Thursday, 27 January 2011

Pryce Pugh 1859-1926 and Mary Ann Pugh 1860-1934

David James Pugh's parents were Pryce Pugh and Mary Ann Pugh.

Pryce Pugh was born at Hollies Farm, near Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales on 20 December 1859. He was the third son of farmer James Pugh and his wife Mary Ann Jones. When Pryce was a little boy, the family moved to nearby Kerry (or Ceri if you prefer the Welsh spelling), then to Tyllwyd Farm in Llanbadarn Fynydd, Radnorshire.

Mary Ann Pugh was born on 31 March 1860 at Pengarreg Farm, Aberedw, Radnorshire, Wales. She was the daughter of David Pugh and Mary Williams Jones. During the 1860s, her family moved from Aberedw to Tynddol Farm, Llanbadarn Fynydd, Radnorshire.

The two farms are next to each other just outside the village, so it's probably no surprise that the couple met and got married on 13 December 1879 (both aged just 19) at St Padarn's Church, Llanbadarn Fynydd.

They had three children in the first few years after they married, but then seem to have separated - in 1891 Pryce and DJ (the only surviving child) were living with Pryce's father, in 1901 Pryce is lodging with another farmer, and by 1911 he was living with his widowed mother, while DJ was making his own way in the world. I haven't been able to find Mary Ann on any of these censuses.

Pryce appears to have had a brief spell as a farmer - shortly after the couple married, they had a farm in Llandrindod Wells - however he spent most of his life as an agricultural labourer (working on other people's farms rather than his own).

I have no idea what Mary Ann was doing from the mid-1880s until she reappears on the Electoral Registers for Hay-on-Wye in the mid-1920s. By this time David James Pugh had settled in Hay and Mary Ann was listed living in the flat above DJ's shop.

Pryce Pugh died on 8 November 1926 in hospital in Knighton, Radnorshire. Mary Ann survived him by 7 years, and died on 8 February 1934 in Hay. She was buried in the graveyard of St Padarn's Church, alongside various members of her family from Tynddol.

Their children were:

Mary Edith Gwenllian Pugh 1880-1883
David James Pugh 1881-1962
Henry Thomas Pugh 1883-1884

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