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Hewlett-Parkin Family History

A family history site on William George Hewlett and Melia Ann Parkin and their ancestors and descendants

Welcome!

This web-site is dedicated to preserving the history of the William George and Melia Ann (Parkin) Hewlett family. I hope that descendents of William George and Melia Ann and those otherwise related or possibly related by ancestry will find the material here to be of interest. I invite them to make contact with me, Ted (Edward S. Hewlett), the editor of this site at hewlett{at}shaw.ca (replace "{at}" with "@") and send further information and enquiries. Readers of this site who are Hewlett and Parkin descendants will want to also access Lorraine Trudgeon's "Hewlett Site." We are indebted to Lorraine for a tremendous amount of research which has greatly expanded our knowledge of the Hewlett and Parkin family trees. Lorraine's site has been up for a good length of time, and includes some great pictures and other information. For permission to access Lorraine's site, and for instructions in how to do so, e-mail her at lorraine{at]saskatoonberry.net [replace "{at}" with "@"] .


A Hewlett Family Reunion
and 100th Anniversary Celebration
Held on September 4, 2005
One Hundred Years of History in Canada

The Hewlett Family sailed from England on the S S Sardinian July 1st'1905. Three sons had arrived in Canada earlier. Grace, the baby of the family, was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1908. Bert was born in England after this family photo was taken. . . . .

On September 4th, 2005, a family reunion and celebration of the Hewlett family's arrival in Canada was held in Westbank Community Hall (Community Centre) . Lorraine Trudgian, her brother Brian Drought, and their helpers had done a wonderful job of organizing the event, and 99 people gathered to enjoy it.
It was a great opportunity to meet some relatives we had not seen for a long time, and to get acquainted with some younger ones that we met for the first time. Congratulations to Lorraine, Brian, and their helpers!
If you are a family member who would like to access the site maintained by Lorraine and Brian,
e-mail Lorraine as instructed in the first paragraph above.



The William George Hewlett Family in Dorchester

 Photo taken circa 1902 in Dorchester, Dorset, England.
Standing at back:  George, William George (father)
Middle:  Stewart (Pat), May, Melia Ann (mother) with Rob, Bill
Bottom: Doro, Art, Ed, Kitty
[Information written on back of picture by Edward O. Hewlett]
Note:  Bert (Herbert C.) and Grace (Mary Grace) were not yet born when the picture was taken. 

Hewletts and Parkins at Bratton-Fleming


Hewletts and Parkins at Button Bridge, Bratton-Fleming

This picture (rather blurred) is an apparent copy from an older one. Unusually for so many family pictures, it has a lot of notation on the back. The location is given: "BRATTON FLEMING AT BUTTON BRIDGE N. DEVON." The people are identified by names written at the back of each person's image. The identifications yield the following information (given for someone facing the picture):
At the very back: "Aunt Eva," "Uncle Harry"
Second row: "Lily P.," [behind May H.], "George H.," "Grandma P.," "Grandpa P.," "Mother" [that would be Melia Ann], "Aunt Allie," "Ethel P."
Front row: "May H.," "Harry P.," "Stewart," "Art H." [in pinafore at the very front], "Hugh P.," "Olive P.," "Doro H.." "Bill H."

Herbert C. (Bert) Hewlett



This is an enlarged picture taken from a group photo.

Mary Grace Hewlett as a Girl



This picture was sent to Grace's brother Ed as a postcard dated "16.2.18."  The message on the postcard reads:  "Hello, Ed!  How's this for a picture?  I guess it's all right you'll say, eh?  We all like it at home so I suppose you will like it.  Well, good-bye for this time  I will write soon.  love from Grace"

Bratton Fleming


A group of unidentified people in front of the Parkin residence
in Bratton Fleming (no notation on back of picture)

A Living Reminder of Times Past
Set among the rolling hills and narrow river valleys of North Devon, with Exmoor to the East, the little village of Bratton Fleming has quietly gone on from generation to generation since at least Saxon times. In fact, archaeological remains nearby indicate the presence of humanity in the proximity of Bratton Fleming long before Saxon times. The village is mentioned in The Domesday Book: the first over-all census of England, completed before 1086 as an inventory of William the Conqueror’s newly-gained possession.

Bratton Fleming was the village that my paternal grandmother, Melia Ann Parkin, came from, where apparently she lived with her father John Parkin and her mother Ann till she was married at the age of about eighteen, after she had met and fallen in love with a tailor named William George Hewlett.


As far back as we can trace, Melia’s Parkin forebears had come from Bratton Fleming or its immediate surroundings. Her mother, Ann, whose maiden name was Walters, was born in a village not far from Bratton Fleming: the village of Charles.

My early knowledge of Bratton Fleming came from stories and sayings passed on by my father, who had heard them from his mother. When I was just a small boy I gained a visual impression of the North Devonshire area from pictures in a National Geographic article entitled “Down Devon Lanes.” I was permitted (or encouraged) to use one of the pictures accompanying this article, cut out and framed, as a gift to my grandmother. One other picture that I may have seen on my grandmother’s wall and that I later saw often when visiting Aunt Grace, was a picture of Button Bridge, where, not far from Bratton Fleming, my grandfather proposed to my grandmother.

