|Jane Pugh (nee Thomas) and daughter Sarah Catherine outside the Peniarth Arms.||
John Pugh is standing next to the young lady in the photo. (from Lynne Kershaw, in Canada)
Lynne Kershaw, who lives in Canada, sent me the right hand photo of her ancestor John R Pugh (her great grandfather) standing outside the Peniarth Arms, but his one was and still is, in Bryncrug, about 6 miles from Abergynolwyn. He also owned the Railway Inn in Abergynolwyn where her grandmother Jane Pugh was born in 1890. Her great-great-grandfather Robert Pugh was born in Llangelynin in 1815 and he married Susanah (Evans) . She was born in 1817 at Llanegryn Meironethshire. Their son Robert born 1847 married MaryAnn Pugh who is our Mary Ann Pugh.
I have used a lot of information from Chris Sutton and Aled Pugh to build this page
1885 Evan Pugh b.1826 died 22 October 1885 (death cert) at Peniarth Arms Llanfihangel y Pennant and is buried with his wife Jane in the churchyard there. Died of Chronic Bronchitus and his profession is "inn keeper". No doubt the years of quarrying had led to the Chronic Bronchitus.
1888 Rees Pugh b.1861, son of Evan Pugh b.1826 was a slate miner and married Margaret Ann Jenkins on 24th October 1888 (marriage certificate). Margaret Jenkins came from Diphwys Terrace, Festiniog and Rees Pugh at Peniarth Arms, Llanfihangel y pennant.
Rees’s mother Jane remained at Peniarth Arms until 1904.
Ty-Llan which is believed to have a connection with our Pugh family, certainly has a Pugh connection (see plaque on the house showing it was built by Hugh Pugh, joiner in 1805)
The Pugh Plaque
Basically our Pugh family did not go to this area until around 1851 to 1853, when Evan Pugh b1826, son of Richard Pugh b1788, went to work in the slate quarries round Corris. The only direct connection to Richard would have been a brother, given the man would have had to have been at least 20 by 1805, and probably older. Census records show a Hugh Pugh who is probably a brother to Richard Pugh b1788
I had an email from Lynne in Canada who told me she was was doing research on Peniarth Arms. She was also told by her Cousin that her great grandfather owned the Peniarth Arms, and has a picture of him in front of it and his name as propritor. John R Pugh also owned the Railway Inn in Abergynolwyn where her granmother Jane Pugh was born in 1890. Her g.g. grandfather Robert Pugh was born in LLangelynin in 1815 and he married Susanah (Evans) . She was born in 1817 at Llanegryn Meironethshire. Their son Robert born 1847 married MaryAnn Pugh Who is "our" wayward Mary Ann.
My cousin who has since passed away was the one who told me that John R Pugh owned Peniarth Arms. He died there in 1916.
Rees Pugh 1861
Llanfihangel y pennant
This is the Peniarth Arms owned by John R Pugh, a few miles away at Bryncrug.