Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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JOHN HALL PARLBY (1805-1899)

John Hall Parlby was born at Midenbury, Hampshire, on January 25th 1805.  His parents were Mr John Alexander Parlby (1769-1849) and the former Miss Letitia Hall, a daughter of Mtr Humphrey Hall.  For some reason he appears to have been baptised twice, first on January 27th 1805 and again on January 20th 1808. 

He graduated from University College, Oxford, in 1827 and was ordained on June 22nd 1828.  He obtained his Masters degree in 1830, after which he held the curacies of Paignton, Dartington, Antony and Compton Gifford.  He moved in to Manadon House in 1833.

On Tuesday March 3rd 1835 Mr John Hall Parlby married Miss Emily Jeanette (or Janette) Holder, fourth daughter of Mr John Hooper Holder, at the Ancient Parish Church of Stanton Lacey in Shropshire.  One has to wonder how, in the 1830s, before the coming of the railways, a man born in Hampshire, educated in Oxfordshire and living in Devonshire could have met and courted, let alone married, a girl from Shropshire.  Clearly this was an arranged marriage.  She bore him four children: Trefusis Hall Parlby, born 1836 but died aged only 6 months; Blanche Saint John Parlby, born 1840; Emily Laetitia Parlby, born 1841; and Gerald Charles Hall Parlby, born 1842.  Mrs Emily Jeanette (or Janette) Parlby passed away on October 29th 1842 and was buried at Saint Pancras Church on November 2nd 1842.

Mr John Hall Parlby then married Miss Emma Admonition Radcliffe on Tuesday May 6th 1845 at the Ancient Parish Church of Saint Mary, Tamerton Foliot.  She was the third daughter of the Reverend Walter Radcliffe, of Warleigh House, Tamerton Foliot.  Their children were: Florence Louisa Parlby, born 1846; Gertrude Constance Hall Parlby, born 1849; Mildred Bertha Hall Parlby, born 1852; Emma Marion Hall Parlby, born 1854; Saint John Radcliffe Hall Parlby, born 1855; Trefusis Coplestone Hall Parlby, born 1857; Winifred Beatrice Hall Parlby, born 1859; Reginald John Hall Parlby, born 1861; Walter Coventry Hall Parlby, born 1862; and Edward Mackenzie Hall Parlby, born 1865.  Mrs Emma Admonition Hall Parlby died at Manadon House on March 3rd 1894 and was buried at Saint Pancras Church on March 8th 1894.

Given that the Reverend Parlby, Lord of the Manor of Weston Peverel, held no posts in the Church of England from the 1840s onwards it is no surprise that he lived to reach the age of 95 years when, on a visit to his son-in-law, Mr W R Lyle JP, at Parke, Bovey Tracey, he passed quietly away on Sunday July 16th 1899.

The funeral was held at the Church of Saint Pancras, Pennycross, on Thursday July 20th 1899, the coffin being carried by tenants of the estates of Pennycross and Sampford Spiney.  The service was undertaken by the Vicar, the Reverend W E Waddington.