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Generation Guide, showing ascendency from my daughters Kim and Rhian to their great great grandparents. Direct line ascendants are shown first, and maiden names of wives used.

THE WILSON FAMILY

Youngest generation Kimberley Selene Davies                                   and Rhian Jane Davies  (Newtown)
Parents Marian Joyce Wilson  and Kenneth Davies (Newtown)
Grandparents          Stanley Wilson and Ceceline Davies (Waenybricks)
Great grandparents            David Swain Wilson (1889 - 1943) and Eliza Davies (1886 - 1967) 

Great gt grandparents    William Tills Wilson (1841- 1947)   and Jane Swain (1874 - 1945)                      
Great gt gt grandparents Elizabeth West (Wilson) (1850-????) and William Tills (1841)
Great gt gt grandparents George West (1806-????) and Elizabeth West (1850-????)
 

 

WILLIAM TILLS WILSON 1874-1947 and JANE SWAIN 1866-1945 

William Tills Wilson worked as a milk carrier in London, where he presumably met his wife Jane Swain. The couple are the grandparents of Mr Stanley Wilson of Waenybricks. They were married on the 13th February 1889.

For many years, it was thought that William Tills Wilson was a Cockney. This misunderstanding occurred as their son, David Swain Wilson was born in the district of Lambeth, sub district of Norwood, London. The couple were residing at 167 Rommany Road, Norwood when he was born on the 12th November 1889. 

It was not until the 1901 census for Aberhafesp was available that it was discovered that William was born in Beccles, Suffolk. It is thought that he was the illegitimate son of an Elizabeth Wilson (also West). A William Tills is thought to have been his father. He lived in a nearby village, and mothers tended to use the name of the alleged putative father on their child's birth certificate. More about this later.

The 1891 census shows the couple both aged 24 living at 167, Rommany Road, Lambeth, with son David Swain Wilson, aged 1. An Elizabeth Evans, 16 born in Wales is recorded as living with them.

They moved to Aberhafesp between 1892 and 1896 and lived at Penyglannau in 1901. William and Jane were both aged 34. Their family consisted of David Swain Wilson 11,  Roderick Edward Wilson 9, and Dorothy Wilson 4.

They continued to live at Penyglannau until 1925, when they bought Wernfach, Aberhafesp, where this photo of William and Jane was taken..

 

William, not a farmer by trade, turned his hand to farming at these homes.

He was also a churchwarden at Aberhafesp Church. There is a plaque inside the church bearing the following inscription. 

To the memory of William Tills Wilson Churchwarden 1897-1947, given by his only daughter Dora Brandrick

  

Daughter Dora Brandrick, nee Wilson 

 

E-mail received from Lyn Fitzgerald, Australia, 19.04.2008, Dora's granddaughter;
I am the Granddaughter of Trevor and Dora Brandrick (nee Wilson) and very much enjoyed reading the articles concerning my forebears and the Newtown my mother Dorothy grew up in. Thank you.

Aberhafesp Church
Photo copyright of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust
(CPAT) and is reproduced here with their kind permission.
To visit their excellent website, and their Churches page in particular,
please visit our link to other websites  

His wife Jane was the daughter of Edward and Jane Swain. Details of her family appear further down this page.

Jane died on the 28th May 1945.

Obituary County Times Sat  2 June 1945.

Jane Wilson was taken ill suddenly the previous Thursday. She was a native of Aberhafesp and well known and well liked. A member of Aberhafesp Parish Church, a member of the choir, Mothers Union and W.I., she farmed Penyglannau, Aberhafesp for many years and bought Wernfach in 1925. She is survived by her son Roderick and daughter Dora Brandrick. Her son David Swain Wilson died 18 months ago.

The funeral was held at Aberhafesp Church last Wednesday. The service at the house and in Church was conducted by the Rev. A. Ivett.

Chief mourners were Mr W.T. Wilson, Mr 7 Mrs T. Brandrick son in law and daughter, David Brandrick and Stanley Wilson grandsons, Mr & Mrs David Swain, Mr & Mrs Richard Swain, Mr & Mrs Maurice Swain, Roderick, Percy and Edith, nephews and nieces.

Bearer were Messers T. Benbow, Fachwen, Edward Nutting, Glanrhyd, J. Mostyn and Davies, Thimble Hall.    

 William Tills Wilson died on the 1st July 1947, aged 71.

Montgomeryshire Express 12 July 1947

WILSON. The relatives of the late Mr William T. Wilson, Wernfach, Aberhafesp wish to thank all those who sent flowers and attended the funeral. Also all those who sent letters of sympathy and especially ther neighbours who were so kind and helpful during his short illness. 

  

In Loving Memory of

Jane, beloved wife of W.T. Wilson, Wernfach Aberhafesp

who died May 28 1945 Aged 79 years

Peace, Perfect Peace

Also of the above W.T. Wilson who died July 1st 1947 Aged 81 years

At Rest 

 

 

DAVID SWAIN WILSON 1889-1943 and ELIZA DAVIES 1886-1967 (son of William Tills Wilson and Jane Swain)

David Swain Wilson was born on the 12th November 1889 when his parents were residing at 167 Rommany Road, Norwood and his birth was registered at Lambeth, London.

The 1891 census shows David living at 167, Rommany Road, Lambeth, with his parents. The family moved to Aberhafesp between 1892 and 1896 and lived at Penyglannau in 1901. David's parents William and Jane, were both aged 34. Their family consisted of David 11,  Roderick Edward Wilson 9, and Dorothy Wilson 4.

 David Swain Wilson - Montgomeryshire Yeomanry.

David Swain Wilson was first posted to the Montgomery Yeomenry. He enlisted on the 8th September 1914. He served 4 years and 132 days, and was described as 5' 9.5" tall, with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He served in France during the Great War. The Montgomeryshire Yoemenry later became part of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was wounded in the War and later discharged on the 17th January 1919, being no longer fit for War Sevice.

 

The wedding of David Swain Wilson and Eliza Davies at Aberhafesp Church on the 8th October 1919. Witnesses to the wedding were David Swain and Esther Catherine Davies.. 

In 1921, the estate of Glanhafren was sold. Two of the lots for sale were Middle Scafell and Upper Scafell or Waenybricks. Middle Scafell, famous for the field of blessing, was where son Satnaley William Wilson  was born. David Swain Wilson and Eliza Wilson nee Davies worked there for Eliza's brother, Uncle Pryce Davies

Much of their life stories have been recorded by their son Stan, and were published in The Newtonian, the magazine of Newtown History Group. The articles have been reproduced with their permission, and appear in full in the next link, NEWTOWN (YSGAFELL) NOSTALGIA.  

Part is reproduced here;

Upper Scafell or Waenybricks, Lot 8, in the sale of Glanhafren properties,  described as a freehold small farm, was brick built and slated, containing a barn and bay, stable for three horses, cow house for five cattle, wain house, piggery and yearling shed. The sitting tenant, Mr Richard Lloyd was issued with a notice to quit, and my parents moved to their new home in 1923. Mr Lloyd moved to be a tenant at Upper Rhydfelen. 

During these difficult times, mother kept the farm going with her produce, selling eggs, butter and boilers, or old hens which had gone past laying age. They would however make wonderful broth, and were sold for 1/6 each (7.5p). She would take two at a time to town, then come back home to dress another two. When I was old enough, I delivered these boilers to people who had ordered them. Mother's produce would pay for hen food, coal and lamp oil. 

Monies made by father through farming were saved to pay for buildings, repairs, corn and fertiliser. Generally, everything he worked for, in a way, went back into the ground to repay what was taken out of it.  

Our first tractor was a David Brown, purchased from Neal's Garage, Llanidloes Road. We had been on a long waiting list as tractor supplies were limited. New tractor cultivating implements were therefore required to undertake the work. Petrol was difficult to obtain, but farmers were allowed an additional amount due to the nature of their work.

My father died in 1943, leaving my mother and I to farm our 60 acres.

 

OBITUARY NOTICE,
Montgomeryshire Express and Radnorshire Times 18 September 1943

The death took place suddenly on Tuesday of Mr David Swain Wilson, Wainybricks, Llanllwchaiarn age 53. Son of Mr and Mrs Wilson, Wernfach, Aberhafesp, Mr Wilson had lived the whole of his life in the neighbourhood. Farming Penyglannau, Aberhafesp before moving to Wainybricks many years ago. As a member of the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, which later became part of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, Mr Wilson served in France throughout the last war, when he was wounded and subsequently discharged.

