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Entry #: 20 Entry Date: 2012-03-03 21:05:30  

Name: William Williams

Visitor Comments: Fantastic new improved website..Alun thank you for printing the information I supplied..A site only a Welshman could create..You have helped bring the Williams back to Rhandirmwyn...Regards old friend. Bill Williams ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 19 Entry Date: 2012-03-03 21:03:03  

Name: William Williams

Visitor Comments: Alun, Googled up your site and was delighted to see that you had so graciously published my writings on Morgan B. Williams in their entirety. Thank you so much old friend.
Have also made contact with Rachel Williams Eddlemans family in Colorado and will give you a brief update on the cowboy side of our family in the future.

Many thanks Bill for your fascinating contribution. The story of Morgan B Williams can be viewed on the America page. Very much looking forward to the story of the cowboys.

Thanks again


Entry #: 18 Entry Date: 2012-02-14 19:50:26  

Name: Johnny Dan Jones

Visitor Comments: I am eternally grateful to my cousin Alun for all the work he has carried out completing the history of our family.

I am the eldest son of Johnny Dan (Jack) Jones, my mother being Florence nee Walker (The Walker family is another story). We grew up in a small village outside Chester knowing nothing of my father's background or indeed, any details of his family.

All that changed when I received a phone call in my office one morning about 8 years ago from Alun. He asked if I was sitting down and revealed the fact that he was my cousin! There followed a number of e-mails containing various items and photographs relating to my 'unknown' family. I was particularly taken with the photograph of Alun's father and mine......I recall e-mailing Alun back, informing him that the photo wasn't of my was me when I was that age. If I had any doubt it was removed when I saw that photograph.

I and the rest of my large family will never know why our father chose not to reveal details of his past life. We do know, however, that he was fiercely proud of his Welsh heritage and would take any opportunity to speak his native language with anyone who would listen!

I must have my fathers genes because, to my eternal shame, I have not been in contact with Alun for some considerable time.....something I intend to remedy in the near future.

I have much enjoyed reading through the various entries regarding Rhandirmwyn and my family and as stated at the beginning of this entry, very grateful to Alun for filling a huge gap in our family history.

Kind regards

John Jones (Johnny Dan)  


Entry #: 17 Entry Date: 2012-02-08 11:45:30  

Name: Stephen Sullivan

Visitor Comments: Has anyone got photos or can tell me where I can get some of the opening cerenomy of Llyn Brianne dam as my wifes' grandfather councillor John Jones of Vaynor Penderyn was present. My wife has the official invite,parking permit and booklet issued to her grandfather but has no picture of that day.

Please contact website if you can assist.  


Entry #: 16 Entry Date: 2012-02-01 14:06:53 -- Edited On: 2012-02-01 14:14:00  

Name: David Winter

Visitor Comments: Anyone with information on the following families. Andrews or Roderick, both have connection with Blaenant, Rhandirmwyn.
My grandmother was Magretta Andrews (nee Roderick). In the early 1900's she was the local midwife and herbalist and was born there as also was my mother. Any information would be appreciated. Please reply via the website.



Entry #: 15 Entry Date: 2012-02-01 10:27:50  

Name: Alun Jones

Visitor Comments: Looking for information about William J Beswetherick born about 1867 and John Lewarne born about 1859. Both were Cornishmen who were tragically killed as a result of an explosion at the Nantymwyn Lead Mine, Rhandirmwyn on March 28th 1892. If anyone can provide information of their family history or anyone looking for information please contact the website. It is known that John Lewarne left a widow and two young children.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 14 Entry Date: 2012-01-24 19:47:59  

Name: Paul Tarrant

Visitor Comments: Well done on putting together such an interesting website. I am particularly interested in the Nantymwn mines and it is really good to see Simon Hughes' excellent reports, descriptions and plans as well as Dafydd Dafis' reminiscences placed in one site. Rhandirmwn is a small place but big on beauty as well as history and you have done it proud.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 13 Entry Date: 2011-12-09 15:11:44  

Name: Alun Jones

Visitor Comments: Dear Lynda
I will come back to you with further information re. this. It was filmed during the 1990's for a Welsh language channel S4C. I will try and see if there is a copy in existence, some would have been produced with English sub-titles.
I remember the time as my family live at number 6 and we had to have the UPVC windows covered with old fashioned wooden ones. They were there for some weeks. The film was about a army deserter who lived in one of the houses and when the military came looking for hime he was able to (in theory) move through the attic space between the houses and escape the other end of the street.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 12 Entry Date: 2011-12-09 15:09:25  

Name: Lynda Lucas

Visitor Comments:
The welsh film Camleon was filmed at a relatives house - nant y mwyn terrace. r u able to tell me anything about this film please?



Entry #: 11 Entry Date: 2011-11-16 09:18:03  

Name: Website archives

Visitor Comments: Searching for information on the Renowden family, Rhandirmwyn. For many years in the late 1800's to the mid 1900's they ran the Royal Oak public house. Any information and old photographs would be appreciated.  


