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Rees and Mary W Griffiths

Rees Griffiths was born in the late autumn of 1847 at Tynycoed and was named after his father. He was the third son of Rees and Susannah. In the 1851 census he is aged four and living at Tyncoed, Betws with his parents and two older brothers David and William and his six month old brother Jeremiah.

He was destined to follow in the family tradition and follow the trade of a blacksmith. The men of the family all being blacksmiths became heavily involved in producing ammunition for the Crimean War which the Iron Works at Ystradgynlais were producing goods 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. All the Griffiths men were working there during that period and it's here we find, in the 1861 census, Rees (said to be aged 12) as an apprentice blacksmith to his older brother David. They were lodging with the widow Mary Harris (aged 59), who was also from Betws, at Water Street, Ystradgynlais.

The rest of the family returned to Betws after the Crimean War ended but Rees stayed on working as a Blacksmith in the Iron Works at Ystradgynlais and in 1867 married Mary Russell of Abercarne , Monmouthshire who was three years his senior. They had eight children of which five survived.

Before 1891 Rees and family returned to live in Abernantmean Cottage, Betws where Rees worked with his elderly father in the blacksmith in Tynycoed but with the death of his father in 1892 and with his brother William's blacksmith business so close Rees took a job as the blacksmith for the Amman Tin Works, Garnant where he moved to live in the old works offices. He was working there in the 1911 census.

Mary W Griffiths nee Russell. Born 1844

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Rees 1867

William 1869

Susannah 1871

Joseph 1874

Mary 1879




Rees Siblings:-

David 1841 -

William 1846 - 1928

Jeremiah 1850 -1932 

Anne 1853 alive in 1911

Isaac 1859 -1922

John Henry 1868 -1934

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