My Curgenven Connections
Mitchell's from Cornwall
Curgenven family tree has interesting origins. The name Curgenven appears to
be an invention of the Reverend Thomas Lean, the son of John Lean of Uny
Lelant Cornwall, a small landowner.
The information below traces the connection through
the generations of my Curgenven connection to the Reverend Thomas Lean.
On the 'Family Genealogy Pages' above in the Curgenven Family Tree & Dynamic Family Tree, I have
ALL the currently connected Curgenven descendants, which includes quite
a lot of notes and a few photographs. This has been compiled from many
acknowledge the huge amount of effort that Thea Clinton (nee Curgenven),
Helen Boulden (mother a Curgenven), Alan Kent
(another Curgenven descendant and noted genealogist) and others have done in researching the Curgenven family tree. I have used some
findings in developing the information that can be found in Curgenven
names by following the link to the
The Curgenven - Lean Family Tree
DYNAMIC FAMILY TREE.
Thomas Lean on 8
September 1662 entered Exeter College, Oxford and leaving 12 December
1670 he changed his name to Curgenven. In 1680 he married Dorothy
Pitt the daughter of Thomas Pitt (of the family that produced two
1683 to 1695 he was Headmaster of Blandford (Sherbourne) School. He was
later Rector of Foulke, Dorset.
Rev. Thomas Curgenven/Lean and Dorothy had no children of their own, so
it is only through the adoption of his brother’s children on the early
death of William and his wife Rachel that the name Curgenven seems to
Thomas’ elder brother, married Rachel Richard in 1667 and they had eight
(or nine – see Benjamin below), children. When William and later Rachel
died, Thomas ‘adopted’ Peter, the youngest of their children who then
changed his name to Curgenven. Thomas, William,
and John also
changed their name to Curgenven – perhaps it sounded more distinguished!
born about 1681, little is known of his origins. He does not appear in
the Will of the Rev. Thomas. It is possible that he is one of the three
children mentioned in the Will of John Lean as children of William and
Thomas’s other brother John, (who also changed his name to Curgenven).
Of this John’s three children the only one that seems to be known of is
another John born in 1670. The other two are not known. Benjamin
Curgenven/Lean in this family tree has been placed as another child of
William and Rachel at this time. (The birth dates fit in with other
children of William and Rachel and he did refer to himself as a
ever way you look at it, the family origins appear to have descended
from John Lean and his wife Ann.
See Allan Kent a Curgenven
names researcher at
connection to the Curgenven family tree is through
the fourth child and third son of William and Rachel.
Richard was born in
St Michaels Caerhays, Cornwall about 1675 and died
there on 21 January 1745. Richard married Frances Collett in Veryan
1711. They had seven children – Peter 1712, Rachel 1713, Ann 1715,
Sarah 1723 and Frances 1730. Richard inherited from his youngest
brother Peter, who died in 1729 leaving no children, £1,000 and from his
family tree continues through the fifth child John who married Elizabeth
Ball on the 12 December 1747 in Veryan. He and Elizabeth had six
children – Susanna 1747, John 1754, Elizabeth Ann 1756, Jenkin 1760,
and Richard John Jenkin
Ball 1766. (Elizabeth had a child prior to marriage – likely Richards’
as he was named Richard Curgenven Ball in 1743).
Richard obviously had time on his hand as he also had an ongoing
relationship with an Elizabeth Wakeham with whom he fathered three other
children – Peter 1757, Mary 1759 (d 1761), Mary 1761. John died 29
November 1794 and Elizabeth (Curgenven) in 1793. He also inherited the
Calendra properties in Veryan from his father in 1745.
fifth child Thomas continues my tree. Thomas married Elizabeth Paynter
(Painter) 14 May 1795 in Veryan. They had five children – Elizabeth Ball
Jane 1802, Sarah 1807 and Thomas 1811. In 1795 he is described as a
Husbandman and in later census of 1821 and 1841 as an Agricultural
Elizabeth's second child and first son, John, continues the family
tree, marrying Ann Tapper in Veryan 31 August 1822. John and Ann
had six children – James 1823,
Elizabeth Jane 1826, Mary Ann 1831, Jacob 1835, Susanna (Susan) 1838.
is an interesting anecdote which quite likely refers to John
Curgenven in his youth, as the age would be correct.
