Devon Family History Guide

Devon is bounded, North by the Irish Sea, East by Somerset and Dorsetshire, South by the English Channel, and West by Cornwall. It is 73 miles long, and 63 broad. It is divided into 31 Hundreds : — Axminster, Bampton, Black-Torrington, Braunton, Budleigh, Cliston, Coleridge, Collyton, Crediton, Ermington, Eiminster, Fremington, Halburton, Hartland, Hayririge, Haytor, Hemiock, Lyfton, South-Molton, St. Mary- Ottery, Plympton, Roborough, Shebbear, Sherwill, Stanborougb, Tavistock, Tawton and Winckley, Teignbridge, Tiverton, Witheridge, and Wonford. Rivers, — the Tamar, the Exe, the Taw, the Lad, the Oke, the Teem, the Torridge, and the Dart. It has 1 City, and 34 Market-Towns. It is in the Province of Canterbury, in the Diocese or Exeter, and in the Western Circuit. It contains 2579 square miles, or 1,650,560 acres, and 465 parishes. Population, 533,460.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

Parishes in Devon


Abbots Bickington, Devon

Abbotsham, Devon

Abbotskerswell, Devon

Alphington, Devon

Alverdiscott, Devon

Alwington, Devon

Appledore, Devon

Arlington, Devon

Ashburton, Devon

Ashbury, Devon

Ashcombe, Devon

Ashford, Devon

Ashprington, Devon

Ashreigney, Devon

Ashton, Devon

Ashwater, Devon

Atherington, Devon

Aveton Gifford, Devon

Awliscombe, Devon

Axminster, Devon

Axmouth, Devon

Aylesbeare, Devon


Bampton, Devon

Barnstaple, Devon

Barnstaple Holy Trinity, Devon

Barnstaple St Mary Magdalene, Devon

Beaford, Devon

Beaworthy, Devon

Beer, Devon

Belstone, Devon

Bere Ferrers with Bere Alston, Devon

Berry Pomeroy, Devon

Berrynarbor, Devon

Bickington, Devon

Bickleigh (near Tiverton), Devon

Bickleigh (near Plymouth), Devon

Bicton, Devon

Bideford, Devon

Bigbury, Devon

Bishop’s Tawton, Devon

Bishops Nympton, Devon

Bishopsteignton, Devon

Bittadon, Devon

Black Torrington, Devon

Blackawton, Devon

Blackborough, Devon

Bondleigh, Devon

Bovey Tracey, Devon

Bow, Devon

Boyton, Devon

Bradford, Devon

Bradninch, Devon

Bradstone, Devon

Bradworthy, Devon

Brampford Speke, Devon

Branscombe, Devon

Bratton Clovelly, Devon

Bratton Fleming, Devon

Braunton, Devon

Brendon, Devon

Brent Tor, Devon

Bridestowe, Devon

Bridford, Devon

Bridgerule, Devon

Brixham, Devon

Brixton, Devon

Broad Clyst, Devon

Broadhembury, Devon

Broadhempston, Devon

Broadwoodkelly, Devon

Broadwoodwidger, Devon

Brushford, Devon

Buckerell, Devon

Buckfastleigh, Devon

Buckland Brewer, Devon

Buckland Filleigh, Devon

Buckland Monachorum, Devon

Buckland Tout Saints, Devon

Buckland in the Moor, Devon

Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Bulkworthy, Devon

Burlescombe, Devon

Burrington, Devon

Butterleigh, Devon


Cadbury, Devon

Cadeleigh, Devon

Calverleigh, Devon

Chagford, Devon

Challcombe, Devon

Chardstock All Saints, Devon

Charles, Devon

Charleton, Devon

Chawleigh, Devon

Cheldon, Devon

Chelson Meadow, Devon

Cheriton Bishop, Devon

Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon

Chittlehamholt, Devon

Chittlehampton, Devon

Chivelstone, Devon

Christow, Devon

Chudleigh, Devon

Chudleigh Knighton, Devon

Chumleigh, Devon

Churchstanton, Devon

Churchstow, Devon

Churston Ferrers, Devon

Clannaborough, Devon

Clawton, Devon

Clayhanger, Devon

Clayhidon, Devon

Clovelly, Devon

Clyst Honiton, Devon

Clyst Hydon, Devon

Clyst St George, Devon

