William Curnow was born November, 1809 in Newlyn. He married Jane Kneebone ? (LDS record) in Oct 1835. The census records from 1841 to 1881 place him (and his family – children William and Ann) as living at Pembroke Cottage, , Newlyn (Penzance). He was a market gardener – who managed some 11 / 12 acres and had three labourers in his employ (1871 census).
There are many of his sheets at H@H, nearly all specimens collected locally.
He supplied some mosses for Rabenhorst – Bryotheca Europaea, this can be viewed on line http://www.archive.org/details/drlrabenhorstskr03rabe . He contributed to The Phytologist, The Journal of Botany and The Penzance Natural History Society.
He died in in January, 1887; a small obituary (written by William West) who records that he was ‘a charming and generous correspondent’ may be found here. Further information is also available on this web page : http://www.paulchurch.co.uk/page27.html