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Thomas Edwards, c.1815-1883.

Thomas Edwards was born in approx 1815 at Glascoed, the son of James Edwards and Ann Jones. His father James was born c. 1780 somewhere in Monmouthshire, according to the 1841 census. James was a shoemaker by trade. Ann was born c. 1781 at Glascoed. The couple had married on 25th February 1803 at Usk Parish Church and had at least three children: Leonard (Christened on 11 Mar 1804 at Usk), James (Chr 5th Apr 1808 at Usk), Thomas being the third.

The family lived at Pentwyn, Glascoed (there were two Pentwyns on the 1841 census) - their Pentwyn was the one near the Cwm farms and Twyn farms. It was almost certainly re-named Cherry Orchard by the time of the 1871 census, since this would fit in with the positioning of the houses on the census and we lose the duplicate Pentwyns by this date. Certainly, from 1871, the Edwards’ were living at Cherry Orchard, not Pentwyn. A logic for naming their house “Cherry Orchard” can be deduced from the sad events noted in the final paragraph on this page.

Thomas became an Agricultural labourer initially then a farmer of 14 acres by 1861. He did not have an occupation listed in 1871 or 1881.

His wife, Maria, died tragically young, having fallen from a Cherry tree in 1862. Thomas was left to bring up their three young children (Ann, James and Leonard) and apparently never re-married. He died in 1883 and was buried in the Usk parish (not sure whether at Glascoed or Usk) on 29th April 1883.


Census: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881

Usk Parish Burial Register: 1883