Not to worry, Howard. I believe the LDS have negotiated for non-conformist
records where they exist. Eventually, they will go on-line.
Since Thomas is listed as a dock worker on the census, he must have had some
"right" to work at the docks. Either he belonged to the parish thru birth
or he was brought in from another area to work at the docks. I noticed my
2nd g grandfather didn't baptize his children until the dockyard opened.
Maybe in order to get a job there, he was required to show membership in the
Church of England and to have his children baptized in the church.
There are land tax assessments for the early 1800's. You might be able to
find the Evans families in Burton/Rosemarket at the time, and thru a process
of elimination, identify which is Thomas' family. You'll have to go to the
Record Office in Haverfordwest to find those records, unless someone is
going and can do a lookup for you. Also have a look for Henry Evans on the
1841 census since that is the only possibility you found on the baptism
records. Henry was probably born in the latter part of the 1700's. Thomas
married quite young, so maybe there was a marriage license issued (and there
may be bonds and allegations for the marriage at the NLW). Perhaps a family
member put up the bond. Who were the witnesses at Thomas' marriage?
Did you notice there was a Thomas (30) and Jane (20) Evans living at
Rosemarket in 1841?
There was also a John Evans (60), clothier living at Rosemarket in 1841 with
what were probably his children: David (30), Frances (25), John (11), Mary
(9), Benjamin (7), Sarah (5), Elizabeth (3) and another David (11 mos).
Have you looked all thru the census of Burton for other Evans families with
children with like names of George, Benjamin, John, etc.?
Before you get horrible feelings of despair, leave no rock unturned. We've
all been there.
From: Howard Evans
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:20 AM
Subject: [Dyfed] PEM, Burton, EVANS, 1780-1820
Thanks again for your help and advice Lynne.
I have now checked out all the adjoining parishes to Burton, including
Camrose, as suggested by Yvonne, but still no trace of the baptism of
Thomas, or of his children.
I am beginning to get a horrible feeling that they were a non-conformist
However, I am waiting on receipt of a copy of his marriage certificate,
which should hopefully provide me with the name of his father.
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