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Walter Williams

Walter Williams was born at Llanbaddock in approximately 1795.

He married Rachel Morgan, a Glascoed girl (born c. 1804) on the 14th May 1827 at Llanover parish church.

They had at least 3, probably at least four children.

These included:

James Williams (born c 1834). His birthplace is unclear, since he variously states his birthplace as Lanviangel (I assume Pontymoile), Glascoed, Lanvrechva and Llanbaddock. He worked as a labourer and married three times. His first wife was Anne Prichard (born c 1832, the daughter of David Prichard, a labourer). They married on 13th August 1860 at Mamhilad parish church.

Anne appears to have died before James married Sarah nee Davies (the widow of John Pitt of  Panta House) at Gelligaer Parish Church, Glamorgan on 6th October 1868.

I’m a little bit puzzled about one aspect of his life. He appeared on the 1851 census but in 1861, Rachel was said to be a widow.

In the Free Press’ Glascoed Riots account, a Walter Williams was reported to be one of those accused of being a Rioter - the appearance at the Petty Sessions at the Town Hall were on 22nd March 1861. The case came before the Monmouthshire Assizes on Saturday March 30th 1861. By census night, Rachel Williams was noted as being a widow.

It’s possible that Walter died at some point between the trial and census night - 7th April 1861, although the only Walter Williams I have found as registered dead in 1861 in Monmouthshire were one in Pontypool in the Oct-December quarter (well after census night) and one in Abergavenny in the Jan-March quarter - although why would his death be registered in Abergavenny?

The other alternative scenarios are that the Walter Williams in the reports wasn’t our Walter, but another living locally - there are 2 Walter Williams’ of a suitable age living in neigbouring Panteg parish - or even that the newspaper report got Walter’s name wrong. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.


1841 - Llanfihangel Pontymoile.

1851 - At “Common Cross”, Glascoed - later known as “The Cross”.

1861 - where Rachel is recorded as being a widow.