Uglow Family History

Uglows in Launceston

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Originally 'Lann-Stephen', 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 1972.


1841 1991
2460 6465

Statistics: 1113 acres of land


Launceston is on the eastern boundary in the middle

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Family 0: 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 aged 55.

He is a baker/miller which fits neatly with his family background - father and grandfather were both millers.

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.

  • son John 1813 born in Treneglos. John marries Alice Martin (nee Date) in Stoke Damerel in 1840 - Family Oa
  • 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 St Thomas.
  • 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 Thomas.
  • 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 by Launceston
  • 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 6
  • 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
    • Frederick.

    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.
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 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

Family 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 following:

Mill House and Outbuildings
Walled Garden
Field called Rack Green
The Mill and Yards
Mill Meadow
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

A website 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:

This stone worked the first time, March 28th, 1859

This stone 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 miller there.

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 -Family 0b
  • 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.

Family 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. Jack died in July 2016

        • son Martin John 1983 born in Cullompton
          • daughter Faye Sweetland, born 21st July 2009

        • 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 1956 born in Thorverton. He marries Wendy Luscombe in Exeter in 1987. They are now divorced and he married Bryanna Davey in 2006. He has 2 stepchildren, Sanna and Marcus in addition to:

        • 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.

Family 1: 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 Family 1
  • 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 in Launceston

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Family 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...]

Family 4: 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 in Launceston. 
  • 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 - there 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 in 1901.
  • 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.

Family 5: 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 Family 4

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

Family 6: 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. He 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 own age.

    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 Canada.

    • 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 by Launceston
  • 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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