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

It's "Superintendent Registrar's Certificate" - though I admit it does help to know the various ways of getting married rather than rely on the text. Generally marriages in the Church of England would ...
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Why might name Ferdinando be found in early 17th century Cornwall baptisms?

According to the Oxford Dictionary of First Names: Ferdinand ♂ From a Spanish name, originally Ferdinando (now Hernán), which is of Germanic (Visigothic) origin, derived from farð ‘journey’ (or ...
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Could photo be Edward Nettell (1812-1879) and Maria Hocking (1811-1902) of Illogan, Cornwall?

This was fun and here is my current theory, which I believe supports your hypothesis. The style of clothes are 1860s style per the vintage style guides listed further below and in the 1870s styles ...
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Were nephews and nieces sometimes referred to as cousins in 18th century Cornish wills?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) one meaning of cousin is: A collateral relative more distant than a brother or sister; a kinsman or kinswoman, a relative; formerly very frequently ...
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Could Will be Proved twice?

If you go to the Parish page for Illogan: https://www.opc-cornwall.org/Par_new/h_k/illogan.php and scroll down to the Wills section, you will find both grants of probate have been transcribed. ...
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Determining which Blanch Hambly married John Geach at Menheniot, Cornwall, England, in 1688?

Parish registers can only get you so far. You need to look at other sources. My first tack would be wills and probate since they often contain very useful genealogical information. A quick search of ...
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Establishing identity of Edmund Rouse of St Clement, Cabinet Maker, Private in Napoleonic Wars and Weaver?

First, Cabinet and Carpet are close enough to have been mis-transcribed on one or more records, so checking images of the originals would be a good idea. Trades or occupations are usually what the ...
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Meaning of Latin phrase "matr. contraxerunt" on 1642 Cornwall marriage record?

As this is Cornwall we have the advantage that images of the original registers are available on Familysearch, and after a bit of digging I found the relevant page. The transciption is pretty much as ...
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Did Somerset Militia recruit local Cornish soldiers when based at/near Truro around 1798?

Tricky questions... If no-one here comes up with an answer, I recommend The Napoleonic Wars Forum - looks like The Home Fronts section might be correct. Re the switch of militia - the hope was that ...
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Why might someone be listed amongst "Additional Individuals Bounded" in 1806 Cornwall Bastardy Papers?

No, it is dangerous to speculate that Joseph may have been the father. Although it is not stated what these "papers" are, I suspect these records are bastardy bonds. Joseph was simply a bondsman. ...
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Finding when and why ancestor was in Bodmin Gaol ca 1835-1839?

The OP notes a record on Ancestry that describes Philip Rule's discharge from Bodmin jail in 1839. It does not give a reason for incarceration, nor a committal date. This appears to be the only record ...
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Interpreting 1832-1839 Bodmin Gaol records for George Wills of Illogan?

Regarding "maybe it means that he served it and came back", The Victorian Crime and Punishment site notes that: "there was no procedure for return after the sentence expired" "Only a handful ...
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Where is Trehavron, Kenwyn (Cornwall, England)?

GENUKI's gazetteer entry for Kenwyn says: The parish of Kenwyn, (Cornish: Keynwynn), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by St Allen, on the east by St ...
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When, where and to whom was William Henry Rouse born in about 1832 near Truro (or Redruth), Cornwall?

In the 1851 Census there is a William Rouse aged 18 living with his brother-in-law's family. William Hobbs Elizabeth Hobbs (Nee Rouse) Elizabeth Jane Hobbs Kitty Rouse (Mother in law) William Rouse (...
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What would "F.S." abbreviation mean on 1841 Census Record for Billin household in Helston, Cornwall?

I should have searched harder before asking because I just found this abbreviation recorded on a page entitled Abbreviations Used On Census Returns England & Wales 1841-1891 where it says: F.S. ...
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Why would Consent of Parents be needed for 1815 marriage between 26 and 33 year olds in Menheniot, Cornwall?

The main marriage law in force from 1754 until 1823 was the Marriage Act 1753, also known as Hardwicke's Act (26 Geo. II. c. 33). An important thing to note in your case is that the marriage was by ...
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Finding late 18th Century service record of Francis Green in Cornish Militia?

The TNA Guide on Militia records lists stuff at Kew, some of which is on FindMyPast. I have never quite sorted out the distinction between what ended up at County Record Offices and what at Kew via ...
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Where is the farm/hamlet of Barah in 1820s North Cornwall?

A potential answer from communication with the volunteer for this parish at Cornwall Online Parish Clerks: 'Barah' is likely a small farm adjacent to Headon Barrow in Jacobstow parish. The barrow ...
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Could Francis Tolvert Greenway baptised 1774 at Falmouth be Francis Green who married Grace Woodley 1798 at Totnes?

I think you may be barking up the wrong...er...family tree. To me this doesn't add up, and certainly more evidence is needed before concluding that Francis Green and Francis Tolvert Greenway were the ...
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Why was ancestor imprisoned in Bodmin Gaol?

There is a report of the case in the Royal Cornwall Gazette (15th Nov 1834) and concerns debt of £400-£500 by obtaining cattle from farmers on credit. The court "considered this a very fraudulent case ...
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Where is/was location of Corvoda (near Lezant), Cornwall, England?

Looks like Carvoda, an isolated farm/hamlet, south of Launceston and then south east of the village of Lezant. It's quite close to the A388 Launceston-Callington-Saltash road but road access is only ...
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Where is/was location of Corvoda (near Lezant), Cornwall, England?

Carvoda Carvoda is/was a farm and settlement very close to Lezant (as shown on this modern map). It is spelled Curvoda on an earlier map (1883 Ordinance Survey). An Index to the Historical Place ...
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Did uncle of Grace Martin Wills (or perhaps of Matthew Nettell) own the Gosforth?

I usually start with the Crew List Index Project. That site has various finding aids, including one to list ships by name. Entering "Gosforth" as the ship's name (without the quotes but I'm sure you ...
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Is there Index to Cornish Mining Captains that might include Richard Boyens (1750-1838)?

The National Archives' research guide on Mines and Mining says that the Archives does not hold personnel records, and directs the researcher to local record offices. The Cornwall Record Office has a ...
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What would Captain Richard Boyens do as Toller to Duke of Leeds in Cornwall?

On death in 1838 Richard is shown as a Mine Agent. Richard 1750 was born in St Just but in the 1770/1780's he was living in Gulval and having issue. I'm not sure at what age he moved to Helston. The ...
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What would Captain Richard Boyens do as Toller to Duke of Leeds in Cornwall?

I emailed the creator of the Turnpike Roads in England website (Alan Rosevear) and he provided what I think to be a very plausible answer because Captain Richard Boyens is already known to have been ...
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