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MICHELL

The Michell family is thought to have originated in France and moved to Cornwall and Devon following the Huguenot's war with the Roman Catholics in 1685.The earliest Michell I've managed to trace to date is William Michell who was born in Mary Tavy, Devon about 1805. He was a miner by trade where his wife Rebecca was also born around the same time.

There were several Michell families in Cornwall and not all from the same branch of the family tree. During the period 1620 - 1630 for instance, there were 10 Michell boys christened John, and in the later period of 1720 - 1730, there were no fewer than 28 christened by that name.One of the first Michell families to settle in Cornwall was from Normandy. I believe our branch of the family came from Brittany.

If you are a descendant of a Michell, please visit the following, highly recommended website, which has an in depth historical record of the
Mi(t)chells  from Devon and Cornwall (but please have a look at this page first ! )

http://www.devon-mitchells.co.uk/index.php 



THE HUGUENOTS

Huguenots is the name given to French Protestants, followers of Calvin in the 16th and 17th centuries. During the reigns of Francis II (1559 - 60) and Charles IX (1560 - 74), when Catherine de Medici was the power behind  her sons, a religious war broke out between the Huguenots and the Roman Catholics.

On St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572, thousands of Huguenots were murdered. In the civil war that followed, the Huguenot leader was Henry of Navarre, heir to the French throne. After his accession as Henry IV, he turned catholic, but granted freedom of worship to the Huguenots by the Edict of Nantes (1598).

Louis XIV revoked the Edict in 1685, ordering persecution of the Huguenots and closure of their churches. Thousands of them therefore fled to Britain, Germany and Switzerland, where their industry and business skills made them valuable citizens. The Huguenots regained religious freedom at the time of the French Revolution of 1789.


THE MICHELL CONNECTION TO DAVIES

Gt8 G Prnts John Michell (1662 - 1731) = Eliza Penrose (1667 - ????)
Gt7 G Prnts John Michell (1692 - 1748) = Honor Symonds (1692 - 1764)
Gt6 G Prnts  Thomas Michell (1723 - 1783) = Ursula Curnow (1723 - ????)
Gt5 G Prnts Sampson Michell (1762-1830)=Betty Rice (1767-????)                           

Gt4 G Prnts

William Michell(1805-????) = Rebecca ?????(1805-????)

Gt3 G Prnts William Michell (1827-1894) = Sarah Bands (1828-1894)
Gt2 G Prnts Elizabeth Michell (1865-1937) = Richard Jenkins (1862-1946)
Grt G Prnts Sarah Michell Jenkins(1897-1974)=Owen John Roberts(1894-1976)

Grd Parents Jean Roberts(1928 -       )=William Owen Davies(1923-2002)
Parents Kenneth Davies(1953-     )=Marian Joyce Wilson(1955-     )

Kimberley Selene Davies(1989-  )   and   Rhian Jane Davies(1990-  )

 
 

JOHN MICHELL
(1662 - 1731)
and
ELIZA PENROSE
(1667 - ????)

I'm very grateful to Dr Alan Jones for supplying the following information relating to the next three generations of our Michell family.
The first people he has recorded are John Michell (1662-1731) and Eliza (nee Penrose) (1667-?).    Both were born and died at St Agnes, Cornwall.   They had one child - John.   There are no records of their parents.



JOHN MICHELL
(1692 - 1748)
son of
John and Eliza Michell
 and
HONOR SYMONDS
(1692 - 1764)

John Michell (1692-1748) married Honor Symons (1692-1764) in 1719 at St Agnes, Cornwall and went on to have 10 children. Both were born, and both died, at St Agnes, Cornwall.
They had 10 children. The significant one was Thomas (second-born). 
There are no records of Honor's parents.



THOMAS MICHELL
(1723 - 1783)
son of
John and Honor Michell
 
and
URSULA CURNOW
(1723 - ????)

Thomas Michell (1723-1783), born Gwinear, Cornwall,  married Ursula Curnow (1723-?) in 1746 at Zennor, Cornwall.  
She was born in Towednack, Cornwall.   Her parents were John and Mary Curnow.  
They had 4 children. The significant one is Sampson (4th child)

The Curnow Family

Ursula Curnow's parents were John Curnow and Mary Thomas, who married in 1691 at Ludgan, Cornwall.   Mary Thomas was the daughter of William Thomas and Ursula Veale. 

John Curnow's parents were Peter Curnow, 1655-1736, born and died at Towednack, Cornwall.   His mother was Jane Harris 1660-1746.   Born Gwithian, Cornwall, died Towednack.   Her parents were John Harris, born and died at Gwithian, and Ann Ellis, born Camborne, died Gwithian.

Peter Curnow's parents were Robert Curnow 1630-1685, who was born and died at Towednack, and married Catherine Painter, 1632-1708, born St Erth, Cornwall, died at Towednack.   No details of her parents.
  
Robert Curnow's parents were Thomas Curnow 1570-1643. He married Catherine, no details at all.

 

 

SAMPSON MICHELL and BETTY RICE

Sampson Michell was born in 1762 and Betty Rice in 1767, in Devonshire.

Sampson Michell and Betty Rice were married on the 9th August 1790 at Whitchurch, Devon. Banns were read 27 June, 4th and 11th July 1790. Sampson Michell and Betty Rice were both described as sojourners of this parish.
Sampson signed his name (without the t) and Betty made her mark.

In 1841, the couple lived at Blackdown, Mary Tavy

The couple had at least six children. Ursula was born in 1792, Margery in 1793, Thomas in 1795, Sampson in 1798. William in 1807 (see below) and James in 1810. All were born in Mary Tavy.

Sampson died in 1830 at Mary Tavy, Devon.

Betty died in 1842 at Blackdown, Mary Tavy.

 MARY TAVY CHURCH


Sampson and Betty Michell's grave

Sacred to the
Memory of
SAMPSON MICHELL
who departed this life
3rd day of May 1830
Aged 68 years
A loving husband
A father dear
A faithful friend
Lies sleeping here
He's gone we're trust to God
To dwell with Christ........Love

Also
BETTY
wife of the above
who died April 27th 1842
Aged 76 years
 

Above; the grave's inscription


Ken Davies beside the grave of his
Great, great, great, great grandparents
Sampson and Betty Michell

On the 28th July 2008, my wife,  daughters and I visited the Church at Mary Tavy, on route to our holiday in Newquay, Cornwall.
I'd always wanted to visit this area ever since I'd heard of our family connection here.
We had little time to spare and I was keen to see whether there were any Michells buried in the churchyard.
On entering the churchyard, I decided to go around the back of the church - what happened next was absolutely unbelievable!
My instincts led me straight to the grave of Sampson and Betty Michell.
I could not read any of the gravestones as I approached them from behind.
It was the first one I looked at!

I'd love to know how and why this happened.
Ken Davies


Gravestones at the rear of the Church

 

 

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Mary Tavy Church
and Mine




Received these wonderful photos and message from Tim Edwards: 
I just wanted to let you know that Mum and I popped into Mary Tavy
today to have a look at the mine and the church.
Saw the Sampson Michell gravestone.
What a fantastic village and bleak place for the mine.
From here they must have felt at home in Cwmystwyth !!
It looked beautiful today.

 

WILLIAM and REBECCA MICHELL
(nee ELLIS)
son of Sampson and Betty Rice

The 1841 census for Mary Tavy, Devon shows William and Rebecca Michell, both aged 30 (ages for adults were rounded to the nearest 5 years) living at Blackdown.

Mary Tavy Church. Photo courtesy of Catherine Morgan.

 

HISTORY OF MARY TAVY
click here to view a fascinating website on Mary Tavy

MARY TAVY, SOME VILLAGE VIEWS

MARY TAVY INN, above,
with its surrounding views of the mines below

William was born in Mary Tavy and Rebecca Ellis in Tavistock, Devon where the couple lived originally, and also where eldest son William was born in 1826. William senior was a copper miner. He moved to worked at the mines in Mary Tavy about 1830. Their other sons were born here. Sampson   1831, John c 1833, James c 1837 and Thomas Henry born on the 4th October 1839 (info courtesy of Ashley Davies)
The original census had their surnames incorrectly spelt with a 'T' - Mitchell.

The family moved to live and work at the lead mines near Ponterwyd, Cardiganshire between 1843 and 1846. 

In 1851, William and Rebecca were living at Penparc, in the Rheidiol Valley in the parish of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, and was now a Mine Agent. Sons William 24, Sampson 20, John 18 and James 14, were miners in a lead mine. Thomas Henry 11, Joseph 8, born in Mary Tavy and Henry 5 born in Ysbyty Yswyth were scholars.

Son William had married Sarah Bands born around 1828 in Cornwall and were living with the family. William and Sarah were my great, great grandparents. 

Margaret Jones 18 of Llanfihangel was employed as a domestic servant.

1861 found William and Rebecca at Cwmystwyth House, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn. He was still an agent with the mine and the couple were aged 55 and 56 respectively.

Llanfihangel Parish Church. Photo coutesy of John Lucas.

Son William and Sarah, his wife had moved to live in Cwrt, Sampson had married Sarah now 32 from Llanfihangel, and were living in Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel. John was 28 and employed as a Master Miller, Thomas Henry 21 was an Estate Clerk, Joseph 18 and Henry 15 were both lead miners. Jane Jones 17, born locally was their house servant.

In 1871, William now 63 and Rebecca 66 were living at Bwlch Gwynt, Llanfihangel. He was still a Mine Agent. John 38 was the only son living at home with his parents and was a lead miner.

Cwmystwyth Mine. Photo courtesy of Rudi Winter.

Thomas Henry 31, had married and was widowed and living in Minera Cottages, Minera near Wrexham. Margaret Rimmer 55 of Chester kept house for him.

Joseph 28 was living at Cwrt, working as a lead miner and was married to Sarah 30 from Hope Flint. They had four children.

Henry 26 was married to Margaret 22 of Llwynbrain. He had moved to Pier Street, Aberystwyth, and was a Hotel Proprietor. They had one daughter.

I could find no trace of William and Rebecca in 1881. They may well have died by then. They were my great, great, great grandparents. 

 

CHILDREN  OF  
WILLIAM  AND  REBECCA  MICHELL

WILLIAM  MICHELL b 14th November 1826
and SARAH BANDS
click here to read about the Bands family

William was born in Mary Tavy, near Tavistock, Devon on the 14th November 1826 and lived with his parents in 1841 and 1851 in Mary Tavy and Penparc, Rheidiol Valley respectively.

I am extremely grateful to relatives Ashley and Miriam Davies, who hail from Australia, for supplying the following wonderful information; KD

The marriage certificate of William Michell and Sarah Bands shows that they were married on 24th March 1851, both of full age.
William was a miner, residence Cwmystwyth. His father William was also miner. Sarah's residence was "Belle Vue", Ysbyty Ystwyth, her father's name was Martin Bands, a miner,
They were married at Eglwys Newydd in the parish of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn by Registrar's certificate and the witnesses were Sampson Michell and James Bennett.


He married Sarah Bands of St Austell, Cornwall, pictured below, in 1851 and she was with her husband at his family home.


By 1861 William and Sarah had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel and he worked as a lead dresser. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1. All were born in the parish of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn. 

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old.

Below are scenes of the lead mines at Cwmystwyth. The middle photo shows Jean Davies gt gt grandaughter of William and Sarah Michell, with her husband Bill

Son William Henry had left home and was a scholar in Aberystwyth aged 19, lodging at 20 Queen Street, Aberystwyth with Margaret James 75, widowed and her daughter Margaret 29, a dressmaker.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. Catherine Sarah Corps, a niece aged 6, born in Dowlais was living with them. William himself was actually visiting his brother Joseph at Bwlchgwynt at the time of the census.

