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Joseph Vivian

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Joseph Vivian (c1793-1878) of Joseph Vivian and Co

c.1793 Joseph Vivian was born in Camborne[1]

Joseph Vivian, of Reskadinnick, near Camborne, about 1800 or 1801 saw Richard Trevithick's first puffer whim-engine in Stray Park Mine.

c.1801 Joseph Vivian, of Roskadennick, says: When he was a boy about nine years old, he used to go into Tyack's smith's shop at Camborne to see the steam-carriage Captain Trevithick was having made there. (presumably this means Joseph Vivian was born c.1792)

Recollected hearing, when a boy, his uncles Simon and John Vivian talk of having taken a contract to break up the boiler of a Newcomen Engine, known as the old Moorstone boiler at the Weith in Camborne, and cut out the copper pipes inside.

William West (1801-1879)’s first independent employment, apart from Dolcoath, was his engagement as a working engineer by Captain Joseph Vivian in erecting a pumping engine at South Roskear.

1841 Joseph Vivian, mine agent age c.45, lived in Camborne with his wife Nancy c.45, son William c.20, a mine agent, daughters Mary 20, Nancy 13, Elizabeth 8, son Joseph 6, daughters Emily 4 and Frances 1 [2]

1856 Joseph Vivian, Manager of Mines, Reskadinnick, Camborne [3]

1861 Joseph Vivian, superintendent of mines, lived in Camborne with his daughter Anne (age 32), son Joseph (age 26) and daughter Fanny M (age 21)[4]

1878 Death of Joseph Vivian (born c.1792) in Redruth district[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. 1841 census
  3. Camborne - 1856 Post Office Directory
  4. 1861 census
  5. BMD