My mother is Gwyneth Print who was born and brought up in Blaina. She has fond memories of Aunty Pol, who I believe was actually Mary Jane Miles. I have seen a newspaper article by Emma Goodman (nee Miles) and I would like to make contact. My Mother is 88 and is anxious to retrieve some family history but she is a hopeless historian, thanks Christine
hi my name is colin silk i live in new zealand i am trying to find records of where my grand mother was buried some say it could be the cemetery on abertillery road near bourneville, could you please help thank you.
hello my name is linda and i would like to know if anyone new my father william john dimmick ( jack )he was bone in 1921 he worked in bynons pit . he played darts for the red loin in blaina and i have a photo of him holding a very large silver bowl and there is a dart bord behind him , he died in 1957 age 37, he had a brother donarld and a brother leonard and a sister nora they lived in chapel road west side my father married iris hillman and we lived in glan ebbw west side , i would also like to find something about my grandfather john dimmick also knowen as ( jack ) he used to work in a little office at the back of the chemist in blaina he was a bookes runner the shed was on the right hand side just as you go throu the church yard . thank you ,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Hello, im trying to get a photograph or any records of an old bakery that was set up on abertillery road, no 124a. if anyone has anything on this id be very grateful. thanks :)
MAJORIE GUERNEY'S STORY OF LEWIS FAMILY IN BLAINA
Uncle Tom Lewis was your grandfathers brother. He had a son who went to South Africa. Uncle Tom Lewis had one son and his name as William Lewis. So in the grave at Brixton are David Lewis and his nephew William Lewis. And there was another brother named William Lewis who lived in pump street.. William Lewis had 5 daughters and two sons but when the last son was born and Gran delivered the baby; the mother died and a few houses down below Aunty Siranne (Sara Anne) she was a cousin. (Mrs Norrnan) She was a cousin. She couldn’t have children. And when Uncle Will Lewis’s wife had the last baby Gran delivered it and when the mother died Gran wrapped the baby in a shawl and took it down to Aunty Siranne and they adopted it. He had a good home. Siranne was a cousin to your father. There was a sister in David Lewis’ family and there was an Aunty Mary Jane who died on the ship coming home and was buried at sea. She used to tell fortunes; she had a crystal ball and had a stocking full of gold sovereigns, which never came back with her effects. My father John had gone out to South Africa with Aunty Mary Jane and she was going back home to marry the Sexton at the church. I do not know when Gran went to live in Hope Street but Uncle Tom lived with her as a lodger. Uncle Tom used to speak Welsh and gave services on a Sunday Night in Welsh at the Hope Chapel. He used to dip his breakfast in his cup of tea. It was terrible to watch him putting everything in the cup of tea. Uncle Tom used to wear a flannel shirt and a dickey front. One day Aunty Sara (your fathers sister) went in there and she he had the dickey hanging out of the bottom of his shirt and she asked him “Uncle Tom, what have you got hanging out there. Uncle Tom owned 33 Hope Street. Mam and Dad went to live with Gran at 33 Hope Street. And he also owned a house in Abertllery Road and so he went to live with his niece there but used to come to 33 Hope Street to collect the rent every Tuesday. He was not happy down at Abertllery Road and Gran was sorry that she could not take him back bit they did not have the room but he died not long after. They sold Abertllery Road but the deed was missing for 33 Hope Street. Anyway it went on for years, Mam was paying all the rates. Uncle Tom paid the bond but had not been paying the rates, so Mam and Dad paid up the rates. And paid the rent. By rights the house should have belonged to Uncle Tom’s son in South Africa. They tried to get in touch with him but had no success he was already dead by this time. Died of the flu in South Africa. After this had been going on for years and years of this going on. Mam traced the deeds to a bank in Abertllery and then Mam and the solicitor
And they arranged as Mam had been paying all the rates etc they turned the property over to Mam. We had lived in it for years and we had maintained and put in a bathroom. Then the council decided it was going to redevelop that area. They paid Mom out £300.00. Mam put the £300 in the bank. They pulled down Hope Street, Pump Street.
They built bungalows at what used to be called the tip because behind was what used to be a pit. And they cleared all that up and they built houses and bungalows up there and then Mam and Dad was to have a bungalow and Mam was waiting to go there and she died before they went there. She died at Hope Street. They were going from Hope street to Southland and then they were going to knock them down. But Dad always hated Southlands he never wanted to go there. He wanted to stay at 33 Hope Street. He didn’t want to go al all. Gran was dead before I got married. She was dying when I had my 21st birthday. I was born in 1927. I got engaged on my 21st birthday. I lived with my Mam and Dad for a year with my mother and dad in Hope Street. It took years before they pulled down Hope Street. A family owned the house where Marjory is living now and a Miss Pomfair was a friend or Mams and she told them what to offer and we bought this house for £800.00 I come up here to live 12 month after I got married. We never had a mortgage, Des had his gratuity from the army because he was in the marines in the war and when we were living with Mam’s we saved and we were £300 paying for the house and Mama and Dad lent us £300.00. And we paid them back with my family allowance and Des war pensions. We had children by then. – Family allowance was 8 shillings. In those days nobody had money anyway. When I got married Desmond’s first pay was £4 and something. When I went to work mine was £17.00 a month and Marge got 15/- a week. I was having 5/- a week the rest went to my Mam. We moved there and we saved the money and Dilwin was taking his trade and Angela was thirteen or fourteen and we saved up the money to do alterations on the house and to put in central heating and to take some of the chimneys out.. We never had debts.
Sara Jones was John Lewis’ wife and could not speak English she only spoke Welsh. That is why Thomas Lewis only spoke Welsh. One of her uncle’s wives could only speak Welsh but she cannot remember who the brother was.
Clara Viceroy came from Tudsill, outside Chepstow. There are still Vickeries living at Tudsell.. It is a small village My friend Audrey’s aunt lived in Tudsill and she told me there are still Vickries there. Ivor Lewis told me that Gran came from Tudsell. Because when Uncle Dai’s wife died Gran used to go over to his house every Tuesday and come home on Friday to look after Mildred and Ivor’s mother while she was ill and he was at work. Ivor could tell us a lot about Gran. Gran had a sister and her name was Elizabeth who lived in Stow Hill in Newport. She had twin daughters who were identical twins and whatever happened to the one happened to the other. If the neighbour gave one a piece of bread butter and jam the other one knew about it. The one died she was ill and the next one died within hours and was not ill..
Our gran had twins but she lost them. When she lost them they lived in Bournville under Ponty –Gwelleth bridge. Between Blaina and Abitarilly bridge.
