Today Onward To Our Past® continues our ‘tour’ of one family, the PHILLIPPS (PHILLIPS) family and how the great Cornish diaspora is event in the branches of just one family.
Today we feature Ina Marie COTTLE of Launceston, Cornwall.
Cornish Diaspora Profile: Ina Marie COTTLE
Ina Marie COTTLE (my paternal grandmother, also known as Nana) was born 14 February 1889 in Launceston, Cornwall to Edwin C. and Margaret (WATKINS) COTTLE. She was the 8th child in a family of eleven children.
The ‘bookend’ children, William Brown COTTLE and Jane Emma COTTLE, stayed in the U.K. The remaining 9 children all emigrated from Cornwall and initially settled in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Two brothers and a sister moved on from there to settle in St. Thomas and Sparta, Ontario, Canada where they farmed. The remaining siblings all made Cleveland their permanent home.
George Bellamy COTTLE came first and then as money was saved, each sibling, in the order of their age, were sent the fare to come to America.
Upon her arrival in Cleveland in February of 1912 Ina gained employment as a ‘traveling companion’ to the WADE family, who had founded the Western Union Company. Her brother, George Bellamy COTTLE, was chief gardener for John D. ROCKEFELLER of the Standard Oil Company and for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Other siblings held positions as mechanics, lamplighters, salesmen, realtors, and ‘little sister’ Lillian managed a farm in western Ohio, which, as a young boy, I have very fond memories of visiting.
At the time Ina married fellow Cornishman, Edward George PHILLIPPS, an article appeared in a newspaper in Cornwall, which was later transcribed and sent to my parents. This article was titled “Cornish Wedding in Cleveland, U.S.A.” You can read the transcription of this article in the below images. Just click on them for a larger view.
The article gave a rich and detailed review of their wedding and noted such Cornish connections as the Best Man was Mr. Sidney ALLEN of Delabole, Cornwall, their wedding was on the 5th anniversary of my grandfather’s emigration, and “although that both bride and groom had lived practically all their lives within a few miles of each other, they had to travel to America to make an acquaintance.”
Keeping Cornish: As a boy I vividly recall that my favorite family picnics were those when my Nana packed the basket as they would always include two of my favorite foods: sausage rolls and pasty. Unfortunately Nana told my Bohemian mother, Laverne, she would ‘never be a good enough cook or trust with the family recipes’. Consequently, the recipes for both of these favorites went to the grave with Nana. While it has been enjoyable attempting to recreate them on my own, my Nana’s divine, flaky crust still eludes me. Additionally, thanks to Nana, I developed an early love of lamb (actually she would only cook mutton to save money and I was the only grandchild who liked it). This love has now been passed down, not only our children, but also to our grandchildren.
Tomorrow we continue around Cornwall and the United States as we follow just a few of the branches of one family and how the Cornish diaspora is evident there.
Onward to Our Past®