A monumental inscription at Llansantffraed-yn-Elfael, Radnorshire, commemorates James Davies, “late of Pennar in the Parish of Crickgrina” who died on 23 January 1822 in the 85th year of his age, and Elizabeth, relict of the aforesaid James Davies, who died 3 February 1837 in her 90th year. A deed of 1842 in the Clyro Court papers mentions the occupiers of Pennar, Cregrina as “formerly James Morris, afterwards James Davies, now of Thomas Sheen”.[1] Land tax assessments show that Thomas Sheen was the occupier as early as 1812, as far back as the assessments reach. Elizabeth Price who married James Davies in 1759 (and who was the mother of Thomas Davies as shown in the account below) was the widow of James Morris, and was also connected to the Sheen family through her son Thomas, which suggests that the James Davies who died in 1822 could be the man who married Elizabeth in 1759 at Cregrina. Indeed, John Price, the father of Elizabeth (Price) (Griffiths) (Morris) Davies, is stated to be “of Pennar” in his will written in 1755.


However, it seems somewhat unlikely that the James Davies who died in 1822 aged eighty-four (and who was therefore born about 1737) would have married in 1759 a woman who had already been widowed by 1747. Furthermore, the probate records for James Davies of Llansantffraed appear to rule out the possibility that he was the father of Thomas Davies. The will of James Davies of Llansantffraed, publican, dated 25 April 1818 (within the lifetime of Thomas Davies), mentions Elizabeth Davies his “present wife”, and his daughter Anne Morgan, wife of David Morgan, but no other children. The will was not proved until 1853, when David Morgan, then the widower of Ann Morgan, was granted administration of the estate of James Davies. It was stated that “Elizabeth Davies some time since departed this life without proving the same leaving Anne Morgan the wife of David Morgan of the Parish of Llanddewy Ystradenni in the same County the only child and next of kin of the said James Davies”.


The burial on 26 January 1822 of James Davies of the Star Inn, aged eighty-four, is recorded in the Llansantffraed-yn-Elfael parish registers, and the bishop’s transcripts for that parish record the marriage, on 9 March 1799, of James Davies of Glascwm to Elizabeth Stubbs of Llansantffraed. The probate documents written in 1853 state that James Davies died “on or about 25th May 1818”, one month after the date of the will, but it seems clear that the testator was the man buried in January 1822. The testator was a publican and the burial register gives the residence of James Davies in 1822 as “Star Inn”. Furthermore, a gravestone with a monumental inscription to Anne (d 1837), wife of David Morgan, is adjacent to the stone for James Davies (d 1822) and Elizabeth (d 1837) in Llansantffraed-yn-Elfael churchyard.


Although the James Davies married in 1759 and the James Davies who died in 1822 seem to be different individuals, the evidence discussed above suggests that there was a close connection. It is possible that James (d 1822) was a son of the James who married in 1759 but by a previous marriage which has not yet been identified.


A possible clue to the origin of this family is that the will of John Prees of Cregrina, written in 1699, mentions “James Davies my nephew & sister sone”. This seems too early to be the James Davies who married in 1759 but could perhaps be an earlier member of the family.


Some of the sources cited in this account were searched on my behalf by a record searcher, Dianne Foster of Gwystre, Powys.


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1      JAMES DAVIES of Cregrina, Radnorshire, yeoman, married on 17 May 1759 at Cregrina, ELIZABETH (PRICE) (GRIFFITHS) MORRIS,[2] widow of              Griffiths and of James Morris, and daughter of John and Margaret Price (see here).


          Children of James and Elizabeth (Price) (Griffiths) (Morris) Davies:

                    i        MARGARET DAVIES, bap 29 Jun 1760, Cregrina.[3]

                    ii       MARGARET DAVIES, bap 13 Apr 1761, Cregrina, bur 18 Apr 1761, Cregrina.[4]

          2        iii     THOMAS DAVIES (1762-1819); m(1) ELIZABETH SHEEN; m(2) ALICE BEAVAN.[5]


2      THOMAS DAVIES of Box, Glascwm, Radnorshire, yeoman, was baptised on 5 September 1762 at Cregrina,[6] died on 27 July 1819[7] and was buried on 1 August 1819 at Cregrina.[8] He married firstly, on 15 November 1788 at Glascwm, ELIZABETH SHEEN,[9] daughter of Dantsey and Elizabeth Sheen. Elizabeth was baptised on 15 November 1766 at Glascwm,[10] died on 13 June 1801 and was buried on 15 June 1801 at Cregrina.[11] Thomas married secondly, on 10 April 1802 at Colva, Radnorshire, ALICE BEAVAN,[12] daughter of John and Elizabeth (Williams) Beavan (see here). Alice was born ca 1777 at Colva and died on 29 August 1853 at Llowes, Radnorshire.