Gran loved the pictures. I used to take her every Monday to the pictures. First house I used to take her, put her in her seat and go home and fetch her when the pictures come out I used to fetch her. How old was she then oh gosh about 75. Aunty Sal was also about 75 when she died and my mother was 75 when she died. I remember Gran’s 70th birthday in the war but you couldn’t get anything. But Mam knew the baker at the Corp and we managed to get her a cake and it was all covered in chocolate. We had it in the Blaina inn where Aunty Sal (Sara) lived. Her husband was a Jackson. Two brothers married two sisters. Her name was Sara we called her Sal. Albert was Sal’s husband. My mother Gwendoline married Frederick Jackson. Grandmother was Lil Marshman married Tom Guerney. The name Ponsford fits in somewhere
Gran would have loved to be a midwife but she could not afford the fees to go to college. She delivered a lot of babies in her life.. There was a neighbour who had been married years and when she was expecting that her baby would never have been born if it had not been for our grandmother. She said she owed that babies life to Gran.
Gran worked hard all her life. She took in washing. When she came to Blaina before she was married. She got off the train and came out of the Railway station in Blaine was going to work at the Queens Pub and then she saw all the miners coming home with their black faces. It gave her a terrible fright. Gran had a sixteen-inch waist when she married grandpa and ended up a very large lady when she died; she was sixteen stone.
When we went to sisters in Newport she would put on clean clothe and would always put on a clean pinny under her clothes so as not to catch cold. She used to wear pinnies with a pretty floral top and a black bottom – always. To go to bed I used to undress her – took off her clothes but you used to have put on clean black stockings on to have to go to bed. She used to have very bad arthritis. And she had a skin complaint like eczema. That was because she used to go without enough to eat because she spent the money on Ronald. He was a spoilt boy. She did not go to South Africa because she could only take one child with her. She would have to leave the rest at home. That is why she never went
Our Ron wanted to go to South Africa but there was no work then either for people. Ron’s wife’s name was Dorothy and Gran said she was not to let him go without her. Since Mam died I have lost touch with those at Oxford where Ron went to live. Ron died in the Radcliffe Hosptal in Oxford a specialised hospital .Mam used to go to Oxford for Easter every year. And the hospital wanted to know if Gran would go into the hospital for tests and they wanted Marge’s mother to go as well.. Gran went but we never heard what the tests were for. After she got back home she had a letter from to ask if all the brothers and sister go to the house and they sent three doctors down to test them. But I don’t know. Whether it was something with the heart or not I don’t know. Whatever Ron went into the Radcliffe we think he knew that he only had about 12 months to live because when he come home he had a lot of things to finish up and attend to. When he was young he had his trade in a garage as a mechanic. After he went to Oxford he went to work in a car factory but he was a tool maker there and he had a lot of boys under him. He was a real craftsman there. I remember his first job as a chauffeur with the Blue Pilgrims (Blou Rokkies in our land) But I remember the morning he went away to Oxford He didn’t have enough money and he wanted this and he wanted that. He was spoilt.. Billy Jackson was a pilot in the war. But he died soon after the war in a plane crash. A civilian plane crashed into them. It happened in mid air and 12 of them died He was high up in the airforce and a lot of officers were going to France for a meeting. Billy Jackson grew up in our Gran’s house, as there was not room with him Mom and Dad so he always lived with Gran. Gran raised him. Aunty Sal got married but she and her husband had to live apart as there was no room for them at either parent's home so he lived with his folks and she stayed at home. Billy Jackson was born at |Gran’s house and just stayed there Later Aunty Sal and her husband got a little house and had her daughter Dorothy. But Billy Jackson stayed with Gran. Until the time his parents got a bigger house but always came home from school to Gran’s house for tea. Billy Jackson used to follow Ron around as there was not too many years between them and Ron used to come home and say Gwen this buggers following me everywhere.. Aunty Sal lived in a house called spiders castle. Her daughter is Dorothy 80 now and Billy Jackson would have been 82. They had another son named Albert and John. John been dead for years he had a very bad stroke.. Ron had two daughters.
The circus used to come to Blaina every year and Gran took Ron to see the monkeys. Ron was little but was amused by the monkeys backsides. Grans brother was in the boer war and he had a grant for Gran to go to school but she had to leave school at 12 to nurse her mother with cancer and her brother worked for the railways. He worked in the signal box. He used to knit, he used to knit all his own socks and pullovers.
And Gran at 12 years of age nursed her mother till she died. Then she never went back to school, but Gran could read and write proper. Then we used to take a book each week The Miracle, and The Berries, and Pegs Paper; and they used to come on a Thursday. Then you would go home from work and say have the books come. Yes said Gran but I dunno where they are and she would put them under the chairs cushion until she had read them But no way would you have them until she had read them. One thing she would like to have for her breakfast and this was in the war when you couldn’t get it. She would have bread and butter and a block of Cadbury’s chocolate in between two slices of bread for her breakfasts 1d bars of cadbury’s and she would put that into her sandwich. Gran died of cancer, she would make sure she was always sick when Mam and Dad wanted to go on holidays; so that they couldn’t go. But this one year they were going to Ramsgate They were going the first week and then Des and I would go and we would each have had a fortnight. And Gran was to stay in the Blaina Inn with Aunty Sal. But Gran used to have trouble with the bowels going to the toilet so she took half tin of Epsom salts and that stopped mom and dad going on holiday. In the night all the bedclothes we used all the bedclothes and nighties we had. But we stopped it with was milk and nutmeg. Anyway she went up to the Blaina Inn. Uncle Dai had a car he might have took her up there. She went to bed and .Des and I. went up to see her on the Thursday. And I went up to see her and she gave me 10/- pocket money and I didn’t want to take and she said me you take it because if you don’t take it somebody else will. Well I come down stairs and Des and I| were walking home and I said to Des Gran’s dying. Don’t be soft he says.. I says Gran’s dying and she was dead by the next morning. I went on holidays. But Mom sent me a telegram But they sent Mam a telegram to come home. But Aunty Sal sent the telegrams because our Mam was away and Uncle Dai was away and she had used Gran’s money to send the telegrams. So Gran was quite right if I didn’t have the 10/- someone else would. But I never seen Gran buried but Gran was my best friend. It was gran that I used to tell all my troubles to because I slept in a single bed and she slept in a double bed in the same bedroom. She used to give me pocket money for dressing and undressing her and taking her to the pictures and all this.. Oh Gran was great with all this and then she used to go to the Blue Pilgrims and I used to fetch her when it was time to go home.. So I had more to do with Gran than any of the other children.. She lived with us from the time I was 9 until I was 21. Then I got married but she died before I got married.. So I lived at home with Mom and Dad for a year after I was married because we didn’t have houses like we do today. So we just split everything in half all the bills were split in half so I could save some money. They never had to pay rent. I can see Gran now as plain as if she was here. Because I spent a lot of time with her, I remember saying once Gran you do look like and old witch and years and years later a little while before she died she said you are right I do look like an old witch.. My wedding rind is Gran’s wedding ring. It was worn very thin and you couldn’t buy 22 carat gold during the war when I got married. It was hard to get wedding rings.. She lost the wedding ring twice and when she found it she gave it to me. And she said keep thing and when you get married you can have it altered. We took it down to the jewellers in Newport and Des paid to have it altered. So my wedding ring is my grandmothers. It was altered because it was a very wide one but it had worn very thin so it is a different shape altogether. And I have a brooch off Gran which grandpa Lewis had made in South Africa. It was a bar, a gold bar with a heart in the middle with an arrow going through with a little ruby in the centre. She gave me that when I was 14 and I gave it to Angela. Gran had two brooches from South Africa. One was a pansy and I forget what the other one was. It was made of ivory. She gave me the pansy but later on gave it away to somebody else. But by that time she was beginning to fail. And Dotty Basham had the other one but Dotty Basham wouldn’t have appreciated it I dunno what happened to hers but I regretted mine going cause it was beautiful The colours in it were beautiful. But she was a tartar to take Fissons. Fisson salts she used to take it by the load.. But you see she had cancer, but the Doctor said to just leave it. Mam knew she had cancer but she did not know.. I went to Ramsgate on holiday with Dotty Basham and Gran was ill while I was away. And Mam had the Doctor and the Doctor found a big lump and then the Doctor said then it was cancer and there was nothing they could do about it. And that’s what happened when she died. Taking the Fisson salts it broke the tumour and it killed her see. But she had worked hard all her life. She never did nothing while she was with us mind. Our Mom would not let her lift a finger and Dad they were marvellous with her.
