Hello! Hopefully you might be able to shed some light on St Dogmaels MENDUS
from a slightly different perspective - London. Around the early 18th C they
seem to have spent a lot of time there [ some of this info courtesy Prof.
Brian Davies, other bits courtesy of Jane in Perth ]:
(1) Little Carter Lane, Doctors Common (residences);
(2) St Nicholas Cole Abbey (weddings, etc);
(3) a Wesleyan chapel near the St Mary(s?) Axe greenish skyscraper (a
(4) an 1824 marriage (his 2nd) of Thomas MENDUS (prob. the younger of the
two on The White Hart Inn document) to Mary PHILIPS @ Bethnal Green, St
Matthew, both widowed; this man Brian refers to as Thomas MENDUS II.
(5) the burial in 1820 of Sidgney [sic] MENDUS nee LLOYD his 1st wife;
. . . and marriages of his daughters by Sedney/Sidgney/Sudna:
(5B) Charlotte MENDUS (to David DAVIES, shoemaker of Aberystwyth/Newport
MON), St Nicholas Cole Abbey 1809;
(5C) Diana MENDUS (Edward JONES of Llantysilia [sic], Denbigh, notable among
Wesleyans) at St Gregory by St Paul's, City of London 1810;
(6) _another_ Thomas MENDUS, bedstead maker, possibly the son of Mary
PHILIP's husband, who married Mary Ann FAULKNER 1822 @ City of London Christ
(7) sundry baptisms to that last couple - Thomas 1821, Henry William 1823,
Elizabeth. Ann 1827, Elizabeth 1829;
(8) a marriage of a John MENDUS to Jane OWEN 1806 Newington St Mary,
Southwark - a witness Thomas MENDUS has a matching signature to (4) above
(9) Van Diemen's Land convict documents record a Thomas MENDIS [sic] born
about 1810 London area (Bermondsey?), a carpenter, joiner & wheelwright
transported 1831, granted conditional pardon 1846, applied for permission to
marry (a) Katherine RUSH Jun 1841 and (b) Caroline HOPKINS Jun 1846, both
approved - (a) deceased early, presumably. A Tasmanian civil record exists
for (b). No further marriage or children info. Documents show his father, a
carpenter, to be John MENDUS, and two siblings, John and Mary. Re (8) above,
there is a perhaps suggestive marriage in civil records dating to 1861 in
Launceston, Tasmania, of a John Owen MENDUS to Ann Mary ALLEN. 1861 is
rather late, but still.
There is a Will for Thomas MENDUS of (4) above, of 1826 probated 4 Jan 1832.
A Thomas MENDUS of St Dogmaels married Rachel EVANS in Cardigan (St Marys)
11 Oct 1832; he can't be the boy baptised in (7) above unless they waited a
_very_ long time, and his father was a mere 16 or so when he was conceived;
among staunch Wesleyans I would imagine ripples, which might be the case -
the thus putative teenaged father doesn't do very well out of the Will!
There are also some problems, among them:
(1) the Will refers to a "base-born" grandson Thomas Mendus: the boy in the
previous paragraph or not? <shrug>
(2) a Cardiff MENDUS cluster later in the 18th C clearly links to that
Cardigan marriage, but with implied links to a David MENDUS, contemporary of
Thomas in (6) above and/or the alleged 16yo would-be lothario.
name on a passenger list for entry into the USA c.1905-10 coming
'Galicia', which I understood at that time was probably from a port in
Galicia, northern Spain. This featured again about three years ago when
speaking to some Polish decorators locally in London who assured me that
was an area just south of Krakow known as Galicia. So could this
the Normans/Huguenots split up, some going East to Poland while the
went over the Channel towards London and west Wales?
[DALE:>] No Normans in Polish/Ukrainian Galicia. [ Originally in the Polish
kingdom, historical province fought over by the Austrians and the Russians;
has a very long pedigree - Slavic languages are thought by some to have
originated in that general part of Europe. Huguenots would be unlikely as
the Catholic church was very powerful among Poles, and when under Russian
occupation the Orthodox authorities would have been even more hostile. ]
Normans in Iberian Galicia are very possible, as parts of it were never
conquered by muslims, and later Normans would have been interested in the
'reconquista', judging by their form elsewhere.
Other points raised: the tombstone for David Mendus/Meddus in the
in Fishguard is, I believe, still standing. My father wrote to the
authorities about 50 years ago suggesting that it should be taken in under
cover to protect it from weathering. Nothing was done!
[DALE:>] The document I saw (reproduced) made the same point re preservation
- in 1915, I think! I note it's not in listed monuments; I know of less
note-worthy bits in Gloucestershire that are.
I have not so far found the link with Mendus in St Dogmaels, though
be far off! Anyone with ancestors from this area might like to know
[DALE:>] I hope it's not far. In another sense, logically it is difficult to
imagine a mere 12km (on the map) from Newport being much of a barrier, with
Dinas a brisk 4km or so further. Then there's fishing boats.
Dale in Queensland