The family had moved back to mid Wales by 1891.  William 64, a Mining Agent and Sarah 63, were living at Cwmrhydion Ganol, Llanfihangel, with Mary Jane 26 and Thomas Henry 18, a lead miner. Niece Catherine Sarah Corps 16 was still a part of the family.

William died on St David's Day 1894 and Sarah on the 1st October 1895. They are buried at Eglwys Hafod Church, Cwmystwyth.  

Hafod Church, Cwmystwyth. Photo courtesy of Angella Streluk.

  THE  CAMBRIAN  NEWS  AND  WELSH  FARMERS'  GAZETTE MARCH 23 1894 DEVIL'S BRIDGE   FUNERAL OF CAPTAIN MICHELL

The funeral of Captain William Michell of Cwmydion, formerly of Cwmystwyth, who died on Thursday, the first day of March, took place on the following Tuesday, when a large number of friends and relatives came together to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed.

Many beautiful wreaths were sent for the sad occasion. The internment was made at Eglwys Newydd. The funeral procession was one of the largest ever witnessed in the neighbourhood, over thirty carriages followed the cortege.

The Rev J.P. Evans, vicar of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn officiated at the house and the Rv J.C. Owen, Eglwys Newydd at the grave. Captain Michell was in his 67th year, and was well known in connection with the mining industry in North Cardiganshire.

On the following Sunday, the Rev Mr Thomas, vicar of Abersydan, a personal friend of the deceased, preached a funeral sermon at Llantrisant Church. The reverend gentleman took as his text, the last verse of the XVI Psalm.   

  THE  CAMBRIAN  NEWS  AND  WELSH FARMER'S  GAZETTE October 11th 1895

MICHELL - October 1st at 5 North Road, Mrs (Sarah) Mitchell, Hafod Newydd, Pontrhydygroes, aged 67 years.

IN LOVING MEMORY of 
WILLIAM MICHELL of CWMYDION.  Born November 14 1826.
Died 1st March 1894. 
Also of SARAH MICHELL Beloved wife of the above  who died 1st October 1895  Aged 67 years.  He giveth his beloved sleep.
 



 CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

WILLIAM HENRY MICHELLb 1852

William Henry was the first child of William and Sarah Michell. He was born around 1852 in Llanfihangel.

I was absolutely delighted to receive the following message from Shirley Mae Ferguson, nee Michell. KD (April 2011)

I believe that I, my siblings and some cousins are descendents of the Michell line shown on your website. I came upon your website by accident and have enjoyed it so much - especially the pictures. I have forwarded them on to other family members.
William Henry Michell is my grandfather, about whom we have very little information. Maybe some other Michell members on your website know something about him and can tell us a little about his whereabouts before and after his marriage.

There follows a recap of Shirley's information on her grandfather. 
Shirley can be contacted via
mail@penmon.orgif you can help us with additional information on the family of William Henry Michell. KD
 

By 1861 William and Sarah Michell had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children.William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

William Henry had left home by 1871.

The British census for that year shows him as a scholar in Aberystwyth aged 19, lodging at 20 Queen Street, Aberystwyth with Margaret James 75, widowed and her daughter Margaret 29, a dressmaker
.

He moved to America in 1873.

The U.S. 1880 census shows William Henry living in Pennsylvania as a boarder with another family and is 29 years old It lists his occupation as a laborer.

He married his first wife, Ella Ruddy, on the 15th January 1892 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was born in Massachusettes, daughter of James Ruddy and Mary Barnett.  

No other information is known about him until 1896, when he married his second wife, Grace C. Nexsen (1872-1938) in Evansville, IN. Grace herself was previously married.

The couple had four children, William Henry Michell (1898 - 1976), Shirley's father, Albert Edward Michell, (1901 - 1953) born in Evansville, Grace Claudine Michell (1903 - 1989) born in Louisville, KY and Isabelle Elizabeth Michell (1906 - 1978), born in Evansville.


William Henry Michell
16th September 1898 - May 18th 1976
Shirley's father.
Photo taken about 1902


Written on the back of these photos 
their mother Grace wrote
:

(left) Albert Michell, 11 yrs old
(right William Michell, 14 yrs old
portrait taken January 12, 1913

(left) Isabelle Michell, 6 yrs old
(right) Claudine Michell, 9 yrs old
portrait taken December 15, 1912

The 1900 U.S. Census shows William Henry and Grace living in Evansville. It lists his occupation as a chemist.

The 1910 U.S. Census shows Grace Michell divorced. Apparently, some time after their divorce, Grace and her four children moved to St. Louis, because a St. Louis Public School record shows their son, William Henry Michell, Shirley's father, in school in St. Louis in 1912.

The 1920 U.S. Census findsWHM (b1851) still alive and living in St. Louis. We were going on the assumption that he had already died since Grace's 1920 census shows she's widowed. There were a couple of discrepancies on the form, but I'm pretty sure it's WHM. The age was correct, he was born in Wales, and he worked for a Chemical Co.  (A strange thing - both WHM and Grandmother Grace show they're widowed) I don't understand that. Also, the Census shows WHM and Grace living not too far apart in St. Louis. They're each living in a different STL district and on different Censuses. I'm sending an attachment of WHM's census. I don't think the info is too significant - but it is another document. And it does kinda make me think that WHM died in St. Louis - but I've looked everywhere for something that says so. And I may be getting closer to finding out the original reason that this all started. 

This leads us to believe that William Henry died sometime between 1910 and 1920. We believe he died after being hit by a horse-drawn wagon. But we have never found anything in any Census or other records. We have very little information before or after his marriage to Grace Nexsen.

This picture of Grace Michell and her granddaughter Shirley was taken in 1932.
It was taken on the back porch at Grace's son Albert's house, possibly at Christmas time.
 




 William Henry Michell
1898 - 1975
son of
William Henry and Grace Michell

William and Grace's son William Henry Michell (1898 - 1975) married Lena Mae Shelby (1902 - 1998).


William Henry Michell
U.S Army 1919

Excerpt from WHM's original Enlistment Record Form

William H. Michell, 6419473, Corporal, enlisted 19th May 1919, at Jefferson Barracks , Mo.
And completed 3 yrs, 0 mos, 0 days, for longevity pay at date of discharge.

Remarks:
I certify this soldier's character to be excellent.
No AWOL or absence under G.O. 45/14.
Served in France and Germany from 11th June 1919.
Entitled to travel pay to St. Louis, Mo.

Service was honest and faithful.
(signed) W. R. Graham, Captain, 8th Infantry, Co. "E"

OFO CORD CHARLESTON, S.C. 5/29/22.
Paid in cash, on Final Statement, this date,
including travel pay to St. Louis, Missouri, $117.51.
(signed) C. E. Stone, 1st Lt., F.D.


Shirley recalls a cute story about her Dad's Army pictures.

"I remember they had been hanging on the wall forever as I was growing up. I asked my Mom when she was ever going to take them down. Mom said never, because she had promised grandmother Grace she would take very good care of them, and she told me that Grace would turn over in her grave if she knew Mom had taken them down. I was about 10 or 12 at the time and had never heard that expression.  I now have those pictures and they are as dear to me as they were to my Mom and Dad and Grace."

OBITUARY

MICHELL, WILLIAM H. (HARRY) Tues. May 18 1976 husband of Lena (nee Shelby), father of Shirley Ferguson, Harry, Jnr. Robert and Richard, brother of the late Albert E. Michell, Mrs Claudine Meyer and Mrs Isabell Wadsworth of San Pedro, California, dear grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law and father-in-law.
Service at LUPTON Chapel, 7233 Deimar Blvd. Friday 11 am interment Valhaila Cemetery. Member of Pilgrim Lodge No. 652 AF and AM. Scottish Rite, Moolah Temple, Post Patron Home Chapter No. 313 O.E.S. and University City Lions Club. Those desiring may make memorials to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. Friends may call at Chapel Thursday 2 to 9pm.


The couple have four children, Shirley Mae Michell, William Henry (Harry) Michell, Robert Allen Michell and John Richard Michell.

EDUCATION

Here's a story about the early education of William Henry Michell, Albert, Claudine, and Isabelle. It was about this time that Grace and children moved to St. Louis, Mo (possibly sometime in 1911 or 1912). The children would have been about 14, 11, 6, and 4.

Their school records show the family moved around a lot. There are several different home addresses noted on their records and they attended several different schools.

William Henry went to Riddick Elementary and Central High School. His record shows he applied for a work permit on October 31, 1913; he was about 15 years old, so he probably did not graduate.


Central High School

Albert probably did not graduate from high school. The 1920 U.S. Census shows he was working for the Missouri Pacific Railroad as a clerk; he was only 19 years old. He was still working for the Railroad when he died in 1953. It's interesting to note that he had only one job his entire life.

Claudine and Isabelle went to Eugene Field Elementary, pictured below, Cupples Elementary, and Riddick Elementary. There are no high school records - probably because they were still too young to be in high school.


Eugene Field Elementary School

Ironically, I attended first grade at Eugene Field School, and my husband, Jim, graduated from Central High School in 1951. 




Shirley Mae Ferguson nee Michell
with her husband Jim

I am very grateful to Shirley for 
sharing her family history and photographs. KD
 

 


John Richard Michell
1938 - 1999
son of
William Henry and Lena Mae Michell

I was absolutely delighted when another member of our Michell family got in touch - Scott. KD
Hello, my name is Scott Michell.   Shirley Michell Ferguson is my Aunt.
It sounds as though my great-grandfather (William Henry Michell born 7/3/1851) has a sister who is one of your ancesters. 
Obviously, with my surname Michell, I am most interested in the Michell line of your research.  I have visited a few websites that claim the Michell's came from Normandy, France in 940 AD or 1040 AD.  Another website mentioned the 1600s as the time when some Michell's went to Wales from France.

I am very grateful to Scott for the following family information and photos. KD.

My father is Shirley's brother John Richard Michell. 
The following is a short summary of my immediate family.
John Richard Michell was born in1938, and died in 1999.


Robert Michell, Shirley Michell (Ferguson),William (Harry) Michell and my father John Richard Michell.  This was taken in 1943.

Sheila recalls:
Have you noticed that we were all dressed up? We were going to Sunday School that morning - why else would be dressed up?
Anyway, we went every Sunday to our church just four houses away. We lived at Cabanne Ave. If you have a magnifying glass, you can see that Robert (and maybe Harry) has his perfect attendance button on. I love Richard's and my skinny legs - people didn't call us bird legs for nothing!
When I look at it now, we look tall - but we were always short for our ages.



John Richard Michell in 1956


He was a radio disc jockey from 1959 until the early 1960s when he switched to news reporting. 


John Richard Michell in 1961

He may well have played some of these;
01 Percy Faith-Theme From A Summer Place
02 Jim Reeves-He'll Have To Go
03 Everly Brothers-Cathy's Clown
04 Johnny Preston-Running Bear
05 Mark Dinning-Teen Angel
06 Elvis Presley-It's Now Or Never
07 Jimmy Jones-Handyman
08 Brenda Lee-I'm Sorry
09 Elvis Presley-Stuck On You
10 Chubby Checker-Twist
11 Connie Francis-Everybody's Somebody's Fool
12 Bobby Rydell-Wild One
13 Brothers Four-Greenfields
14 Jack Scott-What In The World'S Come Over You
15Marty Robbins-El Paso
16Hollywood Argyles-Alley Oop
17Connie Francis-My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own
18Brenda Lee-Sweet Nothin'
19Brian Hyland-Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
20Roy Orbison-Only The Lonely

He was a News Director for a handful of different radio stations from the early/middle 1960s until his death in 1999.

He married my mother Mary Margaret Heyduck who was born in 1937, on October 20, 1962.


Mary Margaret Michell in 1955

Between 1962 and 1973 they lived in both Tennessee and Illinois before moving to Sioux City, Iowa, in 1974.


