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Northam Pew List
1674

Transcribed by David Carter 2017
Taken from original document in North Devon Record Office, ref: 1843A/PW/2/e/78

This Pew List document was commenced in 1674, and recorded the agreed seating positions for all parishioners who paid pew rent. The document was written by various clerks in different inks and handwriting, but this transcript has tried to extract as much information as possible.

This was a working document, and contains many changes when people died or left the parish. Their names were erased, crossed out, or over-written. This transcript indicates where names have been crossed out. All names have been transcribed verbatim.

The closest you were to the front of the church, the higher your social standing, so apart from seeing this list of names, it is also interesting to see where people sat. The rough layout plan below has been constructed from the notes in this Pew List document, and the area numbers are cross-referenced to the transcript.

 

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1674 Northam Pew List transcription

John Benson and Edward Abeavan, churchwardens

Area 1 (see plan)

Mens seats on the north side of the new church

Pew # Name Notes
1 [no names]  
2 [no names]  
3 [no names]  
4 [no names]  
5 James Peckard  
6 Richard Rawling  
6 Nichollas Hammott  
7 John Crocker  
8 William Brayle  
8 William Webber  
8 Christopher Stephens  
8 John Slee  
9 John Horden  
9 Phillip Baker senr  
9 Lewis Brook  
9 George Heall  
9 Phill: Hillman  
9 Thomas Harris  
9 Richard Williams  

Area 2 (see plan)

Mens seats on the south side in the newest part of the church

Pew # Name Notes
1 [no names]  
2 [no names]  
3 Peter Martyne  
4 [no names]  
5 [no names]  
6 [no names]  
7 [no names]  
8 John Nicholl  
8 Peter Hogge  
8 Robert Whitehair  
8 William Roge(?) Crossed out
8 Peter Harris  

Area 3 (see plan)

Mens seats on the north side of the oldest part of the church from the step westwards

Squire Melhuish pew

Pew # Name Notes
  Roger Melhuish gent  
  Elianor his wife  
  William his sonne  
  Ffrancies his daughter  
  Roger Melhuish his sonn  
  Tho: his son  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  
  [faded]  

Area 4 (see plan)

[faded]

Pew # Name Notes
1 James Lemon  
1 Ralph Small  
1 [faded]  
1 [faded]  
1 [faded]  
2 Susanna Bleek  
2 Mary Whitson  
2 Elizabeth Rosier  
2 Honor Turner  

Area 4 (see plan)

Seats for men

Pew # Name Notes
3 Richard Smalle  
3 John Scampe  
3 Thomas Joanes  
3 Richard Baker  
3 Richard Rooke  

Area 4 (see plan)

Seats for women

Pew # Name Notes
4 Sarah Mitchaell  
4 Mary Mitchell  
4 Bridgett Chapple  
4 Mary Limbery  
4 Mary Budge  
5 Elizabeth Rosse  
5 Mary Hobbs  
5 Mary Cottle  
5 Rebcecca Ffraze  
5 Martha Smith  
5 Ffrancies Darracott  
6 Julian Smalle  
6 Anne Blackmor  
6 Mary Small  
6 Joan Blinch  
6 Elizabeth Wise  
6 Magdalin Blinch  
7 Mary Williams  
7 Mary Burden  
7 Hannah Baker Crossed out
7 Julian Baker  
7 Jane Joanes  
7 Sarah Burrough  
7 Lydia Burrough  
7 Mary Webber  
7 Patience Nichol  
8 Agnis Hammatt  
8 Mary Greater  
8 Elizabeth Phillips  
8 Garture Kinsman  
8 Thomazin Owens  
8 Rachel Lake  
8 Elizabeth Howell  
9 Mary Lancy  
9 Susanna Howle  
9 Eleanor Vallecott  
9 Prudence Hockin  
9 Prudence Downman  
9 Joan Willcock  
10 Mary Owell (Howell?)  
10 Eliz Hammott Crossed out
10 Jane Smith  
10 Mary Row  
10 Constance Leach(?) Crossed out
10 Darkis Joanes  
10 Eliz Richards  
10 Elizabeth Hulford Crossed out
10 Rebecca Stuckley  
11 Elizabeth Atchinham  
11 Mary Morgan  
11 Elizabeth Bieas  
11 Joan Poap  
11 Susanna Anderton  
12 Mary Yeo  
12 Elizabeth Yeo  
12 Mary Bennett  
12 Sarah Row  
12 Sarah Wise  
12 Anne Moore  

Area 5 (see plan)

Beehinde the North Church Dore

The new pew for women

Pew # Name Notes
1 Phillis Pollard  
1 Ann Brooks  
1 Elizabeth Vernam  
1 Mary Vernam  
1 Joan Vernam of Wood  
1 Amy Chapple  
1 Anna Chapple  
1 Mary Benson  
1 Rebecca Deane  
1 Amy Rosier  
1 Mary Cocker  
1 Elizabeth Ffollett  

Area 5 (see plan)

New seats for men

Pew # Name Notes
1 Joseph Lancy  
1 James Burden  
1 Robert Chappel  
1 William Verham  
1 Christopher Bennett  
1 Joseph Langdon  
2 Edmund Strange  
2 William Downman  
2 Mathew Wills  
2 William Darracott  
2 John Darracott  
2 William Lemley  
3 William Jones  
3 Phillip Blinch  
3 William Bennett  
3 Henry Collamor  
3 John Harris  
3 Richard Coats  
4 Robert Searls  
4 Joseph Lee  
4 John Parrett  
4 Phillip Samm  
4 Thomas Griffith  
4 James Legg  
5 Nicholas Hoyle  
5 Archelus Small  
5 Beniamin Wills  
5 Joseph Lancy  
5 William Angell  
5 Samuel Lancy  
6 James Sincock  
6 John Eavens  

Area 6 (see plan)

[No stated location or numbers for these pews, but obviously reserved for gentry]

Pew # Name Notes
  James Burden  
  Thomas Vernam senr  
  Richard Norman  
  William Vername  
  James Hopper  
  Nicholas Darracott  
  William Dean  
  John Lewes  
  George Berrell  
  Samuel Tetherleigh  
  John Wood  
  Thomas King  
  John Tetherly junr  
  John Strang junr  
  Christopher Browninge  
  Robert Ellis  
  John(?) Tetherley  
  Phinias Crocker Crossed out
  William Rosier  
  Thomas Manning  
  Sam'l Hoyle  
  William Mules  
  Thomas Gribble Crossed out
  William Druce(?) Crossed out
  Thomas Hele  
  John Strange  
  George Pollard  

Area 7 (see plan)

Womens seats adjoining on the north side of the pillars

Pew # Name Notes
1 Samuell Nott junr  
1 Thomas Hulford  
1 Edward Joans  
2 Margaret Harris  
2 Sarah Wessen Crossed out
2 Elizabeth Prance  
2 Susanna Tetherleigh  
2 Ann Knill  
2 Ann Cade  
3 Mary Birch  
3 Elizabeth Filkes(?) Crossed out
3 Ann Browning  
3 Sarah Davies Crossed out
3 Katharine Vername  
3 Sarah Wilkinson  
3 Susanna Deane  
3 Elizabeth Jeffery  
4 Sarah Bernard  
4 Ann Rudge  
4 Elizabeth Crocker  
4 Joane Isaack  
4 Dorothy Lembery  
5 Eliz Limberry  
5 Phillippie Hernaman Crossed out
5 Ann Ford  
5 Susanna Vallet  
5 Elizabeth Ellis  
5 Phillis Pollard  
6 Eliz Hammett  
6 Mary Slee  
6 Elizabeth Major  
7 Elizabeth King Crossed out
7 Mary Physick  
7 Grace Williams  
7 Mary Joanes  
7 Margaret Joanes  
7 Ann Brayley  
7 Joane Benson  
7 Julian Scampe  
8 Thomasin Wyott  
8 Lydia(?)Tetherleigh Crossed out
8 Thomazin Pearce  
8 Hannah Peckard Crossed out
8 Mary Mattocke  
8 ~?~ Titherly [faded]
8 Amy Smale  
9 Elizabeth (Katherin crossed out) Orchard  
9 Christian Hollford  
9 Joan Ellis(?) Crossed out
9 Eliz: Good Crossed out
9 Mary Richards  
9 Phillipy Leamon  
9 Susanna Bambury  
10 Anne Yeo  
10 Ellinor Manning  
10 Mary Legg  
10 Joan Madg  
10 Elizabeth Smale  
10 Christian Stoat  
11 Mary Tallbott Crossed out
11 Mary Norman  
11 Katherine Glanvell  
11 Juliana Allin  

Area 8 (see plan)