He is survived by his widow, one son, on brother, Mr Roderick Wilson and one sister, Mrs Dora Brandrick. The funeral took place yesterday, Friday.

Following my father's death, we requested the services of land girls and Prisoners of War. The land girls worked in groups, although some worked individually and were I believe, based in Welshpool. They were mostly employed by us to plant and later pick potatoes, and were paid directly by us.

There were Italian, German and Polish POWs stationed at Glandulas. Farmers signed an agreement when employing them, not to fraternise with the POWs, nor let them handle guns, nor be allowed out late at night. They lodged on the farms, and were "paid" for their services, although the money went to the Government. They had to be shown how to sow seeds.

Eliza moved to lived at 9 Old Church Street, Newtown in April 1949, and later moved to St Elmo, Newtown.

OBITUARY NOTICE;  County Times  28th October 1967

The funeral of Mrs Eliza Wilson, St Elmo, formerly of Waenybricks took place at Aberhafesp Parish Church on Wednesday week. The Rector of Newtown, Rev Cledwyn Owen officiated, assisted by the curate Rev S.V. Gange, organist was Miss Betty Jones, Bella Vista. Bearers;- David Wilson (grandson), David Brandrick (nephew), Eric Swain and E. Lloyd (cousins).

Chief mourners;- Mr and Mrs S. Wislon, D. Wilson (grandson), Marian Wilson (granddaughter) Mr & Mrs W. Ashton (brother in law and sister), Mr T. Brandrick (brother in law), Mr W. Corfield, Mr & Mrs J. Jerman, Mr D. Brandrick, Mr N. Davies (nephews and niece in law), Mrs E. Pilot, Mrs M. Jerman, Mrs H. Andrew, Mr & Mrs S.C. Howman, Mr D. Jones (nephew in law and niece), Mr E. Swain, Mr 7 Mrs E. Lloyd (cousins) and other close relatives.

Floral tributes;
With fondest love to mother, Stanley and Cissie; With love to our Gran, David and Marian; To our dear sister, Agnes and Will;  In Loving Memory  Mary and family, Cloddiau; In Loving Memory of Auntie Eliza, Sue and Cyril, Wellington;  With all our love,   Hilda, Eric and Jim; In Loving Memory,  David, Joan and Jane; Treasured Memories of Auntie Eliza, Fred and Anne;  All my love, Shirley;   In kind remembrance,  Mrs Gertie Davies; In Loving Memory,  Ted and Betty, Aston Piggott;            From Pryce, Jean and Diedre

County Times, Saturday 21 October 1967.The family of the late Mrs Eliza Wilson, St Elmo, Newtown wish to thank all relatives and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown to them in their bereavement, for attendance at the funeral and for the floral tributes and donations received. Special thanks to the Doctors, Matron and staff of Newtown and Shrewsbury Hospitals, also Sister Lloyd Jones.  

 

STANLEY WILLIAM WILSON and CECELINE DAVIES   son of David Swain Wilson and Eliza Jane Davies

Stan was born in Middle Scafell, Newtown and moved to Waenybricks when young.

He was educated at Penygloddfa School and left to join his father on the farm at 14.

Penygloddfa School
c1930


Back row: Stan Wilson, Lawton Jones, Evan Richards, Arthur Mostyn, Pryce Breese, Max Lawson, Ron Jones, Norman Hilton, Malcolm Oliver, Arthur Roberts
Third row: Jacky Evans, Mary Jones, Stella Rees, Blanche Lewis, Barbara Moody, ??, Noreen Harding, Violet Williams, Gwen Dadge, Harold Williams
Second row: Mary Rowlands, Gwen Wilcox, Nellie Gentle, Irene Baynes, Noreen Lloyd, Marjorie Webb, Eileen Matthews, Mary Cookson
Bottom row: Stanley Jones, Tony Barrett, Cyril Hawkins, Harry Davies, Maldwyn Jones, Gerald Tudor, Billy Morris, George Mantl

Following his father's death in 1943, he ran the farm with his mother. Article about his life on the farm were published by the Newtonian Magazine, and appear in full in the next link on the left hand side - Newtown (Ysgafell) Nostalgia. 


Fresh Air and Fire
Edited by Chris Kinsey
ISBN 978 1 870797 70 2

Published by Oriel Davies Gallery 2013

Stan was one of many interviewed to share his memories.
This is what Stan said on the topics in question

Around Home.
I remember going to Penygloddfa School. A girl took me, a neighbour, she took me to school to start me going. When you went to school in those days there was no canteen to eat your food, we carried in our bag a few sandwiches and just ate them in the playground and had a drink of cold water to swill it down.

In the 1930s some of the town children were so hungry they'd be behind you begging a crust or your apple core. I gave them mine but other children would throw their cores down and stamp on them or put them in the bins and the hungry ones would get them out or pick up the pips. I remember hungry children picking grains of corn of the street.


There weren't cars much about in those days, so us boys going home from school up the Milford Road could play ball up the road, you see. One of us kicked the ball into the wall at Dolerw and I volunteered to go over the wall to pick it up. Sir Victor saw me and we hadn't gome very far before there was this police officer on his bicycle.
"Which of you boys went over the wall?"
I said "I did".
"Don't do it again!"


Birds and Beasts.
Cuckoo.

I remember saving a cuckoo chick that was abandoned under a hedge.
I asked the schoolmaster what he thought it might eat and he said 'A bit of meat', so I bought some dog biscuits with meat in them, moistened them and fed it on that. It did well and eventually flew away.

Sheep.
I remember the big sheep sales. We bought our sheep from Llani because it was hardier country. But we always sold our sheep in Kerry. That was a sight - all the sheep being driven up the Vastre. In the twenties and thirties, the sheep were brightly coloured. Every farmer had a colour and the whole sheep was dyed. Ours were orange - Kerry Sunset, Kerry Sunrise. In the end the colouring of sheep was banned because it spoiled the wool. Dyers couldn't get another colour to take properly afterwards. But it was a sight to see all the lovely coloured sheep being driven.


Fairs Carnivals and Flicks.
Travelling funfairs


First of May was the big Hiring Fair. 'May Day, pay day, pick up your lads and go away' - that was the old saying. That was when they hired men to work on the farm for another twelve months guaranteed. If you hired a man you gave him two shillings as a bond, and he had a week's holiday. used to come down on the Gravel and we'd have the day off school. The big steam engines and barrel organs playing music and the hobby horses going up and down, driven by steam. They were lovely, and you would sit with a girl behind you. Then perhaps in a tent or a caravan you'd go in to see the Naked Lady. There'd be one outside half dressed and you'd go inside and she wasn't much different!

Newtown fairs were big events. In those days (1930s) they were selling horses and foals down at the horse repository. That was  where the Lion Works is now. Tractors came gradually and horses got sold for about £8.

Cows and sheep were also down there on old mud floors, so the council built the Smithfield where it is now, or was, before Tesco. Local butchers used to go down and buy.

When the war came, things changed, animals were graded and weighed and the government bought them. Most of the trade went to Welshpool.

On a fair day there'd be traders all down the streets. One was Charles - he sold second-hand clothing and if he hadn't got many customers around him he'd shout out: "Women's trousers, tuppence a leg," and people would come and look and see what he was selling. And then there was another lad selling china and crockery and if there weren't many around him, he'd lift up a chamber pot and shout, "Keep me dry and wash me clean, I'll never say what I have seen," and people would come to see. Another man, Cooper, I think he was a Jewish man, used to sell good boots.



Stan married Ceceline Davies in 1944 from Adfa.

They continued to farm Waenybricks before Stan's retirement, when they moved to live at Broadlands, Newtown.


They had four children, David Pryce Wilson, Peter and Diane twins who died very young in 1954, and Marian.


Aerial views of
Waenybricks Farm


Ceceline Davies was the daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Davies.She lived in Coedmadoc, Adfa before moving to be cared for by her mother's sister Edith Louisa, who married Ted Ashton, when she was about 13, after the death of her mother.

Left, Ceceline with her mother Sarah Elizabeth Davies, brother George on the left  and another youngster.Below, with George, youngster and adult whose name is unknown.

