|Ann (Bowen) Evans
Ann Bowen was the youngest of Henry and Sarah Bowen's 5 daughters. She was born in 1847 at Llettyrcrydd farm, Rhyndwyclydach in the Glamorgan parish of Llangyfelach. Both her mother and father came from long established families in the hamlet of Rhyndwyclydach. Her mother was the daughter of Rev. Roger Howell and his wife, Sarah of Nantmoel Uchaf farm. Her father was the son of David and Jane Bowen of neighbouring Nantmoel Isaf. By the time of Ann's birth all her grandparents were deceased.
Ann was probably named after her mother's eldest sister, Ann Bevan who had died 2 years earlier at the age of only 45. Her 4 older sisters were: Jane, born circa 1833; Sarah, born 1835; Rebecca, born 1838 and Hannah, born 1841. On 20th February 1851, Ann's mother died, aged only 40 years from the wasting disease, consumption. On the census of that year, 4 year old Ann is enumerated at Llettyrcrydd with her newly widowed father, Henry and 3 of her 4 older sisters. Her eldest sister, Jane is enumerated in the nearby home of their maternal aunt, Jane Jones at Llachartfawr. By the end of this decade, Ann's older sisters had all married and her sister, Jane had, like their mother, also tragically died of consumption, on 23rd February 1859 at the age of 26 - leaving 3 young children.
By the census of 1861, Ann, aged 14, is enumerated as a servant at Llettyrcrydd - living with her newly married, sister Hannah and brother-in-law, Daniel Morgan who is now farming Llettyrcrydd. Ann's father, Henry is apparently no longer living at the farm and although he was still alive, cannot be found in this census. Sometime between 1861 and 1871, Hannah and her husband moved to Daniel's home village of Bettws in Carmarthenshire to live near his parents, David and Mary Morgan. In 1869 older sister, Sarah emigrated with her husband, Rees Philips and young family to Pennsylvania in the U.S. In the census of 1871, Ann is enumerated as an unmarried visitor in Daniel & Hannah's household at Brynhynydd Uchaf. Ann's father, Henry had died at Brynhynydd on 3rd November 1869 and from statements made in his will, it appears that he and Ann had been living there. In his will, Henry made the following bequest to Ann:
"I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann during her lifetime, the interest accruing and arising from one hundred pounds which I have invested on the Swansea Docks, and after her death the interest to be divided in equal shares between my Daughters Rebecca Morgan and Hannah Morgan and after their death, the said one hundred pounds to be divided together with the interest between my Grandchildren, namely the children of my Daughters Rebecca Morgan, and Hannah Morgan, and Sarah Phillips."
Along with her older sisters, Rebecca and Hannah, Ann was appointed an executrix of her father's will - dated just 2 days before his death. At this time, Ann was the only one of Henry's daughters who remained unmarried and despite her being only 22, his bequest seems to suggest that he expected her to remain a spinster.
At the end of 1871, Ann's sister, Hannah and her family also emigrated to Pennsylvania - possibly funded by Henry's bequests. Only her sister, Rebecca remained living nearby with her husband, John Morgan at Cwmgors. With Hannah's departure, Ann might then have needed to find herself both employment and a new home. Consequently the census of 1881 finds her, aged 33, still unmarried and working as a general domestic servant in the household of farmer, John Williams and his wife, Mary in Llangennech, Carmarthenshire.
|Marriage and later:
In 1885 Ann married a widower, David Evans who was approximately 20 years older than her. David was an engine driver, originally from Llangennech but, at the time of their marriage, was living at Incline Row, Berwick, Llanelly where he had previously lived with his first wife, Mary and their 3 children. After their marriage, Ann and David continued to live at Incline Row and in 1887, Ann gave birth at the age of 40 to her only child, a son, David Henry Evans (named after for his father and maternal grandfather). The census of 1891 records the small family living at Incline Row. David Snr. is described as a stationary engine driver.
By the census of 1901, the family had moved to David's home village of Llangennech where David was still working aged 77 years, as a labourer. By this time, their 14 year old son, David Henry was working as a shire plater - probably in the steelworks.
Of the 5 Bowen sisters, only Ann and her older sister, Sarah lived to see the dawn of the new century. Following Jane's early death in 1859, Hannah died at the age of 50 on 31st March 1892 in Superior Township, Osage County, Kansas and Rebecca died, aged 60 on 7th June 1899 in Neath. Sarah later died, aged 66 at Clayville, Jefferson county, Pennsylvania on 1st June 1901. I haven't yet identified when Ann died or where she is buried, but the newly released census of 1911 records her as a widow living with her as yet, unmarried son, David Henry at Railway Cottage, Old Tramdoad, Llangennech.