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The Chilton family

The Chilton family moved into Lower Wernhir around 1877/8.

They were from the area bordering the North-West of Monmouthshire and the South of Breconshire. William was born in Nantyglo (Aberystruth parish) in 1830 and his wife Mary Morris was born in Llanelly, Breconshire cir 1836. They married at Llangattock in 1860, where their eldest child, Mary was born in 1861. They moved back to Aberystruth (possibly Nantyglo) in time for the birth of Solomon, their son, in 1862.

They had moved to Penypark farm, Llantarnam (probably some time between 1863 and 1865) and moved to Lower Wernhir at Glascoed, probably around 1877/78.

I am not sure where they went after Lower Wernhir, or exactly when they left the farm - it looks as though they initially headed for a farm called Tynycoed, although it is not clear where this was. It is also possible that they may have emigrated to Australia - although this is speculation at this point (see William’s page for my reasons). There is also additional info on the Chilton family on William’s page.

Thanks to Nicola Bodgett for the following:

“Their son Solomon became quite a character near Gilwern - he was known as a horse docter and charmer and several articles about him have survived. Canon D Parry Jones wrote a book called Charmers and Solomon is described in that. He could cure sick animals especially horses through charms and spells.” Sounds quite a character.”

Census records: 1871, 1881.

William Chilton