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Welcome to The Primitive Cornish Hovel. A place where I will share my love of prim, vintage, family history, many interests & everyday life. I hope to show you a glimpse of a bygone age through the history of my family & the many 'treasures' I hold dear. Mixed in with this will be snippets of life today. Do drop in again for a visit to see what is happening at 'The Hovel'. Comments are welcomed.

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Friday, 15 August 2008

Hello From Cornwall


Hello there...hadn’t realised that it’s been over two weeks since I posted anything here, doesn’t time fly when you’re enjoying yourself.....hehe..... It’s been a busy few weeks with me doing lots of things but mainly catching up with family history and doing some research for other people. I love the hunt and when you find that elusive ancestor it’s great. The weather was the decisive point for me staying indoors to do FH and what weather we’ve had. There’s been rain, wind, a little sun and more rain.....the only thing we haven’t had is snow and fog but there’s time yet...

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A lovely snowy scene
Near Ponden Hall, Yorkshire
February 2007

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So while the rain and wind have been dancing together outside my window I’ve been back to 1647, George Flinders to be exact, hubby’s gt.gt.gt.gt.gt.gt.gt.gt. Grandfather ...phew! What amazes me is the amount of children that were born to our ancestors ....Now I don’t know about you girls but I think our female ancestors were a gutsy lot and all without pain relief!!!! Plus no washing machines, dryers or cleaners. Although I love the idea of a simpler time and anything vintage that is one part I’m glad not to experience.......So I salute Mary Gunne, the lady who chose to marry George Flinders, and all the other women who contributed to the family line that resulted in my husband Andy.......

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Esther Leggott nee Sharpe - 1846-1913 –
At aged 22 married Charles Revel and became a mother of 11 children
One of her sons, Richard, would marry Annie Needham
Esther is Gt. Gt. Grandmother to Andy

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Harriet Needham nee Bolland - 1836-1890 -
Not a very clear photograph of this fine lady who had 9 children.
Harriet & husband George are parents to Annie below.
Another Gt. Gt. Grandmother for dear hubby.

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Annie Leggott nee Needham - 1867-1951 -
Married Richard Leggott at 29 and had two daughters.
Andy’s Gt. Grandmother seen with his mother Margaret c.1927-28

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Mary Ann Laws nee Burton - 1856-1907 -
Seen here with husband Thomas and some of her 13 children.
Andy’s Gt. Grandmother

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Annie Laws nee Leggott - 1899-1991 -
Seen here as a young girl, who would later grow up to have 5 children.
Married Alfred Ernest Laws in 1923
Grandmother to Andy

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I have this group of women to thank for my dear hubby and do not blame them in the slightest when at times their descendent is grumpy...hehe.....that’s down to the male line....although the following group of women are from the paternal side they’re not to blame either....

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Mary Coy nee Bond - 1786-1866 -
Would be widowed the same year this was taken (1864)
when husband Thomas died. This couple had 5 children.
Gt.Gt.Gt.Gt. Grandparents to Andy
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Ann Ward nee Pykett - 1848-1915 -
Andy’s Grandfather John Henry is leaning at her knee
Ann & husband William had 10 children
All are seen here bar Florence who died aged 3 ½
Another Gt. Grandmother for hubby

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Matilda Alice Ward nee Lane - 1886-1929 -
Son William and daughter Alice are seen here with their mother.
John Henry, seen with his mother Ann in the previous photo, and Matilda had 4 children Grandmother to Andy

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Eight remarkable women who were born in different centuries and between them had 59 children....I hope you enjoyed meeting my husband’s ancestors.....Until next time...lol....

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‘Some family trees have beautiful leaves,
and some have just a bunch of nuts.
Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.’

~Author Unknown

7 comments:

Monica said...

Wow, those photos are great! You know so much about your FH, it's amazing. Thanks for sharing, Mon x

KernowWitch said...

Thanks Mon...We've been doing FH for about 13 years now. I will admit it's passion of mine. I love the researching and you should see me going around churchyards in all weathers, even snow...lol...Hugs Chrissy xx

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful Chrissy..love reading about them and OH, those photo's. Love the clothes and hair styles. Thanks so much for sharing Andy's family with us...
As you say, they were gutsy woman back then and they 'just got on with it'...lol...
luv Ann.xx

KernowWitch said...

Glad you like them Ann....I love old photos & it's a bonus that they are family....I agree about the clothes & hair but would have hated wearing those corsets, no wonder they swooned...lol...Hugs Chrissy x

Hill upon hill said...

I do love Cornwall. You have fascinating interests.

KernowWitch said...

Thanks for dropping by & for your comments. I do have a lot of interests, stops me getting bored..hehe..I'm trying to get some crafts done at the mo but life keeps getting in the way...lol...Hugs Chrissy x

Debra said...

What wonderful photos! You know I love them!!
I have given your blog an award- just go to my blog to get it- and you know the drill- pass it to 7 other blogs!
Deb
http://pilgrimsandpioneers.blogspot.com