COURTENAY OF ST. AUSTELL
Apprenticeship records show that in 1719, John son of Thomas Courtney of St. Austell was apprenticed to Philip Cock, barber and perukemaker and in 1728, John White was apprenticed to John Cortney of “Anstell”, barber. In 1758, William Courtney was apprenticed to William Richards of Stoke Damerel, perukemaker and in 1773, George Richards was apprenticed to William Courtenay of St. Austell, perukemaker.
There were Courtenays in St. Austell earlier than the Thomas Courtenay buried in 1720. Roughly a generation earlier than Thomas, John Courtenay and his wife Rebecca are found in the records of St. Austell, and prior to that, John and Courtenay and Jane Vivian were married at St. Austell in 1633. The hearth tax records for St. Austell mention a John Courtney in the 1660s.
There is a possible baptism of Thomas Courtenay at Withiel where Thomas, son of John Courtney, was baptised in 1664. An indenture of 1692 mentions John Courtney the younger of St. Austell, yeoman, in connection with property at Blackhey alias Heydue in the parish of Withiel.
There were prominent Courtenays in the area in the seventeenth century and earlier, for example at Lanivet, but no link to the family in this account has yet been found.
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1 THOMAS COURTENAY of St. Austell, Cornwall, was buried on 13 June 1720 at St. Austell. He married on 26 May 1696 at Tywardreath, JANE CHELY, daughter of Robert and Paskus (Kittow) Chely. Jane was baptised on 24 January 1665/66 at Tywardreath and buried on 12 May 1732 at St. Austell.
Children of Thomas and Jane (Chely) Courtenay:
i ELIZABETH COURTENAY, bap 6 Sep 1699, St. Austell.
2 ii JOHN COURTENAY (1702/03-1781); m ROVENA ROSEVEAR.
iv JOSEPH COURTENAY, bap 16 Mar 1705/06, St. Austell, bur 6 Oct 1706, St. Austell.
2 JOHN COURTENAY of St. Austell, barber, was baptised on 2 February 1702/03 at St. Austell and buried on 23 January 1781 at St. Austell. He married on 16 December 1736 at Lanivet, ROVENA ROSEVEAR, daughter of John and Rovena (Chibbot) Rosevear. Rovena was baptised on 25 August 1713 at Lanivet and buried on 29 May 1791 at St. Austell.
Children of John and Rovena (Rosevear) Courtenay:
ii JOHN COURTENAY, bap 16 Jul 1739, St. Austell.
3 iv WILLIAM COURTENAY (1744/45-1779); m ELIZABETH BILKEY.
vi ELIZABETH COURTENAY, bap 2 Oct 1749, St. Austell.
3 WILLIAM COURTENAY of St. Austell, perukemaker, was baptised on 21 January 1744/45 at St. Austell and buried on 1 January 1779 at St. Austell. He married on 5 October 1772 at St. Austell, ELIZABETH BILKEY.
Children of William and Elizabeth (Bilkey) Courtenay:
 National Archives, IR 1/7, fols. 47-48, IR 1/49, fols. 26-27, IR 1/53, fols. 188-89, IR 1/58, fols. 187-88.
 Cornwall OPC Database (http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/search-database/more-info/?t=hearth&id=7885).
 Cornwall Record Office, GR/424. The document is also signed by a Thomas Courtney.
 J.L. Vivian, The Visitations of Cornwall (Exeter, 1887), 105-18.
 Pascus, daughter of Robert Chelly, was baptised at Tywardreath in 1656 (Tywardreath parish registers, available online at http://www.familysearch.org), supporting the identification of Robert Chely or Chelly of Tywardreath with the Robert Chely who married Paskus Kittow at St. Sampson or Golant on 11 Jun 1655 (W.P.W. Phillimore, Thomas Taylor and Mrs J.H. Glencross, eds., Cornwall Parish Registers: Marriages, vol. 6 [London, 1904], 146).
 Cornwall OPC Database (http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/search-database/more-info/?t=burials&id=1093725).
 Thomas Taylor, ed., Cornwall Parish Registers: Marriages, vol. 23 (London, 1914), 77. Benjamin is said to be “of St. Austle”.
 The will of Thomas Courtenay of Mevagissey, “but now residing at Saint Austell”, dated 17 March 1773, mentions his sister Roven[a] wife of Robert Philp of East Looe, sister Jenipher wife of Joseph Buck[...], sister Elizabeth, his late wife, brother John, brother William, and father and mother John and Rovena Courtenay (Cornwall Record Office, AP/C/3953).
 Will of Thomas Courtenay (Cornwall Record Office, AP/C/3953). They were married by 22 Oct 1762 when “Robert Philp and Rovena his wife of the Burrough of East Loe” were cited for fornication (Cornwall Record Office, ARD/156/392).
 Mevagissey parish register transcript (Society of Genealogists, CO/R14).
 St. Austell parish registers (available online at http://www.familysearch.org). Elizabeth was probably the Elizabeth Courtenay, widow, who married Daniel Edwards of Boconnoc on 7 Aug 1791 (Tywardreath parish registers, available online at http://www.familysearch.org), when one of the witnesses was Dorothy Courtnay. Elizabeth may then be the Elizabeth Edwards buried at Boconnoc on 3 Jul 1821 aged 83 (Cornwall OPC Database, http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org). There was also an Elizabeth Courtney, sojourner, who married John Wheeler at Boconnoc on 1 May 1792 when the witnesses were Mary Courtney and Dorothy Courtney (abstract available online at http://www.familysearch.org). This may be the Elizabeth who was a daughter of John and Rovena (Rosevear) Courtenay.
 St. Austell parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 4156); 1851 census returns, Tywardreath (National Archives, HO 107/1906, fol. 105).
 Death certificate.
 Tywardreath parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 151).