"ROCKBEARE, a small straggling village, six miles E.N.E. of Exeter, and 5 miles W. of Ottery St. Mary, has in its parish 513 souls, and 2390 acres of land, including the small village of Marsh-Green, more than 1½ mile S.E. of the church, and many scattered farms, &c. The soil is generally fertile, and the surface boldly undulated. . . . In the reign of Edward III., the manor was given to Canonleigh Abbey, by the Countess of Gloucester. It was long the seat and property of the Sainthill family, of whom it was purchased by Thos. Porter, Esq., of Nutwell House, the present lord of the manor, and owner of a great part of the soil, and of Rockbeare House, which he rebuilt after purchasing the old mansion of Sir. J.L. Duntze, Bart., whose father resided here. The present mansion is a handsome structure, with pleasant grounds, about a mile S.E. of the church. Westcott is the seat and property of the Rev. John Elliott. Mrs. Ann and Mr. Edward Payne, and a few smaller owners have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Mary,) is an antique fabric, with a tower and five bells . . . The Rev. Hy. Nicholls, M.A., is the incumbent,, and has 21A. of glebe, and a good residence, built in 1833. . . . Here is a small Independent chapel, erected in 1840. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.
MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and Incledon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]
Rockbeare church and churchyard: monumental inscriptions. Typescript (1989) 23p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.5/ROC/ROC]
Rockbeare - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Parish Registers going back to 1645 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1645 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection (archived copy).
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1645-1837, and Marriages 1645-1837.
Sellman, R.R. Parish registers 1644-1837: edited transcript with family reconstitutions. Typescript (1991) 111p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/ROC/1644]
The Deanery of Aylesbeare: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Aylesbeare, Bicton, Branscombe, Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst St.George, Clyst St.Mary, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Farringdon, Harpford, Huxham, Littleham, Lympstone, Otterton, Ottery St. Mary, Pinhoe, Poltimore, Rockbeare, Salcombe Regis, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Sowton, Stoke Canon, Topsham, Venn Ottery, Whimple, Withycombe Raleigh and Woodbury. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England 1844, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2012). [Aylesbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bicton Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1852, Bur: 1725-1845 (BTs); Branscombe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1545-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadclyst Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Honiton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. George Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; Colaton Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Salem Chapel, Bur: 1832-1837; Farringdon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1852; Glenorchy Independent Exmouth, Bur: 1784-1818; Harpford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1809-1837; Huxham Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1758-1836, Bur: 1813-1864; Littleham (near Exmouth) Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lympstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Otterton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ottery St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Pinhoe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1844, Bur: 1813-1838; Poltimore Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Rockbeare Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Salcombe Regis Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1830, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidmouth Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sowton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stoke Canon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Topsham Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Venn Ottery Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Whimple Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Withycombe Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Woodbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.
Symons from Rochbeare - genealogy web-site.
Rose-Troup, Peter. A Letter from America, Devon Family Historian, vol. 159, (2016) pp.22-23. [Life and descendants of Frances Rose-Troup née James married in Rockbeare in 1889, later of Crediton, Exter and Newton St Cyres]
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Ackermann, Rudolph. Rock-Bear House, Devon: The Seat of Thomas Porter, Esq. The Repository of arts, literature, commerce, manufactures, fashions and politics, (1826) Ser 3, vol 11, p.2. [Illustration and description]
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