A sparsely populated parish bordering
the Tresillian River and sandwiched between the parishes of Lamorran and
St Clements. Name means 'place claiming relics' These relics may have belonged
to St Coan, patron saint of the local church.
acres of land
Merther is east
1. The whole of
2. Here is a wonderful map
to get you to Merther - you can change the scale as well as get the local
weather and cinema listings!
William and Wilmot Wo/innacott
William 1841 is born in Warbstow,
the son of Nicholas and Grace Uglow, the
grandson of William and Jane Bray from
Jacobstow on his mother's side and of William
and Ann Chapman on his father's side. At the time of the 1851 census,
he is living, aged 10, in Warbstow.
In Jacobstow in 1870, he marries Wilmot Wonnacott, born 1842 in Kilkhampton. Her father was Samuel and her mother Mary
Cory and they were married in 1835.
William may have worked as
a miller at Canworthy Water, following his father but in 1871, he and Wilmet are in Jacobstow with little Ann, just born and as yet unnamed. William is working
as a farm labourer. They move south
to Merther and Truro and in 1881he is an agricultural labourer, living at
Eglos Merther Cottage and probably working for William James, farming
295 acres who lives next door.
William dies quite young in 1890 - in 1891, his widow Wilmet is living at Merther Lane, St Michael Penkevil with sons Charles and Nicholas. In 1901, she is living with son Frederick at Tregonian, St Michael Penkevil. She dies in 1910 in Truro.
- daughter Ann 1871
born in Jacobstow - dies in infancy
- son Charles 1873 born in
Merther. He marries and farms in Jacobstow - Family
- son Nicholas 1874 born in
Merther but he died in 1875
- son Frederick 1877 born
in Merther - see Family 1 St Michael
- son Ernest John 1880 born
in Merther. In the 1891 census he is with Uncle Nicholas at Kents, the
farm his brother Charles takes over. In 1901 he is working as a railway
porter and lodging in St Austell with Blunet Tallack, the station master.
In 1912, he married Florence Aline Rosevear, who came from Par - his granddaughter, Mary Sisson, relates the family story that Florence's dream was to get to California - she was engaged to someone else but Ernest was already living in Canada so she married him instead.
emigrated to Revelstoke, British Columbia the day after the marriage. They later moved to Winnipeg, where he worked for
Canadian Pacific. After a spell in Utah, the family ends in California - Emigrant Group 6 - where Ernest works as a carpenter.
There are several trips home - Florence arrives, travelling by herself, in May 1937 and returns in August 1937 on the SS American Shipper from London to New York and thence to California. Ernest and Florence are on the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in August 1951 and sailing from Southampton to New York in October 1951 and then on the Queen Mary, arriving in August and sailing from Southampton to New York in November 1955. Their UK address is always given as 39 Dolphion Rd, Slough. A month after returning from this last trip, Ernest dies in Los Angeles in 1955.
- Sadie Ernestine (1912-2004) unmarried and died in Puyallup, Washington State
- Florence Wilmot (1915-2002 ) born in Winnipeg, Canada and died in Puyallup, Washington State. Florence married Everett Ross Wolford in 1942 and they had three children - Douglas Ross, Ann Louise and Mary Elizabeth (thanks to Mary for some of the information here)
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