John Richard Michell in 1975


Dad passed away in 1999, but Mom still lives the house we all grew up in in Sioux City, Iowa.

They had four children.  
John Richard Michell, Jr. currently living in Ames, Iowa, and has no children.  His wife's name is Kim. 

Carol Ann Michell (now Carol Michell Huston) currently living near Salt Lake City, Utah.  She has three children.   Her husband's name is Kirk Huston.
 

Scott Gregory Michell, (right) currently living near Dallas, Texas.  My wife's name is Lori Maxey Michell.  We were married in 2001. 

We have four children, three together and one of mine from a previous marriage.
  

 
They are Brian Page, his mother is Emmylyn Page, Jack Richard Michell, Mark Herbert Michell  and Mary Kathryn Michell. This is her American name - we adopted her from China.
  She had been abandoned when just a few weeks old.  She is from Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China. Her name at birth was Dang Yi Miao, Dang being her surname.

Steven Douglas Michell  currently living near Seattle, Washington.  His wife's name is Brenda and they have one child. 

Received the following message from Brian Page. KD:

My name is Brian Scott Alen Page, son of Scott Gregory Michell and Emmylyn Page.  I was born on October 11th 1992.  I currently live in Republic, Missouri, which is 9 miles from Springfield, Missouri, with my mother, who now goes by Emmylyn Page-Wolcott. 
I graduated from Republic High School on May 12, 2011 from Republic High School.  At the moment I am not in college but plan to in the future.  I currently work for Sears.


Albert Michell
1901 - 1953
son of
William Henry and Grace Michell


I was absolutely delighted to receive the following message from Vicky 'Michell' Burgard. KD (April 2011)

My second cousin Shirley introduced me to your website. We have been working with each other to put our family history together. It's funny how when you seem to get stumped something like your website comes up.

I am so excited about your site and hope I can get my book put together even better now.

Vicky can be contacted viamail@penmon.orgif you can help us with additional information on the family of Albert Michell. KD 


William and Grace's son Albert Michell (1901 - 1953) was born on the 25th March, 1901. He married Hansina Johnson.



Albert Edward Michell

Albert was a  Switchman Clerk for the railroad in St Louis. Sadly, he died of a heart attack while working at his job.

OBITUARY

MICHELL, ALBERT E. Sr., 8246 Jefferson, Vinita Park, Sat., Jan. 24 1953, beloved husband of Sina J. Michell, dear father of Albert Jr. and Eugene Michell, dear brother of Harry, Claudia Meyer and Isabell Wadsworth, dear brother-in-law, father-in-law and uncle.
Funeral Thurs. Jan 29, 1:30 p.m. from BAUMANN BROS. Funeral Home, 2504 Woodson Rd., Overland. Interment Valhalia Cemetery, Member Switchman's Union Local No. 271


One of their sons was Howard 'Gene' Michell, father of Vicky 'Michell' Burgard.

I am very grateful to Vicky for 
sharing her family history and photographs. KD
 


Grace Claudine Michell
1903 - 1989
daughter of
William Henry and Grace Michell


William and Grace's daughter Grace Claudine was born on the 8th November, 1903.

She married William H. Meyer, who was born on the 4th January, 1888. They had no children.

William died on the 16th October, 1961, and Grace died on the 18th June, 1989.

Both are buried at Pacific Crest Crematory, San Pedro, California.



Isabelle Elizabeth Michell
1906 - 1978
daughter of
William Henry and Grace Michell


William and Grace's daughter Isabelle Elizabeth Michell was born on the 27th July, 1906, in Evansville.

She married Arnold Hugh Wadsworth who was born on the 6th January 1903.

They had one child, Carol Ann Bradley, born in San Pedro.  

Arnold Hugh Wadsworth died on the 24th of September 1965.

Isabelle died on the 3rd of July 1978.

Both are buried at Pacific Crest Crematory, San Pedro, California.

 

 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

JOHN MICHELL b 1854

John Henry was the second child of William and Sarah Michell. He was born around 1852 in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 his parents had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. Catherine Sarah Corps, a niece aged 6, born in Dowlais was living with them.

John was married by 1881 and living at Brunant Cottage. He was 27 and a lead miner. His wife Elizabeth was 29, and they had three children, Agnes E, 4, William Thomas 2 and 7 month old James Mason.

In 1891, John, 37 was a lead ore dresser, living at 2 New Row, Llanfihangel, with wife Elizabeth, 39, and children Agnes, 14, William T. 12, James M. 10 and Mabel E.8.


Delighted to receive the following communication from Ashley Davies, living in Australia.. KD

Hi, Ken! I think we may have the same great great grandparents (and even the same surname) We recently started on our family histories and my wife happened to chance on your amazing website as she was looking for the Michells.
The second son of William Michell and Sarah Bands was John, he had a daughter Agnes Emmeline (1877-1975) who married a vicar, Edward Richard Davies (1877-1927) - their son was a Thomas Frank Davies (1907-2003) and hence to me Ashley Tarleton Davies b. 1940 and still going! I moved to Melbourne in 1972. If you have the time and the interest to reply I'd be interested if there are any other Aussie contacts who are descended from the Michells.
Ashley can be contacted vai mail@penmon.org

 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

SAMPSON MICHELL b 1855

Sampson was the third child of William and Sarah Michell. He was born around 1855 in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 the couple had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. Catherine Sarah Corps, a niece aged 6, born in Dowlais was living with them.

Believed to be a photograph of
Sampson Michell

Sampson married Sarah Claridge who was born around 1854, on the 21st June 1878, at Eglwys Newydd, Hafod.

Her family originated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Her great grandfather Richard Claridge, born 1769 in Woodstock lived at Gloucester Hall, Penrhyncoch in 1841. His son, and Sarah's grandfather, Richard Claridge 44 and his wife Ann 56 were also living with him.
Richard Claridge Senior had died by 1851, and son Richard Claridge 54 was head of household, farming Gloucester Hall with his brother William 29 and his wife Nanny 25 of Cornwall, Sarah's parents, Mary 23, Sarah 21, Richard John 1, son of William and Sarah.

William 39 a Mine Agent and Nanny Claridge 36, moved to North Wales. 1861 found them living at Brynford Street, Holywell. Their family consisted of Sarah, who was 7, Richard 11, Elizabeth Anne 9, William H. 6, and Laura, 10 months.

In 1871, William was widowed, and he worked as a leadore dresser. Richard 21, was a mine agent, Elizabeth 19 was recorded as at home, William 16 was a miner, Sampson 14 and Laura 10. Sarah had left home was boarding at Chalybeat Terrace, Aberystwyth in the household of David and Elizabeth James, a shoemaker and his wife. Sarah herself, was a dressmaker. 

Sarah's brother Richard, or Dick bought the Dyffryn Castell Hotel in Ponterwyd. He was also a mine Agent. 

Dyffryn Castell Hotel, Ponterwyd. Photo courtesy of Roy Douglas

Richard was 31 in 1881 at the hotel, and married to Mary, 28, born in Cardiganshire. They had three daughters and a son at the time, Fannie 8, Sarah J. 5, Beatrice 3, and William H. 1. William Claridge 59, possibly Sarah's father resided at Ponterwyd Gate, a widower, with three children living at home; Eliza A. 29, housekeeper, Sampson 24 a lead miner and Laura 20, noted as at home.

William Claridge 26, possibly Sarah's brother , lived at Troedrhenrhiw, Cwm Rheidiol, with his wife Hannah 23. Both were Cardiganshire born.

Sarah and her husband Sampson, had two children initially, William Bands Michell born c 1879 and Beatrice born c 1881.

By 1881, Sampson had left home and had gone to America to find work and he joined two of William Claridges brothers, who were already out there. The 1881 census for Rheidiol Cottage shows Sarah as head of household aged 26, and was a Captain's wife. William Bands was 2 and Beatrice S, just 3 months old.

Sampson returned home, to take Sarah and both children over to America, where another two children were born, Thomas Henry Michell c 1883 and John Trevethan Michell 1885.

Sadly, Sampson died aged 29 on the 16th April, 1885, 2 months after the birth of his youngest child, John Trevethan.

In Memoriam - In Affectionate Remembrance of

SAMPSON MICHELL

Of Irwin Station, Westmoreland Co., Pa, USA.

Who died on 16th April, 1885, Aged 29 years. 
In the midst of life we are in death    

Sarah and her family returned to live in Ponterwyd and stayed with her brother Richard at the Dyffryn Castle Hotel.


Sarah Claridge/Michel/Jenkins.

1891 shows her as a widow, aged 37, and she worked as a laundress. William Bands was 12, Beatrice Sarah 10, Thomas Henry 8 and John Trevethan 6. Both Thomas and John are shown on the census as  born in America, but are now British Citizens.


Beatrice Sarah Michell  

By 1895, Sarah had married Isaac Jenkins of Cwmrheidiol. They were living in Llanwenno, Glamorgan where sons Alfred and Sidney were born, but had returned to mid Wales by the time Frederick was born. In 1901, they were living at Blaenpentre, Ysbyty Cynfyn. Isaac was 32, Sarah 45 and their three children were Alfred R. 5, Sidney 4 and Frederick 2.

Alfred Jenkins 1896 - 1981
and
Sidney J Jenkins 1897 - ?

Alf Jenkins joined the Liverpool Regiment
during the Great War
.

Alf was then transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps. Here is a photograph which he had sent home, he was in a field hospital where an amputation was going to take place. 

On the back of the photo is written "Operating Theatre.   Amputation below knee.   Staff:  4 Doctors, 2 Sisters, One Orderly.   Richborough Military Hospital, Kent", and the date.  
I can't make it out, it's either 1917 or 1919 - more likely to be 1917 I would think.
 

Frederick Edward Jenkins 1899 - 1958

Alf Jenkins


Gravestone of Isaac and Sarah Jenkins at Ysbyty Cynfyn

In dear memory of
Isaac Jenkins
Talwr View, Ponterwyd
Died March 1st 1922 aged 53.
Sarah, his wife
Died November 17th 1931 aged 73.
 
Too good in life to be forgotten in death.

The font at Hafod Church was donated to Ysbyty Cynfyn Church by Alfred and Frederick Jenkins in memory of their parents, Sarah (nee Claridge, formerly Michell) and Isaac Jenkins.   At some time, after Alfred's death, the vicar decided to move the font from Ysbyty Cynfyn to Hafod Church.

BEATRICE SARAH MICHELL
(1880 - 1941)

Beatrice Sarah Michell was born in Ponterwyd, Cardiganshire on the 18th December 1880.

She married Sidney Richard Morgan at Londonderry Registrar's Office, Ireland on the 10th December 1912. He was the son of Richard Francis and Ann Morgan of Swansea. Sidney Morgan was the Chief Engineer on the SS Bright Wings, and it was on this ship that they sailed to Australia.

SS Bright Wings


There is no information available as to the date of sailing or their arrival in Australia, but the record of her death tells us that they had lived in New South Wales for 27 years.

Beatrice and her family visited the UK during the summer of 1938, having arrived in London on RMS Orcades on the 5th May. On the passenger list Sidney Morgan was listed as a marine engineer. She stayed for a short while with her brother and sister-in-law in Ponterwyd during her trip.

She died at the Iluka Private Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales on the 27th December 1941, having been ill for five years. She was cremated on the 29th December 1941. Her ashes were interred at the crematorium.

Sidney Morgan died in 1955.

Beatrice and Sidney had one child, a daughter named Beatrice Margaret (Peggy), who was born on the 9th of May 1917.

Beatrice Sarah with 'Little Peggy'
On the reverse is written;
"With fondest love to all,
from your loving Beatie"


Apart from the fact that she was a sergeant in the Australian Air Force during the Second World War, and worked as a teletypist before and after the war, there is nothing.

