Memories of Graig Llywarch

by

Pat Rice

Thomas and Ebenezer Edmunds, with some of their children, emigrated to Australia in the period between 1905 and 1908.

Thomas and his family, (believed to be boys) settled in Perth. Ebenezer with his sons Thomas and Edgar, with daughter Maud, settled in New South Wales. During a visit to Britain after the 1939 war, Maud recalled a visit from her Uncle Tom, after his retirement from the Australian Railways, probably in the early 1920's, just before Ebenezer returned to Wales in 1922 - 1923. After that all contact has been lost.

A sister Mary married a 'Harper' from Ebbw Vale. The Harper family were ironmongers, but made a wide variety of copper vessels - jugs, kettles, saucepans etc., which were stamped with the name IW Harper'. They had at least one son, and there may have been others.

A fourth brother, whose name is unknown, moved to Ogmore in Glamorgan. A daughter of his, married someone named 'Tozer', and produced a daughter who-was given the name of Gwen.

A niece of John, named 'Dolly Gray', lived at
:- "Glen View", Plough Road, Llanddewi Rhydderch. She had three sons.

T
he family of John were;- Mary, Bertha, Amy and William. (Samuel, Charles and Blanche died in childhood).

S
amuel and Charles died within days of each other, and all the children of the Sunday School walked up to Graig Llywarch to kiss them good-bye. The following week Uncle Willie, then a young boy, broke his arm by jamming it in the barn door. Grandpa Edmunds went down on a horse to fetch the doctor. Grandma Edmunds naturally thought their troubles were never ending.
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During the course of business for the de Havilland Aircraft Co., I met a Mr Edmunds who hailed from Ogmore. Casual enquiries failed to establish any common heritage, but there may have been.

Dolly was also said to have been a niece of Ebenezer, but the relationship of her parents to the brothers is not clear. her maiden name is believed to have been Thomas. Her husband was Arthur Gray of Penrhiw, they had three sons as stated. They moved to Birmingham, to escape the worst effect of the depression, the parent returning to Wales upon retirement.

RJE