Buckland Brewer Genealogical Records

Buckland Brewer Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Devon Baptism Index (1813-1839)

Transcriptions of over 360,000 baptisms from most parishes in the county. Records include parents name and abode.

Devon Parish Registers (1538-2010)

Browsable images of Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers for the county of Devonshire.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

Buckland Brewer Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Devon Marriage Index (1754-1837)

Transcriptions of over 270,000 marriages from most parishes in the county.

Devon Parish Registers (1538-2010)

Browsable images of Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers for the county of Devonshire.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

UK Divorce Records (1858-1911)

Digital images of documents from civil divorce cases. The cases cover both the cause of the case and the outcome, such as division of property and visitation rights. These records also contain details of illegitimate children. Cases can be searched by a name index.

Buckland Brewer Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Devon Burials Index (1813-1837)

Transcriptions of over 225,000 burials from most parishes in the county. Induces the deceased's age.

Devon Parish Registers (1538-2010)

Browsable images of Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers for the county of Devonshire.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

FreeBMD Deaths (1837-1964)

An index to deaths registered at the central authority for England and Wales. To 1866, only the locality the death was registered in was listed. Age was listed until 1969, when the deceased's date of birth was listed. Provides a reference to order a death certificate, which has further details.

Buckland Brewer Church Records

Catholic History in South West England (1517-1856)

A history of Catholicism in South West England with biographies of noted Catholics. Contains details of the Dominican, Benedictine, and Franciscan orders.

Devon Parish Registers (1754-1839)

Prior to civil registration in 1837, the parish registers of Devon are the most common place to turn for details on births, marriages and deaths.

Episcopal Visitation Returns (1744-1779)

A series of questionnaires detailing the ecclesiastical predicament of around 250 parishes in Devon.

Devon Parish Registers (1538-2010)

Browsable images of Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers for the county of Devonshire.

St Paul's Rebuilding Returns from Devon (1678)

A transcript of documents recording those who contributed to the rebuilding of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Buckland Brewer Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Devon Militia Assessments (1715)

A list of Devon property-owners who were required to contribute towards sustaining the militia.

Devon Hearth Tax Return (1674)

A transcription of the Lady Day hearth tax for 1674 for the county of Devon.

Devon & Exeter Oath Rolls (1723)

Transcriptions of documents listing those who swore loyalty to King George I after the Jacobite Atterbury Plot.

Devon Freeholders (1713-1780)

Lists of men, sometimes including their status, who were eligible to serve on juries by right of their land holdings.

Buckland Brewer Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Exeter Diocese & Archdeaconry Probate & Admons (1540-1799)

An index to thousands of probates and administrations granted by the Diocese and Archdeaconry of Exeter, covering parts of Devon & Cornwall.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1619)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Buckland Brewer

Western Morning News (1921-1950)

A politically independent newspaper, covering the affairs of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. It includes family notices.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams (1869-1885)

A short regional paper covering local occurrences, business news, family notices and more.

Western Times (1827-1950)

A liberal newspaper covering the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. It includes family notices.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (1827-1950)

Original images of a regional newspaper, searchable via a full text index. Includes news from the Devon area, business notices, obituaries, family announcements and more.

North Devon Journal (1824-1950)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering regional news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Devon area.

Buckland Brewer Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Buckland Brewer Cemeteries

Devon Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Devon's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Devon Headstones (1780-2000)

Memorials of a select number of headstones in Devon.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Buckland Brewer Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1923)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1919)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1914)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1910)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1902)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Devon & Exeter Oath Rolls (1723)

Transcriptions of documents listing those who swore loyalty to King George I after the Jacobite Atterbury Plot.

Indictable Offenses in Devon Quarter Sessions (1745-1782)

A calendar of cases to be heard before the quarter session that are indictable by nature,.

Cursers & Badgers in Devon Quarter Sessions (1729-1745)

Two calendars, one of those licensed to carry out trade and the other those brought before the session for cursing.

Prisoners in Devon Quarter Sessions (1655-1837)

A calendar of prisoners brought before the quarter sessions, with details of their crime and punishment. Contains entries for individuals who were transported.

Baldwin Fulford Court Case Notes (1848-1859)

A series of Devon court case notes kept by a justice of the peace.

Buckland Brewer Taxation Records

Devon Tithe Apportionments (1839-1851)

Transcriptions of documents listing land, their owner or occupier acreage and name or description.

Devon Militia Assessments (1715)

A list of Devon property-owners who were required to contribute towards sustaining the militia.

Devon Hearth Tax Return (1674)

A transcription of the Lady Day hearth tax for 1674 for the county of Devon.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Buckland Brewer Land & Property Records

Devon Tithe Maps & Apportionments (1839-1850)

Maps delineating fields in Devon, which are referenced to documents recording field names, land owners, occupiers, land use and land size.

Devon Tithe Apportionments (1839-1851)

Transcriptions of documents listing land, their owner or occupier acreage and name or description.

Devon Militia Assessments (1715)

A list of Devon property-owners who were required to contribute towards sustaining the militia.

Devon Freeholders (1713-1780)

Lists of men, sometimes including their status, who were eligible to serve on juries by right of their land holdings.

