family history in the Lynher Valley

North Hill and Trebartha granite road sign


Here you can post your family links with this part of Cornwall - North Hill, Trebartha, Trevadlock, Lewannick, Altarnun, Linkinhorne - and we hope you will make some new friends and connections!


There are useful links at the bottom of this page.


Steve Berkin, S Australia

"Being able to stay on a farm in the vicinity of my ancestors...  [North Hill]
I have a family tree back nine generations with WADGE, Isbell, and eight generations for JAGO. To be able to visit Trewint, Altarnun, and Lewannick has brought my heritage to life. To walk on Bodmin Moor and visited also Plymouth where my people said goodbye to the Old Country, bound for my home of South Australia. My Cornwall experience is going to grow with me for the rest of my life."



Rosie & Rex Pomeroy, Colorado USA

'We certainly enjoyed our prowling about in North Hill and Trebartha village, searching for our Pomeroy roots.'


Budge Caunter Jasper

Message sent by Anna and Anthony Petrillo


d. Apr 1837, (son of Richard Caunter and Agnes Craddock) who married 9 Apr 1795 Ann Jasper born 1806, North Hill.
Ann Budge Caunter married Henry Coumbe 5 Aug 1832 Maker. Their first child, Emlyn was born in North Hill. Their son Henry born 1840 in Linkinhorne was my great grandfather.
Record found of Ann Jasper as mother of an Ann Budge Caunter. I don't know what marriage records show in Cornwall but if Henry and Ann's gave their parents' names, that would be a big help.




Message sent by Hazel Barron-Cooper, Sunderland in North East England


posted 25.11.2010


My mothers' family name was Charlton  and her grandmother was an Elizabeth Hawke from North Hill - married I think to a John Hawke. I was told as a child the family moved from Cornwall to the North East because of work in mining as there was plenty of that line of work to be had in County Durham.They first settled in Evenwood in County Durham and the family then moved to Hylton in Sunderland where later descendants(my grandfather) worked in the coalmines as a  supervisor . Another  family name I was told of was Susannah Maunder, originally of Brittany.I have no firm details as my mum died years ago in 1986 these are just memories of stories my mum would tell me.I dont even know if I have the names right or the spelling of Maunder.
To give a kind of time frame my mother Winifred Hazel Charlton was born in 1920's.
I was told the family in North Hill were market gardeners and made fiddles ( which I mistook for the musical instrument  and learnt later they are agricultural implements). I visited North Hill for the first time 2 years ago and was so happy to see it was my ideal place , almost as if I had a memory of it myself. Does anybody know anything - does this ring any bells?
from Hazel with love to North Hill




Message sent by Sandy Hooper Jensen, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA


posted 12.11.2009

I'm a decendant of William Hooper(1632-1670) who married Frances Spoure (1635-1670) of North Hill. Some of the last names on the Spoure side are Bury and Courtenay and Reskymer. I have a good amount of informationon them but nothing on William Hooper's  ancestors at all.
If anyone could help with the Hooper side, I'd appreciate it very much.
Thank you for the" Big Differences" you are making in families lives!!!



Message sent by Tim Wadge, Munster, (Ottawa) Ontario.


We're from the 'Samuel Wadge' lineage.
Son of George, son of Edward, son of Samuel, born 188, son of Richard, North Hill, born 1841, son of Peter, born +/- 1yr 1810, North Hill.
Born around 1880, married in 1900, my grandfather is Edward, born around 1910 in UK. All Immigrated to Canada shortly thereafter.
I will have full details (box of documents) from my brother in March to better pursue this research.



Message sent by PAM AYERS - Hi from Christchurch NZ


Wadge families of Altarnun.

I am directly descended from Truscott Wadge and Charity Parsons married 1729 in Alturnan.
Would like to know more about the family.



Message sent by Margaret Anne Dyball (nee Martyn).

May 2012


My maternal grandfather was Albert George WADGE - I do not know very much about his ancestry but am seeking links to my background. 
My grandfather's father I think was John, and his first wife was Emma Hawke.  He was one of 5 living siblings, and the  one of two to have children -two daughters.  Mary (b 1909), the elder was my mother, and my aunt was Emma(b 1911). 
The first I understand of Albert George is that he lived in Moonta South Australia, Australia.  Moonta is a mining town and there were many Cornish people living there.  He met his wife in Broken Hill, also a prominent city in New South Wales, Australia.  Her name was Mary Ann Nankivell. 
I am the only child of Mary and Robert Martyn, whose family came from the St Austell district of Cornwell. my grandfather's siblings were Jack, Lillas, (who had one daughter outside wedlock), Tom and Bill. 
I would be really interested if anything can be found out about this branch of the Wadge family as the name seems to be dying out, certainly here in Australia.  I am coming to the UK in August 2012, and will be spending 5 days in St Austell at the end of that month. 
My desire is to search for ancestors - Wadge, Nankivell and Martyn. 



Message sent by Liz Maunder, Falmouth

May 2012


My husband's family all came from around North Hill. Mostly they worked as farm labourers or servants. I have census information which puts them in various places including Illand, Coad's Green, Lynher, Slipper, Trebartha. However. 1n 1881 these cottages are described as uninhabited. Do you know what happened then. Some family members turn up in Newtown, others seem to have disappeared. We would so love to find out more about the family roots which include not only Maunders but also Bassetts and Budges.

October 2013

From Hazel Barron-Cooper, Great Granddaughter of Elizabeth Hawke of North Hill who married John Charlton of Newcastle

Great to hear from Liz Maunder about the Maunders, posted 2012. As I said in  my previous post my family live in Sunderland in NE England but are related to Susannah Maunder from North Hill.I was always told she was from Brittany.

From Graham Wood, grt-grt-grt-grt grandfather was Robert Maunder

October 2014

My grt-grt-grt-grt grandfather was Robert Maunder, born 1812 in North Hill and died there in 1880, however his daughter Susannah Nankivell Maunder married a Robert Hawke, lived in North Hill a short while before ‘emigrating’ to South Hetton, near Durham to switch from tin mining to coal mining. Their children were raised in the North East from where eventually my grandmother moved down to Yorkshire, and married my grandfather from Rawdon, near Leeds, and so on to my father and me, surname Wood.
Hope this information is useful, I can fill in details if Liz wishes to contact me,
Regards, Graham Wood
email: graham9510@gmail.com

To post your message or add helpful information

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Cornwall census returns www.uk-genealogy.org.uk/england/Cornwall/index.html#census and www.ancestry.co.uk
Cornwall OPC Datatbase www.cornwall-opc-database.org
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks providine a database of records that have been donated by transcribers worldwide.
Cornwall Family History Society www.cornwallfhs.com
Genealogy Databases
Cornwall Family History Society www.cornwallfhs.com
Cornwall Online Census Project
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kayhin/cocp.html  and http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kayhin/search.htm
Genealogy UK and Ireland (GENUKI) site for Cornwall www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall
The Yeo Society www.yeosociety.com/familypages/yeoresearchers.htm


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