The Israel Hares Plot

Brynmawr Cemetery, Brynmawr, Wales

by Jeffrey L. Thomas

All photographs copyright 2006 by Jeffrey L. Thomas

Above: general view of the Brynmawr cemetery looking back towards the town and the beautiful hills beyond.

Israel Hares was born in the parish of Shipham in Somerset, England in 1800. In 1823 he married Mary Ann Collins and they raised a family in Shipham before moving to Brynmawr and Nantyglo, Wales sometime in the late 1840s. In the 1851 census, the family is living in Brynmawr, and in subsequent returns we find Israel and Mary Ann and family in nearby Nantyglo. By the time Mary Ann died in 1880, the region's smaller chapel cemeteries had become dangerously overcrowded and much neglected, prompting officials in Brynmawr to open a large municipal cemetery in the early 1850s. The Israel Hares plot is located in the Brynmawr cemetery, Section 6, Row 1, Grave 3. To date I have identified six individuals in the plot, only four of which I have been able to identify as members of the Hares family, as follows:

Israel Hares died 1883, age 75: husband of Mary Ann Hares
Mary Ann Hares died 1880, age 69: wife of Israel Hares
Elizabeth Bassett died 1900, age 50: wife of John Bassett, daughter of Israel & Mary Ann Hares
Evelyn Haynes (Haines) died 1901, age 6 months: great-granddaughter of Israel & Mary Ann Hares, granddaughter of Mary Ann Haines
George H. Davies died 1874, age 7 weeks: relationship unknown
William Young died 1895, age 1 month: relationship unknown

My wife and I visited the Brynmawr cemetery in May of 2006 where we located the grave of Israel Hares and family. Below you will find a photograph of Israel's unmarked grave, along with a photo of the front portion of section 6, showing some of the other graves nearby. Arrangements are currently being made to erect a permanent marker mentioning Israel, his wife Mary Ann, and their daughter Elizabeth Bassett.

Update: Since the writing of this page I have erected a marker on the grave of Israel Hares and his wife and daughter. The photographs of the marker below were taken in 2009.

Jeffrey L. Thomas

Below: the front portion of section 6, Brynmawr cemetery.


Below: the grave of Israel Hares & family is in the foreground directly to the left of the Bethel marker.


Israel and Mary Ann's daughter Mary Ann Haines and her husband James also have a family plot in the Brynmawr cemetery, located in Section 3, Row 10, Grave 2. Although their marker is in relatively good condition, it's location is completely hidden by a large tree or shrub that long ago overtook the site. The marker is found in the center of the tree and now rests at an angle, having been pushed into this position by the slow growth of the tree trunk. Below are photographs of the site and marker, the inscription from the latter reading as follows:


In Memory of
James Haynes
of Nantyglo
Who died April 11 1875
Aged 44 Years
Mary Ann Haynes
Wife of the Above Named
Who Died July 15 1883
Aged 53 Years
Blessed are the Dead Which die in? The Lord


Below: the grave of James & Mary Ann Haines is found in the middle of this large tree.


Below: photograph of the marker & inscription


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Visit the Brynmawr, Wales History - Genealogy project web site
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