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Joy Hannah

I live in New Zealand and am married with children. Iím a keen amateur genealogist. 

My main interest is in a man born 5 Aug 1829 at Goverra  or Gear, Gwennap but found at Vogue Hill, Gwennap Cornwall on the 1851 census by the name of  Richard ANDREW, the son of John ANDREW and Mary GARBY.  He married Mary CHAPMAN, led an interesting life. I believe he worked at Derreenlomane barytes mine near Balleydehob, County Cork, Ireland where some of his childrenís births are registered between 1868 and 187 1. Richard ANDREW died in New Zealand. An excerpt from his obituary reads.

A brief account of the career of deceased will we feel sure be acceptable to our readers.  Capt. R Andrew was born near Redruth Cornwall in the year 1829.  When two years old he had the misfortune to lose his father, who was a farmer occupying a respectable position but his mother who was left with a family of ten children, succeeded in giving all of them a good education.  He became a  mining engineer, and for some years, followed his profession.  At the early age of twenty-two, he married, the issue of the marriage being 14 children, nine of whom survive to mourn their sad loss.  Being in a delicate state of health he sought employment abroad and obtained a situation as underground mine manager of a mine in Cuba , from whence he returned in three years robust and well.  He then took a farm, at the same time working at his calling, but afterwards accepted an appointment as manager of a barytes mine in Ireland , which position he held for seven years.

About fourteen years ago, Capt. Andrew came to Coromandel as underground manager of the Kapanga Mine.  On the stoppage of work in that mine he became landlord of the Tramway Hotel and remained so until his death.

Another family that interests me is William and Mary Ann WELCH who lived in various parts of Cornwall. William was born about 1811 in Cardynham, once married they lived at St Neot (1851), North Hill (1861), Blisland (1871) and Cardynham (1881). There is still a lot to find about this couple.

E-mail: jhan2 @
Families researched: ANDREW in Redruth & Gwennap, Cornwall
ANDREW in New Zealand
GARBY in Redruth, Cornwall
CHAPMAN in Gwennap, Cornwall
Cardynham, Cornwall

             Andrew's Family
Family of Captain Richard ANDREWS not long after arriving in New Zealand.

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