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JOHN ROBERTS, Headmaster
JOHN JONES b Beaumaris 1861

The following entry appears in the Beaumaris Chronology section;
1820's; Beaumaris; The Staples family traded as grocers, drapers and tallow chandlers at Wexham Street.
I was very pleased to hear from Rose Lewis who writes;

I just wanted to write to congratulate you on what is the most interesting site.
I have really enjoyed reading about the birth place of my ancestors, it must have taken you so long to gather all the information!
You mention the Staples family in your writings. I am descended from the Staples family who you describe as having grocery shops etc.

The Staples family had been in business as grocers, drapers and tallow chandlers since the 1820's, with a reputation for home produced candles made from slaughterhouse tallow.

By the 1870s, as trade increased, they moved from Wexham Street to larger premises at 31 Castle Street, and began to issue trade cards to advertise their exclusiveness as 'Italian warehousemen', and listing a wide range of imported provisions. These included macaroni, tapioca, vermicelli, sago, gelatines, dried fruit, spices, pickles and sauces of all kinds, together with a fine selection of teas and wines

Had it not been for the illustrated trade card, the appearance of the shop in late Victorian times would have been lost without trace. In fact, it has changed little in over 130 years. The Staples shop was one of 21 grocers in Beaumaris listed in Slater's Directoy of 1895, an astonishing number for a population of just over 2,000.

Taken from 'Beaumaris A Pictorial History' by John Cowell.

The first Staples to arrive was Thomas Staples (1785) who seems to have been possibly sent to Beaumaris. He is described as being born in London, and becomes the Harbour Master in Beaumaris for all his working life.

1841 Census

The 1841 census shows Thomas Staples 56, a tide waiter lived in Church Street with his wife Ann 56 and female servant Elizabeth Hughes 15. "Tide waiters" were Custom officers that met ships arriving on the tide and made sure of the safe discharge of the goods to the satisfaction of the Authorities.

Their two sons Thomas and William also live in Beaumaris.

Thomas Staples aged 30, a Chandler lived at  Wexham Street, with his wife Mary 30, sons John 3 and Evan 18 months old. All were born on Anglesey.

A William Staples, 30 lived at Steeple Lane with his wife Elinor 26, children Thomas 2 and Ann 6 months old. He was also a tide waiter.

Thomas Staples aged 56 above, was my Gt, Gt, Gt, Maternal Grandfather. He married Ann from Aber, and they had two sons. Thomas and William Staples. William also became what is described as a Customs Officer in Beaumaris. William married Elinor Williams from Beaumaris and they had 10 Children, it seems to be that it was a few of their sons that got into the Grocery business.

1851 Census

In 1851, Thomas Staples 66 born in London and his family have moved from Church Street to live next door to his son Thomas in Wexham Street. He is now 66, and is recorded as what appears to be a 'Queens Penshnor' His wife Ann is 65 was from Aber Caernarfonshire. Living with them are niece Ann Staples 10, born in Beaumaris and house servant Rebeca Jones 17 of Penmon.

Thomas Staples is, aged 41, wife Mary 40. He is described as a tallow chandler and grocer. Their family consists of John 13, Mary A. 9, Thomas 4, Evan 1. A Hannah Williams 17 is their house servant. All were born in Beaumaris.

A scene form Wexham St, Beaumaris

William Staples 41, wife Elinor 36 and family are now living at Old Palace, with children Thomas 12, Richard 8, Emma 6, John 5, William 3 and Evan 10 months. Evan Williams 68, a widower, is Thomas' father in law and is also in residence. Thomas is still employed as a tide waiter. All were born in Beaumaris 

William and Elinor Staples were my Gt, Gt, Gt Grandparents.

1861 Census

By 1861, Thomas Staples 75 was a retired Customs Officer, still at Wexham Street with his wife Mary 74 and niece Emma 17.

Grocer and draper Thomas Staples 'Junior' 52, wife Ann 51 are still living next door. With them are John 23, Mary Ann 19, Thomas 16, and Evan 12. John and Evan are both grocers.

William Staples 51, tide waiter, and wife Elinor 46 reside at Church Lane with Richard 18 an apprentice joiner, John 15 a draper, William 13, Evan 11, Susanna 8, Jane 6, Carey 4 and father in law Evan Williams 78, widower of Bangor.

Their Son Carey Alfred Staples (1856) was my Great, Grandfather, he married Rosalina Williams, daughter of Owen Williams (1821) born Penmon.  I am presuming that when the Harbour ceased to function there seems to have been an exodus of Staples to Liverpool to seek work, including Carey, his wife Rosalina, and also taking with them Rosalina's Father Owen Williams (they are all buried together in Toxteth cemetry). Details of Carey and his family living in Toxteth Park, Liverpool, appear after the Beaumaris census details below.

1871 Census

1871 shows Thomas Staples 62 grocer, Mary 60, Thomas 24 now a farmer, Evan 21 grocer and general servant Margaret Hughes 18 living at 28 Wexham Street.

Thomas and Mary's son John 33 is a grocer, living at 10 Castle Street with his domestic servant, Jane Thomas 30.  

William Staples 61 now described as an Outdoor Officer (Customs) living at 20 Church Street with wife Ellinor 56, Thomas 32, a Ship's Captain but out of employment, Emma 26 a dressmaker. Susannah 18 servant, Jane Ellen 16 a dress maker, Carey 14 unemployed, and Catherine E Williams 5, niece.
Carey's further census details after the 1901 details for Beaumaris.

Richard 28, their son lives at 4 Lloyd Court. He works as a carpenter and is married to Ellin  30. Their children William Thomas 7, Richard 5, Penelope 4 and Ellinor 2 were also born in Beaumaris  

William and Ellinor's sons John 25 and William 23 are living at Prince of Wales, Beaumaris. John is head of household and both work as drapers.

1881 Census

In 1881 the census shows that 46 and 48 Wexham Street were recorded as house and grocer's shop, where Thomas Staples 72, grocer and draper lived with wife Mary 70, daughter Mary Ann Owen 39 and widowed, and her children, Charles Staples Owen 12, John Owen 10, Thomas Owen 8, all born in Beaumaris and domestic servant Anne Jones 17 of Penmon.

Richard Staples 38, a house carpenter was still living at 4 Little Lane, with wife Ellen 40 now working as a domestic laundress, William Thomas Staples 17 an assistant grocer, Penelope 14, Ellenor 12, and Margaret 9. 

John Staples 35, who had lived with his brother in Beaumaris, has moved to Wrexham where he lives with his nephew Richard 15 at 5 Heap Terrace. John is an unemployed draper and Richard is a bottlers' labourer, with the word 'gin' annotated by it.

Thomas Staples 33, son of Thomas and Mary, is now a farmer at Cefn Farm, Llaniestyn, with wife Jane 33 of Llanwnda and servant Mary Jones 18.

Evan Staples 31 a grocer, and son of Thomas and Mary, lived at 31 Castle Street, with his wife M. Esther 32 and daughter  M. Edith Staples aged 5.

1891 Census

By 1891, Richard Staples 48 was a widower, wife Ellen having passed away. He worked as a joiner and son Richard 25 was a white smith, Penelope was 24 and Margaret 19, a dressmaker. His brother John 45, a draper's assistant, was also living there.

Richard and Ellen Staples' daughter Eleanor 22, is working as a domestic housekeeper for Mary E. Byrne 61, a Postmistress and Post Office Assistant I. O Jones 22.

Mary Ann Owen 49, widowed daughter of Thomas and Mary Staples, now worked as a grocer, living at 42 Church Street with family consisting of Charles Staples Owen 22, grocer, John  20, a medical student, Thomas 18 a wholesale grocer, her brothers John Staples 53, a tea merchant, Evan Staples 41 recorded a widower although his wife and daughter are in the same house, living on his own means, Mary Esther Staples 40, sister in law, Mary Edith Staples 15 her niece, I.G. Staples 13 her nephew born in Liverpool and Ellen Roberts 30, general servant.

Thomas Staples 52 lives at 84 New Street with his nephew William T. Staples 27. Thomas is a Pier Harbour Master and William a grocer.

The Evan Staples who is down as a Widower but seems to have his wife and Children with him is a bit confusing, but I believe William and Elinor had a Son Evan who died, then a few years later they had another Son whom they Christened Evan (we wouldn't do that today either would we?) Also William's Brother Thomas and wife Mary Price had a Son called Evan also, so I am sure it has something to do with having too many Evans!!

1901 Census

In 1901, William T. Staples 36, an assistant grocer, lives at 4 Little Lane, Beaumaris with his brother Richard 34 a blacksmith, and sisters Penelope 32, a housekeeper, Eleanor 30 a domestic housemaid and Margaret 28 dressmaker. They are all the children of Richard and Ellen Staples.

Thomas Staples 62 is now a Shipwright living at 18 Wexham Street with wife Elizabeth 47.

Evan Staples 55 and widowed now lives at Llanddeusant with his daughter Mary Edith Williams 25 and her husband Edward P. Williams 40. They are a school mistress and school master respectively. Evan is a retired groacer.

William Staples 50 a drapers bookkeeper is living with his his sister Emma Moody 54, her husband William Moody 52 a blacksmith and their family Eleanor 24 a dressmaker, Christina 22, Susannah 17, and Emma 14, at 60 Erddig Street, Wrexham.

1911 Census
William T. Staples, 42, still a Grocer Assistant and single, living with his siblings. Richard, 40, Penelope, 38 and Margaret, 34. All Beaumaris born and bilingual.


1881 saw Carey Staples head of household at 53 Micawber St, Toxteth Park, Liverpool with wife Rosalina 20 and daughter Alma E. 1. He was a warehouseman.

In 1891, Carey Staples 34 of Beaumaris, wife Rosalina 30 and daughter Rosalina B. 9, both born in Liverpool, lived at 29 Lydiate Street, Toxteth Park. He was employed as a dock porter.

Carey Staples 44 in 1901 lived at 26 Maynard Street, Toxteth Park, working as a general labourer, His wife Rosalina was 40 and daughter Rosaline 19 was a laundress. Both were recorded as Rose in the census.

Carey and Rosalina Staples my Great Grandparents' daughter  Rosaline Beatrice Staples, married William Worthington. They are my grandparents whom I never met.

They in turn had a daughter Muriel, who married Thomas Lewis. They are my parents.

There is a family story that he was somehow related to Disraeli the Prime Minister,one of those death bed confessions, the dying words to my Great Uncle from his Welsh Grandfather being "Don't worry, always remember you have Disraeli blood in you!" I have been totally unable to track down Thomas Staples's birth in London, and to be honest haven't a clue how to go about it before there were census returns to go by.

I am sure it was probably the ramblings of an ill man, but I have to admit that two of my Great Uncles certainly did bear an uncanny resemblance to pictures I have seen of Benjamin Disraeli, pictured right, and also Disraeli's Father!

Rosalina Staples, formerly Williams

Rosalina was 9 months old in 1861,and living at 72 Park Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, with her parents Owen Williams 40, a shipwright born in Penmon  and Mary 38, born in Holyhead. Her siblings were John Nicholson Williams 17, a shipwright's apprentice,born in Holyhead, Jared 10, Fanny Ann 6 and Owen 3.

Parents Owen 30 and Mary 29 lived at No 8 Clive (?) Street, Toxteth Park, with children John N. 7, Mary 2 and Jared 1 month old, in 1851.

Mary's parents were Jared and Judith Nicholson. In 1841 they lived at Poncyrefail, Holyhead. Jared was 45 and worked as a gatekeeper at the dockyard. Judith was also 45. Their family consisted of Ann 20, Frances 15, Eleanor 15, Susannah 12, Thomas 10, Jared 8, Margaret 3 and Martha 1. Mary then 19, was not living at home. Ages in the 1841 censuses, tended to be rounded to the nearest 5 years. 

of the

Polling District of Beaumaris (A)
Parish of Beaumaris
Eastern Electotral Division

Residence; 4 LITTLE LANE
William Thomas Staples
Richard Staples.

Presumably these are two gentlemen living at that address during the 1901 census, now aged 59 and 57 respectively.

I rented a cottage in Beaumaris many years ago and spent my week tracking down addresses of the Staples, and managed to find many of the houses they had lived in, mainly in Wexham and Church Street. I had such a lovely week,and felt so at home in Beaumaris which is one of my all time favourite places to be.

