Thank you for this new information. My great grandmother was Ann Battershell (apparently sometimes she spelled itBattershill). I am informed by relatives that she was born 12 February 1855 in Devon. She married George Joseph Edmonds Shute (my greatgrandfather, also from the South Hams. He was born in Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge) on 3rd April 1873 in Totnes Registry. About the time ofher marriage she is said to have been living in North Huish (Lupridge).Ann died about 1931 in Cardiff, South Wales. I believe she was buried in Cathays cemetary (in Cardiff). She had thirteen children, a number of whom emigrated to Canada. A cousin of mine has seen her birth certificate. I believe her mother was also Battershell (or Battershill) and that that the certificate was signed with a cross meaning that Ann was illiterate (not unusual for the times). The 1881 Census has a Sarah Battershill living in Hazelwood House (now a cultural centre) as a servant. By this time Ann and her husband were living in South Wales. There may be a connection between Sarah and Ann however. There is a family memory of Hazelwood House and I think that Ann had probably also been in service there. It does not sound as if the Ann you mention is the same as my great grandmother but there may be a family connection. I do not know much more about the Battershell family. Once when I was looking through some old newspapers in Kingsbridge family history museum I came across a mention of a Battershell who had been arrested for poaching. I am glad to see that he for one had not capitulated to the robbers who stole this country from us. If I find out any more I will return to this site with more information.