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Upper House is situated off Glascoed Lane, near the entrance to Pergoed Lane.

At first, I got quite confused, since there is another Upper House just off the centre of the village (off Cwm Road). Since this actually falls within the Parish of Llanbaddock, that house is referred to as “Upper House, Llanbaddock”.


In the 1861 census this house name does not appear. However, Catherine Harris who was resident in 1871, was formerly Catherine Lewis, wife of Job Lewis.

Catherine and Job were married on February 24th, 1859 at Usk Church by the Rev. Wm. Evans. The wedding was reported in the Usk Observer. Prior to this, in 1851 both Job and Catherine were living at Trostra Lower with John and Elizabeth Lewis. The census shows that Job Lewis was their nephew and Catherine Williams, aged 19, was a servant. In 1861 she was living at Lower Cwm, with Job, an uncle William Lewis and a one year old son, also called William Lewis. Job Lewis died when he fell from a haywagon in 1865 and broke his back.

1871 census

18. Upper House

John Harris Head Mar 66  Carpenter Ragland Mon

Catherine Harris Wife Mar  42 Carpenter's (wife - assumed) Panteg Mon

William Lewis Stepson - 11  Scholar Glascoed Mon

Mary ann Lewis Stepdaughter -  8 Scholar Glascoed Mon

John Lewis Stepson  6  Scholar Glascoed Mon

Mary Williams Mother in Law Widow  69 Annuitant Goytre Mon

1881 Census

27. Upper House

 Catharine Harris Wife Married  49  Monmouthshire Panteg

 William Lewis Son Unmarried 21  Labourer Monmouthshire Glascoed

 Maryann Lewis Daughter Unmarried  18  Monmouthshire Glascoed

 Mary Williams Mother Unmarried  78  Monmouthshire Goitrey

1891 Census

47. Upper House

Kitty Lewis Head Widow  61 Supported by sons  Monmouthshire, Pontypool English

William Lewis Son S 28  Farmer (for Squire Leigh started then crossed out) Neither Monmouthshire, Glascoed English

John Lewis Son S 23  Ditto Neither Monmouthshire, Glascoed English

Mary Ann Lewis Daur S  25 Housekeeper, farmer's sister (Domestic) Neither Monmouthshire, Glascoed English


1901 Census

By 1901 William Lewis had married Mary Williams of Cross Farm, and was living there.

A family story says that Mary Williams of Cross Farm was engaged to marry John Lewis of Upper House, however this engagement was broken and she married his older brother William. William and Mary had 4 sons and 1 daughter whilst John and Martha settled at Upper House and had 3 daughters. This caused much resentment between the two brothers.

Usk parish records show that John Lewis,28, Upper House married Martha Arnold, 31, of The Tuyn ? Glascoed on 10 June 1893. Daniel Jones and Emily Arthur were witnesses at the wedding. Is this the same Daniel Jones who is included on the 1911 census ?

41. Upper House 5+ rooms

John Lewis Head M 36   Farmer Own account Mon Glascoed   English

Martha Lewis Wife M   38     Mon Clytha Hill   English

Rachel Lewis Daur     6     Mon Glascoed   English

Kate Lewis Daur     2     Mon Glascoed    

Elizabeth Lewis Daur     2 Months     Mon Glascoed    

1911 census

41. Upper House    Farm House. 6 rooms.

John Lewis Head 46  Married     Farmer  Employer  Glascoed Monmouthshire

British English

Martha Lewis Wife  48 Married for 18 yrs 3 born 2 alive 1 deceased     Glascoed Monmouthshire British English

Kate Lewis Daughter  12      School    Glascoed Monmouthshire British English

Elizabeth Lewis Daughter  10      School    Glascoed Monmouthshire British English

Daniel Jones Servant 49  Married     Labourer (Waggoner on farm)    Caerphilly Glamorgan British Eng


Mount Zion transcriptions

33. In loving memory of Rachel the beloved daughter of John and Martha Lewis of Upper House, Glascoed, who died March 3 1911 aged 16 years.

64 In loving memory of John the beloved husband of Martha Lewis of UpperHouse Glascoed who died May 10th 1938 aged 72 years. Also of Martha Lewis wife of the above who died Jan 10th 1942 aged 81.

63. In loving memory of Kate beloved wife of Oliver Thomas Harris Croesllanfro, Rogerstone, and dearest daughter of John and Martha Lewis Upper House, Glascoed died 9th August 1949 aged 50 years. Also the above Oliver Thomas Harris died 25th Jan 1975 aged 79 years.