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Cornelius Evans, 1820-1904

Cornelius Evans was baptised in Llanishen in 1820, brought up and probably born at Tregirog House in that parish. His parents were John and Temperance Evans of Tregirog House.

He came to Glascoed later in life – appearing on the 1881 and 1891 censuses at Glascoed Vach farm. I love this picture of him, provided by Darren. He looks a real strong character to me. I can just imagine him using that stick well!

 Thanks to Olwen Hughes for the following information:

Cornelius Evans baptism 10 Sept 1820 Llanishen, Mon 

  d 1904 Jan/Feb/March Monmouth 11a p23 aged 84

  m 1859 Jan/Feb March Martha Griffiths Abergavenny

husband of Martha Evans nee Griffiths father of Mary Jane Evans

son of John and Temperance Evans

1820 baptism at Llanishen Church, Monmouthshire

 son of John and Temperance Evans

 John Evans a farmer address Tregirog , Llanishen.


1841 Census

Address Rhydiman, Llandenny, Raglan

John Evans  60

Tempranc  40

John   20

Cornelius  15

Hannah  20

Margaret  15

Elizah  14

Emma   13

Harriet  12

William  10

Edward  11

 Jebas  9

1851 Census

Address 19a on census Porthcreddig  Llangwm Ucha, Chepstow , Mon

Cornelius Evans 30 farmer of 100 acres

Margaret Evans 27 b Llandenny Sister

1861 Census

Address Porthcreddig 100 acres

Cornelius Evans 37

Martha 23 b Llangwm Ucha

Mary Jane 10 months

By 1861 Temperance was on the census at Treworgan Cwrt, aged 66 as retired farmer, living with son Jabez aged 28, farming 50 acres.

1871 Census

Address Penpedairheol Llangattock Breconshire Crickhowell

Cornelius Evans 51 - farmer 166 acres

Martha 33

Mary J 11

 Emma 9

 John 6

Martha E 4 baptised LLangwm parish records 23 Sept 1866

William 2 baptised LLangwm parish records 26 March 1869

By 1871 census Temperance is at Treworgan Court Llandenny

   Jabez in an institution, Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, Abergavenny


1881 Census

Address- Glascoed Vach, Glascoed, Monmouthshire.

Cornelius Evans 62

Martha 42

Mary Jane 20 Emma 18 John 16 William 12 ( all born Llangwm Ucha ) 

Harriet 10 ( born Brecon, Llanfalog)

Agnes 8  Tom 3 ( born Mamhilad )

Martha’s brother John Griffiths was farming at Maesyberraur Farm Goytre, wife Esther 45, son John 19, daughter Adelaide 17

1891 census

Address- Glascoed Vach ( number 5 on census, number 4 was Ton, see below)

Cornelius Evans 72 widower farmer

William 22 Agnes 17 Tom 13

Also on 1891 census

Ton, Glascoed, Monmouthshire.

Tom Parry 37 b Usk

Mary Jane Parry 31 b Llangwm

James Parry 2

Ann Parry 1

By 1891 John Griffiths aged 58 Cornelius’s wife’s brother was occupying

New House, number 6 on census with his wife Esther aged 55 and son John aged 29.

1901 Census

By this point, Cornelius had left Glascoed Vach to his daughter Mary Jane and son-in-law, Thomas Parry.

Glascoed Vach, Glascoed, Monmouthshire 

Thomas Parry 47 b Usk

Mary Jane Parry 40 b Llangwm

James 12 Ann 11 William J 9 Celia 8 Thomas 6

Martha E 4 (all born in Glascoed )

By 1901 John Griffiths aged 68 lived at New House with Annie aged 21 his wife, Bessie his daughter aged 1 and Jane Jones his sister in law. Jane and Annie from Cloddock Herefordshire.

Cornelius was living with his son, John, who was farming at one of Cornelius’ previous farms, Rhydymaen Farm in Llandenny.

1901 Census

Rhydymaen Farm, Llandenny, Monmouthshire

John Evans  36 Head farmer mixed farm

Mary Blanche Evans 22  wife Hereford Llangarren

John  2

Harriet Elizabeth 6 weeks

Cornelius father 81 retired farmer


Cornelius died at the good age of 84 in 1904, I assume still living with his son, John at Llandenny, which was in Monmouthshire registration district.

See his “family tree” in the names database for further details.


d 1904 aged 84 Jan/Feb/March Monmouth 11a p23.