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Modern-day Bryn Farm photo from web-site.  Sheep farm near Glascoed

© Copyright Roger Davies and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Used with kind permission.

Bryn Farm, which is one of the first farms you would reach in Glascoed if approaching from the Beaufort Arms, on the Usk Road, was the residence of Henry Williams, one of the younger Beech Farm Boys and family, from the early 1880s onwards. In 1881 the Davis family were there. In 1871, Richard Reece and family were living there. Prior to that, I couldn’t find a record of families at the farm.

1871 census: Reece family. Richard Reece (or Rees) was part of the family that moved into Glascoed in the 1850s. Leonard Rees was at Wernhir farm (Lower Wernhir) at the time that the 1855 to 56 Register of Electors was published and it’s likely that Richard, his nephew was with him at that time. He certainly was by the time of the 1861 census - and had married Eliza Morgan of Gwehelog (Baptised 9th August 1846 at Raglan). They had married on 18 Feb 1867 at Tregare. Their first four children (all daughters) had been born by the time of the 1871 census - all but the eldest were born at Glascoed - probably Bryn Farm. Sadly Elizabeth Anne died in 1871, aged around 6 months at Bryn Farm. Mary Ann Reece was born at Glascoed although baptised on 19th May 1872, while living at Prescoed in Llanbaddock, indicating a move away from Bryn farm in early 1872. The farm was either uninhabited from this point, or possibly by someone who was not eligible as an elector until we find a Lewis Lewis at Bryn farm on the 1879 Register of Electors.

1881 census: The Davis family - husband unknown, but probably named Harry Davis were living here at this point. He wasn’t in residence at the farm on census night. Mrs Davis was from Swansea and they had three children, who had been born in Glamorgan - the place was probably Pencoed, near Bridgend.

1891 census Henry Williams, his wife Hannah (nee Morgan) and family were at Bryn farm and stayed there quite possibly until their deaths in 1917 and 1919. You’ll find more of their story on Henry’s webpage. All four of their children, William Henry (1879-1955), the twin sisters, Annie (1880-1920), and Martha (1880-1938) and their youngest brother, Alfred Ernest (born in late 1883) were born at Llanbaddock. It therefore seems that this family moved to Bryn farm in the mid-late 1880s. Henry was on the 1889 register of electors as residing “near” Bryn farm.

1901 census: Henry and Hannah Williams and family were still at the farm.

1911 census: Henry and Hannah Williams were still the farmers.