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Cousin Jack

Who was Cousin Jack?

Cousin Jack is the name given to the Cornish miners who migrated around the world, taking their mining skills with them.  Many Cornish people travelled to other mineral rich areas in America, Australia and Africa.

Why Cousin Jack?

Some say that Cornish miners became known as ‘cousin jack’ because they were always asking for a job for their cousin Jack back at home.  Others think it was because the miners used to call each other ‘cousin’ and Jack was the most popular Christian name in Cornwall.

Why do you think Cornish miners were called cousin Jack?


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Comment left by Monty Turner on 2010-06-10 16:17:19

My great grandfather William Anthony Turner imigrated to The black Hills in South Dakota in the 1800s. His wife and two sons (the oldest was my grandfather) followed a year later, 1890 I believe. He moved, with his family, four sons by now, to Nelson BC Canada to work in the Silver King mine.

Comment left by Carly on 2012-02-05 20:32:50

Please could someone tell me what METALS were mined in cornwall? Thanks! GEEVOR REPLY.... Despite being chiefly known for tin and copper Cornwall contains a wider range of minerals than any other region of the UK. South Crofty alone has over thirty separate mineral species, three of which are particularly rare uranium minerals, zippeite, johannite and, the ominously named, coffinite! Lead, zinc and iron have been widely exploited whilst tungsten and arsenic were both by products of tin and copper mining. Small quantities of antimony, sulphur, manganese, uranium, cobalt, bismuth, nickel and molybdenum have also been produced. I hope this answers your question.


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