A few snippets from the West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser on a Rootsweb List for Cornwall by people who are working their way through the newspapers for the benefit of one and all. Our grateful thanks to the dedicated contributors for an insight into the way our ancestors lived and their help with genealogy too.
Reports of two accidents – separated by almost 50 years – concerning Corys of Lostwithiel relating to horse drawn vehicles.
14 December 1838 Distressing Accident
On Tuesday night last, on the arrival of the Quicksilver mail at St. Austell, one of the horses which was unharnessed from the coach, took fright at a gig which was in the street, and darted off at a high speed towards the stables, in High Cross-street. On turning a corner, the head of the poor animal came into such violent contact with a wall that it was killed on the spot. The horse belonged to Mr. Cory, of Lostwithiel, and was a very valuable one.
6 June 1887 Accidents At Lostwithiel –
At Lostwithiel on Tuesday evening Mr. John Cory and his cousin were thrown out of a trap when near the station. Both escaped with bruises; the trap and harness were slightly damaged.
A report of diseased meat at the London market but one wonders whether a delay in reaching the market was the cause.
7 April 1887 Launceston – Sending Diseased Meat to London
John Henry Cory, butcher, of Launceston, was fined £1 and costs at the Mansion House Police-court, on Monday, for sending to London the carcase of a sheep which was unfit for human food.
Excuse the pun, but you may bear the ramification of the following in mind if you exercise your ‘Right to Roam’ and choose to enter a field of sheep!
4) 3 October 1887 Attack By A Ram
Whilst Mr. William Cory, sen., of Hendra Cottages, West Launceston, was gathering mushrooms in a field at Tresmarrow, on Friday, he was attacked by a ram and knocked down, one of his legs being broken. Mr. Cory, who is nearly 70 years of age, lay on the ground some time before assistance arrived, and whilst there he was obliged to use his walking-stick and wave his pocket-handkerchief to keep the ram from further attacking him.
The following announcements confirm a link I had long suspected: an Isle of Wight Cory family’s roots were in St Austell, Cornwall.
24 Aug 1838 MARRIAGES
On Tuesday last, at St. Thomas’s Church, Newport, Isle of Wight, by the Rev. Charles Worsley, Henry, youngest son of John Cory, Esq., of St. Austell, to Jane, only daughter of John Rogers, Esq., of the former place.
10 May 1839 BIRTHS
At Newport, Isle of Wight, on Friday last, the wife of Mr. Henry Cory, chemist &c., late of St. Austell, of a son.
Alice Cory Mutton
Alice’s grandmother was Jane Cory who was born in 1813 in Tresparrett. She was the daughter of Robert Cory (husbandman and later blacksmith) and Alice French. Her father died young in 1830 of typhus fever, leaving Alice’s mother to bring up eight children. The eldest son was only 17 when he took over the family smithy at Tresparrett after his father’s death. After a few years all but one of the family moved to St Helier in Jersey, where they prospered and became pillars of the Bible Christian community.
Alice Cory Mutton, the eldest of nine children, was born in St Helier on 4th January 1865. She went to a private boarding school in France, studying music and dancing and winning prizes for the former. One bitter Christmas when Alice was 12, she was returning home for the holidays when she and her travelling companions missed the boat. They stayed overnight in an hotel and the next morning anxious to get home, the eldest girl, a captain’s daughter, chartered a boat with five fishermen to take them to the island.
Unfortunately the boat was caught in a fog and stranded near rocks. The three friends, the captain’s daughter aged 15, a child of 9 and Alice, spent the night tied to the mast for safety. All the coastguards were out on the search and they were finally found and rescued. After reaching Jersey the three girls were public heroines for quite a time.
Alice’s family eventually moved to Hornsey, London, for business reasons when Alice was 20. Alice married Kenneth Alfred Lee and in time had grandchildren of her on. She was obviously not harmed by her adventure—Mrs Alice Cory Lee lived to celebrate her 97th birthday! (Tree: Devon & Cornwall, 13 Tresparett)
|Trees: All titles are parish names with the exception of No. 13, Tresparett, which is a hamlet.
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