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North Bovey is a pleasant village, with a well wooded green, in the picturesque valley of the West Teign, 1½ mile S. of Moreton Hampstead. Its parish contains 660 souls and 5654 acres of land, including the hamlets of Wormhill and Lettaford, and about 1000 acres of common, on the eastern hills of Dartmoor Forest, where there are two tin mines, called Birch Tor and East Birch Tor. There is a cattle fair in the village on the Monday after Midsummer-day. The Earl of Devon is lord of the manor, but part of the parish belongs to a number of small freeholders, and a portion of it is in the manor of West Teign, which belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall. The Church (St. John,) is a large antique fabric, in the perpendicular style, with a tower and six bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £22. 10s. 5d., and in 1831 at £303, is in the patronage of the Earl of Devon, and incumbency of the Rev. Fras. J. Courtenay, who has a good residence and 25A. 2R. 26P. of glebe. … [From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844)]

9 Apr 1804 Elizabeth Coombe was born Apr 9, 1804 in North Bovey, Devon, England, according to the 1841 and 1851 England censuses, and was christened on Apr 29, 1804, daughter of John and Susanna Coombe, according to a baptism search at In a column marked “mar” it notes “Saunders”. She died in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana on Jun 30, 1894 at the age of 90, according to cemetery records.

Note: See Stoke Damerel, Devon 1841 & 1851 census.

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