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17th Century Tokens : Fowey-Helston in Cornwall

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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W12: Cornwall, Fowey (Farthing): (1657)
O  I G
IOHN GOODALL I G
R  1657
IN FOWYE 1657
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The issuer is mentioned by Hals, who was engaged in writing a history of Cornwall in the latter part of the seventeenth century, as on eof the chief inhabitants of Fowey. He died November, 1684, aged 65. His mother was Elizabeth Coryton, and his descendants subsequently removed to Crocadon, in St. Mellion, and took the name Coryton. They are now the Corytons of Pentillie.
W13: Cornwall, Fowey (Farthing): (1667)
O  A shield of arms
IOHN MAIOR
R  I M M
OF FOYE 1667 I M M
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This issuer is also named by Hals as a leading inhabitant of the town. The name of the family is now commonly spelt Magor, in Cornwall. John Goodall, above, married Mary, daughter of Peter Major, and her son, Peter, was the first to take the name and arms of Coryton
W14: Cornwall, Fowey (Farthing): (1660)
O  P T
PETER TOLLER P T
R  1660
IN FOWEY 1660
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The Tollers were connected with the Treffrys, and from them, by a marriage with a sister of the last heir male of the Treffry family, the present Treffrys of Place, descend. Peter Toller, merchant, was buried in Fowey Church, February, 1667. A Mr. Toller is mentioned by Hals as one of the leading inhabitants, but this was probably William, who died January, 25, 1684, aged 76. On Peter Toller's monument it is said that he,

"A marchant, swiftly to his port is com."

W15: Cornwall, Helston (Farthing): (1666)
O  A griffin rampant
ROBERT COCKE
R  R C
OF HELSTON 1666 R C
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The Cockes were a notable family of Helston. Two of them, Robert and John, were members of the Helston Corporation at the Visitation of 1620. The griffin is not the bearing of the name, and may have been either a sign or a fancy device.
W16: Cornwall, Helston (Farthing): (1667)
O  W P
WILLIAM PENHALVRICK W P
R  W P
OF HELSTON 1667 W P
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This family took the name from the estate of Penhalurick, in the adjoining parish of Stithians. A William Penhalurick was one of the Corporation in 1620. Warin Penhalurick, a member of this family, who died in 1535, was Vicar of Wendron and Stithians, and renounced the Pope's supremacy shortly before his death. He was painted by Holbein, and has a brass in Wendron Church. William Penhaluricke, of Helston, had a pass to go to Scilly and Jersey from Robert Bennett, "Mount Garrison," 1648. He was probably the issuer.
W17: Cornwall, Helston (Farthing): (1666)
O  Three butterflies volant, two and one
IOHN PENHELICK
R  I M P
IN HELSTON 1666 I M P
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The arms are those of Penhellick of Penhellick, in St. Clements, Truro, a younger branch of which settled at Helston. Alexander Penhelick was returned for the borough in 1576, and another Alexander in 1660; John Penhelick, the issuer, had a son born in 1659, who became Vicar of Gulval.
W18: Cornwall, Helston (Farthing): (1659)
O  Arms of Penhellick
HENRY PENHELLICK
R  H P
IN HELSTON 1659 H P
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The family pedigree does not give a Henry living at this date, but a Humphry.
W19: Cornwall, Helston (Farthing): (1668)
O  1668
PETER PRISKE OF 1668
R  P P
HELLSTON CORNWEL P P
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This family takes name from Priske, in the adjacent parish of Mullion. Members still reside in Helston.
W20: Cornwall, Helston (Farthing): (1668)
O  The Mercers' Arms
RICHARD ROGERS
R  R T R
OF HELSTON 1668 R T R
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Rogers has long been, and still is, a very frequent name at Helston, and is borne by families apparently unconnected in various ranks of life. The issuer was probably of the Rogeres of Skewis, in Crowan, one of whom, Henry, was a pewterer in Helston in the next generation, and sustained two "seiges" in defence of what he considered his rights to the family estate in 1734 and 1735, killing five of his assailants, and having to be dislodged by soldiers and cannon!

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