Archive 2010 – 2004

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  1. Stephen JonesSays: October 15th, 2010 at 21:23 pmHello. I am descended from Hugh Jones, born 1718 in Cilycwm. Hugh immigrated to Maryland, USA about 1730. My wife, who is from Manchester, immigrated to the US 3 years ago. We are planning a stop in Cilycwm while on vacation in Manchester next summer.
  2. Christine GillSays: August 22nd, 2010 at 19:34 pmHello,Great Website!Especially interested to read the section on ‘Lloyd to Loyd’ as my husband (who carries the loyd name as a middle name) is descended from Jane LLoyd (1765-1832) and Lewis Davies through their daughter Catherine. Catherine married Price Morgan Protheroe. One of their children William Loyd Protheroe, who was a reverend, married Alice Laura Musgrave and their eldest son, William Loyd Musgrave Protheroe (also a reverend) was my husband’s grandfather.We have just returned from our first visit to the area which included a wander around the churchyard of Cilycwm. Disappointingly we couldn’t find any mention of the Lloyd family in the churchyard as most of the stones were in a bad state of repair.If at all possible I would appreciate my contact details being passed to Alwyne Loyd.I have also taken a photo of the church and village should you be interested in having them for your website.Thanks again for a great site.
  3. jamie williamsSays: May 26th, 2010 at 20:56 pmhi there Found little bit more info about family im looking at Magaret Ann Thomas father was Evan Thomas and was a game keeper?does this ring any bells also she had 3 sisters Emma,Polly and Gwen plus 2 brothers Jack and Thomas Thomas and lived in the game keepers cottage.Will be comeing down to Cilycwm to have a look around this weekend.
  4. jamie williamsSays: May 23rd, 2010 at 21:28 pmHi there, I am having my family tree done and found out my great nan came from Cil y cwm. She was born around 1888, her name was Margaret Ann Thomas, she left home when she was 18 to find work in USA but came back to Wales 4 years later to Caerphilly. So does anyone know if there is a Thomas family still living in the village that have been there for over 100 years?
  5. kelly jamesSays: March 7th, 2010 at 17:31 pmhi my husband grew up in cilycwm and his parents and gran parents did to.his grandparents from his mothers side who are john and vera lee owned the neuadd arms around the 60s time is there anyone who remembers them or knows any history of the james family? my husbands parents and grandparents still live in cilycwm and other relatives of the james family live in the surrounding areas of cilycwm.
  6. Sarah DalySays: February 23rd, 2010 at 14:20 pmMessage for Shan Wickett – I think Thomas Thomas, the weaver from Rhydmean born circa 1811 is also in my tree (my connection is through his daugher Gwenllian) – please get in touch if you see this – it’d be great to swap info –
  7. Karen MillichapSays: February 2nd, 2010 at 8:47 amA big hello, i was bought up in cilycwm born in llandovery hospital in 1968, it was such a pleasent village back then, and those were the days you could leave ur front door unlocked, my 1st ever job was in the castle hotel in Llandovery and i used 2 walk home even in the dark, we lived in number, 4 rhydygwenlais, cilycwm, i still miss the the old village very much indeed i loved the place.

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2008 & 2009

  1. david hughesSays: December 12th, 2009 at 0:55 amhi to all my name david hughes son of eileen & ken we lived in cilycwn around 1954 to 1962 new hse i think i went to school there is there any one there that remembers me hugh neol 2girls that lived on the way out on the right hand side below the school anyway it a wonderfull place
  2. Dale WilliamsSays: November 28th, 2009 at 0:43 amHi. I was wondering if anyone has any information on Rees and Ann Williams who were born in Cilycwm at the turn of the 19th century. Rees died about 1885 +/- five years.
  3. Shan WickettSays: September 28th, 2009 at 22:12 pmHello Does anyone have any info about Thomas Thomas a weaver b.1811 who in 1841 lived at Rhydmaen in Cilycwm. He was married to Anne and had 6 children -3 boys, John, Rees and Thomas and 3 girls, Gwenllyan, Elizabeth ( my great grandmother) and Anne. `Would be grateful for any info at all about the family. Many thanks Shan
  4. Gill JonesSays: July 30th, 2009 at 19:42 pmHi, Is there a Cilycwm show this year please? We stumbled upon one a few years ago and greatly enjoyed it. Many Thanks
  5. M J (Joy) WilsonSays: July 18th, 2009 at 23:21 pmSunday 19th JulyMalcolm Richardson you too may wish to contact me? See yesterday’s entry.Joy
  6. M J (Joy) WilsonSays: July 18th, 2009 at 6:00 am18th July 2009I should view the Cilycwm website more often!!! A few days ago I received an email from Frank Jacobs, completely out of the blue! He’d been scrolling through the Guestbook Archive section and came across my request for any photos of Gwalrhedyn. It was such a long time ago I couldn’t even remember what I’d written and was surprised and delighted to see my message posted in 2003 still on view:-Joy Wilson New Zealand taffyjoy 07/04/2003 09:50:18 I have just looked at the Cilycwm website – my paternal grandfather Rees LLEWELLYN was born in Cilycwm 12 August 1890. I was particularly interested to read Our Village – History and Heritage – The War Years. In the photo Cil-y-Cwm Home Guard 1940-1945 middle row is Will AMESBURY, Maesgwyn. My grandfather’s youngest sister, Rachel LLEWELLYN married William AMESBURY 02 November 1929 in the Parish Church of Cilycwm and they are buried there. Also Porthyrhyd extract from Llandovery and its Environs author Mrs Eleanor Edwards. Nellie was the great great grandaughter of Daniel and Elizabeth BOWEN of Penlife, Cilycwm and I am a great great great grandaughter of Daniel and Elizabeth BOWEN. I am new to the internet system and I’m not sure I’m doing the right thing – the email address I noted was I want to let you know how pleased I was to find some family connections on your website. I would like to know whether anyone in Cilycwm would have any photos, information about Gwabrhedyn, Cilycwm. Diolch yn fawr Joy Wilson (nee Llewellyn)Frank forwarded various views of Gwalrhedyn and told me his father bought the cottage from the Deacons, a retired couple from Minehead.Now it’s my turn to help someone:-Louise Jones Says: July 13th, 2007 at 22:28 pm I am the great-great-great grand-daughter of Thomas Evans Troedrhimas and the gggg grandaughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Bowen and I would really appreciate any information people would have to help me with my family tree thank you very muchAs you can see from above I am a great great great grandaughter of Daniel and Elizabeth BOWEN and if you contact me on my email I will be happy to share the information I have (gathered by me and with assistance from the late Mrs E Edwards great great granddaughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Bowen and Mr T P Lewis great great grandson of Daniel and Elizabeth Bowen.)

