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FAMILY RECORDS;

or

A Genealogical Account

of the

FAMILIES WHICH BRANCH OFF FROM THE

BASSETTS AND COURTENAYS

From the Year 1734 down to the present time

BY S. F. SHAIRP.

TOTNES:

Printed by Theodore Hannaford,

December, 1856


Dedication.

The Rectory,

TOTNES, 6th December, 1856.

MY DEAR LEWIS,

The thought occurred to me when on a visit to you and some of my other Relations last summer, that it might be interesting, if not useful, to the several members of our family connection, were there a sort of " Tree," or Genealogical Account of its ramifications from some Parent stem traced, and put together in a connected form. In carrying out my views I have been kindly aided by several members of our family, and I hope that through the instrumentality of this little work our Children may the more readily be able to recognise their "Kith and Kin" when they happen to meet each other on the world's broad pathway.

I feel a lively interest on this subject, and think that the happiness and prosperity of families may be much enhanced by each keeping and bearing towards the other an amicable and sociable spirit; and should my views be in any degree practically carried out, I shall be more than compensated for the trouble I have taken in endeavouring to promote such a desirable object.

Believe me,
Your affectionate Cousin,
S. F. SHAIRP.
Lewis Lewis, Esq.,
of Gwinfè.

PREFACE.

Without claiming to possess anything more than a love of the Science of Heraldry and Genealogy, I have been always glad to come in contact with those who might be gifted with an intimate knowledge of the rules which enable us to trace the origin of Families. I am not one of those who estimate a man merely on account of his ancient descent; but, at the same time, where a man "of Family" is really possessed of talent and moral worth, I hope it will always be characteristic of the Englishman, to give precedence and all due honor to such distinction.

" Families " are not created in a day, and in a Commercial Country like ours, we find men of mean origin daily springing up to wealth and high places ; and it is an honorable ambition for them that they may, through a diligent observance of those strict rules which regulate Society, be received into its best circles, and in the course of time blend with the Aristocracy.

With respect to Heraldic devices, - although by some these may be considered only as a decorative display adopted by families for distinction, - still Scholars have from time to time found in Heraldic history an important branch of Archaeology; and in times not very remote it was made auxiliary to family records and the better determining of descents and alliances. Some of these heraldic histories would, if recited, be found curious and instructive.