This page is dedicated to Mrs Mair Davies, a local historian, who has so kindly supplied me with details of Newborough's history. It is also in remembrance of her forebears, and the women who, in Mrs Davies' words, 'worked the marram grass'.


Newborough, My Village
by Mrs Mair Davies
1901 Head of Households
1901 Mat Makers
Sir John Prichard-Jones
William Jones, Master Mariner
John William "Bullocky" Jones
Llys Rhosyr
St Peters Church
Ken F. Williams' Welsh Ancestry
Anne Williams, born 1827, Cae Crwn.
The Pen Wal Story
William Thomas, Tyddyn Plwm
Richard Harold Aubrey
Anglesey Memories - Stephen Lyons
Links to other Newborough websites

Historian Mrs Mair Davies, kindly shares her knowledge of her beautiful Newborough.
The following is a transcript of a piece Mrs Davies performed to camera.

Mrs Mair Davies
'Mair o Rosyr'
1926 - 2012

I am very interested in the history of Newborough, my village.

In 1303, the people of Llanfaes had proved to be too warlike and military minded and were used to seafaring and trading. When the Anglo Saxons conquered Gwynedd, and fortified Beaumaris Castle, they decided that the people of Llanfaes were a problem, and so they were moved to a new borough. Hence the unusual arrangement of four streets in a rectangle on the eastern most volcanic fold of Anglesey.

So my forebears could well be some of those from Llanfaes, with the original people who lived here, of the Rhosfair, Rhosyr community.

In the 16th Century, storms swept from the sea, throwing sand inland all over Britain. Queen Elizabeth issued a law, if you like, that marram grass had to be planted on all sanddunes that had caused such problems. Newborough was one of the villages, that was covered in sand. The sand was removed from the streets, the gardens and houses and placed into one field.

Marram grass
Photo copyright and courtesy of Robin Drayton
Reproduced here by licence

It is noticeable that the field is on higher ground, above the road, than any other field in the area. It is called Cae Pen Bonc. Ponc is the bank of sand, and the house adjoining it is called Pen Bonc, which is the translation of course.

People will remember the field as the one where the Anglesey Esiteddfod was held in 1984.

However, marram grass became a way of earning a living for the women of Newborough, who worked the marram grass mats. The mats were taken over to the foot of Caernarfon Castle, where they were sold and snapped up by the local farmers, for people who still had eathern floors. A long mat of marram grass was made for the long aisle of St Peter's Church Newborough.

That trade eventually died. It was noted in the 18th century, when Sir John Wynne Bart, of Glynllifon, across in Caernarfonshire, was escorting the Duke of Bedford, Jasper Tudor, to be Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He must have crossed with horse and carriage, which was possible at one certain time and certain tides, by Pen Lon, and passed the Ship Inn. Pen Lon was then a port on the arc of the bay, on the Menai Strait side of  Aber Menai Point.

In travelling through Newborough, he noted with some surprise, that there were no people rushing out with hands outstretched, pleading for charity. He also noted that the women were sitting at their doorways, chatting with each other, and working the marram grass mats, which were supplied not only in Anglesey, but also taken across to Caernarfonshire.

 Mat making was revived again by Colonel Cotton, early in the last century, and a photograph was taken of Colonel Cotton with the women of Newborough, working the marram grass. My great aunt is one of them in the photograph, modrub Leisa, Elizabeth Roberts.

Pictured here are;
Back row; Ann Jane Jones (Pant), Margaret Humphries (Bryn Teg), Catherine Roberts (Tyn Lon Bach)
Middle Row; Mary Roberts (Sein Fawr), Leisa Roberts (Plas Pydewa), Jane Parry (Twnti), Rebecca Lewis (Llain Pwll), Lowri Lewis (Tan y Ffynnon), Elin Edwards (Ty Mawr),.
Front row; Elin Jones (Sgubor Ddu), Margaret Jones (Plas Pydewa), Colonel Stapleton Cotton, Mrs Jenkins (the vicar's wife and secretary of the Newborough Matmakers' Association, founded in 1913 by Colonel Cotton), Elin Jones (Institute), Margaret Owen (Tyn Llan).
She was my mother's aunt, and in the picture,  she's holding one of the marram grass ropes in her hand, second from the left at the back.

I remember the last member of that group of women, but I can't recognise her in that photograph. She was Margiad Wmffra, who lived in a cottage with an adjoining hut, or wash house. In there would be the tub, the scrubbing board and a bar of red soap, and it was called the cwt golchi, the wash house. I remember her sitting outside on a chair, with a bucket of water and the marram grass cut to the required lengths for weaving and soaking in the bucket to soften it.

The women were then able to plait the grass to make the mats. Margiad was the last one in 1930. It was revived again, but only as a sort of token.

I remember, here and there in the warren, seeing the stooks of the marram grass, still tall and cut, ripening there for the autumn. Women used to go and harvest it. Then they'd go and work by Pandy Mill.

The stream used to run from underground, below Cae Ty Gwyn, where the footballers used to play. If you go a few yards from Bryn Felin, you'll see the stream coming out from underground, as it flows all the way down to the sea at Pandy Mill.

I remember as a child, seeing the mill wheel, the four windows and the doorway, but you could not get in the building. The last time I saw it, many, many, years later, all I could see was a bit of the roof. The sand had come in and hidden everything. That was where the women used to gather to work the marram grass mats and the men would sort of saunter over and chat with them, while they worked there.

When I was 4, after the marram grass had been revived, my father carried me on his shoulders for the first time to Llanddwyn.

Llanddwyn is a Holy Island to us, a most important place, and always will be, with Dwynwen's holy well. It's there that some of our forebears over the centuries, are buried around the ruin of  Dwynwen's Church. Dwynwen had a Church and Abbey and a spring of pure water, that as children, we used to go and drink out of with our cupped hands.

Church, lighthouse and Cross
Photo copyright and courtesy of Eric Jon
Reproduced here by licence

The Saints living there were reclusive. They were not hermits, and they preferred to be on an island, which Llanddwyn was at certain tides, until the breakwater was built, so that people could go to them and talk to them, asking for advice and guidance. Dwynwen was noted as the Saint of Lovers and they would go to her for special advice. 

People still go to Llanddwyn to remember Dwynwen and the spring of pure water in the rocks nearby.
There are other similar islands like Ynys Enlli, where the poet tells that 20,000 saints are buried, but also all over the country and even in other countries in Europe.

Lourdes is the most important noticeable one, and of course there was Saint James of Compostela in Spain.

It was believed in the time of the Pilgrimages, and Crusades, that one Pilgrimage to Jerusalem, would make sure you got to heaven. It needed two to Canterbury and Rome, and places like Llanddwyn would be on a smaller scale, but were also considered to be places to go on a Pilgrimage.

The cawri, or cockle shells on Llanddwyn, which we call Cregyn Iago in Welsh, James's shells, which were  white clam shells, stood as his symbol.

Click here to read more about St James of Compostela

St James' shell

Ruins of St Dwynwen's Church
Photo copyright and courtesy of Robin Drayton
Reproduced here by licence

We in the Church of St Peter, have always held an annual service with communion at the ruined site of the Church on Llanddwyn Island.

There's no sign of the Abbey, but of course it makes me believe, but I could possibly be wrong, that the stones were used to build the cottages and the two lighthouses, but I don't know - that's pure supposition, but where else would they have gone?

Working the marram grass gave Newborough people a tremendous sense of wellbeing and self regard. We Newborough people therefore, have this very proud tradition. We do remember that our village had special qualities, consisting of a mixture of people from Llanfaes, as I said earlier and the people who were here before, and Llanddwyn, our Holy Island.

(gan Mair o Rosyr)

Gyda dwr o Ffynnon Wili
Bara a chaws o gwpwrdd mam,
Dyddiau hafaidd syml dedwydd
Oedd plentyndod pur di-nam

Yn y man fe ddaeth y rhyfel,
Olion brwydro dros y tir,
Llong yn dryllio ar draeth Penrhos,
Arfau enbyd uwch y sir.

Gweld adfael lle bu eglwys
Santes Dwynwen 'r oes a fu;
Hi oedd santes y cariadon
Heidiant ati eto'n llu.

Rhes bythynnod a goleudy
Y fath harddwch, y fath fro,
Ffynnon bur ar gwr y creigiau
Cregin Iago yn y gro.

Ar ein sanctaidd Ynys Llanddwyn
Heibio'r traethau ar ei hynt,
Erys eto i'm hudolaeth
Y baradwys a fu gynt.


 Llanddwyn Island
Photo copyright and courtesy of Ian Cleland
Reproduced here under licence

So those are the historical facts about the history of Newborough, and we still have that certain feeling of self-worth accordingly.

My personal thanks go to Mrs Mair Davies and Linda John,
for supplying this wonderful information on Newborough.


If you have any family connection with the people featured here, and would like to share some information, I would love to hear from you.KD.
Please contact me on
Llanddwyn Island

Pilots Cottages, Llanddwyn
Photo copyright and courtesy of Eric Jones
Reproduced here by licence

1 Thomas Williams, 61, married, Trinity Pilot, born Llanidan.
2 Richard Hughes, 50, married, Trinity Pilot, born Llanfaelog.
3 Henry Jones, 33, single, Trinity Pilot, born Newborough.
4 William Jones, 29, married, Trinity Pilot, born Newborough

Elizabeth Jones of Tai Pilot in the 1930's with her donkey 'Biddy'. Elizabeth used to fetch weekly groceries from Newborough.

Pandy; Ann Hughes, 81, widow, born Newborough
Tyn y Coed; Hugh Lewis, 45, married, farmer, born Nwborough. 
Ty'n Lon; Owen Williams, 57, married , farmer, born Gaerwen
Ty'n Pant; Jane Jones, 68, widow, mat maker own account, born Newborough.
Ty'n y Cae; Thomas Roberts, 32, farmer, born Newborough

Mill Bank; Griffith Jones, 60, married, Shoemaker - boots, born Anglesey
Gwnhingen (?); David Thomas, 52, married, farmer, born
Rhosydd; uninhabited
Clwtgwlyb; uninhabited
Tir Forgan; uninhabited
Erw Wen; uninhabited
Hafotty; John Owen, 52, single farmer, born Newborough.
Tir Mawr; Edward Hughes, 45, married, house painter, born Newborough
Ty'n Llidiart; Thomas Owen, 52, married, general labourer, born Newborough
Carregyn Eithin; Ellen Jones, 60, single, farmer, born Newborough
Bryn Menai; Mary E. Jones, 39, Master Mariner's wife, born Newborough
Rallt Gwta; Ellen Roberts, 62, widow, born Newborough

Hendre, John Hughes, 39, married farmer, born Newborough
Tyddyn; Thomas Roberts, 56, married, farmer, born Llangaffo
Ty'n y Graig; uninhabited
Maes y Ceirchdir; Griffith R. Jones, 64, widower, farmer, born Newborough.
Cae'r Ychain; Thomas Jones 44, married, stone mason - waller, born Newborough
Cae'r Traian; John Williams, 22, single, joiner carpenter, born Newborough.

