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The Stedifords of South Molton

St. Thomas - District and Parish

Raw Recruits

 

The family who arrived in South Molton in the late 1840s were part of the spread across Mid Devon of those who used the STEDIFORD form of the name . There are infuriating gaps in the parish registers of this area which may mean we will never be able to create cast-iron links between these nomads or trace them all, conclusively, back to the area around Sampford Courtenay. We know the names of the very first Stedifords to arrive in Atherington and, from the parish register there, we know fairly accurately when they arrived. The majority stayed on in Atherington for more than a century but a few moved away, edging across tiny parishes, many of which are not recorded in the IGI, to reach the North Devon ports which took them to South Wales and, via the new railway route  from Barnstaple,  to Bristol and London. 

We know that the Registration District of St. Thomas and its relationship with the parish of St. Thomas have, over the years, foxed many family historians who do not live in this part of Devon. In our third article this month, we write about a Stentiford family who lived in this registration district, and whose events were recorded there. Another big "thank you" to Roy Hewitt who has contributed the potted history of the early years of the Devonshire Regiment to set the scene.

 

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

Link to Office of National Statistics for information on how to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage and Death certificates.

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The Stedifords of South Molton

St. Thomas - District and Parish

Raw Recruits

 

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