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For questions about the county of Cornwall at the south-west tip of England. Known as Kernow in the Cornish language.

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Where is Trehavron, Kenwyn (Cornwall, England)?

Today I received the Death Certificate of my 3rd great grandfather Henry Green whose death was registered in the District of Kenwyn (Cornwall, England). It says fairly clearly that he died on 21 May ...
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Could Francis Tolvert Greenway baptised 1774 at Falmouth be Francis Green who married Grace Woodley 1798 at Totnes?

I have asked a question about my 4th great grandfather Francis Green previously as Finding late 18th Century service record of Francis Green in Cornish Militia? Francis Green was, according to: the ...
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Parish residency in 19th century Cornwall?

In 18th and 19th century church parish marriage records in Cornwall, UK, the bride and groom's residences are indicated as one of three things: of the same parish as the marriage (usually just ...
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Interpreting 1832-1839 Bodmin Gaol records for George Wills of Illogan?

My 3rd great grandfather George Wills was baptised on 13 Jul 1806 at Illogan to Richard and Susanna (nee Scoble). On 11 Jan 1834 he married Frances Angove at Illogan. On 10 Jan 1836 George and ...
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Finding when and why ancestor was in Bodmin Gaol ca 1835-1839?

I'm looking for inmate records for Bodmin Gaol jail in the UK circa 1835-1839. My 4th great-grandfather Phillip Stephen Rule (born 1777) was an inmate there based on records I have found on ancestry....
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Where is the farm/hamlet of Barah in 1820s North Cornwall?

I cannot determine the location of the place of residence for John and Jane Short, at the time of baptism of their son, also John Short, 9 July 1826 in Jacobstow Parish church, hundred of Stratton, ...
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Birth record for a Jane Glasson in 18th century Cornwall?

Jane Glasson married John Short in Whitstone Parish, North Cornwall, England, 6 Jan 1821. http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/search-database/more-info/?t=marriages&id=587662 Her headstone in ...
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Why might someone be listed amongst “Additional Individuals Bounded” in 1806 Cornwall Bastardy Papers?

On 24 Nov 1806, my 4th great grandfather Joseph Billin was listed amongst the "Additional Individuals Bounded" in the Helston Bastardy Papers 1729-1823. At the time "JENKIN Elizabeth, Helston, ...
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Seeking ca 1801 records of 1st Helston Volunteers?

My 4th great grandfather Joseph Billin(g) lived from 1776 to 1839 and was a Tailor, Mercer & Draper at Helston, Cornwall, England, where he was baptised, married and buried. Today I found in ...
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Identifying birth family of Joan Befford/Beauford/Beaford who married John Hobb in 1708 at Launceston, Cornwall?

I've just found that my 8th great grandfather John Hobb married his wife in 1708 in Cornwall - Launceston, St Mary Magdalene. The wife's name is listed as Joan Befford. Upon searching for her birth, ...
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Linking Sojourners to Illegitimacy at Launceston, Cornwall in 1790s?

I've traced some relatives to Cornwall in the late 1790s,1800's. If I'm right, the first children born to the couple in question were born illegitimately in St Thomas by Launceston, and the remainder ...
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Finding prison records for Bodmin Bridewell in Cornwall?

In the National Archives there is a record that belongs to my 4th great grandfather William Hobbs. The Session held at Bodmin names his wife as Jane (nee Courtenay) and also Jane's sister Philippa. ...
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Did Somerset Militia recruit local Cornish soldiers when based at/near Truro around 1798?

Finding late 18th Century service record of soldier William Hobbs in Somersetshire Militia? was a question about my 4th great grandfather William Hobbs who married Jane Courtenay at Truro St Mary, ...
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Why might Illogan and Gwythian parishioners marry in 1749 at Phillack, Cornwall?

My 5th great grandparents William Angove and Elizabeth Hocking married on 19 Nov 1749 at Phillack, Cornwall, with William being of the parish of Gwythian and Elizabeth being of the parish of Illogan. ...
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Locating Carnarton in ecclesiastical district of Tuckingmill in parish of Illogan, Cornwall?