Tyddyn Plwm; William Thomas, 55, married, farmer, born Newborough

1901 Census Tyddyn Plwm
Information relating to this family can be found further down the page, courtesy of Mags Crook.

William Thomas 55, and his family had returned to his family home at Tyddyn Plwm, where he farmed and worked as a Joiner. Wife Mary was 50, daughters Mary 13, Anne 12 and son Thomas O. 7 were all born in Newborough. All were Welsh speaking.

Goitan; William Lloyd, 40, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Tan y Graig; Gayney Jones, 58, single farmer, born Llangeinwen
Gallt y Rhedyn; Richard Thomas, 41, married, farmer, born Llantrisant

Lane leading to Gallt y Rhedyn
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Farmer Richard Thomas, 41 and his family lived at Gallt Y Rhedyn. He was born in Llantrisant. His wife Margaret was 37 and born in Trefdraeth as were four of their 5 children living at home. Jane, 14, worked as a mat maker at home, Miriam was 13, Richard, 11, Maggie E., 8 and daughter Ellen C, 4, was born in Newborough. The family only spoke Welsh.

Ty'n y Goedan; Jane Hughes, 83, widow, farmer, born Newborough 
Tal y Braich; Robert Roberts, 70, married, retired mariner,
born Newborough
Ty Lawr; Owen Jeffrey Jones, 44, married Farmer, J.P., born Newborough

Clynnog Road,
John Jones, 31, married, potato and carrot dealer, born Gwalchmai
Hugh Williams, 32, married, general labourer, born Trefdraeth
William Lloyd, 70, married, general labourer, born Aberffraw

Pen y Wal; David Jones, head, 60, potato and carrot dealer, working on his own own account, Rebecca, wife, 60, Jane, daughter, 21, mat maker working at home Mary, daughter, 19, mat maker working at home, David, son, 17, carter at home, Maggie Roberts, granddaughter, 13

Photo courtesy of William Bramhill.

Grave of David Jones, his wife Margaret and young daughter Laura.
David is shown as aged 17 in the census entry.
Click here to visit the Penwal story

Glan 'Rafon; Catherine Williams, 47, widow, farmer, born Bangor
Cader Lantin; unihabited.
Long Shipping; Griffith Jones, 42, widower, farmer, born Gwalchmai

Abermaenai Road;
2 houses uninhabited
William Owen, 50, married, general labourer, born Llangeinwen.
John Carvel, 43, married, plateman, slate quarry, born Trefdraeth
1 house uninhabited
Margaret Griffiths, 50, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Ellen Evans, 65, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Hugh Roberts, 41, married, Cockle Merchant, born Newborough.

Pen Lon; Owen Rowlands, 59 married, potato & carrot merchant, b Newborough
Glan Menai; William Jones, 63, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Bron y Gadair, Robert Jones, 32, married, car driver, born Newborough.

Pen Llyn; Owen W. Owen 29 married potato & carrot dealer, born Newborough

Pen Ras Terrace;
Elizabeth Williams, 29, married, born Llanddaniel
Jane Williams, 26, married, born Newborough.
Owen Roberts, 60, married, general labourer, born Llangadwaladr

Dyffryn Lane;
Caravan; Noah Boswell, 49, "married", occupation not known, born Shropshire

Pendre Bach; Catherine Jones, 49, widow, farmer, born Trefdraeth
Cerrig  Ewydd; Hugh Owen Williams, 26 ag. labourer, born Newborough
Bryn Hyfryd; John Williams, 54 married, Ret. Master Mariner, b Newborough
Cae Coch; Thomas Thomas, 55, widower, farmer, born Newborough.
Board School House; Daniel P. Jones, 38, married, Schoolmaster, b Llandegai
Llain East; Robert Edwards, 39, married slate quarryman, born Llangadwaladr

Neuadd Wen; John Hughes, 58, married, weigher slate quarry, born Gwalchmai 
Ty Newydd; Robert Roberts, 52, married, ag labourer, born Bethesda
Ty Mwdeval; Mary Williams, 55, widow, farmer, born Llangeinwen
Glan Rhos; John Griffiths, 71, married, farmer, born Trefdraeth
Caer Gors, Thomas Williams, 66, married, farmer, born Trefdraeth
Caeau Bychion; Robert Jones, 80, widower, farmer, born Llandyrnog
Frondeg Uchaf; Robert Roberts 66, married, farmer, born Llangaffo
Frondeg Isaf; Mary Roberts, 54 widow, born Llanfairathafarn
Bron Efail; Ann Jones, 44, widow, farmer, born Llangaffo.

Refail Uchaf;
Edward Jones, 80, widower, living on own means, b. Llangeinwen
John Jones, 36, married, ag. labourer, born Llangadwaladr.
Jane Davies, 60, widow, charwoman, born Llanedwen
William Williams, 58, married, slate quarryman, born Gwalchmai.

Dafarn Bridd;
William Jones, 32, married, ag, labourer, born Llangaffo.
Owen Jones, 30, married, ag.labourer, born Brynsiencyn
Robert Williams, 25, married, ag. labourer, born Aberfffraw.
Owen Pritchard, 51, married, ag. labourer, born Gwalchmai.
John Edwards, 51, married, ag. labourer, born Trefdraeth.
Margaret Williams, 24, married, born Llangaffo.

Cefn Mawr Isaf; Annie Wynne Hughes, 75 widow, own means,
born Llangeinwen
Cefn Mawr Uchaf; John Williams, 47, married, farmer, born Newborough
Caeau Gwynion; William Jones, 62, married, farmer, born Newborough

Caeau Gwynion
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Reproduced here by licence

William Jones 62, farmed Caeau Gwynion with his wife Catherine 53, who was born in Liverpool. William and the couple's children were all Newborough born. John 27 and Henry 18 worked on the farm, Anne Jane was 15, and Robert Hugh was 12. Mother Catherine was the only bilingual member of the family the others spoke only Welsh

Graianfryw; Catherine Jones, 59, widow, own means, born Newborough
Ty Main; Robert Williams, 32, married, farmer, born Llangeinwen
Tyddyn Pwrpas; Ann Jones, 57, married, born Newborough
Rhen Dy; John Roberts, 38, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Ty'n Rhos; uninhabited.
Ty'n Coed; Hugh Owen, 58, married, farmer, born Caernarvon
Ty Mawr; Isaac Hughe, 47, farmer & gent insurance, born Prestatyn
Bryniau; Michael Jones, 36, single, farmer, bornLlandyfydog.
Glynteg; Griffith John Jones, 36, married, farmer, born Newborough 

Tyddyn Fawd; Richard Jones, 49, married, farmer, born Llangoed.
Tan Lan; William Jones, 52, married, farmer, born Newborough

Tan Lan farm buildings.
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William Jones 52 of Newborough, farmed Tan Lan, with his wife Margaret 43 of Llanidan. The couple lived initially at Llanfechell where their children were born. William was 13, Catherine M. 12, Hugh Evans 10, John Owen 8, David Thomas 5 and Margaret Ann was 3. They were all Welsh speakers.

Cerrig Mawr; William Parry, 55, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Bryn Madog; Thoams Williams, 81, widower, farmer, born Llanfairyneubwll
Melin Ffrwd; William Roberts, 47, single, farmer, born Newborough.
Tyddyn Bach; Owen Jones, 35, married, rockman slate quarry, b. Newborough
Tan Bryn Madog; uninhabited

Glan Traeth; Owen Edwards, 57, widower, farmer, born Llangadwaladr.
Clogwyn Llwyd; Richard Jones, 43, married, ag. labourer, born Newborough (feeble minded)
Clogwyn; Robert Roberts, 35, married, ag. labourer, born Llangwyfan.
Caer Glynol; Robert Thomas, 37, married, slate quarry lab. b. Llanfairyneubwll.
Rhedyn Coch Bach; Hugh Roberts, 31, married, ag. labourer, born Newborough.

Rhedyn Coch Mawr; Richard Jones, 49, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Bryn Ffynoydd; Robert Roberts; 30, married, farmer, born Llangaffo.
Bryn Sinc; Lewis Lewis, 30, married, farmer & rate collector, b Newborough.
Tir Bodfel; William Jones, 39, single, farmer, born Newborough.
Offt; Hugh Roberts, 28, married, ag. labourer, born Llangeinwen

Cefn Bychan; Richard Thomas, 32, married, farmer, born Llangwnadl.
Tyddyn Waen; Elizabeth Williams, 54, single, at home, born Newborough.
Ty Gwyn; John Jones, 56, married, retired sailor, born Newborough. 

Cambrian House; Robert Griffiths, 31, single, Draper, born Newborough.
White Lion, John Owen, 55, married, Publican, born Llanidan.
Hendre Terrace; Margaret Roberts, 53, widow, born Dwyran
Hendre Terrace; uninhabited.
Bronderwydd; Hugh Evans, 58, married, ret. Master Mariner, b Llanfair Math .
Sign Hare; Benjamin Lewis, 43, married, general carrier, born Llangadwaladr. 
Glanffynon; uninhabited.

Glanffynon; Joseph Roberts, 60, married, castrator vets, born Llandwrog.
New Chamber; Elizabeth Jones, 73, widow, mat maker, born Newborough
New Chamber; Jane Williams, 77, widow, mat maker, born Clynnog.
New Chamber; Robert Williams, 31, married gamekeeper, rabbit catcher, born Newborough.
Bronheulog; Ann Jones, 45, married, born Newborough.
Ty Mawr; Jane Roberts, 61, widow, own means, born Newborough
Ty Mawr; Thomas Lewis, 48, married, general labourer, born Ceirchiog
Dywades; Catherine Williams, 62, single, farmer, born Aberffraw.
Tyddyn Tlodion; Daniel Hughes, 76, married farmer, born Llangefni.
Tai Ty'n Buarth; Catherine Jones, 47, single, own means, born Newborough.
Tai Ty'n Buarth, William Rowlands, 34, married, general labourer, born Newborough.
Tai Ty'n Buarth; William Rowlands, 75, widower, Old sailor pauper, born Newborough.

