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The Pellowes of Penryn
a Family History by Dr E. F. Pellowe, 1964




(41) Lezant is about as far from Kerrier as one can get in Cornwall being on the very border with Devon and having the Tamar as its boundary. Nevertheless, it is the only area out of Kerrier where Pellowes have lived for a long continuous period and where they have not obviously descended from some other branch. Yet there are vague connections. Lezant is a rectory and Peculiar of Exeter, and Lawhitton (the next parish) was a manor of Exeter. Then too, for a long time, the Trefusis family owned a great deal of land in this parish. This was a junior branch of the family and the senior branch lived in the parish of Mylor and traded in Penryn. The earliest record is the Will of John Pellowe of Lezant proved in the Consistory Court in 1591. In 1613, the Wills of William and James are proved.

In 1612, the Bishop's Transcripts give William Pellow the elder, of Resseure as having died. John Pellowe the elder was buried in 1644 and in 1663 John the younger was involved in litigation with Elzabeth his sister 1, who died in 1666. John deceased in 1668 and his will was proved in the same year. Also in 1668, William Pellowe was married and he is mentioned in a Will 2 when Tobias Hill of Lifton in Devon left to Roger Crocker and William all his best clothes.

In 1699, Robert and Elizabeth Pellowe were buried and Robert may have been connected with the many Roberts of Mabe. John Pellowe married here in 1670 and some of his descendants may have lived at Penzance. Further Pellowe Wills are recorded for Lezant in 1709, 1717, 1725, 1764 and 1771. No doubt this branch would repay more detailed study but since they do not seem to have very much connection with the others this has not yet been done. The Pellowes at Stoke Climsland are an offshoot of this family. Nearby at Marham church in 1832, we find Christopher Trehane Pellowe the Schoolmaster. All his children had Crocker as a second name, a name common in Lezant.

There are 47 baptisms, 14 marriages and 34 Pellowe burials in Bishop's Transcripts from 1608 to 1750.

At Werrington nearby, we find 8 baptisms, 2 marriages and 5 burials in Bishop's Transcripts from 1608 to 1739, and in the Bodmin archives there are six Werrington Wills, for this parish was once in the Archdeaconry of Cornwall.

In 1625, Christopher Pellow leaves money to his sons John and Christopher and his brother Dunstan. In 1685, Christopher leaves 100 to his son Christopher and 20/- to his grandsons, (42) Richard and John. They were all yeomen, but in 1710, Nicholas a bachelor, leaves timber to his brothers and sisters and to 'my servant, John Harris, Huntsman, my best green coat'. In 1718, we find the Will of his brother, Thomas, and in 1721 the Will of Richard Pellow, Gent. He left 1/- to his eldest son Richard, half of Pipers Hill to his wife, and 5 to John, son of John Pellow of Boyton. In 1723, Christopher Pellow of Werrington Co. Devon. Yeoman, left 193 and the inventory refers to tenements called Homer and Bouble Hill in Druxon Parks.

Finally, in Alumni Oxoniensis, we find Abraham Pellow, son of Richard of Werrington at Exeter College in 1707.

It is a great pity that we cannot examine the Wills for Lezant and only have a list of them (q.v.). In the Consistory Court records (1881) we do have John Pellowe of Lezant named to exhibit an inventory and on p, 986, Principal Registry of Bishop of Exeter L. & P. refers to the Will in 1625 of Markes Pellowe of Lawhitton, the next parish.

In Lewannick not far away, we find Thomas Pellowe of Werrington marrying and his will is proved at Bodmin in 1621. He left sheep to various members of the family and a tenement in Trewinna.

At Boyton there is little in the parish registers but John Pellow of Boyton, yeoman, leaves a Will in 1726.

The registers of Week St. Mary. Whitestone, N. & S. Petherwin, and the three Launceston parishes have little to add, but at North Tamerton, there are two marriages and five burials and a farmer's widow's Will in 1643.

Oliver Pellow was farming at Stokeclimstland before 1638, for in that year he also left sheep to various people and appears to have been related to the Werrington branch.

There are few records at Liskeard, Duloe or St. Germans or at Altarnun, but at the latter, Christopher Pellow was appointed Parish Clerk in 1827.

At Northill, there are a few Pellowe entries but Richard Pellowe was Church Warden in 1669 and overseer in 1674 and was connected with the Werrington branch.

Finally, the Plymouth parishes were searched :

Stoke Damarell - There were no entries 1600-1700 for marriages or burials, but quite a few after 1770 and Will Pellow a mariner, was married in 1795, and Elizabeth Pellow married Charles Arrowsmith of H.M.S. Hero in 1759.

In 1770, we find the marriage of Thomas Pellowe, a rope-maker.

East Stonehouse. St. Andrews, and St. Budeaux produce one marriage between them. (43)


1. CCR p.881.
2. CCR p. 2447



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