Sue and CT Thank you so very much. I certainly do appreciate the information you have provided.
The depth of knowledge in the answers given to queries by members in the group and your commitment to accuracy is very unique. There is so much misinfomation out there.
I do recall the Oppy name from Norma Curnow's book and I believe that Norma's husband is from that line. In 1991/2 I was not much into how the people mentioned in the book were connected. I do hope I can get hold of her book again.
As Sue mentioned, the research that went into that must have been painstaking. It would have been done through going over copious microfiche records. As you say Sue, we are so lucky these days with online records but I think that ease has made it easier for people to get things wrong.
I also do remember hearing that Norma had visited and interviewed Stephen's Mum, Beryl and grandmother Myra.
Stephen's grandmother also has Cornish connections. I have seen a tree of her family - Colwell and Pollard-Barnes. There is a link in her line to a Jehu Pollard who had the alternate name of Joshua.
I will start to look into that tree and begin verifying the connections.
I used the information from one of your previous posts in the forum some years ago and found the record for the marriage of Matthew Curnow and Jane Williams in June 1813. It seems that they are the parents of Jane Curnow who married Thomas son of Hannibal Curnow and Alice Rowe.
The interesting thing is that Hannibal Curnow was a witness to the marriage of Matthew and Jane. I thought that they must have been friends and it was not unexpected that their respective children would marry each other someday.
Then I noticed that Hannibal witnessed many other marriages. Going back to his own marriage record and looking at subsequent records I noticed that he was a witness to several marriages right through the year.
Apart from a few with a longer C all the signatures seemed to be the same so it was most certainly the same person.
This guy either knew a lot of people or he ran some kind of rent-a-witness business!!!!!
Was tbis a common practice?
So using witnesses to work out parents or relatives cannot always help. I was hoping I could find the parents of Jane Williams but the witnesses to her marriage to Matthew were the ubiquitous Hannibal and what looks like Richard Blight to me. It could be some other name that has "ight" at the end.
Hi Zib and CT Thank you. That makes sense about the Parish clerk being a witness. Not everyone would have been able to arrange for witnesses to attend.
Zib I have only just started looking at the Colwell line where the Pollards come in. In the tree I am looking into the name Rodda does come up several times. For example there is a Christopher Pollard who married Mary Floyd. Christopher's maternal grandmother is a Jane Rodda and Mary's mother is Catherine Rodda.
The Rodda name is interesting to me. My favourite children's author (Australian) uses the pseudonym Emily Rodda. I believe she said it was her grandmother's name. Her actual name is Jennifer Rowe.
Thanks you all so much for being a wealth of information and being willing to share it. It is making this pastime so much more fun and less frustrating.