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Samuel Cottle - Tavistock
Posted: 11/02/2012 00:50:33
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I'm doing some family history research, and wondering if anyone could assist?
Samuel Cottle (born 24th March 1833 in Colebrook) was a copper miner at Tavistock ?1852-57 (? At the Devon Great Consols Mine at Blanchdown) before he emigrated to Australia in 1857 to work in the copper mine at Burra in South Australia .
Any ideas of how I can trace back to his early career in Tavistock??
Cheers Leon C

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Samuel Cottle - Tavistock
Posted: 11/02/2012 20:41:48
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Unfortunately information on individual miners at Devon Great Consols tends not to survive from this period. Typically the only miners names surviving from this period relate to either accidents or fatalities. IP: 81.152.237.54
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Samuel Cottle - Tavistock
Posted: 17/02/2012 01:05:49
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I tried a quick search through my records... 98 pages of an A4 word document... Sorry, no record - As Rick states it'll be very unlikely to find an individual unless a well-known figure such as a captain, or had an accident, which as you say emigrated to Australia. Devon Great Consols had 1,200 persons working for them at the height of its working life as a mine.
Sorry couldn't be anymore help, regards Tin Miner
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Samuel Cottle - Tavistock
Posted: 23/02/2012 10:38:16
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Many thanks Tin Miner -Very impressed that you searched through all those pages of data for me. Greatly appreciate your time. The mine must have been a large venture in its day.
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Samuel Cottle - Tavistock
Posted: 23/02/2012 10:39:19
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Many thanks anyway.
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Samuel Cottle - Tavistock
Posted: 23/02/2012 10:59:43
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I have searched the mining deaths, school registers, etc of the mine in Australia online, and found no listing for Samuel Cottle. I'm assuming he made his way back to England at some stage. Do you have any info of his death etc?

Even a check through the 1851 census doesn't have a listing for Samuel Cottle (not the one you're looking for) in Devon.

Update

Found the listing for for S. Cottle (Plympton) Occupation Labourer, aged 18, as you know.

I'll go back through the newspapers as I've been looking at Tavistock area. I'll now try the Plympton area to see if there's any listings.

Regards Tin Miner
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Samuel Cottle - Tavistock
Posted: 23/02/2012 11:31:18
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Thanks Tin Miner. On 1851 census Samuel was at Plympton St.Mary, Devon. He married in Tavistock Jan 1857 then went to Burra Sth Aust, then Moonta Copper mine 1864, died in Moonta 1905. Thanks anyway for your efforts. I'll keep 'digging' over here Smile
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