Pen Rallt, Thomas Jones, 77, married, stone mason, born Llanidan.
Wesleyan Chapel.
Chapel House; uninhabited.

Boston Terrace;
1 uninhabited
Catherine Rowlands, 51, single, mat maker, born Newborough.
Thomas Jones, 28, married, carter on farm, born Newborough.
Elizabeth Edwards, 52, married, sailor's wife, born Newborough.

Minffordd; Owen Williams, 44, married, railway porter, born Newborough.
Plas Pella; 2 uninhabited.
Pen Bonc, Mary Owen, 59, widow, dairy farmer, born Llangeinwen.
Llain Pwll; uninhabited
Tyn Lon Bach; William Roberts, 35, married, cattleman on farm, b Newborough
Tyn Lon Bach; Hugh Hughes, 38, married,  general labourer, born Newborough
Tyn Lon Bach; John Owen, 52, married, general labourer, born Llangadwaladr
Twnti; Richard Parry, 67, married, cattle dealer, born Newborough
Twnti; Owen M. Williamson. 60, single, retired schoolmaster, born Newborough.

St Thomas Church of England Mission House.
Talbraith Terrace;
Margaret Roberts, 56, widow, grocer, born Llanfihangel,
Margaret Jones, 43, married, seaman's wife,born Newborough.
Fanny Roberts, 27, married, seaman's wife, born Newborough
Warehouse; Richard T. Roberts, 59, married, merchant tailor clothier, born Llangefni
Malltraeth Street; Jane Rowlands, 62, widow, mat maker, born Newborough
Cae Coch; Ellin Williams, 66, widow, midwife, born Newborough.
Cae Coch; Catherine Griffiths, 75 widow, born Newborough.
Cae Coch; John Hughes, 37, married slate quarryman, born Trefdraeth
Rhouse; William M. Williams, 58, married, farmer, born Newborough.
Gorphwysfa; William Williams, 40, married, joiner carpenter, born Llanidan.
Pengongl; 3 uninhabited.
Pendre St; 1 uninhabited 
Plas Newydd Shop; David Jones, 40, married, grocer, born Newborough.

Shop Pendre St; Elizabeth Williams, 56, single, grocer, born Newborough
Pwllgro; Robert H. Roberts, 30, married, syonemason, born Newborough
Pwllgro;William Rowlands. 44, married joiner carpenter, born Newborough

Pendre St;
Margaret Hughes, 44, married, slate quarry labourer's wife, born Newborough
Mary Roberts, 51, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Rowland Jones, 23, married, general labourer, born Newborough.
Robert Jones, 56, married, general labourer, born Trefdraeth.

Pant Glascoed; Robert Jones, 61, married, rope maker, born Newborough.
Richard Jones, 50, married, stone quarryman, born Newborough.
Glascoed; Jane Jones, 37, wife, born Holyhead.
Ty'n Gerddi; Ellin Williams, 52, married, laundress, born Newborough.
Ty'n Gerddi; uninhabited.
Ty'n Gerddi; David D. Davies, 33, married, Wesleyan Lay Agent, born Rhiwlas.

Tyddyn Bagnall;
Dorothy Hughes, 68, widow, charwoman, born Newborough.
Margaret Jones, 41, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
Elizabeth Roberts, 23, married, mat maker, born Newborough.

Brynteg; Ann Williams, 64, single, laundress, born Dwyran
Nyth y Gog; Mary Rowlands, 59, widow, mat maker, born Pentraeth.
Tyddyn Bercyn; William Evans, 63, widower, general labourer, born Newborough.
Pendref; Ann Griffiths, 81, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Rectory; Henry W. Jenkins, 39, married, Clergyman C.of E., born Llanfihangel.
Haywals (?); Hugh Griffith, 33, married, merchant sailor, born Carnarfon.
Baronhill; John Jones, 61, married, retired master mariner, born Newborough.
Baronhill; William T. Williams, 36, married, master mariner, born Newbo

Baronhill Bach; These are Mair' Davies' grandparents, on her mother's side.
Hugh Owen, 48 , plasterer and slater, wife Mary 47, and children Thomas, 21 also a plasterer and slater, Anne Jane, 20, a dressmaker, Mary 10, and Hugh I. aged 3.
Mair's mother, Elizabeth, born around 1893, was not at home aon the night of the census.

Pant; uninhabited.
Sign Delyn; David Owen, 56, married, shoemaker boots, born Newborough.
Sign Delyn; Mary Lewis, 45, widow, mat maker, born Llanddeilionen.
Plas Newydd Terrace; John Williams, 64, married, rabbit catcher, born Newborough.
Police Station; Richard Thomas, 40, married, Police Officer (County), born Penmon.
Welsh Baptist Chapel.

Baptist Chapel House; Robert Edwards, 47, married, general labourer, b Dolbenmaen.
Shop; Francis Hughes, 59, married, farmer & grocer, born Gwalchmai.
Madryn House; William Lewis, 53 married, grocer, born Newborough.
Bangor House; Mary Williams, 54, single, grocer, born Newborough.
Cae Crwn; Robert Williams, 51, married, grocer, born Llangadwaladr.
Chapel St; William Smith, 59, married, tailor & draper, born Llangeinwen.
Corn Coch; Richard Jones, 31, married, carrier, born Newborough.
Carrog House; Mary Hughes, 26, married, draper & grocer, born Saltney.

Chapel St;
Ellin Roberts, 63, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Griffith Jones, 75, married, painter, born Carnarfon.
Ty'n Gate; Mary Owen 76, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Ty'n Gate; William Williams, 57, married, general labourer,
born Cerrig Ceinwen.
Chapel St;
Hugh Evans, 54, married, corn & flour dealer, born Newborough.
Richard Lewis, 51, married, ag. labourer, born Llangaffo.
Owen Roberts, 29, married, general labourer, born Newborough.
Owen Griffith, 74,married, sail maker, born Llangadwaladr.
Ellin Jones, 37, single, on own means, born Newborough.

Chapel View; Ann Pierce, 49, married, sailor's wife, born Newborough.
Flour Warehouse.

Rhine Isaf;
Elizabeth Williams, 39, single, mat maker, born Newborough.
Evan Hughes, 80, widower, general carrier, born Bodedern.
John Jones, 70, widower, broom maker rush, born Newborough.
5 uninhabited.
Robert Humphreys, 43, married broom maker brush, born Newborough.

Shop Isaf; Ellin Williams, 67, widow, dressmaker, born Llangaffo.
Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel.
Chapel House; Elizabeth Green, 64, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Bodinsworth (?); Hugh Jones, 73, married, retired pilot, born Newborough.
Mona Home; uninhabited.
Chapel St; Owen Lewis, 81, widower, retired joiner, carpenter,
born Newborough.

Sign Fawr; Owen Roberts, 31, married, sailor, born Newborough.
Ty'n Pydew; uninhabited.
Sign Fawr;
Ellin Williams, 82, widow, pauper, born Newborough.
Catherine Thomas, 70, widow, own means,born Bethel.
1 unihabited.
Penrhyn House, John Jones, 47, married, grocer shopkeeper, born Bethel.

1901 Census Penrhyn House
Information relating to this family can be found further down the page, courtesy of Mags Crook.

John Jones, 47 a grocer and Shopkeeper was born in Bethel, Caernarfonshire. Wife Elizabeth was 22, and the couple had an 8 year old son, Esiah, born in Newborough.

Sign Fawr;
Ellin Owen, 69, single, mat maker, born Newborough.
1 uninhabited.
Jane Williams, 66, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.

Plas Pydewau;
Jane Williams, 44, single, grocer shopkeeper, born Newborough.
Catherine Lewis, 53, single, living on own means, born Newborough.
Henry Price, 82, widower, general labourer, born Llangefni.
Lewis Hughes, 58, married, stonemason, born Newborough.

Church St; Hugh Williams, 61, married, grocer butcher, born Newborough.
Llain Stent; Margaret Jones, 30, slate quarrier's wife, born Newborough.
Llain Stent; Ellin Lewis, 72, widow, born Newborough.
Welsh Congregational Chapel.

Soar Terrace;
William Roberts, 38, married, born Newborough.
William M. Owen, 25, married, carter on farm, born Newborough.
Richard Roberts, 41, married, carter on farm, born Newborough. 
Thomas Roberts, 55, married, tailor, born Newborough.
5 uninhabited.

Careg Eglwys; Elizabeth Williams, 64, widow, born Gwalchmai,
Ysgubor Ddu; Owen Williams, 38, married, general labourer, born Newborough.
Ysgubor Ddu; Rachel Williams, 47, married. born Llanddona.
Ysgubor Ddu; uninhabited.
College; Owen Williams, 52, married, sailor, born Newborough.
Spier House; David Williams, 45, married, slate quarryman, born Malltraeth.
Ty Newydd; Owen Owens, 58, married, ag. labourer, born Anglesey.
Ty Newydd; Mary Edwards, 72, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Fair View; John Williams, 36, married, slate quarryman, born Trefdraeth.
Fair View; Owen Jones, 36, married, blacksmith, born Llangadwaladr.

Solomon Williams, 26, married, slate quarryman, born Brynsiencyn.
Catherine Parry, 62, widow, mat maker, born Newborough.
John Williams, 52, married, mason's lasbourer, born Holyhead.
Ann Owen, 28, single, mat maker, born Newborough.
Thomas Jones, 40, single, general labourer, born Newborough.

Ty Rallt; Ellin Pritchard, 53, widow, farmer, born Newborough.
Bryngoleu; Annie Morgan, 20, single, dressmaker, born Llangadwaladr.
Bryngoleu; Hugh Hughes, 61, single, builder, born Newborough.
Bron Rallt; Jane Jones, 61, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Bron Rallt; John Jones, 86, married, retired mariner, born Newborough.
Tanffynon; Thomas Williams, 52, married, slate quarryman, born Newborough.
Tanffynon; Catherine Roberts, 56, widow, own means, born Newborough.
Tanffynon; Robert Roberts, 56, married, stone mason, born Gwalchmai.

