Jacobstowe Devon Family History Guide

Status:  Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Jacobstow, Stow St James

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1586
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1624

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Hatherleigh
  • Sampford Courtenay
  • Exbourne
  • Inwardleigh
  • Okehampton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

JACOBSTOWE, a parish, with a village, in Okehampton district, Devon; on the river Okement, 3½ miles SE of Hatherleigh, and 4½ N of Okehampton. Post town, Exbourne, North Devon. Acres, 2,856. Real property, £1,663. Pop., 232. Houses, 43. The manor and much of the property belong to Major R. T. Thomson. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £260. Patron, Major R. T. Thomson. The church is ancient but good; consists of nave and chancel, with a tower; and contains monuments to the Oxendons and the Burtons. There is a parochial school.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records


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Immigration & Emigration

Directories & Member Lists

Court, Land, Wills & Financial

Pallot's Marriage Index, 1780-1837

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Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

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

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

US Servicemen In North Devon, England 1943-1945

Devon Newspapers available at Findmypast

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

Devon Newspapers from  British Newspaper Archive

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Western Morning News

Western Times

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

Express and Echo

Torbay Express and South Devon Echo

Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser


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County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Okehampton
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Okehampton
Poor Law Union: Okehampton
Hundred: Black Torrington
Province: Canterbury