Cornwall  Smugglers


Coast Guard / Revenue / Salt Officers


Some FLUELLEN Customs Men

It is always interesting to see how Customs officers we removed around the country. Tony Clarke has kindly sent me some details of a couple of his ancestors who although the father served in Cornwall and the Scilly Islands also found himself serving in many other places. If you find you have any information on this family then you can contact Tony by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. I am always interested in information regarding anyone with a connection to Cornwall prior to 1900. 

George Pritchard.


Henry FLUELLING bap. 17 Mar 1788 St.Thomas the Apostle, Exeter (per IGI), married (1) Susannah Woodley, 10 Jan 1816 St.Sidwell, Exeter (per IGI).

Served on HMS Barfleur. Appointed 1 Mar 1820 probationary boatman, St.Mary’s station, Scilly Isles.

From records of baptism, St.Mary’s, Scilly Isles: 17 Jun 1821, Henry, son of Henry & Susannah FLUELLING, St.Mary’s, profession of father given as preventive boatman.

Removed 16 Nov 1825 to Mousehole station, Penzance port (boatman). Removed 30 Nov 1827 to Blackwall station, London port (boatman). Removed and promoted to commissioned boatman 26 Apr 1828 to Bovisand Bay station, Plymouth port. Removed 3 Dec 1834 to Portwrinkle station, Plymouth port, Devonport district (commissioned boatman).

Married (2) Elizabeth Coombe, 7 Jun 1838 Stoke Damerel, Devon, rank or profession as given on certificate: commissioned officer with coastguard service.

Removed 28 July 1838 to Poole port, Poole district (commissioned boatman). Removed 9 Aug 1838 to Kimmeridge station, Weymouth port, Poole district (commissioned boatman). Removed 28 Dec 1838 to Swanage station, Poole port, Poole Harbour (commissioned boatman). Discharged 16 Jan 1841, allowed £26 for one year.

Died 17 Aug 1864, 2 Eldad Place, St.Andrew, Plymouth. Occupation as given on certificate: Greenwich pensioner.


Henry FLUELLEN bap. 17 Jun 1821 St.Mary’s, Scilly Isles, son of Henry & Susannah FLUELLING (above):

1837 first went to sea as boy per seaman’s ticket 266.407. Revenue Cruiser HARPY, Plymouth District, entered vessel 6 Apr 1837 from Scilly, aged 16.

Henry (b.1821) served his career with the coastguard at Plymouth port until 1847, when he was removed to Lepe, & then Milford, Southampton port, Lymington district, until his retirement sometime between 1868-75.

Married Elizabeth KNOWLES 24 Jul 1844, parish church of Charles & the Martyr, Plymouth, Devon. Rank or profession given as mariner, residence at time of marriage: HMS Harper.


NOTE: From records of baptism, parish of Antony (Torpoint), Cornwall, 13 Sep 1819, Mary, daughter of George & Philippa KNOWLES (elder sister of Elizabeth, above): profession of father given as Seaman in a Revenue Cutter.


(Full details available of coastguard service records for Henry FLUELLEN (b.1821); also of his second son Henry FLUELLEN (b.1845, Plymouth); together with source reference data for that of all three generations.


Acknowledgements due to Eileen R Stage, also to Mrs B Frowde, Tasmania)


Tony Clark 29 Dec 2003  Contact Tony by clicking here




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