Bratton Fleming came to live in my mind through sayings in the Devon dialect that my father passed on to me, and stories about villagers, like the woman who had the best-tasting candles in the village (presumably tallow candles).

When I had the opportunity as a young man to visit Bratton Fleming I had as my guide my father’s first cousin, Olive Parkin of Barnstaple. A most suitable guide she was, for Olive had written her own memories of her grandparents’ Bratton Fleming and of stories her grandmother (Ann Parkin) had told her of times even before their days. The resulting little book by Olive Parkin was not a history but rather a nostalgic account of the village and the stories told by her grandmother. (Unfortunately, the nature of the genre has not always been understood by those who came to read her book, and it was critiqued as a history. Read as a piece of literature it is obvious that it makes no pretence to be an academic history, but rather as nostalgia and an account of stories passed on for their worth as stories and their insight into the nature of village life. )

It was a very gratifying experience to be shown my great-grandfather Parkin’s house, with the building behind which had been his tailoring shop, and the churchyard with his gravestone and that of his wife; and the church tower which, according to Olive, my grandmother Melia had climbed to the top of; and the little school building where she had attending school.

No doubt many changes had taken place in Bratton Fleming between the time my grandmother lived there and the time I came to visit it as a young man of twenty-five. But I think it seemed to me, as it did on succeeding visits, as though it was a living example of a time past in my family history. And though I now realize that it is quite a modern village, it thankfully still has the house where my great-grandfather and mother lived, the little church, with its churchyard full of graves of villagers past, and the little building where my grandmother attended school. And not far from the village, in a somewhat decaying state when I visited it, is Button Bridge, where the proposal was made which resulted in the union of Melia Ann Parkin and Walter George Hewlett, who (along with their children), like so many others of their time, undertook the adventure of immigration to the distant colony of British Columbia in Canada.

Village Sayings

The Devon sayings repeated by my father stuck in my memory, and always had a fascination for me. Like the physical remains of the village, they spoke of a way of life that had passed. Of course the sayings as given by me are third-hand: my memories of memories that my father had of my grandmother's sayings. Only once, just before the stroke that resulted in her death, do I remember my grandmother repeating any of these sayings in my hearing. Still, at the risk of dialectal innaccuracy, I will record the Devon sayings I remember. (I have submitted them and they have been posted on the BBC-related website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/discovering/dialect/your_dialect.shtml .)

Here is a dialogue-saying: "Where be gwine you?" "Up to Crane's [store] you." "What fer you?" "A ha'penny-worth of zalt, you." "Why done-'ee buy it more at a time, you?" "Coz mither do like it frash and frash." --A small joke, indeed, but interesting to me as a family tradition. [On the BBC dialect discussion board I asked whether it was Devon or Dorset dialogue, but in retrospect I am quite sure that it originates in Devon. In Dorset Grandma (Melia Ann) lived in town where dialect traditions would be weak. Besides, I believe the dialect fits other Devon dialect I have seen reduced to print.]

"When fermer John Aggis's friends were a-sot, a-smoking their bakky and drinkin' the pot, and the wind whistled through the key-ole of the door . . . ." [Obviously the beginning of what could have been a thrilling story, but I may never hear the rest of it, unless someone else with a knowledge of Devon sayings and a long memory fills me in on it.]

Another saying, applied to Aunt May (though this could have been in the very similar Dorset dialect): "Thit maid's got a face like a puddin'. "

Another saying (Devon or Dorset), used by boys indulging in the cruel sport of squeezing a grasshopper till the juice came oput: "Spit tobackee or I'll kill 'ee. "

Apparently a villager living by himself had--like others in the same situation-- acquired the habit of conversing with himself. His name was Farmer Gammin (a name that I have discovered among the engravings on tombstones in Bratton Fleming). He was apparently overheard addressing himself thus just before sitting down to a meal:"Sit ye down, Farmer Gammin. Do 'ee help yourzel'. Don 'ee rise up hungry." Gossip about village characters such as this no doubt was a common form of entertainment.
A couple of other sayings that I heard from my father have come to mind. A response to a query about someone's health elicited this cheerful comment: "Fair to middlin'. Weak in the legs and lungs and that, can't sleep at night and that."
A rather crude encouragement to gluttony: "Better belly bust than good mate [food] be lost."

A Poem About Bratton Fleming
by Olive Meech Parkin (of Barnstaple)
from her booklet Down in Devon

Bratton

O Bratton, green and warm and kind,
Your former days I call to mind;
Those favoured, happy, childish times,
The hill whereon the village climbs..
But gone are all my own dear people,
They sleep beneath the old church steeple;
And hourly chimes the hoary clock
Above “ the Parson “, and his flock.

* * * *

Grandfather sits beside the fire,
Smoking his ancient well loved" Brier,"
The while he feeds the flames with sticks,
My cousins teach the dog his tricks,
And conversation wise and kind
Impresses on our childish mind,
While Granny in the kitchen bakes
Those fragrant curranty .. Yeast Cakes."
And callers one and all shall be
Invited to a cup of tea.
Then greetings most respectful meet
“ The Parson " down the Village street.
.. Ting-tang, ting-tang " from blacksmith's forge,
They're shoeing horses, Jim and George.
Now rumbling wheels the echoes wake
As onward goes the Village Brake,
Which good old Arthur slowly drives
Well filled with buxom Bratton wives,
Who nodding o' er their baskets tell
The bits of news they love so well.