          Children of Thomas and Elizabeth (Sheen) Davies:[13]

                      i        ANN DAVIES, bap 10 Oct 1789, Glascwm.[14]

                     ii       THOMAS DAVIES of White Hall, Llanbedr Painscastle, Radnorshire, farmer, b ca 1793, Glascwm,[15] bur 29 Jun 1864, Cregrina.[16]

                     iii     JAMES DAVIES.


          Children of Thomas and Alice (Beavan) Davies:[17]

                    iv      SUSAN DAVIES, bap 29 Aug 1803, Glascwm; m 14 Feb 1823, Glascwm, WILLIAM JONES.[18]

          3        v       JOHN DAVIES (bap 1805); m ANN LLOYD.

                    vi      JANE DAVIES, bap 2 Dec 1814, Glascwm.


3      JOHN DAVIES of New Buildings, Llandeilo Graban, Radnorshire and of Lower Gogia, Llowes, farmer, was born at Glascwm[19] and baptised on 26 June 1805 at Glascwm.[20] He died before 1881.[21] He married on 1 August 1833 at Michaelchurch-on-Arrow, Radnorshire, ANN LLOYD,[22] daughter of Hugh and Ann (Dakins) Lloyd (see here). Ann was born ca 1812 at Glascwm and died on 28 February 1886 at Brilley, Herefordshire.


          Children of John and Ann (Lloyd) Davies:

                    i        JOHN DAVIES of Old Radnor, farmer, b ca 1833, Michaelchurch-on-Arrow;[23] m 31 Mar 1863, Brilley, ELEANOR DAVIES.[24]

                    ii       THOMAS DAVIES, agricultural labourer, b Glascwm,[25] bap 19 Jun 1836, Glascwm.[26]

                    iii      ANN SARAH DAVIES, b Glascwm,[27] bap 13 Feb 1839, Glascwm,[28] d 10 Jan 1918, Llanddewi Fach;[29] m 29 Jul 1864, Bryngwyn, JOHN EVANS.[30]

                iv      WILLIAM DAVIES of Newgate, Newchurch, Radnorshire, innkeeper, b Llandeilo Graban,[31] bap 7 Dec 1841, Llandeilo Graban,[32] d 30 Sep 1882, Bryngwyn.[33]

          4        v       HUGH LLOYD DAVIES (1844-1931); m SARAH BOWEN.

                vi      JAMES DAVIES of Upper Mowley, Titley, Herefordshire, farmer,[34] b Llandeilo Graban,[35] bap 30 Oct 1846, Llandeilo Graban,[36] d 13 Feb 1928, Titley;[37] m 12 May 1883, Bryngwyn, SARAH GRIFFITHS.[38]

                    vii     EDWARD DAVIES, b Llowes,[39] bap 22 Jul 1849, Llowes.[40]

                    viii   MARY DAVIES, dressmaker, b Colva,[41] bap 29 May 1852, Colva.[42]

                    ix      SARAH ANN DAVIES, b 26 Dec 1854, Colva,[43] d 8 May 1865, Newchurch.[44]


4      HUGH LLOYD DAVIES of Titley and of Park Cottage, Lyonshall, Herefordshire, farmer, was born on 25 April 1844 at Llandeilo Graban[45] and died on 9 March 1931 at Lyonshall.[46] He married on 13 February 1873 at Hermon Chapel, Bryngwyn, SARAH BOWEN,[47] daughter of Rees and Margaret (Ingram) Bowen (see here). Sarah was born on 29 December 1844 at Llanyre, and died on 11 August 1925 at Lyonshall.


          Children of Hugh Lloyd and Sarah (Bowen) Davies:

                      i       THOMAS DAVIES[48] of 5 Gyfeillon Road, Pontypridd, Glamorgan and 2 Greenfield, Bringsty, Herefordshire, ostler and farm waggoner, b 19 Oct 1873, Clyro, Radnorshire,[49] d 26 Feb 1929, Worcester;[50] m 10 Oct 1910, St. Ethelbert's Catholic Church, Leominster, RACHEL HARRISON[51] (see here).

