Ellis Williams

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  • Name Ellis Williams  [3
    Born 1844  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 14 Jun 1844  Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 14 Jun 1844  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Baptism 
    Census 30 Mar 1851  Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Wales 
    Census 7 Apr 1861  Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Wales 
    Occupation 7 Apr 1861  Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Ordinary Seaman 
    Census 5 Apr 1891  Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Wales 
    Occupation 5 Apr 1891  Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Ship's Rigger 
    Residence 5 Apr 1891  Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    26 Frederica Street 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
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    Person ID I714  The Williams Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2020 

    Father John Williams
              b. 1797, Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Dec 1865  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Mary Lewis
              b. Abt 1804, Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Jan 1876  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 15 May 1827  Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    • According to the Bishop's Transcripts for Pennal John Williams was a widower and Mary Lewis a widow.
    John Williams and Mary Lewis
    John Williams and Mary Lewis
    Marriage Registration
    Image courtesy of Meriel and Ian Haynes
    Family ID F175  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • BMD Certificates
    Baptism for Ellis WILLIAMS (714)
    Baptism for Ellis WILLIAMS (714)

    Census
    1851: Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    1851: Wales Census for Aberdovey, Merionethshire
    HO107 Piece 2495 Folio 228 Page 18
    1861: Wales Census for John Wesley
    1861: Wales Census for John Wesley
    RG9 Piece 4537 Folio 27 Page 1
    1861: Wales Census for John Wesley
    1861: Wales Census for John Wesley
    RG9 Piece 4537 Folio 27 Page 2
    1891 Wales Census for Cardiff, Glamorganshire
    1891 Wales Census for Cardiff, Glamorganshire
    1891 Wales Census for Cardiff, Glamorganshire
    1891 Wales Census for Cardiff, Glamorganshire

  • Notes 
    • From the 1851 Census (HO107 Piece 2495 Folio 228 Page 18) Ellis, 6, was with his parents John, 55, a River Boatman, born Towyn, Merionethshire, Wales, and Mary, 45, born Llanbrynmair, at Duck Street, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales. With him were his siblings Susan(nah), 17, a House Servant, Ellen(or), 14, a Scholar, and Lewis, 10, a Scholar, all born in Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales.

      From the 1861 Census (RG9 Piece 4537 Folio 27 Page 1) there was an unmarried Ordinary Seaman by the name of Ellis Williams, 17, from Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Wales aboard the 98 Ton Schooner John Wesley employed in the Coasting trade that was in Holyhead (Anglesey) Harbour. Also aboard the vessel were John Rees, married, 36, Master from Pennal Merionethshire, Edward Bell, married, 28, Mate, from Machynlleth Montgomeryshire, Hugh Jones, married, 30, A B Seaman, from Liverpool Lancashire, William Hughes, unmarried, 24, A B Seaman, from Newborough Anglesey, and Robert Arnold, unmarried, 17, Ordinary Seaman, from Machynlleth Montgomeryshire.

      From the 1891 Wales Census (RG12 Piece 4396 Folio 64 Page 63) there was an Ellis Williams, married, 46, Ship's Rigger from Aberdovey, Cardigan (!), at 26 Frederica Street, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales. He was lodging with Thomas Wells, 53, Boilermaker from Johnston, Scotland, and his wife Sarah, 63, from Radcliffe, London. Also lodging there were Esther Powell, widow, 76, from Chepstow, Monmouthshire, and Joseph Powell, 38, Labourer from Cardiff, Glamorganshire.

      According to Lewis Lloyd in "A Real Little Seaport"; By May 1876, aged 32, Ellis Williams was Mate (£4 10s. a month) of the schooner 'Maglona'. He joined the 'Maglona' at Porthmadog 8/5/1876 and was discharged at Middlesborough 26/6/1876, having served previously aboard the 'Liffey Maid'. He then joined the brigantine 'Xanthus' as Boatswain (£4 4s. a month) for a voyage from Newport, Monmouth, 18/9/1876. The balance of his wages was then £3 1s. 1d. Aged '34' in 1880, he appears to have served as A.B. (£3 a month) aboard the schooner 'Sarah Davies'. So his career seems to have been in decline by about 1880. This contrasts with his earlier career when, aged 22, he was Mate of the schooner 'Jane Owens' in 1866, though he did re-join the vessel as Boatswain (£4 a month) later in that year and was discharged at London 18/8/1866. So, some 10 years later, aged 32, he was Mate (£4 10s. a month) of the schooner 'Maglona' in May 1876, an advance of just 10s. a month on his wages - and that was not all. The reasons for his declining fortunes warrant further investigation.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5417] 1911 England Census - Alive, (People who should be alive for the 1911 England and Wales Census) (Reliability: 3), 20 Jun 2010.

    2. [S6297] Temp Tag 9 II (Reliability: 3), 23 May 2011.

    3. [S3] 1851 Wales Census.

