Catalogue description Stephens of Ashfield, Budock

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Title: Stephens of Ashfield, Budock



BUDOCK: Ashfield, 1834-1896


Basset Arms, 1841-1848


PENRYN: St. Thomas Street, 1814-1911




Account books, apprenticeship indentures, correspondence, catalogues, etc., 1821-1953




STEPHENS: early papers, 1651-1874


Stephens of Bridport, 1788-1950


Nancarrow-Richards papers, 1763-1836


Stephens-Richards marriage, 1786-1860


Stephens-Jones marriage, 1860-1900


Stephens-Sturge marriage, 1873-1932


Jn. Sturge Stephens' papers (early life, education, war service, Quaker activities, University career, family history etc.), 1892-1972.


MORGAN, JONES: Morgan family of Ross, 1758-1953


Jones family of Hereford, 1814-1952


Dziewicki papers, c. 1850-1952


TREGELLES, STURGE: Tregelles family, 1676-1953


Sturge family, 1780-1953




FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS: Stephens, c.1860-1950


Jones, c. 1860-1947


Dziewicki, c. 1870-1920


Sturge, c. 1859-1914


Tregelles, c. 1860-1896


Miscellaneous, c. 1860-1945


"Local" personalities, c. 1890-1920


POSTCARDS AND VIEWS: Local view, c. 1900-1950


Out-county, c. 1910-1950


Foreign, c. 1890-1950


PRINTS AND SKETCHES: some local views, 1840-1910


GREETINGS CARDS: Christmas cards, c. 1890-1950






Newspapers, 1838-1970


Printed books, 1927-1946


Miscellaneous, c. 1746-1966

Date: 1651-1970

Pictures and photographs have been arranged according to family, where possible; although many photographs are unidentified, they are useful for the history of costume. Many of the picture postcards, although views of other counties and other countries, form an essential part of the collection, not only illustrating the places visited by members of the family, but also often bearing messages which supplement other correspondence.


Besides the Quaker records of the families, there are a number of documents relating to the Society of Friends which are not apparently connected with the Stephens family. These have been listed under "Quaker Records, General"; some are Cornish but some are more general in character.


A brief family tree has been compiled and is kept inside the cover of this catalogue, but a detailed pedigree is available (DD.ST.694) showing the complicated interrelationships of the families of Stephens, Sturge, Tregelles, Morgan and Jones.

Held by: Cornwall Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Stephens family of Ashfield, Cornwall

Physical description: 1345 Files
Immediate source of acquisition:

Stephens family papers deposited by Mrs. H. M. Stephens


Accessions 1693, 1721

  • Stephens, John Sturge, 1892-1954, university lecturer, of Ashfield, Cornwall
Administrative / biographical background:

The Stephens family of Ashfield is descended from William Stephens of Feock, a noted Quaker, who in 1747 married Elizabeth Giddy. The documents in this collection illustrate the history of the various branches of the family, many of whom intermarried.


The collection contains a number of deeds and leases of Ashfield in Budock, which was leased by John Stephens in 1834 from Lydia, Elizabeth and Rachel Tregelles, who held it by lease from the Bassets of Tehidy. A ropewalk was constructed, where a florishing business was carried on; account books survive from the early years of the nineteenth century, and there are a number of apprenticeship indentures, letters and other papers.


Most of the remaining documents are family papers, and have been divided into the separate families of Morgan, Jones, Sturge and Stephens, all of whom were related, and whose children intermarried.


The Morgan-Jones branch of the family lived in Hereford, were bankers, booksellers and staunch Quakers; in 1860 Elizabeth Morgan Jones married John Stephens of Ashfield. The presence of Sturge papers is explained by the marriage in 1890 of Isabel Sturge and her cousin John Gilbert Stephens.


Almost half of the whole collection consists of the papers of their son John Sturge Stephens (1892-1954); they include papers relating to his work with the Friends' Ambulance Unit in the First World War; reports and papers relating to his activities on behalf of the Society of Friends between the wars in Poland, Germany, France and Austria; his appointment to the staff of Birmingham University; his family, and his many and varied interests including bird-watching and family history.

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