Clyst St Lawrence, Devon

Clyst St Mary, Devon

Cockington, Devon

Coffinswell, Devon

Colaton Raleigh, Devon

Coldridge, Devon

Colebrooke, Devon

Colyton, Devon

Combe Martin, Devon

Combe Pyne, Devon

Combe Raleigh, Devon

Combe in Teignhead, Devon

Compton Gifford, Devon

Cookbury, Devon

Cornwood, Devon

Cornworthy, Devon

Coryton, Devon

Cotleigh, Devon

Countisbury, Devon

Creacombe, Devon

Crediton, Devon

Cruwys Morchard, Devon

Cullompton, Devon

Culmstock, Devon


Dartington, Devon

Dartmouth, Devon

Dawlish, Devon

Dean Prior, Devon

Denbury, Devon

Devonport, Devon

Devonport St James, Devon

Devonport St Mary, Devon

Devonport St Paul, Devon

Devonport St Stephen, Devon

Diptford, Devon

Dittisham, Devon

Dodbrooke, Devon

Doddiscombsleigh, Devon

Dolton, Devon

Dotton, Devon

Dowland, Devon

Down St Mary, Devon

Drewsteignton, Devon

Dunchideock, Devon

Dunkeswell, Devon

Dunkeswell Abbey, Devon

Dunsford, Devon

Dunterton, Devon


East Allington, Devon

East Anstey, Devon

East Buckland, Devon

East Budleigh, Devon

East Down, Devon

East Ogwell, Devon

East Portlemouth, Devon

East Putford, Devon

East Stonehouse, Devon

East Teignmouth, Devon

East Worlington, Devon

Egg Buckland, Devon

Eggesford, Devon

Ermington, Devon

Escot, Devon

Exbourne, Devon


◦ Exeter All Hallows on the Walls, Devon

◦ Exeter Allhallows, Goldsmith Street, Devon

◦ Exeter Bedford Circus, Devon

◦ Exeter Bradninch Precinct, Devon

◦ Exeter Castle Yard, Devon

◦ Exeter Cathedral, Devon

◦ Exeter Cathedral Precincts, Devon

◦ Exeter Holy Trinity, Devon

◦ Exeter St David, Devon

◦ Exeter St Edmund, Devon

◦ Exeter St George, Devon

◦ Exeter St James, Devon

◦ Exeter St John, Devon

◦ Exeter St Kerrian, Devon

◦ Exeter St Lawrence, Devon

◦ Exeter St Leonard, Devon

◦ Exeter St Martin, Devon

◦ Exeter St Mary Arches, Devon

◦ Exeter St Mary Major, Devon

◦ Exeter St Mary Steps, Devon

◦ Exeter St Olave, Devon

◦ Exeter St Pancras, Devon

◦ Exeter St Paul, Devon

◦ Exeter St Petrock, Devon

◦ Exeter St Sidwell, Devon

◦ Exeter St Stephen, Devon

◦ Exeter St Thomas, Devon

Exminster, Devon


Farringdon, Devon

Farway, Devon

Feniton, Devon

Filleigh, Devon

Fremington, Devon

Frithelstock, Devon


Georgeham, Devon

Germansweek, Devon

Gidleigh, Devon

Gittisham, Devon

Goodleigh, Devon

Great Torrington, Devon


Haccombe, Devon

Halberton, Devon

Halwell, Devon

Halwill, Devon

Harberton, Devon

Harford, Devon

Harpford, Devon

Hartland, Devon

Hatherleigh, Devon

Heanton Punchardon, Devon

Heavitree, Devon

Hemyock, Devon

Hennock, Devon

High Bickington, Devon

High Bray, Devon

Highampton, Devon

Highley St Mary, Devon

Highweek, Devon

Hittisleigh, Devon

Hockworthy, Devon

Holbeton, Devon

Holcombe Burnell, Devon

Holcombe Rogus, Devon

Hollacombe, Devon

Holne, Devon

Holsworthy, Devon

Honeychurch, Devon

Honiton, Devon

Horrabridge, Devon

Horwood, Devon

Huish, Devon

Huntsham, Devon

Huntshaw, Devon

Huxham, Devon


Iddesleigh, Devon

Ide, Devon

Ideford, Devon

Ilfracombe, Devon

Ilsington, Devon

Instow, Devon

Inwardleigh, Devon

Ipplepen, Devon

Ivybridge, Devon


Jacobstowe, Devon


Kelly, Devon

Kenn, Devon

Kennerleigh, Devon

Kentisbeare, Devon

Kentisbury, Devon

Kenton, Devon

Kilmington, Devon

Kingsbridge, Devon

Kingskerswell, Devon

Kingsnympton, Devon

Kingsteignton, Devon

Kingston, Devon

Kingswear, Devon

