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Hello! My name is Debby Smith and I live in Gilbert, Arizona. My great grandfather, William Bray, was born in St. Blazey, Cornwall. That's my mom's paternal grandfather. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1880 with his parents, John Bray and Mary Ellen Rundle. Several of the Rundles also came to the U.S. with them. They first went to Racine, Wisconsin then Chicago. Some of the siblings later moved to Portland, Oregon. Through my genealogical research, I've found my ancestors lived in Cornwall for hundreds of years. I have found many 3rd cousins and more distant that still live there. I have never been to England, but have always been fascinated by Cornwall, and now I realize it's in my dna. I'm interested in learning anything about my Cornish heritage.
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Hello! I'm Johnny Trestrail, the CAHS Membership Chair. My grandfather emigrated from Rudruth to Michigan in 1923. I visited Perranporth as a young child in 1983 and have returned three times in the last eight years. Last May, I hiked 106 miles of the Southwest Coast Path from Bude to St Ives. It was amazing!
I'm trying to generate more membership activity for CAHS through Special Interests Groups like our quarterly Cornish book club. I've also been working with my wonderful wife Kathleen to update this website and design a new CAHS logo.
Hi. I'm a retired banker with interest in genealogy. I have Cornish history on my mother's side. My g grandfather Charles Caddy migrated from Cornwall in 1883 to Butte MT and worked in the mines. He married Alice Holman, whose parents migrated from Cornwall in the 1870's to Rocky Bar, Idaho, where her father John Holman and grandfather were miners. They later move to Butte, MT. Alice Holman's mother was Phillipa Odgers born in approx 1850 in Camborne, Cornwall England. I have not researched the Odgers family tree, so not sure if there is a relationship to Anthony Odgers. Perhaps you have information that would connect the families. Thanks,
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Hi, Wally. Thanks so much for your reply! Part of the joy of genealogy, for me, is making new connections with people, especially if we might be climbing common branches on our family trees. I retired in 2016 and, since then, have been carrying on the genealogical work of my father, who died in 2008 and left all his paper records to me. Along the way, admittedly spurred on by the PBS series "Poldark" series (2015-2019), I began to research Holly's family. I planted her Odgers tree on Ancestry.com and have made some fascinating discoveries. including the fact that we're living in New Jersey, a 20-minute drive from the potter's field in which her 2nd great grandfather was buried, following a tragic mining accident. I'm uncertain about a connection to Idaho or Montana, but I'll email additional information. Appreciatively, Bill
Greetings from New Jersey! I'm a former newspaper reporter/editor and have become an amateur genealogist in my retirement. I discovered my sweetheart's (Holly Odgers) Cornish roots on her father's side of her family tree. Holly's 2nd great-grandfather was Anthony Hosking Odgers (1837-1880), a miner who married Mary Haddy Snell (1847-1912) and moved to the U.S. in 1872. Anthony was killed in a mining accident in Hibernia, N.J. Holly mining ancestors date back to John Odgers (1788-1845), as far as I know so far. I have English ancestors, but is Holly who has Cornish roots. Still, I've been fascinated to learn about her Cornwall heritage and the miners who toiled there. I hope to meet others, here, with Cornish roots... perhaps even some cousins of Holly's!