A Beaumaris Ironmonger.

by Chris Williams
(Basingstoke, UK)

Beaumaris Castle Street

Beaumaris Castle Street

Beaumaris Castle Street
Beaumaris Show Garden






Dear Wil

I have been investigating my ancestry and have hit the buffers at Beaumaris.

Josiah Williams was born in Ruthin in 1810. He married Jane Parry, born in Beaumaris in 1815, on the 5th of February,1836, in Beaumaris.

In 1841 he was living in Liverpool and working as an Anchor Smith.

He is listed in the 1844 Pigot's Directory as a Shopkeeper at Town's End, Beaumaris. Thereafter he is shown in every census up to 1871 as an Ironmonger, Seed & Coal Dealer in Town's End.

I believe he died around 1875.

My connection is via his eldest son, John, who became a Carter in Everton, Lancs.

I passed through the Isle of Anglesey a couple of years ago, on the way back from Ireland, and spent a pleasant hour or so in Llangefni, on Market Day.

We are looking forward to coming for a week or so this year.

I would be very pleased to know any more about Josiah, and even more happy if anyone could find a photo of his shop.

Chris




Dear Chris

Let me think about this for a while.

I'll have a chat with friends with friends in Beaumaris and see if I can come up with a name and email address to help.

If anyone else has any advice then do get in touch by posting a message below.

Best Wishes and Thank You for writing in,

Wil

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Dec 31, 2011
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by: Chris Williams

Hi Wil

Re my last post - should read 16, Church Street, not Chapel Street.

Sorry - wrong denomination!!

Chris.




Hi Chris

Nice to hear from you again and I hope that you and your family had a good Christmas.

Denominations are important in Wales. I heard last week that the reason why even the smallest towns and villages in Wales have more than one chapel.

Arguments! Couldn't live together.

We don't need to look to other countries for religious conflict. We've already done it ourselves.

One positive note arising from the decline in chapel congergations is that these chapels are now joining together.

Anyway, let's put conflict to one side.

I send you my very best wishes for a most excellent 2012.

Wil

Dec 31, 2011
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by: Chris Williams

We visited Beaumaris (and the rest of your lovely Island) in September, and found that the shop and house at 16, Chapel Street still exists, although no longer used as a shop.

The 1881 census shows Josiah's wife, Jane, still running the Ironmongery and seed business from this shop.

The building next door was the National Provincial Bank.

By 1891, Jane was living at 10, Margaret Street, still listed as a Seed Dealer, although the present house here is not a shop. Not sure when this house was built, but it could well have replaced an older one about the turn of the century.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and explored much of Anglesey.

You are lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

Best regards, Chris.

Feb 22, 2011
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by: Chris Williams

Dear Wil,

Forgot to mention that while the shop was in Towns End, they lived at 16, Chapel Street and always had at least one servant.

Chris.




Hi Again

I'm sure that information will prove useful.

Nos da

Wil

Feb 22, 2011
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by: Chris Williams

Dear Wil

I have just looked at the 1881 Census, and Josiah's wife Jane is shown as a widow and still in business as Ironmonger and seed dealer, so it seems the shop kept going after Josiah's death.

By 1891 she had moved to Lancashire.

Chris




Dear Chris

I was glad to read from your personal email that Josiah Williams wasn't the defendant but the victim of a theft.

I'll be in touch soon,

Wil

Feb 21, 2011
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Ironmonger in Beaumaris
by: Wil

Dear Chris

Just did a quick enquiry while I was online and came up with some possible news about your ancestor Josiah Williams and his wife, Jane of Beaumaris.

I haven't pursued it all the way but it looks on the surface that you may be the Proud Owner of a Convict in your family's past.

The link is National Archives.

I input Josiah Williams Beaumaris and chose the period between 1844 and 1871.

Let me know if it's useful.

Wil

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