My great x 4-grandfather is Captain John Enoch (1756 1833). (Captain
distinguishes him from his son, Colonel John Enoch)
I found a reference to him in a book in Welsh, Enwogion Ceredigion (Great
Men of Cardigan) by Benjamin Williams, 1869. The translation reads:
John Enoch was born in Troed yr Aur. He was a son of Enoch Hywel who was the
son of Dafydd Hywel, the bard of Wernlogws, this family being true descendents
of Cadifor Fawr, Lord of Blaencych. The lineage runs as follows: John son of
Enoch son of Dafydd son of Hywel son of Hywel son of Einion son of Dafydd son
of Hywel son of Ieuan son of Dafydd son of Gruffydd son of Rhys son of
Llywelyn son of Ifor son of Llywelyn son of Ifor son of Llywelyn son of Ifor
son of Bledri son of Cadifor Fawr. Gwernlogws is in the midst of the old
manor/court of Cadifor Fawr; some 70 years ago it was in the possession of
Howell Davies, an uncle of John Enoch. It was a remnant of the old Cadifor
estate which remained in the family until the time of Howell Davies, who sold
it. John Enoch joined the Ceredigion militia when he was quite young. He
came in time to be a Captain and their chief paymaster. Physically, he was
tall, strong, handsome and cheerful; and his behaviour was gentlemanly,
pleasant and good natured. He was well respected and none of the local gentry
would see their children join the army without first consulting with Mr Enoch.
He died on 10th February, 1833 aged 74. He resided in Aberathan Fach, which
he bought and extended. Mr John Thomas of Crymnant is his grandson. The Rev.
D Silvan Evans, B.D. is his first cousin.
My question is how would Benjamin Williams have obtained this pedigree of
some 20 generations? Was it published somewhere? How reliable is it likely
to be? Can I add 20 generations to my family tree?
And does anybody know where Wernlogws is?
Dr Peter Borrows
You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you
want to concentrate on (George W. Bush)