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-Over recent months, the Perthyn team
-has been researching your stories.
-to the Lleyn Peninsula...
-..we've seen tears
-of sadness and joy.
-We've solved mysteries
-and united families.
-There's a likeness.
-There's a likeness.
-Well, well, well.
-Well, well, well.
-Typhoid fever. Very sad.
-As you see,
-she was illegitimate.
-They're the interesting ones.
-I know who you are.
-I know who you are.
-I'm learning something new
-about this family every day.
-He's your great-great-great-great
-Hywel, here's Olive.
-I've seen how tracing your family
-tree can become an obsession.
-Sian Rees's experience
-is a familiar story.
-You were raised in Rhyl.
-What was it like living in Rhyl?
-I moved to Rhyl from Cricieth
-when I was eight years old.
-I didn't know what to expect.
-My grandfather lived there.
-Someone told my mother,
-"Oh, you're going to live in Sodom!"
-People talked about the fair and a
-social lower class that lived here.
-I didn't see any of that
-when I grew up.
-It was a lovely place. I'll
-defend Rhyl until my dying days!
-How did your family end up in Rhyl?
-my great-great grandfather...
-..moved from Aberdaron to Rhyl
-some time after 1851.
-He was a Welsh speaker
-and all his family spoke Welsh.
-Today, I'm the only Welsh speaker
-in my family.
-An interesting name appears
-in your family tree.
-Yes - Love.
-It's been in the family since
-William Jones moved from Aberdaron.
-Many family members
-have Love as their middle name.
-Often, an event inspires people
-to research their family tree.
-Did that happen to you?
-As a young girl,
-I remember my father telling me...
-..that our family was related
-to the King of Bardsey.
-Of course, as a child, I didn't pay
-much attention to that...
-..but it did trigger something
-deep in my imagination.
-Since I started tracing
-my family tree...
-..it has become, at times,
-Aberdaron and the surrounding area
-is my spiritual home.
-My mother's side of the family
-hails from that area.
-Now, I'm hoping to confirm
-that my father's side does too.
-The link with Bardsey is a mystery
-I'd like to see solved...
-..if that's possible.
-How many of us realize that Bardsey
-had its own king at one time?
-was the island's last king.
-was part humorous, part serious.
-It was established
-two centuries ago.
-Sian wants to discover
-if she's related to Love Pritchard.
-Sian's journey doesn't begin
-on the Lleyn Peninsula.
-She's in Rhyl,
-the family's home for generations.
-Sian has fond memories of the town.
-her great-great grandfather...
-..was the first family member
-to move here.
-She thinks he came from Aberdaron...
-..but she has little information
-Sian is on her way
-to Foryd Harbour in Rhyl...
-..to meet historian Dilwyn Williams.
-I've been told by my family...
-..that William Jones
-came from Aberdaron.
-He moved to Rhyl in the 1850s.
-He worked as a corn merchant.
-Do you have any information
-Corn would have been harvested
-in the Vale of Clwyd at that time.
-That could have been a reason
-for him moving here.
-He saw an opportunity to trade.
-Rhyl was a town in its infancy
-but it was rapidly growing...
-..as a seaside town
-and a holiday destination.
-The advent of the railway in 1848
-made it more accessible.
-It made life easier.
-The ports of Rhuddlan and Foryd
-had been operating for generations.
-Ships would regularly dock here
-to load cargo...
-..back and forth, along
-the coastline, mainly to Liverpool.
-That was probably his main reason
-for moving to Rhyl.
-Do you know if he was successful
-in his venture?
-Well, yes. He was.
-The warehouse he owned is still
-here, in the town centre.
-It's no longer a warehouse,
-it's a bank nowadays.
-Here's his obituary
-from the Rhyl Journal.
-"An Old Resident's Death.
-"He at one time...
-"..had a warehouse on the site...
-"..of the North and South Wales
-I'm glad to say, it's still there.
-As well as being a successful
-corn trader in Rhyl...
-..William Jones's obituary
-also confirms the family story...
-..that he was originally
-Throughout the Victorian age,
-It became a popular
-The railway brought the town
-Like every successful town,
-it needed a football club.
-One of Sian's relatives
-played for the club...
-..at the turn of the 20th century.
-Sian is visiting
-Belle Vue Stadium...
-..to meet football commentator
-My grandmother's brother
-used to play football for Rhyl.
-Have you found
-any further details about him?
-John Love Jones, or
-John Lovey Jones as he was known...
-..went on to become
-a professional player.
-He played for Rhyl from 1903-1905.
-In 1905, he played for Rhyl
-The secretary of Stoke City
-was a spectator at that game.
-A secretary was a club's manager
-in those days.
-He was so pleased with
-John Love Jones's performance...
