William Jones (W2), born in 1811, was a second-generation blacksmith from Cwrt y Cadno. He had a sister, Anne who’s married name was Edwards. He had six children by his first wife, Mary:
He had three daughters by his second
1861 Gwenifred. Buried at Cwrt y Cadno.(Picture below)
1865 Rachel. Born 29th September . Buried at Reigate, Surrey, England. (Picture below)
1868 Anne. Born 29th May . Buried at Cwrt y Cadno. (Picture below)
Information from William Jones’ Bible. (Dated January 21st 1890)
Jane Jones died on the 14th of June 1922. Burried 17th of June. Age 76 years.
William Jones was born on Sunday the 16th of August in the year 1846.
Willie Jones, Gilfach died on Wednesday the 17th of May 1933.
Jane Williams died December 30th 1896.
Willie Lloyd Jones Was born on the 14th of January 1874.
Mary Anne Jones was born the 8th of May 1878.
Jack Jones died the 7th of August and was buried on the 11th of August1944, aged 60.
Willie Lloyd Jones died on the 18th of October, buried the 21st of October 1954.
William Jones (b. C1846) worked on the railways during his life; his son’s birth certificate shows him as a railway porter in 1874, as does the 1881 census. He also came from a long line of blacksmiths in Cwrt y Cadno. William married Martha Phillips of The Laques, Laugharne. It was believed that they met while being employed at Glansevin mansion near Llangadog, Carmarthenshire. They were married on the 10th of August 1872 at Clifton parish church in the county of Bristol, England. The wedding certificate states that they were resident in Clifton and that William was a railway porter. In 1871 Martha was employed as a parlour maid by Anne Lloyd, widow of Edward Pryse Lloyd of Glansevin, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire. Mrs Lloyd had moved to live at 45, Pembroke Road, Clifton. Martha’s brother James attended the ceremony with a Sarah Waters. At some point they returned to Wales and the family made their home at Llandingat House, Llandovery. They had two children, William and Mary Ann. Martha spent her first confinement at her parents’ home in Laugharne; Willie was born there in January 1874. The cottage stands just off the town square. Mary Ann was born in Llandovery in 1878. Martha died soon after the birth of Mary Ann, on the 25th March 1880. William’s aunt Anne Edwards, his father’s sister, came to live with them to care for the young family and also worked as a laundress. William married again, as was usual, his new wife’s name was Jane, she came from Llangybi in Cardiganshire. The family still speak of her as being a wonderful stepmother to Willie and Mary Ann. William and Jane had several children but they all died in infancy. The family moved to ‘Aberpedwar’, a small farm in Pentretygwyn near Llandovery. They lived in a house that overlooked ‘Pantycelyn’, home of the hymnist, William Williams. They eventually moved to ‘Pantybryn’ farm in Cilycwm.
Clifton area railway scene circa 1870. CLICK IT!
William Lloyd Jones worked as a farm-boy, and it was in a nearby neighbour’s house he met his wife to be. Hannah Evans of Waunuchaf, Llanddewibrefi was on an extended visit to her aunt Eleanor (Nelly) Davies at Groes in Cilycwm. Nelly was the sister of Rachel, Hannah's mother.
Hannah was nursing her aunt during a long illness and had been staying with her for some time. It’s here that Willie Lloyd Jones and Hannah met, almost a holiday romance! When her aunt regained her health Hannah returned to her father’s home at Waunuchaf. She was the youngest daughter, and had stayed at home to care for the old man. Willie would walk to go acourtin’ by climbing three mountains. He’d walk the old drover’s road over Mynydd Mallaen, down to his father’s and grandparent’s home in Cwrt y Cadno. Up again, then on, still following the old drover’s trails, up and over Llanddewi Mountain. This was a journey of fifteen hard miles, one way, over very boggy ground in places. It was not until Hannah’s father, Daniel Evans, died in 1909 that they felt they could marry. Willie Lloyd Jones was thirty-five when he left Pantybryn for the last time to start his new life at Waunuchaf, where, happily, he was to spend the rest of his life.
Read Willie Lloyd Jones story here 'A Shepherd's Tale'
Llandingat House is near the Llandovery College. There is a family theory that Willie Lloyd Jones attended the college in his youth. Evidence is being sought to confirm this. It would explain Willie’s exceptional abilities in the English language. His help was invariably requested by his neighbours around Waunuchaf to fill official forms and to draft official letters.
Mary Ann Jones, Willie’s sister worked as a post-woman in the Cilycwm and Rhandirmwyn area for many years, delivering the mail on foot in difficult and mountainous terrain