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Miriam

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South Wheal Frances
Posted: 18/12/2008 21:12:12
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Hello,

I believe that my great-great-grandfather, Abraham James, was manager of South Wheal Frances mine in the latter part of the 19th century. I would love to know if there are any archives with photographs of the mine in those days. I live in Essex now, but am planning a trip back to Cornwall in 2009 to do some genealogical excavation. I'd be very grateful for any suggestions of where to start digging. Flowers
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South Wheal Frances
Posted: 18/12/2008 21:28:53
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Hi Miriam, and welcome to the site.
South Frances has always been a favourite place for me. this is one of the only old photos I have available at present. Doubtless you will be furnished with many others once your post has been picked up. You are in good hands here as far as finding a knowledge base.
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Posted: 18/12/2008 21:45:45
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http://crocat.cornwall.gov.uk/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=Overview.tcl&dsqSearch=((text)='south%20frances')

Cornwall Record Office is a good one.

They may be a bit skinny though. I rate the books "Cornwall's central mining district" Northern and Southern, off the top of my head, this is about as good as you will get from a "what happened at the mine". For pictures, I reckon the Bullen series of books are pretty good for info.

That's all I can think of.

Somewhere on the interweb is a newspaper archive you can sign up for (all the papers before 1900) which allows you to do a search. Someone will be able to help and this is an enormous database.

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South Wheal Frances
Posted: 18/12/2008 22:17:37
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Hi Miriam
You could have a look here regarding papers and pop into the Cornish Studies Centre in Redruth to research it. You can also do the genealogical stuff there as well.

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Studies Centre.

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IP: 79.74.210.65 Edited: 18/12/2008 22:20:43 by carnkie
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South Wheal Frances
Posted: 20/12/2008 18:46:54
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Probably of no particular interest to anyone but I suspect Abraham James may have been a Mine Agent rather than a Captain.
There is an Abraham James age 54 in the 1881 census living in Bullers Row and he appears again in the 1871 census living in Bond St., Redruth. He was born in Gwennap and was listed in both as Tin and Copper mine agent. Not found as yet in the 1891 census. Just a thought.

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Posted: 22/12/2008 10:39:05
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Thankyou to all who have replied so promptly. I'll let you know how I get on.

Merry Christmas! Smile
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