'Elford1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Ellford of Bickham, Elford of Plymouth, Elford of Sheepstor (Sheipstor)

BHO (Magna Brittania, vol 6: Devonshire, General history: Baronets) reports that "This ancient family is said to have been of Cornish extraction. Robert de Elford was sheriff of Devonshire in 1302. Before the year 1400, they settled at Longstone, in the parish of Shipstor, where the elder branch remained till 1748, when it became extinct in the male line." The name of the parish, which is on the west site of Dartmoor, has been spelt in various ways in the past but it eventually settled on 'Sheepstor'.
John Ellford
m. Joane Scudamore (dau/coheir of John Scudamore of Shettistore)
1. John Ellford of Shettestore, Devon (d 06.02.1517)
  A. Roger Ellford of Shettestore
  m. _ Adams
i. John Elford of Sheipstor
  m. Margery Langsford (a 1583, dau of Roger Landsford of Langfford)
  a. John Elford of Sheipstor (d 28.08.1583)
  m. Elizabeth Gregory of Plimpton Mary (d 18.03.1631-2, m2. Thomas Drake of Buckland)
  (1) Walter Elford of Sheipstor (b c10.1625, bur 09.05.1648)
m. Barbara Crocker (b c1575, d 1658, dau of John Crocker of Lynam)
  (A) John Elford (bpt 29.05.1603, bur 03.08.1678)
  m1. (c03.1631) Elizabeth Copleston (dau of Amias Copleston, sister/coheir of John)
  (i) Gertrude Elford
  m. Roger Wollocombe of Combe
(ii) Elizabeth Elford
  m. Edmund Fortescue of London
  (iii) Barbara Elford
  m. Arthur Fortescue of Penwarde
  (iv)+ other issue - Susanna (b c1631, d unm 1647), Joan (bpt 18.12.1636)
  m2. (03.05.1637) Anna Northcote (bur 05.08.1640, dau of John Northcote of Hayne)
  (vi) Walter Elford of Sheepstor (bur 30.01.1674-5)
  m. (19.04.1670) Elizabeth Quicke (dau of John Quicke of Newton St. Cyres)
(a) John Elford of Sheepstor 'of Longstone' (bur 23.09.1748)
  m. (29.07.1697) Admonition Prideaux (bur 16.10.1717, dau of John Prideaux of Prideaux Place)
(b)+ other issue - Walter (bpt 22.07.1698, bur 08.08.1747), John (bpt 05.04.1708, bur 05.02.1710-1), Elizabeth (bpt 02.11.1699), Anne (bpt 29.07.1704, bur 23.06.1705), Bridget (bpt 19.02.1701-2), Susanna (bpt 08.07.1710, bur 04.10.1710)
  (vii) Jonathan Elford of Bickham (bur 15.12.1690)
  m. (05.01.1681-2) Amy Hale (bur 14.04.1728)
  (a) Jonathan Elford (bpt 11.11.1684, dsp bur 03.12.1755, MP)
  m. _ Neville (dau of Thomas Neville)
  (b) Katherine Elford (bpt 15.01.1689-90, bur 10.03.1726-7)
  m. (21.07.1719, sp) William Ilbert of West Allington (d 1726)
(c)+ other issue - William (bpt 17.09.1687, dsp bur 10.03.1726-7), Matthew (bpt 09.12.1685, bur 23.09.1724), Ann (bpt 12.10.1683), Amy (bpt 28.12.1688, bur 26.02.1689-90), Amy (bpt 22.05.1691, bur 26.05.1693)
  (viii) Grace Elford (a 1719)
  m. (21.08.1659) George Young
  (ix)+ other issue - Richard (bpt 06.08.1640, bur 27.12.1642), Anne (bpt 16.12.1638)
  m3. (18.02.1641-2) Mary Gale (bur 16.02.1642-3)
  (xi) Mary Elford (bpt 13.12.1642, d infant)
  m4. (1647) Sarah Wollocombe (dau of John Wollocombe of Combe)
  (xii) William Elford of Plymouth (bpt 02.06.1644, bur 04.09.1683)
  m. Mary Tollard (dau of John Tollard)
  (a) John Elford of Plymouth (bur 26.03.1732)
  m. Jenny Crapthorne (bur 21.03.1724-5, dau of Thomas Crapthorne)
  ((1)) Launcelot Elford of Bickham (bpt 06.09.1718, bur 10.02.1782, vicar of Plympton, 3rd son)
  The following is supported by TCB (vol 5, Elford of Bickham).
