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Annie Tremethick later Crask, lighthouse keeper’s wife, 1860-1888

Chapel Street and Orchard Place, Street-an-Nowan, Newlyn

Chapel Street and Orchard Place, Street-an-Nowan, Newlyn

Annie, the fifth of ten children, was born in 1860 in the Cornish fishing village of Newlyn. She was the daughter of fisherman Thomas Tremethick and his wife Patience Daniel (nee Rowe)Patience Daniel (nee Rowe). She lived first in the lower part of Newlyn known locally as Street-an-Nowan and later across the little Coombe river (well, little until the winter storms come and sweep in the floodwaters) into the Tolcarne area of Newlyn.

As she grew older Annie saw her older sister Grace marry, and she and her brothers move east to Devon. Her oldest brother Joseph took a detour via Birmingham and Oxford on the railway, but also ended up back in Devon. Then in 1881 it was her turn to leave the nest.

Annie met a widower called William Digby Crask. Born over 400 miles away on the North Norfolk coast, he was a lighthouse-man. He had previously met and married a girl from his birth town of Wells-Next-The-Sea called Louisa Wiseman; they married in Yarmouth, Norfolk, in June 1868.

Soon after that William and Louisa moved to Harwich, Essex, where he worked as a lighthouse keeper. They had their first son William Edward late that same year and his brother Edward John in summer 1870.  I found their little family in Harwich in April 1871, but baby Edward died just a month later and was buried in St Lawrence, Thanet, Kent on 5 May 1871; his mother Louisa died the following summer.

By April 1881 William was lodging in Penzance, Cornwall, recorded as a Trinity House Lightkeeper.  The nearest Trinity House lighthouse to Penzance appears to be the Tatur Du lighthouse south of Mousehole (not Mordor, like you’d suspect with a name like that!) but it’s not old enough.  There are Trinity Lighthouse archives in the London Metropolitan Archives so perhaps I can find out eventually there.

His son William Edward was living with William Snr’s brother George and George’s wife Victoria back in Great Yarmouth where William and Louisa had married. There was also a new baby, a cousin for schoolboy William, called Bertie.

William Snr and Annie Tremethick married that summer of 1881 in the Penzance registration area. I don’t know where William would have been working, possibly Penzance Lighthouse (although it’s not a Trinity House one). Only 7 years later, in April 1888 Annie [now Crask] died; she had been living in Newlyn and was buried in Paul Cemetery.

By 1891 William Edward [William’s son] was working in a clothier’s shop this time in Lowestoft, Suffolk. In 1895 he married Eleanor Varsey in 1895 and they continued to live on in Lowestoft.

Although I couldn’t find William Digby Craske in the 1891 census, he obviously kept in touch with Annie’s Tremethick family as on the 31 March 1901 census date he and his mother-in-law Patience Tremethick were visiting Annie’s younger sister Albania and Albania’s husband Seth Lemmon in Plymouth.

William went on to settle in Plymouth where he lived as a retired lighthouseman until his death in April 1908. He left his effects to Seth Lemmon.

© Lynne Black, 13 December 2015.
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4 thoughts on “Annie Tremethick later Crask, lighthouse keeper’s wife, 1860-1888

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