Sunday, 13 January 2013

Lavinia Allen

Following on from the Chynoweths in Mexico this is the story of their  cousin Lavinia Allen.

She was born in Helston in Cornwall in July1841. Her parents ran the New Inn in Church Street in Helston. Her father Henry died before the 1851 census leaving mother Mary (Harris) Allan as the licensee. Lavinia married George Lory a draper of St Keverne in 1861 and had 4 sons. In the 1871 census George Lory is the innkeeper and his mother in law is living with them.  However by the 1881 census he is missing. In 1891 I pick up 2 of the Lory sons in London and with them their mother Lavinia Arthur.
I am indebted to a wonderful story which appeared in Australian newspapers in 1882 to fill in what happened.
George left and went to Tasmania after some "unpleasantness", around 1876, I think.  Meanwhile Lavina found comfort with a neighbour in Church Street, James Colenso Arthur, whose family were shoe makers.  It seems Lavinia fell pregnant and she and James married in Plymouth in the third quarter of 1881. Their son Allan was born on 1st January 1882. On the same day a letter arrived from her real husband in Tasmania! Oops! It seems that he was being sought so that the licence of the pub could be transferred to Lavinia.  I can't find what happened re the bigamous marriage but they were living apart in 1891.  Poor Lavinia. Allan was with his father in the shoemaker's and Lavinia was in London with 2 of her sons George and  Ernest Lory.  I expect the gossip was too much for her to stay in Helston. In 1901 Allan Arthur was in London with his mother and half brother Ernest Lory.  James Colenso Arthur died in 1906 in Helston.  George Lory senior died in New South Wales in 1907  and Lavinia died in London in 1911.

censuses via

online parish clerks for Helston 

trove digitised newspapers Australia

Australia death index : via
Name: George Lory
Death Date: 1907
Death Place: New South Wales
Father's Name: Richard
Mother's Name: Elizabeth
Registration Year: 1907
Registration Place: Granville, New South Wales
Registration number: 13811

Marriages Sep 1881   (>99%)

ARTHUR James Colenso Plymouth 5b472 


LORY Lavinia   Plymouth 5b472

Deaths Jun 1906   (>99%)

Arthur James Colenso 60 Helston 5c113

Deaths Sep 1911 

Arthur Lavinia 70 Islington 1b282

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