Several years ago I asked for help in breaking down this very solid
brick wall, and unfortunately despite a lot of help at that time I was
not able to move any further. I am hoping that with so many more records
now being available someone will be able to help me this time. I am
looking for the parents of my 2 x Gt Grandfather Joseph Maurice/Morris.
Joseph was born in 1793 -- according to the 1851, 1861 and 1871 censuses
in Hayscastle, Pembs, but the 1881 Census shows St Lawrence, Pembs as
his birth place.
Unfortunately he does not appear to have been christened as a child
buthe had an Adult Baptism aged 44 at Trefgarn Owen Independent Chapel,
parish of Brawdy, and the names of his parents are not given.He is
described as Weaver of Rhydygele.
In the 1841 Census the name is spelt MAURICE, and his occupation is
shown as Weaver
The 1851 Census uses the spelling MORRIES,occupation Weaver
1861 Census -- age 66 living at Pantirig, Llanwnda -- Woolen Weaver
1871 Census -- age 78 still living at 16 Pantirig, Tanygarn -- Woolen Weaver
1881 Census -- age 87 living at St Nicholas -- Weaver (wool)
I have his Death Certificate which shows that he died 4 May 1885 aged 93
at St Nicholas of 'Natural decay'
Joseph married Sarah BOWEN (b abt 1793) at Mathry, Pembs on 27 Dec 1814.
The children that I know of are John (2.6.1821); Margaret (10.12.1823);
Martha (30.1.1828); John (1829).All were christened in Brawdy. Sarah
died in 1831 in Brawdy.
Joseph then married Mary WATTS (b 1807 in Brawdy) on 9 May 1833.
Their children were Levi -- my Gt Grandfather (10.9.1833); Thomas
(21.1.1837); Elizabeth (1837/8); Thomas (1841/2) William ( 1845/6)
Phebe (1849/50); Phoebe June Q 1855.
Apart from the lack of an infant baptism (they were definitely
non-conformists) there is also the comlication of patronymic naming
which was still happening in this part of Pembrokeshire at the end of
the 19th century.
I would be very grateful if you could help me in this search.