Trenowth, Thomas

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Principal occupation=Labourer, farmer, quarryman and slate carver.

Spelling variations include Trenouth, Trenowtt, Trenowith or Trenoweth.

Thomas Trenowth; labourer, quarryman and slate carver at Willunga. He was born in 1806 and was baptised on 20 April 1806 in Paul (near Penzance) in Cornwall, England. He was the son of Hugh Trenowth (1771-1858) and Mary Tonkin (b 1782). Thomas had one brother John (1817-1904) and one sister Mary (1804-1879). Thomas (then aged 22 years) married Elizabeth Edmunds (or Edmonds) on 27 November 1828 at St Buryan, a few miles to the west of Paul, in Cornwall. At the time Thomas was living in St Buryan. Thomas and Elizabeth had at least six children (Ancestry suggests at least nine children), some of whom died in infancy:

  • Marianne (or Marianna) (born 1829 or 1831)
  • Charles (1833-1863) died at Willunga aged 30 [death indexed as Trenoweth]
  • Sophia (1835-)
  • Mary Ann (1839-1896) married Daniel Davis on 2 October 1856 at the Wesleyan Chapel, North Adelaide. She died at Bowden, South Australia aged 56
  • Ann Edmunds  (1838 -1890) married Edward Cock on 26 December 1861 at the Bible Christian Mission House in Willunga. She died at Melbourne South, Victoria aged 51
  • Prudence (1848-1849) died aged 5 months

Thomas (then aged 41 years) and Elizabeth with their three oldest surviving children (Charles, Mary Ann and Ann) arrived in Port Adelaide on board the emigrant barque Phoebe from London and Plymouth on 3 April 1847. Also recorded was a James Trenowth who may have been a son (1832-1853) – he died of ‘depression of brain’ and lived at Bowden, South Australia. Thomas was listed in the South Australian Register newspaper as a labourer of Willunga on 7 March 1850 when he was a signatory on the declaration of support for Mr. John Stephens. The South Australian Register on 15 June 1853 listed Thomas Trenowth as a signatory on a Memorial sent to the South Australian Governor requesting the deepening of the Outer Harbour at Port Adelaide.

Thomas Trenowth is only known to have carved a single headstone, that of John Mugfer who died in 1854 and that headstone survives in the Bible Christian cemetery in Torrens Vale. The stone has T. Trenowth, Willunga at the bottom right. In 1859 Thomas became a land-owner in the Willunga district when he purchased Lot 272 in Section 700 of Survey C from James Bell Williams and Lot 264 of Section 700, Survey C from Bennett John James and a South Australian Certificate of Title (Register Book Vol VIII folio 75) was issued to him.

Thomas Trenowth died aged 62 years on 31 July 1868 in Willunga. He was buried on 31 July 1868 in the Willunga Uniting Cemetery and he has a slate headstone carved by William Hawken that survives in the church cemetery. Elizabeth died at Willunga on 24 March 1875. After his death, Thomas’ land was transferred to his daughter Ann Edmunds Cock.

References: – family trees

1847 ‘ADELAIDE SHIPPING.’, South Australian Register, 3 April, p. 3. ,

Genealogy SA,

Victoria Births, Deaths and Marriages,

1850 ‘DECLARATION OF CONFIDENCE IN MR JOHN STEPHENS.’, South Australian Register, \ 7 March, p. 1. ,

1853 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 15 June, p. 4. ,

1853 ‘Advertising’, Adelaide Observer,  23 July, p. 4. , [Death of James Trenowth]

1859 ‘Classified Advertising’, The South Australian Advertiser, 3 June, p. 1. ,

1896 ‘MISCELLANEOUS NEWS.’, The Express and Telegraph, 20 October, p. 3. , [Death of Mrs. D. Davis]

FlickrID=26626044466 – Thomas Trenowth, headstone, Uniting Church cemetery, Willunga. From Mark Staniforth

SAILIS – South Australian Certificate of Title (Register Book Vol VIII folio 75) Lots 264 & 275 of Section 700 Survey C

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