"Tailor" Doney "Blacksmith" Doney

The earliest entry in the North Hill parish registers of anybody with this surname is dated 17th October 1743. The entry records the baptism of James Doney, the fourth child of John and Wilmot Doney. John's origin is uncertain but he may have come from Quethiock. He was a tailor, and as a journeyman, he took his skills to wherever there was work, but the family finally settled in North Hill. Wilmot was a South Petherwin girl which was where she married John in 1734. John died in 1766 and Wilmot died in 1789; both are buried in St Torney's churchyard.

Their four children were:

  • William Doney (baptised in 1735 in South Petherwin) took on his father's trade of tailoring; he married Elizabeth Souther
  • John Doney (baptised in 1737 in St Cleer) became a blacksmith; he married Elizabeth Dawe
  • Peter Doney (born in 1739 in St Neot) moved to St Stephen's by Saltash
  • James Doney (baptised in 1743 in North Hill) moved to Lewannick

The ancestry of Doney family members featured on the these pages.


The images at the top of the page show (L-R): John Doney (1843-1923); Elias Doney; Prince Charles at Botternell Farm talking to James Doney who is with his son, Andrew.