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John Henry Bastian b 1830 St Keverne

brentor boy

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I am posting this more in hope than expectation but I am encouraged to do so by the fine record the site has for finding answers to "impossible" questions.

JHB was baptised on 17 Oct 1830 at St Keverne, Cornwall, son of John and Jane. His father died in 1832 and his mother remarried in 1835.

In 1849, as Henry Bastian, Able Seaman, of HMS Inconstant, he made an allotment from pay to his mother, Jane Pashbee. HMS Inconstant sailed from Plymouth in January 1848, bound for New Zealand and calling at Rio de Janerio and Sydney, returning to home waters at the end of 1850.

I have been unable to find any subsequent record of JHB. Searching is made more difficult because a number of others share his name and it is a name susceptible to corruption. Additionally, immediately after his father's death, he and his mother were removed from, or refused settlement in a number of places, including St Keverne, and it is impossible to know which he considered to be his "home" parish. It is even within the bounds of possibility that he died or deserted whilst on the voyage. In 1841 he was living with his grandmother in St Keverne. His name has been transcribed as "Barton".

I do not expect a complete answer but any hints or suggestions to help me in my search will be greatly appreciated. TIA.

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