Welcome to the next post in the Elusive Evan Evans brick wall busting series. I’m now starting the exciting journey of searching for new evidence.
I’m going to start by looking for Parish Register entries or other documents I think will help me in my quest – or at the very least provide an accurate picture.
- Baptism of Edward after 1865.
- Baptism of Richard Morris after 1863.
- Find a burial for Evan EVANS in 1875.
- Find a burial for Edward EVANS in 1881.
- Research coroners inquests for Merionethshire for 1875.
Baptisms of Richard Morris and Edward
I have searched all the records at my disposal for the baptisms of Richard and Edward but can’t seem to find anything.
From the records I do have the family were living in Maentwrog in 1863, and possibly in 1865 (to be confirmed by Edward’s birth certificate). By December 1867, they had moved to Pantllwyd.
The lack of baptism records in the parish church could be explained by returning to Evan and Laura’s marriage in 1862, in Bethesda Chapel, Ffestiniog. Bethesda Chapel was a Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. Perhaps the children were baptised in the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel.
The most likely would be Maentwrog Uchaf Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel in Gellilydan. The following is noted on the Coflein website.
Maentwrog Uchaf Calvinistic Methodist Chapel possibly replaced an earlier chapel (NPRN 406873) that appears to have been out of use by c.1875 (OS 1/2500 Map). If this is the case, then the date of build of 1810 probably applies to this earlier building and the present chapel dates either from a recorded enlargement in 1864 or a rebuilding in 1879. The present chapel dates from a rebuild in 1895, in the Simple Round-Headed style with a gable-entry plan.https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/8554/
The baptisms are available at The National Archives in Kew for 1811-1837 but I can’t find anywhere that has any later ones.
Burial of Evan Snr
Evan was buried on 28th May 1875 in Ffestiniog Merionethshire.
The text confirms what we already know about Evan from the death certificate and newspaper snippets but the reason I have never been able to find it before now is that I didn’t browse the register myself.
He is recorded incorrectly as Evan JONES. This is amended to EVANS but the transcriber obviously didn’t record this.
I’m delighted to have a burial at last.
Burial of Edward EVANS
Edward was buried on 13th July 1881 in Ffestiniog aged 16 years.
Admittedly, finding Edward’s burial will not help me solve the mystery of where Evan came from because he was already dead by then, but it won’t do any harm to my research.
It was pretty easy to do and provides no new information but confirms that the family were residing at Pant Llwyd still.
The loss of Edward must have been a huge blow to Laura, who had lost baby Evan in 1867, her husband Evan in 1875, and now Edward.
Coroners Inquests for Merionethshire
This is proving more difficult to discover new evidence for. I believe the records are held by Gwynedd Archives but I am unable to ascertain this. I think the only way forward here will be to email the archives and find out if these records do indeed exist.
To do List
- Find out if records of baptisms exist past 1837 for the chapel.
- Find out if the coroners inquests exist for 1875.
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