After leaving school, she worked at Walkmill, Newtown, for another aunt, Mrs Bowen and when aged 15, worked at The Cross Guns, Newtown for 12 months, before taking up duties at Homestay, near Newtown Hospital, and later for R. & S. Morgans, who ran a draper's shop.

During the war years, she joined the ATS and was based in Swansea, situated near the University Sports Ground. She returned to Newtown in 1944 and assisted her husband at Waenybricks.They moved to Broadlands in 1970 and she worked at Penygloddfa School, Newtown for several years. She also worked at Doris Mills' sweet shop in Broad Street.

She loved outside gardening and became a member of the Gardening Club.

She died on the 12th March 1986 aged 65. 


Ceceline Davies
Parents Sarah Elizabeth Davies
Evan Davies
Grandparents Elizabeth Davies, Pant y Celyn, Adfa
Great grandparents

Left, Elizabeth Davies, grandmother to Ceceline Davies. Below her gravestone in Adfa , where she is buried with her daughter Sarah Elizabeth

By 1901, Elizabeth Davies 47, Ceceline's grandmother was widowed, and working as a housekeeper for Thomas Morgans 50, of Rhosydd, Llanwyddelan. Her children Mary Jane 14, James 7. Alice 9 and Edith Louisa 3, all born in Castle Caereinion were living with her.

Daughter Edith Louisa Ashton lived at Trawsgelli when Ceceline Davies went to live with them when she was about 13 when her mother died in 1933. Edith died on the 4th December 1974. Her husband Edward Ashton, or Ted was born around 1894.

Edward's grandfather, Edward Ashton was farming Trawsgelli in 1891 and was widowed. Living with him then were his son Edward, 26 who Edith's husband's father. Ten years earlier, grandfather Edward was farming 76 acres at Trawsgelli, with sons Edward 16 and Richard Ashton 14. 

The 1901 census for Trawsgelli shows Edward Ashton 61, widower there with housekeeper Margaret Evans 32 of Trefeglwys, Edward Ashton 7, born in Llanwyddelan, and John Thomas 18 a worker  also from Llanwyddelan.

Edward Ashton born around 1894, died on the 7th May 1972. The County Times dated 13th May 1972, has a long obituary column about him, which is summarised here; He farmed Trawsgelli all his life, and moved to live with his son Mr Eric Ashton on 1952. He had an interest in music and was a keen soloist. Member of Adfa Presbyterian Church and later the Llansantffraid Welsh Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife Mrs E.L. Ashton and the couple celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1970. He is survived by two sons, Mr R. Ashton (Wolverhampton), Mr Eric Ashton (Llansantffraid) and a daughter, Mrs T. E. Williams (Llansantffraid), grandchildren Mr &Mrs G. Ashton (Pant), Mr & B. Williams (Oswestry), Mr & Mrs R. Hitch (Llansantffraid), Clive and John Ashton (Trederwen), Rita and Peter and Trudy Ashton (Wolverhampton); graet grandchildren Sian Hitch, Sharon Ashton, Justin Williams. 

 

 

RODERICK EDWARD WILSON   1892  -  1946         
(son of William Tills Wilson and Jane Swain)

The family moved to Aberhafesp from London between 1892 and 1896 and lived at Penyglannau in 1901. Roderick's parents William and Jane, were both aged 34. Their family consisted of David 11,  Roderick Edward Wilson 9, and Dorothy Wilson 4.

He left Aberhafesp for America in 1912 and served with the Canadian Army in France during the Great War. He was also a member of the Royal Observer Corps. He was a kindly, knowledgeable man.

 It is thought that when abroad, he married a widow, although his obituary notice in the paper states he was unmarried.

He died at Ty'r Afon on the 26th June 1946, his sister Dora's home. He is buried at Aberhafesp Church.

 

Mourners at Roderick Edward Wilson's funeral  were Mr W.T. Wilson, Mr & Mrs T. Brandrick, brother in law and sister, Mrs Wilson and Mr Stan Wilson Waenybricks, aunt and nephew, Mrs Edith Swain, David Swain, Newtown, Richard Swain, Pentre, Rod Swain, cousins, Mrs Swain, Hollybush, aunt.

Bearers were T. Benbow, Fachwen, T. Nutting, Glanrhyd, A. Davies, Thimble Hall, S. Evans, The Lodge.

Wreaths; Dad, Dora, Trev; All at Waenybricks; Ron, Dorothy and David; Edie; All at Hollybush; Dave, Maggie and the boys; Mrs Rees; Morfy and Dorothy; Stan and Sybil; All at Ty'n Celyn, Aberhafesp; Mrs Woosnam, Aberhafesp Hall; Mary, 12 Bridge Street; Royal Observer Corps; Mr and Mrs Owen and family, The Dingle; All at Bwlchyffridd P.O.; J. Mostyn and family; Mr and Mrs Brinley Harris, Hillcrest, Dolfor Road; All at Fairfields; Mr and Mrs Rees and Mrs Humphreys and family, Plantation Farm; Mr and Mrs Astley, Dingle Cottage.   

 

 

  

 

THE DAVIES FAMILY

Youngest generation Kimberley Selene Davies                                   and Rhian Jane Davies  (Newtown)
Parents Marian Joyce Wilson  and Kenneth Davies (Newtown)
Grandparents          Stanley Wilson and Ceceline Davies (Waenybricks)
Great grandparents           Eliza Davies (1886 - 1967) and David Swain Wilson (1889 - 1943)
Great gt grandparents         William Davies (1840 - 1914) and Esther Ann Hamer (1847 - 1921)                            
Great gt gt grandparents Richard Davies (1807 - 1881) and Elizabeth Hughes (1815 - 1885)
Great gt gt grandparents Richard Davies and Margaret Davies

   

 

RICHARD DAVIES 1807-81 
and ELIZABETH HUGHES 1815- 85
  
(son of Richard and Margaret Davies) 

Richard was baptised on the 14th September 1807, in Bettws Cedewain. His wife Elizabeth Hughes was also baptised in Bettws Cedewain, but on the 20th October 1815. The couple were married in Bettws on the 19th August, 1836. The couple are the great grandparents of Mr Stan Wilson, formerly of Waenybricks, Newtown.

Elizabeth was the daughter of David and Ann Hughes in the Garth Genlli township of Bettws. He was a sawyer by trade.

Richard and Elizabeth eleven children. Jane born around 1837 in Bettws, Ann born around 1840 in Newtown,  William born around 1842 in Newtown, (Mr Stan Wilson's grandfather), Bessie (Elizabeth) born around 1845 in Kerry,  Dick born around 1848 in Kerry, John born around 1850 in Kerry, Polly, David, Carol, Thomas and Catherine.

Evan Davies was farming Brinbedwen from the early 1930's with his wife Ann, who died on January 8th 1836. 

1841 Census, Brinbedwen, Kerry

In 1841, Evan Davies 75 farmed Brinbedwen with his son Abraham 40 and daughter Ann 45. John Davies 12 also lived there.
Working and living at the farm were agricultural labourers Richard Gittins 25, Abraham Smout 20, Lewis Evans 60, John Thomas 15 and Edward Smout. Jane Swancot 20 and Elizabeth Morgan 15 were female servants


In a sandstone chest tomb
with brick sides at
All Saints Church, Mochdre,
lie the remains of;

In Memory of
Ann wife of Evan Davies of
Brynbedwen in the Parish of Kerry
who Departed this Life
January 8th, 1836,
Aged 73 years.
Also ofMarytheir Daughter
Who died July 1st 1860
Aged 69 years.
Also
The  Afore saidEvan Davies
who departed this life 24th May 1844,
Aged 79 years
Also ofAnn, their Daughter
Who died November 1st 1862,
Aged 74 years.
Also of
Richardtheir Son
Who died April 7th, 1864
Aged 72 Years
Also of
Abrahamtheir Son
Who died Oct. 1st 1868
Aged 68 Years.


1851 Census, Brynbedwin, Kerry

In 1851, Richard 35 and Elizabeth 34 lived at 'Brinbedwin' according to the census (Bryn Bedwen). He was an agricultural labourer. Their family then consisted of Jane 14, Ann 11, William 9, Elizabeth 6, Richard 3 and John 1.

1861 Census, Little Bryn Bedwin, Kerry

Richard Davies 50, married, was a farmer, born in Berriew. Wife Elizabeth was 46,  Ann Davies 21, both born in Betws, was living at home with her siblings Richard 13, David 9, Mary 5, Catherine 4  and Thomas 2, all born in Kerry.


