John Thomas Blewett, 18471936 (aged 89 years)

Name
John Thomas /Blewett/
Given names
John Thomas
Surname
Blewett
Birth before April 4, 1847 23 22
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1891%2f0012935726 : accessed 1 June 2016
Baptism April 4, 1847 23 22 (aged 0 days)
Citation details: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NYVS-LV5 : accessed 16 September 2015
Text:

John Thomas Blewet, 04 Apr 1847; citing PAUL,CORNWALL,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 226,179

Citation details: Baptism: John Thomas BLEWET (1847), (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D8M7-RV4?cc=1769414&wc=3CBW-GP8%3A138123201%2C140206301%2C140211601 : 2 February 2018), Cornwall > Paul > Baptisms, 1844-1870 > image 31 of 189; Cornwall Records Office, Truro : accessed 21 Sep 2020
Death of a paternal grandmotherMary Ely
March 24, 1857 (aged 9 years) Age: 59 years
Address: Mousehole, Paul
Citation details: Death: Mary BLEWETT (1857), Q1-Penzance-5C-236, https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=BMD%2FD%2F1857%2F1%2FAF%2F000243%2F039 : accessed 23 Sep 2020
Citation details: Death: Mary BLEWETT (1857), Q1-Penzance-5C-236, received 23 Sep 2020
Epidemic
Influenza
from 1857 to 1859 (aged 11 years)

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Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza.
War
American Civil War
from April 1861 to May 1865 (aged 18 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues includin…

In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including state's right versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War.

Economic Event
Economic depression
1865 (aged 17 years)
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Economic Event
Diamonds discovered
1867 (aged 19 years)
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Wikipedia

Note: The Eureka Diamond was the first diamond discovered in South Africa. It weighed 21.25 carats (4.250…

The Eureka Diamond was the first diamond discovered in South Africa. It weighed 21.25 carats (4.250 g), and was found by Erasmus Jacobs near Hopetown on the Orange River in 1867. The diamond, cut to a 10.73-carat (2.146 g) cushion-shaped brilliant, is currently on display at the Mine Museum in Kimberley. The discovery of diamonds in South Africa led to the Kimberley Diamond Rush, and marked the beginning of the Mineral Revolution.

Census April 2, 1871 (aged 23 years)
Citation details: Census: James BLEWETT and household (1871), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=GBC/1871/0005621732 : accessed 21 Sep 2020

1871 England - Census transcript - James Blewett - Household Cliff Street, St Paul, Penzance, Cornwall, England

Name Relation Condition AgeM AgeF Occupation Birthplace Infirm
James Blewett head Mar 71 fisherman Cornwall
Grace Blewett daughter Unm 44 housekeeper Cornwall
John T Blewett grandson Unm 24 fisherman Cornwall
Benjamin Harry lodger Unm 11 Cornwall
MarriageElizabeth Bessie BodinnarView this family
November 7, 1871 (aged 24 years)
Citation details: "England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2D21-K7F : accessed 26 December 2014), John Thomas Blewett, 1871; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” index, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Penzance, Cornwall, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
Source: OPC Database
Economic Event
Gold discovered
September 1873 (aged 26 years)
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Wikipedia

Note: Pilgrim's rest declared a gold field.
Death of a paternal grandfatherJames Blewett
June 5, 1875 (aged 28 years) Age: 76 years
Citation details: Death: James BLEWETT (1875), Ed. June 9, https://search.findmypast.com/bna/ViewArticle?id=BL%2F0001617%2F18750609%2F096%2F0003 : accessed 21 Sep 2020
Text:

DEATH. BLEWETT - June 5, at Mousehole, Mr. James Blewett, fisherman, aged 76.

Death of a sonThomas Blewett
June 25, 1879 (aged 32 years) Age: 9 months
Text:

Mentions 1 deceased child

War
First Boer War
from December 20, 1880 to March 23, 1881 (aged 33 years)

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Census April 3, 1881 (aged 33 years)
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1881%2f0010573368 : accessed 1 June 2016

1881 England - Census transcript - John Thomas Blewett - Household http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1881%2f0010573368 : accessed 1 June 2016 Rose Valley, St Paul, Penzance, Cornwall, England

