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 Cory MuttonAlice’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 Tresparrett)

NEW ACQUISITION 2021: I was pleased to receive a copy of Rosamund Champ’s excellent history The Cory Family of Tresparret and Jersey  in January 2021. Rosamund’s Cory ancestors hail from Jersey via Tresparrett. She wrote her very personal story by seeking information from family members, highly recommended but something often not thought of until it is too late to ask. These very interesting anecdotes add more flesh to the usual format of dates of births, marriages and deaths and we get to know the actual people and find out about their lives. It has provided several new members to two of our Cory pedigree lines which have been included in the Cory database and updated pedigree tables.

The use of different names within the family, rather than one of the names given at birth can sometimes lead to confusion, especially when following family lines where so many names, repeated into the next generation, already confuse later researchers. In a few cases information now available online has furthered Rosamund’s research of 2009. These additional details have now been inserted into the relevant pedigree tables, namely, Cornwall:TresparrettJersey13 and Lesnewth &St Juliot32

This is Rosamund’s own personal family story and I greatly appreciate her generosity in giving permission for these fascinating chapters to be shared with others through this Cory website using the link above. As with all Cory Newsletter issues and publications I include the usual declaimer: The Cory Society does not agree necessarily with the statements and opinions in this publication.

Please do contact me by email if you have anything further to add about this fascinating family line or indeed one of your own.

In 2019 a descendant of Sydney George Cory MBE (1905-1990) contacted our archivist  to tell us about Sydney’s life and family. The high society wedding of Sir J Herbert Cory’s eldest daughter, Miss (Jessie) Rosalie Cory features in this issue too. Read about them in The Cory Friends’ Newsletter No 3, June 2019.

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Trees: All titles are parish names with the exception of No. 13, Tresparett, which is a hamlet.

D  West Putford
E  Poundstock
F  Stratton
G  Crowan/Camborne
H  Holsworthy
K  Pyworthy

1.   Woolsery
2.   Lifton
3.   North Petherwin
4.   Marystow
5.   Altarnun
6.   Sutcombe
7.   Bratton Clovelly
8.   Tavistock
9.   Frithelstock
10. Linkinhorne
11. Bridgerule
12. Tremaine
13. Tresparett
14. Davidstow (Benjamin)
15. St Juliot
16. Marhamchurch
17. Lansallos
18. Jacobstow
19. Davidstow (Isaac)
20. Abbotsham
21. Warbstow
22. Helston
23. Calstock
24. St Ive
25. St Austell
26. Lewannick
27. Plymouth (Corry)
28. Lostwithiel
29. Phillack
30. Antony
31. Plymstock
32. Lesnewth & St Juliot

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