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JUNE 2010

  • NEW FEATURE. Mrs Enid Hughes enquired about her grandfather, George Farmer, a former footballer - knew very little about his past.
    See WELSH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLERS
  • Allen Powell supplies football photos from 1938 and 1966
    See WILLIAM OWEN DAVIES
  • Sue Wheldon asks about her Humphries family who lived at
    Manod Road
    See BLAENAU FFESTINIOG
  • Had the honour and pleasure of meeting Associate Professor David Weber, who was the inspiration behind the popular
    GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • David Weber and I discover the grave of
    Jacob Metcalf in Builth Wells who was awarded
    The Croix De Guerre during 1914 - 18
    See GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM
  • Sue Loughran asks about her great grandfather James Sunners.
    Did he run a Pub in Penmon?
    See PENMON NOSTAGLIA
  • Phil supplies information from The London Gazette in 1917
    about Jacob Metcalf's Croix de Guerre.
    See GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM
  • John Williams gives his observation on Penmon Pubs.
    See PENMON NOSTALGIA
  • Welsh football historian Ian Garland,
    supplies information on George Farmer.
    See WELSH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLERS
  • Information also supplied on George Farmer by
    the Welsh Football Data Archive.
    See WELSH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLERS
  • George Harold Beadles added to
    WELSH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLERS.
  • Everton F.C. photos from 1887 and 1888/89 season
    supplied by Enid and Duncan Hughes which include George Farmer
    See WELSH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLERS
  • Discover Builth Wells's unique link with King Edward VIII
    See POSTAL HISTORY 
  • Emma Lander reaches her first target of £2,400.
    Another £600 sponsorship required to secure her place on
    theGreat Wall of China.
    Many congratulations Emma!!
    See EMMA'S MARIE CURIE GREAT TREK
  • 1885 England v Wales match report supplied by Ian Garland
    featuring George Farmer 
    See WELSH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLERS
  • Photos of our old family farm in Nant Y Rhiw
    kindly supplied by Chris Kilfoyle.
    See WILLIAMS GORSEDD GRUCYN
  • Meet John and Ann Hughes and see original letter
    which portrayed Great War sea tragedy.
    See GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • John Hughes kindly supplies nostalgic photos
    See BEAUMARIS PAST
  • Bumper day for James Wilson's County Times reports;
    Carno F.C. 50th anniversary reported by County Times
    Emma Lander's  Morrisons event captured by County Times
    Weightlifter Gerard Matthews featured in  the County Times
    Keeping Powys children active featured in the County Times 
    See JAMES'S JOTTINGS
  • Abermule F.C. 1970 added to
    A MID WALES CLUB SELECTION
  • Carno F.C. early 1960 added to
    A MID WALES CLUB SELECTION
  • Emma Lander's Marie Curie fund raising reaches £2,462.51
    See EMMA'S MARIE CURIE GREAT TREK
  • Ann Hughes supplies information on her Great Uncle
    L/Cpl John Henry Jones
    See GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • Historian Clive Hughes supplies more information on
    L/Cpl John Henry Jones
    See GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • Emma Lander's fund raising reaches £2,634.51
    See EMMA'S MARIE CURIE GREAT TREK
  • Julie Ross asks about groom George Kirk, in 1871
    See BULKELEYS OF BARON HILL
  • Anne Pedley, Royal Welch Fusiliers Archivist, supplies photos and
    War Diary entries relating to John Henry Jones
    See GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • Enid Hughes seeks information on her uncle,
    George Owens, former Chairman of the Welsh F.F.
    See WELSH FOOTBALL INTERNATIONALS
  • 12,000th visitor to www.penmon.org 22nd June
  • George A Thomas and 2nd Lieut. Trevor Jones remembered
    at GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • The War Diary of George Culpitt R.W.F. linked to
    GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • Pembroke County War Memorial linked to
    GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • Carmarthen County War Memorial linked to
    GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • Allan Turner (USA) kindly supplies a wedding photo of
    Tom and Doreen Jones nee Bootherstone from 1940
    See JONES FAMILY, CAE MERDDYN, CAIM
  • James Wilson secures newsreader slot at Radio Maldwyn
    as part of his journalistic experience
    See JAMES'S JOTTINGS 

