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The BARRETT family of Polperro

There were two distinct Barrett families in Polperro. One can be traced back to Benjamin Barrett (1812-1874), a horse dealer who settled in Polperro and married Jane Puckey (1822-1895) in 1858. The other goes back to the mid-16th century and the marriage of William Barrett to Margaret Oliver at Lansallos in 1672. Their two sons, Reginald and William,both produced a long lineage of descendants, but the number of Williams, Richards and Reginalds in subsequent generations have caused many a headache for genealogists trying to sort one from another. To make matters worse, many of the men with identical names married women of the same name.

Many of the Barrett menfolk were fishermen. Richard Barrett (1787-1857) who married Elizabeth Quiller in 1811 was a sail maker, as was his son Robert. Robert's brother Richard (1814-1895), also a sailmaker, married Ann Harris in 1845. Four of their daughters are pictured, left to right: Mercy (born 1841), Sophia (born 1860), Rosina (born 1858) and Phillippa (born 1856). Mercy married Samuel Slade of the Polruan ship-building family in 1881, by which time there were at least 22 Barretts living in Polperro itself.

Further details of the Barrett family of Polperro can be obtained from Jeremy Rowett Johns:

E-mail: jeremy.johns@polperro.org

Further information on the family would also be welcomed.

Jeremy Rowett Johns, Polperro Heritage Museum © 2010

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