Name Relation Condition AgeM AgeF Occupation Birthplace Infirm
John T Blewett head Mar 34 Fisherman Mousehole, Cornwall
Bessie Blewett wife Mar 31 Mousehole, Cornwall
Lizzie C Blewett daughter 9 Scholar Mousehole, Cornwall
Olivia A Blewett daughter 5 Scholar Mousehole, Cornwall
Ida Blewett daughter 4 Scholar Mousehole, Cornwall
Thomas Blewett son 0 Mousehole, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Family residenceElizabeth Bessie BodinnarView this family
1881 (aged 33 years)
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1881%2f0010573368 : accessed 1 June 2016
Economic Event
Gold discovered
1881 (aged 33 years)
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Wikipedia

Note: In 1881 gold in the Barberton area was discovered by Tom McLachlan who found alluvial gold at Jamest…

In 1881 gold in the Barberton area was discovered by Tom McLachlan who found alluvial gold at Jamestown. However due to the location (the hot lowveld region was rife with malaria) no-one wanted to go there until Auguste Roberts (French Bob) discovered gold in Concession Creek in 20 June 1883. This discovery resulted in a gold rush to the area.

Economic Event
Gold discovered
1886 (aged 38 years)
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Wikipedia

Note: Discovery of the Main Reef in Witwatersrand. Gold rushes to Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton were precur…

Discovery of the Main Reef in Witwatersrand. Gold rushes to Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton were precursors to the biggest discovery of all, the Main Reef/Main Reef Leader on Gerhardus Oosthuizen's farm Langlaagte, Portion C, in 1886, the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the subsequent rapid development of the gold field there, the biggest of them all.

Census April 5, 1891 (aged 44 years)

1891 England - Census transcript - John Thomas Blewett - Household http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1891%2f0012935726 : accessed 1 June 2016 Garden Cottage, St Clements Terrace, Paul, Penzance, Cornwall, England

Name Relation Condition AgeM AgeF Occupation Empl Empd OAC Birthplace Infirm
John T Blewett head Mar 44 fisherman x Mousehole, Cornwall
Elizabeth Bodinnar wife Mar 41 Mousehole, Cornwall
James B Blewett son Single 17 Mason's apprentice x Mousehole, Cornwall
Olivia A Blewett daughter 15 Dressmaker's apprentics x Mousehole, Cornwall
Ida Blewett daughter 14 Scholar Mousehole, Cornwall
Thomas Blewett son 10 Scholar Mousehole, Cornwall
Occupation
fisherman
from 1891 to 1911 (aged 63 years)
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1891%2f0012935726 : accessed 1 June 2016
Note: Dates from census, should extend both ways in time
Family residenceElizabeth Bessie BodinnarView this family
from 1891 to 1911 (aged 63 years)
Address: Garden Cottage
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1891%2f0012935726 : accessed 1 June 2016
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2F1901%2F0013680163 : accessed 1 June 2016
Epidemic
Bubonic plague
February 1, 1901 (aged 53 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: Bubonic plague breaks out in Cape Town.
Census March 31, 1901 (aged 53 years)
Citation details: Census: John T BLEWETT and household (1901), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=GBC/1901/0013680163 : accessed 20 Sep 2020

1901 England - Census transcript - John Thomas Blewett - Household St Clements Terrace, Mousehole, Paul, Penzance, Cornwall, England

Name Relation Condition AgeM AgeF Occupation Emp Home Birthplace Infirm
John T Blewett head Mar 54 drift fisherman Mousehole, Cornwall
Bessie Blewett wife Mar 51 Mousehole, Cornwall
Olivia A Blewett daughter Unm 25 Mousehole, Cornwall
Ida Blewett daughter Unm 23 Mousehole, Cornwall
Thomas Blewett son Unm 20 Carpenter Mousehole, Cornwall
War
Second Boer War
from October 11, 1899 to May 31, 1902 (aged 55 years)

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Historical Event
South African Republic
from 1852 to 1902 (aged 54 years)

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Note: The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, ZAR), often referred to as the Trans…

The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, ZAR), often referred to as the Transvaal and sometimes as the Republic of Transvaal, was an independent and internationally recognised country in Southern Africa from 1852 to 1902.

Historical Event
Orange Free State
from 1854 to 1902 (aged 54 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: The Orange Free State (Dutch: Oranje-Vrijstaat, Afrikaans: Oranje-Vrystaat) was an independent Boer…

The Orange Free State (Dutch: Oranje-Vrijstaat, Afrikaans: Oranje-Vrystaat) was an independent Boer sovereign republic in southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century, and later a British colony and a province of the Union of South Africa. It is the historical precursor to the present-day Free State province.