MAY 2010

  • Seren Hafren (Papur Bro Dyffryn Hafren) feature an item on my talk given in April about My Llanrwst Family.
  • Jeannie  enquires about her grandfather, Robert Pritchard Chambers Brookes who was a farm labourer in the Crymlyn,
    Llanfairfechan area in 1942.
    See CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?
  • Some of  the "Atgofion Trefriw Memories" book included, courtesy of Trefriw Historical Society.
    See CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS.
  • Murder at Ro Wen in 1853
    See CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS.
  • Heather Williams finds her great great grandfather John Roberts and great grandfather J.T. Williams on Village Hall opening photo, 1910.
    See LLANGOED MISCELLANY.
  • Megan Evans kindly supplies an 1864 Indenture
    relating to apprentice joiner, Owen Jones.
    See JONES FAMILY CAE MERDDYN / CAIM
  • Owen Jones Memorial Card (1930)
    Jane Jones  Memorial Card (1932)
    Nellie Williams Memorial Card
    kindly supplied by Megan Evans
    See JONES FAMILY CAE MERDDYN / CAIM
  • Mr Allen Powell kindly supplies information from the 1938 and 1940 Llanrwst Grammar School Magazines, which feature my father.
    See WILLIAM OWEN DAVIES
  • Tim Edwards kindly supplies more photos of James Alfred Bevan and the Woodall family. James was Wales's first Rugby Union International Captain.Tim and I are related through the Michell family.
    See CWMYSTWYTH MINING COMMUNITY
  • Anna Rollin enquires about a Newtown Albion team photo she has, 
    which includes her grandfather, around 1913.
    Where did the team originate?
    See CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?
  • Newtown girl, Emma Lander plans to walk the Great Wall of China
    for Marie Curie Care funds. To sponsor her for this excellent cause,
    see JAMES'S JOTTINGS (County Times)
  • Welshpool Town F.C. 1939 team photo added to;
    A MID WALES CLUB SELECTION
  • For more of my father's collection of Greetings Telegrams
    See POSTAL HISTORY
  • John Hughes saw his grand uncle John Parry mentioned on the Beaumaris War Memorial item. He has very kindly supplied some very moving documenation about John's tragic death in 1917 when the Merchant Ship "Ermine" hit a mine.
    See GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM
  • A photo of damage caused in Beaumaris following a Spitfire crash in 1941, courtesy of John Hughes.
    See BEAUMARIS PAST
  • Thomas Williams, grandson of Owen Williams, Tan Y Graig, Nant y Rhiw, added to;
    GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM
  • "The Last Post" tribute added to
    GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM
  • My grandfather (Owen John Roberts's) cousin, John Goodman Williams,  courtesy of Clive Hughes, added to
    GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM
  • Enid Hughes enquires about her uncle, George Owen,
    former Welsh F.A. Chairman.
    See CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?
  • Clive Hughes supplies some fascinating information
    on John Parry's Naval record
    See GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM 
  • Met Emma Lander and her father Kevin.
    Emma is raising money by walking the Great Wall of China.
    See EMMA'S MARIE CURIE GREAT TREK
  • John Davies adds further information to the Llidiart Fadog family.
    See CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS
  • Welsh football historian, Ian Garland, replies to
    Enid Hughes' enquiry on George Owen, Welsh F.A. Chairman.
    See CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?
  • "A History of the Cambrain Coast League"
    by Mel Thomas published.
    My uncle, T. Glynne Davies reported on many of these matches.
    See PENMON Home page - Association Football
  • Morrisons, Newtown customers add a fantastic
     £476.87
    towards Emma Lander's walk on the Great Wall of China trek.
    See EMMA'S MARIE CURIE GREAT TREK.
    where sponsorship donations can be made. Please help - thank you.

 APRIL 2010

  • Completed write up of our long distance walk.
    See OFFA'S DYKE PATH 
  • Preparing talk for the Llanrwst Historical Society
  • 7th April. Talk given to the Llanrwst Historical family on;
    MY LLANRWST FAMILY
    At The Eagles Hotel Llanrwst
  • Mr Ivor Betty seeks information on the family of Anne Davies who lived at 120 High Street, Blaenau in 1911
    See BLAENAU FFESTINIOG
  • I am very grateful to Mr Ivor Betty for supplying me with information relating to my family from the 1911 census. See pages;
    CHARLES GOODMAN ROBERTS
    OWEN JOHN ROBERTS
    WILLIAMS GORSEDD GRUCYN
  • Joan Paparo gives details of David Lloyd,
    an Excise Officer in Llanrwst during the early 1800s.
    See LLANRWST HISTORY
  • Dolgarrog school photo circa 1940 added to the
    CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS page
  • Jean Davies, my mother, featured in the Dolgarrog School photo.
    See CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS 
  • Mick John contacts me regarding his mother in law, Josephine Watson who appears in the Dolgarrog school photo.
    See CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS.
     

 MARCH 2010
March 1st - Happy St David's Day

  • NEW FEATURE - DOLGELLAU MISCELLANY.
  • Glamorgan CCC played a Dolgellau Select XI in 1965.
    See DOLGELLAU MISCELLANY.
  • Welsh Comedians Ryan and Ronnie performed at Neuadd Idris in 1968. See DOLGELLAU MISCELLANY.
  • A 'Dolgellau Chronology' link added from Ian King's Dolgellau website.
    See DOLGELLAU MISCELLANY.
  • Tales and writings of Cader Idris.
    See DOLGELLAU MISCELLANY
  • American Joel Cook published a book in 1882 describing his visit to Anglesey.
    See ANGLESEY MISCELLANY.
  • American Joel Cook published a book in 1882 describing his visit to Dolgellau.
    See DOLGELLAU MISCELLANY.
  • Stuart McKegg KINDLY replies to an enquiry about Annie McKeeg, who worked at Baron Hill in 1901.
    See BULKELEYS of BARON HILL.
  • NEW FEATURE - FOOTBALL PROGRAMME COLLECTION.
    A selection from my personal collection of football programmes, accompanied by some personal notes.
  • 'Cofnodion Cwmystwyth' (Community Archive) website link added to the CWMYSTWYTH MINING COMMUNITY page.
  • Barson family photo, taken in Queensland, added to the CWMYSTWYTH MINING COMMUNITY page.
  • How I obtained Jimmy Hill's autograph, and eventually, that of Mike England, of Wales and Tottenham Hotspur fame.
    FOOTBALL PROGRAMME COLLECTION page.
  • More information on Annie MacKeeg supllied by Stuart MacKegg.
    SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILIES page.
  • Gary Saunders from Australia seeks information on his great great grandmother, Alice Jones, born in Conwy.
    CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS page.
  • 30 years ago, my brother and I walked Offa's Dyke. Read all about here, warts and all!
    OFFA'S DYKE PATH page.
  • 1762 letter from William Morris to his brother Richard, about Beaumaris School.
    BEAUMARIS PAST page.

