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Very useful site. Amazed to find pictures of my Ag Lab. great great grandfather, William Swain (1848-1938) on the Manor Farm section. Mark Swain (my great uncle) and his wife (Annie Hutchings) also pictured.
I'd be interested to know who had the photos - were they taken by the Farmer?
Are there any Swain relatives out there too?

From: Christine Howard    Date: 19 Nov 2022 14:11

I have been researching the Gummer family for well over 30 years and other family names include the Swains, Ponds, Males, Hutchings and Rowswells. The Gummer family have been traced back to the mid 17th century in the South Somerset area but if anyone has any information on any of these family names, any research info would be appreciated.
Many thanks,
Chris Gummer
PS This is a very informative website. Thank you for this opportunity.

From: Chris Gummer    Date: 20 May 2022 13:22

I am descended from the Swains - William Swain (1848-1948) was my great great grandfather and his son, Hugh was my great grandfather. whilst Mark Swain and Annie Hutchings who are in the photo on the website were my great uncle and aunt. I have also traced links to the Gummers. I am on Ancestry and my tree is public. Are you on it too?

From: Christine Howard    Date: 19 Nov 2022 14:00

My name was originally Heather Vickery, my ancesters lived in Seavington St Mary, Seavington St Michael, Lopen and other surrounding villages. I noticed in the Vickery section of this website that there is a possible strong link that we could be related.I have done alot of family research concerning the Vickery family tree and other families connected into our tree eg Bonning, Stuckey, Harris, Napper,etc

From: Heather Painter    Date: 08 Apr 2021 15:07


Yes, I'd be interested in exchanging research details.


From: Mark    Date: 02 May 2021 01:19

P.S. Email address is mountainoaf [at] tutamail [dot] com.

From: Mark    Date: 19 May 2021 20:24

Hello from New Zealand.

I've become interested in my family tree and have found a large number of Harrises that were living in and around Seavington in the 1800s - a larg enumber were baptised in St Mary's church. My great-grandfather was Giles Harris who was born in Seavington circa 1875 (and is buried in St Michael's churchyard in Shepton Beauchamp).

I would be interested if anyone has any further information about any Harrises from the area.

Best wishes,


From: Mark    Date: 22 Dec 2020 00:12

I own a Massey Ferguson 65 tractor, that was owned by Herbert Madge, Whitelackington Farm. I’m keen to trace any relatives or people locally that may have any more details or pictures. We bought the tractor in 1964 and farmed at Blackawton Nr Dartmouth

From: Jonathan Hunt    Date: 01 May 2020 13:07

My great grandfather was James Ash 1853-1918.
He emigrated to Australia with his family in 1881.
He was born in Seavington St Michael.
My tree is on Ancestry.
I am keen to make contact with current members of the Ash family.

From: Martin Gannoni    Date: 07 Feb 2020 04:55

Record is incorrect. Surname is Hillard not Millard
Seavington St Michael Baptism
Birth / baptism details.
Number: 597
Birth Date:
Baptism Date: 23 Sep 1881
First Name: Minnie Cary
Sex: f
Father: John Cary
Mother: Anne Jane
Father’s Surname: MILLARD
Mother’s Surname:
Father’s Occupation: yeoman

From: Lorraine Hodges-Chant    Date: 27 Nov 2018 17:48

Is there anyway of identifying a grave at St Marys church where the inscription has been worn away.The grave obviously belongs to a child because of the size.

From: Andrew Gillard    Date: 27 Mar 2017 12:05

I was looking at the photographs of the bell ringers for 1970 at St Marys church and the person between Pete Ash and Edgar is Harry Drayton not Michael Ash.

From: Andrew Gillard    Date: 27 Mar 2017 11:58

I have been researching various lines of my families history and have recently discovered the POOLE and ENGLAND lines.  Robert Poole (1770 - 1849) being my 4th great grandfather.  Also following CHAMEN line (Richard TEWKESBURY CHAMEN)

From: Karyl Harcus-Brettenny    Date: 25 Aug 2015 10:37

My grandmother Mary Florence Peet was brought up by her grandmother, Sara Harding widow of Thomas, at Middlefield farm in 1880/90s - how exciting to find the photo of the house as it would have been in her time. if anyone has any other links to the family would love to hear thank you
Janett Thornalley Lincs.

From: Janett Thornalley    Date: 01 Mar 2014 16:35

Middlefield Farm
I believe the photo you see dates from about 1896. The people in the picture were Francis and Harriet Warry, my newly married grandparents.

From: Gordon Denman    Date: 01 Nov 2015 22:11

Hi I was looking through the pictures of Seavington West Street Farm. Which
show Jack Jeffery with his shepherd, the shepherd was my father Fred Gale,
we have some of the pictures but not all, I do have the winning rozettes from
that time.
It is great to see the pictures reach a greater audience.
Thank you.
Tony Gale

From: Tony Gale    Date: 17 Nov 2013 16:19