On Monday the 26th December last, from his
master, Henry HOSKIN, Gent, of Lelant Town, in the County of Cornwall,
John CURGENVEN, his Parish Apprentice, aged about fifteen years, four
feet ten inches in height, fair complexion, and having a remarkable cut
in his forehead. He wore away a blue short coat, thickset trowsers, with
a blue linen frock over the same, and a new pair of shoes. Any person
harbouring or employing the said Apprentice after this Public Notice
will be dealt with according to Law. Lelant Town, January 10, 1815"
[Royal Cornwall Gazette 14 January 1815]
Douch recounts that later in 1815 the Western
Luminary reported details about a runaway apprentice, presumably John
Curgenven: "a boy of fifteen was brought to our county bridewell about
ten days ago pretending to be utterly dumb. His mouth was examined and
the organ of speech appearing perfect, while his countenance at the same
time betrayed consciousness, an arrangement was made in the boy's
hearing to send for a surgeon to operate upon him. When in a moment of
fear, the boy exclaimed, 'I can speak.' He now confessed that he had run
away from his master in Lelant, that he fell in soon with an old vagrant
who advised him to sham dumb; and he did so with such success that by
the time he reached Exeter he had accumulated thirty shillings in
silver, beside having bought himself clothes and food by the way." See
DOUCH HL (1991) 'Gone away! Runaway apprentices in the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries' in the Journal of the Royal Institution of
Cornwall 1991, 85.
later life John was with the Coastguard (1841 census). John died later
John & Ann's
second child and eldest son another John married Elizabeth Annear
in Veryan 13 July 1844. Between them they had eight children – John
William (William John) 1845, James 1848,
Henry 1852, Emma Jane 1854, Jacob Edward 1857, Louisa 1861 and Mary
1867. John remained an Agricultural labourer throughout his life
according to the census. He died in Ruan in 1893.
Elizabeth Ann Curgenven,
the eldest daughter married Thomas Mannell Mitchell in Ruan on the 18
18 October 1874 Elizabeth Ann, her husband Thomas and their infant child
Harriet Ann left London for New Zealand aboard the Shaw Saville ship ‘Berar’.
The ‘Berar’ a sailing ship of 902 tons made the trip to Wellington, New
Zealand in 96 days arriving there on the 22 January, 1875. This trip was
marred by 21 deaths of Scarlet Fever. Following this voyage a Royal
Commission of Enquiry was convened into the outbreak of the disease
and subsequent deaths on board.
thought to be 'Berar'
a short period of time in Wellington, where their infant child Harriet
Ann died at the age of 1, they traveled to Foxton on the west coast
north of Wellington by a coastal vessel. From here they walked the 30
plus kilometres to Bulls, a small village inland to the north east of Foxton.
Elizabeth Ann (nee Curgenven) &
Thomas Mannell Mitchell
this general area they settled, living for a while in Fielding,
Campbelltown, (later named Rongotea) and Sanson whilst raising their
other children. Elizabeth Ann and Thomas had the following children in
New Zealand. Henrietta (Ettie) and Florence 1878 (twins),
Ann 1881, Frederick Mannell 1884, Arthur Thomas 1886, William Henry and
James Edgar (twins) 1889, Emma Elizabeth ?1890, Amelia Maud 1891.
Florence one of the first twins died at 9 mths. James Edgar one of the
other set of twins died at 6 weeks.
Emma, Henrietta, & Eva c 1930
Frederick Mannell c 1930
Arthur Thomas c 1958
in life they moved further north to the small town of Te Kuiti where
they lived for the remainder of their lives. Elizabeth Ann died on the
23 June 1926 and Thomas a few years late on the 17 June 1934.
Riley (nee Mitchell) 1956
Riley c 1898
Mary Mitchell became enamored with
a young tailor Edgar Mitchell
Riley, the eldest child born in
New Zealand of James Agley Riley and his wife Amelia. Unfortunately,
Edgar became severely ill with enteric fever and died after a short
illness of sixteen days on the 29 August 1899. A son was born to Eva
Mary on the 5 October 1899 whom she named
Edgar Riley Mitchell
(my father) a twist on the father’s name. Eva remained living with her
parents after Edgar was born and later when she married Edgar Mitchell
Riley’s cousin Gilbert Riley, the young Edgar remained with her parents
through his school years in Te Kuiti. A close relationship was kept with
his fathers’ family over the years and after leaving school, he moved to
Te Puke where his paternal grandparents lived. It was in Te Puke when
was working for Bookers Chemists that he met his future wife Sybil
Browne (my mother). See also the Riley, Hickmott and Dynamic Tree
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