As I may have mentioned once or twice, Cornwall is not an area I'm familiar with, so I'm wondering if anyone might be able to help me, please? I'm currently looking at the history and origins of family named STOW, who are found in Thornton-in-Craven in the West Riding of Yorkshire from the 16th century onwards. (The name is also found as STAW; when members left Yorkshire it often became STOWELL or STAWELL.) Nicholas Stowell was a brother of one of the Thornton family, though he may not have lived there himself. What I do know is that he was Rector of Blisland from 1581 until his death in 1600 (buried 19 Dec). His will was proved in the PCC on 22 Dec 1601. In his will he asks to be buried in the chancel of Blisland church, as near as possible to his predecessor (Thomas JOHN, buried 7 Jan 1580). So I'm wondering if there might be a memorial to Nicholas Stowell which would give any clues about his origins. There's no mention of a memorial in either the Cornwall OPC list, nor in John Maclean's "Parochial and Family History of the Parish of Blisland in the County of Cornwall" (1868) - this link takes you to the page referring to Nicholas Stowell as rector: Code: https://archive.org/stream/parochialandfam00unkngoog#page/n70/mode/1up I know the church was restored in the late 19th century, but I think Maclean would have been writing before that. So does anyone think it's possible that there's a memorial that both Maclean and the OPC recorder might have missed? Or am I clutching at straws? Any thoughts would be most welcome. Incidentally, Nicholas Stowell is briefly mentioned in a lengthy history of the Stowell family of Cothelstone, Somerset, but the author could find no connection to them - and neither can I.