Uncle Bill was 10 months older than my Mam there was only 10 months between them. Aunty Sal was two years older than him. Grandpa went to America before he went to South Africa. John was there father. I can remember my mother saying the morning she was to get married John said to her. NOW ARE YOU SURE BECAUSE YOU CAN STILL CHANGE YOUR MIND, exactly like her father would have said to her.. Gran took in washing. She had a bit of money because Ron took his trade and in those days you had to pay to have an apprenticeship owing to Uncle Tom living with her he must have had money. She didn’t have to pay for Uncle Ron taking his trade. Something was worked out. Uncle Dai our mom's cousin he got Ron in as an apprentice. When the children were home the boys used to tip her. Uncle Tom always lived with her as long as I can remember. Cause Aunty Mary Jane the one who took him she went back and forth to South Africa plenty of times. They went on the Union castle boats there must have been money there somewhere,.. I know she used to tell fortunes because I remember seeing the crystal ball wrapped in the velvet .She must have gone out when our grandfather went out.. Everybody lived in Blaina
They all worked in the pits. Uncle Dai went to work in the iron works at Ebbervale and played rugby for them.
Uncle Bill has two sons: David & Allan. Uncle Bill was very dark and Aunty Rhoda his wife I can remember they had to get Married to. And our Mam had to make Uncle Bill go to his wedding. He didn’t want to get married. But she was a good wife. And David used to work on the busses. He was quite an artistic boy, but he died very young of a stroke. And then Allen the youngest boy he married a girl from Abertillary and she was a schoolteacher and he was a schoolteacher. And he went teaching in Germany with the army. But he has got Parkinsons disease. He was fair and David was dark. Uncle Bill and Aunty Rhoda used to come and visit Gran every Sunday evening. And if they brought her a quarter of sweets they had brought her the world. Our Mam used to wait on her hand and foot. But that was taken for granted you know. Auntie Sal used to visit when she came down to Blaina shopping, or if she wanted something. When we were children I was an only child. Aunty Rose my fathers sister lived in the top house and she had 16 children and Aunty Sal lived in the bottom and although she had four children only three lived with her. Albie, John and Dorothy. And for two years Dorothy slept with me because they only had a two-bedroom house. So even though I had not brothers and sisters I always had plenty of children around. Dorothy BASHAM was a sickly child then they discovered she had TB.
She had to go to a place down Cardiff way called Kelem Hadley and out Mam had to take her on a train to Newport and hand her over to a nurse on the station and our Mam said she would never do it again because she cried terribly Aunty Sal did not do it because she had the excuse that she had the two other children. But i do not know how long she was in the TB home.
Our Mam and Gran used to take turns to go and look after Uncle Dai’s wife who was dying of cancer. He had three wives who all died of cancer. Ivor came home from school and she was running round the house naked., with a knife. She was suffering from cancer of the brain. Started in the breast and went up to her brain. She wanted to go to work in the war but the Doctor advised her not to go but she went anyway. She went to a factory where they were working with TNT powder. That was when the cancer came back and it killed her.. Rene his second wife had it internally and his daughter Mildred nursed her. His third wife Vera nobody liked her also died of cancer. Uncle Dai had the cheek to bring his washing to old Gran to do until she realised that he was married again. Her used to visit Gran every Saturday but after she stopped doing his washing he never came regularly again. When Ivor and Mildred visited their dad they used to bring their own food because Vera was not very welcoming.
Last time I saw Uncle Dai he had been pruning a tree and he fell out of it and he was 91
I'm researching my family tree and have found out that my paternal Great Grandmother was born in Blaina. Her name was Tydvil Williams born in 1879 at Mount Pleasant, Blaina.
She was one of 10 children, her siblings were: Elizabeth (b. 1871), Mary ('Pollie' b. 1874), Sarah Jane (b. 1876), John (b. 1878), Ivor (b. 1882), Blodwen (b. 1884),Thomas (b. 1886), Ceridwen (b. 1890) and Glanffnard (b. 1893).
In the 1881 and 1891 censuses she was living in Chapel Street, Aberystruth. She was married in 1900 to William Gethin Morgan in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire.
Her father was Edward Williams born in about 1846 in Nantyglo. He married Ann Morgan in 1870 at Old Blaina Chapel, Bedwelty. In the censuses his occupation was firstly an Iron Ore Miner then a Coal Miner, Fireman and Hewer of Coal. I would love to find out which mines he worked in, if that's possible.
Ann Morgan (my 2 x Great Grandmother) was born in about 1851 in Aberystruth.
She was one of 9 children, her siblings were: John (b. 1846), Mary (b. 1848), Elizabeth (b.1850), Evan (b. 1855), David (b. 1857), William (b. 1859), Thomas (b. 1862) and Edmund (b. 1864).
In the 1861 census she was living at Garn Vach.
I would love to share information with anyone connected with these families and find out more about their lives in and around Blaina. I'm hoping to visit the heritage centre this week during my holiday in Wales. Many thanks.
My maternal grandparents are from Blaina. I am interested in the names Elkins, Tudgay and Morris.
I would like to know if the Bailey Glos Farm shown on the 1911 census is the same as Tir Bailey on the map?
My great grandfather James Price left Blaina in 1861 to go to the USA. His daughter's Marriage Certificate lists his occupation as a "Moulder" Does anyone know what this is?
Sharon Bruce: I don't know the name Tucker, but I did visit my grandmother on Pump St in 1954, the only time I would ever see her, she died in 1961. She lived at number 27 at the end of the street by the coal tip. I can tell you more about the neighborhood than I can about the people. The next door neighbor was Mrs Bond.
