I wonder if the Devon Record Office could supply a copy of the bastardy document to which you refer in case it holds any further information. They would make a charge, of course.
I note that Irving Shapley’s mother is shown as MARION RANDALL on his death cert. On the death cert of ELIZABETH SARAH MONTGOMERY, mother’s name is RANDAL (I do not think she is Mary Ann’s daughter, but that of Bertha Veale who married James in 1868, and emigrated to Canada with him and their 2 small daughters).
However, I can find no trace of Mary Ann on the 1851, 1861 or 1871 censuses, nor a baptism.
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