I am descendant of Jane Rapson and Thomas Nance who emigrated to South Australia in the 1850's.
Looking for any information on Jane Rapson's family (siblings) that might lead me to finding family members living in Cornwall today. Jane's sister Hannah married Samson Curnow and that family seemed to end up in the USA, but I feel sure that some of Jane and Hannah's other siblings might have stayed behind!
I have been told Jane's grandmother Margaret Thomas married William Rapson in 1791. Before that Margaret had been married to Martin Trewhella in 1783 and had four children by him.
Thanking anyone for any information on this family.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Nov 10, 2015 7:06:07 GMT -5
Lyn - from what I can find I think it a very slim hope that you might find any descendants of John and Mary (nee Trembath) Rapson still living in Cornwall. Of their eight children (all baptised at Ludgvan) there were six daughters and only two sons with the younger of the sons dying in 1861 at the age of 25. Here is the list of children:-
Hannah (1824-1905) - married Sampson Curnow in 1847 Mary (1826-?) - married William Oats at Ludgvan in 1858 Jane (1829-?) - you know about her Margaret (1831-1834) John (1833-?) - married Priscilla Thomas at Ludgvan in 1857 but not found afterwards in Cornwall William (1836-1861) - no marriage found Margaret (1839-?) - married William Collins at Ludgvan in 1859 Amelia (1841-1844)
Your only chance might be to try and trace children of Mary (and William Oats) and Margaret (and William Collins) but other than that the siblings left England or died young.
While working on something else, I just tripped across an 1865 New York State Census for Mount Hope, Orange County. Among the residents were John Rapson, 36 year-old miner from England, his wife "Percilla" 28, daughter Mary Ann 1 year 10/12 months (born in Orange County) with a boarder, Charles Thomas, 36, from England who was also a miner.
Hi! My mother stumbled on this thread from a couple of years ago and I wanted to forward some information. I am a descendent of John Rapson, who moved to the US from Cornwall.
John (known later in life as "Charles" perhaps his middle name) Rapson and his wife Priscilla Thomas Rapson moved to New York and had a daughter, Mary. They then moved to Cheshire, Connecticut and had a son, John Charles Rapson (b. 1866). At some point both parents died when their kids were young, haven't figured out how yet. When their son, John Charles, my great great grandfather, was married in 1888, the wedding announcement listed him as a foster son of Charles Hotchkiss, a representative in the Connecticut legislature from Cheshire. So after John Sr. and Priscilla died, he was well taken care of or mentored somehow. His wife, Henrietta Ives, was the daughter of a very prominent local family. John Jr. worked as a silver machinist at a cutlery company. They had 3 children together, Hazel (my great grandmother), Lillian, and Alden.
John and Priscilla's other child Mary, was listed as a maid servant on a census after they died. She married Charles Fowler and they had one daughter who never married, Florence.
I have photos of John Jr. and Mary and their descendants if anyone needs them for their genealogy
Post by Cornish Terrier on Mar 5, 2018 14:08:02 GMT -5
Many thanks for your input Alexis. And I will keep it in mind about the photos when I get back to the Rapson family.
You may not be aware of it but a probably relative of Charles Hotchkiss was Margaret Dianthe Hotchkiss of Bethany, CT, who married Matthew Trewhella in San Francisco in 1856. She died at Cheshire, CT, in 1872 and Matthew remarried to Victoria Truran. Margaret's parents were Harvey Hotchkiss and Sarah Alling.