Make your own free website on


 Cornish Miners in America (Photos)

My wife found these photos at a postcard sale in Redruth. They seem to have belonged to a St Just miner called William Lavers who went out to America around 1910. She has researched the people and some history follows the photographs. We would love to hear from anyone who could tell us more.

Click on image to enlarge

1   b. Baseball game 1.jpg (25028 bytes)  b. Baseball game 2.jpg (22327 bytes)  2. b. bert rodda.jpg (21373 bytes)  b. bert rodda 2.jpg (15541 bytes)


3. b. chigago 1.jpg (16305 bytes)  b. chigago 2.jpg (16198 bytes)  4. b. cox girls 1.jpg (16265 bytes)  b. cox girls 2.jpg (14634 bytes)


5. b. group 1.jpg (17025 bytes)  b. group 2.jpg (16404 bytes)  6. b. L to R Wm. Lavers, J Hookaway.jpg (15453 bytes) 


7. b. R Jeffrey & Panaluna.jpg (17443 bytes)  8. b. rodda boys.jpg (19064 bytes)  b. rodda boys 2.jpg (17499 bytes)

9. b. wm Lavers on left.jpg (16047 bytes)


10. b. Ester Daniel 1.jpg (17862 bytes) b. Ester Daniel 2.jpg (21225 bytes)  11. b. Ester Daniel 3.jpg (16873 bytes)  b. Ester Daniel 4.jpg (21918 bytes)


12. b. Mra Trewella 1.jpg (19363 bytes)  b. Mra Trewella 2.jpg (26585 bytes)

William James Lavars

William J Lavars was born in 1878, the son of  agricultural laborer James Lavars. I cannot find any records of the mothers maiden name or of his baptisim.  By 1881 his father was a widower and the family is shown as living at 1, Tredinney, St Buryan on the census for that year as follows:

Lavars James,     Head,     Wid,    28,   St Buryan

Lavars Philadelphia,    Mother      68    St Buryan

Lavars Philadelphia,    Dau.          5      St Buryan

Lavars William J,        son,            3      St Buryan

The next record we have for William is from the Ellis Island archive when aged 14 he entered America for the first time. He had crossed the Atlantic on the