Entry #: 10 Entry Date: 2011-11-14 13:17:31  

Name: Heddwyn Davies

Visitor Comments: Message via Youtube page

Thank you Alun for putting together the rhandirmwyn website, turning back the clock and rekindling some wonderful memories of my childhood. Some angelic faces in the junior school pic. I have not looked that angelic since (60+ years later!). Need to look for some old photos to add to your collection and would encourage others to do the same.
Diolch eto...... Heddwyn Davies ( Crincae 1944 - 63).   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 10 Entry Date: 2011-11-14 13:17:31  

Name: Heddwyn Davies

Visitor Comments: Message via Youtube page

Thank you Alun for putting together the rhandirmwyn website, turning back the clock and rekindling some wonderful memories of my childhood. Some angelic faces in the junior school pic. I have not looked that angelic since (60+ years later!). Need to look for some old photos to add to your collection and would encourage others to do the same.
Diolch eto...... Heddwyn Davies ( Crincae 1944 - 63).


Entry #: 9 Entry Date: 2011-10-30 22:54:34  

Name: David Davies

Visitor Comments: Found the site very interesting, My family originated from Crincae (think that's how it was spelt?)Rhandirmwyn, And found the part of peoples migration to America intriguing. I have some cards from the 1800s which were sent to my family who resided in Rhandyrmwyn at that time and am interested in tracing the members of family who left

will keep in touch    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 8 Entry Date: 2011-10-19 12:15:31 -- Edited On: 2011-10-19 13:12:00  

Name: Cindy P.

Visitor Comments: Has anyone information on Captain George Oates and his wife Frances. He was the mine Captain at the Nantymwyn Lead Mine during the late 1800's. Both are buried at the St Barnabas Church, Rhandirmwyn. Please reply via this website. Cindy. P. Idaho. USA    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 7 Entry Date: 2011-10-13 09:47:38  

Name: Lewis Howard Hiley

Visitor Comments: My name is Lewis Howard Hiley and I currently live in Sydney Australia.

I was asked to contact you because I was told you knew a lot about the history of regions of Wales.

I'm trying to find the Royal Oak where my Great Great Great Great Grandfather William Hiley and his wife Emma were the inn keepers in 1844.

This link shows their names as the Inn Keepers of the Royal Oak and even shows a picture of the Royal Oak but I'm not sure where it is today as I'd like to visit there when I come to England and Wales in December this year.


Entry #: 6 Entry Date: 2011-09-20 11:50:15  

Name: Alun Jones

Visitor Comments: On Saturday 17th September 2011 the Welsh Mines Society paid a visit to the Nantymwyn Lead Mine. Considerable research was carried out on the surface and also entry was made into various levels. Photographs and a write up will be included soon on the website. Present was Mr George Hall the well known authority on mines and author of Metal Mines of Southern Wales. It was good to see him there. Matters were discussed for future exploration of the mine so watch this space for details. It was a great day out.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 5 Entry Date: 2011-06-15 16:14:41  

Name: Lesley Parker

Visitor Comments: Great deal of work has gone into the website and the research to get the data. Well done!   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 4 Entry Date: 2011-05-27 17:44:07  

Name: T Kirk

Visitor Comments:

I have loved looking through :) A real trip down memory lane seeing all the photo's of landmarks i have visited through the years!! i have also loved reading about the people who made Rhandirmwyn the place i grew to love... and seeing family members smiling from photo's.... very very interesting!! Thank you for a beautifully presented view of Rhandir through the years !!

T Kirk Texas USA  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Entry #: 3 Entry Date: 2011-05-24 14:46:14  

Name: Mike Galvin

Web Site: Blacksmiths in the 1800s

Visitor Comments: My early ancestors were Blacksmiths and what I would like to know is how they got their metal ie iron in a village setting the smelting of useable metal (the stock items) such as sheet and rods would have needed a foundry ect with rolling mills were there any nearby? smaller items using brass would be fairly easy to cast but farm items such as plow blades and the simple spade must have been imported as with horse shoes a rod can be beaten in to a flat section, or were the foundries well advanced to produce useable sheets as back then to colect or deliver a horse would be used...any info MIKE G


Entry #: 2 Entry Date: 2011-05-23 11:17:13  

Name: Linda Reedijk (then Jones ) brother John

Visitor Comments:

Hello What a lovely suprise, haven't been back to school since the 60's we did a bit of camping by the river. Now live in Holland, have two children, they have also been to the school. Good memories good people in that part of the world

Keep up the good work

Linda Reedijk


Entry #: 1 Entry Date: 2010-09-08 11:41:53 -- Edited On: 2011-04-13 15:41:00  

Name: Alun Jones

Visitor Comments:

Welcome to our new/improved website. We have been live since 2007 and it has proved to be very popular. We hope you like the new layout. We are still in the process of building the new site so please be patient. We have included new features namely a Genealogy Page and a Comments Page where you can pass on information about Family History or anything else you wish to know or pass on to others about Rhandirmwyn. Please pass on our details to your friends.