Monday, August 18, 2014
John and Jane Vaughan Lewis's Home in Wales
Every once in a while, history just pops. According to the 1851 Census for Wales and 2011 Google world mapping, [Correction: Bedwellty Parish was very large in those days. It included the town of Tredegar. A careful review of the census page, the tithe maps of Wales from the 1840s, and a history of Tredegar, indicates that they lived on Church Street in Tredegar, not Church Street in Bedwellty which I believe is more modern. Fortunately, we can still plot the approximate location and find it on Gooogle maps.] One of these houses is where John, Jane, and little John Samuel Lewis lived in Tredegar, Bedwellty Parish, when they were members of the LDS church and John the father worked as an iron miner. Elinor Vaughan, Jane's mother, certainly would have visited here and maybe even lived here after her John 1789 passed away that very year.
History surrounds us. This is a real place that we can go to now that we know where it is. And there is a real place where Jane, Elinor, and the two Johns ended up here in Utah (Springville?) or maybe California, if only we could find them or some record to tell us. We will keep at it.