I would love to find out more about the Staples, and dearly wish I had a photograph of any of  them. I have the family Bible of the Williams family of Penmon which unfortunately doesn't have the address of where they lived in Penmon, but I have been told that it was believed to be a farmhouse which got destroyed by fire at sometime, and the Bible I have looks like it has been rescued from a fire as it is tarnished and burnt at the edges.

I have searched the internet for Tide-Waiters, Harbour Masters, and Customs Officers of Beaumaris in the hope that I might find some photograph or record of the Staples, but have not been able to find anything.

Anyway, thank you so much for your excellent and interesting history of Penmon which I have thoroughly enjoyed, and has given me a real feel of how thing were when my ancestors where living and working in the area.

I received some fascinating information from Jane Ellis, who lives in Canada. She is keen to enhance her knowledge of her family from the Beaumaris area.
She writes;

I am determined that my fourth great-grandfather was a man named
William Williams (1751-1828).  He had an interesting sounding career as the "Controller of Anglesey".  Essentially, he was the Customs and Excise agent for HM King George III.  He left a fair amount of property--not to my ancestor, unfortunately--who died two years before his father.  The son was the Rev. Robert Williams for St. Mary's and St. Nicholas, (1779-1826).  His three younger, lifelong spinster sisters had a number of properties left to them; so that they could live off of the rental income, and not to go into the workhouse or worse, I suppose. 
One was in the centre of Beaumaris, between 33-38 Wexham Street, I believe.  These three sisters also had properties referred to as being tenement farms in Llandonna, but which I think fell within the village of Penmon.  The names of these were: Ty Mawr (Big House?) and Ty Newydd (New House?) respectively.

Further, my great-great grandfather, the Rev. Wm Lloyd Williams, b. Beaumaris 1808, died Llanberis 1873, had a brother named Robert Williams, who evidently sold him a share of his property in Llandonna referred to as "Tan y Bryn".  Would you happen to know anything about it?

Likewise, the widow of my third great grandad (the Rev. Robert Williams), whose name was Anne Elizabeth (née Allen), 1781-1854, lived out her last two decades as a widow on a 50-acre portion of farmland in Llandegfan, referred to in the 1851 Census as "Pen-y-Park".  Is there any chance that this is the same as the Pen Park or Penmon Park that you refer to in your website?  I'd be interested to know.

Any other info which anyone would have about Robert's son, the Rev. William Lloyd Williams of Llanberis (1808-1873) would be of interest.  He was Rector there for about thirty years.  In the days before good dental hygiene and antibiotics, I found out that he died from an abcyss which likely started in his gums to his nasal cavity.  A very painful way to die, I understand.  He and his wife, Ellen Lloyd Williams, and their seven kids all lived at Cae Gwyn Rectory. 

Any present day Lloyd Williams could be potential "third cousins once removed" and so forth.  I understand that there is a Lloyd Williams who is a soccer player from that area

Mary McIntyre contacted me with some information on her great grandfather, Edward Thomas Marchant, and would be pleased to hear from anyone with further information on him. Mary can be contacted via

Edward was born around 1849 in Ireland, and lived in Beaumaris in 1891, aged 42 with his wife Jane 39, nee Roelich, born in Sittinbourne, Kent and son Henry 17, born Aldershot, Hants. Edward was a Quarter Master Sergeant, with the Royal Engineers. He served in India before moving to Beaumaris.

Edward's daughter, Edith Jane Marchant married James Farrell of Bangor  on the 25th July 1898 at the Roman Catholic Chapel, Bangor, and held their reception at Tan y Bryn, New Street, Beaumaris.

Photo by kind permission of Mary McIntyre, 
granddaughter of the bride and groom

The bride is Edith Jane Marchant, aged 23, daughter of  Edward who is seated in the army uniform next to her. The groom is James Farrell from Bangor. Next to him is Jane Marchant nee Roelich, who is Edith's mother and Edward's wife. Standing next to the groom is James's brother Joe and the two girls are his sisters. The lady at the back between the bride and groom is Sarah Louise Roelich (Edith's cousin). The man at the back with the top hat is Henry Marchant (Edith's brother and Edward's son) and next to him is his wife and the little boy is their son. The girl on the far left is another of Edith's sisters. I am not sure who the lady sat on the left of my great grandfather, Edward is.  The lady sitting on the far left is Bridget Farrell the groom's mother ( his father Francis had died)

By 1901, the couple lived at Tan y Bryn, 70, New Street, Beaumaris. Edward, 52, Park Ranger, Jane was 49. The couple had no children living with them.
In 1911, Edward  lived in the Bailiff's House at Baron Hill Farm as a Clerk of Works and Army Pensioner. Ten years earlier he was a Park Ranger, living in Beaumaris.

He and his wife Jane are pictured here with their children and grandchildren.

Photo by kind permission of Mary McIntyre, their great granddaughter.
See link to 'Bulkeleys of Baron Hill'.

Edward's wife Jane died in 1921.

In 1924, Edward married Emily MacKeeg, of Croydon. A witness to the wedding was Annie MacKeeg who had worked as a housekeeper at Baron Hill.

This is for the attention of Mary McIntyre, who posted on your website information about the above person. 

Edward Thomas Marchant is my Great Granduncle and brother of my Great Grandfather John b.1855 in Keiskamma Hoek, The Cape Colony, South Africa. I have been researching my family tree for a while, would be happy to share any information that I have on the family and our 2x Great Grandfather William and his wife Mary. 

Regards Joan Braund

I have forwarded your request on to Mary.
KD May 2012

17, Wexham Street
1878 - 1949

Karl Morris has kindly been in touch.
He writes: 

Having researched my Morris line of ancestors I found my great grandfather William Morris was born and raised in Beaumaris, Anglesey.
October 2018.
Thank you for this lovely article Karl, with a very touching ending. KD. 

William was born in 1878 at 17 Wexham Street as recorded on his birth certificate to parents William Morris and Harriet Morris His father William on the 1881 census has his occupation as a butcher and Harriet at the time was a Laundress.


William according to the 1891 census had 5 other siblings 3 brothers and two sisters. His brothers were James Morris 1886-1956 James was a limestone quarryman who lived in the Old Post Office in Llangoed. James married a Mary A Thomas and had a daughter Selina who sadly passed away in 1929 aged just 15 of Appendicitis. 

William's other brothers were John Morris born 1880 , Richard Morris born 1890-1958 is buried in Beaumaris Cemetery with his wife Mary.

William's sisters were Margaret Jane Morris born 1883 and Mary Morris born 1885. 

My great Grandfather moved to Llandudno at some point between 1901-1911 and I'm not quite sure what his reasons were but can only assume it was for work. William worked for a fishmonger in Llandudno called P Roberts this is now known as the Ham Bone shop today.

My great grandfather William, who won a gold medal for his horse and cart on Llandudno's May Day in 1921 
William settled in 26 Jubilee Street, Llandudno with his wife Sarah who was from Holywell they had 5 children. William passed away in March 1949 and is buried with his wife in St. Tudno's cemetery on the Great Orme in Llandudno. 
St Tudno's Church on the Great Orme, Llandudno
William and Harriet, his parents, lived for many years at 17 Wexham Street but eventually moved as the children all left and settled at 4 New Street, Beaumaris. William died in 1912 aged 69 and Harriet his wife passed away in 1929 aged 77. 

nee Jones

Harriet Morris was formerly Harriet Jones and she was from Northop in Flintshire.

Her parents were James Jones and Jane her father was a sawyer they moved to Bangor sometime after 1852 and before 1861.

Her husband William was the son of William Morris born 1799 in Bodedern , Anglesey who was a butcher himself at some point and his wife was Margaret Evans form Llanfair PG.
I think, but it's just a guess is that William moved to Menai Bridge, Llantysillio when the Menai Bridge was being constructed for work purposes possibly in 1818 but again I can't know for sure as the 1841, 1851 census has the family living in Llantysillio.

William passed away in 1856 at the age of 56 to Dropsy. His death certificate says that his son William was present at the death he would have been just 13.

William had 5 siblings also Mary Williams Morris born 1837, Richard Morris born 1839, John Morris born 1844, Elinor Morris born 1847, Benjamin Morris born 1850-1870, Margaret Morris born 1855.

William and Harriet were both buried in Beaumaris cemetery but sadly they were in an unmarked grave. Myself and my family organised a simple grave marker to put on the burial plot and we are happy to say it is now marked. 



16th Battalion
Royal Welch Fusiliers
This is my 2nd great uncle William John Owens with his mother, my 2nd great grandmother Annie Owens, taken around 1915.

Annie sadly passed away in October of 1915 so basically, it wouldn't have been long after the photo was taken .

William's last letter home was sent sometime in either late autumn or winter of 1915 as he mentions how cold it was whilst training in Salisbury Plain.

Photo courtesy of Anne Pedley, R.W.F. Archivist
16th Battalion R.W.F., 3rd December 1915 before going over to France

The 16th RWF while undergoing intensive training at Winchester, went by train for two courses of field-firing at Salisbury Plain.
His Majesty the King inspects the troops
on Salisbury P

I don't know if he knew about the death of his mother but he was or seemed a bit worried for her health also in his letter.

William Owens was killed at Mametz Woods at the Somme on July 10th, 1916 his body was never recovered. He was 22 years old.
The Theipval Memorial,
Mametz Wood, where
William's name is commemorated.

Mametz Wood Battle clip

Courtesy of Adrian Hughes
Llandudno War Museum.
This mentions that there is a family grave in Santes Fair in Llanrwst which I assumed was St Mary's Church.

St Mary's Church, Llanrwst
before demolishment.

However I did a thorough search of the cemetery early summer and couldn't find it.


Elsa-Mary Owen from Spain is seeking information on John Jones, a stonemason from either Beaumaris or Penmon

John had a daughter, Ellen, born 1823, who married Edward Roberts at St David's Welsh Church, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool in 1859. Neither Ellen nor her father could sign their names on the marriage certificate. Edward was the son of Cadwaladr Roberts, a farmer living in Llangwm.

Edward was a butcher, and in 1861, the couple lived at 9, Horatio Street, Liverpool. Edward and Ellen at the time, had a two month old son, Edward Humphrey, born in Liverpool.

Edward was still butchering ten years later. He is recorded as being 54 years old, born in Llangwm and Ellen 46, born in Penmon but also recorded as Beaumaris on other censuses. Son Edward is now 10 and he has a young brother, William 8, born in Liverpool. They had moved to live at 31, Lavan Street, Everton.

1881 saw them still at Lavan Street, Edward 64, a butcher, Ellen 55 and Edward H. 20. William was no longer living at home. 

Ellen was a widow by 1891, aged 69 and living with her son Edward H, 30 and his family at 3 Lug Street, West Derby. Edward's wife Mary H. was 30 and born in Holywell. Their eldest son William A, was 2, and was born in Bolton. Their daughter Margaret E. 9 months old, was born in Liverpool. Edward had followed his father's occupation and was also a butcher.

By  1901, Edward H, had become a District Manager in the butchery business and together with his family, lived at 82, Wavertree Road, West Derby. He was now 40, Mary H, 41, William A, 12, Margaret E 10, and daughter Gwladys, born in Sheffield, was 6. Ellen was no longer living with them.

Edward Humphrey Roberts became a wealthy meat importer, and lived at Elm Vale, in Fairfield, Liverpool. He had a daughter, Margaret Eleanor Roberts, who, in 1909, married into Lunt Paint and Soap Manufacturing family in Liverpool. She in turn is Elsa-Mary's grandmother.

Census details kindly supplied by Tecwyn Savage.

Elsa-Mary would love to hear from anyone who may have information on John Jones or his family.
She can be contacted via

Catherine and Huw Chambers write;
We're trying to find out if Owen Williams, born 1820, had any siblings other than Elin, born 1815 and John, born 1817 .
He was the son of Morris/Maurice Williams, a shoemaker of Beaumaris, and Ellin/Elinor Thomas, his wife. (Married 1805) .
Owen moved to Liverpool, with the 'customs' I think, and married Harriet Rogers from Denbighshire.
We would be grateful for any information relating to the family.

