Blewett, Blewitt, Bluett family

6 November 2009


Dr. Geoffrey Mann

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Origin of the Cornish BLEWETTs


The Cornish BLEWETTs are said to be derived from the thirteen sons of Francis & Elizabeth BLEWETT of Colan.Colan is a few miles inland from Newquay and the family is known from a memorial in the parish church and the Visitation of Cornwall.The sons were born around 1530-1560 before the start of the parish register so their names are not known.Francis however was the son of Richard BLEWETT of Holcombe Rogus in Devon.


The first occurrence of the name BLEWETT in Cornish parish registers shows that they were indeed originally concentrated in the area around Colan, particularly the triangle bounded by Colan Bodmin and Camelford.††† Of the Cornish parish registers that have survived from the last quarter of the 16C, the BLEWETT surname occurs in only six parishes, all within the C-B-C triangle.


A similar story is given by the Cornwall Protestation return of 1641, which is virtually a list of all Cornish males over the age of 18.It contains only 33 BLEWETTsand 23 (70%) of these occur in the Colan-Bodmin-Camelford triangle.


Elizabeth Blewett of Colan was the daughter of Tristram COLAN.†† Both Tristram and Colan were used by the Blewett family as Christian names.These are so unusual, that their occurrence can be attributed with some confidence to a descent from the Colan BLEWETT family.†† One daughter of Colan BLEWETT of Colan was christened Blanch which is also sufficiently uncommon to identify a Colan descendant.The parishes in which these names have been found are listed below with the date of first occurrence:







1577 St Tudy

1579 St Breward

1631 Camborne

1641 St Allen

1611 Boyton

1615 Egloshayle

1625 Colan

1662 St Just in Roseland

1613 Madron

1627 Colan



St Tudy, St Breward, Egloshayle and Colan are in the C-B-C triangle; Boyton is in the NE corner of Cornwall and shows that Colan descendants were here at an early date.†† Camborne, St Allen, St Just and Madron demonstrate a movement towards the west of the County in the 17C


The first mention of BLEWETT in the Paul parish register was in 1719 nearly 200 years after the family arrived in Colan.The early entries refer to the family of John BLEWETT who possibly arrived from Padstow in 1719(see the Paul tree).All the many BLEWETT families of Paul however are derived from William BLEWETT bc1710 and John BLEWETT bc1740 neither of whom can at present be related to the earlier John or to each other.


Hypothetically, William could be the grandson C1713 of Thomas of St Levan who could be the son C1640 of George of Madron who was probably baptised at Plymouth in 1593, son of Francis.This provides a very speculative link with the Devon family (see the St Levan tree for more detail).



BLEWETT Family Summary

18-20C, Mousehole CON, Stepney MDX & Southend ESS



7 William BLEWETT c1710-1781

†† m Elizabeth BANDS 1733 Paul

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6 Stephen BLEWETT 1744-? fisherman

†† m Joan CARN-PEZZACK 1765 Paul

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5 John Carne BLEWETT 1765-? fisherman

†† m Mary PENDER 1786 Paul

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4 Michael BLEWETT 1794-1850 fisherman

†† m Mary Ann BERRY 1835 Paul

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3 Henry BLEWETT 1836-1891 sea captain

†† m Jane WRIGHT 1860 Paul

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2 Henry Michael BLEWETT 1866-1936 rope merchant

†† m Helena A BROOKBANKS 1886 Stepney

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1 Amy Janet BLEWETT 1899-1987

†† m Herbert H MANN 1928 Thorpe Bay Essex



William was born around 1710, possibly in the fishing village of St Levan near Landís End, but he married Elizabeth in 1733 at Paul and became one of the two founders of all the numerous BLEWETT families in Mousehole.
William was probably a fisherman, as was his son Stephen, his grandson John Carne, and his gt.grandson Michael who were all baptised and married in the parish church of Paul, one mile inland from the harbour and village of Mousehole.


No record has been found of the burial of Stephen or John Carne, and in of the hazards of fishing from small sailing ships, it is possible that they were both lost at sea.Michael was not lost at sea, but also died at a relatively early age of 56, from pneumonia.


Michaelís son Henry joined the Mousehole fishing fleet like his ancestors, but at the age of 16, he left to begin the first of many voyages on merchant sailing ships. He became the captain of a ship which sailed regularly to the West Indies for 14 years between 1866 and 1880.He moved to Stepney in London where his son Henry Michael was born.