Devon Freeholder Books (1711-1799)

Lists of men, sometimes including their status, who were eligible to serve on juries by right of their land holdings.

Buckland Brewer Occupation & Business Records

Women in Cornwall & Devon Mines (1770-1920)

Background information on women employed by the mining industry in Devon & Cornwall. Includes a database of over 25,000 women and oral histories.

Devon Gamekeeper Lists (1847-1859)

Lists of gamekeepers from the North Devon Journal.

Devon Gamekeeper Lists (1834-1860)

Lists of gamekeepers from the The Western Times.

Devon Gamekeeper Lists (1800-1859)

A series of newspaper articles listing gamekeepers in Devon.

Devon Runaway Apprentices (1800-1889)

Transcripts of newspaper articles listing the particulars of apprentices who absconded from their master.

Buckland Brewer School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Buckland Brewer

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage (1921)

A dictionary of families elevated to the peerage of Great Britain & Ireland. It includes genealogies and biographical details.

Buckland Brewer Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

The Visitations of Devon: 1531, 1564 & 1620 (1000-1620)

Three works compiled from 16th and 17th century sources that record Devon families who had the right to bear a coat of arms.

Devonshire Ignobles (1620)

A list of men found by William Camden to have unsubstantiated claims to coats of arms.

Devon Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Devon's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Buckland Brewer Military Records

Devon Militia and Volunteer Lists (1799-1825)

Various military lists published in the Exeter Flying Post, particularly lists of deserters, which may list age and physical description.

Devon Militia Assessments (1715)

A list of Devon property-owners who were required to contribute towards sustaining the militia.

Devon WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Devon, with some service details.

Devon WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Devon, with some service details.

Swansea-Devonian War Memorial (1914-1945)

Names from a presumably predominately Devonian war memorial in the former Bible Christian church at Swansea.

Buckland Brewer Immigration & Travel Records

Devonian Migration Choices (1760-1950)

A detailed investigation into motivations for Devonians choosing to stay or migrate from the county, with particular attention to labour, religion and family ties.

Settlement & Removal in Rural Devon (1662-1871)

A lengthy article detailing the practice of moving the needy poor between parishes. Contains examples of settlements, removals and examinations.

Sinking of the John (1855)

The story of a ship heading to Quebec from Plymouth that sank off the coast of Cornwall, killing 194 passengers. Includes information on the crew, passengers and others connected with the event.

North Devon Exodus (1818-1868)

An overview of emigration from north Devon to the Americas, with particulars of some who made the journey.

Prisoners in Devon Quarter Sessions (1655-1837)

A calendar of prisoners brought before the quarter sessions, with details of their crime and punishment. Contains entries for individuals who were transported.

Buckland Brewer Histories & Books

Devonian Migration Choices (1760-1950)

A detailed investigation into motivations for Devonians choosing to stay or migrate from the county, with particular attention to labour, religion and family ties.

Catholic History in South West England (1517-1856)

A history of Catholicism in South West England with biographies of noted Catholics. Contains details of the Dominican, Benedictine, and Franciscan orders.

Magna Britannia: Devonshire (1066-1822)

A general and parochial history of the county, with sections for each parish.

The History of Devon (44-Present)

Numerous articles covering the history of the country, its principle settlements, notable persons, castles and more.

Devon in 1850 (1850)

A detailed overview of Devon in 1850, extracted from a directory of that year.

Biographical Directories Covering Buckland Brewer

Devonshire Characters and Strange Events (1550-1904)

A series of folk tales and detailed biographies of Devonshire men and women.

The Worthies of Devon (1066-1700)

Biographies of notable Devonians from the Norman period up to the end of the 17th century.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

Buckland Brewer Maps

Devon Tithe Maps & Apportionments (1839-1850)

Maps delineating fields in Devon, which are referenced to documents recording field names, land owners, occupiers, land use and land size.

East Devon Tithe Maps (1840)

Maps delineating fields, forests and other land plots in east Devon. Apportionments not included.

Devon Tithe Apportionments (1839-1851)

Transcriptions of documents listing land, their owner or occupier acreage and name or description.

Maps of Devon (1563-1922)

A collection of digitalised maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

Buckland Brewer Reference Works

Devon Surnames (1086-1967)

A series of articles on Devon surnames, including a dictionary of Devon surname definitions.

Locating Devon Wills (1400-Present)

A guide to locating Devon wills in light of losses incurred during World War II.

