A WEDDING AT HOREB, PENRHYN-COCH 17 June 1898
A photograph of the wedding of James Arthur James (Penrhyn-coch) and his bride Jane Jones (Glanyrafon, Elerch).
The lady standing behind James Arthur is believed to be his sister, Laura, who ran the shop at Garth Isaf (and was succeeded by her niece, another Laura James), and she was one of the witnesses to the marriage. James Arthur's father, William James, was still alive at this time and could be the gentleman sitting to the left of the bridegroom. William James was an assistant overseer for Trefeurig.
The gentleman standing on the far right is the minister of Horeb Baptist Chapel Henry Evans, who had recently returned to Wales from the USA.
According to the 1901 census Henry Evans, 40, Baptist Minister, a native of Aberdare, and his wife Harriet R., 36, born in Llanelli, were living in Horeb Villa with their three daughters, Olwen Mary, 6, born in Slatington, Pennsylvania; Martha Gwyneth, 4, born in Llanelli and Sarah Dilys, 1, born in Penrhyn-coch.
According to the 1911 census James James, 42 years old, and his wife Jane, 43 years old, were living at Cwmbwa Mill with their 6 children Mary, 11, Elizabeth, 10, Gwladys, 8, Laura, 6, Margaret, 4, and David William, 3.
THE JAMES FAMILY GRAVE AT HOREB CEMETERY
One daughter Elizabeth died at the young age of 12 years on 31 Jan 1913; Jane died on 16 Nov. 1931, 64 years old; another daughter Laura died on 17 Oct 1936, 32 years old. James A. James died on 19 Oct. 1939 aged 70.
BIBLE STUDY GROUP?
The same Laura James appears in this photograph (back row 2nd from right). In 1901 Laura James, 34, had a grocer's shop in Garth Isaf, and lived there with her mother Jane, 65 years old, and her 2 year old niece Annie. By 1911 Laura James, now 44, is recorded as a grocer at Garth, and Annie James, 12, was now attending the local school.
The name Marged Rowlands appears on the photograph beneath the lady in the front row on the right-hand side.
Note: According to the 1901 census, there was a Margaret Rowlands, 41 years old, living in Penrhyn-coch with her parents John (a coal miner) and Margaret Davies
A VISIT TO BORTH
The gentleman on the far right (back row) was Johnny James (Llety Spence/Maes Meurig/Llys Meurig). See the Cwmerfyn wedding photo below.
Wedding at Cwmerfyn 29 April 1903
William James, Syfydrin and Margaret Jane Morgan, New Inn, Cwmerfyn
Margaret was the mother of Hilda Mason, New Inn. John James, Maes Meurig, back row 3rd from left. John Thomas, New Inn? Any other names, please?
Thank you very much to Sheila James for the photographs and for valuable information.