Courtenay Crocker (1660-1740) of Lyneham, Devon
Further to my previous request on this forum ("Crockers of Lyneham, Devon"), I am grateful to have received a couple of responses, but none from anyone who can really help me to find an answer to my question.
I am researching the histories of Lyneham and of Membland, both of which estates passed from Courtenay Crocker on his death in 1740 to the Bulteel family, following the marriage of his only daughter Mary to James Bulteel.Courtenay Crocker inherited Lyneham, the Crocker family home for many generations, from his father, and Membland through his marriage to the heiress of Richard Hillersdon of Membland who died about 1695/97.
It has long been believed that the heiress Mary Crocker who married James Bulteel was born in 1695, the daughter of Courtenay Crocker (1660-1740) and his wife Catherine Hillersdon. At least, some say her mother was Catherine, following I think J.L.Vivian in his additions to the Visitations of Devon, though I can find no other record of this Catherine.The 1810 edition of Prince's Worthies only says "the co-heir of Richard Hillersden" [sic], leading some to say he married Bridget Hillersdon, who was the eldest daughter of Richard Hillersdon and Anne Nosworthy. As well as the Bulteel archive, this information can be found in a number of fairly well-known genealogies.
In the transcription of the Yealmpton parish register on the IGI, the baptismal entry for Mary Crocker on 17 Oct 1695 appears to list the parents as Courtenay Crocker and Mary, not Catherine or Bridget. [There was a Mary Hillersdon, bapt. 21 Nov 1671 in Holbeton, the younger sister of Bridget.]
In the parish register of Saint Thomas The Apostle, Exeter, there appears to be an entry for 16 Mar 1696 recording the marriage of Courtney Croker and Katherine Tucker. [Once again, I have only seen a transcription, though I know of no other Courtenay Crocker of that period.]
I have found references in original 18th-century documents (during his lifetime) to "Courtney Crocker and Catherine his wife", but these appear to post-date the above marriage to Katherine Tucker, and may explain why some have assumed his wife to have been a Catherine Hillersdon.
I am wondering whether Mary the mother of Mary Crocker may have died following the latter's birth in 1795, following which Courtenay married again.
Does anyone know of any other records or research which might confirm or clarify this?
Alternatively, does anyone know where the will of Courtenay Crocker was proved? I have been unable to track it down, nor that of Richard Hillersdon of Membland.