Descendants of Digory Isbell

My husband Nigel Dyer’s family come from Cornwall and can trace their ancestry back to Digory Isbell of Trewint, who accommodated John Wesley in his cottage when John was travelling to and from Cornwall. It goes like this: Digory Isbell had a daughter called Elizabeth, who married Thomas Jago. Their great-granddaughter, Emlyn Martha Jago, married Charles Barrett Dyer in 1893, and they became my husband’s great grandparents.

Charles Barrett Dyer (pictured) was the father of a large family, some of whom are shown here. He had been married before and his first wife had given birth to 15 children. With Emlyn he had another six. One of their children was Lewis Dyer (my husband’s grandfather), who lived in Perranwell between Truro and Falmouth, and was an active Local Preacher for more than 60 years. He died at the age of 102. One of his sons, Gordon, followed him as a Local Preacher. Another son, John (my husband’s father), was a Circuit Steward.

As I write, we are looking forward to the ordination next month of our daughter, Naomi Oates. She is a 6g granddaughter of Digory Isbell.


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  • My husband is descended from Digory Isbell, via his son John. His daughter Mary married Robert Puckey (born 1763 in Fowey) and it is a straight line via the male line to Elsie May Puckey,(1905-1994) my husband’s grandmother. Most of the Puckey males were Customs and Excise Officers

    By Sandra Barlow (29/03/2023)
  • It’s good to hear from you John. The cottage is an interesting place to visit.

    By Jenny Dyer (03/12/2022)
  • I am also descended from Digory Isbell by eight generations through his daughter Mary. My wife and I visited Wesley Cottage this summer (2022).

    By John Greenwood (24/11/2022)
  • Good to hear from you Jeremy. Do you know which of Digory’s children your great-grandmother descended from?

    By Jenny Dyer (05/11/2021)
  • I was intrigued to see this page. Digory Isbell is my 4th great-grandfather. He was the great grandfather of Charlotte Mitchell, my great-grandmother, who came to Australia with her husband, Henry Thomas Robjohns, and their family, in 1883. Henry Robjohns was a congregationalist minister from Tavistock, via Newcastle and Hull, who came to Australia as representative of the British and Foreign Bible Society. The name ‘Isbell’ is carried through our family. It was the middle name of one of my aunts.

    By Jeremy Ward (05/11/2021)
  • That is a phenominal story & so good for it to be continued with Naomi’s ordination. Every Blessing for that wonderful occasion.

    Thank you so much for sharing this photo & record.
    Really uplifting.

    Love from Christine & Peter

    By Peter SYSON (13/05/2021)

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