SOUTH PETHERTON Lists of People.


Although the census records with full lists of the entire population did not start until 1841, there are a variety of sources from the C16th onwards which list either able bodied males or of people who had enough property or goods to be taxed or required to serve as jurors. These surviving lists can be found at the Somerset Heritage Centre or at the National Archives at Kew . Some of these Somerset records have been transcribed and published separately, particularly by the Somerset Record Society (SRS)  and by Harry Galloway Publishing. A list of some of these sources is set out below:


Dwelly’s National Records Vol 1 Hearth Tax for Somerset 1664-5 with Indices copied from the original rolls by R Holdworthy (1916) – reproduced 1994 by Harry Galloway Publishing ISBN 1-873931-37-9 [none survive for South Petherton]


Somerset Record Society (1904) The Somerset Muster of 1569


Adrian J Webb: The 1601 and 1628 Subsidy Returns for South Somerset; Harry Galloway Publishing (1993) ISBN 1-873931-20-4


Adrian J Webb: Somerset Jurors List 1748; Harry Galloway Publishing (1994)

ISBN 1-873931-45-X


A J Howard (transcriber) T L Stoate (Ed): Somerset Protestation Returns and Lay Subsidy Rolls 1641-2 


The Harleian Society has published various Visitations including the 1623 Visitation of Somerset published 1876, edited by Frederick Thomas Colby, and the 1672 Visitation of Somerset and the City of Bristol by Sir Edward Busshe transcribed by G D Squibb (1992) ISBN 09 513335 34. These are also available on CD from Archive CD Books They contain pedigrees of families – of relevance to South Petherton are the AYSHE, BONNER, BROME, COMPTON, FORTE, JOHNSON, MICHELL and SANDYS (1623) and ASHE, BALE, BONNER, COMPTON, HELE, JOHNSON, SANDERS and SANDYS (1672).


Updated 21st October 2018