My 2nd great grandmother Grace Martin Wills was born on 8 Feb 1849 at Carnarton and christened on 8 Apr 1849 at Tuckingmill which is between Camborne and Illogan in Cornwall. Her father George was a ...
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Finding late 18th Century service record of Francis Green in Cornish Militia?

Using FindMyPast, I recently sighted images of the Marriage Banns and Marriage Record for my 4th great grandparents Francis Green and Grace Woodley who married on 13 Feb 1798 at Totnes, Devon, England....
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Why would Consent of Parents be needed for 1815 marriage between 26 and 33 year olds in Menheniot, Cornwall?

My 3rd great grandparents Joseph Sleep and Ann Geach were married on 26 Jan 1815 at Menheniot, Cornwall, England (see below) “by Banns with Consent of Parents”. I have found baptism records that ...
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Meaning of Latin phrase “matr. contraxerunt” on 1642 Cornwall marriage record?

There is currently the following record (link which is likely to change/break) in the Marriages database of the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks: Day Month 01-Nov Year 1642 ...
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Where is/was location of Corvoda (near Lezant), Cornwall, England?

When my 4th great grandfather Joseph Binney was buried on 17 Jul 1829 at Lezant, Cornwall, England, his residence was given as Corvoda. I have looked for Corvoda (and searched on Cordova as a ...
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What might Wine & Spirit Vaults be in 1841 Census at Helston, Cornwall?

I have mentioned my 4th great grandmother Alice Rutter previously in Were Liquor Licenses required in early 19th Century Cornwall? I know that she and her husband William Symons were wine/spirit ...
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Determining which Blanch Hambly married John Geach at Menheniot, Cornwall, England, in 1688?

My 7th great grandmother Blanch Hambly married John Geach on 25 Apr 1688 at Menheniot, Cornwall, England. John had been baptised on 15 Mar 1658 at Menheniot. There are two candidates for Blanch's ...
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Why might name Ferdinando be found in early 17th century Cornwall baptisms?

I have two direct ancestors named Ferdinando: Ferdinando Hicks, baptised 1 Jan 1630 at St Germans, Cornwall Ferdinando Sleep, baptised 13 Sep 1720 at Morval, Cornwall (who is a grandson of the above) ...
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Finding apprenticeship record for Blacksmith born 1846 at Illogan, Cornwall, England?

In another, currently unanswered, question (Where was Matthew Nettell, of Illogan, Cornwall, for the 1861 Census?) I sought the 1861 Census location for my 2nd great grandfather Matthew Nettell who ...
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Finding identity of Eliza Ann Wills who witnessed marriage of Grace Martin Wills and Matthew Nettell in 1865 at Redruth, Cornwall?

My 2nd great grandmother Grace Martin Wills married Matthew Nettell on 23 Sep 1865 at Redruth, Cornwall. Grace gave her age as 17 (I think it was just over 16 and half), and Matthew gave his as 19. ...
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Were nephews and nieces sometimes referred to as cousins in 18th century Cornish wills?

I have copied a sizable chunk from The Will of William Bond [Clothier in Ladock, Cornwall], dated 7 April 1747, below, and would like to draw your attention to the parts that I have highlighted in ...
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Establishing identity of Edmund Rouse of St Clement, Cabinet Maker, Private in Napoleonic Wars and Weaver?

I always wondered why my 4th great grandparents Edmund Rouse (of St Clement) and Christian "Kitty" Crossman (of the parish) who married on 1 Feb 1801 at Truro St Mary, Cornwall appeared to have had ...
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Where was Matthew Nettell, of Illogan, Cornwall, for the 1861 Census?

I've mentioned my 2nd great grandfather Matthew Nettell previously in Did uncle of Grace Martin Wills (or perhaps of Matthew Nettell) own the Gosforth? Although I have not yet ordered his birth ...
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Where was Charlotte Hancock, usually of Lewannick, Cornwall, for the 1851 Census?

