I have been waiting for over a year for someone else to add a comment, but none have arrived.
I am researching the following names from Devonshire:
Fursland Furseland Furzland Furzeland
My family originated in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, on Dartmoor, before moving to Bickington, also in Devon, and thence to Modbury. The Furslands from Widecombe can trace their ancestry back to the 14th century, and several of them had the right to 'bear arms'. ie they had their own Coats of Arms. Unfortunately I am descended from the female line, but anyone related to the male line has a big chance of being able to 'Bear Arms'.
I suspect that my family from Widecombe spread out into the surrounding counties. Bickington was a centre for 'Serge Weaving' in the 17th & 18th centuries. The other main towns responsible for 'Serge Weaving' at this time were Modbury (already mentioned), and Wellington in Somerset. There are Fursland / Furseland / Furzland / Furzeland births, marriage and burials mentioned in all three of these places, and very few other places in the United Kingdom. My lot moved to Modbury in about 1730.
There are several familes connected quite closely to the Fursland 'clan'. The name Beer / Beare appears quite often. As does the name 'Lear'. There is a connection to the 'Calmady' family, and a connection to the Hawkins family, famous (or infamous?) in Devon history for Admiral Sir John Hawkins.
Please contact me (if you haven't already done so)