Wallace Jones & Thomas Family Album
The Hendai
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The Hendy. Front
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The Hendy. Front
The Hendai is an old farmstead in Gelligaer - Hendai means Old House. The main house is Victorian but the site has been occupied since earliest times, and the landholding is recorded in pre-Norman records. Near the house is the original domestic water source, walled around in Roman times. It was bought by David Hubert Thomas after his marriage to Lyn Lewis. Originally working in a bank he wanted to farm. Here they brought up their three children Mary, Wilfrid and Bette. The farm was sold in 1939 when David died and Lyn bought The Brooklands, Maesycwmmer. The Hendai is a short walk from the original Lewis farm of Bontnewydd and Llwngolau farm which was farmed by Joan Lewis after the death of her husband, Tom. He was one of the nine children of William Lewis Bontnewydd.
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The Hendy. Front
The Hendy. Back
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The Hendy. Back
The back of the Hendai
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The Hendy. Back
David Thomas
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David Thomas
David Hubert Thomas (1879-1939), Grandfather to E,L, C. Married to Gwendolyn (Lyn) Lewis, daughter of Watkin and Elizabeth Lewis. David's parents were Henry Thomas and Mary Phillips. Mary was the daughter of William Phillips and Margaret Lewis, and granddaughter of William Lewis, Bontnewydd. This means that he and Lyn were second cousins.
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David Thomas
Lyn & Mary
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Lyn & Mary
Lyn with Mary as a baby. There was a son, Watkin, the eldest child who died as a baby.
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Lyn & Mary
Mary Thomas0002
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Mary Thomas0002
I don't think this is Mary but it's too delicious to leave out!
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Mary Thomas0002
David, Lyn & Mary
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David, Lyn & Mary
Altho this is a bad photo, I've included it because it's the only informal one I have of Lyn and David as young parents.
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David, Lyn & Mary
Wilf, Mary & Bette
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Wilf, Mary & Bette
Wilf, Mary and Bette. c 1917
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Wilf, Mary & Bette
Bette, Mary, Wilf
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Bette, Mary, Wilf
Bette, Mary and Wilfrid
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Bette, Mary, Wilf
Wilf & Mary
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Wilf & Mary
Wilf and Bette
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Wilf & Mary
Bette
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Bette
Bette
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Bette
Bette
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Bette
Bette
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Bette
Bette Thomas
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Bette Thomas
Bette
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Bette Thomas
Bette & Wilf
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Bette & Wilf
Bette and Wilf at the seaside. Nice bathers.
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Bette & Wilf
Bette & Rabbits
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Bette & Rabbits
Bette with Dutch rabbits. Aged about 7
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Bette & Rabbits
Bette & Wilf
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Bette & Wilf
Bette and Wilf. Don't know the pony's name
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Bette & Wilf
Bette as a pirate
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Bette as a pirate
Bette as a pirate. Aged about 8
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Bette as a pirate