(1725-Cir 1806)
(Abt 1746-1824)
Frederick BEST
(Cir 1787-1812)
(Abt 1788-1825)
James Adamson BEST


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Harriett Edmonds PARKER

James Adamson BEST

  • Born: 1810, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England
  • Baptised: 16 Dec 1810, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England
  • Marriage: Harriett Edmonds PARKER on 17 Jan 1832 in Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England 1
  • Died: 7 Jul 1880, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England aged 70
  • Buried: 11 Jul 1880, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England

bullet  General Notes:

Note that Uncle Jim was also James Adamson Best. I have a postcard to him from "Sapper R Adamson" - could this mean that this James' mother was called Adamson? No, but a Sarah Baker married a James Adamson at Littleham on 24 Dec 1788. Could this be Ann's mother or aunt? Sarah Adamson died in Littleham in 1828

Baptism at Littleham 1810
Dec 16 James Adamson son of Frederick & Ann Best

Parish register entry for marriage
Parish of Littleham cum Exmouth in the County of Devon in the year 1832
Page 26, entry 76
James Adamson Best of this parish and Harriott Edmunds Parker of this parish
were married in this Church by Banns with consent of - this seventeenth day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty two by me Joseph Gattey
This marriage was solemnized between us -
James Adamson Best
Harriott Edmunds Parker's mark X
in the presence of
Joseph Warren Parker (father or brother?)
John Greensmith

Death registered Sep 1880 St Thomas 5b p19 - name was simply James Best. Address was Fore Street, Exmouth (Littleham). Informant was J Best (son) of George Street - presumably Samuel John

Burial in the Parish of Littleham cum Exmouth in the County of Devon 1880
Page 28 entry 218
James Best, Exmouth, July 11th, years 69

1841 census
HO107/207/2 F8 P11 (continued on F9 P12)
Fore Street, Exmouth (Littleham), Devon
Joseph Parker, 50, Cooper
Elizabeth do, 15, F.S.
Mary do, 10, F.S.
Henry do, 15, Ap
Samuel do, 10,
Elizabeth Venton, 70, Ind
James Best, 30, Tailor
Harriet Best, 25,
Sarah do, 8,
William do, 6,
George do, 5,
William Parker, 30, Pauper

1851 census
Head: BEST, James
NameRelationshipMarAge SexOccupation Birthplace
James BESTHeadM40MTailor MasterExmouth-Dev
Harriet BESTWifeM39FLacemakerExmouth-Dev
Sarah A. BESTDaurU19FLacemakerWithycombe R-Dev
William BESTSonU17MTailor AppExmouth-Dev
George BESTSon-15MTailor AppExmouth-Dev
Harriet BESTDaur-4F---Exmouth-Dev
Joseph PARKERFatLW69MCooperBudleigh-Dev
Samuel PARKERBroLU22MTailor JournExmouth-Dev
Address:Fore Street, St Thomas
Census Place:Littleham In St Thomas St Thomas, Devonshire
PRO Reference:HO/107/1865Folio:207Page:20FHL Film:0221013

1861 census
Fore Street, Exmouth (Littleham), Devon
RG9/1382 F19 P14
Henry Parker, Head, Wid, 36, Painter, Devon Exmouth
Henry Parker, Son, , 10, , Devon Exmouth
Mary J Parker, Daur, , 9, , Devon Exmouth
George Parker, Son, , 7, , Devon Exmouth
Joseph Parker, Lodger, Wid, 80, Cooper, Devon East Budleigh
James Best, Head, M, 50, Tailor, Devon Exmouth
Harriet Best, Wife, M, 50, , Devon Exmouth
Harriet Best, Daur, Un, 14, Honiton Lace Maker, Devon Exmouth
John Best, Son, , 10, , Devon Exmouth
George Best, Son, Mar, 24, Tailor, Devon Exmouth

1871 census
RG10/2047 F87 P12
Fore Street, Exmouth (Littleham), Devon
James Best, Head, Mar, 60, Tailor, Devon Exmouth
Harriet do, Wife, Mar, 60, , Devon Exmouth
John do, Son, Unm, 19, Tailor, Devon Exmouth
James Perriam, Grandson, , 2, , Devon Exmouth
William Shute, Boarder, Unm, 20, Shoe Maker, Devon Exeter

Listed in Pigot's 1844 Directory of Devon under Exmouth
Page 65
Best James, Fore Street

However he is not listed in Pigot's 1830 Directory


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Tailor.


James married Harriett Edmonds PARKER, daughter of Joseph Warren PARKER and Harriot EDMONDS, on 17 Jan 1832 in Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England.1 (Harriett Edmonds PARKER was born in 1810 in Exmouth, Devon, England, baptised on 11 Nov 1810 in Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England, died on 9 Jun 1889 in Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth, Devon, England and was buried on 13 Jun 1889 in Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, England.)



1 Parish Registers, entry 76, page 26 at Littleham, Exmouth.

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