Re: Cornwall Genealogy
Thank you for contacting me.How about telling me where you live.I live in London, Ontario.
Ste Ewe and St. Stephen in Bramel are both near the larger town of St. Austell, in the centre of Cornwall. Bridget Trethewy, that's a very Cornish name.There is an old saying "By Tre, Pol and Pen ye shall know Cornishmen."So take a look at a map of Cornwall and you will see how true that is.Also there are numerous "St." names.Names of Saints that don't appear anywhere else but in Cornwall, such as St. Ewe. I grew up and went to school with boys named Tregidgeo, Tregenza and Trevarthen.
Also of course at one time Cornwall had its own language, closely connected to Welsh, and the Breton spoken in Brittany, directly across the English channel in France.
My more recent family all came from the area around Falmouth, but the name Jose is to be found all over the county.Anyone wanting to read about what life was like in Cornwall in years gone by could do no better than to read the books in the Poldark series written by Winston Graham.There are eleven books in this series, and they were made into a television series.Another of Winston Graham's books describes life in Cornwall, both before, and after the Spanish Armada passed by.It's called "The Grove of Eagles."