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12th December 2015. Thanks to some new photos of the Morgan family, I have updated the bios for William Morgan and Emma Rachel Price with their photos and some further text. Many thanks Mary (again!). I’ll add the other photos of their children in due course. I’ve also been working on the Rose Cottage house history, so some more updates there too; separating the information into a main History of Rose Cottage and a Rose Cottage today page.

11th December 2015. Several recent updates have been made. House histories have been added for Sunny Bank Farm and Sunny Bank Cottage. I received some interesting information from Mary Morgan, a descendant of the Hill Farm Morgans. Her information allowed me to update William Morgan;s bio (the gold prospector who went to Vancouver Island in 1862 to search for gold with his brother Tom - whose bio was also updated). I also updated William’s wife, Emma Rachel Price’s bio - I had wondered whether she had died before 1881, but the good news was that she lived many years later. Canadian census indexes from 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921 showed the progress of that family - who actually emigrated permanently to Montreal. Thanks again Mary.

1st December 2015. Sarah Davies death certificate added. Also a tweak to Sarah’s bio page.

30th November 2015: House history added for “Bush Cottage” and “The Paddocks”. There are also some amendments to the “Rose Cottage” house history.

24th November 2015: Today I added a house history of Lower Cwmhir.

23rd November 2015: More Registers of Electors added: 1852-53 and 1865-66.

22nd November 2015: I’ve spent some time at Newport Library recently and found some interesting articles. I was particularly excited to find a bit more detail on John Pitt’s run-in with the Meredith family, pretty much proving that his family had moved to Rose Cottage by 1862. I also loved finding letters published in the Free Press from William and Thomas Morgan of Hill Farm, from their expedition to British Columbia, searching for gold - as part of the Cariboo Gold Rush. The level of detail brings them to life! Part 1 and Part 2. David Williams seems to be most noted for marrying a lady (Frances Morgan) 30 years his senior and I assume as a result inherited Manachty Farm, Pontymoile from her. Their horse bolted on the way to Pontypool Market and Frances (then aged 78) broke her arm as a result.

17th July 2015: Update made to the Panta House page, following information received from a descendant of the Mainwaring family, the last known residents (Sandra Curtis). She gave some lovely detail of the layout and feel of the cottage.

21st May 2015: Articles added for the 1850s in the Usk Observer: Sale of Lower Trostra farm on James Lewis’ retirement from farming (1855). From 1856, Overseers appointed (Eliz Morgan and James Jenkins) and a Surveyor appointed: Roger Williams, William Herbert (a 15 year old) assaults Thomas Lewis, Another article on Henry Morgan’s alleged fathering of Elizabeth Lewis’ child, Henry and Sarah Crump of Glascoed Vach sack a servant, James Davies charged (then acquitted) of bestiality, another parenthood case (affiliation) where Eliza Davies accuses then proves that Solomon Evans fathered her baby and finally 48 sheep are worried or killed by the dogs of Upper Wernhir (Mary Morgan’s dog) and Upper Cwmhir (William Williams’ dog).

19th May 2015: A number of marriages and a death from the 1850s Monmouthshire Merlin added. Also several articles for the 1850s Monmouthshire Merlin: A counterfeit coins case (picked up at a Glascoed party?), Henry Morgan, Little Wernhir fathers another child; James Davies accused of Bestiality (and acquitted!); John Roberts has money stolen from him, and Rev Rees appeals for help to replace the roof at Mount Zion chapel. In addition, Greenmeadow and Three Stiles (Tri Chymad) farms were up for sale in the 1850s and Mount Zion chapel is approved for solemnizing marriages in 1851.


17th May 2015: More updates from local newspapers: Another article about William Griffiths - this time sentenced to hard labour for stealing some “underwood” (1838), Glascoed Vach put up for sale in 1842, with John Rosser as the sitting tenant, James Meredith sentenced for stealing Richard Arnold of Maes Mawr’s scythe (1843) and a story or a robbery of shovels, cans and beer where Penlan Farm, Glascoed is mentioned. Also the 34 year old David Williams of Glascoed marries Mrs Williams, a 63 year old grandmother from Manachty farm, Pontymoile.


