James Hurford buried at Smeatharpe Devon

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Yes, thank you I m looking for James father John and his father James?

Peter Hurford

I’m also interest in the connection of the murdered John Hurford in West Aust in 1855, where his murder activator his wife Bridget (Larkin) Hurford

As well John Hurford shot in 1862 during the Mario troubles in NZ, his wife Ann was left a widow with 4-5 children who than moved to Nelson.

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Peter Hurford

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I had a look at the John Hurford killed in the New Zealand Wars in 1860. There are several newspaper articles on the Papers Past site that cover his death, such as this one:

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/TC18600814.2.24

It seems his wife may have married a few years later, as the New Zealand civil registration marriage indexes have this entry https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/:

1863/6621; Bride: Ann Hurford; Groom: James Shedy

Then there is a death index entry for Ann in 1884, making her born in about 1818/19:

1884/2703; Sheady Ann; 65Y

Turning to English records, there is an 1842 marriage for John Hurford and Anne Goddard at FreeBMD in the district of Honiston (which includes Smeatharpe):

https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?cite=%2FtftWqmVtBgw3T%2FCQHOzYg&scan=1

I found a baptism for Ann Goddard at Offwell, which is about 10 miles from Smeatharpe. The 1818 baptism year matches well with the age at death above.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N57D-CLC

Looking for a possible baptism for John Hurford, there is one on FindMyPast in 1815 at Luppitt, again just a few miles from Smeatharpe:

5 Nov 1815, John son of Clement and Susanna Hurford

by Nic Donnelly G2G6 Mach 5 (50k points)
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Nice work, Nic!

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