James MALLET

James MALLET

Male 1677 - 1754  (~ 76 years)

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  • Name James MALLET  [1
    Christened 18 Nov 1677  Morval, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Alternate Name James the Miller  [2
    Reference 128 
    Reference 8055 
    Residence 1710  South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 31 Mar 1754  South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • It is not known for certain where James of Spreyton was born. The only family living in the area prior to 1700 were living in nearby Hittisleigh where some Malletts were recorded in the parish registers between 1679 and 1704. Unfortunately, the registers recording BMD events in Hittisleigh prior to 1676 have been lost or destroyed. A few Bishops Transcripts have survived but only as fragments of fire damaged books, so it is impossible to determine how long the Malletts may have been there. It should be noted that it is only a very small parish with only a few houses, but there was a mill at Hittisleigh, which may be of relevance to the notes below.

      Because Benjamin of Hittisleigh and James of Spreyton lived in neighbouring parishes at the same time, it is reasonable to assume that they may have been brothers.

      In 1710, James was involved in a legal dispute with the Executors of the Will of a Robert Burgoyne, who owned South Tawton Mill prior to his death. James claimed that the lease of the mill was promised to him by Robert and he felt that the Executors had cheated him. He took the matter to court and Chancery Proceedings of the case still survive and are kept in the National Archives at Kew in London. It is not known what the outcome of the case was, but it should be said that none of James's decendants were involved in milling. A distant branch of the Mallett family, descendants of Robert Mallett of Dowland, were well known for being millers in the Crediton and Tiverton areas for many generations. This case is the only indication that James came from a privileged background, because it was unlikely that anyone of a status below a Yeoman would have pursued (or could afford) a legal dispute like this one.

      There was a James Mallett born in 1677 at Morval near Fowey in Cornwall and some of the Cornish Malletts were known to be millers. Though Robert Burgoyne owned property in South Tawton, his family seat and other property holdings were in the Liskeard area in the neighbouring county of Cornwall and the Executors of his Will also came from that area. A branch of the Mallett family was well established in the same area at St. Neot and Menheniot. However, despite these circumstantial links, it has not been possible to prove (or disprove) any documented connection between the Malletts in Cornwall and those in the South Tawton area.

      [Copyright 2010 - Richard Mallett. Not to be reproduced without the author's permission]
    Person ID I8055  Southwest
    Last Modified 12 Mar 2017 

    Father Josias MALLETT,   c. 21 Jan 1626, Bratton Clovelly, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2047  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth HEAL,   b. Abt 1680,   d. 03 May 1753, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 05 Apr 1703  Spreyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Sibella MALLETT,   b. 12 Apr 1704, Spreyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. James MALLETT,   b. 16 Oct 1705, Spreyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Rebeckah MALLETT,   b. May 1706, Spreyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1790, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
     4. William MALLETT,   b. Jul 1708, Spreyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1714, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 5 years)
     5. Elizabeth MALLETT,   b. 20 Jun 1711, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1711, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +6. John MALLET,   b. 09 May 1714, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jul 1788, North Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Susanna MALLETT,   b. 21 Nov 1720, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mary MALLETT,   b. 03 Jun 1724, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1725, South Tawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F2109  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Places
    Spreyton
    Spreyton
    The church where James Mallett and Elizabeth Heal were married in 1703. They were the common ancestors of all the South Tawton, Petrockstowe, Newton Abbot and Topsham Mallett families.

  • Sources 
    1. [S996] Morval, Cornwall, England, (Jan. 1, 2003), C, M052931.

    2. [S2258] James Mallett of Spreyton, Compiler: Richard mallett, (Reading, UK, Jan 3, 2016), M23S202, M23R260.

    3. [S2172] Chancery Proceedings.

    4. [S2110] Parish Records, Devon PRO.

    5. [S2075] Devon FHS - transcripts.