Trewin Ancestral Plot Thickens

Some recent digging on the Family Search website helped me find some siblings for Thomas J. Trewin (b. 1817) whose apprenticeship papers appeared in the last post: Sarah, John, Mary Ann, and John. And the search confirmed that baby Joseph was definitely Thomas’s brother. (Last June, I’d written a post about the condolence letter written to Thomas (Sr.) and Sarah Trewin by someone named Featherstone on the sad occasion of Joseph’s passing in 1833. At the time I had been uncertain as to whom baby Joseph belonged.) Parents Thomas and Sarah were Wesleyan Methodists and all the children mentioned above were baptized in the Wesleyan Methodist Church on William St. in Woolwich (Greater London). We know from biographical information that Thomas (Jr.) took part in the construction of one of London’s first Wesleyan chapel. Whether it was the Woolwich chapel or one elsewhere, I do not yet know.

Early 19th century image of Gosport, England (from http://www.sopse.org.uk)

I have always wondered about parents Thomas and Sarah’s own origins since the Trewin surname seems to have originated in Cornwall in Southwestern England, and at one time, most Trewins were concentrated there. So my curiosity was piqued when during my search I found a William Trewin, born in 1812 to a Thomas Trewin and a Sarah Larsen. Now, I can’t be sure that those parents are our Thomas and Sarah, at least not yet, but the fact that William was baptized in the Wesleyan Church–albeit on Middle Street in Gosport, Hampshire (located near Portsmouth on England’s south coast)–is intriguing. Could it be that the couple migrated from Cornwall to Hampshire, had William (and perhaps some other children) there, and then sometime between 1812 and 1817 traveled up to the Woolwich area, perhaps for work reasons or to join other Wesleyan Methodists, and ended up settling there?

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich (no known copyright restrictions per Wikipedia)

I did find a marriage record for a Thos. Trewin and Sarah Larcom (Larcom and Larsen are close; same number of letters; both begin with “Lar”; perhaps the discrepancy boils down to differing interpretations during document handwriting analysis) dated 27 February 1811. They were married in Alverstoke, Hampshire, which is just two miles from Gosport. This would certainly fit with William Trewin’s birth in Gosport about eleven months later. Now, if only we can prove that this Thomas and Sarah are indeed our Thomas and Sarah who lived in Woolwich–that would be quite something!  Hopefully it won’t take a trip to Alverstoke to figure this out! Anyone with information on the Trewins in Alverstoke or Woolwich, please get in touch. [see update posted on 6/15/12.]

1-Thomas Trewin 
 +Sarah
|--2-William Trewin b. 23 Jan 1812, c. 23 Feb 1812, Wesleyan Church, Middle
|    Street, Gosport, Hampshire, England
|--2-Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, England, c. 7 Sep 1817,
|    Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-Sarah Trewin b. 29 May 1822, c. 23 Jun 1822, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
|    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-John Trewin b. 10 Jun 1824, c. 4 Jul 1824, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
|    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-Mary Ann Trewin b. 23 Nov 1825, c. 9 Apr 1826, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
|    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-John Trewin b. 17 Aug 1827, c. 14 Aug 1831, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
|    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-Joseph Trewin b. 22 Jul 1831, c. 14 Aug 1831, William St, Wesleyan
|    Methodist Church, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 9 Apr 1833
 
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  1. Bruce Trewin

    Most of the Trewins which I know of (including my family) descend from a group of families near Bude in Cornwall. The majority descend from a John Trewin who was from St Gennys Parish and moved to Week Saint Mary prior to 1569 where he died in 1606. The name has been spelled in a variety of ways over the centuries: Trewyne, Trewyn, Treween and Trewin. The earliest records record the family in the area in the 1300’s but a continuous lineage using birth , christening, marriage and burial records is only possible from the late 1500’s.

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    • Many thanks for your comments, Bruce. I’ll have to try to trace “my” Woolwich, England, Trewins back further. I have not made any additional progress since publishing this post. It would be great to be able to trace them back to Cornwall.

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