All photographs copyright © 2004 by Jeffrey L. Thomas
My g.g.g. grandfather, David Davies of Brynmawr, Wales, was born circa 1798 in the parish of Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, Wales. As a young man (likely circa 1820) David moved to the industrial region of south Wales and married a woman named Hannah from Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire. David and Hannah eventually moved to Brynmawr, Breconshire, where they raised a family of 10 children, and are last identified in the 1861 census of Brynmawr. My wife and I visited the parish church at Llangeler in April of 2004 and the photographs below are from that visit. We begin with a brief description of the parish taken from "A Topographical Dictionary of Wales" (S. Lewis, 1844):
"LLANGELER (LLAN-GELER), a parish, in the union of NEWCASTLE-EMLYN, higher division of the hundred of ELVET, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (E. by S.) from Newcastle-Emlyn; containing 1747 inhabitants. . . It comprises by computation 6414 acres, of which nearly 2000 are arable, 3480 pasture, 900 waste, and the remainder woodland; the surface is undulated, and the surrounding scenery pleasantly varied, embracing a portion of the fertile and picturesque Vale of Teivy . . . The church, dedicated to St. Celer, is a plain and neat edifice, in good repair . . . an ancient chapel of ease, dedicated to St. Mary, and thence called "Capel Mair," has been entirely demolished. . . There is a place of worship which is jointly appropriated to Independents and Presbyterians: a day school is maintained by the trustees of Mrs. Bevan's charity; and a Sunday school is supported by voluntary contributions, aided by gratuitous teachers."
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