstaple wereof or wherein I have an Interest but yet charged with such an Annuity payable to my said Sister Also I doe give unto Johan Pitford my Gold ring ffinally my debts paid Legacies discharged and funerall rites performed I doe give and bequeath unto John Blackmore my ffather in Lawe to and for the use of my said Sonne Grandchild of the said John All the Residue of my Goods and Chattells whatsoever And I doe make and Constitute the said John Executor of this my Teastment and last will in trust and to and for the use of his Grandchild my sonne aforesaid In testamonie whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare above written Andrew Woollcott Witnesses Baldwin Wiles Robert Woollcott Christopher Blackmore".
(4) Andrew, son of Andrew Wulcot, b. 1655 South Moulton.
(4) John, son of Andrew Woollcott, b.1657 South Molton.
STOKEINTEIGNHEAD: The river Teign joins the Bovey River just below Bovey Tracy and flows south to Newton Abbot, and from there, east to Teignmouth where it opens into the sea.
(1) William, c.1560-. William Wolcot married Alse Demon at Coffinswell, a village 3 miles southeast of Newton Abbot in 1588. This was probably the William Wilcott of Dawlish, a village on the coast, 3 miles north of Teignmouth, who was buried at Bovey Tracy in 1593, and the father of the Wolcotts who lived at Stokeinteignhead, a town three miles east of Newton Abbot, halfway between Coffinswell and Teignmouth.
(2?) Margery. Margery Woolcot married Henry Collinge at Stokeinteignhead, date unknown.
(2?) Alice. Alse Wollacott married Thomas Beer at Stokeinteignhead, date not gven. These may have been William and Alse's daughters.
(2?) John, d.c. 1651 Stokeinteignhead, mariner, may possibly have been the son of John and Joan Wolcott, b. 1569 Bovey Tracy; prob m. Duens. Dunes Woollcott d. 1649 at Stokeinteignhead. Dunes is an unusual name. Duenes, dau. of Thomas Harrys and Alse Thorne was bapt. at Barnstaple in 1572 and may possibly have been his wife. The will of John Woolcott of Stokeinteignhead, mariner, dated 1651 is listed in Master's Probates, and is said to have bequeathed John's property to his children, John, Elizabeth and Joan.
(3) Mary, daughter of Duens Wallecott, was baptized at Plympton Earle in 1618. Plympton is 5 mi. east of Plymouth.
In 1604, Michill Wolcote, son of John and Joan Wolcott of Bovey Tracy, married Agnes Heyman of Plympton. Agnes, wife of Michael Wolcott was buried at Bovey Tracy in 1626, and Michael Wolcott was buried there the same year. Judith, daughter of Michael Wolcote, was baptized at St. Mary's in Plympton 1605
(3) William, son of John Wolcot, baptized 1620 at Stokeinteignhead. William Wolcot of Stoke near Teignmouth, probably the same one baptized in 1620, sometimes master of the ship "Goodwill and Prosper", was in Newfoundland in 1648. This man was once thought to possibly be the William Walcott who settled at Salem MA in 1636, but DNA evidence indicates otherwise.
(3) Elizabeth, daughter of John Wolcot, baptized 1622 Stokeinteignhead. In 1661, Elizabeth Woolcott married Thomas Taylor at Stokeinteignhead.
(3) Joan, daughter of John Wolcot, baptized 1625 Stokeinteignhead.
(3) Dunes, dau. of John Wolcot, baptized 1626 Stokeinteignhead. Dunes, dau. of John Wolcott d. 1626.
SWIMBRIDGE, a village 7 miles southeast of Barnstable:
Katherine Walcot married Peter Chaple here 1630.
TAVISTOCK, a town 10 miles south of Thrushelton, on the edge of Dartmoor:
William Wollacot was a barber here in 1597, according to a reference concerning John Glanvyle in the Burnet-Morris Index.
John Wollacott is listed at Tavistock on the 1641 Protestation Return.
TEDBURY ST. MARY, a village 8 miles west of Exeter:
(1) Robert, c.1580-. Three children of a Robert Wollacott were baptized here.
(2) Ann, daughter of Robert Wollacott, was baptized 1608 and died young.
(2) Matthew, son of Robert Wollacot, was baptized 1613.
