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About the study
- The Coodes of Breage and St Austell, the Coads of North Hill/Liskeard and the Coads of Stithians/Truro (CORNISH COADS, descended from a Lansallos family)
- The Coads of St Stephen in Brannel and of Ermington Devon (DEVON COADS, quite likely descended from soldier gentry, Richard Coad of Gidleigh)
- The Coads of Looe and the Coades of Crowan, probably a distaff line from Kelliowe/Callaway near Liskeard.
The book, which is 700 pages long, tells the story of the ancient surname of Code and how a network of descendants unravelled the descent of unrelated Coads and their Coode cousins, who have lived as neighbours wherever the Cornish congregated. It expounds the detailed history and genealogy of these families at home and abroad, plus a number of stray and Irish lines. It has three parts
- The first four Chapters are a general summary of the surname, its early history and the places in which it flourished
- Chapters 5-15 give histories of the different families
- Part 3 gives the story of a number of famous people bearing the surname, and important events in which they were involved - the sinking of the Bismarck, the Monmouth Rebellion, artificial stone statues, the Battle of Algiers, revolt in Maryland, rotten borough corruption, temperance agitation, eccentric millionaires, the Victorian Poor laws, Peak Frean biscuits, boll weevil control, bell ringing, theatre criticism, pregnant dairymaids, suicidal poets, African shellfish, corrupt and treacherous nobles, lavish goldfields funerals, vagrant ex-publicans, escaped lunatics, and the doping of racehorses
While the study is essentially completed, every so often new developments arise, which have led to half a dozen updated editions of the book. The last (hardcover) was in 2015.
All three families lived within a few miles of Liskeard Corwall in the 1520s. The variant COAD was unknown before 1600; prior to that it was CODE or COODE.
Historical occurrences of the name
* Richard Code, of royal descent, richest man in the Hundred of East and Royal Tax Collector, 1500 Cornwall
* Eleanor Coade, Britain's most successful artist/businesswoman, inventor of Coade stone.
* Four of her uncles, mayors of Lyme Regis, Dorset in the 1700s
* John Coad, exiled to Barbados for his part in the Monmouth Rebellion 1685
* Robert Coad of Truro, convict transported for inciting a friend to steal a bag of coal, many descendants in Australia
* Robert Coad of Liskeard, architect, remodelled Lanhydrock House
* Sapper John Coade of Korumburra, twice decorated in the Great War
* Basil Aubrey Coad, commander of the Commonwealth forces in the Korean War.
* Dorothy Coade Hewett, Australian poet and playwright of distinction
* Rev Col John Coode, controversial governor of Maryland 1690
* Four Coodes, bankers and attorneys of St Austell, who held the title of Clerk of the Peace, Treasurer or (Under) Sheriff of Cornwall in the 1800s and who effectively executed the local government of Cornwall during the 19th century,.
* Sir John Coode, most famous marine engineer of his era
* Six other Coodes holding knighthoods or senior naval or military rank.
Distribution of the name
The CoadCoode Y-DNA project has been operating since November 2006 and has been vital in determining the true structure of the surname. There are three unrelated families
- A family of Germanic descent from Devon and in central Cornwall
- a family of Celtic descent from Liskeard, now around Truro, St Austell and the Devon border
- a likely distaff line, located in Looe and Crowan