I am waiting Robert Platt's will.
Jane and George Gill married Berry Pomery parish church, so had not converted at that time - if at all.
George Gill was a blacksmith so unlikely to be Robert Platt's payroll.
Jane was in Falmouth from at least 1828 when Joanna was only about 6, so Joanna would have been the follower.
Joanna was in Plymouth in 1851, gave birth to son in 1857, married in 1858 ( not to son's father), married again 1875 and died in 1892. All events Plymouth.
I can find no other family connection to Somerset or Gloucestershire.
I have two possible scenarios.
I can find nothing about the Axminster Mission but wonder it if supported peripatetic priests who provided services where there was no parish priest and Robert Platt found his way to West Devon where he came into contact with Jane. Totally speculative.
The other possibility is based on the fact the girls' parents migrated from Cornwall (St Agnes) circa 1800 and the girls went to join family in Falmouth, but as yet I have been unable to find any evidence to support that theory.
Interestingly Swindon Genral Rate Book for 1868 and 1869 list Rev Robert Platt as owner of properties in the town. Perhaps he was holding them for the Catholic Church.
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