church site of St Stephen. This ancient town guarded the gateway to Cornwall
in medieval times, being on the main northern route into the county. The
South Gate of Robert of Mortain's eleventh century castle still survives,
restricting the traffic to one lane. In the centre of the town the imposing
church of St Mary Magdalene has many interesting carvings on its granite
exterior. The priest Cuthbert Mayne was hung, drawn and quartered at Launceston
in 1574 for his allegiance to the Catholic faith. He was canonized in
Statistics: 1113 acres of land
Launceston is on the eastern
boundary in the middle
1. The whole of Cornwall
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Abel and Mary Ridgman and Maria Parsons
This is Abel
1791 from Week St Mary, son of John
and Margaret Cory and the grandson of
George and Elizabeth Mark. This is evidenced by the will of
Abel who dies 4th April 1846, in Newport, Launceston, as reported in Trewmans Flying Post on 16th April. He is buried in St Thomas by Launceston
He is a baker/miller which
fits neatly with his family background - father and grandfather were both
Abel marries Mary Ridgman in
Warbstow in 1812. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Jenny Ridgman
and is born in Treneglos in 1790.
[We are able to be sure about this, after Mary dies, Abel marries her sister, Maria. Abel then dies and the 1861 census has Richard 1834 as taking over the bakery with his
mother, Maria, and aunt, Elizabeth, living with him. There are thus three Ridgman girls and w ehave IGI records
for all three sisters, born in Treneglos as daughters of Jonathan and
Jenny Ridgman - Elizabeth [who marries a Hicks] is born in 1786, Mary
in 1790 and Maria [who first marries a Mr Parsons but then marries Abel] in 1793.]
Abel and Mary's first and second
child are born in Treneglos and then the family move to Launceston.
Mary also dies in May, 1832,
presumably from childbirth complications? After Mary's death, [she is buried
in St Thomas by Launceston] Abel marries her sister Maria Parsons (born
1794, presumably also widowed). In 1841, the family (Abel, Maria and 7 children)
are at Town Mill, St Thomas Apostle, Lanceston
- son John 1813 born in Treneglos.
John marries Alice Martin (nee Date) in Stoke Damerel in 1840 - Family
- daughter Amelia 1814 born
in Treneglos. She marries James Treleaven in Launceston in 1835 - not
mentioned in her father's will. She dies in 1874 - MI in Launceston
- daughter Margaret Amelia
1816 born in Launceston. In 1841, she is living at Town Mill with her
parents. She marries Walter Ridgman in Plymouth in 1847. In 1881
she is at 16 Mathias Rd, Hornsey, visiting her daughters, Margaret and
Jane. In 1901 she is still in London, living alone and on her own means,
at 100 Hornsey Rd, Islington. She dies in 1906 - MI in Launceston St
- daughter Matilda Ridgman
1817 born in Launceston. She's not on the 1841 census and also not mentioned
in the will in 1846 - this may be because she has had an illegitimate daughter, Matilda Jane 1836. She marries a Plymouth carpenter, Robert Tarring
born in Holbeton in 1822, in 1847. They live in Holbeton and their children
are born there.
- son, Robert 1847. He
marries Sarah Jordan (1844-1909), works as a surveyor and they are
living in London in 1881. (More on this line through Sandy Millhouse)
- daughters, Sarah Harvey
and Mary Elizabeth. In 1881 Matilda is a widow as Robert died in
1859. She is living in Holbeton with her daughters. She and Sarah
are still there in 1891 at 91 High Street. Matilda dies there in
1894 and Sarah in 1935. But Mary Elizabeth wanders - she marries
Joseph George Browne in Islington in 1896, has children in Liverpool
and dies in Amersham, Bucks in 1948. (source: Sandy Millhouse)
- daughter Elizabeth 1818 born in Launceston. She marries an accountant, Henry Bullen, in 1839 - they live in Tavistock. At the time of the 1851 census, she is visited by Mary, a sister in law and wife of a miller, and her daughter, Celia. This can only be the wife of Elizabeth's brother, Henry. In 1861, the family is in Plymouth with Henry working as an accountant in a merchant's office. By 1881, Elizabeth is widowed and living with her daughter, Bessie Nunn and her son-in-law.
- son Abel 1819 born in Launceston.
In 1841, he is living at Town Mill with his parents. He runs the mill
(Town Mills) after his father's death until his own death in 1853. He
is the residuary beneficiary under the will.
He marries Judith Shears in 1846. She was born in 1815 in Launceston,
the daughter of George and Mary Shears.
Abel runs into financial difficulties by 1847 and is made bankrupt for 'reckless trading'. In 1850, Trewmans Flying Post reports that there will be an audit of his affairs at Exeter Bankruptcy Court on 21st March. However in 1851, they are still both at the mill - Judith's sister, Elizabeth is visiting.
Next door and obviously in partnership is uncle George
1788 and his wife, Ann.