A sudden clatter down the street,
The rush of clumsy little feet,
" The School is out," the mothers say, "
We'll boil the kettle, get the Tay,"
With clanking pitchers off they go
To pump, or cisterns water flow,
And lamps and candles shed their light
As sinks the sun below our sight.
On Sunday morns they wend their way
To Chapel or to Church to pray,
The bells chime out to bid them come
From every humble cottage home,
Without, they hear the songs of birds
As " Parson " speaks the sacred words,
Though well he knows each sinning one,
He preaches Peace through God's dear Son,

* * * *

Farewell O happy days of yore,
We love to tell them o'er and o'er.
The lives of all were known to Heaven
And rich reward will soon be given.
Yet still beneath the chiming clock
“ The Parson ” sleeps beside his flock.




John and Ann Parkin (Ann born Walters)
(on back of picture, in M. Grace Hewlett's handwriting:
"Grandma & Grandpa Parkin")

An Excerpt from The Book of Bratton by Olive Meech Parkin:

I must not omit to mention an old forefather of ours, I
believe he was my father's Great-grandfather*. He was known
in his time as .. Duke Tallyn," merely of course a nickname
for the old "spendthrift," for such he certainly was. He
squandered two fortunes in his lifetime, altogether amounting to
£15,000, which in those days represented a big sum of money,
and would of course be worth about six times that value today.
He lived in the .. Great House," kept hounds, gambled and
drank, and so got rid of his money. I've been told that he
would mount his horse, have one glass at the back door and
another when he rode round to the front of the house, He was
friendly with one of the old sporting parsons (1 think named
Radford). I remember a story of a gamble on snails put on a
board to race, and I think it was Tallyn who lost the race,
because, waxing too enthusiastic at the progress his snail made,
he happened to touch it, and of course it drew in its horns at
once, and stopped its progress.
Tallyn was evidently a well educated man for those times,
as in his later years, when means evidently failed, he kept a
school and taJ.lght boys what he knew. There was an old man
who lived below our family in the same row of houses when I
was a very small child, and I believe he had been one of old
Tallyn's pupils at his school. The schoolmaster suffered from
"chalky gout," so called, and was able to write on the black-
board with his own knuckles. He taught even when bed-
ridden, and to punish the boys compelled them to come and
kneel on his bed, I suppose on the frame, which was very
painful, and one wonders how he could have mastered them so
firmly considering his disabilities. He must have been a terrible
old character. His daughter evidently lived with him, and he
used to call "Mary prithee come hither " when he wanted her.
The " prithee" was evidently a bit of old English and rather
interesting. In his palmy days he would take out £5 notes to
light his pipe, and would hand another to a man probably in
his employ, who wisely kept a supply of pipe-lighting matter
ready, and pocketed the £5 notes for better use! I know
nothing of Tallyn's family, but suppose they must have been
well known in those days, but he evidently brought all the
prosperity to an end, and gained a fit reward for his debaucheries
by becoming a ."parish pauper," and I have a hazy idea that
he died in the workhouse. At any rate, he was a warning to
all his descendants, and I suppose that was the reason why my
Grandfather had such a horror of seeing a pack of cards and was
so severe and straight a man himself. Once Granny went to
the china cupboard and took out an old wooden salver, which
she very impressively told me came from the Great House, and
related about the squandered fortune-" fifteen thousand
pounds," said she, "and it was all a kindidelled away," and
then she added briskly, "ought to have belonged to you and
me."
On one occasion Tallyn was attacked by a highwayman on
Roborough Hill, near Barnstaple, the old road of those times.
The man seized the horse's bridle and demanded money.
Tallyn replied, "I've no money but a valuable gold watch which -
I suppose you must have." He pretended to be unfastening ~
this while the man still held the rein, then suddenly lashed out ~
at the highwayman's wrist with the heavy brass studded riding
crop he carried, and as the man dropped the rein, T allyn
galloped away leaving his adversary howling with pain,


* Olive M. Parkin is correct in her belief that this man was her father's great-grandfather. Census information, courtesy of Lorraine Trudgian's research, would idedtify "Duke Tallyn" with John Tallyn, born 1779, father of Harriet, who married Hugh Parkin

Mystery Picture


Who are these people? Where and when was the picture taken? The picture comes from the W.G. and M.A. Hewlett collection. It is obviously a picture of a tailor's workshop; but, since both the Hewletts and Parkins were tailors, it is not easy to know which side of the family this came from. Is the man on the left John Parkin, Melia's father? Or is the picture from even further back in the Parkin or Hewlett families?


Sherborne

The Conduit House (Gothic structure) at the head of Long Street in Sherborne

Hewletts in Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne, Dorset, is the town of origin of our Hewlett family. So far we have only traced the family to this town, where there were a number of Hewletts working as tailors. John (born about 1766--location not established) married Mary. They had three children: William, James, and John. Each was burried in Sherborne Cemetary. William's son George (born 1834) moved to Bridport, Dorset.

History of Sherborne

Sherborne is a town rich in history and in extant historical buildings. See the web-page
http://www.sherbornetown.co.uk/static/about/history.asp The following material is taken from that website, which contains additional material and pictures.

"The Saxons named Sherborne scir burne - the place of the clear stream - and made it the capital of Wessex. Two of King Alfred's elder brothers, King Ethelbert and King Ethelbald are buried within the impressive and beautiful Abbey. The long line of Bishops began in AD 705 when the great Diocese of Winchester was divided in two, and St Aldhelm, the first Englishman of letters, was appointed as the first Bishop of the West Saxons. When the Bishop's seat was moved to Old Sarum in 1075, the church was taken over by the Benedictine monastery and when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1539, Sir John Horsey acquired the Abbey and most of its lands."

"In the 12th century Roger de Caen, Bishop of Salisbury and Chancellor of England, built a fortified palace. Taken by General Fairfax in 1645, the romantic ruins remain and are in the care of English Heritage. It is now known as Sherborne Old Castle.
Sir Walter Raleigh fell in love with Sherborne, tried first to modernise the Old Castle but finally built in 1594 an Elizabethan mansion in the grounds. The mansion has been the Stately Home of the Digby family since 1617. This is now called Sherborne Castle."

". . . [Historical] buildings are abound in the town, the most important of which are The Almshouse of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist; The 15th Century Conduit House and The Julian, an early 16th Century house originally the hospice of St Julian of Norwich."


Bridport

A Street in Bridport


George Hewlett, the father of William George Hewlett, was born in Sherborne in 1834 or 1835, but in the "Bridport with Allington" Directory of 1865 he is listed as a "tailen and woolen draper" on West Street. The 1871 Census shows him as living in Bridport, a tailor employing two men and two boys.

Kelly's 1895 "Directory of Dorsetshire" had this to say about Bridport:

"BRIDPORT is a seaport, municipal borough and market and union town, head of a county court district, and railway station, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Sturminster, though locally in the hundred of Whitchurch Canonicorum, rural deanery of Bridport (Bridport portion), archdeaconry of Dorset and diocese of Salisbury, 15 miles west from Dorchester, 34 from Taunton, 6 south from Beaminster, 9 east from Lyme Regis, 21 north-west from Weymouth, 135 by road and 163 by railway from London; the Great Western railway has a branch from Maiden Newton to this town and the West bay, which gives access to Dorchester on the London and South Western railway and Yeovil on the Great Western, thus giving two distinct lines of communication with the metropolis and other parts of the kingdom: there are three stations, viz. Bridport, the East Street station and one at the harbour called West bay.
"This place takes its name from the river Brit, on the bank of which it stands. This was a place of some importance in the time of Edward the Confessor, and is mentioned in Domesday Book as having a mint and ecclesiastical establishment: it was made a borough in the reign of Henry III.: its charter underwent various alterations during subsequent reigns. The governing charter, prior to the Municipal Act, was that granted by Charles II.: it now comprises, in addition to the ancient borough, portions of the parishes of Allington, Bradpole, Walditch, Bothenhampton, Burton-Bradstock and Symondsbury. The town is situated in a fertile vale, surrounded by hills, having on the west the river Bride or Brit, and on the eat the river Asker, over which are several bridges; these rivers unite a little below the town, which chiefly consists of three spacious street, containing handsome modern houses, lighted with gas by a company and well paved. Wather is supplied to the inhabitants by a company from works situated at Litton Cheney. . . . ."

Dorchester

57 High West Street


50 South Street (Centre) and Adjoining Buildings















The W.G. Hewlett family lived at several locations in Dorchester: at 57 High West Street; at a house called (interestingly enough, in view of the name of their future home in British Columbia, Westbank; and at 50 South Street

Emigration

 

In 1905 William G. Hewlett, Melia Ann Hewlett, and seven of their children (three having gone over earlier) sailed from London aboard the Sardinian (shown above),bound for Canada.  The story of that voyage is narrated in Dorothy Hewlett Gellatly's account, We Came to B.C. 75 Years Ago, an account available to family on the website, "Hewlett Happenings."  The Sardinian sailed across the Channel to Le Harve in France, and then across the Atlantic.  After a sometimes rough voyage they arrived at Quebec City and then sailed on to Montreal, where they disembarked and took the train on the long journey west, stopping first at Calgary, near which and old school friend of  W.G.'s had a ranch-- and then on to North Kamloops, where they apparently stayed for over a year. 
 
Arriving finally in Vancouver in 1906, the family lived there for several years in a number of locations, and W.G. carried on his tailoring business once more.   The robbery of his shop, and perhaps the competition from ready-to-wear cloting may have been the main reasons for their moving as a family one more time.    This time it was to the Okanagan, where they had a family friend, Herbert Cecil Last, whom they had known when he and they both lived in Dorset.   They travelled by rail to Okanagan Landing and by paddle-wheeler to Westbank, or Hall's Landing, as it was sometimes called.   They arrived on New Year's Day, 1910.   In Westbamk William G. began a new occupation as the proprietor of a general store. 
 