Catherine and Huw can be contacted via

(born 1736)

Eifion Jones has been in touch. He is interested in families around Beaumaris, and has been researching his own family history. KD
It seems my 5th great grandfather Erasmus Griffiths, born 1736, used to own the land where Beaumaris prison was built. He sold the land for £50 I believe. His wife Ann was born in 1738 and died on the 16th April 1776 in Beaumaris. Erasmus himself died  on the 18th February, 1782.

In hope
of a joyful resurrection
beneath this stone lie interred
all that was mortal of
youngest son of
born 1st March 1806
died 13th June 1848.
lie the remains of
and ANN his wife,
she died  April 16th  1776.
third son of the above named
who died Feb. 8th 1818 aged 18
and was buried at
St. Olave's Flemish Ground

Their son, also named Erasmus Griffiths was born in 1766 and married Mary, born in 1765.  He was the Harbour master of the port of Beaumaris in the early 1800's. 

In 1841, Erasmus was recorded as aged 75, widowed and of Independant means, living in Church Street, Beaumaris. He too had a son called Erasmus, aged 35, a water bailiff living with him and a daughter Ann, 45, of Independant means. They had two female servants, Catherine Hughes 25 and Maria Williams, 20.

The latter had six children, one of which was William Griffiths, born 20th March 1792,  who married Ann Davies on the 18th January, 1813. His occupation was Gamekeeper of Baron Hill in the parish of Llanfaes.

Their other children were:
Erasmus Griffiths born 1796 died 2nd April 1798

Ann Griffiths born 1797 died 29 Jan 1878
Erasmus Griffiths born 1801 died April 1802

Erasmus Griffiths born 1806 died 13 June 1848
Robert Griffiths Born 1800 died 8th Feb 1818 in London
On Robert's parent's headstone in Beaumaris cemetery it says he is buried in St Olave's Church Flemish Ground Southwark in the county of Surrey.

are interred the remains of
Harbour Master of this Port
who departed this life
March 27th 1836 aged 71 years.
the above named
who departed this life
April 19th 1842 aged 76
Also of
ERASMUS son of the above
who died April 2nd 1798
aged 17 months.
ERASMUS another son of
the above named parents
who died April 25th 1802
aged 11 months.
Also of ANN
daughter of the above
who died January 29th 1878
in the 84th year of her age.

One member of my family seems to think we are related to the Bulkeley's but unable to find the link.

My Grandmother on my mother's side was Catherine Williams nee Griffiths. It's from her that lead me to both Erasmus's. My grandfather was Robert John Williams and his father was named Robert Williams, master baker in Bangor. It seems the Bulkeley's were all Williams's down to Griffith Williams who was Baron Bulkeley 1658 but I have no idea at all if there is a link. I'll keep digging till my spade wear's out.

Can you help Eifion solve his Bulkeley link? He can be contacted via

Rupert and Annie Mason

Received this remarkable account from Pete Bradshaw. KD.
January 2015
I am conducting some research into my family history and wondered if you could help me.

My Great Great Grandfather, Rupert Mason along with his wife Annie and daughters, Violet Gwendoline and Muriel Clare are known to have lived in Anglesey in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Here's a photo of Annie Mason.

The Sketch
May 23rd 1894

Mrs Rupert Mason - from a portrait by Edward Hughes

Rupert was the son of Hugh Mason, a Mill Owner in Ashton under Lyne and liberal MP and was Sheriff of Anglesey in 1896.
 Read about Hugh Mason on this link:
Hugh Mason MP

Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent
13th March 1896
The following sheriffs for the ensuing year were selected by the Queen at Friday's Privy Council:-
Anglesey: Mr Rupert Mason of Tan-y-Coed, Llandegfan 

Census records show that the Mason family were residing at Tan-y-Coed, Llandegfan in 1891 and at Cartref, Beaumaris in 1911.
Rupert's will again pays reference to Cartref as follows:

Rupert Mason's Will

"I give devise and bequeath all my lands and hereditaments situate at or near Frayars in the said County of Anglesey and known as Cartref including The Weir cottage and Weir at Cartref the freehold cottage and land known as Rhos Cottage Llanfaes near Cartref The Dwellinghouse known as Nythfa Rating Row Beaumaris and a Yacht Shed at Gallow Point Beaumaris (hereinafter called my Welsh properties) unto my Trustees".

It appears that Rupert / The Mason Family were reasonably prominent in the local community yet I can find out little about them or their lives and what became of them and their properties. My grandfather (also a Rupert, Darby-Dowman) returned to Anglesey in his later years and I vaguely remember him talking about Cartref, etc.
I assume this part of the world remained quite an important place to him and he obviously spent some time there as a young boy. Again, I know little about what happened to his mother (Violet Gwendoline Mason) other than she married Harry Darby-Dowman who was a Captain in the army and based at Kingsbridge.

Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent
7th January 1910
DARBY-DOWMAN - MASON. January 5, at St. Margaret's Westminster, Harry D'esterre, son of H. Darby-Dowman, J.P., of Bray, county Wicklow, to Violet Gwendoline, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Rupert Mason, of Beaumaris, and Audenshaw Hall, Lancashire

North Wales Chronicle
and Advertiser for the Principality
10th July 1914
I see reference to him on your website along with a caricature of the man.

Quite a good sort and of course potters about with the Colonel like a dog trotting with his master.
Acts as a sort of general secretary for the Colonel and his chief duty seems to call out on General parade, 'All present, Sir''.
He always walks about with his hands in his pockets and his pipe in his mouth.
You would miss his pipe before his nose if either was missing
by Arthur H. Daley

Rupert Mason passed away on 13 January 1931 (in Anglesey I believe) and left his properties (both those in Anglesey as per the extract from his will) and Audenshaw Hall (the family home in Audenshaw, Lancashire) to his wife/children. Annie Mason (Rupert's wife) died on 16 August, 1935 in Cheadle.

Their daughters, Violet Gwendoline (my Great Grandmother) died in Coventry in 1964 and her sister Muriel Clare departed in Altrincham in 1970.
Violet married Captain Harry D'Esterre Darby-Dowman and had 2 Children - Rupert Henry D'Esterre Darby-Dowman (b 1910, d 1993) and Anthony D'Esterre Darby-Dowman (b 1915, d 1994) .

I attach some pictures of the family for your interest.

Rupert Mason, Annie Mason, Violet Darby Dowman (Nee Mason), Muriel Mason - The boys are Rupert (left) and Anthony (right).
Note, we are making an educated guess at the women in the picture as the brims on their hats cover a large part of their faces!

I note that at some point Cartref changed hands into the Dwyer family but do not know at what point this happened or whether someone else purchased it off the Masons in between time.

North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality
2nd August 1918
HOUSEMAID Wanted, aged 25 to 30 single handed, ecperienced; good needlewoman; good references; wages £34. - Mrs Rupert Mason, Carftref, Beaumaris

I'd really be interested to find out more regarding the family during the period they were in Anglesey, why (and when) they left and what happened to their properties.
I'd be particularly interested to find out if Cartref still exists in one shape or form and to see any pictures of it should they exist.

Research indicates that Rupert was a financial backer for an ambitious project to create a "British Hollywood" on the site of the British Empire Exhibition in Wembley. Whilst land was secured and rights to produce films based on novels by prominent British authors of the day agreed, it seems like funding for the venture dried up. It is unclear from reports as to the extent of Rupert's financial commitment to the project (one report indicating he was the main financial backer, another indicating lesser investment) but perhaps this seemingly "failed venture" offers a clue as to what happened to the family's wealth and perhaps why the family ultimately had to leave Cartref.

I would also be interested to find out more information regarding a woman called Gladys Emily Curling and her relationship to the Mason family. Gladys is mentioned in Rupert's will although the connection is unclear.
Searching through some archive Newspapers of the day, I can find reference to a Gladys Spencer Curling (a theatrical Costume Designer). It appears Rupert was an acquaintance of this woman (see newspaper cutting) and in 1928 published a book (The Robes of Thespis) showcasing costume designs from prominent artists of the era. Whether Gladys Emily Curling and Gladys Spencer Curling are one and the same, I have no idea.

Pete Bradshaw
If you can help Pete with his research, he can be contacted via

The Jonathan and Griffiths Families
I received the following fascinating information from Terri Foley, KD;
Hi Ken
I live in New Zealand (born in Australia but married a Kiwi) Eric and I both have welsh ancestry - mine are Davies from Pembrokeshire and Cardiff and Eric's are Jonathan and Griffiths from Beaumaris and Liverpool.  We are aiming for a visit to Wales in 2011.
I have just started work on Eric's Jonathan/Griffiths line from Beaumaris and after receiving their marriage his 4x great grandparents marriage certificate which showed William Jonathan was a hatter and Mary Ann Griffiths was a servant and living at Baron Hill.

The Griffiths Family
William Jonathan was a hatter and Mary Ann Griffiths was a servant and living at Baron Hill.

Mary Anne's father was William Griffiths and her mother Ann (I believe Anne Davies).  William was a game keeper. Through Ancestry I made contact with a Griffith's connection that sent me on the track of Baron Hill and Bukely Hall.  I then found your wonderful Penmon history site and read the note on Erasmus Griffiths put there by Eifion Jones (which was very helpful). I would like to find more on them in Beaumaris. 

                         The Jonathan Family

William Jonathan (ca 1787-1862) and Gwen Jones (ca 1788-c 1840)
William and Gwen were married in Beaumaris 11th June 1813.   They had 8  known children all christened in Beaumaris.

1. William in May 1814-1870
2. Ellinor in April 1816
3. Henry in May 1818 (died December 1820)
4. Jane in June 1820
5. Henry in December 1822 Married Mary Anne Hignett - one known child Henry (1850-1853)
6. Elizabeth in March 1825-1866 (Elizabeth married Robert Parry)
7. Ellen October 1830, (died August 1832)
8. Margaret in 1833.

lie the remains of
three children of
by WINIFRED his wife.
HENRY died Decr. 24th 1829 aged 2 years.
ELLEN died Novr. 23rd 1829 aged 13 years.
ELLEN died Augt. 6th 1832 aged 3 years.
wife of the above named
died Novr. 20th 1833
aged 41.
the 9th May 1864 aged 77.
"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord"

William Jonathan 1814 - 1870
William married Mary Anne Griffiths 1814-1873) 18th October 1837 at Llanfaes in the District Of Bangor and Beaumaris, Anglesey, Wales.    William and Mary had 9 known children.

William Griffith born 1838 died in 1843
Anne Beaver christened in July 1841 died in 1843
Charles christened in November 1843
John born 1846 (died 1846 about 6 months old)
George christened August 1847
Mary Ann born in the September Quarter 1849
Twins, Helena Albertina and Louisa Beaver born in September 1851
William Augustus born October 1853.  All of the children except William were born in Liverpool.

Sometime after the birth of William Griffith the family moved to Liverpool in England. 

The 1841 Census lists William and Mary living in the Lime Street Ward of Liverpool with William who was aged 2.  The 1843 Gore's Directory lists William as a Hatter living at 5 Templar Terrace, 11 Great George St, Liverpool. 

At the time of the 1851 census William and Mary  were living at 39 Egerton Street Liverpool with their children Charles age 7, George age 3, Mary Ann age 1 and a servant Bridget Murray.  William was a hatter. The 1859 Slaters Directory lists William Jonathan as Hatter at 133 St James St, Liverpool.

In 1861 William and Mary were living at 29 Gibson Street, Toxteth Park in Liverpool.  William was a journeyman Hatter. Also present was Charles aged 17, a General Merchants Clerk, George age 13, Mary Anne age 11, Twins Louisa and Helena age 9 and William A age 7.

William died on 11th April 1870 at Hammersmith in Middlesex. He was 55 years old and died from bronchitis. 

William death certificate was signed by his son Charles Jonathan who lived at Devonport Road in Hammersmith.  

The 1871 census shows Mary living at 380 Newcross Road, Deptford.  Also at this address were Louisa and Helena aged 19, Mary Ann age 21 and two lodgers Ellen and Hiram Shaw. 

Mary died on the 22nd May 1873 from Typhus. She was 59 years old. Her death was notified by her daughter Louisa Beaver Jonathan.

Elizabeth Jonathan 1825 -1866
Elizabeth married Robert Parry

In 1861 Elizabeth and Robert Parry were living in Beaumaris with their children Elizabeth Jane age 10 months, sons Robert age 16, Samuel age 7 and William Henry age 5. Also living with them was a lodger Able Jones age 23. Elizabeth died in 1864 and in 1871 Robert was living with his son William Henry age 15. 