Judith may leave Launceston after Abel's death -there is no sign of
her in Cornwall in 1871 and in 1881, she is found at 41 Faroe Rd, Hammersmith,
London visiting Mary Mitchell (born in Launceston in 1798). I suspect
that this is Judith's big sister - George and Mary have a daughter Mary
born in 1798. Judith dies in Brentford in 1889
- daughter Mary 1821 born
in Launceston. She marries Richard Coulton who was born in 1818 - his
father was a lawyer and his grandfather a farmer. They were married
in Launceston, Parish of St. Thomas on March 10, 1841. They moved to
Cleveland, Ohio and
later to Perth, Onatrio. Mary died September 1863 in Totnes, Wartburg, Perth, Ontario and Richard died Aug
1862. They are buried in Avondale Stratford Cemetery, Downie Township, Perth, Ontario.
- daughter Julia 1823 born
in Launceston. She dies the following year and is buried in St Thomas
- son Henry French Ridgman
Cory 1825 born in Launceston. In 1841, he is living at Town Mill with
his parents. Henry becomes a baker and confectioner in London - Family
- daughter Emma 1827 born
in Launceston. In 1841, she is living at Town Mill with her parents.
She is left £25 by her father when she became 20. In 1851, she is staying with William and Joanna Marshall in St Austell.
Emma marries John Congdon in Liskeard in 1854. In 1881, she and John,
a solicitor's cashier, are living in Rose Cottage, Backwell in Somerset.
They have three sons
- Abel Penfound born in Launceston - marries Bertha Lewis in Lewisham, South London - their first son is Abel U Congdon, [probably Abel Uglow Congdon]. He dies in Sydney, Australia in 1922.
- Phillip - born locally in Wrington, in 1881 he is living with his parents working as a solicitor's clerk
The boys emigrate to Australia - probably Abel and Frederick make a preliminary trip, around 1881 (neither are on the census), coming back to collect brother Phillip plus Bertha and the children. They live in Sydney
This story is confirmed by a descendant of Abel, Fiona Roman. Other evidence that this is the right Emma is that Emma's niece, Agnes
1865, marries in Axbridge and lives in Wrington. Furthermore, in 1901, Emma is
widowed and living with another niece, Mary Ford, who married a soldier
Samuel Ford. Samuel was born in Holbeton - which is where Emma's sister,
Matilda Tarring, lived.
- son William 1830 born in
Launceston. In 1841, he is living at Town Mill with his parents. He
married Mary Ann Bellamy there in 1864. William was left £35 by his
father's will when he became 18 - Family 4
- daughter Jenny Ridgman 1832
born in Launceston but dies the same month and is buried there.
- son Richard 1834, born in
Launceston. In 1841, he is living at Town Mill with his parents. In
1846 in his father's will, he is left £15 when he becomes 18. He is
a baker, taking over the mill as well as the business after half-brother
Abel's death in 1853? In 1861, he is a master baker in Launceston, living
with his widowed mother, Maria, who looks after the housekeeping, and
his aunt (Maria's sister) Elizabeth Hicks.
In 1870 in Launceston he marries to Mary Rowland who was born in 1834
in Virginstow in Devon. By 1881, the family (Richard, Mary and young
John) are in Church Street and Richard is a Baker Master employing 2
men and 1 boy.
In1896, Mary dies and in 1901, a widower and retired baker, Richard
is living alone in Wooda Road in Launceston. He dies in 1906 and is
buried in St Thomas, Launceston.
- son John 1872 born in
Launceston. In 1891, he is a solicitor's clerk in Plymouth lodging
at 18 Athenaeum Street. Nothing changes for 1901 except that he
is now at 1 Eton Place. He dies in Plymouth in 1953.
- daughter Caroline Louise
1835 born in Launceston. In 1841, she is living at Town Mill with her
parents. She marries John Worth in Launceston in 1858. There's no sign
of children - by 1881, they are living at 46 Anglesea Rd in Woolwich
and John is a fitter by trade. In 1901, he is a widower - Caroline dies
in 1891. He's moved but not far - to 35 Anglesea Rd. The Launceston
connection continues - John has remarried another Launceston woman,
Mary and there's John Chegwyn, a Launceston bootmaker, visiting.
Abel dies in 1846 and left
the bakehouse and business, rented in Church St from Mr Venner, to Maria.
There seem to be 2 separate businesses, Town Mills and the bakery? Maria dies in 1868 and is buried in St Thomas by Launceston
0a: John and Alice Martin (nee Date)
John 1813 is the son of Abel
and Mary Ridgman and the grandson of
John and Margaret Cory. He was born in Treneglos.
John marries Alice Martin in
Stoke Damerel in 1840. Alice was the daughter of Joseph Date, a grocer and
was born in Devonport in 1812. She initially married a man called Martin who died in 1839 - she then married John. John first worked as a grocer in Fore St.