(2) Robert, son of Robert Wollacot, was baptized 1617.
TETCOTT, a village on the border with Cornwall:
Wilmot, daughter of Robert Woolacott, was baptized here 1633.
TIVERTON, a town 20 miles north of Exeter:
John Wollcott married Joan Hartnoll here 1599.
TOPSHAM, a village 5 miles southeast of Exeter:
Michael, son of Thomas Welcot, was baptized here 1637.
TOTNES, a large town south of Ashburton:
Marck Wollecote married Marie Bond here1589.
Agnes Wolcot named in will of Hester Sweet of Halwill, Totnes 1604.
TOTTEN: James Prideau of Nutwell married Barbara Woolcok of Totten here in 1595.
UFFCULM, a village 8 miles east of Halberton:(1) John Woolcott, b. c.1590, father of William, below, and perhaps others at Uffculm. Simon Woolcot, b. c. 1610, possibly William's brother, married Elizabeth Joet, or Jollett 1628 Uffculm .
(2) William, son of John Wolcot, b. 1620 Uffculm.
(2) John Wollcott, possibly a brother of William, b. c.1615, married Honour Black 1634 Uffculm.
(3) Elizabeth, daughter of John and Honor Woolcott, b. 1634 Uffculm; m. Simon Trimblet 1664 Uffculm..
(3) John, son of John and Honor Wollcotte, b. 1643 Uffculm; possibly the John Woolcott of Broadhembery whose estate was administered in 1720.
(3) Susan, daughter of John and Honor Wollcotte, b. 1646Uffculm; m. Mark Moore 1665 Uffculm.
(3) Michael, son of John and Honor Woolcotte, b. 1649 Uffculm.
(3) Alice, daughter of John and Honor Woollcotte, b. 1652 Uffculm.
(3) Henry, son of John Woolcott, b. 1657 Uffculm.
(2) Thomas Woolcott, b. c.1620; m. Alice Lamphry 1640 Uffculm.
(3) Susan, daughter of Thomas and Alice Wollcotte, b. 1643 Uffculm.
Another family at Uffculm, Cullompton, and Burlescombe, relationship to above unknown. These villages are clustered together east of the market town of Tiverton.
(1) Philip Woolcott, b. c.1650; living Burlescombe 1675.
(2) John, son of Philip Woolcott b. 1675 Burlescombe. Possibly John Woolcott of Broadhembury whose estate was administered 1737 Broadhembury.
(2) Thomas Woolcott, b. c.1675 Cullompton, Devon, d. 1730 Burlescombe, buried Holcomb Rogus, Devon. Settlement certificate issued by Cullompton parish for Thomas Woolcott, weaver, Tiverton, dated 1719. After 1662 a man was required to obtain such a certificate that ensured that his home parish would take him back if he became a claimant on the poor rates; Thomas Wilcott took Oath of Allegiance 1723 Burlescombe; Thomas Woolcomb (sic.?) of Burlescombe left a will in 1730; in 1773 there was a tenement in Burlescombe called Woolcotts; m. (1) Joan ____ c.1700, m. (2) Margaret Searles 1719 Tiverton.
(3) Elizabeth Woolcott, b. c. 1700; m. John Day 1723 Tiverton.
(3) George Woolcott, b. c. 1700; m. Elizabeth Croyden 1725 Burlescombe.
(4) John, son of George and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1725 Burlescombe.
(3) Joan, daughter of Thomas Woolcott, b. 1693 Burlescombe; m. Uriah Alford 1717 Burlescombe.
(3) Henry, son of Thomas Woolcott, b. 1695 Burlescombe; m. Joan Leat 1721 Burlescombe.
(4) Alice, daughter of Henry and Joan Woolcott, b. 1722 Burlescombe; m. William Hooper 1746 Burlescombe.
(4) Thomas, son of Henry and Joan Woolcott, b. 1724 Burlescombe.
(4) John, son of Henry and Joan Woolcott, b. 1724 Burlescombe.
(4) Philip, son of Henry and Joan Woolcott, b. 1727 Burlescombe, d. 1791 Sampford Peverell; m. Sidwell Riggs, b. 1731 Burlescombe. John, below, had children Philip and Sidwell.
