Collins family in Egloskerry, Cornwall

Started by Peter Anderson on Tuesday, December 20, 2011


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12/20/2011 at 1:54 AM

Has anyone got any information about the Collins family in Egloskerry, Cornwall? According to The Testament of Edwin Chirgwin as vouchsafed to Cecil Jenkin:


Notes on the families of Collins and Rowe.

It will be noticed in the records of the above families that they were united because for some time they had been living in the same neighbourhood.

The case of the union of the Collins and Rowe families has a slight difference, however, as both families had travelled far from their original homes before they met at Newlyn, which on their union became their home.

The Collins family had for generations their home in the little hamlet of Egloskerry about 6 miles northwest of Launceston, the old County town of Cornwall, and for generations they had followed the trade of builders. Richard Collins, born at Egloskerry in 1744, followed the family trade as a builder and settled in Egloskerry with Mary his wife. Here they reared their family and died, the issue of the marriage being 4 sons and 5 daughters, Mary, Ann, Edward, James, Elizabeth, Robert, Jane, Sarah, and Samuel. Egloskerry provided little scope for so many and consequently each member left the old home for other places,

1. Mary left for Plymouth where she married a Wedge. Here she died, her family settling down in Plymouth. One daughter, "Polly", visited Newlyn on one occasion in 1880.

2. Ann also went to Plymouth and died there, unmarried, in 1820.

3. Edward was a builder and came to Gwinear, near Truro, where he married and settled. He died there in 1879, having had issue, Richard born 1831, who died at Hayle in 1910, leaving one daughter Gladys; Anne, born 1833, who died at Gwinear with her son Zacharias Holman in 1912, Elizabeth born 1828 who married a Vivian, and died at Tuckingmill, Camborne; Sarah, who married and went to New Zealand; and Mary Jane who died at Beacon, Camborne, having married a Polglase. The issue of this marriage also went to New Zealand.

4. James was a builder and after a short stay at Gwinear with Edward he came to Newlyn, where he married and settled. He died in 1876, leaving issue, Richard who died in America, leaving a married family in Newlyn,; Robert born 1879 who married and settled in Newlyn; Sarah & Mary, born 1840, who also married and settled in Newlyn, Elizabeth (date of birth unknown) who married and settled in Newlyn; Emma, married and settled in Penzance; Jane, married and settled in London.

5. From the family papers (and I don't quite understand this) Elizabeth also went to Plymouth where she met and married a Fuge. Here she died leaving issue; William, who went to Australia; Emma, who married a Tucker and settled in Plymouth; George who settled in Plymouth; Charles who settled in Gwinear; Mary, who married a Davies and settled in Plymouth.

6. Robert was also a builder, and after visiting his relatives in Gwinear and Newlyn in 1843, emigrated to Australia.

7. Jane also went to Plymouth where she married a Bennett, dying in 1898 leaving two sons.

8. Sarah went to Launceston, where she married a Marshall. Here she died leaving two sons.

9. Samuel was the ninth and youngest child and was born on Christmas day 1815. He became a builder, and later left Egloskerry to work with his brother Edward at Gwinear. In 1841 he left Gwinear to work with his brother James at Newlyn. In 1845 he married a Selina Rowe and at this point the Rowe family enters."

Any information about the Collins' link with Egloskerry would be great.


Peter Anderson

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