Hennock & Teign Village Chronicle

Published by the Hennock Village Hall Committee

300° view of Hennock from
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© 2014 D Baker

The Hennock Diaspora

In common with many Villages in the land, Hennock Folk have left home to travel the world and seek their fortune and maybe even to find a better life in far distant lands.

These are some of the facts that I have found in the Historical Record.


Travellers to far off lands.

  • In 1659 Mary Scadein spinster of Hennock left to become an indentured servant to Thomas Ofield for 6 years in the Virginia Colony.
  • In February 1668 John Rogers a husbandman or Hennock sailed as a bonded passenger bound for Barbados.
  • In July 1684 John Howard of Hennock sailed as a bonded passenger also bound for Barbados.
  • On the 13th September 1865 Thomas Nichols age 41 a Miner of Hennock, Devon with family wife Jane age 47, son Thomas age 16 also a miner and daughter Eliza H age 12 departed Plymouth on the Lincoln, Australia bound. They arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on the 3rd December 1865.
  • In 1869 the Chapman family sailed to America on the ship Nebraska and settled in the Wakefield Colony in the territory of Kansas. Mrs Chapman was the daughter of William Hellier of Poundsford near Taunton. William Hellier was descended from the Helliers of Hennock.
  • On the 2 April 1903 Maurice Cole age 26 and his brother John Cole age 21 (sons of John Cole of Hennock) sailed on the S.S. Tunisian from Liverpool to Halifax, Canada. Maurice married Barbara Rathgeber on 15 July 1911 in Brandon, Manitoba. He became a farmer in Brandon, Manitoba. I have not been able to find out what happened to his brother John.
  • On the 15th October 1920 Alice Chapple (Heale) age 34 born in Hennock was issued an emergency US passport. She became a naturalised US Citizen in 1920. She married Kenneth Chapple and was living in Buffalo, New York.
  • On the 7th April 1953 Mr Gerald Brunjes (a farmer of Christow) accompanied by his wife Rosina (of Hennock) and son William sailed from Liverpool for a new life in Canada aboard the Cunard Liner Samaria. His wife Rosina Cole (Webber) lived with her parents Charles and Harriet at no 3 Butt Park, Hennock. Rosina died 16th Nov 2001 in Canada.