16th May 2015: I’ve changed the look of the site a little - partly to make it more efficient, and also using my wife’s tips on suitable colour schemes! I also came across three articles (ONE, TWO and THREE) in the Monmouthshire Merlin that shows St. Michael’s church was actually opened in August 1849, which contradicted the information I had originally been given (that it was around 1861). This led to further amendments to other pages including St. Michael’s church, John Morgan and Beech Farm, since mention was made of the “Big Beech Tree” that used to serve as a landmark and was the inspiration for the name of that farm. I’ve also added other stories about William Griffiths being sent to jail “for being a rogue and a vagabond!” (I believe William may have been Job Lewis’ stepfather - I’ll add more on that once I’ve tried to piece together the potential evidence), evidence that John Arthur Morgan and William Morgan of Hill Farm were pupils at Usk Grammar School. There’s also a little story featuring the “Robbery” of a “very excellent cart mare” from John Williams - almost certainly the farmer at Ty Newydd (New House).

13th May 2015: Newspaper articles from the Free Press (1860s) added. Richard Miles leaves Glascoed Vach Farm (1863), so the farm is up for auction. He also had a House and Garden to Let near Glascoed church advertised a year earlier. Also several articles from the 1865 Free Press: A chapel tea party (possibly Mt Zion, Glascoed!). It certainly featured Mt. Zion’s pastor and included some boxing (I think!), Lower Wernhir for sale by auction, Sarah Morgan (widow of Henry Morgan of Little Wernhir) trying to prove the paternity of her baby, Another account of the tragic death of Job Lewis, Richard Stratton of Poplar Tree Cottage in trouble for running an illegal drinking evening (a “Biddle”), Mary Lewis, wife of James Lewis has a serious cart accident (but recovers) and there’s a tongue in cheek story written about a knacker’s yard at Little Mill … at least that’s what I THINK it’s about! Greenpool farm, Llanbaddock (though considered part of Glascoed by many) is put up for auction. Two articles about Upper House, Glascoed. Story 1 is the sale by auction of the farm (occupied by Catherine Lewis, widow of Job Lewis) and Story 2 is a fire started by a child at Upper House- neighbours helped the Lewis family to extinguish the blaze.

11th May 2015: The updated site is now ready and here!! Well it’s finally completed!! I’ve completely revamped the site, and moved each page into a new format - for any geeks out there I’ve moved from NetObjects Fusion 12.0 to WebPlus X8.

What this actually means is that I’ve had to look at every page, and have updated nearly all of the House Histories including those which were blank of half completed before and added a little map showing where the houses were situated. I’ve added to most of the People pages and created some new ones - have a look at the table on the People home page to see which surnames are now included. I’ve added some extra records where there were gaps - e.g. some certificates of births, marriages and deaths, added a couple of photos of Mary Ann Arnold’s family tree (from the 1870s), amended the School and Reservoir pages and added another page for the Cwm Ton Site of Special Scientific Interest. Hopefully you’ll find the pages easier to navigate - the previous fly-out menus worked quite well on some computers, but on others (including mobile phones and tablets) they could be a nightmare. The buttons for navigation are at the top and bottom of every page and on each of the main menu pages (About, Houses, People, Newspapers, Records and Village History) there should be buttons to get you to the next level on those pages too. The search function in the top (and bottom) right hand corners should help you find what you need on the site much more quickly. I’d like to hear feedback on what it’s actually like to use though, so please Contact me and let me know. Also if there’s anything you’d like added or if you have any stories, photos or other information that I can add.


18th April 2015: Upgrading the site has made me realise that some of the house histories are quite sparse. I’ve tried to address this in the new site, and a minor update has been made to Ty Coch’s history. It still needs some work on fleshing out the stories of the families who lived there.


17th April 2015: Maes Mawr house history written up. I’ve also completed the Poplar Tree Cottages house histories. I’m continuing to put a lot hours into re-vamping the site. It’s slow work - I hope it might be ready by the end of the month, although this might be an ambitious target!


15th April 2015: I’ve been working hard to completely re-design the site, to give it a more contemporary feel, make it easier to navigate and with new features such as embedded maps. This is going to take a while, since each page will need to be copied across individually and the links will need to be re-inserted to each page. For today, I’ve re-worked the Links page, updating broken links. It reminded me how fascinating the film on the late Catherine Sainsbury’s smallholding and life at Ty Mawr. Look it up on the Links page. She tells the village history in a way I never can - since she had lived it, over 10 decades.

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