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Guide to Plympton St Mary, Devon ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Plympton St Mary, Devon
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Plympton
County Devon
Poor Law Union Plympton St Mary
Registration District Plympton St Mary
Records begin
Parish registers: 1603
Bishop's Transcripts: 1610
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Plympton
Diocese Exeter
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
Location of Archive
Devon Record Office


Parish History

PLYMPTON ST. MARY, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Plympton, Ermington and Plympton, and S. divisions of Devon, ½ a mile (N. W. by W.) from Earl's-Plympton. It has no village of its own name, but includes those of RIDGWAY, UNDERWOOD, and COLEBROOK, and the hamlets of Hemerdon, Sparkwell, Venton, and part of Lee Mill Bridge. The Church of Plympton St. Mary was anciently the conventual church of the Priory. There are small Wesleyan Chapels at Ridgway and Lee Mill Bridge.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, 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 FreeBMD.

Church records

Plympton St Mary, Devon Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[2]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
Plympton St Mary, Devon Genealogy Online Parish Records


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IGI 1616-1812

IGI 1603-1728

Sparkwell registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Sparkwell Online Records


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Non-Conformist Churches
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • Society of Friends/Quaker is a non-Church of England denomination located somewhere in Plympton, but the exact parish has not been identified

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. The first film number is 241318.

Transcriptions of some of the censuses records for Plympton St Mary parish can be found at

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Devon 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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.


Plympton St Mary on GENUKI

Information about Plympton St. Mary Parish, in Devon, England and past residents may be found on the Online Parish Clerk pages at


  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 578-586. Date accessed: 2 August 2013.
  2. 'Devon Parish Marriages,' findmypast, accessed 8 January 2014.
  3. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Devon, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 13 February 2014. Described as 'Plympton Erle' and 'Plympton Saint Mary.' Are these actually two difference localities?


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