Henry Michael sailed with his father on merchant ships several times, before settling in Stepney as a marine store dealer and rope merchant.His business prospered and he moved to Thorpe Bay in Essex, where his daughter Amy married the local builder who had built his fine house on the sea front.






BADCOCK Louisa††††††††††††† 8Oct1838 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWET James

BANDS Elizabeth††††††††††† 24May1733 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLUET William

BARNES Richard††††††††††† 10May1794 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Elizabeth

BARNICOATE John††††††††††† 11Feb1736 St.Leven CON††††††††††††††† BlewT-L BLEWETT Elizabeth

BATTEN Jane††††††††††††††† 15Jny1832 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Michael

BECKERLEG William Hutchins 11Aug1862 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Ann Harvey (widow)

BERRY Mary Ann†††††††††††† 29Apr1835 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Michael

BODINAR Elizabeth†††††††††† 7Nov1871 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT John Thomas

BODINAR William††††††††††† 12Jun1744 Paul CON††††††††††† ††††††††BlewT-P BLUETT Dorothy

BOOTH Thomas†††††††††††††† 24Dec1881 Stepney MDX†††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Eliza Jane

BOTTREL Mary†††††††††††††† 30May1789 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLUET William

BROOKBANKS Helena Annie††† 11Jny1886 Stepney MDX†††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Henry Michael

CARNPEZZACK Joan††††††††††† 1Jul1765 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Stephen

CARY Elizabeth†††††††††††† 10Jul1799 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT James

CATTRAN William††††††††††† 30Oct1794 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-R BLEWETT Mary

CHOAT Charles††††††††††††† 23Jul1834 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWET Mary Carey

COLE Herbert†††††††††††††††††† c1925?††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BlewT2BLEWETT Lily

COTTON Richard††††††††††††† 1Apr1859 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Elizabeth Jane

DANIEL Sarah Jane†††††††††† 5Feb1867 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEW1TT James

DOWNING Jane††††††† ††††††††7Mar1837 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLUETTT Thomas

DREW Phillis††††††††††††††† 3Jny1875 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT James Pascoe

DUNLOP Percy†††††††††††††††††† c1925†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Henrietta Lilian

DUNN Dorothy†††††††††††††† 24Feb1704 Padstow CON†††††††††††††††† BlewT-P BLUETT John

EDDY Thomas††††††††††††††† 18Dec1881 Paul CON †††††††††††††††††††BlewT6A BLEWETT Julia

ELY Mary†††††††††††††††††† 20Jny1822 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT James

GARD Sarah†††††††††††††††† 17Oct1734 St.Leven CON††††††††††††††† BlewT-L BLEWETT Thomas

GILBERT James††††††††††††† 30Aug1789 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLUET Nancey

GRUGILIER Mary†††††††††††† 17Feb1828 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWET John Pascoe

HALSE John†††††††††††††††† 23Oct1871 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Mary

HARVEY Adela†††††††††††††† 11Nov1873 Paul CON†††† ††††††††††††††BlewT6B BLEWETT Francis Richards

HARVEY Charles†††††††††††† 13Mar1806 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Julian

HARVEY Esther Ann††††††††† 18Feb1854 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Stephen

HARVEY James†††††††††††††† 16Jul1835 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Jane

HARVEY Jane†††††††††††††††† 9Sep1861 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWETT James

HOCKING Sarah Ann††††††††† 19Jny1863 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWITT James Pascoe

HUFFNAM Jane††††††††††††††† 7Jun1765 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT John

HUMPHRIES Elizabeth Ann†††† 6Feb1861 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Michael

HUMPHRIES Susannah††††††††† 7Jun1865 Paul CON†††††† †††††††††††††BlewT6B BLEWETT Edward Pascoe

HUMPHRIES William Badcock†† 4Nov1869 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Mary

HUMPHRIES William Henry††† 22Nov1869 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Jane

HYDEN Walter†††††††††††††† 15Jny1786 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-R BLEWETT Jane (widow)

JEFFREY Joseph†††††††††††† 12Sep1870 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Naomi

JELBART Loveday††††††††††† 19Nov1760 Madron CON††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT William

JOHNS Johanne††††††††††††† 24Jun1868 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Stephen

KEVERNE Mary Jane Adams††† 20Oct1870 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Richard Pascoe

MACRAREY Robert††††††††††† 30Oct1771 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Anne

MADRON Ann Harvey†††††††††† 3Nov1846 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Thomas

MANN Herbert Henry††††††††††††† 1926†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Amy Janet

MARTIN George††††††††††††12Jul1711 St.Leven CON††††††††††††††† BlewT-L BLEWETT Elizabeth

