Brick Walls -> William Lewis & Ann Williams

I’ve been attempting to trace this family for a few months but I don’t seem to be getting very far.

Ann Williams was born around 1828 in Preston, Herefordshire.  With such a common name I’ve been unable to locate her in 1841 and 1851.  There is a chance that she would have been a domestic servant prior to her marriage to William Lewis.  Ann died in 1890 in Bedwellty, Monmouthshire (probably Ebbw Vale).

William Lewis was born around 1829 in Trevethin, Pontypool.  I suspect his father was Thomas Lewis but haven’t confirmed this.  William died in 1880 in Bedwellty, Monmouthshire (probably Ebbw Vale).

It is my guess that William and Ann married early in 1862 in Crickhowell, Brecknockshire, although, this is speculation.  I am not altogether convinced I’ve got the right details.

On 27th December 1862, Ann gave birth to their daughter, Hannah Lewis.  Hannah is the only child of William and Ann’s that I have found and, frustratingly, as they both died before 1911, I have no idea if there were more children.

In 1871, William, Ann and Hannah were living in Newton, Ebbw Vale.  William was a miner.  Ann stayed in Newtown after William’s death and in 1881, Hannah and her husband, Jacob Boulter (who she married in 1879) are living with Ann, along with Hannah and William’s 1 month old son William Thomas Boulter.

The lack of information plus common surnames builds a brick wall.  What would I like to discover about William and Ann?

  1. Who were William and Ann’s parents?
  2. What happened in their lives before their marriage?
  3. Were they previously married?
  4. Did William and Ann have any other children?