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North Petherwin, Cornwall Genealogy

Guide to North Petherwin, Cornwall ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

North Petherwin, Cornwall
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NorthPetherwin St Padern Cornwall
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Black Torrington
County Cornwall & Devon
Poor Law Union Launceston
Registration District Launceston
Records begin
Parish registers: 1653
Bishop's Transcripts: 1611
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Trigg Major
Diocese Exeter
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
Location of Archive
Cornwall Record Office

Parish History

PETHERWIN (North), a village and a parish in the district of Launceston and county of Devon; and a sub-district mainly in Cornwall. The village stands near the boundary with Cornwall, 4½ miles NW of Launceston r.station and has a post-office under Launceston. The parish contains also the hamlets of Brassacott, Helscott, and Maxworthy. There are two chapels for Wesleyans, two for Bible Christians, one for U. Free Methodist. [1]

North Petherwin (Cornish: Paderwynn Gledh) is an Ancient Parish and has transferred between the counties of Cornwall and Devon in history.Historically, the Dukes of Bedford have been major land owners in the parish. As well as the church town, settlements include Helscott, Brassacott and Maxworthy.

The parish is currently administratively part of Cornwall.

The parish church is dedicated to St Paternus (see also South Petherwin) and is unusually grand for a small village church. It was described in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850 as: ... an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells... (containing)... memorials of the Yeo and other families. The north aisle is Norman and the south Perpendicular and many of the windows, including those of the clerestory, are 13th century in style. There is some old woodwork including a communion rail dated 1685.

The modern parish is part of the Egloskerry, North Petherwin, Tremaine and Tresmere, United Benefice in the diocese of Truro.

Resources

Find Neighboring Parishes

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

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  • Choose Options from the pop up box
  • Click "List Contiguous Parishes" to find the neighboring parishes

Civil Registration

Births, marriages and deaths were kept by the government from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is Free BMD.

Although historically part of Devon, North Petherwin has been part of Launceston registration District since 1837.

Church Records

Church records

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

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North Petherwin Online Parish Records
Collections
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
FamilySearch Collections-Cornwall
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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FamilySearch Parish Registers-Cornwall
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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FreeREG
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
Find My Past-Cornwall ($)
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1800s
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Ancestry-Church of England BMD-Cornwall ($)
1500s-2000s
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1500s-2000s
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1500s-2000s
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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1800s-1900s
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1800s-1900s
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1800s-1900s
Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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1500s-1800s
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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1800s-1900s

Other Websites
These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)

Census Records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Cornwall Online Census Project

Poor Law Union

Launceston Poor Law Union

Probate Records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cornwall Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

There are many maps and gazetteers showing English places. Valuable web sites are:

Websites

North Petherwin in GENUKI

References

  1. 1870-72, John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales