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Williams families

Wales, being Wales, there is more than one Williams family hailing from Glascoed! It seemed to be the most common surname in the village in the 19th Century. Many were related to each other. Here are the stories of some of them.

1) The Williams family of Beech Farm

Descendants of this Williams family were often known as “Williams, Beech Farm” - and they certainly played their part in inter-marrying with other Glascoed residents. In those days, who else were you going to meet other than the boy or girl “down the road” or even “next door”?

According to oral history, the Williams family were at Beech Farm for 150 years before leaving there (they left sometime between 1910 and 1920). Roger Williams was born at “Cwmbychan”, near Crickhowell, Breconshire in approx 1790, but it is always possible that his father or mother was a “Beech Farm” son or daughter who moved away for a period to work or farm in Breconshire.

There is a story, recounted both in the family (according to Glyn Williams and John Williams, of Upper House) and also repeated by a Morgan family from Prescoed Cottages, that one of the ancestors of the Beech Farm Williams’ was a sea captain, having his own vessel, who married a Zulu woman who was on board his ship for a time. According to this story, they had children together.

Henry Williams, son of Roger and later of The Bryn, Glascoed, was known as “The White Black Man” in the village, due to his appearance - dark curly hair - and he was a big man. Was this name due to Zulu roots, due to the story or merely a coincidence? I’d love to find out more - since Roger is my direct ancestor.

Roger Williams Ann Morgan

Married 4th October 1830 at Usk Parish Church

Their children were:

James Williams 1831-1903 Philip Williams 1839-1903 Henry Williams 1844-1919 Mary Ann Williams 1832-1879 Charles Williams 1850- William Williams 1841- John Williams 1835-1889 Elizabeth Williams 1836-1916

Married 25th September 1859 at Llanbaddock

Married April 9th 1857 at Trevethin Parish Church

2) Walter Williams of Llanbaddock and Rachel Morgan of Glascoed.

Walter was one of the Glascoed rioters and married a Glascoed girl, Rachel Morgan (b.1804). I’ve also constructed a bio for Walter’s son, James Williams (1835), who married my Gt Gt Grandmother, Sarah Pitt (nee Davies).

Mary Williams 1826-1888 Richard Arnold 1832-1916 Walter Williams

Married Rachel Morgan on 14th May 1827 at Llanover Parish Church. Their children included:

James Williams 1835-

James’ first wife was Anne Prichard. Born c. 1832. They married on 13th August 1860 at Mamhilad Parish Church. Anne had died by 1867.

3) WILLIAMS: Upper Wernhir

The patriarch of this family was Richard Williams and the matriarch, Mary

I am grateful to Darren Davies who has provided this family outline:


Richard Williams

Born c.1776 Kerry, Montgomeryshire

Died 7th September 1857, Pontnewydd

Buried Pontrhydyrun Baptist Chapel

Occupation Farmer

Married Mary

Born c. 1786 Monmouthshire

Died 7th August 1856, Pontnewydd

Buried Pontrhydyrun Baptist Chapel


Known Children of Richard and Mary

1. Ann Williams

Born c.1815 New Town, Montgomeryshire

married Edwin Charles in October 1847

Died 31st May 1859, Llanbaddock

Buried Glascoed Chapel

Edwin Charles was born c. 1825 Clytha, Monmouthshire

2. Richard Williams

Born c. 1816 Montgomeryshire

Died 9th August 1851, Monmouthshire

Buried Pontrhydyrun Baptist Chapel

3. Thomas Williams

Born c.1816 Kerry, Montgomeryshire

Died 7th July 1885, Monmouthshire

4. John Edward Williams

Born c.1820 Mochdre, Montgomeryshire.

married Eliza Evans 20th May 1847 at Usk Baptist Chapel.

Died 17th May 1896, Llanvihangel Pontymoile

John farmed at Upper Wernhir in the 1840s, I believe prior to his marriage to Eliza. See his bio for further details.

Eliza Evans was born 1825 Llandenny, Monmouthshire (Baptised 6th March 1825, Llandenny Parish church)

5. Sarah Williams

Born c. 1824 Newtown, Montgomeryshire

Married Thomas Turner

Died 1903, Monmouthshire

Thomas Turner was born c.1820 Llangibby


Children of John Edward and Eliza

Emily Augusta  (born 1849 Llanbaddock, died 1907 San Francisco USA)

Eliza (Born 1850 Llanbaddock, died 1913 at Pontypool Hospital)

John Benjamin (born 1853, Gwernesney, died 1911 Seattle USA)

Mary Temperance (born 1855, Gwernesney, died 1936 Griffithstown, Pontypool)

William (born c.1855 Gwernesney)

Edward Oliver (born 1858 Gwernesney, died 1939 Pontypool)

Alfred Henry (born 1859 Gwernesney, died 1933 Griffithstown, Pontypool)

Arthur Sydney (born 1861 Gwernesney, died 1939 New Zealand)

Sara Emma (born 1863 Gwernesney, died 1933 New Inn, Pontypool)

Harriet Matilda  (born 1865 Gwernesney, died 1923 Griffithstown, Pontypool)

Hannah Agnes (born 1868 Gwernesney, died 1923 Griffithstown Pontypool)

Children of Sarah and Thomas Turner

John Thomas (born c.1857 Llanthewy Vach, died 1928 Pontypool)

William (born c.1862 Llanthewy Vach, died 1941 Pontypool)

Married 6th October 1868 at Gelligaer Parish Church.

Sarah Davies 1828-1901

James’ third wife was named Mary Ann. I don’t know her surname. She was born c. 1838 at Llangibby. They married in approximately 1902.

John Edward Williams

Married 20th May 1847 at Usk Baptist Chapel

Eliza Evans