I have not yet found my gg Grandfather John Bale's birth cert but through a letter detailed to me on this forum (sent in the 1920s) I have discovered the name of John Bale's parents.
They were Humphrey Bale b around 1782 and Betty Yard b around 1798.They were both married before and widowed.They married each other in 1843 in Buckland St Mary.
Humphrey was I think married previously to a Maria Yard (possibly a relation of Betty) in 1812 in West Hatch.Their children seem to have been William, Hannah and Maria.
Betty Yard first had a child out of wedlock named James Hooper Yard in 1821.She then married Saunder (Alexander) Hake in 1823 In Buckland.They had 5 children - Mary, Louisa, elizabeth, Matilda and Iset.Iset emigrated to US.(and through her descendents the letter mentioned above emerged, mentioning her half brother John Bale, gunner, royal artillery).
Saunder died in 1835.I think my gg grandfather was born in 1840.She then married his father Humphrey Beale in 1843.The name changes from Beale, Bale, Beal.Humphrey gives Staplefitzpaine as place of birth.Perhaps because John was born before the couple married he was not registered properly.
Humphreys father on his marriage cert is William Bale, farmer.
If anyone has come across this Bale family I would love to hear from you.