Captain Charles Frederick Bishop
Born in Falmouth, Charles started his working life as an errand boy. By the time he was twenty he was married, to Caroline Martin, and supporting two young children by working as a tin miner in Redruth.
The couple went on to have a total of eleven children as Charles worked his way up to mine agent, then the highly respected captain of East Pool and Wheal Grenville mines. Charles was also a leading member of the Primitive Methodist Chapel.
His many accomplishments were described in a long obituary in The Cornishman that lamented the loss of ‘a man of singular worth’:
“Broad-shouldered, genial, kind-hearted, and possessed of great ability, he won his way to the top of his profession, and the same time served the church of his choice and the town in which he lived.”
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Captain Charles Frederick Bishop (1840 – 1902)