The street was very narrow, so delivery trucks would stop at the bottom and carry their goods to individual houses. There was a flock of geese on the tip that would come down the street, and I was chased on more than one occasion. I also think I remember a sheep or two.
These were stone row houses with very narrow alleys every two houses. I believe the roofs were slate. I believe they were on a 99 year lease.
My grandmother's house had a front room, kitchen, two bedrooms (they had 7 children). There was a stone pantry which substituted for a refrigerator. A single cold water faucet was under the stairs. The only source of heat were two fireplaces, she only used the one in the kitchen where she built a coal fire on her knees every morning. That was where we would toast our bread on a fork. One luxury was a piano.
She had a glassed in back entry with a small gas pipe stove. Outside was the coal shed, where she also kept a tub that was brought in for a bath. Beyond the coal shed was the outhouse, and my cousin taught me to juggle bouncing the balls against the door. I remember almost constant rain and I have always loved the smell of coal smoke. It is quite nostalgic.
You may know that Pump Street was described in the 1860s as some of the worst housing conditions in Europe, due to lack of sanitation, and my mother said many of the graveyards would never be dug up for fear of resurrecting the diseases of those who died of typhoid, cholera, dysentery, etc. In 1935, the worst labor riots in European history till that time occurred one and a half blocks from my grandmother's home. That story is on the Internet.
I have an article concerning the deaths of my grandfather and his son in 1923 in a mine cavein, which described the accident and their funeral. 800 coal miners formed a mile long procession from Pump Street to the graveyard, singing "Lead Kindly Light." The North Blaina mine where they had been working closed that same year. My grandfather was 47, his son Arthur was 16. My grandmother was left with 5 children under 14 to raise on a widow's pension. How she did that, I have no idea, except that her oldest daughter went to work at 14, and I suspect her oldest son went to work in the mines at probably the same age or younger.
There was a girl named Beryl who lived half way down the street, about my age, and she played the piano for me one day. There was a lady who lived half way down the street on the opposite side and I was fascinated to see her standing in the front doorway, watching what was going on. She had a device she wore at her waist which held a knitting needle while she worked the second needle. She could talk to you and never look at what she was doing. She just kept knitting.
My mother told a story of a woman who lived on Pump St, I believe, whose son was in the RAF in the war. He was killed, and she marched up the tip and drowned in the pond.
Pump Street housing was torn down in 1988 and replaced by a Rest Home. I saw the house for the last time as a pile of rubble.
Above my grandmother's house there were two footpaths, one to the right went up the mountain to a pond, with heather growing on the hills, and my cousin would take me for a picnic at lunch. Beyond it was a row of houses that had been abandoned as the mountain slid against them. The path to the left we took to visit relatives in Cym Celyn, and when we went past the mineshaft we would drop stones down it to see how long it took to hear them land. My brother went fishing with our cousin at a pond on the way.
We would go to the Gayety Movie Theatre, almost every week, stopping at the candy story on the way. I think I remember one of the movies as "Tammy's in Love." My grandmother walked to the shops quite often, since she had no refrigeration.
If you come across my family names, they are Brookes/James/Powell. I have looked at a photo I have of my mother's women's field hockey team that had signatures on them for the name Tucker, but that was not one of them. The photo was about 1935.
Hello. I am hoping someone might be able to help me. I am trying to find out information on Lily Smart, who was on the 1911 census as living in Blaina. She was aged 14 at that time and was down as a companion. I know her mum was Martha Smart who married a Fredrick Lewis in 1900. I know Lily moved to Portsmouth and married but I am looking for details of her childhood. I am looking on behalf of my nan, as Lily was her mum and unfortunately Lily died in 1948, (when my nan was only 9). If any can guide me where to look next or has anymore details then please contact me on email@example.com. Thank you
I On a family tree I have spotted that Elizabeth Tucker was born in Pump Street, Blaina, Wales, her parents were called Joseph & Elizabeth Tucker (nee Winfield.) Wondered if there is anyone who has any information, as this lady was my Great grandmother would love to hear, thanking in anticipation Sharon Bruce.
I am very impressed with this website and the information in it. I am working on family history and have become confused with locations. A relative's death certificate states that his address was 49 Oak Street Blaina, but is this really in Abertillery? I am hoping to visit soon and would like to be in the correct place to start with. My relative was Philip George Pritchard and he is described as a colliery labourer below ground. Are there likely to be any records of colliery workers, and does anyone have any idea which colliery it might be? Philip died in Oct 1946 aged 72. The person reporting his death was a J Simmonds. Philip also had a son called Lloyd George Pritchard, but I cannot find him at the moment.
I would be very grateful if anyone could offer any help.
19 Glanyrafon Terrace Blaina
Trying to trace E Tanswell of 19 Glanyrafon Terrace 1943. Is there old street directories or council rates that would be able tto tell me of E Tanswell.My Great Uncle.
Would appreciate any help or information you may have.
I am trying to get information on a Mary Legge last contact was in 1953. Mary then lived in Clarence Street Brynmawr,opposite the
Market hall. She had a cousin Margarette legge. I can be contacted on Train@iprimus.com.au
Thanks in anticipation Brynley Treherne ( Australia)
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Does anyone remember Elizabeth Evans, who used to live in the High Street - behind the Post Office? I have been told by David Furber that she was quite a character and that she bought up her two nephews - Fred and Tom Evans. Any info on those two would be useful as well.
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My grandmothers family williams owned the mount pleasant inn (garn road) which was near Twynderrin where the Hollay(holley) family moved to in 1851> does ...
is there any one who knows any off spring of Maud Blanche Evans .or Mabel Stone that lived in Nantyglo as i am visiting there in june of this year and would like to meet them as they are my first cousins my father was Albert Lewis Hawkins from NewZealand there younger brother whose ashes were buried with his father and mother in Nantyglo would love to hear if somebody might know the family
Am trying to contact Wendy Norman(Jones) and other old school friends. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This lady is my grandmother and she was born in Blaina in 1864. Her father was Phillip Mears. Can you please tell me where she was born because when I am next in the area I would like to go to see the house. A few years after her birth the family moved to Mountain Ash.
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East Pentwyn pre 1970's
Do you have any photographs of East Pentwyn, Blaina, pre '70's, that I could copy and share please.
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my mothers maiden name was Sarah Holbrook,when i was young my mother took me to Blaina quite a few times, she often spoke of her family connections in blaina, she was born 1890 period, any connections with the family holbrook ?
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Hi Sue wondering if you can look this up for me,
i have found mary totterdell ( bale ) my greatgrand mother she was born in sumerset 1874ish and i found her children .but it seems she had 3 with thomas i think he died young after he died it looks like she was house keeper to william sloughter who lived in abertillery and had 3 children with him can you help me find out if this is right please
Ah, so it IS possible to post here without being a member of the site. !
I tried to sign up but because of some kind of technical glitch I kept getting an error message.
So I forwarded some info to Colin, the site owner, which I had already written up in reply to a genealogy query from somebody called heron something or other on the forum.
