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-Tracing the family tree

-is an obsession for Welsh people.

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-We like to ask where do you come

-from and to whom are you related?

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-The National Library

-in Aberystwyth...

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-..is Wales's main source

-of information.

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-This is also home

-to the Perthyn team.

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-Over the next eight weeks...

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-..they'll put your stories

-under the microscope.

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-The National Library

-is a mine of information...

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-..about every aspect of our history.

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-A few months ago, we invited you

-to send us your family stories.

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-The response was incredible.

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-The Perthyn team have been

-delving through your stories.

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-Stories about colourful characters,

-illicit affairs...

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-..a family scandal or two

-and countless mysteries.

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-One story which attracted our

-attention is Geraint Morgan's story.

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-Geraint lives in Penllergaer,

-Swansea.

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-Geraint's researching

-a family rift...

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-..which happened over a century ago.

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-Good morning, Heledd.

-Welcome to Penllergaer. Come in.

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-Is the kettle on?

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-Is the kettle on?

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-Yes, it's on already.

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-Well, Geraint,

-you're obviously an inquisitive man!

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-You've been delving into the past.

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-You've been delving into the past.

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-It's called curiosity.

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-Curiosity is the correct word!

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-How much do you know already?

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-My grandfather

-was raised in Myddfai...

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-..the other side

-of the Black Mountains.

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-He moved to Cwmgors

-to look for work.

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-His father, David Davies,

-was born in 1858.

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-He was a stonemason by trade.

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-In addition,

-he was a chapel deacon...

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-..and a leader of the singing

-in Bethania Chapel, Myddfai.

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-He was an important man in

-his community and well respected.

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-He was a strict man

-and a teetotaller.

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-He refused to touch any alcohol.

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-He was the conductor

-of a small choir in Myddfai...

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-..the Myddfai Glee Party,

-a men's choir.

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-I remember my grandfather telling me

-that he took his tuning fork...

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-..wherever he went.

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-As a leader of the singing,

-it was a key instrument.

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-It helped him strike the right note

-at the start of a hymn.

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-It's been passed down the family

-over the years.

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-This is his tuning fork.

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-The exact one.

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-This is David Davies's tuning fork.

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-When hit, it produces a C note.

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-Perfect pitch.

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-What would you like to discover

-on this journey?

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-My grandfather's brother,

-Llewelyn Davies, was older than him.

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-He was born in 1891.

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-He left Myddfai when he was

-17 years old and headed for America.

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-When I was a child,

-I knew a little about this story...

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-..but I didn't know all the details.

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-Tad-cu never told me what happened,

-the actual circumstances.

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-In 1963...

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-..there was a garage in Cwmgors -

-Evan Rees's Garage.

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-It was the only place in the village

-which had a phone.

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-In 1963, a phone call

-came through to the garage.

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-Evan Rees realized that the caller

-was Llewelyn, Tad-cu's brother.

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-He lived in America.

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-He hadn't spoken to his brother

-since leaving in 1908.

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-Fifty-five years later,

-a phone call came out of the blue.

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-Tad-cu grabbed the phone

-but couldn't speak.

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-He just broke down in tears.

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-Something serious

-must have happened years ago...

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-..to stop them

-contacting each other.

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-I still remember it

-and the effect it had on Tad-cu.

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-It would be fascinating to find out

-what had gone through Llew's mind.

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-He left in 1908

-when he was still a child.

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-He was only 17 years old.

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-In 1908, how did he decide

-which direction to take?

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-Should he turn left or right?

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-Where did he go? Who took him there?

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-How did he reach America

-in the first place?

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-Was he forced to leave

-or did he leave voluntarily?

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-Geraint travels over

-the Black Mountain to Myddfai.

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-He's trying to find out

-why Llewelyn...

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-..his grandfather's brother...

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-..headed to America

-when he was only 17 years old.

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-This story's drawing me to it

-and it's something I can't ignore.

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-It's important

-to look into our history...

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-..to find out where we came from

-and what's influenced our lives.

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-It's important to pass on

-that heritage to our children.

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-Today, very few people in Myddfai

-remember his family.