Moricetown, Devonport but later reverted to the trade of his father, grandfather
and great-grandfather, albeit in the south east of Devon at Otterton Mill. John
Uglow first appears in records relating to Otterton prior to the Tithe
Assessment of 1843-46 and the Tithe Book shows that he leased the
Mill House and Outbuildings
Field called Rack Green
The Mill and Yards
A Cottage near the Mill known as The Stove House
By the 1851 census there are 2 other millers and 2 servants at Otterton
- quite a large community. John is not mentioned in his father's will but obviously
is independent and wealthy when Abel dies in 1846. Indeed in Trewmans Flying Post on 26th August 1847 it is reported that he bought a Devon heifer and calf at Exeter cattle market for 14 guineas from R Prowse of Thorverton.
We find him quoted in a meeting on the proposed Exeter to Exmouth railway (Trewmans Flying Post of 29th December 1853) suggesting that his business would prosper as he would be able to competewith the Plymouth millers. He is a pillar of the community - Trewmans of 29th July and 5th August 1863 has churchwarden John Uglow acknowledging contributions towards a relief fund for those who had suffered as a result of a recent fire. He himself gave £1
on Ottterton Mill reports:
John Uglow was a miller
at Otterton in the middle of the last century. He introduced constables
into the village for the first time, and armed them with cutlasses and
pistols, because poaching and smuggling were so rife in the village. The
locals took their revenge by climbing his garden wall and cutting down
all his fruit trees. Mr. Uglow bought some bull mastiffs, and gave them
spiked brass collars with 'Otterton Mills' engraved on them He kept them
in the mill garden, where they were said to have terrified all-corners.
He and his wife built up the mill into a flourishing business, and delivered
flour as far away as Plymouth, sending it off on coasting vessels from
Topsham. Mrs. Uglow also delivered flour fortnightly to Lympstone, Budleigh
Salterton and Exmouth, travelling by horse and wagon. Flour was forty
four shillings for a two-hundredweight sack. A rent rise prompted John
Uglow to move away to the Acland estate in 1864 - not, however, before
he had purchased two sets of French millstones, of which he must have
been proud, because he carved rhymed dedications on them. They are both
still in the mill, and they read:
worked the first time, March 28th, 1859
worked first time, tis true, May 1st, 1862
Another indication that John wasn't that popular comes in Trewmans Flying Post (30th November 1864). One of John's workers, Johannas Tree, is called before Woodbury magistrates and charged with assault on a seven year old child. The mother said that some children had thrown mud at the mill and the defendant rushed out and thrashed her son who had not thrown any. The defendant said that the boys had thrown 29 mud balls against the house and he had come out at his master's bidding and thrashed the boys but did not hurt them. He was fined 6d.
It might have been the rent rise or some other reason but in February 1865, John (apparently owner of the mill as opposed to tenant) is advertising in Trewmans Flying Post (25th January and 1st Februrary) for a purchaser for Otterton - the mills contain four pairs of stones, two water wheels, a never-failing supply of water from the river and all in first rate order. There is also a dwelling house, walled garden, orchard and meadow. By 1867 there is a new
John has moved to be the miller at Culm John
mill, Broadclyst. There's evidence that he was in the Devon Mounted Rifle Corps as in June 1869 there was a shooting competition in Honiton and a Sergeant Uglow won a small prize - his son John and grandson John both go on to be crack shots.
There's an account of John's death in Trewmans Exeter Flying Post on 24th May 1871 -
".. he had expressed his intention on Saturday evening of going to Mr Griffins who resides at a short distance The usual time of his returning having passed over Mrs Uglow became alarmed and sent to Mr Griffins where it was found he had not been seen. The maidservant then recollected that she had seen her master go in the direction of the garden during the evening and where his lifeless body was found in a summer house with his head resting on his hand. Mr Uglow was a good specimen of a thorough Englishman. A man of few words but always to the purpose;an honest, straightforward, pleasant businessman, generally beloved and much regretted".
Alice also died in 1871 and
both are buried at Culmjohn
- son William Henry 1841 born
at Stoke Damerel. William and his brothers all attended Mr Sharland's Elm Grove School,
Exmouth - this is a short distance from Otterton.
Trewmans 24th December 1857 reports
on his progress. William started work as a miller at Broadclyst Culmjohn Mill - he's there with his parents in 1871 and after their death, he works in partnership with his brother, John. That partnership was dissolved on 31st March 1875 and brother John took over the mill. William marries Ann Mallett in Yeovil in 1874. Ann was born in 1854 and the
eldest daughter of James Mallett [1820-1876] of High Street Exeter],
and the granddaughter of Joseph Mallett of Thorverton Mill.
By the 1881 census William is running a pub in Islington, London. It's
the "Butchers Arms" on the corner of Brewery Rd and York Rd
(now York Way) just above Kings Cross. His brother in law, John Mallett,
is helping and there's a barman, Edward Betting, from Newton St Cyres.
In July 1885, he finds himself in Clerkenwell Magistrates Court as he has paid a regular, William Travis, to collect a gallon of irish whisky from the distillery. Travis turns up with no whisky and a cock-and-bull story about an exploding bottle - Travis is prosecuted for theft (Lloyds Weekly 5th July 1885)
William dies in 1887 and is buried in Lambeth. Ann returns to Devon
to marry again, this time to Solomon Hill in 1893 in Newton Abbot -
Ann Hill dies in 1898 and is buried at Thorverton.
