Today Onward To Our Past® is pleased to bring you the first of our family tree stories impacted by the Cornish Diaspora.
We feature Thomas Phillips Allen and his story as presented at the Golowan Festival 2014 and their Cornish Diaspora Exhibit. These vignettes needed to be focused on people, short, and feature the ‘Keeping Cornish’ tagline.
Cornish Diaspora Profile: Thomas Phillips ALLEN
Thomas Phillips ALLEN was born 17 September, 1865 in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall to Mary PHILLIPPS and Thomas ALLEN. Thomas Phillips ALLEN was one of seven children and the youngest son.
Thomas became a tin miner and in 1894 married the first of his three wives, Elizabeth Ann WICKS, in Redruth. In 1905 Thomas left his wife and young son, Jacob, and immigrated to Kofa, Yuma County, in the Arizona Territory. Now a ‘ghost town’, Kofa, an acronym for King of Arizona, was an early gold rush town that was home to the richest single gold mine in the American Southwest. Stories of Kofa’s riches may well have reached St. Teath Parish and might well have been what enticed Thomas to emigrate.
The Kofa mine played out by 1910 and in the 1910 United States Census, Thomas had moved all the way from the played out gold mine in Arizona to the copper and iron mines located in Negaunee, Marquette County, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His first wife, left in Cornwall, passed away in his absence. In 1914, Thomas married a Cornish girl, Bessie TREBILCOCK, in Negaunee, but Bessie died less than a year after their marriage. Then in 1917, Thomas married another Cornish girl, Elizabeth Jane (nee TOMMS) SOUTHEY from Redruth.
In the ensuing few years, Thomas’ nephew, William H. HUDDY, of Probus, and his wife, Lillian BARRON of Truro would follow William’s uncle to the mines of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as would another nephew, Clifton HUDDY, of Perranzabule, as well as his son, Jacob ALLEN, from his first marriage, who had been living in Illogan.
Thomas and Elizabeth had a son in America, Lloyd, and a daughter, Lucille. One of their four grandsons would be Paul Dean URQUHART. On May 28, 1971 Paul, a helicopter pilot, would be shot down during his second tour of duty in Vietnam in the sky above Thua Thien Province, Vietnam. To this day Paul remains MIA/KIA (missing in action/killed in action) and his remains have never been recovered.
Keeping Cornish: I made many wonderful and valued discoveries while I was researching the ALLEN and HUDDY families and their lives in the Upper Peninsula towns of Negaunee, Marquette, Ishpeming, Palmer, and Iron Mountain. However, as much as I enjoyed finding the documentation and history surrounding these ancestors and meeting ‘new’ cousins, the best was that I happened upon Lawry’s Pasty Shop. Located in Ishpeming and Marquette, Michigan they have deep Cornish roots of their own. Luckily for me, they make a pasty that is the closest to my Nana’s that I have ever found! Plus they pack them fresh and send them to me through the post!
Tomorrow we continue in our tracing of some of those Cornishmen and Cornishwomen caught up in the great diaspora.
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