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Sarah Ellen Pitt was born on 1st February 1854 at Glascoed, the daughter of John Pitt and Sarah (nee Davies). I would imagine that this was at Panta House, although this was not stated on the birth certificate. She was known as Ellen.

Her father John, a Master Stone mason, died young in his mid-forties of small pox, leaving Ellen fatherless at the age of 11. Ellen’s mother Sarah re-married (to James Williams) in October 1868, although it appears that James had been a lodger for a time before this, so it is likely that he was an informal step-father figure earlier than that. By this time (and probably while her father was still alive) the family were at Rose Cottage.

Ellen married a local boy, Charles Stratton at Llanfihangel Llantarnam Parish Church on Christmas Eve, 1877. Charles was only a year younger, and they grew up as close neighbours (Charles lived just a hundred yards or so away from Sarah’s first childhood home, Panta House, at Upper Poplar Cottage).

They both lived long lives. Charles lived to the age of 86, dying at 8 John Street, Pontypool on 3rd January 1942 and Ellen died two days after her 96th birthday, also at 8 John Street. They had twelve children born between 1878 and 1900:

1) Sarah Ann Stratton - born 26/12/1878 at Pontmails, Panteg.

2) William Henry Stratton - born 18/7/1880 at George Street, Pontypool; died 24/12/1933 at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Monmouthshire.

3) Martha Jane Stratton - born 22/5/1882 at Aberdeen Road, Pontypool.

4) Mary Elizabeth Stratton - born 4/2/1884 at Osborne Road, Pontypool. Died 2/3/1885 at Osborne Road..

5) Clifford Richard Charles Stratton - born 8/1/1886 at Osborne Road, died 4/8/1937 at Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Glamorgan.

6) Mildred Stratton - born 8/9/1888 at Osborne Road. Died 13/12/1964 at Perth, Western Australia.

7) Mary Ellen Stratton - born 2/5/1890 at Trevethin. Died 9/7/1970 at Pontypool.

8) Stanley Charles Stratton -born 26/12/1891 at Mill House, Mill Road, Pontypool. Died 5/11/1939 at 8 John Street, Pontypool.

9) Edwin Stratton - born 20/7/1893 at Mill House. Died 3/8/1935.

10) Jessie Stratton (female) - born 11/3/1897 at Chapel House, Lower Bridge Street, Pontypool. Died 14/8/1977.

11) Herbert Charles Stratton - born 19/9/1898 at Chapel House. Died 3/1/1980.

12) Wesley Stratton - born 9/2/1900 at Chapel House. Died 14/11/1963.

Sarah Ellen Pitt (now Stratton) c. 1904.

Charles Stratton. C. 1929

The Stratton family group c. 1905. Charles and Ellen are seated,

surrounded by their 11 children (Mary Elizabeth had died as an infant).

See if you can work out who was who, from their birth dates.