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Board Name: Wales
AL USA Feb 28, 2001
I am looking for info on my GRIFFITHS/EVANS FAMILY. The following are our Griffiths/Evans families living in Llanelly, Brecon, Wales during 1881 census:

William Griffiths
born 1844-1845 in Nantyglo
Occ: Collier
Tradition in our family for eldest son to take grandfather's name, alternating between the names William and John (Lewis).

Wife: Margaret Melissa Evans born 1845-1846 in Brynmawr, Becknock, Wales
Arrived USA August 14, 1884
she later married N.J. Powell, another Welshman. They owned the Belle-Vue Hotel in Llanwrtyd Well, Powys. We think
she is buried around there somewhere. She died in 1914.

My gggrandparent's marriage would have been probably 1860 to 1870. They lived in Brynmawr-Llanelly area (we believe all our families listed here lived in Brynmawr until around 1879)
Address 1881 was 24 Clydach St., Llanelly, Brecon, Wales
They divorced around 1892 (she lived in USA and William still lived in Wales to my knowledge)

Margaret Evans Griffiths Parents:

Jonathan Evans
address 1881: 24 Clydach St., Llanelly, Brecon, Wales
born 1821-1822 in Twyin, Cardigan, Wales
Occ: Coal Miner

Mariah Kelly Evans
born 1825-1826 in Brynmawr, Brecknock, Wales

Their marriage would probably have been between 1841-1845

Children of William and Margaret Evans Griffiths:

John L.C. Griffiths, born Sept. 9, 1870 in Brynmawr, Brecknock, Wales (my great-grandfather. We always thought his middle name was Lewis. Wondering what the "C" stands for) He arrived in America in 1887.

Desdemona Griffiths, born 1877. Died 1883
Born in Brynmawr, Brecknock, Wales

Jonathan & Mariah Evan's other children (also living in their household c. 1881):

William Evans born 1866 or 1867 in Brynmawr, Brecknock, Wales. Occ: coal miner

Jane Evans, born 1849-1850 in Brynmawr, Brecknock, Wales
m. David James (born 1845-1846)
David James left Liverpool, England, Feb. 21, 1880 arrived U.S.A. March 3, 1880
Jane and children came to America sometime between then and 1884 (maybe arriving with sister, Margaret Griffiths)

David Evans, born 1851-1852 in Brynmawr, Brecknock, Wales
Occ: coal miner (we believe he had a daughter named Anne)

Grandchildren living in the household:
Parents: David James and Jane Evans James

Hannah Mariah James, born 1877-1878 in Brynmawr, Brecknock, Wales. Came to America 1881-1884. Married a Morgan.

John Joseph James, born 1878-1879 in Brynmawr, Brecknock, Wales. Came to America 1881-1884

Possible father of William Griffiths:
Living in Llanelly, Brecon, Wales 1881 (based on his middle initial being "L.".

John L. Griffiths, born 1824-1825
in Bedwellty, Monmouth, England
Occ: Woollen Weaver

Nephews living in his household in 1881:

John L. Griffiths, born 1859-1860
in Llangenney, Brecknock, Wales
Occ: Woollen Weaver

David G. Griffiths, born 1868-1869
Llangenney, Brecknock, Wales


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