I can't think why my information regarding the above was so distorted last
time. I have retained a copy and can send it to you direct if you so wish.
As it says in the extract in my email Weston was once a village of about 18
cottages. However it never had a church of its own and came within the
parish of Martletwy. I would normally call it a hamlet. You will find many
examples of this all over the country and even my own village with its parish
church has two four hamlets consisting of between 10-20 houses within its
boundaries. I do not know of another Weston in Pembrokeshire unless it is the
name of a property. I have looked through B.G. Charles Place Names of
Pembrokeshire which is the standard work on the subject. It only gives the one in
Martletwy parish - citing it existing in 1592 according to E.L.Barnwell, "Perrot
Notes", London 1867. However there is a parish called Wiston. I have
looked there for John MATTHEWS/MATHIAS in 1851 and the only John MATHIAS aged 18
is born in Stainton (Steynton), Pembs.
As the David and Jane MATHIAS mentioned in the book were both in their late
60s at the time of the Tithe Award in 1831 they must have died before the
census of 1841. The only David and Jane MATHIAS in 1841 are also at Weston,
Martletwy both aged 40 but he was an Ag. Lab. I can't remember if anyone sent
you this entry. Do let me know if you want it.
In 1851 there is a John MATHIAS only 10 years old living with the above
couple now in their 50s. The same family are still there in 1861 with David back
as a Coal Miner and John as an Apprentice Joiner aged 19. Then you say "As
far as I can see, John MATHIAS was no longer living in Wales in 1861". Do
you mean 1871? According to you he married in Kent in 1864 so presumably he
would have been living there in 1871 as he was in 1881.
What I believe you are trying to establish, before you go any further back,
is that the John MATTHEWS of the 1881 census born Weston, Pembroke is the
same man as John MATHIAS in Weston, Martletwy in the 1851 & 1861 Pembrokeshire
Censuses. His children do not bear any family names which can sometimes be an
indication. His marriage certificate will give details of his father and
his father's occupation which should help you to prove you have the right man
although the surname spelling has changed.
However I realise that you may want to check if John MATHIAS is still in
Pembrokeshire in 1871 in which case he is not the man who marries Ann BULLEN in
1864. You can look at the 1871 index free of charge on
) . Trawling Martletwy parish I
find him but as a carpenter he might have moved to the Admiralty Dockyard at
Pembroke Dock and I don't have the time to trawl that.
Bye for now