Epidemic
Pneumonic plague
February 1904 (aged 56 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: Pneumonic plague breaks out in Johannesburg.
Epidemic
Tuberculosis
1906 (aged 58 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: Tuberculosis reaches epidemic proportions in South Africa.
Historical Event
Union of South Africa
May 31, 1910 (aged 63 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: Union of South Africa established.
Census April 2, 1911 (aged 63 years)
Citation details: Census: John T BLEWETT and household (1911), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=GBC/1911/RG14/14057/0037/1 : accessed 20 Sep 2020

1911 England - Census transcript - John Thomas Blewett - Household St Clement's Cottage Mousehole Cornwall, Paul, Cornwall, England

Name Relation AgeM AgeF Condition YrM ChA ChL ChD Occupation Ind Emp Home Birthplace Nat Infirm
John T Blewett head 64 Mar 39 6 5 1 fisherman drift fishing own Mousehole, Cornwall British
Bessie Blewett wife 61 Mar 39 Mousehole, Cornwall British
Olivia A Blewett daughter 34 Unm 0 0 0 none at home Mousehole, Cornwall British
Ida Blewett daughter 33 Unm 0 0 0 none at home Mousehole, Cornwall British
Marriage of a childEdwin Waters Ned JenkinLizzy Pentreath Bet BlewettView this family
November 17, 1911 (aged 64 years) Husband: 33 years Wife: 36 years
Citation details: 1936, June 11, p11
Funeral notice: John Thomas BLEWETT (1936)
Funeral notice: John Thomas BLEWETT (1936)

Funeral notice (Transcription)

Mr. J. T. Blewett, Mousehole

The funeral of Mr. John Thomas Blewett, aged 89 years, of Gurnick-street, Mousehole, was attended with every mark of respect, in Paul cemetery, on Sunday, the first rites were conducted by the Rev. F. Henderson Brown (superintendent), who also officiated at the graveside. Mr. J. Matthews (organist) led the singing of the hymn "Peace, perfect peace," and played "O rest in the Lord" (Elijah), and the "Dead March" from "Saul."

The mourners were the Misses Olivia A., and Ida Blewett (daughters), Mr. Richard Harvey, Newlyn (brother-in-law), Miss Betty Harvey (niece), Mr. John S. Brownfield (cousin), Mrs. Cyril Wright, Miss Agnes Harvey, Mesdames A. Hoare (Newlyn), Rd. and Jas. Bodinar (nieces), Messrs. Rd. and Jas. Bodinar, Abednego Hoare (nephews), Mr S. Stephens, Miss Janie Kelyn?ck (cousins), Mesdames W. T. Polgrean (Penzance), R. Johns, E. Legg, Miss M. Cary, Messrs. E.C., and Ted Downing, W.F. Hall, E.C. Harvey (Penzance).

Other friends present included Messrs. C. Tregenza, J.P. (Deputy Mayor), H. Tregenza, Joe Madron, J.F. Ladner, A. Toriie, W. Grenfell, J.C. Harry, J. Sampson, W. Hinckley, N., and W. Praed. J. Chapple, E. McClary, R. Humphrys, G. Eddy, T. Cornish, R. Johns, C.B. Simons, W. Pender, J. Wallis, W.A. Thomas (trustee Mount Zion Church), J., and S. Harry, F. Matthews, R. Wroath, John Halse (?), F. Collerr, S. Jeffery, Rd. Thomas, O. Edmonds, R. Pomeroy, D. Sleeman, Mr. and Mrs. E. Tregenza, Mr. and Mrs. R. Cornish, Mr. Trewavas (Newlyn), Mesdames W. Harvey, L. Oliver, Lizzie Hicks, C.B. Simons, W. Richards.

The chosen bearers were Messrs. H. Pomeroy, G.O. Chirgwin, Vivian Johns, Hy. Cary, E. Madron and Jas. Cornish.