    Thank you, Joy Wilson

  7. Colleen EvansSays: July 12th, 2009 at 0:44 amHi, I was wondering if anyone knew where Tynewydd farm/cottage was located? We believe it was the birthplace of my husband’s uncle (Samuel Evans) and was located in Cylycwm. (I suspect that it is one of the ruins that was mentioned in the tales of yesteryear section.)A photo of this special place would be lovely!
  8. Gloria RowlesSays: June 30th, 2009 at 19:43 pmHello, I visited Cilycwm a few weeks ago looking for family graves,unsuccessfully. I wonder if anyone has any info on Rev.Dafydd Morgan and his wife Martha? They were Calvinistic Methodists.They had 3 daughters and 2 sons.
  9. Philip ParkinsonSays: June 29th, 2009 at 9:34 amI have only just come across this website. I notice that several people have an interest in the Rev. Thomas Rogers davies of Llandewi Brefi. I am his great grandson and have his large family bible with details of all his children’s births. I would be particularly interested to make contact with the person who i understand is doing poat graduate research into his family.
  10. Heather AdamsSays: May 13th, 2009 at 15:58 pmHello, I am researching my Family Tree and would like any information about my Great- Grandfather James Lloyd Thomas born in Cilycwm in 1880. His Father was Thomas Thomas b.1849 also in Cilycwm who is listed as a Lead Ore Miner, and Mother’s name was Margaret ( possibly Davies) b. 1861. He also had an older brother Evan b. 1873. He appears on both 1881 and 1891 Censuses as living at Maescarig, Llanfair-Ar-Y-Bryn. I would love to know anything about this family and hope to visit Cilycwm sometime soon. You can contact me at –
  11. T.Peter LewisSays: February 21st, 2009 at 15:54 pmPat (Richards) Craiglow Jan 17th 2009 may like to know that my paternal grandfather was born in Llandybie in 1859 and my maternal grandmother in Cilycwm in 1882. I was born in the parish of Llandeilo Fawr adjacent to Llandybie and have followed the trails of many members of the family to a number of counties in Pennsylvania and Ohio. If I can help with anything specific I will be happy to do so on direct contact at
  12. Gillian SleathSays: February 18th, 2009 at 17:17 pmWhat a surprise when I perused your very good site. My Great-gt grandparents Robert and Margaret Powell,migrated from the Laugharne area to Cefntrenfa,Cilycwm around 1850-60.Now I see their descendents may well have continued at Cefentrenfa. Thomas Powell is mentioned in 1894 giving evidence to the Land Commission regarding farmers grievances. Yet again I have a Robert Powell of Cefntrenfa in the 1940-5 Cilycwm Home Guard. Are they all related? Can anyone confirm that this is my family,please? Robert and Margaret’s daughter Anne married Edward Jones in 1868. He was from Caio,I believe. Around 1895 they left Wales for Leicestershire which is where they remained.
  13. Clive WilliamsSays: January 28th, 2009 at 15:55 pmHiI am researching my family tree and am wondering if there are any relatives of the following still living in Cil-y-cwm? Their names were Parry Reynolds and his wife Nans (Nee Evans), and James Reynolds and his wife Anne (Nee Roderick). The brothers ran The Llwynhelyg Mill at Cil-y-cwm in the early 1930s. I also believe that Ann ran the Neuadd Arms with her two sisters at that time.I anyone can help with information I would be thrilled to hear from you. My email address is
  14. Derek KellSays: January 25th, 2009 at 12:47 pmMy grandfather, Alfred George Watkins (b 1885, Newington, London, d. 1960s, Acton, London) told me that he had Welsh ancestors. Events in (I think) the 1950s convinced him that he was related in some way to the Lloyd family whose history is described in your web article ‘Lloyd and Loyd’. I have been researching my grandfather’s family history for over a year now and have yet to come across any Welsh ancestors or any connection with the Loyd family. The closest I have come is my gg grandfather William Watkins (b 1830, Westminster) who married Mary Ann Lloyd (b 1823, Ross-on-Wye). But, in spite of my inability to find them, I know a Welsh line exists because dozens of them travelled from Wales to London to attend a Watkins family re-union in 1969. In order to continue with my family tree research, does anyone know whether it is possible for me to obtain a copy of the Lloyd/Loyd family tree mentioned in the web article?
  15. Pat (Richards) CraiglowSays: January 17th, 2009 at 1:41 amBoth of my grandparents on my father’s side were of Welsh heritage. Rees Morgan, a weaver, came from Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, Wales, to US in early 1800’s. I know that they had lived near or at the base of the Black Mountains, near the village of Cross Inn, now known at Ammanford. Would enjoy hearing from anyone who might know some background. They settled in Portage County, Ohio and are buried in cemetery in Paris Township.
  16. Dale WilliamsSays: January 16th, 2009 at 19:48 pmHi. I have a question I hope someone could answer. If I were living in Cilycwm in the 1830’s and wanted to join the army, which unit would I most likely join??
  17. Mark Yorwerth MiddletonSays: November 10th, 2008 at 17:45 pmTowy,I am also a great, great, great grandson of John Morgan of Olchfa Mill so we are cousins.Please contact me at markymiddleton@msn.comKind regardsMark Yorwerth Middleton
  18. Doug CoxSays: October 24th, 2008 at 16:56 pmFurther to my note of May 16th we were able to visit Cilycwm in mid October. I found Nyadd Fawr where my ancestor John Jones was in service in 1837 but would still welcome information regarding my great grandfather, Daniel Jones (born Cilycwm abt 1811 – father also Daniel Jones). He was married once (possibly to Mary?) before marrying Esther Edwards (born Cilycwm abt 1821 – father was William Edwards b 1771 & mother was Mary b 1776) in Llandingat Church in 1849.Does anyone have Daniel Jones & Mary or Daniel Jones & Esther in their family trees?We were made welcome by many people in Cilycwm and Llandovery and will certainly return at the first opportunity.
  19. Diana BentonSays: August 26th, 2008 at 15:25 pmI was really delighted to come across your website. I have Thomas and Jones ancestors from Cilycwm and have been trying to trace them. I live in Australia but was in Cilycwm briefly in April this year. JOHN BROCKWAY and NIGEL WILLIAMS I think (hope) that we may be able to swap information re the families please email me if you are interested –
  20. Nigel WilliamsSays: August 25th, 2008 at 12:04 pmResponse to John Brockway.Isaac Thomas Erw Hir was my paternal great, great, great, grandfather. His grandson was also Isaac Thomas a tailor and lived in Ffarmers, Conwyl Cayo.There is a baptism entry for Isaac – son of John Thomas and Esther Williams, Nov 1784 in the Cilycwm parish records. Also a baptism record for John son of Isaac Thomas, tailor and his wife mary, March 1814 of Cwmerchon Fach, Cilycwm. I have death certificates etc.
  21. Mary BroughSays: July 14th, 2008 at 1:16 amFor Doug. Cox and the search for his Jones ancestors in Cilycwm.Yesterday, I stopped off in Cilycwm to explore its churchyard (as one does!) in an impetuous attempt to find my ancestors and was struck by the many ‘Jones’ names recorded on the gravestones.So I suggest that you search any relevant records of St. Michaels, (St. Mihangel), the official records of Carmarthen Register Office and perhaps make contact with the area Family History Society who would surely be helpful- and there’s always the wonderful Census records. But I am sure you know all this anyway! P.S. I am trying to find my elusive BONVIL ancestors of Cilycwm but despite the interesting and unusual name have failed to find the precise info. needed.
  22. Leslie BowenSays: June 25th, 2008 at 3:38 amHi, I am again seeking info on David Jasper Bowen, my great grandfather who was from cilycwm. Send any replies to Thanks! I am in San Jose, California
  23. Shan WickettSays: June 23rd, 2008 at 14:53 pmI was in Cilycwm this Spring to look at gravestone inscriptions in the main cemetery and at the chapel. I had no luck. Even so, it was lovely to be back after so many years. I am looking for any details of Dan and his sister Lizzie Williams who lived at Glanrhyd farm c.1910 – 1960. Their father was Rees Williams and he lived at Ochr-y-fforest. My family went at Glanrhyd for tea every summer. I believe that Rees was a cousin to my grandfather Morgan David Williams born in Resolven but I’m not sure of the connection yet. We also used to go to Llandovery to visit Aunty Mary Ann and Aunty Nellie Williams who had a sweet shop in Stone Street. Again I’m not sure yet how they were all related. I would be extremely grateful if anyone could add to my memories or has any information to further my searches.I do enjoy your wonderful web-site. Many thanks.
  24. Wm. WilliamsSays: June 15th, 2008 at 21:08 pmLooking for Miriam Davies,, grandaughter of Rachel Theophilus, widow of Wm.Williams and Wm. Theophilus of Llanfair-ar-bryn..seeking to find out who her parents were…She was born in Llanfair-ar-bryn.Thanks Bill
  25. Karen JeffreysSays: June 12th, 2008 at 1:45 amJust came across your website and thought what have I got to loose I might as well post a message. My family came from Llandeusant and Myddfai. I have a record of Jeffrey Jeffreys marriage in 1820 to Margaret Moore in Myddfai they had 5 children Thomas, William, Margaret, Anne and John. I know Thomas came out to Australia because that is the line that I come through. As for the rest of the family I have had little or no luck. Anybody out there know anything? Loved the links and stories.
  26. Doug CoxSays: May 16th, 2008 at 13:51 pmResearching the family history of the Joneses in Wales is a thankless task and I would be really grateful if anyone can help me with more information on my great, great, grandparents. They were Daniel Jones (b 1811) and Esther ? (b 1815) both born in Cilycwm. Daniel was an Agricultural Labourer and they later settled in Llandovery. Their children were John (1843), Ann (1852), Esther (1855), William (1857) and Elizabeth – my great grandmother – (1861). I am very keen to trace Esthers maiden name and hear from anyone who can throw any light on this branch of the Jones family. We hope to visit Llandovery and Cilycwm soon but in the meantime I very much enjoyed browsing this site.
  27. Peter WessonSays: May 9th, 2008 at 13:26 pmThis is a very nice Website, clear, easy to navigate, informative and lovely to look at. A few more pictures of the village and surrounding countryside would be nice, and on the ‘Save our School’ page I couldn’t see any practical ways to help, i.e. is there a a petition for example? I have been to Cilycm many times to visit dear friends who live there, and part of my heart will always be in your beautiful village.God Bless, and keep up the good work with your splendid website.Pete, Watford, Herts
  28. Dale WilliamsSays: April 2nd, 2008 at 23:54 pmHi. My great grandfather, Thomas Rhys Williams, was born in Cilycwm March 16th, 1828, son of Rees(Rhys) and Ann(e) Williams. He married Catherine Davies in 1849 in Breconshire. He was a stone mason and emigrated to Canada in 1864ish. I am looking for anyone how might have some more family information. My wife and I are going to be visiting Cilycwm next April. Thanks.
  29. Robert LindseySays: March 26th, 2008 at 6:46 amReply to Diana Hodges – My great-great grandfather is Reverend David Edward Williams (a canon at certain times), married to an Elizabeth, and they had a daughter named, yes, Elizabeth Emily Williams! You’re right about there being more than one clergyman called David Williams in Wales at the time, but I think we’ve got a match here. By the way, they lived in or near Llanelli from the 1840s until the 1870s at least.Get in touch with me – – I have some information about him and his family. As for his wife, I’m not certain about her maiden name either – all I know is that she was born about 1824-25.
  30. sorrel woodsSays: March 18th, 2008 at 21:00 pmRosie Sykes left me a message regarding Thomas Rogers Davies vicar of Llandewi Brefi. Does anyone know how i could get hold of her as she says she is doing postgrad research on him and his family… thanks
  31. Mike GingellSays: March 6th, 2008 at 23:54 pmI am looking for any information about Willie Hughes who was born in Cilycwm in 1894. He married Mary Lizzie Jones who was the daughter of Letitia and John Jones of Llandovery. Lettitia is my g grandmother. I believe that Willie’s parents were William Hughes and Jane Williams and they ran one of the pubslic houses. Does anyone have any info on this family.
  32. Mike GingellSays: March 6th, 2008 at 23:24 pmmessage for Rachel Fields Just seen your reply on this site. The Rev David Williams is my gg uncle. He was the sister of Letitia Williams who married John Jones. This is my line. Where do you fit in? I have a copy of the book written by David Williams. Would be interested in making contact.
  33. TowySays: February 17th, 2008 at 0:01 amFOA Derek WilliamsThanks for the Info on John and Evan MorganI would like to exchange more information, But I don’t think this website is for that – You can email on towy.neale@ariqva.comI am grateful for this website for the information it provides and for the fact it introduce me to you.
  34. Derek WilliamsSays: February 14th, 2008 at 0:45 amFor TowyJohn Morgan’s father was Evan Morgan 1817 – 1870. His wife Rachel Jones, 1818 died somewhere between 1853 and 1861.Evan Morgan’s father David Morgan 1781 apparently married twice. The second time to an Ann Thomas 30 Apr 1830 in Llanwdra. He died after the 1841 census nd before the 1851 census. The children from the second marriage are believed to have been scattered through out the family.I am more than willing to share the information I have.Derek
  35. Wm.WilliamsSays: February 10th, 2008 at 21:39 pmPostscript…Dianna probably not a connection. Mine started when William Williams* 1800) wed Rachel James in 1828. After Williams died ca.1847 Rachel Wed Wm. Theophilus and had one son by him Timothy Theophilus. Wm. Theophlus predeceased her. Children by first marriage to Wm. Williams were Morgan who married Cathryne, daughter of Joshus and Mary Armstonrg Jones of Rhandirmwyn,, Mary(who married a Lewis and remained in Wales),Daniel,,Catherine who wed David B. Thomas from the area who predeceased her. She also came to America with two sons, D.V. Thomas and John R. Her second Husband was David W. Evans from Carmarthenshire, William(my GG grandfather) first went to Australia then to America. There also was a son John who didnt come to America. Timothy Theophilus came to America but returned to marry Sarah daughter of Morgan and Sarah(Williams). As metioned earlier all settled in Wilkes Bare, Pa. Regards..Bill Williams
  36. Wm.WilliamsSays: February 10th, 2008 at 21:04 pmAll of my Theophilus, James, Williams kin came from Rhandirmwyn in late 1800s to America and settled in Wilkes Barre Pa. Most noted was Morgan B. Williams who became US Congressman for Pa.Hoping to make a Rhandirmwyn-Pennsylvania connection. Note that you have Theophilus names on your city council…Bill Williams in Ohio
  37. TowySays: February 9th, 2008 at 20:34 pmI was interested to read the comments by Derek Williams (11th Jan 08) and Roger Harris (9th Jan 08) my connection is Mr John Morgan (Musician, Blacksmith and Sportsman) he would be my great great great grandfather on my mother’s mother’s side. I believe his father was Evan Morgan.Would love to know if you have any further information Towy
  38. Katy Rogers-DaviesSays: February 8th, 2008 at 21:10 pmFor Sorrel Woods and Rosie SkyesHi! I’m Katy Rogers-Davies, and was just browsing the internet on my family history and came across your replies on here.All the Welsh town names mentioned ring bells with my Dad talking about his childhood.Just email me if u want any help x
  39. Diana HodgesSays: January 27th, 2008 at 21:47 pmReplying to William Williams, I have Williams and Theophilus ancestors, but as I don’t know the area myself, I’m not sure if they came from this exact district or not. Rev. Thomas Theophilus was my great grandfather and he married Elizabeth Emily Williams. Thomas’ parents were William and Anne Theophilus ( maiden name possibly Rees), and Elizabeth’s parents were Canon David Edward Williams and Elizabeth Morgan. Do any of these names ring a bell with you?
  40. Wm.WilliamsSays: January 27th, 2008 at 20:27 pmLooking for Williams,James, Theophilus,Thomas,Lewis and Jones from this area…Great site…Bill Williams
  41. Derek WilliamsSays: January 11th, 2008 at 22:54 pmResponse to Roger Harris’s comments.Berris Brook Farm & Olchfa Mill.I did find both family locations whilst on holiday in November. Even had a chat with the new owners at Olchfa Mill, which came out of the Morgan family in 1984.As for my connection: David Morgan 1839 – 1894 was my Great Grandfather.Also interested to see the move to Dowlais. Evan James Morgan 1870 – 1950 lived there and had a number of his children there. I also know his grandson still lives locally.Looks like Roger and I have a family connection.Thanks again
  42. Roger HarrisSays: January 9th, 2008 at 18:23 pmSut mae I have just been looking over your really interesting website and found a comment from a Derek Williams back on 24th October 2007. He asks about the family homes at the small holding called “Cawgarn” sadly it was pulled down pre 1914 and amalgamated in to the “Berris Brook Farm” and also the “Olchfa Mill” which I beleive was at Porth y Rhyd. My ancestors on my maternal Grandmothers side the Morgans family lived there. My Hen hen Mamgu Elizabeth Parry (nee Morgan) (married to William Parry whose family I beleive was from the Criccieth area in the North of Cymru) who was the daughter of David Christmas Morgan and his wife Elizabeth. They moved to Dowlais and from there to Glynneath in West Glamorgan where the present day family still live. I have in my possession reports from newspapers at the time of Mr John Morgan who was a noted Musician,Blacksmith and sportsman. Also of his brother Mr Dd Morgan who was a watchmaker and constucted a clock with moving figures showing the career of man from birth to grave. Another brother was Mr Morgan Morgan who made bicycles and made the first one in the area.A nephew was Mr D.T Morgan Jeweler of Pentre House Llandovery. I also have a newspaper obituary from 1894 of Mr W.Morgan Watch maker and jeweler Market Square ,Llandovery who was a member of Ebenezer baptist Chapel in the town. he had a great interest in musical matters. There is also a clock in Llandovery Meuseum made by one of the Morgans family. hope this is of interest to you. If there is any following interest my email can be forwarded on.
  43. Evan John JonesSays: January 5th, 2008 at 0:50 amI lived at Penraglan-Wynt, Rhandirmwyn, Cilycwm from 1925 to 1937 and attended school at Rhandirmwyn from 1934 to 1937. My mother’s name was Margret Jones and my uncle, who helped to bring me, up was Dafydd Jones. He was a shepherd at Raglan for Morgan Jones Penriw Cwrt-y-Cadno and the land and house of Raglan was part of the Cawdor Estates. I used to know all the mountain farmers as I used to help at the shearing throwing the foot string to the shearer as he got his sheep for shearing. I know that John Jones Nantllwyd near Llynbriana is stil around. Is there anyone else who remembers me? If so I would love to hear from them – please email me – I now live in Devon. We were the last people to live at Raglan before it became forestry property.

