The Devonshire Family of Walter

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 240-241.


F. de H. Larpent

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Note’s author seeks information about a Mr Walters who might (or might not) have been a curate at Moretonhampstead in the mid-1700’s and provides information about a Hawkes-Walter marriage at Moreton in October 1757. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Note 219. THE DEVONSHIRE FAMILY OF WALTER. - Philip Walter, who was rector of Crayford in Kent for nearly half a century (1758- 1806), matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge, June 29, 1749, and in the entry of matriculation it is recorded that he was born at Moreton Hampstead in Devonshire, but no mention is made in the University or College register of his father.

Sarah Walter, his sister, was married at Moreton Hampstead by the Rev. Dr. Fynes (rector of that parish 1735-71) on October 22, 1757, to Jeremiah Hawkes, who is described as also of Moreton Hampstead, but here again no mention is made in the Marriage Register of the father of Sarah Walter.

Family papers record that these two (together with a sister, Elizabeth Walter, who married Capt. Cunningham, R.N.) were the children of a clergyman who is stated to have been rector of Moreton Hampstead, but on reference to the parish and diocesan records no clergyman of the name of Walter was ever rector of that parish, though he might have been curate there, or he may have been the pastor of a neighbouring parish residing at Moreton Hampstead.

If any one of your readers could give me any information respecting this Mr. Walter or his family I should be very greatly obliged.                 F. de H. Larpent.