On 1841 census he said Devon. On 1851 census he said Exmouth.
I have searched both Exmouth parishes and got heavily involved with a John Pine who had 2 sons John Pine and James Pine. But that was family of stone masons, John Pine jnr later becoming a publican in the town. However some of their sons were mariners and one or two even described as Master Mariner. My John Pine/Woods was a humble chap, a ferryman across the estuary. Local artists appear to have enjoyed drawing his house.
But where was he from!
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