Uglow Family HistoryUglows in Lewannick
Name most probably means 'church site of Guenoc'; a Breton saint. This parish is five miles south-west of Launceston. The small hilltop village of Lewannick is centred around a crossroads, which is unusual for Cornwall, where the villages tend to stretch along sheltered valleys. There are commanding views across Bodmin Moor to Fox Tor.In a cave nearby lived a dragon which had devastated two pagos of land and any human who ventured into them were killed. When St Samson was in the area he heard of the dragon and walked right up to its cave. He dragged out the dragon using his linen belt and threw the creature into the River Inny.The 13th century church of St Martin, was rebuilt after a fire in 1890. When Methodism arrived in 18th century the local parson, George Parsons, successfully used all his influence to prevent meetings taking place, and it was only after his death the Methodists were able to build their own chapel.
Lewannick is south west of Launceston
Family 0: Anastasius and Elizabeth
Anastasius was born about 1550. He lived here in the latter part of the 16th century, dying in 1614. His will mentions his wife, Elizabeth and four(?) children - to each of my daughters, son Thomas, Elizabeth (still under 21 in 1614):
Family 1: Thomas and Mary Guy
Thomas 1765 is the son of John and Grace Wells, born in Jacobstow. He has a wandering nature - when he marries Mary Guy in Poundstock in 1784, he is described as a farm worker from Lewannick, some distance away. Their witnesses are not family - Henry Stacey and John Jeffrey.
Their first child is born in Poundstock later that year but they return to Lewannick where their two daughters are born.
Thomas also seems to have a wandering eye as he is the likely father of 2 illegitimate children: the first is in 1787 in Altarnun where Thomas Uglow, labourer of Lewannick is the subject of a bastardy order and the mother is Elizabeth Prout; the second is in 1791 in Phillack, many miles away where Thomas is again the subject of an order for John Honeychurch, mother Mary.
One explanation is that Mary probably dies young as daughter Elizabeth is on the Apprentices' Index 12/4/1796 suggesting that she is an orphan. Perhaps Thomas abandons the family and that accounts for his presence (if it is in fact him) in Phillack in west Cornwall.
Their children are: