Gareth: I had to look at my map before I wrote to you. Do you have the
Ordnance Map for Brecon Beacons Western Area (Outdoor Leisure #12).
In 1870, my great-grandmother Annie Davies was farming Gelli farm south of
Llandeilo. The farm is just north of the Afon Cennen, about two inches west of
Trapp. They lived on this farm until at least 1880 because in that year,
Anne's mother in law, Hannah Davies of Nantyffin, Llandeilo died and mentioned in
her will the children of her "deceased son Thomas Davies of Gelli,
Llandeilo." Thomas Davies died about 1870 age 38. He felt into a lime pit.
supposedly buried at Capel Isaac (anyhow, his name is on a stone; I don't know if
he is actually buried there or if there was anything left to bury).
Thomas and Anne had four children: The two oldest children moved to GCG area
and the two youngest moved to Mountain Ash, Glamorgan. Some day I hope to
find the mother, Anne Evans Davies who died in 1918. I think she's buried in
the GCG area.
I found a Tirbach on the map, about 2 inches north of Gelli. The farm is
next door to Pennsylvania Farm.
I have two lines of Davies - my grandmother's (above) and my Davies family
who lived in Pencarreg, Caio, Llanycrwys, Cilycwm, as well as Cellan and
Llanfair Clydogau. How little did I know, 20 years ago when I started with three
parishes that I would be looking at 23 parishes in Cardiganshire, 9 parishes in
Carmarthenshire and 2 in Brecon. Families moved. Daughters got married and
moved to the husband's parish or they moved somewhere else. Don't expect your
Welsh ancestor to stay in one location forever.
From: "Gareth" <gareth(a)tytwp.demon.co.uk>
Dear oh dear Annie
Another near miss connection between us !
My Davies lot were at a small holding called Tirbach from 1852 - 1880 ish.
Which is short of a mile and a half from said Cerreg Cennen Castle, back
I also have a photograph of the castle on my Davies home page, taken by an
uncle in the first half of last century.
Not half as good as JB's selection though, his are superb.