- son John 1844 born at Otterton.
He is working at Culmjohn in 1881 with brother Edward and does so until
the fire at the mill in 1888. In 1885 he marries Elizabeth Ann Date
- daughter Alice Date 1846
born in Otterton but who dies in 1847
- son Edward Picken 1848 born
in Otterton and one of the colourful figures of Uglow family history. He follows brothers, William and John, to Mr Sharland's Elm Grove School at
Exmouth, just a short distance from Otterton.Trewmans Flying Post of 29th June 1864 reports
that E. Uglow did well in the exams in Divinity, Euclid, Arithmetic, History and Geography.
After schol, he travelled widely - in Paris during the Franco-Prussian war, St Petersburg
and Moscow in 1870 as well as to South Africa. On his return he works
at Culm John - he is there in 1881, described as a 'retired confectioner'!
He and his brother John went bankrupt in 1887 - The Times 14/5/1887
He marries Emily Field in Exeter in 1892. Emily was born in 1856 in
Kingsland, Middlesex (in Hackney?). She was the daughter of Frederick
Brodie, a civil servant (possibly Deputy Superintendent of Printing at H.M. Stationery
Office) and was previously married to Mr Field.
In 1901, he and Emily (plus step-daughter Emily Field born in 1880 in
Hastings) are running a boarding house at 4 Castle Parade, Hastings.
Eventually they are living at Woodbine Cottage, Thorverton. He is buried
at Thorverton in 1926.
0b: John and Elizabeth Ann Date
John 1844 was the son of John
and Alice Date and the grandson of Abel and Mary Ridgman.
He was born at Otterton. John and his brothers all attended Mr Sharland's Elm Grove School,
Exmouth - this is a short distance from Otterton.
Trewmans Flying Post 23rd June 1859 reports
that John's progress.
He was working at Culmjohn mill
as a miller - in 1869, he attended the dinner of the Boradclyst Agricultural Association (Trewmans Flying Post 10th November 1869) at the Acland Arms. In 1870, there's a large fire in Broadclyst and a relief fund is set up, which raises over £1271. Some of that is thanks to John who contributes £1 (Trewmans Flying Post 15th June 1870)!
He was there with his parents in 1871 and after their death, he worked in partnership with his brother, William. That partnership was dissolved on 31st March 1875 and brother John took over the mill - announced in Trewmans Flying Post on 14th April 1875. The brothers had demanded high standards from their employees - in Trewmans 13th November 1872, Edmund Gittsham was hauled before Cullompton magistrates for stealing John's fowl, despite the fact that Edmund had worked at the mill for nine years. Convicted, he was sentenced to 3 months hard labour. He had flour in his pocket but it could not be identified as coming from the mill. One other story is reported in Trewmans on 15th October 1873 when another of their employees, Henry Butt, stole one peck of flour, value 2s 10d. He was convicted and received one month's hard labour. Does this tell us something about John's pay rates?
John was active in trade affairs - in Trewmans on 11th December 1878, he attended a meeting at the Corn Exchange hotel in Exeter, of millers and corn factors concerned at the passage of the Weights and Measures Act. He was a significant man in the neighbourhood - in 1880, a neighbour, George Player of Balls Farm, Silverton, went bankrupt and John was one of those who assisted in liquidation of the estate. There's evidence that he was in the Devon Mounted Rifle Corps - he's a private in June 1869 at the shooting competition in Honiton. (Interestingly there was also a Sergeant Uglow at this competition - very likely to be John's father, John 1813) He eventually got promoted as Trewmans on 2nd June 1875 reports that Corporal John Uglow won prizes at their annual competition at Totnes. The DMR was disbanded in 1877 - Trewmans on 28th March. Clearly Corporal Uglow passed on his skills to his son, John, who was also an excellent shot (see below)
By 1880 he was working with his brother Edward. The brothers attended the Broadclyst Horticultural Association dinner at the Red Lion Inn [in Trewman's Exeter Flying Post of November 17th 1880]. There's a good story in Trewmans on 14th September 1881 when a publican called Phillips of Elephant Inn, North Street, Exeter, sued John (or perhaps brother Edward) for the cost of a calf that Phillips had sold to him. John in his defence said that he had seen the calf at the pub but had bought the animal from a man called Jennings. Phillips replies that he had bought it from Jennings - Jennings seems to have sold it twice! The plaintiff landlord lost his case.
The 1881 census describes him as a miller and
farmer of 67 acres, employing 10 men and 2 boys. John seems quite go-ahead - he was the treasurer of the Devon County Millers' Association [in Trewman's Exeter Flying Post of March 15th 1882 but from 1880] and, again in Trewmans, February 14th 1883, he went to a meeting at the Rougement Hotel in Exeter to listen to the advantages of traction engines.
