52 Ancestor Challenge – #1 George Henry PULLEYBLANK.

Reading a post by Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small I was inspired to join in her challenge of 52 Ancestors this year.  I am a bit late in starting but excited to begin.

The first ancestor that I will look at is my great grandfather George Henry PULLEYBLANK.

He was born 6 May 1865 at Fowelscombe Lodge, the son of John PULLEYBLANK a labourer and Mary Anne HARRIS.  His baptism took place on the 10th of September at St Peter’s Church in Ugborough, Devon.

George was only three years old when his father passed away, leaving his mother with five young children.

Only three months later his younger brother James Richard died.

This would certainly have been a very traumatic time for the family.

The 1871 census shows George living in North Huish with his widowed mother Ann, widowed grandmother Ann HARRIS, sister Sarah 10 and 6 month old Edith HEAL (relationship not known).

I thought I had him on the 1881 census as George PULLYBLANK age 19 in Broomhill, Harford, Devon working as an indoor farm servant for the SMITH family.  The age is off a bit and I know think this is a different chap.  Have not been able to locate my George in 1881.

In 1882 George witnesses the marriage of his sister Sarah to Henry JOINT in Ugborough.

George’s own marriage takes place in Rattery, Devon, when on 21 February 1891 he marries Jessie GOSS a young widow who was born Jessie MOGRIDGE.

A month later, the couple are enumerated at Horsebrook Cottage in South Brent and George is a journeyman tailor.  With them is young William GOSS the son of Jessie.

George & Jessie have 4 children: Frederick John b 1891 (my grandfather), George b 1894, Edwin Charles b 1896 (who died 1897) and Rose Violet b 1899.

1901 has the family living on Church Street in South Brent, by 1911 they are still in South Brent but now living at Prospect Place.

They later moved to Wellington Square, across the street from the South Brent Church.

Jessie died 19 November 1938 and George died less than a week later, perhaps of a broken heart.

I would love to know the name of the tailor shop where George worked in South Brent.


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