The Cefn Mably Mystery

When I add a relative to my tree, I automatically attempt to collect Birth, Marriage, Death and Census info about them.  Sometimes it is unsuccessful and I hit a dead end other times the hours I put in searching for individuals is worth every minute.

Recently, I added The Man’s great great grandfather’s cousin, Henry George KELLY.

Henry was born in Coedkernew, Newport in 1857.  His parents were Henry KELLY and Jane Steel PARSONS.  He grew up a rather wealthy Farmer’s son.  His father was the farmer of Penylan Farm, Bassaleg.

After his marriage to Jane JONES in the September quarter of 1889 aged 32, Henry and Jane lived with Jane’s parents, William and Cecilia.
The couple had 3 children, William Henry around 1890, Violet May around 1891 and Frederick George around 1893.

The real jewel in the crown information was provided in the 1901 census and is something I’m determined to find out more about over the coming weeks.
Sometime before the 1901 census, Henry and Jane took ownership of the Cefn Mably Arms in Michaelstone Y Vedw.  His occupation is stated as Publican and Farmer.

In 1911, Henry was still the Landlord of the Cefn Mably Arms.

I know little about the family’s time at the Cefn Mably Arms except that Henry died in 1924 and Jane died in 1931.

In an attempt to find out more about the family I contacted the current owners of the Cefn Mably Arms.  I received a fantastic response and an offer to go along and take copies of what information they have.  Something I’m surely going to be taking them up on.
The most fascinating thing to come out of the conversation was a copy of the back of their menu.  It contained a photograph believed to date from the 50’s.  I examined every tiny part of the photograph and realised it can’t date from the 50’s because of the attire the people were wearing.
The photograph was of the pub itself and outside standing by the door was a man and a woman.  Sitting on a bench were 2 older men, 2 teenage boys and a teenage girl.  The people are all dressed in clothes dating from the early 20th Century which means there is a good chance the photograph includes Henry, Jane and their 3 children.

Maybe it’s a spot of romantic peering through rose tinted glasses but I honestly believe the photo is one of relatives.  I doubt I will ever be able to prove they are the people in the photograph but the idea is nice, isn’t it?


Comments

  1. Dr Trevor Jennings

    August 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    My gt-gt-grandparents were Henry Kelly and Jane Steel Parsons. For some time I thought that my gt- grandfather was Henry George Kelly, but it turns out that my gt-grandfather was his brother William. I have traced the Kellys back to a John Kelly, born c1650 in Devon. He married Katherine Martin in Ashreigney in 1672. The father of this John Kelly was also a John Kelly. The Kellys moved from Devon to Michaelstone y Vedw around 1820, just after the birth of gt-gt-grandfather, who was known as ‘Henry from Devon’. Jane Steel Parsons’ father, Jamees, was born in Churcham, Gloucs in 1781. If you have any information about the Parsons branch of the family I would be most interested. My gt-grandmother (wife of William), was Mary Ann Parsons, daughter of John Parsons, the brother of Jane Steel Parsons.

    Kind regards,

    Trevor