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Non - Conformist Records


Most baptism, marriage and burial records refer to the parish church which would be Church of England. However throughout the centuries there have always been alternative ways to worship, although at times these were actively discouraged and even persecuted. Throughout the 18th century Methodists grew in numbers and experienced a considered increase in in the mid 19th centuries amongst the mining populations. There was a very strong Methodist movement in East Cornwall during this period and within the Methodist beliefs were many different sects such as Wesleyan, Bible Christian, Primitive, Congregationalist, United Free Church, etc.
Quakers were also present in East Cornwall and were particularly strong in Stoke Climsland and the Liskeard area.
METHODISTS BEFORE 1837 The Methodist registers for Cornwall prior to 1838 are at the Family Record Office, London. They have been transcribed by Mrs Sheila Townsend and are available for purchase on her Cornish Legacy site. She had kindly allowed me to do limited look-ups, so if you want to know if your family is in 'Nonconformist Registers for Cornwall' please contact me.
QUAKER RECORDS Again, Mrs Shelia Townsend has transcribed the records for Cornwall, go to her site for Quaker Records for Cornwall 1609-1837. There is also a transcript of the Liskeard register at the Cornwall Record Office.


by Circuit, then Parish

Most of the earlier records are by circuit as each chapel did not have its own baptism or burial register. Unfortunately circuits did overlap and you have to search several. Most of the Linkinhorne records are in the Launceston circuit. The reference numbers are for the registers at the Cornwall Record Office.


Wesleyan Circuit Liskeard. Baptism records from 1837 MR/L/39. The records for the parishes of Linkinhorne, South Hill & St Ive have been extracted 1837-1850 
     Launceston. Baptisms from 1837 MR/LISK/58 
Congregationalist Circuit Liskeard Baptisms 1809-1843  AD894/4/1
Bible Christian Circuit Liskeard (called St Neot circuit to 1846) baptisms from 1837 MR/LISK/114
Callington.  Baptisms from 1863
Primitive Methodists Liskeard, baptisms from 1856  MR/MRC/1
LINKINHORNE Darley United Methodist Free Church baptisms from 1837 MR/LISK/130 Transcriptions will be available for Linkinhorne Parish 1837+  Residents from St Cleer also used this chapel.
Rilla Mill Chapel. Wesleyan. Baptisms from 1841
Lanhargy Chapel.


Year Date of Bap.

Name of child

Name of parents


Abode Age
1840 June 8 John son of William & Elizabeth SOWDEN Southill 5 wks
Joshua son of Richard & Susannna STEPHENS Southill 8 days
1847? Jan. 29 John son of William & Jane TURNER Linkinhorne 9wks 5dys
1847? Dec. 5 Elizabeth Ann daughter of  Joseph & Frances KNIGHT Caradon 3mths
1847 Jan 16 Alice daughter of John & Charlotte SHORT St Ive 3mths
Mar 14 Matilda daughter of Nicholas & Mary RICHARDS Caradon b. Mar.4
Thomas Henry son of John & Honour POLGASE Caradon b. Feb.14
Apr 25 Elizabeth Ann daughter of William & Jane BENNETT Linkinhorne 1mth
May 9 Eliza Hancock daughter of Nicolas Hancock & Jane HONEY Caradon b.Apr.7
William Lewis son of William & Sarah PRIDDIX Caradon b.Apr.9
1850 Mar 10 John son of William & Grace KERNICK Caradon b. Feb.15
May 8 Mary Ann daughter of John & Honour POLGLASE Caradon b. Jul.25 1849
Susan daughter of William & Elizabeth POLLARD Caradon b. Sep.7 1849
Mary daughter of William & Elizabeth POLLARD Caradon b.Apr.1
Jun 5 William Nile son of William & Caroline PHILLIPS Caradon b. May 21