Knowstone, Devon


Laira Green, Devon

Lamerton, Devon

Landcross, Devon

Landkey, Devon

Langtree, Devon

Lapford, Devon

Lew Trenchard, Devon

Lifton, Devon

Little Torrington, Devon

Littleham, Devon

Littleham cum Exmouth, Devon

Littlehempston, Devon

Loddiswell, Devon

Loxbeare, Devon

Loxhore, Devon

Luffincott, Devon

Lundy, Devon

Luppitt, Devon

Lustleigh, Devon

Lydford, Devon

Lympstone, Devon

Lynton, Devon


Malborough, Devon

Mamhead, Devon

Manaton, Devon

Mariansleigh, Devon

Marldon, Devon

Martinhoe, Devon

Marwood, Devon

Mary Tavy, Devon

Marystowe, Devon

Meavy, Devon

Meeth, Devon

Membury, Devon

Merton, Devon

Meshaw, Devon

Milton Abbot, Devon

Milton Damerel, Devon

Modbury, Devon

Molland, Devon

Monkleigh, Devon

Monkokehampton, Devon

Monkton, Devon

Monkton Wyld, Devon

Morchard Bishop, Devon

Morebath, Devon

Moreleigh, Devon

Moretonhampstead, Devon

Mortehoe, Devon

Musbury, Devon


Nether Exe, Devon

Newport, Devon

Newton Ferrers, Devon

Newton Poppleford, Devon

Newton St Cyres, Devon

Newton St Petrock, Devon

Newton Tracey, Devon

North Bovey, Devon

North Huish, Devon

North Molton, Devon

North Petherwin, Devon

North Tawton, Devon

Northam, Devon

Northleigh, Devon

Northlew, Devon

Nymet Rowland, Devon

Nymet St George, Devon


Oakford, Devon

Offwell, Devon

Okehampton, Devon

Oldridge, Devon

Otterton, Devon

Ottery St Mary, Devon


Paignton, Devon

Pancrasweek, Devon

Parkham, Devon

Parracombe, Devon

Payhembury, Devon

Pennycross, Devon

Peter Tavy, Devon

Petersmarland, Devon

Petrockstowe, Devon

Petton, Devon

Pilton, Devon

Pinhoe, Devon

Plymouth, Devon

◦ Plymouth Charles, Devon

◦ Plymouth Christ Church, Devon

◦ Plymouth Holy Trinity, Devon

Plymouth St Andrew, Devon

◦ Plymouth St Catherine, Devon

◦ Plymouth St James, Devon

◦ Plymouth St Peter, Devon

◦ Plymouth St Saviour, Devon

Plympton St Mary, Devon

Plympton St Maurice, Devon

Plymstock, Devon

Plymtree, Devon

Poltimore, Devon

Poughill, Devon

Powderham, Devon

Puddington, Devon

Pyworthy, Devon


Rackenford, Devon

Rattery, Devon

Revelstoke, Devon

Rewe, Devon

Ringmore, Devon

Roborough, Devon

Rockbeare, Devon

Romansleigh, Devon

Rose Ash, Devon

Rousdon, Devon


Salcombe, Devon

Salcombe Regis, Devon

Salterton, Devon

Sampford Courtenay, Devon

Sampford Peverell, Devon

Sampford Spiney, Devon

Sandford, Devon

Satterleigh, Devon

Seaton, Devon

Shaugh Prior, Devon

Shebbear, Devon

Sheepstor, Devon

Sheepwash, Devon

Sheldon, Devon

Sherford, Devon

Sherwood Villa, Devon

Shillingford St George, Devon

Shirwell, Devon

Shobrooke, Devon

Shute, Devon

Sidbury, Devon

Sidmouth, Devon

Silverton, Devon

Slapton, Devon

Sourton, Devon

South Brent, Devon

South Huish, Devon

South Milton, Devon

South Molton, Devon

South Pool, Devon

South Tawton, Devon

Southleigh, Devon

Sowton, Devon

Spreyton, Devon

St Budeaux, Devon

St Giles in the Wood, Devon

St Giles on the Heath, Devon

St Marychurch, Devon

St Nicholas, Devon

St Saviour, Devon

Starcross, Devon

Staverton, Devon

Stockland with Dalwood, Devon

Stockleigh English, Devon

Stockleigh Pomeroy, Devon

Stoke Canon, Devon

Stoke Damerel, Devon

Stoke Fleming, Devon

Stoke Gabriel, Devon

Stoke Rivers, Devon

Stokeinteignhead, Devon

Stokenham, Devon

Stoodleigh, Devon

Stowford, Devon

Strete, Devon

Sutcombe, Devon

Sutton on Plym, Devon

Swimbridge, Devon

