Fanny Barfoot Metters1,2

(between September 1847 and December 1847 - 14 February 1947)
MotherAnn Matters3,4 (Nov 1824 - bet. Sep 1887 - Dec 1887)
Relationship2nd cousin 3 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Fanny Barfoot was born bet. Sep 1847 - Dec 1847 Devonport, Dist of Stoke Damerel, DEV, ENG, not as Frances/Fanny MATTERS or METTERS 1847-9. Poss the Fanny BARFOOT reg. Stoke Damerel Dec qtr 1847 IX/619?1,2,5
     Fanny Barfoot Metters was born cir. 1849 Devonport, DEV, ENG.6
     Fanny Barfoot Metters married George Burdick, son of George Burdick and Grace Burdick, on 28 Dec 1871 Holy Trinity Ch, Bere Alston, Par. of Bere Ferrers, DEV, ENG, Dec qtr as George BURDICK and Fanny BORROWMAN 5b/661; Cert. shows George as 26 shipwright, resid St Lukes, Milwall, Poplar LND. s/o George BURDICK (dec'd), shipwright; Fanny as BORROWMAN nee MATTERS spinster (no occ.), 24, resid. Wollacombe, Bere Alston, Bere Ferrers, d/o ___ both signed, Fanny as Fanny Borrowman ne Matters; Wit: George Henry Lake C..., Mary Eliza Channon.4,6,7,8
     Fanny Burdick died on 14 Feb 1947 Sherwell, Henty Ave, Dawlish, DEV, ENG; Notice reads: Burdick: On Feb. 14, 1947, at Sherwell, Henty Avenue, Dawlish , Fanny, widwo fo George BURDICK, of Ilford, in her 100th year.9,10,11,12
     Are Fanny Barford MATTERS, the granddaughter of Richard and Elizabeth MATTERS living with them in tne 1851 census, and the Fanny BARFOOT registered as born 1847 Qtr 4 in Devonport one and the same person?
The 1851 census (ancestry) only shows two results if searched for Fanny BARFOOT, exact and sounds like.
One being the above granddaughter, the other a Fanny BARFOOT born Winchester - who appears to have died in 1871.13

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     The census of 1851 showed Sampson and Fanny in the household of her grdparents Richard and Elizabeth Metters Woolacombe Farm, Par. of Bere Ferrers, DEV, ENG, enumerated as METTERS: Richard farmer of 80 acres b. Beerferris, employ 1 lab, Elizabeth, wife, 55 b. Tavistock. Children (all b Beerferris): Richard 22, unm, no occupation stated; Mary CHANNON, mar, 27, dressmaker; Ann BORROWMAN, marr, 25, no occup; John METTERS, 22; William METTERS, 16. Grdson: Sampson C METTERS, 10, b Beerferris; Grddtr: Fanny Barford METTERS, 3, b Devonport, DEV.2,14 Fanny Barfoot Metters appeared on the census of 1861 Woolacombe Farm, Par. of Bere Ferrers, DEV, in the household of Richard Matters and Elizabeth Norrish as granddaughter of Richard.15
     Fanny Barfoot Metters appeared on the census of 1881 1 Tamar Cottages, Poplar, London, MDX, ENG, with George Burdick, enumerated as George BURDICK, 35, fireman shipwright, b Northam, DEV, wife Fanny, 32, b Devonport, DEV. Children: George, 8; Beatrice, 6 (both scholars); Maggie, 2 all b London, MDX. Gen. Serv. Emma DAY, 16, b London.6
     Fanny Barfoot Metters appeared on the census of 1891 98 East Ferry Rd, Poplar, LND, ENG, with George Burdick, enumerated as BURDICK: George head 46 shipwright manager b Nth Devon; wife Fanny 44 b Sth Devon; Children (all b Poplar): Arthur G 18 apprentice engineer; Stanley 9 scholar; Follie 7; John H 4; Servant Esther CARR 18 b Poplar.11
     Fanny Barfoot Metters appeared on the census of 1901 25 Mansfield Rd, Ilford, ESS, ENG, with George Burdick, enumerated as BURDICK: George head 55 shipwright's manager b Northam, Devon; wife Fanny 53 b Bedfriern Devon; Children (all b Poplar): Florence 17; Dorothy 9; Servant Minnie CHOPPING 21 b Stebbing, ESS.12
     Fanny Barfoot Metters appeared on the census of 1911 Mansfield Rd (25), Ilford, ESS, ENG, with George Burdick, enumerated as BURDICK: George 65 ship repairer employee, b. Northam, N DEV; wife Fanny 63 b. Beeralston, DEV, marr. 29 yrs 8 children, 7 living; Son: Stanley J 29 electric engineer unm b. LND; Grdson: Stanley George 12 school b. LND; Servant Minnie CHOPPING 31 unm, b. Stebbing, ESS.10


