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Sherriff Family History, the Parish Registers of Modbury & Yealmpton, Devon, and other items of interest.

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Welcome to our website. Through this site we hope to be able to share the results of our research, both into our Sherriff ancestors and into the other families that make up our family tree. This site is the work Paul and Christine Sherriff from Newbury, Berkshire. Apart from our interest in Family History, we also collect China and Porcelain Cats, Tonbridge Ware, and Victorian Pressed Glass particularly that manufactured by Sowerby's of Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.


As part of our research into Paul's ancestors, we have become particularly interested in the parishes of Modbury and Yealmpton, in Devon, and are currently transcribing the Parish Registers of St. George’s Church in Modbury. If you think you have ancestors from Modbury and would like any details, visit the Modbury Parish Register pages and look in our Modbury Surname Listing. We will try to send you any information we have, but please be patient! The Parish Registers for Yealmpton will also be transcribed eventually. For some of the families in Modbury, we have started to add Family Pages which detail all the entries in the Registers. To view the ones added so far, click on the link at the top of the page. Return to top


As Family Historians we are interested in all things about our ancestors and their environment, not just who they were or when they lived. We hope that you will find some of these to be of interest too.


When we started on our research, we knew very little about either of our family's history. To start with it was easier to concentrate on Paul's ancestors as they originated in England whereas Christine's family all came from Ireland. After more than three years of research, we are only 2 people away from having the names of all 32 of Paul's great-great-great-grandparents. In addition, on some of the families involved, we have data going back over 600 years.


The families within our files that interest us most at the present time are:









Feehan French Furzland/Furzeland


Hayward Hobbs Holloway Kiely
Lipscomb/Lipscombe Mudge Rogers Ryder
Shepherd/Shepheard Sheriff/Sherriff Toms Winkworth





You can see the results of our research into these names on the Sherriff Family History page. We have also added surname lists, pedigree charts and descendancy lists to go with our research. Our family listings now include many people who are not directly related to either of us, but who are nevertheless 'connected' in some way or other. If we come across data on anyone in our files, no matter how distant the connection, we add this data in the hope that it is of assistance to other researchers. This applies particularly to people from the Modbury area, where we have added many families as data has been transcribed.


On our Web Links page you will find links to those sites that we have found to be of particular assistance in our research, and other sites that we have found to be of interest. If you are particularly interested in genealogy and family history, there is a really excellent site called Cyndi’s List, which is an index covering over 250,000 sites related to Genealogy and Family History.



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