See also

William James (1835- )

Name: William James1
Sex: Male
Father: John James (1800- )
Mother: Ann (1807- )
Spouse: Margaret Walters (1836?- )

Life Events and Attributes

Birth 1835 Llanfair Nant y Gof, Pembrokeshire, Wales2,3
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 6) Llanfair Nant y Gof, Pembrokeshire, Wales4
Census 30 Mar 1851 (age 16) Llanfair Nant y Gof, Pembrokeshire, Wales5
Occupation 30 Mar 1851 (age 15-16) Labourer; Llanfair Nant y Gof, Pembrokeshire, Wales6
Residence 16 Mar 1861 (age 24) Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales7
Thomas Town
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 24) Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales8
14 Cross Thomas Street, Thomas Town
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 24) Carpenter; Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales7,8
Thomas Town
Occupation Dec 1869 (age 33-34) Carpenter; Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales8,9
Thomas Town
Occupation Dec 1869 (age 33-34) Carpenter9
Occupation 1871 (age 35-36) Builder1
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 35) Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales10
91 Twynyrodyn
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 48) Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales11
91 Twynyrodyn
Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 55) Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales12
92 Twynyrodyn
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 65) Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales13
92 Twynyrodyn
Occupation 6 Apr 1901 (age 65-66) Undertaker and carpenter13
Language 6 Apr 1901 (age 65-66) English and welsh13


Spouse Margaret Walters (1836?- )
Children John W James (1861?- )
Sarah A James (1863?- )
Mary J James (1865?- )
Alfred James (1867?- )
Agnes James (1869-1951)
Jane James (1872?- )
Marriage 16 Mar 1861 (age 25-26) Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales7,14
Tabernacle Chapel
Witnesses Mary Morgan and Eliza Thomas

Individual Note 1 (shared)

William James (Builder living at 92 Twynyrodyn), built Bryn Villa for William Davies in 1893/4 and another 4 houses adjoining in 1904-5. Lewis' brother John was also lodging with William James on the 1901 Census15

Individual Note 2 (shared)

From Nigel Gunter: My Gx3 Grandparents were Lewis James & Hannah James nee Griffiths. They moved as a family from Pembroke to Merthyr c1858. Lewis however moved to Merthyr before that with other James family (word of mouth handed down from my Gx2 Grandmother). In 1851 Lewis is living at Dowlais Top, Merthyr - lodging with John & Dinah Baxter nee James (Dinah born 1817 LFNYG, Pem).


Lewis & Hannah James' eldest daughter Eliza James (b Bwlchmawr, Dinas 1848) is my Gx2 Grandmother. She married William Davies Merthyr Tydfil Registrars Office 16th March 1868.


William & Eliza were extremely hard working and William negotiated a contract with one of the local mines for a contract and thus sub-contracted miners to work under him. He & Eliza also ran and managed the Angel Hotel in Merthyr and Eliza also had a milk round. Oh she had 14 children as well - 7 surviving.


In 1895, William decided to build a house for his expanding family - Bryn Villa. Building permission was applied for 31 May 1895. A few years after we suspect that William Davies decided to build 4 more houses next door to Bryn Villa. The builder who applied for planning permission (June 29th 1904) and who built the houses (completed Jan 6th 1905) was (ta da!) William James - your William James.


In 1901, William James & his wife are recorded living at 92 Twynyrodyn - at 92a Twynyrodyn are John & Gwen Evans. The upstairs and downstairs of a house were often split at this time and thereafter known as 92 and 92a so technically they were sharing the same house.


John & Gwen Evans are also relations. One of William & Eliza's daughters Charlotte (my G Grandmother) married a Lewis Evans. John was Lewis Evan's brother.


It goes on....there exists to this day a firm of undertakers called Alfie James & Sons - company est 1854 - run as a family concern out of 53 (I think) Twynyrodyn. This again was the firm of undertakers that the family historically used for all family burials. I believe Alfie is the son of Alfred James born to William & his wife in 1867.15

Source details

1BMD Certificates. 1893 Marriage T Jones and A James.
2IGI (LDS member submissions). Film #: 456833.
3Researcher Input (Ann Jones).
4Census of England and Wales 1841. HO107 piece 144/20 folio 7 page 10.
5Census of England and Wales 1851. HO107 piece 2480 folio 195 page 3.
7BMD Certificates. 16 march 1861 marriage William James x Margaret Walters.
8Census of England and Wales 1861. RG9 piece 4054 folio 14 schedule 125.
9BMD Certificates. 1870 birth A James.
10Census of England and Wales 1871. RG10 piece 5393 folio 41 page 3.
11Census of England and Wales 1881. RG11 piece 5311 folio 88 page 4.
12Census of England and Wales 1891. RG12 piece 4436 folio 39 page 40.
13Census of England and Wales 1901. RG13 piece 5024 folio 136 page 15.
14GRO Indices. 1861Q1 Merthy Tydfil 11a 307.
15Researcher Input (Nigel Gunter).