My 2nd great grandparents Charlotte Hancock and Edward Sleep married on 22 Sep 1853 at Lewannick, Cornwall, England, and two years later they emigrated to South Australia. Charlotte was recorded as ...
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Could photo be Edward Nettell (1812-1879) and Maria Hocking (1811-1902) of Illogan, Cornwall?

Below is a photograph from the album of my great grandfather Thomas Anslow Hitchcox. The album was given to Thomas by his mother (my 2nd great grandmother) whose maiden name was Emma Symons Treloar ...
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Dating and identifying Penzance photos – are they of George and Fanny Wills?

Below are two photographs (each 6.3 x 10.3 cm on very stiff card nearly 1 mm thick) that were placed next to each other in the album of my great grandfather Thomas Anslow Hitchcox. The album was ...
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When, where and to whom was William Henry Rouse born in about 1832 near Truro (or Redruth), Cornwall?

My 2nd great grandfather William Henry Rouse married Agnes Green on 4 Aug 1853 at St Clement, Cornwall. On their Marriage Certificate the Age for both of them appears to say Major, which I assume to ...
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Finding death record of John Annear (b.1750, Probus; m.1775, Gwennap) in Cornwall?

I'm looking for any details about the death of John Annear, my 6th great grandfather. John Annear was born 17 April, 1750 in Probus, Cornwall, England Married Mary May (Born: 1749) 26 June, 1775 in ...
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Did uncle of Grace Martin Wills (or perhaps of Matthew Nettell) own the Gosforth?

Quite a detailed story of the arrival of my 2nd great grandparents Matthew Nettell and Grace Martin Wills in South Australia came down to me via my late mother. The story, as I recall it, says: ...
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What would “F.S.” abbreviation mean on 1841 Census Record for Billin household in Helston, Cornwall?

On the 1841 Census Record for my 3rd great grandparents John Billin and Mary Symons, there is a notation that I am keen to clarify. The record for this family starts at the bottom of one page and ...
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What would Captain Richard Boyens do as Toller to Duke of Leeds in Cornwall?

In another recent question (Is there Index to Cornish Mining Captains that might include Richard Boyens (1750-1838)?) I referred to my 5th great grandfather Richard Boyens (sometimes spelled Boyns) ...
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Is there Index to Cornish Mining Captains that might include Richard Boyens (1750-1838)?

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 ...
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Deciphering three words from mid 19th Century Cornwall Marriage Certificate?

The image below has been clipped from the Marriage Certificate of my 3rd great grandparents Mary Symons and John Billin. That marriage took place on 5 Feb 1839 in the Chapel of Helston in the Parish ...
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Were Liquor Licenses required in early 19th Century Cornwall?

My 4th great grandfather William Symons had his occupation in Helston, Cornwall described at least half a dozen times in christening records and marriage certificates of his children and his own death ...
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Determining parent(s) in 17th Century Cornwall without Christening Record?

My 7th great grandfather Joseph Symons married Prudence Williams on 11 Nov 1710 at Breage, Cornwall and I would like to be able to determine who his parents were. Prudence was christened on 5 May ...
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Is word (like) etus likely to appear on 19th Century Cornwall Will?

I have largely transcribed the 1840 Will of my 4th great grandfather William Symons of Helston in Cornwall but there is one word which eludes me and it appears twice. It looks to me like etus and I ...
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Cornish parish records lost in fire?

I have a brickwall in the form of my great great grandfather whom I know from our family bible was born in Cornwall in 1811. I've found him (Robert Chapman and his wife Elizabeth nee Shapling and ...
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Seeking birth record for Thomas Eustice who married at Helston, Cornwall in 1867?

Cannot find birth record for Thomas EUSTICE. At time of his marriage, Helston Registry Office, Cornwall,Dec.28 1867, to Matilda GAY, he is shown as an agricultural labourer, living at Wendron St., ...