Thomas Durston was born at Lympsham where he was baptised Dec 27, 1825. He married Martha Southery Green in 1855 and they took over operation of "South Hill Farm" near Bleadon. This farm is actually located about halfway between Bleadon and Lympsham and very near to the farm where he grew up which is addressed as Lympsham (Rhynemoor Farm). However the river Axe separates the two properties and thus the different addresses. He is the father of William Frederick, Catherine Anne, Tom Cary, John, Arthur, and Anthony. Thomas died January 21, 1900 and is buried with his wife in the Bleadon churchyard at the immediate rear of the church.
Thomas and Martha appear in the 1871 census with Catherine, Tom Cary, John, Arthur, Anthony, and domestic servant Mary Slade.
Their graves are near the rear wall of the Bleadon Church
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