1600 - 1800
FILLING THE GAPS
RICHARD G. GRYLLS' RESEARCH
A Master Genealogist at His Desk
Richard Grylls, having spent many years researching his paternal ancestry, has now turned to his maternal ancestry, which includes the Legassicke family. He is the author of ‘A Cornish Shopkeeper’s Diary, 1843’, ‘The 1710 Pollbook for Cornwall’, ‘Branwell and Bramble – a brief History of a West Cornwall Clan’, and ‘Grylls and Grills – the History of a Cornish Clan’. He lives in Tring, Hertfordshire, England.
After finishing a complete career in which he was an accomplished composer and music teacher he turned to genealogy. Now a semi-retired genealogist, the Legassick clan is most fortunate that Richard has put the Legassicke clan under the microscope.
In 2007 Richard began an in-depth research project to develop the early genealogy of the Legassicke family in Devon, England. He has produced an exceptional and scholarly body of work that will take some time to fully digest and incorporate into our existing picture of the early family. Richard's research relies solely on original documents (parish records, wills, marriage licenses and land transactions) from 9 parishes in the county of Devon. His work, linked below, includes:
An enlightening paper that takes you on a journey through time, ten family trees that trace the genealogy and a review of the marriage licenses and wills that he discovered and used to make the historical case.
A fascinating paper which reveals a glimpse of life in the early 1600s through a court case involving a young Legassicke.
The purpose of this paper is fourfold – firstly, to offer some thoughts on the origins and shape of the earliest known Legassicke families; secondly, to offer possible solutions to some of the mysteries which have mystified other researchers of the clan; thirdly, to present information found from some fairly intensive research into old legal documents and other less accessible sources; fourthly, to promote discussion among Legassicke researchers as to the accuracy of trees and pedigrees that have already been produced, some of these having been published on the Internet.
-- Richard Grylls, Tring
Ermington, Little Hempston, Yealmpton & Modbury
Holbeton, Bigbury & Beyond
Deptford & Beyond
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Legassicke v. Betty
The Legassick Family Website would like to acknowledge the The Devon Family Historian for permission to include this paper, which article first appeared in the Historian in November 2008. (see www.devonfhs.org.uk). The paper was also published in the Cornwall Family History Society Journal (see www.cornwallfhs.com/ ) and we are grateful as well for their permission to present it here.
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