Saturday Snapshot

I’ve been going through family photos again:

When I was a child of five (living in Cheshire) my grandparents came from Wales to live with us. They had the front room in our house and on the mantelpiece were two miniature framed photos of my Taid’s (grandfather’s) parents. He was immensely proud of them and it’s a great shame that those photos have gone missing, so I was delighted to find this one of my great grandparents. It shows my great grandfather, Isaac Owens and my great grandmother, Elizabeth Owens, the lady wearing glasses. I have no idea who the other lady was (the one wearing the white blouse). Nor do I know when or where it was taken.

I know very little about them.

Isaac was born on 7 August 1848 (August 7 is also my birthday) in Bryn-y-Baal, a small hamlet near Mold in Flintshire, Wales. His father, George was a coal miner. Isaac’s occupation is described in the census returns as a Brickworks Labourer, an Agricultural Labourer and a Tin Plate Worker.  He married Elizabeth Hughes in 1877 and they had five children, my Taid was their second child. Two of their children died, aged 17 months and 11 months, with a third, John dying when he was 19.

I have the family Bible in which he recorded the family births, marriages and deaths.

Family Bible (click to enlarge)

From the census returns I’ve discovered that he moved around the local area, presumably to get work and on some of the censuses he is not living with the rest of the family. He and Elizabeth spoke both Welsh and English. Isaac died aged 79 in 1928 at my grandparents’ home.

I’ve posted photos previously of my great grandmother, Elizabeth and also of the sampler that she stitched in 1867, when she was twelve.

For more Saturday Snapshots see Alyce’s blog At Home With Books.

15 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot”

  1. I love old family photos and history. I don’t know a lot about my maternal grandparents and their history, other than that they came over to the US from Sweden when young adults.

    Later I learned a little about my grandfather’s family (he was one of twelve kids!).

    A lot of them settled in Michigan.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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  2. You know a heck of a lot more than I do about greatgrandparents, and grandparents for that matter. Great old photo. Aren’t you glad you found it. I think when my mom’s dementia was starting she threw photos and Christmas ornaments out, not sure why those two things, but… sad.

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  3. I like seeing old photos and getting a glimpse of those who walked this way before us. (I once met a Welsh couple who said the language was dying out – the husband couldn’t speak much of it but his wife could. I found that so sad – a language disappearing for ever.)

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  4. That’s neat that you have the photo and the Bible birth records. Looking back at family history is something that I always think is fascinating.

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  5. Family history research is one of my hobbies too. I wish I had more time to indulge in it. I also have Welsh great-grandparents – Stephen Ball imigrated to Australia during the goldrush era (via California).
    They must have been so brave to set off into the wide unknown llike that knowing they would probably never see their birth families again.
    A couple of Stephen’s sons visited the Welsh relatives during WW1 when they were on leave from the front.
    I was the next ‘cousin’ in 1991 to visit the family in Wales!

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  6. Margaret – I’m so glad you found that ‘photo. And you know an awful lot more about your great-grandparents than a lot of other people do about theirs. I love the snap of the Bible too – how rich in history!

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  7. You have a great treasure in these photos and the family Bible. I have many personal memories and photographs of my great-grandparents and many other family members and have done some genealogy as well. This is the kind of history that disappears and yet it’s the most interesting for our descendants.

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  8. Lovely photos and the sampler is beautiful, I have one similar which was done by a great great grandmother in 1826 but it has the more usual crown motifs, sadly no house.

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