                      ii     WILLIAM LLOYD DAVIES of Titley, gardener, b 7 Jan 1876, Newchurch,[52] d 23 Oct 1965, Old Radnor;[53] m 28 Feb 1906, Titley, MARY JANE MILES.[54]

                      iii    ELIZABETH AGNES DAVIES, b 6 Jul 1878, Huntington, Herefordshire;[55] m 20 Jun 1905, Talgarth, Breconshire, DAVID ROBERTS.[56]

                      iv    SARAH ANN DAVIES, b 6 Jul 1878, Huntington;[57] m 8 Jun 1904, Kington, DAVID PARRY.[58]

                      v     HUGH LLOYD DAVIES of Whitland, kennelman, b 7 Aug 1880, Huntington;[59] m 23 Jul 1904, Newcastle Emlyn, ELIZABETH EVANS.[60]

                      vi    JAMES DAVIES of Parkstyle, Lyonshall, gamekeeper, b 28 Jun 1882, Kington,[61] d 1 Jul 1925;[62] m 23 Mar 1914, Denchworth, Berkshire, MARY BELCHER.[63]

                      vii   KATE DAVIES of Malvern, Worcestershire and of 17 Harley Terrace, Hay-on-Wye, cook, b ca 1885, Stanner, Radnorshire,[64] d 10 Feb 1966, Hay-on-Wye.[65]

                      viii  MARY ALICE DAVIES, b 13 May 1887, Titley,[66] d 4 Apr 1962;[67] m THOMAS JAMES BOWEN.[68]

                      ix    MINNIE DAVIES, b 4 Mar 1891, Titley,[69] d 20 Jun 1975, Bronllys, Powys;[70] m LEWIS EDWARD BARTHOLOMEW.[71]

                      x                 DAVIES.[72]

[1] See www.powys.gov.uk/uploads/media/R_C_E_CLY_bi.pdf, citing Powys County Archives Office, RC/E/CLY/7/40.

[2] Cregrina parish registers.

[3] Cregrina parish registers.

[4] Cregrina parish registers.

[5] The will of Dantsey Sheen senior of Glascwm, dated 12 Jan 1789 (National Library of Wales, BR/1810/30), includes “Elizabeth Davies my Eldest Daughter... James Davies her Father in law... which money are Payable upon the condi[tion] of the Afore Said James Davies Paying according to Proposal unto his son Thos Davies...”.

[6] Cregrina parish registers.

[7] Monumental inscription at Cregrina.

[8] Cregrina parish registers.

[9] Glascwm parish registers.

[10] Glascwm bishop’s transcripts.

[11] M.E. MacSorley, ed., Monumental Inscriptions: The Parish Church of St. David, Cregrina, Radnorshire (1999), based on transcriptions made by J.A. Stratton in 1972, gives the monumental inscription for Elizabeth as “Elizabeth wife of Thomas DAVIES of The Box in the parish of Glascomb died 13th October 18[] aged 35” but notes that the burial register has the date for her as 15 Jun 1801. When my father and I checked the stone in 1996 we were unable to decipher the date of Elizabeth’s death.

[12] Colva parish registers.

[13] Thomas and James are both named in the will of their father. No baptism has been identified for either of them but there is an unclear entry for a son of Thomas Davies in the Glascwm parish registers in 1796 or 1797. The date of birth of the younger Thomas shows that he was born during the marriage of Thomas and Elizabeth (Sheen) Davies. The wording of the will (National Library of Wales, BR/1820/23) suggests that only three of Thomas’s children were by his second marriage to Alice Beavan and that James was a son of the first marriage. Thomas’s will indicates that there may have been more children of his first marriage than are shown here (“...equally divided amongst my Children by my former Wife Share & Share alike including and taking into Account what has been already given to those that are Married...”). One possible son is Evan Davies of Box, Glascwm, whose monumental inscription at Cregrina states that he died on 31 Dec 1832 aged 34 years, and had sons named James and Thomas. Evan married Elinor Davies on 26 Nov 1820 at Glascwm.

[14] Glascwm parish registers.

[15] The 1861 census returns, Llanbedr Painscastle (National Archives, RG 9/4224, fol. 107), give Thomas’s age as 60, birthplace as Glascomb and occupation as retired farmer. The 1841 census returns for Llandeilo Graban (National Archives, HO 107/1456/8, fol. 3) show a Thomas Davies, aged 45 (ie. between 45 and 49), living in the same house as John and Ann (Lloyd) Davies and their family. Thomas’s monumental inscription at Cregrina appeared to give his age at death as 71. Thomas was the father of William Davies, born ca 1825 at Glascwm (1861 census returns, Llanbedr Painscastle, National Archives, RG 9/4224, fol. 107), but the identity of William’s mother is uncertain and both the 1851 and 1861 census returns show Thomas to be unmarried (rather than a widower). A marriage bond for Thomas Davies of Glascwm to marry Ann Watkins was made in 1812. The 1851 census returns for Llanbedr Painscastle (National Archives, HO 107/2491, fol. 171) suggest that Thomas was born at Letton in Herefordshire.

