The Graves of Price and Annie Davies

My first cousin once removed recently made a trip to Wales and upon request he stopped by the graveyard of Price and Annie Davies to take a picture for me. I had previously tried to find them through find a grave but had no luck. He said next time he made the trip he would happily accomodate my request.

Price and Annie Davies GravestonePrice and Annie Gravestone2

Since he knows Welsh he also kindly translated the inscriptions. The original inscription reads:

“Er Serchus Cof Am

Annie Davies

Annwyl Briod

Price Davies, Cynt o Dowlais Top

Bu Farw 6 Chwefror 1961

Yn 78 Mlwydd Oed

Hefyd Am y Dywededig

Price Davies

Bu Farw 15 Mai 1966

Yn 84 Mlwydd Oed

“Byth Ar Swn Y Delyn Aur.”

He informed me that the literal translation is:

“In Loving Memory Of

Annie Davies

Beloved Spouse of

Price Davies, Formerly of Dowlais Top

Died 6 February 1961

At 78 Years Old

Also of the Aforesaid

Price Davies

Died 15 May 1966

At 84 Years Old.

“Ever to the Sound of the Golden Harp.”

This relative, Roy, always sends me helpful links to explain references as well. He let me know that “the last line is from a Welsh hymn “Y Delyn Aur” (the Golden Harp) by Ann Griffiths. Her name was almost the same as Annie’s before her marriage – Annie Griffiths.”

I will share the hymn and some history behind it in another post. I can now add these to the gravestones I have for one set of my great grandparents on my mothers side. I blogged about them here.

You can follow more of my family history at http://www.talltalesofafamily.blogspot.com

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Coming Soon: New Project #PeopleOfDFW

Over the last few years I’ve felt that as a society we’ve begun to listen and understand the people around us less. I’ve wanted to do something about it for a while.

I started Ubering 6 weeks ago. Since then I’ve been hearing every day from the people who live in the Dallas Fort Worth area. DFW we call it, or The Metroplex. Sometimes they are people passing through, on holiday, a family reunion or at a convention. Sometimes they were born and raised in the city. Sometimes they moved here because of a job.

They are all great stories of people we pass in the street week in and week out.

I will now post at least one story about one person’s life. Consider it my contribution to listening and understanding.

Some stories are long.

Some are short.

Some are mere descriptions.

Some are photographs.

All are art.

All will bare the hashtag, #PeopleOfDFW.

Names may be changed to protect privacy.

If you live in this great metroplex I encourage you to share your own experiences. Stories you’ve heard, stories of people you’ve met. Stories you’ve lived out yourself. Use #PeopleOfDFW to add to our human tapestry.

As I’ve met the people of DFW I’ve felt the creative energy that has made this one of the fastest growing places in America. I’ve felt the warmth and humanity that welcomed me.

While you wait for the series here’s a Haiku they inspired.

“Beautiful people

Traversing beneath blue sky

Pause and say hello”

Family History – The Marriage Of Harold And Annie

I promised my great aunt Ruth that I would transcribe Harold and Annie’s marriage certificate. So here it is. I originally sent off for this record 5 or 6 years ago so I’m happy to finally put it in blog format.

Date: 1911

Marriage Solemnized at: St. Paul’s Church, Cwmtillery in the Parish of Abertillery, in the county of Monmouth.

Number: 136

When Married: July 31st 1911


Name and Surname: Harold Griffiths.

Age: 19

Condition: Bachelor

Rank Or Profession: Collier

Residence At Time Of Marriage: 55 Powell Street, Abertillery

Father’s Name And Surname: Thomas Griffiths

Rank Or Profession Of Father: Collier


Name And Surname: Annie Simpkins

Age: 19

Condition: Spinster

Rank Or Profession: Blank

Residence At Time Of Marriage: 11 Earl Street, Abertillery

Father’s Name And Surname: John Simpkins

Rank Or Profession Of Father: Collier

Married in the Church Of St. Paul according to the rites and ceremonies of the established church

on after Banns by me.


