Martha Elizabeth Gwladys Phillips was always known as Gwladys. She was born in 1898 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. She was the only child of David Phillips and Elizabeth Ann Evans.
Gwladys’s lineage is as follows:
- G1: Thomas Phillips 1708 & Mary
- G2: Thomas Phillips 1728
- G3: David Phillips 1753-1818 & Martha Thomas
- G4: David Phillips 1775 & Anne Lewelyn
- G5: John Phillips 1811-1852 & Anne Lewis
- G6: Timothy Phillips 1830-1886 & Martha Williams
- G7: David Phillips 1864 & Elizabeth Ann Evans
- G8: Martha Elizabeth Gwladys Phillips 1898-1952 & David Owen Jones
- G9: Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Jones 1924-2005 & George Edwin Shiels
- G9: Rachel Owena (Ray) Jones 1926-2013 & Alan Morrall
- G9: Dewi Wyn Jones 1927-2012 & Jeanette Loughlin
- G9: Violet Rosemary Jones 1932-2018 & David Jenkins
G8: Martha Elizabeth Gwladys Phillips 1898-1952 & David Owen Jones
Martha Elizabeth Gwladys Phillips was born on Oct 23, 1898 in Llanwonno, Mountain Ash, Wales. She was always known as Gwladys and was the only child of David Phillips (1864) and Elizabeth Ann Evans.
The 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.
Gwladys married David Owen Jones on Sept 13, 1923 in llanelly, Breconshire, Wales. A copy of their marriage license is included here.
David & Gwladys lived at Rhosfawr, near Blaenporth in Cardingshire for many years. This was the farm that David’s 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. At Gwladys’ funeral, a number of her cousins were amongst the mourners including Daniel Phillips 1898-1964 from Swansea; Daniel Morris 1905-1994 & his wife Gwladys from Trefdraeth; Timothy Morris 1903-1977 & his wife Agnes from Cardigan; Idwal Morris 1907-1994; Jack & May Llewellyn of Mountain Ash.
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: 1924 Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Jones & 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.
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(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.
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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 l married Jeanette Loughlin on Mar 4, 1953. They never had children.
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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.