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-Geraint has come

-to meet Lewis Jones...

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-..who has a keen interest

-in local history.

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-His family has lived here

-for the past six generations.

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-I've been doing some research

-into your family.

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-I've found an article

-in the Carmarthen Journal...

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-..from 1896.

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-It appears that your

-great-grandfather won a prize.

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-Mr David Davies, plasterer.

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-He was successful

-in the bass solo competition.

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-Dos Y Frwydr.

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-He led the signing in Bethania.

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-Yes, the chapel you attend.

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-This is news to me.

-I had no idea he sang on his own.

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-This news is good to hear indeed.

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-Has he passed down

-his singing ability to you?

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-Apparently so. I sing too.

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-I've sung as a soloist

-once or twice...

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-..but mostly, I sing with a choir.

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-It must be in the genes.

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-I've come full circle

-by returning to my roots.

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-During the 18th century...

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-..William Williams Pantycelyn

-and his followers...

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-..ignited the flame

-of the Methodist Revival.

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-It left a lasting impression

-on Wales...

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-..particularly on small communities

-like Myddfai.

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-A century and a half later...

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-..Geraint's great-grandfather,

-David Davies...

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-..raised a family here

-during another religious revival.

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-The 1904-05 revival

-was characterized...

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-..by hymn singing

-and passionate preachers.

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-The emphasis on maintaining

-respectable moral standards...

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-..was often at the expense

-of spiritual matters.

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-Walking through the village...

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-..there's a sense

-that little has changed here...

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-..since Tad-cu was a child.

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-It's a close-knit community.

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-Everyone helps each other

-during times of hardship.

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-When Tad-cu grew up here...

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-..this was the family home.

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-He had three brothers

-and one sister.

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-Five children and their parents,

-Defi Ty Top and Lizzie Ty Top.

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-At the time, this was the last house

-in the village.

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-It was nicknamed Ty Top.

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-On the exterior wall...

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-..you can see evidence

-of David Davies's handiwork.

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-He was proud of his ability...

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-..to build a house

-and raise a happy family.

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-If the family was so happy...

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-..why did Llewelyn,

-Geraint's great uncle...

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-..leave home at 17 years of age?

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-I've been looking for the answer

-to that question for many years.

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-Why did he go to America?

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-What drove him so far away

-from his home here in Myddfai?

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-Geraint's parents never discussed

-Llewelyn's life with him.

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-His sister, Delith, who lives

-in Flintshire, has come to see him.

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-Does she have any more information?

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-Do you remember anything about Llew?

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-We know he moved to America

-but do you know what happened?

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-I remember Mam telling me

-when I was a child...

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-..and maybe she told me more than

-she told you because I was a girl...

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-..but I remember Mam and Dad

-had a photograph in the cupboard.

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-Maybe I asked

-who the person in the photo was.

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-Mam went on to talk

-about Uncle Llew.

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-He moved to America from Myddfai

-after getting a girl pregnant.

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-Did he go voluntarily, believing

-he couldn't deal with the situation?

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-Or did his parents force him to go?

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-Mam didn't tell me.

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-I remember her telling me

-that Mam-gu Myddfai said...

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-.."That's the last I see of them.

-I bury them today."

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-So he didn't depart alone.

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-They were two brothers.

-Llew and Sid departed together.

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-Do you know anything of the girl

-who became pregnant?

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-All I can remember Mam saying

-was that her name was Olwen.

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-How do you know that?

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-How do you know that?

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-Mam told me.

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-I don't know

-how the conversation came about...

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-..but she said

-that was the girl's name.

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-After he reached America,

-he met a girl and married her.

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-His first child, a daughter,

-was named Emily Olwen.

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-That says a lot.

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-It's rather strange

-that I don't know anything about it.

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-But no-one spoke about such matters

-back in the day.

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-They might have been trying

-to keep it quiet - a family scandal.

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-It was pushed to one side

-and no-one mentioned it.

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-Now that I know this much

-about Llewelyn...

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-..it's made me want to know more.

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-Geraint Morgan's family ties

-are in Myddfai.