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2006 & 2007

  1. Karen WozencroftSays: December 21st, 2007 at 18:44 pmMy Price ancestors came from Cilycwm. They lived at Rhosybedw farm which I believe is now used as a holiday place and retreat. I believe they were drovers. It was lovely to find your website. I visited the village many years ago when I startwed my family history and have always meant to return. I HOPE TO DO SO IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE.
  2. Diana HodgesSays: November 15th, 2007 at 0:59 amEveryone sounds so happy and cheerful on this site! Wonderful! I,too, am trying to fill in gaps. My great grandfather was Rev. Thomas Theophilus, married to Elizabeth Emily Williams. Her father was Canon David Edward Williams, but I think there must have been another Canon David Williams at more or less the same time and cropping up in the same places! One of them was married to Elizabeth Morgan and I’ve rather assumed that these were my greatgreat grandparents,but I could be wrong. Do any of these names ring a bell with anyone? I’m finding the researching of my Welsh ancestors very interesting but there are so many Williams, etc. that it’ s like a minefield (forgive the pun – I mean coal, of course!!)
  3. James William JonesSays: November 8th, 2007 at 14:31 pmHello all—- I’m an American with a name that pops up on occasion in Cymru. I’ve been wondering if indeed I had any Welsh heritage, so have been learning about Wales via the WWW. Found out about this site via Gwneth Lewis’s site.If anyone knows of any connections between Wales and the American state of Maine in the 1700’s, please free to communicate with me. I’d also welcome hearing from anyone interested in communicating about Wales.I am a 53 year old taxidriver in Boston, Massachusetts, USADiolch!
  4. S. DaviesSays: October 25th, 2007 at 18:35 pmExcellent site! My late Father, John(Jackie) Davies was born in Cilycwm 22/11/1907 he came from a large family but sadly many of his siblings died in infancy but Willy Tom, Talfryn, Dilys & Nellie, survived into old age with Ennis & Percy still living. The family moved to Penygroes between 1910-1914 I believe.This site is very informative, and has a very interesting content. Many thanks.
  5. Derek WilliamsSays: October 24th, 2007 at 23:52 pmEvenin’ allCan anyone help ?Do any of the following places still exist:Berris Brooke Farm, CawganAbergwenlais MillOlchfa MillThere all family homes from days gone bye

    I have probably left this to late for my visit next week. However I can always try and find them next time…… I Can’t stay away from the area.



