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BEAWORTHY

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"BEAWORTHY, a village and parish among the hills, 8 miles S.W. of Hatherleigh, contains 405 inhabitants, and 6270 acres of land, mostly belonging to Sir Wm. Molesworth, and partly to J.M. Woolcombe, Esq., J. Smale, C. Brown, and a few smaller owners. The Church (St. Alban,) is a small antique structure, with a tower and three bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £6. 6s., and in 1831 at £146, is in the patronage of Sir Wm. Molesworth, and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Molesworth, M.A., of St. Breock, Cornwall. The Rectory House was rebuilt four years ago. The glebe is 80A. of poor land, and the tithes were commuted in 1843 for £105 per annum. The Bible Christians have a small chapel here; and the poor have the interest of £16. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Black Torrington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.

Church History

Williams, H. Fulford. The Rectors of Beaworthy. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 28 (1959-60) pp.116-119, 188-189.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1758 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1760-1812 - for details see their book list.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Beaworthy, 1602-1635. Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-Registers of Devon, 1596-1644, and short notes on the extant pre-reformation registers of all the parishes in the county, from particulars furnished by the several incumbents thereof. Vol. 1 A-Bra. Exeter: W. Pollard (1908). [Full text]
The Deanery of Okehampton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashbury, Beaworthy, Belstone, Bratton Clovelly, Broadwoodkelly, Exbourne, Germansweek, Hatherleigh, Highampton, Honeychurch, Inwardleigh, Jacobstowe,Monkokehampton, Northlew, Okehampton and Sampford Courtenay. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashbury Mar: 1755-1810; Beaworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1758-1837, Bur: 1760-1837; Belstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1837; Bratton Clovelly Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadwoodkelly Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1838; Exbourne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Germansweek Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Hatherleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1747-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Honeychurch Bapt: 1813-1842, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1842; Inwardleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1790-1837; Jacobstowe Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Monkokehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Northlew Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Independent Chapel Bur: 1829-1837; Sampford Courtenay Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]

Emigration and Immigration

Davey, F.A., Watts, S.G. Westward Look: Devon Pioneers and Pilgrims in the New World. Town & Country Press Ltd., 42 Rectory Lane, Bracknell, Berks. (1970) 56p. ["The Mavericks of Beaworthy" - pp.14-16]
Maverick, Samuel. A brief description of New England and the severall townes. {Reprint of a 1660 MS] Typescript (1928) 36p. [Westcountry Studies Library - s974/DEV/MAV]

Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

Genealogy

The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Thomas Peeke, who invites queries and lookup requests.

History

General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Beaworthy from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

Names, Personal

Beaworthy contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.

Schools

Shebbear College, Beaworthy web site.

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Last updated: 12 Jul 2015 - Brian Randell

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