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The parish of

TRURO

St George, created 1847
St John, created 1852
St Mary, the ancient Parish
St Paul, created 1856

The Anglican Cathedral, Truro, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Built on the site of the former parish church of St Mary The Virgin, it incorporates some of the surviving features and also functions as the parish's church. Work started in 1880 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1887.

Photograph © Anthea Augustson
   

There is currently no OPC (Genealogy) for these parishes.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact our coordinator Diane Donohue at diane.donohue@btinternet.com.

For information about, and contact details for, the current city council please see this website.
Contact details for the cathedral and churches can be found by searching here.


PARISH INFORMATION

CENSUS:

Information can be found at COCP (the Cornwall Online Census Project) which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and has been verified, FreeCen at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and information from COCP, as well as GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative resources.

REGISTERS:

For Parish Register information and other resources, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently and GenUKI. The C-PROP parish coverage page is here.

DIRECTORIES:

  1830, Pigot's Directory for Truro and St Michael (Mitchell)  

For more information, see the University of Leicester's Historical Directories website.

OTHER:

Bastardy Bonds/Filiation Documents:

(These often name the local Justices of the Peace, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, as well as those people mentioned below.)

13 Aug 1746, naming John CARNE 19 Aug 1817, Thomas BISHOP & Mary ROBINS
  28 Oct 1781, naming William and Thomas BARRET 20 Aug 1817, Richard ROWE & Rebecca Collins JULYAN
  17 Sep 1783, naming Thomas WILTON 20 May 1819, John HAMMILL & Mary Ann BRIANT
  28 Nov 1784, naming Collin CAMPBELL 2 Feb 1821, William DENNIS & Grace TREGASKIS
  12 Dec 1785, naming Edmund ROUSE 2 Apr 1821, arrest warrant William DENNIS
  16 Oct 1789, naming John WRIGHT, Junr 21 Apr 1822, John HEATH & Sally BURTON
  2 Mar 1791, naming John WRIGHT, Junr, & John ROSE 24 Oct 1822, William BEHENNA & Martha CULLOM
  30 Nov 1812, Thomas CURVENGEN & Thomasine ENDEAN 8 Mar 1823, Peter GULLY & Maria TIPPET
  23 Jan 1813, Samuel MOYLE & Elizabeth WEEKS 8 Aug 1823, John JENKIN & Elizabeth HOSKINS
  30 Jun 1813, John TREGONING & Ann EPLETT 2 Jul 1824, arrest warrant Robert GETTES re: Susan SECCOMBE
  8 Jun 1814, John PHILP & Ann COLLINS 9 Aug 1824, John GROVES & Grace LANGDON
  30 Nov 1816, Joseph TRENERRY & Maria TIPPET 3 Dec 1825, William PARKYN & Mary BURT
  11 Jun 1817, Richard ROWE & Rebecca Collins JULYAN 16 Apr 1834, Betsey COURTENAY & Edward BROKENSHIRE

Indentures & Other Legal Documents

  1. Transcription of an Indemnity Order from the Parish of St Clements to the Borough of Truro, dated 1 Apr 1772, regarding contributions to the upkeep of the Poorhouse.

Settlement Documents:

