||I am Derek Brooks, and live at
Goonhavern, near Perranporth in Cornwall. I am retired,
early due to ill health, but manage to carry out limited
research from home. I have been researching my maternal
family "STEPHENS" & "FORD" since
1992, and also am involved as Secretary of the Cornwall
Billiards & Snooker Association and have been for
some 14 years since 1988.
STEPHENS family (millers) were living at Treago Mill,
Crantock from the early 16th century till late 1800,
before selling the Mill and moving into business in
THE FORD FAMILY:
Hugh FOARD born around 1777 in Creed Parish, Cornwall,
England married Elizabeth ROBERTS February 10th 1807 in
Probus parish. The family lived in Probus parish, with
their descendants living in St Ewe Parish as well as
Descendents of the FOARD/FORD family live today in New
South Wales, Australia, and in Cornwall.
THE LAWRY FAMILY:
John LAWRY born about 1760 married Mary WYAT on the 4th
July 1790 in Mabe Burnthouse, Cornwall.
John & Mary had 7 children which got the story off to
a flying start. The four sons, Richard, James, John &
Benjamin all married and had 18 children between them, so
the tree certainly had many branches to grow from.
Richard LAWRY's one of six sons Richard Symons LAWRY
married Johanna WILLIAMS of Constantine, June 20th 1846.
Richard & Johanna had thirteen children, one of which
James married Jane DUNSTAN in 1878 and emigrated to
Detroit, Michigan, USA. Another one of Richard's sons
Charles Choak LAWRY born in 1821, married Priscilla
RENFREE in Falmouth on June 5th 1844. They had four
One of which William Henry LAWRY married Elizabeth Jane
HUGO, August 11th 1878 in Redruth. They had
One of which William Charles Victor LAWRY married Lillian
Dorothy STEPHENS in Rejerrah Methodist Chapel, on July
19th 1919. They had three sons.
One son William James Victor LAWRY married a Canadian
Janet Elizabeth ROSS in Collingwood, Ontario, and
emigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1952.
Descendents of the LAWRY family live today in Australia,
New Zealand, America, Canada and in Cornwall.
THE RODDA FAMILY:
Henry RODDA (a Stonemason) born around 1809 in Gulval
Parish married Elizabeth (Mary) RESCORLA
on July 16, 1831 at St Blazey Parish Church. Henry &
Elizabeth had eight children.
Nicholas James RODDA one of four sons and also a
Stonemason married Jane TREGILDOUS on February 17, 1868
at St Columb Minor Parish Church. Nicholas & Jane
having ten children.
Descendents of the RODDA family live today in Australia,
Canada and in Cornwall.
THE STEPHENS FAMILY:
The STEPHENS Family (Millers), lived at Treago Mill,
Porth (Polly) Joke, Crantock, Cornwall, England from well
William STEPHENS died in 1628 was buried in Crantock
Parish Church cemetery, and a tablet of stone marked his
death, it is the oldest monumental inscription in that
The family lived at Treago Mill, for some 400 years
before Edmund Glasson STEPHENS sold the Mill, and moved
to Newquay owning two café in East Street Newquay in the
Edmund Glasson STEPHENS's grandfather James Cotton
STEPHENS had twelve children. Two of those children Agnes
Cotton STEPHENS & Richard Cotton STEPHENS emigrated
to foreign shores.
Another branch of the family who lived at Rialton, and
Porth Veor Manor were involved in shipping and a
descendent was Dr. William STEPHENS of Newquay.
Agnes Cotton STEPHENS and her husband Frederick
Chegwidden married in Crantock Parish Church in May 1875,
emigrated with young Mary to Orange, New South Wales,
Australia, between 1877 and 1879.
The descendants are the BAILEY & CHEGWIDDEN families.
Richard Cotton STEPHENS (Agnes's brother) and his wife
Jane BUTSON married in Penzance in 1855 and emigrated
with his young family to Grant County, Wisconsin,
Michigan, USA in the 1860's.
Descendents of the STEPHENS family live today in
Australia, New Zealand, and in Cornwall.
THE BUTSON FAMILY:
Through marriages into the STEPHENS families, the BUTSON
family of St Agnes are related, and the BUTSON family
from Padstow, St Merryn and surrounding parishes in