Hi Sue, I knew Dorothy, who was my Dads first cousin, she returned from America having married a Cornishman over there and I think settled in Marazion, having three children in the 40's. I know she than remarried and lived in Penzance. Sadly she died on a return trip to America in the late 60's/early 70's. I was interested in the fact that Minnie was working in St. Ives because Richard and Elizabeth Wright moved there at some time after 1911, which is where my father was born in 1914. I feel sure there must have been some family ties there. He lived with his grandparents in The Warren as his mother worked away. My father was a Wright, as was I and have often wondered if after living in Mousehole all his life my GGrandfather upped sticks and moved to St Ives because of the stigma in such a small village, but felt they must have been good people for sticking by their daughter. Dora married and had a son, Vernon, and she settled in Plymouth.
Well, in 1911 census taken 2 April, I see Richard Wright age 71 fisherman resident in St Ives (can’t see precise address, as I only have access to FamilySearch) with just wife Elizabeth age 63 born Gulval present.
Dora I think would be the housemaid in Falmouth 1911, born Newlyn age “26”, prior to her marriage to Charles in 1915; your Elizabeth probably the housemaid in Brighton age 25 born Mousehole transcribed as "Elsie".
I suspect things were tricky for girls working a long way from home back then. My years of research has however taught me that it has always been the case over the centuries that a not insignificant number of girls/women were not married when babies were born, specially in Cornwall it seems! - and that family often rallied round. I have also found that by the time of the 3rd child without a husband in sight, the child did not so often seem to get looked after by the extended family....
I also see from 1841 onwards censuses plus OPC that Richard Wright had a sister Mary Jane who probably married John James Carne in 1862 then looks like died 1876 age 39 - so a sound reason for naming of Richard & Elizabeth's 1st child Mary Jane, notwithstanding any Curnow derivation for the name.
Thank you for all the info, I have done quite a fair bit on ancestry. I do know that they lived at 15 The Warren in St. Ives which nowadays is a holiday let in which I have stayed. Richard Wright outlived his wife Elizabeth, who had died at home in 1921 aged 73, sadly Richard went to the work house in Madron and was later sent to the Bodmin Asylum where he died aged 82 of senile decay. After his grandparents death my father moved to his Aunt Dora and Uncle Charles home and grew up with their son Vernon in Plymouth. So the family did rally round, although my Dad had a hard life with his Aunt who I guess favoured her own child. My Grandmother died in 1928, who as you note was known as Elsie, when she was growing up she was called Lizzie Curnow ... LC hence Elsie I guess. With no parents around my father enlisted as boy soldier in the DCLI and went out to India for the next ten years. Nice chatting, many thanks Lefty Wright
Minnie Wright & Wm Curnow had children Minnie, Albert & Dorothy, then post 1920 disappear to me from US census.
Minnie/Mary Jane died Nov 19,1924 in Flint two year's after her husband. William Curnow died Oct 20, 1922.
Daughter Minnie, was the wife of Arnold D Meredith; she died Oct 15, 1939 and is buried in Flushing, Michigan which is also in Genessee County.
Son "Albert" was actually "William Albert" and sometimes recorded as "William A." He lived in Flint where he married Lily Elizabeth Read in 1941. He died May 4, 1973. Parents' names verified on marriage certificate as William H Curnow and Minnie Wright.