FEBRUARY 2010

  •  My uncle recalls the time he cycled to see his boyhood boxing hero, BRUCE WOODCOCK. See his JOHN ERIC ROBERTS page.
  • The witches of Llanddona are featured on the ANGLESEY MISCELLANY page.
  • Photograph of YR YSGWRN, home of Ellis Humphrey Evans, or Hedd Wyn, is added to the feature about him in THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM page.
  • More match reports added to the WREXHAM F.C. 1977-78 page. OK -so it's not family history, but it is my website after all!
  • The Cat Witches of Betws y Coed added to the CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS page.
  • John Barrell, Professor of Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York writes about Edward Pugh, a native Welsh speaker, but could not read or write Welsh. In Cambria Depicta he speaks of having travelled to Anglesey, and seems very familiar with Beaumaris in particular. I've been wondering whether he went to school in Beaumaris, and if the rolls for the school from that time still exist. He was born in 1763.See BEAUMARIS PAST.
  • Goronwy Tudur and the Witches of Llanddona added to the ANGLESEY MISCELLANY page
  • Anne Pedley, Regimental Archivist, Royal Welch Fusiliers, kindly supplies information on Lt Bertram Lester Holme. See GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
  • Anne Pedley, Regimental Archivist, Royal Weich Fusiliers, seeks information on Lt. Geraint Wyn Madoc Jones. See the GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM page and also BEAUMARIS PAST.
  • John Roberts from Western Australia, would like to know more about his family who lived at Tyddyn Grigor in 1901. See LLANGOED HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD page.
  • Bob Lewis's grandfather, Wallace Horation Hewett, enlisted with The Machine Gun Corps, at the same time as my grandfather. See the GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM page.
  • Tony Woodruff asks about Anglesey Pirates. See ANGLESEY MISCELLANY page.
  • Llangoed Village Hall opening photograph, 1910. See LLANGOED MISCELLANY.
  • Alan Barber kindly supplies photo of Tan Pentre Mawr. See LLANGOED MISCELLANY.
  • David L. Williams of Melbourne, Australia seeks relatives in Wales from the Ardda, Ty'n Y Groes and Llanrwst areas. See CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS.
  • Alan Barber kindly supplies photos of Rhyd Cottage. See LLANGOED MISCELLANY.
  • Photo of two 1920's ladies sitting at Black Point, kindly supplied by Alan Barber. Can you help identify them? See LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES.
  • Rhian Haf of Cwmni Da is seeking Welsh speakers with a knowledge of the Menai Straits and Penmon Lifeboat, to take part in Welsh language programme on S4C. See LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES page.
  • Great War Belgian refugees and their promenade at Menai Bridge - see ANGLESEY MISCELLANY.
  • John Roberts of Western Australia's family details relating to Tyddyn Grigor and Tan y Pentre, appear in the LLANGOED MISCELLANY page.
  • Alan Williams enquiries about the Oyster industry. One of his Jones ancestors in Brynsiencyn was an Oyster Keeper. See ANGLESEY MISCELLANY.
  • Trevor Dunkerley enquires about the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Llandysilio. See ANGLESEY MISCELLANY. 

JANUARY 2010
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Happy New Year

  • Historian Mair Davies of Newborough's article on Captain William Jones, who became the uncrowned 'King of Brunie', Tasmania, added to her NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH page.
  • The Royal Charter wreck - Link to various Newspaper and other reports dated between 1st August 1855 and 1860 added to the ANGLESEY MISCELLANY page.
  • Llanrwst and District Historical Society's excellent new book 'Heol Dinbych Llanrwst Denbigh Street'  is now available. See the LLANRWST HISTORY page for details.
  • Gwyn Davies asks for information on his family who lived at Llidiart Fadog, Caerhun from 1851. See CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS.
  • Richard Griffith's (U.S.A.) family originated from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trefriw. Read about John Griffiths' family on the BLAENAU FFESTINIOG page, and the Jones family on the CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTION page. Also an opportunity to visit Richard's family history website - well worth a look!
  • 9,800th visitor to this Penmon site
  • Duncan Sands asks about Annie MacKeeg who appears on the Baron Hill census for 1901 as a housekeeper, and also about the possiblity of a Hardwicke family living at Penmon on 1800s. See BULKELEYS BARON HILL and PENMON NOSTALGIA.
  • Eifion Jones mentions his great, great, great, great, great grandfather Erasmus Griffiths born in 1736. Read about the family in SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILIES. He's also trying to confirm his family connection to the Bulkeleys. See BULKELEYS BARON HILL.
  • A possible 1866 "Mutiny on The Euxine'"? See BEAUMARIS PAST.
  • Wexham St, Beaumaris residents convicted of damage to trees in 1867. See BULKELEYS BARON HILL.
  • Lomax and Beauchamp, Baron Hill Lodge residents convicted in 1869 and 1870. See BULKELEYS BARON HILL
  • Morris Griffith, born Poultney, Vermont U.S.A., whose family originated in Caernarfon and later lived in Blaenau Ffestiniog, added to the GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM page.
  • Noted harpist Iago Bengerdd of  Trefriw featured at the CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS page.
  • Llangoed Reverend convicted for poaching in 1868. See the 'Vicarage' feature in LLANGOED MISCELLANY.
  • Kindly Caim neighbour receives 'Memorandum of Recognizance' in 1867 for helping my great great grandparents. See Joseph and Margaret Jones on the JONES FAMILY CAE MERDDYN/CAIM page.
  • John and Anne Davies family census information, 1851 - 1901, added to Llidiart Fadog on the CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS page. Gwyn Davies seeks information on the family please.
  • Anne Chambers would like to hear from anyone who remembers her grandfather, Henry Maitland Ashton, Chemist in Castle Street. See SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILIES.
  • 'Y CASGLWR' - Cymdeithas Bob Owen Society - printed two articles of mine and one by my late father, William Owen Davies. Links to these can be found on the PENMON CROESO / WELCOME, opening page.
  • 'The Bimarensian', Beaumaris Grammar School magazine, 1936-37, partly featured in BEAUMARIS PAST, kindly supplied by Anne Chambers.
  • 'Y CASGLWR' - Cymdeithas Bob Owen Society. Article on Llanrwst Harpists can be accessed on their website from the LLANRWST HISTORY page. The article is in Welsh.
  • My uncle recalls a 'Darwinian' moment as a child - The Innocence of Childhood. See JOHN ERIC ROBERTS.
  • Researcher Keith supplies very interesting information on the Boswell gypsies. See ANGLESEY MISCELLANY.
  • Census information added to Henry Maitland Ashton's details. See SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILIES.
  • Warrington Museum kindly grant permission to use photos of Sankey Street, Warrington on the Ashton family. See SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILIES.
  • February 2010 edition of BEST OF BRITISH magazine includes an item on www.penmon.org in their "Helping Hands" feature. See PENMON CROESO WELCOME page to access their website.
  • My uncle recalls seeing steamers on the Menai Straits when he was young. Can anyone else recall them? See BEAUMARIS PAST  and JOHN ERIC ROBERTS.
  • New book POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, containing pictures of postcards featuring lighthouses where  Penmon lighthouse keepers have previously lived, featured on the LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES page.
  • 10,000th visitor to www.penmon.org. 27th January 2010. Visit made to the MICHELL, MARY TAVY, CWMYSTWYTH, page.
  • Wendy Leatherbarrow finds a photo on this site, of her great grandfather, Richard Roberts, one of the heroes during the Dolgarrog dam disaster. See the CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS page.
  • Bob Lewis finds his grandfather's name, Wallace Horatio Hewett, amongst those who enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps during the Great War. See the OWEN JOHN ROBERTS page.
  • PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED WITH THE PENMON VISITOR PAGE AND POSSIBLY WITH  E-MAILS. SINCERE APOLOGIES IF THIS HAS AFFECTED YOU, AND FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS BEYOND MY CONTROL.

