I'm not sure the words 'was there' and 'stayed' are quite the right
ones. At this time it was most common to retain livings until death, but
often curates were paid to do the work, .
It's struck me before as a shame that our churches so often have lists
of vicars / rectors, including those who held plural livings or were
otherwise absent, and not the curates they paid (often a pittance) to do
the work, who should really be the ones acknowledged. (The trouble is I
think survival of records about who was present and even more about who
the curates were who ministered in a parish are very patchy)
See for instance the 1779 visitation replies for Thornbury -
On 24/02/2017 08:00, devon-request(a)rootsweb.com wrote:
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [DEV] [STRAY] Anne w/o Richard FRENCHAM of Thornbury
He was the Rector of St Peter's Church, Thornbury near Holsworthy in Devon
but I have his name as Frinsham but have not checked any original
documentation. He was there in 1745 and was followed by Anthony Frinsham
1745/6; his son or brother possibly, who stayed until 1778. It therefore
looks as if Richard was very much a temporary Rector whilst Anthony wasn't
available as most of our Rectors seemed to stay for long periods. I don't
know anything else about them and Anthony has no gravestone in the church
yard as I have recorded and transcribed all of them.
Not sure if this is of any relevance but thought someone would like to know
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