 


William George Hewlett's Ancestry


Descendants of John Hewlett


Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 HEWLETT was born Abt. 1766. He married MARY.

Children of JOHN HEWLETT and MARY are:
2. i. WILLIAM2 HEWLETT, b. 1789, Sherborne, Dorset, England.
3. ii. JAMES HEWLETT, b. 1811; d. August 31, 1878, Burried in Sherborne Cemetary.
iii. JOHN HEWLETT, b. 1812.

More About JOHN HEWLETT:
Burial: March 14, 1871, in Sherborne Cemetary, age 59


Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM2 HEWLETT (JOHN1) was born 1789 in Sherborne, Dorset, England. He married MARY. She was born 1804 in Sherborne, Dorset, England.

Children of WILLIAM HEWLETT and MARY are:
4. i. GEORGE3 HEWLETT, b. August 13, 1834, Sherborne, Dorset, England (baptismal date).
ii. THOMAS HEWLETT.
iii. JOHN HEWLETT.
iv. SARAH ANN HEWLETT, b. 1841, in Sherborne, Dorset, England.

3. JAMES2 HEWLETT (JOHN1) was born 1811, and died August 31, 1878 in Burried in Sherborne Cemetary. He married HANNAH. She was born 1809, and died October 06, 1877.

More About JAMES HEWLETT:
Burial: 1878, Discrepancy: buried age 69

More About HANNAH:
Burial: Sherborne Cemetary, "aged 69"

Children of JAMES HEWLETT and HANNAH are:
i. JAMES3 HEWLETT, b. 1831; d. July 01, 1879.
ii. SARAH HEWLETT, b. 1833.
iii. ELIZABETH HEWLETT, b. 1840.
iv. THOMAS HEWLETT, b. 1840.


Generation No. 3

4. GEORGE3 HEWLETT (WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born August 13, 1834 in Sherborne, Dorset, England (baptismal date). He married ANNE TAYLOR November 14, 1855 in Allington, Dorset, England. She was born Abt. 1836 in Allington, Dorset, England.

Children of GEORGE HEWLETT and ANNE TAYLOR are:
i. ALICE4 HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1857.
5. ii. WILLIAM GEORGE HEWLETT, b. December 10, 1859, Bridport, Dorset, England; d. July 26, 1915, Kelowna, B. C..
iii. WALTER JNO. HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1861.
iv. HENRY HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1862.
v. ALFRED HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1864.
vi. SARAH HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1868.
vii. BESSIE A. HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1871.
viii. MARIE M. HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1873.
ix. CLARA MAY HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1874.
x. MARY HEWLETT, b. Abt. 1881.


Generation No. 4

5. WILLIAM GEORGE4 HEWLETT (GEORGE3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born December 10, 1859 in Bridport, Dorset, England, and died July 26, 1915 in Kelowna, B. C.. He married MELIA ANN PARKIN, daughter of JOHN PARKIN and ANN WALTERS. She was born April 13, 1866 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon, and died June 03, 1950 in Westbank, B. C..


Ancestors of William George Hewlett

Ancestors of William George Hewlett


Generation No. 1

1. William George Hewlett, born December 10, 1859 in Bridport, Dorset, England; died July 26, 1915 in Kelowna, B. C.. He was the son of 2. George Hewlett and 3. Anne Taylor. He married (1) Melia Ann Parkin. She was born April 13, 1866 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon, and died June 03, 1950 in Westbank, B. C.. She was the daughter of John Parkin and Ann Walters.


Generation No. 2

2. George Hewlett, born August 13, 1834 in Sherborne, Dorset, England (baptismal date). He was the son of 4. William Hewlett and 5. Mary. He married 3. Anne Taylor November 14, 1855 in Allington, Dorset, England.
3. Anne Taylor, born Abt. 1836 in Allington, Dorset, England.

Children of George Hewlett and Anne Taylor are:
i. Alice Hewlett, born Abt. 1857.
1 ii. William George Hewlett, born December 10, 1859 in Bridport, Dorset, England; died July 26, 1915 in Kelowna, B. C; married Melia Ann Parkin.
iii. Walter Jno. Hewlett, born Abt. 1861.
iv. Henry Hewlett, born Abt. 1862.
v. Alfred Hewlett, born Abt. 1864; married Alice; born Abt. 1863.

Notes for Alice:
Source for her age: 1891 Census, which shows Alfred Hewlett as husband and Walter J. Hewlett as boarder (of right age to be the brother of Alfred Hewlett and William George Hewlett

vi. Sarah Hewlett, born Abt. 1868.
vii. Bessie A. Hewlett, born Abt. 1871.
viii. Marie M. Hewlett, born Abt. 1873.
ix. Clara May Hewlett, born Abt. 1874.
x. Mary Hewlett, born Abt. 1881.


Generation No. 3

4. William Hewlett, born 1789 in Sherborne, Dorset, England. He was the son of 8. John Hewlett and 9. Mary. He married 5. Mary.
5. Mary, born 1804 in Sherborne, Dorset, England.