Peggy and a friend visited the UK in 1951, arriving in London on the P & O Liner Strathaird on the 9th of April, and stayed for a brief period with her uncle and aunt in Ponterwyd.

A member of the family tried to make contact with Peggy (at her last known address in Kirra, Queensland) in the early 1980s when her uncle died, but nothing was heard from her in reply. Recent attempts have been made to trace her, but no information has come to light. 

I am very grateful to Idwena Michell Jones, one of John Trevethan and Dorothy Michell's granddaughters, for this information relating to Beatrice Sarah Michell. KD 


Thomas Henry Michell moved back to the USA as a young man, and eventually married a lady named Blodwen (of Welsh parentage).   They had 4 children, 2 sons, 2 daughters., of whom one daughter survives

Thomas Henry Michell (1883-1967) and his family.  
Details taken from the American Census taken on 1 April 1930 in Duluth City, Minnesota:

Thomas Henry Michell, aged 47.   Occupation - Special Representative for Dupont.   Born Pennsylvania.
Blodwen Michell aged 41, born Pennsylvania.
Thomas H aged 13, born Pennsylvania
John W, aged 5, born Minnesota
Sarah J, aged 3 9/12, born Minnesota
Priscilla A, aged 1 11/12, born Minnesota

From that information it was found that:
Blodwen was born in Pennsylvania on 12 August 1888.   Died in Lake Worth on
1 August 1970.
Thomas H (son) was born 12 March 1917.   Died in Clackamas, Oregon on 27 April 1998.
John W was born 26 June 1924.   Died in Lake Worth, Florida on 8 January 1998.
Sarah J was born on 15 July1926.   Died on 20 July 2006 in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Priscilla A was born in 1928 (probably April or May).   I have no further information on her.   Last address, several years ago, was Minnesota.
Thomas Henry and Blodwen were 30 and 24 respectively when they married.   There is no record of the place of marriage nor the date.


Thomas Henry Michell  1883 - 1967 - mentioned as a young man in Jim Michell's letter to Sarah Jenkins nee Michell

Thomas with wife Blodwen Christmas 1966
Thomas and Blodwen's children Sarah, Priscilla and Tom Junior, and John

Sarah "Sally" Jane Michell 
Date: July 15th, 1926 - July 20th, 2006

Obituary:
Sally Michell passed away on July 20, 2006 in her home in Grants Pass, Oregon. Sally was born in Duluth, MN July 15, 1926 graduating from Duluth Central High School in 1944, Rockford College in 1948, and later received her teaching certificate from Fullerton College in Fullerton, California.
Sally taught in the La Habra City School District for nearly 30 years as an elementary and special education teacher. Sally loved her summer adventures on many Elherhostel trips around the country where she met many new people and continued her love of learning.
Following retirement Sally moved to Grants Pass, Oregon where she made many new and dear friends. Sally is survived by her son David (Irene) Vanoski, sister Priscilla Runquist, White Bear Lake MN, many nieces and nephews, as well as her wonderful supportive friends and her dog Walter Basset.
Sally was preceded in death by her husband, daughter Sarah, and son Tom. Sally was a member of Hillcrest Congregational Church, La Habra Heights, CA, PEO Chapter EX and AAUW.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at her home on Thursday July 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Memorials preferred to the donors choice
.


In 1909, Sampson's brother James wrote to their sister Lizzie. In it he states;

  Tom Michell, brother Sampson's boy, was here with us last summer, he is a nice boy and comes here as his home. He has a good situation as demonstrator for a large company in the Eastern States. Poor brother Sampson has been dead now 24 years. Do you see Sally (Sarah)? Willie Bands is in S Wales and youngest boy John at home. Beaty in Cardiff.

 

 WILLIAM BANDS MICHELL
&
MARY ANN DANIEL
Son of Sampson and Sarah Michell

William Bands was the eldest child of Sampson and Sarah Michell. He was born in 1879.

By 1881, his father Sampson had left home in Mid Wales and had gone to America to find work and he joined two of William Claridges brothers, who were already out there. The 1881 census for Rheidiol Cottage shows Sarah as head of household aged 26, and was a Captain's wife. William Bands was 2 and Beatrice Sarah, just 3 months old.

Sampson soon returned home, to take Sarah and both children over to America, where another two children were born, Thomas Henry Michell c 1883 and John Trevethan Michell 1885.

Sadly, Sampson died 2 months after the birth of John Trevethan aged 29 on the 16th April 1885.

Sarah and her family returned to live in Ponterwyd and stayed with her brother Richard at the Dyffryn Castle Hotel.

1891 shows her as a widow, aged 37, and she worked as a laundress. William Bands was 12, Beatrice Sarah 10, Thomas Henry 8 and John Trevethan 6. Both Thomas and John are shown on the census as  born in America, but are now British Citizens.

In 1901, William 22 was a boarder at 32 Herbert St Abercynon, where he lived in the household of Thomas and Caroline Morgan. Thomas was a colliery haulier underground, and William a colliery Timberman.

He married Mary Ann Daniel, born 1873. Her parents were Ebenezer Daniel born 1825 who married Jane Jones born 1831, on the 27th May 1851. Mary's siblings were Ebenezer Daniel born 1874, Catherine born 1868, Elizabeth born 1861, Jane born 1859, John born 1855, Sarah born 1863 and Mary born 1856.

Mary Ann's grandparents on her fathers side were David Daniel born 1793 of Llangwyfron, who married Elizabeth Williams born 1797. The couple had the following children in addition to Mary Ann's father Ebenezer; William Daniel born 1827, Mary born 1829, Margarte born 1836, David born 1831, Danniel born 1833 and Elizabeth born 1831.

Mary Ann's grandfather on her mother's side was John Jones born 1785.

William Bands Michell and his wife Mary Ann lived at 11 Penpark Terrace, Abercynon. The couple had  nine children. Ada born on the 14th January 1902 in Abercynon, Beatrice 1905, Sara Jane (Sally) born 1906, Thomas born 1905, Samson born 1913, John born 1907 and died in Februaty 1908, Blodwen born 1912, William born 1909 and died in 1910 and Laura born 1910. 

Top left is a photo of Mary Ann Michell, nee Daniel.

Bottom left is William Bands Michell.

 

Photos courtesy of Mrs Pam Roberts

 William Band Michell died on the 6th April 1924.

Pam Roberts states; This is my great grandfather, William Bands Michell's memorial card which my uncle Norman found accidentally on the Rhondda history site.

  Mary remarried after William's death. She died in 1946 and is buried with William and their two sons John and William at Trealaw Cemetery.

  
 

CHILDREN OF
WILLIAM BANDS & MARY ANN MICHELL

William Bands Michell and his wife Mary Ann lived at 11 Penpark Terrace, Abercynon. The couple had  nine children. Ada born on the 14th January 1902 in Abercynon, Beatrice 1905, Sara Jane (Sally) born 1906, Thomas born 1905, Samson born 1913, John born 1907 and died in Februaty 1908, Blodwen born 1912, William born 1909 and died in 1910 and Laura born 1910.

Ada Michell, Pam Roberts' grandmother was born in Abercynon, in the same valley as Aberdare and died young.
 Ada Michell is on right with Pam Roberts' grandfather Tydecho Jones (known as Dago) and on right is Pam's great aunt Ann Mary Jones...known as Annie May.
 

Pam's grandmother Ada before she was married.
She had 5 children, Ray, Willie, Bronwen ( her mother), Gwilym and Gareth. Ray and Willie have died. Ray had 2 children, Willie had 3 children, Pam is the eldest of 2 and a Beddoe by birth, Gwilym had 3 children and Gareth had 4 children. Quite a few Joneses and many live in the Rhondda.

Some of their children; Laura, Beattie, Blod, Sally, Sam and Thomas
 
 
 

Family photo of Pam Roberts' grandparents Ada and Tydecho Jones with their children Raymond on far right , then Bronwen, Pam's mother, Gwilym sitting on his mother's lap and William ( Willie) on far left. Gareth was not then born.

Sam Michell, William Bands Michell's son with his wife May
and daughter Caroline.


Sarah Michell, my aunt Sally, William Bands Michell's daughter
with her husband Amwell and daughters Gladys and Betty.

Laura Michell
 

CWMYSTWYTH LEAD MINES


Take trip of a lifetime into
CWMYSTWYTH MINES
click here

Cwmystwyth Going Underground

I was delighted to receive the following message from
Kes Jones. KD

Apologies if the above link is something you have seen already but I wondered if it might be of interest.

It is the first of a series of four clips exploring the underground workings at Cwmystwyth found after a recommendation on an underground exploration website.

Many thanks for your wonderful site - my former father-in-law Howell Morgan was the great grandson of one of the miners depicted in the photo in front of the compressor house and I am really glad I had a chance to show him your research before he died in 2009.

Howell's reaction to seeing your site was one of amazement - he was of a generation that found the internet itself a true wonder but showing him the sheer extent of what was possible to find was lovely.

He remembered playing in the Hafod mansion grounds as a small boy - sneaking in over the wall to watch the rabbits. He also remembers the lamp house still containing all the miners lamps up until fairly recently.

With all the very best,

Kes

Published on You Tube - 10 Apr 2012 by MetalLinksProject

A Welsh audio video of the inside of Cwmystwyth mine made in the 1990s. Reproduced on You Tube with the kind permission of Alun Jenkins from his video Llwybr Tadgu.


 

JOHN TREVETHAN MICHELL 
& DOROTHY WILLIAMS
son of Sampson and Sarah Michell

I am very grateful to the late Mr Gordon Michell for giving me the following information about his family, and to Mr Norman Michell for agreeing its reproduction here. KD.

John Trevethan Michell, born in 1885,was the son of Sampson and Sarah Michell (nee Claridge). He married Dorothy Williams,  in 1909. She was born in 1881.

John and Dorothy Michell


Dorothy's great grandparents died on the same day, leaving eight children, seven boys and a girl.

Dorothy's grandmother,  who was also called Dorothy, married the local blacksmith, John Jenkins.

Their daughter Lisa married a Ponterwyd shepherd, Thomas Williams and they had two children, Dorothy and Isaac. It was this Dorothy who married John Trevethan Michell.

Lisa remained a widow for several years after the death of her husband, Thomas. She lived at Ty'r Go, the blacksmith's shop which was used as a village surgery.

John Trevethan Michell worked in the mines around Ponterwyd until 1923, when he bacame a road man for Cardiganshire County Council. In time, he was promoted to foreman, and worked for the County Council for 30 years until his retirement, a year before his death. When first married, he lived at Penybont Farm, then purchased and moved to Brynawel Farm, Ponterwyd in 1925.

John and Dorothy in later life

The couple had four children, Gordon, Beatrice, Laura (who went to care for Isaac Williams) and William. 

Gordon  Michell  Gordon and his family moved into Brynawel, after the death of both his parents. He worked as a roadman with Cardiganshire County Council for 38 years. During the Second World War, Gordon was in the R.A.F..

Left;
Mr Gordon Michell

He married Prudence Mary Prosser in 1936, a girl from Machynlleth. She came to work as a servant girl in the George Borrow Hotel.

They had four children, Terry, Sid, Norman and Heather. Prudence Michell died in December 1980. 

Terry, Gordon's eldest son, died peacefully after a lengthy illness on 30th July 2011 at the age of 74.   In his younger days he played football for local clubs and went on to referee many amateur football matches, including an Amateur Earopean match.
In later years he was very involved with Bowls, being an active member of the Aberystwyth Bowls Association, and had been the President of the Ceredigion Bowls Association until very recently.
Terry lived and worked in Aberystwyth as a Motor Workshop Manager with the G.P.O.. He was in the Territorial Army for many years and helped his brothers farming at weekends and during the holidays.
He was pre-deceased by his wife, Betty in January 2002, and by their elder daughter, Gail, in November 2003.   He is survived by his younger daughter and two grandchildren.

