DARK(E) Families of DEVON

Frank Bax - London, Ontario, Canada - WebPage

William DARK had at least two children:
George DARK (born about 1820) married in 1847 (Mitchell, Ontario) to Anne FURSMAN.
In Sep 1847, George rented land in Fullarton township. In 1853, with three children, the family moved to Grey township, Huron County (lot 9 con 11). Family stories indicate George and Ann came from Devon, perhaps Barnstaple and Bideford.
Susannah DARK (born about 1824) married on 9Aug1852 (Newport, Wales) to John JONES.
The day after thier wedding, Susan and John left for Bristol, and from there sailed for New York, USA. After a few months, the couple settled in Grey township, Huron County (lot 9, con 10).

Arthur Dark - Ickenham, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK

Arthur has published (CDROM,2004) a family history titled “Dark of Parkham” about the DARK family of North Devon.

John Coppen - Rainham, Kent, UK

John DARKE, a tailor, married Sarah (nee REED).
Sarah Drew DARKE (born 16 Jan 1840, Whimple, Devon, England, died 1924) married Charles Samuel COPPEN 23 May 1877. A witness at the marriage was a Mary Ann DARKE.

Barbara Hopper - Nepean, Ontario, Canada

William CORNISH of Holsworthy married Susanna DARK(E) in Holsworthy 28 April 1789. Their five children were Wilmot (my ancestor), Daniel, Mary, Roger and Philip.

Brian Daulton - ?

James Darke married Charlotte Gould 1807 at Dalwood.
Children: William (1813), Charles (1815), Charles (1819), Mary (1821), Daniel (1823), Ann (1829), Francis (1826).
William married Sarah Spurway 1837 at Dalwood.
Children: Mary (1838), Samuel James (1840), Charles (1843), William (1845-1929), Ann (1848), Etta (1850).
William married Sarah Ann Thomas 1867 at Wiodworthy.
Children: Jesse (1868), Bessie (1871), Frank (1872), Harry (1877), Thomas (1880), Eli (1884-1961), Ernest (1886).

Ken Darke - Hereford, England

Marwood Dark was born 1850 or 1853. He married Annie Maria Buckingham. He was a Seaman Royal Navy. Thier son, Marwood, born 8/4/1887 in Stoke Dameral Devon is my grandfather.

Anne Abraham - Australia

Elizabeth DARK (born circa 1783 at Barnstaple, Devon) gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Elizabeth (bap 5 July 1821 in the Parish of Rustington, Sussex). Both mother and daughter migrated to Australia in 1822. I believe that Elizabeth DARK senior had been married (don't know if DARK is maiden or married name and had four other children, but that she left husband and children in a workhouse).

Kim Hoffman-Wilson - Kansas City, MO, USA

James Baker Dark b: Abt. 1780 in England.
+Elizabeth Hastie b: Abt. 1784 in England m: in England.
Eleanor Dark b: October 06, 1805 in St. Pancras, London, England.
Helen Hastie Dark b: 1806 in London, England d: August 11, 1862 in Australia.
+Frederick John Plumridge b: 1814 in Berkshire, England, d: January 29, 1857 in Australia. m: 1839 in Bloomsbury, London, England.
Janet Hastie Dark b: April 08, 1808.
James Dark b: August 06, 1810.
William Dark b: Abt. 1814.
John McConochie Dark b: Abt. 1819.
Elizabeth Dark b: Abt. 1822.
Letitia Hastie Dark b: June 07, 1825 in St. Pancras, London, England.
+Joseph Newby b: 1825 in St. Pancras, London, England. m: February 14, 1844 in St. Paul's Westminster Soho.

Suella Postles - Leicester, UK

Thomas DARK married Sarah DARK in Corsham WILTS in 1816
Thomas was from Broughton Gifford Wilts born 1796. Parents Isaac Dark and Ann - yeoman farmers.
Sarah was from Broughton Gifford Wilts born 1793. Parents Stephen Dark and Mary.
They moved to Ramsbury by 1824 where Thomas was overseer of the poor there. He is buried in Broughton Gifford in 1825 and said to be of Ramsbury.
Sarah Dark migrated to the USA age 33 on ships list for 1834 Barque "Woodman" from Bristol to New York with Ann 9, Sarah12, John 13 & Benjamin age 23.

Benjamin DARK seems to be a younger brother of Sarah's deceased husband Thomas DARK. If so his parents were Isaac and Ann DARK.

Jane Markotsis - Northern NSW, Australia

Richard DARK/E married 7 March 1741/42 Frances Slade
Esther DARK born 1743, married in Monkleigh 4 Jul 1766 Thomas Lamerton.
Elizabeth DARK born 1747
Roger DARK born 1756

Fiona Green - ?

Thomasine (Tamzin?) DARK born ~1783 married 1804 Bideford Thomas CHANTER.

