The ancestral home of the DYMENT family, is an area of Devonshire lying between the rivers Torridge and Taw. The small village called Beaford is the principal centre for family members, although others have been found in the neighbouring villages of Dolton, St Giles in the Wood, Roborough and Ashreigny (Ring Ash)
In 1878 the population of Beaford was reported as “619 (282 males and 387 females) living in 125 houses on 3203 acres” [White’s Devonshire Directory]
The 2001 census by contrast showed the village had a total population of 393.
The 1878 directory mentioned above, names Rev C.W. FURSE as Lord of the manor. Our FURSE ancestors are from St Giles in the Wood and we have not found a connection with him. Also mentioned is Thomas W SNELL Esq of Uppcott Farm. This was the heir of the apprentice master of Robert DIMONT and John DYMENT.
The last of our ancestors to live in Beaford was William DYMENT  born 1811. He moved to Abbotsham after his first wife died and he married Sarah Bale. The third of their seven children Joseph came to South Wales between 1861 and 1871.