This is the Williams family of Y Tee Bach, (in the village next to the school). They are the children of William Williams and Clara. William Williams is the son of Walter who lived in Penperllenny.
All photos permission kindly provided by Sophie Sharland, descendent of David Williams

The marriage of Margaret Ann Williams to Randolf James Hughes in September 1905.
The photo was taken outside 20 Richmond Street, Abergavenny, their home. (It looks just the same today).

Charlotte Williams b. 1881

Clara Williams b. 1883


William Williams (seated) with his son David and two of David’s children.

George Williams b 1887, son of William & Clara Williams.

Elizabeth Williams b. 1884. Daughter of William & Clara Williams.

David Williams b. 1875, son of William & Clara Williams.

The Harding Family of Garden Cottage, Nantyderry

The Harding Family of Garden Cottage, Nantyderry
Photo kindly provided by Stuart Hunt


The Lewis family of No.1 Saron Cottages

Saron Cottages

Thomas is the elder of the family and the founder of Saron Chapel, he lived at saron cottages all his life.

Thomas Lewis, “Tommy the tailor”.
Photo kindly provided by Donna Hamilton.

Thomas’s daughter Mary married Josiah Lewis.


Mary Lewis, daughter of Thomas Lewis, Saron Cottages.
Photo kindly provided by Donna Hamilton.



                                   Josiah Lewis.



Mary and Josiah Lewis of Danygraig. Photo kindly provided by Donna Hamilton.


Ada Morgan (nee Lewis) wife of David Hugh, and another lady at the Gwynedd.
This photo kindly provided by Bill Morgan in America.

Ada Morgan, Daughter of Mary and Josiah Lewis.


Daniel and Eliza Lewis

Daniel and Eliza Lewis, Thomas’s son and daughter in law.

Dan Lewis

Eliza Lewis (nee Garratt), Dan Lewis’ wife









Dan Lewis b 1866 -1935

Maud b. 1869, daughter of Dan Lewis

Lottie Lewis, daughter of Daniel

Dan Lewis, born Saron Cottages, with his wife Eliza and family.
Photo kindly provided by Donna Hamilton.

The Shepherdson family of Twyn Cecil


The Shepherdson family of Twyn Cecil. Photo kindly supplied by Andrea Jones.




Reuben Shepherdson, born Goytre 1877, the son of William and Emma (nee Williams.) Image from

Gwatkin family of Church Farm

This wonderful photo of William and Eliza Gwatkin has kindly been passed to me by Clive Jenkins, grandson of Rosa.


George Gwatkin


Gilbert Gwatkin

Rosa Jane Gwatkin

Mr and Mrs W. H. Gwatkin and great-grandchild Susan Arthur, at their golden wedding celebration.


Sophia Eliza Watkins.

Morgan family of The Wern


David Morgan and Ada Lewis

Martha Morgan (nee Jenkins)

Martha Morgan (nee Jenkins)

Byrde/Bird family

'African' Henry Bird

‘African’ Henry Bird

Frederick Louis Byrde, (photo kindly supplied by Harriet Burgato, a desendant of his).

Hutchinson family.

Nantyderry School House c1900 Photo

This wonderful photo was taken outside Church Cottage, Nantyderry, in the early 1900’s.


Sarah Dobbs (nee James) and family of Beech Cottage No. 2, circa 1910.

L. to R. Reginald Dobbs, Rebecca Dobbs, Ivy Dobbs, Sarah Dobbs (nee James) and Ivor Dobbs, circa 1910.

William and Annie Jones and Family, 1 Park View.

ANNIE JONES – On her 80th Birthday, 1952.


Nanny Jones and children, Harry, Gertrude, Arthur, Nell, Billy, Minnie, and Lillian.


Family Members at Funeral for Nanny Jones – Saron Chapel, 1956.

Margaret (Peggy Morris) with Edgar Thomas

Edgar Thomas.

Elsie Shutt (married William Jones 1933).

William Jones

Gertrude and Stanley (Bob) Hayes 1925.


Ellen and Arthur Cottle.

Minnie and William Griffiths.

Henry Jones.

Lillian and Thomas Morris.

Arthur Jones.

IN MOURNING FOR WILLIAM JONES, JUNE 1912. Back: Henry and Ellen. Front: Minnie, Arthur,Annie,Gertrude and Lillian. Seated at Annie’s knee-William Jnr.

William Jones, with son Arthur, on the milk round in Pontypool. (Note the name on the cart – GlanUsk Dairy).

“Rees the Police”

Morris family

Winifred Morris of old stores with 4 of her eleven children

Winifred Morris of Old Stores with 4 of her eleven children.

Evan Morris

The wedding of John Lewis and Esmerelda Morris, 16 July 1934. at St. Peters Church, Goytre.

Evan and Jane Morris


The family of John Jones who was parish clerk at St. Peter’s for nearly 40 years, employed by the Rev Thomas Evans.

Edwin Jones (son of John Jones), his wife Edith (nee Gwillim, born Llanover 1868) and three of their four children, Beatrice, Ethel, Gladys and Charles. Edwin was born at Lapstone cottage in 1867, he worked for GWR all his life working his way up to a railway inspector, he was on the train when Roderick MacLean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria.

