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Immigration Patterns - Cornwall to Mineral Point, WI

Immigration Patterns - Cornwall to Mineral Point, WI

Posted: 3 Mar 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Jun 2001 6:01PM GMT
Surnames: Harris, Nichols, Nicholls, Polkinghorn, Richards
Seeking advice concerning dominant transportation routes for immigrants from Cornwall to Mineral Point, Iowa Co., WI. My immigrant ancestors were Henry Nichols/Nicholls and his wife, Elizabeth Richards. Henry immigrated from Gulvall, St. Ives Parish, Cornwall in 1848. He settled in Mineral Point initially. In 1848, he sent for his wife, Elizabeth, and their 7 children. They moved to a farm in British Hollow, Grant Co., WI where they lived for about 7 years. In 1855, the family moved to Eagle River, Keweenaw Co., MI where Henry was employed as a miner at the Central Mine. In 1856, he was the first casualty at Central Mine when he was killed in a mining accident. He left behind his widow and 7 children. I'd like to be able to track down the name of the ship he sailed on as well as the one that brought his wife and children a year later. I read elsewhere that some ships came through Quebec and stopped at Grosse Ile which was the quarantine station. Then they made their way through Sault Ste. Marie to points south. Does anyone know how the majority of Cornish miners arrived in Mineral Point? Any info. is appreciated! THANKS!

Iowa County Cornish Immigration

Posted: 4 Mar 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 Nov 2006 10:53PM GMT
Surnames: Treglown, Crase, Hosking, Bowden, Wearne, Paynter, Sandoe, Richards, Bryant, Pope
Regarding Cornish Immigration to Iowa County: Hi, there are two PREDOMINANT routes, though many alternatives. During the major period of immmigration-late 40's through 50's-ships such as the Belle of Padstow and the Clio sailed between Cornwall and Canada, bringing immigrants over and Canadian timber back. Looking at ship logs, it seems that a common pattern was a fall and a spring sailing for each ship. These ships sailed into the St. Lawrence and made their way through the Great Lakes-a journey filled with natural perils and disease. Along the way immigrant parties departed the ship, one or more families at a time. At some point the Iowa County folks would switch to a smaller boat and go down Lake Michigan. I have a 250 page diary of a relative who describes this in great detail and there are a couple on-line diaries describing similar journeys. Once they made their way south, they debarked and employed oxen carts and other land "vehicles" to make their way to Dodgeville, Linden, and Mineral Point. Many Cornish also debarqued in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and then made their way overland. At least one of my shoe string relatives got to Iowa County up the Mississipi River, having sailed to New Orleans. I THINK if you type Cornish Diary into a good search engine you'll find the site with the details. If not, contact me and I'll find it for you and/or send you specific details from the diary I have. Good luck. By the way, "Captain Polkinghorn" of Hayle figures prominently in the diary and my gggrandmother who settled in Linden was a Richards from Illogan.

Re: Iowa County Cornish Immigration

Posted: 3 Jul 2001 3:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Paynter
Which Paynter line are you researching? Perhaps we have some links in common.

Re: Iowa County Cornish Immigration

Posted: 24 Jul 2001 3:12PM GMT
Edited: 8 Oct 2001 4:33PM GMT
Surnames: Lampshire, Harris, May, Jewell, Brown, Ayers
Thank you for the information on immigration routes to Mineral Point, WI from Cornwall. I have often wondered what routes were taken. I have not found information in very many books on this particular subject. I often wondered how my LAMPSHIRE line got to Mineral Point.

Re: Iowa County Cornish Immigration

Posted: 7 Apr 2013 4:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Nicholls, Bennett, Broad, Richards, Stephens, Harris, Polkinghorn
Knock, knock! Still there? I am definitely interested in the diary you mentioned of your Cornish relatives. Any chance I could pay for a copy of it? Is it posted on any website? I had put aside my Cornish family history project for quite awhile, but have just recently started working on it again. Would love to read about your ancestor's experience. Thanks!

Joni
Please contact me at jolylefgon@yahoo.com

Re: Iowa County Cornish Immigration

Posted: 7 Apr 2013 4:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Nicholls, Bennett, Broad, Richards, Stephens, Harris, Polkinghorn
Knock, knock! Still there? I am definitely interested in the diary you mentioned of your Cornish relatives. Any chance I could pay for a copy of it? Is it posted on any website? I had put aside my Cornish family history project for quite awhile, but have just recently started working on it again. Would love to read about your ancestor's experience. Thanks!

Joni
Please contact me at jolylefgon@yahoo.com
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