16th Century - Madron




The first significant appearance in the parish registers was the marriage of Robert TreneyrTA1 son of Richard Treneyr (gentleman) who married Mary Askot, daughter of William Askot (gentleman) on 20 December 1590 at Madron just two years after the Spanish Armada.


Madron was the parish Church for Penzance for a long time to come after this date. Whilst the events are recorded as having occurred at Madron the family could have lived anywhere in the area. Although this is the earliest date I have found for a Trenear marriage, there are several burials recorded at the same parish .

Nothing is known of these early Trenears except that their social status is indicated by the addition of the description "gentlemen" where their names appear in the registers. It doesn't appear too fanciful to suggest that these middle class 16th century Trenears are very likely the descendants of the fourteenth century well off cock breeders as they all lived in the same parish.

The marriage of Robert and Mary is a crucial one for this family history because their son who married Priscilla in 1646, named his son born in 1653, Asket - Mary's maiden name. This unusual Christian name has continued to be used by Trenears to the present day although through the years it has had as many spellings as the name Trenear. It appears as:- Arscot, Arscott, Ascot, Ascott, Asket, and Askett, but for the benefit of this account I have used only Asket.

WilliamTB2 married an Elizabeth at Madron in 1626 and had the following children Mary 1633, Rhoda Elizabeth 1634, Ruth 1637, Richard 1638. JohnTB1 married Priscilla at Madron in 1646 and John had three baptized at Madron: Joan, Mary and AsketTC2.

On March 26 th 1569 , due to the threat of Spanish forces, the Privy Council issued a directive to the counties to hold a general muster of all men over 16. There is a record of a John Trenere whose weapon was a bill - see the Wikipedia description. His skills were recorded as an archer and a billman.

The decade beginning in 1640 was one of great upheaval. First the civil war began. In 1641 all males over 18 were required to sign an oath of allegiance to the crown. This was known as the Protestation Oath. At Madron, Richard Trenear was recorded as a signatory. In 1647 there was a visitation of the plague and the county must have been in turmoil. Small wonder then if organisation began to break down somewhat.

As will be seen in the next section, three children of a Henry Trenear called John, Priscilla, and Asket are born at Redruth. The dates and use of family names suggest they are the descendants of JohnTB1. I have not been able to find a record of Henry's birth but I have included him as a most likely direct descendant.


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