2009 VISITORS

Jan 305

Feb 421

Mar 453

Apl 359

May 380

Jun 412

Jul 437

Aug 358

Sept 430

Oct 470

Nov 448

Dec 449

DECEMBER 2009
A 'Bumper Bundle' this month!  
2009

  • Elsa-Mary Jones from Spain asks about John Jones, Stonemason of Beaumaris/Penmon. See SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILIES
  • Clive Hughes supplies photo of  Thomas Goodman Williams'  grave in France, copyright and courtesy of Christopher Pratt. See GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM.
  • 9,200th visitor to www.penmon.org 
  • John Harper from New Zealand supplies details of the Barson and Harper  families who lived near Hafod, Cwmystwyth. See CWMYSTWYTH MINING COMMUNITY
  • Photos relating to John Harper's family information (above), supplied on his behalf by Judith Bremner. 
  • Eric Bryant finds 'lost' relative after 55 years, having read about John Elias Jones on the BLAENAU FFESTINIOG page.
  • Request from the Llanrwst Almshouses Museum to use information from this site to help with the 400th Anniversary of the Almshouses next year!
  • Owain Glyndwr information added to OUR ROYAL FAMILY CONNECTION,
  • Lauren Forbes setting up a webpage on people with memories of their home experiences during World War Two. Information about my family on this site is being considered for inclusion. Visit the site by clicking here.
  • Dolforwyn Castle, Abermule added to POWYS PRECIOUS PLACES page.
  • Mrs Margretta Young-Jones recognises her father's retirement presentation photo (supplied by Sian Roberts) on the BLAENAU FFESTINIOG page. She kindly supplies additional information and photo, which can be seen on the page.
  • Susan Morris from France is trying to find some information on the family of Anne Williams, who was born at Cae Crwn, in 1827. See NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH page.
  • Gwreiddiau Gwynedd Roots, journal of the Gwynedd Family History Society, have a fascinating article on 'The Letters of Henry Bowen, 1853 - 1859, Principal Keeper South Stack Lighthouse' by Ian Jones, a Museums Officer at Oriel Ynys Mon. Henry's family is featured at the 'LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES' page. Gwynedd Family History Society's website is  www.gwyneddfhs.org Single membership is just £10 a year
  • Gareth Griffiths asks for help to trace the ancestors of Margaret Ann Williams, born Penmon c1866, and try and solve a mystery of a possible murder at Ardda. See PENMON NOSTALGIA and CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS.
  • Would you like to help award winning author and family historian Cherry Gilchrist with her propsed new book 'Growing Your Family Tree'? Visit her website for details.  wwwcherrygilchrist.co.uk  (I've already contacted Cherry - KD).
  • Details kindly supplied by Clive Hughes, in respect of the Great War Dead, 1914 - 18, added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM, NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH, and PENMON HISTORY pages.
  • Rumania become the 50th country to visit the website.
  • Andre Hallam enquires about William Williams and his family who lived at Pen Y Marian, Llangoed, in 1841 and 1851. See LLANGOED MISCELLANY.
  • John Williams supplies information on the Williams family as requested by Andre Hallam, above and discovers that he and Andre are relatives . See LLANGOED MISCELLANY.
  • Gwyneth Phaure saw details of her relative James Thomas Woodruff on the LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES page, and has now been reconciled with her uncle, Tony Woodruff after 7 years, having read his contribution to the family's history.
  • Thanks from Susan Morris for helping her 'fill up' her family history. See NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH.
  • Thanks from Gwyneth Phaure for reconciling her with her uncle. See the Woodruff family on LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES page.
  • Ruth Alexander reads about her old friends Pam and Len Watkins, on the LIFE ON THE ROAD page. They are put in touch with each other after some 15 years.
  • George Dawson recalls a visit to the 'murder cottage' at Red Wharf Bay and asks about the vicarage in Llandegfan. See the CAN YOU HELP PLEASE? page.
  • Letter envelope from 1939 sent to Mr Woodruff, Lundy North Lighthouse featured on LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES and POSTAL HISTORY pages. Courtesy of Tony Woodruff.
  • John Eric Roberts wonders what happened to the evacuees who came to Dolgarrog during World War Two. See photo on JOHN ERIC ROBERTS DOLGARROG page.
  • 'They Will Never Come Back', article appears in the book 'Heol Dinbych Llanrwst Denbigh Street', the official publication of the Llanrwst Historical Society. It is based on my grandfather Idwal Glyn Davies attending the Llanrwst Eisteddfod in 1951, when his son, T. Glynne Davies won the Crown. See IDWAL GLYN DAVIES page.
  • Dave Turton supplies information on his great great grandfather, Joseph Steer, which appears on the LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES page.
  • Researcher Jacqui of Canada kindly supplies information relating to my great great uncle James Michell's descendants in America. See MICHELL, MARY TAVY, CWMYSTWYTH page.
  • Catherine and Huw Chambers seek information on Owen Williams's siblings. See SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILIES page.
  • 9600th visit to website.