Sid works as a Bank Messenger. He was a volunteer in the Welsh Guards from 1957 to 1960. He helps his brothers in the partnership.

 

Norman, also a volunteer in the Welsh Guards from 1961 to 1964 recently retired from being a milkman covering Capel Bangor, Goginan, Cwm Ystwyth, Devil's Bridge and Ponterwyd. He works three farms and is a Community Councillor on Blaen Rhyd Community Council. His wife Daphne sadly died in 2007. She was the cook in charge at Sir John Rhys Junior School, Ponterwyd and undertook the family business paperwork. She also set up Ponterwyd Youth Club. They have three .

Heather's married name was Jones. They had two daughters and a son. She died in September 2001.

Gordon died in December 2001.


Beatrice Helena Michell was born in 1912, and was the eldest of Gordon's sisters.   She died in 2005.


She was married to John Emlyn Evans, who died in 1981. They are buried at Ysbyty Cynfyn.
They had three daughters, one of whom, Laura Mary, died at the age of 5 days. She is buried at Ysbyty Cynfyn 
There are three granddaughters.
One great-granddaughter
One great great-grandson
One great great-granddaughter.

Three members of the family live in the Aberystwyth area of Ceredigion.
Three members live in Gwent,;  and two live in Surrey

Laura Mary Evans



William Erwyd Michell,son of John Trevethan and Dorothy Michell, was born in August 1920.

He was in the RAF during World War II, and met and married Enid Hughes while stationed somewhere on the Lleyn Peninsula. Enid was born in February 1924.
They had one son, who died in November 2004. Enid died on the 25th September, 1986. William in February 2005.

Tribute to Mrs Elizabeth Evans
(formerly Williams nee Jenkins)
Mrs Evans is Dorothy Michell's mother who is the wife of  John Trevethan Michell

Elizabeth Jenkins was born in 1854 to John and Dorothy Jenkins.   They lived in the Ponterwyd area of Ceredigion.   She married Thomas Williams (1854-1885).   They had two children, Isaac and Dorothy.  

Dorothy (1881-1954) married John Trevethan Michell (1885-1954) in December 1909.   They had four children.    

Thomas and Elizabeth Williams lived at Talwrn View, Ponterwyd - known locally as Ty'r Gof.  

When Dr John Morgans of Pontrhydygroes wanted to set up a weekly surgery in Ponterwyd in 1884, he used the parlour at Ty'r Gof.  

Elizabeth Williams remarried, to William Evans of Penybont, Ponterwyd, and the surgery moved with her to Penybont.   The surgery remained at Penybont until the early 2000s, when the practice, now based at Llanilar, stopped holding surgeries other than at Llanilar.   Penybont is still lived in by one of Mrs Evans' granddaughters.  

William and Elizabeth Evans with Gordon Michell (rear), the eldest of Elizabeth Evans' grandsons, and Gwyn (at the front) who was one of William Evans' grandsons.

William Evans was an Elder of Ponterwyd's chapel, and visiting preachers would stay at Penybont for the weekend.   These would be visiting preachers from other parts of Wales, as well as students at the Theological College in Aberystwyth.

Here is a fitting tribute to Mrs Elizabeth Evans, which was entered in the Ponterwyd Eisteddfod in 1926

 

Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Ponterwyd
Awst 11eg 1926
Beirniad Y Parchedig J. Dyfnallt Owen, Caerfyrddin
Penillion Coffa ; Y Ddiweddar Mrs Elizabeth Evans, Penybont, Ponterwyd.
Ffugenw ; "Cyfaill Calon"

Bonterwyd annwyl, megaist brif
Enwogion Cymru ar dy fron,
Ac nid y lleiaf yn eu rhif
Oedd Mrs Evans ; hanes hon
Sy'n gwlwm tynu a'th hanes di
Yng nghol y bryniau, - dyma'r man -
Yn swn y Rheidiol ganwyd hi,
A'i hoes a dreuliodd ar ei glan
Yn siriol fel ei hewyn gwyn,
Sy'n llifo'n fendith ar ei thaith;
Atgofion erys uwch y glyn
O'i bywyd hithau'n llawn o waith.

Hanes swynol fel y Rheidiol
Wenodd yn yr ardal gu,
Rhannu cysur garai'n siriol,
Da i bawb mewn angen bu;
Byth ni throai grwydryn ymaith
Heb roi iddo ymborth hael,
Rhoddodd gymwynasau gamwaith
Hen eu gofyn i rai gwael.

Cristion ydoedd yn goleuo
Llwybrau moes fel seren dlos
Sion uwch ei bedd sy'n wylo
Dagrau serch fel gwith y nos;
Achos Iesu yn yr ardal
Garai'n fyw na'i chartref glan,
Hael gyfrannu wnaeth i'w gynnal,
Gyda'i chalon fawr an dan.

Trist yw'r Ysgol Sul mewn dagrau,
Fel y lloer tan gymyl du,
Wedi colli yn ei hangau
Un o berlau'i hefgni ffuddlon,
Erys ffrwythau'i hegni ffyddlon,
Tra y sugnis llaeth ei bron
Yn gofadail ddeil atgofion
Byw o'i llafur hoff yn hon.

Gweini wnaeth ar weision Iesu,
Drwy ei hoes yn llon ei bryd,
Dyma'r gwaith oedd yn ei garu
Bennydd yn ei chartref clyd;
Cofia'r gweision fel fy hunan
Am ei lletygarwch rhad,
Treulio'i bywyd wnaeth yn gyfan
Er ein cysur a'n mwynhad
.

Cododd allor yn ei chalon
I ofalu na chaem gam,
Bu'n garedig ac yn dirion
Inni lawer tro fel mam;
Pan gyrhaeddem weithiau'n wlybion
Ar ein taith, caem groeso llawn,
Gyda bwyd a "dillad sychion"
 I'n cynhesu'n ddedwydd iawn.

Fel ei Cheidwad Iesu graslon,
Carai wneud daioni gry',
Drws agored i dylodion
Plwyf yr ardal oedd ei thy;
Rhannu iddynt Gyda'i phriod
Oedd yn wledd i'w chalon bur,
Bu ei chartre'n "fan cyfarfod"
I drueiniaid yn eu cur.

Rhoes ei chartref annwyl hefyd
Yn "feddygfa" hoff i'r fro,
Cafodd llawer yno iechyd
Gan y meddyg yn ei dro;
Rhoddai hithau falm cysuron
Cydymdeimlad pur yn llon,
Brofai weithiau yn well moddion
I ddiddanu ysig fron.

Codi purdeb a dirwestiaeth
I anrhydedd oedd ei gwaith,
Ac fe gerfiodd goffadwriaeth
Fendigedig ar ei thaith;
Plant yr ardal yn "Gobeithlu"
Geidw'r pharch ar wyrdd o hyd,
Rhoddodd oreu'i hoes i'w dysgu
I fyw'n lan mewn anial fyd.

Clywid hi yn canu hymnau
Yn y "Cwrdd" yn frwd a pher,
Yna gwelid ar ei gruddiau
Ddagrau gloywon fel y ser;
Ar adenydd llawer Emyn
'Hedodd fry a'i bron yn dan,
Heddiw ar yr euraidd delyn
Chwery rhain yng ngwlad y Gan.

Cododd allor ar ei haelwyd
I aberthu rhin a moes,
Gwraig a mam oedd well ni chafwyd
Yn byw crefydd drwy ei hoes;
Llosgai'i chalon fawr mewn cariad
Wrth wasgaru'r pur a'r hardd,
Perarogla ei chymeriad
Trwy y fro fel rhosyn gardd.

Fel y Rheidiol wrth oresgyn
Creigiau'n ennill nerth o hyd
Ac yn canu yn y dyffryn
Wedi concro rhain i gyd.
Creigiau bywyd blin a'i groesau
Oresgynnodd Hithau'n gref,
Ac yn nyffryn "cysgod angau" 
Canai goncwest gras y nef.

Tyfodd yn anwylyd ardal
Mewn daioni hyd ei harch,
Erys hiraeth serch i sisial
Nad a'm ango'i gwaith mewn parch;
Deulu annwyl ni raid wylo
Wrth ei llech yn oer y glyn,
Mae cysgodau'r bedd yn cilio
O flaen gwawr ei bywyd gwyn.
"Cyfaill Calon"

 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

JAMES MICHELL
born 30th August 1857

James was the fourth child of William and Sarah Michell. He was born on the 30th August 1857 in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 the William and Sarah had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

Cwmystwyth Mine - photo courtesy of Jon Moorby

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother, and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8.

James emigrated to the United States in 1882. He married Emma Brown in 1884. She was born in Pennsylvania in1856. They had four children two died. Willie was born in 1884 and daughter Lillie in 1889. 

Son Willie had left home before 1907 and married Lettie in that year. She was born in Pennsylvania as were her parents.

Box 26, East McKeesport, Allegheny Co., Pa, USA. October 3rd 1909 Dear Lizzie, I wrote to you about a week ago addressed Ffestiniog only - if Blaenau Ffestiniog is different post office, notify them of the error, it may be OK. I hope to hear from you again soon, would like to hear from Richard and the children, also expect to hear from sisters Eda and Annie.

I read paper with account of Annie's daughter's death, also the death of Will Ball Level's sons in South Wales. Are you near Portmadoc and Pwllheli? I have been to both places, are you near brother Tom? He is in North Wales somewhere in the lead meadures. I have not heard from him since I left home in 1882. I will send you my photo. Was 52 years old August 30th and have been bald some 20 years. Have not heard from brother Henry for seven years, do not know his whereabouts. Henry Bands lives at Duquisne, about four miles from here. Have not seen any of them for two years. I do not visit very much, too busy attending my own business, still we are on the best of terms.

I suppose you know we have two children living, buried two - eldest and yougest. Our eldest boy Willie is married, living near us here and has one child (boy), a dear little fellow - 15 months old. Willie is a mechanic and has worked for the Westinghouse Air Brake Co. - eight years. I have worked for them also 16 years on same job or at least same dept that I started in 16 years ago. I have had promotion. Have not much work with fair pay. I hope Richard has a good position and that you are all well and comfortable. When you write, let me know everything. If you cannot tell me all at once, write again. A letter only costs 2 cents now. I often hear from Eda. She writes such nice sisterly letters. I never hear from her but what I long to see all my sisters. My brothers never seem to care for me, so I feel about them as friends only, except Tom of course - he wwas young when I left - our Willie resembles him - Willie is very steady, but a great baseball player. He has met with several accidents in the game, still he will play - Lillie has taken two courses at college and is now in the General Office of the W. Air Brake Co. - she has a fine position. She was 22 last August 11th, while Willie was 24 on August 16th.

Emma as I suppose you have heard was very delicate for years. Her health has greatly improved of later years so she is home now. She has plenty to do as we have a flock of about 70 chickens and a large garden. I wish you could see our place - of course self priase is no recommendation, still I think you would naturally be interested in our welfare as I can assure you that I am in yours and hope you are very comfortable. Tom Michell, brother Sampson's boy, was here with us last summer, he is a nice boy and comes here as his home. He has a good situation as demonstrator for a large company in the Eastern States. Poor brother Sampson has been dead now 24 years. Do you see Sally? Willie Bands is in S Wales and youngest boy John at home. Beaty in Cardiff. I don't want to turn your wording this time. Hope to hear from you. All join me in kindest regards to all. I remain, dear sister and brother in law, your loving brother, Jim.

Willie and Lizzie's son, mentioned in Jim's letter above, sadly died six months later.

The Thirteenth Census of the United States on the 5th April 1910, gives the following information on James and family.

