View Full Version : Samuel May, Newlyn East

10-10-2006, 1:20 PM
I thought it worth making a quick mention of the above Samuel May from St Newlyn East, in case anyone is researching that family.
He would appear on the 1841 census, but not on the 1851, because he was tragically killed in one of Mid Cornwall's most infamous accidents.
Samuel was a miner at East Wheal Rose mine, near Newlyn East, which was flooded in a freak rainstorm, which resulted in the loss of life of 39 people.
He is buried in St Newlyn East churchyard and his headstone recalls the accident along with the usual details - date of death, age etc.
He died 9th July 1846 aged 17 years and was the son of John and Grace May of Newlyn East.
The headstone can be located easily - it is set into the left hand wall of the path through the church grounds if you enter via the gate opposite the local butchers shop.