The Independent Chapels at Falmouth and Penryn jointly used the burying ground at Ponsharden, and each kept their own set of dedicated registers. These registers contain a combination of baptisms, marriages and burials, along with lists of church members, historic notes and minutes from meetings.
In November 1991 the United Reformed Church deposited the surviving original volumes of both churches with the Cornwall Record Office. These documents can be found at the CRO under group reference X850.
Alternately, you can email us the name of the person you are looking for and we will check our files and get back to you within 24 hours.
If you are not on email and don't use the internet, don't worry. All is not lost. We have given a copy of the burial registers to the always-friendly Falmouth Town Council (telephone 01326 315 559), who will be able to assist with your query.
If you would like to check whether a certain person is buried at Ponsharden, please click HERE or on the logo below to be taken to the BURIALS section of the Cornwall OPC website:
The following registers contain burial information:
REF CONGREGATION BURIAL RANGE
X850/1 Falmouth 1808 – 1853
X850/2 Falmouth 1853 – 1879 / 1889 / 1925 – 1928
X850/3 Falmouth 1894 – 1907
X850/25 Penryn 1808 – 1858
X850/26 Penryn 1866 – 1901
We have spent the last three years transcribing the above registers, which contain 667 names. Our transcription has been uploaded to the Cornwall OPC (Online Parish Clerk) website, which contains a phenomenal wealth of information for the county.
The above link will take you to the search page for burials. Just put in the name of the person you are looking for and click SEARCH. The spelling in the Ponsharden registers is rather varied, so you may need to be creative. If you know the year of death, add that too (with a bit of leeway either side).
You will then see a list of results for that name. If you did not specify a year or place, you may find there are a number of results to scroll through. You are looking for any hits that are either for "Falmouth Independent Chapel" or "Penryn Independent Chapel". Then click on MORE to bring up the burial entry itself.
HOW TO SEARCH THE OPC FOR BURIALS
The OPC website is very easy to use, but if you have not searched for this kind of thing before, below is a quick guide to tracking down your dissenting ancestor on their website...
The burial entry will now appear. It will generally tell you the date the person died, the congregation or chapel they were from, their age and sometimes additional information such as their occupation or cause of death. If they have got a headstone at Ponsharden then information about this is added under "Transcriber Notes" (see example for James Cornish, right).
A huge thank you to Louise Haywood and Myra Cordrey at the Cornwall OPC website for their patience and assistance in getting our transcription of the burial registers online. We highly recommend visiting the OPC website for all Cornish genealogical enquiries.
PRINTED COPIES OF THE BURIAL REGISTER TRANSCRIPTION CAN BE PURCHASED BY CLICKING ON THE LULU LOGO BELOW