In 1881, Elizabeth
Ann 1855 was living with John as a housekeeper and was described as a cousin. Also living there as
housekeepers and cousins are Alice Fairwether Dales and Elizabeth Ann
Dales - Elizabeth is described as born in Stoke Newington in 1852. [Dales
seems to be a mistranscription for 'Date'] In 1885 he marries Elizabeth
Ann Date - is this his housekeeper/cousin?
John and Edward went bankrupt
in 1887 - The Times 14/5/1887. Interestingly there was a fire at the mill
in 1888 - an insurance job? But by January 1889, the bankruptcy was discharged. The family move to Thorverton (as millers?) after 1888. The 1891
census shows John and Elizabeth at 22 Denneford St, Thorverton. In that census, Elizabeth
was described as being born in Hornsey which confirms that he married his
cousin. Living with them were the 3 children - John, Alice and Ethel - and Alice Fairwether
Date, sister in law.
They put the financial setbacks behind them and were well settled in the community - in Trewman's Exeter Flying Post of January 24th 1891, we find that John attended the funeral of Counciller Henry Bale in Exeter; in the edition of June 17th 1899, there is a report of the Thorverton Flower Show and we find J Uglow (John or his son?) with prizes for collections of wild strawberries, grasses and leaves. Elizabeth
died in 1900 at Thorverton. In 1901, we find that John has left his three motherless children at 110 Bullen St. Thorverton where John Junior is described as head. John senior, a widower, is at Par - Pearces
Row, Tywardreath in SE Cornwall - working as a miller. However by 1911 he has returned to Thorverton and is living in Bullen St with son John and daughter Alice. John died in 1921 at Thorverton.
John 1885 is born at Newton
Abbot at Shaldon nursing home. He turns up as a 5 year old in the 1891
census in Thorverton but in 1901, he is at 110 Bullen Street, Thorverton with his three younger siblings. He is the head of the family as his
father John is working as a miller in Cornwall. In 1901 John junior is a baker's
apprentice. By 1911, he is still living at Bullen St with his sister, Alice but his father has returned. John is a cycle agent and gun dealer.
He enlists - he was a trumpeter in first Devon Yeomanry and also in the Army Ordnance Corps, becoming a staff sergeant. He spends the war on the Gold Coast in West Africa and travels back on the SS Elmina, arriving on 29th June 1920.
John was a star shot - in 1906 he won the Welsh miniature rifle championship at Cardiff; he also shot at Bisley, winning the bronze medal in 1925 (The Times 16/7/1925). But in 1926 he was disqualified and banned (The Times 17/7/1926). He later becomes a gunsmith and cycle agent at Thorverton.
In 1921, he marries Ada Cock born in 1887 at Clysthydon. John dies in 1934
at Thorverton and Ada dies there in 1962.
- son John 1921 born and
lived in Thorverton. A Uglow family historian and retired electrician,
he marries Barbara Joan Matten born in 1930 in Crediton, the daughter
of Wilfred and Bessie Matten. He was also a talented motor cyclist, having raced grass track on two and three wheels solo from 1937 to 1960 and sidecar from then on. He died in Thorverton in September 2007.
- son John Andrew
1952 born in Thorverton. He marries Ann Dowdle in Whitstone
in 1980. A telecommunications engineer, they live at Cullompton
- son Martin John
1983 born in Cullompton
- son David Michael
1986 born in Cullompton
- daughter Hilary
Joan 1953 born in Thorverton. She marries Clive Thomas and have
two sons, Gareth Edmund and Huw David
- son Paul Alan 1953
born in Thorverton. He marries Wendy Luscombe in Exeter in 1987.
They live in Thorverton.
- daughter Kayleigh
1989 born in Clyst Honiton
- son Neal Paul
1991 born in Clyst Honiton
- daughter Nicola
Louise 1993 born in Clyst Honiton
- daughter Lorna Margaret
1923 born in Thorverton. In 1947 she marries Arthur Browne de la Rue - her children
are Neil, Peter, Margaret and Julia.
- daughter Alice Emily 1887
born in Culm John. She is in the censuses in 1891, 1901 and 1911 at Thorverton.
In 1911 she is employed as a milliner. In 1917 she marries Robert Brough Ford at Thorverton parish church. The Western Times (14th Feb 1917) records that Cissie wore a cream serge costume and white hat. Her sister, Ethel, was in attendance. Husband, Robert, was a private in the armed forces. He had been a church bellringer before joining up and "merry peals" were rung in celebration. They had two children, Rob and
Emmie. Cissie dies in Thorverton in 1972.
- daughter Ethel Maud 1889
born in Thorverton. She is in the censuses in 1891 and 1901 at Thorverton.
In 1946 she marries George Penny. She dies in 1978.
- son Edward Date 1892 born
in Mount Pleasant. He is in the census in 1901 as Edward M. In the wart, he enlists in the Somerset Light Infantry, ending as a corporal. He is a
draper and in 1927 he marries Annie Bloxham Jenkins in Lillington, Warwickshire.
There are no children. He dies at Rydall Cottage in 1970.
