John Enys, 1649-1726

John Enys, the eldest surviving son of Samuel Enys and Elizabeth Pendarves, was apprenticed as a merchant for six years in Amsterdam with John Dorville, who became associated with the Enys family for more than fifty years. Not much evidence of his trading activity survives although he did trade with his brother, Valentine. Upon the death of his elder brother, Samuel, John returned to Cornwall and adopted the life of a country gentleman. He married well, his wife, Anne Gregor, was the daughter of a prosperous Truro merchant and the marriage settlement also included money for his brothers.

Information from Cornwall, The Canaries and The Atlantic: the letter book of Valentine Enys, 1704-1719, ed. June Palmer (1997)

Further reading

Enys Project volunteers have transcribed documents from the Enys collection. The transcript below relates to John Enys.

EN/935-936, will of Henry Gregor, merchant of Truro




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