Harriet Elizabeth (Hettie) Maddern nee Thomas (1892 – 1974) and son

Mum’s birth father, my grandfather, was born in St Just in Penwith to Robert Maddern and

John Thomas report of inquest Cornishman July 1925
Report on the death of John Thomas from the Cornishman 1925

Harriet Elizabeth Thomas, who’d married at the methodist church at Tregerest, Sancreed in 1913.

He was one of 10 children, a large family for sure, born between 1914 and 1938.

Robert Maddern was a tin miner, as were lots of the people from Cornwall.  He was the son of Matthias Maddern (1865 – 1937) and Eliza Jane Hocking (1871 – 1955).

George Henry Maddern
George Maddern born 1926
Death of Matthias Maddern April 1937 Cornishman
Report on the funeral of Matthias Maddern from the Cornishman 1937

Harriet Elizabeth Thomas was the daughter of John Thomas (1866 – 1925) and Jane Dungey (Abt. 1868 – ).

There are mentions in the local newspapers of several family members.

The earliest Maddern ancestors I have listed are Francis and Ursula Maddern, my 8 times great grandparents.  The surname varied quite a lot, with variants including Madron, Maddren, Maddron, etc… appearing in documents.

Francis and Ursula’s son, John is my line, baptised at St. Levan on the 19th March 1703/4, he married Charity Hocken, believed to be daughter of William on the 18th June 1730 at Sennen.  The couple had 7 children that I know of, not all survived.

I believe i’m descended from 2 of their children, Martha, born about 1738 in St. Hilary, and William, baptised at St. Hilary on the 27th May 1744.

Martha married a Peter Wallis, and their daughter, Charity Wallish married Edward Grenfell in 1791, their daughter, Elizabeth, married a John Hocken/Hockin/Hocking on the 19th August 1826.

Their son, Richard Henry Hocking, baptised at St. Just in Penwith in 1850 went on to marry Amelia Ann Eddy in 1871, their daughter, Eliza Jane Hocking, i’ve mentioned above.

While Martha’s brother, William Maddern married Honor Hicks at Sennen on the 20th November 1764.  The couple had 8 children that i’m aware of;  Elizabeth, William (my line), Honor, John, Charity, Martha, Grace and Margaret.

William, son of William and Honor, married a Constance Richards on the 29th November 1794 at St. Buryan.  The couple had 8 children;  Honour, James, John, William, Mary, Constance, Thomas (my line) and Elizabeth.

Thomas Maddern married Ann/Nancy Mann, daughter of John Mann and Jane Oliver on the 3rd September 1831 at St Buryan.  They had 6 children;  Thomas, James, George, Emily, Mary Ann and Matthias.

James, baptised at St. Buryan on the 1st February 1835 married Amelia Trembath Woolcock, the daughter of Robert Woolcock and Elizabeth Trembath, and their son, Matthias, born 1865, i’ve mentioned previously.