I asked Colin to post it to the forum.
Here's the thing though folks.
WHAT IS IT WITH YOU PEOPLE. !!!!!!!!!!!!!
It advises on the forum, and it says right at the top of this page that it's a good idea to post an email address, SO, why don't you. ?
I've only seen one email address as yet, and apparently that one wasn't working properly.
Much of the stuff that people are asking is answerable, once some of it is deciphered first, which is often a necessary first step.
Organise your info people into a more compact and easily digestable format and you'll stand a far better chance of getting a good response.
As for the guy asking about the Welsh fusilier veteran and his medals, a couple of points, which campaign did he serve in, 1st or 2nd world war. ?
Did he survive or not. ?
You'd do well if you started by viewing the Welsh Fusilier's Regimental Museum ( Caernarfon Castle ), web page, specifically their enquiry page.
Regards and hwyl fawr folks.
I don't know whether it helps but there is a record of a person with the name Eugene Poulaine living in a place called Blaina house in 1901. You can find the reference in Kellys Directory for Monmouthshire dated 1901. The name Poulaine seems an unusual one for the welsh valleys! It may be useful to scan the census records about this time?
I don't know of any photographs.As I live in Australia I have had to rely on the books of Malcolm Thomas and the Rose and Crown books for old photos of Blaina.
Good luck in your research. David
Trying to find information about my Welsh heritage. Documentation I have from my parents and grandparents reveals my great grandfather Dan Powell born 1/10/1853 in Blaina South Wales, a son of John and Elizabet (Williams) Powell also native of the same county. His paternal grandfather Anthony Powell,a farmer by occupation was born in Carmarthenshire They apparently emigrated t o the US Lackawanna County Scranton PA area .Elizabeth was the daughter of Reese Williams. They had a rather large family of about 11 children, only about 5 or 6 of the children emigrated to the US, the rest stayed behind . Any information you can provide me or places to look to continue my research would be appreciated. I have enjoyed the Blaina Heritage site.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Well this is a long shot does any body know the location of Medals belonging to Thomas John Roberts of 20 Bourneville road Bliana ./ then 6 Glanraffon terrace It belived that he served with the 2 Royal Welch Fusillers .On the side of the Medals should be an Army number this is what I want most important.
We know that they where Sold or given away in the Tylers Arms To a person who was thought to be a Chemist.
All we require is a list of the medals and if they are for re-sale if not that they are in safe hands and nothing more will be said
with regards to all in the Valley mike Gear Grandson
Hello, Im am looking for any photos and information on Blaina House as I would like to do work on it towards my GCSE in art. I have looked on the internet and cant seem to find any information or pictures on it. The only information I can get on it is from my grandfathers memory. Any information or pictures would be a great help, thank you.
I have tried to email you re your query on the Blaina Inn to no avail! Perhaps you can contact me?
I have come across a photo of the Blaina Inn in Malclom Thomas's book - Brynmawr, Beaufort and Blaina Vol 2. The book interestingly states that the Blaina Inn was "the scene of a bloody battle in March 1935, to become known as the Blaina Riot"! The book does not say when the photo was taken but it was certainly post 1935!! I assume the photo would be covered by copyright. I can provide further details of the book if you are interested.
The Blaina Inn
I have found that inquests on two of my relatives that died in accidents during 1868 were held at The Blaina Inn.I wondered if you had a photograph of the Inn that may be copied. I would, of course, be willing to pay for any copyright/postage costs. Your help would be much appreciated. Regards - Margaret Kinsey.
My ancestors were COUSINS / DOWLING emigrated from the area in 1911 to Australia. Any relatives around?
Regards Fiona (Australia) email@example.com
Would like the email of Sue Edwards as I want to try tracing my family roots but dont know where to start.
I've also read all the posts on the site and many of the names ring a bell.
Wendy Norman[nee Jones] mentioned Muriel Hooper I still see her when I go to Blaina and I'm sure she knew my sister Margaret Matthews.
Any way my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone wants to catch up.
Thanks for a fantastic site
It's been a pleasure to help all those researching their ancestry. For me it's a labour of love and gives me great pleasure to help others on their way back in history.
There seems to be a lack of replies from me on the "ask Sue" forum but that is because with so much information to impart I contact each individual by email.
I live in Swansea now but was born and bred in Nantyglo. I have visited the Blaina heritage centre and was very impressed indeed. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all, and keep those enquiries coming in.
Would just like to thank every one who works at the heritage centre and our very own "ask Sue" who has helped make this site what it is today, I had no Idea when I designed this site if it would work, but it has given me hours of pleasure reading e mails sent in and the stories that are written on the stories page along with the old photos of Blaina, it is surprising how far afield people have moved to from Blaina, but then again Blaina was where the industrial revolution started. Again, thanks to all and may I wish you all a vey merry Christmas and a Happy new year
At a jumble sale I bought a small brass box which I think is a snuff box,on it are the words 'Jenkin.Morgan Blaina.Mon 1891.Any info would be appreciated.
Hi to everyone.
very good web site
Im trying to trace my welsh ancestors.I have very few photographs I do have certain information from census records:
my mother Megan Meyrick bn1925 -Bedwelty 10 Warne Street, Fleur De Lys.
my grandfather Phillip Meyrick bn 1896-Bedwelty 45,Queen Street,Aberystruth occ miner.
my grandmother Sylvia Hale bn 1897-130,Cromcalyn rd,Blaina
my great grandfather Albert John Hale bn 1876 Blaina, Aberystruth . address 1881 10 Upper Ten Houses,Aberystruth,Blaina occ miner
my great grandmother jane Davies bn 1876-died 1899. no birth address
any further information or photographs greatly apreciated
Eddie Legge 20/11/11
Wrote about place of birth Nantyglo
have lived in Glanystruth,Cwm Celyn, Blaina
45 of my 75 years
Do you have a list of men killed in the great war from the blaina area?
Also would you know if any Blaina men served in the 17th Lancers in the 1880's -90's?
Any help appreciated
Ceri, on the 1901 Census 114 Abertillery Road was shown as 'Out Door Tavern', head of the household was John Morris who is shown as 'Collery Examiner Worker & Inn Keeper'. My family lived at 112 Abertillery Road. By the 1911 Census neither address is shown, nor 110. The even numbers jump from 108 to 116. The 1911 census shows that my family had moved to Surgery Road by this time.
My great great grandfather was Silvanus Jones (born 1935) and my great grandfather was Richard Winston Jones (born 1872). I believe his brother Silvanus (born 1876) owned the California Pit.
I would love to hear from any body who has any information about the family. My email address is email@example.com
thanks for letting me come here and chat on your guest book its great!
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My dad said that he had relatives in Blaina in 1948 and they had been there since 1915. Can you find them for me on the census for me.
The sons were called Jim Jack and Charlote.
My grandparents lived at 114 Abertillery Road Blaina from around 1911 until at least 1920, I believe the property no longer exists but does anyone know if it was a Public House? Would be grateful for any information. Thanks.
