John Liffiton, 1782 - 1852

First child of Richard and Mary Liffiton of Littleham at Exmouth, Devonshire, England. Tailor and woolen draper in Exmouth. Married Ann Huntley. John, Ann, and their son Thomas Huntley Liffiton are the ancestors of all Liffitons born in New Zealand.


1782 From Littleham Parish Register: 27 Oct 1782 John son of Richard and Mary Liffiton was baptised.

1808 From Littleham Parish Register: 26 Mar 1808 John Liffiton bachelor of Littleham married Ann Huntley spinster of Littleham.

1810From Exmouth Ebenezer Chapel register: Maria Huntley Liffiton baptised.

1813From Exmouth Ebenezer Chapel register: Caroline Liffiton baptised.

1816From Exmouth Ebenezer Chapel register: Mary Ann Parse Liffiton baptised.

1817From Exmouth Ebenezer Chapel register: Ellen Huntley Liffiton baptised.

1819From Exmouth Ebenezer Chapel register: Thomas Huntley Liffiton baptised.

1820 From a newspaper Trewman’s Exeter Flying-Post Thursday, June 1, 1820 J. Liffiton TAYLOR and HABIT-MAKER Returns his sincere thanks to the Inhabitants of Exmouth, and his Friends in general for the very liberal support he has met with for the last Ten Years, and hopes, by strict attention to Business, to merit a continuance of their favours. J.L. also begs leave to observe, he is just returned from London, where he has acquired a knowledge of the NEWEST FASHIONS in some of the first Houses in the Trade.

1825 From Exmouth Ebenezer Chapel register: Ann Huntly baptised.

1830 Daughter Maria Huntley Liffiton married Arthur Parkter (place unknown)

1841 From Census, Devon (6 Jun)

  • Parish and address: Littleham, Sheppards Walk
  • John Liffiton, age 58, tailor, yes (born in country)
  • Ann Liffiton, age 57, yes
  • Thomas Liffiton, age 22, taylor, yes
  • Mary Ann Liffiton, age 25, yes

1844 From a newspaper, The Flying-Post: (Exeter, England) Wednesday, May 15, 1844. Died May 12, at Exmouth, Ann, daughter of Mr. John Liffiton.

1846 From a newspaper, London Gazette: 1 May 1846 page 1596 (30 of 56), NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership lately subsisting between us the undersigned, Arthur Parker, John Liffiton, James Dane Nicks, Horatio Reeves, and Joseph Nolloth, carrying on the trade or business of Coal Merchants, at Exmouth, in the county of Devon, is this day dissolved by mutual consent: As witness our hands this 24th day of April, in the year of our Lord, 1846. Arthur Parker. John Liffiton. James D. Nicks. Horatio Reevers. Joseph Nolloth.

1850 From a May 1850 Notice of a bazaar to be held at Ebenezer Independent Chapel, Exmouth to raise money for a school for children of all denominations. Committee members:

  • Mrs. Liffiton, Ormond Place
  • Miss Liffiton, Ormond Place
  • Mrs. T Liffiton, Sheppard’s Walk
  • Miss Mercy Liffiton, Littleham
  • Mrs. Parker, Parker’s Place
  • Miss Ellen Parker, Parker’s Place
  • Mrs. Nolloth, Bicton Place
  • Source: Peg Vause email of February 2, 2002

1851 From a newspaper, Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post (Exeter, England), Thursday, March 11, 1852; issue 4498: Exmouth.-The inspectors of Police at their meeting a few days since, decided that Mr. Liffiton’s tender for the police clothing should be accepted.

1851 From Census, Devon (30 Mar)

  • Parish and address: Withcombe Raleigh, 2 Ormond Terrace
  • John Liffiton, head, married, age 68, retired tailor and draper, Littleham, Devon (where born)
  • Ann Liffiton, wife, married, age 67, Littleham, Devon
  • Mary Ann P. Liffiton, daughter, unmarried, age 36

1852 From the Index to deaths registered at the General Register Office, London: March quarter John Liffiton District of St. Thomas, Volume/Page 5B/38

1852 From the Littleham Parish Register: 15 Mar 1852 John Liffiton of Withycombe Raleigh was buried age 69 years

See also Liffitons of Littleham.

Revised 10/6/2010