Post by Cornish Terrier on Jun 25, 2007 14:27:15 GMT -5
I guess that would be the Joseph MATTHEWS who married Grace WEBB at St Levan 28th June 1740 for whom I have four children - Grace 1744 St Levan, Thomas 1746 St Levan, Joseph 1748 St Levan and Robert 1750 St Levan.
Will be looking forward to more on this.
When I obtained copies of the St Levan and Sennen records (transcribed) I thought life was going to be just so easy for that part of Cornwall.
Soon found out that 'it just ain't that simple'
That is partly why I am now able to help direct people towards other avenues for assistance - I guess.
The old 'been there and done that' syndrome kicks in at some point.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Jun 27, 2007 14:07:29 GMT -5
Yes/No is the best answer I can give.
When we look at the surviving records from Sennen, St Levan, St Buryan we begin to have problems and that compounds further with a name like 'Matthews'.
Many records do not seem to have survived from some of these Parishes and it makes our life very difficult as researchers.
And Matthews is a not uncommon name but there are probably ways to help solve your problem.
Part of our difficulty with Far West Cornwall (Sennen, St Levan, Sancreed, St Just, Paul, Morvah, Zennor, Madron, Gulval, Towednack) is that there seemed to be quite a bit of interactionbetween some parties and properties in other Parishes.
I have a copy of one document here (or at least an abstract of) that shows Trewhella people from Towednack having dealings with properties in Sennen or St Levan. I also have a copy of a Will from the Isles of Scilly in 1699 where James Trewheela very obviously had connections to Towednack etc.
I am rambling but - prior to about 1701 and 1696 with Sennen and St Levan (can't remember the order) there is not much available as far as PR's go.
So we then look at Wills and Land Documents to try and pick u pclues.
I would think that if you have family in one of these areas and run out of information - start branching out.
I think Wills are very likely the best way to go as they often contain information such as 'cousin Matthew of Sennen'.
There can be many clues available - if we can only see them.
And as soon as I finish checking other messages - I will be having a feed and watching my latest Agatha Christie Movie
A man must keep up his investigatory skills somehow. ;D
Hello again just to let you know I've e-mailed you my Matthews family report C.T & in the mean time found a few other bits & pieces, such as Thomas, seems to have had at least 3 brothers. Anyway I will keep searching & if anyone else wishes to share my Matthews research I will add my e-mail address to my profile.