m. Grace Wills (dau of Alexander Wills of Kingsbridge)
  ((A)) Sir William Elford of Bickham, Bart (b c1748, d 30.11.1837, Lt. Colonel, recorder of Plymouth, painter)
  m1. (20.01.1776) Mary Davis (d 1817, dau of Rev. John Davis or Davies of Plympton by Mary, dau of John Chard of Tracy)
  ((i)) Jonathan Elford (b 05.11.1776, dvpsp 11.03.1823, MP)
  m. Charlotte Wynne (dau/heir of William Wynne of Abercynlleth)
  ((ii)) Grace Chard Elford (bpt 05.11.1781, d unm 1856)
  ((iii)) Elizabeth Elford (bpt 12.03.1782)
  m. (1821) Sir George Pownall Adams (b 1778-9, d 10.06.1856, General)
  m2. (1821, sp) Elizabeth Hall (d 10.1839, dau/coheir of Humphrey Hall of Manadon (by Jane St. John, dau of John, Baron St. John of Bletshoe), widow of Col. Maine Swete Walrond)
  ((B)) Jonathan Elford of Devonport (a 1755)
  m. (09.04.1778) Mary Luxmore (dau of Henry Luxmore of Okehampton)
  ((C)) Jenny Elford
  m. (08.08.1777) George Leach of Plymouth
  ((2)) Agnes Elford (a 1755)
  m. William Wyatt
  ((3)) Jenny Elford (a 1755)
  m. Thomas Veale of Coffleet
  ((4)) Lucretia Elford (a 1755)
  m. Rev. John Bedford
  ((5))+ other issue - John (a 1732), William (bpt 25.05.1713), Jonathan (bpt 23.01.1717-8, a 1732), Peter (bpt 09.08.1719, a 1732), Richard (bpt 09.04.1723, a 1732), Sara (bpt 29.05.1711, d unm), Amy (bpt 08.5.1712, a 1755, d unm)
  (b) William Elford (d before 19.07.1723, Captain)
  m. Mary Haviland
  ((1)) Harry Elford of Hele (bpt 05.01.1715-6, bur 23.07.1748)
  ((A)) William Elford
  p/m. (10.05.1769) Frances Savery (bur 20.06.1800, dau of Waltham Savery of Slade)
  ((i))+ issue - Robert (bpt 12.05.1768, bur 10.11.1768), Thomas (bpt 29.12.1769, bur 26.11.1790), Waltham (bpt 21.12.1770), William Henry (b 24.02.1775), Robert (bpt 01.01.1784), Luke (bpt 06.06.1789),Frances (bpt 29.01.1772), Catherine (bpt 08.04.1774), Elizabeth (bpt 09.03.1777)
  ((2)) Peter Elford
  (xiii)+ other issue - Nathaniel (bur 03.11.1660), Joseph (bur 10.07.1686), Samuel (bur 11.11.1678), Benjamin, Sarah (bur 14.12.1672)
  (B) Hugh Elford (bpt 06.03.1605-6, d before 05.08.1645, rector of Walkhampton)
  m. Frances Watson (a 1648)
  (i) Hugh Elford (bpt 1643)
  (C) Walter Elford (a 1641) had issue
  m. Ann Chambers (dau of _ Chambers, alderman of London)
  (D) Frances Elford (bpt 01.07.1604)
  m. Richard Langworthy of Hatch
  (E) Joane Elford
  m. John Barrett
  (F) Elizabeth Elford
m. Arthur Shepherd
  (G)+ other issue - William, Anne, Mary
  (2) John Elford (a 1583)
  (3) William Elford of Bickleigh (d before 20.10.1641)
  m. Mary Furlong (dau of Anthony Furlong)
  (A)+ issue (a 164) - Francis, Walter, John, William
  b. Thomas Elford of Mawnan, Cornwall (a 1620)
  m. (1585) Alice Benny (widow of Edward Spry)
  c. Hugh Elford
  d. Johanna Elford possibly of this generation
  m. Robert Moore of Moore
  ii. Thomas Elford
  iii. Anne Elford probably of this generation
  m. (19.07.1545) John Lippincott of Wibbery

Main source(s): Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, Elford of Sheepstor)
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