Abel and Agnes Perkins
Abel 1775 born in Week St Mary
is the son of George and Elizabeth Mark.
He marries Agnes Perkins, born 1778 in Milton Damerel in 1799. They
move back and forth - in the 1830 census, there is an Abel who lives in
St Thomas Street and is a watch and clock maker; in 1841 they are in Tavistock;
in 1851 they are in Launceston, visiting daughter Mary who has married Henry French Ridgman, Abel's great nephew
Abel and Agnes are Wesleyans.
There is a problem here as there are no records of children for 20 years
after they get married! Agnes dies in 1853 in Tavistock. Abel dies in 1854 and is buried at Newport, Launceston.
- son Emanuel - John 1921
suggests that Abel and Agnes are his parents - Lamerton
- daughter Mary 1818 born
in Launceston. In 1841 she is a bonnet maker in Tavistock and described
as 20 years old. In 1846, she marries Henry French Ridgman Cory Uglow. In 1851 she and henry are in St Marys, Launceston with her parents visiting them - see London Family 6
- daughter Martha 1822 born
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3: Thomas and Sarah
Thomas is born in 1820, probably
in St Stephens, Launceston but this might mean St Stephens, Saltash. In
1881, he is married to Sarah, born in Egg Buckland, Plymouth in 1829.
- daughter Bessie Sarah 1861
born in Bickleigh, north of Plymouth. She marries RIchard Lillicrap
about 1878. They are living in Shaugh Prior in 1881. Richard dies in
the early 1890s and Bessie marries William Harfoot - they are living
in Devonport in 1901.
[This is speculation - from the 1901 census which shows Sarah, a
70 year old mother in law living at Rodney Terrace, Devonport, with
her grandchildren(?) William and Percival Harfoot. It's pretty tentative...]
William and Jane and Mary Ann Bellamy
William 1830 is born in Launceston, the son of
Abel and Mary Ridgman and the grandson
of John and Margaret Cory.
William follows his father's (and grandfather's) business as a miller
and baker but possibly not that successfully.
His first marriage is to Jane. Whether married or not, William and Jane travel to New York on the ship 'Henry' arriving on 27th May 1850 - they are under age (20 years old) but describe themselves as 23 and say that they intend to become US inhabitants.. Jane is born in Herrington(prob Werrington), Devon. Within a short time, they return and have a son, Abel, born in Launceston but move to London where in 1861, William is found living at 11 Mathias Place, Hornsey and working as a journeyman baker with his first cousin, Edwin Cory 1838 . Both of them are probably working for Edwin's brother, William Taylor 1828 who lives next door.
- son Abel 1854 born in Launceston - emigrates to USA as he arrives in New York on 6th April 1870 on the ship, American Union, with his father - he describe himself as a baker and says that he intends to become US inhabitants.
After this period in London, it is possible that Jane dies around 1862 and that William returns to Launceston. Before 1864, he marries Mary Ann Bellamy
who was born in 1844 in Launceston. But in 1870, William abandons her and arrives in New York on 6th April on the ship, American Union, with 16 year old son Abel- they describe themselves as bakers and say that they intend to become US inhabitants.
Back home, in 1871 Mary Ann is in St Thomas', Launceston, a miller's wife with
4 boys. William is not with them.
But presumably he does come back - in 1881, the two eldest boys, Edgar and Harold, are apprentices
but Mary Ann, now 37 years old, is in the Launceston Poorhouse with Lilian
and Flossie. They have been there for 2 years as Flossie was born
in the workhouse. Mary Ann describes herself as a wife, not a widow.
William and son Ernest are nowhere to be found - back in the USA?
In 1901,William and Mary cannot
be found in the census - nor can the three boys. There is a Mary Ann Uglow
(Mrs?) who dies in 1884 in Launceston aged 40. There is another Mary Uglow
who dies in 1882 aged 41 and is buried in St Thomas by Launceston - either
may be Mary Ann. William probably dies in Jefferson County.
- son Edgar Bellamy 1864 born
in Launceston. In 1871, he is with his mother in St Thomas' Launceston.
In 1881 he is working for a ropemaker, Charles Randall at Market St,
St Mary Magdalene, Launceston. He marries Annie Butters in 1892 in Stonehouse
in Plymouth - Looe Family 1
- son Harold 1865 born in
Launceston. In 1871, he is with his mother in St Thomas' Launceston.
In 1881 he is working for a ropemaker and living with his aunt Elizabeth
(nee Bellamy) and uncle William Smith, a saddler, at Madford Wall, St
Mary Magdalene, Launceston.
Harold marries Eliza Orchard in 1888. She was born in Launceston in
1869. In 1891, they are living at Bounsalls Lane, Launceston and he
is employed as a mason. There is no record of the family on the 1901
census and it is likely that, by now, they have emigrated to New York. They are to be found at Jefferson Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York, in 1906 when brother Edgar visits them. In 1910, Eliza and the girls pay a trip back to England and can be seen in October passing through Ellis Island on the way back to their home in Niagara Falls
- daughter Eva Elizabeth
1888 born in Launceston.
