Craftsmen of Aldermaston and Sherborne St John
Destination: Western Canada
In August 1861 Charles Cornish, the son of Robert Cornish, married Ann,
the daughter of John Whistler, a builder and decorator of Sherborne
St John, Hampshire. Their wedding took place in Camden Town, London.
Census returns, maintained by The National Archives, can be viewed
at the Ancestry family history website.
|Name||Age||Occupation||Born in County?|
|1841 census – Laleham, Middlesex Reference: HO107/718/9 (folio 6, p. 5)|
Notes: In farming a drillman operated a horse-drawn seed drill for
sowing seeds in neat rows, an innovation invented by Jethro Tull
who helped bring about the agricultural revolution in England.
|Name and relation to
Head of household
|1851 census – Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire Reference: HO107/1718 (folio 252, pp. 8–9)|
|Robert Cornish||Head||Married||56||Farmer, 120 acres||Bruisyard, Suffolk|
|Susan Cornish||Wife||Married||56||Earl Soham, Suffolk|
|George Cornish||Son||Unmarried||26||Badingham, Suffolk|
|Phoebe Cornish||Daughter||Unm||22||Badingham, Suffolk|
|Frederick Cornish||Son||Unm||20||Farmers Son||Laleham, Middlesex|
|Eliza Cornish||Daughter||Unm||18||Farmers Daughter||Laleham, Middlesex|
|Martha Ann Cornish||Daughter||Unm||17||Laleham, Middlesex|
|Charles Cornish||Son||Unm||14||Laleham, Middlesex|
|Mary Frances Cornish||Granddaughter||8||Thorpe, Surrey|
|Emma Cornish||Niece||Unm||22||Bruisyard, Suffolk|
|1861 census – Locks Farm, Wokingham, Berkshire Reference: RG9/750 (folio 94, p. 2)|
|Robert Cornish||Head||Married||67|| Farmer, 215 acres,
|Susan Cornish||Wife||Married||66||Earl Soham, Suffolk|
|William Cornish||Son||Unmarried||38||Farmer||Badingham, Suffolk|
|Charles Cornish||Son||Unmarried||24|| Farmer, 90 acres,
|Martha Cornish||Daughter||Unm||26||Lady||Laleham, Middlesex|
|Mary Cornish||Niece||Unm||18||Lady||Thorpe, Surrey|
|George Crocker||Servant||Unm||18||Farm Servant||Burghfield, Berkshire|
|James Douglas||Servant||Unm||18||Farm Servant||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|James Russell||Servant||Unm||16||Cowman||Oakley Green, Berkshire|
|William Brooker||Servant||Unm||20||Shepherd||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|1871 census – Warren House Farm, Wokingham, Berkshire Reference: RG10/1286 (folio 32, p. 8)|
|Charles Cornish||Head||Married||33|| Farmer of 148 acres
employing 4 laborers
and 2 boys
|Ann Cornish||Wife||Married||40||Tilehurst, Berkshire|
|John Cornish||Son||8||Scholar||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Emmeline A Cornish||Daughter||4||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Charles Herbert Cornish||Son||1||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Eliza Bradley||Servant||Unmarried||14||Domestic servant||Heckfield, Hampshire|
|James Pursey||Servant||Unm||15||Farm servant||Henley, Oxfordshire|
|James Goddard||Servant||Unm||14||Farm servant||Twyford, Berkshire|
|1881 census – Ashridge Wood Farm, Wokingham, Berkshire Reference: RG11/1310 (folio 83, p. 13)|
|Charles Cornish||Head||Married||44|| Farmer of 148 acres
employing 5 laborers
and 2 boys
|Anne Cornish||Wife||Married||50||Farmers Wife||Theale, Berkshire|
|Emmeline A Cornish||Daughter||14||Farmers Daughter||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Charles Herbert Cornish||Son||11||Scholar||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Arthur Henry Cornish||Son||9||Scholar||Wokingham, Berkshire|
Possibly this was the same farm where the Cornish family were living in the 1871 census.
On the 1881 census form neighbouring homes were named Cornish’s Cottages. Possibly these were the homes of farm workers employed by Charles Cornish.
|1891 census – Forelands Farm, New St, Stratfield Saye, Hampshire Reference: RG12/959 (folio 93, p. 3)|
|Charles Cornish||Head||Married||54||Farmer||Laleham, Middlesex|
|Annie Cornish||Wife||Married||62||Theale, Berkshire|
|Emmeline A Cornish||Daughter||Single||24||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Arthur H Cornish||Son||Single||19||Farmer’s Son||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|1901 census – Rookstone Empire Terrace, Margate, Kent Reference: RG13/821 (folio 106, p. 36)|
|Anne Cornish||Head||Widow||72||Living on own means||Theale, Berkshire|
|Emmeline Cornish||Daughter||Single||34||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Notes: The house appears to be near Salmerstone Rise and College Road, Margate.|
|1901 census – 187 St Ann’s Road, Tottenham, London Reference: RG13/1254 (folio 70, p. 61)|
|John R Cornish||Head||Married||38||Chemist||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Caroline A Cornish||Wife||Married||37||Mortimer, Berkshire|
|Frederick W Ayling||Stepson||15||Apprentice Optician||Kennington, Surrey|
|Charles A Cornish||Son||6||Tottenham, London|
|Nina Cornish||Daughter||4||Tottenham, London|
|Edgar J Cornish||Son||3||Tottenham, London|
|Hilda Cornish||Daughter||2||Tottenham, London|
|John H Cornish||Son||3 months||Tottenham, London|
|Emma J Warner||Servant||Single||34||Domestic||Long Crendon, Oxfordshire|
| Notes: On 30 March 1893,
at Wandsworth St Faith, London, the wedding took place of John Robert Cornish,
a bachelor aged 30, the son of Charles Cornish, a farmer who was deceased,
and Caroline Amelia Ayling, a widow aged 29, the daughter of Walter Imlay,
a house decorator.
