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David Griffiths was born in 1841 the first born child of Rees and Susannah and was the first of a long line of Griffiths to be born at Tynycoed the family home from 1840 -1965. He lived as a child at Tynycoed and was the first son to follow in his fore-fathers blacksmith trade. With his grandfather, father and uncles as they all had done during the Napoleonic French wars he went to the Iron works to produce the ammunitions for the Crimean wars. This time instead of going to Glyn Hir and Llandyfan they would go to the larger, more modern Iron Works that had opened up at Ystradgunlais.

Here we find David aged 21 a blacksmith working and living (in the 1861 census) with his younger brother Rees (age 12) his blacksmith assistant. Living and lodging with the widow Mary Harris (aged 59) a pauper born in Betws Carms at Water Street, Ystradgynlais.

David was to stay single all his life and worked as a blacksmith at various Iron works at Ystradgynlais for 20 years before returning to the family home to work with his father in the mid 1870's.

I don't know when he died and have not been able to find any record of him after 1881 but it would be right to say he was the first of the siblings to die and from papers at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, it would be long time before his mother died in 1909.

Jim Griffiths left this information about David.

(Info from notes, hand written by Jim Griffiths, that were not included in his autobiography "Pages from Memory" published by J M Dent).

Mamgu Pontamman (Susannah) would tell us stories about her children. Her pet was my Uncle Dafydd. He had stayed at home and followed his father’s craft. 
He was also the Black Sheep.  "Every family - she used to say - must have a Black Sheep - and each one would be the mother's pet".
My Uncle Dafydd certainly was.
For Mamgu he was the best of her brood, the best craftsman and, in spite of his waywardness, the best son any mother could have.
She defended his reputation when he was gone as she had done that never to be forgotten Saturday night - long ago - "Cyn i ti gael dy eni" (1) She said to me.

As was his custom Uncle Dafydd would always go to the nearby inn (The Mount) (2) for his evening out with the cronies. And at times their nest would be disturbed by "Strangers" from the Cwm (3) - the village up the valley. And whenever this would come it would end up in fisticuffs.
But Uncle Dafydd would always come out on top - until this Saturday night, when a good Samaritan called at mamgu's to break the sad news that Dafydd was having the worst of the encounter.
With this Mamgu stalks up to the mount - and into the ring - and with her strong arm knocked out the adversary and rescued her son from the disgrace of defeat. 

The hand written notes were copied at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, by Elizabeth Griffiths wife of my cousin Daryl Griffiths. She kindly sent me a copy.

(1) "before you where born"
(2) The Mount was no more than a few 100yds from Tynycoed. In the middle of the pub was a boxing ring that was used to sort out any differences you may have.   

(3) Cwm was the local name for the Amman Valley made up of Glanamman and Garnant.

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