We have made a point of trying to trace family homes, and have been quite successful, not many headstones either!
I looked on Tithe map for 1839 but the name not appearing there, a bit soon for them. Looks a pretty village.
Devon heritage centre in Exeter has most information, for the whole county, staff very helpful.
Lynton and Barnstaple are on the North coast, Lustleigh on the southern edge of Dartmoor, and Dawlish on southern coast.
So hope you can allocate lots of time, and work out where you want to prioritise.
re Henry Charles Sheppard, He was born Gillingham Dorset, census 1861 living at the Queens Head, father a labourer, (not the landlord!)
Records for Dorset held at Dorchester.
You can access computers at Devon Heritage centre if you need to.
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