Children of William Hewlett and Mary are:
2 i. George Hewlett, born August 13, 1834 in Sherborne, Dorset, England (baptismal date); married Anne Taylor November 14, 1855 in Allington, Dorset, England.
ii. Thomas Hewlett
iii. John Hewlett
iv. Sarah Ann Hewlett, born 1841 in in Sherborne, Dorset, England.


Generation No. 4

8. John Hewlett, born Abt. 1766. He married 9. Mary.
9. Mary

Children of John Hewlett and Mary are:
4 i. William Hewlett, born 1789 in Sherborne, Dorset, England; married Mary.
ii. James Hewlett, born 1811; died August 31, 1878 in Burried in Sherborne Cemetary; married Hannah; born 1809; died October 06, 1877.

More About James Hewlett:
Burial: 1878, Discrepancy: burried age 69

More About Hannah:
Burial: Sherborne Cemetary, "aged 69"

iii. John Hewlett, born 1812.

More About John Hewlett:
Burial: March 14, 1871, in Sherborne Cemetary, age 59

Melia Ann Parkin's Ancestry


Descendents of Hugh Parkin

Generation No. 1

1. HUGH1 PARKIN was born 1767 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. He married CHARITY BURGESS September 10, 1792 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England, daughter of JOHN BURGESS and CHARITY BERRY. She was born 1771 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England.


In the Barnstaple copy of the "Parish Register of Bratton-Fleming 1675-1850," the birth of Hugh Parkin (1767) is not given, but his marriage is.


Children of HUGH PARKIN and CHARITY BURGESS are:
2. i. HUGH2 PARKIN, b. February 05, 1797, Bratton Fleming, Devon, England.
ii. CHARITY PARKIN, b. August 06, 1794, Bratton Fleming, Devon, England.
iii. ELIZABETH PARKIN, b. July 03, 1799.
iv. JOHN PARKIN, b. April 26, 1802.
v. WILLIAM PARKIN.
vi. MARY ANN PARKIN.
vii. PHILIP PARKIN, b. December 17, 1809, Bratton Fleming, Devon.

Notes for PHILIP PARKIN:
1851 census: widower, visiting Henry Britton, Bratton Town, Barnstaple -- Ag Lab


Generation No. 2

2. HUGH2 PARKIN (HUGH1) was born February 05, 1797 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. He married HARRIET TALLYN, daughter of JOHN TALLYN and SARAH. She was born March 15, 1810 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England.

Child of HUGH PARKIN and HARRIET TALLYN is:
3. i. JOHN3 PARKIN, b. April 20, 1834, Bratton Fleming, Devon, England.


Generation No. 3

3. JOHN3 PARKIN (HUGH2, HUGH1) was born April 20, 1834 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. He married ANN WALTERS, daughter of ROBERT WALTERS and ELIZABETH CROCKER. She was born February 12, 1832 in Charles, Devon, England.

Children of JOHN PARKIN and ANN WALTERS are:
4. i. WILLIAM HENRY4 PARKIN, b. 1864, in Bratton Fleming, Devon.
5. ii. MELIA ANN PARKIN, b. April 13, 1866, in Bratton Fleming, Devon; d. June 03, 1950, Westbank, B. C..
6. iii. ALFRED ERNEST PARKIN, b. 1868, in Bratton Fleming, Devon; d. November 10, 1939.
7. iv. EVA BLANCHE PARKIN, b. 1871, in Bratton Fleming, Devon.
8. v. CYRUS PARKIN, b. 1873, in Bratton Fleming, Devon.
9. vi. ARTHUR TALLYN PARKIN, b. 1876.
10. vii. JOHN HARRY, b. Unknown.



Generation No. 4

4. WILLIAM HENRY4 PARKIN (JOHN3, HUGH2, HUGH1) was born 1864 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon. He married SARAH MEECH.


Child of WILLIAM PARKIN and SARAH MEECH is:
i. OLIVE MEECH5 PARKIN.

Notes for OLIVE MEECH PARKIN:
Name of Olive Meech Parkin's father ("William Henry Parkin") and mother ("Sarah" with maiden name "Meech" indicated by the fact that "Thomas Meech" is named in Olive Parkin's will as an uncle] are established in the "Last Will and Testament" of Olive Meech Parkin dated 1968 (photocopy of same in my possession--E.S. Hewlett]

Olive never married.

5. MELIA ANN4 PARKIN (JOHN3, HUGH2, HUGH1) was born April 13, 1866 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon, and died June 03, 1950 in Westbank, B. C.. She married WILLIAM GEORGE HEWLETT, son of GEORGE HEWLETT and ANNE TAYLOR. He was born December 10, 1859 in Bridport, Dorset, England, and died July 26, 1915 in Kelowna, B. C..



Ancestors of Melia Ann Parkin

Generation No. 1

1. Melia Ann Parkin, born April 13, 1866 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon; died June 03, 1950 in Westbank, B. C.. She was the daughter of 2. John Parkin and 3. Ann Walters. She married (1) William George Hewlett. He was born December 10, 1859 in Bridport, Dorset, England, and died July 26, 1915 in Kelowna, B. C.. He was the son of George Hewlett and Anne Taylor.


