Eustace Families Association

Richard Eustice (1821-1900) & Jennifer “Jane” Carnsew (1825-1915)

Richard Eustice (1821-1900) was born in Crowan 8 April 1821 and christened there 22 Apri1 1821. He was the son of Richard Eustis (spelling later changed to Eustice) (1796-1851) and Ann Barkle (1798-1842) and grandson of Richard Eustis (1772-1853) and Grace Pooley (1774-1835).  He is the ancestor of the author of this article.

The death certificate for Richard (1821-1900) mistakenly lists his mother’s maiden name as Ann Pooley. Her correct maiden surname was Barkle (alternately Bartle or Barkell). The informant confused the maiden surname of the mother with that of the grandmother. The marriage of Richard Eustis (1796) to Ann Barkle and the christening of their first child, Anne, are recorded in Gwinear parish registers. Richard’s father Richard (1772) signed as a witness the marriage. Ann (Barkle) Eustis was christened 1 Apr 1798 in Gwinear and was the daughter of William and Ann (Hockin) Barkle. This older Mrs. Ann Barkle was living with the Eustice family in the 1841 census of Camborne parish, Cornwall . The death of Mrs. Ann Eustis is recorded in the family bible of Josiah Barkle/Barkell, her brother. There would be no reason for Ann’s death to be recorded in a Barkle/Barkell family bible, if she were a Pooley. Neither a marriage of a Richard Eustis to an Ann Pooley nor a suitable birth of an Ann Pooley has ever been located.

Richard (1821-1900) moved with his parents to nearby Camborne before the 1841 census. On 3 April 1842 , five days before his 21st birthday, he set sail for America from the port of Hayle in Cornwall aboard the Brig Ruby which had sailed from South Shields on the northeastern coast of England . After nearly two months at sea, the ship landed at the port of New York on June 1.  Also aboard were Richard's sister Ann (Eustice) Richards, his uncle, James Eustis, and their families. After briefly working in the mines of Pennsylvania , Richard settled in southwestern Wisconsin , first near Benton , Lafayette County , and later in neighboring Hazel Green, Grant County . He worked in the lead mines and ran a small farm and was also lay minister for the Methodist Episcopal Church. At one point he owned or was in partnership in some profitable mines, but suffered financial reverses and died a pauper, so poor that the family could not even afford a stone for his grave.   

On 3 April 1845 at Galena , Jo Daviess County, Illinois, Richard married Jennifer “Jane” Carnsew, daughter of James Carnsew and Mary Harvey, who was born 22 May 1825 in Crowan. According to the 1900 and 1910 censuses, they had 14 children, but only 10 have been identified by name.  The others probably died young. Richard died 21 May 1900 in Hazel Green at age 79 and Jennifer died there 14 Dec 1915 at age 90.

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