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My concern is....the Thomas Lewis family who lived in Garndiffath around 1900. Thomas was married to Mary and they had two young daughters by 1900.
The second child Elizabeth Jane was my grand mother. She had a daughter in 1917 Mary Jane Lewis (my Mother) Elizabeth married James Edwards in 1919 but by 1922 she was forced to have her daughter adopted. Mine is a complicated story but to make it short, I was born in 1948 and also adopted. Sadly I never met my real mother she died in 2007. I do not know anything about the Lewis family from this area and wondered if their might be a connection with your family. I would love to hear from you if you have any information you could share with me.
Yours faithfully Mr Bev Webb
|October 28, 2015, 11:56 PM
I came across your page while looking for pictures of six bells colliery
What A great read
|June 30, 2008, 11:43 PM
I was trawling through the web looking for any info, with the local history group we have written one book 1800- 1900 and we are staring work on the next one for 1900-1939, for the area Varteg down to Abersychan and I came across your web site and the picture of Pisgah Chapel. I live opposite the chapel and I have never seen this picture before, can you give me any info on where you obtained the picture.
The other interesting fact you stated was Abersychan Workhouse, was this in Abersychan or was it part of Canalside workhouse in Griffithstown Pontypool. I am intrigued.
If you need any info on the area your family lived perhaps we could help.
|May 5, 2008 02:44:14(EDT Time)|
I've really enjoyed browsing your Lewis family website. I first wrote to you a few years ago when I was starting to research my own Lewis family on the off chance that our Lewis Lewises were related, which they don't appear to be, but now I know so much more about my own family, there may be someone else with links to these.
I 've now traced my direct family back to THOMAS LEWIS (b 1808 in Llanfabon, Eglwysilan) who married Catherine Rees (b about 1806) at Mynyddislwyn on 29th December 1829. (Thomas' mother was probably a Catherine, born in Llanfabon in 1767, as she shows up on the 1851 census with his family.)
Thomas and Catherine had a daughter, MARY (b 1830) who presumably died as she doesn't show up on any of the censuses. Their later children, all born in Mynyddislwyn, were THOMAS Jr (b 1833), WILLIAM (b 1835), RACHEL (b 1836), LEWIS (b 1838), HANNAH (b 1840), HENRY (b 1842), CATHERINE (b1845), and ANN (b 1846). All the birth years are estimates as they were calculated from the censuses.
The family lived at Pantyffynnon Farm, Ynysddu, and LEWIS LEWIS, my Great Grandfather carried on farming there, when his parents moved to Quarry Cottages. The boys all worked variously as quarrymen, farmers, labourers, and THOMAS Jr became a Tiler/Plasterer by 1871 when his father was given as a Tiler/Farmer. (Thomas lewis Sr died before 1881.)
THOMAS Jr married ANN? (b 1830) and they had one son, THOMAS W (b 1860) who also became a tiler.
By 1861, WILLIAM had married MARY JONES (b 1836), with a daughter, SARAH (b 1859) and living at Penrhiw Copy. By 1871 they had another daughter, MARY (b 1869), and were now living in Eglwysilan area. They later moved to Coed Penmaen and, by 1891, William was farming Twyn Gwyn Farm.
As for HENRY, I have no idea what happened to him after 1861 when he was 19.
As I said earlier, my G Grandfather, LEWIS LEWIS, took over farming Pantyffynnon farm by 1871, and was now married to ELIZABETH JONES (b 1840) from Glanyrafon Farm, Upper Machen, with a 2 year old son HENRY. They later had two more sons, ALFRED (b 1872) - my grandfather, and WILLIAM J (b 1874). Sadly, Elizabeth died in 1889, and Lewis married again by 1891.
By 1861 RACHEL was married to ROSSER WATTERS (b 1817), a farmer from Cwmfelifach, and they had several children - WILLIAM (b 1859), SARAH (b 1862), DANIEL (b 1863), HENRY (b 1865), LEWIS (b 1867), Mary Ann (b 1869), CATHERINE (b 1873) and EDWARD (b 1875). By 1881 Rachel was a widow.
One curious relationship is that of Rachel's son, Lewis Watters, who married his first cousin, Mary Ann Lewis in 1900, daughter of Rachel's brother, William, so Mary Ann became daughter-in-law as well as niece to Rachel!
I'm not sure what happened to HANNAH or CATHERINE, but the youngest daughter, ANN, married WILLIAM PEMBRO (b 1839) on July 8th 1865 at Mynyddislwyn, and they went on to have THOMAS (b 1870), MARY ANN (b 1872), ALICE JANE (b 1880, who died young in 1892) and ELIZABETH (b 1883). Elizabeth went on to marry HARRY BREAN in 1906, and had two daughters.
Family history is a very absorbing hobby but, like someone else said in your guest book, the first names all seem to be the same! Could we all be related, if we could go back far enough?
|Mar 17, 2006 20:27:43(GMT Time)|
|Name:||Dale Lewis - Web Page Author|
|Yate, Glos. UK|
|Comments:||Is there anyone out there who has the family of Mary LEWIS, wife of Blacksmith Henry LEWIS of Pontypool, living in the first half of the 1800s.
I have the death certificate of Mary, but she isn't of my family. So I have a certificate that is not required. Should anyone want this certificate I can sent it to them, if they send me a self-addressed envelope and a small cheque of £5.00.|
|April 21, 2005 19:27:56 (GMT Time)|
|Comments:||I am researching my family history of SAMUEL DAVY (m)MARY LARREY DEVON,their son SAMUEL HENRY DAVY(m) MARY GARDENER in MALTA their son SAM migrated to AUSTRALIA 1881 |
|April 4, 2005 05:38:23 (GMT Time)|
|Comments:||Great page! My interest in your line is from the information about the name Morgan with that of Lewis. If you will look at this page on my site you will see why!!!
|March 8, 2005 01:08:14 (GMT Time)|
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