Andy Andrews - ? - WebPage

Period of interest:
17c - 19c (Barnstaple,DEV)
18c (Holsworthy,DEV)
19 - 20c (Reading,BRK & Maidenhead)
Earliest known ancestor with this surname:
Thomas DARKE married Honnor HEAL at Kilkhampton, CON on 10 Jun 1679. Thomas' parents were probably William and Susan DARKE.
More recent generations:
John Darke married Elizabeth Bowen
Edward Rolle DARK.
William DARK c. 1773-Jan-17 in Barnstaple. d. 1773.

Kevin Rixon - ?

My Darke family are from Sidbury in Devon.

William Darke born abt 1760 married Mary Page/Paige born abt 1760.
Ann Darke c. 1782-Nov-8.
William Darke c. 1799-Nov-5; married Elizabeth born abt 1803.
Elizabeth Darke c. 1828-Dec-21; married 5 April 1849 to William Elston Northcott.

Daphne - Warburton, UK

All events in Littleham, except as noted. George and Susannah Gaurd are my 4th great-grandparents.

Mark Dark married Susanna.
Elizabeth Dark bapt. 1746-Mar-9; married 1777-May-1 Thos. Snell.
Mark Dark; married 1771-Jun-12 Joanna Snow.
Susannah Dark bapt. 1754-Jul-27, died 1831-Jul-15 Northam. married 1780-Jun-19 George Gaurd.
Jane Dark; married 1761 Richard Bridgmen.
John Dark married 1783 Mary Hodge.

Joan Smith - Exeter, UK - WebPage

My family were in Twerton Bath from 1881 to about 1950. Peter is my 4xGreat grandfather.

John Darke born 1750, died Honiton Devon 1835. Cordwainer and Clerk of the New Honiton Meeting House.
John had a sister Mary who married William Horner.
He may also have had a brother William.
James (1772-1837) born & died in Honiton.
John (1777-1845) born & died in Honiton.
Peter (1781-1859) born & died in Honiton.

Catherine - Michigan, USA

Thomas Dark. My great-great-grandfather. Wife's name Mary.
Thomas Dark born about 1798 in Woolfordisworthy, near Bideford, Devon, England. Married Ann.
John Dark birthdate unknown; baptism November 7, 1825.
James George Dark born May24, 1827; baptism June 5, 1827.
Edwin Dark born March 5, 1829; baptism March 19,1829 in Devon, England.
Edwin's first marriage to Eliza Collins in England, probably Devon. Eliza was born about 1830. Eliza died July 5, 1874 in Beachville, Ontario, Canada.
Dorothy Dark, only child, birthdate unknown.
Edwin's second marriage to Harriet Collins Jones (believed to be Eliza's sister) in Beachville, Ontario, August 23, 1875. Harriet was born about 1841, probably in Clovelly, England. Harriet died about 1905, in Beachville. Harriet Collins Jones Dark was previously married to William Robert Samuel Jones on October 12, 1867 in Clovelly, Devon, England. William was born about 1841 in Devonshire, perhaps Hartland.
Edward John Collins Dark, only child, born October 13, 1877, in Beachville, Ontario.
William Jones
Ada Jones
Mary Elizabeth Dark born May 7, 1831; baptism June 16, 1831.
William Daniel Dark born March 27, 1833; baptism April 12, 1833.
Lewis Dark born July 17,1835; baptism September 20, 1835.

Del Anderson - Australia

From the will (dated 1828) of John Marsh of Black Torrington who had a leasehold property called "East Totely" at Hatherleigh, his daughters were:

The will also mentions a sister Grace Vanstone and an Elizabeth Kirkleigh of Blacktorrington and a niece also Ann Marsh of Petrockstowe.

John died in 1831. If it's the person I think it is he was born at Buckland Brewer in 1757 making him 74. His wife was Mary but she could have died before him as he did a codicil in 1829.

Ian Murray - UK

My Darkes are almost all the ones located in the City of Worcester, well the poorer ones anyway who worked on the river Severn during the C18-C19 period. I currently have details on some 250 people mostly living in Worcester with the surname Darke and the odd Dark.

William Darke m Katherine Nowlon? (Oct 1667) at Worcester
Children: William; Leonard & Peter
Leonard Darke m Elizabeth
Children: 8 including Leonard (1698/99)
Leonard Darke m Mary Brewer (Nov 1724) at Worcester.
Children: George & Leonard
Leonard Darke m Mary Pudding (Jan 1751/52)
Children: 6 including Leonard (Sept 1762)
Leonard Darke m Mary Marsh (Mar 1783)
Children: 5 including Leonard (May 1788)
Leonard Darke m Mary Cope (Feb 1823)
Children: 9 including Jane (Nov 1836)
Jane Darke m William Warman (Apr 1860)
Children: 8 including my GGrandma.

Eileen Barnacoat - W. Townsend, MA USA

Elizabeth Dark, born in Woolfardisworth, Devon, England around 1831-1832. She married Charles Barnacoat, a master baker. They resided at 37 Mill Street in Bideford. Elizabeth had at least four children:
Emma Barnacoat (1858)
Jane Barnacoat (1861)
Harriet Barnacoat (1864)
Charles Barnacoat (1868)
Elizabeth was widowed in 1870 and continued on as head of the household, working as a baker and living in Bideford.

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