-..he signed him for Stoke City
-before he returned home that night.
-After playing for Stoke City, he
-went on to play for Middlesbrough.
-He also played twice for Wales.
-He won his first cap in 1906...
-..an away match against Scotland
-Wales won 2-0 and John Love Jones
-scored one of the goals.
-He was at his best
-playing on the wing...
-..where he had more room to play.
-Most of the players
-would crowd the penalty area.
-But tragedy soon struck.
-At the age of 28,
-John Love Jones died of TB.
-Lovey Jones's glittering career
-He would have played
-far more games for Wales.
-As it is, he was one of the first
-Rhyl players to play for Wales.
-He was a pioneer of his sport
-in Rhyl at the turn of the century.
-Here's something else, Sian,
-to remind you of John Love Jones...
-..and his association with Rhyl FC,
-where his career started...
-..here's a Rhyl FC hat
-as a souvenir...
-..and a Rhyl FC scarf.
-CPD - Clwb Pel-droed Y Rhyl.
-They'll keep you warm!
-Great! Thank you very much.
-Like John Love Jones,
-..corn merchant William Jones
-was one of Rhyl's famous sons.
-Despite passing the building
-many times over the years...
-..the site of his business
-was a mystery to Sian.
-The obituary in the Rhyl Journal
-has filled in many gaps...
-..and brought his character to life
-I didn't realize
-that he'd been so successful.
-He ran this huge warehouse
-in the centre of Rhyl.
-The obituary mentioned a lot
-of positive facts about him.
-It says that he was an active member
-of Bethel Chapel, Rhyl.
-It's the chapel I attended
-when I was growing up...
-..and the chapel
-where I got married.
-He was a deacon at the chapel.
-Oh, dear me.
-This is where he came when he moved
-from the Lleyn Peninsula.
-He arrived as a young man...
-..and he lived until he was 83.
-I've been searching
-for something like this for years.
-So it's great.
-I can't wait to return
-..to confirm, if possible...
-..that he was related,
-as family history suggests...
-..to Love Pritchard,
-Bardsey's last king.
-Perthyn has confirmed
-a family story...
-..that Sian Rees's great-great
-grandfather, William Jones...
-..came from Aberdaron.
-Sian's father claims the family
-is related to Bardsey's last king.
-But who were Williams Jones's
-parents? Where did they live?
-Were they related
-to the last king of Bardsey?
-Sian has travelled to Aberdaron
-to unravel the mystery.
-My father told me
-when I was a young girl...
-..that there was a link between
-our family and the King of Bardsey.
-The last King of Bardsey
-was Love Pritchard.
-Love features frequently in my
-father's family names to this day.
-I want to know if there is a link
-or was it just a family story?
-became King of Bardsey in 1911...
-..the last of three kings
-appointed by the islanders.
-It wasn't a majestic
-or an official monarchy.
-It was a practical monarchy to
-control everyday life on the island.
-After searching for links
-between her family and the King...
-..it became apparent
-that it wouldn't be easy.
-Researching a family tree
-in this area is difficult.
-Families' surnames change
-from one record to the next...
-..but Sian is determined to
-find out more about Love Pritchard.
-This is the grave
-of Love Pritchard, King of Bardsey.
-He's caused me so much trouble
-over the years...
-..as I've tried to research
-the family's history.
-He's been buried with his
-two sisters, Catherine and Susan.
-Despite being buried within earshot
-of the sea in Aberdaron...
-..it's a shame that he wasn't buried
-on the island where he lived.
-One of the clues linking
-Sian's family to the King...
-..is the name Love
-which is featured in both families.
-Can Dilwyn Williams reveal more
-about the origin of the name?
-What do you know
-about the name Love?
-It's hard to know
-how Love Pritchard got his name...
-..but I know it was a prominent name
-in one local family...
-..the Madryn family.
-The name Love in that family...
-..dates back to the Puritan Era
-of the 17th century.
-The original name was Lovegod.
-I've seen references to a boy
-called Lovegod Parry in a will.
-The Puritans tended to place
-Christian virtues on their children.
-This boy was named Lovegod...
-..and during his lifetime,
-his name was shortened to Love.
-The Madryn family
-was well respected locally.
-As a mark of respect...
-..Love Pritchard may well have been
-named after the Madryn family.
-When the first census
-was taken in 1841...
-..and the state started
-registering births in 1837...
-..family names in Wales
-were formalized for the first time.
-Before that, surnames were merely
-It's difficult to research a family
-tree in a rural area such as this.
-It's easier for people...
-..who have one family surname
-that has remained for generations.
-It changes from generation
-to generation in Wales.
-It's not surprising that Sian
-hit a brick wall with her research.
