Bringing the past into the present!
 

Tag Archives: monmouthshire

“The Land of My Fathers”

There has been talk for a while that my paternal line has a link to two important men in Welsh history.  The dates all tie in and it seems likely that this link is correct.  However, I have not personally verified the information but would like to share it anyway. On 29th August 1773, my 5x great grandfather, Evan James was born in Pencader, Carmarthenshire, however there is some uncertainty about the place of birth.  He was the son of […]

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 […]

#Surnames Saturday 1 – Boulter

Boulter is believed to be an occupational surname that originated in England.  In 1881 there were 241 Boulter’s in London; however, the surname was most prominent in Leicestershire.  Currently there are around 2000 Boulter’s in the UK. Today, we are visiting the Boulter’s who lived in Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire during the later 1800’s. Thomas Boulter was born about 1829 in Newbridge-on-Wye, Radnorshire, until the first quarter of 1851, nothing is known about his life.  He married Mary Daniel before 30th […]

Strength on Sunday – The Hodges

The one thing about researching the family tree that fascinates me most is that you never know what you are going to find.  Some hidden stories could be scandalous, others could be intriguing and then there are the ones that are sad and poignant. My paternal great-grandparents are Edward James Hodges and Norah Hughes. Edward was born 24th May 1898 in Fleur-de-Lis in the county of what was then Monmouthshire.  Norah was born 13th May 1901 in Lye, Worcestershire. Norah […]

Chepstow Municipal Cemetery

When a feeling of sadness descends, I find a trip to a cemetery calming and today was no different. I visited Chepstow Municipal Cemetery with the intention of finding 3 graves.  The first burial in the Old Cemetery was on 1st October 1857 of Henry Langley.  The graves that were of interest to me are much younger than this first burial.  The New Cemetery, on the opposite side of the road, contains burials from 1857. Wandering around, rather aimlessly at […]

1841 Census Transcript – Chepstow Union Workhouse

Workhouses and Poor Law fascinates me, so I couldn’t help but take a look at the census returns for various workhouses.  Here is my transcription of the 1841 Census for Chepstow Union Workhouse. Name Sex Age Occ. Place of birth LEWIS, Joseph M 40 Master LEWIS, Elizabeth F 40 Matron Monmouthshire LEWIS, Winefred F 15 School Mistress HODGE, Richard M 85 Pauper Monmouthshire MARTINS, Edward M 75 Butcher Monmouthshire MORGAN, Thomas M 70 Labourer Monmouthshire PRITCHARD, Henry M 20 Labourer […]