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Uglows in Altarnun

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The name means Altar [church altar] of St Nonna. The village is to the east of  Bodmin Moor situated on a tributary of the River Inney. It is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. Altarnun Parish is in the North Cornwall district and part of it lies within Bodmin Moor. Part of the new parish of Bolventor is in the South West of the older Altarnun parish. The area is mainly moorland but there are areas of farmland to the East and animals graze the moorland areas.

Population

1851 1931 1991
1382 694 852


Statistics: Bolventor created from part of parish 1849: 14990 acres of land and 28 acres of water.

Altarnun is west of Launceston, just to the north of the A30

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Family 1: Elizabeth 1790

Elizabeth 1790 was born in Lewannick, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Guy. She seems to have been abandoned by her parents as we find Elizabeth listed on the Apprentices' Index on 12th April 1796. Perhaps her parents (or at least her mother) died - although her father may survive longer and be the Thomas who is the subject of a bastardy order in Phillack in 1791. Her sister, Mary, also wandered far - marrying in Hartland in 1810.

Elizabeth was living in Altarnun in the mid 19th century, unmarried and described in the 1841 census as 55 years old and a pauper. She was living with a young couple, James and Joan Rowe - James was a farm worker. In the 1851 census she was called an 'errant woman' - this might just mean 'wandering' or else 'morally wandering'. However her house appeared to be next door to the vicarage of the Reverend Tripp! She died in 1858 and is buried in Altarnun, aged 74 and her last address was the poor house. It seems probable that she was the mother of:

  • John Ogler 1803 who was born in Altarnun, baptised 30th October. He was illegitimate and his mother was Elizabeth Ogler. Elizabeth would be only 13 but given her later history, this is perhaps a possibility. John died in 1813 and is buried, as John Uglow aged 9, in the village.

  • Richard Ogler 1812 born in Altarnun and baptised on 5th January 1812. His mother was given as Elizabeth Ogler. In 1841, Richard  was in Launceston Union House, a pauper idiot, aged 25. He was still there in 1851 with Altarnun as place of birth. He dies in Launceston in 1855 and is buried in Altarnun as Richard Uglow, aged 40, with the workhouse as his last address.

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