Cornwall & South Australia Connections: Cornish, Trezise and Hall Families

I found an unidentified family photo in my father’s possession – learn more in the publication.

I have completed the documenting of the family born to Samuel and Margaret Ford on Cumbrae.  This new publication includes the more often missed women who make up family genealogies.  These include the Cornish, Trezise and Hall connections all of whom come from Cornwall in England.

I also include those members of the family who emigrated from Scotland to South Australia.  The page may be found here.

As with previous publications and downloads, the proviso is that the material is used for educational or family history purposes only and that it is not used for any commercial purpose.

 

A Ship Has Been Sighted: The Story of Samuel Ford

I have decided to publish the material I have collected over the previous fourteen years concerning the Ford/Wright genealogy.

As things turned out the Ford heritage is very much tied to Margaret Wright who married Samuel Ford on Cumbrae sometime in 1815.

The new addition to the site, including an appropriate change of name, is downloadable on the proviso that the material is used for educational or family history purposes only and that it is not used for any commercial purpose.

The Story of Samuel Ford may be found here.

What exactly is a Feuar?

Samuel Ford was known as a feuar, but what exactly is a feuar?

If you look for a definition of a ‘feuar’ in the 1800s in Scotland you will find a reference along the lines; someone, a male, who had control over the land on which he lived and on paying a ‘feu duty’ to a ‘superior’  could pass on that property to his eldest male heir.  Peculiarly to Scotland, these ‘feuars’ arose as a class of people who, unlike tenants, who could only ‘rent’ land and dwellings, effectively had some security over the property on which they lived.

I have added a page giving an account of feuars which may be found here.

Richard Cornish – update

I have been prowling the web and the genealogical sites related to Cornwall seeking more information about Richard Cornish. Richard Cornish immigrated from Cornwall arriving in Melbourne on the SS Norfolk in 1862.

Negotiating the local parish records and the English General Register Office is challenging to say the least.  However, I have gleaned some valuable information concerning Richard Cornish’s parents, Samuel Cornish and Elizabeth Rogers Carter and their parents.

I would like to thank the Penwith Genealogy and their forum site for providing valuable information. Their help is appreciated.

The quick link to the update may be found here.

 

Regular and Irregular Marriage, Scotland 1800s

In the 1800s marriage in Scotland was more than a ‘wedding,’ an institution that has now lost much of its historical or religious significance.

Accessing the ‘hard’ documentary data concerning births, deaths, and marriage records is one thing, but appreciating the economic and social circumstance under which those lives were lived is another.  As a result there were marriages which were both ‘regular’ and irregular’.

In my latest contribution I look at the marriage process that existed in Scotland in the early 1800s which you can jump to here.