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Rev. Richard Germon

(Left) Rev. Richard Germon. See larger and full size.
(Right) Elizabeth Gibbon. See larger and full size. See other shot. See back.

Rev. Richard Germon,
born 26 May 1856.
See Wikitree.
See entry in Wyndham Marsh genealogy.
See entry in tree by Greg Ramstedt.
See entry in Whitton and Ritch tree by unknown author.
He was educ St Mary Hall, Oxford. Matric 21 Apr 1874. He graduated with a B.A. 1877.
He was tutor around 1880 of Arthur F.V. Gibbon [born 1866].
[House Book of Arthur Augustus Gibbon] has an entry: "Towards Testimonial to Mr. R.M. Germon" on 16 June 1880.
In Apr 1881 census he is listed as "Teacher B.A. S.M.H. Oxford", lodging with the Pearman family at Four Ashes Lodge, Enville, Staffordshire.

Curate at Withleigh, Devon:
He moved to Withleigh, W of Tiverton, Devon (see map).
As at 1881 he is "curate" at St. Catherine's church (or St. Katherine's), Withleigh. The church was part of Tiverton parish.
He is listed in "Clergy List" 1899 and 1912 as having been curate of "Clare Portion", Tiverton, 1881-1886.
The Gibbons rented Brook Cottage, Dawlish, Devon, from Oct 1881 to Apr 1882.
The Gibbons rented Elm Cottage, Tiverton, from Mar 1886 to Mar 1893.
Withleigh was made a separate parish in 1886.
Rev. Richard was Vicar of Withleigh, Devon, 1886-1912.

He mar 3 Nov 1886 to Arthur Gibbon's sister Elizabeth Gibbon ["Lily", born 27 July 1864, descendant of Edward III].
They mar at St.Peter's Church (see map), Tiverton, Devon. NOT 8 Nov.
See notice in The Times, 9 Nov 1886.

He was Vicar of Withleigh until 1912.
Older children were born at Withleigh 1888-1893.
See them listed in 1891 census at Withleigh vicarage. From here.
Later they lived at nearby Tiverton.
They are listed in 1901 census at St.Andrew St, Tiverton (see map).
They are listed in 1911 census at Charlton Cottage, West Exe, SW side of Tiverton.

He was Vicar of Uplowman, NE of Tiverton, Devon, 1912-1922.
They lived at Uplowman Rectory.
From 1923 to 1931 they lived at Upleigh, Braunton, near West Down, far N of Devon (see map).

Elizabeth dies, 1932:
She died 13 Oct 1932, age 68 yrs.
(todo) See death of Elizabeth C M Germon at Barnstaple, 4th qr 1932, [GRO.UK] vol 5b p 483.
She was possibly bur Tiverton. Though no Germon graves found in St Peter's Church, Tiverton, inscriptions.
She is most likely buried at Withleigh with infant children.
In 1934, Richard was living Deanscourt, Braunton, Devon.
His son Rev. Frank became vicar nearby at West Down in 1935.
At probate, Rev. Richard is described as of The Vicarage, West Down.

Rev. Richard dies, 1942:
He died 28 Mar 1942, Aberlawe (or Abertawe), Hillsview, Braunton, Devon, age 85 yrs.
(todo) See death of Richard M Germon at Barnstaple, 1st qr 1942, [GRO.UK] vol 5b p 908.
He was possibly bur at the vicarage, West Down. Or possibly bur Tiverton. Maybe buried at Withleigh.
(todo) See obituary in The Western Times, Thursday, April 2, 1942, page 2. Apparently this says he was bur 1 Apr 1942 at Withleigh. Which would indicate his wife was buried at Withleigh.
Probate granted 11 July 1942. See entry from here.
Rev. Richard and Elizabeth had issue:

  1. Dick Germon,
    Richard Arthur Germon,
    born Withleigh, Tiverton [census], 28 Nov 1888. NOT 1889.
    He was bapt at Withleigh, 14 Dec 1888.
    Though birth not registered for a while. (todo) See birth of Richard Arthur Germon, [GRO.UK] Tiverton, 2nd qr 1889, vol 5b p 422.
    Emigrated to USA. Went to San Francisco.
    He mar Annie Ingvarda Berg and had issue:

    1. Dick Germon,
      He mar Nancy ---- and had issue.

  2. Herbert Germon,
    Nicholas Herbert Germon,
    born Withleigh, Tiverton [census], 12 Nov 1889.
    He was bapt Withleigh, 15 Dec 1889.
    (todo) See birth of Nicholas Herbert Germon, [GRO.UK] Tiverton, 4th qr 1889, vol 5b p 415.

  3. Cecilia Mary Germon,
    think NOT Cecelia,
    born 25 Nov 1891, Tiverton district.
    She was bapt 25 Nov 1891, Withleigh.
    (todo) See birth of Cecilia Mary Germon, [GRO.UK] Tiverton, 4th qr 1891, vol 5b p 398.
    She died the following day, 26 Nov 1891, Tiverton district.
    (todo) See death of Cecilia Mary Germon, age 0, [GRO.UK] Tiverton, 4th qr 1891, vol 5b p 327.
    She was bur 28 Nov 1891 at Withleigh church, W of Tiverton.

  4. Rev. Frank Germon,
    Frank Harcourt Germon,
    born Withleigh, Tiverton [census], 10 Mar 1893.
    (todo) See birth of Frank Harcourt Germon, [GRO.UK] Tiverton district, 2nd qr 1893, vol 5b p 419.
    He was bapt 2 Apr 1893 at Withleigh.

  5. Charles Medland Germon,
    born 20 Aug 1897 [according to baptism] or 21 Aug 1897, Tiverton district.
    He was bapt 19 Sept 1897 at Withleigh.
    (todo) See birth of Charles Medland Germon, [GRO.UK] Tiverton district, 3rd qr 1897, vol 5b p 397.
    He died as an infant, 15 Sept 1898, Tiverton district, age 1 yr. NOT 15 Oct.
    (todo) See death of Charles Medland Germon, age 1, [GRO.UK] Tiverton district, 3rd qr 1898, vol 5b p 276.
    He was bur 19 Sept 1898 at Withleigh church, W of Tiverton.

  6. John Germon,
    John Theodore Germon,
    born 19 May 1905, Tiverton district.
    (todo) See birth of John Theodore Germon, [GRO.UK] Tiverton district, 2nd qr 1905, vol 5b p 386.
    He was bapt Sun 18 June 1905 at Withleigh church.
    See entry in a diary of June 1905.
    He went to New Zealand.
    He mar Norah Alice Poulson [born 30 June 1922, Auckland, New Zealand, poss. Nora].
    She died 13 Aug 2004, Huntly, New Zealand, age 82 yrs.
    They had issue:
    1. (dau) Germon.

Entry for Rev. Richard Germon in Alumni oxonienses.

Notes on Withleigh on p.557 of [Kelly's Directory of Devon, 1889].

Withleigh church, Devon.
From street view.
See Geograph.

Charlton Cottage, West Exe, SW side of Tiverton, Devon.
Rev. Richard Germon and family are listed here in 1911 census.
Above is from 1889 map from
This is now the entrance to Heathcoat Primary School. See street view.




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