 

NOVEMBER 2009 BLOG

Mobre early history of football in Newtown added to A KEITH HARDING SELECTION

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Craig Williams, Newtown A.F.C. selected for the Wales Under 23 squad. See A KEITH HARDING SELECTION 1960 ON link.
Sian Roberts submits some memorable photos to the BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link and others of the view from The Barracks at HISTORIC PENMON.
The history of the family living at Penwal, and a link to their website, is added to the NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH link
Fred Russell of Australia contacts me about his great grandfather, John Russell a master blacksmith on the BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link
Michael Bourne enquires about the professional cricketer in the Beaumaris School cricket team in 1911. See BEAUMARIS PAST link
Newtown shops and businesses show respect with remembrance window displays. See GREAT WAR IN MEMORIAM link.
Visited Mrs Mair Davies, Newborough's historian, for a delightful chat and further information on NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH. Also meet her nephew John and his wife Linda, who have supplied so much information on Mrs Davies' behalf
Located William Lewis' grave at St Cawrdaf Church, Llangoed, only to discover it is now barely visible. Grass has completely covered it. See LLANGOED MISCELLANY.
Sian Roberts supplies details of the 1979 Centenary of the Railway in Blaenau, and various other photos with connections with BLAENAU FFESTINIOG.
Contact from Mel Goch ap Meirion, requesting help with the history of the Pengwern Arms Hotel, Llan Ffestiniog. The community are trying to buy the Hotel. See BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link 
Selection of photos received from Sian Roberts of Penmon Church - see HISTORIC PENMON
8,800th VISITOR TO www.penmon.org 3rd November.

 

OCTOBER 2009 BLOG - Latest News

Sian Roberts kindly supplies photos of Penmon lighthouse for the Penmon LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES link, Penmon Church and the Dove Cote steps for the PENMON HISTORY link.
Malaysia become the 49th country to visit the site.
Poppy background introduced to webpages to commemorate those who fought for King and Country during both World Wars.
Beaumaris and Newborough War Memorials added to The Great War in Memoriam page
8,600th VISITOR TO www.penmon.org  24th OCTOBER 2009
Read "How an Italian and a Pole found love in Mid Wales" following World War II, in JAMES' JOTTINGS.
Interviewed on BBC RADIO CYMRU'S programme 'JONSI' on the 22nd October. Remarkable increase in visits to website following transmission. Diolch yn fawr iawn Jonsi!!
Alan Woan contacts me, a former Newtown F.C. player in the late 1980's, having visited THE KEITH HARDING COLLECTION.
Request from RADIO CYMRU for an interview on their popular daily radio programme, Jonsi. Arranged for Thursday  22nd October, 3.15.
8,500th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG 18th OCTOBER 2009
Photos of Llys Rhosyr, former Welsh Palace, added to NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH.
Article about this website, by James Wilson, appears in the County Times. See JAMES' JOTTINGS
Llanidloes ladies football teams of 1945 added to the MID WALES CLUBS SELECTION.
Visit Newborough, Llys Rhosyr and Llanddwyn Sands.
Historian Mrs Mair Davies kindly supplies a wonderful account of the history of her village, which appears on NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH.
Our MICHELL family details are now available on the Devon Gen Web page.
NEW PAGE ; NEIGHBOURING NEWBOROUGH. Take a stroll through Newborough in 1901, and meet it's residents, together with those working as mat makers.
8,300th VISITOR TO www.penmon.org 4th OCTOBER 2009.
AUSTRIA and CHILE become the 47th and 48th country to visit this site.
NEW - THE WIPRES TIMES link - moving, sad, humourous - how the troops saw the Great War in their own inimitable way, courtesy of their own newspaper during 1916-18 at Ypres initially. Recommend you put some time aside to really read these excerpts.
ELLIS HUMPHREY ELLIS, 'Hedd Wyn', added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM
WAR MEMORIAL at St Mary's and St Nicholas, Beaumaris, added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM


