Appeal for help to discover family tree from Joyce Jones, Australia.
The photo (Please click to enlarge) is a copy of a post card that was given to me many years ago by a descendant of the Davies Family. There is a Neath post mark in the corner of the picture but I don’t know anything about the shop (it could be in Neath). The information that I have on the family is as follows: Evan Davies (b.c1832) married Mary Rees 24 October 1856 (proven) in Llanwrda; Mary (nee Rees) died 12 March 1876 also in Llanwrda. Children of this couple were: David (I have a photo of him in an Army uniform with his wife and child. He was supposed to have joined the Royal Welsh Guards), Rees (b.1859), John, Thomas, Anne (my grandmother-proven by birth certificate), Mary. Evan, Benjamin & William all of whom were born, according to census records, in Llanwrda.
Evan Snr. then married Jane Lewis 24 February 1877 in Llandovery (proven). Children born to this couple were: Letitia, Sarah, who married Joseph Williams. She died in 1978 and is buried at Tallaris near Llandilo; Jane Agnes (k/a Jane), Daniel, Caroline who married in 1910 to William P Thomas – Carline died c1982 and is buried at Tallaris; Albert Wyndam (Windon) – he died and was cremated in 1957 in Canada but his ashes were brought back to Wales and buried at Tallaris. Evan Snr. died in 1914 and is also buried at Tallaris. His father David, was a farmer.
Any help would be very much appreciated. I don’t know which is worse – looking for Davies or Lewis (my Dad’s family) or Jones (my husband’s family) but I did finally find Grandfather Lewis’ death after he went back to Wales and this took me 30 years of searching so I think I have achieved something.
If you have any old photos of the village and wider parish, or stories and legends from the past we will welcome your contributions!
ST. CWRDAF CHURCH
Although certainly medieval in origin, St Cwrdaf may be pre-Norman conquest.
It is a Grade 2 listed building. Originally the graveyard was circular. It was rebuilt in 1812 and restored in 1870. New windows were added in the 1870s and more extensive alterations were carried out in 1893-5. The lych gate (also listed) was added in 1903.
Tabor chapel, the chapel house and the stable were erected in 1792 by Mr Thomas Jones, Bwlchgwynt on land from Cefnbennydd Farm. The plot of land, together with the garden and burial ground was donated by Thomas Jones as a gift so long as water flowed in the river Towy.
The landlady of one of the historic pubs in Llanwrda
LLANWRDA RAILWAY STATION
This was originally built by the Vale of Towy railway in 1858 as Lampeter Road station. The line was leased by Llanelli Docks and Railway Company for 10 years, then by the Great Western Railway. After 1868 the line linked with the LNWR at Llandovery. This eventually became the Central Wales Railway, now known as the Heart of Wales Railway (Swansea to Shrewsbury).
(P. Berry – ‘Llanwrda Portrait of a Village.’ pub 1999.)
VIA JULIA – Roman Road Llanwrda.
‘VIA JULIA, an ancient Roman road in Somerset, Gloucester, Monmouth, and South Wales. It was made by the proprætor Julius Frontinus, the Roman conqueror of South Wales; it goes from Bath north-westward to Aust ferry; was there connected with the opposite bank by a ferry; goes thence westward, past Caerwent, to Caerleon; proceeds thence, under the name of Via Julia Maritima, past Ewenny, Neath, and Loughor, to Carmarthen; sends off a branch from Neath, north-eastward, to Brecon; and deflects from Carmarthen, in a line called Via Julia Montana, up the valley of the Towy, to Brecon, Abergavenny, and Usk.’
(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
A nice account of a lady evacuated to Llanwrda during World War Two. She stayed at the Post Office and attended Llanwrda School. I am sure some of our older residents will remember the corrugated tin shed next to the post office where the evacuees ate lunch? or the pot-bellied stove in the school? The nearby POW camp? or even Miss Joliffe the Schoolteacher? And how about the ‘Victory Handkerchief’ made by the Children?
General history of Llanwrda area.
GENUKI – Records and historic information relating to Llanwrda.