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Re: Pendarvis Surname, Cornwall
Posted by: Randy Floyd Date: March 29, 2001 at 22:06:53
In Reply to: Pendarvis Surname, Cornwall by Tom P of 638

Hi Tom,

I also enjoyed reading about your visit. I was there in October of 1999, just months after the main Pendarves residence outside Cambourne was sold to developers. The main house was taken down in the 1950's, but the out buildings were still there in 1999 and being turned into condominiums or cooperatives. The site was quite beautiful with a breathtaking view. There was work being done on a new house near the site of the original house, though not a tenth as grand.

While there, I asked anyone and everyone about the family. They were all eager to share information and interestingly quite explicit that it was unlikely that the American cousins could share in the proceeds of the estate sale. Of course, it had never even occurred to me that we could share in the estate and I was very amused that it was such an isuue to the towns people.

Luckily, while there, I did rule out nearly every line as a possibility for our Joseph's parentage, though I would have rather proven a lineage. I'm left with only a couple of possibilities and eagerly await your findings. The Pendarves collection at the Cornish History Research Centre was a great help and demonstrated the family's deep involvement in Cambourne, Truro, Redruth, St. Ives and other communities.

There are two or perhaps three gentlemen who use the Pendarves name today in England. The individual considered heir is Philip Pendarves and he does live near Cambourne with his wife. He was not born a Pendarves and I believe only recently changed his name to begin with Pendarves and followed by a hyphen and another name.

A Mr. Eva, distantly descended from the Pendarves family, and a Mr. Nigel Haywood, who purchased the old Pendarves Mill across and diagonal from the estate, and who breeds horses, nearly all named Pendarves this or that, were two of the more interesting people that I met.

I feel certain that our Joseph is descended from this family, in part because of a document I recently found in the State Assembly petitions in Columbia, SC. The document is a chart written in 1780 of the Pendarvis family heirs of Richard "Tory Dick" Pendarvis in which Pendarvis cousin and attorney William Logan states that "old Pendarvis' English family is extinct." He was referring to John, grandfather to Richard as 'Old Pendarvis'. The known Pendarves family of Cornwall, in addition to their trading London Pendarves cousins had all died out in the male line by 1762. The 1780 document leads credence to the old J. B. Heyward story that the English branch sent representatives to Charleston to seek an heir. There is also a 1926 interview with Jacob Talley Pendarvis, a Parthenia descendant, in which he tells of the English inquiry.

I question the validity of an Elizabeth Stonewall as Joseph the immigrant's wife. An Elizabeth Stonehall was a servant of Joseph's early employer, Thomas Hurt, but she did not become his wife. I believe that some have made this assumption and it has been assumed fact by many others. It is known by the early Warrants for Land that Joseph's wife Elizabeth with her daughter Priscilla arrived free in the First Fleet to Charleston. Joseph arrived more than a year later in August of 1671 with Elizabeth Stonehall(who was a servant) and others. I am more inclined to believe that Joseph's wife was the Elizabeth Humphreys mentioned in the Shaftesbury Papers. She travelled with her husband Thomas and unnamed child. They were free, and she is the only possible Elizabeth mentioned in the early lists that could have married Joseph Pendarvis. Otherwise Elizabeth's name has been lost, though hopefully not forever.

Eager to hear your conclusions.

Randy Floyd


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