*Very* impressive!!! :-) Have you passed this along to the Powys (& N.
Wales) list? This would be of equal import to those researchers, I believe.
This extraction and index is *quite* a document, complete with analysis. I
printed the entire document and went through it, highlighting names and
parishes pertinent to my own research. I "recognized" a couple of the
gentlemen from the parish of Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire. (I've actually
obtained the will of the Zacharias DAVIES who's listed -- at one time, tried
to tie him in with my own DAVIES.) On the subject of fixed surnames, the
parish of Trefeglwys seems to have used fixed surnames from the early
1600's -- once in awhile, I've come across a person listed in the patronymic
way. They did, occasionally, show someone with an 'alias' but that was
always designated so and was a rarity.
I learned quite a lot from this information, never realizing what a large
part the Machynlleth Fair must've played in the lives of my Cardiganshire
*and* Montgomeryshire families.
I wonder when this fair *ceased* to be such a large draw and when other
market towns began to hold their own fairs (or when the other fairs took on
more importance), such as Newtown, Montgomeryshire, and Tregaron,
Cardiganshire. I gather the later Toll Books haven't survived. I would
love to see some from the late 1700's to fill in the "black hole" that
exists in the Cardiganshire parish registers and BT's. Oh, well. Will keep
this document for future use in hopes of someday bridging the gap and
connecting to one of these buyers/sellers in 1632.
Many thanks for your hard work, Gareth -- well done!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gareth" <tirbach(a)clara.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 4:49 PM
Subject: [WLS-CGN] Latest Genuki material--cross posting
<National Library of Wales journals.
Here is the latest extract onto the Wales Genuki pages from these
Evans, Elwyn. 'Machynlleth Toll Books'.
National Library of Wales journal Vol VI/1, Summer 1949.
This is a full copy of the background information and an INDEX of names
appearing in the original toll books --- representing buyers and sellers
Machynlleth Fair in May and June 1632, plus a map showing which of
parishes they came from.
As a spin-off to the extraction I've included an analysis of names,
fascinating to see what % of farmer
types in north mid & west Wales *apparently* already used surnames as
against patronymics in 1632.
Unless one of you can put a different interpretation on the raw figures of
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