Henblas; Evan Jones, 70, married, general carrier, born Newborough.
Tynffynon; Edward Roberts, 33, single, slate quarryman,
born Newborough.
Tynffynon; Catherine Williams, 76, widow, own means, born Llangefni.
Coedana; Thomas Hughes, 46, married, coal dealer, born Newborough.
Coedana; Robert Williams, 41, married, butcher, born Llanddeusant.
Church St; John Lewis, 42, single, general labourer, born Trefdraeth. 
Church St, Joiner's Shop; uninhabited.




Jane Jones, 81, widow, working at home, Ty'n y Pant,
on own account
Mary Jones, 14, single, worker at home, Ty'n Llidiart.
Maggie Williams, 26, single, worker at home, Cae'r Traian.
Jane Thomas, 14, single, worker at home, Gallt y Rhedyn
Ellen Roberts, 78, widow, working at home, Clynnog Road,
on own account.
Jane Jones, 21, single, worker at home, Pen y Wal.
Mary Jones, 19, worker at home, Pen y Wal.
Margaret Griffiths, 50, widow, working at home, Abermenai Road,
on own account.
Ellen Evans, 65, widow, working at home, Abermenai Road,
on own account.
Margaret Rowlands, 19, worker at home,  Pen Lon.
Jane Williams, 77, widow, working at home, New Chamber,
on own account.
Sarah Williams, 34, single, working at home, New Chamber,
on own account.
atherine Rowlands, 51, single, working at home, Boston Terrace, on own account.
Jane Rowlands, 62, widow, working at home, Malltraeth St,
on own account.

Mary Roberts, 51, widow, working at home, Pendre Street,
on own account.
Margaret Jones, 41, widow, working at home, Tyddyn Bagnall,
on own account.
Ellen Jones, 36, single, working at home, Tyddyn Bagnall,
on own account. 
Mary Rowlands, 59, widow, working at home, Nyth y Gog,
on own account.
Jane Owen, 20, single, working at home, Sign Delyn,
on own account.
Mary Owen, 18, single, working at home, Sign Delyn,
on own account.
Mary Lewis, 45, widow,working at home, Sign Delyn,
on own account.
Catherine Lewis, 21, single, worker at home, Sign Delyn.
Mary Lewis, 18, single, worker at home, Sign Delyn

Catherine I. Williams,24,single,working at home, Plas Newydd Terrace, own account
Elizabeth Williams, 39, single, working at home, Rhine Isaf,
on own account.

Kate Williams, 17, single, working at home, Sing Fawr,
on own account. 

Ellin Owen, 69, single working at home, Sign Fawr,
on own account.

Jane Williams, 66, widow, working at home, Sign Fawer,
on own account.

Catherine Parry, 62, widow, working at home, Tanrofft,
on own account.

Jane Parry, 42, single, working at home, Tanrofft,
on own account.

Mary Jones, 46, single, working at home, Tanrofft,
on own account.

Ann Owen, 28, single, working at home, Tanrofft,
on own account.


John Prichard-Jones was the son of Richard Jones and Jane Hughes, who lived at Tyn y Coed, Newborough. Richard, was born in Newborough around 1804 and Jane in Llandwrog around 1809.

In 1841 they are recorded as living at Tyn y Coed, both aged 35 respectively. This due to the rounding of ages made at that time on the census for adults. Richard was a farmer, and living with them were their children Elinor 15, Richard 9, William 6, Owen 4 and John, 1 month.

1851 saw Richard 47, this time working as a shoemaker, with wife Jane 42, John 10 and Catherine 19.

Ten years later, in 1861, Richard was again recorded as a farmer of 25 acres, aged 57, Jane was 52. Daughter Catherine 29 bears the surname Hughes, and she had no occupation. Living with them was Jane's brother, Hugh, aged 39, a mariner.

The couple were farming just 8 acres at Tyn y Coed in 1871, with Richard now 67, Jane 62 and her brother Hugh, 49, still a mariner.

Richard, 77, had retired by 1881, wife Jane was 72. Hugh was not at that address on census night. 

Jane had died by the 1891 census, which saw Richard, 87 living in the household of his son William aged 56, at Tyddyn . William's wife Jane was 46 and they had two servants, Elizabeth Griffiths 19 and John Rowlands 15.

John Pritchard-Jones 19, had left home by 1861, when he living as a lodger at 12 Bridgewater Square, Cripplegate, in the parish of St Giles without. John was then a draper's assistand. His landlord, Ellis Jones 61, was a flannel dealer born in Ffestiniog, and Ellis' wife Ann 57, hailed from Denbigh.

Twenty years later, John was a Master Draper, living at 19, Victoria Road, Willesden, Middlesex, with his wife Mary C. aged 23. Their general servant living with them was Sarah A. W. Teall, of Gloucestershire. John's first wife was  Jane Williams.

In 1891, John Pritchard-Jones was 47, and a Silk Mercer, living at Lorine House, Greencroft Gardens, St John's, Hampstead. Mary was 33, their domestic servants being Frances Battershell, 22 of St Georges, London and Alice L. Piggott, 22 of Marylebone. 

Sir John Prichard-Jones presented this Institute to the people of Newborough and district in 1905, as a gift.
Below are six Almshouses, adjacent to the Institute.

St Peter's Churchyard, Newborough

Sir John Pritchard-Jones died on the 17th October 1917,
and is buried at St Peters Church


Industrialist and Civic Leader.
By Mair Davies

(additional information courtesy of the Australian Dictionary of Biography)

A member of a Newborough family had the drive to make a success in life, but it was in Tasmania that he settled down and where his life's work is commemorated in a museum.

He showed a love of the sea when only a boy in Newborough. William (Billy) Jones, the second son of Robert and Margaret (nee Griffiths) Jones, White Lion, was born on the 5th May 1842, and baptised into the Church of England as it was then, at St Peter's Church. He had three brothers, John, Richard and Owen Jeffreys, and four sisters, Ellen, Ann, Mary Ellen and Margaret. In 1851, the family are recorded as living at Malltraeth Street, Newborough. Robert was 48, and farming 300 acres, Margaret was 36 and children John 15, Robert 12, Ellen 10, William 8 Mary Ellen 2 and Margaret was just one month old. 

His father, Robert who also kept the tavern and farmed, died at the White Lion in 1867 at the age of 67. William's mother then moved to Tyddyn, the family farm, where she died in 1886, aged 73. Both his parents came from families with strong seafaring traditions.

William, who was named after his uncle, a sea captain, worked on the ferry boat 'Menai', running between Caernarfon and Anglesey until he was eighteen. From the age of ten to twelve, William was persuaded by his uncle, who recognised the value of education, to attend the village school and the Caernarfon Maritime College. Just before his nineteenth birthday, his uncle Henry, captain of the 'Prince Consort' took him on as a deckhand at a shilling a month. In the family bible he wrote; "I left Liverpool on March 14, 1861, in the ship Prince Consort under Captain Henry Jones. We arrived at Williamstown, Australia on June 30, 1861".

The trip of 108 days made a man of him and he eventually sailed with his uncle, Captain William Jones, and elder brother who were already engaged in the intercolonial shipping trade. He married Martha Maria Dowling, the daughter of a well to do family on the 5 March 1863 at Table Cape, Tasmania and their mansion house was named 'Menai'. Billy never returned to Wales. He then became master of his uncle's ketch Margaret Chessell but, wanting his own ship, engaged William Mollison to build a schooner, the 'Onward', with which he traded.

William gave up the sea in 1872, and began as licensee of the Ship Inn, Marine Terrace. Alongside he built a store which became chandlery, grain-store, auction-mart and supplier of mining equipment to the developing Mt Bischoff and other mines. In 1875 he built Jones's (later the Bay View) Hotel and in 1878 his mansion, Menai.

In 1876 he bought Uplands, a farming property on Cooee Creek, and began a range of primary and secondary industries. He used water-power for a sawmill and built stables for a team of horses which dragged logs to the mill on a wooden-rail tramway. He found good clay in the creek-bed and built brick kilns. Then, establishing his own harbour at the mouth of the creek, he engaged William Mollison to build north-west Tasmania's first steamer, the Cambria, for exporting the bricks and timber. He built a soft-drink factory; used power from his water-wheel to churn butter at Emu Bay Butter Factory, of which company he was chairman of directors; grew pigs, slaughtered them at his own abattoir and cured them at his Brookside Bacon Factory.

Billy worked hard in the community for some thirty years. He became a shipping and estate agent as well as a property developer in his own right; a mining entrepreneur sponsoring prospectors on the west coast; and promoter of Blythe River Iron Mines Ltd. He was chairman of the Emu Bay Road Trust from 1879, first chairman of the Burnie Town Board in 1898, several times chairman of the licensing bench, a justice of the peace from 1889 and a foundation trustee of Burnie Institute, a group which built the first town hall. A warden of the Table Cape (later Burnie) Marine Board from 1875, Jones was harbourmaster in 1878-98. He was a member of the Poulett Masonic Lodge, Wynyard.

William is recorded as a ratepayer at Uplands Farm, Burnie, in the 1891 Electoral Roll, Legislative Council, in the district of Wellington, Tasmania for the year commencing April 1891.

He died on 21 April 1907 at Burnie and was buried in Wivenhoe cemetery, survived by his wife, a daughter and seven sons, most of whom bore Welsh names. A clock tower was erected on the town hall, demolished in 1976, to honour his memory, and Old Jones Pier, built in 1901, and a more recent general cargo berth, are named after him. A fine crayon portrait is displayed at Burnie Pioneer Village Museum. 

William Jones changed a small community into a thriving town and port. A quote from a paper in the museum at Burnie, Emu Bay, Tasmania, gives a description of his business interests in the town he helped develop. "William Jones became a legend in his own lifetime. He graduated from cabin-boy to captain within the space of a decade. He sailed his own ships and built an industrial empire - estate agent, farmer, miner, hotelier and proprietor of a multitude of other businesses". William was known as 'The King of Burnie'.

John, his elder brother, who was in Tasmania before William, married a Tasmanian girl and became a master mariner. He met his death on the Bass Strait run to Melbourne.

Richard was a pilot out of Liverpool and was drowned in Liverpool Bay in 1864. He is buried at St Peter's cemetery.

Owen Jeffries Jones, born 1857, left the sea after two years to farm 36 acres of land with his widowed mother, Margred at Tyddyn. He was to become a District and County Councillor, Guardian of the Poor, Churchwarden at St Peter's and Justice of the Peace. His second christian name, Jeffreys, was also the surname of the rector of the parish from 1851 to 1867, which is why the parents probably chose it for him. He is still remembered with affection by those who have childhood memories of his courtesy and kindness.

