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Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:49 am
by FlammNew
Hi all,

I've been researching my family tree and have managed to get a continuous line back to ~1590. A friend has gone back to ~1500 (and with less certainty, ~1300).

I'm curious to know how far back members of the forum have traced their Cornish ancestry?

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:58 pm
by Fulub-le-Breton
Dydh da

Try this site for more help:

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:09 pm
by CJenkin
My paternal Jenkin line goes directly back to West Penwith moors in the early 1600s when they were farming at Bosullow - definitely kernewegor!

My maternal - paternal line stops at about 1690/1700 in Crowan though the family name comes from a Hamlet in Wendron and there are records of them going back to 1590s in BMD registers and the surname appears in both the 16th century muster rolls - so they could have been at Blackheath and Exeter!

Posted: Tue May 02, 2006 2:40 pm
by Tnc_uk
I can trace my line (the Rails - Also spelled Rayle, Raile, Real depending on the spelling ability of the census taker etc) back to about 1580 in St. Gluvius where a Alexander Rail was born .. he then married a Ann Hobbe and the rest is History

I would love to know what happened before 1580 but details and records are sketchy to say the least

Chris Rail

Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 2:22 pm
by FlammNew
Sadly it's not in Cornwall, but I've now found that one of my lines (potentially) goes right back to William the Conqueror and beyond to Norway in around 788. As it's 40-odd generations back though I think my Norwegian blood is pretty dilute!

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 12:15 pm
by Kattell
Oooh Flamm you're such an emmett :wink:

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 12:23 pm
by FlammNew

I know, I'll take another 40 generations before I'm accepted as a local... :D

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 7:50 pm
by Angofbew
don't kid yourself Flamm, LOL

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:12 pm
by Coady
COAD, Cornish language isn't it? Possibly "old" in Cornish, or "Small wood, copse or spinney" (other SENSIBLE suggestions welcome...) I always hoped it meant something 'romantic' .....bit of a come down to realise its just the Cornish equivalent to "Olds" or "Woods"....ah well.....!!

Maternal line is OATEY, with a family legend that they were originally persecuted French Protestants (Huguenots?)

Couch's, Richards' and Semmens' also feature, nothing famous to date, (other than being servants at Lanhydrock)

Direct ancestors, Semmens' were active in developing copper mining in Malaya, thus hastening the end of Cornish mining! (Black sheep?)

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 1:41 am
by Ellery
Ellery Rooks Brewer Bounsell Coombe Williams Martyn Trevarthen Hicks Rundell Truscott Paynter Vivian Davey Glanville Kestell Edwards Hender Tyler Lukye Saer Retallack Beare Antron Bevil Haweis Marke Keigwin Courtenay Devioke Boscowen Trengrove Kendall Trethurth St Aubyn Arundell Le Soor De La Beere Carminnow Dinham Pomeroy Tredigney Trefouis De Roche Lanherne Penthievre Champernowne Bray Hockin Anvelen Chaple Tonkyn Varco Tresidder Osborne
I could go into much greater detail!
see ... index.html

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:49 pm
by Penfound
Father's paternal grandmother was a Penfound (no surprise) - traced to 1358 at Penfound, Poundstock. This date because that year William de Penfound was murdered in Poundstock church! :-O :-O

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:30 pm
by Ellery
Penfound of Penfound p358 ... index.html

edited by: Ellery, Mar 25, 2007 - 11:31 PM

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:37 pm
by Penfound
Ooooo cheers Ellery! I'll give it a good read :-)

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:07 am
by Nige999

COAD, Cornish language isn't it? Possibly "old" in Cornish, or "Small wood, copse or spinney"

Coed in Welsh means wood, as in a group of trees.