  6. sorrel woodsSays: September 5th, 2007 at 20:54 pmmessage for rosie sykes. I would be interested in any info you have on Thomas Rogers Davies and his familythanks sorrel
  7. Dr Geoff BrandwoodSays: August 27th, 2007 at 16:47 pmLewis Loyd. Does anyone know how Lewis Loyd (1811-1891) came to pay for the church of St John the Evangelist (NOT Baptist as on the website), built in Cheetham, Manchester? Presumably from the proceeds of the sale of the London end of Jones Loyd & Co. The bank had a Manchester arm but Lewis Loyd seems to have be a southerner judging by the information on your website. It would beinteresting to know for a book I am writing on the architects who designed this truly magnificent church.
  8. melanie john {nee hague}Says: August 26th, 2007 at 2:03 amCil-y-cwm school was the very first that i attended, im not sure of the year, probably in sept of 1974, my father was the police officer in the village and we lived in the police house, now a private house and has been for many years, i recently brought my teenage children back there and they loved the village, even nagging to move there, now that would indeed be a dream come true
  9. Anthony SudaSays: August 23rd, 2007 at 17:17 pmI wonder whether you can help me trace Ms. Mair & Brian Ifan [Evan] both of them are teachers. Mair used to be a penpal for about 30 years. They started corresponding when they were 8 or 9 years old in 1963 and this corresponds continued well into the 90’s. Then due to work and family pressure it had dwindled to the occasional card for Birthdays and Chistmass. Their last known address was Dol-Werdd, Porthyrhyd, Caerfyrddin, Dyfed. SA32-8PN. Iknow through internet that the address still exist. But I don’t know if they still live there. If you find them Ido appreciate if you can pass our E-mails either or if they are still interested in renewing their friendship. My wife’s name is Marie Louise and we are from the Island of Malta. If you trace them I will be extremely grateful if can inform me on theabove E-mail .Thank you And regards Anthony Suda
  10. Alexander Hook.Says: August 17th, 2007 at 20:08 pmCan someone in your area please email me any photos of St. Barnabas Church, Rhandirmwyn. I will be most grateful for any images received. The Builders of the church were Wall and Hook of Brimscombe, Glos. and the architect was Pearson.
  11. Dale IngramSays: July 20th, 2007 at 10:39 amTo Tracy ShenkmanTracy I think you may find that Lillesden was once owned by the Loyd family, who were originally from Cilycwm. Lewis Loyd left Wales in about 1750 and became a partner in a Manchester bank, Jones Loyd. He later moved to london where his son, Samuel Jones Loyd was born. SJL in 1850 became Lord Overstone and built a huge pile in Northamptonshire, Overstone House. This was also a school 1929-79. Lillesden, if memory serves, was owned by one of Lord O’s cousins, another Lewis Loyd, son of his uncle Edward Loyd (the first Lewis Loyd’s elder brother). He later built Monk’s Orchard near Croydon (now demolished).
  12. Louise JonesSays: July 13th, 2007 at 22:28 pmI am the great-great-great grand-daughter of Thomas Evans Troedrhimas and the gggg grandaughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Bowen and I would really appreciate any information people would have to help me with my family tree thank you very much
  13. MorganSays: July 10th, 2007 at 0:49 amHi, again! Courtesy of the comments on your site, i now know that Cae-Glas apparently still exists! Do any of these other places still exist? Llwyn Owen; Troed-rhiew-Mes; Caegwyn: Gwel Henrde; Dolachddu; Penfedwfach; Peneroes; Glanrhosan; Gwernpwll; Nantgwyn These are all places where my Davies, Morgans, Edwards, Jones, and others lived in the 17 and 1800s,
  14. john brockwaySays: June 30th, 2007 at 0:52 amthis is a great site im looking for a place called erw hir in the cilycwm area does anyone know of it thomas family lived there for many years they are on the 1841 cenus issac thomas is a wool processer one son is a taylor im going to vist in a few weeks time would be greatfull for any information with any one connected with this line
  15. Claire BinnersleySays: June 23rd, 2007 at 0:33 amI just wanted to say a huge thank you for that information!!! The name Davies has proved a difficult struggle at times- my mother was also born a Davies (different branch to this). I also received an email with more information on the churches in llan fair ar y bryn and the surrounding area. As someone trying to acquire some knowledge of her roots this sort of mapping is invaluable as I don’t know the area.From Cilycwm and Llan fair ar y bryn this particular family moved to Garthbrengy and ran the Pantycorred mill for 3 generations and then ended up in the south wales valleys- Blackwood and now Caerleon with myself and my sisters.Daniel and Catharine are at the top of what I have of my grandfather’s line. I started looking into family history because of him- and have only been able to get this far due to his own passion for the subject – filling my mum with snippets of information and marking out photos with dates and info and himself highlighted!This website is beautiful. My grandad never got back this far but he would have been delighted with the link to Carmarthenshire as well as Brecon.Thank you so so much for your kind help.Kindest Regards Claire
  16. Alan KirkbySays: June 19th, 2007 at 17:06 pmI visited Rhandirmwyn at easter staying at the campsite. Beautiful area, nice people, great weather. Will be coming back! Much photographic potential.
  17. t.peter lewisSays: June 18th, 2007 at 15:43 pmClaire Binnersley may wish to consider the following: Census 1841- Llanfair-ar-y-bryn-Bronfelin-Catherine Evans, age 11, Farm Servant with Daniel Roderick. Census 1851- Llanfair-ar-y-bryn-Glandwr -Daniel Davies,age 31, Agri.Labr. born Cilycwm plus Catherine, his wife age 21, born Llanfair-ar-y-bryn and their daughter Catherine age 1 born Llanfair-ar-y-bryn. Census 1841 – Cilycwm – Cwmsarnddu – John Davies, Age 54,Carpenter, plus Margaret his wife age 49,Daughter Mary age 16, and son William age 9. Cwmsarnddu near Porthyrhyd; Bron-felen south of railway line Cynghordy Viaduct – a Glandwr farm also near.
  18. Claire BinnersleySays: June 5th, 2007 at 11:02 amHi!I really enjoyed looking at the website! Fantastic effort! I too am on the ancestor trail- my 4xgrt grandfather Daniel Davies was born in Cilycwm and on his marriage cert from 1849 he says he was living at Gwern Moels- any ideas? (Daniel’s father was a John Davies who was a Carpenter) I’m stumped if I can find anything and would really appreciate any help if anyone knows where this might be! Shouls just say that his wfe, Catharine Evans, came from Bronfelin and they married in Llanfair ar y bryn church!Thanks ever so muchClaire xxx
  19. William WilliamsSays: June 3rd, 2007 at 19:40 pmWilliam Williams b.1800 married Rachel James 1828..Llanfairarbryn. Occupation Lead Miner..died ca. 1847. Widow wed a William Theophilus, blacksmith……Bill Williams
  20. Sheila LewisSays: May 20th, 2007 at 18:45 pmHello. I’ve not yet visited Cilycwm but I do have ancestors from there: David Lewis & Lettice Griffiths who married in 1763. They both died in Bronycwrt and I wonder if it still exists? Thanks.
  21. Angela HicksSays: May 10th, 2007 at 17:58 pmHi, love your website. I’m one of thousands who has caught the family history bug and I’ve been doing a lot of research on the Cil-y-cwm side of the family. I used to visit there regularly when my paternal grandfather was alive, but alas I can’t remember much. I have found out quite a bit and would love any info anyone else is prepared to share with me. My great grandmother was born Anne Rees, she lived with her grandparents, William and Anne Phillips at Tygodrepentre. William was born around 1800 and his wife was 8 years older. He was a tailor and had several children, Gwenllian, Mary, Morgan, Rees and David. David was a stonemason and I have found his grave at Capel newydd. David and his wife Elizabeth had two sons that I know of, William, who is buried with his parents and John, who became a minister I believe and spent some time at the church at Llansawel ( where another side of my family hails – James) Anyway back to William Phillips the tailor, my ggg grandfather, born about 1801. He was baptised on the 29th June 1801 and was the son of John Phillips and Anne. John and Anne ( my gggg grandparents, were married on 27th July 1787 at Cil-y-cwm. The people we used to visit were the Phillips family, I think. I’ve been told by my parents and uncle that one member of the family taught at Cil-y-cwm school, I believe that that was Bronwen Phillips and her brother kept the Neuadd arms. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN GIVE ME ANY MORE INFO, OR ARE YOU RELATED, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.Diolch yn fawr, gobeithio fe alla i a fy chwaer cwrdd a pobl o’r teulu. Hoping to go to the music festivel, booked in the caravan!
  22. t.peter lewisSays: May 10th, 2007 at 17:08 pmMalcolm Richardson 27.12.2006 will be interested to know that Thomas Evans of Troewrhiwmes forms part of my Bowen family history, Thomas having married Sarah Bowen of “Penlife”, Cilycwm on November 21st 1848 at Cilycwm Parish Church. Following the death of Thomas in 1859 Sarah married John Davies on Aug 9 1861.
  23. t.peter lewisSays: May 10th, 2007 at 16:10 pmI have spent many years tracing the family history of the Bowen family of “Penlife” and “Pencraig”, Cilycwm following the U.S. trails of the brothers Daniel (1863), Thomas (1866), David (1870) William (1871) and their sister Sarah (1882), (twin of my grandmother Catherine) as well as others within Carmarthenshire and elsewhere. In the process I have corresponded and exchanged information with a number of ancestral links including Leslie Bowen – Archives 19/03/03 and Joy Wilson – Archives 07/04/2003. My Genealogy Report currently extends to some 24 A4 pages. By coincidence my research had been dormant from that time until quite recently.
  24. Bret ArntzenSays: April 16th, 2007 at 10:10 amJust visited your website, very interesting indeed. A great, great uncle on my maternal side lived in Hawkhurst, Kent from the 1860’s – 1890’s, his name was GEORGE CHANNING and he happened to be a gardener upon LILLESDEN ESTATE, my mother recalls stories, via her Great Aunt LOUISA CHANNING, of their visits to the estate house for social teas (presumably some special occasion)Regards Bret Arntzen
  25. MarilynSays: April 8th, 2007 at 20:48 pmThis message is for Morgan Lewis re message left 19.2.2007.Would love to compare notes on our MORGAN FAMILY.
  26. Alan KirkbySays: March 27th, 2007 at 16:34 pmLooking forward to visiting this Easter. Useful site to give a flavour of Rhandirmwyn and surrounding area
  27. pambjones@hotmail.comSays: March 27th, 2007 at 11:45 amHiI found this site when looking for sites that would help locating a grave.I noticed someone had been lucky to get help in locating a grave.Please could you tell me of any sites / ways of finding a grave when the obvious ways are unsuccessful.We have the death certificate. Cardiff bereavement services have no record of the person being buried in any of their cemeteries. he is not buried with his widow. She later remarried and is buried with her 2nd husband miles away.All we need is a point in the right direction / the right avenues to take etc to be able to find it. Can you help please. or do you know anyone who can?Thanks