Floral tributes were: Wreath "In everlasting remembrance of dear Father," from Liv and Ida; wreath, "In ever loving remembrance of dear Father," from Bet and Ned (Capetown, South Africa), "With Christ which is far better"; wreath, "To dear Father, in loving memory," from Beatie and family (Durban), "Ever at rest,"; wreath, "In loving memory of our dear Father," from Tom Mill and family (Rhodesia), "His end was peace"; spray, "With fondest remembrance of dear Uncle John," from Betty; wreath, "In loving memory of John Thomas," from Mary, Dick and family, Newlyn; posy, "In loving memory," from little Margaret; spray, "A tribute of sympathy," from Hilda and Dick;

"With loving thoughts," from Cyril and Phyllis, Penolva; "In loving memory of dear Uncle John," from Betty and Arthur; "In loving memory of dear Uncle John," from Jim, Olive and family; "In affectionate remembrance," from all at the Anchorage; "In loving remembrance," from Charlie and Annie, Paul; "A token of remembrance," from Annie, Ned, and Teddy; "In loving memory," from Mr. and Mrs. Collett and family, Gurnick House; "With kind memories," from Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Richards; "With sincere sympathy and remembrance," from Lily and family, Gurnick Street.

Source: Cornishman and Cornish Telegraph, 11 June 1936, p11 Transcriber: Chris Theron

Citation details: Marriage: Edwin Waters JENKIN and Lizzie Pentreath BLEWETT (1911), FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C91V-TSTC-2?cc=2727134 : 27 September 2019), > image 1 of 1; Citing NARS "Civil registration (marriages - coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927." The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria : accessed 9 Jan 2022
Epidemic
Smallpox
1912 (aged 64 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: Smallpox outbreaks: The outbreak of smallpox is reported in the Malay Location, Johannesburg and cas…

Smallpox outbreaks: The outbreak of smallpox is reported in the Malay Location, Johannesburg and cases of smallpox are discovered in Durban.

Birth of a grandsonJohn Thomas Jack Blewett
calculated 1914 (aged 66 years)

Note: Calculated from age at death
Marriage of a childJames Bodinar BlewettBeatrice WhitfordView this family
January 6, 1915 (aged 67 years) Husband: 40 years Wife: 26 years
Citation details: Marriage: James Bodiner BLEWETT and Beatrice WHITFORD (1915), (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C91V-TS6S-B?cc=2727134 : 27 September 2019), > image 1 of 1; Citing NARS "Civil registration (marriages - coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927." The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria : accessed 20 Sep 2020
Birth of a grandsonFrank Edwin Blewett
December 4, 1916 (aged 69 years)
Citation details: Marriage: Frank Edwin BLEWETT and Denise VERSFELD (1958), FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSVG-8CBS?cc=2821281 : 18 March 2021), > image 1 of 1; Pietermaritzburg Archives (Formerly Natal State Archives), South Africa : accessed 10 May 2021
Death of a wifeElizabeth Bessie Bodinnar
May 1, 1918 (aged 71 years) Age: 68
Address: Sheffield Road Cemetery, Cornwall
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbprs%2fd%2f77166536%2f1 : accessed 4 June 2016
War
World War I
from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 (aged 71 years)

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Wikipedia

Epidemic
Spanish flu
1918 (aged 70 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: An estimated 500,000 people die from the Spanish flu epidemic in South Africa, the fifth hardest hit…

An estimated 500,000 people die from the Spanish flu epidemic in South Africa, the fifth hardest hit country in the world.

Prime minister
Louis Botha
from May 31, 1910 to August 27, 1919 (aged 72 years)

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Prime minister
Jan Christiaan Smuts
from September 3, 1919 to June 30, 1924 (aged 77 years)

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Birth of a grandsonRichard Pentreath Dick Blewett
March 16, 1926 (aged 78 years)
Citation details: Marriage: Richard Pentreath BLEWETT and Marjorie Ensor Rose CURGENVEN (1949), FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS27-HQ76-L?cc=2821281 : 28 January 2021), > image 1 of 1; Pietermaritzburg Archives (Formerly Natal State Archives), South Africa : accessed 28 Feb 2021
Economic Event
Wall Street Crash
October 1929 (aged 82 years)

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Wikipedia

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression i…

The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century.