    4. [S9441] Merionethshire Baptisms, ((http://search.findmypast.co.uk)), accessed 8 Mar 2015), Baptism for Ellis WILLIAMS (714); 14 Jun 1844; Tywyn, Merionethshire, Wales. (Reliability: 3), 8 Mar 2015.
      First name(s)       ELLIS
      Last name       WILLIAMS
      Birth year       1844
      Baptism year       1844
      Baptism day       14
      Baptism month       Jun
      Baptism place       TYWYN
      Father's first name(s)       John
      Mother's first name(s)       Mary
      County       Merionethshire
      Country       Wales
      Record set       Merionethshire Baptisms
      Category       Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
      Subcategory       Births & baptisms
      Collections from       Great Britain
      http://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=gbprs%2fwal%2f004394005%2f00225&parentid=gbprs%2fb%2f917060224%2f1&highlights=%22%22
      Baptism for Ellis WILLIAMS (714)
      Baptism for Ellis WILLIAMS (714)


    5. [S1204] Dai Williams.

    6. [S309] Meriel and Ian Haynes, (Much of the Barmouth connection, and a lot more, are courtesy of Meriel and Ian Haynes. Thank you).

    7. [S560] HO107 Piece 2495 Folio 228 Page 18, (Aberdovey, Merionethshire), HO107 Piece 2495 Folio 228 Page 18 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S752] RG9 Piece 4537 Folio 27, (John Wesley), RG9 Piece 4537 Folio 27 (Reliability: 1), 26 Feb 2007.

    9. [S5921] RG12 Piece 4396 Folio 64 Page 63, RG12 Piece 4396 Folio 64 Page 63 (Reliability: 3), 9 Dec 2010.

    10. [S309] Meriel and Ian Haynes, (Much of the Barmouth connection, and a lot more, are courtesy of Meriel and Ian Haynes. Thank you), Towyn Parish register Baptism Records held in Dolgellau Archives (Reliability: 3), 14 Apr 2007.

    11. [S2262] Una Sanderson (Reliability: 3), 8 Jan 2008.

    12. [S5899] Marriage Certificate for John Williams and Mary Lewis (175), Entry 59; 1823. Marriage solemnized in the Parish of Pennal in the County of Merioneth. (Reliability: 4).

    13. [S10555] Merionethshire Marriages and Banns, ((https://findmypast.com)), accessed 1 Aug 2020), Merionethshire Marriages and Banns Transcription for John WILLIAMS and Mary LEWIS (175); 15 Feb 1824: Corris, Merionethshire, Wales. (Reliability: 3), 1 Aug 2020.
      Extracted from the FindMyPast website, 1/8/2020

      Merionethshire Marriages and Banns Transcription for John WILLIAMS and Mary LEWIS

      First name(s): John
      Last name: WILLIAMS
      Birth year: -
      Event year: 1824
      Banns year: 1824
      Banns date: 15 Feb 1824
      Marriage year: -
      Marriage place: Corris
      Residence: Pennal
      Spouse's first name(s): Mary
      Spouse's last name: LEWIS
      Spouse's birth year: -
      Spouse's residence: Pennal
      County: Merionethshire
      Country: Wales
      Event: Banns
      Record set: Merionethshire Marriages And Banns
      Category: Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
      Subcategory: Parish Marriages
      Collections from: Wales, United Kingdom
      https://search.findmypast.com/record?id=GBPRS/M/918001670/1&hintId=448ad27b-0dd7-47b1-8ad9-894787d98c01&hintsRequestId=67e41774-355b-4084-ab45-4bbb8f91f90f
      Merionethshire Marriages and Banns Transcription for John WILLIAMS and Mary LEWIS (175)
      Merionethshire Marriages and Banns Transcription for John WILLIAMS and Mary LEWIS (175)


    14. [S10387] Montgomeryshire Marriages and Banns, ((findmypast.co.uk)), accessed 2 Aug 2020), Marriage record for John WILLIAMS and Mary LEWIS (175); 15 May 1827: Llanbryn-Mair, Montgomeryshire, Wales. (Reliability: 3), 2 Aug 2020.
      Extracted from the FindMyPast website, 2/8/2020

      Montgomeryshire Marriages And Banns

      Marriage record for John WILLIAMS and Mary LEWIS

      First name(s): John
      Last name: WILLIAMS
      Birth year: -
      Event year: 1827
      Banns year: -
      Marriage year: 1827
      Marriage date: 15 May 1827
      Marriage place: Llanbryn-Mair
      Residence: Towyn
      Spouse's first name(s): Mary
      Spouse's last name: LEWIS
      Spouse's birth year: -
      Spouse's residence: Llanbrynmair
      County: Montgomeryshire
      Country: Wales
      Event: Marriage
      Page: 67
      Record set: Montgomeryshire Marriages And Banns
      Category: Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
      Subcategory: Parish Marriages
      Collections from: Wales, Great Britain
      https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBPRS%2FM%2F888006380%2F1
      Marriage record for John WILLIAMS and Mary LEWIS (175)
      Marriage record for John WILLIAMS and Mary LEWIS (175)