"SOURTON, a small village, on the north-western verge of Dartmoor, near the sources of the river Lew, five miles S.W. of Okehampton, has in its parish 732 souls, and 5018A. of land, including a large portion of open moorland, and the small hamlets of Collaton, Lake, Southerleigh, and many scattered houses. J.G. Newton, S.C. Hamlyn. and J.M. Woolcombe, Esqrs., are lords of the manor, and owners of most of the soil, and the rest belongs to the Rev. J. Woolcombe John Gill, John Ball, and a few smaller owners. The Church (St. Thomas a Beckett,) is a small antique structure, with a tower and five fine toned bells, but the chancel was rebuilt in 1848, and has two stained glass windows. The curacy is annexed to Bridestowe rectory, and the tithes were commuted in 1846, for £258 per annum." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in Lifton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.
Brown, Mike. Sourton (Pre-1950 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 9. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837 - for details see their book list.
Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).
The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]
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 Neil Stanton, who invites queries and lookup requests.
Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Sourton from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the parish of Sourton, Devon. Typescript carbon copy (1963) 5p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SOU/0001/WIL]
Alcock, N.W. Sourton - Farms and Fields in an East Devon Parish, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 107, (1975) pp.93-172.
Brown, Mike. Sourton. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 7". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.
Wills of Richard Ball (1830) and Charles Ball (1839), transcribed by Roy Drew.Find help, report problems, and contribute information.
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