A sister Ellen, married and lived in London. One of her sons was the Rev. Cole, who for many years was Archdeacon of Montreal, Canada.

Ann another sister, married Thomas Jones who farmed the area.

Mary Ellen married Captain Williams, Bryn Menai.

Finally, sister Margaret, married a Captain Roberts and lived at Torquay, England.

click here to visit their website

click here to read about the mansion which is now a Hotel

It describes Captain William Jones as the
Uncrowned King of Burnie


1842 - 1907


I was both delighted and honoured to receive the following message, from Brent Fletcher, Melbourne. KD
I your website whilst researching  my Great Great Grandfather Captain William Jones of Burnie Tasmania.
Great to see your write up on him and pick up a few more facts on him and the Jones family. I have some photos of him and his enterprises if you would be interested.
I am extremely grateful to Brent for supplying the following text and photographs. KD.

William Jones, master mariner, industrialist and civic leader, was born at Newborough, Anglesey, Wales, second son of Robert Jones, hotelier at The White Lion Inn and farmer, and his wife Margaret, née Griffiths. He became a prominent West-Coast resident.

Above; The White Lion Inn, where William Jones was born in 1842
Below; the family farmhouse where William grew up

St Peters' Church, Newborough
where William Jones was Christened

Educated at Newborough County School and Caernarvon Maritime College, he worked as a lad on ferries across Menai Strait. 

He went to sea when only 14 years old, and in 1861 he became a deck-hand on the barque Prince Consort (right) bound for Australia where his uncle, Captain William Jones, and elder brother were already engaged in the intercolonial shipping trade; for two years he sailed with his uncle.

He followed a seafaring life as mate and master in the intercolonial trade for 18 years.

On 5 March 1863 at Table Cape, Tasmania, he married Martha Maria Dowling, member of a local pioneering family.

Her father was John Dowling, born on the 25th October 1807 in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and died on the 10th December, 1878 at Emu Bay. 

Her mother, Maria Turner was born in 1823 at Emu Bay and died on the 5th September 1853 in Launceston, Tasmania.

The Onward

William Jones then became master of his uncle's ketch Margaret Chessell but, wanting his own ship, engaged William Mollison to build at Burnie the Onward, pictured left, a schooner with which he traded until he 'came ashore' in 1872 to begin an enterprising mercantile and industrial career.

Jones became a principal in most steps to stimulate Burnie's development and for his devotion to community life and his business zeal he earned the title 'King of Burnie'.

He began as licensee of the Ship Inn, Marine Terrace, pictured here.
Alongside he built a store which became chandlery, grain-store, auction-mart and supplier of mining equipment to the developing Mt Bischoff and other mines.

In 1875 William built the Jones Hotel, pictured below, later called The Bay View Hotel. 

In 1876 he bought Uplands, a farming property on Cooee Creek, and began a range of primary and secondary industries. Next he started farming at Uplands, built a saw-mill, brickmaking plant, and chaffcutting ditto on Cooee Creek-running through the farm-at a cost of over £2ooo.

He used water-power for a sawmill and built stables for a team of horses which dragged logs to the mill.

He found good clay in the creek-bed and built brick kilns.

Then, establishing his own harbour at the mouth of the creek, he engaged William Mollison to build north-west Tasmania's first steamer, the Cambria, (left) for exporting the bricks and timber.

In 1878  Mr. Jones constructed his home, Menai, which he named after the Menai Straits Anglesey, Wales, his native country

He also erected a large brick general store and several shops and cottages at Burnie, and owned similar stores at Waratah and Zeehan.

An aerated water establishment at Cooee Creek also owes its 1878 Completion of wooden tramway from Mount Bischoff operations to Burnie.

Burnie 1880

Local production of bricks commence at Captain William Jones' Uplands Farm.
1893 Establishment of the Emu Bay Butter Factory Company by Captain William Jones.

Dairying and milk processing was another of these important early industries. 
Production of butter and cheese began in 1893.

William built a soft-drink factory; used power from his water-wheel to churn butter at Emu Bay Butter Factory, of which company he was chairman of directors; grew pigs, slaughtered them at his own abattoir and cured them at his Brookside Bacon Factory.

Such enterprise was typical of Jones's interests for thirty years. He became a shipping and estate agent as well as a property developer in his own right; a mining entrepreneur sponsoring prospectors on the west coast; and promoter of Blythe River Iron Mines Ltd.

Captain William Jones and his family
leave Menai for an outing in the 1890s.
The Menai is now an hotel,
Called The King of Burnie

He was chairman of the Emu Bay Road Trust from 1879, first chairman of the Burnie Town Board in 1898, several times chairman of the licensing bench, a justice of the peace from 1889 and a foundation trustee of Burnie Institute, a group which built the first town hall.

A warden of the Table Cape (later Burnie) Marine Board from 1875, Jones was harbourmaster in 1878-98.

He was a member of the Poulett Masonic Lodge, Wynyard.

Captain and Mrs Jones at Menai
with a grandson
1901 Completion of 600 foot Jones Pier, With a massive growth in trade by the end of the nineteenth century, the breakwater soon became inadequate to meet demand, and in 1899, the Marine Board decided to construct a new 600 foot wooden wharf on the leeward side of the breakwater.

He died on 21 April 1907 at Burnie and was buried in Wivenhoe cemetery, survived by his wife, a daughter and seven sons.

A clock tower was erected on the town hall, demolished in 1976, to honour his memory.

 A fine crayon portrait is displayed at Burnie Pioneer Village Museum.

Captain William Jones
I was delighted to receive the following e-mail from another relative of Captain William Jones, from Tasmania. KD 

It was with great interest I read the story of Captain William Jones. Thank you.

There are many family members still alive in Tasmania being direct descendants of Capt Jones.  Raymond Thomas Jones (86 years of age) and born at Burnie Tasmania is a Great Great Grandson and is my Father-in-Law.  His sister Lynette Munting lives in South Australia.

We have all learnt more from your link than anywhere else..thank you.  We were able to Google Earth where Williams parents worked/lived etc ...thank goodness for technology eh!

Kind regards
Julie Jones

Julie has kindly supplied the following information. KD

More info for you Ken on Captain William Jones.
This is from a small booklet of 46 pages that I was able to obtain from a secondhand bookshop.

When William Jones died on the 21st April, 1907, the little township of Burnie went into deeper mourning than ever before.

The newspapers of the day ran broadsheet column after column of tributes for three or four days.

Some of the tributes by men who knew William show the true esteem in which he was held. I quote some of them abridged.

"Burnie today may be described as the capital of the prosperous North West Coast. No one did more to bring about the change from a straggling seaside village than William Jones."

"William Jones either initiated or was one of the principals in almost every progressive step made for Burnie to attain its present situation."

"William Jones, as chairman or a director of all public bodies, had a say in nearly everything that transpired in Burnie. All his efforts were for the solidarity of the community and not for self-glorification. His hopeful, cheery outlook was a source of inspiration and a challenge to pessimists who could see only stagnation where the Captain predicted progress and prosperity."

"As a man filling many public positions he has done inestimable work for the advancement of the district."

Justices of the Peace attested in a motion of sympathy:
"We who knew him so well feel sure his strenuous life and public enterprise will act as a stimulus and example for others who follow him in the public life of this district."

 Here is another set of wonderful photos from Julie. 
She writes;

After a few trips to the mainland we have finally taken photos of Capt. W. Jones grave plus photos of the Menai
(now the King of Burnie Hotel exterior was updated in the 60's but still retains most of the homestead). 

On our arrival at the cemetery there was another man taking photos  ..I said to him " have you come for same reason as we have" his reply was "this was his father's (still seated in the car) he is the Grandson of the famous Captain" ...unbelievable coincidence that we should meet like that on that day and time.
The man I was talking with was Mark Jones... Mark's father is Thomas Anderson Jones son of Robert his brother Bevan Robert Jones past away this year. 
William John Jones (Peter.. my husband's Grandfather) was his half brother so we worked out!



MARK. 13.


Here are some more photos of the Menai (King of Burnie) original marble fire place (picture of The Onward on the mantle piece), stained glass window where the Captain W. Jones spent many an hour watching the ships enter. 
The new owner of the King of Burnie very kindly showed us the original home.


Some members of the
Jones Family
The photos were taken on Raymond's and Norma's
50th Wedding Anniversary
July 16th 1997.

Raymond Thomas Jones on bottom right (his father was William John Jones b 1901-1983) wife Essel nee Barnes (1900-1953) beside him is his wife Norma Jean Jones (nee Leonard)
top left Suzanne Essel (after Ray's mother nee Barnes) Knies (nee Jones), Peter Leonard Jones (my husband) Kaye Leonard (nee Jones).

Photo of some of immediate family with some boyfriends

Photos courtesy of Julie Jones


Newborough Visit

My name is Nicholas Robert Jones of Hobart. I am a Great Great Grandson of captain William Jones of Burnie. Grandson of Thomas Anderson Jones, Son of Mark Thomas Jones both of Latrobe Tasmania. 
I am currently in Knaresborough, Yorkshire and will be visiting Newborough this Sunday the 3rd to 5th with my wife Ashlee Elizabeth Jones. 
I was just wondering if you had any contact info for the White Lion and if the one in Newborough is in fact the correct one where Captain William was born?  And if I can help you in anyway please let me know. The website is fantastic. 

Nick Jones

Received the following message from Brady Willcox;
I am Brady, and am from Burnie Tasmania, living in the King of Burnie (Menai) and I am setting up a mini museum for Captain William Jones and his wife Martha.
I have a photo of them with all the children, and I saw on here that his great great grandson Nicholas Robert Jones had posted on the site. 
I was wondering if there was a way to contact him or if you could help me gather more information?
Your website would be given reference in the information.
Any help would be great. Thank you,

Great hearing from you Brady, I have forwarded your message on to Nicholas. Good luck with your venture. KD

Australian Dictionary of
(click here to access biography)

Jones, William (1842-1907)
by W. G. Winter

Meet the

2010 / 2011
(click here to access brochure)

John William Jones
("Bullocky Jones")
son of
Rev William John Jones
(c 1803 - 1873)
of Newborough
Thank you for your wonderful site - I've been researching the life of my Great Great Grandfather John William Jones born July 19th 1842 in Nefyn, Wales, who emigrated to Australia at the age of around 20 years allegedly on the ship Strathallen, landing in Melbourne in November 1862.

