Jane's earlier years
Jane (Howell) Jones continued
1871, Jane and Howell are grandparents.  Their eldest son, Isaac has married and has 2 children, Enoch Rees (age 2) and Jane (age 1, named for her paternal grandmother).  Isaac is farming in the Mawr parcel of Llangyfelach on a farm of 90 acres called Cwmkille (sic) in the hamlet of Felindre.  This property had previously been farmed by Morgan & Esther Morgan, the in laws of Jane's older sister, Elizabeth and had connections with events surrounding the destruction of the Rhydypandy Gate in the Rebecca Riots of 1843.

2nd son, Roger has left home, but I am unable to find him in the census.  Daughter, Sarah has
4 children:  Ann (age 9, named for her paternal grandmother), Jane (aged 7, named after her maternal grandmother), John (aged 4 and named for his paternal grandfather) and Magdalen (aged 2 who is probably named after Howell's mother). Sarah and her husband, William live in Rhydyfro near to the Royal Oak - which William's mother still runs and where 2 of their children, Anne and John are enumerated in this census. 

Only 3 of Jane and Howell's sons, John, William and Howell - all described as farmer's sons - remain at home.  Their son,
David died on 8th August 1864 aged 16 and like his infant, elder brother was buried with his paternal grandparents.  During this decade there are references in the Swansea based, Cambrian newspaper to hay mowing competitions being held at Llachart fawr, with one of the winners named as Jane and Howell's youngest son, Howell jnr..
By 1881, Howell, now 77 years old and Jane, aged 61 have retired to a dwelling called Penywaun in Rhyndwyclydach.  Their sons, John and William, described respectively as a farmer and a farm labourer are enumerated with them.   Curiously, John Jones had recently married Hannah Morgan of Heol Ddu and in this census, his younger brother, Howell is enumerated as an indoor farm servant with Hannah at Blaenegel farm, Llanguicke.  Even more curiously, Hannah emigrated to Australia in 1883 with her sister and brother-in-law - but without John. 

Isaac remains at
Cwmcile and now has 2 more children, Annie and Sarah, born 1872 and 1874 respectively.  Son Roger is described as a master builder and junior partner, living at 9 Cattle Street, Neath with his wife, Elizabeth and 1 year old daughter, Mary.  Sadly, Roger died only 3 years later in the December Quarter of 1884.  Sarah and William remain next to the Royal Oak (which his mother still keeps at the age of 84) at 18 Rhydyfro Road and have had 2 more children, Mary (age 6 - enumerated at the Royal Oak) and Howell (age 2 and named for his maternal grandfather).

In this census Llachart fawr is now being farmed by Howell's nephew,
David Henry Jones - son of his brother, Isaac.  David Henry is also a nephew by marriage (through his mother, Gwenllian) of Jane's brother, John Howell of Nantmoel Uchaf who married Gwenllian's sister, Ann.  David Henry had been enumerated, with his older sister, Ann in John Howell's household in the census of 1851 and in 1861 was enumerated in lodgings in Swansea (possibly at school) with his sister, Ann and John's daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Howell.
He had married Ann Jenkins of
Cynghordy, Llangyfelach on 30th March 1880 and remained at Llachart fawr until his death on 13th February 1893, aged only 41 years.  He is buried in the graveyard of Horeb Wesleyan Methodist Church, Pontardawe with his wife and 4 of his children.  His parents, Isaac and Gwenllian are also buried there.

Jane and Howell's son
William died, apparently suddenly, aged only 35 on 29th May 1886 and is buried in Baran cemetery in a family grave where his parents were also later laid to rest.
1891 Jane and Howell had moved north across the Bettws mountain to the village of Bettws in the Llandilofawr parish of Carmarthenshire.   Their new home, Godre-Bach was near to another property called, Hafodwenol (aka Hafod) where their youngest son, Howell (described as a farmer) and his wife Ann were living with their 7 year old daughter, Jane and 8 month old son, Samuel.   In the 1891 census, Howell is enumerated alone at Godre-Bach and is mistakenly described as a widower.   On the night of this census Jane was visiting her widowed brother, John Howell who was himself lodging with his widowed daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell at Gelly House in the hamlet of Gwilly, Llanedy.

Howell Jones died aged
90 years on 27th March 1895 and Jane died 2 years later on 10th March 1897.  They were buried with William at Baran cemetery.  Howell had been predeceased by 4 of his 6 sons while Jane was predeceased by 5 of them.  Their youngest son, Howell and his wife, Ann were later buried with them.
                                                               memory of
                                                         WILLIAM JONES
                                             son of HOWELL and JANE JONES
                                                  Godre-Bach, parish of Bettws
                                                      who died May 29th 1886
                                                             age 35 years
                                                      Boast not another day
                                                     Nor call tomorrow thine
                                                  Thou may be snatched away
                                                    By sudden death like mine
                                             Also of the above HOWELL JONES
                                           who died March 27th 1895 aged 90 years
                      "Ti a ddeui mewn henaint i'r bedd fel y gyfyd ysgaf o yd yn ei amser"
                                                       Also the above named
                                                            JANE JONES
                                                     who died March 10. 1897
                                                             aged 79 years
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