SEPTEMBER 2009 - latest news

8,200th VISITOR TO www.penmon.org 27th SEPTEMBER 2009
Contacted by Ian Bild, who has seen the CWMYSTWYTH MINING COMMUNITY link, with a view of making a programme on BBC4 about changes to village life in Cwmystwyth in the past hundred years.
INTERVIEWED by James Wilson for a feature about this website, to appear in the local COUNTY TIMES Newspaper.
HONG KONG become the 46th country to visit this website
ERWOOD STATION and Craft Centre added to PRECIOUS POWYS PLACES. Well worth a visit.
LINDA JOHN enquires about the old crossing points on the Menai Straits by foot. See CAN YOU HELP PLEASE? link. 
MAGICAL MYSTERY MOMENT as I discover that my cousin not only spoke to John Lennon, but appeared in their film THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR. See JOHN ERIC ROBERTS DOLGARROG link. 
8,100th VISITOR to
www.penmon.org on 20th SEPTEMBER 2009
Tony Woodruff and Marjorie Gray 'meet' for the first time having identified a family relationship with James and Eugeine Woodruff, lighthouse keeper at Penmon in 1881 and 1891, on www.penmon.org . See LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES link 
Western Mail
publish my letter (14th September 2009) about my uncle interviewing The Beatles in 1967 at Bangor. See THOMAS GLYNNE DAVIES link
Did any of your relatives appear at the Anglesey Quarterly Court Sessions during 1879/81...no?......are you sure?...... check BEAUMARIS PAST link for people from Beaumaris, Llangoed, Caim and Penmon.
WREXHAM F.C.'s results and match reports for September 1977 on the WREXHAM F.C. 1977/78 SEASON link
Humphrey Jones is found guilty of offences in 1880 and 1881. See the Other families living at Caim section of the JONES FAMILY CAE MERDDYN / CAIM link.
Judith Mair supplies information on her family -Edward and Anne Owens, born 1760 in Caerhun. See CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS link

Peter Jones supplies photos of 1771 'tumbler cup' see LLANGOED MISCELLANY link
8,000th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG 13th SEPTEMBER 2009
COMING SOON; I recently acquired "THE WIPERS TIMES" from a second hand shop - facsimile reproductions of the Great War Newspaper written by the brave soldiers who fought in the trenches, to try and keep their morale up.  It will be featured here.
Michael Drewery contacts from Australia, asking about his grandmother Ann Parry, born Llangoed in 1872. See LLANGOED MISCELLANY link
Goodman Roberts is found guilty of a crime at Beaumaris Court in 1880. He is my gt gt uncle. See ROBERTS 31 WEXHAM ST link.
Rosemary Gardiner writes; I am trying without much luck to trace my grandfather (John Hobson) Captain and owner of two ships - Village Maid & Emma (or Emily ).He traded out of Holyhead in the late 1800s to early 1900s. See CAN YOU HELP PLEASE? link for more details.
Peter Jones asks about a William Lewis of Llangoed from around 1771. Details found and appear on the LLANGOED MISCELLANY link.
Information found on Rev John Hughes, Llangoed 1816, in respect of an enquiry from Eleanor Carpenter. See LLANGOED MISCELLANY link
Llandegfan and Beaumaris clergy listed with kind permission of Revd Neil Fairlamb, from his book, The Clergy of Beaumaris Parishes (Church in Wales). See BEAUMARIS PAST link
Andrew Romero (Argentina) supplies more information on Griffith Edwards' family in the  BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link which introduces Roberto Daniel Thomas
Parish of Llanfaes added to the 1923 POLLING DISTRICT OF BEAUMARIS link. Also included here are names of those with allotments at Castle Meadow. Unfortunately not all pages are available.
7,900th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG 6th SEPTEMBER 2009 
Parish of Llaniestyn (Urban) added to the 1923 POLLING DISTRICT OF BEAUMARIS link
Parish of Beaumaris, Western Electoral Division added to the 1923 POLLING DISTRICT OF BEAUMARIS link
Sean Kelly kindly supplies the date of a photo taken of Harry Gregg, playing for Ireland against Wales. See KEITH HARDING SELECTION to 1959 - Edgar Pugh Williams' Football Focus.
Llanfaes and Penmon clergy listed with kind permission of Revd Neil Fairlamb, from his book, The Clergy of Beaumaris Parishes (Church in Wales). See PENMON NOSTALGIA link
 
NEW
; Autumn Register, 1923 - Names in street order of all persons entitled to vote in the Parish of Beaumaris, Eastern Electoral Division. See 1923, POLLING DISTRICT OF BEAUMARIS link.
Contact from Chiara Vagnarelli, whose great grandfather, William Knowles was a gamekeeper at Baron Hill during the Second World War. Chiara would like more information about him. See BULKELEYS OF BARON HILL link.
1898 wedding photo of Edith Jane Marchant and James Farrell, kindly supplied by granddaughter Mary McIntyre added to SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILIES link. 
1923 Beaumaris entries from the electoral register, added in respect of those living on the Baron Hill estate. See BULKELEYS of BARON HILL


AUGUST 2009 - LATEST NEWS  

 

 

7,800th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG  30th AUGUST 2009
COMING SOON; 'The Clergy of the Beaumaris Parishes (The Church in Wales)' by kind permission of Neil Fairlamb, Rector of Beaumaris.
Mary McIntyre has supplied a wonderful photo of her great grandfather Edward Thomas Marchant and family, and asks if anyone can supply information about him. See SOME BEAUMARIS FAMILES link
COMING SOON;  1923 Electoral Roll - Polling District of Beaumaris (A) - Eastern Electoral Division. Details of all persons entitled to vote in 1923