(5) John Woolcott, 1760 Uplowman, d. 1849 Uffculm; brick mason; taxed on land at Uffculm 1798; m. Ann Granger 1784 Holcomb Rogus, m. (2) Betty Manley 1818 Taunton, Somerset.
Will of John Woolcott of Uffculme, mason, mentions marriage settlement with wife Betty Manley dated 1818. To wife Betty furniture, utensils and household implements until her death or remarriage and then to go to Richard Dunstan Bevan, schoolmaster and Richard Bowernam, gent., in trust for my children, Sarah wife of John Taylor, John Woolcott, Elizabeth wife of Thomas Jesson, Philip Woolcott, Mary wife of William Shannon, and Ann wife of John Leigh. To the said trustees 3 cottages in Uffculm occupied by Thomas Crease, my son John, and Ann Quick held in fee simple with a mortgage of 150 pounds, also several pieces of ground in the common called Leonard Moor containing about 6 acres of land and the house called Leonad Moor House built by me and occupied by John Richards possessed by me for 1000 years term with a mortgage of 300 pounds, also 3 other cottages erected by me formerly of a tenement called Jammers which I purchased of John Heroott held for one or more long terms, now in possession of me and Edward Woolcott and ___ Horton, also the cottage and garden and moiety of a brickyard for a term of 4 score and 19 years now determinable on the deaths of my two sons with a yearly rent of 5 shillings at Halberton, with my wife receiving the rents and incomes for life or widowhood if she maintain the properties, after which my trustees are to sell the properties and divide the proceeds among my children, with my daughters shares to be theirs alone and not their husbands, and properties unsold to be held by my 2 sons in common as long as all children share equally. Edward was grandson, Edward Churley Woolcott, below.
(6) Sarah, daughter of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1785 Culmstock; m. John Taylor.
(6) John, son of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1785 Culmstock, d. 1866 Uffculm; stone mason at Uffculm 1841-1851; Administration of the personal estate and effects of John Woolcott late of Uffculm in the County of Devon, Stonemason, deceased, who died 30 May 1866 at Uffculm aforesaid were granted to John Woolcott of Uffculm aforesaid, Stonemason, the son and one of the next of kin of the said deceased. m. Ann Churley 1811 Uffculm.
(7) Edward Churley, son of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1814 Uffculm, d. 1846 Tiverton; carpenter; m. Anna Coles 1838 Tiverton; she m. (2) William Sweetland, innkeeper, c. 1848.
(8) Anna Caroline, daughter of Edward C. and Anna Woolcott, b. 1838 Uffculm, d. 1932 Cullompton; m. James White, innkeeper, 1867 Tiverton.
(8) Edward Woolcott, b. 1840 Uffculm; d. 1883 Bristol; carpenter at Broadhembury, Devon 1871-1881; m. Mary Martin 1869 Honiton, Devon.
(8) Mark Woolcott, b. 1845 Uffculm, d. 1930 Cullompton, Devon; cabinet maker at Cullompton; m. Ann Francis Poole 1877 Tiverton.
(7) Mary Ann, daughter of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1816 Uffculm; m. Thomas Hellier 1836 Uffculm
(7) Henry, son of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1817 Uffculm; mason, living with brother, John, 1871 Uffculm.
(7) Robert, son of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1817 Uffculm
(7) John, son of John and Ann Woolcott, 1820-c.1905 Uffculm; stone mason at Uffculm 1851-1881, employing two men; m. Eliza ____ .
(8) Eleanore Woolcott, b. 1836 Uffculm.
(8) Alfred Woolcott, 1849-1864 Uffculm.
(8) Mary Ann Woolcott, b. 1851 Uffculm
(8) Emma Woolcott, b. 1820 Uffculm
(6) Elizabeth, daughter of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1789 Uffculm; m. Thomas Jesson 1815 St. George Hanover Square..
(6) Mary, daughter of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1792 Uffculm; m. William Shannon.
(6) Philip, son of John and Ann Wolcott, b. 1794 Uffculm; carpenter at Uffculm; 1851 brick and tile maker employing 5 laborers; m. (1) Ann Perham 1817 Exeter, m. (2) Mary Granger 1820 Payhembury.
(7) James, son of Philip and Mary Woolcott, b. 1822 Uffculm, carpenter, d. c.1905 Aberdare, Wales; 1871 Aberdare, Wales; m. Elizabeth Mills 1846 Tiverton.
