Rees & Margaret Pugh (nee Jenkins)
1869 Margaret Ann Jenkins was born 29 July 1869 (christened 8 Dec 1872 at the same time as her younger sister Winifred) at Llangollen, Denbigh, the daughter of Thomas Jenkins and Elizabeth Lloyd . Her parents were then living at 19 Church Street, Llangollen. Her life can be followed from census entries and the family bible and other information given to me by Aled Pugh
1871 census shows her age 1 living with her parents at Church Street, Llangollen. Her father, Thomas Jenkins had been born in Abermule, Newtown and her mother Elizabeth Lloyd in Llangollen. Her parents had been married in 1862. And her father was a painter and decorator.
Between 1879 and 1881 the family moved to Ffestiniog (there were no births of children in Llangollen after 1879)
1881 census shows she is age 11 and living with her family at Maenofferen Terrace, Ffestiniog (the street has disappeared now, but there are other contemporary references to it on the web). Her father is listed still as a painter, and her elder brothers age 17 and 19 are slate miners.
1888. 24th October 1888, at St David's Church, Festiniog by banns - Margaret Ann Jenkins age 20, of Diphwys Terrace, Ffestiniog, daughter of Thomas Jenkins, painter, married Rees Pugh, age 27, quarryman, living at Peniarth Arms Llanfihangel y Pennant, son of Evan Pugh (deceased) quarryman (marriage certificate).
Margaret Ann Jenkins is shown here as "wife of Rees Pugh" at Abergynolwyn, Jane Pugh is her mother-in-law
Full details of her life with Rees Pugh after marriage are given in his details, including the births of their children. They lived in Ffestiniog from 1888 till 1890, then moved to Treharris in South Wales until 1893.
Her brother John Jenkins and his family lived with them in South Wales. The census shows also in 19 Penn Street gives 29 year old John Jenkins, wife Mary (nee Jones), also 29, and children Emily aged 3 and Morris, 14 months. John was Margaret Ann's brother and the eldest of the Jenkins children. John and Mary - from Llan Ffestiniog - had been married in Ffestiniog. Both Mary and Emily had been born in Ffestiniog but not Morris (he was born in Treharris). John's occupation is given as 'collier' - as is Rees - but the Jenkins family subsequently moved to Tredegar where John was to become a 'house painter', like his father Thomas. John died, and buried on Christmas Eve 1921, in Tredegar and some of his descendants still live there.
They moved to her husbands home village of Abergynolwyn in 1893 and lived there till 1920, when they moved to Ffestiniog
22 Llanegryn St, Abergynolwyn in 2008 (does not have modern porch of 20)
1932 Rees Pugh of 11 Park Square Blaenau Ffestiniog Merionethshire died 1 Dec 1932.
Margaret Ann was ill on the day of her husband Rees's funeral and watched from her bedroom window the coffin’s departure from 11 Park Square, Blaenau Ffestiniog. She waved and said she would be following him soon. After the funeral the family assembled in her bedroom where she took the funeral service and there was defiance in her voice on saying: "Death, where is thy sting? Grave, where is thy victory?" She recited by heart the long chapter that was part of the service. A week later Margaret Ann died and eleven days after Rees was buried she joined him in the Llan Ffestiniog grave. On the gravestone is the inscription 'Hunant mewn hedd' 'They sleep in peace'
1932 Margaret Ann Pugh of 11 Park Square Blaenau Ffestiniog, a widow died 13 December 1932, 12 days after her husbands death. Administration given at Bangor on 23 January 1933to Morris Edwin Pugh student. Effects £54.10s.
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