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Subject: [Dyfed] Fw: [PEM] Margaret Griffiths/Morgans
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:07:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Rachel Boyd <rachel-boyd(a)sbcglobal.net>
Reply-To: Rachel Boyd <rachel-boyd(a)sbcglobal.net>
[Please note: I am only forwarding this from PEM list . Reply to Gareth
Griffiths... Rachel Boyd]
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From: GARETH GRIFFITHS<garethmarygriffiths(a)btopenworld.com>
Sent: Thu, October 27, 2011 10:29:40 AM
Subject: [PEM] Margaret Griffiths/Morgans
I had an Auntie Maggie, really my father's first cousin, who I was first aware
of when I stayed with my grandmother in Barry around 1940. Maggie lived in
Pembrokeshire; my family lived in various places but off and on I met up with
Maggie during my life when we were both visiting relatives in Barry. I last saw
her around 1990 when I drove down to visit her in Tenby. She was as bright as a
button and proudly told me that she was at 99 the second oldest person in Tenby.
I heard shortly afterwards that she had died.
In the early 1990ies I was the chief inspector of English in Oman. I was on tour
in the south of the country and was invited to dinner by the senior inspector of
English in the area, who was British. He had as another guest the only British
English teacher in the town, a woman in her fifties named Annie. She asked me
where I was from. I said that I was born in Barry but my family originally came
from Saundersfoot. She knew Saundersfoot. I said that I understood that the
family smallholding was called Pyet's Nest. She knew Pyet's Nest; as a small
child she had been fostered by Edna and Wallace (she mentioned the surname but I
have forgotten it). I knew Maggie's daughter was named Edna and that she was
married to Wallace. Annie then said that she had been at Pyet's Nest when James
(I thought she said "Morgan") had hanged himself in the barn. This was a
considerable shock to me as I had never heard this mentioned as a part of family
history. Annie further said that she remembe!
red being taken to Barry to visit Edna and Wallace's relatives there.
The only surviving family member of Maggie's generation that I had contact with
was my father's sister, then quite an old lady. However she confirmed that she
remembered meeting "little Annie" in Barry and that James had indeed hanged
himself in the barn at Pyet's Nest.
There matters rested. However recently I have tried to find out more of the
story. I traced Maggie marrying a James Morgans (not Morgan) in 1919 and I found
a James Morgans had died in 1940, the year when I was eight and first remember
meeting Maggie, who had come to stay with my grandmother in Barry. I sent off
for James Morgans' death certificate and received it this morning. The date of
death was 6 August 1940. The place of death is given as "On the road near Walton
West Church, Walton West RD" and the cause of death is given as "died from a
broken neck accidentally received by a fall of rock into the trench in which he
was working". The certificate was received from J.E.P.Morris, Assistant Deputy
Coroner for County of Pembroke, inquest held 7 August 1940.
Can anyone resolve the difference between these vastly different stories?
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