Below the Alley. The new pew for women

Pew # Name Notes
2 Mary Lauerence  
2 Mary Chapple  
2 Ann Wilborne  
2 Mary Southcott  
2 Elizabeth Darracott  
2 Prudence Chapple  
2 Ann Hanford  
2 Margaret Gordon  
2 Mary Hooper  
2 Elizabeth Arscott  
3 Mary Mules junior  
3 Katherine Southard  
3 Joan Ffrase  
3 Mary Benett  
3 Mary Goreden  
4 Agnes Martyne  
5 [no names]  
6 [no names]  
7 Agnes Shurt  

Area 9 (see plan)

Mens seats on the north side of the farther parte of the church

Pew # Name Notes
1 Thomas Melhuish  
1 Mr John Benson junr  
1 Mr John Willet  
2 John Benson junr Crossed out
2 William Doctone  
2 John Darracott  
2 William Browning  
3 Rich: Bastard  
3 John Knill  
3 Thomas Cade  
4 James(?) Hanger(?) Crossed out
4 George Hallett(?) Crossed out
4 Richard Hartnoll  
4 James Comer  
4 Joseph Darracott  

Area 10 (see plan)

Womens seates on the south side of the pillars

Pew # Name Notes
1 Margaret Hacch  
1 Grace Benson  
1 Elizabeth Arscott  
1 Joan Hartnoll  
1 Dureing her time at Burrough  
1 Susan Bond  
2 Ann Darracott  
2 Mary Hooper  
2 Anne Chapple  
2 Honour Langdon  
2 Mrs Elis Spurr  
3 Ann Yeo  
3 Sarah Collamore  
3 Agnes Yeo  
3 Emme Burrough  
3 Susanna Vername  
3 Lydia Tetherley  
4 Katherine Darracott  
4 Mary Readdy or Preaddy(?)  
4 Sarah Ellis  
4 Ann Brook  
4 Joan Vernam  
4 Margarett Marsh  
5 Julyan Wood  
5 Phillippa Whitson  
5 Grace Vername  
5 Martha Lyle  
5 Mary Darver  
5 Joan Handford  
5 Eliz: Williams  
6 Elizabeth Hogg  
6 Mary Mules  
6 Sarah Vernham  
6 Phillippe Hockin Crossed out
6 Thomasin Gordin  
6 Katherine Alan  
6 Mary Galsworthy  
6 Eliz Browne(?)  
6 Eliz: Rosier  
7 Dorathy Norman  
7 Elizabeth Palmer  
7 Joan Rooke  
7 Thomazin Hoyll  
7 Joan Sarels  
7 Prudence King  
7 Mary Rooke  
7 Ann Southcott  
8 Margaratt Knill  
8 Prudence(?) Hernaman  
8 Sarah Short  
8 Alice Baker  
8 Joan Lake  
8 Elianor Bennet  
8 Mary Smale  
8 Mary Scampe  
9 Agnes Anderton  
9 Sarah Harris  
9 Mary Brayle  
9 Mary Berrell  
9 Honor Webber  
9 Mary Townsend  
10 Elizabeth Yeo  
10 Agnis Coulls  
10 Elizabeth Dingell  
10 Grace Hammet  
10 Sarah Stoat  
10 Elizabeth Relly  
10 Alur (Alice?) Orchard  
10 Margarett Griffith  
11 Elizabeth Wise  
11 Agnis King  
11 Mary Taylor  
11 Mary Pollard  
11 Ann Lyle  
11 Susanna Lamprey  
11 Katherine Whitheir  

Area 11 (see plan)

