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Subject: Re: Cornish or not?
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 1998 15:09:10 -0400
To Liz and others,
I've had the problem of deciding what I "truly am" all my life. When
people ask me where I'm originally from I still don't know what to say.
I was born in Suffolk to American parents of English (in particular West
Country and East Anglian) ancestry. But we've also got Dutch, Irish,
Welsh, Scottish, German, French, Danish, Swiss, Nowegian, Swedish,
Spanish, Portugese, and a wee bit of Russian in our veins. I suppose I
should be grateful my ancestors confined themselves one continent. I
claim "English" as my predominant ancestry lies within those borders, and
the United States as my "home" country since my naturalization. I think
what drew me to discovering my heritage in the first place was a need to
find a place to claim. My family moved so much (within and outside the
United States) while I was growing up that we had few ties to anywhere or
anyone other that each other. I finally decided just to lay claim to
what felt right to me, which is to say I got a bit of this, that and the
other, but I "feel" mostly English, and a fair portion of that is
My two pence/cents.
On Sat, 05 Sep 1998 11:00:27 -0700 Elizabeth <>
>Have been pondering something for a while and thought I would get some
>interesting responses from our list.
>Just how does one decide whether one is Cornish - or anything else for
>For eg. In my own case. A Cornish Father, Welsh Mother, but born in
>because of the war, however I was only there for two weeks, with no
>connections either. I usually say I am Cornish/Welsh. I also know a
>who has a Mother from Devon and a Father from Hampshire but was born
>York where the Mother was sent because of the war. I presume she has
>American citizenship because of her birth, though she never returned
>the first month.
>Just how should one decide what's what?
> If Knowledge be our Treasured End
> Then Hope be Surely our Promotion.
> In Cornwall Martin, Cowling and Tredinnick
> |> In Wales |>
> /""""\ Davies, Evans, Price and Bevans /""""\
>| " |"""""""|""""""|""""""| |"""""""|"""""""|""""" | "
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