Welcome to the next post in the Elusive Evan Evans brick wall busting series. On this occasion I continue evaluating the evidence relating to Evan’s short life.
Death of Evan EVANS
- 1875 – Evan’s death occurred on 24th May at Cwmorthin Slate Quarry after a fall down a precipice. The inquest was held on 27th May recording a verdict of accidental death.
There’s three sources for Evan’s death that are of note.
- Death Certificate
- A snippet from The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard dated 28th May 1875 – English
- A snippet from Baner ac Amserau Cymru dated 5th June 1875 – Welsh
The death certificate seems to be the logical place to start. The information contained within it is standard for the time but reveals the tragic story.
Evan died on 24th May 1875 at Cwmorthin Slate Quarry, Ffestiniog. He was just 45 years old and was “accidentally killed by a fall down a precipice at Cwmorthin Quarry”.
Crucially, it states that there was an inquest held on 27th May 1875 by Griffith I WILLIAMS, the coroner for Merionethshire. This information gives me an avenue to explore – do the coroners inquests exist for this period, and if so, where are they held?
The snippet from The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard reads:
ACCIDENTAL DEATH – A man named Evan EVANS accidentally lost his life while crossing the bridge at Cwymarthen quarry. An inquest was held upon his body, and a verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.
While I feel that this is an important source to include, it doesn’t really provide any further information than we have already got. Maybe, we could pad out the story of his death with the information that he was crossing the bridge?
The final piece of evidence from the Baner ac Amserau Cymru is probably the most information rich. Although in Welsh, I asked a Welsh speaking friend to translate.
FFESTINIOG. Fatal accidents again. We’re sorry to note two more worrying accidents that happened in our mines last week. The first in Cwmorthin, a labourer called Evan EVANS from Pant Llwyd (previously of Blaen y ddol), about 47 years old. It appears he fell over one of the underground bridges to a large depth, until shattered into fine pieces. He leaves a widow and a variety of young children – one who was born between the sudden death and burial of his father. Much compassion for their misfortune.
The article does go on, but there is no more information about Evan.
The snippet confirms that he was a labourer and living in Pant Llwyd and did indeed fall at Cwmorthin Quarry. He was married with young children.
There’s a number of other pieces of information that hasn’t previously been noted, namely:
- He was previously of Blaen y Ddol. There’s a house in Ffestiniog that was once called Blaen y Ddol (now Plas Blaenddol). There is also a place called Blaen y Ddol in Llanberis, Caervarvonshire. So could this hint at his childhood?
- There was a child, born around the end of May 1875. This I am not convinced by but must conduct more research.
This concludes my evaluation of the evidence around Evan. The next step is to search for new evidence. First, though, as my to do list has become quite hefty, I’m going to do a recap of the items on it. And put it into a better order.
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 and Robert Evans beyond 1901.
- Purchase a copy of the map including Pantllwyd from Old Maps Online.
- Find out if there is another Robert Evans in the area.
- Research coroners inquests for Merionethshire for 1875.
- Research Plas Blaenddol and Blaen y Ddol, Llanberis.
- Create a timeline of residences (as much as is possible).
- Research the child born at the time of Evan’s death.
- The Elusive Evan Evans
- The Elusive Evan Evans – A timeline
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluate the Evidence 1
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the evidence 2
- 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
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Searching for new evidence