Part two of the Brick Wall challenge is to create a timeline. Timelines are essential and, sometimes, they can help identify something you may have missed before.
Evan Evans, like many other nineteenth-century labourers in Wales, left a limited paper trail. The working-class in Wales rarely left more than a Birth, Marriage or Death related record unless they achieved something great, or did something notorious.
Please note: I haven’t included any references with this post, see later posts where I ‘evaluate the evidence’.
So, it’s time to move onto the timeline.
1830/1831 – Evan Evans was born in Caernarvonshire according to the 1871 census. I only have him on this census and have no guarantee that he was indeed born in Caernarvonshire. And each of the documents I have about him says different.
1836 – Laura (or Lowry) Roberts was born at Trawsfynydd, near Ffestiniog.
1862 – Evan Evans married Laura Roberts on 23rd October at Bethesda Chapel, Ffestiniog. He was a labourer living at Tyisaf, Ffestiniog, while Laura lived at Llwyn-y-gell, Ffestiniog.
1863 – Birth of son, Richard Morris Evans, on 2nd April at Tyn-y-Coed, Maentwrog.
1865 – Birth of son, Edward Evans in Maentwrog – I don’t have Edward’s birth certificate so can’t clarify anything.
1867 – Baptism of a possible son, Evan Evans, on 20th December at Ffestiniog. This baptism is on Find My Past and, despite the parents being Evan and Laura/Lowry, I can’t confirm it is mine.
1870 – Baptism of a son, Evan Evans, on 7th January at Ffestiniog. Again, I found this baptism on Find My Past, and I am relatively confident that it does belong to this family, although I can’t confirm.
1871 – The family were living in Pant Llwyd, Ffestiniog. The details are:
|Lowry Evans||Wife||Mar||35||Labourer’s Wife||Trawsfynydd|
1872 – Birth of son, Robert Evans at Ffestiniog. I don’t have Robert’s birth certificate so I can’t confirm any further details.
1875 – Evan Evans died on 24th May at Cwmorthin Slate Quarry from a fall off a bridge. The inquest was held on the 27th May at Ffestiniog which called a verdict of ‘accidental death’. There are newspaper reports that confirm a few facts, but I have not yet found a burial for Evan which I can assume happened between 27th May and 5th June 1875. But more on that in a later post.
I could expand this timeline, but that would require me already having the information. I may need to refer back to the timeline at various points throughout the evaluation of evidence.