At some point in the 1860s, William and Sarah moved away from Sampford
Courtenay. Both had lived there for the whole of their lives up to this
point and it must have been a brave thing to do, to move across the county to
Torquay. But this is what they did, taking with them their two youngest
children - Emily and James.
The eldest son, John, remained in Sampford Courtenay and became the
last of the Stentifords to do so. He worked as
a fellmonger - a fairly unpleasant job, involving removing
hair from animal hides shortly after slaughter in preparation for the
tanning process which would turn the skins into leather. This would have
been done in the tannery in nearby North Tawton.
John married Eliza Pengelly in the June Quarter of 1873. They lived
in the centre of the village where Eliza kept a little shop. By 1901, John had
developed skills enabling him to sell leather goods useful on the farm
such as straps, harnesses and whips.
Of his brother William, we can find no trace after the 1861 census.