In 1833 the firm of Bray and Hitchins of Tavistock, manganese dealers and miners, was dissolved following the resignation of two of the partners. The remaining partners then continued to trade as Hitchins and Sons. Among the fourteen original partners was the vicar of Tavistock, a prominent Mining Agent and his two sons, another mining agent and one William Bennallack. I have traced a William Bennallack, 1778-1837, wife Mary, a miner (probably manganese) and his son, William, born 1806, wife Susanna, a copper miner, living in the area at the time. How likely is it that an "ordinary" miner would have been involved in such an enterprise? Given that the name Bennallack has the potential for multiple variations, is there any evidence of another William Bennallack (or similar) living/ working in the Tavistock /West Devon area during the period 1820-1840?