James was 52 was head of the household. His place of birth was erroneously recorded as England. He had married to Emma for 26 years. She is recorded as being the mother of four children with 2 now living. Daughter Lillian was 21 and born in Pennsylvia. James and Emma have another child, Ethel aged 1, also born in Pennsylvania. James' mother in law Agnes Brown lived with the family and had been widowed for 40 years. She was born in Ohio. All are registerd as white in colour. The census states that James immigrated to the U.S. in 1882, and was a 'naturalized' American, as opposed to an 'alien'. His occupation is given as a packer with the Air Brake Company, working on his own account. He can read and write.

His property is 'owned free' and is a house numbered 15 in the 'farm schedule'. Emma has no occupation. Lillian is a stenographer, also with the Air Brake Company. Mother in law Agnes does not work. All can read and write, apart from little Ethel.

McKeesport Automoblie
and Machine Co.

AGENTS  for BUICK AUTOMOBILES 

LARGEST GARAGE IN THIS SECTION.
613-615 MARKET STREET
 

POLK'S EAST McKEESPORT DIRECTORY 1910, is a register of employed residents  living in East McKeesport at that time. Here are members of our family; James Mi(t)chell, packer, Punta Gorda Avenue, Nr Madison .

Lillian Mi(t)chel, Stenographer, bds James Mi(t)chell.

William Mi(t)chell, machine hand, 5th Avenue, Nr Argo.

Son Willie had been out of work for 10 weeks in 1909, but at the time of this census in 1910 he was working at the Air Brake Company as a labourer and was head of his own household which included his wife Lettie. He was 25 years old. His father wrote of him; Willie is very steady, but a great baseball player. He has met with several accidents in the game, still he will play.

I have been unable to discover any further information on the family, but would love to hear from any descendants. KD.

I am very grateful to researcher Jacquie in Canada for supplying the following information on young William and his family, James' son. KD

I'm not related but I found this family on the 1920 census in North Versailles, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania:

William H Mitchell, head, 34, born Pennsylvania, parents born England, foreman for Westinghouse
Lettie B Mitchell, wife, 31, born Pennsylvania, parents born Pennyslvania
Curtice Mitchell, son, 8, born Pennsylvania, parents born Pennyslvania
Ruth Mitchell, daughter, 4 months, born Pennsylvania, parents born Pennyslvania

The family is still in North Versailles, Allegheny County in 1930:


William Michell, head, 44, married at 22, born Pennsylvania, parents born England, production clerk for air brake company
Lettie Michell, wife, 41, married at 19, born Pennsylvania, parents born Pennsylvania
Curtis F Michell, son, 19, born Pennsylvania, parents born Pennsylvania, salesman - barbeques
Ruth P Michell, daughter, 10, born Pennsylvania, parents born Pennsylvania

There is a WWI draft registration card for William Harry Michell who was born 11 Aug 1885 and has a next of kin as Lettie Bell Michell. They were still living in East McKeesport when he registered in 1918. His occupation is foreman for Westinghouse Air Brake Co.


There is also a WWII draft registration from 1942 for William Harry Michell who was born 11 Aug 1885 in Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He and Lettie were still living in North Versailles and he was still employed by Westinghouse Air Brake Co.  Lettie is listed as the person who will always know his address.

The Social Security Death Index indicates William died Jun 1972 and his last residence was in North Versailles, Allegheny County.  There is also a Lettie Michell who was born 4 Dec 1888 and died Jan 1973 with a last residence listed as North Versailles, Allegheny County. There is an entry for Curtis Michell who was born 26 Feb 1911 and died Feb 1993 with a last residence in North Versailles, Allegheny County. Even though Curtis appears to have died in 1993 there was a telephone listing in his name until at least 2002 so perhaps there are family members still living there
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CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

ANNIE MICHELL b 1860

Ann was the fifth child of William and Sarah Michell. She was born around 1860 in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 the couple had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anne 1.

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. Catherine Sarah Corps, a niece aged 6, born in Dowlais was living with them.

Annie Michell married William Edwards, a schoolmaster in Cwmystwyth.

1891 census ;  Ty Corner, Llanfihangel ar Arth. Newcastle in Emlyn.
Michael Edwards 34, schoolmaster, Annie Edwards 30, wife, children ; Lizzie Edwards 5, all born Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Thomas Edwards 3, Nesta Edwards 1, all born Llanfihangel ar Arth.


Annie Michell who married Michael Edwards
click here to read about the Edwards family


Tim's great grandfather Michael Edwards
who was a schoolteacher in Cwmystwyth.


Taken around 1898, this shows Michael and Annie Edwards with Elizabeth, Nesta, Blodwen, Gwladys, William and Thomas.

 1901 census ;  Ivy Villa, Llanfihangel ar Arth. Newcastle in Emlyn.
Michael Edwards 44, schoolmaster, Annie Edwards 40, wife, children ; Lizzie Edwards 15, all born Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Tom Edwards 13, Nesta Edwards 11, Willie Edwards 9, Blodwen Edwards 4, Gladys Edwards 3, all born Llanfihangel ar Arth.

Annie is mentioned in a letter James Michell wrote to his sister Lizzie in 1909. He writes;

Box 26, East McKeesport, Allegheny Co., Pa, USA. October 3rd 1909 Dear Lizzie, I wrote to you about a week ago addressed Ffestiniog only - if Blaenau Ffestiniog is different post office, notify them of the error, it may be OK. I hope to hear from you again soon, would like to hear from Richard and the children, also expect to hear from sisters Eda and Annie.

I read paper with account of Annie's daughter's death.

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

ELIZABETH MICHELL b 1865

Elizabeth was the sixth child of William and Sarah Michell. She was born around 1865 in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 the couple had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. 

Elizabeth married Richard Jenkins of Trisant, Aberystwyth on the 20th December 1888. She was living at Fountain House, Newport, Pembrokeshire at the time. William Michell and Mary Jane Michelll were witnesses to the marriage.

They lived at 11 Pier Street Aberystwyth on the 27th April 1890 where their eldest son William Richard Jenkins was born. In 1892, daughter Mary was born when they lived at Lottenham House, Aberystwyth on the 2nd March 1892. They had moved again to 4 Pen Maesglas Road, Aberystwyth  where Annie Jenkins was born on the 14th August 1893. Sarah Michell Jenkins was born on the 14th September 1897 and christened at Holy Trinity Church, on Sunday 24th October 1897. Their fourth child Thomas Henry Jenkins was born on the 25th November 1901, when the family lived at 2 Meirion Terrace, Blaenau Ffestiniog and was Christened at the English Chapel, Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Husband Richard was a caretaker at Blaenau Ffestiniog Grammar School, where he was very popular.

In 1909, Lizzie's brother Jim sent her a letter from America, giving details of his family. This can be read in its entirity in James Michell's profile above. In it he says;    I hope Richard has a good position and that you are all well and comfortable. When you write, let me know everything. If you cannot tell me all at once, write again. A letter only costs 2 cents now........Hope to hear from you. All join me in kindest regards to all. I remain, dear sister and brother in law, your loving brother, Jim. 

More details to follow.


 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

MARY JANE MICHELL b 1866

Mary Jane was the seventh child of William and Sarah Michell. He was born around 1866 in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 the couple had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. Catherine Sarah Corps, a niece aged 6, born in Dowlais was living with them.

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

EDA MICHELL b ?

Eda was probably the seventh  child of William and Sarah Michell.

Unfortunately she does not appear in any census returns. I am aware of her existence through a letter James Michell sent to his sister Lizzie in 1909 which states;

Box 26, East McKeesport, Allegheny Co., Pa, USA. October 3rd 1909 Dear Lizzie, I wrote to you about a week ago addressed Ffestiniog only - if Blaenau Ffestiniog is different post office, notify them of the error, it may be OK. I hope to hear from you again soon, would like to hear from Richard and the children, also expect to hear from sisters Eda and Annie. I often hear from Eda. She writes such nice sisterly letters.

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

STEPHEN HENRY MICHELL b ?

Stephen Henry was the eighth child of William and Sarah Michell. He was born around ???? in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 the couple had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. Catherine Sarah Corps, a niece aged 6, born in Dowlais was living with them.

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

THOMAS MICHELL b 1852

Thomas was the ninth child of William and Sarah Michell. He was born around 1852  in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 the couple had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. Catherine Sarah Corps, a niece aged 6, born in Dowlais was living with them.

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

THOMAS HENRY MICHELL b 1873

Thomas Henry was the tenth child of William and Sarah Michell. He was born around 1873 in Llanfihangel.

By 1861 the couple had set up home in Cwrt, Llanfihangel. At the time, they had five children. William Henry aged 9, John 7, Sampson 6, James 3 and Anna 1.

William was a Lead Mine Agent by the time they had moved to live at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel in 1871. He and Sarah were both 43. Sons John 17 and Sampson 16 were lead miners, James 14, Anne 11, Elizabeth 8, my great grandmother and Mary Jane 6 were scholars and Harriet Louise was just 2 years old. Son William Henry had left home.

By the time of the 1881 census, William, Sarah and family were living at the Llangam Lead Mine Office, St Mary Hill. John, Sampson, James, Anne, and Elizabeth had left home. Mary Jane was 16, Harriet Louise 12 and Thomas Henry was a new addition to the family, born around 1873 in the Cwmystwyth area and aged 8. Catherine Sarah Corps, a niece aged 6, born in Dowlais was living with them.

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM & SARAH MICHELL

EDNA MICHELL b ?

Edna was the eleventh child of William and Sarah Michell.

Great, great grandaughter, Mrs Jean Davies at the side of William and Sarah Michell's grave .

 

CHILDREN  OF  WILLIAM  AND  REBECCA  MICHELL

SAMPSON  MICHELL  1830 - 1910

Sampson was the second son of William and Rebecca Michell. He was born on the 10th July, 1830 in Mary Tavy and lived in Blackdown, Mary Tavy with his parents, and siblings William 13, John 8, James 4 and Thomas 1, in 1841.

By 1851, the family consisting of parents William 45 and Rebecca 45, William 24, Sampson 20, John 18, James 14 all lead miners, and scholars Thomas Henry 11, Joseph 8 and Henry 5 had moved to live in mid Wales. Their home was Penparc, Llanfihangel.

Sampson had left home and married Sarah Barclay, born around 1829 by 1861. The couple lived at Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel. He was now a Mine Agent and they had two children. William, born around 1852 and Sampson, born around 1855 in the parish of Llanfair y Creuddyn.

Sampson  41, Sarah 42 and their family are found living at Bryn Dinas, Minera in 1871, where he is a Mining Engineer. Son William 19 is a clerk and Sampson 16 is still in school.

Part of Minera Lead Mine. Photo courtesy of Eirian Evans.

Ten years later, the couple were at Plas Dinas, and he was a Lead Mining Agent. No children were living at home. Elizabeth Morgans 21 from Llanfihangel, worked as general servant.   

Son William Michell  29, (not William Henry) was living in Ruabon in 1881, working as an Accountant. He was married to Elizabeth Price aged 23, born in Marchwiel. They  had two daughters Adeline 2 and Editha 5 months, both born in Wrexham. Charlotte Williams 15 of Poolmouth was their general servant.

In 1891, William 39 was a writing clerk, living at 9 Cunliffe Road, Wrexham Regis, with his wife and famliy. Elizabeth was 28, Adeline A. 12, Editha G 10, Sampson 8 and Victoria E. M. 3.

Sampson's wife Sarah had died by the time of the next census 1n 1891. He was now 60 and still living at Plas Dinas, and working as a lead mining agent, but had remarried. His second wife Emily was 28  and was born in Moss. They had a son Frank J. born around 1889, in Minera. Harriet Price 21 of Moss, Emily's sister, was visiting them. Ellen Jones 27 of Corwen and Annie Williams 15 of Llanarmon were domestic servants. Emily's parents were Owen and Mary Price, born c 1835 in Fardon, Cheshire, and 1833 in Astley, Lancashire, respectively. Emily's siblings were John born c 1871, an unemployed baker in 1871, Albert c 1872, Anne c 1875, William c 1877, Thomas M. c 1878, George O. c 1879, Harriet c 1880 and Evaline c 1887. All were born in the Wrexham area.