(8) Francis, son of James Woolcott, b. 1848 Culmstock, carpenter; 1881-1891 Glamorgan, Wales; m Ann ____.
(9) Frederick James Woolcott, b. 1877 Aberdare, Glamorgan..
(9) Annie Louise Woolcott, b. 1878 Ferndale, Glamorgan.
(9) William Francis Woolcott, b. 1880 London.
(9) Eda Florence Woolcott, b. 1883 Ferndale, Glamorgan.
(8) Grace Woolcott, b. 1852 Uffculm; m. Gwilym Lloyd.
(8) Eva Woolcott, b. 1856 Uffculm.
(8) Clara Woolcott, b. 1859 Uffculm.
(8) Mary Woolcott, b. 1860 Uffculm.
(8) Lewis Woolcott, b. 1862 Uffculm.
(8) Laura Woolcott, b. 1867 Glamorgan.
(7) Philip, son of Philip Woolcott, carpenter, and Mary Woolcott, b. 1824 Uffculm, d. 1889 Walthamstow, Essex, carpenter, m. Selina Mogford 1847 Tiverton.
(7) Thomas, son of Philip and Mary Woolcott, b. 1824 Uffculm, d. 1885 Bromley, Middlesex, brick maker; at Burlescombe 1851, Halberton 1861-1871, London 18881; m. Mary Melhuish 1849 Tiverton.
(7) Jane, daughter of Philip and Mary Woolcott, b. 1824 Uffculm; m. ____ Stark.(7) Mary Woolcott, daughter of Philip Woolcott, brickmaker, b. c.1826; m. William Beer 1851 Islington.
(7) Elizabeth Woolcott, 1830-1830 Uffculm.
(7) Anna Maria, daughter of Philip Woolcott, carpenter, b. 1831 Uffculm; m. John Forward 1858 Horsley Down, Middlesex.
(7) Sarah, daughter of Philip Woolcott, carpenter, b. 1833 Uffculm; m. William Page 1856 Bromley.
(7) Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1836 Uffculm.
(7) Samuel son of Philip and Mary Woolcott, b. 1837 Uffculm, carpenter, m. Elizabeth L. ____.
(7) Ann Woolcott, b. 1843, dress maker living with parents 1861.
(7) Francis Woolcott, b. 1844 Uffculm, d. c.1910 Southwark, Surrey, railroad porter; m. (1) Ruth Roffe, m. (2) Ann Megan, widow, 1878 Newington, Surrey.
(8) Francis Woolcott, b. 1878 Newington, Surrey.
(6) Ann, daughter of John and Ann Woolcott, b. 1792 Uffculm; m. William Leigh 1819 Tiverton, Newport Street Baptist Church.
(6) Sidwell "Selley", daughter of John and Ann Woolcott 1800-1815 Uffculm.
(5) Philip Woolcott, b. 1768 Burlescombe, d. 1827 Cardiff, Wales; moved to Cardiff c. 1803; butler at Cathays, Cardiff 1805, Inn Keeper of the White Lion on Castle St., Cardiff, admitted citizen of Cardiff 1811; victualler 1814, Cardiff Common Attorney 1810-1820, church warden St. Johns, Cardiff 1819; m. (1) Joan Bear 1786 Burlescombe, m. (2) Sarah Taylor of Cullompton 1802 Clyst St. Mary, Devon.
(6) George, son of Philip and Joan Woolcott, 1787-1825, an idiot.
(6) Philip, son of Philip and Joan Woolcott, 1788-1798 Burlescombe.
(7) Sarah, daughter of Philip and Sarah Woollcott, b. 1805 Glamorgan, Wales.
(7) Elizabeth Sidwell, daughter of Philip and Sarah Woollcott; m. Philip Bird 1834 Cardiff.
(7) Philip, son of Philip and Sarah Woollcott, b. 1814 Cardiff; given 2 months imprisonment for larceny 1835; farmer living with his mother 1841; a farmer with 170 acres employing 8 men at Turton Farm, Cardiff 1851; Philip Woolcott of Plasturton Farm, near Cardiff, administration of his estate granted to his widow, Sarah; m. Sarah Probert 1842 English Bicknor, Gloucestershire.
