Philip Flindell (1770 – 1835)

Philip was the sixth child of Thomas and Alice Flindell.  He was baptised at Manaccan on January 14th, 1770[1].

Philip married Mary Plomer at Falmouth, Cornwall on August 11th, 1795[2].  Philip and Mary had at least three daughters and one son:

  • Mary Plomer Flindell was born about 1798 and baptised at Stoke Damerel in Devon on November 29th 1798[3].  Stoke Damerel is about 70 kilometres east of Falmouth.
  • George Smith Flindell who was born in 1808 at Flushing, Cornwall where he died in 1837 age 19[4].  He was buried in the Parish of Mylor, Cornwall on June 4th 1827.  Philip’s sister Sarah married Charles Smyth (Smith).
  • Elizabeth Carter Flindell was born in Flushing, Cornwall in 1811.  She was baptised in the Parish of Mylor on March 17th 1811[5] and died in Flushing in 1812.  She was buried the Parish of Mylor on April 12th 1812[6].  Philip’s sister Elizabeth married Henry Carter.  Their only child, Elizabeth, was born in 1762, but it is not known where she died.  Elizabeth died in 1788 and their daughter was raised by the family.
  • Elizabeth Flindell who was born December 23rd 1813.  She was baptised under Wesleyan rites on January 31st 1814 at Flushing, Cornwall[7].  It is not known when she died.

Philip along with his brother Thomas and his sister Elizabeth were joint Executors of their father’s Last Will and Testament.  Philip was also mentioned in the Will of his brother Thomas where he is referred to as a shipwright of Flushing, Cornwall.  Flushing is near Helston.

Philip died in 1835 and was buried in the Parish of Mylor on September 26th [8].   This left Mary and her daughter Mary dependent on their own resourcefulness.

In Search of Mary

Details on the birth of Philip’s wife, Mary Plomer have not been found, however:

  • Mary Plomer, the daughter of John and Judith Plomer was baptised in Helston Cornwall on July 26th 1771.
  • The 1841 Census of England mentions Mary Flindell, age 70, a Shopkeeper born in Cornwall and Mary Flindell, age 35 also born in Cornwall.  This gives a year of birth for Mary about 1770.  The year of birth of the daughter of about 1805 does not correlate with the date of baptism (1798).
  • The 1861 Census also lists a Mary Flindell age 58 born in Devonport in Devon, unmarried, a flour dealer by occupation.  Stoke Damerel and Devonport are within 2 kilometers.   The year of birth about 1803 does not correlate, but is getting closer to the date of baptism.
  • The Falmouth Register of death Jul-Aug-Sep quarter 1870 list Mary Flindell who died aged 71.  The age correlates more closely than the previous two records, but they are probably the same person.

If, as research indicates, there was only one Flindell family in Cornwall during this period, these women would be the wife and daughter respectively of Philip Flindell.


[1] Manaccan Parish Church records per Rev G. Francis Dow, Vicar.

[2] IGI British Isles Batch M001721, Source call 0267525, based on church records

[3] IGI British Isles Batch C052422, Source 0916920, Printout 0933402

[4] Cornwall Online Parish Clerks, record ID 702677

[5] Online Parish Clerk Search: Record ID 988590, Parish of Mylor, daughter of Phillip and Mary

[6] Online Parish Clerk Search: Record ID 988590, Parish of Mylor

[7] Batch C065121, Source call  0590672 (RG4 558) Based on  Baptisms, 1804-1817, 1804-1837  Helston Circuit (Cornwall : Wesleyan Methodist)

[8] Cornwall Online Parish Clerks, record ID 703002