The marriage register recorded that John Robert Cornish was a chemist living
at 3 Huntsmoor Road (London Parish Records, Ancestry website).
Huntsmoor Road no longer exists.
|1911 census – Kenilworth, Edith Rd, Ramsgate, Kent Reference: RG14/4526 (schedule 217)|
|Anne Cornish||Head||Widow||82||Private means||Theale, Berkshire|
|Emmeline A Cornish||Daughter||Single||42||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Ethel Gretton||Servant||Single||15||General Servant||Ashford, Kent|
|1911 census – 187 St Ann’s Road, South Tottenham, Middlesex Reference: RG14/7293 (schedule 198)|
|John Robert Cornish||Head||Married||48||Chemist Optician (Retail)||Wokingham, Berkshire|
|Caroline Amelia Cornish||Wife||Married||47||Mortimer, Berkshire|
|Nina Cornish||Daughter||Single||15||Tottenham, Middlesex|
|Hilda Cornish||Daughter||12||School||Tottenham, Middlesex|
|John Hugh Cornish||Son||10||Tottenham, Middlesex|
|Evelyn Cornish||Daughter||5||Tottenham, Middlesex|
There is a record that John R. Cornish of 187 St Ann’s Road, South Tottenham,
London was the owner of a painting, Isle of Wight Coast Scene, by the artist
George Morland: in background, a ruin on a lofty cliff; in foreground,
to left, three men, with their coats off, pulling something ashore;
20 in x 24 in, unsigned, undated
(see George Charles Williamson, George Morland; his life and works, 1907,
Internet Archive ,
Appendix III, Proprietors of Paintings by George Morland, p. 140).
The Cornish family decided to make a new life in Canada. Their destination was Lloydminster, a town straddling the Alberta-Saskatchewan provincial border (the destination of Lloydminster was stated for the family on the passenger lists for the ships they travelled on to cross the Atlantic Ocean: Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865–1935, Ancestry website). William Whistler, a cousin of John Robert Cornish, had arrived in the Lloydminster area in 1903 as one of the English colonists who were the pioneer settlers. William had moved on to British Columbia, but his brother-in-law Stanley Ilsley, who had travelled to Canada with the Whistler family, established a farm near Lloydminster (see the chapter Destination: Western Canada).
1916 Canada census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta (Ancestry website)
Merton, Battle River, Alberta (Section 18, Township 47, Range 1, Meridian 4)
[Section 18 was west of Meridian 4, the Alberta-Saskatchewan border]
|John Robert Cornish||Head||Married||53||Farmer||England|
|Caroline Amelia Cornish||Wife||Married||52||England|
|Charles Arthur C Cornish||Son||Single||22||Soldier, Farmer’s son||England|
|Edgar Imlay Cornish||Son||Single||19||Farmer’s son||England|
| Frederick Walter E
The census form recorded that the family were now all Canadian citizens.
The District of Merton was merged into the County of Vermilion River in 1943 (Alberta Gazette , December 31, 1943). The County of Vermilion River includes the Alberta portion of the city of Lloydminster.
The younger brother of John Robert Cornish, Charles Herbert Cornish,
settled in Argentina. Some of his sea voyages can be traced.
Charles H Cornish, aged 24, was a passenger onboard the steamship Vala,
departed London 30 March 1894, sailing for the destination port of
Buenos Aires, Argentina
(UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, Ancestry online database).
After the start of the Great War he made a return visit to England leaving
Buenos Aires on the Araguaya of the Royal Mail Steam Packet
Company and arriving in Liverpool on 23 February 1915
(UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878–1960, Ancestry online database).
The ship’s manifest listed his occupation as clerk and his English address
as ‘Kenilworth’ Edith Rd, Ramsgate – the home of his mother Anne Cornish
who died later in the year. Anne Cornish, aged 84, was buried at St Laurence
(Lawrence) Church, Ramsgate on 3 December 1915
parish register online).
In 1918 Charles Herbert Cornish returned to Buenos Aires, Argentina
as a passenger on the Highland Piper of the Nelson Steam Navigation
Co Ltd sailing from London on 21 September 1918
(UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890–1960, Ancestry online database).
The passenger list recorded his occupation as a rancher.
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