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-David Davies,

-his great-grandfather...

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-..was a deacon and led the singing

-in Bethania Chapel.

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-Two of his children, Llewelyn and

-Sidney, left Myddfai as young men.

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-They never returned to Wales.

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-According to the family, Llewelyn

-got a local girl pregnant...

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-..and Sidney went with him

-to America in 1908.

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-Why did they go to America?

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-Geraint returns to Myddfai

-to meet historian Dr Russell Davies.

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-He's eager to learn how people would

-have reacted to Llewelyn's news.

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-Would it have brought shame

-upon his family?

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-The answer is a little more complex

-than you would expect...

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-..from looking at the plain facts.

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-There is evidence to be found

-in the local birth register...

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-..that in parishes

-such as Llanddeusant...

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-..25% of the children

-were born illegitimately.

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-He wouldn't have been

-the only one in this area...

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-..to have fathered a child

-out of wedlock.

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-This was soon after

-the 1904-05 Revival.

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-For someone so well respected

-within the chapel...

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-..it would have been

-cause for embarrassment.

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-Llewelyn, Tad-cu's brother,

-went to America in 1908...

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-..rather than somewhere

-in this country.

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-Why?

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-Here's the evidence

-of his departure.

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-This is the List or Manifest

-of Alien Passengers...

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-..for the United States.

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-Llewelyn and Sidney's names

-can be seen clearly.

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-We can see on the other page

-that they were bound for Wisconsin.

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-Here's a photograph of the ship...

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-..they boarded - the SS Umbria.

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-Here's the most significant clue

-to their choice of destination.

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-This is TE Thomas.

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-He was the minister of this chapel.

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-TE Thomas acted as some kind

-of local marriage counsellor.

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-In 1881, he visited America.

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-For a time, he was a missionary

-and minister in Wisconsin.

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-Within the chapel,

-he already had the contacts...

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-..ready to help Llewelyn...

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-..build his new life

-over in Wisconsin, America.

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-Alright. That's incredible.

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-There's a plaque to TE Thomas

-in the chapel.

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-So it seems that someone

-facilitated the move.

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-There's a definite link.

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-It's too much of a coincidence.

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-He'd already been a minister

-in Wisconsin.

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-He had numerous contacts

-out in Wisconsin.

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-Llewelyn and Sidney end up

-in the exact same place...

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-..where he'd been a minister.

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-That's too much of a coincidence.

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-I think the explanation

-has lifted my spirits.

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-I was concerned that they had

-to depart without help or guidance.

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-Knowing that the minister

-had supported them...

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-..and helped them

-make their way to America...

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-..that's a comfort, a great comfort.

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-If you're looking

-for information about a relative...

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-..who's emigrated from Britain...

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-..the first step

-is to find out when they left.

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-Look for clues in the archives...

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-..and any family records

-you have at home.

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-From 1890 onwards...

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-..the list of people emigrating

-is fairly comprehensive...

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-..recording their point of departure

-and their destination.

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-Search the records of that country.

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-The archives of America, Canada

-and Australia can be found online.

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-Arwel Jones has been searching

-through the records for clues...

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-..about Sidney and Llewelyn's lives.

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-He's discovered that Sidney Davies

-set up home in Pennsylvania.

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-He was a painter and married

-a librarian of Cuban descent.

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-We've searched America's Census

-of 1920.

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-The enquiry about Llewelyn Davies

-has taken us to Colorado...

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-..to a place called Lafayette.

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-If we scroll down,

-we can see a Llewelyn Davies.

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-His wife was called Elizabeth.

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-He had three children -

-Emily, Haydn and Hazel.

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-It notes that he came from Wales.

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-Here, it notes his profession

-as carpenter.

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-It seems

-that he worked in a coal mine.

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-The 20th century

-was the golden age of emigrating.

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-At the turn of the century...

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-..almost 100,000 sailed

-from Wales to America...

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-..in search of a better life.

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-In America,

-a Welsh society was established...

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-..centred around chapels and choirs.

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-From Wisconsin, Llewelyn

-moved to Lafayette, Colorado...

