Uglow Family HistoryUglows in Bodmin
Last updated: March 22, 2010
The parish is probably named after the Old Cornish for 'Dwelling near the Church'. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Bodmine. The town of Bodmin is the County Town of Cornwall, although the City of Truro is now the administrative Capital and thus the de facto County Town. The town formerly housed a Jail and the County Assizes were held here. Bodmin was formerly the registry for wills and index to these registers are held in the various libraries and record offices across the Duchy. It is a market town. The town is situated in a small valley in roughly the centre of Cornwall. Its earliest Charter was confirmed in 1285 by Edward I. A number of insurrections have taken place in the town and in 1497, Thomas Flamanck and Michael An Gof led a rebellion against the taxes imposed by Parliament to fund the war with Scotland. They marched with their followers to London and after a battle were taken prisoner and executed for their 'crimes'. In the same year a pretender to the Throne of England, Perkin Warbeck, had himself proclaimed Richard IV at Bodmin. During the Civil War the town was held by both sides at various times. The town is basically one main street with others leading off. there is a large obelisk on Beacon hill called the Gilbert Monument. The town has a small railway which is now privately run, the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. The area is hilly with wooded valleys around the town and a number of small villages and hamlets. Farming and tourism are the main industries.
There were Uglow families in the town for about 150 years - from the end of the 16th cntury until the middle of the 18th century. We can track theBMD but it's proved a lot more difficult to put any flesh on these bare bones - eg what trades they were involved in.
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Family 1a: Thomas and Lowdie Couch
Thomas 1560 was born in Marhamchurch,
the son of Thomas 1537 and Joan in Marhamchurch.
He marries Lowdie Couch in 1592 in Bodmin. Lowdie is perhaps a corruption
of Loveday? There is a record of a Lowdie Couch being born in Bodmin in
September 1568. Her father was William Couch and her mother was
Elizabeth Veale. However IGI has a record which gives her date of birth
as 'about 1571'.
There are burial records for Thomas Ugler on 14th May 1615 and for Lowdie on 1st June 1623.
John 1563, the son of John
and Elizabeth, was born in Marhamchurch. He married Alice Dyere in 1596 in Bodmin. [Alice might be Alice Lord, born in Bodmin about 1569 who married to Bennet Dyere in Bodmin in 1590. Bennet Dyere dies in 1594 in Bodmin]
Family 2b: John and Elizabeth Stapp and Rebecka Mundye
John 1597 is the son of John and Alice Dyere and the grandson of John and Elizabeth. He probably marries Elizabeth Stapp in Bodmin in 1623 and later marries Rebecka Mundye in St Columb Minor (near Newquay) in 1627:
Family 3a: Robert and Gartered
Robert 1603 was born in Bodmin, the son of John and Alice Dyere. He marries Gartered Werringe (in some places Porringe) in Bodmin in 1626. This is probably the Robert identified in the protestation return in 1641. There are burial records for Robeert in March 1674 and for Gartered in April 1675.
Melchesideck 1662 is the son of Richard Uglar - this may well be Richard 1634, son of Robert and Gartered. He is born in St Minver, christened in Bodmin.
In 1687 he marries Frances Guy at St Endellion. Frances was born in 1667 and the daughter of John Guy and Frances Marke of St Minver.
Melchesideck was a clothier in Bodmin, although he had other interests and seems to be a prosperous businessman:
Frances dies in Bodmin in March 1698.
There is an IGI record for Melchizedec who marries Martha Colwell in 1727 in Helland (just north of Bodmin). This could be a son of Melchesideck but there is no christening record. It seems probable that this is a second marriage for Melchizedec. Martha dies in July 1739 and Melchesideck dies in January 1745, both in Bodmin
However this family carries on in Bodmin - in 1796, Melchizideck Uglow is involved in a land indenture for property in St Nicholas St, Bodmin (Cornwall OPC site: Malcolm McCarthy Document Collection). Perhaps Melchizideck is the son of Martha Colwell or, more likely, the son of Richard 1691.
Family 5: John and Ann Buckingham
At 17, John 1771 marries Ann Buckingham. Ann is born in Jacobstow in 1761, probably the daughter of James Buckingham and Thomasine Bath. Ann is pregnant with Thomas and they first try to marry in Jacobstow on July 26th 1788. John is described as 'of Marhamchurch' and Ann as a sojourner. But the marriage ceremony, conducted by Charles Dayman, the curate, is a fiasco and is struck out on account of the "blasphemous and profane conduct" of John and the solemnisation is withheld.
The couple flee to Bodmin. Thomas is born in September 1788 and John and Ann marry in Bodmin on 110th October 1788 by special licence on the same day as Thomas is christened. John's residence is given asa Bodmin and Ann's as Jacobstow.
The day before on 9th October 1788 there had been an application at Bodmin Sessions by Week St Mary parish relating to the '...bastard born in Bodmin on 11 Sept. 1788, mother Ann Buckingham, single woman, father John Uglow of Marhamchurch, cooper: John Uglow to pay Week St Mary 16d. and Ann Buckingham 8d. weekly; also J. U. to pay £6 lying-in charges..' (Unclear why Week St Mary parish has incurred expense?)
Probably they didn't stay long in Bodmin. Ann dies in August 1789 and is buried in Jacobstow.
After Ann's death, John marries Thomasine Cowling - Marhamchurch Family 12a
Family 6: John Uglar and Maud
This is probably John 1632, the son of Robert 1603 and Gartered Werringe and the grandson of John and Alice Dyere. He marries Maud. There are burial records for John in December 1690 and for Maud in December 1706, both in Bodmin
John's surname is consistently spelt 'uglar' but in Bodmin this is not uncommon.
Family 7: Otho Ugler
We only know about Otho from his mention as father on the IGI certificates of his two daughters. The dates suggest that he might have been born in the 1660s. If that was in Bodmin, then possibly he is a son of John Uglar and Maud: