Just a quick update; I managed to squeeze a couple of hours cheeky babysitting out of my recently arrived In-Laws and paid a rewarding visit to the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. The BM parish registers confirm the suspected link - "my" Elizabeth was a sister of the Joseph and Richard Reed at Cubbytown (the offspring of Richard William Reed). Mary REED was also a daughter, and married Joseph May WARD, so as suspected their Maria (who was actually born in 1827) is THE Maria who then marries Elizabeth's son John Toms.
Lots of cousins and nieces and nephews getting intermarried in true Deb'n fashion!
Thanks to all for the steers,
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