I came upon your postings regarding Robert Jakeman while doing some searches on Lassington. I'm interested in the local history of Lassington, and since the Jakeman's were residents of Lassington for much of the 19th Century, I'd like to find out a bit more about them if I can.
I know they lived at (Lassington) Court Farm during that time. I have a web site - www.4front.cwc.net, and a particular page which has a photo of the house in which the Jakeman's must have lived - www.4front.cwc.net/Highnam/HighnamphotoA2a.html.
The house was built around 1816, and is apparently little changed on the outside since then.
I have a description of the inside of the house (circa 1920); "brick built with slate or tile roof and contains a hall with stone floor, dining room 18foot x 16 foot, drawing room 16foot x 16 foot, kitchen, dairy, back kitchen with 2 furnaces and pump and good underground cellar, partly arched, on the first floor, to which there is an oak staircase, four bedrooms, dressing room and landing; on the second floor, four good attics and box room. In front of the house is a garden with a lawn and there is a very good kitchen garden."
I know that Edward Jakeman (born around 1801) and wife Elizabeth (born around 1811) were living there in 1841, but I don't know for how many years prior to that. They were tenants of the Guise family, who owned the whole Lassington Estate. They had at least 4 sons - Joseph, the first son, and Robert, the third son.
I haven't seen the 1851 census, but I think a Joseph Jakeman (born c. 1803 in Highleadon) was the tenant of Court farm by 1850. He was married to Julia (born c. 1816 in Ashchurch, Glos). Their daughter Julia was born in Lassington around 1850. Was this Joseph the brother of Edward? Edward and Elizabeth's son Joseph would only have been 17 then and presumably too young to run the farm.
By 1870, Robert Jakeman was tenant of Court Farm, and he remained so until around 1890. What ever happened to his older brothers - Joseph and John?
Around 1890, a Martin Crump took over tenancy of Court Farm. What happened to the Jakeman's at that time?
If anyone can help with additional information on the family and their life in Lassington, I'd be very grateful.