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Family of John HEARD and Elizabeth PERKINS

Husband: John HEARD (c. 1806-1881)
Wife: Elizabeth PERKINS (c. 1801- )

Husband: John HEARD

Name: John HEARD1
Sex: Male
Father: Joseph HEARD (c. 1780- )
Mother: Elizabeth UNKNOWN (1776- )
Birth c. 1806 Colebrooke, Devon, England
Occupation Blacksmith
Death 2 Feb 1881 (age 74-75) Crediton , Devon, England

Wife: Elizabeth PERKINS

Name: Elizabeth PERKINS1
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth c. 1801 Colebrooke/Spreyton, Devon, England
Occupation Serge Weaver

Note on Husband: John HEARD

In 1814 a John Heard, 10 is apprenticed to John Hooke, Blacksmith, in Colebrooke Parish.

In 1841 he is married and living on the East Side of Exeter Road, Crediton, working as a smith

In 1851 he is a Blacksmith, at Hookway Road Crediton. In 1861 Census then Richard living with him is described as a son - a nephew in the 1851 census.

In 1871 he is a master blacksmith employing 2 men and one boy. He is living next door to brother Richard and son Daniel


In Kellys 1866 and Harrods 1878 Directories John Heard is listed as a blacksmith, at Hookway. This is a separate John Heard from that listed as machine maker in Mill Street in Kellys 1866 and Billings 1857 directories.


Wednesday 9 February 1881, Issue 6052 – Gale Document No. Y3200730838


The remains of MR HEARD, blacksmith, were interred on Wednesday. The deceased used to relate several anecdotes of the great snow of 1814, when he was an apprentice of Mr Hooke, smith, of the adjoining parish of Colebrooke. One was of a young man, a farm apprentice, named WILLIAM LUXTON, coming to his master’s smithy one morning, and asking for aid, as his mistresses favourite mare – which he was riding – had sunk in a deep drift of snow, and was fast disappearing from view. The mare was soon extricated by means of shovels and pickaxes. It is strange that the chief actor in the scene – LUXTON, is still alive, and as hardy as the strongest and youngest of farm labourers, though he was born as long ago as 1795,. He too, is now residing in Crediton, and corroborates in every particular what MR HEARD used to relate. He furthermore states that a few days after the mare was extricated from her perilous position he was walking through a field near the same spot, and heard a man who had fallen down a steep precipice and was getting fast embedded in the snow shouting for assistance. LUXTON immediately ran to a farmhouse near, and called out the inmates with ropes, which were thrown to the sinking man, who, seizing fast hold of one, was quickly drawn up aloft and rescued. MR HEARD’S younger brother, who witnessed the rescue of the mare, is also living as well as LUXTON.2


1"Nick Heard". This GEDCOM is predominantly the work of Nick Heard, but it incorporates the collaborated work of many other family historians. You are welcome to use the information herein but please acknowledge the source. Every effort has been made to ensure the data is accurate, but any use you make of it is entirely at your own risk. (c) Nick Heard 2009
2"Overseers of the Poor, Apprenticeship Indentures Colebrook Parish" (Devon Record Office, File Ref 541A/PO1273). Devon Record Office File 541A/PO1273.