Margaret Jonathan 1833 -
This is a little confusion over Margaret's parentage as she is recorded as father William and mother Gaynor.  I could find no marriage for William and Gaynor but there is one for Richard Jonathan and Gaynor.  I suspect there was a transcription error either with the father or the mother. 

Gwen died in 1833 and I suspect that she is the correct mother of Margaret and perhaps she died in childbirth.

In the 1841 census William is living in Beaumaris with Elizabeth age 15, Henery (Henry) age 16, Jane age 20, Margaret age 8 and Ellis, a son age 10. William was a widower. 

In 1851 William was living with his 18 year old daughter Margaret.  

In 1861 William is living with his daughter Margaret and her husband  John Shadrack Jones and their son John William age 2  at 74 Stanley Street, Beaumaris.   William died in 1862 aged 75.

In 1871 Margaret and John are living at Beaumaris with their children William age 11, Henry age 7 and Jane Winifred age 3. 

In 1881 Margaret, age 48 and John, age 46, a stone cutter, are living at 42 Wexham Street, Beaumaris. With them is their son Henry Jonathan Jones age 17, a grocer assistant and Joanna W. J. Jones aged 12 (also recorded as Jane Winifred). 

In 1891 Margaret and John are living in Beaumaris with their daughter Joanna Winifred J age 22.

Here lie the bodies
MARGT and DAVID infants
of WM. JONATHAN by ELIZ his wife.
She died  Jany 25th 1758 aged 2 days.
He died Novr. 21st 1763 aged 2 years 7 mon.
by MARGT. his wife
who died June 22nd 1785 aged 2 years 7 mons.
Also of the above
who died
She, Sepr 27th 1798 aged 77.
He, March 17th 1802 aged 67.

In memory
of WILLIAM son
died 10th Febry 1846 aged
2 years.
died Debr. 1856
aged 2 years 6 month.
who died Nov. 21st 1884
aged 75 years.


To the memory of
by GAINOR his wife; who died
June 28th aged 15 months.
November 10th 1842
aged 50.
Also of the above RICHARD JONATHAN
who died January the 24th 1868
aged 71.
Also of SAMUEL JONATHAN son of the
above named who died Sept. 18th 1886
aged 62 years.
"He rest in peace."

 Any assistance in locating information on William Jonathan's parentage and business as a hatter would be appreciated.
Terri can be contacted via

 Other Jonathans;

Research has discovered a number of Jonathan names in Wales associated with the hat and dressmaking industry. What relation they are to William Jonathan has yet to be identified.  The National Library of Wales records the following marriages: Henry Jonathan, bachelor, Hatter, Beaumaris, AGY, 1785 Apr 30 at Beaumaris to Margaret Pritchard, Widow of Beaumaris (Ref A, Allegation, B, Bond, 20/42) and Nathaniel Jonathan, single man, Hatter, of Bangor, CAE, 1768, Nov 17 at Bangor to Jane ROWLAND, single of Bangor (Ref A, B, 7/145)

In the 1828-1829 Pigot's Directory for North Wales, there is a listing at Beaumaris for;
Richard Jonathan, Hatter, of Watergate St, Beaumaris;
Henry Jonathan, spirit dealer of, 2 Preesons Row, Liverpool;
Nathaniel Jonathan, Hatter of Castle St, Bangor;
Richard Jonathan Hatter, Watergate St, Beaumaris.

In the 1835 Pigot's Directory for North Wales there is a listing for;
William Jonathan, Hatter, of Watergate St, Beaumaris; 
Ann Jonathan, Milliner and Dressmaker of Castle St, Bangor. 
Robert Jonathan, of Castle St, Bangor, Painter, House, Signs. 
Nathaniel Jonathan, Hatter of Castle St, Bangor

1866 - 1940

I was delighted to receive the following message and am very grateful for the photographs from Anne Chambers. KD
When browsing the web in an attempt to put information together regarding my family history, I was very interested in reading your website about the Penmon and Beaumaris areas.
Perhaps someone knows of my grandfather - Henry Maitland Ashton?

It appears the Ashtons of 1800s and before, were Dissenting Ministers and Missionaries! I have found records of my great, and great-great grandfathers, which is fascinating.
Henry Maitland Ashton was born in Weymouth, Dorset in 1866. He lived in Warrington prior to moving to Beaumaris in 1923 and lived in Beaumaris up to his death in 1940.

His parents were Robert Stone Ashton and Martha Ashton. 

Henry Maitland Ashton was 5 at the time of the 1871 census. His mother Martha had died after 1838, leaving her husband widowed. Robert Stone Ashton, 40, born Dedham, Essex, was an Independent Minister at Gloucester Chapel, Weymouth.
His family living with him at Chapel House, Weymouth consisted of Arthur John 10, born in St Hellier's, Jersey, Frederick Musgrave 8, Frank Palmer 7, Henry Maitland 5 and Sidney Payne 3, all born in Weymouth.
Mary Ann Ashton, 32, born in Kensington, Robert Stone's sister, was living there too. Elizabeth Walker 32, born St Hellier and Sophia Satchell 15, born Broadway, Dorset, were domestic servants at the home. 

Henry Maitland, aged 15 in 1881, was one of many scholars boarding at the Lewisham Congregational School, where Thomas Rudd 57, was Head Master.

The Congregational School, Lewisham, Kent, where Henry was a scholar, was instituted in 1811, to board and educate the sons of Congregational ministers. Candidates for admission must be 9 years of age and under 12, and remain 5 years. The School closed in 1924.

Market Place Wisbech, c 1900
In 1891, Henry Maitland, 25, was working as a chemist's assistant for Frank Oldham, himself a Chemist and Optician at 11, Market Place, Wisbech, where Sarah Baldock was housekeeper.

Henry married Lois Blanche Stevenson and the couple had moved to live at Warrington by the 1901 census, where he had his own business. Henry was to marry three times. 

Sankey Street, Warrington, looking towards Market Gate ,1905

Sankey Street, Warrington, looking towards Market Gate, 1920s
Both photographs are displayed here courtesy of
Warrington Borough Council Neighbourhood and Cultural Services.
Not to be reproduced without prior permission'
Click here to visit their Warrington website

1901 - the couple lived at 63, Sankey Street, Warrington, where Henry Maitland is 35, working at home, on his own account as a Chemist (drug) Shopkeeper. Wife Lois Blanche, 35, was born at Bere Regis, Dorset.

Henry's second wife was Dorothy Summersfield, my grandmother. She was born around 1890, and died or buried in 1922, aged 32. Her family had a tailor's business in Warrington.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather, Henry Maitland Ashton, moved to Beaumaris, where he lived with his third wife, Ada Mary Newbold. Between 1923 and 1941, he owned the chemist shop at 17 Castle Street, Beaumaris. My mother Marjorie, and her sister Dorothy, both attended Beaumaris Grammar school in the 30s


In 1861, Henry's parents lived at 9 St Mary's Street, Weymouth. Robert Stone Ashton, 30, born in Bedham, was an Independant Minister, wife Louisa was 33, born in Salisbury and their 5 month old son Arthur was born when the couple were at St Hilliers, Jersey. Elizabeth Walker, 24, also St Hillier born, was their house servant. 

Ten years earlier, in 1851, Robert Stone aged 20, was a student of Ministry, living at  Garden Cottage, Putney, where his mother Martha Ashton, aged 56 is head of household, and an Independent Minister's wife. Her husband Robert was away from home on census night. The couple had a daughter Mary A. aged 12, born Lambeth, also living at home. Thomas H. Lyon, aged 63, a Landed Proprietor, born in Middlesex was lodging there, Joseph Prior, 34 was a general servant, and Mary A. Kimber, 26 a domestic servant. Both were also born in Middlesex.

In 1841, Robert Stone, aged 10, was a pupil at The Protestant Dissenters Grammar School, where Henry John Crump, 35, was Chaplain, and Thomas Priestley, 40, was Head Master.

That year, Robert Stone's parents, Robert 40, and Martha, 45 were living in High Street, Putney with Robert's mother Ann 70, who was head of the household and was a lady of independent means. Robert was described as a Dissenting Minister  .

I have a few old photographs of Beaumaris, which I have attached for your website. They may jog a few memories.
Regards, Anne Chambers
Please let Anne know if you can remember her grandfather, Henry Maitland Ashton. Anne can be contacted via  KD. 

Above; Castle Street,
Left; H.M.A. Photo Chemist Shop

My   grandfather
Henry Maitland Ashton, my mother Marjorie and her sister Dorothy, and stepmother Ada, lived above the chemist shop at 17 Castle Street between 1923 and 1941.

I saw from your website that my grandfather's name appears on the 1923 Beaumaris District Polling List.

Above; photograph of a May Parade in Beaumaris circa 1926.
My Aunt Dorothy is at the end of the front row, right hand side.

Above; Beaumaris County School.
Photo taken 16th September, 1932.
My mother Marjorie is the second person left, second row down.

'The Bimarensian'
Beaumaris Grammar School magazine 1936-37
 (front cover and first page
HMA Castle Pharmacy advert)
I wonder how many copies still exist today?

H.M. Ashton is my grandfather.

Here is an extract from the Bimarensian magazine relating to black and white fashion drawing and art teaching as a career.

1885 - 1942
worked at Baron Hill

The following enquiry was received from Duncan Sands, can anyone help? KD
I see  the 1901 Baron Hill census shows Annie Mackeeg as Housekeeper, aged 46, born Croydon, Surrey. My paternal grandmother was a Mackeeg, and I am in possession of a book "All The Year Round", Vol 34. Published in 1884. The first page is inscribed by hand "A. Mackeeg a gift from Lady Hardwicke".
Does the name Hardwicke have any relevance to Penmon?
Do you have any further information  regarding Annie Mackeeg?
I would appreciate any help. Thanks.
NB, Annie is also recorded at Baron Hill in 1891, but her surname was incorrectly recorded. KD

BARON HILL Census1891
Richard H.Williams Bulkeley 28, living on own means (London)
Magdalene 25, wife (Paris - Embassy)
Richard G.W. Bulkeley 3, son (London)
Generis A. W. Bulkeley 1, daughter (London)
Eira H. Bulkeley 3months, daughter (London)
John Henry Cox, 38, domestic (Thenford, Northants)
Tim Pierce 37 domestic (Wiltshire, Hungerford)
Henry Burton 28 domestic (London)
John Fletcher 28 domestic (Horncastle)
Henry T. Mitchell 21 domestic (Surrey)
William A. E. Eastwood 18 domestic (America)
Emily Indjay 45 domestic (Cornwall - Saltash)
Claire Drish 28 domestic (France)
Isabella McHandy 30 domestic (Scotland)

Ellen Hibbett 23, domestic (Rutland - Greetham)
Sarah Cook 25 domestic (Norfolk - Saham)
Mary Rowlands 18 domestic (Wales - not known)
Mary Scouse 36 domestic (Hants - Burghelese)
Annie Hughes 29 domestic (Flintshire - Buckley)
Agnes Axter 25 domestic (Bucks - Amersham)
Susan Ward 22 domestic (Durham - Middlesborough)
Elizabeth Ball 24 domestic (Cheshire - Leighton)
Annie Groucott 22 domestic (Cheshire - Beeston)
Annie Wharton 19 domestic (Cheshire - Caldey)
Annie Macking (NB MacKeeg) 36 domestic (Surrey - Coombe)
Emma Prout 22 domestic (Hants - Bournemouth)
Elizabeth Dickinson 18 domestic (Denbighshire - Wrexham)
BARON HILL Census 1901
Head of household is noted as absent.
Generis Alma Bulkeley 11 daughter (London)
Eira Helen Βulkeley  10 daughter (London)
Pauline Boxhorn 39 Governess, domestic (Foreign subject - Austrian)
Annie Mackeeg 46 housekeeper (Surrey, Croydon)
Marie Pourain 20 ladies maid  (Foreign subject - Frencch)
Mary Jane Dunn 28 housemaid (Northumberland)
Mimie Agnes Shaw 35 stillroom maid (Northampton town)
Emily Tomkiss 23 housemaid (Staffordshire)
Nelli Clarissa Wade 18 housemaid (London)
Mary Agnes Regan 23 kitchenmaid (Scotland, Grahamstown)
Charlotte Rosina Bearington 18 schoolroom maid (Cambridgeshire, Wimploe)
L. John Constable 29 Butler (Sussex, Lower Buding)
Eugine Neynick 29 Chef (Foreign subject - France)
Albert Harry Smith 25 footman (Surrey, Virginia Water)
Edward Walter Claydon 23 footman (uncertain)
Sidney Sully 16 Hall boy (Liverpool, St Mary's)
Albert Delaze 19 scullery man (Foreign subject - France)

I am grateful to Stuart McKegg for the following message, which has been forwarded to Duncan. KD;
I've just had a look at your site when "Googling" the MacKeeg name and  see that Duncan Sands was looking for any information on Annie MacKeeg b1853 in Croydon.

