David Owen Jones was born on April 30, 1891 in Bryngwyn, Cardiganshire, near the town of Beulah, Wales. He was the only child of Sarah Elizabeth Mary Jones.
David’s Lineage is as follows:
- G1: Simon Jones 1678-1716 & Theadosiae Cowell
- G2: Simon Jones 1698-1772 & Catherine Lewis
- G3: William Jones 1727-1776 & Mary Tonkins
- G4: John William Jones 1750-1815 & Margaret Ann Griffiths
- G5: Evan Jones 1781-1855 & Ann Thomas & Jemima Davies
- G6: David Jones 1834-1893 & Rachel Ellen Jones
- G7: Mary Jones 1860-1933 & Griffith Lodwick
- G8: David Owen Jones 1891-1963 & Gwladys Phillips
- G9: Mary Elizabeth Jones 1924-2005 & George Edwin Shiels
- G10: Dan Shiels 1951 & Judith Vandaele
- G9: Ray Jones & Allan Morrall
- G9: Dewi Jones & Jeannette Loughlin
- G9: Violet Jones & David Jenkins
- G9: Mary Elizabeth Jones 1924-2005 & George Edwin Shiels
G8: David Owen Jones 1891-1963 & Martha Elizabeth (Gwladys) Phillips
David Owen Jones was born on April 30, 1891 in Bryngwyn, Cardiganshire, near the town of Beulah, Wales. He was the first child of Sarah Elizabeth Mary Jones (1860) and Richard Jones.
Mary & Richard were not married and Richard was not involved in David’s upbringing. David & his mother Mary lived with his grandparents, David Jones (1834-1893) and Rachel Ellen Jones (1831-1901) when he was a young boy.
The following is a copy of David’s birth certificate. It is interesting that the father’s name was left blank, however we learned of Richard from David’s wedding certificate detailed later in this document.
After his grandfather, David Jones, died on April 25, 1893, David Owen Jones and his mother Mary continued to live with his grandmother Rachel Jones until she died on April 4, 1901.
After Rachel died, Mary went to work keeping house for Griffith Lodwick on a farm called Rhosfawr. David was 10 years old at that time. In April 1902, Mary married Griffith Lodwick. David continued to live with his mother and stepfather and in the 1911 census, David was listed as a Farm Servant on Blaenffynon, a nearby farm, working for David & Mary Jones.
David Owen Jones served in WW1 and received mustard gas burns. His legs would break out in ulcers and he would be unable to work. He began to work as a chauffer and that is how he met his mate for life, Gwladys Phillips.
David and Gwladys Phillips were married on Sept 13, 1923 in llanelly, Breconshire, Wales. A copy of their marriage license is included here.
When they were married, David was working as a mechanic for David and William Griffith, two medical practitioners.
Gwladys was born Martha Elizabeth Gwladys Phillips on Oct 23, 1898 in Llanwonno, Mountain Ash, Wales. We are fortunate to have a photo of Gwladys when she was only 13 years old. It is amazing how many of todays descendants look like Gwladys.
A copy of her birth certificate is also included here and shows her parents as David Phillips and Elizabeth Ann Evans.
The Phillips family was living at 2 Stream Street when Gwladys was born and were still there in the 1901 Census. David Phillips was listed as a Journeyman Stone Mason on the birth certificate.
David & Gwladys lived at Rhosfawr, near Blaenporth in Cardingshire for many years. This was the farm that his step-father Griffith Lodwick owned. Three children were born there, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) on Jun 11, 1924; Rachel Owena on Jul 26, 1926 and David Griffith (Dewi Wyn) on Oct 2, 1927.
During their time at Rhosfawr, David worked for Colonel Sir John Lynne-Thomas who was a Surgeon and friend of many luminaries including The Prince of Wales and David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Great Britain. Colonel Sir John Lynne- Thomas wrote a book called ‘Key of All Wales’ in 1932, and one of the photo’s in it features two of David’s children.