1871 Census, Graig, Dolfor

Richard Davies 55, was now farming 153 acres of land at Y Graig, Dolfor. Wife Elizabeth was 53. Living at home were Richard 22, John 20, David 19, Mary 16, Catherine 14, Thomas 12 and grandson Pryce Davies 2, who was born in Bettws.
David Jarman 22, born in Caersws was a general servant at the home. 
Richard and Elizabeth supplemented their income by taking in lodgers;
John Ellis, 60 a carpenter, born in Caersws, Richard Ellis, 50, a lawyer, Evan Breese, 47 a carpenter, Richard Harris 45 a lawyer and John Ellis 24 a carpenter, all born in Llanfair Caereinion. 



Richard and Elizabeth Davies (nee Hughes)
circa 1870s
(Photo by kind permission of
Cliff Parry)

1881 Census Upper Walton, Worthen

Richard Davies, 69 was farming 230 acres at Upper Walton. Wife Elizabeth was 65. Family living with them were Richard 32, David 28, Thomas 21, Mary E. 26,  and grandson Thomas J. 1.
Adam Stabey 21, of Worthen and Thomas Sater of Llanidloes were farm servant, with Elizabeth Jenkins, 15 of Aberhafesp, a domestic servant. 

 
Left to right; unknown, David, Eliza, Thomas, Esther, Richard, unknown,
Thomas James, son of Catherine Davies
Photo taken either at Middle Walton, or Walton Hall
(Photo by kind permission of
Cliff Parry)

Richard died on the 25th May 1881, and Elizabeth on the 1st May 1885.

Mr Stan Wilson by the grave of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies, in Worthen.

JANE DAVIES
(born c 1837)
daughter of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

1851 Census, Brynbedwin, Kerry

In 1851, Richard 35 and Elizabeth 34 lived at 'Brinbedwin' according to the census (Bryn Bedwen). He was an agricultural labourer. Their family then consisted ofJane 14, Ann 11, William 9, Elizabeth 6, Richard 3 and John 1.

Jane Davies married Hezekiah Carrell in 1873.

Hezekiah Carrell

Hezekiah Carrellwas born around 1835. He was the son of George and Ann Carrell.

In 1851, the family were living at Pallant.
George 59, was a journeyman joiner and carpenter, wife Ann was 50. Their family living at home at home consisted of Frederick Carrell 26, a journeyman boot maker, born Rowlands Castle, Olive 23, a dressmaker, Alfred 21 an apprentice boot maker, Elians, 19 an apprentice grocer,Hezekiah17, an apprentice to carpenter, learning carpentering and Laura, 12 a scholar. All were born in Havant.

In 1861, the family were living in North Street, Havant. George 64 was recorded as a carpenter, Ann was 59, Alfred 31, a boot maker,Hezekiah26 a carpenter and Laura 21, a milliner.


Hezekiah and Jane had three children, George born 1874, Jane born 1875 and Richard born 1878. 

London Gazette 1879
The Bankruptcy Act 1869

born In the County Court of Hampshire, holden at Portsmouth, In the Matter of Proceedings for Liquidation by Arrangement or Composition with Creditors, instituted by Hezekiah Carrell, of the Pallant, North Street, Havant, in the county of Hants, Builder.

NOTICE is hereby given, that a First General Meeting of the creditors of the above-named person has been summoned
  to be held at the offices of Mr George Hill King, 43, North Street, Portsea in the county of Hants aforesaid, on the 29th day of September, 111879, at four o'clock in the afternoon precisely. - Dated this 12th day of September, 1879.

GEO. HALL KING, 43, North-street, Portsea, Hants, Solicitor for the said Debtor.


1881 Census, The Pallant, Havant

In 1881, Hezekiah Carrell, 46, was a master carpenter, employing 1 man and 2 boys. His wife Jane was 42, and children George 7, Jane 6 and Richard 3. Hezekiah and his children were born in Havant. Jane was born in Newtown, Montgomeryshire.

 
George Carrell

 
 
Jane Davies Carrell
 

1891 Census, 44 North Street, Havant

In 1891, Hezekiah Carrell, 56, was a carpenter. His wife Jane, 51, was a Manageress with C. P. & K Department. George 17, was a carpenter journeyman, Jane 16 and Richard 13 were both scholars.


Hezekiah died in 1896 aged 61 and Jane died in 1894, aged 56.
Their sons, George and Richard were living at 5 The Palland, Havant by 1901.

1901 Census, 5 The Pallant, Havant

In 1901, George Carrell 27 was head of household with his brother Richard 23 in residence. Both were builders and joiners.
Alice M. Wade 36, was their housekeeper, and visiting them was Lilian M. Mills, aged 11.


George married Edith Maria Carter on the 23rd November 1905. Her parents were George aand Susannah Carter (nee Mason). They had two children, Howard George Carrell born on the 1st October 1906 and died in 1989, and Richard Keith Carrell, born 1st June 1910 and died in 1990.

Richard Davies Carrell married in 1907 and died in 1945, aged 67.

The BT phone book for 1971, shows; CARRELL, George & R. Ltd, Homwell, Hants, telephone number 6182  They were registerd as Building Contractors.

RICHARD DAVIES
(born c 1838)
son of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

 
 Richard Davies
(Photo by kind permission of
Cliff Parry)

By 1891, son Richard was head of the household.

1891 Census Upper Walton

Richard Davies 42 is head of the household which consists of his siblings David 37, Thomas 31, and Mary 35, housekeeper. Thomas J. Jones, 11, Roberts nephew together with his uncle, ie, his mother's brother, John Hughes, a widower aged 84, All are recorded as having been born in Kerry.
Four farm servants were employed by Richard; Evan Griffiths, 40 of Knighton, Joseph Dorriett, 43 of Leighton, John Grise, 15 of Chirbury and Thomas Jones, 16 of Welshpool.
El
izabeth Dishley 16 of Westbury was a domestic servant.


By 1901, the siblings had left Upper Walton and were nextdoor at Walton, where Thomas was head of the household.

1901 Census Walton

Thomas Davies 41 is head of household and a farmer, with Richard 50, David 48, and Mary 37. None had married.
Harry Millington 16 was a horse teamworker and Gertie Jo
nes 15 a housemaid.


A George Beddoes
and his family now resided at Upper Walton.

 

ANN DAVIES
(born c 1840)
daughter of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

 

1851 Census, Brynbedwin, Kerry

In 1851, Richard 35 and Elizabeth 34 lived at 'Brinbedwin' according to the census (Bryn Bedwen). He was an agricultural labourer. Their family then consisted of Jane 14,  Ann 11, William 9, Elizabeth 6, Richard 3 and John 1.

1861 Census, Little Bryn Bedwin, Kerry

Richard Davies 50, married, was a farmer, born in Berriew. Wife Elizabeth was 46,  Ann Davies 21, both born in Betws, was living at home with her siblings Richard 13, David 9, Mary 5, Catherine 4  and Thomas 2, all born in Kerry.


Ann married Edward Smout of Holly Bush around 1877. He was a Church Deacon. Holly Bush is listed on the census as the next property to Bryn Bedwin in 1881. In 1871, Edward was living at Holly Bush with his sister Elizabeth 58, who was his housekeeper.

Edward and Ann had two children, Pryce Smout and Anne Elizabeth Smout, born 1878.

1881 Census, Holly Bush

Edward Smout 53, farmer of 6 acres, born Mochdre, wife Ann Smout 42, born Bettws, and daughter Ann E. Smout, 3 bornKerry

Edward died on the 23rd of February, 1889 and was buried at the Pentre Baptist Chapel,Mochdre 

"The memory of the just is blessed"
In
Affectionate
Remembrance of
Edward SMOUT
of Holly Bush Dolfor
Who was a faithful Deacon
of this Church
He died Febry 23rd 1889
Aged 61 Years.
Rest weary one, Thy slumber take;
Till God's own voice, Shall bid thee wake


1891 Census, Holly Bush

Ann Smout 55, is recorded as a widow and farmer. Daughter Annie E. is 13. Boarding with them is James Smout 39 (?) a farm labourer, born in Kerry


Ann Elizabeth Smout
born 1878
daughter of Richard and Ann Smout 

Anne married David Pryce in 1898

They had four children;
Reginald,
Fanny who died but not sure when according to my mum of T.B.
Tom, who did not marry and went to London to work .
Annie Catherine Elizabeth born 1905 married Edward Lloyd in Worthen Church 4 June 1949.
No Children of the marriage.

