The papers in this collection were deposited in the Record Office on 26 November 1979 (3197); 7 December 1979 (3197 -1) and 5 November 1980 (3197 -2). They were found in the Holland Street premises of the firm of Maldram and Jones, seedsmen of Barnstaple.
Administrative / biographical background:
John and Ann Pile emigrated from North Molton to South Western Wisconsin, North America, in 1851, shortly after their marriage.
Extracts from their letters (3197 Z/F 2-9) have been published in the Newsletter of the Methodist Historical Society of the Plymouth and Exeter District, 1981. A draft article, 'An English approach to the mining-farming frontier of South-Western Wisconsin', by B P Birch is available on request from Record Office staff. (Ref. 3197 correspondence file)
Charles Maldram, who features in 3197 Z/F 2-9 and 3197 -2, was a Wesleyan Methodist preacher for the South Molton and adjacent circuits and was the brother of Ann Pile.