     Fanny Barfoot Metters was also known as Fanny Borrowman.4 As of Dec 1847, Fanny Barfoot Metters was also known as Fanny Barfoot.5 As of 1851, Fanny Barfoot Metters was also known as Fanny Barford Metters.14

All the other info

     Fanny outlived her husband George Burdick who died bet. 1911 - 1947.10,11,12,9 In Nov 2015 a descendant wrote (to Lorna) I can remember being taken to see her on her 100th birthday when I was six. Sir Percy Greenaway was Lord Mayor of London at one stage. My father had memories of being allowed to ride in the Lord Mayors Coach when he was a child....16


George Burdick (cir. 1846 - bet. 1911 - 1947)
  • Arthur George Burdick6 (bet. Jan 1873 - Mar 1873 - aft. 1911)
  • Beatrice Ellen Burdick6 (bet. Sep 1874 - Dec 1874 - aft. 1934)
  • Margaret E Burdick6 (cir. 1879 - aft. 1901)
  • Stanley Burdick11 (cir. 1882 - aft. 1911)
  • Florence Louise Burdick11 (bet. Sep 1883 - Dec 1883 - aft. 1901)
  • John H Burdick11 (cir. 1887 - aft. 1901)
  • Dorothy May Burdick12 (bet. Sep 1891 - Dec 1891 - aft. 1901)
Last Edited16 Apr 2019


  1. Census: DEV 1851, HO/107/1883 Folio 80 p 21 FHL Film 0221032.
  2. Peter & Jill BILLING (24911), "METTERS, Devon: ex P & J BILLING," e-mail to L HENDERSON (1), rcvd Feb 2000.
  3. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Nov 2006.
  4. Alan BORROWMAN (20090), "EM METTERS/BORROWMAN ex Alan B," e-mail to L McIntosh (1), Jan 2002.
  5. online at, Birth 1847 Fanny BARFOOT, reg. Stoke Damerel Dec qtr IX/619, England & Wales Birth Index 1837 - 1973, extracted Nov 2006.
  6. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 1341114 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0512 Folio 15 Page 24.
  7. Www FreeBMD ENG online at, BURDICK marriages, extracted Mar 2005.
  8. Findmypast online at, Marr. 28 Dec 1871 George s/o George BURDICK; Fanny BORROWMAN ne MATTERS d/o ___ , Holy Trinity Ch, (Bere Alston) Par. of Bere Ferrers, DEV, from Devon Marriages Image, copy d/loaded Nov 2015.
  9. Andrews, Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976 online at, Dth 14 Feb 1947 Fanny BURDICK, Dawlish, (DEV), "widow of George BURDICK of Ilford", extracted Nov 2015.
  10. 1911 Census images, ENG, ,, Ilford, ESS; RG14; Piece: 9851; Schedule Number: 44 hsehold of George & Fanny BURDICK, extracted Oct 2015.
  11. 1891 Census, Various, Ancestry: Poplar, LND, Dist 34 RG12/336 Folio ? Page 20 Schedule #135, extracted Mar 2005.
  12. 1901 Census, ENG, Ancestry: Ilford, ESS RG13/1649 Dist 11 Folio ? Page 14 Schedule #90, extracted Mar 2005.
  13. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Nov 2015.
  14. Census: DEV 1851, Beerferris, Dist of Tavistock, HO/107/1883 Folio 80 p 21 FHL Film 0221032, hsehold of Richard & Elizabeth METTERS, extracted Feb 2000.
  15. FreeCensus, UK online at, 1861 DEVON: RG9/1457 Buckland Monachorum Par. of Beer Ferris, EnumDist 3c, Folio 53 Page 5 schedule #21, extracted Nov 2004.
  16. Betty BROWN, "Corres. re METTERS/BORROWMAN DACK," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd Nov 2015.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.