I have over the past two years been engaged in a fruitless pursuit of the
ancestors of a Joseph Havard WILLIAMS. Joseph married Catherine (or
Kathryn) EMMANUEL at St John's Chapel on 21 July 1871 and was, at that
time, living at Tycroes near Ammanford. By 1881 he was in Swansea,
working as a clog maker. His birth place is given in the census return as
simply `Not Known CMN'.
On Joseph's marriage certificate, his father is named as William HAVARD,
farmer. A story was passed down to some of his American descendants that
he was the son of Havard WILLIAMS, Bishop of Swansea, by his housekeeper.
However, no such bishop (or other cleric) can be found in the area during
the relevant period. The possibility remains that Joseph was illegitimate.
The ease of search of the LDS 1881 Census CDs and LDS web site has now
revealed a possible father - whether legitimate or illegitimate.
The only Carmarthenshire William HAVARD, surviving in 1881, who could be
Joseph's father was William Henry HAVARD of High Street, Llandingat near
Llandovery, who was baptised on 19 December 1819, the son of Daniel HAVARD
and Elizabeth MORGANS. William's wife was Mary, and his known children,
born between 1842 and 1864, were Elizabeth, Ann, Henry, Isaac and Rees.
The father and three sons were all Llandingat shoe makers in 1881, as was
the possible fourth son, Joseph Havard WILLIAMS in Swansea.
I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has information about
this Llandingat family, or has easy access to the Llandingat parish
records, or local census returns for 1851, 1861 and 1871.