This marriage was solemnized between us, Harold Griffiths, Annie Simpkins, in the presence of James John Simpkins, Emma James.

D.O Loyd Williams Officiating Priest.

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There’s a couple of things to note about the information in this marriage certificate.

1. Cwmtillery had the church of St Paul was not opened for worship until 1891, so it was relatively new at the time of the wedding.

2. Cwmtillery was considered a very beautiful place before the coal mining industry became the prominent player in the local economy. According to Wikipedia and local sources there were 4 explosions within the mine its self. The mines closed in the late 1900’s and the town is quickly reverting back to a place of beauty.

3. At present I am not sure if the two witnesses James John Simpkins and Emma James are both family members. James John could be Annie’s father also listed as John Simpkins in this certificate. He could also be a brother, I need to do a little research. The 1901 census shows a Jas John Simpkins as Annie’s brother. It’s possible Jas is James. Annie’s mother was named Elizabeth, so Emma could be a wife of a sibling or a friend.

4. The ages on this marriage certificate are 19 for both. However, I currently have Harold born in 94 and Annie born in 96. The 1901 census has Harold’s age as about 6 so I am fairly confident he was born around 94. Annie Simpkins is also listed as 16 in the 1911 census. This would make them 17 and 15/16 respectively. Until the Age of Marriage Act in 1929 the age of marriage for males was 14 and for females was 12. Either I have their birth dates wrong, or they lied about their age on the marriage certificate.

 

— As always, the rest of my family history research can be found at http://www.talltalesofafamily.blogspot.com

Why We Should Stay Out Of Vice President Pence’s Marriage

I’ll keep this brief. News broke yesterday that Vice President Pence will not eat alone with another woman who isn’t his wife.  To many left wing leaning constituents and journalists this is crazy radical news. Forgive me for calling hypocrite on this. They and others have spent the last year arguing that President Trump lacks character and explaining how horrified they are of his treatment of women. (I would argue rightfully so.)  Now they criticize a man about how he chooses to conduct his marriage.

The same journalists have argued for a long time that we should stay out of other people’s marriages. We can’t spend most of our time arguing for more character and then be appalled when we see a different kind of character materialize in the man who is VP. Criticize his politics, argue about why he flip flopped on free trade, supported Trump or what he believes about school choice. But criticizing the way he conducts himself with his wife, particularly when he does so in an effort to protect his marriage, this just seems ludicrous to me.

This is why people are so fed up with the media. They want the media to focus on policy, on reporting without an agenda. They don’t want it to focus on a man who obviously loves the woman he chose to marry and is doing his best to protect it in the way he believes is most effective. We may not have the same boundaries. We may not live the same way. We may not see temptation as he sees temptation. Letting him choose to live his own personal life the way he wants to is called tolerance. Tolerance isn’t for just one people group, it’s for many.

To refuse the man tolerance is called judging.

I would not be surprised to hear most the people criticizing him for his life style decisions have also spent much of their life calling for people not to judge.

Let’s try it for once.

Who Really Knows How To Parent?

I read a fascinating article today.  In summary, it covers parenting decisions over nap time in nordic countries.

The basic premise of the Swedes, “A little fresh air never hurt anyone” happens to be something I heartily agree with.

But I’m sure having toddlers nap in sub freezing temperatures is controversial in America.

Anyone approaching being a parent these days has to face an avalanche of judgment. If  they don’t read it themselves they will surely hear about study after study and book after book of the ‘best way’ to do it.

The reality is that every child is different and every family is different. A baby’s personality and temperament are as unique as you and I.

What I’ve discovered is that routine is important because it breeds safety, but what that routine is can change from baby to baby. How you feed them, change them and put them to sleep is up to you.

Just as along as it works.

What are some things that have worked for you and your children? I would love to hear about them.