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Arnold family tree

In 1869, William Williams, one of the few Beech Farm children to actually strike out from the village certainly pushed the boundaries. He emigrated to New Zealand and as a parting gift presented his niece, Mary Ann Arnold, with a hefty bound volume of Fleetwood’s “Life of Christ”. She was at Beech Farm for both the 1861 and 1871 censuses, so it’s very possible that she was brought up at the farm by her grandparents (and William’s parents), Roger and Ann Williams. Mary Ann would have been aged 12 in 1869.

Mary Ann decided to write the names, birth dates and places for all of her brothers and sisters in the front of this treasured book. Their parents were Richard and Elizabeth Arnold.

Elizabeth was William Williams’ elder sister from the Beech Farm Williams’. Can you imagine what it must have been like trying to bring up twelve children in the typical little cottages of Glascoed of the 19th century?