cornwall england newspaper

February 1838 Deaths


On Tuesday, the 9th ultimo, about twelve o'clock, as Commander Edward STEPHENS, R.N., was conversing with Admiral Bullen, in his usual good health, in the High-street, Southampton, he was seized with a slight pain in the stomach; he went home, took some medicine, and retired to bed; getting worse, two medical gentlemen were called in, who did all in their power to relieve him, but without effect, he died that night at nine o'clock.  In 1787, at the early age of nine years, he entered the service as midshipman; in 1796, was made a lieutenant, and in 1827 was promoted to the rank of commander; this, to the date of his death,  making a period of nearly fifty-one years service to his country, the first twenty-seven of which were past in actual foreign service during the war.  As a midshipman, he served under Lord Howe, on the glorious 1st of June, and had the honour of being signal officer at the period of Lord Nelson's death; but having been dispatched by his Lordship a few days before to cut a ship out of one of the Spanish ports, in which he bravely acquitted himself, he was thereby unfortunately prevented sharing in that ever-memorable engagement, and for a time lost his chance of promised promotion which was the more regretted, he being an acknowledged and special favourite of Admiral Lord Nelson, not only for his gallant bravery as an officer, but from the fact of his having prepared code signals, which were so highly approved of by his Lordship that they were to have been strongly recommended to the Admiralty, for the service of the Navy, with a full promise of immediate promotion, which the lamented death of the naval hero prevented.  He was wrecked in the "Albion" in the North Sea, and served on board the "Renown" at the period of the mutiny at the [Nore?], on which occasion he greatly distinguished himself (for as young an officer) by his f.., perseverance, and manly decision of conduct.  At different periods he served in the following ships: "Phantom", "Aquilon", "Queen Charlotte", "Albion", "Mars", &c, &c, and served as Lieutenant in command on board the "Picton" schooner, when captured by the American frigate "Constitution", after making a gallant but ineffectual resistance, much to the surprise and  …ance of the enemy, who, from their very superior force, did not look for the slightest resistance from as small a vessel.  As a British officer, few were more brave, and from the … of the service, his great and well-known scientific abilities were at all times devoted to the benefit of his country, for which reason he was over regarded by Admirals Lord Nelson, Lord Howe, and Sir John Warren, as a gallant and promising officer, a man of superior abilities and a most able and scientific seaman, which opinion has been fully realized, both as a naval officer and a private gentleman. And here, perhaps, we may be allowed to express our regret that an officer, who had served his country for nearly fifty one years, with honourable distinction, should have been allowed to remain for so long a period unpromoted and unrewarded by his country, since it appears that from the time of being made a Lieutenant in 1796, he was not promoted even to the rank of Commander until 1827, thus leaving a man who deserved a better fate, for a period of thirty-one years, a Lieutenant.  In all his pursuits, his own private interests ever appeared but a secondary object to his mind, whenever the public were to be benefited by his labours and as the present condition and circumstances of this  youthful orphan family will prove this fact, we are not without hopes that among the noblemen and gentlemen of the Royal Yacht Squadron (for he had the honour of preparing their present signals, and by whom he was known as the encouraging reviver of the Southampton Regattas,) as well as among the directors of the Southampton Railroad, Dock, and Pier Companies, there will be found many, who, by extending to his family their influence and friendship, will yet pay that respect deserving to his memory which they could have done to him personally, as an acknowledged payment and reward for his services, had it pleased God he had now been living.  Nor can we close this statement of the late Captain Stephens' great desire to benefit his country, without also calling the attention of the public to his persevering and scientific exertions in regard to the Harbour and Railroad of Fishguard, in the County of Pembroke, which is now in a state of progressive forwardness, and will, when completed, prove of incalculable benefit to the country at large, as a  means of a shorter and quicker communication between England and Ireland; for in a pamphlet most ably written by him on that subject, he clearly showed that the journey from London to Dublin would be made in the short space of twenty-three hours.  [It continues on for quite a bit longer, pointing out the advantages of the Harbour, and his involvement with it.  They end by stating they were sure it would save merchant's untold amounts of money, and would save lives of seamen too. jm]

On Tuesday, the 23rd ultimo, at his house, Belgrave-square, London, much regretted by a numerous family, as well as by a large circle of friends, in his 77th year, Pascoe Grenfell, Esq., late MP for Penryn, many years governor of the Royal Exchange Assurance Society, and extensively engaged in mercantile concerns, in connection with the staple commodity of this his native county.  On his last visit to Marazion in the latter end of the year 1836, he left a pleasing and substantial memorial of his attachment to the place of his nativity, in the donation of a handsome sum to the Institution, and to the poor of that town, indeed, he was a great and good man.