Congratulations to Colin for giving so many people pleasure in creating this web site. 50,000 plus visitors is quite an achievment.
Thanks also to those people who's contributions have helped to make it such a success. Seems Blaina holds lots of memories and connections for many people.
Best wishes from all at Blaina Heritage.
A huge,huge thankyou to Sue Edwards who has researched my family history , Sue has found my relatives from Wales dating back to 1781 and in record breaking speed and from one old birth certificate i had..Her dedication and skill is second to none, i cannot praise her enough,, THANK YOU SUE
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Blaina House 1924
Hi, I am looking for photos of Blaina House circa 1924. my father was born there in June that year to Hetty who worked at the house as a domestic servant. If you also know the name of the family who lived there at this time I would be grateful for this information.I understand that the house was tied to the Blaina Ironworks for the manager to live in.
Thanks for your attention
hi sue Fred Rose was born in 1882 in crudwell wiltshire and his military number 21216 he served with the 10th battalion south wales borderers
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if u need anything else
Hi Mike, could you give me some more info, date of birth for Fred Rose and/or his ww1 military number.
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grandmother born in Blaina
my grandmother was born at no 4 Queen Street Blaina in 1910 her fathers name was Alfred George Young and i am trying to find any information about my greatgrand father.
Do you know where a good place would be to find out any information about him
many thanks Gary Saunders
I am trying to trace where exactly my Grandmother Morfydd Wetherell was born. I have a birth certificate and she was born on 29.11.1886
at Old works. There doesnt seem to be such a place but I know there was a lot of industry at the time. I was wondering if there was a
workhouse at that time or maybe travellers in caravans. Has anyone got any ideas. Thanks Carol
hi, i am trying to trace my great granddad history, he was orignally from Cirencester i just found his military records from ww1 and it shows he was a loco driver from 27 high street he returned back to cirencester after service, does anyone have any info on him his name is Frederick Rose
To Ann Roberts
I am still at my bigpond address. Look forward to hearing from you. I have recently been in touch with a distant cousin looking at my mother's side of the family.
I have decided to finally write up a blog on my ancestors on the Jelly side of the family. I have a feeling that living relatives do not like to be mentioned but I am sounding them out at the moment.
I have started with my paternal great grandparents and will work forward bit by bit. When I have exhausted that side then I will turn my attention to my paternal grandmother's side of the family - who I am researching at the moment. By then I might have more information.
This is the URL for the blog: http://thejellyfamilyofblaina.blogspot.com/
If you have any insights into the Jelly family then please email me at: email@example.com
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searching my family history
What a wonderful find. I was adopted in 1961 and my birth-mother was born in Blaina in April 1936. Her name was Margaret E Pritchard, and her mother's name was Hilda Pritchard (nee Trafford). Just wondered if would have any information that would fill in some of the gaps of my roots?
A message to David Furber (and others)
After a break of a couple of years I am finally getting back to tracing the family history again and I don't think you have an up to date email address for me.
Also, if there is anyone in the Blaina area with the surname of Cheedy perhaps they would like to get in touch, I am starting with the easy bit first and leaving the Evans until last LOL
Great to read your message. Yes, The wrights were my Great grandparents, Peter Cornick and Beatrice Wright , my grandparents.
If you look at the school Photos nos. 9-12, They refer to their son (my uncle) winning a scholarship to Oxford University.
I will email you so we can exchange family info.
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re-Sue Edwards Ballers Arms photograph
Hi my name is Jon Brownhill on going through alot of my grandmothers letters and sadly old unamed photo's I have found a small picture of Sue's grandmother as shown in the top left hand corner along with her grandfather. Is this lady called Margaret Catherine Wright, nee Morgan if so her son Francis Wright was the second husband to my Gt. Grandmother Mary Alice Edwards nee Jones. They married 19 September 1903 in Cuyahoga, Cleveland, Ohio. I know that on the deaths of William and Catherine Wright in the early 1900's their eldest son William took over the running of the Ballers Arms and on the 1911 census is shown to be living there with his sister Isabelle and Beatrice who married Peter Cornick. Isabelle married my Gt Grandmothers son from her first marriage, Edwin Edwards in 1912. This basically means Edwin married his stepfathers sister. I believe Edwin and Isabelle ran A pub or an Inn in the Mumbles possibly the George? I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind Regards !
I would like to add my thanks to the many Sue has helped.
I gave her a very challenging asignment to find my family in Blaina
pity they where in Abertillery.but find them she did and others i didn't know about.
So many many thanks to Sue for a great problem solved.
Sue you are a credit to this site.
I was born at no 4 Henwain row Blaina in 1950 and was wondering iff anyone out there has any photographs..The row of cottages were evacuated around 1956 due to the mountain movement...We were then moved to maeshafod...I have done a lot of research but have found nothing....My only hope is someones old family album... The only one l had was myself and my mother standing on the door step of no 6 on my mothers wedding day....My gran and grandad lived at no 6...thier name was morgan and alice jenkins...my mothers name was beryl. My email (email@example.com)..Would love to hear from anyone that may have lived there at that time...Regards brendaf1...
Hello! My name is Jean Williams/nee Evans. I went to Hafod-y-ddol Grammar School from !953 until 1963. I lived in Ebbw Vale and went to Goldsmiths College in London. Wpold love to know what became of my old schoolfriends Eve Miles and Ann Jelly,who both came from Blaina. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Looking for an Anna Lippiatt and her son George. Anna died in Blaina 1863. Cannot find any death certificate for George. Her husband William worked in the mines in Abertillary and then Blaina. Can anyone help?
I am sending my deepest sympathies to Shirley and all her family for the very sad loss of Alan. The Heritage centre and the wider community benefited greatly from his dedication to keeping the history of Blaina alive. Not only to educate the younger members but also to remind it's elders of their rich and varied links to outlying communities and indeed to the world. I am proud to say that I knew Alan and found him to be a gentle man with a wonderful ability to relate his knowledge and wealth of local history. My thoughts are with Shirley and family at this very sad time. Alan will be greatly missed. Best Wishes from Linda and family.
My brother in law and sister in law were taken to Blaina around 1944, their names were Ron and Myrtle Skinner, they were taken to live with their Grandparents whose name was Tilley, Ron was about 5 when they went there and Myrtle was 3. Does anybody remember them, they I believe lived at some time at Drill Hall House and then soewhere in Westside I think some other family members lived in Lancaster Street.
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Trying to find any information about Drill House House during the 1940's what was it and who lived there any help would be appreciated.
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I am looking for info on my 4th and 5th Great Grandfathers that lived in Blaina Wales.
Henry Lyons, b. 1697, Wife Amy Parry Symes, Came to USA ?? Before 1724
Henry's father ; Major Henry Lyons, 1660/1714, Wife Sarah Winthrop, 1674/1715
Looking for information on market street Nantyglo and Graig terrace Cwm. Anyone with informaition on either the places or the Williams family that may have lived at these addesses, please get in touch. Thankyou.