- daughter Lilian 1891
- son Ernest 1868 born in
Lawhitton, just south of Launceston. In 1871, he is with his mother
in St Thomas' Launceston. He is missing on the 1881 census - on walkabout
with his father? In 1891 he has taken Harold's place and is living with
his uncle William Smith, a saddler, at Southgate Place Madford Lodge,
Launceston - he is employed as a shoemaker. There is no record of Ernest
on the 1901 census. He probably dies in 1937 in Victoria, British Columbia.
- son Claude Oscar 1870 born
- son Horace William 1872
born in Launceston. He dies in 1874
- daughter Eva Lillian M.V.
1874 born in Launceston. In 1881, Lilian is in the Launceston
Poorhouse with her mother and Flossie. In 1891, known as Lily,
she is working as a domestic servant at Deer Park Farm Stoke Climsland.
She may well marry Richard Albert Stidwill in Holsworthy in 1900
is a record of Lily Stidwell
in Pancrasweek on the 1901 census and the Stidwill family is quite
numerous close by around
Bradworthy in Devon - where her sister Flossie is to be found working
- daughter Flossie 1879 born
in Launceston. In 1881, Flossie is in the Launceston Poorhouse
with her mother and Lilian. In 1891, we find her as Florence, scholar,
living at Kennard's House Road with Joseph (hawker and general dealer)
and Elizabeth Jenkin. In 1901,
Flossie is a cook, working at the vicarage at Bradworthy in Devon.
Thomas and Arminel Metherell
Thomas was born in Warbstow
in 1822, perhaps the illegitimate son of Margaret
1797 and the grandson of John and Margaret
Cory. He marries Arminel Metherell
in Tremaine in 1845. Arminel is born in Tremaine in 1823. They move around,
as is shown by the birthplaces of the children - see Warbstow
In the early 1860s, they move
to Launceston where Arminel dies in 1868 (Some records refer to
her as HERMANEL). She was a school teacher and is buried in St Stephen
by Launceston. Thomas was a farm labourer.
By the 1871 census, he is a
farm labourer and widower in Launceston living with his daughter, Mary
J. She married (1863?) William Lane and by 1871 lives in St Stephens Launceston
where Lane is a farm labourer. The Lane's children are Samuel, William,
Margaret and Annanet. Thomas and her two unmarried sisters, Margaret and
Ellen, live with her
James and Mary Ann Bawden
James 1801 born in Warbstow
but he is the youngest son of John and Margaret
Cory of Week St Mary. He is the grandson of George
and Elizabeth Mark.
James was obviously not an
obedient son - his father (John1756) left the mill and 20 acres of ground
to James' brother William and the remainder of his farm with house, cottages
and implements was left to James with the words :- 'If you do not alter
your ways, you will yet break a poor man's heart'. This included land
at Canworthy Water.
After his parents' deaths,
in 1830, James marries Mary Ann Bawden, born 1807, from Antony. She is the daughter of Benjamin and Thomasin Bawden, farmers of Wacker Mill, Antony.
Benjamin also was the miller at Wacker Mill - this was a tidal, salt water mill. There is a short history of the mill, mentioning Benjamin and Thomasin Bawden at 127 CFHS journal p.9 March 2008. Perhaps James works for his father in law farming, as their first
children are born in Antony. But by 1837, they are back in Warbstow.
At the 1841 census James is
a farmer at Tucking Mill with the two young boys, John and Abel, while
the older James is visiting his grandparents, the Bawdens, in Antony.
They have a young girl, Jane Gregory,
as a servant.
By the 1851 census they are
in Launceston where Mary Ann dies in 1851- there's a MI in St Stephens,
Launceston. In 1861 James is visiting his son William who is working as
a carter for Nicholas Hicks, a farmer, at Carnworthy Water. He appears to be prosperous and is engaged in buying land for £225 in 1868:
Parties: 1) William Joseph Little, gentleman, Anderton House, Cornwall and William Charles Sole, gentleman, City of London 2) William Joseph Little, gentleman, Anderton House, Cornwall 3) James Uglow, yeoman, Launceston Conveyance by 1) to 2) of reversion of Trebreak, otherwise Strawbery Parks, in Treneglos, on the death or remarriage of Mary Lugger, widow of the late John Lloyd Lugger, Tregony. Lands were formerly in occupation of John Joliffe, then Richard Bailey and now his widow, Mrs Bailey. Recites will of John Lloyd Lugger, 3 Jan 1845 and indenture of 8 March 1851, parties: Theophilus J Lugger; Mary Lugger; John Little the elder and William J Little; John Little the younger; George Wilcocks Billing. Consideration: £150 from 3) to 1) and £75 from 3) to 2) Witnesses: James Dane Gould; [?] Hitchens, clerk to G W Billing, solicitor, Devonport.
