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Jane Metherell1

(circa 1835 - after 1901)
FatherJames Metherall1 b. cir. 1812, d. aft. 1851
MotherAnn Helson1 b. cir. Jun 1814, d. Oct 1853
Relationship3rd cousin 3 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Jane Metherell was born cir. 1835 Broadwoodwidger, DEV, ENG.1,2
     Jane Metherell died aft. 1901 ?Westweek Moor, Broadwoodwidger, Par. of Lifton, DEV, ENG; (assuming I've traced the right one of the two born about the same time in the same place).3
     Bit of a puzzle here. I believed that I'd traced Jane, sister of Moses, up thru the census records, but when I traced backwards from the family of relations (cousin John Helson James) she was with in 1901 I found I had her twice in the 1841 census, once at home with parents, and again with grandmother Elizabeth Helson nee Hortop. Turns out there are two Jane's of an age, as I found another one in 1861, of the same age and birthplace, as a hse servant in Plymouth Charles, so I've a bit of work to do here yet.4

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Jane Metherell appeared on the census of 1841 West Week, Lifton Hundred, DEV, ENG, in the household of Elizabeth Helson.5,4 Jane Metherell appeared on the census of 1841 Muislade?, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton Hundred, Dist of Holsworthy, DEV, ENG, in the household of James Metherall and Ann Metherall and is assumed to be a dtr.1
     Jane Metherell appeared on the census of 1851 at the Golden Inn, Bratton Clovelly, Dist of Okehampton, DEV, ENG, enumerated as Servant: Jane Metherell 15 child's maid b Broadwoodwidger; also William Dawe, 15 ostler b Buckland Village and COWLES.2 It is possible that Jane Metherell was Town Farm, Buckland Monachorum, DEV, ENG, in 1861 HARRIS: John 47 farmer 150 ac emp 3m 1b b Pyworthy; wife Maria 57 b Walkhampton; Dtr Maria M 19 b Walkhampton; Visitor: George A ADAMS 21 merchant's clerk b Brislington SOM; Servants: LAVERS *2; Jane MATHERELL 25 hse servant b Broadwood.6 Another possibility is that Jane Metherell was 2 Hill Park Cres, Plymouth Charles, DEV, ENG, in 1861 Jane METHERELL, 25 b Broadwood, hse servant in hsehold of Ellen M RICHARDSON, 48 wid fundholder b Cawsand, CON and her sister in law Ellen M RICHARDSON, 50 unm b Plymouth.7
     Jane Metherell appeared on the census of 1871 Plympton Lodge, Plympton St Maurice, Dist of Plympton St Mary, DEV, ENG, enumerated as Servants: Anne METHEREL 27 head nurse b North Lew; Jane METHEREL servant 34 laundress b Broadwood Widger; Hsehold of William Woollcombe, solicitor b Plympton St Mary, wife Anne Catherine.8 She appeared on the census of 1881 Claworthy, Broadwoodwidger, Dist of Holsworthy, DEV, ENG, in the household of Jeremiah as a servant (actually Jeremiah James's niece via his late wife Ann nee Helson).9
     The census of 1891 showed Jane Metherell in the household of Betsy Ann Helson Westweek Moor, Broadwood Widger, Par. of Lifton, DEV, ENG, enumerated as HELSON: Betsy Ann head, widow 58 living on own means b Broadwoodwidger; Niece: Mary Hall ELLIS 24 housekeeper b Guernsey B.S; 1 servant, Jane METHERELL, 54 b Broadwoodwidger (Betsy is the widow of John Helson, son of George Helson and Mary Yeo, so John would be Jane's 1st cousin once removed).10 Jane Metherell appeared on the census of 1901 Westweek Moor, Lifton, Dist of Launceston, DEV, ENG, in the household of John Helson James and Thurza James as cousin of John Helson James.3
Last Edited3 Feb 2016


  1. 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton Hundred, Sub Dist Milton Dist of Tavistock DEV HO107/231/9 ED 5 Pg 8, hsehold of James & Ann METHERELL, extracted Jan 2007.
  2. 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via, Highampton, Sub Dist Bratton Clovelly, Dist of Okehampton, DEV HO107/1885 ED 1 Sched 49, hsehold of George & Mary BLATCHFORD, extracted Jan 2007.
  3. 1901 Census images, England & Wales, via, Lifton, Sub Dist St Stephens, Dist of Launceston, DEV RG13/2181 ED 5 Sched 8 hsehold of John & Thurza JAMES, extracted Jan 2007.
  4. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Jan 2007.
  5. 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via, Lifton Hundred, Dist of Tavistock DEV HO107/232/12 ED 4 pg 10 hsehold of Eliz HELSON, extracted Jan 2007.
  6. 1861 Census images, England & Wales, via, Buckland Monachorum, DEV RG9/1457 ED 5c Sched 32, hsehold of John & Maria HARRIS, extracted Jan 2007.
  7. 1861 Census images, England & Wales, via, Plymouth Charles DEV RG9/1436 ED 12 Sched 395, hsehold of Ellen M RICHARDSON, extracted Jan 2007.
  8. 1871 Census images, England & Wales, via, Plympton St Maurice, Dist of Plympton St Mary DEV RG10/2108 ED 7 Sched 14, hsehold of William& Ann WOOLCOMBE, extracted Jan 2007.
  9. 1881 Census images, England & Wales, via, Broadwoodwidger, Dist of Holsworthy DEV RG11/2267 ED 3 Sched 20 hsehold of Jeremiah JAMES, extracted Jan 2007.
  10. 1891 Census images, England & Wales, via, Broadwood Widger, DEV RG12/1803 ED 5 Pg 19 Sched 94 hsehold of Betsy Ann HELSON, extracted Nov 2006.

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