Robert Parsons and Sarah his daughter

Robert Parsons was born in Newton St Cyres in 1786.

He married Sarah Luxton in Crediton in 1809 and they had three daughters in Crediton before he was convicted in Exeter on 12 January 1819 of stealing a quantity of gunpowder. He was sentenced to 7 years transportation but served just 4 years in HMS York, a prison hulk moored at Portsmouth.

He then returned to his family in Newton St Cyres where they had four more daughters and then two sons.

In 1831, he was committed by the magistrate John Quicke, Esq, charged with stealing in the parish of Newton St Cyres, a piece of oak timber, the property of Ambrose Holmes (a wheel wright). The warrant was dated 25th January.