Educationalist Matthew Arnold visited North Wales in 1864. See LLANRWST HISTORY
Additional information on the history of Beaumaris Grammar School in
BEAUMARIS PAST
.
Visited Beaumaris, Penmon Point and the Church.
Contact from Linda Lewis giving details on the family of JOSEPH THOMAS
GOODMAN ROBERTS, her grandfather and my great uncle.
Marjorie Gray contacted me asking what happened to James Woodruff's' only daughter, Laura Eugenie Woodruff.  See LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES link - 1901

NEW;
FOLLOW MY TEAM WREXHAM F.C.'s EPIC SEASON IN 1977-78 WHEN THEY WON PROMOTION FROM THE 3RD DIVISION.  SQUAD DETAILS AND AUGUST MATCH REPORTS APPEAR ON THE LINK WREXHAM A.F.C. 1977-78. (OK, so it's not family history!)
Diarist Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville visited Beaumaris in 1841. See BULKELEYS OF BARON HILL and BEAUMARIS PAST links
American Novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne writes about his 1854 visit to Beaumaris Castle. See BEAUMARIS PAST
7,700th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG  20th August 2009

Christian Orthodox Church established at the former St Martha Anglican Church at BLAENAU FFESTINIOG around 1985
Thomas Johnes suffered a fire at his Hafod home in 1807. Read part of his letter describing the aftermath in CWMYSTWYTH MINING COMMUNITY link.
Critic John Riskin visited Wales in 1876, mentioning Hafod (CWMYSTWYTH MINING COMMUNITY link) and Festiniog (BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link)
Read parts of Thomas Johnes of Hafod's letters 1794, 1796 and 1799 in the CWMYSTWYTH MINING COMMUNITY link.
Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon, writes to the Earl of Rochester, describing his journey leaving Penmaenmawr to Beaumaris and Baron Hill. See links BULKELEYS OF BARON HILL and BEAUMARIS PAST.
Angela Woods came across a derelict house at Penmon. Can you help by identifying it please? See PENMON NOSTALGIA link
Rhiannon Williams sends copy of letter from Charles Dickens to Rev Stephen Roose Hughes about the Rothsay Castle wreck. See PENMON HISTORY link.
Generous donation by Sean Kelly towards Newtown Whitestars Junior Football Clubs for copy of photo of Harry Gregg in action for Northern Ireland Youths. See A KEITH HARDING SELECTION
7,600th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG 11TH August 2009
Some William Bulkely diary entries for 1734 added to BULKELEYS BARON HILL link
Megan Evans supplied details of entries in a Family Bible belonging to Joseph Jones and later Owen Jones. See JONES FAMILY CAIM CAE MERDDYN link
Beatrix Potter travels from Shrewsbury by train, through Newtown to Machynlleth. See her journal entry in NEWTOWN (YSGAFELL) NOSTALGIA
David Snell and Rhiannon Smith supply details of John Elias Jones and his family, now added to the BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link. He was David Lloyd George's tailor
Lieutenent Bertram Lester Holme added to the GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link
Contact from Valerie Powls supplying information on two particular gravestones at Penmon Churchyard - John Pugh and John Lewis - See PENMON HISTORY link
John Lewis' gravestone added to the BULKELEYS of BARON HILL link
Enquiry received about John Elias Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog, former tailor to David Lloyd George. More information to follow soon.
1920's photos on sorting letters on a mail train, and shipping mail from America. See POSTAL HISTORY link
7,500th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG 3rd August 2009
1920s postal photos added relating to the Carter Lane Trunk Exchange and London Telegram Office. See POSTAL HISTORY link 
My family has over 110 years experience working for the Post Office. Read about them on the POSTAL HISTORY link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 JULY 2009 - LATEST NEWS

7,400th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG 24th July 2009 
My father's collection of Postal Telegrams now appear in the POSTAL HISTORY link. It starts with three, which include the 1937 George VI Greetings Telegram
Old photos of the following Post Offices featuring Llansawel, Llandrillo, and Llanfair Caereinion added to the POSTAL HISTORY link.
Alan Barber supplies more photos of his family for the BEAUMARIS PAST link
7,300th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG 18th JULY 2009
Old pictures of Post Offices added to the POSTAL HISTORY link. Harlech, Llanbrynmair and Llanfair Caereinion.
Photo of Owen Timothy Jones and his wife Ann's Golden Wedding in 1947 supplied by Megan Evans for the JONES FAMILY, CAIM, CAE MERDDYN link

'Myfanwy' added to the MYFANWY JAMES/ROBERTS DOLGARROG link, courtesy of Cathrine Hammond.
Sosban Fach added to PENMON.ORG BLOG courtesy of Cathrine Hammond
Very amusing World War Two tale about aircraft pilots added to my great grandfather's story by my uncle John Eric Roberts, in the JENKINS, TRISANT, BLAENAU link  
 