I am colin Bridgeman and I run this site, my Late wife was a Lewis and her grand father was James Lewis his mother was Sarah, they at one time lived in the public house you mention, which is now called the golden Lion in nantyglo, you can contact me at email@example.com also you might like to see my Lewis web site http://lewis1.moonfruit.com if you go to photos, you will see a photo of sarah
hope to hear from you soon
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My grandfather Edmund Lewis was born in the 1860's in Nant y Glo,he had 3 brothers and 2 sisiters.His father Tom died when he was a baby and is quoted as being
of 'independant means' I believe they resided at Trostre at the time but when widowed his mother Sarah and the family moved to Garn Vach.
In the 1871 census Sarah is running the Rising Sun Public house I would welcome any feedback from anyone who may know where this was I have been to Blaina to
investigate but could only find the industrial estate by the same name.
Been asking for your email on the forum. You have missed my message. email me as i have some info for you.
the marriage I found was Oct.Nov/dec 1887 Joseph Rees Davies marriage to Elizabeth Yeates "not" crickhowell but BEDWELTY.
As for the name "Dinden" there are no birth records for this name. I'm hazzarding a guess but I'd say it should be "Brinley" having been written wrongly
which was the case many times with the censuses.
I have studied the 1901 census and enlarging the document there is definately a "Y" on the end of the name and not an "N".
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Do you have a tree on ancestry.co? Get in touch with me and I'll help out further.
Apologies up front for any delay as my daughter is getting married soon and its a busy time
if anyone knows Diana Lewis or Glenys Harris re miles family could you let them know I am trying to contact them and have left email addresses on the forum.
I am very interested in your spreadsheet of Davies families in and around Blaina. I am only just unravelling my own family but am very happy to contribute and learn any new information. Please e-mail me if you wish.
i am writing on behalf of my dad as he had family in blaina
His Father - Frederck William Tucker who was born in Blaina, Bournville Road,
His Mother - June Silcox who was born in Abertillery,
His Grandfather - James Tucker who was also born in Blaina and worked down the mines ,
His Grandfather's brother - Arthur Tucker; who played rugby for Nantyglo in the 1940's,
His Uncle - Jim Tucker lived in Blaina until 4 years ago when he passed away.
Am looking for some assistance if possible please?
I have been tracing my relatives, g.grandad Joseph Davies, a blacksmith who was recorded as living at 92 Rose Cottages, in Blaina in 1891. He was living there with his wife, Elizabeth (nee Yeates?) and his son Joseph R (Rees?) Davies who was only 1 mnth old. They were lodging with William Jones and his family.
Joseph (aged 33) and Elizabeth (32) and their sons (Joseph Rees aged 10 and Dinden aged 1, turn up again on the 1901 census, living at 178 High Street, Blaina. Both the boys, Joseph Rees and Dinden were stated as being born in Blaina, like their father Joseph. They also have who is stated as the Father-in-law (Elizabeth's dad) Thomas Yeates (aged 72) living with them too. Living relatives confirm the "Yeates" connection.
There was only one marriage I could find between a Joseph Davies and an Elizabeth where timeframes match up. Although Joseph was born and lived in Blaina, records show this marriage happened in Crickhowell district in Dec 1887.
The trail goes a bit cold after that.
I believe Joseph's parents were David and Mary Davies, Joseph shows up as 2 years old on the 1871 census with possible older brothers Thomas aged 18 (b.1853) and Benjamin aged 22 (b.1849). The family then were living at 23 Rising Lane/Sun? Blaina. I think this may be near present day "The Rise" which is opposite the Rising Sun Industrial Estate?
We know they had our nan, Lilian Davies in April of either 1904 or 1905 but we were always lead to believe that she had come from Abergavenny. Living relatives have said that Lilian ("Lily" on her marriage cert but "Lilian" on her death cert) outlived many sisters that she had, most of them dying in infancy or young. I have no idea who these may be or indeed even how many children Joseph had.
Have not been able to trace Dinden Davies at all, even with such a unique name.
I have ended up created a spreadsheet of all known Davies's in the Nant-Y-Glo and Blaina region over something like 150 years but still have many blanks. If anyone has any info they can share or help me with, please do contact me, I'll be happy to share whatever info I had collated so far.
Hi Last week I saw your answer to my original question re Hannah Teague - I sent my e.mail as requested but dont know if I did it on right department!! (not the best at using computers) Thanks Gill and Mary
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Davies family of Blaina
I would like to enlist some help in searching for my ancestors. I understand that the staff at the Heritage Centre can check the census returns. Would it be possible for someone to check the 1871 census?
On the 1861 census the Davies family of Henry (age 62), Ann (age 64) and Joshua G Davies (age 30) are living at 85, Main Road, Blaina along with two other relatives and two visitors. Joshua married in 1864 to a Mary Williams at Berea Chapel, Coalbrookvale. (Their son Henry Albert Victor Davies was born the next day!)
However after that I can find no trace of the Davies family until the 1891 census when Mary Davies is recorded living at 156, High Street, Blaina. I am assuming that Joshua G was dead by this time but have been unable to find a record of his death.
Were there some areas of Blaina that were not covered by the 1871 census? I am aware that you must get many such requests but I would be most grateful for any bits of information that may help.
Great website. Loving the photos and stories. If you're on facebook, like the Abertillery and District Museum page. And come on down for a visit! Tea or Coffee just 50p!!
Can you please leave an email address where I can contact you.
Sue (ask sue)
140 abertillery road used to be hopkins shop later the spar shop owned by bill and ron james , mrs hopkins was there for many years right uptil at least 1959.
The Thomas family you mentioned and visited in the 1940's then consisted of Thomas Thomas and Anne Thomas, their children Yorath, Norman, and Mary (my mother) they are all now sadly deceased.
It may help to note Thomas Thomas above - Yorath's father died 25th December 1949.
Yorath had one son - Norman Thomas
Norman had one daughter - Pauline Thomas
Mary had one son Gary Smith, me ( Smith her married name)
The Bakery business as you said traded in the 1960's as a family business, but then were bought out by Mothers Pride.
Yorath then left the business, but with his wife & son bought a shop in Blaina High Street and traded until 1980 ish. Yorath and May working well on into their 70's.
Norman senior continued with the new company delivering bread and managing the 'old bread rounds' until retirement.
Mary, my mother faded away from the business in about 1958 and as a family we moved away.
