Jonah Evans wrote the book Hen Gymeriadau - Cwmgors a'r Waun o'r flwyddyn 1840 [Old Characters of Cwmgors and Gwauncaegurwen from the year 1840] in 1907.
The book was indexed and translated by Jenni Hyatt in 1999 and can be viewed on the above Genuki page.
Apart from being immensely grateful to him for contributing such an invaluable resource for local family historians I realised I knew nothing else about him, so I did some research.
My first port of call was the 'other' local history book by L C Huws - Annibynwyr Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, written in 1942, and here are some references from the translation which will help to place Jonah Evans in the area's history.
I'm assuming that the Dyffryn Clwyd in the first reference above is the abode detailed on the 1871 census, not far from the Caegurwen Arms - a Thomas Morgan and family were living there then. And in 1891 a Henry Bigby and family/lodgers were there.
According to FreeBMD a Jonah Evans died in the March Quarter of 1926 in the Pontardawe Registration District, he was aged 70 which implies he was born c 1856.
A search of the 1911 census finds Jonah Evans and family living at Dyffryn Clwyd, GCG and these are the details as transcribed
So, from the above we now also know that Jonah was born in Llangiwg parish, as were all his large family, he was a coal face worker, he married his wife in 1883/4
A further search of FreeBMD finds a Jonah Evans married Angharad Thomas in the Dec Quarter 1883 in Pontardawe Registration District.
(4/11) I am contacted by Billo Jenkins (formerly of Twyn yr Efail) who tells me " My maternal grandfather was William Thomas, known to all and sundry as"Billy Derwydd", who lived all his married life in Twyn yr Efail. One of his sisters, Angharad, was married to Jonah Evans and they had 8 children viz .Evan, Camber, Christmas (who died in infancy), Gwenny, Minnie, Cathrine,William John, and Asquith."
The photographs that follow were contributed by Leigh Jones (August 2011)
Jonah Evans is Leigh's great grandfather and his daughter Catherine Evans is Leigh's grandmother
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