Received the above message from Sonyya Mehrtens, who would like to contact anyone who could supply more information about her great great grandfather, KD
Sonyya can be contacted via 

Sonyya continues;

John William Jones went to Ballarat to try his hand at goldmining and then went to Tasmania rafting timber on a river there. He made no mention of actually being in Burnie in his short memoir, but named his grandson Burnie, as he was said to be so fond of the place, according to family rumour.

He then went to South Canterbury, New Zealand, where he started up a carting business with a team of bullocks and built a small hotel at Pleasant Point, now known as 'The Lost Pub'. He became a legendary South Canterbury character known as Bullocky Jones, and also owned land at Kakahu Bush in South Canterbury from where he forested and supplied timber.

John William Jones's father was the Anglican Reverend William John Jones, born in Newborough, in 1803 or 1806, there are conflicting reports, who died and is buried in Llandwywe in Gwynedd in 1873. I don't have an exact birthdate or a marriage certificate.  
William married a Mary Owen. His fat
her, John was a farmer allegedly also married to a Mary whose surname I don't know.

They had five children; Eliza, John, Ellin, Ann and William the youngest, who became the reverend.

1851 Census; The Vicarage, Nevin
William Jones, married, 47, was head of household, Incumbent of the Parish of Nevin, born Newborough. His wife Mary was 43, described as 'Clergyman's Wife' born Llangelynin.

Their eldest daughter, Mary A., 19, born in Holywell, was a teacher at home, presumably teaching the rest of the family, who are noted as scholars at home,
Mary's siblings were Jane 15, born in Llanfair ar y Bryn, Hannah 13, born in Newborough, Hugh 11, and Eliza 10, both born in Llanylched, Harriet 8, born in Pistyll, with John 6, Ellen C. 5, Thomas T. 3, Henry 1, all born in Nevin.
Catherine Thomas 22 and Elizabeth Roberts 16 were house servants, born in Nevin and Richard Jones 16, a farm servant, born in Llanmor.

1861 Census; The Vicarage, Nevin
Reverend William Jones, was 57, Incumbent of the Parish, wife Mary was 52, noted as born in Cyffin, was an 'Incumbent's wife'.

Daughter Mary Ann, 29 was now performing general duties, Eliza 20, Harriet 18, John William 16, Ellen Catherine 15, Thomas 13, Henry 10, were all recorded as scholars.
Mary Jones, 17 was a house servant, and William Hughes 16, a farm servant.

As there are some vague similarities between my Great Great Grandfather Bullocky Jones and Captain William John Jones and the incidence of Tasmania, I'm wondering if anyone has further information on any of the above and/or whether Captain William Jones was a relative of Bullocky Jones or his father the Reverend. I'd be interested to learn about Mary the wife of John Jones, and mother of the Reverend and Mary Owens his wife.

I would be most grateful if anyone can shed some light on this.

Regards, Sonyya

This is the site of
Llys Rhosyr today.
Walk into the rooms
where Princes and Kings once stayed.




The memorial stone to the left in the foreground is that of Captain Hugh Roberts,
of Bryntirion, Llangeinwe


A.D. 1750
(the rest is obscured)


1914 - 18

L.P. DELAN, Sign Fawr
D. OWEN, New Chamber
W. JONES, Tan Lan
W. JONES, Tyddyn Fawd
R. EDWARDS, Cae Coch Terrace
J.O. GRIFFITH. Ty'n Gerddi
O. GRIFFITH, Chapel House
P. WILLIAMS, Rhengc Isaf 
H. WILLIAMS, Rhengc Isaf
R.O. ROBERTS, Ty'n Pant
R. JONES, Glanffynon
E. HUGHES, Nyth y Gog
E.R. LLOYD-JONES, Pendref Bach
T.WILLIAMS, Moranedd
R. ROBERTS, Henblas
R.L. OWEN, Ty'n Pant
J. OWEN, Penras
J. ROBERTS, Baron Hill
T. OWEN, Baron Hill
T. OWEN, Gallt-y-Rhedyn
W. JONES, Rhengc Isaf
J. WILLIAMS, Tan Rofft
J. WILLIAMS, Ty'n Llidiard

W.G. GRAINGER, Graianfryn
T. HUGHES, Sunny Cliffe
R. JONES, Bryn Menai
R. McLEOD, Carrog House
J. PARRY, Cae Coch Terrace
W. PARRY, Cae Coch Terrace
T. ROBERTS, 5 Ucheldre
O. THOMAS, Gwynfa
S. WILLIAMS, 9 Ucheldre

R.D. WILLIAMS, Idan House
O. WILLIAMS, Tyddyn Bach
W.M. THOMAS, M.B.E., Treflys


Clive Hughes is a Great War historian, specialising in the Great War Dead of Anglesey. He has a particular interest in Louis P. Delan, and would be grateful for any infomation about Louis' family. KD.

Clive writes
; I am interested in Louis (sometimes Lewis) P. Delan.  He was born in New York in 1895 and his elderly father (of French extraction) had several wives, but the last was a younger lady born in Llanberis which gave Louis a younger brother Victor Surville Delan (or De Lan) and a small sister Mercedes K. Delan born 1901. 

Sometime between 1901 and 1910 the father died and his widow Mary Delan returned to North Wales with the children.  Late in 1910 aged about 36 she married a Thomas Rowlands, and moved to Rhengc Isaf, Newborough.  By the 1911 Census that's where they were, Louis by then aged 15 but the other two still in school. 

The War memorials in Newborough & the Arch in Bangor list Louis P. Delan as a fatality, address Sign Fawr, but no other details.  He heads the list on the memorials in the village, which are in date order, so he was the first to die - but where and in what unit?  He is not on any of the official lists of war dead.  Yet Victor Surville Delan, his brother,  definitely enlisted in Liverpool, served overseas and was either wounded or otherwise debilitated enough for him to receive a medical discharge from the Army in 1917.  His photo is in the Newborough Institute, with the address Sain Delyn.  He left Liverpool on a journey to Canada in 1922 and that's as far as I've traced him. 

Sister Mercedes married Frank Williams in Liverpool in 1922, and one of her two daughters Muriel and Mercedes, died in West Lancashire, as recently as 2002. 

Louis, from being a New Yorker born and bred, found himself in 1911 in rural Anglesey, with only step-relatives, and unemployed aged 15.  That's as far as I can trace him, but I am coming to the conclusion that he may be the same man as one Edgar Lewis Delan who was born in New York and enlisted in the South Wales Borderers early in 1913.  He went over to France with the original British Expeditionary Force in August 1914, and was killed at Ypres that October (no known grave).  Only two Delans died in the War, the other being an Irishman.  His service papers haven't survived which might have clinched the matter.  In passing, Rhengc Isaf was an unlucky address - 3 other men who lived there died in the war. 

Looks as if the two other children had made the move to Liverpool, Lancashire by 1922 at latest, so I am very interested to learn about what happened to Mary Rowlands and her family in Newborough

If you can help Clive, he can be contacted via 


Ken F. Williams'
Welsh Ancestry

Ken has been in touch from Australia with a fascinating account of his Welsh roots and a wish to discover more about them!
Ken can be contacted via

A Police Record?
Ken's family has a history of serving in the police force.
These include his;
father; William Francis Williams
grandfather; William Hugh Williams
great grandfather; Hugh Williams

I am currently involved in a large scale attempt to build a family tree. My father William Francis Williams was born in Penmon and my mother an American was born in New York but came to Anglesey with her mother being one Mary Pritchard from I believe Anglesey who later married a Rowlands from Newborough.

What has prompted me to contact you is that I browsing through your 1901 census list I  immediately had a flash of recognition about being taken from Liverpool to visits relatives in Newborough back in the pre WWII days.

We visited people who were referred to as Uncle John and Auntie Catherine. I have photos of them and their house back in those times but this entry from your list brought back instant memories of the name of their house Tyn Lon Bach. I wonder now if any the those mentioned here are those I regarded as relatives.

The 1901 census Ken refers to for Tyn Lon Bach is as follows:
John Owen, 52, born in Llangadwaladr was a general labourer. His wife Catherine, 46 came from Newborough, where all their children were also born. Ann 16, was a domestic servant, Grace was 8 and son David was 12.

It looks as though on the 1901 census that John Owen and wife Catherine are the so called Uncle John and Auntie Catherine that I visited all those years ago but have no idea what if any, relationship there was to my mother and father. This Auntie Catherine of Ty'n Lon Bach is reputed to have been a relative of a clipper ship captain by name of Williams and there are also vague references to Walton the lino inventor involved somewhere along the line! 

Auntie Catherine, William and Barbara

Mum with Auntie Catherine

Uncle John and Whipper
I remember a type of bread or similar we used to have called Bara Brith. I shall never forget Bara Brith sitting in some little cafe in Bangor or somewhere with a nice pot of tea and loads of Bara Brith and creamy butter!

My great grandfather was Hugh Williams, born in 1848 in Bangor. He was a railway policeman initially as the 1871 census shows.

1871 Tyn y Clwt, Bangor, Hugh Williams 23, Railway Policeman born in Bangor, his wife Elizabeth was 24 and born in Llanfair P.G.. Their only child at the time was Elizabeth born in Bangor and aged 1 year.

Around 1877, Hugh moved to Llandysilio, where he was now a policeman.

1881, Cadnant Lodge, Llantysilio, Hugh Williams 33, Policeman, his wife Elizabeth was 34, and their family consisted of Elizabeth J, now 11, William 9, my grandfather, Margaret E, 8 all born in Bangor and Sarah A aged 3, born Llandysilio.

By 1891, the family had moved to Llanfechell, and were living in the Police Station at Church Street.

1891, Police Station, Church Street, Llanfechell, Hugh Williams 43, Policeman, his wife Elizabeth was 44, and their family consisted of  William 19, my grandfather, Sarah A aged 13 and Hugh 8, born Trefdaeth.

Hugh was a Police Officer in Llanerchymedd by 1901. My grandfather, William Hugh aged 29, was not living there then, but my father, just 2, was living with his grandparents, Hugh and Elizabeth.

1901, Police Station, 85 High Street, Llanerchymedd, Hugh Williams 53, Police Officer, his wife Elizabeth was 53. Daughter Sarah A was 23 and their grandson, William F, my father, was just 2 years old, born Pentraeth. 

