John's Ancestors - The LELEAN Pedigree

 

Ella LELEAN may have been born before 1859 or after 1873, the eighth issue and sixth daughter of Joseph Davis LELEAN and Catherine (nee OLD). She married C. BOORMAN probably after 1893, and they had two issues: - Carl and Gordon.

 

Minnie LELEAN had her birth registered during the second quarter of 1875, the second issue and first daughter of John LELEAN and Henrietta (surname unknown). Minnie was recorded on the 1881 Census for Falmouth, living with her parents at Trevethan Terrace, and her age was recorded as 6 years, and her occupation was a Scholar.

 

Elizabeth Marian LELEAN had her birth registered during the first quarter of 1876 in the St Austell RD, the second issue and first daughter of Mathew Hunkin LELEAN and Maria (nee MICHELL). Elizabeth may not have married (researched up to 1893 so far) and she died at the age of 43 years on 21 May 1919.

 

Samuel Clyma LELEAN was born on 8 October 1876 in Par, Cornwall, the seventh issue and second son of Nicholas LELEAN and Caroline Jane (nee CLYMA). Samuel married Laura ELLET in Redlands, California, USA in 1905. Samuel and Laura had two or three issues: Genevieve, Marion, and possibly Grace Dorothy (it is unclear on the 1974 Family Tree who Grace is the daughter of. It shows Grace descending from both Samuel and Laura, and Samuel’s brother, William Arthur).

1947, and Laura in 1961.

 

Henrietta 'Hetty' LELEAN had her birth registered during the fourth quarter of 1876, the third issue and second daughter of John LELEAN and Henrietta (surname unknown). Henrietta was recorded on the 1881 Census for Falmouth, living with her parents at Trevethan Terrace, and her age was recorded as 8 years, and her occupation was a Scholar. It would appear that her age has been transcribed incorrectly as she would only have been about 4 or 5 years old, unless, of course, her birth was not registered, or we have missed it. It is not known if Henrietta ever married, but she later lived in Harrow, Middlesex. Then about 1945/46 she went to Falmouth to live with her widowed sister-in-law, Lily, the, former wife of Frederick Adolphus. .'

 

Ada Warren ,LELEAN had her birth registered during the-second quarter of 1877 in the

Falmouth RD, the eighth issue and fourth daughter of john Bassett LELEAN and Mary Ann

(nee WARREN). Ada was recorded during the 1881 Census for Falmouth, living with her

parents at St Arwenack Street, age 3  years, and her occupation was recorded as a Scholar

According to the 1974 Family Tree, Ada married Sidney WINKWORTH and they had two daughters, names unknown.

 

Alice LELEAN had her birth registered during the fourth quarter of 1878 in the St Austell RD, the third issue and second daughter of Mathew Hunkin LELEAN and Maria (nee MICHELL). Alice may not have married (researched up to 1893 so far) and she died at the age of 51 years on 18 May 1829.

 

Richard Dalby LELEAN had his birth registered during the fourth quarter of 1880 in the St Austell RD, the fourth issue and the second son of Mathew Hunkin LELEAN and Maria (nee Michell). Richard, or Dalby as he preferred to be known as, married Mabel VARCO, and they had one issue, a son who died at a very young age. Dalby and Mabel lived in Fowey, Cornwall, in a house overlooking the harbour and the River Fal, where Dalby died suddenly in 1960, at the age of about 80 years. Mabel, who for years had been handicapped by paralysis of her legs, entered a private nursing home in Plymouth, where she died in 1964.

 

Ada Jane Hunkin LELEAN had her birth registered during the second quarter of 1884 in the St Austell RD, the fifth issue and third daughter of Mathew Hunkin LELEAN and Maria (nee MICHELL). Ada remained a spinster and she was the Post Mistress of Mevagissey. She lived in a house on Tregony Hill, which overlooks Mevagissey Harbour, and she provided Len LELEAN with much of the Mevagissey LELEAN family History when Len and his family took a holiday in Cornwall in 1956, and continued with further correspondence until she became senile and died at the age of about 81 years on 22 July 1965. Ada bequeathed a freehold dwelling house and premises at Gorran to the tenants, and the balance of her estate was equally divided between the National Lifeboat Institute and Mevagissey Congregational Church. This must have been a considerable sum of money, for according to the Minister at that time, The Rev McIntyre, many installations and repairs had been carried out to the Church, including the installation of central-heating, and the roof and organ repaired. A plaque in memory is installed within the Church.