Nearly all my information comes from searching through census returns and parish records. All I have been able to find is on the 1861 where she was living at home, 1871 where she worked as a nursery maid for William Fitzhugh (a barrister in Kensington) and of course the 1901 census when she was a housekeeper at Baron Hill.

I cannot locate her in 1881.

Annie was quite a long way down my tree, a first cousin three times removed to be precise, and have had difficulty in finding out much else about her, apart from her death at the age of 87 in Bangor. This is mainly due to her being unmarried and therefore not having any direct family to contact

I assume Duncan's interest is through Annie's elder brother William MacKeeg whose daughter Lillian married Henry John Sands, so I might be help in his research.

I have researched the family name and traced it back to 1700.  If you don't mind forwarding this email  to Duncan, I might have some information on the family which may be of use to him.

If you would like the detail, then I think it is easier to go back to Annie's great great grandfather, William MacKeage, who is first recorded in the parish records of St Mary the Virgin, Newport, Essex.

Photo courtesy of Stuart McKegg
St Mary the Virgin Church, Newport Essex.

The parish register recorded the christening as  William MacKeage (a gentleman) and his wife Ann as the parents of Thomas MacKeage in 1722. They had 2 more children - William MacKeage in 1724 and Edmund MacKeg (1725-1797).

Edmund, Annie's great grandfather (a Barber in the village) had 4 children -- Mary (1773), William (1776) both recorded as MacKeeg, Elizabeth MacKeg (1778) and Edmund MacKeeg (1780-1854) her grandfather

Edmund (1780-1854), Annie's grandfather, was a farm labourer and his wife Sarah Banks (c1780-1848) had 7 children. Mary (1804), William (1807-1887) my great great grandfather, employed as a groom & coachman, James (1809) a footman, Sarah (1812) all recorded as MacKegg. Then Anne (1814) Edmund (1817-1870) Susanna (1817). 

Edmund (1817-1870), Annie's father,  a gardener, married Jane Coomber (1820-1891). Annie's parents had 5 other children --- William (1844-1913), a police constable, Mary Jane (1851-1853), Emily (1856), Edmund (1858-1861) and James (1860). All were registered as MacKeeg, though James was recorded as MacKay on the 1891 census in Cardiff.

In 1861, Annie lived in High Street Row, Totterdown, Tooting. Her surname is recorded as McKegg and she was 7 years old. Her parents were Edmund McKegg, 44 a gardener journeyman, born in Essex, and Jane 41, born in Surrey, as were Annie's siblings, Emily, 5, and James, 8 months.
Lodging with the family were Stephen Gillam, 25, also a gardener journeyman, born in Kent, William E. Pont 21, a coach trimmer and George Lymon, 21, a coach wheeler (?), both born in Nottinghamshire


Ten years later, in 1871, Annie was living at 11 Arundel Garden, Kensington, working as a nursery maid for a non practising barrister, William Fitzhugh 48, born Millbrokk, Hants,  and his wife Harriet, 343, born Picadilly Middlesex. Their family consisted of Eleanor M. 5, William R., 4, Mildred C., 2 and Muriel E. 1, all born in Kensington.
Also employed there with Annie were Anne MacDonald, 33, nurse domestic servant, Maria White, 29, cook, Esther Webber, 22, under nurse, Elizabeth Alderton, 21, housemaid and Charles Grech, 16, footman.

The change in name from MacKeeg/MacKegg etc is quite simple ------ half the population were illiterate. On the census returns from 1841-1891 recorded variations from MacKeg, McKegg, MacKeeg, MacKay, MacKey and even MacKeyy.

On my side (William MacKegg 1807-1887) the name stayed until my father, when it changed to McKegg on his birth certificate in 1914.

In response to Duncan Sands' enquiry about Hardwicke, on searching website I found that Sir Richard Henry Williams-Bulkeley 12th Baronet married Lady Magdalen Yorke (1865-1940) and her father Charles Philip Yorke (1836-1897) was the 5th Earl of Hardwicke.

If you have any information about Annie MacKeeg's family, Duncan and Stuart can be contacted via KD 

1810 - 1875?

Received the following request from Chris Williams;
I am seeking any information about my great, great grandfather, Josiah Williams.

He was born at Ruthin in 1810.
Josiah married Jane Parry in Beaumaris on the 5th February 1836.
In 1841, the couple were living in Liverpool.

1841, Northumberland Place, Toxteth, Liverpool.
Josiah Williams was 30, wife Jane 30. They had two daughters living with them, Anne, 4 and Mary, 5 months.
Catherine Hughes, 25 was a housekeeper for the family

By 1846, the family had moved to Beaumaris and in 1851, they were living at Chapel Street.

1851, Chapel Street, Beaumaris.
Josiah Williams, 41, worked as an ironmonger, wife Jane was 36. Anne Jane was 14, Mary 10, both Liverpool born, John was 4 and Owen R, 2 months old, both born in Beaumaris.
The family had two house servants, Mary Jones 23, born in Llanerton and Margaret Jones 27, born in Beaumaris.

They had moved to Town's End, Beaumaris by 1861.

1861, Town's End, Beaumaris.
Josiah, 51 was still an ironmonger, Jane 46, sons John 14, Owen 10 and Josia, 6.
Sarah Rowlands, 17 of Beaumaris was their house servant.

John aged 14 above, was my grandfather, and went to Everton, Liverpool, and is listed as a carter and cart owner. He may have been invloved in his father's coal business, mentioned below.

The couple were still at Town's End in 1871, but Josiah had changed his profession.

1871, Town's End Beaumaris.
Josiah 61, was now a seed and coal merchant, wife Jane was 57.
Visiting them on census night were Samuel Walters, 57 a mariner painter, born in Spillefields, Middlesex, and Betsy Stanilaw Walters, 57 born in Thorne, Yorkshire.
Catherine Janes 25, born Pentraeth was now their domestic servant.

It is possible that Josiah died in 1875.

I am also interested to know whether Josiah had his own shop?

Chris got in touch again in July 2018 and supplied the following information:

I have located the shop in Church Street, it is now a house.


Chris can be contacted via

Hugh Roberts
born Beaumaris 1836

Greetings, it was wonderful to come across your detailed historical research on Beaumaris families, writes Andy Davies.
He continues; 
From your research:
"Research at the National Library of Wales Aberystwyth, showed that Goodman Roberts married Catherine Jones on the 1st January 1816 in Beaumaris. Witnesses to the marriage were John and William Williams. Goodman Roberts is the earliest confirmed relative I have in the Roberts line. Goodman and Catherine Roberts are my great great great grandparents. Catherine was born about 1796.
In 1821, the couple lived in Llandegfan, but had moved to Beaumaris 1n 1824.
They are known to have had a daughter and five sons, John Roberts, Elinor Roberts, Edward Roberts,  Thomas Goodman Roberts, my great great grandfather, William Roberts and Hugh Roberts."
I realize that there were many Robertses in Beaumaris at the time, but I have a great, great grandfather, also named Hugh Roberts, some of our research:
Cordelia and Hugh Roberts are living in the same house (on High Street, 
Conwy) as Cordelia's sister WINIFRED WILLIAMS:
134 High Street, Conwy
Winifred Williams, Head, unmarried, 38, Dressmaker, b. Conwy
Mary __ Wiliams, niece, 13, scholar, b. Conwy
/Separated by single not double line (same house)
Hugh Roberts, Head, 35, Seaman, b. Beaumaris, Anglesey
Cordelia Roberts, wife, 25, b. Conwy
Robert C. Roberts, son, 7 months b. Conwy

I have realized since that our Hugh Roberts, Seaman, appears to have drowned at sea while serving on the ship 'Napoleon' in 1872, which sailed from Caernarfon. 
My question to you is if, in your research, you have come across any additional reference to the Hugh Roberts that is related to me? I'd love to know what you may have found.
Best regards, Andy Davies

I can find no family connection between my 'Roberts' family in Beaumaris, and that of Andy's family.KD

If you can help Andy with his research, he can be contacted via

Jane Hughes
Born 1846, Beaumaris

Received this fascinating e-mail from Grant Christie. KD:
I have a letter from Evelyn Williams written on embossed notepaper Baron Hill, Beaumaris) to my great grandmother, Jane Hughes.
It is dated Nov. 19th (the year is possibly 1878).
Jane evidently was working as a domestic servant at Baron Hill and it advised her to seek another situation. Evelyn Williams offers to assist and provide recommendations.
Williams herself was leaving that day with her husband, Hwfa Williams.
I'd like to positively determine the year.
Grant can be contacted viamail@penmon.orgif you can help KD

 Copy of original letter, on embossed

Nov. 19 (1878?)
I am sorry to say there is no chance of Mr. Hwfa and myself having a house for a very long time and so I think it would be best to look out for another situation.
If at any time we should commence house-keeping & you should be disengaged we should always be glad to have you again.
will do my best to find you a place & will be glad to recommend you if you hear of anything likely to suit.
If you make up your book and send it to me I will shortly send you a cheque for the amount.
Yours truly
Evelyn Williams
P.S. Direct to 24 Hill Street as I leave today.

The second note from Evelyn Williams to Jane Hughes was sent from "Temple, Great Marlow, Bucks", her father-in-law's estate.
The note probably has no direct relevance to Baron Hill.

Mr Hwfa Williams
Husband of Evelyn Williams

Hwfa Williams who with his wife was prominent in the court of Edward VII.
He was manager of the racing course Sandown Park, created about 120 years ago.
His wife Mrs Hwfa Williams (affectionally remembered by Felix Yusupov) was a notable society hostess, and known as the best-dressed woman in England.
They were both still alive in 1913.
In 1914, Williams was shot and badly wounded in the Pall Mall by an overworked telegraph clerk.
His wife later authored It Was Such Good Fun,
an account of Edwardian high society life.

Copyright Wikipedia - reproduced by licence

Jane Hughes married in London in 1882 and arrived in New Zealand with two infant daughters, Jane and Mary Ellen and her husband (David Thomas) in 1885.

Richard Hughes
brother of Jane Hughes

Grant continues. KD:
I also have a wonderful account by Jane's brother Richard Hughes of his time spent in Australia and New Zealand (1869-1879).
He was seaman and had many adventures which I have been able to independently verify.
Richard Hughes died in Beaumaris in 1937.

Page 2 of the Richard Hughes memoir mentions that he worked on the "home farm" of Sir William Bulkeley from the age of 10 until he went to sea aged 14. Similarly his grandfather, his father (Griffith Hughes I think) and his father's sister worked for most of their lives for Bulkeley. It's not clear to me that it was the same as Baron Hill. His grandfather may have been his maternal grandfather in which case I think the surname was Griffith.

Griffith Hughes
born 1811
Anne Hughes
parents of Jane and Richard Hughes

In 1841, Griffith and Ellinor had one child, Ann. 

1841 Census of Harris Square, no relationship noted, age rounded to the nearest 5; 
Griffith Hughes, 30, carter, born Anglesey.
Ellinor Hughes, 30, born Anglesey.
Ann Hughes, 18 months, born Anglesey.

1851 Census of Rosemary Lane, Beaumaris; 
Griffith Hughes, head, married, 39, labourer, born Llanddona.
Ellen Hughes, wife 42, born Trefdraeth.
Anne 11, John 8, Jane 5, Richard 2, Mary 3 months, all born Beaumaris.
Jane Morris, 25 unmarried, visitor, born Beaumaris.

Griffith's wife Ellin died in 1857, aged 48.

1861 Census of Townsend, Beaumaris ; 
Griffith Hughes, head, widower, 50, labourer,  born Llanddona.
Richard 12 and Mary 10
E. Morris, house servant, widow, 64..

