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Of James' and Eliza's children I have the following brief knowledge:

 

Susan married the Reverend Philip Cudmore, a United Methodist Minister - they had no children.

John was the only child not to have been born at Blenheim House. Eliza went back to Exbourne for his birth. He married Laura Cook and had daughters Adelaide, Lily and Ida. He was trained as a tailor and went to California where he became a Methodist Pastor. There are still relatives living in the USA.

William emigrated to Canada and became a  pioneer farmer in Manitoba and has many descendents still in that area.

Richard was apprenticed to a miller called Sharland at Shobrooke and later set up his own poulterers' business in Exeter. He had sons Fred and Will and a daughter Dorothy. The family ran a poultry shop in North Street until the 1970s when redevelopment removed all trace of it.

 

Frank, James and Richard

Frank, James and Richard Chudley

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Frank was my grandfather, of whom I have no recollection as he died when I was still less than a year old. Frank was born at Blenheim House, Sweetham, and he attended the village school before becoming another of the brothers to be apprenticed to his father as a tailor. At some time towards the end of the century, he became a tailor in the army and went to serve in the 2nd Boer War. Soon after his arrival in South Africa he caught typhoid fever and after a long spell of treatment he was sent back to Devon. He obtained work as a tailor with Wippell's, the ecclesiastical garments suppliers. Until recently, Wippell's had a large shop in the Cathedral Close at Exeter.

 

Frank Chudley on the station platform at Newton St. Cyres

Frank Chudley on the station platform at Newton St. Cyres

© John Chudley

 

Samuel, after serving an apprenticeship with a baker, enlisted with the 11th Hussars in 1892 and served for four years in Ireland. In 1899 he joined the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry and he too was involved in the South African War. In 1910 he returned to England and was stationed at Bude as a Colour Sergeant Instructor i/c Territorials. He served in France in the First World War, being twice mentioned in despatches and commissioned in the field. He retired from the army in 1920 with the rank of Captain and became a civil servant in the Inland Revenue Department. In 1935 he retired to Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, but in the Second World War he became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Home Guard. He died and was buried at Hatch Beauchamp in 1959. Like many in the family, Samuel was a keen beekeeper.

 

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