The Poldark Family were a prominent upper class family from Cornwall.


In the 1690s, Charles Vivian Raffe Poldark of Nampara married Anna Maria Trenwith of Trenwith. They had three children, Agatha, Claude Henry and Mary Ellen Poldark.[1]

Agatha never married and remained a spinster while Mary Ellen died when she was a child. Claude Henry married Matilda Ellen Peter sometime in the 1710s. He inherited Trenwith when his father died in 1708. They also had three children, Maria, Charles William and Joshua Poldark.[1]

Maria married Reverend Alfred Rupert Johns and had one child, William Alfred Johns who wed Dorothh Glenville and had many children with her.[1]

Charles William Poldark inherited Trenwith when his father died in 1748. He married Verity Michell, who was twenty one years younger than him, in the 1750s. They had three children together, Verity, Francis and Charles Claude Robert Poldark. Verity married Andrew Blamey and had one child with him. Francis married Elizabeth Chynoweth and had one child with her. Charles Claude Robert died when he was a child.[1]

Joshua wed Grace Vennor and had two children with her, Ross Vennor and Claude Anthony Poldark. Claude died when he was 7. Ross married Demelza Carne in 1787 and they went on to have five children, three of which lived well into old age (Clowance, Isabella, and Henry): Julia (1788-1790), Jeremy (1791-1815), and Clowance (1794 -), Isabella-Rose (1802 - ), and Henry Poldark (1812 - ).[1]

In 1780, Ross Poldark was arrested for brawling. He made the choice to join the British Army to escape execution, and fought in the Revolutionary War.

Ross returned home in 1783. He was formerly engaged to Elizabeth Chynoweth but believing he died, Elizabeth was now engaged to Francis Poldark. His father, Joshua, had died and had left his estate, Nampara, in ruin.

Ross soon set up a new mining venture, Wheal Leisure which was initally successful. Meanwhile, Francis and Elizabeth had a child, Geoffrey Charles Poldark, in 1784 but had very little flair for his own family's mining business.

When Charles William Poldark died in 1786[1], Francis eventually left his business in debt. Ross Poldark was also ruined by George Warleggan. Tragedy then struck the family when a sickness took the life of young Julia in 1790.[1]

Deciding to set up their own mining venture free of George, Ross and Francis went into business together and created Wheal Grace. Further tragedy hit the family when Francis was found drowned at Wheal Grace. George Warleggan then tried to ruin Ross again, and Wheal Grace was almost closed.

When copper was finally found at Wheal Grace, it kept the mine going for a bit more time, but eventually it had to be closed.

With the death of Francis, the young Geoffrey Charles inherited Trenwith. However, being so young, his mother Elizabeth was entrusted with it until he came of age. She remarried George Warleggan, who took up residence with her at Trenwith and played a part in the running of the household.

Family Tree

Charles Vivian Raffe Poldark
1667 - 1708
Anna Maria Trenwith
1680 - 1758
Agatha Poldark
1697 -
Claude Henry Poldark
1698 - 1748
Matilda Ellen Peter
1699 - 1756
Mary Ellen Robert
(Died Young)
Maria Poldark
1717 - 1779
Alfred Rupert Johns
1719 - 1781
Charles William Poldark
1719 - 1786
Verity Michell
1740 - 1773
Joshua Poldark
1724 - 1783
Grace Vennor
1740 - Before 1783
William Alfred Johns
1744 -
Dorothy Grenville
Verity Poldark
1758 -
Andrew Blamey
1748 -
Francis Poldark
1760 - 1792
Elizabeth Chynoweth
1764 -
Ross Poldark
1760 -
Demelza Carne
1770 -
Claude Anthony Poldark
1764 - 1771
Many Children
Andrew Blamey
1793 -
Geoffrey Charles Poldark
1784 -
Julia Poldark
1788 - 1790
Jeremy Poldark
1791 -

Notes and References

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