Looe's name means 'pool
or inlet' is on the south coast of Cornwall. There are actually two towns,
East and West Looe, divided by the estuary of the Looe River and connected
by a bridge of nine arches built in 1853. In the 19th century the Looe
Union Canal was used to export agricultural produce and granite from Looe
but is now disused.
222 acres of land
Looe is on the south coast
1. The whole of Cornwall
2. Here is a map
to get you to Looe
Edgar Bellamy and Annie Butters
Edgar Bellamy 1864 is the son
of William 1830 and Mary Ann Bellamy and
the grandson of Abel and Mary Ridgman.
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. By 1891, he is at
Cannon Hill, Liskeard, working as a painter.
He marries Annie E. Butters.
She is born in East Looe in 1867, daughter of Joseph Butters, a fisherman,
and Annie Lightfoot. In 1881 and in 1891, she is living with her parents
and brothers in Fore St., East Looe - this is not that far from Edgar
who in 1891 is in Liskeard. They marry in Stonehouse in 1892. By 1901,
she is married with four children and is living in Chapel St. There
is no record of Edgar on the 1901 census.
In 1906, Edgar arrives on Ellis Island in New York, having travelled from Liverpool on the Umbria. Describing himself as a decorator, he is with his son Harold en route to visit his brother Harold, who is living in Niagara Falls, New York.
In 1911, Annie is living in Fore St., East Looe with her father, Joseph Butters, a retired fisherman, and her brother, Benjamin Butters. With them are Beatrice, Joseph and Mabel. There is no sign of Edgar..
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- son Harold Alfred 1893,
born in Looe. He travels with his father to New York in 1906 to see his uncle Harold who lived in Niagara Falls, New York. Harold was obviously smitten - he becomes a naturalised US citizen in 1920. We find him travelling on a round trip to England, landing here on 16th June 1926 with his 10 year old daughter, Beatrice - they are staying at Fore St, East Looe. Then back to New York in August 1926 on the same ship, SS Mauretania - they live at 2036 La Salle Avenue, Niagara Falls.
- daughter Beatrice Annie
1895, born in Looe. In 1911, she is living in Fore St., East Looe with her grandfather, uncle, mother and siblings. She is a dressmaker. In 1919 she marries Charles Bellamy in Liskeard - presumably a cousin. They probably move north - their children are Winifred J 1922 and Charles E U 1928, both of whom are born in Ecclesall, near Sheffield.
- son Joseph Ernest 1898,
born in Looe. In 1911, he is living in Fore St., East Looe with his grandfather, uncle, mother and siblings. He is still at school. In 1922 he marries Ethel Nicholas in Liskeard. A fisherman,
he was crewman on Shamrock
V competing for the America's Cup 1929.
He returns from New York to Plymouth, 3rd class, on 6th October 1930 on the SS Caronia. Seven years later, he is crew and second cook on Endeavour I, during its warming up races with Endeavour II as the latter preapred another assault on the America's Cup. Afterwards, Endeavour I was being towed back to England by the Motor yacht, Viva II, when the tow rope was severed during a hurricane on the night of 13th September 1937 at about 11 o'clock at night in the Atlantic, 200 miles off Nantucket on the east coast of America, with wind speeds of 105 mph. All the crew were feared lost and nothing was heard or seen of Endeavour after the tow broke, until she was sighted by the tanker Cheyenne at the approaches to the English Channel 20 days later.The Endeavour had raised sail and crossed the Atlantic under jury rig.
For an emotional account of their arrival in Portsmouth and an extensive interview about their ordeal with Joseph ("jolly Joe", Ethel called him), see Nottingham Evening Post 1st October 1937
- son Joseph G 1922 born
in Liskeard - in 1952 he marries Ida W. Edmondson
- son Ian M 1954 born
in Preston - marries Christine Walsh in Blackpool in 1978. The
family live in Bristol
- Gareth William
1986 born in St Albans but carries on the sailing tradition
- daughter Bryony
Elizabeth 1989 born in St Albans
- son Nicholas Godfrey
1960 born in Liskeard. He marrries Janis Unwin, living in Essex
for a period before moving back to Cornwall
- daughter Victoria
Gemma 1983 - a student at Portsmouth University
- daughter Jocelyn
Louise 1986 born in Essex
- son Adam Nicholas
1994 born in Essex
- daughter Amelia N 1938
born in Liskeard - in 1958 she marries Mr Williams
- daughter Mabel 1900, born
in Looe. In 1911, she is living in Fore St., East Looe with her grandfather, uncle, mother and siblings. She is still at school. In 1924 she marries Samuel Adams in Liskeard