    Pamela Jones

  28. faySays: March 14th, 2007 at 20:39 pmWILD CAT IN CILYCWMA new family opera inspired by mythical big cats believed to inhabit the mountains of North Wales will be staged in a marquee at Cwmrhaeadr Forest as part of the Gŵyl Cwm Rhaeadr Festival. The opera will be performed on Friday May 11 at 7p.m. This is a special show, because it is being performed by a group of young singers from two schools from Cilycwm, Capel Cynfab Primary and Cilycwm Primary alongside professional singers and musicians from Welsh National Opera.Wild Cat is the third opera in WNO’s groundbreaking conservation trilogy Land Sea Sky. This is the third time that Welsh National Opera will return to Cilycwm having involved the community in all three of the trilogy operas.The Carnegie Prize winning writer Berlie Doherty has written the libretto for Wild Cat and Menna Elfyn, one of Wales’s best-known poets, has provided the Welsh translations. The composer is Julian Philips, who is currently Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne Opera House. Wild Cat is presented with the support of Colwinston Charitable Trust.Young soloists from the two schools will be playing key roles in the opera – Catrin and the Child Mark – as well as forming the Chorus.Wild Cat is a must-see event not only for families and opera lovers, but also for people who are interested in seeing an opera for the first time and would enjoy a show with a contemporary twist.The story of Wild Cat takes place in a small town at the foot of mountains where the young people are running wild and rumours abound of a terrible beast that eats lambs and haunts the backyards of the local population. Catrin, is haunted by the tales, so much so that she runs away to find the wild cat’s cave.

    Megan’s boyfriend Mark sets out to rescue Catrin and fight the wild cat, but along the way finds himself making a very different kind of journey, back to his past where he once lived at one with nature, understanding the special balance that must exist between the wild and the civilized. This message is cleverly woven into the story, which uses wonderful images from nature to conjure up a mysterious, poetical world where exotic animals fight back to reclaim land taken from them, poisoning peoples’ dreams in revenge.

    Wild Cat is designed to raise awareness of conservation issues through music and drama. The company will be working with the schools in the run up to the performances The activity is linked to the National Curriculum to encourage discussion of topical issues and events. Over its three-year period, the trilogy will have involved approximately 30 – 36 schools, 60 – 72 teachers and 900 – 1, 100 children from primary schools across Wales and England.

    WNO MAX takes opera beyond the mainstage. This programme intends to maximise Welsh National Opera’s company resources and create new opportunities for the ensemble and for the communities it reaches. WNO MAX seeks to maximise the potential of opera to electrify and enrapture, through participation in and preparation for live opera experiences.

