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Andrew Hingston = Sarah Robins1

Andrew Hingston:

Baptised 21 September 1776, Holbeton2

Died 22 February 1855, Aveton Gifford3

Occupation: Landed proprietor4

Andrew inherited substantially from his father, but the course of his life remains unclear. At his father's death he inherited his house at Adston, Holbeton, and any land apart from a bequest to his mother. With it came financial responsibility for his siblings. His own children were all registered at Holbeton. But at some stage, possibly 1818 or earlier, he seems to have moved to Newton Ferrers, and thence to a farm at Ashford, Aveton Gifford. Under his uncle William's will he was residuary legatee but after allowance for the other bequests and annuities there seems to have been nothing left for him. He sold land at Holbeton in 1830 valued at nearly £3000 (source, lawyer's accounts), some of which probably came from his uncle, and it is clear from a 1831 will that he owned the farm at Ashford and other land at Bigbury in addition to a large amount of money. But he seems to have lent substantially to a Mr Robins, presumably a brother-in-law, who went bankrupt. A will made in 1832 suggests that much of the money may have gone in buying a half share in a pilchard fishery.

Click here for larger image of Andrew in 1808

This picture, dated 1808, is presumed to be of Andrew

The final will, made only two years later, made no mention of that nor did it dispose of any large sum of money or other possessions; broadly the split was between the Bigbury farm for his son and the Ashford farm for his (unmarried) daughters. This remained in the family's possession, indeed the Ashford farm was eventually sold by his grandson Henry in 1891, but on Andrew's death in 1855 the estate was valued for tax purposes at less than £100 before payment of debts.

It is quite probable that Andrew was not successful in his financial affairs, and certainly his possessions seem modest in the light of his two inheritances, but it is dangerous to suppose that he died almost broke. One obvious explanation, given the existance of estate duty, is that it might have been possible to avoid it by gifting the property during his lifetime; if so that would explain why the Ashford farm remained in the ownership of his daughters without their needing to declare its value at his death.

click here for a larger image of Sarah in 1808

This picture is one of a pair with the picture above, and is presumed to be of Sarah

Sarah Robins:

Alias Sarah Hingston

Born 1774, Diptford5

Died 2 October 1851, Ashford, Aveton Gifford6


Ann Robins Hingston7

Born 19 August 1805, Holbeton8

Baptised 2 October 1805, Holbeton9

Died 21 October 1887, Plymouth10

Buried Aveton Gifford11

Living at Ashford at the time of the 1851 census, she moved to Plymouth with her sister after their parents' death. In the 1881 census they were living at 39 Clifton Place, Plymouth, and described as having an 'income from houses etc.'

Sarah Robins Hingston

Born 5 July 1807, Holbeton12

Baptised 8 January 1808, Holbeton13

Died 18 January 1884, Plymouth14

Buried Aveton Gifford

At the time of the 1851 census she was staying with Richard Robins, a widower of 74 and farmer of 60 acres, at Pinhey's Farm South Pool. He was probably her uncle.

She moved to Plymouth with her sister.

Andrew Hingston = Mary Ann Treeby Family

Married 13 May 1833, East Stonehouse

Andrew Hingston:

Born 24 September 1809, Holbeton15

Baptised 4 November 1809, Holbeton16

Died 17 April 1855, Bigbury17

Buried Aveton Gifford

Occupation: Farmer

Appears in 1851 census as farming at Bailey's, Bigbury, near Aveton Gifford, which was to go to him under his father's will.

Mary Ann Treeby:

Alias Mary Ann Hingston (13 May 1833)

Baptised 19 July 1809, Aveton Gifford

Died 3 November 1866, Ermington18

Henry Hingston

Born 30 October 1811, Holbeton19

Baptised 12 February 1813, Holbeton20

Buried 2 September 1834, Ashford, Aveton Gifford21


1 : Surname is given in A & D and can be deduced from the second forenames of her daughters. We know from legal bills of her husband's that he lent a large sum of money to a Mr Robins who went bankrupt. This may have been her brother.

2 : Parish records 21 Sept 1776 'Andrew Hingston son of Andrew and Honour, baptised'

3 : Gravestone

4 : 1851 census

5 : 1851 census (age 76). Grave has age as 77.

6 : Gravestone has date of death as 2 Oct 1851.

7 : In 1881 census listed as 'Annie'

8 : Parish records 19 Aug 1805 'Ann Robins Hingston daughter of Andrew and Sarah. born'

Gravestone gives her age as 82.

9 : Parish records

10 : Buried with her parents, the gravestone records her death on 21 Oct 1887.

11 : Gravestone

12 : Parish records 5 Jul 1807 'Sarah Robins Hingston daughter of Andrew and Sarah born'. Grave has age as 77.

13 : Parish records

14 : Gravestone records date of death as 18 Jan 1884.

15 : Parish records 24 Sept 1809 'Andrew Hingston son of Andrew and Sarah born' Gravestone has age as 46.

16 : Parish record

17 : Gravestone has date as 17 Apr 1855.

18 : Memorial card

19 : Parish records 30 Oct 1811 'Henry Hingston son of Andrew farmer and Sarah, of Adston, born'

20 : Parish records

21 : Parish records

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