Great stuff (he says, somewhat belatedly, from my perspective as someone
'into' and, I suppose, 'out of' this part of CGN).
I was interested too in the remark:
'there are more young men educated for Holy Orders from Llanfihangel Geneu'r
Glyn and neighbourhood than any other given locality in Wales'.
My great grandmother's brother was such a man (though not one of the
Methodists). Rev. John Thomas, apparently got a master's degree from Oxford.
Dunno how he managed that as a Welsh hill farmer's son! In 1881 he was at
Ryde, Isle of Wight, After Ryde he moved to Laugharne (better known for
Dylan Thomas than for John Thomas --- but Dylan is no relation, I fear)
where he was vicar from around 1890 to 1926.
Crockford's Clerical Directory 1910 tells me (thanks to Aidan, a year or two
'THOMAS, John: Late Exhibitioner of Jesus College, Oxford; BA 1869, MA 1872;
ordained deacon 1873 and priest 1874 by Bishop of Winchester. Curate of All
Saints, Ryde, Isle of Wight, 1873-1881; Chaplain to the Isle of Wight
Infirmary 1876-1881; Vicar of Shalfield, Isle of Wight, 1881-1892; Vicar of
Laugharne with Llansadwrnen, Carmarthenshire (in diocese of St. Davids, the
parishes being under the patronage of Dean & Chapter of Winchester) from
1892 onwards. Also Rural Dean of St. Clears from 1900 onwards.'
Luckily, I have found two cartes-de-visite in family records where the
photographers' names and addresses (at Ryde and Laugharne) make it virtually
certain that the subject is old John Thomas!
His wife was even more interesting. She was Frances Fleetwood Thomas, a
descendant of Bridget, Oliver Cromwell's daughter.
They had two sons: One was Lieutenant David Owen Thomas¹. A second son is
listed as John Fleetwood Thomas¹. An elderly relative said some time ago
that they thought that John Fleetwood Thomas may have emigrated to Calgary,
Be pleased to hear from anyone who has heard of any of this mob ...
(sorry to go on so long)
'Church Reconstruction in North Cardiganshire in the Nineteenth
Ieuan Gwynedd Jones. National Library of Wales journal. 1978, Winter Volume
Not too long, fairly interesting if you are into this part of CGN
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