I'm writing the history of houses in Newport parish, Pembrokeshire and looking for
Griffith James, a mariner, was born on 6 October 1824 at
Dinas, Pembrokeshire but would grow up at Noppyn a cottage on the mountain above Newport,
Pembrokeshire. Abandoned as a home in the 1870s Noppyn was already a ruin by 1908.
According to BG Charles nopyn is Welsh for a hillock. Any other suggestions welcomed.
According to Board of Trade records whilst sailing on the Bejapore of
Liverpool Griffith James was discharged at Sydney on 28 February 1853. In 1854 he sailed
Geelong of London joining at Melbourne on 28 August and was discharged in
London on 4 April 1855. So he had returned home.
In 1857 Griffith James married
Elizabeth Davies aged 34 of Coynant very close to Noppyn at Newport church. Neither
Griffith nor his wife Elizabeth can
be found on any subsequent UK census enumeration. Had Griffith returned home to marry his
childhood sweetheart prior to their emigration to Australia? Any ideas of how to trace
their emigration if any.