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CALFARIA CHAPEL MORRIS AND HANNAH WILLIAMS 1867

I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT THAT MY GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER AND FATHER WERE MARRIED IN THIS CHAPEL (CALFARIA CHAPEL) ON 5TH JUNE 1867. I HAVE THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE BUT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHAPEL.
IS IT STILL IN USE? ARE THER HISTORICAL RECORDS ETC?

MARRIED CERT DETAILS
NAMES WERE MORRIS WILLIAMS AND HANNAH WILLIAMS (NE JOHN) HIS FATHER WAS DAVID WILLIAMS AND HER FATHER WAS JOHN JOHN.
WITNESSES WERE JOHN HOWELLS AND DAVID DAVIES AND MORGAN WILLIAMS WAS THE REGISTRA

RESIDENCE ADDRESS GIVEN AT TIME WAS CATHERINE STREET ABERDARE BUT NO NUMBER??? (I HAVE LOOKED AT THEM ON GOOGLE MAPS.)

MORRIS AND HIS FATHER WERE SHOE MAKERS/COBBLERS AND WE KNOW THAT THEY WORKED AND LIVED IN BROADWAY LAUGHARNE, LLANSADERNEN AND THAT SHE WAS BORN IN LLANBOIDY ALL IN CARMARTHENSHIRE. ALSO IN THE 1851 CENSUS BUSINESS MUST HAVE BEEN GOOD AS THEY HAD A 19 YEAR OLD APPRETICE NAMED EWIS DAVID (DAVID GIVEN AS SIRNAME?) WHO WAS 19 AT THE TIME/

NOW THE PUZZLE IS. WE HAVE THEM IN CENSUS 1871 AT CAUSWAY LLANSADERNEN (VERY CLOSE TO LAUGHARNE)AND IN THE 1851 CENSUS DAVID WILLIAMS AND FAMILY ALL LIVED IN LLANBOIDY AND MORRIS WAS 1 YEAR OLD SO HOW COME THEY GOT MARRIED IN ABERDARE???

ANYONE ANY CLUES ANY DISTANT RELATIVES OUT THERE?

NOW I WOULD ADD THAT I AM 70 YEARS OLD BUT CLEARLY REMEMBER MY DAD SAYING THAT HIS GRANDFATHER MORRIS WILLIAMS HAD TO MARRY BECAUSE HE HAD ARRIVED BACK FROM AMERICA AND GOT THE SERVANT GIRL PREGNANT AND WAS CUT OFF THE WILL.

BUT MORRIS AND HANNAS FIRST CHILD IS RECORDED AS BORN 1869 IN CENSUS BUT IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON TO LOSE A CHILD DURING BIRTH OR EARLY YEARS.

ALSO MY SISTER WHO IS 2 YEARS OLDER THAN ME, DOES REMEMBER BEING TAKEN BY OUR AUNTY VIDA, WHO LIVED WITH US IN PORTH, TO ABERDARE TO SEE FAMILY RELATIVES, BUT WE CANT FIND THEM.

ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

DAVE WILLIAMS

Calfaria chapel still exists, it's at the bottom of my street, it's located on Monk Street, at the corner of Griffiths street, it's still used apparently, you can view the chapel via google maps.

Can't help any other way sorry.

I am a new member on this great site, helped greatly by a friend of mine.......
I live in North East England now, but was born in Aberdare, and in April 1966 I was married in Calfaria Chapel. It was a beautiful chapel, inside and outside. Really impressive. Our photos were lovely, and I was very proud to be married there. I attended services and the Sunday school while I was a youngster, but as a teenager it became a bit unfashionable to the younger people, and it dwindled to just Sunday services.
There was the morning service, with a full congregation, and the young people each were expected to have learned a verse out of the bible, which they stood and read aloud to the congregation. Home for lunch, then back at 2pm for Sunday School. Then back again at 6pm for the evening service. Seems a lot now,but we loved it. The place was always full, and happy. Sundays were respected and woe betide anyone who went to a shop and bought an ice cream! Blimey. What a sin! but that's how it was.
Well I've been away from Wales for many a year and recently went back to visit friends and family, and was really upset to see that Calfaria has become so dilapidated, overgrown with bushes and trees, and looks desperately sad. I just stood on the pavement and stared. People must have thought I was nuts! I would love to be able to go in to see it again, but I doubt if it is possible. Time catches up with everything. I guess it is expected after all those years, but still a shock. Never mind, life goes on! oh dear !