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Buckland Brewer Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

BUCKLAND BREWER is a parish and village, 6 miles south from Bideford station and 4 ¼ west from Great Torrington terminal station of a branch of the London and South Western railway, in the North Western division of the county, Shebbear hundred, Bideford petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Hartland, archdeaconry of Barnstaple and diocese of Exeter. The original church of St. Mary and St. Benedict, a Norman structure, was destroyed by lightning in 1399, but an enriched Norman doorway still remains. The present church, rebuilt in 1779, is an edifice of stone in the Norman and Later styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, built in 1399, 76 feet high and containing 6 bells, the original 4 having been recast into 6 by Taylor, of Oxford, in 1825, at a cost of £148, and in 1899 the entire peal was rehung by J. Taylor and Co. at a cost of £280; weight of tenor, 12cwt. 3qrs. 16lbs.: the church, with the exception of the tower, the pinnacles of which were renewed, was rebuilt in 1879—80, under the direction of Mr. Hooper, architect, of Hatherleigh; a new lych gate and porch were also erected, the total cost being about £1,550: in the Orleigh chapel are monuments to the Dennys family, former possessors of the Orleigh estate: these include a large monument with effigies of a gentleman and lady kneeling at a desk facing each other, three kneeling children and some infants; at the top of the monument are three shields of arms and the motto:-“Ita Deo placuit”; at the back an inscription to Anthony Dennys esq. of Orleigh, ob. 19th June, 1641, and Elizabeth (Wyse) and Gertrude (Grenville), his wives: on flat stones are inscriptions to William Dennys, of Orley, ob. 10th June, 1605 and Elizabeth (Dennys), wife of William Alston esq. of Strixton, ob. 4th June, 1664: John Davey, of Orleigh, d. 1710 and Maria, his wife, d. 1709: there are 343 sittings. The register dates from the year 1604. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £126, with residence and 9 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Crown, and held since 1898 by the Rev. John Heywood-Waddington M.A. Owens College, Victoria University, Manchester. In the village is a Wesleyan chapel and one for Bible Christians. At Ekeworthy is a Baptist chapel and there are Bible Christian chapels at Thornhill Head and Twitching. The “Hester Turner” charity of about £3 yearly is distributed to poor parishioners at Christmas. Here is an encampment, called “Henbury Fort,” with a double rampart, possibly of Roman origin. Orleigh Court, the residence of Thomas Rogers esq. J.P. is a fine old Gothic building, with a large entrance hall. The Hon. M. G. K. Rolle, who is lord of the manor. John Curzon Moore-Stevens esq. of Winscott, Marland, Thomas Rogers esq. J.P. and Lieut.-Col. Richard Arthur Moore-Stevens J.P. of Cross, Torrington, are the chief landowners. The soil is clayey; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The area is 6,111 acres; rateable value, £3,267; the population in 1901 was 639 in the civil and 632 in the ecclesiastical parish. Under the provisions of the Divided Parishes Act Milford was transferred to Buckland Brewer from Frithelstock, and by Local Government Board Order 14,829 Howley Green and Hill were added to Parkham from Buckland Brewer, for civil purposes.

SCHOOLS

A School Board of 5 members was formed May 31, 1875; Robert Tucker, Hoopers cottage, clerk to the board.

Board (mixed), built, with residence for the master, in 1875, at a cost of £950, for 100 children; average attendance, 95.

Board, Thornhill Head (mixed), built in 1878, for a Sunday school attached to the Thornhill Head chapel & now rented by the school board; it will hold 60 children; average attendance, 37.

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1902)

Surnames Found in Buckland Brewer

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Sanders496.62
2Harris273.65
3Withecombe263.51
4Squire253.38
5Heal182.43
6Johns152.03
7Ley152.03
8Blight152.03
9Harding141.89
10Hearn131.76
11Cole121.62
12Stoneman121.62
13Prouse111.49
14Holmes101.35
15Jewell101.35
16Tucker91.22
17Kent91.22
18Wickett81.08
19Smale81.08
20Prance81.08
21Kievell81.08
22Clement70.95
23Phillips70.95
24Friendship70.95
25Carpenter60.81
26Wedlake60.81
27Oxenham60.81
28Abbott60.81
29Penhale60.81
30Lang60.81
31Bond60.81
32Ashton60.81
33Mills60.81
34Palmer60.81
35White60.81
36Kevan60.81
37Reed60.81
38Balsdon60.81
39Steer60.81
40Pascoe60.81
41Philp50.68
42Lake50.68
43Crocker50.68
44Parr50.68
45Robins50.68
46Hockin50.68
47Elston50.68
48Lee50.68
49Verran50.68
50Frain50.68
51Bartlett50.68
52Metherell50.68
53Short50.68
54Easterbrook50.68
55Bowden50.68
56Evans40.54
57Hustwaite40.54
58Pullen40.54
59Trathen40.54
60Richards40.54
61Pasmore40.54
62Slee40.54
63Gorrell40.54
64Delve40.54
65Colwill40.54
66Eveleigh40.54
67Gifford30.41
68Mouse30.41
69Bealey30.41
70Grigg30.41
71Shaxton30.41
72Geen30.41
73Dredge30.41
74Chapel30.41
75Parkhouse30.41
76Shapton30.41
77Ackland30.41
78Fulford30.41
79Durant30.41
80Heard30.41
81Beer30.41
82Gay30.41
83Budd30.41
84Rogers30.41
85Page30.41
86Quick30.41
87Marshall30.41
88Parsons20.27
89Walter20.27
90Mitchell20.27
91Littlejohns20.27
92Pridham20.27
93Vanstone20.27
94Rockett20.27
95Piper20.27
96Nichols20.27
97Borne20.27
98Hamlyn20.27
99Handcock20.27
100Scoins20.27

* Statistics based on the 1881 census