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1871 Census of 9 Rating Row, Beaumaris; 
Griffith Hughes, head, widower, 59, labourer,  born Llanddona.
Margaret Edwards, servant 49.

Ann and Mary Hughes were in service in England in 1878.

John  Hughes died in 1879, having been invalided out of the navy.

1881 Census of 18, Rating Row, Beaumaris ; 
Griffith Hughes, head, widower, 69, labourer,  born Llanddona.

Jane Hughes emigrated to New Zealand in 1885.

1891 Census of 18 Rating Row, Beaumaris; 
Griffith Hughes, head, widower, 79, labourer,  born Llanddona.

Griffith Hughes died in1899.

Richard Hughes
born 1781
Anne Griffith
born 1777
grandparents of Jane and Richard Hughes
In his memoirs, Richard Hughes wrote that his father was born on a smallholding called Cundal in the parish of Llanddona on the slopes of the high land overlooking Red Wharf Bay. 

1841 Census of Cyndal, no relationship noted, age rounded to the nearest 5; 
Richard Hughes, 60, farmer. Born Anglesey.
Anne Hughes, 65, born Anglesey.
Margaret Hughes, 30, born Anglesey.

1851 Census of Cyndal; 
Richard Hughes, head, married, 70, farmer of 6 acres, employing one man. Born Llanddona.
Anne Griffith, wife, 74, Farmer's wife, born Bodedern.

1861 Census of Cyndal; 
Richard Hughes, head, married, 80, farmer of 10 acres,  born Llanddona.
Anne Hughes, wife, 85, Farmer's wife, born Bodedern.


Richard and Elizabeth Ann TAYLOR
Plas Coch Terrace

Wonderful to hear from Sheila Clifford, who writes;
I was delighted to find my great grandmother listed on the 1923 voters list for Beaumaris. Elizabeth Ann Taylor was the widow of Richard Taylor who died in 1916. They lived at 2 Plas Coch Terrace. I can find no record of her death on BMD. Any further info on the family would be much appreciated.
Thanks for a brilliant website - so interesting and informative. Best wishes.

Richard and Elizabeth Ann Taylor (nee Spargo) are my great grandparents, born in Cornwall. Richard was born in 1844 in Mithian, St Agnes Cornwall and Elizabeth Ann Spargo was born in Downgate, Stoke Climsland Cornwall in 1851. They both came from a long line of Cornish tin miners, though Richard was a blacksmith by trade, he also turned to mining work when necessary. 

Richard, aged 7 in 1851, was living at Clinton's Terrace, Redruth with his family. His father William 48, was a copper miner and his mother Jane was 46, born in Davenport. All other family members were born in St Agnes, Cornwall. Richard's sister Martha F. 21, was a charwoman, brothers John 17, William 15 were both copper miners, Mary 10 was an apprentice tailoress, David R. 11 was a mine labourer, and Jane was 2.

Richard's father William had died by the next census. 

In 1861, Richard 17, was living with his widowed mother, Jane Taylor, 56 at St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton. His siblings were William G.H. 24, David R. 20, all tin miners. Lodging there was William H. Kingdom 27, a wool sorter, born in Devon.

Elizabeth's family lived elsewhere.

Elizabeth A. Spargo, aged 10 in 1861, was living with her family at Downgate, Stoke Climsland. Her father John Spargo 56, was a mining agent, her mother Mary was 42. Elizabeth's siblings were William 28, also a mine agent, Thomas, 13, James 11, Elizabeth herself 10, Samuel 8. John's mother in law Elizabeth Dingle (?) a 74 year old widow, was living with the family 

Richard and Elizabeth were married by 1868.  

In 1871, Richard 26, a lead miner and his wife Elizabeth A. 20, and daughter Jane 3 were visiting John Spargo, and his family, Elizabeth's parents, at Downgate, Stoke Climsland. John 61, was a lead mine agent, born in Stythans. His wife Mary was 57. Sons Thomas was 23, James 21 and Samuel 17, were all tin miners, recorded as born in Cornwall.

They moved to Anglesey around 1874, to work at Parys Mountain along with many other Cornish (there were a fair number of Spargo's among them too) as mining in Cornwall was on the decline.

Firstly they lived at Llanfairynghornwy. 

1881 sees the family living at Gardarmina (?), Llanfairynghornwy. Richard 37 was a copper miner, Elizabeth Ann was 30. Children living with them were Jane 13, William 11, Mary 10, Martha 7, Elizabeth A. 6, David 5, Thomas 3 and Minnie, just 10 months old. 

Later to Llangoed by 1887, living at Tyddyn Y Waen Terrace; 

1891, blacksmith Richard Taylor was 47, wife Elizabeth Ann was 40. Their children were David 15, a pupil school teacher, Thomas 13, a blacksmith's assistant, Minnie was 10, Richard 8, both born in Llanfairynghornwy, Lillie 6, born Llanrhuddlad and Hilda 4, born Llangoed. They all lived at Tyddyn Y Waen Terrace, Llangoed.

Finally Beaumaris.

The family resided at 2 Plas Coch Terrace, Beaumaris in 1901.
Richard was 57, employed as a  railway plate layer, Elizabeth Ann was 50. Daughter Elizabeth A. 25, was a dressmaker, 25, Richard 18 and Hilda was 14. Niece Mabel Spargo, aged 10 born in Llanfairynghornwy, was also living with the family

There were 12 children, my grandfather Thomas born 1877 being the seventh. He was a railway signalman all his working life around North Wales. He died in Conwy in 1966.

Manchester Ship Canal
I do recall my dad saying that Richard was involved in some way with the construction of the Manchester Ship canal as materials were sent from Beaumaris at the time - maybe he was involved in making tools for the workers quarrying the stone. I don't know if any records will show this. 

My father told me that the construction of the canal needed a vast quantity of granite blocks for the breakwater and these blocks were quarried at Penmon Head and moved by sailing flats (Mersey flats) to the Mersey at Eastham and Ellesmere Port.  Apparently each block measured 6 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet. My great grandfather was the blacksmith who made the iron tools that the men used to work the quarry. The canal was completed in 1894.

Penmon quarry has also provided stone for many important buildings and structures, including Birmingham Town Hall  and the two bridges that cross the Menai Strait.

Richard died in 1916 in Beaumaris - at the time they lived at Plas Coch Terrace. There is no record of him being buried in the nearby church yard.

I discovered that Elizabeth Ann is on the voters list in 1923 living at 1 Plas Coch Terrace, Beaumaris. 

Sheila adds;
I am currently working on what happened to his siblings as I remember as a child being introduced to various great aunts and uncles.With such a large family, times were hard and being frugal is bred into all of us, (even now!).

I am now trying to find out information about my grandfather's brother, David Taylor.Sadly no family photos exist but maybe there is a school photo somewhere.
At the moment this is all the info I have:

David Taylor was born in 1876 Anglesey, a son to Richard and Elizabeth Taylor.
In 1881, he was age 5 living at Gadarnmina, Llanfair yn Ghornwy, his  father Richard was a copper miner.

1881 sees the family living at Gardarmina (?), Llanfairynghornwy. Richard 37 was a copper miner, Elizabeth Ann was 30. Children living with them were Jane 13, William 11, Mary 10, Martha 7, Elizabeth A. 6, David 5, Thomas 3 and Minnie, just 10 months old. 

By the next census, 1891 the family were living at Tyddyn y Waen Terrace, Llangoed.

1891, blacksmith Richard Taylor was 47, wife Elizabeth Ann was 40. Their children were David 15, a pupil school teacher, Thomas 13, a blacksmith's assistant, Minnie was 10, Richard 8, both born in Llanfairynghornwy, Lillie 6, born Llanrhuddlad and Hilda 4, born Llangoed. They all lived at Tyddyn Y Waen Terrace, Llangoed.

He had left home by 1901 and aged 24, he was a lodger at 1 Pennel Terrace, Llangefni - he is now a schoolmaster.

David married Blodwen Roberts (born 1883) in March 1909 at Llanrwst.

He was Headmaster of Llangefni School in 1911 census, and married to Blodwen, living at 1 Nant terrace, Llangefni, and is head teacher at Llangefni Elementary School.

David died in 1963. They had a son, David Hartley Taylor born 1912 in Llangefni.I would love to hear if anyone knows any more about the family.

Warm regards, Sheila

If you can help Sheila in anyway, she can be contacted via

Rowlands Family
The Bull

Received the following request from Huw Gwyn Chambers;
A distant relative of mine, called Owen Roberts Rowlands, opened the Temperance Hotel at 'The Bull' . His son, William Henry Rowlands and his wife , Ellen Littler Rowlands , also kept the hotel. There were two children , Elwyn and Gwyneth there as well. Do any descendants still live locally, or does anyone else know what happened to the family, please?
Huw can be contacted via

In 1881, Owen and his family lived in Bangor. William was aged 5.

1881 Census; 14 High Street, (Temperance) Bangor
Owen R. Rowlands, 47, born in Caernarfonshire was head of household and a Joiner. His wife Margaret was 48, born Penmon.
Their family consisted of Jane E. Rowlands, 15 Hugh Rowlands, 13, Owen R. Rowlands, 7, William Rowlands 5, all Bangor born. Owen's niece Anna K. Williams 13, born in Llangwyllog was also living there.
Anne Jones, 29 of Penrhos was a domestic servant.

1891 Census; 14 High Street, Bangor
Owen R. Rowlands, 57, born in Llanrug, was head of household and a Temperence House Keeper. His wife Margaret was 58, born Llangoed.
Their family consisted of Hugh O Rowlands, 23 a draper. John Rowlands 20,  Owen R. Rowlands, 17, a baker's apprentice,  William H. Rowlands 15 a grocer, all Bangor born.
Mary Jones 18 of Pentraeth, Elizabeth Roberts 13 and Mary E. Ingram both of Bangor, were domestic servants.

At some point, Owen and his family moved to Beaumaris and by 1901, William was running the Temperance House in Castle Street, Beaumaris..

1901 Census; 8 Castle Street, Beaumaris
William Henry Rowlands, 24 born Bangor was head of household and a confectioner / baker.
Sissie P. Owen, 23 born in Bodfari, and recorded as a servant, was a confectioner.
Mary Edwards 19, of Caernarfon, was a domestic servant.

1911 Census; Ty Mawr, Beaumaris
William Henry Rowlands, 35 born Bangor was head of household and a Temperance Hotel Proprietor. His wife of 9 years was Sissie Littler Rowlands, 33, born in Bodfari. They had two children, Elwyn 8 and Gwyneth 5, both born in Beaumaris.
Susan Benson Roberts, 22 of Llanrwst was a domestic servant.

Any further information on this family would be appreciated by Huw.

Mary Davies
born c 1849
Following request received from Michael Cope. KD

I am researching my family history and the family lived at 14 Ratings Row 

Michael continues;
The mother Mary Davies had 2 children, John W Davies a bank clerk and H
arriet Davies born 1886
Harriet married Edwin D Jones a butcher in 1906 and they had 3 children? John Richard 1907 Idwal 1908 and William George 1909 .

1911 Census of 14 Ratings Row
Mary Davies, 62 and widowed, who was living on private means, was born in Beaumaris, and was head of the household.
Her son John William Davies, 22, was born in Bootle Lancashire and was employed as a bank clerk
Daughter Harriet was 25, married and born in Cheshire Harriet's husband Edward LL. Jones was 32, a butcher and was born in Beaumaris.
At the time of the census, they had three children, John Richard Jones, 4, Idwal Jones, 3, and William George Jones 2.
All were bilingual. 

An E Jones is shown as a butcher at 11 Palace Street Beaumaris. 
Does anyone have any further information concerning the family?

If you can help Michael with his enquiry, he can be contacted via

John Roberts
Headmaster Beaumaris School
Received the following message from Philip John Roberts, John Roberts' grandson; 

Thank you for your website which I have found most interesting.
My name is Philip John Roberts and I live in Buckinghamshire. 

My grandfather, John Roberts was Headmaster of Beaumaris School in New Street for 30 years retiring in 1930.  He was a leading light in the Methodist Church and had been a member of the Town Council.

John Roberts was born in Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa, his father Thomas Roberts having had to move from Llanwddyn when the village was flooded to make way for Lake Vyrnwy.

