Researching Ashburton
Above: Arcadian crested ware. From my own collection

 

Ashburton resources


If you want to research local or family history in Ashburton, here are some resources that I have found. These are either for free or are at little cost. The first section is for if you are visiting Ashburton in person - please bear in mind that many of these facilities are manned by volunteers, and may have restricted visiting hours. They may not be open at all in the winter. Please assume that they cannot deal with postal enquiries about your own research.

The second section has online resources.

See the sub-menu for the Ashburton bibliography

The Ashburton Information Centre http://www.ashburton.org/infocentre.htm has books and booklets about the area, and is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers. They have some information on memorials in the St Andrew's Churchyard

Ashburton Library. Link from http://www.devon.gov.uk/text/teignbridge_libraries has a small reference section with photocopies from local directories and other publications, and files of newspaper cuttings.

Ashburton Museum http://www.ashburton.org/museum.htm has a large number of local artefacts. Worth asking the volunteers if they have anything on the subject you are particularly interested in.

The St Lawrence Chapel http://www.stlawrencechapel.org.uk/ has a large collection of material connected with Ashburton Grammar School, and with the Portreeves of the town. There is  a model of the old railway station in The Stanley Gill Room.


Online resources

The Ashburton entries from Pigot's Directory of 1822-23 can be found here:

http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/Ashburton/AshburtonPigotPre1830.html - Accessed 15-01-2017


1861 census FreeCEN http://www.freecen.org.uk/

1881 census via Family Search https://familysearch.org/

1881 census via Find My Past http://www.findmypast.co.uk/

1881 census via The British Surnames website http://www.britishsurnames.co.uk/ Every surname in Ashburton recorded in the 1881 census

1891 census FreeCEN – http://www.freecen.org.uk/ (you can put 'Ashburton' under 'Civil parish')


Directories from http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16445coll4:

Pigot & Co 1844

White's 1850 and 1878/79

Slater's 1852/53

Kelly's 1893, 1902, 1914


Names from Pigot's 1822-23 Directory can be found here http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DEV/Ashburton/AshburtonPigotPre1830


White's 1850 directory is also available for free as a Google eBook. https://www.google.co.uk

 

Val Hender's transcription of Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer 1870 is here: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valhender/dirtrans/mor1870/ashburt.htm - Accessed 23-01-2017


Internet Archive https://archive.org/index.php

Kelly's Directory of Devon 1902 (Worth putting in other searches on this site)


World maps online http://www.oldmapsonline.org  has several maps of the area from various time periods


A search for 'Ashburton' in the National Archives 'Discovery' pages - http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI brings up over a thousand results, which can be refined. Accessed 11-1-2014.


Exeter Cathedral has an online catalogue to the holdings in its library and archive. A search for 'Ashburton' brings up four pages of results.

http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/education/library-and-archives1/library-and-archives.ashx - Accessed 26-12-15


The Forebears website http://forebears.co.uk/england/devon/ashburton has links to many resources - some are paid sites, but many are free. Accessed 20-02-2015


The new Ashburton Digital Archive is now online. It currently holds all the memorial inscriptions for St. Andrew's Churchyard for 1956-1986

Go to http://www.ashburtonarchive.org.uk/Accessed 16-1-2014

http://www.gravestonephotos.com/index.php is an international grave monument directory. Go to England, then Devon, then to St Andrews Ashburton - there are details of 397 graves, and 708 names.


From the town website at http://www.ashburton.org/

Names on the War Memorial


The Totnes Image Bank has some fabulous Ashburton photographs online. Their online images are only a fraction of those they have, so it may be worth contacting them if you have a specific enquiry.

http://www.totnesimagebank.org

 

The list of landowners and occupiers from the Ashburton tithe map of 1840 can be found on http://files.devon.gov.uk/tithe/tithemapsapp/ashburton.pdf

The map itself is available to buy on disc from Devon Heritage Services, and is now also available at
 http://www.devon.gov.uk/tithemaps.htm - Accessed 23-01-2017


From Genuki http://www.genuki.org.uk/

Names from some directories

Transcriptions of some wills and legal documents

A history of the Foote family of Ashburton

List of signatories who promise to pay bounties to seamen in 1793 http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/Ashburton/AshburtonBounties.html - Accessed 17-12-2014

The Devon Wills Index http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/DevonWillsProject/

plus lots of pointers to other resources.


For blacksmith ancestors, try the Blacksmith's Index http://blacksmiths.mygenwebs.com/index.php Several Ashburton people in the Devon section.


For information on the book trades connected to Ashburton, see the Exeter Working Papers in the book History at http://bookhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/devon-imprints-ashburton.html - Accessed 23-08-2015

 

From Ancestry.com - the World Connect site http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ 

A search by Database keyword "Ashburton" brings up: 

"William Knott of Ashburton England and related families"  

"Ashburton Yolland family"  (as at December 2012)

 

Kay's Way http://www.kaysway.org/ashburton.htm has a list of Ashburton families from all dates including the 1700s. Accessed 04-08-2017


The will of Joanna Adams (nee Glanville) of Ashburton, 1840 can be found on Jay Glanville's site http://www.glanvillenet.info/default.htm (go to Wills via Dead docs)

See also the website featuring the Glanvill/Glanville family in Ashburton and in Maker and Rame in Cornwall http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~glanville/index.html - Accessed 31-12-2012

 

Rick Desmier has a detailed website on the Earle family. It can be found at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~desmier/earle_family.html - Accessed 5-11-2016


The Westaway one-name study has a page on the Ashburton Westaway family - plus mentions of the names Berry, Whiddon and Honeywill. Go to http://westawayfamily.co.uk/index.html then 'Biographies', 'Westaway Families' and finally 'The headstones in St Andrew, Ashburton church yard, by Nicola Aldridge'.

 

Jim Greenwood's family history website has pages on the Ashburton Harding and Wills families http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/g/r/e/Jim-Greenwood/index.html - Accessed 23-01-2017

 

The Begent family home pages have a section on the Smerdon family in Ashburton http://www.begent.org/


http://www.familyhistorydata.co.uk/fhd_triggs.html has entries about the Triggs family in Ashburton. Accessed 23-01-2017

 

The Devon Family History Society http://www.devonfhs.org.uk/ have some baptism (1813 -1821, 1822-1829, 1830 -1840) marriage (1754 - 1812) and burial indexes (1813 -1837) at moderate cost.

They also have baptisms from the Independent Chapel from 1817-1839


The Friends of Devon Archives have posted the Devon and Exeter Oath Rolls 1723 (sworn at the School House, Ashburton) at http://www.foda.org.uk - Accessed 16-1-2014

They have also posted 18th century Freeholders Books, including several for Ashburton. http://www.foda.org.uk/freeholders/index/parishindex_a_k.htm - Accessed 23-01-2017


The following two sites are commercial ones:
https://www.ancestry.co.uk
http://www.findmypast.co.uk I have included them because both are available at some libraries - and both occasionally have periods with free access to their records. It is worth being signed up to newsletters that will tell you when this happens - I personally receive emails from the Lost Cousins website http://www.lostcousins.com


                                                                     From my own collection