As the date of the 2021 census approaches, lets look at how Okehampton appeared in previous censuses. The FreeCEN website gives free access to 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1891 censuses of Okehampton (Okehampton is in the Lifton Census District in 1841). White's Devonshire Directory from 1850 can fill in some gaps. How would your life look to future historians, if they could only read a few lines every 10 years?

Three traces of past lives, 

  • Charity Frost, Innkeeper King's Arms.
  • Rebecca Jordan, Straw Bonnet Maker. 
  • Richard Lillicrap, Carpenter.



Engraving c.1845 by Thomas Dugdale

Photo Chris Allen 


Charity Frost, Innkeeper King's Arms

1841 Devon, Lifton, Okehampton, Fair Place
FROST, John,50, Publican
FROST, Charity, 45
FROST, Charity, 20
FROST, John, 15
FROST, Mary, 15
FROST, William, 6

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 22. INNS & TAVERNS. King's Arms, Charity Frost 

1851 Devon, Okehampton, Fair Place
FROST, Charity (Widow), 58, Innkeeper

1861 Devon, Okehampton, Fair Place
FROST, Charity, 67, Victualler
FROST, William, 27, Corn Dealer 


Rebecca Jordan, Straw Bonnet Maker

1841 Devon, Lifton, Okehampton, Fair Place
JORDEN, Dorothy, 70
JORDEN, Rebecca, 30, Straw Bonnet Mk 

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 22. STRAWHAT MAKR. Jordan Rebecca 

1851 Devon, Okehampton Back Street
JORDAN, Dorothy, 82, Pauper
JORDAN, Rebecca, 40, Milliner 


Richard Lillicrap, Carpenter

1841 Devon, Lifton, Okehampton, Easton Town
LILLICRAPP, Richard, 50, Carpenter
LILLICRAPP, John, 25, Clerk

White's Devonshire Directory 1850
Page 22. ACADEMIES. Lillicrap Mary CARPENTERS Lillycrap Rd, Lillycrap Edw.
1851 Devon, Okehampton, East Street
LILLICRAPP, Richard, 64, Master Carpenter
LILLICRAPP, John B, 36, Accountant
LILLICRAPP, Mary, 31, School Mistress
LILLICRAPP, Lucy Jane, 27, House Keeper 

1861 Devon, Okehampton, Easton Town
LILLICRAP, Richard, 74, Carpenter
UNDERHILL, William, 28, Shoemaker
UNDERHILL, Lucy J., 35, Shoemakers Wife
UNDERHILL, Constance M. H., 2months, Okehampton 


General Information on Okehampton

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers. 


Welcome to the Devon Heritage website where you will find information and articles about the people and places of this County, both past and


British History Online has copies of the late 19th Century Ordnance Survey maps.  


Census 2021 The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021. Everyone must complete the census and provide accurate information. It helps decide how services are funded in your area.


A Vision of Britain Since 1801 the Census has created a uniquely detailed record of our changing communities. For data on your chosen town or village, search by place from our main home page. 



Extract of the Okehampton entry from William White's Devonshire Directory of 1850  


FreeCEN The aim of FreeCEN is to provide free internet searches of the 19th century UK census returns. The first UK census to include names and other details of UK residents took place in 1841. Since then, a census has been held every ten years.

The FreeCEN project was begun in July, 1999, with a pilot transcription for Devon, coordinated by Brian Randell. Since then, the project has moved on, outgrowing its original database and website: we are now based on this site and have plans to improve the database and the ways you can search it. 

Coverage for Tavistock on FreeCEN is for the years 1841, 1861, and 1891  


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