[16] Cregrina parish registers; monumental inscription at Cregrina, on the same stone as that of his father, and which confirms his connection with White Hall, Painscastle. The exact date of death was difficult to read, but may have been 26 Jun 1864. The mention of Thomas Davies and White Hall on the same stone as Thomas Davies of Box on the monumental inscription at Cregrina is the basis for identifying Thomas of White Hall with the son of that name of Thomas of Box, although no explicit statement of the relationship could be deciphered on the stone.

[17] Glascwm bishop’s transcripts. Two John Davieses are recorded in the Glascwm bishop’s transcripts as being baptised in 1805: John son of John and Joanna Davies on 28 Feb, and John son of Thomas and Alice Davies on 26 Jun. That the John baptised on 26 Jun was the one who married Ann Lloyd is supported by the fact that Alice (Beavan) Davies was living with John and Ann (Lloyd) Davies at Gogia at the time of the 1851 census returns (she was described as a visitor) and died at Gogia in 1853. John and Ann (Lloyd) Davies also had sons named Thomas and James. The John Davies baptised on 28 Feb 1805, whose father was a carpenter, may have been the John who later lived at Tump House, Glascwm, was an agricultural labourer, and married Anne Davies on 18 Nov 1826 at Glascwm (1841 census returns, Glascwm, National Archives, HO 107/1453/7, fol. 7; Glascwm parish registers). The entry in the death duty registers for Thomas Davies (National Archives, IR 26/817, fols. 430-31) shows that Thomas’s widow Alice moved after his death to Willersley, Herefordshire. At the time of his marriage to Ann Lloyd in 1833, John Davies was said to be of Eardisley, a parish adjacent to Willersley. The death duty registers also confirm that Thomas’s son Thomas moved to “Lambed”, Radnorshire.

[18] Glascwm parish registers. The death duty registers (National Archives, IR 26/817, fol. 431) confirm that Susan’s married name was Susan Jones.

[19] 1851 census returns, Llowes (National Archives, HO 107/2491, fol. 234).

[20] Glascwm bishop’s transcripts.

[21] John was still living on 12 Jan 1855 when he registered the birth of his daughter Sarah Ann. His later history is not entirely clear. He may have separated from his wife, who the 1861 census returns show living at Brilley and described as married but without her husband in the household. In the same year, a John Davies, 59, married, a carter, born at Glascomb, was recorded as a servant at Sheep Cot, Clifford, Herefordshire. In the 1871 census returns, Ann (Lloyd) Davies was living, with her daughter Mary (recorded as Mary A Davies), at Pool House, Bryngwyn (National Archives, RG 10/5592, fol. 17) and was said to be married but her husband is not listed with her. There was a John Davies, aged 67, married, born at Glascwm, who was an inmate at Kington Workhouse. In 1881, Ann was described as a widow (National Archives, RG 11/2608, fol. 6).

[22] Michaelchurch-on-Arrow parish registers.

[23] 1851 census returns, Llowes (National Archives, HO 107/2491, fol. 234).

[24] Marriage certificate.

[25] 1851 census returns, Glascwm (National Archives, HO 107/2492, fol. 94).

[26] Glascwm parish registers.

[27] 1851 census returns, Llowes (National Archives, HO 107/2491, fol. 234).

[28] Glascwm parish registers.

[29] Monumental inscription at Hermon Chapel, Bryngwyn; grant of probate.

[30] Will of William Davies, dated 11 Sep 1882; 1881 census returns, Brilley (National Archives, RG 11/2608, fol. 6); marriage certificate.

[31] 1851 census returns, Bryngwyn (National Archives, HO 107/2491, fol. 194).

[32] Llandeilo Graban bishop’s transcripts.

[33] Grant of probate.

[34] A letter, dated 1 Jun 1996, from Joyce (Davies) Thompson of Titley, a daughter of James and Mary Davies and granddaughter of Hugh Lloyd and Sarah (Bowen) Davies, confirms this identification. Regarding Hugh Lloyd Davies’s siblings, Joyce wrote that “he had one brother who farmed at Upper Mowley Farm, Staunton-on-Arrow.”

[35] 1871 census returns, Bryngwyn (National Archives, RG 10/5592, fol. 19).

[36] Llandeilo Graban bishop’s transcripts.

