Paul et al.
Speaking of unusual surnames/middle names like WHITLOCK, I wonder where the
bearer of the WHITTINGTON surname came from to live in Aberystwyth!
The answer seems to Machynlleth/Cemmaes in the first instance, but it sounds
like it must have come from England somewhere originally.
I knew that WHITTINGTON was a frequently used middle name in my family. My
late uncle, Glyn WHITTINGTON ROWLANDS (buried in Aber) gave it to his
daughter (who still lives in Aberystwyth) and she has given it to one of her
kids. Where had it come from?
I found the answer when I obtained paternal grandmother's parents' marriage
certificate. They were John JONES (whose father was from near Goginan, as
you and I have discussed before, Paul) and Ann WHITTINGTON. Her father was
described as a gardener, of Pwllhobi, Edward WHITTINGTON. (circa 1822 -1891)
Imagine my surprise and pleasure at finding a couple of references to him on
Ceredig Davies's Llanbadarn Fawr (etc) site.
I asked Ceredig where he got his info from and he simply said it was gleaned
from various local sources.
What is REALLY frustrating is that I remember a girl in primary school at
Alexandria Road in Aber named 'Jane WHITTINGTON' (circa 1960?). I think her
family moved away years before I left the primary school to go to Ardwyn etc
but I wonder now if she was an nth cousin.
I wonder where the bearer of the original WHITLOCK surname came
Throughout this correspondence I have been reminded of a farmer called
Ralph WHITLOCK who farmed near Salisbury in Wiltshire, my home county. Ralph
was not your ordinary farmer, though. He was a brilliant raconteur and
Methodist local preacher. He had his own BBC programme called Cowleaze Farm
on which he kept everyone up to date, especially us children, on farming
matters. This was a sort of documentary forerunner of "The Archers". Of
course, WHITLOCK is not an uncommon name but it wouldn't be the first
movement between Wiltshire and Wales of a family - including the odd VIVASH!