-Can she find more information
-on Bardsey Island?
-I'm really looking forward
-to visiting Bardsey.
-The island has a magical place
-for the Welsh nation.
-There's the history of 20,000 saints
-..and in addition,
-there's my personal connection.
-OK? Cheerio, Sian. So long.
-Around 100 people lived here
-during Love Pritchard's time.
-Researching genealogy here
-should be easy...
-..but Pritchard's family
-is a perfect example...
-..of the complications
-that can arise.
-was born and raised in Ty Pella.
-had many different surnames.
-On official records...
-..they appear as Pritchard,
-Richards and Williams.
-According to legend, they changed
-names to avoid paying taxes.
-What of Sian's connection
-to the King?
-After rummaging through the
-archives, she has some information.
-Perthyn has found William Jones's
-It reveals his father's name
-as John Prichard.
-Is there any more information
-this is confirmation, finally...
-..that William Jones
-lived in Bodffordd...
-..in the parish of Aberdaron.
-According to this,
-his father was John Prichard.
-An even more interesting fact...
-..is that John Prichard...
-..had a son called Love Prichard.
-There was a Love in the family...
-..before the King of Bardsey
-who was born in 1843.
-I didn't know that previously.
-That's a huge piece of the jigsaw.
-As has been the case
-for family tree researchers...
-..on Bardsey and in Aberdaron...
-have posed problems...
-..for the Perthyn team too.
-For Sian, the search continues.
-we couldn't prove conclusively...
-..that both families were related...
-..with Love and Prichard common
-during the same time and area...
-..it is very likely
-that her family legend is true.
-Sian certainly believes
-that it is true.
-She visits the King's home
-before leaving the island.
-Over the past 20 years...
-..I've tried to confirm
-the family story...
-..that Love Pritchard
-is a member of my family...
-..on my father's side.
-I'm beginning to think...
-..that I may not be able to confirm
-it with one piece of paper.
-That cornerstone will prove
-that the link is real.
-I'll have to accept
-that the enchanted isle...
-..will hold on to its secrets.
-with the islanders ageing...
-..and a shortage of young men
-..Love Pritchard led everyone
-from Bardsey Island...
-..to herald the end
-of the island's community.
-Five months later, he died.
-He was buried
-overlooking the sea in Aberdaron.
-A large crowd gathered
-to pay their respects.
-the last King of Bardsey...
-..became part of local folklore.
-After years of research...
-..Sian has discovered that William
-Jones's father was John Prichard.
-The surname complexities has been
-very apparent in her family tree.
-It's prevented Sian
-from further research.
-But Perthyn has found William
-Jones's address in Bodffordd.
-Sian is visiting her old family home
-for the first time.
-Good morning, how are you? I'm Sian.
-It's nice to meet you.
-I've been doing some research
-into my family tree.
-My great-great grandfather,
-Well, he was known
-as William Jones.
-He could have been known
-as William Prichard.
-He was born and brought up in
-this house before moving to Rhyl...
-..in the mid-19th century.
-My family, on my mother's side,
-has lived here for generations.
-We might be related
-somewhere along the line.
-That's very interesting.
-One family story that's bothered me
-for over 20 years...
-..is the possible connection
-between my family...
-..and Love Pritchard,
-the King of Bardsey.
-Love is a prominent name
-in my family.
-There's a Love
-on my grandmother's side.
-She had a brother called Love
-who died at an early age.
-She had a cousin
-called John Love Williams.
-He lived in Holyhead.
-Well, I'm lost for words now!
-My grandmother would always say...
-..that we were related
-to the King of Bardsey.
-I don't know...
-...why she said it
-or why she thought we were related.
-We had nothing on paper to prove it.
-I don't know how the story existed.
-It must have been passed down
-through the generations.
-There must be a connection
-because of this unusual name.
-I'm really lost for words!
-You're welcome. I'm glad you've
-been able to return to your roots.
-So am I.
-I believe the oral tradition...
-..and stories that are passed down
-through the generations...
-..are as valid as any document,
-written record or registration.
-Somewhere, somehow, I believe that
-Love Pritchard is part of my family.
-Genealogy and tracing family history
-can become an obsession.
-I never thought
-I'd be one of these people...
-..who can't stop
-once they'd started.
-It can be frustrating,
-it can be a pleasure...
-..it can be perplexing and exciting.
-I've enjoyed every part of it.
-I don't think I'll ever give up.
-There's no such thing...
-..as a final conclusion
-to solving family mysteries.
-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.
Yn yr olaf yn y gyfres, mae Sian Rees ar drywydd hen stori ei bod hi'n perthyn i Frenin olaf Enlli. Sian Rees attempts to prove she is related to the Last King of Bardsey. Last in series.