Unfortunately 1840 comes at the most difficult time for finding C of E
You can look at the C of E Clergy database
This goes up to 1835, but is far from complete.
An alternative is The Clergy List, and after 1858 Crockford's Clerical
Directory which was published annually with lists of living C of E
clergy and the record of where they served.
Perhaps the best place for you to enquire ( unless someone knows the
answer from their own research ) would be the Lambeth Palace Library
1835 to 1967
On 30 Jun 2009, at 20:37, <jane.hope1(a)ntlworld.com> <jane.hope1(a)ntlworld.com
I'm afraid this is a little long winded but I hope someone can
help. Many years ago an aunt told me that my great grandfather had
been a foundling (he was born in 1840)and been found outside St.
Mary's Steps Church in Exeter and took the name of the vicar. I now
know that this was not true, having traced his parentage etc. -
however, one of his relatives, uncle or 2nd cousin (something like
that anyway) was a vicar in Exeter. How can I find out what church
he was vicar of? Any pointers please?