1901 Census, Cwmrhiewdre

David Pryce, 27, born Kerry was employing workers at Cwmrhiewdre. His wife Anne E. was 23, and Reginald was 1.
Fanny A. Mantle 20, born Mochdre was their domestic servant.


Wedding of
Annie Catherine Elizabeth Pryce and Edward Lloyd


Photo courtesy of Cliff Parry

One of the witness was Nancy Jean Donalda Corfield and was probably known asNin Corfield. The Youngest bridesmaid is Caroline Smith (Sally)
The young  boy next to Bett is Cliff Parry. The other is Graham Heath,  Ted's nephew. The young girl Cliff'ssister,  Hazel.


Annie Catherine Elizabeth Lloyd died in 1992


ELIZABETH DAVIES
(born c 1846)
daughter of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

Delighted to hear from Kathleen Morris, who has supplied more information on the Davies family. KD

Kath writes;
I have recently been researching my family history

I must initially thank you for all the information I have gained from your research into the Davies family at www.penmon.org  It has been a great help!
I have met up with Clifford Parry and together we have pieced together lots of information regarding the Davies family.
My great grandmother was Elizabeth (Bessie) Davies (c1846-1918) daughter of Richard Davies (1807-1881) and Elizabeth Hughes (1815-1885)


Elizabeth was living at Brynbedwin, Kerry when she was 6 years old.

1851 Census, Brynbedwin, Kerry

In 1851, Richard 35 and Elizabeth 34 lived at 'Brinbedwin' according to the census (Bryn Bedwen). He was an agricultural labourer. Their family then consisted of Jane 14, Ann 11, William 9,Elizabeth 6, Richard 3 and John 1.

Elizabeth, or Bessie, married Thomas Evans. The couple had three children.

1. Thomas Richard Evans (1883-1958)  married Elizabeth Jane Kynaston (Kath's Granddad and Grandmother).Thomas and Elizabeth had one daughter - Ruby Elizabeth Evans who married Harold Owen Evans (Kath's parents)

2. Elizabeth Maria Evans known as Maria born 1886 married John Jones and according to the Marriage Certificate she was a 45 year old spinster and he was a 70 year old widower.  I think she may have married again but I can find no record of this as yet. 
 

3. John Edward Evans (1887-1968) - when he was 25 he emigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand where he owned a sheep farm.


JOHN DAVIES
(born c 1850)
son of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

 

1851 Census, Brynbedwin, Kerry

In 1851, Richard 35 and Elizabeth 34 lived at 'Brinbedwin' according to the census (Bryn Bedwen). He was an agricultural labourer. Their family then consisted of Jane 14, Ann 11, William 9, Elizabeth 6, Richard 3 and John 1.


DAVID DAVIES
(born c 1852)
son of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

 By 1891, brother Richard was head of the household.

1891 Census Upper Walton

Richard Davies 42 is head of the household which consists of his siblings David 37, Thomas 31, and Mary 35, housekeeper. Thomas J. Jones, 11, Roberts nephew together with his uncle, ie, his mother's brother, John Hughes, a widower aged 84, All are recorded as having been born in Kerry.
Four farm servants were employed by Richard; Evan Griffiths, 40 of Knighton, Joseph Dorriett, 43 of Leighton, John Grise, 15 of Chirbury and Thomas Jones, 16 of Welshpool.
Elizabeth Dishley 16 of Westbury was a domestic servant.


By 1901, the siblings had left Upper Walton and were nextdoor at Walton, where Thomas was head of the household.

1901 Census Walton

Thomas Davies 41 is head of household and a farmer, with Richard 50, David 48, and Mary 37. None had married.
Harry Millington 16 was a horse teamworker and Gertie Jones 15 a housemaid.


MARY (POLLY) DAVIES
(born c 1856)
daughter of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

 By 1891, brother Richard was head of the household.

1891 Census Upper Walton

Richard Davies 42 is head of the household which consists of his siblings David 37, Thomas 31, andMary 35, housekeeper. Thomas J. Jones, 11, Roberts nephew together with his uncle, ie, his mother's brother, John Hughes, a widower aged 84, All are recorded as having been born in Kerry.
Four farm servants were employed by Richard; Evan Griffiths, 40 of Knighton, Joseph Dorriett, 43 of Leighton, John Grise, 15 of Chirbury and Thomas Jones, 16 of Welshpool.
Elizabeth Dishley 16 of Westbury was a domestic servant.


By 1901, the siblings had left Upper Walton and were nextdoor at Walton, where Thomas was head of the household.

1901 Census Walton

Thomas Davies 41 is head of household and a farmer, with Richard 50, David 48, and  Mary 37. None had married.
Harry Millington 16 was a horse teamworker and Gertie Jones 15 a housemaid.


Richard and Elizabeths' daughter Polly with her husband Charles Bunner

Polly Bunner and husband Charles
(Photos by kind permission of
Cliff Parry)


CATHERINE DAVIES
(born c 1837)
daughter of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

I was delighted to receive the following message from Cliff Parry. Cliff has supplied many of the wonderful family photos contained in this section. KD

I am a descendant of Richard Davies and the Grandson of Thomas James Davies.
I am descended from Catherine Davies and she had Thomas James out of wedlock and died three weeks after giving birth Thomas. His  father was John Jones of Dolfor Hall.
Cliff Parry

 

1861 Census, Little Bryn Bedwin, Kerry

Richard Davies 50, married, was a farmer, born in Berriew. Wife Elizabeth was 46,  Ann Davies 21, both born in Betws, was living at home with her siblings Richard 13, David 9, Mary 5,Catherine 4  and Thomas 2, all born in Kerry.

1871 Census, Graig, Dolfor

Richard Davies 55, was now farming 153 acres of land at Y Graig, Dolfor. Wife Elizabeth was 53. Living at home were Richard 22, John 20, David 19, Mary 16,Catherine 14, Thomas 12 and grandson Pryce Davies 2, who was born in Bettws.
David Jarman 22, born in Caersws was a general servant at the home. 
Richard and Elizabeth supplemented their income by taking in lodgers;
John Ellis, 60 a carpenter, born in Caersws, Richard Ellis, 50, a lawyer, Evan Breese, 47 a carpenter, Richard Harris 45 a lawyer and John Ellis 24 a carpenter, all born in Llanfair Caereinion. 


THOMAS DAVIES
(born c 1858)
son of
Richard and Elizabeth Davies

 By 1891, brother Richard was head of the household.

1891 Census Upper Walton

Richard Davies 42 is head of the household which consists of his siblings David 37, Thomas 31, and Mary 35, housekeeper. Thomas J. Jones, 11, Roberts nephew together with his uncle, ie, his mother's brother, John Hughes, a widower aged 84, All are recorded as having been born in Kerry.
Four farm servants were employed by Richard; Evan Griffiths, 40 of Knighton, Joseph Dorriett, 43 of Leighton, John Grise, 15 of Chirbury and Thomas Jones, 16 of Welshpool.
Elizabeth Dishley 16 of Westbury was a domestic servant.


By 1901, the siblings had left Upper Walton and were nextdoor at Walton, where Thomas was head of the household.

1901 Census Walton

Thomas Davies 41 is head of household and a farmer, with Richard 50, David 48, and Mary 37. None had married.
Harry Millington 16 was a horse teamworker and Gertie Jones 15 a housemaid.

 

  

WILLIAM DAVIES
(son of Richard and Elizabeth Davies)
1840-1914
and
ESTHER ANN HAMER
1847- 1921

William was born around 1840 in Newtown and his wife Esther Ann Hamer in 1847. The couple are the grandparents of Mr Stan Wilson, formerly of  Waenybricks.

Esther was born in Bettws, and was a daughter to Michael and Ann Hamer, who in 1861, were farming 73 acres at Pencaenion, in the parish of Garthgellin. They were both recorded as 42 in the census, and both born in Bettws Cedewain. Esther was 13  and her siblings were; Elizabeth 20 born in Berriew, Herbert 11, John 9, William 7 and Mary 1, all born in Bettws Cedewain. 