  29. Morgan LewisSays: February 19th, 2007 at 21:34 pmWith regard to Marilyn’s message, below, my latest family research (just yesterday, in fact) has been on Daniel JAMES born at Frongoch in Rhandirmwyn (son of my ggg grandparents William and Anne JAMES). His wife is Sarah MORGAN, sister to the below-mentioned Daniel MORGAN (I located six of his brothers and sisters in the Cayo parish Bishops Transcripts). They married in the Cayo parish church in 1854. I hope Marilyn sees this message as I’d love to compare family history notes. My Cilycwm / Rhandirmwyn lines are Lewis, Theophilus, Rees, and James, among others. Grandfather Morgan LEWIS was born at Brynglase, Cilycwm parish.…Marilyn Says:July 8th, 2006 at 15:44 pm I am researching my family history, and have found your excellent site.My gggrandfather Daniel MORGAN was born at Aber Rhaeadr, Cilycwm, in 1815. His parents were Morgan and Elizabeth MORGAN. Morgan was a draper and then a Farmer in Caio.Does anybody know if Aber Rhaeadr still exists.
  30. Caroline NorrisSays: February 7th, 2007 at 21:16 pmI am also related to the Jones’s from Rhandirmwyn. My grandmother is Katie Jones. The family bible is at the Divlyn Farm.
  31. judith howellSays: January 10th, 2007 at 17:13 pmi am tracing my family tree and i have found out that my 2x great grandfather was a clalico printer .i believe he was born in wales in about 1786 . he married an elizabeth hardman in 1823 in bury lancs .they had 6 children ,5 of which born in disley cheshire . his name was thomas price ,one of his sons was christened thomas loyd price and became calico printer . in the 1835 edition of piggott and co directory there was a firm called loyd and price calico printers in disley . i wonder if their was any connection one of his other sons william hardman price also was calico printer. if anyone knows anything please contact me
  32. bradley jeffreysSays: December 29th, 2006 at 4:30 amMy ancestors were from Cilycwm and the surrounding countryside – Jeffreys, Morgan, Price families. The Price family lived at Bwlch trebannau, and Erryd House, the Jeffreys at Nant Ddu. I have visited Cilycwm three times since 1998.
  33. Malcolm RichardsonSays: December 27th, 2006 at 19:44 pmI owe a great deal to this wonderful website and to the residents of Cil-y-cwm who have provided such wonderful help and kindness in my research of my ggGrandfather Thomas Evans of Troedrhiwmes cottage in the Ceio Forest. I shall always be indebted to Dafydd Tomos who found for me the ruins of the cottage and was also the source of information which helped to find the grave of my ggGrandfather. Though now living in Germany my heart belongs to your beautiful area.
  34. Sara FoxSays: December 22nd, 2006 at 15:10 pmReply to Derk Rigsby: I am writing a history of the school to be published March 2007. There will be a reunion and launch party for the book hopefully on St David’s day. Look out for more information soon on this website. Anyone who would be interested in contributing memories, photo’s etc please do so before 8th jan(PRINTING DEADLINE). Good news, the school is not going to close. Not in the immediate future anyway. Please contact: Sara Fox: or telephone 01550 760 220
  35. Derek RigsbySays: December 19th, 2006 at 22:22 pmMy mom went to Cilycwm school and she would like to know how meny old school friends out there would like to hold a school reunion before the school closes her name when she was there was Ann griffiths
  36. markSays: December 15th, 2006 at 21:13 pmI sit in london now and this place buzz’s at three in the morning with police sirens and helecopter, i should choose a tent in Rhandirmwyn over a mansion in this place. My son has the privelidge of being able to attend Cilycwm school and my god how blessed he is to be able to grow in Cilycwm.
  37. Tracy ShenkmanSays: October 28th, 2006 at 23:57 pmThere was a reference on this site to a maid who worked at Lillesden in Hawkhurst. Is there anyone with any further information on Lillesden? I went to school there and am working on finding out more about the “roots” of the school.Thanks so much.
  38. Francesca JonesSays: October 28th, 2006 at 12:03 pmFrom an early age, I had extremely happy camping holidays with my family at the Williams’ campsite. Walking, caving, exploring, driving, seeking out waterfalls and the unforgettable swims in the river were just a few of our memorable experiences. Now with our own children, we have a caravan in Llanidloes yet I frequently visit our old haunts. Of all the beautiful places in this world, the most wonderful and memorable for me is still Rhandirmwyn, I love it.
  39. Dianne LoveSays: August 28th, 2006 at 21:38 pmTo Mandy Brough re Ysgubor Uchaf. There is a very small village of this name near Blackwood in Caerphilly County. The map refernce on Explorer 166 is 18 99. Just in case you are not familiar with this 18 is the number on the bottom of the map and 99 is the number on the side. There would be a strong possibility that the graves you are looking for are in Bedwelty Church which is at 17 00. I hope this helps.
  40. TessaSays: July 8th, 2006 at 19:46 pmHello Family history has led me to your lovely website.“Thomas Christopher Thomas (Ioan Dyfri) born in Cilycwn near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire in 1842.” His parents were– Daniel Thomas occupation farmer Catherine Thomas formerly DaviesThomas Thomas married a Sarch Bloomfield from Devon.They are my mothers maternal side of the family. She sadly died last year. If anyone has any information on these Thomas,s I would greatly appreciate it.Would it be permissable to copy the lovely painting of Cilycwm to add to my research?Best wishesTessa
  41. marilynSays: July 8th, 2006 at 15:44 pmI am researching my family history, and have found your excellent site.My gggrandfather Daniel MORGAN was born at Aber Rhaeadr, Cilycwm, in 1815. His parents were Morgan and Elizabeth MORGAN. Morgan was a draper and then a Farmer in Caio.Does anybody know if Aber Rhaeadr still exists.
  42. RhysSays: June 29th, 2006 at 15:26 pmRe: Eirwen Powell’s Message re BrynderiMr David Morgan Brynderi is not on email but the Vicarage where I live and am Priest in Charge is next door to him. I shall pass on any messages to him. he has not been well recently.
  43. Rachel FieldSays: May 31st, 2006 at 12:57 pmMessage for Sorel My great uncle Dai (Revd. David Williams) mentions your ancestor in his book ‘Y Wladfa Fach Fynyddig’ – Anne Williams was ‘married to John Davies of Glynegll, near Cilycwm, at Llanddewibrefi Church on July 10 1891, it being the first wedding for the new Vicar, the Revd. Thomas R. Davies and because of that fact he did not charge any fees.’Anne Williams was my uncle Dai’s sister. She met her husband to be when she was in service at Glyngell.Best wishes Rachel Field
  44. Mary BroughSays: May 16th, 2006 at 22:42 pmSince my earlier enquiry in March, I have discovered that the maiden name of Mary, my g.g.grandmother was BONVIL. She was born in Cilycwm,c.1823 and may have lived at ?Ysgubor Uchaf. It is also possible that she married Peter Hughes in the local church. Any info./advice re-the above would be gratefully acknowledged.
  45. John and Gill FaheySays: May 7th, 2006 at 9:43 amWe had a lovely walk round the disabled path at Cwm Rheadr. As I am semi-disabled I found it relatively easy but it would be nice to have benches along the route.
  46. Ambrose HearneSays: May 3rd, 2006 at 0:16 amEver since I first visited Cilycwm in 1988 I have wanted to spend more and more time there. Work and play have both taken me there, the former initially, the latter more and more nowadays. Both are good. The heart of a small community lies in its children- to lose the school would be a tragedy and I honestly believe the Carmarthenshire County Council should take a far greater view of the situation when it seeks to rationalise its facilities. It has a responsibility to the budget and it has a corresponding responsibility to the people that fund the budget- the communities of the county. The school is the single biggest communal meeting point in the parish. Long may it remain.I visit the area regularly, the scenery and landscape are fantastic. The developments underway in Cwm Rhiadr are to be encouraged and I’m sure will in turn reap their rewards.
  47. sorrelSays: April 14th, 2006 at 20:22 pmI would be interested in any info you have on Thomas Rogers Davies, he was my great grandfather and am interested to know if his mother was a Rogers.
  48. Ronald John SaundersSays: April 12th, 2006 at 13:23 pmAm researching into the Bridges of Carmarthenshire for a lecture to be given to the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society in November 2006 and so am therefore the lecturer is naturally interested in the architectural beauty of Dolauhirion Bridge and the engineering skill and architectural beauty of Cynghordy Viaduct and would appreciate any info/photos/reminiscences of these or any other Carmarthenshire Bridges. Thanking you in anticipation for your help. Ronald John Saunders
  49. Rosy SykesSays: April 11th, 2006 at 22:00 pmI am currently researching Thomas Rogers Davies and his family as part of Postgraduate study – am happy to pass on any details to those interested.This is a great site – very interesting!
  50. Robert L. HostetterSays: April 10th, 2006 at 20:01 pmI’ve been looking into the Jones genealogy and discovered your website. My wife had an ancestor who lived in Rhandirmwyn. I know there are many Joneses and am not asking for your help to find any particular records. Just thought I’d send a message to say that I appreciate the availability of information about Wales. We’ve enjoyed two short visits to Wales. Citizen of Lancaser, PA, USA
  51. Mary BroughSays: March 30th, 2006 at 23:57 pmAm delighted to have chanced upon Cilycwm through a recent discovery that my great-great grandmother was born there. However I know only that her first name was Mary and that she was born in Cilycwm circa 1821/3 .The 1851 census records that Mary Hughes lived with her husband Peter Hughes in Llanwynno Parish, Glamorgan. I can find no reference to her maiden name here so wonder if any family historian can advise me further -re a possible baptism/marriage search in the Cilycwm Parish church. Interestingly, the census also records that a house servant, a Mary Curnelson, aged 12years also resided with them. Interesting site-can’t wait to visit.
  52. S S WOODSSays: March 2nd, 2006 at 10:42 amFurther to my query about Thomas Rogers Davies I have found out that his mother was Jane Rogers whose parents were David Rogers and Jane Lewis/. I think they were part of the Rogers family at Gelly, Trefilan…..
  53. Sorrel WoodsSays: February 27th, 2006 at 12:37 pmI am doing some family research into the parents of Thomas Rogers Davies b 1861 who was vicar at St Davids in LLandewi-Brefi in the 1890s onwards. His mother was called Jane and was born c1825 and a family memeber has just told me she was born at a farm Cefntrenfa at Cilycwm….I was wondering if anyone in your community would know anything about this??!!!
  54. Julie RasmussenSays: February 21st, 2006 at 21:26 pmI have just watched a very interesting programme on the TV about Gwyneth Lewis the poet. It showed Cilycwm and I was interested to look it up on the web. It looks a very beautiful place which I now want to visit one weekend. I think its sad what is happening to the farms. I enjoyed reading about the history of Cilycwm on this site.
  55. John BurgesSays: February 9th, 2006 at 15:45 pmDoes anyone recall a Miss Alice Harries who I believe taught at the school in 19?? She lived in Cilycwm until moving to Daventry in 19?? where I believe she died.
  56. Eirwen PowellSays: January 22nd, 2006 at 21:06 pmI have just discovered your website and it brought on the old “hiraeth” for sure.As I was reading all the mail in the archives I came across a letter there from Gerwyn Turner 08 02 2004 enquiring about the Morgan family at Brynderi.Well,of course I’m one of the Morgan clan so I tried in vain to email him .I wonder did any of you respond to his question at the time?Do you have an updated email from him;it would be quite interesting to be in touch with him after all these years.As for the web site, it is wonderful and I shall definitelylokk at it again and be in touch.I live in British Columbia Canada so it’s lovely to feel close to home when visiting your web site.I shall be in touch again soon!! Keep up the good work!! Cofion Gynnes……Eirwen Powell
  57. Alexander HookSays: January 14th, 2006 at 12:50 pmPlease can anyone inform me if a church was built in your area between 1849 to 1900 the architect being the eminent Victorian John L Pearson? My Gt.Grandfather formed a partnership with Geo. Wall in Brimscombe, Nr. Stroud, Glos. Wall & Hook built several churches all over the British Isles for Pearson, Street and Bodley, all famous architects during this time. Any assistance will be much appreciated. From Alex. Hook, Hall Green, Birmingham.
  58. Rev. Katherine HorstmanSays: January 12th, 2006 at 20:13 pmI’m an American friend of your former vicar, the Rev’d Julian Williams, and have visited Cilycwm two or three times. I’m sorry to hear about the struggle over the school, and I hope the December article about the Welsh Assembly means there is a serious chance at reconsideration.How did the church fare in the recent floods? It’s so close to the river.I’ve included some photos of the Cilycwm area (and other parts of Wales) in my web page advising Welsh-Americans on researching their Welsh genealogy. The link is gorau,Kathy