Generation No. 2

2. John Parkin, born Abt. 1834 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. He was the son of 4. Hugh Parkin and 5. Harriet Tallyn. He married 3. Ann Walters.
3. Ann Walters, born February 12, 1832 in Charles, Devon, England. She was the daughter of 6. Robert Walters and 7. Elizabeth Crocker.

Children of John Parkin and Ann Walters are:
i. William Henry Parkin, born 1864 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon; married Sarah Meech; born Abt. 1864.

Notes for William Henry Parkin:
Later-discovered information: The name of Olive of Barnstaple's father as "William Henry" is confirmed in her will.

Notes for Sarah Meech:
1901 Census print-out gives the following information about Sarah, wife of William Henry Parkin:
Age 35; born in London, N. Harwood

1 ii. Melia Ann Parkin, born April 13, 1866 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon; died June 03, 1950 in Westbank, B. C; married William George Hewlett.
iii. Alfred Ernest Parkin, born 1868 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon; died November 10, 1939; married Frances Mary; born Abt. 1867 in Ilfracombe.


iv. Eva Blanche Parkin, born 1871 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon; married Robert Lee.
v. Cyrus Parkin, born 1873 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon; married Annie.


Lillian Blanche had two brothers: Hugh and John:

vi. Arthur Tallyn Parkin, born 1876; married Ada.

vii. John Harry, born Abt. 1856; married Henrietta (Ettie).


Generation No. 3

4. Hugh Parkin, born February 05, 1797 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. He was the son of 8. Hugh Parkin and 9. Charity Burgess. He married 5. Harriet Tallyn.
5. Harriet Tallyn, born March 15, 1810 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. She was the daughter of 10. John Tallyn and 11. Sarah.

Child of Hugh Parkin and Harriet Tallyn is:
2 i. John Parkin, born Abt. 1834 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England; married Ann Walters.

6. Robert Walters, born Abt. 1795 in West Buckland, Devon. He was the son of 13. Elizabeth Walters. He married 7. Elizabeth Crocker March 30, 1831 in Charles, Devon.
7. Elizabeth Crocker, born May 10, 1808 in Charles, Devon, England. She was the daughter of 14. Roger Crocker and 15. Ann Muxworthy.

Children of Robert Walters and Elizabeth Crocker are:
3 i. Ann Walters, born February 12, 1832 in Charles, Devon, England; married John Parkin.
ii. Eliza Walters, born November 15, 1835 in in Charles, Devon, England.
iii. Mary Walters
iv. Jane Walters, born 1841 in in Charles, Devon, England.
v. Susan Walters, born 1848 in in Charles, Devon, England.


Generation No. 4

8. Hugh Parkin, born 1767 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. He married 9. Charity Burgess September 10, 1792 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England.
9. Charity Burgess, born 1771 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. She was the daughter of John Burgess and Charity Berry.

Children of Hugh Parkin and Charity Burgess are:
4 i. Hugh Parkin, born February 05, 1797 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England; married Harriet Tallyn.
ii. Charity Parkin, born August 06, 1794 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England.
iii. Elizabeth Parkin, born July 03, 1799.
iv. John Parkin, born April 26, 1802.
v. William Parkin
vi. Mary Ann Parkin
vii. Philip Parkin, born December 17, 1809 in Bratton Fleming, Devon.

Notes for Philip Parkin:
1851 census: widower, visiting Henry Britton, Bratton Town, Barnstaple -- Ag Lab

10. John Tallyn, born November 16, 1779 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. He was the son of John Tallyn and Thomasin Sommers. He married 11. Sarah October 09, 1800 in Weare Giffard, Devon, England.
11. Sarah, born 1778; died 1842.

Notes for John Tallyn:
Basic information given is from Lorraine Trudgian's research. In addition she gives the information "1851 census states Pauper School Master."
* Olive M. Parkin is correct in her belief that this man was her father's great-grandfather, according to the genealogical information we have.--E.S.H.


Notes for Sarah:
Dates for the birth and death of Sarah, wife of John Tallyn (b. 1779) are from the Tallyn family tree sent by Tim Hancock-Tallyn, of Newbury, Berkshire, England; e-mail address Timtallyn1@aol.com

Children of John Tallyn and Sarah are:
5 i. Harriet Tallyn, born March 15, 1810 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England; married Hugh Parkin.
ii. Mary Tallyn
iii. John Tallyn, born March 18, 1809 in in Bratton Fleming, Devon.

13. Elizabeth Walters

Child of Elizabeth Walters is:
6 i. Robert Walters, born Abt. 1795 in West Buckland, Devon; married Elizabeth Crocker March 30, 1831 in Charles, Devon.

14. Roger Crocker, born November 04, 1770 in in High Bickington. He was the son of John Crocker and Anne. He married 15. Ann Muxworthy April 01, 1794 in Charles, Devon.
15. Ann Muxworthy, born 1768; died January 17, 1836.

Child of Roger Crocker and Ann Muxworthy is:
7 i. Elizabeth Crocker, born May 10, 1808 in Charles, Devon, England; married Robert Walters March 30, 1831 in Charles, Devon.

