St. Sennen Church







Sennen Introduction.

Nichol Vyngow is shown on the Muster Roll for Sennen dated 1564.  Queen Elizabeth the first had ordered that a record be drawn up showing   and the record shows him as bearing  a billhook and six arrows. Records are very scant for this period and the next reference  is to a John Vinegoe at Mawgan-in Meneage marrying a Christen Reskille in 1605 and they have a daughter Phillip. Christen dies in 1619 and the following year a John Vingoe marries a Alice Richards, again at Mawgan-in-Meneage. There are no further references to the family in that area.

 The Protestation Returns of 1641 show a John Vingoe at Sennen and in 1657 there is a Will also of a John leaving his property to his wife Joan [nee Nicholas]. According to this will they had five sons, Jenkyn, Peter, Martyn, John, and William. In 1662 on the Hearth Tax return Joan Vingoe of Sennen was taxed on one hearth with a further hearth in the dwelling being shown as being blocked off. In the town of Helston a Digory Vingoe was taxed on one as was a John or Jonne Vingoe. In 1668 the sons of John and Joan are all paying rates in Sennen plus a second Jenkin. I also know that there were two Vingoe Quakers mentioned in "The Sufferings"- Digory from Helston and Jenkyn from Sennen. According to the will of Digory 1703 he had two daughters; Jane who had married a Samuel  Stevens and Sarah who married a Buspidnick. He was buried at the Friends burial ground in Marazion. Jenkyn married a Mary Reed in 1665 and had eleven children. He was buried in the Friends burial ground at Brea.1705 The children of this marriage would seem to have left the Lands End area very early, choosing St Ives and Falmouth to live. Falmouth being a Quaker stronghold  would seem a natural choice if they remained Quakers but St. Ives was very hostile territory. Jenkyn's son Jenkyn married Beatrice Carlyon 1699 at St. Ives and leased the area of land above Porthminster beach from Hugh Pawly There he ran a rope-works but disaster struck in 1721 where he lost goods to the value of " upwards of a thousand Pounds" After that the family moved to Falmouth  and a Jenkin married  Eliz Remphree in 1726.He was I believe a mariner. In 1760  his son Jenkin  married  Frances Dennis whose family were also described as mariners. Disaster seems to have struck again with Jenkin lost at sea shortly after the wedding .He was the last of that line and left  no heirs. Frances married again in 1764 a Samuel Terril  who ran a tin smelter in Redruth