I am not researching this family.
However, I have come across a William Hand in relation to leasing the rights
to a coalmine in St Issells parish (6 miles or so south of Narberth) from
Thomas Stokes of Hean Castle in 1829. This William was from Molleston,
Narberth. I am not sure of his age.
The reason he stands out is his financial problems. Have a search on
) where there's references to
his bankruptcy in
1841. If memory serves me right there are further documents about him on the NLW
catalogue as well relating to these problems.
Lastly you can track his bankruptcy proceedings in the London Gazette -
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He may well have been imprisoned for his debt, either at Haverfordwest Gaol
or at one of the London debtors' prisons. The Quarter Sessions (QS) records
for Pembrokeshire at the Pembrokeshire Record Office may have more details in
them about this.The additonal QS papers (ref PQ/7, not just the gaol file)
may hold some financial schedules - I have come across these for debors held in
the gaol in the 18th century.
Just to re-iterate: this may not be your William Hand but it is likely.
In a message dated 22/06/2008 07:31:18 GMT Daylight Time,
I am researching the HAND family of Narberth. The earliest record I have is
William HAND born about 1798. He was married to Elizabeth CUMMING and they
had at least 3 children - Thomas HAND (1823), George Smyth HAND (1824, mariner,
emigrated to NZ and became a lighthouse keeper) and Eleanor Smyth HAND
(1826). I have found a William HAND (born about 1819 in Narberth, mariner), who
may have been another son. He married Margaret ? and their children were born
Does anyone have any information on this family? How long was the family in
the Narberth area?