Womens seats below the Alley

Pew # Name Notes
1 Margaret Hacch  
1 Grace Benson  
1 Elizabeth Arscott  
1 Joan Hartnoll  
1 Dureing her time at Burrough  
1 Susan Bond  
2 Ann Darracott  
2 Mary Hooper  
2 Anne Chapple  
2 Honour Langdon  
2 Mrs Elis Spurr  
3 Ann Yeo  
3 Sarah Collamore  
3 Agnes Yeo  
3 Emme Burrough  
3 Susanna Vername  
3 Lydia Tetherley  
4 Katherine Darracott  
4 Mary Readdy or Preaddy(?)  
4 Sarah Ellis  
4 Ann Brook  
4 Joan Vernam  
4 Margarett Marsh  
5 Julyan Wood  
5 Phillippa Whitson  
5 Grace Vername  
5 Martha Lyle  
5 Mary Darver  
5 Joan Handford  
5 Eliz: Williams  
6 Elizabeth Hogg  
6 Mary Mules  
6 Sarah Vernham  
6 Phillippe Hockin Crossed out
6 Thomasin Gordin  
6 Katherine Alan  
6 Mary Galsworthy  
6 Eliz Browne(?)  
6 Eliz: Rosier  
7 Dorathy Norman  
7 Elizabeth Palmer  
7 Joan Rooke  
7 Thomazin Hoyll  
7 Joan Sarels  
7 Prudence King  
7 Mary Rooke  
7 Ann Southcott  
8 Margaratt Knill  
8 Prudence(?) Hernaman  
8 Sarah Short  
8 Alice Baker  
8 Joan Lake  
8 Elianor Bennet  
8 Mary Smale  
8 Mary Scampe  
9 Agnes Anderton  
9 Sarah Harris  
9 Mary Brayle  
9 Mary Berrell  
9 Honor Webber  
9 Mary Townsend  
10 Elizabeth Yeo  
10 Agnis Coulls  
10 Elizabeth Dingell  
10 Grace Hammet  
10 Sarah Stoat  
10 Elizabeth Relly  
10 Alur (Alice?) Orchard  
10 Margarett Griffith  
11 Elizabeth Wise  
11 Agnis King  
11 Mary Taylor  
11 Mary Pollard  
11 Ann Lyle  
11 Susanna Lamprey  
11 Katherine Whitheir  
1 Ellynor Downe  
1 Mary Sarell  
1 Joan Thorne Crossed out
1 Mary Sayer  
1 Ellinor Harris  
1 Amey Rowe  
1 Agnes Harris  
2 Richord Davye  
2 Margret Browning  
2 Joan Jerrett(?) Crossed out
2 Honnor Pollard  
2 Agnes Harris  
2 Phillippa Limbery  
3 Sarah Hooper  
3 Joan Pope Crossed out
3 Agnes Russell  
3 Alice Wilcock  
3 Mary Braylie  

The new Pew made 1710 for women

Pew # Name Notes
1 Susanna Day  
1 Ann Lyll  
1 Elizabeth Russell  
1 Elizabeth Whitehaire  
1 Joane Gordin  
1 Thomazin Stanbury  
1 Joan Phillips  
1 Ann Mogford  
1 Grace Gorden  
1 Mary Clibbett  
1 Sarah Mulles  
2 Hanna Sowdon  
2 Hanna Sowdon junr  
2 William Sowdon  
2 Thomas Sowdon  
3 Susanna Webber Crossed out
3 Rebecca Sowdon Crossed out
3 Grace Whitehaire Crossed out
3 Katherine Williams Crossed out
3 Joane Webber(?) Crossed out
3 Katherine Abeavon  
3 Katherine Harris  
3 Mary Lewes  
3 Mary Owens  
3 Susanna Harris  
3 Mary Samm  
4 Susanna Herding  
4 Agnis Reece  
4 Eliz: Owens  
4 Grace Whitheir  
4 Katherine Whitheire  
4 Elizabeth Townsend  
4 Joan Webber  
4 Dorothy Vernam  
4 Margarett Crunn  
4 A servant for Mr Docton  

Area 12 (see plan)

Mens seats on the souther side of the church

Pew # Name Notes
1 Sir Thomas Berry  
1 Thomas Hacch  
1 Hen: Downe  
1 John Benson junr  
2 George Vallett  
2 John Jeffery  
2 Thomas Ellis  
3 Thomas Vernam son of William  
3 Robert Brooks  
3 John Abry  
4 Nicolas Tucker  
4 William(?) ~?~ery Crossed out
4 Thomas Vernam of Wood  
4 John Collomor  
5 Thomas Vernam Crossed out
5 George Bennett Crossed out
5 Ralph Arscott  
5 John Dean  
5 William Pincbiab(?)  
5 George ~?~ Crossed out

Area 13 (see plan)

