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West Briton Newspaper transcriptions 1830s

The following extracts, relating to St Minver Parish or St Minver folk, have been taken from the West Briton Newspaper. The extracts have been transcribed by the OPC for St Stephen in Brannel and the OPC for St Austell and their team. Please visit their website, there is a search facility. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wbritonad/

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1 July 1836, Friday

Cornwall Midsummer Sessions, 1836 - These sessions commenced at Bodmin, on Tuesday last, when the following Magistrates were on the bench: J. H. TREMAYNE, Esq. Chairman, Sr. J. C. Rashleigh, Bart, J. Borlase, J. S. Enys, W. Hext, Humphry Williams, -- Rodd, J. K. Lethbridge, G. W. F. Gregor, N. Kendall, H. Thompson, and R. Spry, Esqrs. Dr. Rodd, Nich. Kendall, C. Lyne, J. Pomeroy, R. G. Grylls,jun., W. Molesworth, T. Pascoe, and D. Stephens, clerks.

The Chairman made a short address to the Grand Jury, commented on the number of prisoners (saying it was greater than it had been in years) and made notice regarding his inspection of the Devon Union Poorhouse (suggesting that it would be most beneficial if Cornwall were to quickly adopt the idea, "as he thought it a great public advantage".) The Governor of the Gaol and the visiting Magistrates suggested the necessity of a night watchman at the Gaol, which the Chairman observed he thought highly necessary, and recommended it accordingly to the Bench. It was therefore resolved that a night watchman be kept in future.

The following prisoners were charged with felony offences:

Charles Witheycombe (19) and William Rendell (18) charged with having stolen a winnowing sheet, the property of Peter Blake, of the parish of St. Minver. There was no evidence relative to the guilt of the prisoner Witheycombe, and he was consequently discharged. Rendell was found Guilty. Three months imprisonment and hard labour.  [my note - Peter Blake was my great great great grandfather)

22 July 1836, Friday

Birthday Festivities - On Saturday, the 9th instant, being the eleventh anniversary of the birthday of Miss Susan Symons, daughter and heiress of Samuel Symons, Esq. of Gonvena, a large party, consisting of about 50 ladies and gentlemen, were invited from Wadebridge and its neighbourhood, to spend the day at Polzeth-bay, in the parish of St. Minver, where they dined and drank tea on the rocks. The day was spent with the utmost harmony, and while the merry glass was going round, Morrish Wilton, Esquire, rose and made a very appropriate speech for the occasion, on the conclusion of which the whole party gave three hearty cheers. They then returned to Gonvena and spent the remaining part of the evening, with the greatest degree of conviviality, and had it not been for the approaching Sabbath, singing and dancing, no doubt, would have been kept up till a very late hour.


16 September 1836, Friday

Game License applications - County of Cornwall

Persons who have obtained Game Certificates for the year 1836:

LIST 1 - General Certificates at £3.13s.6d. each:

Sandys, W. S. - St. Miniver
Yeo, William A. - St. Minver

13 October 1836

On Thursday evening, the 13th instant, a boat with three men and a boy, while crossing the ferry at
Padstow, was upset, and Capt. J. Cock of the schooner "Caroline", a young man named Biscumb,
and a son of the boatman, Tailor, were drowned. Tailor supported himself with a sprit belonging to
the boat until assistance was rendered, and was consequently saved. Biscumb was to have been
married on Saturday last, and he and his intended had been at Padstow to purchase necessaries for
that purpose; but she, fearing to go over in the boat, went into a gig, and was landed safely while he
met a watery grave. The bodies were taken up.

25 November 1836
Shipwreck - On Wednesday morning last, the smack "Britannia" of Jersey, Messervey, master, laden with apples for Milford, together with a schooner (name and Captain yet unknown) on entering Padstow harbour in a gale from NW got on the Dunbar sand. The vessels coming in contact, the Captain of the smack jumped onboard the schooner, and together with the whole of the schooner's crew was drowned; but the three men belonging to the smack were saved. It is expected both vessels will go to pieces.

2 December 1836, Friday

On the same day, [Wednesday last] an inquest was held at St. Miniver, and Padstow, by Joseph Hamley, Esq., Coroner, on the bodies of two men supposed to have been part of the crew of the schooner that was lost last week, and verdicts of "found drowned" was returned. At the time the inquest was held, it had not been discovered where the vessel belonged to, but one of them was marked with many bruises, with the name of John Symons on the arm.

