Drowned In the Canal – 6th February 1869
On Sunday two men named William James and Lewis Bevan while walking by the side of the canal between Mrs Summerfield’s public house and Mamhilad found the body of a man lying in the canal.
The deceased turned out to be a basket maker named as William Bevan about 80 years of age, who had lived in Goytrey. His hat still remained on his head and in his pocket were £1 in gold, £1 in silver and 51/2d . His wallet contained groceries was found about 20 yards off.
The presumption is that in the darkness on Saturday night he walked into the canal and was accidentally drowned.
William Bevan lived at Coalbrook; he married Mary Williams at Llanover Church on the 9th June 1823. She died in 1865 they had at least 6 children, one of them being Mary who was a servant for Isaac Lewis Glanusk. She was the young girl in the murdered baby case at Glanusk.
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