Sydenham Damerel, Devon


Talaton, Devon

Tamerton Foliot, Devon

Tavistock, Devon

Tawstock, Devon

Tedburn St Mary, Devon

Teigngrace, Devon

Templeton, Devon

Tetcott, Devon

Thelbridge, Devon

Thornbury, Devon

Thorverton, Devon

Throwleigh, Devon

Thrushelton, Devon

Thurlestone, Devon

Tipton, Devon

Tiverton, Devon

Topsham, Devon

Torbryan, Devon

Tormoham, Devon

Totnes, Devon

Townstall, Devon

Trentishoe, Devon

Trusham, Devon

Twitchen, Devon


Uffculme, Devon

Ugborough, Devon

Uplowman, Devon

Uplyme, Devon

Upottery, Devon

Upton, Devon

Upton Hellions, Devon

Upton Pyne, Devon


Venn Ottery, Devon

Virginstow, Devon


Walkhampton, Devon

Warkleigh, Devon

Washfield, Devon

Washford Pyne, Devon

Wear, Devon

Weare Giffard, Devon

Welcombe, Devon

Wembury, Devon

Wembworthy, Devon

Werrington, Devon

West Alvington, Devon

West Anstey, Devon

West Buckland, Devon

West Down, Devon

West Ogwell, Devon

West Putford, Devon

West Teignmouth, Devon

West Worlington, Devon

Westleigh, Devon

Whimple, Devon

Whitchurch, Devon

Whitestone, Devon

Widecombe in the Moor, Devon

Widworthy, Devon

Willand, Devon

Winkleigh, Devon

Witheridge, Devon

Withycombe Raleigh with Exmouth All Saints, Devon

Wolborough, Devon

Woodbury with Exton, Devon

Woodland, Devon

Woodleigh, Devon

Woolfardisworthy East, Devon

Woolfardisworthy West, Devon


Yarcombe, Devon

Yarnscombe, Devon

Yealmpton, Devon


Zeal Monachorum, Devon

Research Guides

Tracing Your West Country Ancestors (Family History (Pen & Sword)) by Kirsty Gray

County Records


Census & Voter Lists

Birth, Marriage & Death


Immigration & Emigration

Directories & Member Lists

Court, Land, Wills & Financial

Pallot’s Marriage Index, 1780-1837

FamilySearch – Free

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912

England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

International Genealogical Index

FamilySearch Catalog – Online Records


1939 Register – Find out what your ancestors were doing on the eve of WW2 by searching the 1939 Register on Findmypast

1911 British Census

1901 British Census

1891 British Census

1881 British Census

1871 British Census

1861 British Census

1851 British Census

1841 British Census

Boyd’s Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850

Devon Baptisms

Devon Burials

Devon Marriages 1507 to 2002 – Discover your ancestor’s name, marriage date, spouse’s name, and parish

Devon Banns 1629 to 1918 – Discover your ancestor’s name, banns dates, intended spouse’s name, and parish.

Devon Registers & Records – This collection currently comprises one title: Parish Registers of Hemyock, 1635-1837.

Devon Social & Institutional Records
– Find paupers and vagrants, apprentices, peddlers and tradesmen.
Discover if they got married, were vaccinated against smallpox or got
Christmas presents while their father was fighting WW1. More than two
centuries of social history to find rare details of the lives of
ordinary people.

Devon Wills Index, 1163-1999
– includes people who were either born or died in Devon. The collection
includes information about 295,609 wills, proved across 30 courts. Free

Devon, Land Tax and Valuation Records

Devon, Parish Registers

Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Apprentices 1570-1910 – Discover your ancestor’s address, parent’s names, master’s name and date of indenture.

Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Electoral Registers 1780-1973

Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Parish Chest Records 1556-1950 – Discover if your ancestor stayed in the workhouse, received parish relief or appeared in the churchwardens’ account books

Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Parish Registers

Devon, Plymouth Borough Records 1519-1905

Devon, Plymouth Plague Rate 1626-1629

Devon, Plymouth Prison Records 1832-1919 – Was your ancestor a prisoner or prison officer in Devon in the nineteenth or early twentieth century?

Devon, Port Books – Records of ships administered in the Devon ports of Appledore, Barnstaple, and Bideford between 1595-1705.

Devon, Tavistock Borough Court Luxton Manuscripts, 1839-1896 – Did your ancestor live in Tavistock in West Devon between 1839 and 1896?

Plymouth & West Devon Rate Books 1598- 1933 – discover if your ancestor rented or owned property

Plymouth Militia Records 1625 – 1831 – The records are for the following parishes St Budeaux, Ugborough, Wembury and Yealmpton.

Plymouth Second World War Records 1939-1945
– These records include rolls of honour, civil defence personnel lists,
air raid precaution administration workers and lists pertaining to the
surrender of Anderson shelters.

Plymouth Subscribers For Redemption Of Captives In Turkey and Algiers 1680
– Discover if your ancestors from Devon, England raised money to pay
the ransom fee to free men and women held as slaves by Barbary pirates
in Turkey and Algiers.

US Servicemen In North Devon, England 1943-1945

Historical Newspapers

The following historical newspapers cover the Devon area:

British Newspaper Archive

Barnstaple Times and North Devon News

Bright’s Intelligencer and Arrival List

Dartmouth & South Hams Chronicle

East & South Devon Advertiser

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams

Exeter Flying Post

Exmouth Journal

Express and Echo

Hartland and West Country Chronicle

North Devon Gazette

North Devon Journal

Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal and General Advertiser for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset

Royal Devonport Telegraph, and Plymouth Chronicle

Sidmouth Journal and Directory

Tavistock Gazette

Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette)

Torbay Express and South Devon Echo

Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser

Totnes Weekly Times

Western Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser

Western Daily Mercury

Western Morning News

Western Times


Barnstaple Times and North Devon News

Bright’s Intelligencer and Arrival List

Dartmouth & South Hams Chronicle

East & South Devon Advertiser

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams

Exeter Flying Post

Exmouth Journal

Express and Echo

Hartland and West Country Chronicle

North Devon Gazette

North Devon Journal

Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal and General Advertiser For Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset

Royal Devonport Telegraph, and Plymouth Chronicle

Sidmouth Journal and Directory

Tavistock Gazette

Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette)

Torbay Express and South Devon Echo

Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser

Totnes Weekly Times

Western Courier, West Of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser

Western Daily Mercury

Western Morning News

Western Times

Research Guides

Historical Research Using British Newspapers by Denise Bates

Further Reading

of Wills and Administrations Relating to the Countries of Devon and
Cornwall: Proved in the Consistory Court of the Bishop of Exeter;
1532-1800 (Classic Reprint) by Edward Alexander Fry

Devon by W.G. Hoskins

Lost Devon: Devon’s Lost Heritage (The Lost Series) (The Lost History Series) by Felicity Goodall

Images of England Dartmoor (Archive Photographs: Images of England) by Tom Greeves

Dartmoor From Old Photographs by John Van der Kiste

Dartmoor (Britain in Old Photographs) by Gosling

Devon at War 1939 45 (Towns & Cities in World War Two) by Derek Tait

Devon at War Through Time by Henry Buckton

The 2nd Devons War Diary by Martin Body

Devon and Its People Hardcover 1959 by W. G. Hoskins

The A-Z of Curious Devon by Gardner

Tin Mines and Miners of Dartmoor by Tom Greeves

Devon’s Non-Metal Mines: Discovering Devon’s Slate, Culm, Whetstone,
Beer Stone, Ball Clay and Lignite Mines by Richard A. Edwards

Called Home: The Dartmoor Tin Miner 1860-1940 by Tom Greeves

On the Economy of the Mines of Cornwall and Devon: The Cornish System Described by John Taylor and John Manley

South Devon Place Names by Anthony Poulton-Smith

We Will Remember Them: Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Roll of Honour 1914-1918 by Mark Rothwell

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: A Devon Lad’s Life in Nelson’s Navy by Edward Anthony Blackmore

The Old Parish Churches of Devon by Mike Salter

Shipwrecks of the Devon Coast by Richard Larn

Devon Pubs: A Pictorial Retrospective by Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott

This article was updated on February 12, 2020