At St. Agnes yesterday,  Mr. John Stephens, father of Captain James Stephens of Great Wheal Charlotte mine, aged 64.  His end was peace.

At Hayle, on Friday last, Mrs. Elizabeth Morley aged 65 years, and on Saturday last, Mr. Noel Penrose, aged 75 years.

On Monday last, Edward, son of the Rev. C Gollop, Independent Minister, at Launceston, aged 3 yrs 1 month.

At Devonport, last week, Mrs. Corfield, late of Hayle, aged 74.

On the 20th ultimo, at Leskinnick near Penzance, Mrs. Barham, wife of T. P. Barham, Esq., aged 67 years.

At Troon, in the parish of Breage, on Wednesday, the 24th ultimo, aged 82 years, Mr. Thomas Goldsworthy, for many years a respectable farmer in Breage and Sithney; he retreated from the business world about 11 years since; He was a member of the Methodist Society for upwards of 30 years, and his end was peace.

Suddenly, at Penzance, on the 30th ultimo, Mr. John Hooper, carrier - he was quite well in the morning at seven o'clock, but was seized soon after with apoplexy, and expired the same evening.

At Restronguet, on the 27th ult., on board the  Caroline of Swansea, Mr. Francis Walters, mate, aged 39 years.

On Friday last, at Menabilly near Fowey, Mr. Thompson, aged 53 years, after a short but severe illness, Mr. Thompson, balliff and gardener to William Rashleigh, Esq., in which situation he was much and deservedly respected, both by his employer and the whole establishment.  For many years, and to the period of his Lordship's melancholy demise, he filled a similar situation in the establishment of the late Lord Londonderry, at Foot's-cray, in Kent.

On Sunday last, at Marazion, Mr. Stephen Squire, aged  87 years.

At Truro, on Wednesday last, the infant son of Mr. Oates, cabinet-maker.

At Bodmin, on Sunday last, deeply regretted by his family and friends,  Mr. Benny, builder, aged 46 years.


At Truro, on Thursday the 6th instant, at his brother's, in Lemon-street, Mr. Frederick Milford, late of Manchester, second son of the late Samuel Milford, Esq.

At Truro, on Friday the 2nd instant, Mrs. Lang, wife of Mr. Lang, machine-maker, formerly of Exeter, aged .. years.

At Truro, on Tuesday last, the infant daughter of Mr. Kitto, jun., tailor.

Yesterday, at Tresillian, Mr. John Langdon, son of Mrs. Langdon, of the Ship Inn. The deceased met with an accident on the 16th ult., while putting a gun into a boat for the purpose of going to shoot wild fowl, the gun went off and the contents passed through his right side. He has since lingered in great pain.

At her residence, Middle Terrace, Falmouth, on Monday last, Miss Rogers, eldest daughter of Capt. Rogers, aged 22 years. She was apparently in perfect health only half an hour before her decease, and had walked a considerable distance during the day.

At Stratton-place, Falmouth, on Thursday the 1st inst., Elizabeth, daughter of J. Symonds, Esq., aged 11 years.

Of consumption, on Sunday last, at his father's residence where he had been taken for the benefit of his health, Mr. Thomas Bullock, aged 30 years, linen draper, of Warminster, and youngest son of Mr. Thomas Bullock, of Tregellian, in Lanivet; his end was peace.

At Redruth, on Thursday morning last, greatly respected and beloved, the wife of Mr. John Jane.

At Charlestown, on Friday last, beloved and respected by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintenace, Mrs. Baker Banks, sen., aged 70 years. She sustained a protracted illness with Christian fortitude and resignation, at the end of which she died in peace.

Also, on Saturday, Mrs. Henry Trestrail, aged 24 years.

At Mount Ambrose, near Redruth, on Saturday last, Miss E. Teague, aged 22 years.

At Tresamba, Gwennap, on Sunday last, Mr. Nicholas Thomas, aged 41 years.

At Penzance, on the 7th instant, aged 34 years, Thomas Chapman, Esq., M.D of the Bengal Staff, East India Company's Service.

On the 30th ult., at St. Ives, Mrs. Ninnis, aged 30 years, wife of Captain James Ninnis, of the brig "Redruth".

