Post by Cornish Terrier on May 6, 2008 10:21:20 GMT -5
Hi Calswimmer - yet another interesting problem.
Where you have run into a problem is that your Curgenven family seems to have originally been LEAN.
Benjamin LEAN m. Ann UREN 2nd February 1697 at Lelant and died about 1754-1757. Benjamin's Will was written 25th January 1754 and proved 9th May 1757.
His children, at least those that married, all used the surname of CURGENVEN.
Benjamin was the son of William LEAN who married Rachel RICHARDS at Lelant 21st September 1667.
William LEAN also left a Will proved 28th April 1690 although I have not yet sighted it.
Afraid I know little more about that part of the family except that William and Rachel apparently had nine children and the baptisms for two of those (Anne 1672 and Peter 1684) appear in the Lelant BTs.
The apparent eldest son was also a William and he married Tiberia TYACK at Lelant 23rd May 1698.
Thanks. :)That's right. I had looked at that once--Curgenvens being Leans and forgotten all about it. I just found out Thomas was once in Wiltshire, and that he is the one who raised Benjamin, whose parents had died. Interesting that Benjamin went by both Lean and Curgenven. Maybe Curgenven was a name the family wanted passed down.
Apparently Thomas was a minister. It looks to me that he was hardly in Cornwall. He and the Pitt family had property in Wiltshire. I don't really see how he could have raised Benjamin, who was born, married and died in Cornwall. Also it seems Benjmain married at age 16 which is not impossible, but certainly unusual. And, the supposed father of Benjamin, William, I guess it is, brother to Thomas, doesn't mention Benjamin in his will. So I think something is wrong with this picture. Well, that is usually how it goes in genealogy research!
I am fishing around on the internet and I think that unless I see better evidence, I have no reason to believe the Thomas Curgenven of Wiltshire was of Cornwall in any way. I think he is probably of Bedford. I don't think he raised Benjamin. How did people adopt their aliases anyway? This isn't the first case of two last names for one family. How does it come about?