 

Henry ‘Harry’ William LELEAN was born on 5 August 1893, the first issue of William LELEAN, a dock Labourer, and Elizabeth Sarah (nee STOCKS). He was born at 129 Dock Dwellings, Chadwell St Mary, Essex. Harry married at the age of 24 years to Alice MACKAY ON 26 November 1917 in Tilbury, Essex. A few years later in 1919, he was a witness at his sister Minnie’s marriage. Harry and Alice issued three children, all in Tilbury: - Mary (1920) Sheila (1922), and Peter ‘Bill@ William Mackay (1929)

 

Harry became the manager of the Tilbury Docks branch of Thomas Cook and Sons (Shipping and Forwarding Agents Ltd). He was a keen churchman, and was one of the first worshippers at St John’s, Tilbury. He was a junior officer in the Church Lad’s Brigade,

 

Elizabeth Marian, age 5, born Mevagissey, was enumerated at Trevesson, Gorran, Cornwall, together with Richard D. MICHELL and his wife, her maternal grandparents, although her given name on the census return is shown as Marian.

 

Mathew died on 5 February 1927 aged 91 years, and Maria died on 16 September 1937 aged 95 years.

 

Hester Mills LELEAN (1838-1900) was baptised on 16 January 1838 in Mevagissey, the third issue and second daughter ofWi1Iiam Basset LELEAN and Elizabeth (nee MILLS). In the1861 Census for Mevagissey, Hester, now aged 23 years and unmarried, is living with her widowed mother, Elizabeth, and she was recorded as being an Assistant to a Grocer, her mother was recorded as a Grocer. In the 1871 Census for Church Street, Mevagissey, Hetty, as her name was recorded, was now aged 28 years and still unmarried. No occupation was given. In the 1881 Census for Church Street, Mevagissey, Hester, now aged 40 and still unmarried, was still living with her widowed mother, but her occupation had changed to a Teacher of Music. Hester remained a spinster, and she died at the age of 61 years, her death being registered during the third quarter of 1900 in the St Austell RD.

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  Elizabeth Jane LELEAN, a twin, was baptised on 23 December 1838 in Mevagissey, the third issue and first daughter of John LELEAN and Elizabeth (nee HUNKIN), but she died when she was only four months old, and she was buried on 26 April 1839, in Mevagissey.

 

  William Glanville LELEAN, a twin, was baptised on 23 December 1838 in Mevagissey, the fourth issue and third son of John LELEAN and Elizabeth (nee HUNKIN), but he died when he was less than two years old, and he was buried on 16 October 1840, in Mevagissey.

 

Mary Ann LELEAN was born about 1838, the second issue and second daughter of Edmund LELEAN and Jane (nee POTE), and she died at the age of 11 years on 1 March 1849. She was recorded on the 1841 Census at Cliff Street, Mevagissey, age 4 years.

 

John Bassett LELEAN was baptised on 28 April 1839 in Mevagissey, the Seventh issue and

fifth son of Thomas LELEAN and Catherine Davies (nee MARTIN), and he married during the fourth quarter of 1861 to Mary Ann WARREN (1836-1899). John became a tailor and after their marriage they settled in Falmouth. John and Mary Ann had eight or nine issues born in Falmouth :- Robert Warren (1862) who died when only aged 3 years, John Bassett jnr (1864), Herbert Warren (1865) who died aged only a few months, Mabel Warren (1867)

 

William Basset LELEAN was baptised on 12 July 1835 in Mevagissey, the second issue and first son of William Basset LELEAN and Elizabeth (nee MILLS). William was recorded on the 1841 Census for Mevagissey aged 6, but he was not recorded on any subsequent Census's. We have not found his death in the GRO Deaths Index, nor a marriage in the GRO Marriage Index.

 

Jane Truscott LELEAN was baptised on 17 January 1836 in Mevagissey, the second issue and second daughter of Adolphus LELEAN and Betsey (nee SMITH), and she married at the age of 21 years on 18 February 1857 in Plymouth, to William THOMAS.