Birth of a grandsonJames Bodinar Jimmy Blewett
April 21, 1930 (aged 83 years)
Prime minister
James Barry Munnik Hertzog
from June 30, 1924 to September 5, 1939 (on the date of death)

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Death of a fatherThomas Blewett

Death June 5, 1936 (aged 89 years)

Citation details: 1936, June 11, p11
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbprs%2fd%2f77166535%2f1 : accessed 4 June 2016
Burial calculated June 7, 1936 (2 days after death)
Address: Sheffield Road Cemetery, Paul, Cornwall
Citation details: 1936, June 11, p11
Funeral notice: John Thomas BLEWETT (1936)
Funeral notice: John Thomas BLEWETT (1936)

Funeral notice (Transcription)

Mr. J. T. Blewett, Mousehole

The funeral of Mr. John Thomas Blewett, aged 89 years, of Gurnick-street, Mousehole, was attended with every mark of respect, in Paul cemetery, on Sunday, the first rites were conducted by the Rev. F. Henderson Brown (superintendent), who also officiated at the graveside. Mr. J. Matthews (organist) led the singing of the hymn "Peace, perfect peace," and played "O rest in the Lord" (Elijah), and the "Dead March" from "Saul."

The mourners were the Misses Olivia A., and Ida Blewett (daughters), Mr. Richard Harvey, Newlyn (brother-in-law), Miss Betty Harvey (niece), Mr. John S. Brownfield (cousin), Mrs. Cyril Wright, Miss Agnes Harvey, Mesdames A. Hoare (Newlyn), Rd. and Jas. Bodinar (nieces), Messrs. Rd. and Jas. Bodinar, Abednego Hoare (nephews), Mr S. Stephens, Miss Janie Kelyn?ck (cousins), Mesdames W. T. Polgrean (Penzance), R. Johns, E. Legg, Miss M. Cary, Messrs. E.C., and Ted Downing, W.F. Hall, E.C. Harvey (Penzance).

Other friends present included Messrs. C. Tregenza, J.P. (Deputy Mayor), H. Tregenza, Joe Madron, J.F. Ladner, A. Toriie, W. Grenfell, J.C. Harry, J. Sampson, W. Hinckley, N., and W. Praed. J. Chapple, E. McClary, R. Humphrys, G. Eddy, T. Cornish, R. Johns, C.B. Simons, W. Pender, J. Wallis, W.A. Thomas (trustee Mount Zion Church), J., and S. Harry, F. Matthews, R. Wroath, John Halse (?), F. Collerr, S. Jeffery, Rd. Thomas, O. Edmonds, R. Pomeroy, D. Sleeman, Mr. and Mrs. E. Tregenza, Mr. and Mrs. R. Cornish, Mr. Trewavas (Newlyn), Mesdames W. Harvey, L. Oliver, Lizzie Hicks, C.B. Simons, W. Richards.

The chosen bearers were Messrs. H. Pomeroy, G.O. Chirgwin, Vivian Johns, Hy. Cary, E. Madron and Jas. Cornish.

Floral tributes were: Wreath "In everlasting remembrance of dear Father," from Liv and Ida; wreath, "In ever loving remembrance of dear Father," from Bet and Ned (Capetown, South Africa), "With Christ which is far better"; wreath, "To dear Father, in loving memory," from Beatie and family (Durban), "Ever at rest,"; wreath, "In loving memory of our dear Father," from Tom Mill and family (Rhodesia), "His end was peace"; spray, "With fondest remembrance of dear Uncle John," from Betty; wreath, "In loving memory of John Thomas," from Mary, Dick and family, Newlyn; posy, "In loving memory," from little Margaret; spray, "A tribute of sympathy," from Hilda and Dick;

"With loving thoughts," from Cyril and Phyllis, Penolva; "In loving memory of dear Uncle John," from Betty and Arthur; "In loving memory of dear Uncle John," from Jim, Olive and family; "In affectionate remembrance," from all at the Anchorage; "In loving remembrance," from Charlie and Annie, Paul; "A token of remembrance," from Annie, Ned, and Teddy; "In loving memory," from Mr. and Mrs. Collett and family, Gurnick House; "With kind memories," from Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Richards; "With sincere sympathy and remembrance," from Lily and family, Gurnick Street.

Source: Cornishman and Cornish Telegraph, 11 June 1936, p11 Transcriber: Chris Theron

Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbprs%2fd%2f77166535%2f1 : accessed 4 June 2016
Source1891 England, Wales and Scotland Census
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1891%2f0012935726 : accessed 1 June 2016
Source1901 England, Wales and Scotland Census
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2F1901%2F0013680163 : accessed 1 June 2016
Source1881 England, Wales and Scotland Census
Citation details: http://search.findmypast.com/record?id=gbc%2f1881%2f0010573368 : accessed 1 June 2016
Source1911 England, Wales and Scotland Census