William and Esther Davies had seven children, Eliza born around 1886 (mother of Mr Stanley Wilson, Waenybricks), Pryce, Esther Catherine, William, Annie, Polly and Agnes.

In 1871, the couple lived at Shorod, near Upper Brimmon, Newtown. William was noted as 28 and Esther as 23. The couple farmed 10 acres and had no children.

By 1881, they had moved to Pantywinshrew, in the Forden Union of Berriew. He was 38, and she was 33. They had three children by now, John P. Davies aged 12 born Newtown, Mary J. Davies 8 born Berriew, William E. Davies 4 and Anne E. 1, both born in Berriew.

They had moved to Graig, Dolfor by 1891. William is recorded as 50 and a farmer. Esther was 43, John P. 22, Mary J. 18, William E. 14, Annie E. 11.Another two children had been born, Esther was 7 and Eliza 4.

In 1901, William 60 and Esther 53 were farming at Cwm in parish of Dolfor, next to Glascoed and Graig Mill. John P. 32 worked on the farm, Annie was 21 and a new child Agnes, 9 was at home, born in Kerry. They had a boarder living with them. Jonathan Meredith was 25, and a civil engineer from Derbyshire. All their other children had left home.

By 1905, they had moved to live at Middle Scafell.

Middle Scafell

On the 29th September, 1905, Eliza, pictured here,  daughter of William and Esther Davies sent a postcard to her mother at Middle Scafell;

Dear Mother, hope you are well. Sorry to see in the paper of that accident. Hope it did not upset Dad. Please send Bills address, With love from both. Write a long letter soon, Eliza. 

The newspaper report she read was as follows;

Montgomeryshire Express & Radnor Times                            
Tuesday September 19, 1905

MAN KILLED AT NEWTOWN

Much sensation was occasioned in Newtown on Saturday evening by the news of a fatal accident on Milford Road. It appears that shortly after 8 o'clock, Thomas Jenkins, a middle aged man, employed at Blue House farm, Aberhafesp, was returning home from Newtown in the company of Mr Davies, Scafell farm, and was rounding that sharp corner of the road, just opposite the old toll gate, when he was suddenly struck down by a bicycle, ridden by Thomas Benbow, Aberhafesp.

Jenkins' head came into violent contact with the ground and Benbow fell over or upon him. With all haste, Dr Wilson was summoned to the spot by Benbow and upon examination he discovered  that Jenkins was suffering from concussion of the brain. The unfortunate man died in a short time. The ambulance arrived in about an hour and upon it the body was removed to the mortuary at the infirmary. Jenkins was an unmarried man. An inquest will be probably held today. 

William died on the 31st January 1914 and Esther on the 7th January 1921.  
 

 

 ELIZA DAVIES 1886-1967
(daughter of William and Esther Ann Davies)
and DAVID SWAIN WILSON 1889-1943 

Details about Eliza Davies appear above under her husband's name.  


 

The other children of William and Esther Ann Davies, nee Hamer

PRYCE DAVIES worked the farm with his parents. He was a horseman and his horse Scafell King was well known in Montgomeryshire and Shropshire as a stud. Pryce did not like farming particularly, but owned a threshing machine. At one time, he broke his toes when the machine went over them and walked with a bit of limp. He was picked on in town once my a man who despite standing close to Pryce, thought he was a reasonably safe distance from. Pryce, who had long arms, managed to reach him and  hit him through a window.  

Pryce bought and sold Middle Scafell and then went to live at Cefn Caled to live and work with Billy Corfield. Pryce used to go Newtown on a Tuesday for a pint, and one night stayed at The Greyhound pub, situated where the Iceland shop is now. He died there in his sleep.

Llanllwchaiarn Churchphoto copyright of CPAT.

THE LATE MR. PRYCE DAVIES

FUNERAL AT LLANLLWCHAIARN

The funeral of Mr Pryce Davies, formerly of Scafell, Newtown, whose sudden death was recorded in our last issue, took place  at Llanllwchaiarn Churchyard on Monday, and was largely attended. The Rev Gordon Astley officiated.

The chief mourners who attended were Mr William Davies (brother), Mrs A. Williams Cefncaled, Kerry, Mrs Samuels, Bryn aire, Mrs Wilson, Waenybricks, Mrs A. Ashton, Treorchy and Miss Annie Davies, (sisters), Messers A. Corfield, David Wilson and Mr William Ashton (brothers-in-law), mrs and Mrs Charles Bunner, Worthern (uncle in la w and aunt), Messers William and Frederick Corfield, Cefncaled (nephews), Messers T. Jarman and Albert Bowen (nephews-in-law), Mrs Jarman, Bronvastre, Mrs Bowen, Smithy, Kerry, and Miss Hilda Corfield, Cefncaled (nieces), Mr and Mrs Frank Pilot, Newtown, Mr and Mrs Walter Davies, Newtown, Mr and Mrs Howman, Wellington, Miss Maud Corfield, Manchester, Mr Stanley Wilson Waenybricks, and Messers Pryce and Edward Ashton (nephews and nieces).

The bearers were Mr David Jones, Neuadd Hendidley, Mr Jones, Penybank, Dolfor, Mr Haynes, Scafell Station and Mr Edwards, Vaynor.

Wreaths were received as follows; In loving memory of dear Pryce, from Pollie, Annie and all at Cefncaled; In loving memory, from Bill and Annie;  In ever loving memory of dear Pryce, from Esther; In loving memory of dear Pryce, from Eliza, David, and little Stanley; With love to my dear brother, from Agnes, Will, Pryce and Edward; In affectionate remembrance from Mary, Tom and family, Brynvastre; In affectionate remembrance of Uncle Pryce, from Lizzie, Agnes, Frank and Walter; In loving memory of dear Uncle, from Win and Alfred; With deep sympathy from Mr and Mrs Bunner; With deep sympathy from all at Cafnaire; With deep  sympathy from all at Penstrowed Hall; In kind remembrance from all at Little Cefncaled; With deepest sympathy from Mr and Mrs Morgan and family, Red House, Kerry;With deepest sympathy from Mr and Mrs George Jones, Cefnhir.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr J. E. Morris and Messers David Lewis and son, London House.  

POLLY DAVIES married Alfred Corfield.

Some members of the Corfield family

Alfred and Polly had the following children.
Lizzie married Frank Pilot.
William (Bill) Davies.
Agnes married Walter Davies and had two children, Wally and Hilda.
S
usan married a Howman and lived in Wellington, Shropshire.
Nin. (Nancy Jean Donalda Corfield?)
Mary married a Jerman. They had five children. Phoebe, Gwladys (married Richard Owen), John, Edward and Audrey. 
Maud.
Hilda who married Eric Andrew and lived in Tregynon.
Fred.

Above; Retired farmer Mr William Corfield of Kerry, pictured with family and friends at his 90th birthday party at the Kerry Lamb. Mr Corfield is the only survivor of nine children who farmed at Kerry until his retirement. Would love to have any further information on the family.Photo courtesy of the County Times.

WILLIAM (BILLY) DAVIES

ANNIE DAVIES

ESTHER CATHERINE DAVIES


 
 

AGNES DAVIESwho married William Ashton. They had two sons, Pryce and Edward.

 
Edward, Pryce, William and Agnes Ashton (nee Davies)
 

YOUNG SOLDIER DIES IN ITALY

News of the death in Italy, following wounds sustained in action, of Corporal Edward Evan Ashton, RE, came as a great shock to Treorchy and Cwmparc residents. He was the son of Will and Agnes Ashton

Corporal Ashton had served some years in the Forces, landing in Algiers to go through the North African campaign with the First Army and eventually fighting in Italy. He also served in Burma. First news of his death came through his soldier 'pal' Corporal Ossie Thomas, Cemetery Road, Treorchy. They had been close chums at Porth County School and had by an amazing coincidence been drafted together. They went through the entire campaign side by side.

The parents have received many letters of condolence, including one from Miss Shepard, an elderly lady colleague who had practically 'mothered' him at Southend and one from Mr Henson, Inspector of Taxes, Southend. They both write glowingly of his fine traits of character and lovely disposition. He married a young lady in the Civil  Service, who is now living in Bromley, Kent. It has been a terrible blow to his people and only the passage of time can perhaps blunt the keen edge of sorrow. 

