My wife is descended from the Woolcock family. Peter Woolcock and his wife Amelia were married on 12 May 1881 in St Erth and lived many years in Hayle. But he was born in St Ives and the 1911 census shows his widow Amelia living in Digey Square with several of her children. Peter must have died very shortly before the census because she states on the census form that their marriage had lasted 30 years. Exploring the usual channels I can find no record of Peter's death or burial and wonder if anyone out there can help? Thanks.
FreeBMD has 1901 Peter Woolcock aged 77 death registered in Penzance 1906 Peter Woolcock aged 89 death registered in Penzance 1907 Peter Woolcock aged 52 death registered in Bodmin 1908 Peter Woolcock aged 36 death registered in Penzance
If Peter was born about 1856 in St Ives then the 1907 death aged 52 registered in Bodmon would probably be the likely one - if the age is correct.
From LDS Search Peter Woolcock male burial date 5 Aug 1907 Bodmin age 52 birth date 1855
1871 Census Peter living at Beach St Ives with parents 1881 Census Peter boarding with the Whear family in St Erth 1891 Census Peter & Amelia living at Mill Pond Road St Earth Peter is no longer sailor/mariner but a Stores Man Boiler Yard - children are all stated as born in Hayle
I got in touch with the Cornwall Records Office and, sure enough, there is a record of Peter Woolcock being admitted to the asylum at Bodmin. For a reasonable cost I was able to get copies of the relevant documents, which hold a huge amount of information. Poor chap went bananas, answering all the doctor's questions with 'I've had my dinner', becoming violent and trying to jump out of the window. Ah well, another certified loony in the family...
I emailed the CRO with the basic details. An archivist replied the next day saying they had checked their asylum records and indeed had docs on a Peter Woolcock of St Ives, giving the date of his admission there and the date of his death four months later. They said they could provide photocopies £5 for the service, plus £1 for each doc copied. I paid £9 in all for superb colour copies of the admission doc, complete with the doctor's account of his assessment of the patient and the relevant questionnaire. Plus the record of his death. Plus a letter from his widow to the asylum saying she couldn't afford to have him brought to St Ives for burial, that she would like a coffin costing no more than £2, and that her son and her husband's brother would be attending the funeral.
Post by cornishmaid on May 4, 2011 15:50:39 GMT -5
Hi there Peter Woolcock is my 1st cousin 5 times removed. I haven't got much information on him after his birth, but his parents were Peter Woolcock and Fanny Veal (Fanny mistranscribed as "Kathy" in the 1871 census on Freecen). It would be great to know more about him. I have my tree on Tribal Pages if you would like to view it. It's also great to know that the CRO were so helpful.
I've got so many brick walls I could build a Mansion!
Just wanted to thank deemat for posting the info above. I telephoned the CRO last Friday afternoon regarding my GG grandfather who was in the County Asylum in the 1880's, and they called me back yesterday (Monday) morning with so much information as to his admission, medical reports etc. I had incorrectly assumed that because I could not find any info regarding the asylum for that period on the online catalogues, that no info was held. So looking forward to my first ever visit to a records office later this month! ;D ;D