A Glamorgan Family History
Ann (Howell) Bevan
Parents 1841 census Children Memorial Name index
Early life:
Ann Howell was the
eldest child of the Reverend Roger Howell and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth (nee Price).  From the inscription on her memorial stone at Baran chapel cemetery, she was apparently born circa 1803, but the family Bible now confirms her date of birth to be 9th April 1805.  As her paternal grandfather, John Howell Roger was, at that time, still alive and living at Nantmoel Uchaf farm, it is likely that Ann was born at nearby Ty'n berth farm.   There are currently no extant records of Baran chapel baptisms, but as Ann was born only a month after her father's ordination at the chapel, hers may have been one of the first baptisms to have taken place there on 14th May.  It was performed by Rev. Evan Davies, Llanedy

Like her younger siblings, it is likely that Ann would have received some schooling - given her father's previous employment as a teacher and strong beliefs in the benefits of an education.
Family life:
28th April 1821, just after her 16th birthday, Ann married Evan Bevan, the son of Llewelyn and Ann Bevan of Twllygwiddil, Llangyfelach.  In Llewelyn Bevan's will, dated 1827, he left his son, Evan the "tenement of land caled (sic) Nantygaseg ise forever after his mother's time..." and this is where they raised their family.
Witnesses at their wedding were Jenkin Jenkin and Evan's brother, William Bevan.   Both Evan and Ann were able to sign their names on the entry in the parish register at Llangyfelach Church.
Llewelyn Bevan's will
On Thursday 17th November 1825 a Court Baron of Capel Hanbury Leigh Esquire, Lord of the Manor of Kaegurwen was recorded as being held at the "dwelling of Evan Bevan".  The Court Baron was the means by which the administrative business of the Manor was organised and conducted for the benefit of the Lord of the Manor and his tenants.  It was held at regular intervals and overseen by the Steward - who in this case was Alex Cuthbertson of Neath.  On this occasion, one of the matters being dealt with was the death of a tenant and the details of his will and transfer of land that resulted from that.
Court Baron business
1841 census:
1841 census is the only one that Ann appears on.  It records the Bevan farm as Nantygaseg isha No.1 - to differentiate it from next door, Nantygaseg isha No.2.  Evan is described as a 45 year old farmer, and Ann is recorded as being 35, i.e. 35-39 years of age - by the protocol of this census.  From the census entry, the couple apparently have 5 children:  Llewelyn (age 15, named for his paternal grandfather), Ann (age 10, named for her paternal grandmother), Roger (age 9, named for his maternal grandfather), Rachel (age 7) and Sarah (age 1, named for her maternal grandmother).  However, enumerated at Cwmnanthir, the nearby home of Evan's sister, Mallt and her husband, John Hopkin, is a 10 year old female servant, called Mallt Bevan.  This girl is also enumerated at Cwmnanthir in the following census of 1851 - when she is mistakenly described as being a nephew of Mallt and John Hopkin.  The following year, when she married David Morgan on 11th June 1852, Mallt Bevan's father is recorded on the marriage certificate as being Evan Bevan.  Were Ann and Evan both her parents or was she Evan's illegitimate child?  Might she have been living at Cwmnanthir (from where she was married) simply because her aunt and uncle apparently had no children of their own?  Just under a year later, on 6th April 1853, Mallt Morgan died and is buried alone at Baran cemetery in a grave situated between a Bevan family grave and a Howell family grave.  Perhaps this was her rightful place.
Llewelyn Ann ? Mallt Roger Rachel
According to the details on her headstone, Ann Bevan died, aged only 42 on 28th September 1845, (although she was actually only 40).  Her youngest child, Sarah was 4 years old when she lost her mother - possibly as a result of childbirth.  By the census of 1851, Evan had married again.  In fact, on 20th June 1848, he married his brother, William's widow, Mary Bevan (nee Jones). They apparently had no children of their own.  On 2nd April 1852, the Swansea based Cambrian newspaper carried a report that Evan was one of 2 Overseers of the Poor appointed for the hamlets of Blaenegel and Caegurwen.  This was an unpaid office, created by the Poor Law Act of 1597/8, which had established the obligation of every parish to provide relief for the local poor.  At least two members of the parish were appointed annually by the vestry to oversee this task.  The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 saw the creation of Unions of local parishes to collectively provide for the poor and build workhouses to accomodate them.  The parish of Llangiwg was, at this time, part of the Neath Union. The newspaper also reported that Evan's brother-in-law, John Howell of Nantmoel Uchaf had been appointed as an Overseer for Rhyndwyclydach in the same election. 

In 1855 Evan seems to have decided to retire from farming as he placed an advertisement in the Cambrian newspaper on 31st August for the sale of
"Nant y Gasseg Isha".   If he did sell the farm at this time, it's not known where he lived until he died on 30th September 1857 aged 64 years.   Despite having remarried, Evan was buried with Ann at the Baran chapel cemetery.   His widow, Mary was enumerated alone at Tynygraig (the next schedule to her former home of Twllygwyddil) in the census of 1861.  She died in 1877. 

Neither of Evan and Ann's sons, Llewelyn and Roger, ever married and both are also buried with their parents.  From
1855 onwards Llewelyn had apparently become mentally ill from an unknown cause.  As a result, he was eventually admitted to the newly built asylum at Angelton, Bridgend where he remained until his death in 1903.

Roger was left
deaf and dumb after contracting scarlet fever when he was 7 years old.  In each census from 1861 to 1891 he was enumerated as a servant in the service of various employers from Cwmgors to the Gower. In 1891, his employer was his brother-in-law, Morgan Walters - who was married to Roger's younger sister, Rachel.  In 1901 he was enumerated in the household of his widowed elder sister, Ann and her widowed step-daughter, Catherine at Grove Cottage, Bettws.  Roger died 6 years later on 16th January 1907, aged 74 years.

It is likely to have been as a result of the infirmities of his only 2 sons that Evan Bevan chose to sell Nantygaseg isha in 1855.

The family memorial reads:
                                                           to the memory of
                                                               the wife of
                                                               Evan Bevan
                                             of Cwmgors in the parish of Llanguick
                                                        who died Sept the 28. 1845
                                                               aged 42 years
                                                         "Her end was peace"
                                                  Also the above Evan Bevan who
                                                 died Sept 30. 1857 aged 64 years
                                                Also their son Llewellyn Bevan who
                                                  died Oct 12. 1903 aged 80 years
                                               Also their son Roger Bevan who died
                                                        Jan 16. 1907 aged 74 years
                                                                    At rest
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