Coed Robin

Coed RobynCoed Robin – 107 on the 1841 Tithe Map.

Coed Robin is now in the parish of Llanover.

In his will dated 8th November 1715, John Jones of Llanover leaves to his nephew Thomas Jones a house and garden; adjoining Coed Robbin now in the possession of Jane Jones, widow, for the term of her natural life.

In 1723 Thomas Jones raised a £20 mortgage on the property from Giles Meredith of Llanellen; it gives the names of the fields, (44 covers) and the messuage of Cae Robbin (13 covers).

Thomas Jones’s will in 1763 leaves to his children John, Thomas, William and Elizabeth a property called Coed Robin to share and share alike. It does seem that John his eldest son remained at Coed Robin until his death in 1816 aged 95.

DSCN0082In 1812 Vaughan Jones was paying the land tax and continued to do so until after 1831. The 1841 tithe says Vaughan is the owner and Thomas his son is the occupier. On the census Thomas is 40, Elizabeth his wife is 45 and son Thomas is 7.

Vaughan Jones died in 1848 aged 87 and was buried in St Peter’s churchyard.

By 1851 Mordecai Jones is now the owner, he is 36 and Alice his wife is 30 and was born in Cardigan they have two children, John 3 and William 7 months. Mordecai is also on the electoral register for his freehold and and is a collector of land tax in 1858. He, like many others in the parish signed the petition against paying taxes for the widening of Newport Bridge in 1858.

Lewis Edmunds (the local builder) wrote in his diary on the 21st November 1856 “at Mordecai Jones repairing outside.”

Mordecai and Alice’s daughter Elizabeth died in 1866 aged 14, she was buried in St Peter’s churchyard. Their son John married Jane Gwillim at Trevethin Church on the 29th June 1870.

In 1871 Mordecai is 60 a farmer of 20a, his wife Alice is 53. About this time the Earl of Abergavenny began selling land to Lady Llanover.

On the 1881 census Mordecai is 66 and farming 16a, Alice is 60, and their sons William 29 is a woodcutter, and Charles is 23.

In 1882 Lewis Edmund is making a new oven for Mordecai and in 1887 Mordecai gave evidence for a welsh speaking vicar for the parish and in 1889 he is overseer of the poor for the parish.

On the 1891 census Mordecai is 73 and still farming. In the same year on the 2nd of March Lewis Edmund wrote “William Jones of Coed Robin did drop the whythys for me, I paid him 3s.” Again he wrote in 1897 “Mr Jones of Coed Robin died and was buried Goytrey St Peter’s aged 74.” There is a discrepancy in his age but 74 is the age given in the register. Alice his wife also died in May 1897, they are both buried at St Peter’s.

William, the son of Mordecai and Alice is 50 on the 1901 census and is unmarried. Living with him at Coed Robin is his sister Jane 40, and Philip Jenkins 72, they were all born in Goytrey.

By 1910 the owner of Coed Robin is John Jones of 29 Tunnel Road Llanelly, the gross value was £6 15s and the rateable value was £6, the land was 16a.

On the 1911 census William is 62 and Jane his sister is 51.

d1583 081The sale of the chief rent on the Cae Robin Farm of 1s 9d was sold to the trustees of Llanover Estate on the 30th November 1913.

William Jones is the occupier on the 1914 poor rate, the owner is Llanover Estate.


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