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  1. Gareth HowellSays: December 18th, 2005 at 20:31 pmDavid Prys Jones lived where the reservoir now is and had to move down the valley to a new home.Dai was at school with me in Wiltshire in the early 60s and is now surely a grandfather. I remember seeing him working the fields before the reservoir was built.Please say I am sorry I missed him when I last called in 1996, he was in Exeter that day at the market.I hope I shall be able to drive over the top to meet him and his family again this coming year. My Welsh is better now so Llawen Nadolig to everybody at RhandirmwynKind Regards,GarethPS Please pass the message on!
  2. Mrs ap JohnSays: December 5th, 2005 at 17:20 pmwefan da iawn, ond cefais draffeth i ddod o hyd i wybodaeth am feddygon myddfai a morwyn llyn y fan!
  3. Thomas WollensackSays: December 2nd, 2005 at 17:49 pmI just came on your site across the contribution from Mrs Edwards, erstwhile of Porthyrhyd PO. Please leave it as a befitting memento on your website for as long as possible. After all, she and her late husband weren’t only of great friendliness and help with their PO and shop at ordinary times, but invaluable for example in the “once a century” blizzard of January (?) 82, when it took me close to 2 hours to walk through drifts the mile and a half from Cae-Glas to Porthyrhyd and back – packed with cigarettes, dog food, flour for breadmaking and other essentials which helped us sit out the worst during the first four days. I wonder whether – with 4×4s and all – we could compensate in such a situation nowadays for the absence of our former village shop. Pity we never used it sufficiently in the days of sunshine and near-by easily accessible supermarkets…
  4. Derek WilliamsSays: November 21st, 2005 at 17:19 pmThis site is the eighth wonder of Cilycwm: full of information delivered in a superb user-friendly manner. Like the area it stands out as special. Keep up the good work.
  5. TomosSays: July 9th, 2005 at 11:00 amG ‘ day!! Cyfarchion o Awstralia!!! yn cal amser da yma!! tywydd ychydig yn wlyb!!! diolch i bawb wnaeth helpu fi i godi ‘ r arian ar gyfer y Joshua Foundation. wedi cyrraedd melbourne nawr (Sadwrn) – ac yn symud ymlaen i wneud y gwaith cynnal a chadw ddydd llun, yna ymlaen i sydney ddydd gwener. diolch unwaith eto a welai chi pan ddoi nol!!! Hwyl!!
  6. MorganSays: June 5th, 2005 at 11:02 amHope to see you some day. Many of my ” Morgan ” and Davies ancestors were from farms around Cilycwm.
  7. Fiona WhiteheadSays: June 1st, 2005 at 11:03 amWhat a great site. My family and I are hoping to come and live in this beautiful area of Wales, my husband is originally from Brecon and my children and I are from Creigiau, a small village outside Cardiff. However, we have been living in Texas the past two years and hate it and want to come home. Talk about Hiraeth! I ‘ m an opera singer and would love to be back singing with the Male Voice Choir! Hope to meet you all some day. Keep up the good work with an excellent site.
  8. Brenda MorganSays: May 28th, 2005 at 11:05 amhave you ever heard of Isiah morgan moved walsall before 1900
  9. Paul HellierSays: April 15th, 2005 at 11:06 amPlease pass to Mr Alwyne Loyd that I have a lot of correspondence regarding Thomas Kirkman Loyd who died in the Indian Mutiny 1857. I also have a gold memorial locket inscribed with his name although it actually commemorates the death of Donald Grant who died with Loyd at Humeerpore Rgds Paul Hellier
  10. Janet NortonSays: February 11th, 2005 at 16:21 pmHoping for help with parish registers for Cilycwm. My ancestor Evan Williams was born in Cilycwm in about 1827 and moved to work as a miner in Ebbw Vale- probably the Victoria colliery. I ‘ m a welsh exile in Nottingham and would be grateful for any help. In return I can offer free census searches for 1871, 1881 and 1891 Thanks !
  11. Judith EvansSays: February 4th, 2005 at 16:23 pmI lived in Cilycwm from 1948-1953. My father was headmaster of Cilycwm Primary School then, he came home to Cilycwm when he took the job. I have fond memories of the village and the countryside. I was glad to find this web page, I am going to link to it from mine.
  12. Paul CorneliusSays: February 3rd, 2005 at 16:23 pmA delightful site. It was sent to me by a lady called Yvonne, who lives in the area. I live in Tasmania, but I was born in Cilfynydd, Glamorgan. I would like to visit your area.
  13. Delia Loyd ThompsonSays: January 19th, 2005 at 16:25 pmWe love the website My family history research has taken me back to 1729 to william loyd of cilycwm born 1729 to 1800 Much of the material I already knew after 2 years research. But there are still gaps which I need to fill particularly the link with the Jones,Davies,Morgan families of Carmarthan and Newport. I would be very grateful if this could be forwarded to Alwyne E Loyd. many thanks jo thompson
  14. Monica RuttSays: December 25th, 2004 at 16:25 pmThanks for a wonderfully informative site. I have now traced my grandmother Margaret Jones Rutt to her great-great grandfather Richard Jones of Erwhwch. Last time I visited Wales I didn ‘ t know where to find you, now I do! Please contact me if you have any further info of note…
  15. JasmineSays: November 28th, 2004 at 16:26 pmIts a pretty village and quite a nice place and I really like it
  16. Malcolm RichardsonSays: November 16th, 2004 at 16:27 pmWhat a wonderful refreshing site. I found it while seeking information for my family tree regarding the birthplace of my gg Grandfather. He was David Evans, born 12.02.1858 at Troedrhiwmaes. Is this a village or a farm ? His father being Thomas Evans, farmer. Can anyone please give me any further information about the family.
  17. Mary LouSays: September 26th, 2004 at 16:28 pmThis note is in answer to Hazel ‘ s Sep 17, note. My ggg grandfather was also Thomas Edwards born in Wales about 1766 who married Mary Davis. I have a note that Thomas Edwards ‘ father was Edward Thomas born 1742 in Wales, however that is not verified. I would like to correspond with anyone who may have information to share or who may connect to this line.
  18. HazelSays: September 17th, 2004 at 16:29 pmHello, Just a note to say this is a really great website and very interesting, I ‘ ve spent ages going through every link.
  19. Cyril WilliamsSays: August 13th, 2004 at 16:31 pmJust came across your excellent site. My gg grandfather, Thomas Edwards was born in Cilycwm, his father was a William Edwards. Thomas married Mary Davis in Merthyr Tydfil in 1840. I believe Thomas was born about 1820. I have visited Cilycwm a couple of times.