 
Agnes and Will Ashton, taken at Broadlands, Newtown, 24th August 1971.
Taken by T. Brandrick  

 

 

 

THE SWAIN FAMILY

Youngest generation Kimberley Selene Davies                                   and Rhian Jane Davies  (Newtown)
Parents Marian Joyce Wilson  and Kenneth Davies (Newtown)
Grandparents          Stanley Wilson and Ceceline Davies (Waenybricks)
Great           grandparents     Eliza Davies (1886 - 1967) and David Swain Wilson (1889 - 1943)

Great x 2 grandparents         Jane Swain (1832-1945) and William Tills Wilson (1865-1947)                       
Great x 3 grandparents Edward Swain (1830-1910) and Jane Owen (1832-1901)
Great x 4 grandparents Richard Swain (1787 - 1860) and Dorothy Harding (1807 - 1878)
Great x 5            grandparents John Swain (1754 - 1803) and Elizabeth Lewis                       
Great x 6 grandparents Abraham Swain (1721 - ????) and Ursula Jones (???? - ????)
Great x 7 grandparents Abraham Swain (???? - ????) and Jane Humphreys (???? - ????)

Great x 8         grandparents

Abraham Swayne (???? - ????) and Anno  Coley (???? - ????)

Great x 9      grandparents Robert Coley (????) and unknown                                  

 

ABRAHAM SWAIN alive 1863 and ANNO COLEY

  

Last Will and Testament of Abram Swayne

In the name and feare of God Amen, the six and twentieth day of December in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred eightie two, and in the foure and thirtieth yeare of the raigne of our soveraigne lord Charles, Kinge of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, defender of the faith etc, I Abram Swayne of Garhgelling in the parish of Bettus in the countie of Mountgomery, glover, doe make and ordayne this my last will and testamente in wryting in maner and forme followeing: first and principally I comend my soule unto the hands of allmighty God, my mercyfull father, hopeing assuredly through the onely merits of Jesus Christ, my saviour, to be partaker of life ever lasting, and secondly I comend my body to the earth whereof it is made.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Isack the sume of twentie pownds.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my second son John the sume of twentie pownds. 
Item: I give and bequeath to my thirde sonne Robert the sume of twentie pownds.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my fourth sonne Abram twentie pownds.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the sume of fiveteen pownds.
 
My will and minde is that the interest of these severall sums be towards the mantayning of them till they come to foureteen years of age and afterwards to be improved to the best to theire use till they come to the age of on and twentie.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Anne the sume of tenn pownds and all my stock of what kinde or nature soever they be about my house, and all my household stuff and implements of husbandrie. 
Item: I nominate and apoynte my eldest sonne Isack and my second sonne John executors of this my last will and testament.
Item: I constitute and apoynte my father-in-law Robert Colie to be overseer of this my last will and testament to see that the same be performed and acomplished according to the true meaning and efect thereof.  In wittnes whereof I the sayd testator to this my last will and testament have putt my hand and seale even the day and yeare above written.
Abraham Swayne


Signed, published, sealed and delivered as the last will and testament of the within named Abram Swayne in the presence and sight of the persons whose names are subscribed:

Robert R Colie
John Colley
Thomas Perce

Probate act in Latin:  this will of Abraham Swayne, deceased, was proved on the 28th day of November 1683 before the Master Commissary etc at ……….  And administration was granted to Anne Swayne, widow, etc to the use and during the minority of Isaac Swayne and John Swayne, executors named in the said will, well and truly etc, sworn beforehand etc, and saving etc  a caution having been given etc
.

Endorsed in Latin:  Bettus Ked.  The will of Abraham Swayne, deceased, proved on the 28th day of November AD 1683

A true and perfect inventory of all the goods, cattell and chattells of Abram Swayne of the parish of Bettus in the county of Mountgomery and dioses of St Asaph, deceased, aprysed by us whose names are hereunto subscribed the 23th day of November in the yeare of our Lord 1683
Inprimis: his wearing aparell                                                   £1 - 10s
Item: one mare and coult                                                      £3
Item: five cows                                                                   £12
Item: three 2 yeare ould cattell                                              £5
Item: two oxen                                                                     £6
Item: three caules                                                                  £2
Item: two swine                                                                             8s
Item: fiftie sheep                                                                    £7
Item: one goate                                                                             4s
Item: graine                                                                           £4
Item: implements of husbandry                                               £1
Item: foure stone of woole                                                     £1 - 10s
Item: two bedsteads wth apurtenences                                   £3
Item: linens                                                                            £1
Item: brass and pewter                                                          £2
Item: one iron pott, 2 spitts and other ironware                              10s
Item: one table, one chest, 1 cofer with other trumperie ware         15s
Item: stands, barells and other tinen ware                                       15s
Item: cumbust                                                                                  6s 8d
Item: speciallties                                                                   £70
                                                                              Total    £121  18s  8d

Aprisors
The marke of
Robert R Colie
David Jones
Thomas Pierce


May all people know by these presents that we Anne Swayne of Bettues in the county of Mountgomery, widow, Robert Coley of Kyvior in the aforesaid county, glover, and David Jones of Kanllwthayarne in the aforesaid county, joiner, are bound and firmly obliged to the Reverend Father in Christ and the Lord, William by divine providence the Lord Bishop of St Asaph, in £200 of good and lawful money of England, to be paid to him the Reverend Father or to his certain attorney, to his successors, administrators  and assigns, to the payment of which we and each of us, for himself, individually and collectively, our heirs, executors and administrators are firmly bound by these presents, sealed by our seals, given the 28th day of November in the 35th year of King Charles II, now King of England etc AD 1683. [in Latin]
The condicion of this obligacion is such that if th'above bounden Anne Swayne, widow and relict and administratrix with will annexed of all the goods, rights and credits of Abraham Swayne late of Bettus in Kedewen, deceased, to the use and during the minority of Isaac and John Swayne, the children and executors in the said will named, doe make or cause to be  made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, cattles, rights and creditts of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of her the said Anne Swayne, or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons, and the same soe made, doe exhibitt or cause to be exhibited into the registry of the Consistory Court of St Asaph at or before the first day of the Nativity of Our Lord next ensuing, and the same goods, cattles, rights and creditts of the said deceased, and all other the goods, cattles, rights and creditts of the said deceased, which at any time after shall come to the hands and possession of the said Anne Swayne, or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her, doe well and truly administer according to law, and doe execute and performe the last will and testament of the said deceased, to the said letters of administracion annexed, to the use and duringe the minority of the said executors, and further doe make or cause to be made a true and just accompt of her said administracion at or before the first day of November next ensueing, and all the rest and residue of the said goods, cattles, rights and creditts of the said deceased, which shall be found remaineing upon the said administracion accompt, the same being first examined and allowed by the judge or judges for the time of the said court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the said judge or judges for the time being of the said court by his or their decree or sentence shall limitt and appoint, then this obligacion to be void or els to remaine effectuall in lawe.
Sealed and delivered in the presence of

John Thomas, Vicar of Llanbrynmair
Fra.  Evans

I am extremely grateful to Jill Allan
for arranging a translation of this will,
and for giving her kind permission to reproduce it here.
KD


 



 

RICHARD SWAIN 1787-1860 and DOROTHY HARDING 1807-1878 Son of John Swain and Elizabeth Lewis

 Richard Swain and Dorothy Swain are the great, great grandparents of Mr Stan Wilson, Waenybricks.

Born in 1787 he married Dorothy Harding, born in Bettws on the 3rd September 1824. In 1841,the couple lived at Little Bryn, Bettws Cedewain aged 50 and 40 respectively. They had three children living with them at the time, Edward Swain, born around 1831 and great grandfather of Mr Stanley Wilson, John born around 1838 and Mariah born around 1840. Richard was an agricultural labourer.

Ten years on, in 1851, Richard was 61, and still an agricultural labourer, wife Dorothy was 48 and Mariah, 10, was the only child living at home.

Richard died on the 2nd May 1860 and is buried at Bettws Cedewain.

1871 has Dorothy living on her own and widowed aged 70, farming 5 acres.

Dorothy died in 1878, aged 71. 

 

EDWARD SWAIN 1831-1910 and JANE OWEN 1832-1901             Son of Richard Swain and Dorothy Harding

 Edward Swain was baptised on the 29th May 1831.

In 1841, he lived at Little Bryn with his parents Richard and Dorothy Swain, and siblings John 3 and Mariah 1.

