I have a""brickwall" with a William Cann born c1800. According to census returns he was born in Chulmleigh/Chumleigh, Devon. I have had no luck progressing beyond William. At some stage he ends up in Newton St Cyres married to Sally/Sarah.
On one 1851 (Cann mispelt as Coven) census return I find William's son Edwin aged 15 listed as a cousin in the family of William Cann (b1816) and Ann (b1817)- at Newton St Cyres!!! Other children. Roda 11 Fanny 9 William 3 Saumel 1 Frederick Moon 9 of Barnstaple (no relation stated)
I believe that William 1816 was most probably the son of Michael Cann and Sunsanna Lang married 1812 Newton St Cyres.
Michael Cann in turn was baptised 18 Nov 1785 North Molton to Samuel Cann and Margaret Jones married 1 Apil 1778- Landhey.
Samuel and Margaret have another son, aptly named, William baptised 3 June 1784, North Molton.
So where does William b1800 Chulmleigh fit in? How could Edwin be a "cousin" or is this another example of "cousin" being used very loosely?
Cann anyone help sort out this riddle? Not knowing these Devon villages/areas so well it's all the harder to judge what's likely and what isn't! Added to which "Cann" is a very popular name in Devon, and to a lesser extent in Cornwall.
As one brickwall falls another bugger puts one up!!!!!!!!!!!!