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Before 2004

  1. Gerry MacLeodCanada28/04/2002 02:10:52I will be visiting their this summer with my daughter and family. The country side looks beautiful.
  2. Gwyn WilliamsUnited Kingdom08/06/2002 20:46:30Oes eglwys rhyfeinig yn yr ardal?
  3. Brian & Sue OsborneIreland13/06/2002 16:32:32It’s lovely to see the pages of Cilycwm, it brings back so many memories from when we lived in the village. Our very best wishes to anyone who still remembers us and our children, Ian, Neil, Stuart & Christopher (Twins) Vanessa and Carl.
  4. Coralie SteellUnited Kingdom21/06/2002 09:10:50Excellent site – very easy to access and find your way around. Give my best wishes to Father Dewi!
  5. Moira DaviesUnited Kingdom29/06/2002 22:45:33Very impressed with the 10 mins. slot on S4C this week. Well done all.
  6. Richard MartinUnited States07/07/2002 05:46:11I have had the great privilege of visiting one of my very best friends, Mr. David Bevan, who lives in this fine community. WHAT A, TRULY, BEAUTIFUL PLEACE! VERY NICE WEB SITE! CONGRATULATIONS. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR CAMPAIGN TO GET A COMMUNITY HALL!
  7. Wm. John AveryUnited Kingdom26/07/2002 12:58:39Interesting, particulalry as my family came from the area. My grandparents lived at Maesgwyn, Gwelrhedin and the gatehouse of Neuydd Fawr. My grandparents are now buried at Cilycwm. I went to school in Rhandirmwyn until we moved to England when I was 6. I still consider the area to be home and we visit at least once/twice a year. The site keeps me in touch with events in the village. On our last visit in March we had seen five dead badgers, two by the side of the road in Cilycwm, however, one night we were lucky enough to see two live badgers ambling down the road, something I’d not seen since I was a child 35 years ago in the forestry above Cilycwm.
  8. Carolyn ClarkeUnited Kingdom01/08/2002 11:42:22What a lovely site! I really enjoyed it, especially the sections on history and the photographs. It is a beautiful corner of the world, and Cil-y-cym seems a very nice, close community.
  9. Ray NoyesUnited States03/08/2002 19:08:00Even from San Francisco Cilycwm looks beautiful! If only it had Frisco weather it would be heaven!
  10. Maureen WarburtonUnited Kingdom30/08/2002 21:16:28My grandfather’s name was Timothy Theophilus and his family originally came from Cilycwm. I think the site is excellent and I have greatly enjoyed seeing photographs of the village. Good luck with all your community projects.
  11. Williams margaret elizabethFrance23/10/2002 21:02:42Where do I find the picture of my grandfather Morgan Wiliams and my great uncle Tom. My brother Gareth said it was on the web site? Please could elucidate! My married name is Smith. My father Daniel James Williams took the pastoral duties from Emrys Evans during the Summer break for Tynewydd Chapel during 40 and 50 s. Diolch.
  12. Reynolds ancestorUnited Kingdom26/11/2002 19:20:59Delighted to read Tales from Yesteryear. The Reynolds Bros who ran the mill were related to me.
  13. Moira DaviesUnited Kingdom26/11/2002 19:32:39To:Margaret Elizabeth Smith (nee Williams) entry dated 23.10.2002. Try looking in “Our Village” and then “Church and Chapels” followed by Soar Chapel, Tynewydd for Chapel Choir photo in 1920’s. We would welcome any other comments, good luck.
  14. Jane LindsayIreland06/12/2002 00:50:45I wish you well as you develop this site.
  15. Kate Barrell & WynMorganSpain31/12/2002 13:20:29we have just found your site and have been very impressed by it, well done to all you. Would it be possible to name the pupils in the school photos and does any know if it will be 20 years this summer that the cricket club was reformed and if so are we having a reunion? Wishing you all a very happy new year.
  16. Linda LewisUnited Kingdom19/01/2003 20:41:36am lle bach mae’n neis gweld bod ganddoch gwefan eich hunan felly da iawn
  17. MRS D TAYLORUnited Kingdom21/02/2003 00:14:58Your web site brought many happy memories back to me. My father David gywn Richards was born at Glandunant two of his sisters on school photo 1928.<br>He later lived in Lamb house where i stayed as a child with Annie Richards mt fathers step mother will be showing my aunt your web site. Megan was also born at Glandundant. keep up the good work.
  18. Leslie BowenUnited States19/03/2003 02:58:22My great grandfather David Jasper Bowen was from Cilycwm. Just finding some info about him now. Regards, Leslie Bowen
  19. Joy WilsonNew Zealand07/04/2003 09:50:18I have just looked at the Cilycwm website – my paternal grandfather Rees LLEWELLYN was born in Cilycwm 12 August 1890. I was particularly interested to read Our Village – History and Heritage – The War Years. In the photo Cil-y-Cwm Home Guard 1940-1945 middle row is Will AMESBURY, Maesgwyn. My grandfather’s youngest sister, Rachel LLEWELLYN married William AMESBURY 02 November 1929 in the Parish Church of Cilycwm and they are buried there. Also Porthyrhyd extract from Llandovery and its Environs author Mrs Eleanor Edwards. Nellie was the great great grandaughter of Daniel and Elizabeth BOWEN of Penlife, Cilycwm and I am a great great great grandaughter of Daniel and Elizabeth BOWEN. I am new to the internet system and I’m not sure I’m doing the right thing – the email address I noted was I want to let you know how pleased I was to find some family connections on your website. I would like to know whether anyone in Cilycwm would have any photos, information about Gwabrhedyn, Cilycwm.Diolch yn fawr Joy Wilson (nee Llewellyn)
  20. Barbara RanceUnited Kingdom12/05/2003 13:39:14 visited your site as we will be passing through on the Cambrian Way this summer. I found the site clear, concise, easy to use and informative. Well done! I am currently involved in producing a website for our village so found it doubly interesting.
  21. Amanda GreavesEngland19/05/2003 21:52:26http://RMGREAVESFAMILY@aol.comIt is with great joy I have discovered the website for Cilycwm having always thought of it as my ancestral home. I first visited the village nearly 40 years ago age 8 and it proved to be one of the most memorable days of my life. My Dad was researching his family tree and had got back as far as the 1700’s. My unproved ancestor, Samuel Jones later Baron Overstone, if my memory serves me correctly, lived outside Cilycwm in Cwrt Henry and my Dad was anxious to try and prove a connection. We couldn’t find Cwrt Henry so called into the local post office to ask for help. The postmistress was unable to help but asked us to wait a moment while she went to ask her friend! A few moments later she returned with a lady who looked to me to be about 90- but was about 70. She introduced herself as Margaret Davies and invited us to her house for a cup of tea. This was the start of a wonderful friendship which was to last until her death. She explained that she was born in Cwrt Henry and lived there until she was about 9. She then took us to the site, where the remains are still clearly seen. It was the most magical place surrounded by a box hedge and revealing possible proof of my connection with the village -a beam engraved with two sets of initials one the same as a proven ancestor and the other of Samuel Jones who we were tracing. There was also a date which we believe was the date of their wedding though we never found records to prove it. We visited Margaret regularly over the years and I remember her having an inside toilet fitted in the early 1970’s! She lived next door to Caerwyn James who was the coach I think for the WRU and was fiercely proud of Cilycwm. When she died she was buried in St Michael’s church yard and has one of the most beautiful gravestones I’ve ever seen but I’m no expert. My Dad became owner of the piece of furniture Margaret knew came from Cilycwm as she was always convinced we were related. If you have knowledge of Margaret or Cwrt Henry please emailme
  22. Mared TomosUnited Kingdom04/06/2003 21:40:57Lle gwych i fyw, safle arbennig i ymweld!!A brilliant place to live, an excellent site to visit!!
  23. Deb WozencraftUnited Kingdom26/06/2003 12:42:57 down there in fair Carmarthenshire. It’s seems a long time since I was down at your open day in the forest! Re.Community Woodlands-how is your project getting along. Coed Cadw/Woodland Trust are inviting communtiy woodland groups to the launch of their Community Woodland Network in Wales at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth in July. If anyone is intersted give me a ring (01938 552525 or e-mail and I’ll be happy to send you an invite and details.Best wishes Deb WozencraftCPRW liaison officer
  24. vickieUnited States28/06/2003 09:13:02 site!
  25. Neil BrowningUnited Kingdom14/07/2003 14:27:03What a brilliant pub! what brilliant people! Gwych, wir!And what a well-organised festival last weekend (diolch John!). Long may it continue, and we will visit you again soon. Even without the mediterranean weather it would’ve been a very special weekend. Thanks to everyone! Hope you enjoy the CDs!Neil (accordion, Cajuns Denbo)
  26. yvonne waddonUnited Kingdom18/09/2003 10:38:17Well done! Very interesting site.
  27. Ambrose HearneUnited Kingdom19/10/2003 00:22:59Cycling through the village today on my way ove Mynydd Mallaen I cam across a plaque in an old wall, dedicated to Morgan Rees, on the road leading up to Cwm Dinant and then onwards up Pen Lifau. Who was he, is there anywhere that I can glean more information than is shown carved into the stone?
  28. RhiannonUnited Kingdom19/10/2003 17:56:05very good site!
  29. R.SummersUnited Kingdom17/11/2003 20:06:29Congratulations on an excellent website.But could you please indicate how to pronounce your village name phonetically for we ignorant Englishers!Thankyou!
  30. gloria lynchUnited Kingdom22/11/2003 07:19:14Hi I have just started tracing my family tree and one of my ancestors was 2nd kithchen maid in Lillesden Hawkhurst during the 1881 census. not sure how i came about your website as i have visited so many but could it be your great grandfather was my ancestors boss. If you look on 1881 census for Mary Jane Freed aged 22 it will give you the list of all the servants at that time. She was my Great grandfathers sister. If you have any further information or pictures it would be interesting e-mail
  31. JerryUnited Kingdom10/12/2003 17:37:28 site – keep up the good work.
  32. Betsy Jones WadeUnited States28/12/2003 01:04:57It is w/ great interest and enjoyment that I have explored your web site! I am tracing my roots and have a copy of the genealogical tables of the family of JONES of Sarnygeifr.This homestead was located between Rhandirmwyn and Cynghandy (at the apex of lane)Richard Jones took over the farm of Erwrhwch in 1801. Do you do any research in this area? Mrs Oliver Bowen of Rhandirmwyn is the last (known) member of the family in the area. Thank you!!
  33. Betsy Jones WadeUnited States09/01/2004 03:23:09Your web site is wonderful!! We are planning to visit this summer. Also, regarding the future town hall, we have held a successful fund raiser by selling engraved “bricks”, many use to commemorate ancestors,etc.
  34. gerwyn TurnerUnited Kingdom08/02/2004 11:00:14A lovely site. It brought back many memories. I spent many a weekend in the 50s with the Morgan family at Brynderi, as my father was a keen hunter and fisherman. Do the Morgans still live at Brynderi?
  35. Phil MorganUnited Kingdom30/03/2004 20:41:48http://www.sustainable-fm.comDear DafyddIt has been great to look round the Cilycwm web site. I have recently set up my own site and have mentioned the Cilycwm Community Association visit to Bryn Arau Duon on one of the pages. Would you let me set up a link to your site.I hope you are well and look forward to hearing from you.Hwyl, Phil Morgan
  36. Rosemary BaldwinUnited Kingdom05/05/2004 19:54:56My grandfather was Ivor Campbell-Davys of Neuadd Fawr. Can you tell me if it is being redeveloped as I have heard rumour please. I have visited it a few times and wonder if it really has been saved. I have many wonderful photographs of it. It would be great if anyone there could let me know!
  37. Roger LewisUnited Kingdom08/05/2004 16:57:44Yesterday I found out that my 3 x great grandfather Revd Morgan Morgan, vicar of the parish for over 40 years from 1789 to 1830, was actually born in Cilycwm in 1757. His parents were David Morgan of Maescaerhyg and his wife Sarah. As a result I visited this excellent website to find out more about the area. I would be interested to know whether or not Maescaerhyg still exists and whether or not any descendants of David and Sarah Morgan still live in the area.
  38. Helen WorrallUnited Kingdom24/05/2004 13:09:09I love this region so so much and am looking forward to returning for a week long writing session, inspired by the peace and beauty of the area.
  39. Morgan LewisUnited States11/07/2004 04:07:29My sister and I visited Cilycwm in April and we received a wonderful reception. My grandfather and at least 3 generations before him lived in Cilycwm. We had a great visit with Dorrie and Anne Theophilus in Dorrie’s home. She was a wonderful host. What a beautiful area. We also drove through the Rhandirmwyn area. I hope to return again soon when I have more time to visit. This is a great site! Thank you for providing a wealth of local history.
  40. fayUnited Kingdom13/07/2004 16:17:49Gwyl y Cenhedloedd Bychain Gwyl y Cenhedloedd Bychain -SMALL NATIONS FESTIVAL 16/18 JULY 2004 www.smallnations.comWith less than a week to go all the signs are that the Small Nations Festival is going to more than fulfill the potential it showed last year and become a prestigious event in the Welsh festival calendar.

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One Response to Archive 2010 – 2004

  1. Cynthia Allen says:

    Does anyone remember an Ernest James Edge and an Annie Edge (formerly Martin) who resided at Lamb House, Cilycwm in c 1917. They had a son, Ernest James Edge born 1917. Anyone who had any knowledge of the family we would love to hear from you please as Annie was my husband’s late father’s half-sister and we know very little of her. Many thanks – Cynthia Allen.

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