Lifton Genealogical Records

Lifton 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 Baptisms (1444-1915)

A searchable database of 2,225,292 records, linked to original images of baptism registers. The records provide proof of parentage, occupations, residence and other details.

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.

Lifton 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 Marriages (1446-2002)

A searchable database of 1,871,561 records, linked to original images of marriage registers. The records may include fathers' names, age, residence, occupations and more.

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.

Devon Banns Registers (1538-1915)

A searchable database of 367,288 records detailing intentions to marry. Includes digital images of the records and may contain information not included in marriage registers.

Lifton 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 (1320-1988)

A searchable database of 1,666,144 records, linked to original images of burial registers. The records may include date of burial and/or death, residence, age and other details.

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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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 Lifton

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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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.

Plymouth & West Devon Rate Books (1598-1933)

An index of around 300,000 names in local tax records. The index is connected to digital images of the rate books, which record, land owner and occupier, description of property, address and details of the tax.

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.

Lifton Taxation Records

Plymouth & West Devon Rate Books (1598-1933)

An index of around 300,000 names in local tax records. The index is connected to digital images of the rate books, which record, land owner and occupier, description of property, address and details of the tax.

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.

Lifton 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.

Plymouth & West Devon Rate Books (1598-1933)

An index of around 300,000 names in local tax records. The index is connected to digital images of the rate books, which record, land owner and occupier, description of property, address and details of the tax.

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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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 Lifton

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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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 Lifton

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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton 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.

Lifton Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

LIFTON is a parish and village and head of a petty sessional division, pleasantly seated near the Cornish border, in the valley of the river Lyd, about a mile from its confluence with the Tamar, and on the road from Okehampton to Launceston, with a station on the Launceston and Tavistock branch of the Great Western railway, and is 4 miles east from Launceston, 11 from Tavistock and 275 from London, in the Western division of the county, Lifton hundred, Tavistock union, Launceston county court district, rural deanery of Tavistock, archdeaconry of Totnes and diocese of Exeter. The church of St. Mary is an ancient structure in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, separated from the nave and chancel by an arcade of 6 arches, north porch with parvise and an embattled western tower, with crocketed pinnacles, containing a clock and 8 bells, all recast by Taylor, of Oxford, in 1827; the tower and bells were renovated in 1881 at a cost of £259; the clock was presented by the Rev. A. H. Simms and his mother in 1883 at a cost of about £110, and in 1885 the pinnacles of the tower were repaired at an expense of £34: in the church are several monuments to the Harris and Dynham families, one of which, on the north side of the chancel, has three life-sized kneeling effigies, in the costume of the period, representing members of the Harris family, with the dates 1590, 1618, and 1631; this monument was restored in 1742 and 1795, and again in 1871: in the south chapel is a richly illuminated mural monument to John Dynham, dated 1649; and there is an interesting Norman font: the north window in the chancel is a memorial to the Tucker family; two of the windows in the nave are also stained: the chancel retains a piscina, and there is another in the south chapel, which also contains a brass to John Harris, ob. 1657: in 1871 the church was thoroughly restored and reseated, and in 1888 an organ-chamber was erected at a cost of £133: there are 350 sittings. The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1653; marriages, 1654. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £322. exclusive of 20 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of Frank Bradshaw esq. J.P. and held since 1900 by the Rev. Richard Witherstone Buller M.A. of New College, Oxford. The Rectory House, formerly the manor house, is a substantial mansion, with walls of extraordinary thickness. King Charles I. slept here on the 31st of July, 1644. The Rectory House was anciently situated at Cross Town, about 1 ½ miles distant from the church, but on the purchase of the manor of Lifton by William Harris esq. of Hayne in 1555, it is probable that the present house was assigned as a residence for the rector; it was certainly so described in a terrier of the living in 1613. There is a Baptist chapel in the village, a Bible Christian chapel at Tinhay, built in 1876, and a Wesleyan chapel at Lifton down. In the village is a literary institute and reading room. A fair is held here on the 13th of February. In the parish are two lime quarries and a manganese mine, but none of these are at present being worked. Lifton Park, the seat of Frank Bradshaw esq. J.P. is a large, modern mansion in the Tudor style, situated in the valley of the river Tamar and commanding delightful views: the estate covers 7,000 acres, about 5,000 of which are in Lifton parish and 2,000 in the neighbouring parishes. Frank Bradshaw esq. who is lord of the manor, the Hon. Mrs. Tremayne, of Sydenham House, Lew Down, and the Rev. Maitland Kelly M.A. of Kelly, are the chief landowners. The soil is various; subsoil, limestone and clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, and some land is in pasture. The parish comprises 5,330 acres of land and 46 of water; rateable value, £6,464; the population in 1891 was 1,195 in the civil and 1,264 in the ecclesiastical parish.