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I am trying to find any relations/descendents of my paternal Grandmother. Mary Jane Thomas Born 1876 at 3, Commercial St, Abertillery. Daughter of Thomas Thomas Born. 1837 at Swanbrook, near Redbrook, Gloucester and 2nd wife, Ann Thomas (Nee Price) Born.1851, Abertillery.Married. 1871. Abertillery.Members of their Family (unknown to me) moved to Blaina and satarted a Bakery, which was well known for years, possibly up to the 1960's. I last visited them when I was youngster in the 1940's and I remember a cousin older than me, his name was Yorath. I am trying to put a Family tree together. Mary Jane Thomas eventually lived in Penart about 1900-2 and met and by 1902 had married my Grandfather Norman Brown Johnston in Cardiff, where she lived until her death in 1942. She had siblings, Sarah Ann Thomas B. 1872. Robert James Thomas. B. 1873. Beatrice B. 1879. Priscilla B. 1881. Thomas Edmund. B.1884. and John. B. 1887, also a daughter from previous marriage, Emily (Rees) Thomas. !
B.1860. Do you know of anyone who could help this 83 year old?
Norman Brown Johnston
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Abertillery Road shop late 1880s/early1890s
My great grandmother apparently ran a general shop at 140 Abertillery Road in the late 1890s (virtually across from Henwaun Road) Until the last few years, there was a painted sign on the front of the building which read "Landon". The building has now been converted to a private house and the signage gone.
Are there any photos/references to this shop in this time period at the Heritage Centre or a streetscape showing this part of Abertillery Road in later years?
Appreciate any info you might have
Go to the forum page under Ask Sue and read the last page with messages from OLDWILL.
He is researching the same family. He's left a contact email address.
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John Henry Williams 1846 - 1912
Help please 1861 cenus info. John Henry Williams b 1846 mother Sarah Williams b 1820? father John Williams b 1806 Radnor - other child emma louise williams b 1844 lived Henwaun st Blaina - interested in John Henry Williams Later Engineer and patent holder. any deatils please
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Guest / querries/ chat - The Blaina Heritage CentreMessage for Glenys Harris re William and Dianah Miles. Hi Glenys ..... William was English and .....I think this must be after Aug this year when Glenys messaged the forum
Message for Sue Edwards
I am hoping you may be able to assist me as I'm not sure if i am correctly navigating the site. The reason for this is that I googled my great grandparents William and Diannah miles and the first item that came up is regarding a message on this site to Glenys Harris with information regarding them. I have been unable to find this on this site and am now v confused (doesn't take much though). I would love to know the information you gave to Glenys regarding them but have tried contacting Glenys (who we were unaware of until her message here) to no avail. " questions. 1. are you able to send this info to my email address and 2.. are you still in touch with Glenys as we would love to communicate with her.
thanks Sue.. regards
I have just added the item below from Wendy firstname.lastname@example.org I have also put two pictures of the family in photos sent in page pic 103 and 104 if any one has any info please pass on to Wendy
Hi, I don’t know if anyone there could help me but I am trying to find info on my fathers family who lived in Blaina. My grandmother was Edith Summers who was the youngest of 13 children born to Henry Summers and Margaret Thomas.I have enclosed 2 photos. One is (I believe) outside Hope Chapel and shows Henry Summers-rt hand side at the front.who was I think a deacon of the chapel. I believe that Edith is on the back row 3rd from the left, but I do not know if any other family members are shown. Could any of your members recognise anyone on the photo?
The other shows Henry with another daughter- Elsie. They are with her daughter Marion Watkins (Later Married Tal Bunn) and her son Derek- who ran one of your local shops before emigrating to Australia.
I have a lot of info on the family that goes back to their roots in Camerton but it is the later years that I am struggling with. As I said we knew that Edith was the 13th child and the 1911 census states that 13 children were born. Unfortunately I have not been able to obtain the names of all of the children. Summers was a quite common name and there are quite a few children in the death records during that time. Are their any local records that might have names recorded? If Henry was connected with Hope chapel would there be any records of births/ christenings etc kept from that church? There was a family bible but on the death of one of the”Aunts” it was donated to a local church and no-one seems to remember which one.
My father was only 12 when he left Blaina but is 85 now and doesn’t remember much about the family- just that he had a lot of Aunties!
If there are any of the descendants of the Summer family left in the area who have any information that they are willing to share with me then I would be very grateful.
Wendy Barr (nee Bridges)
Message for GLENYS HARRIS
I have left a message for you on the forum. If you type 'miles' in the search part and then go to page 2 you'll find my email address. Can't wait to hear from you.
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I have only today found your response. Please go to the forum and on page two of my topic I've left my email address and would love to hear from you.
I am really hoping some one will be able to help me. I have ancestors who lived in the area and am trying to build a family tree. Unfortunately I have reached a dead end. My Great Grandmother Alice Maud Richards married James Roberts and lived in Blaina in the early 1900s. Alice was one 6 children, Margaret, Nellie, Daniel, William and John (all Richards) being the others. Their parents were called Edward and Maria Richards (edward was born in 1872). His Dad was called Daniel Richards I think (born 1841) and I think he married an Elizabeth who died once they hd their children. Daniel Richards lived in Parrot Row for several years and his son Edward and his wife (Maria) lived with him.
The men were all miners and one of Edward's sisters (Margaret b.1870) was an assistant teacher.
I am trying to go further in dates but cannot trace any more of Daniel.
Can anyone help me???
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Mature student (67 Yrs)BA Hons Fine Art -Final year-Gwynneth Poole nee Owen. Dissertation- comparison between 2 areas Blaina/Black Country West Midlands.Father from Blaina 1 of a familyof 10 from Cwmcelyn.I am looking for Blaina's industrial past . through photographs,imformation etc Will be visiting Blaina within the next month. Have already contacted and spoken to Shirley Meyrick and Frank Olding both very receptive and helpful. Meanwhile I would appreciate any insights into Blaina's past and present problems ,particuarly in light of the Tory cuts which are being presented to the House of Commons as I write! My grandfather and 2 of my uncles were miners. Many thanks Gwynneth
I am researching my family history of the Davies & Griffiths families. I am looking for any information about Rev. Harold Davies, whose address in September 1921 was given as 25 Victoria Street, Blaina. He may have been a Baptist Minister. I think he was my grandfather's brother or possibly a cousin.
I would appreciate any information or help.
Are there any Tuckers still living in Blaina? My grandmother was Violet Tucker (born 1912) and she was the eldest daughter of Edmund Henry Tucker (b 1888, died 1943) Her siblings were Rosina, Olive, John, Everlyn, Lily, Leslie, Edmund, Beryl (maybe known as Maureen?), Freda and Gwynneth that I am aware of .
This is a message that is on the forum page, more info can be seen there
I typed in Google Penrhiw Villa Bliana and in the dropdown is Guestbook Viewed, I lived in Penrhiw Villa across from the rugby ground from 1953-60. I now live in Mexico City but still visit Blaina &district occasionally.
I see that you have contributed to this site and wonder if you could help me trace living members of my family , Silvanus Jones, Colliery Proprieter of California Slope located on Round House Farm lived in Penrhiw Villa, he died on 14th June 1895.
I know the web site I am referring to is old yr ,2000 but I would love to contact the person who lived at Penrhiw Villa in 1953- 60.
Would you be able to help me contact them Colin, I know I have'nt any roots in Blaina and Brynmawr but that's where we've all originated from.
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