At Helston, on Monday last, Miss Ann Skues, aged 68 years.

Also, on Tuesday, Mrs. Skues, wife of Mr. William Skues, carpenter, (sister-in-law of the above), aged 55 years.

At Lowertown, near Helston, Mr. John Jeffery, aged [92] years.

At Kehelland, in Camborne, on the 1st instant, in the year of her age, Mrs. Margery Uran - she adorned the doctrine of her saviour as a member of the Methodist society for about 73 years, by an exemplary life of piety and devotedness - her end was peace.

On the 26th ult., at Bideford, the Rev. Wm. Hayman, Wesleyan Minister, aged 50 years. He had been in the vocation as a preacher 30 years, and was much beloved.

On the 23rd ult., in London, aged 39 years, Mr. Oliver Gluyas, a native of this county, where he was well known and respected. He was employed for several years by the Turkish government, to teach the natives the art of tanning and dressing leather, and his name will long be remembered by the officers of the navy and merchant's service who visited the Bosphorus during his residence there, to whom his attention and hospitality were of great service, so that, to this day, the spot where he resided is known by the name of Gluyas's Bay, a designation it is likely long to sustain.


At Truro, on Wednesday last, after an illness of three days, Miss Charlotte Matthews, aged 34 years, eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Matthews, of the Customs of this port.

At Truro, on Sunday last, the 11th instant, Fanny, daughter of Mr. George Blee, druggist, aged 13 months.

At Hendra, near Truro, yesterday morning, the infant child of Mr. R. Bray.

On Thursday, the 8th instant, at Lambourne, in the parish of Perranzabuloe, much respected, the wife of Mr. Hodge, aged 75 years.

At Falmouth, on Friday last, the infant son of T. H. Cunningham, Esq.

At Nancurvas, on the 9th instant, in the parish of St. Enoder, on the 7th instant, the wife of Mr. Francis Simmons. She bore a protracted illness with Christian fortitude, and died in peace.

At Marazion, on the 9th instant, Mr. James Richards, aged 59 years.

At Marazion, on the 10th instant, suddenly, the only child of Mr. Stephen Thomas, aged 7 months.

At St. Erth, on Sunday, the 4th instant, Mr. Christopher Cardell, for a great number of years a respectable farmer of that parish, aged 76 years.

At Helston, on Monday last, Miss L. Shepherd, daughter of Mr. Hannibal Shepherd, of Mullion, aged 19 years; she was much respected and beloved by a numerous circle of young friends.

At Mousehole, Mr. Harvey, aged 82 years.

At Lostwithiel, on Friday last, Mrs. Rebecca Littleton, aged 90 years.

At Fowey, on Saturday last, Mr. Robert Congdon, aged 76 years.

Last week, at Lantegloss Highway, near Fowey, Mr. J. Colenso, aged 80 years.

On Tuesday last, at Polruan, near Fowey, the oldest daughter of Capt. P. Salt, of the Charlotte and M.. of Fowey, aged 7 years.

On Friday last, after a few days illness, Mr. James Milton, landlord of the King's Arms Inn, Crediton, aged 51.

February 7, at Exmouth, in his 91st year, Mr. James Rendle, sen., cordwainer.

February 7, at Alphington, in her 101st year, Mr. Gentil.


On Friday last, at Launceston, Lewis Charles, and the son of Rev. John Daubux, Rector of  Creed.

At Kerley, in the parish of Kenwyn, Mr. Hannibal Thomas,  aged 69 years.  For upwards of 20 years fore[man] on the parish roads.

At Bodmin, on Monday last, in the 37th year of her age, after a protracted illness, Elizabeth Jane, the beloved wife of Capt. R. S. Phillips, Bengal Native Infantry, and eldest daughter of the late Major Short, of H. M. 47th Regiment of Foot.

At St. Agnes, Scilly, on Sunday, the 11th instant, Mrs. Ann Griffiths, wife of Mr. Griffiths, light-keeper, aged 39 years; much and deservedly regretted.

Last week, at Ley,  Linkinhorn, aged 85 years, Mr. James Rundle, late of St. Martins.

At St. Allen, on Friday the 16th instant, Mr. Richard Lanyon, yeoman, aged 89 years.

{jm - from the news:]  John Geard (Guard), about sixty years of age, an inmate of the Camborne workhouse, was talking to a companion, when he fell down and immediately expired.  Jury verdict "died by the visitation of God".


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