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For Witheridge 141 in the same hand, possibly the vicar and his clerk, recorded the names. The following nine people signed their names themselves. William Tyler, vicar, James Thomas, constable, Christopher Partridge, constable; Richard Thomas, churchwarden; John Bidgood, churchwarden; Richard Burne, overseer; Richard Cockram, overseer; Edward Phillips, overseer, William Parkhouse. No refusals were recorded. In August 1642 the Civil War began. A rough estimate of the size of the population of Witheridge at this time can be made by multiplying the number of names by four, giving a population of 600. Among the names in the list of Witheridge men are a number that are still in use to this day, such as Beare, Bidgood and Blackmore, Cockeram and Crooke. The Grindon/Grendon family took their name from the farms of that name. Greenslade has been one of the most commonly occurring names for over 340 years. There have been recent Heards and Hills, and the Hodges gave their name to Hodges Tenement, which came down to make way for the Mitre. The Lashbrooke name is still attached to a house in North Street, while the Melhuishes were prominent as vicars, landowners and founders of the Church School. Nott, Parker and Partridge are familiar to us and the Shortridges were also vicars and landowners. Southwood, Sowden and Thomas have made their mark, as have Tucker, Western and Whitfield.

Witheridge Parish Protestation Return 1641

Atkins, Thomas
Battin, John
Blackmore, Gregory
Browne, Edward
Chilcott, Andrew
Chilcott, Richard
Cockeran, George
Cockeram, Laurence
Crooke, John
Dankins, Christopher
Downishe, Thomas
Ford, Lewis
Gater, Robert
Gosse, Samuel
Gregorie, Richard
Grindon, William
Grinslade, Gilbert
Grinslade, Lewis
Grinslade, Thomas
Heard, Hugh
Hill, Thomas
Hodge, Philip
Holmes, john
Mapery, Elias
Melhuish, Robert gent.
Molland, Robert
Morrishe, John
Nott, John
Oxeland, Humphrey
Partridge, Peter
Phillippes, Giles
Radford, John
Radford, Stephen
Samson, John
Shorte, George
Skinner, George
Small, William junr.
Sowdon, Augustine
Stemston, John
Thomas, Nicholas
Thresher, Joseph
Toake, William
Tolley, Roger
Tracy, Walter
Upcott, Hugh
Vicarie, William
Waterman, William
Averie, Robert gent.
Beare, Roger
Blackmore, William
Cade, James
Chilcott, James
Chilcott, William
Cockerham, Henry
Cockeram, William
Crooke, William
Dave, William
Dyer, Stephen
Garnesey, John
Gater, Thomas
Gosse, William
Grindon, John
Grinslade, Abraham
Grinslade, Hugh
Grinslade, Nathaniel
Hagley, George
Heard, Hugh
Hodge, Jerman
Hodge, Thomas
Kelland, Thomas
Mapery, John
Melhuish, Thomas gent.
Molland, Thomas
Norton, Robert
Nott, Philip
Parker, Robert
Paule, Richard
Pine, Giles
Radford, Lewis
Richards, John
Shilladon, Richard
Shorte, Henry
Skinner, John
Southwood, Thomas
Stempson, George
Thomas, Andrew
Thomas, Philip
Thresher, Mark
Tolley, John
Tracy, David
Trix, Philip
Upcott, Thomas
Vicary, John
Westerne, Richard
Baron, Mark
Bidgood, George
Bounser, Alexander
Canne, Robert
Chilcott, John
Cobley, William
Cockeram, John
Crocker, Robert
Didgett, George
Downery, William
Ellis, Richard
Gater, John
Gibbons, William
Grantland, Peter
Grindon, Thomas
Grinslade, Alexander
Grinslade, John
Grinslade, Robert
Hanger, Richard
Hill, John
Hodge, John
Hodge, William
Lashbrooke, Robert
Melhuish, Hugh gent.
Milton, John
More, Walter
Nott, James
Oake, Matthew
Patridge (sic), John
Perrie, John
Plaice, Robert
Radford, Richard
Rod, Robert
Short, Thomas
Shortridge, Richard gent.
Small, William senr.
Sowden, Philip
Stemson, George junr.
Thomas, Hugh
Thomas, Philip
Thresher, Thomas
Tolley, Matthew
Tracy, Hugh
Tucker, John
Vicare, Alexander
Wall, John
Whitfield, John

The above were all written in the same hand, whereas the following nine were signatures.

William Tyler vicar
Richard Thomas warden
Richard Cockeram overseer
James Thomas constable
John Bidgood warden
Edward Phillips overseer
Christopher Partridge constable
Richard Burne overseer
William Parkhouse overseer

The Protestation Return for Devon, 1641

Some men did not sign the Protestation themselves: Richard Maunder being sick took and acknowledged the protestation the same day and year at home in his bed before Andrew Hosegood, constable and John Waterman, churchwarden. George Waterman being sick and within the compass of this order did acknowledge the protestation in the and in the presence of Andrew Hosegood, constable and John Waterman, churchwarden. Others signed it themselves: John Radford, parson; Andrew Hosegoode, constable; John Waterman, churchwarden; John Maunder, overseer.

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