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Anthony Couch

Anthony Couch

Male 1851 - 1937  (86 years)

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  • Name Anthony Couch 
    Born 1 Aug 1851  St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 21 Aug 1851  St. Ives Primitive Methodist Chapel, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Died 29 Dec 1937  Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I4823  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2019 

    Father James Couch,   b. Bef 3 May 1816, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1881  (Age > 65 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Uren,   b. Abt 1817, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1887  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 13 Aug 1840  St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Family ID F3607  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Jane Penberthy,   b. 21 Feb 1852, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1933, Saanich, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 30 Aug 1876  St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. James Penberthy Couch,   b. 14 Jul 1878, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1926, Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    +2. J. Anthony Couch,   b. 7 Jan 1880, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1940, Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     3. Elizabeth Jane "Lizzie" Couch,   b. 10 Oct 1881, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Nannie Hocking Couch,   b. 1 Nov 1884, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Lottie Couch,   b. 12 Jul 1886, Penzance, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1974, Flint, Genesee, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +6. Charles Couch,   b. 12 Nov 1888, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1918  (Age 29 years)
     7. Edwin Couch,   b. 14 Jan 1891, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1893, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +8. Ethel Couch,   b. 27 Sep 1892, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1936, Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     9. Edith Penberthy Couch,   b. 27 Oct 1895, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1934, Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    +10. Alwyn Couch,   b. 6 Feb 1898, St. Ives, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F2620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Anthony Couch
    Anthony Couch

  • Notes 
    • Called a "fisherman" when his daughter Lottie was baptized in 1888. He and his wife, with their son Alwyn, emigrated on the Royal Edward, which departed from Avonmouth (near Bristol) and arrived at Montreal on 25 Oct 1911. On the passenger list, he's described as a "gardener."

      (Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Glasgow, Scotland, the Royal Edward was placed in Avonmouth-Quebec-Montreal service in May 1910. Converted to a troopship in 1914, it was torpedoed and sunk near Kamadeliusa, Aegean Sea, August 1915, with the loss of 935 lives.)

      He was baptized a Methodist, as was his daughter Lottie Couch. His mother was Elizabeth Uren, daughter of John Uren (1781-1862), son of Philip Uren, "tinner," who marred Anne Odgers, "sojourner," in 1777. A History of the Parishes of St. Ives, Lelant, Towednack and Zennor in the County of Cornwall (by John Hobson Matthews; London: Elliot Stock, 1892) notes that in St. Ives, "in Street-an-Garrow, are the ruined remains of an old house where Wesley stayed during his later visits to Saint Ives, when the house was the home of the Uren family." The Wesley in question being John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. This is confirmed in Wesley's own journals, published in seven volumes in the late 19th and early 20th century. On 27 Aug 1789 Wesley reports that he preached first at Truro (near St. Ives) and then at Port Isaac (a few miles further up the north coast). "I preached in the evening, in an open part of town, to almost all the inhabitants of it. How changed since the time when he that invited me durst not take me in, for fear his house should be pulled down!" A editor's footnote to this passage states that "During his later visits to St. Ives he was the guest of the Uren family in the house adjoining that of John Nance, his earliest host."

      Wesley wasn't kidding about the threats of violence during his earlier visits. His entry for 4 April 1744, on the occasion of his first visit to St. Ives forty-five years earlier, notes that "I was a little surprised at entering John Nance's house, being received by many, who were waiting for me there, with a loud (though not bitter) cry. But they soon recovered; and we poured out our souls together in praises and thanksgiving. As soon as we went out we were saluted, as usual, with a huzza and a few stones and pieces of dirt." An editor's footnote notes that John Nance's house "stood at the top of the Street-an-Garrow (the rough street)", thus further confirming the accuracy of John Hobson Matthews's report. Street-an-Garrow exists today and can be viewed on Google Street View, which shows it to be one of those impossibly narrow English streets that would be terrifying to drive a car on. Its upper reach is capped by a U-shaped street now called Wesley Place.

      In the next day's entry, 5 April 1744, Wesley writes "I took a view of the house which the mob had pulled down a little before, for joy that Admiral Matthews had beat the Spaniards. Such is the Cornish method of thanksgiving. I suppose, if Admiral Lestock had fought too, they would have knocked all the Methodists on the head." The house the mob had "pulled down" was that of a Methodist named James Roberts, who, like our ancestor Philip Uren, was a "tinner." In other words, Wesley's hosts and associates, both at the beginning of his long career as a travelling preacher, and at its end, were frequently working people just like the Urens, most of whom lived in what we would consider the rough part of town.

  • Sources 
    1. [S298] Cornwall Online Parish Clerks Database.

    2. [S1295] Baptismal certificate for Anthony Couch. Photocopy held by P & T Nielsen Hayden.

    3. [S308] British Columbia, Canada Death Index, 1872-1990, on ancestry.com.

    4. [S3406] England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973, on ancestry.com.