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Author Benjamin Nicholls (1755-1812)
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Benjamin Nicholls (1755-1812)
Posted: 16/03/2013 19:48:58
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The above gentleman was Mine Captain as recorded on his gravestone at Redrurh, Cornwall. How do I find out which mine he was at? He lived at Little Vauxhall, just outside Redruth.

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Posted: 16/03/2013 21:10:42
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jimnicholls wrote:

The above gentleman was Mine Captain as recorded on his gravestone at Redrurh, Cornwall. How do I find out which mine he was at? He lived at Little Vauxhall, just outside Redruth.

Jim Nicholls (great,great,grandson)


This might be him?

http://crocat.cornwall.gov.uk/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=show.tcl&dsqSearch=(RefNo==%22GHW/13/4/3/1/4%22)

CRO & Redruth Studies Library always the best start normally.

Good luck.

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Benjamin Nicholls (1755-1812)
Posted: 16/03/2013 21:15:12
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lozz wrote:

jimnicholls wrote:

The above gentleman was Mine Captain as recorded on his gravestone at Redrurh, Cornwall. How do I find out which mine he was at? He lived at Little Vauxhall, just outside Redruth.

Jim Nicholls (great,great,grandson)


This might be him?

http://crocat.cornwall.gov.uk/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=show.tcl&dsqSearch=(RefNo==%22GHW/13/4/3/1/4%22)

CRO & Redruth Studies Library always the best start normally.

Good luck.

Lozz.


I think the above link is duff, there is a document in CRO mentions a benjamin Nicholls of Redruth c 1804, pretty sure it's mining related, I not long read it and copied the URL but for some reason the link runs duff.

Search CROCAT for his name (try unquoted and quotes)

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Posted: 17/03/2013 20:25:32
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Thanks for the tip about Redruth Studies and have E Mailed them. Waiting for result.
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Benjamin Nicholls (1755-1812)
Posted: 05/05/2013 04:37:41
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Hi, i noticed your post on this forum when I was researching my ggggrandfather, Benjamin Nicholls, who I believe is the same person as you are searching for. So that makes us some sort of cousin. Although I am Australian, I recently visited the church yard and gravesite of Benjamin and Mary. I knew he was a captain, however until visiting Cornwall, I did not know of what. Whilst there I discovered he was a mine captain, but did not have time to find out anything else. The link on the forum works if you close the brackets (add ) to the end of the link) and suggests Benjamin was captain of the Pednandrea mine. if so try this link https://maps.google.com.au/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&q=redruth+cornwall&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x486b188e479ccf8f:0xf8928da8cb98bf09,Redruth,+Cornwall,+UK&gl=au&ei=M9CFUfDSF4GpiAfayID4Dg&ved=0CKQBELYD for photos.
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Benjamin Nicholls (1755-1812)
Posted: 10/05/2013 19:39:10
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Thanks to Lozz and Jill Nicholls for the replies. I have contacted CroCatDear Mr Nicholls, thank you for your enquiry.



The bundle of papers to which you have referred (GHW/13/4/3/1/4) does indeed relate to Pednandrea mine at Redruth and the context would suggest that this particular Benjamin Nicholls would have had some connection with that mine for the letter to appear in this particular bundle. The managers of Cornish mines were known as ‘Captain’ and were also often engaged to examine, survey and write reports on other mines, because of their mining expertise, so this would tie in with the gravestone description and the surveying details of 1805 which you have found amongst our catalogued holdings.



Do let us know if you have any further queries.



Yours sincerely,

David Thomas

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Cornwall Record Office

Cornwall Council



Tel: 01872 32 3126

Fax: 01872 32 2292

dhthomas@cornwall.gov.uk



Cornwall Record Office, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY

www.cornwall.gov.uk



From: Jim Nicholls [mailto:]
Sent: 09 May 2013 19:32
To: Internet Web Manager
Subject: Benjamin Nicholls (1755-1812)



The above gentleman was my Great,Great,Grandfather and lived at Little Vauxhall and a lease on the property states that he was a “tinner”. His gravestone lists him as “Captain”from which I presume that he was in charge of a mine. Do you have any information as to which mine he was involved with? For example, Your ref GHW/13/4/3/14 refers to a letter from Benjamin Nicholls, in 1804, and appears in the file on Pednandrea mine. Does this have any bearing on his place of engagement or is merely a case of wrong indexing? I notice that , in 1805, he did several surveys of various mines in conjunction with Mr Towan from which it would appear that his skills were in some demand. Any information that you can furnish will be gratefully acknowledged.

Yours

Jim Nicholls

mesage for Jill Nicholls,
Yes indeed, we are related and if you wish to communicate with Thumbs Up me my email is :-
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