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"MEETH, near the confluence of the Torridge and Okement rivers, 3 miles N. by E. of Hatherleigh, is a scattered village and parish, containing 314 souls, and 2170 acres of land, in the manors of Meeth and Fryes Hele, the former of which belongs to R. Preston, Esq., and the latter to the Earl of Morley; but part of the soil belongs to the Acland, Mallett, Bowden, and Owen families. The Church (St. John,) is an ancient structure, with a tower, four bells, and a fine Saxon door-way. Among its monuments is a very handsome one, erected in 1818, in memory of the late Mrs. Lamb." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in Shebbear Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1653, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1597, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1597-1812 and Marriages 1600-1618, 1651-1811. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)
The Deanery of Torrington - An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashreigny, Beaford, Buckland Filleigh, Dolton, Dowland, Great Torrington, Huish, Iddesleigh, Langtree, Little Torrington, Meeth, Merton, Newton St. Petrock, Peters Marland, Petrockstowe, Roborough, Shebbear, Sheepwash, St. Giles in the Wood and Winkleigh. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2010) . [Ashreigny Bapt: 1813-1838, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Beaford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Buckland Filleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Dolton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Dowland Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1840, Bur: 1742-1837; Great Torrington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Huish Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Iddesleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Langtree Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Little Torrington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Meeth Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Merton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Newton St. Petrock Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Peters Marland Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Petrockstowe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Roborough Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Shebbear Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sheepwash Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; St Giles in the Wood Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Winkleigh Bapt: 1813-1853, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837.]
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Linda Garnett, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Bapt 1752-1986; Marr 1754-1968 Burials 1753-1812.)
Meardon, Maurice. The Descendants of Robert Meardon and Susanna Lake. Didcot: The Author (2003) 112p. [Maurice Meardon, 7 Tavistock Ave. Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8NA - email@example.com] [Devon FHS Library]
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Meeth from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Meeth, Devon. Typescript (1964) 7 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Meeth contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.
Meeth Apprentices Register - 1803-1840, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A295). [Foreword]
Apprentice Registers, Meeth 1803-40, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Listing date, name of apprentice, sex, age, parents' details, residence and details of master.] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).Find help, report problems, and contribute information.
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