Priscilla Scanes married Joseph Wills in 1872. She is NOT part of the ancestral family tree and this page arose out of pure interest in her.
When she married Joseph she was a widow with a son, Sidney.
Her maiden name was Priscilla Mudge and she married Robert Scanes Q2 1867 (ref Exeter 5b 188). Sidney Seymour Scanes was born Q3 1869 (ref St Thomas 5b 75).
Robert died, aged 46, Q2 1870 (ref St Thomas 5b 56)
In the 1871 census Priscilla (now 38 years old) was living with her parents John & Susanna Mudge at Bennah Mine, Christow with her son Sidney S. Also there was a younger sister Emma aged 11.
In 1861 Priscilla Mudger was the housemaid to an Edward Tyler (a retired Indian Civil Servant) at 71 Harley Street, London. The age (28) and birthplace ("near Exeter") tie up that this was the right person.
I have not found Priscilla in the 1851 census; in 1841 she was at home with her parents. John and Susannah Mudge had a large family and it appears that she was the eldest child, born in 1833. From the censuses her siblings were: John (b 1836), George (b 1839), Charles (b 1842), Joseph (b 1844), James (b 1845), Sarah A (b 1849), Salina B (b 1848) and Emma (b 1860).
John, her father, moved up in the world from an agricultural labourer in 1841; an engineer in 1851; to an engine driver in 1861 & 1871 (this was for a winding/pumping engine at the mine and both sons George & James were similarly occupied in 1861).
Both John and Susannah were from Christow (specifically Bennah) and all of the children were born there.
Robert Scanes, who Priscilla married in 1867 was himself a widower. Robert's first wife Sarah died Q3 1866 (ref Crediton 5b 287). Robert & Sarah had at least one child - Charles (b 1843). In 1851 Robert was an agricultural labourer in Newton St Cyres, in 1861 a lead-miner in Christow. Both Robert and Sarah were from Newton St Cyres.
Sidney Seymore Scanes
Married Fanny Davey on 27th April 1891 at Bridford.
In 1901 they were living in Kingsteignton, where he was a carter on a farm, with their three children:
Sidney Seymore - born Q4, 1894 (ref St Thomas 5b 71)
Harold - born Q3 1896 (ref St Thomas 5b 68)
Beatrice - born Q4 1898 (ref St Thomas 5b 71)
In 1911 they were still in Kingsteignton where he was a stationary engine driver at a clayworks
All three children (apparently born in Kenton) were at home.
The eldest son - Sidney - married Annie E Highmore in Q3 1922 (ref Newton Abbot 5b 318)
They had four children -
Joyce b. Q1 1922 (ref Newton Abbot 5b 171)
Harold S b. Q3 1929 (ref Newton Abbot 5b 169)
Roy H b. Q1 1935 (ref Newton Abbot 5b 147)
Reginald J b. Q2 1937 (ref Newton Abbot 5b 189)