My friend in Belgium has dug out the 1911 census for part of Wales all in Welsh.
My great grandfather Hugh, has retired, left the police station and was living on a police pension with wife Elizabeth and, my father now age 12 was still with them and I wonder why? Maybe his mother died and dad handed him over to his granddad to look after or, both parents died or divorced? Seems like an interesting story is hidden here!

My grandfather, William Hugh Williams was born in Bangor and here is a photo of him, with another in his Anglesey Constabulary uniform 

William Hugh Williams

On the 1st April 2007, my son decided that he would take a four month break and undertake a motor cycle tour of the UK and a large part of Europe. It occurred to me when he decided to go have a look at North Wales that it would be rather fitting if he could visit Bangor and the Menai Bridge and look for his Great Grandfather's grave in this historic cemetery.

He went twice to the cemetery and after more than three hours search, found the grave! We also confirmed that my grandfather was not a sergeant of police but a Superintendent of the Anglesey Constabulary!

Grave of William Henry Williams
and his wife Catherine

Er Cof Serchog
Arfryn Porthaethwy
1871 - 1942
Mer? Diwyd Arolygwr Ffyddlon
Cymydog Cymwyneddgar
Goddefodd Cystudd Megis Milfrydedd Iesu Grist
Hefyd ei Anwyl Briod
1864 - 1948
"Oddi tanodd y mae y breuddwyd tragwyddol"

In Loving Memory
Arfryn, Menai Bridge
1871 - 1942
A diligent faithful Superintendent
Suffered an affliction (???????) Jesus Christ
Also his dear wife
1864 - 1948 (?)
"Underneath is the eternal peace" 

Amazing that when my son took the following picture on Llanfair P.G. railway station. He had no idea just how close he was to his roots!!!!!
His great great grandmother Elizabeth Williams was born in the village, about 1847!

Bob on his remarkable European bike tour -
unaware of the family connection with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogeryrogofgoch
(KD note -
I've replaced the ending of 'gogogoch' with 'geryrogofgoch'
 - which is the true ending of the place name. 
It was felt at the time, that including this
to the name would be just 'too much'!)

Now, my father was Williams Francis Williams born in the late 1890's and always known in the local area as Frank Williams, Policeman! 

William Francis Williams

William Francis Williams is third from the right
in the front row

at Newborough School

PC 94 Frank Williams
He was in the Liverpool Police Force until he was invalided out with injuries sustained in the Blitz

I am led to believe that he or his father became the Mayor of Bangor.
The photo I sent of him in his nice suite and watch fob indicates someone of some repute! There is also some indications that the family may have all been engaged in the railway system in the white collar section

Also one of a couple in a horse and cart who I am told is my fathers sister Sarah Williams with her baby and husband

Frank Williams with possibly a brother

My mother was American (and eventually spoke Welsh like my father) and due to a long and complex story ended up in Newborough as a child when her father of French origin died in New York in an accident,  but that has become a family tree search so convoluted to be at times a bit scary! 

Mary Prichard De Lan Rowlands
Kens' maternal grandmother 

How it started in a nutshell. One Mary Pritchard from Newborough was called to New York to act as governess/nurse for a wealthy French/American whose wife had just died in childbirth. After some time her employer, Louis Phillipe De Lan married her and they had two children.

He died in an accident and Mary De Lan Pritchard, due to many complications brought her two children and her stepson back to Wales and settled in Newborough, where she had a disastrous marriage with a Rowlands that was soon terminated.

Ken concludes; I am pleased that my input will in some way help to bolster our wonderful Welsh heritage with its oldest living language!!!

Photographs and text are courtesy of
Ken F. Williams and Robert H Williams


born 1827
Cae Crwn, Newborough

Susan Morris has been in touch. She is keen to learn more about her paternal great grandmother, Anne Williams. 

Anne Williams was baptised at St Peter's church Newborough, in 1827. She was a daughter to Thomas Williams, farmer, and Anne Jones who were living at that time at Cae Crwn, Newborough.

In 1841, the family consisted of Thomas and Anne Williams, both recorded as 45 years old. He was farming Hen Fuarth. Their children were, Margaret 15, Anne 14, John 11, Catherine 9, William 4, and Thomas 2. All were shown as born on Anglesey.

Anne Williams married Thomas Morris (from Llanbadarn Fawr, Cardiganshire) at Llanidan Parish Church, in 1857. Both were described as 'full age' on their marriage certificate. Anne's father, Thomas Williams's occupation is given as 'farmer', and Thomas's father John, is given as 'joiner', the same as occupation as Thomas.  
Residence at the time of Anne's marriage was, Hen Fuarth.

Witnesses to the marriage were William Williams and William Morris.
Can anyone establish who William Morris was please?

By 1861, the couple had moved to lived in Bangor

Thomas Morris, 33 was a carpenter, born Llanbadarn Fawr, Anne was also 33, born Newborough, and they had a 10 month old daughter, Louisa Stephen Morris, who was born in Bangor. They lived at Fron Square, Upper Bangor.

Thomas Morris, my great grand father, was born in Llanbadarn Fawr (Cardiganshire) in 1827, son to John Morris and Elisabeth Herbert, they were farmers and carpenters. Why did he come to Anglesey to find a wife? Maybe relatives around there somewhere?

By 1863, they had moved to London.

Thomas had a twin brother, Stephen, who died falling off a bell tower.
That is probably why he gave Stephen as a second name to his first son: Latimer Stephen, b.1862, 12  Summerhill Terrace, Upper Bangor. Interestingly, the next census shows him as being born in St Pancras

Why was he called Latimer? No trace of a Latimer anywhere else in the family.

Louisa Morris, their daughter, was also born there a year earlier.

1871 saw the couple living at 28 Hastings Street, Gray, St Pancras. Thomas, 43, was a dairyman and cowkeeper, Anne was 42. Their children were Louisa S, 10, Latimer 8, born at St Pancras, as were Thomas 6, Helena 4 and Maude 2. George Meads 16 of Kensington and Susan Taylor 13 of St Pancras, were their servants.  

By 1881, the family had moved to 57 Wynyatt St, Finsbury. Thomas was 53, and a carpenter again. Anne was 52, and the family living at home with them consisted of Thomas J, 16, also a carpenter, Maud 12 and Eliza 5.

Next we find Thomas Morris and Anne Williams in West Ham, London, with several other children. Thomas is still a carpenter. I wonder if they  spoke only Welsh.

Latimer Morris is there too in 1892, where he marries Caroline Upton, my grandmother, 1867. He is a gate keeper in a soaps work.

One of their sons is my father: John Henry Morris, b.1898, Silvertown, West Ham, London.

Latimer's family, in 1901, were residing at 51 Knights Road, West Ham. He was 36, wife Caroline 33, and their children were Helena 7, Thomas 5, William 4, John 2 and Frederick 1. The children were all born in West Ham.

It would be fun to find some living relatives...

Susan writes;
Wonderful, Ken! Thanks for everything. I will get back to putting together all the information that I have next year. Thanks to you it's beginning to fill up.
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année pour vous
et tous ceux que vous aimez! 
Susan can be contacted via . She would love to hear from anyone who can give additional family information. KD

The Pen Wal Story
Click here to visit this wonderful family history website,
produced by Elizabeth and William Bramhill

Photo courtesy of Richard Bramhill.
Aunty Lizzie of Newborough

"My childhood involved frequent visits to Wales - and, in particular, a house called Pen Wal , a few miles east of the village of Newborough

"The house itself is a farmhouse, with a room either side of the stairway. At some time, a lean-to was added on the side, which became the everyday living area, together with a kitchen and WC. Even in the late 1970s, there was no upstairs bathroom: chamber pots were the order of the night!"   (Richard Bramhill)

Richard is trying to trace his Roberts family of Newborough and the link with Sir John Pritchard-Jones. He can be contacted at his website or via  

John Roberts
Merchant Mariner

William Bramhill has been in touch,
enquiring about his Roberts family from Newborough

I was fascinated to see Mair Davies's reference to Pen Lon being a port at one time. This would go some way to explaining how my great great grandfather, John Roberts, was a merchant mariner living in Newborough.

I would love to know more about Pen Lon as a port, and whether it was used for fishing or getting to and from Caernarfon.

John was born in 1832 and died before 1901. My grandmother (John's granddaughter) was Annie Williams b 1892, who moved to Liverpool as a girl. Her cousin was Lizzie Williams of Pen Wal, Pen Lon, who died about 12 years ago. Another relative was Ginny, of Church Street, who I believe was left behind when her family emigrated.
These are the census entries.

1861 - Church St, Newborough.
John Roberts, 29, mariner, b Newborough
Ellen, 23, wife, b Newborough
Margaret, 2, scholar, b Newborough (my gt grandmother)
Ellen, 5months, b Newborough

1871 census - 2 Church Street, Newborough
John Roberts, Head, 39, Mariner
Ellenor, wife, 34, Matmaker
Margaret, 11, matmaker
Ellen, 9, matmaker
Mary 8 matmaker,
Elizabeth, 6, matmaker,
John 5
Hugh 2

One of the neighbours in '71 was Hugh Roberts, also a mariner, with wife Catherine and children Owen, Elizabeth and Evan. Is it possible he was John's brother?

1881 - Rallgwta, Newborough St Peter
John Roberts, 49, sailor, b Newborough
Ellen, 43, wife, b Newborough
Elizabeth, 16, mat maker, b Newborough
John, 13, gen lab, b Newborough
Thomas, 9, scholar, b Newborough
Richard, 5, b Newborough
William, 3, b Newborough

I believe Ralltgwta was half way between the Church Street crossroads and the sea. It was either a house on its own or one of a pair of cottages in the warren:

1891 - Rallt Gwta, St Peter, Newborough
John Roberts, 59, seaman merchant service, b Newborough
Ellen, 51, wife, b Newborough
Hugh, 21, son, rabbit catcher, b Newborough
William, 13, son, b Newborough
Owen, 10, son, b Newborough
Jane, 4, daughter, b Newborough

Another mystery is over Sir John Prichard Jones.

This is the story that came down in my family. Grandmother Annie Williams was at the opening of the Institute in 1905. She would have been 13 at the time, and must have been on holiday from Liverpool, although she had lived in Newborough until she was at least seven or eight. At the ceremony, Sir John took a shine to her "as she was a relative of sorts" and offered her a cottage at the Institute if she would come home to Wales.

This is my grandmother, Annie Williams, aged about 14 in 1906, with a fashionable giant hair-bow.

