Thanks very much for your replies Yvonne, Tommy, Maureen and Gareth,
They've been very enlightening!
I speculate that some of the confusion/misnaming of the Meline area happened
in the late 19th and early 20th century, perhaps because Meline was a small
parish without a main settlement; perhaps because the boundaries weren't
always clear with its neighbours Nevern and Eglwyswrw; and perhaps because
the parish lost some significance after its woollen industry declined in the
first half of the 19th century. Eglwyswrw and Nevern were more clearly
Some place name changes are obvious: e.g. my relatives described
Newfoundland, Meline (up until 1901), as Newfoundland, Eglwyswrw, in 1911.
But other place name substitutions have caused me problems. As you can
imagine, I'm not always certain that I'm identifying the right people,
particularly when it comes to my Davies family.
Gareth, the John Davies in the Rhondda in the 1911 census is definitely
mine, except that he gives his birthplace as Nevern. Yet all the evidence
that I have prior to that is that he was from Meline: he was born in 1888 in
Parkymeirig Bach, and he lived in Pentre, Meline, in 1891 and 1901.
However I think I've got the right man because some of his siblings in the
1911 census give their birthplaces as Nevern, and others as Meline.
It's tricky though, and sometimes it's not at all clear who is who!!!
On 30 September 2010 12:27, yvonne evans <a.y.evans(a)homecall.co.uk> wrote:
I know therse parishes and it is extremely difficult to know which part of
Eglwyswrw is definitely in Eglwyswrw parish and which part in Meline., as
they are more or less adjoining., especially along the main road.
Best wishes Yvonne Evans
----- Original Message ----- From: "Tommy (Dyfed)"
To: "'Moni Sheehan'" <spellintime(a)gmail.com>;
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:58 AM
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] Help with Meline and Nevern
> Meline and Nevern are parishes next to each other. I guess someone born in
> Meline parish could say that he was from Nevern - Nevern being the nearest
> village. The next village going East could well have been Eglwyswrw.