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From: Sharon Spry <>
Subject: Re: [CORNISH] John Spry and Grace Jewell
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 04:10:11 -0700 (PDT)
Thank you for the quick reply!! This family has been a
tough nut! I found the Richard Spry and Ann Job and
thought that could account for the "J" found as a
middle name. On the marriage certificate for John
Spry and Grace Jewell, John Spry, Richard Spry and
William Spry are listed as laborers. Both John and
William "signed" the certificate with an "x". John is
24 when he married Grace. I wondered when I saw the
Richard Spry if one could be a carpenter and not know
how to write.
In Canada, Ontario, is where there is confusion.
There is a John Spry, Sr. married to a Tomasina and
for a while I thought I had the right family...at long
last. There is a George Henry Spry, almost the nearly
the same age as my grandfather, George Henry
Spry...however, there are TWO of them and I do not
think there is a connection. To further confuse me,
Henry Jewell Spry on his marriage certificate record
lists his father and mother as, "John and Mary Spry"
and I spent months and months trying to track that
down to no avail. I straightened that one out when I
found the marriage of Harry or Henry's brother,
Charles. Charles married in Rochester, New York (
5/21/1885) and on his marriage certificate, parents
are John Spry and Grace Jewell. Not only did George,
Henry or Harry's son cross into the US and go to his
uncle and aunt's address in Rochester but my father
remembered Uncle Charlie and Aunt Rachel. Rachel was a
Thompson and was also from Ontario. They remained in
Rochester, New York. Henry (Harry as he went by) also
had a brother William
and when he married a 2nd time, a widower, he listed
his parents as John Spry and Grace Jewell.
I decided the ONLY way to begin to unravel things was
to locate the marriage of John and Grace which I found
through the free bmd site and ordered it. And...it
was quite simple to follow the Jewell, Jewill track
backward...found them through the Cornwall Census
online!! As seems to be typical of the Sprys...it is
not so easy!
I also found a "familytree" at Rootsweb and there is
my line of Sprys and I have not figured out who posted
it but that person has John Spry dying before 1869 in
Borelia Village .I have not located a burial location
or death exact date. In a Directory for 1869/1870, a
Mrs. J. Spry is listed as a washer. In the 1871
Census, Reach Township:
Grace Spry, 32 b. England, Weslyan Methodist, widow.
Henry J. Spry, 13 b. England
William Spry, 11 b. England
Charles Spry, 9 b. Ontario
John Spry, 8 , b. Ontario
Jewell, Mary 76, widow b. England.
Sorry to go on at such length. Thank you for those
Richards...I have also wondered that if these vanish
from Cornwall might they have emigrated to Canada as
My father is happy about the new
"discoveries"...turned 80 this year and he never knew
much about the Sprys as he moved to Rochester, NY when
he was only 3.
--- JCM2006 <> wrote:
> Hello Sharon,
> I am not researching either family, but thought I'd
> take a stab at it.
> In 1841, there is a John SPRY, aged 5, in the parish
> of St Agnes. He is with
> Richard (age 40-44, carpenter), Ann (40-44), Richard
> (15 to 19), and Mary
> In 1851, they are still in St Agnes, and the family
> consists of Richard SPRY
> (51, carpenter, born Calstock) & wife Ann (51) and
> children Richard (25,
> carpenter), John (16, carpenter) and Mary Jane (13).
> All born St Agnes. I
> can't find them in 1861.
> Richard the elder would be the Richard SPRY
> christened in Calstock on
> February 23, 1800, base child of Richard and
> Is there any information on the marriage certificate
> of John & Grace that
> suggests that either he or his father was a
> If you think this might be the family, IGI has
> corresponding christenings
> for the two boys:
> Richard (October 29, 1825) and John Job SPRY on
> June 7, 1835 in Saint
> Agnes, sons of Richard and Ann.
> Two girls are also listed Gertrude (June 6, 1824)
> and Susan Ann (April 3,
> 1831), both christened in St Agnes. In 1841,
> Gertrude SPRY was a 17 year old
> with the DERRY family in Calstock. She married John
> RODDA in the June
> quarter of 1847, registration district of Truro,
> Vol.9, page 369. In 1851,
> they are still in St Agnes where John is a 30 year
> old farmer, Gertrude is
> 27, and children Richard John (3), Samuel (2), and
> Susan Ann (6 months) -
> everyone born St Agnes. They seem to have
> disappeared by the 1861 census
> There is also a marriage of a Richard SPRY and Ann
> JOB on May 21, 1823 in
> the parish of Madron. This *could* account for the
> middle name given to
> >From other postings you've made, I think your
> g-grandfather was Henry/Harry,
> born in Stratton, Cornwall c. 1862. In 1881, he
> seems to have been an indoor
> farm servant for the JEFFERY family in Hartland,
> Devon. Assuming I've got
> the right person, in 1901 Canadian census he gives
> his immigration year as
> Hope they're all yours!
> Toronto, Canada
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sharon Spry" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 10:08 PM
> Subject: [CORNISH] John Spry and Grace Jewell
> >I just received the marriage register for John Spry
> > and Grace Jewell. They were married 1856,
> > Marhamchurch. John's father was Richard Spry and
> > Grace's father was William.
> > I checked the 1841 Census and found Grace at age
> > William Jewill, 48 Ag. Laborer
> > Mary Jewill, 49
> > Mary Jewill, 11
> > Henry Jewill, 8
> > Grace Jewill, 4.
> > All were born in County. The place is Harlick.
> > In 1851, Hilton Cross:
> > William Jewell 58, Ag. Laborer, born Marhamchurch.
> > Grace Jewell 16, Servant.
> > I do not know where Mary Jewell or the rest of the
> > children were in 1851. However, in the 1871
> > Canada Census for Reach twp. Mary Jewell is
> > and living with Grace and her boys.
> > Grace and John Spry named their first son: Henry
> > Jewell Spry. A second son was named William J.
> > Henry or Harry as he was called was my
> > great-grandfather. John Spry died before 1869
> > according to a researcher in Borelia Village,
> > Township, Ontario Canada. However, the email for
> > searcher no longer is valid.
> > One candidate for John's father might be Richard
> > married to Mary Palmer 17 March 1825...
> > On the marriage certificate, place of residence is
> > given only as Marhamchurch for both. They were
> > married in the Parish Church.
> > Is anyone researching either of these Jewell or
> > lines...I would like to find John's family...
> > Thank you.
> > Sharon Spry
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