Hello Jeremy-dont know if this will reach you hope so! have only just seen your message on Genealogy.com abt reconstructing Oppys /Opies in Stithians! you are not alone I am doing it to!!
I started because i wanted to know what happened to the Oppys left behind when my line went to Bere ferrers Devon abt 1850 then i got hooked and now I have hundreds of them in fact more like thousands though obviously not all link to mine!!
I had lots of help recently from Edward Martin who wrote two books abvout the families of Stithians
I have just checked my database and I have 2070 individuals either Oppy/Opie spouses or related somehow to Oppys!!!!
If your John is John Kerslake Opie I have born 1823 baptised 16 3 1823 Moretonhampstead with five children -William John/Albert/Elizabeth Ann/Ernest/Harry born btwn 1872 and 1887 and of course there may be others that I dont have!
parents of John Kerslake Opie I have as William UPPY b 1791 bp 16 1 1791 Moretonhampstead and Grace (poss Kerslake but just an idea because of Johns middle name!) I believe there was also a child Robert but no dates confirmed.
I have a death /burial for Grace Uppy/Oppy of 1868 at St Andrews Moretonhampstead aged 85 which would give a birth of 1783 but nothing further than that I'm afraid except
1841 census has William Opie 50 farmer Grace 50 John 15 Robert 15 George Wills 11 at Willowray?? Farm
1851 has Grace Opie in Pound St widow 70 F labourers widow b Moretonhampstead with son John 26Lab b Moretonhampstead and Edwrad Barrett visitor aged 22 unmarried labourer b Exeter Ref HO/107/1871/31/18
1861 an address of Pound St Moretonhampstead for aGrace Uppy widow aged 78 ag labs widow lodging with George Kerslake widower 67 ag lab
1871 & 1881 John & Emma in Eagle Court Moretonhampstead.
I was staying just outside Moretonhampstaed in July 2003 but I hadnt become a family historian at that stage- what an opportuntiy I missed!!
you may already know but there is an excellent Moretonhampstead Historical Society with website highly recommended! feel free to contact me for more Opie chat!! and I would love to know who you have in Stithians so I can point out which ones are mine and give you moreinfo- if you want it!! I alsomay be able to put you in touch with another Opie researcherdescended from Opies in Moretonhampstead look forward to hearing from you- posting this message to the board as it bounced back from your personal E address kind regards Carole