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From: "jack steer" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] missing person (WJ Vearncombe) from Torrington - Bridgewater Char tist Riots of 1833
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 11:05:28 -0000
The first People's Charter was drawn up in January 1837.
The Swing Riots took place in many southern counties in 1830/1, but with
little activity in Devon.
I suspect that the Bridgewater riot of 1833 was much more likely to have
been for more local reasons and as with many other disturbances of the time
may well have been caused by high bread prices and complaints of
profiteering by farmers.
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From: "DE LEUW, Lorraine" <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 12:11 AM
Subject: [DEV] missing person (WJ Vearncombe) from Torrington - Bridgewater
Char tist Riots of 1833
> I am trying to find out more about the Chartist riots of the 1830's. What
> were the Chartists? Were the riots widespread? Were there any in Devon?
> What sort of people were involved in them? Was any punishment made
> those involved? Etc..
> I am trying to solve the riddle of a William James Verncombe (aka James
> William Vearncombe aka James Vearncombe aka William Vearncombe).
> William James Verncombe married Elizabeth Beer at Weare Gifford on the 1st
> March 1830. He signed his full name and described himself as a tailor
> Bridgewater. It appears that Harriet Verncombe bn ~1833 and Thomas
> Verncombe bn ~1834 were the only two children born to the marriage.
> being baptised in Weare Gifford and Thomas being born in Torrington.
> It appears that within a decade of the marriage that WJV died. Elizabeth
> Verncombe (nee Beer) is described as a widow in the 1841 census.
> records show interesting conflicts in details. When Thomas married in
> his father was described as James Verncombbe, tailor, deceased, but when
> Harriet was married he was described as William Verncombe, tailor.
> Elizabeth was born in 1802 at Weare Gifford and when she died in 1879 aged
> 77 she was buried in the Torrington and her gravestone records her as the
> widow of William Verncombe, however her death certificate records she was
> the widow of James Verncombe.
> It is my belief that this WJV is the James Vearncombe baptised in
> Bridgewater St Mary in 1806 but that in life he was known as William or
> William James.
> The James Vearncombe born in Bridgewater in 1806 had a brother named
> Vearncombe (who although he was a blacksmith appears to have been a taylor
> for some time and who had a son Charles who also was a tailor). The
> Vearncombe's were primarily a family of blacksmiths but in 1806 whilst
> was a newborn and Robert only a few years old their mother Ann Vearncombe
> died and their father Thomas Vearncombe remarried to Hannah Sprouting who
> came from a family of tailor's.
> I have yet to be able to find a burials/deaths for WJV and for Robert
> In the Bridgewater and Somerset Advertiser of 22 April 1833 it records
> Robert and James Vearncombe were involved in a riot in Bridgewater. I
> also been told that a lot of tailors were Chartists.
> Robert Vearncombe's wife Ann died of consumption in the Bridgewater Work
> House in the late 1840's and a number of Robert's children had base
> born to them in the 1840's and 1850's.
> I now wonder whether both WJV and RV may have gone to gaol or transported
> convicts. Does anyone have any ideas?
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