I am very grateful to John Michell for the following information on the family;
Firstly I must emphasize that I am very inexperienced at this game and am picking up on some research carried out by my late parents. However in their notes there are two entries for the year 1830. As follows:

1 "Sampson Michell Gt Gt Gt Grandfather of Robert died 6th May 1830 aged 68 at Blackdown Mary Tavy leaving Betty (wife)"  Robert is my father Robert Kirkland Michell and I presume Betty is Elizabeth Rice.
2 "Sampson son of William and Rebecca Michell born 11 July 1830 died 12 Oct 1910.
Also from their notes it seems that the William Michell to which you refer married an Elizabeth Price, and he had a brother Sampson Michell born 1855. William and Elizabeth had Adeline Augusta Michell1878, Editha Gertrude Michell 1882, Sampson Michell 10/1/1883-20/01/1948 My Grandfather and Victoria Ethel Michell 1887.  Sampson married Emilie Heath Kirkland and had a son Robert Kirkland Michell, who married an Aileen Betty Smart and the had one son myself.
I know from Adeline Augusta michell's will and was told by father that my father had a cousin Guy Watson Gray I think the son of Ethel ie Victoria Ethel Michell in Adelaide Australia
.

Minera Lead Mine. Photo courtesy of Chris Allen.

The couple and child Frank were still living at Plas Dinas in 1901. Sampson was now an auctioneer with an Estate Agent, and Ellen Jones still a domestic servant with them. Sampson died on the 10th October 1910.

CHILDREN  OF  WILLIAM  AND  REBECCA  MICHELL

JOHN  MICHELL b 1833

John was the third son of William and Rebecca Michell. He was born around 1833 in Mary Tavy and lived in Blackdown, Mary Tavy with his parents, and siblings William 13, Sampson 10,  and Thomas 1, in 1841.

 By 1851, the family consisting of parents William 45 and Rebecca 45, William 24, Sampson 20, John 18, James 14 all lead miners, and scholars Thomas Henry 11, Joseph 8 and Henry 5, had moved to live in mid Wales. Their home was Penparc, Llanfihangel.

1861 found John, 28 living with his parents at Cwmystwyth House, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn and was employed as a Master Miller. Brother William and Sarah, his wife had moved to live in Cwrt, Sampson had married Sarah and were living in Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel.  Thomas Henry 21 was an Estate Clerk, Joseph 18 and Henry 15 were both lead miners.  

In 1871, his parents William now 63 and Rebecca 66 were living at Bwlch Gwynt, Llanfihangel. He was still a Mine Agent.John 38 was the only son living at home with his parents and was now a lead miner.

I can find no trace of John in the 1881, 1891 nor 1901 censuses.

CHILDREN  OF  WILLIAM  AND  REBECCA  MICHELL

JAMES  MICHELL b 1837

James was the third son of William and Rebecca Michell. He was born around 1837 in Mary Tavy and lived in Blackdown, Mary Tavy with his parents, and siblings William 13, Sampson 10, John 8, and Thomas 1, in 1841.

By 1851, the family consisting of parents William 45 and Rebecca 45, William 24, Sampson 20, John 18, James 14 all lead miners, and scholars Thomas Henry 11, Joseph 8 and Henry 5 had moved to live in mid Wales. Their home was Penparc, Llanfihangel  

CHILDREN  OF  WILLIAM  AND  REBECCA  MICHELL

THOMAS HENRY  MICHELL b 1840

 Thomas Henry  was the fourth son of William and Rebecca Michell. He was born on the 4th October 1839 at Blackdown and lived in there with his parents, and siblings William 13, Sampson, 10, John 8, and James 4, in 1841.

By 1851, the family consisting of parents William 45 and Rebecca 45, William 24, Sampson 20, John 18, James 14 all lead miners, and scholars Thomas Henry 11, Joseph 8 and Henry 5 had moved to live in mid Wales. Their home was Penparc, Llanfihangel. 

1861 found William and Rebecca at Cwmystwyth House, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn. He was still an agent with the mine and the couple were aged 55 and 56 respectively. Son William and Sarah, his wife had moved to live in Cwrt, Sampson had married Sarah now 32 from Llanfihangel, and were living in Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel. John was 28 and employed as a Master Miller, Thomas Henry 21 was an Estate Clerk, Joseph 18 and Henry 15 were both lead miners. Jane Jones 17, born locally was their house servant.

In 1871, Thomas Henry 31 is recorded as a widower, working as a land agent living at Minera Cottage, Minera, with housekeeper Margaret Rimmer 55 of Chester.

Thomas Henry 41 was an Estate Agent in 1881, still living at Minera Cottages. His niece Elizabeth Michell 17 brother William's daughter,  worked as domestic waitress. His housekeeper was Mary Nicholas 30 of Ruabon.

He was in the same employment ten years later in 1891 with Elizabeth E.R. 26 described as his daughter, sister in law Ellen 51, a widow living on her own means from Llanfihangel, and  Sarah 19 a domestic servant from Wrexham.

Thomas Henry 61 is a Land Agent, Auctioneer in 1901, at Minera Cottages with Elizabeth E.R. 36 and general servant Charlotte Williams 22 of Llanarmon



CHILDREN  OF  WILLIAM  AND  REBECCA  MICHELL

JOSEPH  MICHELL
b 1843

Joseph was the fifth son of William and Rebecca Michell. He was born around 1843 in Mary Tavy.

In 1851, his family consisted of parents William 45 and Rebecca 45, William 24, Sampson 20, John 18, James 14 all lead miners, and scholars Thomas Henry 11, Joseph 8 and Henry 5. 
Their home was Penparc, Llanfihangel.

1861 found William and Rebecca at Cwmystwyth House, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn. Their son William and Sarah, his wife had moved to live in Cwrt, Sampson had married Sarah now 32 from Llanfihangel, and were living in Gate Cottage, Llanfihangel. John was 28 and employed as a Master Miller, Thomas Henry 21 was an Estate Clerk, Joseph 18 and Henry 15 were both lead miners. Jane Jones 17, born locally was their house servant.

Joseph married Sarah born in 1841 at Hope Flintshire. The couple had moved around with Joseph's work as can be seen by the birthplaces of their children.

In 1871, Joseph 28 was a lead miner and he, wife Sarah 30
and children, lived at Cwrt, Llanfihangel.
Elizabeth Anne was 7, Sarah Ellen 5, Rebecca Jane 2
and William Edward 7 months.
Elizabeth Anne, born on the 11th February 1864 at Bantry, County Cork,  Sarah Ellen on the 5th July 1866 at Talybont Cardiganshire,
Rebecca Jane on the 26th June 1869 at Llanidloes Montgomeryshire 
William Edward on 31st August 1870 at Prestatyn.

Joseph and Sarah's other children , born after the 1871 census, were
Mary Selina born on 18th December 1872 in Llanfihangel
as were the rest of the children.
Margaret born 4th December 1874,
Joseph John born 6th October 1876,
Emily Sophia born 8th September 1878,
Adelaide Gertrude born December 1881,
Bertrum Sampson Michell born 12th September 1882
and Thomas in1890 at Oswestry.

In 1881, the family lived at Bwlchgwynt.

Sarah Ellen Michell Aged 13
Sampler
daughter of Joseph and Sarah Michell

Received this delightful message
from David Owen. KD

I thought that you might be interested in seeing the attached photograph.
It is of Sarah Michell's sampler, sadly undated, but as you can see she was 13 at the time. The year of birth is worn on her gravestone, but she is shown as 42 on the 1911 census making it about 1882.
This is the only Michell artifact which has found its way to me. I know that an aunt had a bonfire of stuff when she moved from the family home in Morda to a flat in Oswestry in the early 1960s. I wonder what gems went up in smoke?!!



David adds;

I can recall a couple of stories Mum told me of the Michell children in Cwmystwyth passed on to her by Sarah:-

1. Two important gentlemen came to stay at the house (presumably mine officials) and the children boasted to others in school that "Sankey and Moody" were staying!
2. On one occasion (possibly the same time) the children were given coins by a visitor. Having heard that people but money "in the bank" they went out into the fields behind the house with a trowel and did just that. The money was never seen again!

I'm tempted to go up there with a metal detector one day!



Joseph was 38 and a lead mine agent, Sarah 40, Elizabeth A. 17, Sarah E. 14, Rebekah J. 12, William E.10, Mary Selina 8, Margaret M. 6, Joseph J. 4, Emily S 2, and Adeline G. 3 months.


The book 'The Mines of Shropshire and Montgomeryshire with Cheshire and Staffordshire' mentions Jos Michell was the Chief Agent of Llangynog mines during 1884 -85. Mining was then suspended and reopened in 1895 - Ochrygraig and Graigddu.


Historic Landscape Characterisation
The Tanat Valley

(click here to read about Llangynog Lead Mine)

The book 'The Old Mines of the Llangynog District', states;
A few months later, in October 1883, the North and South Llangynog Mining Company Ltd. was formed with a nominal capital of £50,000. The long winded name referred to the two mines the company leased, namely Craig Rhiwarth and Craig Ddu. The leases were bought from Thornhill and John Devereux Pugh who "for some time past had working and carrying on mining operations."

The purchase price was £17,000 in cash and shares. The company directors were James Bolton, an East Indian Company agent, William Devereux ang Thomas Glynn of Middlesex. The mine agent was Jos. Michell. The company had ceased mining by 1885 and was officially dissolved in November 1891 having made no ore returns..


Llangynog Village with the imposing
C
raig Rhiwarth Lead Mine behind

Joseph was drowned during the building of the Lake Vyrnwy pipe track at Llanforda in 1893, as the following report states. 

OSWESTRY ADVERTIZER      
23rd August 1893
 
 
An inquest was held at the Llanforda Tunnel House near Oswestry on Monday before Dr. Aylmer Lewis, Coroner and a jury of which Mr. George Tilley was foreman, on the body of Joseph Michell, 51, a storekeeper who lived in Llwyn Road, Oswestry.

The deceased was drowned at on Sunday morning by falling into a bypass well at the mouth of the Llanforda tunnel. The deceased got into a skip, or small wagon, and two of the labourers engaged at the tunnel were to push him through. Almost immediately on starting, the skip ran off the metals on the stage over the bypass well at the mouth of the tunnel and, although the men did all that they could to prevent it, it fell in with the deceased into about seven feet of water.

The enquiry was attended by Mr. W. Davies, the resident engineer, Mr. T.A. King, Inspector and the brothers of the deceased, Captain Michell and Mr. Thomas Michell of Minera.   

William Edward Michell of Llwyn Road, Oswestry said he had seen the body. It was that of his father who was a storekeeper for Messrs. Davies Bros. the contractors for the works at the tunnel. He last saw his father alive on Saturday, shortly after 2 o'clock. He was then in his usual good health.

Samuel Williams, labourer, Morda, said he worked at the tunnel. He was with Michell when the accident happened. He and Thomas Jones were coming out of the tunnel at 3.45 on Sunday morning, Michell said he wanted to go up into the tunnel and he got into the skip which was on the turntable at the entrance to the tunnel. They started the skip with Michell in it. The right forewheel jumped off the metals and the skip went over into the bypass. They called out to the blacksmith to come to help with his light. When the blacksmith came, they looked but could see nothing of the deceased.

He and the blacksmith went into the tunnel to the foreman. The foreman then came down with some men in order to get the deceased out of the bypass. They found the deceased about 3 feet away from the skip and quite dead.        