(8) Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Philip and Sarah Woolcott, b. 1844 Cardiff; m. William James Noble 1864 Cardiff.
(8) Philip Woolcott, 1844-1857 Cardiff.
(8) Mary Ann Woolcott, 1845-1846 Cardiff.
WITHYCOMB RALEIGH, a village 2 miles east of Exmouth: William, son of William Woollcotte, was baptized here 1575.
WOODBURY, a village 3 miles east of Clyst St. George: John, son of John Woolcott, was baptized here 1634.
YARCOMBE, a village north of High Bickington: Elizabeth Wolcott married Marmaduke Jennings here 1616.
CORNWALL. A few Wolcott are found in the neighboring county of Cornwall. They are probably related to the Devonshire Wolcotts:
BODMIN: Jeffrey, son of John Woolcott, bapt. 1614.
BREAGE: Will of Henry Woolcott of Breage, 1592, registered at Exeter Probate Registry, #391. Will of Thomas Woolcott of Breage, 1598, proved at Exeter.
CALLINGTON: William Wolcott m. Jane Tipper 1630.
GULVAL: John Wolcott, b. c.1605 Emma, dau. of John Wolcott, bapt. 1629. Margaret, dau. of John Wolcott, bapt. 1631. Maria, dau. of John Wolcott, bapt. 1637. Elizabeth, dau. of John Wolvott, bapt. 1642. Ursula. dau. of John Wolcott, bapt. 1644.
GWINEAR: Katherine, daughter of Thomas Wolcott, married John Polkinghorn of Gwinear, 1595. Katherine died 1611. John's will, dated 1626, was proved in 1630.
MAWNAN: Robert, son of William Woolcott als. Grube, bapt. 1616. Thomas, son of William Wolcott als. Grube, bapt. 1618. Grace, dau. of William Wolcot and Frances Dagg, bapt.1621.
MENWYNICK: Barbara Wolcot of Cornwall married Robert Menwynick of Menwynick. Robert died in 1596.
MEVAGISSY: Christopher Wolcott m. Elizabeth Best 1613.
ST. COLUMB MAJOR: Joan, dau. of Christopher and Elizabeth Wallcott, bapt. 1639 St. Colomb Major, 7 mile SW of Wadebridge.
MORWENSTOW: Anne Wolcot m. Samuel Cottle 1618. The will of John Cole of Morwenstowe left a bequest to Anne Wolcott in 1652.
NORTH HILL: Edward Woolcott m. Wilmott Cotton 1587.
ST AUSTEL: 1606 ? Will of John Woolcott of St. Austle proved.
ST. ILLARY: Administration granted for the will of William Wolcot of St. Illary 1595.
ST. MINVERS: Anthony Wolcock alias Wolcot, of St. Minvers, yeoman, is mentioned the 1625 case of Prout of Bideford v. Billing of Breage, HGR55.
Richard Wolcote held 3 acres of land at Trethewell at 7s per annum in 1525.
WADEBRIDGE: Thomas, son of George Wolcott b. c.1540 Wadebridge
CORNWALL, PLACES UNKNOWN:
John Wolcott alias Harrie married Alice Blewett of Colan 1595.
Henry Wolcott's, will dated 1654, proved 1655, leaves to his brother, Arculus Wolcott, all his wearing apparell and ten pounds; to Joan Lemon ten pounds; to Mary Lemon 30 pounds;to Richard North's children twenty shillings each; Nannie Lacerio twenty shillings; to Elizabeth Wolcott and Sarah Wolcott twenty shillings each; to Robert Pell five pounds; and names his wife, Joan, executor.
LONDON: A few Wolcotts are also found in London. They may related to the Devonshire or Somerset Wolcotts.
Jone Wolcot was baptized at St. Margaret's, Westminster, in 1547.
Henry Wolkot was baptized at Christ Church, Gray Friars, Newgate, in 1579.
Thomas Woolcot buried at Clerkenwell in 1593.
Mrs. Jane Woolcott married Samuel Smith 1600.
Bellris Woolcott married William Strong in 1640.
Children of Robert and Bridgett Wolcott baptized at St. Butolph without Aldgate: Thomas, baptized 1642; Mary, baptized 1644; Susan, baptized 1648; Daniel, baptized 1651.
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