Welcome to the sixth post in the Elusive Evan Evans brick wall busting series. On this occasion I continue evaluating the evidence relating to Evan’s short life.
Birth and baptism of Evan Evans
- 1869 – Birth of son, Evan, in the 3rd quarter.
- 1870 – Baptism of son, Evan, on 6th January at Ffestiniog. Living at Pantllwyd with the occupation of labourer.
I know of this Evan’s existence from the 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901 census. I haven’t researched him any further forward yet.
- In 1871, Evan is with his parents, and siblings aged 1 born in Merionethshire.
- In 1881, he is with his widowed mother, and siblings aged 11 born in Ffestiniog.
- In 1891, he is with his widowed mother and younger brother aged 21 born in Trawsfynydd.
- In 1901, he is with the same aged 31 born in Ffestiniog.
I located the baptism of Evan in 1870 on Find My Past.
The family were living at PantLlwyd, and the father’s occupation was labourer, matching the other records I have already evaluated.
- 1871 – Evan lived in Pantllwyd, Ffestiniog. Evan is listed as 41 years old, working as a labourer, and born in Caernarvonshire. Lowry, his wife, is 35 years old, and born in Merionethshire. The children, Richard, Edward, and Evans are aged 8, 6, and 1 respectively.
The following information is contained within the census:
Evan Evans, head, mar, 41, labourer, Caernarvonshire
Lowry Evans, wife, mar, 35, labourer’s wife, Trawsfynydd
Richard Evans, son, 8, scholar, Maentwrog
Edward Evans, son, 6, Maentwrog
Evan Evans, son, 1, Festiniog
The description of the enumeration district is:
Part of the Parish of Festiniog from and including Penymaunt, Tynewydd and all the houses on the south side of Pengwin River to Hafod Ysbyty up to Foelgron along the north side of the Cynfal River along the road both sides to Clogwyn Brith, Brynllwelyn, including the Village of Festiniog, and all the houses on the Bala road to Pehrycefn.
In all honesty, the details contained in the census confirm the other documents I have relating to Evan EVANS. The only piece of new information not present in the previous records is Evan Snr’s place of birth, Caernarvonshire. Frustratingly, it’s vague giving me little to go on.
Pantllwyd is a row of terraced houses situated on the B4391 just outside Ffestiniog. I’ve been there and the views are incredible, however, I wonder what it would have been like living in the stone cottages during the 19th century. I have located a map from the turn of the century on Old Maps Online and intend to purchase the digital image, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet.
To Do List
- Order the birth certificates for Edward, both the Evan Jnrs, and Robert.
- Order the death certificate for the older of the Evan boys.
- Research witnesses to the marriage of Evan and Laura – John HUMPHREYS and Stephen ROBERTS.
- Contact the current owners of Ty Isaf.
- Follow up on the 1861 census for Llwyn y gell.
- Find out about Tyn-y-coed – contact FHS for the area.
- Order death certificate for Edward Evans in 1881.
- Research Pant Llwyd.
- Research Evan Evans beyond 1901.
- Purchase a copy of the map including Pantllwyd from Old Maps Online.
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- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the Evidence 3
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the Evidence 4
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the Evidence 5
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the Evidence 6
- The Elusive Evan Evans – To Do List
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