By the Coroner. They were pushing the skip in the ordinary way. Michell was inside.
It was about half an hour before they got the body out of the water which was about seven feet deep. They did not hear the deceased shout at all. He could not account for the skip running off the metals, they could see nothing in the darkness, the deceased had business in the tunnel and always used to go into it once in the course of every night but it was his usual custom to walk. It often happened that one man rode in a skip while another pushed him.

The Coroner. Do you mean to say that when that man was losing his life you would go for the foreman at the other end of the tunnel?

Witness said that they did all that they could.

The Coroner said that it seemed to him that they took an extraordinary long time to get the man out.

Witness said they had no assistance except the blacksmith, and when he came they could see nothing of the deceased.

By the foreman. He had no doubt that the deceased was stunned.

By a juror. They held on to the skip as long as they could and were nearly dragged in themselves.

Thomas Jones, Oakhurst Road, said he was a labourer at the tunnel. About 2.40am  on Sunday he and others were going into the tunnel, they lit their candle at the turntable. Deceased said he would accompany them into the tunnel to see how the men were getting on. Deceased got in the skip and after seating himself, asked witness and his mate if they were all right. Witness said yes and they started. After going about four or five yards down the incline the candles blew out, and after they had gone a couple more yards the wagon jumped off the metals. He and his mate held on to the skip as long as they could but, feeling themselves going, they had to let go. 


Witness then corroborated the last witness' evidence as to getting assistance and said they stayed in the blacksmith's shop until assistance came out of the tunnel. It would be about three quarters of an hour after the accident when they recovered the body.


The witness, Williams, recalled, said the skip was not on the body when it was found. He fancied deceased must have knocked his head against the wall when he went over.


In answer to the Coroner, the witness Jones said they tried all they could to get hold of the deceased in the water. He could not account for the wagon going off the line unless it was the fact that Michell was sitting with his back to them and their having hold of the same end might cause the front wheels to lift. There was nothing the matter with the wheels.


By a juror. They were not riding on the back as there was nothing on the back for them to ride on.


By the Coroner. No doubt if they had gone to the reservoir keeper at once and had the water turned off instead of going up the tunnel first there would have been some hope of their getting the deceased out alive.


Thomas Lewis, Trefarclawdd Cottage, blacksmith said that the deceased left him at about 2.45 a.m. on Sunday.  He was then going up the tunnel and it was the last time he saw him alive. Afterwards he heard someone calling; he went out and was told by the previous witness of what had occurred. He had a light with him and looked around but could not see anything. They then went up the tunnel for assistance, the men were about three quarters of a mile up the tunnel, then they had the water let off and the body was got out about a quarter to four.


By the foreman. Deceased was not entangled with the skip in any way. He thought the deceased was stunned before as they heard no cry.


By the Coroner. He thought that if they had the presence of mind to have the water let off at once instead of going up the tunnel for assistance there might have been some hope of saving the deceased. The Coroner said there seemed to have been a great want of presence of mind among the men that they left the deceased in the water for three quarters of an hour.


Robert Griffiths, labourer at the tunnel said the first said the first of the two witnesses came up the tunnel and told him and others that Michell was drowned. They went down the tunnel at once and let a ladder down into the bypass, the water was let off. Witness got a hook and fastened it to the deceased's coat, he afterwards drew the body up by the ladder. The body was perfectly free from the skip. The body appeared to be doubled up, the head being downwards. As a rule they had a lamp burning on the turntable but he did not notice one on that occasion.


By the foreman. It was Michell's duty to place a lamp on the turntable. In his opinion the men did all they could to save the deceased. He thought the stage was sufficiently protected.


By a juror. He had seen a man ride on the skip.


The coroner in summing up said he did not think the jury would have any difficulty in arriving at the cause of death. He had one or two points to put them before them and they were these.

Whether any blame attached to anyone, the condition of the skip, the condition of the roadway, whether there was sufficient protection in case of accident of this kind and whether the place was sufficiently illuminated at night.
It had also struck him that there was want of presence of mind in the men in allowing the deceased man to remain the water for three quarters of an hour. In that time something should have been done and possibly the deceased might have been resuscitated.


The court was then cleared and, after a short deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death and added a rider that the stage at the mouth of the tunnel should be strengthened and a light should be kept burning there at night.


The coroner said it was right on behalf of Messrs. Davies Bros. that he should say that he had learned it was the duty of the deceased to see to the light.


Mr. Harold Davies said to prevent the possibility of such a thing happening again he would attend to the recommendation of the jury to whom they were greatly obliged.


The foreman said the jury wished to convey to the family of the deceased their deep sympathy with them in their sad affliction.


The Coroner said he could assure them that he cordially agreed with them in their sympathy and he might convey to the brothers of the deceased the sympathy which was felt by the members of the church in which he worshipped.   
             

OSWESTRY ADVERTIZER
30th August 1893  

The Vyrnwy Tunnel Accident.
The remains of Mr. Joseph Michell who was drowned at the mouth of the Oerly Tunnel on Sunday week were interred in the cemetery on Wednesday.
The funeral was attended by a large number of friends and relatives and by the choir of the Welsh Church. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. Evan-Jones.

Wreaths were sent by the family of the deceased.                                                                                       Mr. and Mrs. Samson Michell, Minera. Mr. T.H. Michell, Minera. Mr. F.G. Michell. Mr. and Mrs. Michell, Rhosddu. The Churchwardens and sidesmen of Oswestry Welsh Church. Rev. J. Evan-Jones. Mrs. Jones, Roft Street. Mrs. Vaughan, Willow Street. The Misses Davies, Brook Street. Miss Jones, Temperance Hotel. 


OSWESTRY ADVERTIZER     
11th  November 1896  

Michell, November 8th aged 54 at Llwyn Road, Oswestry. Sarah Michell

The late Mrs. Michell - Mrs. Michell, widow of Mr. Joseph Michell of Llwyn Road, died on Sunday week after a very short illness at the age of 54.

It will be remembered that a few years ago her husband was drowned at Llanforda tunnel whilst working on the Liverpool Corporation Waterworks. She leaves ten children, two of whom are married.

The funeral took place on Wednesday at the cemetery and was largely attended by sympathising friends. The children of the deceased followed the remains and the following sent wreaths - The family: Capt and Mrs. Michell, Plas Dinas, Minera, Mr. and Mrs. Michell, Ivy Cottage, Minera, Mrs. Pardo and family Park Avenue, Mr. and Mrs. Birch, Llwyn Road, Miss Corfield, Belgrave Place, Miss M. Davies, Brook Street, Mr. and Mrs. Baird, Morda, Mrs. Jones and family, Aberdovey, Mrs. Lloyd, Willow Street, Mrs. Foulkes, Llwyn Road, Mrs. J. Jones. Llwyn Road and others.


Rev. W. D Williams officiated at the house and at the cemetery.


Mrs. Michell was a regular attender at the Welsh Church.


I am very grateful to David Owen, Joseph's great grandson for supplying the above information, KD;
He writes;
From time to time I have visited your website to have a look at the Michell family information.
My grandmother (who I never met) was Sarah Michell, daughter of Joseph Michell, born in Cwmystwyth in 1876. They moved to Llangynog and then to Oswestry where she met and married my grandfather - Abraham Hopley Davies

I was interested to see the item about Alfred Jenkins on the site.
I had an uncle, Frank Davies (also someone I never met) who also served with the King's Liverpool Regiment in the First World War.
I wonder if their paths crossed?




CHILDREN  OF  
JOSEPH  AND  SARAH  MICHELL

EMILY SOPHIA MICHELL
b 1878


Emily, the 8th child of Joseph and Sarah Michell, was born on the 8th September 1878 at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn.

Aged 3, she was living at Bwlchgwynt with her parents and siblings Elizabeth A. 17, Sarah E. 14, Rebekah J. 12, William E. 10, Mary Selina 8, Margaret M. 6, Joseph J. 4, Adeline G. 3 months, and her uncle, William Michell, 53, visiting at the time of the census.

She married Robert Henry Lloyd, of Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire, on the 16th November 1876 at Oswestry.

The couple had six children, Walter Henry Lloyd born in 1900 at Glyn Ceiriog, Muriel Jane Lloyd, born 1901, Mary Myfanwy Lloyd, born 1903, Doris Amy Lloyd, born 1905, Norah Emilie Lloyd, born 1910 and Winifred Marion Lloyd born 1912.

In 1901, the couple lived at Rhosymedre.

8 Mount Pleasant, Rhosymedre, Robert H Lloyd, 24, was a brewer of ales, born in Aberhafesp, and was bilingual. His wife Emily S, was 22, and at that time, they had one son, Walter H just 8 months old, born in Llandysilio 


Emily died on the 1st June 1954 in Shrewsbury.
Robert Henry Lloyd died on the 11th January 1965, also in Shrewsbury. 

I am very grateful to Graham Lloyd, son of Walter Henry Lloyd, aged 8 months in the previous census record, for supplying me with details of his branch of the Michell family. KD ,  


CHILDREN  OF  
JOSEPH  AND  SARAH  MICHELL

BERTRAM SAMPSON MICHELL
b 1882


Bertram, the 10th child of Joseph and Sarah Michell, was born on the 10th September 1882 at Oswestry.

I cannot locate him on the 1891 census, but son Bertram 18 was living with a brother in law, Ernest Pardoe 24, wife Margretta 26 and son Ernest 4. There is no mention of Bertram's wife. Their address was Victoria Avenue, Glovers Road, Aston, Warwickshire.

CHILDREN  OF  WILLIAM  AND  REBECCA  MICHELL

HENRY  MICHELL b 1846

Henry was the sixth son of William and Rebecca Michell. He was born around 1846 in Ysbyty Ystwyth. In 1851, the family consisted of parents William 45 and Rebecca 45, William 24, Sampson 20, John 18, James 14 all lead miners, and scholars Thomas Henry 11, Joseph 8 and Henry 5. Their home was Penparc, Llanfihangel  

 1861 found William and Sarah at Cwmystwyth House, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn. Henry 15 and his brother Joseph, were both lead miners. They lived at Penparc, Llanfihangel. John was 28 and was a Master Miller, Thomas Henry an Estate Clerk.

In 1871, Henry 26, was living at Pier Street with his wife Margaret 22, born in Llwynbrain.  He was a Hotel Proprietor. They had a 4 year old daughter Rebecca E.D.R. 4, born in Cwmystwyth. Mary Davies 25 of Llanilar was a domestic servant. 

In 1881 the family were back in Ysbyty Ystwyth. Henry 35 was a Lead Mine Agent, Margaret was 32, Rebecca 14 and they had a further two childre, both born when the couplle lived in Aberystwyth - Margaretta C. W. 9 and Henry J. 4. 

Ten years on, they had moved to Glamorgan, and living at Ynys Wen Terrace, Ystrad y fodwg. Henry 45, was now a Colliery Contractor, noted Coal m. Margaret was 42,  Margaretta 18 was a pupil teacher in an elementary school, Henry J. 15 was a collier haulier, coal m., Daughter Beatrice R was a new family member aged 8, as was Godfrey 6, both born in Yspyty Ystwyth. Rebecca Lizzie 24 was married to John George 24 of Cemmaes, Montgomery, and was a colliery hitcher.

In 1901, Margaret 51 was a widow, living at 37 Maesyffrwd Terrace, Ystradyfodwg. Margretta 28 was now a school teacher, Beatrice was 18, Godfrey 16 was an underground coal miner, and William Pritchard 22 boarded with them.

Daughter Rebecca 31 and her husband John George 32 were living at 32 Maesyffrwd Terrace. He was still a colliery hitcher. They had three children, all born in Treorchy. Gertrude M. was 9, William J 4, and Sarah B 2. They were living next door to Henry J Michell and his family.