Thomas is shown living with his parents in 1841. 

1841 Census, Bryn Grugog, Llanwddyn
Ellis Roberts 55, agricultural labourer, Jane 55, Robert, 29, John, 20, Thomas 13.
All but Ellis were born in Montgomeryshire.

Views of Llanwddyn
before the flooding of the valley

Thomas had left home by 1851 and was plying his trade as a journeyman. 

1851 Census, Llan, Llansantffraid.
Thomas, 26 is recorded as a servant, and is a carpenter joiner journeyman, living in the household of  Griffith Roberts, 41, carpenter born Bettws, Merioneth, Elizabeth Roberts wife, 39, born Meifod, Montgomeryshire, sons John 5, William 2 both born in Llansantffraid. 
Lodging there is David Davies, 76, a gardener and Elizabeth Edwards 16 is a servant. Both born in Llansantffraid. 

Thomas Roberts, of Bryngwyn, married Margaret Jones of Heol y Ffridd, in October 1853.

1861 Census, Drws Nant, Nantycyndu.
Thomas Roberts, 34 farmer, born Llanfihangel, Margaret, wife  35, born Liverpool, Anne, 7, born Llanwddyn,  Jane 3, Margaret 1, both born Llanfihangel. Edward Jones 14 servant born Llanfyllin.

John is shown in the 1871 & 1881 census as living in Llanfyllin before moving to Tref Eglwys to teach in 1891. 

1871 Census, Corner House, Llanfyllin.
Thomas Roberts, 43, carpenter, born Llanwddyn, Margaret Roberts, wife 44, born Liverpool, Margaret Roberts, 10, born Thomas Roberts, 8, John Roberts, 5, Elizabeth Roberts 3, all recorded as being born in Llanfihangel.
James M. Mason (?) 40, is lodging with the family. 
Left of picture is the Corner House, which became a Temperance Hotel

Photo taken in 1910,
when the Prince of Wales visited Llanfyllin.
Corner House Temperance Hotel on right of picture.

Broad Street, Llanfyllin 1890s

Thomas had died by the 1881 census.

1881 Census, Market Street, Llanfyllin.
Margaret Roberts, widow 54, born Llanfyllin, John Roberts, 15, pupil teacher, Elizabeth A. Roberts 3, both born in Llanfihangel yng Ngwynfa. Lodging at the home were Ellis Hughes, 28 and Ellis Rickett, 43, both carpenters. David Hughes, 43 a lead miner was visiting at the time. All three were Llanfyllin born.

Market Street Llanfyllin 1890s 

1891 Census, Smith Shop House, Trefeglwys.
John Roberts, 25, was a boarder, working as an Elementary School master, was lodging with John Rowlands, 38, Blacksmith, Jane Rowlands, wife 35, wife, both born Llanidloes, Annie May Phillips, 4, niece born Mountain Ash.

Trefeglwys School 

He is shown in the 1901 and 1911 census as living in the School House, New Street Beaumaris

1901 Census, School House, New Street, Beaumaris.
John Roberts, 35, Elementary School Master, born Llanfihangel, Anne Roberts 46, sister, single, born Llanwddyn.

National School, Beaumaris 


Eric married Ada Harriet Jefferey (1869 - 1944), daughter of William Henry Jefferey (1836 - 1879) and Eliza Lewis (born 1840). She had three siblings, Lizzie born 1863, William F. born 1865 and Annie born 1867.
Married 8 years - one child

1911 Census, School House, New Street, Beaumaris.
John Roberts, 45, Head Teacher, born Llanfihangel, Ada Roberts, wife 41, born Wolverhampton, Eric Glynne Roberts, 7, born Beaumaris. John and Eric were bilingual - Welsh and English.

The 1911 census shows the couple had been married for 8 years, and had one child at that time.

John Roberts was Headmaster of Beaumaris School in New Street for 30 years retiring in 1930.  He was a leading light in the Methodist Church and had been a member of the Town Council.

John was living at Craiglwyd, Castle Street, Beaumaris, when he died in 1935. 

Philip Roberts continues; Eric Glynne Roberts was my father, and he was born at School House, New Street, Beaumaris in 1903, went to Bangor University, and then went on to teach Latin to the English at Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Tottenham and Swanage. He retired to Bournemouth and died in 1995.

My thanks to Philip for sharing his family history. KD.


Parry, Beaumaris
Fire disaster sparks family mystery.

David Barlow shares his research, and asks if anyone can help with information about a farm fire circa 1900. David can be contacted via KD

David writes:
I  wonder if you can help me. I am after information regarding a farm fire around 1900. My grandfather Hugh was adopted by a Hugh Parry of Bangor. Both Hugh Junior aged 1 in the 1901 census and Hugh Senior were born in Beaumaris. 

Hugh junior's father apparently died in the blaze whilst rescuing the animals. This left his widow with six children to look after, so she passed Hugh junior over to Hugh Parry.

In the 1911 census Hugh junior is listed as adopted son. I can only surmise that Hugh Parry was known to the family of the deceased farmer.

I have traced Hugh Parry back to the 1881 census where he is living with the family of  Hugh Owen aged 69 of Llangoed. He is listed as a farmer of 20 acres at Fedr  Bach.

It appears that Hugh senior may have been orphaned .

Hugh Parry in the 1891 census is living with his grandparents in Bangor. Could  anyone help? If I can find out any
information about the fire then I should be able to solve a family mystery that dates back more than a century.

1911 census 45, Fountain St, Hirael, Bangor
Hugh Parry, 34, Plate Layer, born Beaumaris,
Ellen Grace Parry, 36, wife, married 12 years, children, Sally Parry, 9, Harriet Parry, 2,  Annie Parry  1 month, all born Bangor, Hugh Parry, 11, adopted son, born Beaumaris

Both Hugh Parry junior and senior were born in Beaumaris, what is the connection.? I then went to the previous census.

1901 census, 35 Ruffin Street, Bangor
Hugh Parry, 5, General labourer, born Beaumaris, Jane Parry, 27, Wife, born Bangor, Hugh Parry, 1, son, born Beaumaris

You can probably spot the anomaly between the 2 sets of data. Hugh's wives have different names. This I feel is an error on the part of the census officer.
As you can see the wives ( if they are) are 2 years older than Hugh.

It is also worth noting that Ellen Grace Parry 1911 census states that she has been married 12 years which would put the marriage at 1899(ish).
Hugh junior is one, which would suggest that the farm fire, if it took  place, happened between 1900 and 1901.

Hugh Parry senior and his wife Ellen Grace had an infant son who had died sometime around 1900, this was the reason perhaps that they were able to offer Hugh junior a home.

Hugh Junior, who died relatively young, about 50 I think, would have worked in the Hirael area. He was a labourer on the quay and died of a lung ailment brought on by the slate dust loaded onto the ships. My grandmother in order to make ends meet took in lodgers, guess who they were? Students from Bangor University!

1891 Census
Hugh Parry, 72, 
Ann Parry, 74, Hugh Parry, 15, Grandson, born Beaumaris.

Obviously Hugh had moved in with the grandparents as he was probably orphaned... see next set of data.

1881 census Fedw Bach Llangoed
Hugh Owen, 69, Farmer of 20 acres, Sarah Owen, 53, Wife, Elizabeth Owen, 15, Daughter, Thomas Owen, 12, Son, all born Llangoed, Hugh Parry 5  (relationship left blank) born Beaumaris.

I feel confident that we are tracking Hugh Parry senior by both age and birthplace. 1876 being the likely year of his birth.
So we have Hugh living with the Owens, 10 years later he is living with his grandparents which would suggest that he was orphaned. 

I tracked the Owens down in the 1891 census Hugh is now 80 and listed as a lodger in the house of another Owen who could well be a son who did not appear on the 1881 census as he was living elsewhere.

Sarah Owen appears to be deceased as there is no record of her which would explain why the elderly Hugh has moved in with relatives.

Thomas Owen is working as a servant in what I can only assume is a wealthy house. Elizabeth Owen, the daughter I can't trace, presumably because she has married.What then can have happened? Could Elizabeth Owen have married a farmer and had 6 children with him? The time scale is possible. Could the farmer who died in the fire rescuing his stock be Hugh juniors father?

Could Hugh senior who was looked after by the Owens and was likely an orphan feel obliged to care for little 1 year old Hugh.

Why is everyone called Hugh? We can speculate, that is why it would be useful if we could pin down this fire. 

Anyway if anyone can help I would be most grateful. If I can nail the Parrys I can then start on the other side of the family.

My  great grandfather was a slate worker at Penrhyn quarry at the time of the great lock out and lived in Bethesda. He was William Jones.

A cursory glance at the census data  show about as many William Jones as there are slates on the roof of the town.

May I congratulate you or whatever bodies are responsible for a very interesting and illuminating website.

Rev John Jones
born 1861, Beaumaris

Received the following enquiry from Libby Jones. KD
I am trying to find information on my Great Grandfather Rev John Jones who was born in Beaumaris in 1861.
His Father was an Owen Jones, but I have two names for his mother, Margaret  and Mary. John Jones trained as a Wesleyan Minister at Bangor and came to Australia in 1883 where he died in 1935 in Melbourne. Any clues would be more that welcome.

I have attached a photo of John Jones with his wife probably at Brighton Beach, near Melbourne. His wife was Mary Dora Humphreys known as Dora, born at Ballarat, Victoria in 1860.

Rev John Jones and wife Dora

Her parents were Thomas Humphreys of Montgomeryshire born 1828 and Ellen Williams of Caernarvon born 1829. They married in Liverpool in 1856 and sailed to Australia very soon after in October.

Dora and John married in Ballarat on the 18/3/1891. They seem to have had only the 1 child, Ivan Humphrey Jones, my Grandfather.

The other photo is of my Father as a little boy leaning against John Jones whose wife would have died by the time the photo 
was taken.

Rev John Jones with Libby's father

I love this photo, to me there is such a relaxed connection between them, a real love. My father became a lay reader in the Anglican Church in his 40's, which I am sure was influenced by the memory of his Grandfather.
I have a Chalice that I believe John Jones would have used. 
What I do have is a letter written in 1935 from an Annie and William Jones
of White Plains, New York.
Annie is asking John Jones if he is the John Jones of Ty Philip. I have only just come across the letter in my father's papers.

3 West View Ave 
Congress Park,
White Plains
New York USA
Monday Jan 28th

Dear Mr Jones,
We read in Eurgrawn for Nov 1934 from Mr John Jones - about the death of Rev Lewis Jones Rowlands - over there. (A friend gave us the Eurgrawn to read - that is how it was lately we saw it, since Nov.)

My reason for writing to you is to know whether you are the Rev John Jones - formerly of 'Ty Philip' Llaniestyn-Mon NW.

I am the daughter of John Williams, Tunnel Lodge - Beaumaris - Sir Jon (?) and if you are the same John Jones - you stayed with us when I was about 17 years years of age - when you were over in Wales on a visit - you used to sing Welsh airs + I played every evening although you need to say that you couldn't sing.

In July 1922 John Owen Jones (Son of Owen Jones, Blaenau Ffestiniog NW + your brother?) came over to Wales from New York City - for a visit and he and I were married that summer and we came back to New York to live where his mother Mrs Mary Jones and his brother William Arthur Jones lived also, so we four lived together for 3 years at the end of which John Owen died.

Three years later his brother William Arthur and I were married so we three are still living together here in the Plains - (a suburb of New York City) So we are all very interested
o know whether you are the same John Jones - as we think you are - as we are relatives on both sides if that is so.

My father sent us a newspaper cutting of the death of a John Jones in Australia and it said gynt of Ty Mawr - Llaniestyn Mon so it gave the impression John Jones - Ty Philip - to be (illegible) but when we read this letter in the Eurgrawn to O. Madoc Roberts we were quite excited here + glad to know you are still alive ie we have the right person.

Shall be anxiously awaiting a reply whether or not you are J Jones Ty Philip.
Yours very sincerely
Annie + William A Jones

This is the Jones, Ty Philip family from Llaniestyn.
Is this the same John Jones?
Owen Jones 34 farmer of 9 acres, Margaret Jones 28 farmer's wife, children David Jones 8, Owen Jones 6, Mary Jones 4 and John Jones 8 months. All members of the family were born in Llaniestyn

Owen Jones 44 farmer of 9 acres, Margaret Jones 39 farmer's wife, children Owen Jones 16, Mary Jones 13 and John Jones 10, Richard Jones, 8, Arthur, 5, Elizabeth, 3, Margaret 1. All members of the family were born in Llaniestyn

Picture kindly supplied by Mr Hugh Rowlands


Ty Phillip, Llaniestyn, Môn.

