CORNISH-L ArchivesArchiver > CORNISH > 2007-09 > 1190277226
Subject: [CORNISH] re sobratta trengove
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 18:33:46 +1000
I believed for a long time that he must have been a servant in the household and of African origin as there were quite a few in Cornwall at the time. I also thought that the name Sobrata sounded very African and I was told that his baptism noted that he was 'of mohametan parents'. After searching fruitlessly on the internet for any possible meaning to the name of Sobrata I found the town in Libya mentioned and I did actually find a site that mentioned something about the slave trade in the area, though of course I didn't copy it down at the time! I thought it was a good possibility.
However, a relative through this side of the family has just visited the Cornwall record office and actually discovered that there was more to the entry in the PR's. It stated that he was 'of the East Indies'. I now think that he was more likely to be of Indian origin due to this new information and also because I have found an Indian male name that matches his very well. It is SUBRATA and the most likely scenario I think for my ancestor. Anyway, I only posted what I knew at the time and what I can only presume at this stage and may never determine for certain! In future I'll try to keep the information I post to definate findings and not mention any of the other details.