 

  Mathew Hunkin LELEAN was baptised on 25 September 1836 in Mevagissey, the second issue and second son of John LELEAN and Elizabeth (nee HUNKIN), and he married Maria MICHELL of Gorran, on 14 February 1872. Mathew became a Master Mariner and by 1861 had become Master of the Snowdrop of Mevagissey in succession to his father. Mathew loved his ship almost like a person, so much so that his wife Maria, who did not share the fascination the sea had for her husband's family, became rather jealous of his inveterate hold the sea had over him and begged him to give up his wondering life and stay at home. Every year there was some tragedy of the sea in Mevagissey; and he feared that-even the-proud Snowdrop of Mevagissey would be doomed to suffer disaster one day. Mathew did eventually sell the Snowdrop of Mevagissey, and waited at home till the opportunity came to make the purchase he wanted. One day, he had a generous offer from a large ship-building firm in Newcastle to take command of one of their ships. He was an impetuous man, and was about to accept eagerly but his wife dissuaded him for she knew that, strong as was the love of the sea in the blood of the Lelean's, their pride was even stronger. A Lelean could never be another man's servant. He must always be his own captain; he could never sail under the orders of another. He was still at home thinking about the proposition when his old ship, the Snowdrop of Mevagissey, sailed under her new owners and was wrecked. All on board were drowned. Mathew was thankful for his wife's premonitions and warnings; he gave up sailing after that.


  Mathew and Maria, who was ten years younger than Mathew, had five issues: - John (1873), Elizabeth Marian (1876), Alice (1878), Richard Dalby (1880), and Ada Jane Hunkin (1884).

 

After their-marriage, Mathew and Maria settled in Gorran where their first two children were born. Then between 1873 and 1876 the family moved to Mevagissey. In the 1881 Census for Mevagissey, Mathew and his family were enumerated as follows:­

 

1881 Census for Tregony Hill, Mevagissey:-                         

Mathew H. Lelean, Head, Married, age 44, Master Mariner, born Mevagissey

Maria Lelean, Wife, Married, age 34, born Gorran

John Lelean, Son, age 7, Scholar, born Gorran

Alice Lelean, Daughter, age 2, born Mevagissey

Richard D. M. Lelean, Son, 4 months, born Mevagissey

 

After their marriage, Joseph and Catherine settled in Falmouth, where Joseph was a ship owner. Then between 1864-1867 they moved to Portmellon, Mevagissey, where the family were enumerated at the 1871 Census as follows:­

 

1871 Census for Portmellon, Mevagissey:

Joseph D. Lelean, Head, Married, age 35, Ship Owner, born Mevagissey

Catherine Lelean, Wife, Married, age 38, born St Merryn

Joseph D. Lelean, Son, age 11, born Falmouth

Catherine Lelean, Dau, age 10, born Falmouth

William Lelean, Son, age 9, born Falmouth

Annie M. Lelean,. Dau, age 6, born Falmouth

Beatrice Lelean, Dau, age 3, born Mevagissey

Mary B. Lelean, Dau, age 6 months, born Mevagissey

Kate Lelean, Servant, age 22, House Servant, born Mevagissey

Jane J. Thomas, Servant, age 17, House Servant, born Mevagissey

The writing of the surname of Kate who was Joseph's servant is not very clear. It looks very much like Lelean, but we cannot be certain that it is.

 

In 1880, Joseph moved to Manor Farm, Greybury, Edenbridge, Kent. Just prior to him moving, a newspaper report in the West Briton dated 19 August 1876 or 1880 covered an auction that took place, that ran as follows;­

 

Sale of Mevagissey property­

 

Some valuable building property and freehold fields were submitted to public auction by Mr. Roberts, auctioneer, being the property of Mr. J.D. Lelean of Portmellon. The first lot was a meadow of a little over 3 acres, situated at the Lane End, 3a.lr.34p and formerly 4 fields. For this, there was spirited competition and eventually it was knocked down to Mr. Gregoo, Manager of the Cornish Sardine Co. for £470.

 

  The second lot consisted of 3 fields, known as the Green, situated by the Cliff, 7a.lr.20p. On this site there is an excellent quarry of prize stone for building purposes, with a good supply of fresh water and a full view of the bay to Rame Head and beyond. For this lot there were several bidders and it was at last knocked down to Mr. James Barbery for £905. Some building sites sold from 36/- to 46/­per yard of 18 ft square. Many lots were withdrawn to be sold by private contract.

 

In an H. M. S. O. publication printed by Geo. Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoods, titled: Return of Owners of Land, 1873. Presented to both Houses of Parliament, Joseph was listed for the County of Cornwall as owning 25 acres 3 rods 15 perch with a Gross estimated rent of £102 per annum in Mevagissey. This information was recorded by Len Lelean in a letter dated ­3 July 1980 to Ron and Barbara (Lelean Sharman), but either Len or the publishers had mis­interpreted Joseph's name for it said Joshua D. Lelean. Jos is often used as an abbreviation for Joseph which Len may have thought was Joshua

 

Joseph died at the age of 57 years, and his death was registered during the fourth quarter of 1893 in Cuckfield RD  

 

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