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Re: Pendarvis family interesting reading
Posted by: J. Robinson (ID *****0363) Date: October 12, 2007 at 19:37:10
In Reply to: Re: Pendarvis family interesting reading by Perry Ramsey of 638

Perry, Thanks so very much for trying to help. I appreciate it very much. However, I ordered a copy of that book, into my local library, long ago, in the early days of my research, and have found English resources (a copy of Parish Register of Camborne, Cornwall) that totally refute the ancestry given in the book you reccommend. If you will thoroughly read ancestry chart #1 where Mr. James Barnwell Heyward is showing the ancestry back to England, you will note that he lists this John Pendarvis. And he does say (out to the side of his chart, where he links the Pendarvis branch, "'supposed' to be ancestor of Carolina Branch."

This John he shows on same chart to be the firstborn son of Alexander Pendarvis and Alice Humphrey, and says he married Anne Arundell; Alexander Pendarvis as son of Thomas Pendarvis; and Thomas Pendarvis as son of David Pendarvis; All of Cornwall County, England.

There is a problem with his account and his supposition: The John Pendarvis, son of Alexander was baptised 1592, was buried 30 Jan.1595. Please note that on Mr. Heyward's ancestry chart No. 1, he shows sons of Alexander Pendarvis to be John who married Anne Arundell, Richard who married Catherine Arundell, Henry and Thomas (no wives given).

In the body of his narrative he says Alexander Pendarvis married Alice, dau. of John Humphrey,... and left a daughter Anne who m. John Arundell, then he names the four sons shown on his Chart #1 in a different order of birth:
1. Richard (his heir),2. Henry, 3. Thomas, 4. John.
Heyward gives the death date of Henry as 1630, The Camborne Parish Record gives burial date of Thomas as 1591, and John 1595 as shown above.

Though the Pendarvis and Arundell families were indeed associated together by marriage,in Heyward's desire to tie into the Pendarvis/Arundell ancestry, he simply ressurected this John Pendarvis and married him to a non-existent wife, a daughter of the prominent Arundell family.

If you believe you can depend on the James Barnwell Heyward book for a true ancestry, I suggest you do more original, personal research and compare it to that book.

Again, I thank you for your post in an effort to help me.
Good luck with your research. My birth family, Pendarvis, is a complicated and very interesting family to research. The name is very rare, and I am proud of my family name. Just wish I could prove the tie back to England, but so far that hasn't happened.
Sincerely, Bernice



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