[37] Grant of probate.

[38] Marriage certificate; 1901 census returns, Staunton-on-Arrow (National Archives, RG 13/2500, fol. 41).

[39] 1851 census returns, Llowes (National Archives, HO 107/2491, fol. 234).

[40] Llowes parish registers.

[41] 1861 census returns, Bryngwyn (National Archives, RG 9/4224, fol. 20).

[42] Colva parish registers.

[43] Birth certificate.

[44] Sarah Ann’s death certificate states that she died on 11 May 1865 at Newgate, Newchurch, but her monumental inscription at Hermon Chapel, Bryngwyn, which describes her as a daughter of John and Ann Davies of Newgate in the parish of Newchurch, gives her date of death as 8 May 1865. Her death was not registered until 17th May, so the discrepancy may be due to the maximum delay in registration being exceeded.

[45] Birth certificate.

[46] Death certificate.

[47] Marriage certificate.

[48] Thomas is recorded simply as Thomas Davies in the early records which I have seen. In some documents after his marriage he is recorded as Thomas Lloyd Davies, with Lloyd as a middle name (for example, on his death certificate). In still later documents he is sometimes described as Thomas Lloyd-Davies, with the surname being hyphenated (for example on his widow’s death certificate). The surname Lloyd-Davies is used by agnatic descendants of Thomas and Rachel (Harrison) Davies’s younger son.

[49] Birth certificate.

[50] Death certificate; The Hereford Times, 9 Mar 1929.

[51] Marriage certificate.

[52] Birth certificate.

[53] Grant of probate.

[54] Marriage certificate; list of burials at Titley, compiled by the Kington Historical Society.

[55] 1881 census returns, Huntington (National Archives, RG 11/2608, fol. 43); 1891 census returns, Titley (National Archives, RG 12/2077, fol. 73); Titley School register (online at www.findmypast.co.uk).

[56] Talgarth parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). Elizabeth was listed as “Mrs. Roberts, Neath (daughter)” in a list of mourners at the funeral of Sarah (Bowen) Davies (The Kington Times, 22 Aug 1925).

[57] 1881 census returns, Huntington (National Archives, RG 11/2608, fol. 43); Titley School register (online at www.findmypast.co.uk).

[58] Marriage certificate; birth certificate of Rosanna May Davies (b 20 Sep 1900, Titley); 1901 census returns, Titley (National Archives, RG 13/2500, fol. 34); 1911 census returns, Hay (National Archives, RG 14/33631).

[59] Birth certificate. The Titley School register (online at www.findmypast.co.uk) gives the date as 6 Aug 1880, and the 1939 Register gives 7 Sep 1880.

[60] Marriage certificate.

[61] 1891 census returns, Titley (National Archives, RG 12/2077, fol. 73); Titley School register (online at www.findmypast.co.uk).

[62] The Kington Times, 11 Jul 1925; The Hereford Times, 11 Jul 1925; monumental inscription at Titley.

[63] Marriage certificate.

[64] 1891 census returns, Titley (National Archives, RG 12/2077, fol. 73). In some early records Kate is referred to as Catherine/Catharine, but appears to have used the hypocoristic Kate almost exclusively for much of her life and is recorded as such on her death certificate and monumental inscription. She also appears to have often been known as Kate Lloyd Davies.

[65] Death certificate.

[66] Titley parish registers; 1891 census returns, Titley (National Archives, RG 12/2077, fol. 73).

[67] The Hereford County Times, 6 Apr 1962.

[68] Thomas James Bowen was a son of William Bowen of Llansantffraed-yn-Elfael (1891 census returns, Llansantffraed-yn-Elfael, fol. 40) and a grandson of Rees and Margaret (Ingram) Bowen, the parents of Sarah (Bowen) Davies. A relationship was remembered by Joyce (Davies) Thompson who wrote in Jun 1996 “My Aunt Mary a sister to your great grandfather said she had relatives buried in Disserth Church yard. They may have been her husbands relatives but I understand she married a cousin” and in a later letter she identified Mary Alice’s husband as Tom Bowen.

[69] 1891 census returns, Titley (National Archives, RG 12/2077, fol. 73); Titley School register (online at www.findmypast.co.uk).

[70] The Hereford County Times, 27 Jun 1975.

[71] Letters of 1 Jun 1996 and Jul 1996, from Joyce (Davies) Thompson; The Hereford County Times, 27 Jun 1975.

[72] The 1911 census returns for Titley (National Archives, RG 14/15860) indicate that Hugh Lloyd Davies and Sarah had had ten children, of whom nine were then living.