He was working as a farm labourer in 1851 for widow Jane Pryce 56 and her family of Little Cloddiau, Kerry, aged 20.

By the next census, he had married his wife, Jane Owen, born around 1832 in Aberhafesp, on the 22nd September 1858. Edward and Jane were the great grandparents of Mr Stanley Wilson, Waenybricks.

In 1861, the couple lived Ysgwylfa, with sons Edward 2 and Richard 7 months old. Elizabeth Owen 12, from Aberhafesp, was a domestic servant there.

In 1871, Edward now 39 was a gamekeeper and he and wife Jane 39 still resided at Ysgwylfa. Son Edward 12 was a farm servant at Gilfach, Aberhafesp for his widowed grandmother, Ann Owens 59, who was born in Llangadfan.  Richard was 10, David 8, Jane 5, she would be Mr Stan Wilson's grandmother, and John 3.

The family had moved to Hollybush by 1881, where Edward 49 farmed 149 acres, with wife Jane 47, David 18, Jane 15, John 13 and Richard 21, a blacksmith.

1891 saw the family back at Ysgwylfa where Edward 59 was again a gamekeeper. Wife Jane was 58 and John 23, was the only son living at home.

Jane died on the 17th January 1901. Edward was 69 and back at Hollybush with son John 32 who he helped on the farm.

Edward died on the 5th September 1910 and was buried on the 9th September.

 

In Loving Memory of

Jane, wife of Edward Swain, Holly Bush, Aberhafesp

who died 17 January 1901 aged 68 years

"For we are but of yesterday and and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow"

Also of the above Edward Swain,

who died September 5 1910, aged 79 years.

"Thy will be done"

 

 

  

 

JANE SWAIN  1866 - daughter of                            EDWARD SWAIN 1831-1910 and JANE OWEN 1832-1901

Jane was born around 1866. In 1871,she was living at home with her parents, Edward 39, a gamekeeper and Jane 39, residing at Ysgwylfa. Her siblings were Edward 12,a farm servant at Gilfach, Aberhafesp for his widowed grandmother, Richard 10, David 8, Jane herself 5, she would be Mr Stan Wilson's grandmother, and John 3.

The family had moved to Hollybush by 1881, where Edward 49 farmed 149 acres, with wife Jane 47, David 18, Jane 15, John 13 and Richard 21, a blacksmith.

She married William Tills Wilson born around 1866 and lived at Lambeth, London, before moving to the Aberhafesp area.

They had three children, David Swain Wilson, Roderick Edward Wilson and Dora Wilson.

She died on the 28th May 1945, and is buried in Aberhafesp Churchyard.

More can be read about Jane and her husband in the section on William Tills Wilson on this page. 

 

 

EDWARD SWAIN 1859 - ????                  son of           EDWARD SWAIN 1831-1910 and JANE OWEN 1832-1901

Edward Swain was born in 1859. In 1871, Edward 12 was a farm servant at Gilfach, Aberhafesp for his widowed grandmother, Ann Owens 59, who was born in Llangadfan. Ten years later he worked for Thomas and Elizabeth Francis who farmed Ty Mawr, Penstrowed. I cannot locate Edward Swain after 1881

 

RICHARD SWAIN 1860 - 1943                 son of           EDWARD SWAIN 1831-1910 and JANE OWEN 1832-1901

Richard Swain was born in 1860 and lived with his parents at Ysgwylfa in 1861, and 1871, and Hollybush in 1881 when he worked as a blacksmith aged 21.

By 1887, Richard had married Mary Elizabeth Pryce born around 1865 in Welshpool. They lived in Castle Caereinion at the time of the next census in 1891. They lived with Mary's brother Edward Pryce 28, a blacksmith from Welshpool. Richard 30  was plying his trade as a blacksmith at The Smithy. The couple had three children then, David 3, Maurice 2 and Pryce 5 months, all born in Castle Caereinion. Emily Pryce, Mary's sister was 11, and was a domestic nurse according to the census.

The couple and their children had moved to Pentre Smithy, Aberhafesp by 1885.

Richard's wife Mary died on the 19th July 1897, aged 32.

In Loving Memory of

MARY ELIZABETH, Beloved wife of Richard Swain

Pentre, Aberhafesp, Who died July 19th 1897

Aged 32 years.

This languishing head is at rest, Its thinking days are o'er This quiet immovable breast, Is heaved by affliction no more

 

In 1901 Richard is recorded as widowed, aged 40, and supporting his family consisting of David 13, Maurice 12, Pryce 10, Edward 8, all born in Castle Caereinion, Richard 6 born in Aberhafesp. Jane Woods 42 was employed as a domestic servant.

Richard later married to Catherine Jane born around 1869. Their infant son John, died on the 30th December 1903, just 3 months old.

In Loving Memory of

John, son of Richard and Catherine Swain Pentre

Died Dec. 30 1903 aged 5 months.

"Suffer little children to come unto Me"

 

Catherine died on the 15th February 1926 aged 56. 

Richard Swain died on the 7th January 1943 aged 82 and is buried in Aberhafesp.

County Times Obituary, 16th January 1943.

The death occurred last Friday week at the age of 82, of Mr Richard Swain, Pentre Smithy, Aberhafesp. Mr Swain had been blind for several years but had overcome his handicap to a remarkable extent and took an interest in general affairs.

He had a seizure on Monday week and died within a few days. He was a native of Castle Caereinion and lived in Aberhafesp for 50 years. He was one of the best known figures in the area. He was a churchman and acted as a warden at the Parish Church.

Twice married, both wives predeceased him. He is survived by four sons, three daughters and a sister.

The funeral took place on Monday and despite travelling difficulties, was very largely attended.

Chief Mourners; Mr & Mrs David Swain, Mr & Mrs Richard Swain (Dulas), Mr & Mrs Pryce Swain, Birkenhead, (Mr Swain unable to attend), Mr & Mrs Maurice Swain, Misses Edith and Alice Swain, Mr & Mrs H. Burden. Mr & Mrs Wilson Wernfach (brother and sister in law), Mr & Mrs Trevor Brandrick, Mr Dennis Swain (nephew and nieces), Mrs Pryce and Miss Pryce, Smithy Berriew (brother in law and niece), Mrs Pryce, Smithy Llandinam, Mr Jack Pryce (sister in law and nephew), Mr & Mrs David Wilson, Waenfach (nephew and niece), Mr & Mrs Jarman and son, Hawthorns, Berriew (brother in law, sister in law and nephew), Mrs Andrews, Dolrhiew, New Mills (sister in law).

There was a large number of wreaths.

Richard was buried with his second wife, Catherine. 

"Peace Perfect Peace"

In Loving Memory of

Catherine Jane, beloved wife of Richard Swain, Pentre

who died February 15th 1926, aged 56 years.

"Peace perfect peace"

Also of Richard Swain who died January 7 1943, aged 82 years.

Rest in Peace.

 

 

 

DAVID SWAIN 1863- 1889                 son of                 EDWARD SWAIN 1831-1910 and JANE OWEN 1832-1901

David aged 8, lived at home in 1871, with his parents at Ysgwylfa.Also there were his siblings Richard 10, Jane 5 and John 3.

The family had moved to Hollybush by 1881, where parents Edward 49 farmed 149 acres, with wife Jane 47, with  David now 18, Jane 15, John 13 and Richard 21, a blacksmith.

David died in 1889 aged 26.

 In Affectionate Remembrance of

David son of Edward & Jane Swain, Hollybush, Aberhafesp

who died May 1st 1889 aged 26 years.

I was so long with pain oppressed, which wore my strength away,            It made me long for endless rest, Which never can decay.

 

 

 

JOHN SWAIN 1868 - ????                 son of                   EDWARD SWAIN 1831-1910 and JANE OWEN 1832-1901

John Swain aged 3, lived at home in 1871 with his parents at Ysgwylfa. Also there were his siblings Richard 10, David 8, and Jane 5.

The family had moved to Hollybush by 1881, where Edward 49 farmed 149 acres, with wife Jane 47, David 18, Jane 15, John now 13 and Richard 21, a blacksmith.

1891 saw the family back at Ysgwylfa where Edward 59 was again a gamekeeper. Wife Jane was 58 and John 23, was the only son living at home.

John's mother Jane died on the 17th January 1901. His father Edward was 69 and back at Hollybush. John 32 was at home to help his father on the farm.

I have no further information about John.

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