Womens seats on the south side of the church

Pew # Name Notes
1 Mrs Dorothy Docton  
1 Mrs Margaret Darracott  
2 Elizabeth Yeo  
2 Eleanor Burch  
2 Mary Cornish  
2 Mary Blackmore  
2 Sarah Nicholls  
2 Mary Nott  
3 Phillipy Halls  
3 Sarah Gorden  
3 Dorothy Stucley  
3 Sarah Darracott  
3 Sarah Lembery  
4 Sarah Danals(?)  
4 Margaret Blackmore  
4 Elizabeth Copner  
4 Katherine Burden  
4 Elizabeth Short  
4 Hannah Rogers  
5 Susanna Mules Crossed out
5 Katherine Jones  
5 Johan Wood  
5 Elizabeth Baker  
5 Dorothy Chaple  
5 Joan Bastard  
5 Marey Hernaman  
5 Katherine Burdon  
6 Sarah Lewes  
6 Susanna Spark  
6 Willmott Burner  
6 Wilmot Bowndy  
6 Sarah Littlejohns  
6 Margarett Choope  
7 Thomasin Williams(?)  
7 ~?~ Dungell Crossed out
7 Mary Allin  
7 Eliz Honey  
7 Micha Phillips  
7 Mary Stephens  
7 Sarah Shortridge(?)  
8 Elizabeth Nicholl  
8 Eliz Smith  
8 Persilla Praceys  
8 Sibella Angell  
8 Margarett Harris  

Area 14 (see plan)

[no description]

Pew # Name Notes
~ Margarett Pill  
~ Mary Burnett  
~ Rachell Lake  
~ Mary Grater  
~ [faded] Hammet  
~ Mary Evens  
~ Mary Williams  
~ Katherine Hays  
~ Mary Nicholls  
~ Heaster Pincherd  
~ Grace Mounsell  
~ Mary Griffith  
~ Sarah Venner  
~ Dorothy Honey  
~ Grace Wise  
~ Grace Moore  
~ Elizabeth Wills  
~ Ann Thomas  
~ Judah Wills  
~ Martha Sessicks  
~ Margarett Lewes  
~ Susanna Banfield  
~ Ann Lang  
~ Agnis Tucker  
~ Katherine Lancy  
~ Joan Joanes  
~ Mary Williams  
~ Agnis Yeo  
~ Mary Eavens  
~ Mary Whitson  
~ Rachell Brimacomb  
~ Eliz Tucker  
~ Katherine Kent  
~ Sarah Rogers  
~ Katherine Brayle  

Area 15 (see plan)

Mens seats in the south yiele under the loft on the easter side

Pew # Name Notes
1 Robert King junr  
1 George Burden  
1 Robert Voscombe  
1 John Yeo  
1 John Yeo, marriner  
1 William Jones  
1 Richard Knill  
2 John Gording  
2 Samuel Turner  
2 Robert Hernaman Crossed out
2 ~?~ Rogg  
2 Robert Browning  
2 Robert Halls  
2 Robert Hayer  
2 James Lymbery  
2 Anthony Moon  
3 Richard Layell(?)  
3 Phillip Cottle  
3 Alexander Sloley  
3 James Burner elder  
3 John Smalridge  
3 James King  
4 John Hobbs  
4 Robert Haule(?) Crossed out
4 John Galsworthy  
4 Phillip Rashley  
4 Stephen Wheddon  
4 William Webber  
4 John Collomore  
4 James Williams  
5 John Thorn  
5 William Tardrew  
5 John Moor Crossed out
5 George Peckard  
5 James Bennett  
5 Thomas Tallbutt  
5 Joseph Burch  
6 William Ta~~~~(?) Crossed out
7 (?) Harris  
7 Adam Summers  
7 Richard Brown  
7 Thomas Sayer  
7 Ambrose Hammott  
8 John Troot  

Area 16 (see plan)

Mens seats on the wester side of the yiele under the loft

Pew # Name Notes
1 Christopher Browning senr Crossed out
1 Lewes Brook  
1 Samuel Nott  
1 Henry Gorden  
2 Charles Martin  
2 William Bambury  
3 Richard Beard(?) Crossed out
3 George Cornish Crossed out
3 Samuell Curtice  
4 [no names]  
5 [no names]  
6 William Griffieth  

The pillar seat

Pew # Name Notes
7 Thomas Hurford  
7 John Stephens  

Area 17 (see plan)

Mens seats in the loft of the south yeile

Pew # Name Notes
1 John Giffery  
1 James Barnard  
1 James Wise  
1 Nath Fford  
1 John Kinsman  
1 [blank] Richards  
1 Peter Leggurr(?)  
1 Robert Whitehaire  
1 John Blinch  
1 Isack Littlejohns  
2 Edmond Hogg  
2 Edward Copner  
2 John Good  
3 Edward Burden  

Area 17 (see plan)

The thwart seat by the wale in the said loft

Pew # Name Notes
  John Jory  
  Edward Burden