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-..to work as a carpenter

-in a coal mine.

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-He arrived there

-during a tumultuous time.

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-The miners had campaigned

-for decades...

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-..against the oppression

-of large mining companies.

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-The company which owned the coal

-mine was called Rocky Mountain.

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-It's a familiar story.

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-A large company making large profits

-on the back of its employees.

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-There was conflict and bitterness

-between the workers and managers.

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-Working conditions were poor.

-Workers' health suffered.

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-Against this backdrop, as was common

-in Wales at the time...

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-..one man established a choir...

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-..to maintain the miners' spirits

-and in support of their cause.

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-The person who conducted that choir

-was Llewelyn.

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-We have quite a lot of evidence

-to support that.

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-Lafayette's local history society

-has recorded a lot of its history.

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-There's a whole column dedicated

-to a man named Llewelyn Davies.

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-It says he was born in Myddfai,

-Wales in 1891.

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-It notes

-that he was a keen gardener...

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-..and that he kept a cellar

-full of fruit and vegetables...

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-..including apples and potatoes,

-every winter.

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-He established this choir to support

-the miners during the strike.

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-Here's another photograph.

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-After moving to Lafayette...

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-..Llewelyn became

-a respected member of the community.

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-Well, it's a...

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-It's a great comfort, to be honest.

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-My grandfather was active

-with the unions.

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-He belonged to a union

-at his workplace in Cwmgors.

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-This is all new to me.

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-It's such a shame that I couldn't

-share this information...

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-..with my parents

-when they were alive.

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-Tad-cu would have appreciated

-so much hearing all this.

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-It's just great to know that life

-turned out so well for him.

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-Perthyn hasn't been able to find

-any record of Olwen...

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-..the girl who became pregnant

-in Myddfai.

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-Without a full name...

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-..Geraint is unlikely to find out

-what happened to her and her child.

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-But there is one more surprise.

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-After much research...

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-..Perthyn has found

-Llewelyn's family in Colorado.

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-Do they have any answers

-for Geraint?

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-Hello.

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-How are you, sir?

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-How are you, sir?

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-Very well, thank you.

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-We understand you're our relative.

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-Well, yeah, apparently so.

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-I'm Larry Smith.

-This is my Aunt Hazel.

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-Her name was Davies.

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-Llewelyn Davies was my father.

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-Llewelyn...

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-Llewelyn...

-

-Llewelyn was your father?

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-That's my grandfather's brother.

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-That's my grandfather. Yes, sir.

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-Llewelyn was your grandfather.

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-Did your grandfather ever give you

-the reason why he left Wales?

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-We had heard...

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-..that the brother, Sid...

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-..had a young lady in trouble,

-pregnant, in the village.

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-The story on our side...

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-..is that it was Llewelyn

-who got a girl in trouble.

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-You're kidding!

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-Grandpa!

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-Oh, no!

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-No!

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-The only thing we do know...

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-..is that the girl's name was Olwen.

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-My mother's name was Emily Olwen.

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-My mother's name was Emily Olwen.

-

-We did know that.

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-Yes, yes. My mother said that.

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-Isn't that strange?

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-It is strange, it is. You're right.

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-Emily Olwen.

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-Geraint and his new-found family

-have a lot to discuss.

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-Both sides are glad they have

-restored the family connection.

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-..if you want to come over to Wales,

-you'll be more than welcome.

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-You have a place here too.

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-And it's no further.

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-No, I know, I know.

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-A century and more later...

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-..the rift in David Davies's family

-is consigned to the history books.

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-It might be easy for us,

-in this day and age...

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-..to point a critical finger...

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-..but it was a reflection of what

-was happening during that time.

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-I'm very glad that I embarked

-on this journey.

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-Finally,

-we have rekindled the link...

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-..for Llew and Tad-cu's sake...

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-..and everyone in the family.

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Taith emosiynol Geraint Morgan o Benllergaer, Abertawe sy'n ceisio mynd at wraidd rhwyg teuluol a ddigwyddodd dros ganrif yn ôl. Geraint Morgan from Penllergaer delves into his family's past


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