Davies Family Web Site

Genealogy of the Davies Family of Graigddu and of Tonypandy.

  • History of my research
  • These pages are devoted to Jill's Maternal line. My maternal great great grandparents Thomas and Elizabeth Davies of Tonypandy, & of Maesyrhaf, Trealaw, Rhondda, Glamorgan and their family.
  • The four ancestral lines - the Jones, Davies, Raymonds and Lloyds all lived in in the lower part of the parish of Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan. The parish consisted of two valleys of outstanding beauty which was mostly cut off from the outside world. It was to become by 1861 the great industrialised area known as the Rhondda Valleys, and by 1871 was teeming with people who came from all over the world to find work.
  • Additional surnames include Bevan, Thomas, David and Curtis.
  • Davies Family Album
  • Chapelyard tombstones

Ancestors and Descendants of Thomas Davies and Elizabeth Bevan.

My Great Great Grandfather Thomas Davies was born in Troed yr aur, Cardiganshire on 30 June 1815. His background is somewhat sketchy but what we have been able to discover is that Thomas had a sister called Sarah also presumably born Troed yr aur. Their mother may have died in Sarah's birth, as their father Benjamin Davies, a weaver and clothier decided to leave the Troed yr aur area about 1820 and travel to Ystradyfodwg, bringing Thomas with him. He seems to have left Sarah behind in Troedyraur, as I can find no census or other reference of her until she is mentioned in her father's will.  When Benjamin died in Graigddu Farm, Dinas, on 30 Sep 1869  it gives no address for Sarah and I assume that at that time her status was that of a spinster, as she is named as 'my daughter' Sarah Davies.

Going back to Thomas and his father's arrival in Ystradyfodwg.  It seems as if Benjamin may well have continued as a weaver at the Pandy Mill for a year or two. On the 20 Jul 1822 at Saints Illtyd, Gwynno & Dyfodwg, Llantrisant, Glamorgan, Benjamin married as a widower, Susannah David of Graigddu Farm, Dinas. This is were they lived out their married life. His son Thomas was then seven years old, and we still do not know a thing about his sister Sarah.

My Great Great grandfather Thomas, was brought up at Graigddu, living there until he was about 20 years old, and was possibly very fond of his step brother Morgan and sisters. One of his sisters was called Friswyth and another called Elizabeth. These names were from Morgan David and his daughter Susannah's sister Fryswyth. These names, in turn, were  given to Thomas' own children.

After settling down with his second family at Dinas, Benjamin enjoyed hunting and shooting along with his farming. Benjamin and Susannah Davies produced six known children who all married and lived locally. Thomas was more than probably involved with the Ystrad hunt, as was his father Benjamin.  It is known that Thomas daughter Letitia rode to hunt, as did my grandfather and his brother and sisters. The hounds were also housed at Graigddu at one time.

The  early families of Ystradyfodwg were known to the incomers to the valleys as 'Glorans' because of their Welsh hunting cry, 'Ymswynwch rhag Gwyr y Gloran' ('Beware of the Men of the Gloran').

On 6th November 1847, when he was 32 years of age, Thomas married Elizabeth Bevan, daughter of Thomas Bevan of Llwynypia Farm at Carmel Chapel, Pontypridd.