James is a widower in 1871 and is living with his son, James, in Roman Road, Bow. He has come back to Devon and is at Lifton
in 1881 where he is recorded as "Uncle of Wymond 1831" - this will be
Wymond Cory, farmer at Lower Carley Farm, Lifton, the son of James' brother
William and Jane Kittow from Egloskerry. In
1891 he is lodging at St Stephens Hill, Launceston. James survives until
1892 - there's a MI in St Stephens, Launceston.
- son James Benjamin Bowden
1831 born in Antony. In the census of 1841, he is visiting his maternal
grandparents in Antony - quite a long trip for a 9 year old? In 1851,
James is in Stoke Damerel. 1861 sees him visiting his uncle, William 1794, at Lower Carly Farm, Lifton. In 1862 he marries Leonora Frances Mockett in St Olaves. She dies the following year.
marries Elizabeth Colville Thorp St Matthew, Bethnal Green in 1867,
his second marriage. Aat the time of the 1881 census, he is in East London at Bow. He dies in Poplar in 1892 - Family
4 in London
- son John Cory 1837 born
at Tuckingmill, Warbstow. John travels to Oregon with his brothers, Abel and William - he arrives in New York on 24/3/1869 on the New World - he is a miller. He owns some land in Benton county in Oregon in 1870 but dies shortly thereafter - note that brother Abel's son in 1874 is called John Cory.
- son Abel 1839 born at Jacobstow.
He is in Launceston with his parents in 1841 and1851 and he marries
Jane Yeo in 1859 at Lawhitton. Jane is born in Bridgerule in Devon in
1840. In 1861, Jane and Abel are in Leucombe, Lawhitton, with baby Emily.
Also lodging is Joanna Yeo, 59, Jane's mother but unmarried?
In 1861, Abel emigrates with his brother, William
A biography of his son, John Cory, says
'In 1860 the father emigrated to the United States, making the trip to the Pacific coast by way of the Isthmus of Panama. He first resided in San Francisco, where he was connected with the milling business, and subsequently removed to Oregon, constructing a flour mill at Kings Valley and later becoming the owner of
mills at different points in the state. He was very successful in the conduct of his milling interests, continuing active along that line for many years....
What has happened to Jane and Emily? There are divroce proceedings in Oregon in 1873 and 1876 and by 1881, Jane and Emily are both living (separately) in Mariposa Township, South Ontario. Whether they came with Abel in 1861 or under their own steam later is unknown.
In 1880, Abel is in Dallas, Polk, Oregon with William - in his travels, he has married
a young Canadian-Scot, Margaret Hunter, in Boise Idaho in 1873. She was just 16 when they
married. For the 1881 census (and for Margaret?) he's knocked five years of his
We are fairly sure that this Dallas Abel is the Launceston Abel 1839 from 3 pieces of information
- firstly, the Oregon Abel is a miller. Secondly the US census has Abel
and William as brothers - there are several Abel/William brothers but
only this one is in the right order (Abel is older) and this one is
the only chronologically possible pair. Thirdly daughter Emily is in
- daughter Emily 1861
born in Lawhitton. Emily is five months old and with her parents
in 1861. In 1881, she is with the Wickett family, farmers, Mariposa,
South Victoria, Ontario. Her mother lives in the same township and along the road are a large family of Yeos - it is possible that these are her mother's relatives. Emily is Christian
Brethren, although her mother is a mothodist. Emily dies in 1882
- His great great grandson, John Benson, writes:
I was told he was a carpenter and a teacher. In fact as a builder
he built most of the buildings on main street in Dallas Oregon, which
still are standing today and occupied by merchants. One of the buildings
has the name uglow carved in big letters below the roof line.
Abel and Margaret have four children, all born in Oregon. One of these, John Cory, born in Oregon 1874, was a veteran of the Spanish-American war, businessman and violin maker. Abel makes at least two trips back to England, returning through Ellis Island in 1896 and travelling on the SS Ivernia from New York to Liverpool in December 1900. He lives until 1925 dying in Dallas, Oregon - Margaret dies there in 1936.
- son William 1841 born in
Warbstow. He is in Launceston with his parents in 1841 and 1851 In 1861
William is working as a carter for Nicholas Hicks, a farmer, at Carnworthy
Water - his father James is visiting him. He emigrates with Abel to Dallas, Polk,
Oregon - he gets married to Mary A. but there is a divorce in 1875 and in the 1880 US census he is described
as divorced. Again like Abel, he's knocked five years of his own age
for the census takers.
- 1779: Jane (Jane
1739 from Poundstock?) marries Robert Dodge or Doidge in the village.
Jane is described as a sojourner. Robert coems from Broadwoodwidger,
just east of Launceston.
- 1813: Mary marries
Richard Pearne in Launceston
- 1833: Tripp Uglow
1785 (male/female? wife?) dies in and is buried in St Stephens
- 1850: Richard
Aglow, born 1824 in Altarnun?,
is living in Launceston Poorhouse and described as a pauper idiot
- 1871: Ann 1798 born
in Launceston and marries Richard Heath (born 1800 in Plymouth) there
in 1820 - still living there in 1871 and Richard is a roper by trade
- could she be a daughter of Abel and Agne?
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