A Glamorgan Family History
Sarah (Evans) Thomas
Circa 1833-?
Early life:
Sarah Evans was apparently the eldest child of
Rev. Daniel Evans and his wife, and Rebecca (nee Howell).  She was born approx 1833 in Llangynog, Carmarthenshire, where her father had been the minister of the Independent, Hen Gapel, Llanybri, since his ordination in 1829.  Sarah was possibly named after her maternal grandmother, Sarah Howell, wife of Reverend Roger Howell, minister of Baran chapel, Llangyfelach. In 1838 her father was called to be the minister of Nazareth chapel in the hamlet of Glyn, Pontyates and Sarah is first recorded here on the 1841 census at the age of 9 years.  By this time she has 3 younger sisters, Mary (1835), Gwenllian (1837) and Rebecca (1839) and a 1 year old brother, William.

Sarah's mother, Rebecca gave birth to another daughter, named
Elizabeth on 1st August 1842.  This little girl died 20 days later on 21st August.  Sometime the following year, another baby girl was born - also named Elizabeth - who died aged 5 years on Christmas Eve 1848.  Both children were buried at Nazareth.
1850s & 60s:
In the census of 1851 Sarah, now aged 18 is still at home with her parents and 4 siblings.  No occupation is recorded for her.  Her father - described (perhaps mistakenly) in the 1841 census as a shopkeeper - is now described as a Minister of the Gospel and has charge of 3 local chapels:
Nazareth at Glyn, Ebenezer at Cwrbin and Ramah at Llandyfaelog.

Sarah married
David Thomas from Llanelly probably around 1856.  I have not been able to positively identify David with his own family in any earlier censuses.  In the next census of 1861 Sarah and David are enumerated at Bridge End (which is apparently the Bridgend Inn in Glyn, Pontyates).  David is described as a carpenter and victualler and the couple have 2 children:  Elizabeth aged 4 and John aged 2 - both born in Glyn, Llangendeirne.  Also enumerated in the household is a general servant, Anne Jones.  Sarah's mother, Rebecca died on 29th June 1865, aged only 52 years.  She was buried with her 2 infant daughters at Nazareth chapel.
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1870s & 80s:
By 1871 Sarah and David have added to their family which now includes
Daniel aged 7, William aged 3 and infant, Roger Howell - named after his maternal great grandfather.  All 5 children are living at home and the family remain at Bridge End, but David is described only as a carpenter in this census.  In the June Quarter of 1876, their only daughter, Elizabeth married broker's clerk, John Stone, the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Stone of Caeclovers farm in Glyn.  The following year, Sarah and David became grandparents with the birth of David John Stone in the June Quarter of 1877.  2 more grandchildren, Daniel Evan and Sarah Elizabeth were born in 1878 and 1880 respectively.

By 1881, only children William (recorded as Willie) and Roger Howell remain at home with Sarah & David at what is now described as
Bridge End Inn (perhaps it has only just become a public house).  David is again described as a carpenter while the children are recorded as being scholars.  Unable to find their son, Daniel on this census, while their eldest son, John is possibly enumerated as a grocer's assistant, employed by provisions merchant, Lemuel Hiley at Commercial St., Aberdare.

Sarah's father, Daniel died on 4th December 1884 and was buried at Nazareth with her mother.  In the December Quarter of 1889, Sarah and David's youngest son, Roger Howell died aged only 20 years.
Later years:
In 1891 David and Sarah are again recorded at the Bridgend Inn with David being described as a carpenter and innkeeper.  Apart from a servant the only other person enumerated with them is their 7 year old grand-daughter,
Mary Rebecca Stone who was born in Bristol, where her parents, Elizabeth and John now live.  David and Sarah's son, William is apparently enumerated as a farm servant in the employ of John Jenkins of Cwmdengeirne farm.  Eldest son, John appears to be further afield in Kirkdale, Lancashire where he is employed as a grocer's assistant and is living with his wife, Eliza (from Dowlais) at 123 Medlock Street.

The census of 1901 finds David Thomas described as a 75 year old widower and retired carpenter living at
Gwendraeth View, Pontyates (possibly his father-in-law's former home).  His household also includes his 15 year old grand-daughter, Lillie Annie Stone - an assistant teacher from Bristol and also a female servant.  David's eldest daughter, Elizabeth has apparently taken over at the Bridgend Inn where she is described as the manageress.  She is living with 8 of her 11 children and an infant grandchild, Emlyn S. Stone who was born in Llangendeirne.  Elizabeth's husband, John, an H.M. Customs Officer is not enumerated at the Inn but at 6 Gratitude Road in Bristol where he is boarding in the household of Albert Blakemore. 

David's son, John and his wife, Eliza are back in Wales and living at Fox Street, Mountain Ash, where John is still working as a grocer's assistant.  They don't appear to have any children.  Son, William appears to be married and living with his wife,
Ann (from Llandyssul, Cardiganshire) in Llanddarog.  They have 2 infant daughters, Martha and Margaret.
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