In a related article, the schooner was identified as the "Jane", which "had lost her mainboom, foretop-sail, and boat, and appeared to be waterlogged before she attempted the harbour. Her crew ascended the rigging, and continued there till they were washed off. During that time, every possible exertion was made to rescue the poor fellows from a watery grave, but without success." Captain Wade of the "Dewdrop", and some others, did save three men from the smack involved in the accident, and one correspondent said "great praise" is due their efforts.


6 January 1837

St. Minver: notice of landholder's & tithe owner's meeting regarding Church Rates; signed D. Stephens, W.A. Yeo, Samuel Symons, Charles Lemon (by his Attorney, Thos. Whitford)

6 January 1837

CORNWALL QUARTER SESSIONS : These Sessions commenced on Tuesday last, at Bodmin, before E. W. W. Pendarves, Esq., M.P. Chairman, and a numerous Bench of Magistrates. The Court opened about eleven o'clock, and after the Act against riotous assemblages, and the Kings proclamation for the encouragement of piety and virtue, and for the preaching and punishing of vice and profaneness had been read, the Chairman proceeded to address the Grand Jury.

The following cases were tried: William HELBORNE (on Bail) charged with stealing five pounds of beets, property of Charles Phillipps, of St. Miniver. Acquitted.

30 June 1837, Friday

BIRTHS : On Thursday the 1st instant, at Tredrerick House in St. Miniver, the wife of Mr. John Morcombe Moyle, of a son.


15 September 1837

On Wednesday last, at Egloshayle, by the Rev. Thomas Stackhouse Carlyon, Thomas Martyn, merchant, of Wadebridge, to Susanna Symons, second daughter of Mr. Silas Edward Martyn, of St. Miniver.

22 September, 1837
MARRIAGE: At St. Minver, on Tuesday last, Mr. G. Hawken, of the smack "Rosamond Jane" of Padstow, to Ann, second daughter of Mr. W. Blake, of St. Minver.

17 November, 1837
We are informed that the earthquake lately felt at St. Miniver was also felt many miles distant in the surrounding country. Mr. J. Philp's house, at St. Tudy, was so severely shaken that nearly every pane of glass in it was broken

16 December 1837

BIRTHS : At Roserrow, in St. Miniver, Mrs. Henry Symons, of twin sons.

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March 16, 1838

Coroner’s Inquest : 

The following inquests have been held before Joseph Hamley, Esq., viz: On the 8th instant, at Padstow, on the body of Matthew Ryley, late captain of the smack “Hope” of that port.  It appeared by the evidence of William Burt, a seaman on  board, that the vessel was going out of Padstow, about ten days before, got on the [Danbar].  The sea was running very high, and the weather bad; and the last time he saw the captain on board he was at the helm.  A short time after, he saw him in the sea, and thinks that he must have been struck by the tiller and knocked overboard.  He threw a rope to him, but he could not reach it; a boat was then lowered, but the sea ran so high they could not get near him, and were obliged to get on board again to save themselves.  The vessel was afterwards got off, but they saw no more of the captain.  Jane Hicks, deposed that she lives in St. Miniver, and was walking on the sands the preceding morning, when she saw the body of a man lying on the beach.  She got assistance, and had him removed to Padstow, where the body was identified as that of Captain RyleyVerdict, accidental death.


22 June 1838

On Wednesday last, deeply lamented by a disconsolate husband and children, and a large circle of friends, Mrs. Jane Julian, wife of Mr. Thomas Julian, of Trevigo in the parish of St. Miniver; - she bore her illness, which was severe, with Christian fortitude, and died in the hope of a glorious resurrection, through the merits of her blessed Redeemer.


September 7, 1838 



Runaway from his Master, Mr. Thomas Julian, of Trevigo, in the Parish of St. Minver, on Sunday, the 19th instant, his apprentice Thomas  BOUSE or REBOUSE, 18 years of age, five feet six inches high, dark complexion, dark brown hair, wore away a short blue jacket, black waistcoat, and light cord trowsers.  Whoever harbours or employs the said Apprentice after this notice will be prosecuted, and whoever will bring the same to his said master, at Trevigo, shall receive One Pound Reward. 

Dated August 23, 1838


30 November 1838

At St. Columb, on Monday last, Mr. James Rowe, of Pentireglaze, in St. Miniver, to Miss Glasson, of the former parish.


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15 FEBRUARY 1839, Friday

At Tredrezick House, St. Minver, on Thursday the 7th instant, Mrs. J. M. Moyle, of a son.


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