"CHURSTON-FERRERS is a pleasant village, on a gentle eminence on the south side of Torbay, 1½ miles W. of Brixham. Its parish has 2527A. 3R. 8P. of land, and 772 inhabitants, of whom 261 are in Galmpton hamlet, near the river Dart, 1 mile W. of the village. The lofty eminence of Warborough Common commands an extensive view of Torbay, and the south-eastern coast of Devon. Sir J.B.Y. Buller, Bart., is lord of the manor of Churston-Ferrers, and his eldest son resides at Churston Court, the ancient seat of the Yardes, which has lately been modernised, . . . J.F. Luttrell, Esq., owns Galmpton, and Col. Carlyon has a seat and estate at Greenway. The soil is mostly freehold, and well-adapted for the growth of corn. The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower and four bells. . . . The perpetual curacy is annexed to the vicarage of Brixham; and the tithes were commuted in 1840, the vicarial for £180, and the rectorial for £212. The latter belong to Miss Knollis. Here is a small dissenting chapel." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Haytor Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.
Gosling, William Gilbert. The Life of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, England's First Empire Builder, London, Constable and Co. (1911) 304 pp. [Index] [Ambra Books: "Half brother of Sir Walter Raleigh he claimed one of the first properties in North America. As well as being a colonial adventurer he became M.P. for Plymouth and later Governor of Ulster."]
Parish Registers going back to 1590 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1589 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1811-37 - see Brixham Circuit, Teignmouth (PRO RG 4/842, 1220)
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1589-1837, Marriages 1590-1836.
Banks, Charles Edward (ed.). The Parish Registers of Churston Ferrers, Co. Devon, England. Marriages 1590-1653; Baptisms, 1589-1653, Burials, 1590-1653. New York Genealogical Record, vol. 63 (1932) pp. 259-268, 351-358, vol. 64 (1933) pp. 46-53, 298-304, 396-403.
Harris, J. As Seen in the Baptism Register for the Parish of Churston Ferrers, Devon. Devon Family Historian 50 (1989) p.10. [Re: entries for Gaskin and Reeve]
Harris, S.G. Churston Ferrers and Brixham records of briefs, 1722 - 1827, and 1706 - 1766. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 26, (1894) pp.230-236. [Church briefs] [Index]
Seymour, Deryck. Dart country: featuring the area in and around Stoke Gabriel, Churston, Kingswear and Galmpton, Exeter, Obelisk Publications (1996) 40 pp. [ISBN 1899073329] [Westcountry Studies Library pB/DAR 1/1996/SEY]
You can see pictures of Churston Ferrers which are provided by:
Furneaux, H. Furneaux family: genealogical notes, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica (New Series) 2, 1877, pp. 193-7. [Raymond: Of Paignton and Churston Ferrers, Devon; also Landrake, Cornwall. Extracts from parish registers, deeds, monumental inscriptions, etc., 16-18th c.]
Gilbert family of Compton and Greenway, Devonshire. Essex Institute Historical Collections 17, 1880, 40-41. [Raymond: Folded pedigree, 15-17th c.]