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Maria Jenkins

Maria was born at Glascoed in about 1820 and was the daughter of John Jenkins (born about 1797 at Glascoed).

At the time of the 1841 census, Maria would have been aged 21, Maria was working at Lower Wernhir as a farm servant.

Also at Lower Wernhir was a certain Henry Watkins, another farm servant (aged 23) … within 5 years they were actually married (20th March 1846 at Llanddewi Fach church).

By 1851, Maria was back at an old family farm in Glascoed - Pergoed farm. This was the farm that her paternal grandparents, John (c 1762) and Mary (c 1766-1856) Jenkins had been farming in 1841, along with her their son, Maria’s father, John Jenkins (c. 1797).

Maria had at least 8 children with Henry. The first three were born at Glascoed up to 1854 (William, Edwin and Mary Ann). By the time their fourth child, Elizabeth was born in 1856, Henry and Maria had moved to Upper House, Llanbaddock, although this was within what we think of today as Glascoed, being very close to Cherry Orchard.

Four more children were born into the Jenkins family after Elizabeth’s birth; Hannah Maria c 1856 (who married William George Williams). Sadly, the three youngest children all died unnaturally young. John lived from c.1861-1882, Ruth Matilda from c.1863-1885 and Alfred from c 1865 to 1875. All three were buried at Mount Zion Baptist Chapel, where Henry and Maria seem to have worshipped.

Henry and Maria continued to live at Upper House until near to the end of Queen Victoria’s reign. The 1891 census shows them to be still at Upper House, although the 1901 census shows a move back to Pergoed, where I assume both Henry (in May 1905) and Maria (in August 1907) must have died - at the grand old age of 87.


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Marriage record (1846).