Thursday, 27 March 2014

On The Trail of my 13th Century Ancestors

In the beginning there was the Domesday

I was in Cornwall at the beginning of the week and today I have whizzed across the boarder into the County of Devon, to the tiny village of Meavy in search of my thirteenth century ancestors. The spelling of Meavy's varies but its appears originally as Mewy and it is this spelling I am interested in. Alice Mewy added this manor, which had been held by her family under the Lordship of the Pomeroy family since 1236, to that of the lands of her husbands family which within two generations takes me back to sunny Cornwall.


After the conquest of England, the Manor of Meavy was given to Robert the Bastard, who some claim to be the illegitimate son of the Conquer, but I am not convinced. Mewy at Domesday is listed as having:

Taxable units: Taxable value 0.5 geld units.
Value: Value to lord in 1086 £0.4. Value to lord c. 1070 £0.3.
Households: 2 smallholders. 1 slave.
Ploughland: 2 ploughlands (land for). 1 lord's plough teams.
Other resources: 0.25 lord's lands. Meadow 2 acres. Pasture 0.5 league * 2 furlongs mixed measures. Woodland 0.5 acres.

Just waiting to hear from the Devon Records Office then I start my travels forward in time keeping you informed along the way and will be posting my full Mewy family history at some point on my genealogy page

I'll start at the beginning with this image of Meavy in the Domesday book.

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