Thomas Watkins (1793-c1865)

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Thomas Watkin
Sex: Male
Birth: 27/12/1793 Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan, Wales
Baptism: 11/10/1802, Wales
Death: c1865 Pontypridd District, Glamorgan, Wales
Father: Jenkins Watkin
Mother: Ann Morris
Spouse/Partner: Gwenllian Evans
Marriage: 22/8/1817, Wales

Although the surname Watkins is used for the title of this article, it is believed that the surname for this family is 'Watkin' without the plural 's'. The surnames are interchanged on a variety of offical documents.

Thomas was born on the 27th December 1793 in Ystadyfodwg, Glamorgan, Wales. His parents were Jenkins and Ann Watkin (nee Morris). His siblings were Alice, Margaret, David, Morgan, Mary and Ann.

Thomas was christened when he was 9 years old, along with 4 of his siblings, all on the same day of 11th October 1801.


Thomas married Gwenllian Evans on 22nd August 1817. The exact location of the marriage is currently unknown. Gwenllian also came from the area of Ystradyfodwg.

Thomas's occupation was carpenter.

Thomas and Gwenllian had 9 children together, born in the areas of Ystradyfodwg and Llantisant in Glamorgan. One child is believed to have died young (Margaret).

Daughter Ann spoke Welsh and was given a Welsh bible from an 'Aunt Mary' (possibly Thomas's sister), so it is highly likely that the entire family also spoke the language.

1841 censusEdit

Thomas watkin 1841

Watkin family in 1841 census

In the 1841 census, Thomas and the family are located at Storehouse, Cymmer and Dinas District, Llantrisant. He is recorded as a 45 year old carpenter, with wife Gwenllian aged 40. Sons Thomas, Jenkin, David and Watkin are listed as colliers, while no trade is recorded against the daughters' names. Daughter Margaret (aged 3) is still alive at this stage and is recorded in the census.

1851 censusEdit

In the 1851 census, the family is at Graig Ddu Cottages at Dinas in Llantrisant. Thomas is recorded as a 58 year old carpenter, with Gwenllian's age recorded as 55.
Thomas watkin 1851

Watkin family in 1851 census

Both are recorded as being born in Ystradyfodwg. Only children David, Watkin, Alice and Lucretia are now living with them, with David and Watkin recorded as coal miners, Daughter Alice is recorded as a scholar. Daughter Ann is living next door to the family, with her husband David Morgan and their daughter Catherine. Ann's name is mis-transcribed in the census as Hannah.

1861 censusEdit

In the 1861 census, Thomas is at Dynas Storehouse in Castella at Llantrisant. He is recorded as a 69 year old carpenter, wife Gwenllian is 65, and only daughters Alice and Lucretia still live with them.

Thomas watkin 1861

Watkin family in 1861


The cricumstances and date of Thomas's death are currently unknown, but as he and Gwenllian do not appear in the next census, it is likely that they both died before 1871. There is a death entry in the Free BMD index that would match Thomas, dying in the Pontypridd District in the March quarter of 1865. There is also a matching death entry for a Gwenllian Watkin in the same quarter and in the same district. If this is our couple, they died within a short space of one another. It is also possible that their son Jenkin died in the same location in the same time period. More investigation is required.


Name Birth Death
Children of Thomas and Gwenllian Watkin

Thomas 1820
Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan

Jenkin 26/7/1823
Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan
March Q 1865?
Pontypridd District, Glamorgan?

David 24/7/1826
Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan

Ann 3/11/1827
Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan
Dandenong, Victoria

Watkin 1832
Llantrisant, Glamorgan

Elizabeth 1835
Llantrisant, Glamorgan

Margaret 1838
before 1851

Alice 1841
Llantrisant, Glamorgan

Lucretia 1846
Llantrisant, Glamorgan


  • Baptism and burial records for Glamorgan
  • Births, deaths and marriages information
  • 1841, 1851 & 1861 Wales census
  • Information from Paul Morgan
  • William's Ancestry

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