"SHEBBEAR, the village which gives name to this hundred is on the northern acclivity of the Torridge valley, 7½ miles W.N.W. of Hatherleigh, and has in its parish 1160 souls, and 5826 acres of land, including many scattered farms, and the hamlet of Cott. Lord Clinton is lord of the manor, but most of the soil belongs to the Rev. T.H. Kingdon, and the Hearn, Hayset, Reed, Walter, Stevens, Coham, and other families. The Church (St Lawrence,) is a small structure, with a tower and five bells, and was appropriated to Tor Abbey. ... The Baptists, Wesleyans, and Bible Christians have chapels here, and there is a National School in the parish." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in Shebbear Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Bourne, Frederick William. The centenary life of James Thorne of Shebbear. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. (1895) 179p: ill, ports. [Available on CD from Devon FHS
Dymond, G.P. Thomas Ruddle of Shebbear: a North Devon Arnold. London: Henry Hooks (1913)
Guthrig, Sylvia C. Women in history, Devon Family Historian, vol. 150, (2014) pp.19-22. [Includes accounts of Matilda Claper of Shebbear and Margaret Squire of Plymouth]
Ruddle, Thomas. Samuel Thomas Thorne minister of the gospel...and missionary to Yun-Nan in Southwestern China. London: Bible Christian Mission. (1893) , 131p: ill.
Shorney, David. James Thorne and the Bible Christians, Devon Family Historian, no. 100, (Nov 2001) pp.12-16.
Thorne, J. James Thorne of Shebbear: a memoir compiled...by his son. London: Bible Christians Book (1873) 312p: ill.
Thorne, J. James Thorne of Shebbear: a memoir compiled...by his son. Appledore: Michael Wickes  7p.: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px920/THO]
James Thorne, 21 Septemer 1795 - 28 January 1872, Devon Family Historian, vol. 99, (2001) pp.21-23. [A detailed chronology of the life of the prominent Bible Christian preacher]
Wickes, Michael. Man of Shebbear. Typescript (1988) 125p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx920/THO] [James Thorne]
Listing of surnames on gravestones (archived copy) in St. Michael and All Angel's churchyard.
Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]
Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon EX39 5LN. [Covers 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]Transcription of the 1871 Census entries for Shebbear Christian School, by Betsy Rubel.
Shebbear - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
The Bible Christian Project is collecting information on the founders of this movement and their descendants.The Bible Christians of Shebbear in North Devonshire by John Ritchings. (Includes a detailed listing of Bible Christian Chapels in Devon, and a Burial Register Lake Chapel, Shebbear, for 1821-1890.)
Parish Registers going back to 1576 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1576, and of the Bishop's 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): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Transcription of Shebbear Bible Christian Baptisms 1818-37 by Elizabeth Howard.
Wickes, Michael J.L. (transcr.). Shebbear Bible Christian Circuit: baptisms register 1818-1845, Appledore, M.J.L. Wickes (1991) 66 pp. [Barnstaple Library 929.32875/BT/WIC]
Register Book of the Baptisms in Shebbear Circuit, The Arminian Bible Christians. [RG/4/339] [Covers 29 March 1818 to 10 Sep 1837]
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.]
Register of Freeholders - Shebbear, Sherwill And Southmolton c1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D133). [Foreword]
Shebbear and Buckland Filleigh community website.
Photographs and various information items are provided in Dick Bolt's Devon England Supplement page (archived copy).
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 Jane Taylor , who invites queries and lookup requests.
Bowman, Roger. The Larkworthys of Shebbear. [DFHS Library 929.2/LAR]
Some notes on Devonshire families allied to Harington of Worden in Shebbear, viz Yeo of Heanton and Shebbear, Gay (probably the poets kindred), Somers of North Tawton, Brent of Newton St. Petrock and Shebbear, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica N. S., 3, 1880, pp. 364-8. [Raymond: Includes 17-19th c. extracts from PRs.]
Pedigree of Harington, Co. Cornwall, and of Worden in Shebbear, Co. Devon, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica. N.S, 3, 1880, pp. 333-6. [17-18th c.]
The Haringtons of North Devon, descending from those of Somerset, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica (New Series), 3, 1880, 333 & 346-8. [Raymond: 16-17th c., includes pedigree, entries from the parish register of Shebbear, monumental inscriptions and parish register extracts relating to the Rous family of Landrake, Cornwall.]
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Shebbear from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Ackland, Ron. Shebbear 2000: A Millenium Celebration, (2000). [DFHS 942.3 5/SHE]
Oliver, B.W. Some Notes on Shebbear and Durpley Castle. Trans. Dev. Assoc. 80 (1948) pp. 159-166, 3p. of plates, ill, map.
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Shebbear, Devon. Typescript (1964) 8 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Reichel, Oswald J. The hundred of Shebbear in early times. Trans. Devonshire Association (1938) pp.533-584.
Shebbear contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.
Transcript of the will of Amos Parsons (1850), provided by Sheila Howard.
Transcript of the will of William Hockin (1779), provided by Ros Dunning.
Will of James Paige (1813), transcribed by Roy Drew.
Brown, David R. Shebbear Village School 1877-1977: The first one hundred years. Bideford: Poly Press (1977). [Raymond: Includes full lists of staff, pupils and managers, etc.]
Fairchild, Tony (ed.). A School apart: a history of Shebbear College. Shebbear, Devon: Old Shebbearians Association,1987, xv, 219 pp. ill., ports. ; 26 cm. ISBN: 0951193406. [Raymond: Includes various lists of names.]
Hutchinson, Victor W. A Village School Chronicle 1879-1979. Sticklepath: Sticklepath School Fund (1979). [Raymond: Many names, including some biographical notes.]
Pyke, Richard. The story of Shebbear College. Exeter: W.Chudley & Son (1953) 100p, plates: ill, ports.Find help, report problems, and contribute information.
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