The following that died in Jesus' care.
Richard Jones on 6th December 1872
aged 10

Margaret Jones on 28th December 1875 aged 6
Elizabeth Jones on 1st January 1876 aged 8
Richard Jones 4th January 1876 aged 3
Arthur Jones 7th January 1876 aged 10

"Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these."
Luke 18:6.

Allegedly, the father at Ty Philip was working at Holyhead and when he returned he brought some illness back with him which the children died of. Richard who died in 1872 from uncertified Bronchitis. Libby only ordered the last child's death certificate when the 4 children died. That was Arthur's and he died of Scarlatina or Scarlet Fever.

Owen Jones 54 farmer of 9 acres, Margaret Jones 47 farmer's wife, John Jones 20, son, scholar, Richard Thomas, 20, son in law, agricultural labourer, Mary Thomas, daughter, 23, labourer's wife, Richard Thoamas, 11 months, grandson,  All members of the family were born in Llaniestyn, apart from Richard Thomas senior, who was born in Llangoed.

Picture kindly supplied by Mr Hugh Rowlands

In Memory Of

Wife of Owen Jones
Ty Philip, Llaniestyn, Môn,
Died in Jesus' care
23rd November 1881,
at 48 years of age.

"I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have
kept the faith."

Margaret's death certificate says she died of Stomach Cancer.

Gwyhedydd (Rhyl)
7th December 1881


Our sister who has left us was the loving wife of Owen Jones, Deacon at the Wesleyan Chapel in Llanddona, and tender mother of Mr John Jones, a representative preacher on the Beaumaris circuit.
She became religious when 16 years old, and we can gather that it did not take long to convert her through grace.
She gave birth to nine children, five having predeceased her to the soft, small grave - four within a fortnight.
From this, we see that she met several strong life storms, and heavy crosses; but she had strength in the face of adversity, and as Job mentions" The Lord giveth and The Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of The Lord".
She wasn't blessed with a strong constitution, but this, together with the length of her journey, deprived her to some extent in her latter years from enjoying the rights of sanctuary.
Despite this, she continued to trust in He who died for her - her life's course came to an end - she was faithful to the end.

She was often heard saying during her last illness, which lasted over a year, that she'd like to go from the world of illness, to the worlds where there was no pain nor internal pain; but she said that God's Will, shall be done - doing this would be good in his eyes.
About ten o'clock on Friday night, November 23rd, there were signs that her chosen time had begun. The only words she said were that everything was fine. A few minutes before two o'clock the following morning was her most blessed moment, but one of grief for her family.:as her soul went home to the holy places, when just 48 years old, and who has by now, met her loved ones, in the land of the Holy Spirit in all its glory.

At half past one on Tuesday afternoon, November 29, a large congregation of respectable people came together, and went to the old cemetery at Llaniestyn, where our sister's remains were laid to rest in the cold stone, with a perfect hope of eternal life.
Although she she was laid amongst tears and crying, they had comfort in remembering that their dear mother had "overcome happiness and beauty, sadness and grief, which had now disappeared".
The Lord gave the same religious belief to her family, which was her wish.
A service was held by the house and at the graveside by the right reverend, John Hughes.
This was the first funeral under the new "Law of burial" in this parish. Thanks to Mr Owen Jones  for cutting the coarse land with this venture. -
R. Hughes, Llangoed.  

Llaniestyn Church and Cemetery
where the family is buried

A short biography of Margaret Jones.
Ty Phillip, Llaniestyn, Môn.

Margaret, the subject of this short biography was the youngest daughter of David and Mary Jones who lived in the above place. She was born in May 1833. As her parents weren't adept at forming religious characters, she did not have the advantage of being trained in the holy way, which put her at a disadvantage despite fulfilling life's highest purpose; although she was spared from following the crowd in pursuing the "excesses of Godlessness".

She was always fond of reading the Lord's word and listening to the Gospel; and when she was 16, the Holy Spirit applied truth to her condition with convincing force. She found sin to be repulsive, despite being a lost sinner herself; but found plenty in her Saviour and rested her soul upon him when she experienced the forgiveness of untruthfulness of her sins and atonement and peace in the blood. And from then onwards she "stuck to the Lord wholeheartedly".

Before turning 20 years old, she joined Owen Jones of Rhos and the same parish in holy matrimony. They lived together for over 28 years, where at the end of this period a black death came to separate them until they meet again in the valley of light. She was gifted with 9 children, four of whom are waiting to mourn the unrecoverable loss following her death.

She was a mother and a Christian to the core. As a wife she was always loving, careful, patient and humble. As a mother she was gentle, meek and caressing. Her advice and reproach for her children were always firm but fair. As a Christian, her manner and behaviour were suited to Christ's Gospel. There were obvious features to be found in her life that showed that she had chosen the Lord as a part of it, his word as rule, his glory as purpose, and heaven as an everlasting home.

She met with a succession of bitter bereavements during her religious career. Death and his strict scythe reaped her relatives ruthlessly. She lost a mother and father whom she loved, a brother whom she liked very much, and five beloved darlings who were fairer than the lily - four of whom within less than a fortnight of each other. All of these bereavements took a severe toll on her health, especially the last one; owing to the hard labour of looking after the patients day and night, and the great worry for them was a heavy blow to her weak constitution; seeing one after the other travelling along the path where they would not return fractured her feelings and penetrated deep into her tender heart.

The effects of the bereavement upon her were obvious when falling to the valley of silence. But despite the heaviness of the crosses, she received grace to persevere beneath them. Christ's religion taught her to become silent. Many a time she would be heard praying in the language of the bards.

"Teach me to be silent, with Aaron
Under God's deep twists and turns;
And how Eli said
'Do as you please, my God':
Be patient like Job,
Without saying many words:
The Lord builds things up,
The Lord tears things down."

And her perpetual silence was proof that her wish had been granted to her.

Her composition was naturally weak and feeble, and it could be said that she lived a life of affliction. And this, as well as the long and winding road, despite being full of grief and having orphaned her to an extent, in her last years she enjoyed the privileges of sanctuary; but God was her "little sanctuary". She looked upon bereavements and tribulations as a melting pot. She would say:

"You test me, my dear Lord,
Through life's oppressions and its plagues;
Inner and outer distresses
Come to prove your grace's work"

And despite the number of clouds hovering above her head in the "land of great tribulations," she said that not one cloud in its firmament was without a bright rainbow - that not one bereavement was without its blessing, one affliction without betterment, nor oppressions without assistance to rejoice from them.

In October 1880, her condition worsened and she was bed ridden. At the start of April 1881, she began to recover and strengthen somewhat; but before the end of the month, it became clear that this earth was not a "permanent city for her," as her condition greatly worsened. She was heard saying in during her last tribulation: "I have a want to detach and to be with Jesus Christ; because he is so much better;" but she said, "I am happy to suffer if that is the will of the Lord. What is good in his eyes should be done." She told the Reverend D Mariott, when he last visited her before leaving Beaumaris for Coedpoeth, that she never thought she would meet him on this side of death and the grave; but she was certain that they would meet in the "quiet place of the golden harps".

At around 10 o'clock at night on Wednesday, 23rd November 1881, her conditioned greatly worsened, and she tried to fight against the last enemy until two o'clock the next morning, when her "spirit flew to God, the one that gaveth" to the land of everlasting joy and pleasantry at 48 years old, having professed the faith with the Wesleyan branch of Christ's church for over 32 years. Her last words were, "Everything is alright."

The following Tuesday on the 29th of November, her body was laid to rest by a large and respectable crowd, until the last horn sounds in Llaniestyn cemetery. The service was held by the house and at the graveside by the Rev John Hughes, Beaumaris.

Now I can only let my dear mother rest in peace until the morning of the resurrection and to take comfort by saying,

"The soil and the meagre flies,
can only grind her flesh and purify it,
Until her jolly spirit one day,
To dress anew again"

Her grieving son, John Jones.
(Translated from Welsh by Matthew Hywel Rees)
Owen Jones remarried in 1887 a Jane Thomas alias Jane Jones of Tyn y Gongl.

Gwyhedydd (Rhyl)
18 Mawrth 1891. 18th March 1891


JONES - Mawrth 4ydd, ar ol cystudd maith a phoenus, yn 65 mlwydd oed, Owen Jones, Ty Philip, Llanestyn, Mon, tad y Parch J. Jones, Penshurst, Victoria, Awstralia. Bu yn flaenor gyda'r Wesleyaid yn Llanddona am 35 mlynedd.

JONES - March 4th, after a long and painful illness, aged 65 years, Owen Jones, Ty Phillip, Llanestyn, Mon, father of the Rev. J. Jones, Penshurst, Victoria, Australia. He was a deacon with the Wesleyans in Llanddona for 35 years.

Jane Jones 60, widow, farmer's wife, born Amlwch.
I will try to contact the address on the letter just to see if by some miracle someone still lives there who might know Annie and William.
You never know your luck!
I will also try to do some research around Ballarat where Dora's family was living. That will take me a little time as life does get in the way of research!! As I am sure you know.

I have a listing of the circuits that John Jones carried out in Tasmania and Victoria and it includes that he visited UK in 1908, which seems to fit with the above letter.

One of the reasons I would love to find out who is the real Owen Jones is that John Jones' son Ivan Humphrey took to building a 45 foot schooner in the 1930's (he worked as a dentist) and sailing it around the Great Barrier Reef for several years.

He had to sell it and I have been trying to track it down. I recently had great success and the boat still exists and is much loved, though in poor condition.
Anyway, it led me to wonder, why on earth would a dentist, the son of a
Reverend, want to build a yacht? 

Was there any family influence from further back? But so far it doesn't seem likely that there is any influence.

Thanks so much for your assistance. Hopefully someone will respond to your website notice. I will keep my fingers crossed that something comes through. Kind regards,

I've found a John Jones born 1860 in Beaumaris in 1861 and 1871.
Unfortunately, this John Jones is not living with his parents.
In 1861, aged 11 months he's with John Owen 46 labourer, wife Elizabeth 50 at New Street, Beaumaris (no relationship mentioned) and in 1871, with the same family in Rosemary Lane, Beaumaris, age 11 - relationship 'boarder'.
Ken Davies

Received this wonderful update from Libby. July 2014 KD
Hi Ken,
It is nearly a year ago since I last made contact with you and I thought I would let you know that I did finally and only recently made great progress with my search for the real family of my Great Grandfather Rev. John Jones.

I decided to write to the owners of Ty Philip, to see if they might have had knowledge of the previous families there to prove that my family did or did not come from there.

They sent me a photo of a gravestone from the Llaniestyn Church which showed that a Margaret Jones died in 1881 aged 48 and that 5 of her children had died earlier, one in 1782 and 4 within two weeks in 1876.

I felt devastated seeing the image and felt that if my G. Grandfather was a sibling to all those dead children, it would not have been so hard to leave the family and come to Australia. But I still did not have the definite evidence. 

Then just after I had received the gravestone image, a lady from Bangor University Archives  she sent an email saying she was leafing through Yr Eurgrawn from 1883, when she chanced upon an obituary for Margaret Jones of Ty Philip written by her son John Jones.

For me this was the evidence I needed to confirm that Ty Philip was the home of my Great Grandfather. It appears his father Owen Jones remarried in 1887 a Jane Thomas alias Jane Jones of Tyn y Gongl. So that accounts for the 1891 census of Ty Philip that you came across that states that Jane Jones is living at Ty Philip.

I am still to find out what happened to the surviving siblings. It seems there was one more sibling born between the census of 1871 and 1881 as John Jones says there were 9 children in all, but I had only accounted for 8.

So Mary, Owen and one unknown plus John survived. I would dearly love to find a living third cousin of the Ty Philip family one day to talk to!

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your initial help. It really encouraged me to continue my hunt and now I have the reward of understanding how my Great Grandfather came to Australia.
Kind regards,
Libby Jones

Thanks for your enquiry Libby. If anyone can help, Libby can be contacted via