By Local Government Board Order 15,034, which came into operation March 24, 1884, a detached part of this parish (the hamlet of West Week) was amalgamated with Broadwood Widger in Launceston union for civil purposes.

Petty Sessions are held at Lifton the first Thursday in every month at 11 a.m.

The following places are included in the petty sessional division:-Bradstone, Bratton Clovelly, Bridestowe, Broadwood Widger, Coryton, Dunterton, Germansweek, Kelly, Lew Trenchard, Lifton, Marystowe, North Petherwin, St. Giles-in-the-Heath, Sourton, Stowford, Thrushelton, Virginstowe & Werrington.

County Police Station, Lifton sub-division, Thos. Hill, sergeant & 8 constables.

National School (boys, girls & infants), erected in 1871 by Henry Bradshaw esq. for 330 children; average attendance, 63 boys, 60 girls & 51 infants.

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1902)

Surnames Found in Lifton

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Smale271.84
2Down251.71
3Ward241.64
4Doidge221.50
5Hill221.50
6Broad211.43
7Bullen181.23
8Bevan181.23
9Friend171.16
10Bickle171.16
11Palmer161.09
12Shopland161.09
13Soper151.02
14Cole140.96
15Osborne140.96
16Clatworthy140.96
17Helson140.96
18Woolridge140.96
19Stenlake140.96
20Matthews130.89
21Ham130.89
22Stacey120.82
23Walters120.82
24Teague120.82
25Matthew120.82
26Cruise120.82
27Phillifant120.82
28Cory120.82
29Martyn120.82
30Bolt110.75
31Oliver110.75
32Redstone110.75
33Stanbury110.75
34Northey110.75
35Creber110.75
36Kellaway110.75
37Harry100.68
38Budge100.68
39Bloye100.68
40Ellery100.68
41Burgoyne100.68
42Lang100.68
43Medland100.68
44Miller100.68
45May100.68
46Cross100.68
47Smith100.68
48Mounce100.68
49Berriball90.61
50Bartlett90.61
51Nicholls90.61
52Glanville90.61
53Argnall90.61
54Crossman90.61
55Hamley90.61
56Higgins90.61
57Tucker90.61
58Batten90.61
59Martin80.55
60Kittow80.55
61Williams80.55
62Lake80.55
63Edwards80.55
64Westlake80.55
65Walter80.55
66Bickell80.55
67Colwill80.55
68Tredinnick80.55
69Sloman80.55
70Gloyn80.55
71Marshall70.48
72Murren70.48
73Penwarden70.48
74Ball70.48
75Dawe70.48
76Maker70.48
77Parnell70.48
78Clifton70.48
79Lintern70.48
80Oke70.48
81Woods70.48
82Harris70.48
83Rundle70.48
84Sleeman70.48
85Soby70.48
86Brook70.48
87Knight70.48
88Broom70.48
89Baker70.48
90Uglow70.48
91Murrin70.48
92Stick70.48
93Creeper70.48
94Stemlake60.41
95Badge60.41
96Northay60.41
97Pooley60.41
98Woodley60.41
99Reed60.41
100Luxton60.41