David’s stepfather Griffith Lodwick passed away on Feb 3, 1926. After Dewi was born in Oct 1927, the family moved to Abersalfach, near Camarthen and David’s mother Mary Jones moved with them. David worked for the man that owned a garage there and the family lived in quarters beside the garage. Another child, Violet Rosemary was born there on May 2, 1932. Mary Jones died at Abersalfach on Sept 24, 1933.
They then moved to a large house in Monknash, near Bridgend, which had private access to the beach, where Gwladys would pick and boil periwinkles right on the beach ready for Ray and Betty coming home from school. They would sit in the sand picking them out with cocktail sticks. The house is still there as is the stable block where they had the flat above.
Because of his war injuries and the mustard gas burns, David’s legs would break out in ulcers and he would be unable to work. This would sometimes mean he would lose not only his job but also the families accommodation.
The family finally moved to Bridgend and rented a house at 95 Castle Street. David got a job as delivery driver for the co-operative society.
On Oct 6, 1945, the oldest daughter Betty married a Canadian Soldier during WW2 and she left for Canada on her birthday, June 11, 1946. Gwladys took her by train to Southampton where she boarded the Queen Mary for the long voyage.
On Mar 29, 1948, Ray married Roy Alan Morrall and they moved to Coventry where Alan was a policeman.
Dewi went off to university and became an Engineer and that left Vi at home with her mum and dad.
On Feb 20, 1952 at 7PM, the family suffered a tremendous loss when Gwladys passed away. David continued to live at 95 Castle Street with his daughter Vi.
Dewi Wyn Jones married Jeanette Loughlin on Mar 4, 1953 and on Sept 26, 1953, Violet Rosemary Jones married David Jenkins.
Vi and David lived with David Owen Jones and eventually Vi and David bought the house.
David Owen Jones continued to lived with them until he died on Apr 1, 1963.
G9: Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Jones 1924-2005 & George Edwin Shiels
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Jones was born Jun 11, 1924 at Rhosfawr, near Blaenporth in Cardingshire, Wales. She was the first child of David Owen Jones (1891) and Gwladys Phillips.
She married a Canadian Soldier George Edwin Shiels on Oct 11, 1945 during WW2. They had 7 children together, Rosemarie 1947, David 1948, Dan 1951, Patricia 1952, Bill 1955, Gareth 1956 & Lynda 1960.
George died Nov 10, 1979 and Betty died July 27, 2005.
(Dan Shiels Ancestor)
G9: Rachel Owena (Ray) Jones 1926-2013 & Allan Morrall
Rachel Owena Jones was born Jul 26, 1926 at Rhosfawr, near Blaenporth in Cardingshire, Wales. She was the second child of David Owen Jones (1891) and Gwladys Phillips.
She married a British Policeman, Alan Morrall on Mar 29, 1948.
They had 4 children, Christopher David 1952; Alun Philip 1956; Linda Elizabeth 1957 and Tracy Sian 1966.
Ray passed away Jan 7, 2013 and Alan passed away in Jun 28, 2021.
G9: Dewi Jones 1927-2012 & Jeannette Loughlin
David Griffith (Dewi Wyn) Jones was born on October 2, 1927, in Blaenporth, Cardiganshire, Wales. He was the third child of David Owen Jones (1891) and Gwladys Phillips.
Dewi married Jeanette Loughlin on Mar 4, 1953. They never had children.
Dewi passed away Jan 26, 2012 and Jeannette died Jun 7, 2019.
G9: Violet Jones 1932-2018 & David Jenkins
Violet Rosemary Jones was born on May 2, 1932. She was the fourth child of David Owen Jones (1891) and Gwladys Phillips.
Violet Rosemary Jones married David Jenkins on Sept 26, 1953. They had four children, Susan Pamela 1957-1957; Robert Llewellyn 1957; Cathy Elizabeth 1962 and Carol Anne 1966.
David died Jan 14, 1990 and Vi passed away May 25, 2018.