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Ralph Allen Daniell

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b. 22 July 1762, o.s. of Thomas Daniell, mines owner, of Truro by Elizabeth, da. of Richard Elliot of Polmear.

m. 22 July 1784, Elizabeth Mason, da. of Rev. William Pooley, rector of Ladock, 16 ch., 7s. 6da. surv.

Offices Held: Sheriff, Cornw. 1795-6; maj. commdt. Truro vols. 1798-1802.

Daniell’s father was descended from former mayors of Truro (one of the family, William Daniell, was MP for Truro in 1600-3) and prospered by succeeding in 1760 to the business of William Lemon, the Cornish mines adventurer; in this he was assisted by his wife’s uncle Ralph Allen, ‘the Man of Bath’, after whom his only son was named. Ralph Allen Daniell took over the undertaking in due course. After a period of great prosperity (he and his associates got £146,000 from exploiting the Great Towan mine) during which he owned a seat near Truro and Spring Grove, Richmond (which he sold, however, in 1797), he later suffered heavy losses and died in relatively reduced circumstances

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