The Fogwill, Fogwell, Vogwill, Vogwell Families of Devon

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This website has been designed to make available the research I have been doing about the above named families, and is concentrated mainly on their whereabouts within Devon itself, though there are records of them from the IGI (international Genealogical index) living in London, Wiltshire, and Cornwall way back in the 17th Century.  Branches of the family also travelled abroad (This may have been influenced by  the strong  maritime links!) and the name can be found today  in South Africa, Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South America.


There may well be mistakes and omissions, and for these I apologise.  Let me know and I will do my best to correct them.  This is also an ongoing project and will be updated regularly.  When checking the trees, please check the source references.  They will often give Will excerpts, and full census transcriptions – so should prove useful.   I would gratefully value any contributions to these pages.


Many, many thanks also to the many researchers who have been kind enough to contribute to these pages.  Hopefully it will go some way to helping us all to put some more of the pieces together in our search for our Fogwell/Vogwell ancestors.




Name Origins


General Background on surnames


Spelling Variants

Where were they in 1851?


Procat resources found 2002

Misc Records held at Devon Rec Office


Misc Records from


The name on the VRI (1998 Edition)


The following are extracted from Parish Records, and other sources as named, many of which are not available as yet on the IGI. For general details of records on the IGI click here

Ashburton/Berry Pomeroy/Bovey Tracey/Buckfastleigh/Brixham Heritage Database Records/Brixham St Mary Burials/

Buckland Monachorum/Chagford Burials/Churston/Cockington/Diptford/Germansweek/


Peter Tavy/Petrockstowe/Rattery/Sampford Spinney/Tamerton Foliot/Tavistock/

Torquay St Mary Church/Torquay 1911-12/Walkhampton


The Pirate Connection!


The links in the table below indicate records on IGI with batch numbers, but also give details from researchers working on these lines.


Cornwall Dorset Hampshire London Wiltshire Gloucestershire Northumberland Cumbria



The IGI (International Genealogical Index produced by the LDS church, searches are free from the following link) (click here)

A useful way to search is to go direct to the IGI on the resources list, and to type in a surname and Batch Number, which will then give all the people in the parish with that surname.  (Remember to use different spelling variants although the system does use ‘sounds like’ categories)

Parishes not on IGI

Deaths on the IGI

New info on IGI as of 2002

Information specific to the family line on the IGI

What can and can’t we learn from the IGI


*The Family Trees

*        Most up to date research of my own particular line, indicates that it ties into Wolborough and Newton Abbot, through the birth of John Fogwell in 1790 son of John Fogwell and Johanna Shepcote.


The Brixham/Rattery Branch

The Totnes/Berry Pomeroy Branch

The Wolborough and Newton Abbot Branch

The Slapton Branch


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Links to other Vogwell/Fogwell Researchers on the net


Jim Hartung Fogwell


Bill Horsham Fogwell


Donna Johnson Dorset Fogwell


Family Name Histories and Coats Of Arms - Fogwell)

Harry F Johnson







Fogwell/Vogwell’s found in other countries, and immigrant records (Go to Edit and type in Fogwell or Fogwill etc to find record in large documents)


Australia Coraki

1872 Post Office Directory

Newfoundland 1921 Census - St. John's West - from Patrick's St. West


St. John's City "F" - 1904 McAlpine Directory


1850 Census of Franklin County, IN

ISTG Vol 3 - Sloop Francis & Katherine

Barbados to

1716 Boston


Newfoundland 1921 Census - Millerton


Newfoundland Samuel Fogwell


ISTG Vol 3 - SS Bornu




Chase County Marriage Index





Kent County, Maryland Directory, 1878 Fogwell