Elvina Gent

#50753, b. 1858, d. 9 October 1921

Received from Kathryn P May 2013

Individual's Timeline

Birth1858Elvina Gent
Marriage1 August 1883Elvina Gent1
Marr RegSeptember 1883Elvina Gent1
Marriage of Daughter1911Laura Elvina Cannell2
Death4 November 1916Albert Blyth Cannell3
Death9 October 1921Elvina Gent3

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Elvina was a grocer. In 1901 she was a forewoman at the Electric Light Company, and in 1911 she was assisting Alfred with the dairy business.
  • Married Name: Her married name was Cannell.1

Census details

Some aspects of Elvina Gent's life. There is a bit of a story about Laura’s birth in Cornwall. My father had been told that Laura’s parents went to Cornwall in order for her father, Albert Blyth Cannell, to take up a position as game keeper on the Basset Estate of Tehidy. The Bassets were a wealthy mining family. What we did not know was that Elvina and Albert went to Cornwall as an unmarried couple. Laura was born in a little farm cottage not far from a place called Hell’s Mouth near Camborne (it is very remote) and several months later her parents married in Falmouth. I ordered a copy of both Laura’s birth certificate and her parent’s marriage certificate. On the birth certificate Albert and Elvina are recorded as being married! No one will know for sure what happened but I suppose you have to assume that Elvina became pregnant by Albert and they disappeared to Cornwall where no one would know them, pretending to be married perhaps. Later they then married and then returned to Norwich to carry on with their lives. Kindly supplied by a great grand daughter of Laura's.3

Children of Elvina Gent and Albert Blyth Cannell


  1. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, CANNELL      Albert Blyth            Falmouth      5c     260.
  2. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, First name(s)      LAURA ELVINA
    Last name      PHILLIPS
    Gender      Female
    Birth day      23
    Birth month      4
    Birth year      1883
    Age      -
    Death quarter      2
    Death year      1972
    District      CAMBRIDGE
    County      Cambridgeshire
    Volume      4A
    Page      615
    Country      England
    Record set      England & Wales deaths 1837-2007
    Category      Life Events (BDMs)
    Subcategory      Deaths & burials
    Collections from      United Kingdom.
  3. Kathryn Phillips, "Kathryn Phillips email," e-mail to Shirley Elrick, various.