Descendents of William George Hewlett and Melia Ann

Note: Living descendents are not yet shown.
Children of MELIA PARKIN and WILLIAM HEWLETT are:
i. INFANT HEWLETT5 A.
ii. INFANT HEWLETT B.
iii. ALICE MAY HEWLETT (MAY), b. January 29, 1886, Dorchester, England; d. March 14, 1974, Salmon Arm, B. C.; m. WILLIAM HENRY STEWART; d. Kelowna, B. C..
iv. WALTER GEORGE HUGH HEWLETT (GEORGE), b. April 21, 1887, Dorchester, England; d. October 21, 1967, Vernon, B. C.; m. (1) KITTY; m. (2) CORA LAVINA NESBITT; b. July 26, 1900, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada; d. January 1981.
v. WILLIAM HENRY (BILL) HEWLETT, b. December 16, 1889, Dorchester, England; d. November 18, 1963, Westbank, B. C.; m. ETHEL BASKERVILLE PARKIN; b. June 30, 1887; d. June 13, 1970, Westbank, B. C..
vi. STEWART JOHN (PAT) HEWLETT, b. April 25, 1891, Dorchester, England; d. November 07, 1945, Westbank, B. C.; m. LILLIAN (LILY) AMANDA JOHNSON, July 08, 1922, Westbank, B. C.; b. January 10, 1904, Whitemouth, Manitoba; d. July 11, 1969, Westbank, B. C.
More About STEWART JOHN (PAT) HEWLETT:Burial: November 10, 1945, Westbank, B. C.
vii. DOROTHY ANN (DORO) HEWLETT, b. June 22, 1894; m. DAVID ERSKINE GELLATLY; d. November 1953.
viii. ARTHUR ERNEST (ART) HEWLETT, b. May 15, 1896, 57 High West Street, Dorchester.
ix. EDWARD OCTAVIUS (ED) HEWLETT, b. July 25, 1898; d. December 26, 1983, Surrey, B. C.; m. (1) NORA LAURA AUGUSTA CLARINDA SLEIGH, April 27, 1935, in Kelowna, B. C.; b. August 06, 1898, Camberwell, England; d. December 20, 1969, Surrey, B. C.; m. (2) LILY AITKINSON (BORN BIDDULPH), 1971; b. September 01, 1906, the Birmingham area of Warwick County, England; d. February 23, 1990, Vancouver, B. C..More About EDWARD OCTAVIUS (ED) HEWLETT:Burial: December 30, 1983, Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, B. C.More About NORA LAURA AUGUSTA CLARINDA SLEIGH:Burial: December 23, 1969, Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, B. C.More About LILY AITKINSON (BORN BIDDULPH):Burial: February 28, 1990, Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, B. C.
x. KATHLEEN EVA (KITTY) HEWLETT, b. January 07, 1901, Dorchester, England; d. September 06, 1956, Westbank, B. C.; m. ROY OLIVER STEWART.
xi. ROBERT CHARLES (ROB) HEWLETT, b. January 07, 1903, Dorchester, England; d. April 10, 1986, Kamloops, B. C.; m. KATHLEEN JANIE DROUGHT, July 10, 1932; b. August 23, 1908, Trepanier, B. C. (near Peachland); d. July 20, 1994, Kamloops, B. C..
xii. HERBERT CECIL (BERT) HEWLETT, b. August 20, 1904; m. SARAH EDITH SLOANE; b. September 30, 1912, Wapella, Saskatchewan.
xiii. MARY GRACE (GRACE) HEWLETT, b. August 23, 1908, Vancouver, B. C..

Useful Links to Other Sites

Hewlett Site --Lorraine Trudgeon's includes many pictures and a copy of Dorothy Hewlett Gellatly's story of the coming of the Hewlett family to Canada. For the latter, after accessing the site, go to "File Cabinet" and click on "Dorothy Hewlett Gellatly's Story." Then click on "Dorothy Hewlett's Story.doc" and download the story. To request access to Lorraine's site, e-mail her at lorraine{at}saskatoonberry.net [replace "{at}" with "@"] .

HewlettHill - Edward and Sarah Hewlett's family web-site (e-mail request for username and password to edward{at}ehewlett.net ) [replace "{at}" with "@"].

GENUKI --full contents for the County of Devon
An extensive list of links to information on Devon

The Parkins
Philip Parkin's blog. Philip is Cyrus Parkin's grandson. If you are a descendent of John and Ann Parkin of Bratton Fleming, please leave your information (and hopefully a means of contacting you) here, and also contact Philip at his blog at
http://theparkins.blogspot.com/ .

IGA Batch Numbers for Devon (A-M), England
This lists marriages and births or christenings for towns alphabetically from A to M. It includes extensive genealogically useful information on Bratton Fleming and Charles.

Map of Devon from an 1835 atlas
A fascinating old map. It shows Bratton-Fleming--and Button!

Devon Dialect
Go here to get an idea of how Melia Ann's mother talked.

Bratton Fleming Map
Note the location of "Button."

Map of Dorchester, Dorset
You can zero in on sections of the city. Look for South Street and High West Street for two locations of the Hewlett family when they were living in Dorchester.

GENUKI --Dorset
A good general list of links to information on Dorset

David Cawsey's Bratton-Fleming Site - lots of information about Bratton-Fleming!