Can anyone confirm whether or not the John Richards who married Alice Donithorne in 1735 was in fact the son of Thomas Richards and a Mary Roberts, as I have been told? I do not have a christening for John but Thomas and Mary married in 1705, apparently in Ludgvan.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Jul 6, 2007 12:26:26 GMT -5
I cannot 'confirm' John as a son from this marriage but I also have similar information which, from circumstantial evidence, appears to be probably correct.
Thomas RICHARDS and Mary ROBERTS (according to Phillimore & Taylor) were actually married at ZENNO 5th February 1705.
I have found five probable children for them baptised at Zennor from 1714-1726 and their are probably others there prior to 1714.
There is certainly Thomas RICHARDS, of Zennor who married Dinah CISLEY at Gulval 8th April 1732. (He almost 'must' be a son).
And then there is John - but I must say I am a little concerned that he named his first three children Martin, Robert and Charles! The next known child was Job who would have been named after Alice' father. After Job we have Margery who might well have been named after Alice' mother. Last child I know of was Alice - but her naming seems obvious.
It is certainly strange that, with four sons in the family, no child was named Thomas and no daughter named Mary as one might have expected in those times.
Therefore, it is possible that John does not belong to this family. But, if that is the case, then just where does he belong because it would appear Richards was not a 'Zennor' name at that time.
Thanks for this cornish terrier. I did not think Ludgvan sounded right. I too had been feeling a degree of unease about the lack of suppoorting onomastics. Interesting to see that you came to much the same conclusion as I.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Jul 9, 2007 8:36:38 GMT -5
That is the direction the evidence I have seen has been pointing and it is a 'strange' one for which much work is probably needed.
It is also this type of problem that prompted me to starting trying to piece together all the families of the likes of Zennor, Towednack and Morvah and to start looking at more and more Wills for clues that might help sort it all out.