My 5th great grandfather Richard Boyens (sometimes spelled Boyns) was a Cornish mining captain who lived from 1750 to 1838.
I am confident that he is my direct ancestor from this link which refers to him dying in the house of my 4th great grandfather:
“DEATHS … On Saturday, the 24th [Feb 1838], at the house of his son-in-law, Mr. Joseph Billin, mercer and draper, Helston, Capt. Richard Boyens, formerly of St. Just in Penwith, aged 88 years, for 40 of which he held the situation of toller to the Duke of Leeds. Throughout a long life, he bore a character pre-eminently distinguished for uprightness and integrity.”
I have been trying to find out more about him and finding various references to what appears to be another Captain Richard Boyens (who died in 1830), as well as Captains Henry and Nicholas Boyens too. The Richard Boyens in whom I am primarily interested had sons by the names of Richard, Nicholas, Henry and John so I am thinking that this nuclear family may have included four mining captains.
I was thinking that there might be a central index to Cornish Mining Captains somewhere, and was almost surprised when I did not turn one up in my searches today.
Although, I have still have many disparate leads to pursue on what appears to be the Boyens family of Cornish Mining Captains, I am wondering whether anyone is aware of an existing study or index that could provide me with something more direct?
Although Richard Boyens (senior) died at Helston he was, from what I can tell, a Mining Captain at St Just in Penwith:
- On 30 Dec 1816 as a Mine Agent of 13 months at Huel Olds Mine, St Just in Penwith he signed a Royal Geological Society of Cornwall Volume 1 paper 9 :
IX.-On the Accidents which occur in the Mines of Cornwall, in consequence of the premature explosion of Gunpowder in blasting Rocks, and on the methods to be adopted for preventing it, by the introduction of a Safety Bar, and an instrument termed the Shifting Cartridge.