1 child out of 10 in one of my families was born in Sheffield where all the rest were Redruth C'wall
Just having a look through the post again, pmac, when I noticed the above quote. Not sure whether you live in Cornwall or know this, but there is a little village called 'Sheffield' just north of Newlyn. It is a little far from Redruth, I admit so it would still seem a strange 'diversion'. Of course if the baptism is from Sheffield, South Yorkshire then ignore this fleeting thought.
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Post by Cornish Terrier on Jan 23, 2013 18:27:56 GMT -5
Graylight - whilst you are quite correct about the village of Sheffield anyone born there would probably have been baptised at Paul or perhaps Sancreed. (If not non-conformist.) But it is not unusual to find a Cornish family with all but one, or perhaps two, children born in Cornwall. There were many mining areas in the North of England so you will find Yorkshire and Durham along with Wales as birthplaces. The examples are not restricted to these places but they do seem prominent in examples I have seen. You will even find examples of a single child in a family being born in such places as Brazil or Mexico along with the 'usual' America, Australia and New Zealand. Many families returned to Cornwall after only a brief sojourn in other parts but there were those who settled down to a new life.
Just thought it was strange as, having lived in Sheffield, Yorks for 15 years, and knowing that the city itself had little, if anything, in the way of any mining. Mining villages on the outskirts (in areas such as Rotherham, Dearne Valley and Barnsley which are all mining areas) would all have their own parish churches. Not knowing the details (may have not been a mining family...although around Sheffield, agricultural labourers would also be living in the outlying villages)...as I say, it was just a thought. :-)
pmac - Had a walk up to Paul village on Sunday and took photos of all the RICHARDS gravestones we could find in the churchyard and in the Cholera Field cemetery. Most of the ones I took were easily readable from the photograph except for one which is of a Mary RICHARDS wife of Francis Richards, the date of the burial etc are quite unreadable due to lichen growth. It is also the grave of Francis (possibly a son). I can send you the image (if you wish to send me your email address by pm)but when I get the chance I will go up again and try and decipher it for you. (Unless you are already aware of this grave, of course)
Moving on back another generation, I have discovered three marriages for Alexander RICHARDS, all of them seem plausible. If Alexander is the son of Thomas bp Paul 26 Mar 1671 (no children named Thomas however) than he is 'available' to be involved in all the following Paul marriages.
Alexander RICHARDS to Elizabeth 20 Oct 1688 Alexander RICHARDS to Elizabeth THOMAS 13 Jan 1698 Alexander RICHARDS to Elizabeth d/o William MORISH 7 Jan 1717
There is also an Allexander RICHARDS bp St Ives 1 Sep 1668 s/o Allexander.
The children of his family discovred so far are all born after 1700, so the 1698 marriage does seem favourite.
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Sorry guys, been a bit busy lately, I find myself cleaning up after yet another flood in 2 years :-(
Graylight: Good thought, but was definitley Sheffield Yorkshire, her father was a Plumber/Brazier. What baffles me is, they were at the same address in the 1871 census as they were in the 1861 census, So no idea why they were in Yorkshire at the time of the birth. Would love any image or info you can discover, I knew the grave was there from an internet site that listed graves at Paul but was a general list and I can't find the site anymore.
CT: Have searched online sites looking for any transcribed wills on John Richards's but none that I found were helpful....Know what you mean about the St Ives Francis Richards had thought mine might have come from there but after a long search discounted the idea.