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Sometime in the 1820s a teenager named Joseph Moyse made the journey from Sourton in Devon to North Hill in Cornwall. The following newspaper report shows Joseph working for Mr Pearce of South Petherwin.

After a few years in Trebartha village he married a young local girl, Mary Craddock, in St Torney’s Church in 1828. They had a long marriage of 62 years and both died in 1890; three weeks separated their deaths in May and June of that year.

Mary’s family had been established in North Hill for generations. Her grandfather was Richard Spoure Craddock (1737-1823) who was born in St Breward but was descended from a minor branch of the Spoure family who had arrived in North Hill in the late 1400s from Somerset. Click here to read more about the Spoure family who were the owners of the Trebartha Estate until 1729.

Joseph and Mary lived in Trebartha all their married lives, most of the time in Trebartha Mill Cottage, and it was here they had ten children. Only one of the children died as an infant which was remarkable in those times. Of the other nine children we know that the fourth child, Mary, lived at least until she was 16 years old as that time she was working as a house servant for James Buckingham, the blacksmith in Bathpool; no further life events have been discovered about Mary. The youngest, Henry, was 19 years old when he died in 1870 and was buried in St Torney’s Churchyard.



Richard Moyse (1828-1912)

Richard and Emlyn (nee Buckingham) lived all their lives in North Hill and had 11 children here. When their son Joseph Moyse died in 1919 his funeral was reported in the Western Morning News with a long list of relations:


Mitchell_CJH (Large).jpgTheir grandson, Claude John Hoskin Mitchell, is remembered on the North Hill Parish War Memorial. His comrades who were relatives of the Buckingham family are shown on the family page. Mark Duance who was killed in The Balkans was working for Richard Moyse’s son, Joseph, in 1911 and was listed on the census with Joseph’s family as a servant.


John Moyse (1831-1915)

John & Elizabeth had 6 children. The eldest, William, married Joanna Doidge in 1889 but no family link has been found between his wife and his mother. William and Joanna moved to Somerset .

The second child was Amos Moyse, so named after his mother’s father. Amos emigrated to the USA in 1891 aboard the Aurania, following in the footsteps of his father’s younger sister, Grace. He married in New York around 1896 to Mary Knight (pictured on the right of the header of this page) and he was naturalized the following year. Amos and Mary settled in Cleveland Ohio where Amos became a stone mason. Amos’ third child was Craig Moyse who was the father of James Moyse who still lives in Cleveland and is now in his 80s. James joined the US Navy and rose to the rank of captain. He was in charge of the USS Ajax.

Captain James Moyse

USS Ajax

William Moyse with his wife, Joanna, and son, William.


James Moyse (1833-aft 1881)

James entered domestic service and as a young man was the footman to Edward Brown, the Vicar of Kenwyn. He moved from Kenwyn to Redruth to take up a position as butler to Stephen Davey the Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall his brother, Richard Davey, who was the MP for West Cornwall. At some point in the 1860s he moved to Netherseal on the Leicestershire / Derbyshire border where he was a butler in the nearby big house. Whilst there he married and had a son, Arthur. In 1881 James the steward of the newly renovated Derby Club on The Strand in the city Derby. Click here to read more about the Derby Club.


William Moyse (1838-1930) & Samuel Moyse (1841-?)

William and Samuel moved to St Breward where they worked as granite quarrymen. They lived there with their families for many years. You can see above that William and Samuel’s mother was descended from the Spoure family who lived in St Breward. Was their sojourn to St Breward prompted by a family link which provided them with work on the other side of Bodmin Moor? If you know the story, please let us know.


Grace Craddock Stephens nee Moyse (1846-1909)

Grace was the first member of the family to emigrate to Cleveland and it was her life there that prompted Amos and his younger brother Henry to emigrate there. Grace and her husband John can be seen in the oval image in the page header above.


The image shows Captain James Moyse, US Navy; Grace and John Stephens; Mary Moyse nee Knight (all images supplied by Jim Moyes of Cleveland, Ohio, USA).

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