In searching my Gilbarts I've run into Polkinghorne's in Phillack and now I'm stuck.
James William Gilbart m. Jane Polkinghorne b 1853 St. Gluvias. This I'm sure of.
I think Jane's parents were Thomas Polkinghorne b 1827 Phillack and Mary Anne Martin b 1822 Stithians, married 1851 St. Gluvias. but there's a wrinkle in tracking Thomas.
My late grandmother listed Thomas' parents as Thomas Potter and Jane Polkinghorne (no other information).
I did find a birth record at OPC for a John Polkinghorne born in 1827 with parents Thomas Potter and Jane. The location is Penzance, St. Mary, Madron Chapelry. Was this an illegitimate birth. Could this John be my Thomas? Or was Grandma completely off base?
Any information on my Thomas' ancestry would be appreciated!
To follow up on my grandmother's Thomas Potter, I searched around again and found a familysearch.org record of baptism of Thomas Polkinghorne Polkinghorne, 18 Mar 1826 in St. Erth, parents Thomas Potter and Jane Polkinghorne. So she had linked to an actual record somehow, albeit in error. I don't know how she accessed this information.
If James Polkinghorne is listed as Thomas' father in his marriage record, as you tell me, that's pretty strong evidence that Grandma was wrong! Thank you for your help once again. PG
Post by Cornish Terrier on Dec 5, 2012 7:52:34 GMT -5
I have learned not to trust things like Marriage Certificates implicitly. In this case the marriage record (Parish Register) from which the Certificate is taken states that Thomas was the son of James Polkinghorne and the 1861 Census shows that Thomas was born at Phillack about 1826/7. The baptism of Thomas son of James and Elizabeth Polkinghorne at Phillack in 1827 certainly is an excellent match and may well be correct but given you have information handed down by your grandmother I think we would be remiss if we ignored it totally and declared grandma wrong! I therefore propose to follow up on that information and see what I can find for the family of Thomas Potter Polkinghorne in order to try and prove conclusively whether or not your grandma was in error.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Dec 5, 2012 8:03:31 GMT -5
Re Thomas Potter Polkinghorne
Thomas Polkinghorne base son of Jane Polkinghorne was baptised at St Erth 18th March 1826 (reputed father was Thomas Potter)
So Thomas was in illegitimate child of Jane Polkinghorne with Thomas Potter named as the father. I have not found any evidence that Thomas Potter and Jane Polkinghorne married and I am yet to find what happened to young Thomas Polkinghorne. I will pursue that further but it now begins to look like your grandmother may have been incorrect.