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The feature below was first shown on my website on 4 January 2004

John Ball

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Where's that?? - locate Bethlehem and the Black Mountain on a map of South Wales.


To Bethlehem via the Black Mountain, Carmarthenshire


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Bethlehem Chapel Graveyard

The pictures below show details of some of the interesting tombstones in the chapel graveyard.

Bethlehem Chapel graveyard
Above: General view of the graveyard from the northeast corner.

Bethlehem Chapel graveyard

Above: An unusual triangular tombstone
  Bethlehem Chapel graveyard

Above: Ornate headstone of Henry Price
(see transcription below, and translation below left)
Main surface:
 
In Memory of
HENRY PRICE
Cwmdu in this parish
Who died Jan 10
1860
Aged 60
Also of ANNE
Wife of the said
HENRY PRICE - - - who
Died May - - - 1862
Aged - - years.
  ER COF AM
HENRY PRICE
CWMDU YN Y PLWYF HWN
YR HWN A FU FARW ION. 10
1860
YN 60 MLWYDD OED.
HEFYD AM ANNE
GWRAIG Y DYWEDEDIG
HENRY PRICE - - - A FU
FARW MAI - - - 1862
YN - - MLWYDD
 
Minor surfaces:
 
Peripheral arch

HEFYD HENRY MAB H. AC E. PRICE,
CWMDU, BU FARW MEHEFIN 17, 1878
YN 16 MIS.


Also HENRY son of H. and E. PRICE,
Cwmdu, who died June 17, 1878
aged 16 months.
  Central shield

HEFYD MARY ANN EU MERCH
BU FARW EBRILL 29, 1892,
YN 16 MLWYDD OED.


Also MARY ANN their daughter
who died April 29, 1892,
aged 16 years.

Bethlehem Chapel graveyard
Above: Two Thomas family graves (centre).

Bethlehem Chapel graveyard

Above: Tombstone of William Thomas
(see also below left and right)
  Bethlehem Chapel graveyard

Above: Tombstone of David Thomas
(see further details later)

Bethlehem Chapel graveyard

Above: Shrouded urn on tomb of Wm Thomas
  Bethlehem Chapel graveyard

Above: Inscription on tomb of Wm Thomas
(see transcription below)
 
In Affectionate Remembrance
of
WILLIAM THOMAS
of Llwyndu in this Parish
who departed this life May 31st 1863
in the 75th year of his age.
ESTHER THOMAS
daughter of the above named,
died May 15th 1861, aged 21 years,
and RACHEL THOMAS, also
daughter of the above named,
died Feb. 3rd 1836, in her 13 year.

"The stars shall fade away, - the Sun himself
Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years.
But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amidst the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crash of worlds."
.

Llwyndu is a 100-acre farm a short walk from Bethlehem Chapel. After William Thomas died, his widow Elizabeth and several of their children emigrated to the USA. Elizabeth died in Emporia, Kansas. On her memorial stone in Greenwood Cemetery, Emporia Township, is the same verse as that shown above on her husband's tombstone in Bethlehem Chapel graveyard.
William Thomas is the 4 × great grandfather of Kate Rogers (Mary K. Rogers) of Manitou Springs, Colorado, for whom I photographed the chapel and the Thomas gravestones.

At the time of the 1881 census, Llwyndu was being farmed by 60-year-old widow Sarah Griffiths and her son David.


The final pictures (below) illustrate the inscriptions on the three sides of the tombstone of David Thomas which is shown standing next to the tomb of William Thomas in my earlier photograph. The proximity of the graves suggests these two Thomas families may have been related.

Bethlehem Chapel graveyard
Above: Tombstone of David Thomas, died March 3rd 1875, aged 21
Son of Thomas and Mary Thomas of Llwynmendy Uchaf [sic].
Llwynmaendu Uchaf farm is situated close to Bethlehem Chapel and Llwyndu Farm.

Bethlehem Chapel graveyard
Above: Thomas Thomas, died August 4th 1885, aged 76.
Father of David Thomas.

Bethlehem Chapel graveyard
Above: Mary Thomas, died April 3rd 1901, aged 83
Wife of Thomas Thomas (see 1881 census record below).

Llwynmendy Uchaf, Llangadock, Carmarthenshire
NAME and Surname of
each Person
RELATION
to
Head of Family
CON-
DITION
as to
Marriage
AGE last
Birthday
Rank, Profession, or OCCUPATIONWHERE BORN
Thomas ThomasHeadM70Farmer of 122 acres employing 1 labourerLlangadock, Carmarthen
Mary ThomasWifeM63Farmer's wifeLlanfynydd, Carmarthen
Michael ThomasSonU19Farmer's sonLlangadock, Carmarthen
Jane WaltersServantU22Dairymaid Domestic ServantLlandebie, Carmarthen
Elizabeth DaviesServantU18General servant DomesticLlangadock, Carmarthen
William HarrisServantU22Farm servant IndoorLlangadock, Carmarthen
Rees JonesServant 13Farm servant IndoorLlanwrtyd, Brecknock
John EmanuelServantU33Farm labourerShrewsbury, Shropshire
David JamesVisitorU23Farmer's sonMyddfai, Carmarthen


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