My grandmother's family comes originally from St Issels where her
father, John Evans, started out in the coal pits as a child. I was
lucky enough to get a look at St Issels baptismal records from 1825,
and found all sorts of family information that I was able to track
from a number of sources, except for GGrF John who was born in 1825
(according to census and other records from both sides of the
Atlantic. The only birth to GGGrF Nicholas and spouse Ann in 1825 is
listed as Thomas Evans. Census, marriage (1852) and burial (1861)
records for Thomas show he was born in 1829, while the St Issels
records show nothing at any time about the birth of John Evans to
Nicholas and Ann. I know I have the right parish because John and all
of his siblings are recorded in the right order and in the proper
years according to other St Issels records and every UK census
through 1861. John married and moved to Rhymney around 1850 and to
Pennsylvania's hard coal regions in 1862.
I'm trying to work out the mystery. My theory is that John was
actually baptized in a dissenting church and there was an error in
transcription at some point. I suspect that John's birth was
originally recorded somewhere besides St Issells (maybe Sardis Chapel
where some of his family were eventually buried), and the records
transcribed with John's birth switched with Thomas. The error would
have happened after Thomas was born (1829) but before John left
Does anyone have information on the history of parish records around
Saundersfoot? Is an error like I've described even possible? Has
anyone run into inconsistencies like this?
Depending on responses I'll pose the problem of Mystery Mary--a woman
about 2 years older than John who shows up with GGrF Nicholas'
household census records. Mary's birth or marriage isn't recorded at
St Issels and she was born well before Nicholas and Ann were married.
(But then how hard could it be to track down a Welshwoman named Mary
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