  2 May 1764, Timothy & Ann LIFECHILD (& Probus) 19 Oct 1793, Simon CLEMOW
  21 Jul 1775, Walter DANIELL (& St Gluvias) 19 Aug 1794, Jane STRONGMAN & child
  31 Oct 1778, William ROWE 24 Apr 1795, William COITE (& Kenwyn?)
  12 May 1781, Ezekiel PEARCE 14 Jun 1796, Ann ROGERS (& Devon)
18 Oct 1783, John & Elizabeth WILLIAMS (& Exeter) 25 Oct 1796, Thomas ELLIOTT (Exeter & Truro?)
  3 Mar 1784, Susannah DAVIES (& City of London) 1 Jul 1797, Ann JONES & child (& Plymouth, St Andrew)
  3 Mar 1784, Elizabeth HICKS (& City of London) 19 Sep 1797, Jane THOMAS (& Feock?)
  26 Jul 1784, Richard Wales & 2 children (& Plymouth) 25 Nov 1799, Joseph & Mary ROWE & family (& Tregony)
  3 Aug 1785, John & Elizabeth ROSEKILLEY (& Southampton) 24 Feb 1800, Elizabeth REED (& Exeter)
  8 Aug 1785, William FRENCH (& Plymouth, St Andrew) 16 Nov 1801, Sarah REED (& Probus)
  8 Aug 1785, Edward POLLARD 28 Sep 1810, Mary WATSON & child (& City of London)
  12 Sep 1785, Martha POLLARD (& Plymouth, St Andrew) 30 Sep 1816, John PERRY (& Middlesex)
  24 Feb 1786, John ROUTER (& Exeter) 9 Dec 1816, John WEBB (& Devon)
  17 Jul 1786, Ann COYTE 7 Mar 1817, Ann DANIEL (& Devon)
  2 Jan 1787, Ann POLLARD (& Plymouth, St Andrew) 12 Mar 1817, Nancy CREBA (& Probus)
  2 Jan 1787, Rachel POLLARD (& Plymouth, St Andrew) 22 Apr 1819, Robert POTTER (& Middlesex)
  7 Jan 1788, Elizabeth THOMPSON & children (& Kingston-on-Thames) 26 Jul 1819, Edward PEARCE (& Middlesex)
  19 Mar 1788, Mary JAMES (& Plymouth) 21 Feb 1820, Benjamin WELLING (& Bristol)
  1 Oct 1788, Martha POLLARD (& London) 13 May 1820, Mary ROBINSON & child (& Hertfordshire)
  13 Oct 1788, Thomas & Mary LAMB (& Whitehaven) 16 Jun 1820, Francis & Harriet DAVIS (& Linclolnshire)
  10 Jul 1789, John DANIELL (& Stoke Damerel) 29 Jun 1820, William CORNISH (& Gloucestershire)
  27 Nov 1789, Rachel POLLARD & grandson (& Devon) 7 Jul 1820, Elizabeth NICHOLS & children (& Lincolnshire)
  3 Jun 1790, Elizabeth TUNADDY 29 Nov 1820, Margaret JOHNSON & children (& Shropshire)
  17 Jan 1792, John & Anna Maria JONES (& Stoke Damerel)  

Wills:

  9 Mar 1575, John TUSSER 19 Aug 1747, John LARK
  8 Apr 1581, John POWLE alias COOKE 15 Jun 1748, William AUGERS
  1 Mar 1594, Martin ROBERTS 8 Aug 1748, Catherine ALLEN 
  14 Dec 1733, John WHITE 4 Mar 1750, William HARNESS
  13 Jan 1742, John DAVEY 2 Apr 1750, Margery SEER
  23 Feb 1743, Stephen TIPPETT 26 Dec 1750, Zacharias WILLIAMS
  15 Mar 1743, Joan GREGOR 25 Sep 1751, Elizabeth SEARLE
  6 Mar 1745, John ROBERTS 18 Feb 1755, Lucy SPRY
  3 Feb 1747, James CALLAWAY 31 Oct 1854, Anne EDWARDS
  1 Mar 1747, Elizabeth BISHOP 28 Jan 1876, Mary Elizabeth PRICE
  18 Jun 1747, Thomas HUTCHINS  

For more information regarding history, population, etc., visit GenUKI.

MAPS:

For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

To enjoy a "walk" around these parishes, search for Truro at http://maps.google.co.uk/, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.

ADJACENT PARISHES:

Kea, Baldhu (post-1847), Kenwyn and St Clement.

ONLINE BOOKS:

  1. Truro is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume IV by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838. Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. The Cornwall Register by John Wallis, A.M. F.S.S., then Vicar of Bodmin, printed 1847. If the in-built search produces no results, use the index pages (474-476) to find your parish of interest. Tables of statistics and other data can be found at the beginning of the book, starting at page n9.