MATTHEWS Elizabeth†††††††† 15Nov1845 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWET George

MATTHEWS Esther Ann††††††† 14Jul1870 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWITT William

MATTHEWS Jane††††††††††††† 23Feb1805 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWET John

MATTHEWS Joan†††††††††††††† 2Nov1767 Paul CON††††††††††† ††††††††BlewT0BLEWETT Stephen

NICHOLAS Jane††††††††††††† 24Dec1836 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLUET Benjamin

OLIVERS Elizabeth†††††††††† 7Oct1769 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT John

OSBORN William†††††††††††† 31Jun1819 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Mary

PARSONS Frederick††††††††††††† c1910†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Helena Mary

PASCOE Jane††††††††††††††† 31Jny1797 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Stephen

PASCOE(PASKOW) Samson††††† 19Nov1709 St.Leven CON††††††††††††††† BlewT-L BLEWETT Mary

PAYNE Dorothy Tonkin††††††† 6Dec1863 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Richard Sterling

PENDER James†††††††††††††† 23Jul1855 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Mary Gruzilier

PENDER Mary††††††††††††††† 10Dec1786 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLUET John Carne

PENTREATH Ann††††††††††††† 29May1814 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Michael

PENTREATH Julyan††††††† †††29Sep1764 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT John

PENTREATH Richard†††††††††† 8Oct1791 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-R BLEWETT Jane

QUICK John Willis††††††††††† Jny1850 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Charlotte Richards

RICHARDS Jane††††††††††††† 28Jul1823 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWET Stephen

RICHARDS John†††††††††††††† 3Dec1843 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWET Jane

RICHARDS Mary†††††††††††††† 5Aug1838 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Richard

RICHARDS Richard†††††††††† 29Jny1807 Paul CON†††††††††††††† †††††BlewT0BLEWETT Mary

ROGERS Grace†††††††††††††† 28Oct1877 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWETT George Edwin

ROSEWARNE William†††††††††† 1Apr1827 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWETT Elizabeth (widow)

ROUFFIGNAC Mary††††††††††† 10Dec1790 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT John

ROWE William James†††††††† 23Feb1879 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWETT Sarah Ann

SAMSON Grace Philips††††††† 1Feb1835 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT John

SMITH Nicholas Davy†††††††† 8Oct1843 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWET Julia

STRICK John††††††††††††††† 24Jul1865 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT Elizabeth

STRIKE George Hannibal†††††††† c1910†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Alice Elizabeth E

SYMONS Thomas††††††††††††† 22Jun1859 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Phillis Wright

TAYLOR Charles George††††† 18Jul1883 Stepney MDX†††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Mary Wright

THOMAS Peter†††††††††††††† 22Feb1868 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWITT Jane

TONKIN P†††††††††††††††††† 19Jun1859 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Jane

TONKIN Philip††††††††† ††††20Jny1767 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Mary

TONKYN Valentine†††††††††† 14Oct1738 St.Leven CON††††††††††††††† BlewT-L BLEWETT Mary

TRATH Amy††††††††††††††††† 13Jny1707 Padstow CON†††††††††††††††† BlewT-P BLUETT John

TREDREA Elizabeth†††††††††† 7Nov1815 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWET William

VINGOE Elizabeth Gilbert††† 27May871 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Thomas Batten

WEBBER William Henry†††††† 19Apr1873 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWETT Elizabeth Ellen

WELLBELOVED Elizabeth††††††††† c1900 Stepney MDX†††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Charles Alexander

WHITE Arthur†††††††††††††††††† c1930?††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BlewT2BLEWETT Joan

WILKINS John†††††††††††††† 18Apr1791 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLUETT Joan

WILLIAMS Jane††††††††††††† 23Feb1767 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-R BLEWETT Richard

WILLIAMS Josiah Wright†††† 21Nov1871 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT Rebecca McCoy

WILLIS Julia†††††††††††††† 11Aug1816 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6A BLEWET William

WILSON Nathan††††††††††††† 19May1770 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Jane

WRIGHT Jane†††††††††††††††† 8Sep1860 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT0BLEWETT Henry

WRIGHT Phillis†††††††††††† 20Dec1835 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT6B BLEWETT John Matthews

YEAMAN Mary Ann†††† †††††††26Oct1834 Paul CON††††††††††††††††††† BlewT-J BLEWETT John




1)       B7.Origin of William BLEWETT bc1710; was he the son of John C1713 at St Levan?


2)       B6 and 5.Death of John Carn and Stephen BLEWETT;were they drowned at sea?