(Edwin’s sister Jane married Evan Morris (see Morris family above) and is the authors Great-Grandmother).

Jane Jones, daughter of John and Jane, born at Lapstone cottage 1855. She married Evan Morris.

Mary Jones, sister of John, daughter of Simon Jones of Clytha with het husband James Prosser. Mary and James emigrated to Australia about 1854.  The second photo is William, son of Mary and James, born in Goytre in 1851.
 William Prosser in later life, born Goytre 1851.
Emily and Henry Pinfield on the occasion of their Golden Wedding 1929. Emily was born at Lapstone Cottage, Goytre, youngest daughter of John and Jane (nee James,) sister of Jane and Edwin.

General Gallery


This is Martha Griffiths born Goytre 1855, probably at Glan-y-nant. Her father Joseph was born in Goytre, her mother Martha was born in Mamhilad. Thank you Janet Morris for this lovely photo.


Henry Charles Ford born 1857 and Laura Annie Smith born 1860 in Nantyderry, their father was the schoolmaster at Nantyderry School,. The family had left the parish by 1861, their father, Charles Wilson Smith was a Baptist student in 1861. Permission to use the photos kindly given by Mark Watson.


Martha Jones (Rosser) Bwrgwm Cottage, her son John Jones , and grandsons Richard (Dick) Jones and Garth Jones.




Martha Jones (Rosser) Bwrgwm Cottage, her son John Jones , and grandsons Richard (Dick) Jones and Garth Jones.








John Watkins born Goytre 1858, the son of Charles, (also born in Goytre 1818) and Elizabeth Jones. Photo kindly provided by Ann Williams.











William Francis Brain from Pontypool who died whilst playing cricket at Goytre Hall on the 20th May 1922 aged 45 of Cardiac failure. Photo kindly supplied by Malcolm Down





Mathew Roberts with his mother Martha. He was born at Penystair in 1882 where his father Thomas was farming 35 acres, his mother Martha Neate was born in Goytre 1846.






George Roberts and his daughter Mary Jane, born in Monkswood but moved to Goytre. George lived at 2 Greenfields, Mary Jane with her husband Charles Jones and family lived at Mill Cottage Pantglas. The children are Mary Jane’s grandchildren Eileen and Beryl, photo taken about 1913. (Images from




Susan Parry, born Pentwyn, Goytre in 1900, she is the daughter of James, farmer and Emily Arnold. Image from









Francis Charles Bevan, born Goytre in October 1881, the son of William and Mary Ann Walkley. Image from









These photos are of Elizabeth Watkins, born Glan-y-nant in 1852, she is the daughter of Charles, born Goytre 1818 and Elizabeth Jones also born in Goytre in 1826. Images from ancestry,co,uk.





















John James Wait, son of James and Louisa of the infamous Vicar and the well story. John was born in 1867 at Wern Verig.







This photo of Elizabeth Louisa Alexander and her husband William Pulling Griffiths who she married in Llanvair Kilgeddin 1891. Elizabeth was born in Goytre in January 1873, the daughter of Thomas and Harriet Prior. Image from





This photo, taken from is of Richard Plaisted and Ruth his daughter by Mary Lewis. Ruth was born in Llanover in 1817 but they lived in Goytre.






Martha Lewis, born Goytre 1834, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (permisson kindly given by Plowenee Smith).


Thomas James born 1837 in Goytre, the son of Henry and Elizabeth. Image from


William Morgan and his daughter Leah. William was born in Goytre in 1825, the son of John and Margaret. He later emigrated to Australia. William died in 1912 at Eastwood South Australia. Photo kindly supplied by Bruce Morgan.




Ann Jones, born Goytre 1839, she married Isaac Jeremiah, born Mamhilad in 1861. Image from










John Evans born Saron Cottages 1893, he is the son of John and Minnie Cousins. Image from


Thomas Davies born Goytre 1832, he married Ann Cobner in 1855. Margaret his daughter was born in Goytre 1866, also Margaret with her son Thomas Charles Horlor. Photos by kind permission of Jon Horlor.


Frederick George Jones, born Goytre 1893, the son of Amos and Rose Louisa Roberts. Image from


Born in Goytre  March 1853 is Emma Jane Powell. She emigrated to Nebraska in 1871 where she married Lemuel Charles Griffin. Images from


Edward Charles of Park y Brain, aged 90

Edward Charles of Park y Brain, aged 90














Hezekiah Mathews, born February 1867 in Goytre, the son of Henry and Sarah (nee Wicks). Image from


Kathleen Honor Stewart Davis


Jack Davis

Florence Matilda Stinchcombe










Kathleen Honor Stewart Davis born at The Nutshell October 1920. She is the daughter of Florence Matilda (nee Stinchcombe) and Jack Davis. The family emigrated to Fremantle Western Australia in 1924. Permission to publish kindly given by Philip Lande, Australia.












Elizabeth Edwards 1873

Edward Powell










Christmas Greetings Postcard From Goytre – (With Unknown Subjects).

James Cobner, born to James and Ruth in 1863, his mother Ruth died in 1869. He arrived in Pennsylvania in 1886. Permission to use the photo was kindly given by Robina Laney. 

Sgt. Leslie John Hickman, RA. wins MM.


Goytre School Photograph (Date Unknown)


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