RYAN TAYLOR'S DEVON IS AN E-LETTER ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE OF US WITH DEVON ANCESTRY. IT WILL BE WRITTEN BY YOU SO IF YOU WANT TO SEE NEW EDITIONS OFTEN, SEND ME YOUR MATERIAL - READ ON AND SEE HOW TO DO IT.
Ryan Taylor's Devon
A Newsletter For Those Researching in Devon
VOL. 1, NO. 1 WINTER 2008
This newsletter has been started as a tribute to a very dear friend, Ryan Taylor, who passed away October 2006. Ryan's passion was Devon. It was his ancestral home and he did a lot of research in Devon records. He started the Devon Newsletter in 2003, with the aim of it being written by those who were researching there, sharing what they knew of the archival repositories, and telling of the successes in their research.It was a good idea, and this is our opportunity to continue what Ryan started. He issued about 4 or 5 editions of the newsletter in its three year existence, but I hope to put out more than one or two a year, and with YOUR help this is exactly what WE will be able to do. How many is more?? That depends solely on the contributions and input of the people who love Devon - of the people whose ancestral home is Devon - yourselves.
What can you tell us about Devon? What do you want to know about Devon? Anything goes!To start off, I should tell you that Don Firsdon in Kentucky has sent me a copy of the 1934 book, Glorious Devon. It was sent so I could do an index for it for the Devon Genuki website. This is now being done, and as I come across interesting 'bits' I will include them in the newsletter. One of the best parts about this book are the photos - old pre-war photos - pristine countryside before it was modernized. The villages and hamlets hadn't changed much in hundreds of years - they are wonderful photos. I will try to enhance them a little (they are faded a little) and include at least one in every newsletter. I have other books from the same era with old Devon photos, too, and I will include what I can in the newsletters. Here's one to start with....
Our Devon ancestors emigrated to many places and it is my hope that descendants from all corners of the globe will embrace this newsletter and send in the story of their ancestors' journey to their new home, or the story of their life in their new home, or the story of just one of your ancestors, even if he/she was still in Devon, perhaps never leaving that lovely place.
Devon, Glorious Devon.... it's your newsletter to write. Please send your submissions to:
<Sher's e-mail with the subject line DEVON NEWSLETTER.
Editor: Sher Leetooze, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
From the book, Glorious Devon
I would imagine that Buckland hasn't looked
much like this in a very long time, but it did
when our ancestors lived there, and when they
emigrated to places around the world in the 19th
Send in photos of your ancestral area or request hat a particular place be featured. If it's available I'll try to find it!
Let's share our DEVON! send requests or photos to sher - click here for her e-mail.