I believe that I may have found a candidate for the unborn child of Charles and Margery. I have not located a baptism record, but in the:
- 1841 Census there is a Richard Keagle, Blacksmith, aged 50, living at Buckland Monachorum
- 1851 Census there is a Richard Keagle, Blacksmith, aged 60, living at Buckland Monachorum, and recorded as being born at Buckland Monachorum
I have not found any Keagle baptisms in 1791 +/-1 year anywhere in Devon. After Charles' suicide I would expect a pregnant Margery to stay within the vicinity of Whitchurch (where she lived in 1791), Sampford Spiney (where she was baptised in 1754) and Buckland Monachorum (where she married in 1774).
I am confident that I have now found a second marriage for Margery.
- FindMyPast has indexed a marriage on 9 Jul 1797 at Meavy (4 miles from Buckland Monachorum, 6 miles from Whitchurch) for Margery Keagle and William Atwill
- FindMyPast has an image of Marriage Banns at Whitchurch on 1, 8 and 15 Jan 1797 for Mary(?) Keagle (of the parish) and William Atwell (of the parish of Meavy). From that image it appears that there is at least one other letter squeezed between the
- FindMyPast has an image for the marriage on 23 May 1806 at Meavy for Margery Keagle and John Sherrel. Margery is a spinster and a witness is William Atwill so this will be Margery and Charles' daughter Margery who was baptised 3 Apr 1785 at Whitchurch
- the 1841 Census has John (aged 66) and Margery (aged 56) Sherrill living at Plymouth St Andrew
- the 1851 Census has Margery Sherell, aged 69, living at Plymouth St Andrew, and says that she was born at Whitchurch, Devon.
I am not certain what this means for the discovery by @HarryVervet that "in 1798 there was a "Mrs. Keagle" in Whitchurch assessed for the Land Tax". Some of those records could relate to the newly re-married Margery Atwill who had not yet changed, or who had no need to change, her name on those records. However, I think it is likely that at least some of them belonged to Patience Keagle (nee Abel) who, as a Widow of Buckland Monachorum, left a Will in 1831. Patience (of Petertavy) married Abraham Keagle (of the Parish; who I think was a brother to Charles but I have not found his baptism) at Whitchurch on 17 Jul 1763 and was widowed when Abraham was buried on 5 Aug 1771 at Whitchurch.
I have found no evidence that Margery or any of her children became paupers, and so I can only assume that they were able to recover relatively quickly from what could easily have been desperate financial (let alone emotional) times for them. Margery and Charles named their second daughter (my 4th great grandmother) Patience when she was baptised at Whitchurch in 1777 so it seems likely that they were close to Charles' sister-in-law Patience.
I have not yet followed the advice of @HarryVervet and "examined the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. For Whitchurch, I would advise investigating reference 796/26, titled "Whitchurch Parish, Churchwardens' Accounts," but I plan to.
In 1798 William Atwill was paying land tax at Whitchurch, Sampford Spiney and Meavy, and after William died in 1834 the Will of William Atwill of Meavy was proven in 1835. When I see this Will, I would not be surprised to see some of Margery's children mentioned.
Between sister-in-law Patience Keagle and future husband William Atwill there seem to have been considerable financial reserves that may have been available to sustain Margery and her nine children who were aged 0-14 when Charles suicided.
Margery and her children were not mentioned in Patience Keagle's will but by then Margery had been married to William for 34 years and Patience had her own children and grandchildren.