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John Karslake was the Exmoor Estate Carpenter from 1857 - 1875.

John Karslake, sometimes spelt as Kerslake, worked as Simonsbath Estate Carpenter from 1857 – 1875.  He was born in 1826 in North Molton - a parish which adjoins the former Royal Forest of Exmoor.  We don't know exactly where his was born and spent his early childhood but his parents, William  and Elizabeth Kerslake  lived in East Street, North Molton at the time of the 1841 Census).   They had married in North Molton in 1816  and had six other children although, sadly, at least four of these seem to have died at a very young age.