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John Carew

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John Carew (c1788-1868)

1789 Born at Ideford, Devon, the soon of the Rev. John West Carew and his wife Lydston Smallwood.

1823 Married at Tiverton to Maria the daughter of John Dickinson

1851 Visitor at Hillsborough House, Tormoham, Devon.[1]

1861 Living at Knightley House, Exeter: John Carew (age 72 born Ideford), Registrar for bankruptcy. With his wife Maria, one visitor and two servants.[2]

1868 October 31st. Died, of Knightleys, Exeter. Buried at Bickleigh.


1868 Death of John Carew Esq.[3]

We announce with much regret the departure from amongst us of an old, and estimable citizen - John Carew, Esq., who died at his residence, Knightley, half past eleven o'clock on Saturday night, at the age of 80 years. Mr. Carew had been ailing for some time past, but only kept his bed two days. He belonged to the celebrated family of the Devonshire Carews. His father was the rector of Bickleigh and brother of Sir Henry Carew.

The deceased gentleman was formerly in extensive practice as a solicitor, and acted as the professional agent for Sir William Follett, during the time that distinguished man sat in Parliament for Exeter.

In the year 1812, on the formation of the Bankruptcy Courts, he was appointed Registrar of the Exeter District Court, and filled the office for 20 years. For no less than 52 years he has acted as the steward and confidential adviser of the good Sir Thomas Acland, who has now entered upon his 82nd year, and mourns the loss of his faithful friend counsellor.

Mr. Carew was in the Commission of the Peace for the city, and in 1841, Mayor of Exeter. Possessed of considerable wealth, he dispensed it with the utmost liberality. He was a generous supporter of the charitable institutions the city and county, and amongst numerous appointments in connection with them served as President of the General Hospital. To public charities he did not, however, confine his aid, but unostentatiously helped the needy and suffering wherever he found them. A soul warmed with benevolence prompted him to good deeds... Mr. Carew was a stanch Conservative, and did his utmost to promote the Conservative cause without, however, making enemies, for he was as courteous and conciliatory as he was hearty and sincere. He was deeply respected and venerated, and all who knew him will hear of his death with feelings of sorrow.'


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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 06 November 1868