William Rees and Margaret Griffiths

William Rees(Will) was born in 1846 at Tynycoed and was the second child for Rees and Susannah. He followed his father into the family blacksmith trade working from Tynycoed and then as with the rest of the Griffiths men went to aid the Crimean War effort working in the Ironworks at Ystelfera and Ystradgunlais. After the war unlike his two brothers David and Rees he came home to Tynycoed but due to a shortage of work and also because his two younger brothers, Jeremiah and Isaac, were working as apprentices to their father took up a trade in the railways becoming Station Master at Abergwili where he met his future wife Margaret Morris of Llanddarog, Carmarthenshire who he married in 1870. They had ten children of which eight survived. His first-born child, Susannah, was born in the station master’s home in Abergwili. The family moved to Penclawdd Station where his second daughter Margaret was born in 1874 before returning to Betws in 1877. Here he set his up his own blacksmith business in Pentwyn the old home of his mother’s family the Rees and Owens. The house he built can still be seen on the corner of Pentwyn Road and has his old blacksmith’s Anvil in the front garden. He died on 7th February 1928 aged 83 and is buried at Christian Temple in Ammanford with his wife Margaret (died 1922), son Gwilym (died 1908) and daughter Elizabeth (died 1963).

Margaret Griffiths nee Morris 1848 - 1922

Margaret was born in Llanddarog, Carmarthenshire.

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Susannah 1870 -

Margaret 1874 -

Elizabeth 1877 - 1963

Gwilym 1879 - 1908

David Rees (Amanwy) 1882 - 1953

John Henry (Shoni) 1886 -

Lettice 1887 -

Jeremiah (Jim / James ) 1890 - 1975

William Siblings:-

David 1841 -

Rees 1847 - alive in 1911

Jeremiah 1850 -1932 

Anne 1853 alive in 1911

Isaac 1859 -1922

John Henry Griffiths 1868 -1934

On 28th January 1908, Gwilym was killed in a colliery explosion. He is buried with his parents at Christian Temple, Ammanford.