Annie was born in Holyhead, but lived in Newborough with her grandparents until she was about eight, when the family moved to Liverpool

She maintained links with family in Newborough for the rest of her life.

This picture is of Annie's parents (my great grandparents) Robert Williams and his wife Margaret, nee Roberts.

Robert was born in Conway in the 1840s, and moved to Holyhead with his father William Williams.

It appears that William made links with Anglesey during the building of the railway, and later became a watchman in Holyhead.

Robert also worked on the railways. Both Robert and Margaret were widowed when she became his housekeeper; they married in Bangor Cathedral. He was working in Bangor at the time.

This is Robert's sister, Elizabeth Ellen Williams. 

Elizabeth Ellen married John Henry Roberts, born in 1865.

They had four children; William Henry Roberts, Hugh John Roberts, Margaret Elizabeth Roberts and Owen Griffith Roberts


William Henry Roberts, born in 1886, died 1953, married Ione Magdalen Canning (1892 - 1983). The couple had a daughter, Morva Marian Roberts (1912 - 1981) who married Donald Lone Wilkins (1910 - 1983).

Hugh John Roberts married Nell. They had five childre. Richard (Ritchie) Roberts, 1907 - 1986, Elizabeth Roberts, Owen John Roberts, Hugh Roberts and Dilys Roberts.

Margaret Elizabeth Roberts married John Owens, They had five children, John Owens, Harold Owens, Alice Owens, William Owens and Megan Owens.

Owen Griffith Roberts married Bella and had one child, Hope Roberts.

Try as I might, I've never pinned down a link with Sir John.
Recently, I was sent a mail by Mr Eric Owen, who had also been told his family was related to Sir John.
After brief joint research, Eric and I came to the conclusion that people claimed to be related to Sir John in the same way as Lloyd George knew our fathers!

Two other snippets of interest.
An aunt (Annie Williams's daughter) used to claim that our family was descended from the Marquess of Anglesey, whose statue is atop the column near Menai Bridge.

The same aunt said a relative was at the opening ceremony of one of the Menai bridges when a dog jumped up at him, pushing him over the side to his death. I've never been able to firm up either story.

The Marquess of Anglesey had so many children that following them is next to impossible in pre-census Wales, while I haven't found an English-language report of the dog incident.
Any local help on any family story would be much appreciated.

William can be contacted via


William Thomas
(born 31st August 1845
died 15th April 1924)

Tyddyn Plwm, Newborough

Received this very interesting e-mail from
Mags Crook. KD

Regarding the 1901 Head of Households in Newborough which appears on your Penmon website,  I am the Great granddaughter of William Thomas of Tyddyn Plwm and the Great Neice of John Jones of Penryn House as his second  wife Elizabeth Ann was the daughter of William.

The Thomas family had a lot of connections in that corner of Anglesey, my great grandfather being the village carpenter/joiner followed on by his son Thomas Owen Thomas until he retired.

My Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth Williams nee Jones of Erw Wen (about 1812 - 1871) was a mat maker. She was widowed in 1855 (her husband died of Cholera and is buried in Hamburg), she brought up her five children on her own and her only daughter Mary married William Thomas of Tyddyn Plwm.

My great Uncle Jack lived at Bronheulog with his wife Elizabeth and they were involved with The Institute.


I am very grateful to Mags for sharing her Newborough family history with us. KD

Ancestors of
William Williams


William's father, Owen THOMAS was born about 1812 in Newborough.

Owen married Margaret Jones, born 25th February 1816, and died on the 3rd of October 1879.

Their first child was born 1834/4, so their marriage would have been around that time.


Owen THOMAS' father was Thomas ROWLAND (This is where patronimy comes in) born about 1783, and died on the 19th March 1873.

He married Ann OWEN born abou 1784, died 21st July 1853 and they married on 29th June 1803. (Note neither of them could write their names on the marriage certificate.)

Margaret JONES' parents were David JONES, born about 1790 and Elizabeth Owen, born about 1790 I have no more on this line at present.


Thomas ROWLAND's father could possibly be Rowland WILLIAMS born about 1760. He died on one of these three dates October 1836 or October 1837 or August 1838.
He married a Mary. Dates still need verification.

Ann OWEN's father is Thomas Richard OWEN born about 1760 who married Jane also born about 1860.


Rowland WILLIAMS father is possibly a William ROWLANDS but this again I have to verify up in Anglesey.


1851 Census, Tyddyn Plwm, Newborough

Owen Thomas, married, 29 was head of household, farming 5 acres' His wife Margaret was 26, The couple had four children living at home; William 5, John 4, Ann 2 and Margaret 5 months.
Mary Jones 18 was their house servant. All were born in Newborough.

Daughter Ellen and son David were at home in 1861, but were not recorded in 1851. There appears to be a significant change in Owen and Margaret's ages between the censuses, 10 years apart.
1861 Census Tyddyn y Plwm, Newborough

Owen Thomas now 48 is recorded as a Market carrier with 7 acres of land. His wife Margaret is 45. Their family consisted of Ellen 17 a matmaker, David 15, William 15 both matmakers, Margaret 10, Ann 4 and Thomas 2. All Newborough born.

1871 Census Tyddyn Plwm, Newborough

Owen Thomas, 59 was farming 4 acres and also a Besom Maker. Wife Margaret, 54 is recorded as having been born in Llangeinwen in this census. Living at home were William 25, a joiner, David 23 a labourer and Thomas 12.

William married Mary Thomas on the 11th February, 1874 and left home to live in Church Street.
1881 Census Church Street, Newborough

William Thomas had left Tyddyn Plwm, was 35 and a Master Joiner. His wife Mary 30 and children John W. 4 and Elizabeth 2 were Newborough born.

1891 Census Tir Mawr, Newborough

William Thomas was 45 and a House Joiner, employing workers. Wife Mary was 40. Their family living at home were John W. 14, Eliza 12, Magie 7, Ellen 5, Mary 5 and Ann 5 months.

Ellen was Mags Crook's grandmother.  
1901 Census Tyddyn Plwm

William Thomas 55, and his family had returned to his family home at Tyddyn Plwm, where he farmed and worked as a Joiner. Wife Mary was 50, daughters Mary 13, Anne 12 and son Thomas O. 7 were all born in Newborough. All were Welsh speaking.

William and Mary's daughter Elizabeth Ann became the second wife of John Jones, Penrhyn House.

1901 Census Penrhyn House

John Jones, 47 a grocer and Shopkeeper was born in Bethel, Caernarfonshire. Wife Elizabeth was 22, and the couple had an 8 year old son, Esiah, born in Newborough.

William, who completed the 1901 census in Welsh has interestingly called the house Ty'n Plwm.

1911 Census Ty'n Plwm

William Thomas was 65, working as a Joiner. Wife Mary was 60 and they had been married for 37 years.
Daughter Mary was 23, and sewed for a living, son Thomas O. was 17 and a Joiner's Apprentice. Daughter Mary is recorded as bilingual but the rest of the family spoke only Welsh.

The couple were recorded as having had 10 children. 6 were alive, but 4 had died.

Family of Mary Thomas, nee Williams
wife of
William Thomas
William Thomas and Mary Williams were married about 1874.
She was the only daughter of John Williams and Elizabeth Williams, nee Jones, who was one of Newborough's matmakers.

1851 Census, Church Street, Newborough

Elizabeth Williams, 32 is recorded as a sailor's wife, born in Llangaffo. Her husband was away from home. Their children were Thomas 6, John 4 and Margaret (Mary?) 7 months, all born in Newborough.

Elizabeth was widowed in 1855, when her husband John died of cholera, and was buried in Hamburg.
By 1861, Elizabeth had moved to Erw Wen.

1861 Census Erw Wen, Newborough

Owen Elizabeth Williams, 42, widow is a matmaker. Son Thomas is 14, Mary is 10, William 7 (?) and Owen is 4.

Elizabeth died in 1870.


Richard Harold Aubrey

Stephen Lyons has been in touch, KD;

I am researching Richard Harold Aubrey who lived at Bryngwyn Hall, Dwyran between 1975 and 1980. He died at the hall on December 27th 1980.
He lived at the hall with his wife Enid Meredith Aubrey and a daughter. 

If you can help Stephen, he can be contacted via

Anglesey Memories -
Stephen Lyons

Received these delightful photos and memories from Stephen Lyons. KD
My family aren't Welsh but my father moved to North Wales in the early 1950s to take a post as Opthalmic Surgeon at H.M. Stanley hospital, St Asaph.
The family home is still at Llanddulas.
When I was a child we would holiday firstly at Rhosneigr and then at Bennllech. We often revisited Llanddwyn, the scene of my mother's holidays as a 9-11 year old.
I have stayed in one of the cottages as a young teenager... fetching water from the well, using the dunny up behind the cottages, collecting cowry shells from the small bays above the cottages, playing scrabble by oil lamp in the cottage, climbing a wooden ladder to the upper bedroom/loft and fishing for mackerel for breakfas
t with my father.


The girls centre back and right are my mother's cousins.
The girl front centre went on holiday as a friend to
Dorothy Langshaw and my mother went as friend to
Betty Langshaw.

Mrs Langshaw was my mother's aunt.

Stephen has two remarkable websites;


   Why not visit the following websites
 about Newborough? 

This Newborough site features information on the following;
(click here to access the site).

Founded 1294
Charter as a new borough 1303
County Town of Anglesey 16th century
'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
Santes Dwynwen
click here to read about the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers and the convent she founded on Llanddwyn Island

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Gwynedd

The royal palaces, or llysoedd, of the Princes of Gwynedd, during the centuries of independence before the conquest by Edward I in 1283, have been described as among the most important secular settlement complexes in the Welsh Medieval landscape.

It was from halls of llysoedd such as Rhosyr that Gwynedd was governed. When the king was in attendance at the llys he might summon his councillors and other important men from the commote to meet him. Business would be done in the hall during the day. Llywelyn Fawr signed a charter at Rhosyr in 1237.

Access Gwynedd Archaeological Trust's website by clicking here.


Elizabeth Llanddwyn Jones from Dwyran recalls her namesake grandmother's life on the island - boat pilot, coastguard, RSPB warden - is there anything she didn't do?

Elizabeth Jones of Tai Pilot in the 1930's with her donkey 'Biddy'. Elizabeth used to fetch weekly groceries from Newborough.

Click here to listen to Elizabeth Llanddwyn Jones' wonderful account of her grandmother, on the BBC North West Wales website