Memorial Inscription from Beaumaris Grammar School added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link.
Newtown harpist John Roberts and his daughter Mary Ann gave a concert in 1856. See the BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link
Comment received from Nicky Morris nee Harding; Your site is looking great. I have looked at the GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM and it must be so moving for the relatives of the people you have on the site and so informative for them too. It's really good to have music whilst browsing through info. Thank God we have someone like you willing to give up so much of their time to researching information that is close to many peoples hearts. Keep up the great work Ken, it is really enjoyable looking at your site and learning so much about the history of numerous events and people
Donovan clip on LIFE ON THE ROAD, courtesy of SHAYMCN2 and YouTube
7,200th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG ON THE 11th JULY 2009
Latest instalment on Pam and Len Watkin's LIFE ON THE ROAD - waggon overturns as horse Chessay gallops off!
Ukraine becomes the 45th country to visit this website.
Denver Post's 65th Anniversary selections of photos of the D-Day landings on the 6th June supplied by Dave Weber. Link to their website can be found on WILLIAM OWEN DAVIES's link. He is my father who took part in the landings and was injured during fighting at  Caen.
John Williams put in touch with Chris Kay (see June 09), both related to John Williams who appears on the LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES link. See also TAN Y FRON, WILLIAMS FAMILY

Dafydd Y Garreg Wen added to the CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS link, courtesy of Cathrine Hammond.
Handel's Hallelujah Chorus added to my grandfather's page, OWEN JOHN GOODMAN ROBERTS, courtesy of  margotlorena.
7,100th VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG ON THE 5th JULY 2009
Contact from Stuart Williams, Walsall History Centre, having met Pam and Len Watkins in May 2009 - congratulating them on their LIFE ON THE ROAD link
Will Ye Go Tae Flanders added to the songs of the Great War, courtesy of ncm1965. GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link
Roses of Picardy added to the songs of the Great War, courtesy of Glenmed. GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link
Contact from Tracey Reece asking whether anyone has information on No 1 Coastguards Cottage Penmon. Tracey can be contacted via mail@penmon.org 
Attended a wonderful talk by Pam and Len Watkins on their LIFE ON THE ROAD link
George Harold Beadles and brothers Ewart and Ernie added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link


JUNE 2009 - LATEST NEWS 

7,000TH VISITOR TO WWW.PENMON.ORG ON 29TH JUNE 2009
Songs popular during the period added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link
Another instalment of Pam and Len Watkins' LIFE ON THE ROAD, including son Lee's education and their winter days.
Alfred R Jenkins, Edward Williams, Joseph Richard Thomas added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link
Kingsbridge Great War Trenches and Camp, added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link
Maureen contacts site having visited Pam and Len Watkins' LIFE ON THE ROAD link
William Cooper added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link
6,900th visitor to www.penmon.org on 21st June 2009
Owen John Goodman Roberts, William Richard Jenkins, Thomas Goodman Williams added to THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link
NEW PAGETHE GREAT WAR 1914-18, IN MEMORIAM. An opportunity for visitors to record details of their family who served in World War 1. Aimed at those living in locations shared by my family.
Purchased the RAC Guide and Handbook 1930, for 50p. Details held regarding towns mentioned in book are being added to relavant links on website.
Met Mrs L. who thanked me for putting a 'lost' relative in touch with her, following information relating to her late husband's football career with Newtown F.C. featured on A KEITH HARDING SELECTION link
Pam and Len Watkins' link LIFE ON THE ROAD is featured in The Shropshire Star, 18th June 2009.
Contact from relative Megan Evans, who thinks she may have found information on my great great grandfather, Owen Jones, born in Anglesey in 1791 and farming in America in 1850. Link JONES FAMILY CAE MERDDYN CAIM.
Contact from Nicky Morris nee Harding who is amazed at the response received to the  A KEITH HARDING SELECTION link, which is still receiving visits, almost 12 months after the Newtown F.C. reunion, held in memory of her late father.
Telephone call from Mrs Dilys Thomas having seen details of her family on the census records for 1901 on the BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link. She is also related to Andres Romero - see earlier entry.
6,800th visitor to www.penmon.org on 14th June 2009
Contact from David Weber in America, requesting a translation of a War Grave poem into Welsh, which he discovered also appears on a memorial inscription on the Penmon site. Consequently, THE GREAT WAR - IN MEMORIAM link is soon to appear on site, where people can remember family members who served in WWI .
Contact from Juliette Beckett trying to confirm that it is Edward Morgan, a relative of hers, who appears in a 1907 Newtown F.C. team photo in the A KEITH HARDING SELECTION link
Contact from Chris Kay about his great, great, great grandfather, John Williams, who was born about 1783 and was a Pilot at Penmon on the link LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES. Chris would like to exchange family information.
Contact from my uncle, for his link JOHN ERIC ROBERTS, with more memories of his days in Dolgarrog
Visited Pam and Len Watkins to discuss  the next instalment for their LIFE ON THE ROAD link 
Visit to see the draper's shop where my great grandfather Richard Jenkins worked in Pier St, Aberystwyth in 1891 for his JENKINS, TRISANT, BLAENAU link
Contact from Andres Romero of Argentina, giving details of his great great grandfather Edward Griffiths' family who lived in Blaenau Ffestiniog in the 1800s. See BLAENAU FFESTINIOG link
Joined the Friends of the Llanrwst Almshouse Museum. Details of the Almshouse and some of its residents appear at the LLANRWST HISTORY link
Visited the beautiful churches at Caerhun, which stands on the site of an old Roman fort, and Llanrhychwyn, where Llywelyn the Great and his wife attended. Details in the CONWAY VALLEY CONNECTIONS link
Contact from Tony Woodruff about his great grandfather, James Woodruff, a lighthouse keeper at Penmon. See LIGHTHOUSE AND PILOT FAMILIES link
Visit to obtain photos of places where my great grandparents Richard and Elizabeth Jenkins lived, for their link JENKINS, TRISANT, BLAENAU
Contact from John Spragg, who recalls Brian F Jones, former Newtown F.C. player featured in the A KEITH HARDING SELECTION link, in memory of the former Club Chairman